One of the more curious elements of the recent Adventures in the Forgotten Realms card Set for Magic: the Gathering (Important to note that the creative director for this set is none other than...James Wyatt, of which more anon) is the appearance of the god Bahamut under the guise of a Human Monk titled the "Grand Master of Flowers." At first, this struck me as super random, as I did not recall hearing of Bahamut being a Monk previously, but more usually a Galndalf/Odin-like wandering old man figure. But then I looked into the Grand Master of Flowers in Forgotten Realms lore, and things got interesting.
Pictured above is St. Sollars hosting the adventuring party in the old AD&D Module H4: Throne of Bloodstone. St. Sollars "the Twice-Martyred" is the found and divine patron of the Monastery of the Yellow Rose in Damara, which earlier in the H series had been a base of operations for the player characters, and whose leader is the Grand Master of Flowers, just like Bahamut's title in the Magic card. in H4, the party deals directly with St. Sollars, who "informed them that Bahamut wanted to prevent Orcus—Zhengyi's patron—from getting to the Material Plane." After having retrieved the Wand of Orcus, "To destroy the wand, St. Sollars directed them to Bahamut, who in turn predicted that the Wand of Orcus needed to be bathed in the blood of a slain avatar of Tiamat, the Dragon Queen. After the slaying the avatar and destroying the Wand, and a last meeting with Bahamut, St. Sollars healed the heroes, rewarded them with wishes, and let them rest in the Seven Heavens for a day before sending them on their way." Although he was a servant of the god Illmater, "St. Sollars also revered the god Bahamut, the Platinum Dragon, whom he called 'the big boss.'"
It seems that possible James Wyatt is playing off this obscure connection between Bahamut and the Monastery of the Yellow Rose in this card, and I have to wonder if this is not a preview of how Bahamut is going to be expanded in the apparent new Dragon book coming this October.
Saint Sollars, called the Twice Martyred, was a saint of the faith of Ilmater the Crying God. He was the patron saint of Bloodstone Pass. Within the church of Ilmater, St. Sollars was venerated by the Disciples of St. Sollars the Twice-Martyred and at the Monastery of the Yellow Rose in the...