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Dahak
Dahak's holy symbol.
(Deity)
Titles The False Wyrm
Sorrowmaker
The Endless Destruction
The Great Darkness
Home Adamantine Morass, Caina, Hell
Alignment Chaotic evil
Areas of Concern Destruction
Dragons
Evil
Treachery
Worshipers Evil dragons
Cleric Alignments
Domains Chaos, Destruction, Evil, Scalykind, Trickery
Subdomains Catastrophe, Deception, Demon, Dragon, Rage, Thievery
Favored Weapon Bite or whip
Symbol Falling burning scale or star
Sacred Animal None
Sacred Colors Chromatic colors
Images of Dahak

Source: Inner Sea Faiths, pg(s). 34–39

Dahak is the patron deity of evil dragons, particularly the chromatic dragons.[1]

History

Apsu battles Dahak.

Dragons believe Dahak was one of the original gods created by Apsu and Tiamat at the beginning of creation. While the other deities began to create, Dahak chose to destroy. He is credited with transforming Hell into a place of agony and flame. He is also believed to be the creator of the metallic dragons, which he formed solely to hunt as sport. Seeing the destruction and chaos wrought, Apsu entered the Material Plane in order to end Dahak's reign of terror. However, Tiamat saw Dahak as a son and wanted him spared. In a deal to save Dahak, Tiamat healed some of the wounded metallic dragons. These dragons became the original chromatic dragons.[2]

Dahak withdrew to heal his wounds. During the Age of Creation, when he learnt about the Immortal Ambulatory, a roaming demiplane that his father created, he prepared to assault it, until Apsu suddenly came to Golarion to battle Rovagug, and Dahak followed him. Dahak engaged in battle with Rovagug and initially intended to betray his father to the Rough Beast, but when he recognised Rovagug's threat to the whole Great Beyond, he changed his mind and committed fully to aid the other gods against Rovagug, despite his destructive nature. After Rovagug was defeated and contained in the Dead Vault, Apsu spoke to his son, expressing his surprise at how Dahak did not betray him. Dahak then vowed to kill Apsu, who declared that Golarion would be their battlefield; the battle between Apsu and Dahak still rages on Golarion.[2][3][4]

Amid the destruction wrought by Earthfall, Dahak saw a chance to wreak havoc on Golarion without drawing his father's wrath. After several years of research, he discovered a flaw in a portal of Alseta's Ring and managed to manifest himself on Golarion. He carefully invested the manifestation with just enough power to avoid rousing Apsu. For years, the manifestation caused numerous destructive events known as dragonstorms, which incorporated the breaths of all five chromatic dragon species and reverted all nearby dragons to a primal frenzy. Before Dahak could finish the job started by Earthfall, he was stopped by the Ekujae elves, who, at a great cost of lives, managed to turn Dahak's own power against his manifestation, trapping him without a body in the spaces between the portals of Alseta's Ring.[5]

Dahak burns a city.

Home

Dahak's divine realm is the Adamantine Morass, a tunnel network stretching throughout the depths of Caina, Hell's eighth layer.[4]

Appearance

The only descriptions of Dahak tell of him as ugly, scarred, and covered in spikes, with a burning hatred in his eyes for his father, Apsu.[6]

Church of Dahak

There are few dedicated cults of Dahak, partially because his worshipers mostly consist of serpentfolk and especially evil dragons, with humanoid followers being a rarity. Worshipers have been known to wear their unholy symbols proudly, safe in the knowledge that few people would even recognise their religion. The greatest sacrifice his followers can hope to make is that of a metallic dragon, and these cults often dedicate themselves to this task above all else.[7]

Most dragons view Dahak with hate, but some evil dragons choose to serve after being offered power and immortality.[2][6]

Some believe that Dahak created wyverns and drakes in an effort to create his own draconic servitors, although others point out that this act of creation contradicts his destructive aspect. He is nevertheless worshiped by wyverns and drakes as their creator.[1]

Relationships

Dahak and his father Apsu are arch-enemies, the two having battled countless times across history. They once worked together to imprison Rovagug, but Dahak has no intention of ever doing this again and focuses his entire existence on the eventual final battle against Apsu.[4]

Calistria is said to have tried to court Dahak once and received a scar for it. She now teaches her followers to be wary of him, while trying to manipulate them into vengeful acts when necessary.[4]

Dahak originally received his divine realm from the archdevil Mephistopheles, and crafted the quill Visineir for Mephistopheles in return, but there is no binding contract between them. Asmodeus is cordial with Dahak; it is rumoured that he has offered to weaken both Apsu for Dahak and Dahak for Apsu, making his true intent unclear. Some devils believe that Asmodeus and Mephistopheles are ensuring Dahak's continued existence for some nefarious purpose.[4]

References

Paizo published a major article on Dahak in Inner Sea Faiths.

For additional resources, see the Meta page.