by Robert J. Schwalb
Every deity bosts his or her fair share of extremist followers, and fortunately, few of them gain enough traction in a region to cause much harm. Unfortunately, the Platinum Talons, in Bahamut's name, have become quite strong, through methods both effective and efficient. Willing to pursue justice their agenda in the name of their god at any cost, and suspicious of anyone not of their order, they seek to eradicate the stain of evil from the world through any means, even if it comes at the price of their own souls.
The Platinum Dragon shines brightly in the world. Bahamut champions virtue and justice. He urges mortals to embrace their noble natures and to better themselves and the world around them. His holy texts teach them to reject the baser, destructive emotions undermining order's harmony. Erathis inspires mortals to reach further and to build and claim their rights to the natural world, but Bahamut teaches the wisdom to ensure that mortal achievements improve lives rather than destroy them. For the Platinum Dragon virtue and order are one and the same. Essentially, they are different aspects of the same ideal. Law without goodness is tyranny, while goodness without order is irresponsible and offers no protections for the weak, the infirm, and the destitute.
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About the Author
Robert J. Schwalb is a freelance game designer with numerous design and development credits to his name. You'll find his most recent work in Draconomicon: Metallic Dragons, Primal Power, Dragon Magazine Annual 2009, and Adventurer's Vault 2. Robert lives in Tennessee.