Olidammara

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Laughing Mask of Olidammara

Name(s): Olidammara, The Laughing Rogue
Status: Intermediate Deity
Symbol: Laughing mask
Home Plane: Ysgard
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Portfolio: Rogues, music, revelry, wine, humor, tricks
Worshipers: Rogues, bards, actors, vintners
Clerical alignments: CE, CG, CN
Domains: Chaos, Luck and Trickery (Only Trickery is available for selection in NWN, so Chaos and Luck can be substituted with Knowledge and Magic)
Favored Weapon: Rapier

The Deity of rogues, Olidammara, most often appears as a brown-haired man of rakish appearance and olive skin, and wearing merry eyes, but often he goes incognito. Olidammara delights in wine, women and song. He is a vagabond, a prankster, and a master of disguise. His temples are few, but many people are willing to raise a glass in his honor.

Olidammara loves upsetting anyone who seems too attached to an ordered life and a predictable routine. He urges his followers to bend every effort toward mastering the art of music. He also teaches that life is meant to be happy and entertaining, and the best jokes need a target to hang them on. The tables can turn on any trickster, and Olidammara's followers should accept the laugh and appreciate the trick when it happens to them. Wine, Olidammara says, is one of the joys of life, and the only thing better than making wine is drinking it. Avoid misery, temperance, and solemnity, for they are the greatest poisons to the soul.

Olidammara's religion is loosely organized, but his clerics are numerous. They usually work among urban folk or wander the countryside. Olidammara's clerics often have a second occupation, such as minstrels, brewers, or jack-of-all-trades. Thus, they can be found almost anywhere doing or wearing anything.

Temples dedicated solely to Olidammara are few. But as his followers say, there is a temple of Olidammara anywhere there is wine, song, and laughter. Most formal temples of Olidammara are hidden because they usually double as hideouts for thieves. Many drinking establishments include at least small shrines to Olidammara.