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The '''Draconic pantheon''' is a group of dragon deities who are worshipped by many [[true dragon]]s and other reptilian species. Its best known members include [[Bahamut]], the Platinum Dragon and god of the good-aligned metallic dragons; and [[Tiamat]], progenitor of the evil chromatic dragons.
   
In many [[campaign setting]]s for the ''[[Dungeons & Dragons]]'' [[role-playing game]], the fictional draconic pantheon of gods consists of the leader Io, as well as Aasterinian, Astilabor, Bahamut, Chronepsis, Faluzure, Garyx, Hlal, Lendys, Sardior, Tamara, and Tiamat. Other draconic gods may be present in different campaign settings.
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==Members==
   
==Aasterinian==
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: '''See also''': [[:Category:Draconic deities]]
'''Aasterinian''' is the [[Dragon (Dungeons & Dragons)|draconic]] deity who serves as Io's messenger. Her symbol is a grinning dragon's head. Aasternian appears as a huge brass dragon who is always grinning. She is quick-witted, with a sharp tongue. Aasternian is the messenger of Io, the draconic god of creation. She and her followers enjoy good relations with Garl Glittergold, [[Fharlanghn]], [[Olidammara]] and similar deities. Aasterinian loves all those who enjoy innovation and whimsy, and she is accepting of all dragonblooded races. She is especially amused by spellscales.
 
   
Aasterinian was first detailed in the ''Advanced Dungeons & Dragons'' 2nd edition book ''[[Monster Mythology]]'' (1992), including details about her priesthood.<ref name="MonMyth">[[Carl Sargent|Sargent, Carl]]. ''[[Monster Mythology]]'' (TSR, 1992)</ref> She appears in ''Dungeons & Dragons'' 3rd edition in ''[[Defenders of the Faith (Dungeons & Dragons)|Defenders of the Faith]]'' (2000).<ref name="DotF">[[Rich Redman|Redman, Rich]], and [[James Wyatt (game designer)|James Wyatt]]. ''[[Defenders of the Faith (Dungeons & Dragons)|Defenders of the Faith]]'' ([[Wizards of the Coast]], 2000)</ref> Her priesthood and her role as a draconic deity are further detailed in ''[[Draconomicon|Draconomicon: The Book of Dragons]]'' (2003),<ref name="Draconomicon">[[Andy Collins (game designer)|Collins, Andy]], [[Skip Williams]], and [[James Wyatt (game designer)|James Wyatt]]. ''[[Draconomicon|Draconomicon: The Book of Dragons]]'' ([[Wizards of the Coast]], 2003)</ref> and in ''[[Races of the Dragon]]'' (2006).<ref name="RotD">[[Gwendolyn FM Kestrel|Kestrel, Gwendolyn FM]], [[Jennifer Clarke Wilkes]], and [[Kolja Raven Liquette]]. ''[[Races of the Dragon]]''. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2006</ref>
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There are eleven primary members of the draconic pantheon.{{cite book|Draconomicon (3e)|30-36}}
   
In ''Dungeons & Dragons'' 4th edition, Aasterinian is a mortal blue dragon who has risen to become an exarch of [[Avandra]]. Aasterinian's realm of ''Brassberg'' can be found on the plane of [[Ysgard]], but ''[[Races of the Dragon]]'' places her realm in the [[Outlands]] instead.<ref name="RotD"/>
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* [[Io]], the Ninefold Dragon, is the progenitor of the dragon gods. The other members of the pantheon are his offspring. All [[true dragon]]s ultimately trace their lineage to Io.
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* [[Bahamut]], the Platinum Dragon, is the god of the good-aligned metallic dragons. He is particularly revered by [[gold dragon|gold]], [[silver dragon|silver]] and [[brass dragon]]s, though all good-aligned dragons hold some reverence for Bahamut, and even evil-aligned have grudging respect his strength.
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* [[Tiamat]] is the progenitor of the evil chromatic dragons. [[Green dragon|Green]] and [[blue dragon]]s revere her most readily, though all chromatic dragons respect her as their creator.
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* [[Astilabor]], the Hoardmistress, is the neutral draconic god of wealth and acquisition.
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* [[Chronepsis]], the Watcher, is a disinterested neutral deity of fate and death.
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* [[Falazure]], the Night Dragon, is the neutral evil dragon god of undeath and decay.
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* [[Garyx]], Cleanser of Worlds, is a chaotic evil red dragon god of destruction.
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* [[Hlal]], the Jester, is a chaotic good copper dragon goddess of storytelling and humor.
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* [[Lendys]], Scale of Justice, is the lawful neutral god of balance and justice, whose duty is to avenge wrongs committed against dragonkind.
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* [[Tamara]], Her Beneficience, is the neutral good draconic goddess of mercy.
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* [[Aasternian]], a chaotic neutral female brass dragon, serves as messenger of Io.
   
