The Dragonlance Nexus

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Bakali and Worship of the Gods

D&D 3e (3.0/3.5) Rules

by Trampas Whiteman

Bakali legends speak of the Bakali as being the original children of the gods, even before even the original high ogres. Bakali legends say that the gods punished the Bakali in a Time of Ice and Darkness for worshipping the Great Dragons, the original five dragons of Krynn.

The gods Chazik (Chislev) and Sirizik (Sirrion) took the Bakali as their own, teaching them the ways of fur and fire. Bakali shamans conduct sacrificial animal sacrifices that other races consider primitive and crude. To the Bakali, though, they are offering that which means the most to them – food and fire.

Bakali rituals are typically held at sunrise and sunset, and during the summer solstice and the spring and fall equinoxes. The winter solstice is a time when the Bakali mourn their dead. Bakali shamans try to make minor sacrifices each day. Bakali scripture is very simplified. Other races consider this to be a lack of intelligence, when in fact the Bakali have boiled down their scripture to the essentials.

During the Second Dragon War, the dark goddess Tazhek (Takhisis) tricked the Bakali into serving her. At the end of the war, the Bakali were hunted down, and they once again turned back to the worship of Chazik and Sirizik.

This would not be the last time that the Bakali would hear of Tazhek and her mate, Hizhek (Hiddukel). The two gods are said to have whispered to the eggs of the Bakali, corrupting them into the Jarak-Sinn, who worshipped the dark gods ever since.

During the time of the Cataclysm, the true clerics of the Bakali left the world, leaving them in a near-animal state. Again, they turned to Chislev and Sirrion, or so they thought. Takhisis and Hiddukel came to their aid, but for a price. The Bakali were to serve as Takhisis' servants in the War of the Lance, waking the sleeping chromatic dragons, and working to steal the eggs of the good dragons, serving as their guards. This deception was unveiled during the War of the Lance, when true clerics of Chislev and Sirrion returned.

Since this time, the Bakali have lived among the Jarak-Sinn, worshipping their deities in secret mystery cults, even as the Jarak-Sinn worship Takhisis and Hiddukel.

During the Age of Mortals, two new practices emerged among the Bakali. The ancient race rediscovered ancient talent with mysticism. Ritualistic practices, held sacred for centuries, brought about new meaning as they transformed into rites of power, centered around totemic practices and abilities with the spirits. It is unknown how these mystic shamans will fare with the return of Chislev and Sirrion.

Scholars theorize that kobolds are an offshoot race of the Bakali. One piece of evidence that supports this is their worship of Tizheki (Takhisis), who has many similarities to the Jarak-Sinn god Tazhek. Kobolds have fewer rituals than the Bakali or Jarak-Sinn. Sacrifice is also important to the kobolds, although they only make a sacrifice at the beginning of each month. This sacrifice isn't that of an animal, but that of one of the other races of Krynn (any will do). In a pinch, a fellow kobold will do nicely, especially if it is a kobold that other kobolds despise.

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