Nathair Sgiathach (pronounced: /nɛaɪɛr skɛaɪɑːk/ neigh-er skey-ak) was the god of pseudodragons and faerie dragons and a member of Queen Titania's Seelie Court, although he did not participate much. The translation of his name was "winged serpent".[note 1]
Nathair Sgiathach was a tiny and thin dragon with gossamer butterfly-like wings and a prehensile tail. He was only about 2 feet (61 centimeters) long. He was always seen with an utterly enormous smile.
Nathair Sgiathach was quite unlike any of the other draconic deities. He adored the faerie folk. He was playful, a quality usually enjoyed by the fey, but he was so frivolous and flippant about even serious matters that even the other members of the Seelie Court could not tolerate all of his shenanigans and behaviors. He acted pretentious when meeting new beings—such as by exaggerating the pronunciation of his name—but only as a game, and was more of a jester than an advisor. He loved juvenile practical jokes. A favorite gag was using magical illusions to cause the buttocks of humans to radiate red light.
The god of faerie and pseudodragons could breathe a euphoria gas that incapacitated enemies by making them deliriously blissful, causing them to do such things in the middle of battle as wandering about aimlessly picking pretty flowers while their companions fought on. He also enjoyed using his powerful polymorphing magic to transform enemies' weapons into stuffed animal toys or other ridiculous items.
Nathair Sgiathach could always remain invisible if he desired, even while casting spells or attacking. He was also immune to all enchantments and charms, illusions, petrification, paralyzation, and elemental damage. He could only be harmed by powerful magic weapons and spells.
While his methods of combat were seen as silly by most, Nathair's powers were actually rather substantial, and he would willingly defend faeries in need. Typically, he would attempt to drive off or humiliate enemies rather than kill them.
Nathair's worshipers included not only chaotic good-leaning pseudodragons and faerie dragons, but also various sprites—sprites, grigs, and pixies—who appreciated mischief-making. His holy symbol was a big smile.
He was not directly worshiped in most places in the Realms; however, the more mischievous of the elves of Faerûn often offered prayers to him along with their worship of the Seldarine, as they also did to the other deities of the fey people. The faerie dragons of Evermeet each worshiped Nathair in his or her own way.
- ↑ The in-universe language for this translation is not given in the source; however, in the real world, it is Irish. In the Forgotten Realms, this would most likely place it in one of the Waelan languages, such as Druidic.
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 Carl Sargent (May 1992). Monster Mythology. (TSR, Inc), p. 123. ISBN 1-5607-6362-0.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Colin McComb (1996). On Hallowed Ground. Edited by Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc), p. 175. ISBN 0-7869-0430-5.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Carl Sargent (May 1992). Monster Mythology. (TSR, Inc), pp. 117–118. ISBN 1-5607-6362-0.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Colin McComb (1996). On Hallowed Ground. Edited by Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc), p. 137. ISBN 0-7869-0430-5.
- ↑ James Wyatt (March 2000). “Animal Henchmen”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #269 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 30.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Anne Gray McCready et al. (March 1994). Elves of Evermeet. (TSR, Inc), p. 31. ISBN 1-5607-6829-0.
- ↑ Wolfgang Baur and Lester Smith (1994-07-01). “The Book of Chaos”. In Michele Carter ed. Planes of Chaos (TSR, Inc), p. 9. ISBN 1560768746.
- ↑ Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 220. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
- ↑ Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 92. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
- ↑ Carl Sargent (May 1992). Monster Mythology. (TSR, Inc), p. 124. ISBN 1-5607-6362-0.