The Dragon Gods are a racial pantheon of Gods in Dungeons & Dragons who, as their name suggests, focus their attention squarely on looking after dragons. This has caused them to be fairly minor figures; in comparison to the Morndinsamman or the Seldarine, the draconic faiths rarely come up during the game, since dragons generally aren't very religious (that would require accepting that something is more powerful than them). As a result, only the gods Bahamut and Tiamat have gained any real traction, since they have expanded their portfolio and interests beyond simply appealing to dragons. Though Hlal is noted as actively seeking to gain popularity with other races.
The Dragon Gods first appeared in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in Monster Mythology, with the Forgotten Realms splatbooks the Draconomicon and Cult of the Dragon looking into the draconic pantheon as worshipped on Faerun. They were updated to 3rd edition in the Draconomicon, and languished in obscurity until WotC threw them a bone in the form of the PC race known as the Dragonborn.
List of Dragon GodsEdit
From Greyhawk/"Core D&D":
- Io - Supreme Dragon God, Creator of Dragonkind. Notable for their alignment being "J) All of the above."
- Bahamut - God of Metallic Dragons, Justice, Honor and Righteousness.
- Tiamat - Goddess of Chromatic Dragons, Avarice, Envy and Wrath. Notable for having one head for each traditional chromatic dragon.
- Aasterinian - Goddess of Change.
- Astilabor - Goddess of Hoards.
- Chronepsis - God of Fate, Death and Judgment.
- Falazure - God of Enervation, Undeath and Necromancy.
- Garyx - God of Devastation.
- Hlal - Goddess of Humor, Stories, Songs and Freedom.
- Lendys - God of Justice.
- Sardior - God of Gem Dragons, Psionics, The Night and Secrets.
- Tamara - Goddess of Healing and Compassion.
From Other Settings:
- Takhisis - Krynnish Goddess of Chromatic Dragons, Evil, Hatred, Darkness and Tyranny.
- Asgorath - Faerunian Supreme Dragon God, the local identity for Io.
- Athearsauriv - PoLand God of Dragon Fates.
- Draconic Prophecy - A dragon pseudo-religion in Eberron.
- Edarmirrik - PoLand God of Draconic Merchants, Humanoid Domination, and Greed.
- Kalzareinad - Dead Faerunian God of Evil Dragon Magic.
- Kereska - Faerunian Goddess of Dragon Magic and Magical Creativity.
- Null - Faerunian God of Death, Decay, Undead, Enervation, Necromancy and the Draconic Afterlife, actually the inspiration of Falazure and Chronepsis.
- Task - Faerunian God of Greed and Selfishness.
- Thir - A trinity of progenitor deities who created Eberron and its cosmos.
- Siberys - The Dragon Above, source of magic and father of the dragons.
- Eberron - The world itself and mother all natural beings.
- Khyber - The Dragon Below. Sire of Tiamat in this setting.
- Thurkearvaeri - PoLand God of Draconic Warmongering.
- Vivexkepesk - PoLand God of Draconic Might and Courage.
- Xymore - Faerunian God of Justice.
- Zorquan - Faerunian God of Dragonkind and Dragonness, probably just an aspect of Io.
Not all of the Dragon Gods are detailed enough in canon to be worthy of their own pages, but 1d4chan would be remiss if it weren't sharing that kind of obscure, hard to find info. So, we've put together our own segment for them here on this page.
Athearsauriv, also known as the Eye of Heaven, is an Exarch, or lesser deity, of the Dawn War pantheon, native to the Nentir Vale setting and its World Axis cosmology. Introduced in the Draconomicon: Metallic Dragons book, they are a dragon who ascended to the service of one of the true gods of that pantheon. A Mithral Dragon, Athearsauriv's patron deity is Ioun. To quote the Draconomicon:
- "Athearsauriv was an oracle who saw the future not as a fixed path but as an obstacle to be overcome. No venture was wasted, because she knew well in advance whether it would succeed or fail. No battle was lost, because she foresaw every feint or lunge before her opponents attacked. Eventually, Athearsauriv could foresee the future of an idea she idly contemplated: She no longer predicted the future, but could define what would happen. Ioun opened her realm to Athearsauriv out of necessity, and the dragon now guides the fates of mortals remotely."
