Source: Fortress of the Stone Giants, pg(s). 61
In draconic myth, there were originally only two entities—the embodiment of Law, incarnate as an ocean of fresh water, and the embodiment of Chaos, incarnate as salt water. From their union came the first gods. The fresh water created Heaven and Hell, and the two waters sent their children to inhabit them. The younger gods then created the Material Plane. The first of the waters' offspring, Dahak, took the form of the first dragon and rampaged across the Material Plane, then withdrew from his family to Hell.
The salt water created six more gods, the "Beautiful Metals". Dahak then appeared and shaped them in his own form, then cast them onto the Material Plane where they shattered into the first metallic dragons, whom Dahak hunted for sport. The fresh water did not care for Dahak's destructive nature and chose to attempt to end his existence, taking the form of a radiant dragon and naming himself Apsu. He rallied the metallic dragons to fight against Dahak and defeated him, but in the battle many of the mortal dragons were grievously wounded. Anguished by the battle between her mate and her son, the salt water shed ten tears that landed on the graves of ten draconic heroes; the dragons' souls entered the crystallized tears, which became the legendary Orbs of Dragonkind.
Dahak cried out to the salt water, and she healed his wounds so he could go free. She also healed many of the wounded dragons, and they were corrupted into the first chromatic dragons, who fought in defense of Dahak. Another titanic battle followed in which Apsu and the metallic dragons nearly destroyed Dahak and his corrupted followers, but the salt water also took the form of a monstrous dragon and again stood in protection of Dahak and the chromatics. Apsu demanded the salt water answer for her actions.
The salt water named herself Tiamat and denounced Apsu for slaying their children, corrupted though they were. Tiamat savaged Apsu and cast him out of the heavens. The struggle between Apsu and Dahak, with Tiamat intervening, continues to this day; but Apsu has chosen a world far from Tiamat's sight, Golarion, to make a stand and finally destroy his wayward son.
Originally taking the shape of a vast, formless ocean of salt water, Tiamat now appears as a vicious dragon with many heads.
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