Atlea and Beyond
The Death of Io
Io was the Lawful Neutral Dragon God of ancient times, who was custodian of Atlea when it was new. He populated the realm with dragons, who ruled the world with strength, honour and law. During the Third Age, Asmodeus was said to have been an angel of Io, but betrayed his master, freeing the Primordial King of Terror, Erek-hus. Erek-hus was imprisoned by Io during the Dawn War and wanted revenge. The Primordial cut Io in half, splitting the god into two parts. His Lawful Good side became embodied in Bahamut, who became the platinum dragon God of protection and justice. His Lawful Evil side became Tiamat, the chromatic dragon Goddess of greed, envy and wealth. Io’s death resulted in further-reaching consequences than any could predict. Asmodeus was exiled to Baator and there he slowly worked to become a power in his own right. He took a legion of angels with him, to become the first devils(Baatezu).
Bahamut and Tiamat were opposed forces, each deciding that Atlea should be under the rule of their own dragons (metallic or chromatic). A great war known as the Dragon War began. The little civilisation that lived under the heel of the dragons were reduced to ruins. Bahamut and Tiamat fought to a stalemate. The other gods forced them to leave Atlea, to put their quarrel aside and take their dragons away. Some of them remained, but most dragons elected to leave the world and go with their respective master. Erathis, Pelor and Moradin helped rebuild Atlea’s civilisation. Humans began to flourish, becoming the dominant force on Atlea. Thus the Fourth Age was known as the Age of Glory, an age where humans reached their pinnacle. But it could not last forever. Tiamat and Asmodeus would have much of a role yet to play in Atlea’s history.