- "Dragons that revere Athearsauriv request her visions, the bewildering accuracy of which is regarded as a mixed blessing."
Edarmirrik is an Exarch, or lesser deity, of the Dawn War pantheon, native to the Nentir Vale setting and its World Axis cosmology. Introduced in the Draconomicon: Metallic Dragons book, they are a dragon who ascended to the service of one of the true gods of that pantheon. A Gold Dragon, Edarmirrik's patron deity is Erathis. To quote the Draconomicon:
- "Edarmirrik, a glutton and master manipulator, infiltrated the family of a great dynasty while he was still a young wyrm. As an adult, he brokered commerce between every capital city on his territorial continent. Now an elder dragon, he manages the gold trade by proxy through a global merchant guild, shaving every gold coin in circulation to supplement his hoard. Erathis, pleased with the civilization the dragon had fostered, invited Edarmirrik to her domain. The dragon refused at first, but then the god assured him that he could still remain active in the world and sleep on his mountains of gold.""
- "Dragons that revere Edarmirrik commend his single-mindedness and his expert management of humanoid societies."
Kalzareinad is the deceased God of Evil Dragon Magic from the Forgotten Realms, a dark counterpart to Kereska and an ally to Falazure. His only appearance was in the Cult of the Dragon splatbook, where it was established that he was dead. Thus, his only fluff is repeated below:
Kalzareinad (Dead) (Keeper of Dark Wonders) Kalzareinad was a neutral evil demipower of the Gray Waste. His portfolio was dragon magic, specifically the uncaring, evil, or selfish application of dragon magic. His symbol was a five-pointed star encircled by a dragon grabbing its own tail in its mouth. His worship and portfolio were entirely subsumed by Kereska during the Time of Troubles (1358 DR), and he passed quietly into deific death shortly thereafter in the Astral Plane
This is her original fluff: Kereska (Kuh-RES-kah) (Wonderbringer, Light of Magic) Deity of Magic Greater Power of Limbo, CN Symbol: A five-pointed star, the lower two points extended
According to legend, it is Kereska Wonderbringer who first taught dragonkind how to wield the powers of magic. As such, she is still revered by dragons of all species (more so by the more magically adept, of course). Kereska is able to cast any known spell as many times per day as she likes, and - since she is the font of magical creativity - she can create any new spell-like power on an instant's notice. Dragons researching new spells often invoke the name of Kereska before beginning. Kereska has the ability to imbue any dracoform with whatever level of spellcasting ability she wishes, and she can bestow new spells and spell-like powers upon any dragon that sufficiently pleases her.
Although she always appears as a dragon, the other details of her appearance - size, color, etc. change from manifestation to manifestation. She is always surrounded by a pulsating aura of magical power, however.
And this is the stuff from CotD: Kereska is a chaotic neutral intermediate power of Limbo. Her portfolio is magic, specifically dragon magic, and magical creativity. Her symbol is a five-pointed star with the lower two points extended.
Task is the draconic God of Greed and Avarice from the Forgotten Realms, essentially an unabashedly evil counterpart to Astilabor, the Goddess of Hoards. As such, whilst he appeared in two sourcebooks - the original Draconomicon and the Cult of the Dragon splatbook - he was dropped in 3rd edition.
His Draconomicon entry reads as follows:
Task (TASK) (The Taker and Holder, Wrester) Deity of Greed Greater Power of Pandemonium, CN(E) Symbol: A pile of five coins
While Astilabor is the deity of acquisition (with no stigma of evil attached), Task is undeniably the deity of greed. Task wants it all, no matter how he has to get it, no matter the cost to whoever currently owns what he wants. His followers share his attitudes. Task reveres greed and selfishness, and he sometimes rewards followers who show these characteristics in good measure (such rewards are never material, of course, since Task wouldn't give up anything that he owned).