==Astilabor==
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==Organization==
In the ''[[Dungeons & Dragons]]'' role-playing game, '''Astilabor''' (As-TIL-uh-bore<ref name="DRA1990">[[Nigel Findley|Findley, Nigel]], [[Christopher Kubasik]], [[Carl Sargent]], [[John Terra]], and [[William Tracy (game designer)|William Tracy]]. ''Draconomicon'' (TSR, 1990).</ref>) is the [[Dragon (Dungeons & Dragons)|dragon]] deity of hoards.<ref name="DRA2003">[[Andy Collins (game designer)|Collins, Andy]], [[Skip Williams]], and [[James Wyatt (game designer)|James Wyatt]]. ''[[Draconomicon]]'' ([[Wizards of the Coast]], 2003).</ref>
 
   
In the game, Astilabor represents the desire in all dragons to acquire wealth and power. However, she dislikes greed. She cannot abide thievery unless such an act is done in the name of building one's hoard. All of her followers are neutral in some aspect of their alignment.<ref name="DRA2003" /> She discourages her clerics from becoming involved in draconic politics and seeks to reward dragons with unusually impressive hoards.
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Io is the chief deity of the Draconic pantheon, and its most powerful member. His primary duty is to oversee his offspring, and he rarely takes sides in conflicts between dragons.
   
==Bahamut==
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The Draconic pantheon do not have a central plane, but are scattered across the [[Great Wheel], each to their own lair. They act largely independently from one another.
   
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Aasternian is the weakest of the pantheon. As a mere demigod, she is more readily capable of travel to the material plane, and is often sent by Io to resolve notable conflicts between dragons.
   
==Chronepsis==
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==Worship==
'''Chronepsis''' is the dragon deity of Fate, Death, and Judgment. His symbol is an unblinking draconic eye. Chronepsis is truly neutral in all things, dispassionate and unconcerned with the unfolding of events. He observes, but does not act except to guide the spirits of dragons into the afterlife. While he is a god of "eternal law," he cares nothing for justice, as [[Lendys]] does. Chronepsis never speaks or communicates. Chronepsis is said to know the future and how all things will end, but he will not reveal this knowledge to others. While all dragons respect Chronepsis, very few worship him, and even fewer become his clerics.
 
   
Chronepsis was first detailed in the ''Advanced Dungeons & Dragons'' 2nd edition book ''[[Monster Mythology]]'' (1992), including details about his priesthood.<ref name="MonMyth"/> His role in the cosmology of the [[Planescape]] campaign setting was described in ''[[On Hallowed Ground]]'' (1996).<ref name="OHG">[[Colin McComb|McComb, Colin]]. ''[[On Hallowed Ground]]'' ([[TSR, Inc.|TSR]], 1996)</ref> Chronepsis appears in 3rd edition in ''[[Defenders of the Faith (Dungeons & Dragons)|Defenders of the Faith]]'' (2000).<ref name="DotF"/> His priesthood and his role as a draconic deity are further detailed for this edition in ''[[Draconomicon|Draconomicon: The Book of Dragons]]'' (2003),<ref>[[Andy Collins (game designer)|Colins, Andy]], [[Skip Williams]], and [[James Wyatt (game designer)|James Wyatt]]. ''[[Draconomicon|Draconomicon: The Book of Dragons]]'' ([[Wizards of the Coast]], 2003)</ref> and in ''[[Races of the Dragon]]'' (2006).<ref name="RotD"/>
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Members of the draconic pantheon are worshipped by various [[true dragon]]s.
   
