Lord Ao

The Overgod


Lord Ao (AY-oh) is the Overgod of the world of Abeir-Toril. As Overgod, all deities and primordials of Toril, even those who also operate in other spheres and planes such as Lolth, are subject to him. To be more precise, only aspects of gods directly connected with Abeir-Toril, are under Ao’s power. Otherwise extra-planar deities are unaffected. If it were not for Ao’s involvement in the Time of Troubles, he would most likely be forgotten by the mortals of Faerûn. Ao does not want to be known, for cults once dedicated to him only a decade ago have begun to die out, and Ao’s name is disappearing from written records. What goes on in Toril and what the other deities do are of no concern to Ao, as long as the deities uphold their individual portfolios and do not completely ignore their worshippers.

In addition, unlike the other gods under him, Lord Ao has no need for worshipers whatsoever, whereas those “normal” gods who do not receive the worship of mortals can “die” from lack of worship. Ao initiated this after the Time of Troubles in order to enforce his will that the gods act like guardians of the Balance rather than kings of mortals.

Despite his own absolute sovereignty over the cosmos of Toril, it is revealed that he himself serves an even greater and more mysterious entity, whom he addresses only as “Master.”


The cult of Ao is led by ministers instead of clerics, since these cultists never receive any spells from the Overgod; on the other hand, they have never been slain. His followers are likely considered “faithless”.

Ao established rules concerning the management of the divine. For instance:

  • No two gods in the same pantheon could have identical portfolios.
  • When two gods clash, one of three results occurs:
  • One god fades from the Realms.
  • Both gods merge.
  • One (or both) god(s) alter their portfolio(s) sufficiently that both could remain in or join the Faerûnian pantheon.

Creation of the World

Lord Ao created the crystal sphere that holds the world of Abeir-Toril. After he created the crystal sphere, it was just an empty, gray, and misty void, a timeless place of nothingness that existed before light and darkness became two separate things. Out of this shadowy realm came the two beautiful twin goddesses: Selûne and Shar, goddess of light and goddess of darkness.

Lord Ao

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