|Religion in NetHack|
- This article is about NetHack's deities. For the item known as “GoD”, see gauntlets of dexterity.
In NetHack, the role of your adventurer determines the pantheon of gods that appear during the game. Each role's pantheon contains one lawful, one neutral, and one chaotic god; there is no functional difference in gameplay between gods of different alignments outside of which one you serve and which ones oppose you. These divine pantheons are listed as follows:
|Knight||Lugh||Brigit||Manannan Mac Lir|
|Monk||Shan Lai Ching||Chih Sung-tzu||Huan Ti|
|Tourist||Blind Io||The Lady||Offler|
|Unaligned||Marduk · Moloch · Elbereth · Arioch|
Your task is to retrieve the Amulet of Yendor for the god of your alignment - to ascend and win the game, you must sacrifice the amulet at your god's high altar, and you can sometimes #pray to your god in times of need. The pantheon for a priest(ess) is randomly selected from another single role; if a priest's lawful god is Blind Io, the neutral god is always going to be The Lady. The unaligned god is always Moloch, who holds dominion over prayers and altars in Gehennom.
Of the other "unaligned" gods, Marduk is described in the introductory text as the Creator, from whom Moloch stole the Amulet of Yendor.Elbereth is the name of an elf-goddess that can be #engraved to frighten most monsters, not including humans or elves.
Atheist conduct tries to avoid actions directly involving the gods and other aspects of religion.
The NetHack pantheons (and related quests) for each role are derived from a mix of real-world and fictional sources:
- Archeologist: Aztec mythology
- Barbarian: Robert E. Howard's Conan mythos
- Caveman: Mesopotamian mythology
- Healer: Greek mythology
- Knight: Celtic mythology
- Monk: Chinese mythology
- Ranger: Roman mythology
- Rogue: Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser mythos
- Samurai: Japanese mythology
- Tourist: Terry Pratchett's Discworld mythos
- Valkyrie: Norse mythology
- Wizard: Egyptian mythology
- Marduk: Babylonian mythology
- Moloch: Ammonite mythology (in the Bible in the form "Molech," q.v. 1 Kings 11:7; Moloch is the Greek form of the Hebrew מֹּֽלֶךְ found in LXX in 2 Kings 23:10)
- Elbereth: J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth mythos
- Arioch: Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melniboné mythos
|Yeoman||His Majesty||His Holiness||The Commons|
The Convict patch adds the Convict as a new role with its own pantheon, based on the Forgotten Realms mythology.
The Pirate patch adds the Pirate as a new role with its own pantheon
|Pirate||Davy Jones||the deep blue sea||the storm|
SpliceHack incorporates the Convict patch and Pirate patch. It has some original roles with their own pantheons.
|Cartomancer||Johnny||Spike||Timmy||Magic the Gathering archetypes|
Goddesses and Gods operate in ones, threesomes, or whole
pantheons of nine or more (see Religion). Most of them claim
to have made the world, and this is indeed a likely claim in
the case of threesomes or pantheons: Fantasyland does have
the air of having been made by a committee. But all Goddesses
and Gods, whether they say they made the world or not, have
very detailed short-term plans for it which they are determined
to carry out. Consequently they tend to push people into the
required actions by the use of coincidence or Prophecy, or just
by narrowing down your available choices of what to do next:
if a deity is pushing you, things will go miserably badly until
there is only one choice left to you.