To Prevent Ragnarok
God of Nature
Air, Animal, Earth, Fire, Plant, Water; Nature, woodlands, freedom, hunting, beasts
Obad-Hai (oh-bod-high), deity of nature, is most often shown as a lean and weathered man of indeterminately old age, dressed in brown or russet and looking like a hermit, although nonhuman communities depict him as one of their own race.
According to the ancient traditions of the Old Faith, Obad-Hai is reborn every spring, hatching in the form of a young boy from the fruit of a sapling that grows from his own grave. By summer Obad-Hai takes the form of a strong young man, the Stag King, leading the Wild Hunt against those who would defile Nature. By autumn he has grown into the weathered old man of his standard depictions. When winter begins he is slain by Kelemvor, who hangs his corpse on the Summer Tree. After seven days, Lathander cuts him down and buries him in the earth, where Gerana’s tears cause a new sapling to grow, which drops the fruit that hatches into the young Obad-Hai once again in the spring. However, it is said that this traditional story has been changed as certain gods and goddess have changed over time.
Obad-Hai rules nature and the wilderness, and he is a friend to all who live in harmony with the natural world. He expects his followers to live in harmony with nature in all its variety. Those who destroy or otherwise harm nature deserve swift vengeance in an appropriate manner, says Obad-Hai. Those who are one with nature, however, have little to fear, although the well-meaning but foolish are sometimes brught down by a danger they could not avoid or divert. Obad-Hai teaches that the wilds can sometimes be ugly, dangerous, or terrible, but that these things are a part of nature and should berespected as much as those that are beautiful, harmless, or wonderful, for these characterizations mark a newcomer’s perspective.