|Alias(es):||Archmage of Necromancy, Lord of the Forsaken Crypt, The Vaunted|
|Cleric alignment:||LN, NE, CN|
|Portfolio:||Necromancy, necromancers, evil liches, undeath|
|Worshippers:||Cult of the Dragon, liches, necromancers, seekers of immortality through undeath|
|Canon NWN2 domains:||Death Evil Magic Undeath|
|Favoured weapon (NWN2):||Quarterstaff - "Skull Staff of the Necromancer"|
|Allies:||Talos, Shar, Azuth|
|Enemies:||Cyric, Jergal, Kelemvor|
Velsharoon (pronounced VEL-shah-roon), the Archmage of Necromancy, is a vain, selfish, petty, but very canny deity consumed with vengeance, obsessed with experimenting on living and dead beings, and unconcerned with the fates of lesser creatures. In many ways he continues to act like the mortal he recently was, albeit with far greater power at his disposal than before.
Clerics of Velsharoon pray for their spells at midnight, when the secrets of the night are best unearthed. For a relatively young faith, the clergy of Velsharoon have quickly established a large number of holy days and rituals. The faith has yet to coalesce into a homogeneous creed, however, and widely varying rituals are found not only in different temples but within individual temples as well. Two rituals have become fairly widespread. The Binding of the Crypt and the Pact of the Everlasting are two rituals performed by powerful clerics, allowing them to return as an undead creature or be raised from the dead automatically if they are slain. Both rituals involve numerous other horrible incantations and the foul sacrifice of numerous good-aligned sentients. Prominent theologians of the faith claim that these rituals are merely the two of seven to be revealed by Velsharoon along a path to achieving immortality. Many clerics multi-class as divine disciples, necromancers, or, if part of the Cult of the Dragon, as Wearers of Purple.
As a mortal, Velsharoon was a renegade Red Wizard of Thay whose chief rival was Szass Tam. He discovered a method laid forth by Talos for a mortal to achieve divinity, but quickly realized that the Storm Lord would simply exploit him until he was destroyed. Velsharoon then shifted his allegiance to Azuth, who, with Mystra's help, blocked Talos from seeking vengeance. There are rumors that Velsharoon is currently seeking the Crown of Horns.