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Dungeons & Dragons Deity
Bahamut
Title(s) The Platinum Dragon, King of the Good Dragons, Lord of the North Wind, Wyrmking
Home Plane Seven Mounting Heavens of Celestia
Power Level Intermediate
Alignment Lawful Good
Portfolio Good dragons, wisdom
Domains Air, Cold, Dragon, Good, Law, Luck, Nobility, Protection, Storm
Alias(es) Paladine (possibly); Xymor (dragons of Abeir-Toril); Marduk the Justice Bringer (humans of the Old Empires region of Abeir-Toril)
Superior none

In the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, Bahamut is a powerful draconic deity, derived from the Bahamut of Arabic mythology.

Introduced in the 1st Edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons and continuing into 2004's release of Complete Divine, Bahamut, the Platinum Dragon, is the King of the Good Dragons. He is a deity of good dragonkind and a member of the default pantheon of D&D gods. His counterpart in Dragonlance is Paladine (though many regard the two as separate beings). Bahamut is a child of the dragon god Io. He is also referred to as the God of Dragons or the Lord of the North Wind.

In many campaign settings, the draconic pantheon of gods consists of the leader Io, and his children Aasterinian, Bahamut, Chronepsis, Faluzure, and Tiamat. Other draconic gods may be present in different campaign settings. For example, the Forgotten Realms draconic pantheon also includes Astilabor, Garyx, Hlal, Lendys, and Tamara (among others); these five deities have expanded their influence to become venerated in many other campaign settings as well.

DescriptionEdit

Bahamut is depicted as a massive dragon with platinum scales and blue eyes. According to Complete Divine and Races of the Dragon, the exact color is hard to specify and may depend on Bahamut's mood.

Tiamat & BahamutEdit

The same edition of Dungeons & Dragons that introduced Bahamut also introduced his antithesis. This opposite was named Tiamat, the Chromatic Dragon and Queen of Evil Dragons, as well as the mother and deity of all evil dragons. This pairing features prominently in the deity lore of the game, with Tiamat even being featured in the television cartoon adaptation of the game.

This pairing of Tiamat and Bahamut as the antithesis of each other has since recurred in other fantasy settings. In Final Fantasy VIII Bahamut[1] is portrayed as benevolent, while Tiamat is portrayed as malevolent, keeping close to their origins in D&D [2].

Both also occur in Three Dragon Ante [3], a card game and Aspects of them have been created as plastic miniatures[4].

FootnotesEdit

  1. "Gary Gygax Interview". http://ridureyu.tripod.com/ggygax.html. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  2. "Mythological Accuracy". http://flightline.highline.edu/videogame/webcontrib/mythological_accuracy.htm. 
  3. "rpgnet review of Three Dragon Ante". http://www.rpg.net/reviews/archive/11/11801.phtml. 
  4. "hobbieandgames.com". http://www.hobbiesandgames.com/Aspect_of_Bahamut_02_60_p/dddq002.htm. 

ReferencesEdit

  • Redman, Rich and James Wyatt. Defenders of the Faith (Wizards of the Coast, 2000).


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