His (or Her) Resplendence, the King of Justice (or the Queen of Justice) was a title used by the ruler of gold dragon society. The title was created because the gold dragons, the most lawful of the dragon species, felt the necessity to create the most orderly of societies.[1]

The King of Justice was usually the oldest and most powerful gold dragon of a given region. Although the dragons held official elections when it was necessary to fill the position, the King of Justice was almost always chosen by acclamation. If the two most promising candidates of a given election were male and female, then, instead of elections, they took the Oath of Concord (the dragon equivalent of marriage) and shared responsibilities and authorities equally as Their Resplendences.[1]

Unlike most human kings, the Kings and Queens of Justice didn't actually rule gold dragon society. Instead, they acted as advisors, giving guidance to those who sought them for their wisdom, and only took decisions when a situation affected the race as a whole.[1] They were assisted by many dragon lords who were required to swear the Ptarian Code, a code of honor and conduct that was created several millennia before the 14th century [{DR]] by the gold dragon Ptaris.[2]

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In western Faerûn some time before the 14th century DR, a particularly powerful gold dragon named Protanther was the King of Justice.[3][4]

By the mid–14th century, the King of Justice was Lareth,[5][1] who died in the Year of Rogue Dragons, 1373 DR during the Rage of Dragons.[6]

Succeeding him as King of Justice was Tamarand, who still had the title as of 1479 DR.[7]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Nigel Findley, et al. (October 1990). Draconomicon. (TSR, Inc), p. 18. ISBN 0-8803-8876-5.
  2. Nigel Findley, et al. (October 1990). Draconomicon. (TSR, Inc), p. 44. ISBN 0-8803-8876-5.
  3. Nigel Findley, et al. (October 1990). Draconomicon. (TSR, Inc), p. 36. ISBN 0-8803-8876-5.
  4. Steve Winter, Alexander Winter, Wolfgang Baur (November 2014). The Rise of Tiamat. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 59. ISBN 978-0786965656.
  5. James Butler, Elizabeth T. Danforth, Jean Rabe (September 1994). “Cormanthor”. In Karen S. Boomgarden ed. Elminster's Ecologies (TSR, Inc), p. 21. ISBN 1-5607-6917-3.
  6. Richard Lee Byers (January 2005). The Rite (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 269–276. ISBN 978-0786935819.
  7. Brian R. James (April 2010). “Realmslore: Vaasa”. In Chris Youngs ed. Dungeon #177 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 79.
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