D&D 5E Dragons as Gods (+)

pukunui

Legend
I really like the idea introduced in Fizban's that some of the classic dragon gods are really just uber-powerful greatwyrm dragons that have merged with various echoes across the dimensions. I think it would be cool to play in a setting where the "gods" are all just greatwyrm dragons of various types. (There's also a short section on using dragons as gods in the "Dragons in Play" section of the book that has inspired me.)

For fun, I've been attempting to map various dragon types to the religions in my homebrew setting.

Firstly, there's the Andarian Septry, which is a pretty blatant rip-off of the Faith of the Seven from Game of Thrones. It's a religion that preaches devotion to a single deity made up of seven distinct aspects: the Father, Mother, Warrior, Maiden, Smith, Crone, and Stranger. Some of these are easier to map to a dragon type than others.
  • The Father is all about meting out divine justice and offering his protection to his faithful and the like. Bahamut the Platinum Dragon fits the bill nicely here. Otherwise a gold dragon would do the trick.
  • The Mother oversees fertility and childbirth and is seen as merciful and kind. A silver dragon is probably the best fit for her.
  • The Warrior covers courage, strength, discipline, etc. A pretty perfect match for a bronze dragon.
  • The Maiden is all about innocence, love, beauty, etc. She's pretty hard to pick. I think silver is probably the best, but I've already gone with silver for the Mother, and I don't want to double up. Lacking a better reason, I've gone with brass, since brass dragons are all about talking, and we all know how much young women love to talk!
  • The Smith oversees creation, craftsmen, strength in labor and that sort of thing. None of the dragons really fit the bill that well. I've put copper simply because I can't think of anything else.
  • The Crone's purview is knowledge, wisdom, foresight. If I use Bahamut for the Father, then a gold dragon fits best for the Crone, I think.
  • The Stranger is basically the Grim Reaper. While the Father judges the dead, the Stranger is the one who takes them into the next life. The Stranger represents the scariness of the unknown. In my setting, magic (or perhaps just the darker kinds) is also part of the Stranger's portfolio. I was thinking a topaz dragon would work well here, but I could go with a dracolich of some kind instead perhaps. I would say that the Stranger is opposed to undead creatures in general, but given the Grim Reaper connotations, it makes the most sense to depict them as a skeletal dragon at the very least. I suppose a black or shadow dragon could work in a pinch.

Next is the Sisterhood, a trio of halfling goddesses. Yes, there's a little bit of a witch's coven vibe there, but it is somewhat unintentional.
  • Yondalla is her classic D&D self, all about protecting/defending halflings and their culture and such. I think either a gold dragon or a silver dragon makes the most sense for her.
  • Cyrrollalee is also her classic D&D self, all about hearth, home and hospitality. Brass is probably the best fit, although it is by no means a good match. Perhaps if I make Yondalla a gold dragon, then Cyrrollalee can be a silver one.
  • Avandra (aka "The Lady") is inspired by the 4e goddess of that name. She's the goddess of luck and the like. It's considered bad luck to say her name. Obviously a copper dragon.

Then there are the Lords of the Golden Hills, the all-male pantheon of gnomish deities. I haven't changed any of them from their typical D&D depictions. Some of them are easier to match then others as so often seems to be the case. I like the idea that they are mostly metallic or gem dragons, since that fits with the earthy nature of gnomes.
  • Garl Glittergold: Despite having "gold" in his name, Garl is all about humor and tricks and such, so he should definitely be a copper dragon.
  • Gaerdal Ironhand: The gnomes' warrior deity. Either bronze or sapphire.
  • Flandal Steelskin: The gnomes' god of smithing and metallurgy. Again, there isn't a very good fit among dragonkind for this kind of work, so brass or copper or something?
  • Baervan Wildwanderer: The gnomish deity of the wilderness. I've gone with a moonstone dragon.
  • Baravar Cloakshadow: The gnomish deity of illusions and sneakiness and stuff. Emerald dragon fits well here.
  • Callarduran Smoothhands: The gnomish deity of stone and mining (and the patron of deep gnomes). Maybe a deep dragon?
  • Segojan Earthcaller: The gnomish god of death, earth, Underdark stuff. Maybe another deep dragon?
  • Rill Cleverthrush: He's into inventions but also the sky, so a crystal dragon he shall be.
  • Nebelun the Meddler: This guy has got faerie dragon written all over him.
  • Urdlen: The gnomish god of all things evil. Probably a black dragon.