Myths claim that Task's lair in the plane of Pandemonium hides the largest and richest hoard in the universe (followers of Astilabor dispute this). Task is worshiped by the evil dragons - reds most of all - and even by some brasses.
Task appears as a huge dragon whose hide is so studded with gems that it's impossible to tell what color he was originally.
In comparison, his Cult of the Dragon writeup consists simply of this:
Task (The Taker and Holder, Wrester) Task is a chaotic evil lesser power of Pandemonium. His portfolio is greed and selfishness, and his symbol is a pile of five coins.
Thurkearvaeri, aka The Night Dancer, is an Exarch, or lesser deity, of the Dawn War pantheon, native to the Nentir Vale setting and its World Axis cosmology. Introduced in the Draconomicon: Metallic Dragons book, they are a dragon who ascended to the service of one of the true gods of that pantheon. A Mercury Dragon, Thurkearvaeri's patron deity is Bane. To quote the Draconomicon:
- "Thurkearvaeri manipulated wars in the world, but never revealed her agenda to any mortal creature while doing so. She orchestrated battles in which opposing armies would clash, and ensured that the combatants would be enraged on a personal level by having their loved ones assassinated and framing a neighboring kingdom for the deeds. When a battle reached fever pitch, the mercury dragon would appear for the first time, admit her part in causing the hostilities, then join in the bloodshed. Bane fell in love with Thurkearvaeri and successfully enticed her to his realm."
- 'Dragons that revere Thurkearvaeri are drawn by her mystery and her wickedly rational mind, as well as her bloodthirsty nature and her ability to manipulate humanoids into war on a grand scale."
Vivexkepesk is an Exarch, or lesser deity, of the Dawn War pantheon, native to the Nentir Vale setting and its World Axis cosmology. Introduced in the Draconomicon: Metallic Dragons book, they are a dragon who ascended to the service of one of the true gods of that pantheon. A Brass Dragon, Vivexkepesk's patron deity is Bahamut. To quote the Draconomicon:
- "Vivexkepesk challenged every chromatic dragon he could find, young and ancient alike, and relentlessly hunted these creatures. As a side effect, his battles leveled towns, shook the earth, and shattered the landscape. The gods readied to smite Vivexkepesk to prevent this destruction, but Bahamut intervened, volunteering to personally fight the brass dragon and calm its dangerous rage. Miraculously, Vivexkepesk managed to keep the god constantly off balance. Seeing that the brass dragon merely wanted a challenging opponent, Bahamut offered him the opportunity to become an exarch, so he could fight Bahamut’s greatest foes."
- "Dragons that revere Vivexkepesk respect his ferocious combat prowess and his refusal to back down, even when he’s fighting a clearly superior opponent"
Xymore, also known as Justicemaker, is a dragon god of Justice and Mercy associated with the Forgotten Realms setting. He debuted in the original Draconomicon, as the son of Lendys and Tamara, and has not been seen since. His statblock and lore from that splatbook reads as follows:
Xymor (ZIE-more) (Justicemaker) Deity of Enlightened Justice Greater Power of the Seven Heavens, LG Symbol: A reptilian eye superimposed over a square of gold
In the draconic pantheon, Xymor is the offspring of Lendys and Tamara. Xymor combines Lendys's sense of justice with Tamara's love of mercy. Xymor is thus the perfect enlightened Justicemaker, who knows when to temper justice with mercy and punishment with forgiveness. As such, he is worshiped mainly by golds, silvers, and bronzes, although a few brasses and coppers also pay him homage.
He appears as a huge dragon wrapped in a scintillating aura of light so brilliant that it is impossible to tell his color