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Tamara (pronounced Tuh-MAH-ruh)[3] was the neutral good dragon goddess of life, light, mercy, and forgiveness.[1] She was the consort of Lendys,[2] and was commonly worshiped alongside him and Bahamut, who in some traditions was considered to be their son.[4]

DescriptionEdit

In her natural form, Tamara was a huge, wingless platinum dragon with burnished scales, slightly smaller than Lendys. She radiated a comfortable aura of warmth and love, her eyes shining with the brightness of the sun itself.[3][1]

RealmEdit

Tamara had a lair in the plane of Elysium.[3]

Personality Edit

Tamara was the kindest and most benevolent of the draconic deities. Some mistook that for weakness, though such beings didn't survived to make that error twice.[1] As consort of Lendys, she always strived to temper his hard-edged justice with a sense of forgiveness.[3]

WorshipersEdit

Tamara was worshiped mostly by brass and copper dragons, although many lawful good dragons of other species worshiped her as a consort of Lendys.[3]

Tamara's faith had a reputation of peaceful and merciful, but her worshipers didn't hesitated to stand against evil or tyranny if they needed to.[1]

ClergyEdit

Tamara's clerics were healers, but also deliverers of death to those who tried to escape it. They sought out to destroy undead across the lands, particularly draconic undead.[1]

TemplesEdit

Tamara's temples were also hospitals or hospices where the sick or injured were welcomed. Terminally ill dragons were cared for with dignity and respect. When dragons died in one of Tamara's temples, their passing was greeted in a positive light, as a merciful way to escape from the hardships of life.[1]

DogmaEdit

The preservation of life and happiness was all to Tamara.[3] She believed in mercy, both in life and death, and as such she didn't only healed the sick and tended the injured, but also delivered a merciful end to those dragons nearing the end of their natural lives. She detested fiercely those who artificially prolonged the life of a dragon, even more when it was against the dragon's will.[1]

Some of his dragon adepts followed the Ptarian Code,[5] a draconic code of honor created by the gold dragon Ptaris in the ancient past. Originally intended as a guide to conduct for the lords who attended the King of Justice, the Ptarian Code eventually was adopted by many gold and silver dragons.[6]

The Ptarian Code was similar to the codes of chivalry adopted by knightly orders of humanity. It included paying homage to Tamara, as well to the draconic deities Bahamut and Lendys.[6] 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.[6][7]

AppendixEdit

NotesEdit

  1. While Cult of the Dragon (1998) lists her as an intermediate deity, Draconomicon (1990) states that she is a greater deity.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel, Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, Kolja Raven Liquette (2006). Races of the Dragon. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 157. ISBN 0-7869-3913-3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dale Donovan (January 1998). Cult of the Dragon. (TSR, Inc), p. 120. ISBN 0-7869-0709-6.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Nigel Findley, et al. (October 1990). Draconomicon. (TSR, Inc), p. 27. ISBN 0-8803-8876-5.
  4. Nigel Findley, et al. (October 1990). Draconomicon. (TSR, Inc), p. 28. ISBN 0-8803-8876-5.
  5. Eric L. Boyd, Eytan Bernstein (August 2006). Dragons of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 99. ISBN 0-7869-3923-0.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Nigel Findley, et al. (October 1990). Draconomicon. (TSR, Inc), p. 44. ISBN 0-8803-8876-5.
  7. Eric L. Boyd, Eytan Bernstein (August 2006). Dragons of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 100. ISBN 0-7869-3923-0.

ConnectionsEdit

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


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