The Outsider (3.5e Deity)

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Lesser Deity
Home Plane: The Void
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Portfolio: People He Finds Interesting
Clergy Alignments: Any Chaotic
Domains: Chaos, Luck, Trickery, Creation, Travel
Favored Weapon: Longsword
The Outsider's Symbol.
If they really wanted to meet me, they could start by being a little more interesting.
—The Outsider

The Outsider is an enigma among deities, said to be "part devil, part angel, and entirely ambiguous." He seeks no worshipers and has no dogma, and as a result is a lesser known deity. However, he does have a cult following, the members of which he sometimes visits in dreams to influence the world. The Outsider's main goal seems to be simply to watch as events unfold, remaining almost entirely neutral. Every now and then, he will perturb the system, just to see how people will react. He has been known to give supernatural powers to those he finds "interesting," seemingly just to see what they will do with them. After ages watching mortals, he finds most of them predictable and boring. But every now and then someone will catch his eye; a noble woman slowly losing her mind, a skilled assassin practiced in dark magic, or a lonely orphan boy looking for a friend. To these select few, he gives his gifts with no conditions or expectations, then simply steps back and watches what unfolds.

He also seems to have a connection to whales. His following is strongest in port cities, where often sailors can be seen with charms with his symbol carved out of the bone of a whale, and mysterious runes connected to The Outsider carved into whale bones have been discovered on the shore. This connection, combined with behavior that seems quite atypical for a deity, has lead some scholars to pontificate that he is not truly a deity at all, but the psychic projection of some deep, powerful sea creature who passes the long ages by watching history play out above the waves. Others insist that if this were the case, he would certainly take vengeance on the sailors and fishermen who often profit on the slaughtering of his marine brethren instead of giving small favors to those very same mariners.

Clergy and Temples[edit]

The Outsider does not have massive temples or hordes of clergy. Those who worship him have been known to set up small shrines in his honor. The closest thing to clergy he has would be those whom he has deemed worthy to bear his mark, however they by no means present a unified group. It is said that one such man used his Outsider given powers to hunt and kill several others who had been similarly marked, an act which the Outsider applauded as "truly unique."

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