Bahamut

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Bahamut (pronounced bah-HAHM-ut) was the god of justice and a subservient deity to Torm, god of law. Before entering the Faerûnian pantheon, he was an elder draconic deity of good dragons, metallic dragons, wisdom, and enlightened justice (justice tempered with mercy and punishment with forgiveness) known by the name of Xymor.

History
His worship grew in the decades following the Time of Troubles, when he regained his divine status. Bahamut, also referred to as the God of Dragons or the Lord of the North Wind, was a powerful platinum dragon and the king of the good dragons.

Sages debated for ages whether he actually was 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 was certainly powerful, venerated by many good dragons and respected by evil ones. One of the most compassionate beings in Realmspace, his name was known throughout the Crystal sphere and in some aspect all over Toril.

Description
Bahamut was depicted as a massive dragon (approx 180 feet (55m)) long with a tail the same length as his body) with platinum scales and blue eyes, the exact color of which was hard to specify and may have depended on Bahamut’s mood. As Xymor, he was described as a huge dragon wrapped in a scintillating aura of light so brilliant that it was impossible to tell his color.

When he wished to interact with mortals, he appeared as an old man, accompanied by seven gold great wyrms polymorphed into canaries. Some claimed that these wyrms were reincarnations of dead kings, renowned for their sense of justice.

Worshipers
The majority of Bahamut’s worshipers prior to the Spellplague were metallic dragons. His few nondraconic clerics typically learned the Platinum Dragon’s teachings at the foot of a wyrm, typically a gold or silver dragon in humanoid form. Teacher and student often traveled to see the effects of injustice and cruelty firsthand.

Orders
The Talons of Justice was an order of dragon paladins dedicated to Bahamut that followed the Ptarian Code. No one knew exactly how many Talons there were, but the group probably numbered in the scores. Group members were spread throughout Faerûn, many living in human and demihuman form in cities and towns.

Relationships
Bahamut’s antithesis is Tiamat, the chromatic dragon and Queen of Evil Dragons, worshiped by most evil dragons. Legends of their hatred of each other date back to times before Tiamat is supposed to have arrived on Toril.

Bahamut was also subservient to Torm and a close ally of his fellow deity, the god Ilmater, who likewise resided on Celestia’s slopes.

Dogma
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 members of the gold species, and even by certain silvers.

The Ptarian Code was similar to other codes of chivalry adopted by knightly orders of the humanity. It included paying homage to Bahamut, as well to his parents Lendys and Tamara.

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 Balancer (Lendys), to Her Mercy (Tamara), and 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_.

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