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The symbol of the Raven Queen from the Player's Handbook.

The Raven Queen is an unaligned patron-deity in the core pantheon, and she resides in the Shadowfell, also called the "Plane of Shadow." She was introduced in the Player's Handbook. The name of this goddess of death is long forgotten, but she is called the Raven Queen. She is the spinner of fate and the patron of winter. She marks the end of each mortal life, and mourners call upon her during funeral rites, in the hope that she will guard the departed from the curse of undeath. Any familiars you create that are related to her resemble ravens, and they are treated as such.

She expects her followers to abide by these commandments:

  • Hold no pity for those who suffer and die, for death is the natural end of life.
  • Bring down the proud who try to cast off the chains of fate. As the instrument of the Raven Queen, you must punish hubris where you find it.
  • Watch for the cults of Orcus and stamp them out whenever they arise. The Demon Prince of the Undead seeks to claim the Raven Queen's throne.[PH:22]


The Raven Queen was once a powerful mortal sorcerer-queen who wielded ice magic. When she died, she came to Pluton, the domain of the evil death god Nerull. Nerull, impressed with her will and ambition, gave her form and made her his consort, naming her Nera. She stole Nerull's power over mortal shades, and by freeing most of them she managed to destroy Nerull and become the new god of death.

After overthrowing Nerull, she erased her true name from the knowledge of all creatures then abandoned Pluton and created her own realm in the mountains of Letherna in the Shadowfell.[DP:43]

Warpriest of the Raven Queen (Death Domain)[HoS:87]

Associated Feats

Paragon Tier Feats

Epic Tier Feats

  • Echo of Letherna (any divine class)
  • Harvester of Sorrows (Avenger)

Associated Paragon Paths

Associated Epic Destinies

See also

  • Channel Divinity: The Raven Queen's Champions, Dragon Magazine #380.
  • Deities & Demigods: The Raven Queen's Misbegotten, Dungeon Magazine #171.
  • Player's Option: Heroes of Shadow