Bahamut

Common Knowledge

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Bahamut (pronounced bah-HAHM-ut), also referred to as the God of Dragons or the Lord of the North Wind, was a powerful platinum dragon and the deity of good dragons, metallic dragons, wisdom, and enlightened justice (justice tempered with mercy and punishment with forgiveness). His worship has expanded since the Time of Troubles 130 years ago, to the point where he is as well-known in Faerûn as other major racial patron deities such as Moradin or Corellon Larethian.

However, sages have debated for ages whether he actually is a deity or not. According to draconic legend, he has existed since the beginning of time (which, in a dragon’s reckoning is since the first dragon appeared on Toril). Whatever he is, he is certainly powerful, venerated by many good dragons and respected by evil ones.

The Dragon’s Dogma

The following information would be known to a dedicated follower of Bahamut.

The dogma of Bahamut is based on Justice, Nobility, Protection and Honor. He taught his followers to always uphold the highest ideals of honor and justice, to be constantly vigilant against evil and to oppose it from all fronts, and to protect the weak, liberate the oppressed and defend just order. The God of Dragons advocated a “greater justice” that included fighting against evil and toppling oppressive regimes.

He also liked to reward strength of purpose and character in his followers.

His dragon adepts followed the Ptarian Code. This draconic code of honor was created several millennia ago by the Gold dragon Ptaris. Originally intended as a guide to conduct for the lords who attend the King of Justice, ruler of good dragons, the Ptarian Code has since been adopted by other gold dragons, and even by certain silvers.

The Ptarian Code was similar to other codes of chivalry adopted by knightly orders of humanity. The major precepts were:

Justice and Good above all. Honor and Fealty to the King. Honor and Respect to Righteous Innocence. Honor and Duty to the Justicemaker (Bahamut). Honor and Protection to the Lesser Races. Honor and Correction to the Enemies of Justice and Good. Honor and Forbearance for oneself.

Bahamut’s antithesis was Tiamat, the chromatic dragon and Queen of Evil Dragons, worshiped by most evil dragons. Legends of their hatred for one another date back since far before recorded history—along with legends that the two are in fact brother and sister, children of an even more ancient dragon god.

Bahamut is allied with Torm, the god of courage and self-sacrifice, and Ilmater, the god of endurance.

Bahamut is depicted as a massive dragon with platinum scales and blue eyes. His holy symbol is a dragon’s head in profile.

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