Ways of the Seven
“O Platinum Emperion, smile upon our toils and deliver us from evil. Bless this union, and may it be fecund and unmarred by sorrow.”
-Ancient Bardurian wedding prayer
Bahamut, the Platinum Dragon, is the Lawful Good god of good dragons, chivalry, and rulership. He is the primary deity of the province of Barduria, where worship of him dates back thousands of years. He is called upon by many Valuans as well in his role as a god of nobility and leadership. His titles include Platinum Emperor and King of Kings. His formal title in Draconic, and a common battle cry of his faithful, is Bahamut Rex.
Some say that Bahamut once walked the earth, many thousands of years ago during the Age of Dragons. If he did, it was so long ago that humans as we know them were nothing but primitive hunter-gatherer societies. Visual depictions of Bahamut show him as a huge dragon of shining platinum who could breathe blasts of pure light.
The ancient kingdom of Barduria worshiped Bahamut above all other deities since the beginning of its history. He was the god in whose name kings were crowned, and to whom lord and vassal alike prayed for guidance. The kingdom of Barduria fought valiantly against the Valuan Empire, their war ending in a truce and union instigated by divine intervention on Bahamut’s behalf.
The Church of Bahamut’s teachings are based on the sacred legendarium The Gods of the Earth, carved on stone tablets dating back to pre-history. Though including large collections of songs, hymns, and prayers, the text’s primary focus is on legends that serve as allegories for the teachings of Bahamut. By far the most well known of these is “The Epic of Marduk”, a tale centered on the man who would later be reborn as the god Kord. The tale tells of the seven heroic adventures of Kord, the last of which concluded with his slaying the evil dragon goddess Tiamat. Kord is considered the favorite son of Bahamut; because of Kord’s close relationship with the god Moradin, the three are often depicted together in painting and sculpture.
Bahamut’s commandments are as follows:
Honor the sacred bond that exists between servant and master, between vassal and liege, and between yourself and your god. As Bahamut is just, so must all lords be just. A vassal must to his lord be dutiful and true, and love all that he loves and shun all that he shuns.
All faithful of Bahamut are brothers in arms. Band together to destroy evil and right great wrongs.
Honor the Bardurian code of chivalry. Though not all worshipers of Bahamut can adhere to it, the most devout clerics and paladins of Bahamut follow a code of honorable warfare and personal conduct. Knights of Bahamut must be courageous, just, merciful, and reverent of their god. They are also known for their tradition of service to women and for exemplifying the ideal of courtly love.
In 3.5 DnD, Bahamut’s domains are Law, Good, Protection and Nobility.