==Faluzure==
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==History==
'''Faluzure''' is the dragon deity of Energy Draining, Undeath, Decay, and Exhaustion. "Faluzure" is also sometimes spelled "Falazure". His symbol is a draconic skull. Faluzure is a wretched, creeping thing no longer able to fly, but he has a gravely terrible beauty nonetheless. He is vast and sleek, with silver-edged scales of midnight blue and vestigial wings; he may also appear as a handsome human or comely elf. He is a brilliant, gifted master of disguise, and lacks his sister Tiamat's recklessness. He requires a continuous stream of death to maintain his beauty and perfection; if he goes without death for too long, he becomes gaunt and skeletal.
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===Origin===
   
Faluzure is worshipped by shadow dragons and undead dragons. He is revered by many necromancers of nondraconic races as well, and by intelligent undead. Among the dragon gods, only Bahamut and Tiamat have more nondraconic followers than Faluzure.
 
   
Faluzure was first detailed in the ''Advanced Dungeons & Dragons'' 2nd edition book ''[[Monster Mythology]]'' (1992), including details about his priesthood.<ref name="MonMyth"/> His role in the cosmology of the [[Planescape]] campaign setting was described in ''[[On Hallowed Ground]]'' (1996).<ref name="OHG"/> Faluzure was detailed for the [[Forgotten Realms]] [[campaign setting]] in ''[[Cult of the Dragon (sourcebook)|Cult of the Dragon]]'' (1998).<ref name="CotD">[[Dale Donovan|Donovan, Dale]]. ''[[Cult of the Dragon (sourcebook)|Cult of the Dragon]]'' (Wizards of the Coast, 1998)</ref>
 
   
Faluzure appears in ''Dungeons & Dragons'' 3rd edition in ''[[Defenders of the Faith (Dungeons & Dragons)|Defenders of the Faith]]'' (2000).<ref name="DotF"/> His priesthood and his role as a draconic deity are further detailed for this edition in ''[[Draconomicon|Draconomicon: The Book of Dragons]]'' (2003),<ref name="Draconomicon"/> and in ''[[Races of the Dragon]]'' (2006).<ref name="RotD"/>
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==Publication history==
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===Original D&D===
   
Faluzure also appears in the film ''[[Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God]]''.
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== Garyx ==
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===Basic D&D===
'''Garyx''' is the dragon god of fire, destruction, and renewal.<ref name="DRA2003" /> The deity was introduced in the ''[[Draconomicon#2nd Edition|Draconomicon]]'' supplement released in 1990 by [[TSR, Inc.|TSR]].
 
   
Garyx symbolizes the sheer power and destructive force of Dragonkind and has gold scales that sometimes shimmer as red. Some argue that Garyx is actually insane.<ref name="DRA2003" />
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Garyx pays little or no attention to his clerics and worshippers, but they do not care.<ref name="DRA2003" /> Some druids revere the renewing aspect of Garyx, knowing that devastation is necessary for rejuvenation to occur.<ref name="DRA2003" />
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===AD&D 1st edition===
   
==Hlal==
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'''Hlal''' is the dragon deity of humor and storytelling. Her symbol is an open book, and her favored weapon is the short sword or claw.
 
   
Hlal enjoys sharing stories and songs with those who appreciate such things, regardless of the listener's race or background. She has little use for tyrants, and even less patience for cruelty or bullying. She teaches that one must be free of restraint, whether real or psychological, in order to freely express one's opinions.
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===AD&D 2nd edition===
   
===Worshippers===
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Hlal's priests are often multiclassed cleric/bards, using music and poetry to spread their faith. Places of worship are usually simple shrines, which can be packed up and moved to the next town at a moment's notice.
 
