Bahamut, The Platinum Dragon
RealmThe Platinum Dragon, King of the Good Dragons, The Metal One, Lord of the North Wind, Wyrmking, The Platinum One
Common Phrases: "The left hand holds The Book" or "The left hand teaches" (used by clerics)
" The right hand holds the Hammer" or "The Right hand ensures" (used by paladins)
" By the glistening scales of Bahamut!"
" Bahamut knows your heart, as do I"
"The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, honorable, and compassionate, to have made some difference that you have lived and lived well."
"The Platinum Dragon is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer. He is my stronghold, my refuge , and my armor against the foes of life—I need only kneel and offer him my praise"
Bahamut's realm, Bahamut's Palace, is said to exist "beyond the East Wind," on the plane of the Celestial Mountain. It is a wondrous, glittering fortress with windows made from gems set in silver and gold, walls of inlaid copper and ivory, and floors of beaten mithral. When they are not traveling with their master, Bahamut's seven great golden wyrms tend to the palace and its treasures.
Within the palace are four gates leading to each of the four winds, each guarded by a warden archon. The guardian of the gate to the North Wind is Yonel, the guardian of the gate to the South Wind is Kerkhoutha, the guardian of the gate to the West Wind is Moriel, and the guardian of the gate to the East Wind is Ruhiel.Bahamut's palace is the only known shortcut to the upper layers of the celestial mountain, though he and his servants only permit those who are worthy to pass through.
Bahamut is very stern and disapproving of evil. He accepts no excuses for foul deeds. On the other hand, he is very compassionate, and has boundless empathy for the weak and downtrodden. He urges his followers to promote good, but to let people fight their own battles when they can, providing healing, information, or temporary safe refuge rather than fighting alongside those who can fight for themselves.Bahamut's own greatest priority is his endless war with his sister Tiamat. He opposes all her schemes, answering them move for move. He values wisdom, knowledge, prophecies, and song. For a dragon, he is neither vain nor greedy.
Bahamut is revered by all good dragons, but gold, silver, and brass dragons hold him in particularly high regard. Humans and other humanoids who cherish justice and honor, seek and give protection, or are of nobility, often venerate The Platinum One. Many human
Lawful good orders of paladins and clerics follow the lore of Bahamut. The dragonborn race reveres him as a creator god, while other races invoke him for strength and protection. Kings are crowned in his name. Bahamut is also known to take many forms, ranging from his draconic namesake, an old man, to a fully armed paladin warrior in shining platinum plate armor.
Bahamut only accepts good-aligned priests. They may be of any race. They strive to constantly yet subtly act on behalf of good. They oppose evil, but their first mandate is to ensure they do no harm in the process.
Temples to the Platinum Dragon are often large, defensive structures. They are beautiful, elegant edifices characterized by clean, simple architecture and furnishings. Within them will be public rooms in which the faithful can gather and private rooms for meditation and recuperation. Bahamut prefers his followers to worship him with deeds, not objects.
Most of the quests that Bahamut's followers go on are apt to involve opposing Tiamat in some way. They have few formal rituals. Instead of praying aloud, they count their deeds as prayers, supporting goodness and opposing evil. Bahamut cares little for mere words.
The Rite of Rebirth
<font>Rarely, humans, elves, halflings, or other humanoid races may hear a call, like a faint question in their hearts, asking them if they want to devote themselves completely to Bahamut. Normally it is first heard before adolescence, but sometimes adults hear it as well. Not all those who are called answer, but those who do may undergo the Rite of Rebirth. Those who commit to this demanding ritual put aside all their weapons and equipment, dressing in a simple linen shift. They meditate for a full day and night, their head filled with reminders of all they are giving up. If they elect to go on, they then enter a chamber at dawn and sleep until dawn the next day, ritualoistically emerging as a dragonson, ready to become a permanent champion against evil and its spawn.</font>
Myths and legends
Tiamat's enmity with Bahamut dates back to their creation, when Io made them; they were made with the intention of becoming complements and mates, but their personalities were too much at odds. Tiamat murdered Vorel, her eldest brother, and tried to frame Bahamut for the deed. Io realized who was truly to blame, though, and banished Tiamat from his presence.
The Banishment of Tiamat
The Platinum Dragon has now become a core god in the pantheon (having replaced other gods such as Heironeous and Cuthbert) and He has a special feat called Armor of Bahamut which allows the player to cancel out an enemy's critical hit once per encounter. His dwelling place in the Astral Sea is Mount Celestia which he shares with Moradin and Kord.