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Bragi by Carl Wahlbom (1810-1858),
Bragi by Carl Wahlbom (1810-1858)

Bragi is the god of poetry and song. The son of Odin and Gunlod, Bragi was born in a stalactite-hung cave, put aboard a boat made by the dwarves, presented with a magic golden harp, and set adrift. As the boat floated out of the cavern, Bragi took the harp and began to play the song of life. With his song, he has the power to make plants grow and bloom, and to charm any animal into doing his will. In his true form, Bragi resembles an old, white-bearded man with a sparkle in his eye.He is renowned for Wisdom, and most of all for fluency of speech and skill with words he possesses eloquence surpassing others. His wife is Ithunn

The Lore of the Gods

Book Two: The Asgardians

Lead Designers Steven Creech and Kevin Ruesch Lead Editor Steven Schend Creative Director Jim Butler Art Director Todd Morasch
Illustrations Michael Nickovich Typesetter Joshua Gilchrist

Bragi (Aesir)
God of poetry, eloquence and song

Alignment: Neutral
Domain: Balance*, Luck, Music*, Travel
Symbol: Drum, Lyre
Traditional Allies: Nearly all of the Aesir and any warrior who fights on the battlefield.
Traditional Foes: Loki
Divine Artifact: Lyre of Ballads and Remembrance
Favored Weapon: light crossbow
Favored Class: bard
Favored Race: Elves, Human
Benefits: bards who worship Bragi gain an inherent +2 bonus to all class skills and a +1 bonus to Charisma checks.

Whenever people sing or recite poetry, they are worshipping Bragi. Since this is a favorite pastime in almost every hall, Bragi never lacks worshipers. He is a special friend to bards, often revealing to them the location of secret treasures. Most often, this revelation occurs as a sudden insight while the bard is singing before a large crowd. If the bard interrupts his song, however, he immediately forgets the location of the treasure.

Bragi is the son of Odin and the giantess Gunlod. He is married to Idun, the keeper of the Golden Apples of Youth. He is the recorder of warrior’s deeds in battle and chief poet to Odin. He is greatly admired for his inspiration and eloquence with words and considered to be very wise by the other gods. Odin refers to him as one who knowest everything well. Bragi is a level-headed god who has a flair for the dramatic when he recites a poem or tells an epic tale to the other members of the Aesir. He is fated to die at Ragnarok although prophecies do not foretell how it is that he will die.

Most often, the village storyteller is a priest of Bragi. It is his duty to preserve knowledge of the gods and the past, passing it from generation to generation through heroic ballads and poems.

Lyre of Ballads and Remembrance

Bragi is shown with a harp and accompanied by his wife Iðunn in this 19th century painting by Nils Blommér.
Bragi is shown with a harp and accompanied by his wife Iðunn in this 19th century painting by Nils Blommér.

This beautiful instrument was crafted from a single branch of a yew tree. Its powers can only be used through playing the instrument. The possessor gains sonic resistance 20.

The Lyre of Ballads and Remembrance has the following powers (at 20 th level):

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