"Silvanus sees and balances all, meting out wild water and drought, fire, and ice, life and death. Hold your distance and take in the total situation, rather than latching on to the popular idea of what is best. All is in cycle, deftly and beautifully balanced. It is the duty of the devout to see this cycle and the sacred Balance as clearly as possible. Make others see the Balance and work against those that would disturb it. Watch, anticipate, and quietly manipulate. Resort to violence and open confrontation only when pressured by time or hostile action. Fight against the felling of forests, banish disease wherever you find it, defend the trees, and plant new flora wherever possible. Seek out, serve, and befriend the dryads and learn their names. Kill only when needful, destroy fire and its employers, and beware orcs and others who bring axes into the forest. "
Dogma of Silvanus - Source: [link]
My entry for
's deity themed "fill the folder" contest. [link]
I chose to depict Silvanus, the god of nature, also known as the Forest Father, Treefather or Oak Father. He is one of the oldest and most prominent deities in Faerūn (the wilder counterpart to Chauntea the Earthmother), and especially worshipped by druids, woodsmen and wood elves.
I have strong affinity to forest, nature and druids in general so I had lot of fun trying to depict him. Not to mention how much I love all things green...
Silvanus is probably one of my favorite Realms deities besides Eilistraee, Selūne and Hanali Celanil. I originally even chose this deity for my Neverwinter Nights 2 druidess Izalie, but since Silvanus is strictly Neutral when alignment is concerned (and I always have a tendency to choose more Lawful responses than what would be appropriate for a druid) I eventually decided to go for more adaptive Shiallia who is often seen as one of his daughters.Credits:
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