Hades (3.5e Deity)
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|Symbol:||A battlefield with hundreds of corpses|
|Clergy Alignments:||Any non-lawful/non-good|
|Domains:||Death, Destruction, and Evil|
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Hades is a sick and twisted god. He laughs at those who scream in pain and tortures those foolish enough to die in battle. noone is free from his grasp not even the king of gods, Zeus, can escape his grasp. He is the imbodiment of evil but, he is not without some "Mercy". You can strike a deal with him... But don't even think of double crossing him... Or you will pay.
Or for something different try playing Hades as more Neutral than Evil. A bit more apathetic, distant and despairing as the Gray Wastes suggest rather than "sick and twisted". Using the traditional Greek pantheon can be a challenge but provides many interesting twists. How about good clerics of Hades whom oppose the unatural states of undead? Suggested domains for Hades might include : Earth, Caverns, Deathless, Transformation, Repose (check out the original write up in the D&D Dieties & Demigods book for more good ideas)
Hades encourages ritualistic sacrifices, brutality, and slaughter of all who appose him. He discourages valor and virtue and "fair play". Hades would rather murder than help anyone
Greek religious practices often involved animal sacrifice (wether it was to Zeus (the good one) or to Hades or any lesser god or goddess.) Hades need not be played as an evil, murdering god but could be portrayed in your campaign as a silent, stern protector of the souls of the deceased.
 Clergy and Temples
Hades' temples are few but powerful. Sacrifices to this god are manditory and seen as an honor to many of his followers. Many Barbarians, Fighters, and Clerics can be found at these temples.