I'm having the most difficulty with my elven pantheon, since they're all much more nature-oriented than most dragons are.

My dwarves don't worship gods. Taking a page from Dragon Age, my dwarves revere "the Stone" as a Mother Earth-like entity. They also practice a kind of ancestor worship in which the greatest of them become immortalized as Paragons.

The Lightbringers are another of my GoT rip-offs, a dualistic faith that involves a constant struggle between the Lord of Light and the Great Other. I will make these Bahamut and Tiamat respectively. I might work the destruction of Sardior into this religion somehow as well, because I want to adopt the whole Eberron/First World creation myth (in which Khyber/Tiamat kills Siberys/Sardior and is then imprisoned "within" Eberron/Bahamut) into my setting.


Alternatively, I might scrap most/all of the above and just come up with a whole new pantheon of gods based around the full slate of main dragons in Fizban's (so one each for the metallics, gems, and chromatics, plus deep, moonstone, faerie, shadow, and dragon turtle). That would give me 22 "gods". (I like the book's suggestion of taking the gods of Theros and turning them into dragons.)


I've just shared all this for fun, but I'm open to feedback. Please let me know what you think!
 
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Voadam

Legend
I use cults for dragons in my mashup homebrew and half of the party right now are followers of the cult of Aasterinian/Hlaal the copper dragon inventor trickster god from the Draconomicons and FR. In my game it is not clear whether the object of the cult is a straight copper dragon who exists in the world or if she has actual god powers and a divine nature and resides on the planes. Clerics are a divine power spellcasting tradition and do not require gods at all to tap and use divine magic so the fact that the cult has spellcasters and one of the PCs is a cleric of her cult is not conclusive proof.

Using powerful individual beings from the world as gods can be a lot of fun, but you need to think a little about what happens cosmologically when things like a dragon slaying party happens to them.
 

Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
I really like the idea introduced in Fizban's that some of the classic dragon gods are really just uber-powerful greatwyrm dragons that have merged with various echoes across the dimensions. I think it would be cool to play in a setting where the "gods" are all just greatwyrm dragons of various types. (There's also a short section on using dragons as gods in the "Dragons in Play" section of the book that has inspired me.)

For fun, I've been attempting to map various dragon types to the religions in my homebrew setting.

Firstly, there's the Andarian Septry, which is a pretty blatant rip-off of the Faith of the Seven from Game of Thrones. It's a religion that preaches devotion to a single deity made up of seven distinct aspects: the Father, Mother, Warrior, Maiden, Smith, Crone, and Stranger. Some of these are easier to map to a dragon type than others.
  • The Father is all about meting out divine justice and offering his protection to his faithful and the like. Bahamut the Platinum Dragon fits the bill nicely here. Otherwise a gold dragon would do the trick.
  • The Mother oversees fertility and childbirth and is seen as merciful and kind. A silver dragon is probably the best fit for her.
  • The Warrior covers courage, strength, discipline, etc. A pretty perfect match for a bronze dragon.
  • The Maiden is all about innocence, love, beauty, etc. She's pretty hard to pick. I think silver is probably the best, but I've already gone with silver for the Mother, and I don't want to double up. Lacking a better reason, I've gone with brass, since brass dragons are all about talking, and we all know how much young women love to talk!
  • The Smith oversees creation, craftsmen, strength in labor and that sort of thing. None of the dragons really fit the bill that well. I've put copper simply because I can't think of anything else.
  • The Crone's purview is knowledge, wisdom, foresight. If I use Bahamut for the Father, then a gold dragon fits best for the Crone, I think.
  • The Stranger is basically the Grim Reaper. While the Father judges the dead, the Stranger is the one who takes them into the next life. The Stranger represents the scariness of the unknown. In my setting, magic (or perhaps just the darker kinds) is also part of the Stranger's portfolio. I was thinking a topaz dragon would work well here, but I could go with a dracolich of some kind instead perhaps. I would say that the Stranger is opposed to undead creatures in general, but given the Grim Reaper connotations, it makes the most sense to depict them as a skeletal dragon at the very least. I suppose a black or shadow dragon could work in a pinch.

