Rudd is the Oeridian goddess of Chance, Good Luck, and Skill. As the Great Gambler, she knows every card game invented. Rudd avoids completely cerebral games like Dragonchess, finding them too easy.
Rudd's faith is popular among gamblers, thieves and cheats. She is also popular with adventurers.
Rudd's clerics engage in games of chance that allow them to hone their skills, and often work in gambling houses. They can also be found in archery and fencing schools. They adventure for the thrill of it, and enjoy beating the odds.
VestmentsClergy of Rudd wear bright clothing in the latest fashion. Their favored weapons are the rapier and the shortbow.
TemplesThe largest of Rudd's shrines, in the Crossed Blades Gambling Hall, is located in the city of Peacekeep on the southern border of Bissel. The priests run the hall, while her shrine lies in the outermost of the hall's chambers.
Holy DaysRudd's mortal birthday is celebrated on the 10th day of Planting. This is not an official holiday of the church, but her clerics in Bissel often recognize it as such.
One legend has it that on her eighteenth birthday, Rudd successfully fended off an entire battalion of bugbears using only a cake and a spoon. A food fight is held in honor of this event every Planting 10 in Bissel.
Make your own luck by relying chiefly on your skills, but never rule out the long shot. Cheating is fine, as long as you don't get caught—successfully cheating is considered a skill. Those who are able to recognize and take advantage of good luck may become heroes, while those who mistake bad luck for the good are merely fools.
Rudd is depicted as an athletic, trim, Oeridian woman (though with some obvious Suel blood) garbed in form-fitting clothing with a long cloak of blue. She is young and invariably smiling. She has short black hair. She wields a rapier named Keleshe, a stiletto, and shortbow.
Rudd is on good terms with her mentor, Olidammara, and Norebo (said by some to be her father), but opposes Iuz, Zagyg, and Ralishaz. She doesn't get along well with Istus, as Rudd has a big problem with the idea of predestination.
HistoryRudd was born in -400 CY, supposedly in what is now Bissel; she was a mortal woman who was sponsored to godhood by Olidammara. In 505 CY, Rudd was one of the nine demigods of opposing alignments captured in the Godtrap by Zagig Yragerne in his own bid for godhood. Rudd eventually escaped, but not before her mentor was himself briefly captured by the archmage.