Out With the Old
The Platinum Dragon; Grandfather of Dragons; God of Dragons, Justice, and Nobility
Bahamut Alignment: Lawful good
Symbol: Dragon’s head in profile, facing left
Domains: Life, War
Realm: Celestia (Mertion)
Worshipers: Judges, Lawmakers, Nobles, Knights and Paladins, Justiciars, various people who desire justice, metallic dragons, dragonborn; Priests and Knights of Bahamut are often called his “chosen,” out of the belief that he chooses the worthy.
- Uphold the highest ideals of honor and justice.
- Be constantly vigilant against evil and oppose it on all fronts.
- Protect the weak, liberate the oppressed, and defend just order.
Bahamut’s clergy is a small, select group, but they tend to be welcome in most locales. The presence of a friendly Chosen is often a comfort to the “common folk,” since such priests are advocates for the “downtrodden,” but they are also a sign of legitimacy for the ruling classes. Thus, the Chosen find themselves serving as diplomats and mediators as often as crusaders. However, the church of Bahamut is also among the most prone to extreme interpretations, and would-be servants of the God of Justice often take his message to unintended extremes in an effort to curry his favor.
Less common is the practice of dragon-worship. Often kobolds and lizard-folk take to worshipping “true” dragons. This is most common with Chromatic dragons, who stand as proxies for Tiamat. Occasionally, however, metallic dragons will seek to exploit the same tendencies to lead such peoples into the “civilized” ways of Bahamut. This usually tolerated by the god in the case of lay worship, but Bahamut would still only grant any measure of his blessing to a kobold or lizardfolk devotee who was otherwise worthy.
Few are able to fault the virtue of Bahamut’s ethos: Promote Honor and Justice, Protect the Weak, Defend Just Order, and Liberate the Oppressed. The problems tend to come more in implementation than principle; what qualifies as “Just” order for example, and is there any room in justice for mercy? How does one qualify as “weak and oppressed?” After all, being outmatched is not the same as being in the right.
From Dragon 378
Those who follow Bahamut cleave to four virtues: Honor, Justice, Righteousness, and Nobility. All of the Platinum Dragon’s servants embrace these qualities, letting them act as guides when confronted with moral quandaries. By acting as living examples of these virtues, divine champions can also inspire the same qualities in others and further their divine patron’s presence in the world.
Honor: Acting with honor means living without shame. Strive in all things to be worthy of respect and admiration, and do nothing to sully your reputation or faith. Treat others with fairness, consider the needs of others before your own, and ever strive to emulate the Platinum Dragon in all that you do.
Justice: Without justice, there can be no order, and without order, there can be no good. You should always work to protect the weak and the innocent. Tolerate no crime and seek swift justice for the wrongdoer.
Righteousness: As Bahamut’s holy servant, all that you do reflects on your faith. Live an unimpeachable life, seeking the good and wholesome. Reject temptations and their corrupting influence. Be the moral beacon in all that you do.
Nobility: Act with dignity. Avoid the base emotions for they cloud judgment and lead to darkness. Be tempered, even, and resolute in your actions and you will find success.
Exarchs of Bahamut
- Vivexpesk, Brass Dragon Demigod of Audacity
The Seven Gold Wyrms:
- Borkadd the Claw, Bahamut’s Enforcer
- Gruemat the Voice, Bahamut’s Diploma
- Kurya the Eye, Bahamut’s Intelligence Officer
- Marroshok the Tail, Bahamut’s Shield
- Sonngarad the Wing, Bahamut’s Messenger
- Troaxanna the Presence, Bahamut’s Emissary
- Urgala the Fang, Bahamut’s Chief Tactician