Next is the Sisterhood, a trio of halfling goddesses. Yes, there's a little bit of a witch's coven vibe there, but it is somewhat unintentional.
  • Yondalla is her classic D&D self, all about protecting/defending halflings and their culture and such. I think either a gold dragon or a silver dragon makes the most sense for her.
  • Cyrrollalee is also her classic D&D self, all about hearth, home and hospitality. Brass is probably the best fit, although it is by no means a good match. Perhaps if I make Yondalla a gold dragon, then Cyrrollalee can be a silver one.
  • Avandra (aka "The Lady") is inspired by the 4e goddess of that name. She's the goddess of luck and the like. It's considered bad luck to say her name. Obviously a copper dragon.

Then there are the Lords of the Golden Hills, the all-male pantheon of gnomish deities. I haven't changed any of them from their typical D&D depictions. Some of them are easier to match then others as so often seems to be the case. I like the idea that they are mostly metallic or gem dragons, since that fits with the earthy nature of gnomes.
  • Garl Glittergold: Despite having "gold" in his name, Garl is all about humor and tricks and such, so he should definitely be a copper dragon.
  • Gaerdal Ironhand: The gnomes' warrior deity. Either bronze or sapphire.
  • Flandal Steelskin: The gnomes' god of smithing and metallurgy. Again, there isn't a very good fit among dragonkind for this kind of work, so brass or copper or something?
  • Baervan Wildwanderer: The gnomish deity of the wilderness. I've gone with a moonstone dragon.
  • Baravar Cloakshadow: The gnomish deity of illusions and sneakiness and stuff. Emerald dragon fits well here.
  • Callarduran Smoothhands: The gnomish deity of stone and mining (and the patron of deep gnomes). Maybe a deep dragon?
  • Segojan Earthcaller: The gnomish god of death, earth, Underdark stuff. Maybe another deep dragon?
  • Rill Cleverthrush: He's into inventions but also the sky, so a crystal dragon he shall be.
  • Nebelun the Meddler: This guy has got faerie dragon written all over him.
  • Urdlen: The gnomish god of all things evil. Probably a black dragon.

I'm having the most difficulty with my elven pantheon, since they're all much more nature-oriented than most dragons are.

My dwarves don't worship gods. Taking a page from Dragon Age, my dwarves revere "the Stone" as a Mother Earth-like entity. They also practice a kind of ancestor worship in which the greatest of them become immortalized as Paragons.

The Lightbringers are another of my GoT rip-offs, a dualistic faith that involves a constant struggle between the Lord of Light and the Great Other. I will make these Bahamut and Tiamat respectively. I might work the destruction of Sardior into this religion somehow as well, because I want to adopt the whole Eberron/First World creation myth (in which Khyber/Tiamat kills Siberys/Sardior and is then imprisoned "within" Eberron/Bahamut) into my setting.


Alternatively, I might scrap most/all of the above and just come up with a whole new pantheon of gods based around the full slate of main dragons in Fizban's (so one each for the metallics, gems, and chromatics, plus deep, moonstone, faerie, shadow, and dragon turtle). That would give me 22 "gods". (I like the book's suggestion of taking the gods of Theros and turning them into dragons.)


I've just shared all this for fun, but I'm open to feedback. Please let me know what you think!
I like your idea. You could even use some dragons from the books. For instance, Silvara from Dragonlance could have moved on to become The Mother.

For your elven pantheon, not all dragons of colors have the typical alignments listed. You could have an evolved green dragon or two in there. Perhaps a super evolved Faerie Dragon. Or even some of the gem dragons. Elves often have amethyst eyes.
 

