Lord Ao (AY-oh) was the Overgod of the world of Abeir-Toril. As Overgod, all deities and primordials of Toril, even those who also operated in other spheres and planes such as Lolth, were subject to him. To be more precise, only aspects of gods directly connected with Abeir-Toril were under Ao’s power. Otherwise extra-planar deities were 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 did not want to be known, for cults once dedicated to him only a decade ago began to die out, and Ao’s name disappeared from written records. What went on in Toril and what the other deities did were of no concern to Ao, as long as the deities upheld their individual portfolios and did not completely ignore their worshipers.

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

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

Creation Myth

Lord Ao created the crystal sphere that held 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.


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