Io

Asgorath (AZ-gore-ath) the World-Shaper, also known in the Outer Planes as Io, was the dragon god of creation. He (or she; there was some debate) was supposed to encompass all alignments, but was often regarded as neutral. His symbol, an unadorned circle, represents totality.

In draconic mythology, Asgorath created the universe itself, and has not manifested since that time. He did, however, make his existence felt as a powerful presence in the minds of other dragons.

Creation Myths

According to the mysterious creation text, the Book of the World, Asgorath cast down the god Zotha and observed the two elements of existence: the world that she had made and the Crystal Sun that Zotha had made. She wrapped herself around the Crystal Sun and breathed on it. This caused the sun to shatter with the fragments piercing her flesh. Drops of her blood fell down upon the world and where they landed, red dragons were brought into existence. The new creatures lamented the loss of their creator, all except one who pulled a fragment of the Crystal Sun out of Asgorath and cut himself with it. The blood fell to the earth and also created life, though this life was metallic in colour, rather than red. Asgorath began to stir so the ‘renegade’ and his progeny fled to the farthest corners of the world.

Analysis by the scribes of Candlekeep of this text reached the conclusion that Asgorath was Tiamat and the Renegade was Bahamut, but no hard evidence is available to prove anything.

Another draconic creation myth tells of Agorath’s children. Io’s first child was a small, simple-minded dragon called Vorel. Vorel’s name means “beautiful” in Draconic and beautiful it was, perfect of scale and form. Next Io created a pair of children, male and female he created them: Bahamut and Tiamat were their names. Io intended them to grow up and mate, producing children that combined the best traits of each. Instead, the two were immediate rivals, yet Io would not choose a favorite between them. After many failed schemes to make herself look better and Bahamut worse, Tiamat hatched a diabolical plan: she slew her sibling Vorel and framed Bahamut for the awful deed. Io, however, carefully sought out the truth, and sorrowfully banished his daughter Tiamat from his presence. Tiamat turned utterly to hatred and Evil, while her brother Bahamut, ever her rival, turned to Good in order to oppose her. So it was that Io lost three of his children: the first to death, the second to Evil, and the last to Good.

Yet another myth pairs Io with Chronepsis, who balances Io’s extension of being into the worlds. As Io becomes all things, Chronepsis draws them back into himself. They are seen as brothers and represented in a complex symbol involving a nine-headed dragon swallowing its nine tails.

Io

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