The followers of Hlal share much in common with those of Olidammara, and many pay homage to both deities simultaneously. Both Hextor and Vecna are among her chief enemies, because of their portfolios concerning tyranny and secrets, respectively.
 
   
==Io==
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===D&D 3rd edition===
'''Io''' is the chief deity worshipped by [[Dragon (Dungeons & Dragons)|dragons]], god of dragonkind, balance, and peace. He is seen by his people as the creator of all things. He is neutral in alignment, but he also contains within him all other alignments. His symbol is a multi-colored metallic disk.
 
   
Io was first detailed in the book ''[[Monster Mythology]]'' (1992), including details about his priesthood.<ref name="MonMyth"/> Io was detailed for the [[Forgotten Realms]] [[campaign setting]] in ''Cult of the Dragon'' (1998).<ref name="CotD"/>
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Io appears in 3rd edition in ''[[Defenders of the Faith (Dungeons & Dragons)|Defenders of the Faith]]'' (2000).<ref name="DotF"/> His priesthood and his role as a draconic deity are further detailed for this edition in ''[[Draconomicon|Draconomicon: The Book of Dragons]]'' (2003),<ref name="Draconomicon"/> ''[[Complete Divine]]'' (2004),<ref>[[David Noonan (game designer)|Noonan, David]]. ''[[Complete Divine]]'' (Wizards of the Coast, 2004)</ref> and ''[[Races of the Dragon]]'' (2006).<ref name="RotD"/>
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===D&D 4th edition===
   
Io also features prominently in the ''Advanced Dungeons & Dragons'' 2nd edition [[Council of Wyrms]] campaign setting. In that setting, the island chain known as '''Io's Blood Isles''' were said to be literally created from Io's blood.
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In the cosmology of ''Dungeons & Dragons'' 4th edition, Io created dragons and [[Dragonborn (Dungeons & Dragons)|dragonborn]]. When he died in battle with the Primordials, Tiamat and Bahamut were created from different sides of his personality.
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===D&D 5th edition===
   
==Lendys==
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'''Lendys''' is the dragon god of balance and justice. Unlike Chronepsis, who judges dragons after they die, Lendys metes out justice during a dragon's life.
 
   
The clerics and paladins of Lendys are justice-bringers, often serving as judges and arbiters for local communities.
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===Apocryphal sources===
   
Lendys's clergy get along well with worshippers of [[Saint Cuthbert (Dungeons & Dragons)|St. Cuthbert]], and poorly with the followers of chaotic gods such as [[Kord (Greyhawk)|Kord]], [[Olidammara]], and [[Erythnul]].
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==Sardior==
 
'''Sardior''' ({{IPAc-en|ˈ|s|ɑːr|d|i|ɔːr}}) is the [[Dragon (D&D)|dragon]] deity of gem dragons and psionics. His symbol is a ruby with an inner glow.<ref name="Sar">{{cite web | first=Scott | last=Brocius |author2=Mark A. Jindra | url=http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/psm/20030124a | title=The Legend of Sardior | publisher= [[Wizards of the Coast]] | accessdate=2003-01-24 }}</ref>
 
   
==Tamara==
 
   
'''Tamara''' is the dragon goddess of life, light, and mercy. The deity first appeared in the 1990 ''Draconomicon'', with additional details appearing in the 2003 edition. Tamara is described as the kindest and most benevolent of the draconic deities. Tamara's clerics are healers, but also deliverers of death to those who try to escape it, such as [[Undead (Dungeons & Dragons)|undead creatures]] and especially [[Dracolich|draconic undead]].
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==Creative origins==
   
Tamara is described as being an ally of [[Pelor]] and an enemy of [[Falazure]], [[Hextor]], [[Nerull]], and [[Erythnul]]. Tamara's [[Alignment (Dungeons & Dragons)|alignment]] is neutral good.
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==Reception and influence==
   
