Qotal, the feathered dragon, also known as the Plumed One, was the lawful good god of healing, feathers and creation in Maztica. He was often portrayed as a huge golden dragon who had golden colored feathers instead of scales. From his neck erupted a lush mane of many colored feathers.[1]


After Kukul created humans the gods each gave a gift to mankind. Qotal gave man mayz (corn) which enabled the Maztican society to flourish. Qotal became the favorite god of the Mazticans which made Qotal's brother Zaltec jealous. Zaltec gave humans dark Hishna magic which made them powerful and caused them to wage wars. Qotal became distressed and his mother the goddess Maztica give Qotal feathermagic to give to humans. Zaltec was angered by his mother's interference and slew Maztica. After Maztica's death the gods fought a war and ultimately Qotal defeated Zaltec.

After the war humans enjoyed a long period of peace and prosperity. Qotal saw men and women enjoying each other's companionship and decided he wanted a wife and since his choices were a bit limited he forcibly took his sister Kiltzi as his wife. Kiltzi apparently tired out Qotal because he fell into a very long slumber. During his sleep, his other sisters learned of his brutality and sided with Zaltec which increased Zaltec's power. Zaltec introduced the practice of human sacrifice and gained still more power for himself. Qotal finally woke from his slumber and was appalled by the actions of his former worshippers.

In sadness, he sailed eastward from Maztica centuries ago. But he was not completly forgotten for there was still a small cadre of dedicated priests. His glorious return came after the Night of Wailing when many Mazticans turned back to him and began to worship Qotal once more. He returned to the True World and is now in a state of "equilibrium" with his cruel brother Zaltec. [1]


Qotal abhorred sacrifices of living beings. Rituals of Qotal often included the freeing of caged creatures, especially birds and butterflies. His priests had major access to the spheres of pluma, Healing, Creation and Protection spells. They could also access to a minor degree the spheres of Animal, Astral, Divination and Plant spells.[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Douglas Niles (August 1991). Maztica Campaign Set, Gods & Battles. (TSR, Inc), p. 24. ISBN 1-5607-6084-2.


2. Edition:

The Maztican Pantheon

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