Keptolo (pronounced: kep-toe-low) was the divine sponsor of the Realms deity, Zinzerena. He was also a deity to other dark elves throughout the multiverse, particularly on Oerth, but it was unknown if he was worshiped on Toril.[note 1]
On Oerth, Keptolo was a core member of the Dark Seldarine, and deity of many drow males. As such, he represented dignity, intelligence and attentiveness, as well as catering to the vanity of the females of drow society.
He appeared to live in harmony with all other members of the Dark Seldarine, apart from the deity he once sponsored, Zinzerena. After he was betrayed, Zinzerena became his divine enemy, and he absolutely despised her.
As with all of the first elves, Keptolo was born from the blood spilt by Corellon Larethian during his battles against the chief orc deity, Gruumsh One-Eye. As a primal elf, Keptolo was given a name by Corellon himself. Once he attained the name of Keptolo, he underwent apotheosis, becoming an elven god. Lolth was also one of these newly created deities, but she was not happy being a subordinate of Corellon, and told the other deities of her ideals. Keptolo favored her over the good-willed Corellon Lartehian, and became a member of the newly formed Dark Seldarine.
Within the crystal sphere of Greyspace, Keptolo decided to sponsor the drow mortal, known as Zinzerena, to divinity. However, in around 1358 DR, she executed a cunning plan and stole a fragment of his power, and then escaped to Menzoberranzan, a grand city in the Underdark of Toril. Although she faced trouble at first and was hunted by the members of the Dark Seldarine, the traitor eventually became revered as a drow goddess of assassins and chaos.
- There is no evidence of the worship of Keptolo in Faerûn, or anywhere else on Toril. Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes provides a quote from a member of House Bhaerynden, but this is an unknown house. As drow houses tend to share house names between different parts of the multiverse, such as House Despana and several others, it is not possible to confirm his worship in any part of Realmspace. The quote found in the same sourcebook is taken from the Living Greyhawk section of Dragon magazine, which clearly distinguishes between the Greyhawk and Forgotten Realms drow pantheon.
- Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (May 29, 2018). Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 53–57. ISBN 978-0786966240.
- Template:Cite dragon 298/Living Greyhawk Journal/The Vault of the Drow/86-87
- Colin McComb (1996). On Hallowed Ground. Edited by Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc), p. 101. ISBN 0-7869-0430-5.
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