Behold the sparkling jewel of Tehra. I can feel its wind in my wings when I close my eyes. So beautiful. My children soaring its skies. I see the end that is fire and ash and know that my fallen consort will not save it. Who among the Heavens will save Tehra when the Mother of All Nightmares comes? Will any dare rise up? No, you are all greedy cowards. You created this treasure and left it to unravel. I reject your birthright claim. All Father, you may have been the first, but that makes you flawed. My creation exceeds yours. I am perfect where you are not. I am steel where you are soft. I am the autumn wind at the end of your summer. When Tehra is mine, I will hold it aloft to Heaven and let you admire its beauty before my children visit just revenge against your so-called paradise. 

TIAMAT, GODDESS OF DRAGONS, RULER OF 1ST HELL

Credit: Reign of Dragons (artist unknown)

The All Father's consort, Tiamat, had a profound disagreement with the All Father when Time first moved. This disagreement was about his desire to abandon all of the dragon-created worlds and move to Heaven. From there, they would watch over creation and guide it. Tiamat wanted to stay and retain a more personal role in it given that most of Tehra was created by the dragons. She also felt that joining Heaven would diminish the role of dragons. In Her mind, the dragons were the gods and Pha Rann needed to abide by his own doctrine of gentle guidance.

It became a war between the dragons and led to the aeon called the Dragon Wars. The Dragon Wars ended when Time began to flow consistently and the All Father retreated (Tiamat's doctrine) to Heaven along with the metallic dragons allied to his view. Though the Dragon Wars began as a philosophical debate, it became bloody at the end. Of those loyal to Tiamat, Alerius the Red burned the hottest and he formed an alliance of each breath weapon type. When the All Father's departure left them alone, Tiamat and her followers realized that taking Tehra - the last of the Nexus Gates - would lead to an eldar battle sure to destroy all. They schemed, but when Tiamat began to age in the current of Time's flow, their hearts broke and the patriarchs gave up their consorts to Tiamat to strengthen her and ensure she could take her own Nexal throneplane.

Tiamat and the consorts attacked the Gate of Warp and took the 1st Plane as Tiamat's throneplane, now called the Silver Skies. Not as desirable as Tehra, it still gave them a sub-nexus. Among the eldar, the names of those joined to Tiamat are considered sacred and not to be spoken. The exception is Takhissis who is actively worshiped in Morbatten and whose name is almost interchangeable with Tiamat's.

So, Tiamat is both a single entity and also a committee made up of the matriarchs of Red, White, Blue, Green, and Black dragons. When and if Shadow ascends, Teleris morbat Cor'tanos will have to give up his consort to Tiamat as well. Each of the matriarchs acts within a sub-dominion for Tiamat. For example, Takhissis is regarded as the fury and combat lust of battle, the vindictive cry for justice, and the glory of slaughter.

Tiamat, by herself, is every bit the equal of the All Father with regards to her might. Tanians regard her as the supporting and creative force of the dragons, worshiping her for celebratory causes like the birth of a child or victory in combat. She is the marker of the milestone event rather than the goddess of the moment. The other matriarchal types fill those roles.

MATRIARCHS -

  • Red - Alerius to Takhissis --> Battle
  • White - Ynt'taris to Kareforanix --> Vengeance
  • Blue - Spark/Unzx’Cthczen to Unknown --> Magic Users who worship Tiamat
  • Green - Mallaforax to Zenrifia --> Druids, Rangers, and "dark" natural creatures
  • Black - Screem to Unknown --> Envy
  • Sea - Unknown to Unknown --> Travellust
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