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The draconic pantheon was the dragon pantheon of gods.

MembersEdit

The pantheon consisted of the gods worshiped mostly by dragons, though some of these deities also had among their worshipers half-dragons, kobolds, lizardfolk, troglodytes, spellscales, and even humans[1] and dragonborn.[2]

Known dead powersEdit

Unknown powersEdit

HistoryEdit

The draconic pantheon was one of the oldest pantheons of gods on Toril, being worshiped by dragonkind since the creation of their race in -30000 DR.[16][17] Dragons of that time were devout followers of their gods, and such devotion sparked intense wars over philosophical differences not only between different species but also within species.[16]

An example of the later was one related to Bahamut that divided the usually monolithic gold dragon culture. As the precepts of Bahamut became more popular, the younger golds began to forsake the worship of Lendys and Tamara, that they regarded as old fashioned and inconsistent, to embrace the faith of the Platinum Dragon,[16] an attitude that put them at odds with older gold dragons, who worshiped those two dragons gods with fanatical devotion. Although this conflict never degenerated into outright violence, religious intolerance became quite widespread among gold dragons, something that had no precedent until that time and never happened ever since.[18]

The debate over Asgorath's alignment and nature was responsible for the most far-reaching holy wars of dragonkind. Every species of dragon believed Asgorath represented the pinnacle of their particular race. While silver dragons could grudgingly accept the gold dragons' insistence that Asgorath was a lawful good gold dragon, neither could tolerate the red dragons' claim that Asgorath was a chaotic evil red. At one time the resulting wars threatened the entire dragon race with extinction.[19]

Over time, draconic philosophers came to the conclusion that all of the fighting was wasteful and that gods who allowed such behavior were not worthy of their worship.[17] Some believe this behavior was influenced by the god Zorquan as a way to stop the dragon wars.[18] Whatever the truth, eventually most dragons turned away from the war and from religion in general. This started the dragon's apathy toward their gods, which lasted for thousands of years.[17] It was speculated that several members of the original draconic pantheon just died and vanished from the multiverse due to the lack of worship.[14] Only the followers of Bahamut and Tiamat didn't lost their faith toward their gods, and continued fighting in what was known as the Dragonfall War.[17]

After the last Rage of Dragons, in 1373 DR, the dragon population of Faerûn was greatly reduced in number.[20] That realization sparked the need of dragons to look for the help of their gods, marking the prophesied "turning of the Great Cycle", an ancient myth that foretold the return of draconic religious fervor.[14][20] The dragon gods who survived the long years without worshipers received a great influx of power from their new draconic followers. However, this also threatened Faerûn with the possibility of a new battle in the Dragonfall War.[14][20]

Although members of the draconic pantheon had personal lairs and domains in many of the outer planes,[3] their own plane was the Dragon Eyrie.[21] However, this plane was destroyed by the Spellplague in 1385 DR, and the draconic deities drifted to the domains of other gods.[13][22]

AppendixEdit

NotesEdit

  1. Although there is no mention of Sardior in specific Realms products, according to Ed Greenwood Sardior was worshiped as a god on the Realms.

ConnectionsEdit

The Draconic Pantheon
Greater Deities
AsgorathNullTask
Intermediate Deities
KereskaZorquan
Lesser Deities
AstilaborBahamutGaryxHlalLendysSardiorTamaraTiamat
Dead powers
AzharulKalzareinad
Unknown
Zotha

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel, Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, Kolja Raven Liquette (2006). Races of the Dragon. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-3913-3.
  2. Kim Mohan ed. (2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 112–113. ISBN 978-0786965809.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 Dale Donovan (January 1998). Cult of the Dragon. (TSR, Inc), pp. 120–124. ISBN 0-7869-0709-6.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 Nigel Findley, et al. (October 1990). Draconomicon. (TSR, Inc), pp. 25–32. ISBN 0-8803-8876-5.
  5. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 41. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 80. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Nigel Findley, et al. (October 1990). Draconomicon. (TSR, Inc), pp. 57–59. ISBN 0-8803-8876-5.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 221. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  9. Scott Brocius & Mark A. Jindra (2003-01-24). The Legend of Sardior. The Mind's Eye. Retrieved on 2016-12-12.
  10. Collins, Arthur W. "That's Not In the Monster Manual!" Dragon #37. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1980.
  11. Ed Greenwood. Ed's Twitter. Retrieved on 2016-12-13.
  12. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 108. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Ed Greenwood (2015-02-12). Questions for Ed Greenwood (2015). Candlekeep Forum. Retrieved on 2015-02-16.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 Nigel Findley, et al. (October 1990). Draconomicon. (TSR, Inc), p. 30. ISBN 0-8803-8876-5.
  15. Nigel Findley, et al. (October 1990). Draconomicon. (TSR, Inc), p. 2. ISBN 0-8803-8876-5.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Nigel Findley, et al. (October 1990). Draconomicon. (TSR, Inc), p. 28. ISBN 0-8803-8876-5.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Eric L. Boyd, Eytan Bernstein (August 2006). Dragons of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 7. ISBN 0-7869-3923-0.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Nigel Findley, et al. (October 1990). Draconomicon. (TSR, Inc), p. 29. ISBN 0-8803-8876-5.
  19. Nigel Findley, et al. (October 1990). Draconomicon. (TSR, Inc), pp. 29–30. ISBN 0-8803-8876-5.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Eric L. Boyd, Eytan Bernstein (August 2006). Dragons of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 10. ISBN 0-7869-3923-0.
  21. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 258. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  22. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 60–62. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.

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