The Draconic Pantheon Jul 26, 2008 23:18:21 GMT -5
Post by Masterbard Alyster Darkharp on Jul 26, 2008 23:18:21 GMT -5
World-Shaper, the Concordant Dragon, The Great Eternal Wheel, Swallower of Shades, the Ninefold Dragon, Creator of Dragonkind
Symbol: A multicolored metallic disk
Home Plane: Unknown (is Outlands in non-realms 3E sources)
Portfolio: Dragonkind, balance, peace
Cleric Alignments: LG, NG, CG, LN, N, CN, LE, NE, CE
Domains: Dragon*, Knowledge, Magic, Strength, Travel, Wealth* [Spell]
Favored Weapon: Scimitar (claw)
Races of the Dragon Entry
Io is the Ninefold Dragon, known as such because he embodies all alignments within his outlook. Io is regarded as the creator of dragons, subtly manipulating the destinies of all dragons by operating out in the open where nobody suspects his involvement. Io is concerned solely with the affairs of dragons and dragonkind, interfering in their lives only when he deems it absolutely necessary.
Io cares only for his “children” the dragons and their continued existence in the world. In some cases, this means taking the side of the dragons against other races. In other situations, Io might help nondragons fight against a dragon who would otherwise jeopardize the survivability of the race as a whole. He prefers to remain out of conflicts between dragons, though if such a conflict threatens to escalate, he might step in (either personally or by dispatching Aasterinian or some other servitor).
Io has even fewer clerics or shrines than most of the other draconic deities, since his outlook is so broad and all-encompassing. Still, even the most devoted cleric of Bahamut, Tiamat, or another dragon god pays at least a modicum of homage to the Ninefold Dragon. He also occasionally finds clerics or adepts among the reptilian races, such as lizardfolk and troglodytes. Io’s clerics are few, and they have no established dogma. Each individual has his own way of paying homage to the creator of his kind. Candidates for Io’s clergy embark on an introspective journey to rid themselves of every judgmental impulse that colors their opinion of the world. They do so in the hope of one day perceiving all creatures and events with true objectivity. Many candidates never succeed in this endeavor, even after a lifetime of soul-searching. Io counts no faiths among his enemies, knowing the value of neutrality in one’s outlook. Even those of greatly varying alignment can find common cause under the banner of the Ninefold Dragon.
Io's Holy Symbol
Io’s followers are tasked with seemingly random quests, such as “Decrease the hoard of by one-quarter” or “Fortify influence over its region.” Io rarely offers an explanation for his assignments, but expects every follower to trust his impartiality. Half-dragon followers of Io seek acceptance and inner peace in the god’s boundless love for his children. A typical quest involves finding other half-dragons and revealing Io’s love to them. Locating or consecrating a shrine to Io—sometimes in hostile territory—is a common mission for clerics of Io. Sometimes a follower must journey to the lair of a wyrm or older true dragon, face the dweller, and return with a piece of long-forgotten lore.
Io’s prayers have a deep resonating quality that pleasantly reverberates throughout the entire body and invigorates the follower. One often-used supplication is “Io, Swallower of Shades, shine in the face of your servant.” Among half-dragons, prayers to Io are more like questions: “Why, though I walk with you, are my steps in darkness?” Io does not usually answer prayers, though he does listen to them.
Io has very few temples, as is typical of dragon deities. Small shrines in his honor are erected among some draconic or reptilian peoples. His half-dragon priests are wandering ascetics, some of whom advance to become Singers of Concordance. A shrine to Io is a simple pillared construction open to the air and covered with a half-dome, the inside of which is usually inlaid with draconic lore. These shrines are always located in wide-open spaces, such as the middle of a desert, the center of a valley, on a featureless plain, or atop a mountain peak.
The theme of blending is central to observances in Io’s honor. He contains the essence of all dragons and shows no favoritism or enmity toward a given alignment or deity. Since half-dragons are themselves blended beings, they make excellent leaders of such rituals. A typical activity might be to mix wine with a drop of blood from each participant, then pass the cup for all to drink. Io’s name is evoked in matters of dragon heritage and history, and when predicting the future of dragons and dragonkind. “Only the discerning eye of Io knows how this will turn out.”
Herald and Allies
Io’s most impressive herald is Aasterinian, a Huge (mature adult) brass dragon who acts as his messenger but also intervenes in matters of great importance. Io tends to send a herald blooded to the race of the dragonblood recipient. For example, to a half-dragon or a kobold, Io’s herald is a half-dragon/half-kobold 9th-level fighter/9th-level sorcerer His allies are celestial or fiendish dragons. Planar dragons (described in Chapter 4 of Draconomicon), although not outsiders, can also be called on for assistance at the DM’s discretion, using the dragon ally spells in Draconomicon.
Cult of the Dragon Entry
Asgorath is a greater power of the Outer Planes. He is said to encompass all alignments in his being, but he is often regarded as neutral. His portfolio is creation, and his symbol is an unadorned circle, representing totality. In the Outer Planes, he is more commonly known as Io, and the location of his domain is unknown.
Draconomicon 2E Entry
Asgorath the World-Shaper is reputed in myth and legend to be the creator of the universe, and of dragonkind. The true alignment of Asgorath is unknown; each dragon that worships Asgorath. and the god has followers among every species of dragonkind, believes wholeheartedly that the god
shares its alignment. (Thus, reds believe that Asgorath is ChaoticEvil, as implied in the Book of the World mentioned at the beginning of the chapter, while bronzes believe Asgorath is Lawful Good.)
Asgorath never manifests himself before his faithful. (In fact, myths claim that Asgorath manifested himself only once, during the act of creating the universe.) He makes his existence felt as a powerful, dynamic presence in the minds of other dragons.
Notes: Io is a largely unknown deity in FR, except by the extremely well studied scholar, dragon, or the Dragon Deities themselves. He does not exist to my knowledge in the Great Tree Cosmology, but since he is an official non-realms deity, and the great wheel and tree are connected via Sigil, the possibility of gaining knowledge of him does exist, however rare.
Sources: Draconomicon 3E, Races of the Dragon, Cult of the Dragon, Draconomicon 2E