The Birth of Legends
- Alignment: Lawful Neutral
- Domains: Death, Dream, Law, Strength
- Favored Weapon: Quarterstaff or unarmed strike
Jhal is the god of death, but he is not an evil god. He guides the recently-departed to Kassen’s Chamber of Justice to await the god’s judgment, be it good or ill. This purpose is the single thing around which Jhal’s existence revolves; he has no friends among the other gods and seeks none, performing his unyielding duty with grim humorlessness. To him falls the task of protecting recently-dead souls from the machinations of the dark gods and the perils of the path between the world of the living and the Chamber of Justice. He seeks perfection through his work and has eschewed nearly all material possessions, and many mortals, especially monks and wizards, follow his example. Jhal appears as a tall, thin man in white robes with the head of a stag; every part of him is white except for his deep black eyes, and when he fights he does so without a weapon. He is not known to be a relative of any other god, nor to have been created by Lord Star himself, and his origins are thus a mystery. Besides monks and ascetic wizards who revere him for the simplicity of his ways, Jhal has few full-time worshippers, though he is offered prayers to protect those who have recently passed or are close to death; it is said that speaking ill of the dead attracts the monsters of the afterlife to their spirit and so requires the protection of Jhal. His clerics prepare spells at midnight.