Gods & Demigods


(pronounced AIR-ees)
The Ruthless God, He Who Delights in Battle
Intermediate Deity
Ares is the god of war or, more properly, the spirit of battle. More directly, he is the personification of the savage side of war. He is fond of strife, anger, and unrestrained bloodletting. He also is jealous, untrustworthy, and easily offended. In Rome, Ares was known by the name of Mars.

Worshipers, Clergy & Temples

Ares's clerics do whatever they can to promote strife and open warfare. Many serve as generals or military advisers to aggressive rulers. Still others lead bands of bloodthirsty raiders that terrorize the countryside. When not actually fighting or plotting, they train in the arts of war. Many clerics of Ares are cleric/fighters or cleric/barbarians.

Ares's clerics oppose clerics of Athena wherever and whenever they can. Wherever the two sects meet, blood is sure to flow.


Ares's clerics prefer crimson garb, usually wearing simple garments that allow for quick movement. Most wear a crimson tunica under a bronze or silver curiass. They always have a weapon available, typically a half spear and shield.


Temples to Ares are rare. They are usually forbidding fortresses built to intimidate civilians and serve as bases for raiding or other military action.


The world is a cruel and terrible place where only the strong have a right to happiness. Answer every insult, lie when necessary, and covet what is not yours. All these acts can lead one into the joy of battle.

Appearance, Manifestations

Ares usually appears as a large man with burning, hateful eyes and a permanent scowl etched across his face. He is usually bare chested, with a red cape, carrying a half spear and a circular bronze shield.

Relationships & History

Ares was a son of Zeus, the King of the Gods, and Hera, the goddess of marriage. His siblings include Eilithyia (the goddess of childbirth), Hebe (the goddess of youth) and Hephaestus (the god of Metallurgy). Ares' secret mistress was Aphrodite, the goddess of Love and Beauty.

Among Ares' children with Aphrodite were Himeros (desire), Pothos (desire), Phobos (fear), Deimos (terror), Armonia (harmony), Eros (love) and Anteros (mutual love). Ares also had one daughter with Aglaulus called Alcippe, who was raped by Allirothios, a son of Poseidon.
Quick Descriptions:
Ares is a large, muscular male with hateful eyes. He is bare-chested, with a red cape and is holding a half spear.
The temple of Ares is a solid structure that resembles a fortified stone structure. The roof is topped with battlements and there are arrow slits along the walls. Inside, you see a dirt sparing circle to your left, and a few sets of weapon racks. The entire temple is a bustle of activity, as if they are preparing for war. To the left is a doorway that leads into a room full of beds—which looks like a military barracks. The smell of stables comes from the doorway on the right. At the back of the main chamber is a large flaming brazier for sacrifices and offerings. Along the back wall are several archways that lead further back into the temple.
The cleric of Ares is wearing a red tunica under a bronze curiass. He has on a red plumed bronze helm and serious eyes. He is wearing leather sandals, and has a half spear at his waist.
The Symbol of Ares - Spear
Symbol: Spear
God Alignment: CE
Worshipers Alignment
Chaos, Destruction, Evil, War
War, killing, strife
Fighters, barbarians, half-orcs
Plane: Olympus
Weapon: Halfspear
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