In many campaign settings 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.
|Title(s)||Messenger of Io|
|Home plane||Heroic Domains of Ysgard|
|Domains||Chaos, Charm, Dragon, Illusion, Luck, Trade, Travel, Trickery|
Aasterinian is the 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. In 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 the Races of the Dragon places her realm in the Outlands instead.
Aasterinian was first detailed in the book Monster Mythology (1992), including details about her priesthood. Aasterinian appears in 3rd edition in Defenders of the Faith (2000). Her priesthood and her role as a draconic deity are further detailed in Draconomicon: The Book of Dragons (2003), and in Races of the Dragon (2006).
|Power level||Greater Power or Lesser Deity|
|Alignment||Chaotic Neutral or Neutral|
|Portfolio||Acquisitiveness, status, wealth|
|Domains||Dragon, Protection, Wealth (Cavern and Metal)|
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. She discourages her clerics from becoming involved in draconic politics and seeks to reward dragons with unusually impressive hoards.
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.
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.
|Title(s)||Firelord, All-Destroyer, Cleanser of Worlds|
|Power level||Intermediate Deity|
|Portfolio||Fire, Destruction, Renewal|
|Domains||Chaos, Destruction, Dragon, Evil, Fire (Renewal)|
Garyx symbolizes the sheer power and destructive force of dragonkind. Some argue that Garyx is actually insane.
Garyx pays little or no attention to his clerics and worshipers, but they do not care. Some druids revere the renewing aspect of Garyx, knowing that devastation is necessary for rejuvenation to occur.
|Title(s)||The Jester, The Keeper of Tales|
|Power level||Lesser Deity|
|Portfolio||Humor, storytelling, inspiration|
|Domains||Chaos, Dragon, Good, Trickery (Rune)|
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.
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.
|Title(s)||Scale of Justice, The Balancer, Weigher of Lives|
|Power level||Lesser Deity|
|Domains||Destruction, Dragon, Law, Protection, Retribution|
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.
|Title(s)||Her Beneficence, Her Mercy|
|Home plane||The Blessed Fields of Elysium|
|Portfolio||Life, light, mercy|
|Domains||Dragon, Good, Healing, Strength, Sun (Family)|
Tamara is the dragon goddess of life, light, and mercy.
Tamara is the kindest and most benevolent of the draconic deities. Some mistake this quality for weakness, but such beings never make this mistake twice.
Tamara's clerics are healers, but also deliverers of death to those who try to escape it. They destroy all undead creatures they encounter, especially draconic undead.
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