Bane

Peace Through Order.
Order Through Strength.
Strength Through Discipline.

Called the Black Hand and the Iron General, Bane stands as the god of war and conquest. Bahamut fights for justice, Kord as a show of strength, Gruumsh for love of carnage, but Bane fights with the world as his prize.

That Bane is a god of darkest ambition, tyrannical and cruel, none can doubt. In his name, thousands die, their blood spilt to nourish the earth, and the smoke of their burning homes thick enough to blot out Pelor’s sun. Yet he is also a god of discipline, order, the rule of law, and the triumph of civilization over the wild. To him even good-hearted soldiers often turn, and in his name do they draw steel. His might is not only that of arms and of overwhelming numbers, but also of iron will, meticulous strategies, and well-trained legions. Bane envisions a world that trembles to the thunder of marching armies—a world that functions beneath a single order: his own. No other god is like Bane. Gruumsh might give in to his violent instincts, Asmodeus might revel in his growing might, Tiamat might be blinded by her greed, and Vecna might be busy with his obsessions. Only Bane, of all the evil gods, believes that what he does is best not only for himself, but for the world— even if the world refuses to acknowledge it.

Bane dwells in the hearts of conquerors, the minds of officers, and the strong sword-arms of disciplined soldiers. He is the patron of all who would see their neighbors overrun, pacified, or enslaved, and of all who subscribe to the doctrine that to rule, one need be strong enough, smart enough, and skilled enough to take command. Bane is an evil god who seeks to conquer and rule no matter the cost, but not all his followers come from the same mold. Many turn to Bane seeking the strength to battle the savage wild. The Black Hand’s doctrine of conquest, order, and military might appeals to soldiers, generals, mercenaries, and even rulers of all stripes. Even a good-aligned officer might utter prayers to the Iron General before battle; the sovereign of a city-state might subjugate his neighbors, not out of innate greed, but for the safety of his people. These are slippery slopes, and many a military leader has fallen to evil through the worship of Bane—frequently by “doing what is necessary” or “acting for the greater good.” The fact remains, however, that of all the evil gods, Bane boasts the greatest number of worshipers who are not evil and who are attracted by his doctrines of rigid discipline, strict law, or expansionism.

He commands his worshipers to:

  • Never allow your fear to gain mastery over you, but drive it into the hearts of your foes.
  • Punish insubordination and disorder.
  • Hone your combat skills to perfection, whether you are a mighty general or a lone mercenary.

Bane

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