O great Tanniin, god of light and air, swift wings, fearsome fire; Grant safety to travelers and protect those who serve you. Curse those who do us harm and let your temple shine ever so bright against all our enemies.
— Prayer to Tanniin from the Age of Blood -- Anonymous

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To those who honor Baal, Tanniin is a usurper, for they consider the heavenly charioteer–as Baal was known–to be the true master of the skies, but to those who secretly worship Tanniin, Baal is a despot and a destroyer who uses treachery to banish Tanniin to the Great Void where he languishes. 

The devotees of the winged god believe the world came into existence when the six primordial beings, known as Arkadon, emerged from the Great Void, shattering it into scintillating pieces we commonly call stars. For these shining lights are the remnants of the void and long to be joined back together. What keeps them apart are the wings of the Arkadons sustaining the world.

The first offspring of the Arkadon was the greatest of all dragons that ever lived: Tanniin Ashod, known as "Daron Ashod" among the dwarfs and as "Black Dragon" by the Empyreans. With nine pairs of wings, he brought forth wind and sky, and as he did so, topaz fell from his wings, coloring the celestial dome. 

Eons passed, and Daron Ashod begot Lamatanniin, who came to be during the Wars of Riharon, some 6,500 years before the birth of Ahiram. Lamataniin served the Lords of the Pit, and with his six wings wreaked destruction over the land. The Temple of Baal teaches that it was Baal who stopped him, but others contend that it was the Thunder Blades of Cilbarad that slew him.

Tanniin, the second progeny of Daron Ashod, came forth during the Wars of Fire, 3,700 years before Ahiram's birth, and unlike his brother, he rebelled against the Lords of the Pit and helped the slave El-Windiir turn the tide. The people of the Kingdom of Tanniin revere him as the god of light.

He is often represented as a dragon with three pairs of wings, but not always. He is the protector of travelers and is invoked against fire, wind storms and thieves. Why thieves? No one truly knows. It may be because Tanniin aided El-Windiir when the slave hid the mystical metal known as meyroon from his masters who then accused him of thievery, or it may be because thieves take flight under the wings of darkness but cannot escape the swift retribution of the winged god.