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I'm VERY confused....
It states at the top of the page, "These entities are beyond the ken of mortals and care nothing for worshipers. They do not grant spells, do not answer prayers, and do not respond to queries. If they are known at all, it is to a handful of scholars on the Material Plane. They are called overdeities. In some pantheistic systems, the consent of an overdeity is required to become a god."
If these statements are correct about Overdeities. And they do NOT have ANY interaction with Mortals. Then why do the Overdeities presented here have portfolios? But even MORE importantly, why is there ANY clergy alignment or clergy domain information? Even if it can be justified that there can still be clergy that receive nothing from these Gods. Domains are for spell purposes ONLY. At least as far as I can tell. If I'm mistaken, please explain how. On the other hand, IF these gods now grant spells to their devoted parishioners, I would be interested in finding this out! —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Grymmlocke (talk • contribs) 21:21, 13 May 2016. Please sign your posts.
- It states that because Deities and Demigods, pg.25, reads that as a descriptor for any deity whose divine ranks are 21 or higher, thus qualifying them for classification as an Overdeity.
- The table has elements for portfolio, domains, and so forth because it was adapted from the other deity list tables and templates. Considering that there is around six of them or so, it is relatively easy to presume that must have played a part in the whole thing.
- It can be argued that Overdeities can, and do, have portfolios; they're only defined as "one or more aspects of the world that a deity has responsibility for." For example, Ao, the Overdeity of Forgotten Realms, took it upon itself to manage and regulate divine power. You could argue that this is part of his portfolio, although I admit freely that it is never referred to as such.
- That said, as with all things in DND, nothing in the SRD is sacred. That is to say, nothing is set in stone. While Overdeities traditionally do not grant spells, answer prayers, or respond to queries in the formal settings, some campaigns or settings may deviate from that. Rule Zero is always in effect, after all.