The Tablets of Fate were stone slabs on which the official portfolios of every one of the deities of Abeir-Toril were written.
Every deity has certain aspects of existence over which it has dominion, power, and control. Collectively, these aspects represent the deity’s portfolio. Deities are intimately concerned about and involved in their portfolios, and they are often strongest in power when acting within the bounds of their portfolios.
The portfolios of deities within a pantheon rarely change, but this can happen. If a deity dies, returns from the dead, gains or loses divine power, or radically changes personality, portfolios can change. One or more deities may share certain portfolio elements. For example, Boccob and Wee Jas of the D&D pantheon both have magic as an element of their portfolios.
Bane and Myrkul stole the Tablets of Fate from Ao and hid them in Faerûn, suspecting that some of the Overgod’s power was derived from these tablets. When Ao discovered the Tablets of Fate were missing he summoned all the deities and asked for those guilty to hand them over. When no one stood forward to admit to stealing the Tablets, Ao cast down all the gods from the heavens, taking their divine power in the process. Ao tasked Lord Helm with guarding the Celestial Stairways which would lead the deities back into their divine realms. For this he retained his divine powers. Before the Time of Trouble ended, Bane and Myrkul were both slain, although they would all be reborn during The Sundering along with the other lost, forgotten, or dead gods.


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