dave2008

Legend
I really like the idea introduced in Fizban's that some of the classic dragon gods are really just uber-powerful greatwyrm dragons that have merged with various echoes across the dimensions. I think it would be cool to play in a setting where the "gods" are all just greatwyrm dragons of various types. (There's also a short section on using dragons as gods in the "Dragons in Play" section of the book that has inspired me.)
  • The Mother oversees fertility and childbirth and is seen as merciful and kind. A silver dragon is probably the best fit for her.
Personally I always think of Silvers as the warrior dragons.
  • The Stranger is basically the Grim Reaper. While the Father judges the dead, the Stranger is the one who takes them into the next life. The Stranger represents the scariness of the unknown. In my setting, magic (or perhaps just the darker kinds) is also part of the Stranger's portfolio. I was thinking a topaz dragon would work well here, but I could go with a dracolich of some kind instead perhaps. I would say that the Stranger is opposed to undead creatures in general, but given the Grim Reaper connotations, it makes the most sense to depict them as a skeletal dragon at the very least. I suppose a black or shadow dragon could work in a pinch.
I would go with a black or shadow dragon.
  • Baravar Cloakshadow: The gnomish deity of illusions and sneakiness and stuff. Emerald dragon fits well here.
I could see a green dragon too.
  • Urdlen: The gnomish god of all things evil. Probably a black dragon.
Could be a red too.
I've just shared all this for fun, but I'm open to feedback. Please let me know what you think!
Thank you for sharing. I like the idea of dragon gods presented in Fizban's too. I will say in your initial draft there is a severe lack of chromatic dragons.
 

pukunui

Legend
I use cults for dragons in my mashup homebrew and half of the party right now are followers of the cult of Aasterinian/Hlaal the copper dragon inventor trickster god from the Draconomicons and FR. In my game it is not clear whether the object of the cult is a straight copper dragon who exists in the world or if she has actual god powers and a divine nature and resides on the planes. Clerics are a divine power spellcasting tradition and do not require gods at all to tap and use divine magic so the fact that the cult has spellcasters and one of the PCs is a cleric of her cult is not conclusive proof.

Using powerful individual beings from the world as gods can be a lot of fun, but you need to think a little about what happens cosmologically when things like a dragon slaying party happens to them.
That's a cool idea. I think if it ever got to the point in a campaign of mine where the PCs were taking on one of the dragon gods, I'd just say that they can't be truly killed thanks to all the echoes.

I like your idea. You could even use some dragons from the books. For instance, Silvara from Dragonlance could have moved on to become The Mother.

For your elven pantheon, not all dragons of colors have the typical alignments listed. You could have an evolved green dragon or two in there. Perhaps a super evolved Faerie Dragon. Or even some of the gem dragons. Elves often have amethyst eyes.
Yeah, I need to spend some more time thinking about the elven pantheon. As it stands, it's kind of a mash-up of the traditional D&D elven pantheon and the Dragon Age elven pantheon. (The latter being another spoilery inspiration.)

Personally I always think of Silvers as the warrior dragons.
Interesting. How come? Their flavor text paints them as being friendly, sociable, highly moral, but not into actively rooting out evil the way gold and bronze dragons do. On the converse, bronze dragons are described as being fascinated by warfare and always ready to join a war for a just cause. I have a further idea of setting up a famed mercenary company led by a bronze dragon in humanoid form.

I like the idea of dragon gods presented in Fizban's too. I will say in your initial draft there is a severe lack of chromatic dragons.
Thanks for your suggestions. I think the reason there's a lack of chromatics is 1) I've mostly been going off their evil natures as established in the MM and Fizban's and the like, and I just don't currently have much in the way of evil gods (see this other thread on that topic: D&D General - The Role and Purpose of Evil Gods). I suppose I could make it so the archdevils and demon lords are also secretly dragons, though. ;)
 

Tales and Chronicles

Jewel of the North, formerly know as vincegetorix
I suppose I could make it so the archdevils and demon lords are also secretly dragons, though. ;)
That could be cool.

Demogorgon, the Twinned Madness: two headed sapphire/ruby dragon.
Fraz'Urblu, the Gargoyle of Mirages: moss covered blue dragon almost petrified.
Juiblex, the Sludge King: a mostly-melted black dragon, more ooze than dragon.
Lolth, the Web of Deceit: a bloated Moonstone dragon covered by spider eggs.

etc etc

I'd make Archdevils ''fallen'' metallic dragons.
 

pukunui

Legend
That could be cool.

