Bahamut

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Bahamut
Prime Deity
Official art of Bahamut the Platinum Dragon, by Kent Davis.[art 1]
Symbols of Bahamut.[art 2][art 3]
Deity information
Other namesThe Platinum Dragon[1]
Pronounshe/him
ProvinceHonor, Justice[1]
SymbolSilver dragon's head in profile[1]
AlignmentLawful Good[1]
Home planeMount Celestia[1]
Worship
Holy dayEmbertide (Duscar 5th)
Major templesThe Platinum Sanctuary
Cleric domains
Vestiges of DivergenceHonor's Last Stand

Bahamut, the Platinum Dragon is the deity of good-aligned dragons and metallic dragons. He is a sworn enemy of Tiamat, the Scaled Tyrant, who is the queen of the chromatic dragons.[2]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Official art of Erathis and Bahamut battling Asmodeus and Gruumsh in Vasselheim, by Kent Davis.[art 4]

Bahamut was among the Prime Deities who fought against the Betrayer Gods. Following the Dawn War, in which Bahamut helped defend Vasselheim, the platinum dragon shed a tear for the sacrifices his devoted followers had made in the war. From that tear was born a crystal, the Star of Exaltation, which was preserved for millennia, until shortly after 510 PD, when the city came under a terrible siege. The crystal was used as a focus in a ritual to bring Bahamut's intervention to defend Vasselheim, and this expended the last of the crystal's power and destroyed it on the Material Plane.[3]

Shortly before the Calamity, the Platinum Dragon was among the Prime Deities who fought against the Betrayer Gods in defense of Vasselheim and again fought against the Betrayers in the Calamity, alongside the Erathis.[4] The records of the Scalebearers state that, at the end of the Calamity, it was Bahamut and Erathis who came to Vasselheim and declared that the Prime Deities would also leave Exandria. Though this was initially met with protest from both the divine and mortal, the other gods ultimately agreed, finding this "unimpeachable and just". Thus, the Divergence occurred and the Divine Gate was created.[5]

Bahamut's devout paladin, Kima of Vord, received some of her fighting implements directly from an avatar of Bahamut.[6]

Campaign 1: Vox Machina[edit | edit source]

Bahamut sent Kima on a vision quest that set into motion the events at the beginning of the Critical Role stream: Kima had gone into the Underdark beneath Kraghammer to stop a great evil that was growing there. Allura asked Vox Machina to find Kima, help her, and return with her safely.[7][8]

When the Chroma Conclave made its initial attack on major cities including Emon, Allura felt confident the chromatic dragons would not try to attack Vasselheim, not only because it is well-defended but because it is the center of Bahamut's influence, and Bahamut stood against such creatures.[9] Indeed, the Conclave did not attempt it.

After Vox Machina defeated Vecna, they gathered in the Platinum Sanctuary and Keyleth gave an inspiring speech, after which light peeked through the clouds and they felt the presence of Bahamut and possibly Pelor and Sarenrae.[10]

Worship[edit | edit source]

Commandments of the Platinum Dragon
  • Stand as a paragon of honor and justice.
  • Smite evil wherever it is found, yet show compassion to those who have strayed from righteousness.
  • Defend the weak, bring freedom to the persecuted, and protect the ideals of justice and order.

— from the Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn[11]

The Platinum Dragon's holy day is Embertide, celebrated on the fifth of Duscar.[12]

Symbols[edit | edit source]

The common symbol of Bahamut is a shield with brilliant silver dragon head in profile.[12] The worshipers often carve this symbol to protect themselves during their holy missions.[13] Bahamut is accompanied by two colors: white and silver, which are also the usual colors his followers wear.[14]

Issylra[edit | edit source]

In Vasselheim, the district of Silver Talon's Reach is dedicated to the worship of the Platinum Dragon. The Platinum Sanctuary, the oldest known temple to Bahamut,[15] resides within Silver Talon's Reach.[16]

Tal'Dorei[edit | edit source]

One of the two largest cathedrals in Emon's Temple District is to the Platinum Dragon.[17] A shrine to the Platinum Dragon is also one of the three largest in Westruun.[18]

The Iridon Bastion, located in the Grey Valley, was built as an extension of a temple dedicated to the Platinum Dragon.[19]

Wildemount[edit | edit source]

The Platinum Dragon is one of the deities that is approved for worship in the Dwendalian Empire.[20] The temple of the Platinum Dragon in Zadash is called the Platinum House,[21] and the central temple in Rexxentrum is called the Dragon Seat.[22]

Known worshipers[edit | edit source]

Many who worship Bahamut recite the following as a morning ritual:

I lift up your name, O First of Dragons, and pray to uphold your sacred charge. Let me protect those around me, as your wings enfold us. Let me seek for truth, as your eyes watch over us. Let me strike against wickedness, as your talons defend us. Let me resist temptation and falseness, as your heart guides us. I lift up your name, O First of Dragons, and pray to uphold your sacred charge.

