Cult of the Dragon
Avid Zealots of Tiamat and Evil Dragons
Tiamat’s priests, known as Wyrmlairds or Wyrmkeepers, are usually neutral or lawful evil. They wear form-fitting suits of scales (unless they are of dragonkin). Adventuring garb includes scale mail. Very rigid hierarchy from lowest to highest: Custodians of the Copper Chalice, 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, Dark Scaly Ones The Wyrmlairds are usually preoccupied with gathering treasure and undermining other faiths. They also tend to hold sermons speaking of dragon’s superiority over other races, oftentimes misleading crowds into thinking they are speaking of metallic dragons and Bahamut to lure them in at first. Converting those who worship Bahamut earns Wyrmlairds very high esteem among the clergy and may gain Tiamat’s favor if the converted was influential or powerful enough. Celebrations of great victories include torturing prisoners and committing other atrocities in Tiamat’s name. Prayers to the Dragon Queen focus on the promise of fulfilling the world with evil dragons, and either destroying it or dominating it utterly. Services performed by Wyrmlairds include the Rite of Dragons, which is a ceremony in which newcomers are invited in and made to give up all their earthly belongings as tribute to the Dragon Queen.
The church teaches humanoids to accept chromatic dragons as “true” dragons, and as the superior race over all others. They preach that harmony can be found in discovering one’s inferiority, and humbling oneself in this way is the path to true holiness. As for the dragon race, they are taught to value the instinctive, brutal nature of their ancestors and Tiamat. Gathering treasure, killing on their own whims, and mercilessly hunting down the ones who slight them is the way of the true dragon.
Tiamat’s temples are not shrines made specifically for her; rather, they are usually metallic dragons’ lairs, taken over once that dragon is killed. The gold and other interesting parts of the hoard are given to Tiamat as tribute and an altar is left in the good dragon’s lair, amongst identifying treasures that Tiamat herself had no interest in. One particularly lavish “temple” was once a powerful gold dragon’s lair—Pontaxx the Mighty. He was known for leading crusades against evil, in particular famously defeating many rakshasa with the help of his collection of pearls. His defeat was silent and as cruel as possible; Tiamat kept his head as a trophy and it is mounted in his own desecrated lair.