Demogorgon, the Twinned Madness: two headed sapphire/ruby dragon.
Fraz'Urblu, the Gargoyle of Mirages: moss covered blue dragon almost petrified.
Juiblex, the Sludge King: a mostly-melted black dragon, more ooze than dragon.
Lolth, the Web of Deceit: a bloated Moonstone dragon covered by spider eggs.

etc etc

I'd make Archdevils ''fallen'' metallic dragons.
I dig it! :D
 


Dragon lords could be demigods but then lots of candidates could fight for the "throne in the Olympus". Or they could create their own demiplanes, maybe within the elemental limbo, with planar gates to the world of "Councyl of Wyrms".
 

overgeeked

B/X Known World
I really like the idea of dragons as gods. But I’d work up a custom pantheon of dragon gods from across editions instead of trying to fit existing gods to a new paradigm.

The hard part is names and lore. But you don’t need much to get by. Start with the chromatics. Red: fire & greed. Blue: sky & lightning. Black: death & decay. Green: trickery & poison. White: winter & cold. And move down the list. Metallic. Etc. But you cannot forget the catastrophic dragons, though. Blizzard, earthquake, and volcanic.
 

pukunui

Legend
I really like the idea of dragons as gods. But I’d work up a custom pantheon of dragon gods from across editions instead of trying to fit existing gods to a new paradigm.

The hard part is names and lore. But you don’t need much to get by. Start with the chromatics. Red: fire & greed. Blue: sky & lightning. Black: death & decay. Green: trickery & poison. White: winter & cold. And move down the list. Metallic. Etc. But you cannot forget the catastrophic dragons, though. Blizzard, earthquake, and volcanic.
Yeah, I’d much rather have the catastrophic dragons than the others, to be honest. I had hoped they’d be included in Fizban’s.

I mean, metallic and gem dragons at least have an earthy, material world theme, which makes sense with the whole “dragons are innately tied to the Material Plane” thing. The chromatics are just a random assortment of colors. I suppose we could call them fire, ice, swamp, forest, and desert dragons instead. I’d want to change their colors, though.
 

pukunui

Legend
For fun, and because it’s good practice, I’ve attempted to map out the full Theros pantheon as dragons:

  • Athreos: topaz?
  • Ephara: silver
  • Erebos: Fizban’s says black dracolich but I think gold shadow dragon makes more sense since Erebos was “born of Heliod’s shadow”
  • Heliod: gold
  • Iroas: bronze
  • Karametra: not sure, since there are no agriculture-themed dragons; maybe silver?
  • Keranos: blue
  • Klothys: amethyst or sapphire?
  • Kruphix: amethyst?
  • Mogis: red or white
  • Nylea: no idea, since again the only nature-oriented dragons are the pacifist moonstone dragons and the prankster faerie dragons, neither of which fit the theme of a huntress
  • Pharika: green
  • Phenax: green shadow dragon?
  • Purphoros: unsure, since again there are no forge/creation themed dragons; maybe bronze since Purphoros is partially covered in the stuff?
  • Thassa: dragon turtle
There are a few potential double-ups, which I’d really rather avoid, but perhaps it can’t be helped.
 

Minigiant

Legend
I have as setting that no group ever chooses where the dragon deities are migrants from another world. Them being powered by the echoes of greatwyrms of other worlds is good hook on why they successfully mitigated and still had enough power to maintain ranks.
 

pukunui

Legend
The Sovereign Host of Eberron already has the “they might be dragons” hook, but the dragons associated with each of the deities seems pretty random to me. I get that dragons in Eberron aren’t forced into the strict alignment/personality types of regular D&D, but why would anyone associate the goddess of feasts and good fortune with a skull-faced, swamp-dwelling black dragon? That makes no sense to me.

I think if you really want to make it so a dragon’s appearance doesn’t really mean anything, then you need to not have any dragons that look obviously evil (or majestically good).
 

RoughCoronet0

Dragon Lover
I have several dragon gods on my world, who’s most devout and powerful servants are greatwyrm dragons who can use their dragon sight to watch the rest of the multiverse through their echoes without those echoes ever knowing, since my world is meant to be the First World my group's multiverse and as such the greatwyrms of my world are the originals.
 

For a hypothetical setting I've drafted up, I decided to make a "dragons are divine" cosmology/theogony.

