Most cultures have a god who presides over the harvest, unless people of that race don't practice agriculture (such as with orcs or other monstrous races). The harvest brings celebration and the promise of continued life. Harvest produce gives life through the winter and material wealth that increases luxury. In Faerūn, some of the harvest gods are associated with portals. In most cases, the followers create the portals for religious reasons, but in rare cases the deity provides the portal magic. As with the harvest itself, the portals bring plenty and are causes for celebration -- most of the time, anyway.
Bring your scythe to explore these challenging gateways.
Dungeon Masters who wish to utilize these portals in their campaign may want to have these books on hand:
About the Author
Robert Wiese began playing D&D with the blue boxed set (the one after the original three small pamphlets). He has campaigned through three and a half editions of his favorite roleplaying game, and he has tried Call of Cthulhu and some other games as well. Throughout it all he has learned that a great DM makes a great campaign. So he is happy to assist great DMs with little ideas such as these portals. He led the RPGA Network through the tough times and now works at UNR as a biochemical researcher. Life is very full between studies, work, pets (three dogs, three cats, a fish, a frog, a toad, and two rats) and gaming, but he always puts his wife and his faith first.