The Chromatic Dragon, Creator of Evil Dragonkind, the Avaricious, the Dragon Queen, Nemesis of the Gods, the Dark Lady, Queen of Chaos, the Undying Queen, Bane of Bahamut, the Primeval Mother
Lesser Power of the Nine Hells of Baator
Symbol: A five-headed dragon
Home Plane: Baator/Avernus (Dragonspawn Pits of Azharul)
Alignment: Lawful evil
Portfolio: Evil dragons, conquest, greed
Alias: Takhisis, Lotan
Core Worshipers: Dragons
Worshipers: Evil dragons, conquerors
Cleric Alignments: NE, LE
Domains: Destruction, Dragon* (Dr), Evil, Greed* (Dr), Law, Trickery, Tyranny* (CW).
Favored Weapon: +1 flaming heavy pick or bite
Special Notes: Clerics/favored souls are restricted to one of two alignments: LE or NE.
Also called the Chromatic Dragon, Tiamat (tee-ah-mat) is a thick-bodied dragon with a wyvern’s tail and five heads. Each head is a different color: white, black, green, blue, and red. Her massive body is striped in those colors.
All evil dragons pay homage to Tiamat; green and blue dragons acknowledge her sovereignty the most readily. Many are proud to call themselves her spawn, able to trace their bloodlines back to their god. Good dragons have a healthy respect for her, though they usually avoid mentioning her or even thinking about her. Tiamat, like her archrival, Bahamut, is revered as a deity in many locales. Tiamat has many consorts, include great wyrm dragons of the white, black, green, blue, and red types.
Dogma: Tiamat concerns herself with spreading evil, defeating good, and propagating evil dragons. She enjoys razing the occasional village, city, or country, but only as a diversion from her subtle, world-spanning plots. She is the villain who lurks in the shadows. Her presence is felt but seldom seen.
Tiamat constantly seeks to extend the power and dominion of evil dragons over the land, particularly when her subjects find themselves embroiled in territorial disputes with good dragons. Tiamat also unfailingly demands reverence, homage, and tribute from her subjects.
Relationships: Like most other draconic deities, she is the offspring of the dragon creator deity Io. She is the eternal rival of her brother Bahamut, the ruler of the good metallic dragons. She dwells in Avernus, the first layer of the Outer Plane of Baator (also known as the Nine Hells).
Three Dukes of Hell (granted to her by Bel) serve Tiamat and command her armies on Avernus. Malphas leads 40 companies of abishai, Amduscias leads 29 companies of abishai, and Goap leads three companies of erinyes. With Pearza of the Dark Eight, Tiamat created the first abishai.
Tiamat presently has five consorts, great wyrms of each chromatic dragon species. Previous consorts include Apsu, Kingsu, Ephelomon, the red dragon Etiol, and the now-undead dragon Dragotha. An-Ur, the Wandering Death, wanders the Ethereal Plane, devouring whole demiplanes. It supposedly sprang into being from Tiamat’s first breath. Maybe she had a consort named First Breath, but An-Ur resembles no draconic species, except perhaps the ethereal moonstone dragons. Dhakoth the Corruptor was born on the Negative Energy Plane. Its father is unknown. Mordukhavar the Reaver is the offspring of Tiamat and Cantrum of the Dark Eight. Kurtulmak is also her son, at least according to some myths.
Periodically Tiamat has battles with the Babylonian god Marduk, who dwells in Arcadia. She also battles Bahamut, her lawful good counterpart. Heironeous and Moradin also consider themselves her enemies, and Stratis was an enemy of Tiamat when he was alive. Tiamat claims not to need allies, although she has many pacts with Bel and with lawful evil deities such as Hextor.
Clergy and Temples: Like Bahamut, Tiamat has few clerics and even fewer temples. She accepts only evil clerics. Tiamat’s clerics, like Tiamat herself, seek to place the world under the domination of evil dragons.
Tiamat claims not to need allies, though most believe she has bargains with many archdevils and lawful evil deities such as Hextor. Her enemies are numerous, including Heironeous, Moradin, and, of course, Bahamut.
Although she claims dominance over all evil dragons (and despite her misleading title, Queen of Chaos), Tiamat’s priests, who are known as Wyrmlairds or Wyrmkeepers, are either neutral evil or lawful evil. Tiamat’s church has a rigid hierarchy, beginning with the lowly Custodians of the Copper Chalice and continuing with, in ascending rank, the Defenders of the Silver Shield, Wardens of the Electrum Mail, Guardians of the Gold Scepter, Keepers of the Platinum Crown, Scales of the White Wyrm, Horns of the Black Beast, Wings of the Green Gargantua, Talons of the Blue Baatoran, Breaths of the Red Ravager, and the Dark Scaly Ones leading them all.
The ceremony garb of a humanoid priest of Tiamat is a form-fitting suit of scales. Dragons or those whose scales naturally cover their bodies don’t require this, of course. Adventuring garb typically includes scale mail.
Cleric Training: The Chromatic Dragon has enough dark mystique that humanoid cults often worship her. Sometimes she sends a dragon or two to teach new clerics the way of rapacious conquest. Would-be clerics try their utmost to please their instructors, because students who fail are eaten by their teachers.
Quests: Tiamat cares about treasure, cruelty, and conquest—and she’s not even particular whether something conquered is retained thereafter. Her followers form cabals that secretly rule cities, raid the treasure-hoards of metallic dragons, and engage in great wars to conquer some new portion of the lower planes, sending its looted wealth back to Tiamat.
The followers of Tiamat are sent on a variety of quests to further her grand machinations. Some are easily understood, such as aiding one of her spawn against a dragonborn who seeks to destroy it. Others are less obvious and include tasks as varied and hard to understand as burying a specific magic item at a designated place.
Prayers: Prayers to Tiamat are always spoken in first-person plural, even if the worshiper is alone. They also tend to grovel a lot. “Chromatic Dragon, conquer our weakness…” is a common prayer opening.
Tiamat urges her evil dragonblood followers to go forth and populate the world, fill it with her spawn, and either destroy or enslave all others. Prayers to Tiamat focus on the goal of world domination.
Temples: Vast, gloomy caverns stocked with treasure and sacrifice are Tiamat’s favorite temples. These caverns draw temple raiders like flies when their location becomes known, but are often guarded by dragons.
Though most evil dragons honor Tiamat, few keep shrines dedicated to her in their lairs because they don’t want Tiamat’s greedy eyes gazing at their treasure hoards. Instead, they dedicate vast, gloomy caverns to their deity and keep them stocked with treasure and sacrifices.
Rites: Sacrifices are common elements in Tiamat’s few rituals, which almost always bless some new plan of conquest. Her dragon followers generally consume the sacrificial victims.
To commemorate a victory such as destroying a town, repulsing a thief seeking to pilfer from one’s hoard, or gaining a great treasure, the followers of Tiamat celebrate by indulging in great wickedness, including torturing prisoners or even fighting one another to prove their supremacy.
Holy Days: The two most important daily ceremonies are the Tithing and the Rite of Respect. The former is an offering of a small amount of treasure to the goddess; the tithe is cupped in the priest’s hands or talons, and when a prayer is completed, the valuables have sometimes simply vanished. The Rite of Respect is performed by non-dragons; it is a complicated ceremony of kow-towing in the presence of a dragon or other spawn of Tiamat.
Herald and Allies: Tiamat often sends a group of adult chromatic dragons (one of each type) to collectively act as her herald. Allies include succubus demons, glabrezu demons, and greater abyssal basilisks.
Relics: Chromatic rod, dragonscale cloak