As a preliminary note: gender in general is...a difficult thing with dragons, even the lesser, "ordinary" dragons (which hold a position similar to angels--loyal or fallen--in other cosmologies). That is, in a very real sense, every dragon is both male and female, and neither and both, and more and less than any of those options, and all of them and none of them, all at the same time. Any given dragon may choose to use particular forms or expressions, but these things are just that, choices, closer to liking a certain color when deciding what clothes to wear. I will sometimes use gendered terms, but formally speaking this is an error, I'm just doing it because it's easier or smoother English.

Io is the Allfather(/Allmother), the Last who became First, the final and original seed.

The cycle of creation is one of great division and diversity, through which knowledge, magic, wisdom, skill, and power rise and accumulate, until in the end, a transcendent final form is achieved, encompassing all that the universe has achieved, whether united by force, diplomacy, or mere survival. Io is that being from the previous universe, the Ultimate Wyrm, vast and "complete." But Great Io knew that it was still possible that something was missed, something left out, that true perfection might still elude. So, carved from his(/her) own flesh, Io crafted the universe anew, to see, to discover, to build, to be, because Io alone could not grow or change anymore.

Greatest among Dead Io's creations were Tiamat and Bahamut, her chosen children, leaders among those carved-off parts of himself of greatest power, the dragons. Tiamat, Whose-Guile-Is-Power, was the leader of the two, set to be Child, Hunter, Ruler (or, as Tiamat often chooses a female aspect, Daughter, Huntress, Queen); the second, the advisor, the guide, Sibling, Teacher, Priest, Bahamut, Whose-Might-Is-Wisdom, made to match Tiamat just as Tiamat was made to match Bahamut. Tiamat, leader of the Prismatic brood, glittering gems, supported and protected by Bahamut, leader of the Metallic brood. Their younger siblings, the other gods, in colors and materials beautiful and brilliant.

Unfortunately, some horrible rift tore open between Monarch and Priest, some utterly unbridgeable gap. In the fall, Tiamat was twisted and corrupted, mind shattered into the seven colored pieces of her likewise-fallen brood: no longer ruby and emerald and diamond, but red, green, white, black, and blue. Whence her Topaz and Amethyst children--and, indeed, those facets of herself--have gone, none can say. In her madness and grief, she has torn great gashes across the world birthed from Io, and Bahamut has struggled mightily to lead the other dragons in her absence, filling a role that he was never meant to fill, aching always for the love he was designed to cherish and be held by.

That is why the world is rent, why evil claws at its edges, why wisdom quails before the enormity of its task, why the line of queens and princes shall ever be tempted to darkness.

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I actually have a ton of incidental details written about these gods, but since I doubt much of that will be very interesting (stuff like magic numbers and such) I'll keep it relatively brief. In each case, the "Whose-X-Is/Are-Y" is in some sense their "true" name, while the other name is more like a "personal" or "courtesy" name. (I have my own alternate names for Io, Tiamat, and Bahamut, should I ever decide to publish anything.)

Io, Whose-One-Is-All, all domains. (Material: all. Literally, Io's body was the material from which the universe was [re]created.)
Tiamat, Whose-Guile-Is-Power, former (pre-fall) domains: Ambition, wealth, individuality, passion, freedom, space, and home. (Material: crystals.)
Post-fall, domains: Pride, greed, selfishness, destruction, entropy, prison. (Material: none, just colors.)​
Bahamut, Whose-Wisdom-Is-Might, domains: Luck, justice/law, magic, protection, glory, time, and adventure. (Material: metals.)
Atalesh, Whose-Laugh-Is-Cutting, domains: Joy, independence, luck, death, plant. (Material: amber.)
Kereska, Whose-Eyes-Are-Dorways, domains: Magic, travel, knowledge, transformation, industry. (Material: opal.)
Narex, Whose-Fire-Is-Change, domains: Fire, earth, death, life, sun. (Material: tektite, sometimes molten.)
Llydenne, Whose-Culling-Is-Kind, domains: Death, justice, wealth, redemption, shadow. (Material: ivory.)
Korr, Whose-Breath-Is-Storm, domains: Air, water, weather, war, strength. (Material: smoky agate.)
Oridas, Whose-Light-Is-Guiding, domains: Light, shadow, air, stars, knowledge. (Material: glass.)
Neriph, Whose-Law-Is-Wild, domains: Animal, protection, strength, freedom, moon. (Material: moonstone.)
Pavask, Whose-Labor-Is-Forever, domains: Industry, fire, home/hearth, war, time. (Material: flint.)
Xyllona, Whose-Soul-Is-Music, domains: Art, medicine, language, friendship, whimsy. (Material: sunstone.)
Urunak, Whose-Step-Is-Regal, domains: Nobility, ancestors, deception, mind, loyalty. (Material: iolite.)

