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How does one rise in their Divine Rank? I know how you become a Demi-God, but not how you rise to a lesser deity or higher. Also can you become an Over Deity and still grant spells and such like a Greater Deity?
 220.127.116.11 23:25, 23 February 2012 (MST)
I'm not certain about D&D deities. However, in most Pantheatic religions, a being with mortal blood (be it full mortal or demi-god) cannot rise above the level of Demi-god. All other tiers are created by a tier above them, leading up to the Primodials, so sadly no, you can't raise to higher than Demi-god in most pantheons. As I said im not certain about D&D but for the most case the D&D pantheons seem to mirror earthen ones 20:55, 24 February 2012 (MST)
From what I know about MOST D&D settings, the only way to become a "god" is by becoming a demi-god. Lesser, intermediate, greate, etc. are born that way. The only exception to that rule I have seen was in Dragonlance Legend of the Twins series. Raistlin Majere attempts to become a god by defeating all other gods in combat. The first book of the series is Time of the Twins.
To my knowledge, the DM rule how you become a god. It should be as hard to get as an artefact. In the Forgotten Realms, you must be sponsored (is it the term?) by another god, Ao (an overdeity) giving you your divine power if he thinks you will make the job well. In Greyhawk, you can also become a demigod as a gift, and you increase in power as you gain followers. In other campaign settings, the method vary.
The overdeities doesn't have stat. The Immortal Handbook is an unofficial supplement about them, but the only official thing is that Ao is immune to damage. Not granting spells is probably on purpose for him, though.