Canon:Takhisis

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Takhisis 

Title(s):

Dragonqueen
Nilat the Corrupter
Tamex the False Metal
Mai-tat
She of Many Faces
Queen of Many Colors and None
The Dark Queen
Erestem
Tii'Mhut
Lady Chaos
Mwarg
The Dark Warrior
Shadow Sorcerer 

Alias(es):

The One God 

Alignment:

Evil

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Takhisis is the main goddess of evil and head of the Dark Pantheon in the Dragonlance campaign setting on the world of Krynn.

Titles and forms[edit]

She is also called: Dragonqueen (among elves), Nilat the Corrupter (among the barbarians of the plains), Tamex the False Metal (among dwarves); Mai-tat (in Tarsis, She of Many Faces (among the people of Ergoth) Queen of Many, Colors and None (among the Knights of Solamnia), the Dark Queen, Erestem (in Taladas),[1] Tii'Mhut (in Istar), Lady Chaos (in Mithas), Mwarg (hobgoblin), the One God, the Dark Warrior, and Shadow Sorcerer. Some believe, such as original Dragonlance team member Jeff Grubb, that she's also Tiamat,[2] Goddess (or Queen) of evil dragons in many other Dungeons and Dragons campaign settings, but the two are separate entities according to Dragonlance creator Tracy Hickman[3] and others.[4]

Takhisis most often takes the form of a five-headed dragon, each head being the colour of one of the evil dragons (red, blue, green, black, and white).[3][5] She also often uses the form of a beautiful temptress, said to be so lovely that no man could resist her. She also has another form known as the Dark Warrior.

Sargonnas is Takhisis' consort, and together they have two children, Nuitari and Zeboim.[6]

Ambition[edit]

Takhisis is the most ambitious of the Gods, frequently making plans to upset the balance and take over the world for herself. In Dragons of the Hourglass Mage, for example, Takhisis attempts to take control of all magic.[7] After being driven back by Huma Dragonbane in the Third Dragon War and sealed from the world, she bides her time in the Abyss, always looking for new ways into the world. This brings about the War of the Lance, and subsequently contributed to the Chaos War and the War of Souls.

Raistlin Majere attempts to destroy Takhisis and assume her role as head god of evil, and succeeds in one timeline, but destroys the world of Krynn in the ensuing magical battle. His brother Caramon, with the aid of a time-traveling device, dissuades him from this path, and Raistlin sacrifices himself to prevent Takhisis from leaving the Abyss.

The War of Souls[edit]

After the Chaos War, Takhisis steals the world from the rest of the gods and becomes the "One God" of the world. When the rest of the gods return to Krynn, they realize that Takhisis has gone too far. Although Sargonnas has generally been loyal to her, the actions leading up to her being made mortal lead Sargonnas to declare she has gone too far and to support the decision. In order to retain the balance, Paladine sacrifices his godhood and immortality in order for Takhisis to be stripped of her godhood and immortality.[8] She is then killed by the elven king Silvanoshei.

Other publications[edit]

Takhisis is considered to be a central part of the Dragonlance world creation myth as the primordial source of evil. This central role is crucial to how creation myths are presented.[9]

In the neo-pagan press a series of books published by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart looks at Takhisis in the Dragonlance world and compares her to the Babylonian and Dungeons and Dragons version of Tiamat. The book is written as a school book for young wizards and witches of the neo-pagan sort. Takhisis is described for her role in the wars of good vs. evil.[5]

This ultimate source of evil theme is looked into again in a presentation by Dr. Stefan Ekman of Lund University in Sweden. Dr. Ekman compares Takhisis and other fantasy "dark lords" such as Lord Foul and Sauron to the biblical Satan. In particular he states, "Even though not all of the Dark Lords above signify the ultimate source of evil, Lord Foul, the Dark One, and Takhisis certainly do. And all of them are ultimately actants, characters whose raison d’être is to provide the final threat".[10]

This theme of good versus evil, and human versus gods, is expanded in Dragonlance, a Shared World of Fantasy Fiction and Role-Playing Games. The central focus of this thesis is the struggle of the human characters versus Takhisis. This struggle is compared with the human, or at least mortal, heroes of the stories of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia.[11]

Tiamat, in her Dragonlance/Krynn incarnation is also the subject of in the Dragon Gods and Evil dragons sections of the Practical Guide to Dragons. She is discussed in universe style with sidebars detailing her real-world publishing significance.[12] This is continued in the follow-up series The Dragon Codices, in which Takhisis is the main, if somewhat hidden, antagonist.[13]

References[edit]

  1. David "Zeb" Cook (1989). Time of the Dragon. TSR. ISBN 0-88038-773-4.
  2. Dragonlance Nexus (2001-04-29). "Interview with author and designer Jeff Grubb" (Interview). Dragonlance Nexus. Archived from the original on 2006-08-13. http://web.archive.org/web/20060813182108. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Weis, Margaret; Hickman, Tracy (1999), The Annotated Chronicles, Wizards of the Coast, p. 1237, ISBN 0-7869-1526-9 
  4. Moore, Roger E. (June 1985), "The Dragons of Krynn", Dragon (magazine) (TSR, Inc.) (98): 15–16 
  5. 5.0 5.1  (2006). Dragonlore: From the Archives of the Grey School of Wizardry. (New Page Books), p. 224.
  6. Harold Johnson, John Terra, J. Robert King, Wolfgang Baur, Colin McComb, Jean Rabe, Norm Ritchie, Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, Jeff Grubb, Doug Niles, Michael Williams (1992). Tales of the Lance. TSR. ISBN 1-56076-338-8. p. 117.
  7. "Brilliance Audio". Bookwatch. February 1, 2010. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-219307907.html. Retrieved September 21, 2012. 
  8.  (2010). Religious Concepts in Fantasy Literature. (GRIN Verlag)
  9.  (2010). Religious Concepts in Fantasy Literature. (GRIN Verlag)
  10. Ekman, Stefan (March 22 to 26, 2000). "Satan, Sauron, and Sundry Dark Lords: Evil Incarnate in Fantasy.". 21st International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Ft Lauderdale, Florida.
  11. Bajusz, Nikolett (16-Jun-2011), Dragonlance, a Shared World of Fantasy Fiction and Role-Playing Games, pp. 69, http://hdl.handle.net/1800/6553 
  12.  (September 26, 2006). A Practical Guide to Dragons. (Mirrorstone)
  13.  (January 8, 2008). Red Dragon Codex. (Mirrorstone)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PANTHEON OF DRAGONLANCE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chaos
 
High God
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paladine
 
Mishakal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gilean
 
 
 
 
 
 
Takhisis
 
Sargonnas
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Branchala
 
 
 
Majere
 
 
Reorx
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Morgion
 
 
Chemosh
 
 
 
Hiddukel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shinare
 
Sirrion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chislev
 
Zivilyn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kiri-Jolith
 
Habbakuk
 
Solinari
 
Mina
 
Lunitari
 
 
 
 
 
Nuitari
 
Zeboim


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