Misfits of Faerûn
Seeing how both Ionan and Meepo have strong ties to Draconic faiths, I gathered up some information about it.
All dragons know of Io, who fashioned mortal dragons in his image. They also know that Io died not long afterward. They believe that the other deities, who banded together during the primordial–deity wars that followed the creation of the world, left Io to fight alone except for the aid of his draconic children.
The Fall of Io
During the wars, Io faced a terrible primordial called Erek-Hus, the King of Terror, on a blasted worldly continent half shattered from a century of conflict. With a primordial-wrought axe of adamantine the size of a mountain, the King of Terror split Io from head to tail, neatly cleaving the deity into two pieces. Erek-Hus laughed, his voice jubilant thunder that resounded across the face of the world. Before his laugh died away, the divine power released from Io’s split form entered Io’s two eldest children, transforming them from dragons into deities.
Birth of the Dragon Deities
What one deity alone could not accomplish, two working together could. Together the two new deities, Bahamut and Tiamat, fought and killed the King of Terror. Bahamut flung the King’s axe into the starry sky. The infusion of divine power granted more than just divine strength to Bahamut and Tiamat. Io’s character also split. His desire to protect creation and his sense of fairness took root in Bahamut, now worshiped as a deity of justice, honor, and protection. Tiamat embodied Io’s hubris, arrogance, and covetousness and came to be revered as a deity of greed and envy. The two dragon deities looked at each other across the corpse of the defeated King of Terror. Neither could suffer the other to exist. They leapt for each other and battled for days. Finally, Tiamat fled, and the two deities returned their attention to the larger war against the primordials.
Dragonborn and Dragons
As with all stories that deal with the ancient past, tales about the birth of the dragonborn are hazy in their details and often contradict one another. Each tale, though, reveals something about the dragon born that is true, regardless of the historical accuracy of the legend-and it often reveals much about the teller.
One tale relates that the dragonborn were shaped by Io even as the ancient dragon-god created dragons. In the beginning of days, this legend says, Io fused brilliant astral spirits with the unchecked fury of the raw elements. The greater spirits became the dragons, creatures so powerful, proud, and strong-willed that they were lords of the newborn world. The lesser spirits became the dragonborn. Although smaller in stature than their mighty lords, they were no less draconic in nature.
This tale stresses the close kinship between dragons and dragonborn, while reinforcing the natural order of things-dragons rule, dragon born serve.
A second legend claims that Io created the dragons separately, at the birth of the world. 10 crafted them lovingly to represent the pinnacle of mortal form, imbuing them with the power of the Elemental Chaos flowing through their veins and spewing forth from their mouths in gouts of flame or waves of paralyzing cold. 10 granted them the keen minds and lofty spirits shared by other mortal races, linking them to 10 and to the other gods of the Astral Sea.
During the Dawn War, however, Io was killed by the primordial known as Erek-Hus, the King of Terror. With a rough-hewn axe of adamantine, the King of Terror split 10 from head to tail, cleaving the dragongod into two equal halves. No sooner did lo’s sundered corpse fall to the ground than each half rose up as a new god-Bahamut from the left and Tiamat from the right. Drops of Io’s blood, spread far and wide across the world, rose up as dragonborn.
This tale separates the creation of dragonborn from the birth of the dragons, implying that they are fundamentally separate. Sometimes, those who repeat this legend suggest that dragonborn are clearly less than the dragons made by Io’s loving hand . Other tellers, though, stress that the dragonborn rose up from Io’s own blood-just as the two draconic deities arose from the god’s severed body. Are they not, therefore, this tale asks, like the gods themselves?
A third legend, rarely told in current times, claims that dragonborn were the firstborn of the world, created before dragons and before other humanoid races. Those other races were made, the legend claims, in pale imitation of dragonborn perfection. Io shaped the dragonborn with his great claws and fired them with his breath, then spilled some of his own blood to send life coursing through their veins. Io made the dragon-born, the legend says, to be companions and allies, to fill his astral court and sing his praise. The dragons he made later, at the start of the Dawn War, to serve as engines of destruction.
This version of the tale was popular during the height of the Empire of Arkhosia, though it was subversive at the time-it proclaimed that dragonborn should be the masters of dragons and not the other way around. It also highlighted the superiority of dragonborn to other races, which was a common theme in the rhetoric of ancient Arkhosia.
One common theme binds all these legends together, though-the dragonborn owe their existence, in some fundamental way, to Io, the great dragon-god who created all of dragonkind. The dragonborn, all legends agree, are not the creation of Bahamut or Tiamat-their origin does not naturally place them on one side or the other of the ancient conflict between those gods. Therefore, it’s up to every individual dragonborn to choose sides in the eternal struggle between the chromatic and metallic dragons-or to ignore this conflict completely and find their own way in the world.