The Concordant Dragon, The Great Eternal Wheel, Swallower of Shades, The Ninefold Dragon, Creator of Dragonkind

Symbol: A multicolored metallic disk
Home Plane: Outlands
Alignment: Neutral
Portfolio: Dragonkind, balance, peace
Worshipers: Dragons
Cleric Alignments: LG, NG, CG, LN, N, CN, LE, NE, CE
Domains: Balance, Dragon, Creation, Magic, Spell
Favored Weapon: Scimitar

Io is the Ninefold Dragon, known as such because he embodies all alignments within his outlook. Io is regarded as the creator of Therafim, and especially of dragons, subtly manipulating the destinies of all dragons by operating out in the open where nobody suspects his involvement. Io is concerned solely with the affairs of dragons and dragonkind, interfering in their lives only when he deems it absolutely necessary.

Io cares only for his “children” the dragons and their continued existence in the world. In some cases, this means taking the side of the dragons against other races. In other situations, Io might help nondragons fight against a dragon who would otherwise jeopardize the survivability of the race as a whole. He prefers to remain out of conflicts between dragons, though if such a conflict threatens to escalate, he might step in (either personally or by dispatching Aasterinian or some other servitor).

Io has even fewer clerics or shrines than most of the other draconic deities, since his outlook is so broad and all-encompassing. Still, even the most devoted cleric of Bahamut, Tiamat, or another dragon god pays at least a modicum of homage to the Ninefold Dragon. Mortal clerics of Io are quite few, since the Ninefold Dragon has little interest in the "lesser" races, but there are a rare few who are so accepted, their duty to maintain the balance of the world, keeping the forces at work on Therafim from spiraling out of control.

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