— "The Sacred Charge"[23]

Vasselheim, Othanzia[edit | edit source]

  • Highbearer Vord, the leader of the Order of Bahamut in Vasselheim.
  • Scalebearers Desona and Vorack were sent with Vorack from the Platinum Sanctuary in Vasselheim to escort the Horn of Orcus.
  • Scalebearer Yonn, a disciple of Bahamut who greeted Vox Machina as they arrived in Vasselheim for the first time.
  • Platinum Knight Udire, the finest champion of the Platinum Sanctuary.[24]
  • High Paladin Archibald at the "grand chantry" in Othanzia.[25][presumed]

Other[edit | edit source]


Appearances and mentions[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, the high-level adventure The Krakenwhacker involves a ship of the same name with a magical figurehead of Bahamut.[30]
  • In public, Mollymauk pretended to be a worshiper of the Platinum Dragon[31] to mask his following of the Moonweaver and avoid prosecution for worshiping an unapproved deity.[32]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 1: "Story of Wildemount", p. 21.
  2. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 1: "Story of Wildemount", p. 28.
  3. "Enter Vasselheim" (1x16) from 1:06:53 through 1:12:28.
  4. See official art on this page.
  5. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 1: "Welcome to Tal'Dorei", p. 16.
  6. "Breaching the Emberhold" (1x06) at 2:35:56.
  7. "The Story of Vox Machina" (Mx04) at 20:24.
  8. "Strange Bedfellows" (1x03) at 0:08.
  9. "In Ruins" (1x41) at 16:49.
  10. "The Chapter Closes" (1x115) from 1:22:25 through 1:27:14.
  11. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 2: "Allegiances of Tal'Dorei", p. 28.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 1: "Story of Wildemount", p. 21.
  13. "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) at 21:59. Kima received a vision from Bahamut of the great evil that lies beneath Kraghammer. During her mission, Kima marked her way with symbols of the silver dragon to gain divine protection.
  14. "Beyond the Boundaries" (2x32) at 2:05:28.
  15. "Skyward" (1x15) at 7:56.
  16. "Return to Vasselheim" (1x43) at 2:02:46.
  17. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 90.
  18. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 59.
  19. "Bloody Flowers" (3x67) at 1:22:03.
  20. "Steam and Conversation" (2x09) at 46:11.
  21. "Steam and Conversation" (2x09) at 45:41.
  22. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 3: "Wildemount Gazetteer", p. 106.
  23. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 18.
  24. "Return to Vasselheim" (1x43) at 2:15:32.
  25. "Shopping and Shipping" (1x14) at 1:09:13.
  26. Calianna, under the impression that Mollymauk is a worshipper of the Platinum Dragon, says that if he prays to the Platinum Dragon, they'll be fine. "Stalker in the Swamp" (2x21) at 1:19:09.
  27. "Shopping and Shipping" (1x14) at 59:40.
  28. "The Story of Vox Machina" (Mx04) from 20:44 through 20:50.
  29. "Strange Bedfellows" (1x03) at 24:34.
  30. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 3: "Wildemount Gazetteer", p. 157.
  31. Mollymauk says "Platinum Dragon be with you," to a patron of the Carnival of Curiosities. "Curious Beginnings" (2x01) at 1:51:50.
  32. "Fleeting Memories" (2x14) at 2:12:40.

Art:

  1. Official art of Bahamut the Platinum Dragon, by Kent Davis (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  2. Symbol of Bahamut from Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting.
  3. Symbol of Bahamut from Explorer's Guide to Wildemount by Claudio Pozas. (source)
  4. Official art of Erathis and Bahamut battling Asmodeus and Gruumsh in Vasselheim, by Kent Davis (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.