==Tiamat==
 
   
   
==See also==
 
* [[List of dragons in mythology and folklore]]
 
* [[List of Dungeons & Dragons deities|List of ''Dungeons & Dragons'' deities]]
 
   
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
*Conforti, Steven, ed. ''Living Greyhawk Official Listing of Deities for Use in the Campaign,'' version 2.0. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2005<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.wizards.com/rpga/downloads/LG_Deities.zip|format=ZIP|title=Official Listing of Deities|website=Wizards.com|accessdate=15 January 2018}}</ref>
 
*Conforti, Steven, ed. ''Living Greyhawk Official Listing of Deities for Use in the Campaign,'' version 2.0. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2005<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.wizards.com/rpga/downloads/LG_Deities.zip|format=ZIP|title=Official Listing of Deities|website=Wizards.com|accessdate=15 January 2018}}</ref>
 
*[[Jeff Grubb|Grubb, Jeff]]. ''A Player's Primer to the Outlands.'' Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1995.
 
*[[Jeff Grubb|Grubb, Jeff]]. ''A Player's Primer to the Outlands.'' Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1995.
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The Draconic pantheon is a group of dragon deities who are worshipped by many true dragons and other reptilian species. Its best known members include Bahamut, the Platinum Dragon and god of the good-aligned metallic dragons; and Tiamat, progenitor of the evil chromatic dragons.

Members

See also: Category:Draconic deities

There are eleven primary members of the draconic pantheon.[1]

  • Io, the Ninefold Dragon, is the progenitor of the dragon gods. The other members of the pantheon are his offspring. All true dragons ultimately trace their lineage to Io.
  • Bahamut, the Platinum Dragon, is the god of the good-aligned metallic dragons. He is particularly revered by gold, silver and brass dragons, though all good-aligned dragons hold some reverence for Bahamut, and even evil-aligned have grudging respect his strength.
  • Tiamat is the progenitor of the evil chromatic dragons. Green and blue dragons revere her most readily, though all chromatic dragons respect her as their creator.
  • Astilabor, the Hoardmistress, is the neutral draconic god of wealth and acquisition.
  • Chronepsis, the Watcher, is a disinterested neutral deity of fate and death.
  • Falazure, the Night Dragon, is the neutral evil dragon god of undeath and decay.
  • Garyx, Cleanser of Worlds, is a chaotic evil red dragon god of destruction.
  • Hlal, the Jester, is a chaotic good copper dragon goddess of storytelling and humor.
  • Lendys, Scale of Justice, is the lawful neutral god of balance and justice, whose duty is to avenge wrongs committed against dragonkind.
  • Tamara, Her Beneficience, is the neutral good draconic goddess of mercy.
  • Aasternian, a chaotic neutral female brass dragon, serves as messenger of Io.

Organization

Io is the chief deity of the Draconic pantheon, and its most powerful member. His primary duty is to oversee his offspring, and he rarely takes sides in conflicts between dragons.

The Draconic pantheon do not have a central plane, but are scattered across the [[Great Wheel], each to their own lair. They act largely independently from one another.

Aasternian is the weakest of the pantheon. As a mere demigod, she is more readily capable of travel to the material plane, and is often sent by Io to resolve notable conflicts between dragons.

Worship

Members of the draconic pantheon are worshipped by various true dragons.

History

Origin

Publication history

Original D&D

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Basic D&D

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AD&D 1st edition

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AD&D 2nd edition

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D&D 3rd edition

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D&D 4th edition

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D&D 5th edition

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Apocryphal sources

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Creative origins

Reception and influence

References

  • Conforti, Steven, ed. Living Greyhawk Official Listing of Deities for Use in the Campaign, version 2.0. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2005[2]
  • Grubb, Jeff. A Player's Primer to the Outlands. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1995.
  1. Draconomicon (3e) (2003), p.30-36.
  2. Official Listing of Deities
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