Most domains should be represented by two deities, offering different perspectives on the core concept.
 

pukunui

Legend
I suppose I could make it so the archdevils and demon lords are also secretly dragons, though.
I decided to give this a go. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

Devils:
*Admodeus: blue dragon or corrupted gold dragon
*Baalzebul: corrupted bronze dragon
*Dispater: corrupted brass dragon
*Fierna: corrupted copper dragon
*Geryon: corrupted bronze dragon
*Glasya: corrupted gold dragon
*Levistus: white dragon
*Mammon: corrupted gold dragon
*Mephistopheles: corrupted amethyst dragon
*Zariel: corrupted bronze dragon

Demons:
*Baphomet: white dragon or corrupted sapphire dragon
*Dagon: sea serpent
*Demogorgon: red dragon or maybe corrupted gold dragon
*Fraz-Urb’luu: green or maybe corrupted emerald dragon
*Graz’zt: silver shadow dragon
*Juiblex: black dragon
*Lolth: corrupted moonstone dragon
*Yeenoghu: feels redundant with Baphomet so I’ve just skipped him
*Zuggtmoy: deep dragon
 

cbwjm

Legend
I haven't made dragons gods in my world, but the dragon elders are close, being just a step below (and steps above great wyrms) which makes them a threat to the gods. Rather than having them all tie into the draconic colours, these elder dragons ended up spawning different dragonflights so that one may have spawned both red and gold dragons. They also spawned the various draconic races such as dragonborn and kobolds, things that still exist in the myths of these races millennia later.
 

pukunui

Legend
I really like the idea of dragons as gods. But I’d work up a custom pantheon of dragon gods from across editions instead of trying to fit existing gods to a new paradigm.
I’ve been giving this a go, but it’s proving to be a lot harder than I thought it would!

The chromatics are definitely the easiest. The metallic dragons are a bit harder, especially brass dragons - it seems their whole schtick is conversation.

The gem dragons are even trickier!

Amethyst could be a generic knowledge god, with maybe magic and science thrown in?

Crystal is pretty random: stars, divination/fate but also fun times, hospitality, healing. They’re like a typical Greek god!

Sapphire seems to be strategic warfare. Not much else besides underground + anti-Far Realm. Vigilance maybe?

Emerald is all about illusion and misdirection in order to observe unseen. So like a wildlife scientist and/or spy.

Topaz is the weirdest dragon, with its backwards wings and all. A god of decay in terms of renewal (whereas a black dragon just likes to watch things decay and isn’t interested in rejuvenating the soil afterwards or whatever).

Tricky stuff!
 

SkidAce

Legend
Supporter
I’ve been giving this a go, but it’s proving to be a lot harder than I thought it would!

The chromatics are definitely the easiest. The metallic dragons are a bit harder, especially brass dragons - it seems their whole schtick is conversation.

The gem dragons are even trickier!

Amethyst could be a generic knowledge god, with maybe magic and science thrown in?

Crystal is pretty random: stars, divination/fate but also fun times, hospitality, healing. They’re like a typical Greek god!

Sapphire seems to be strategic warfare. Not much else besides underground + anti-Far Realm. Vigilance maybe?

Emerald is all about illusion and misdirection in order to observe unseen. So like a wildlife scientist and/or spy.

Topaz is the weirdest dragon, with its backwards wings and all. A god of decay in terms of renewal (whereas a black dragon just likes to watch things decay and isn’t interested in rejuvenating the soil afterwards or whatever).

Tricky stuff!
Pick two of the three categories.

Or mix them all up so metallic/chromatic/gem is irrelevant.

This would let you build the Pantheon as you see fit.
 

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