Mual-Tar, the Thunder Serpent
Dragon #370 introduces a new recurring feature: Lords of Chaos. At the dawn of time, the gods and primordials fought a battle unlike any other. The gods were victorious, and the primordials -- once rulers of the chaos that existed before time -- were thrown down, slain, or imprisoned. Some have broken free, but many still languish in chains. Mual-Tar the Thunder Serpent is one such bound primordial. But this powerful creature has mortal followers that seek to free Mual-Tar at all costs, to sunder the chains that bind it, and unleash it to consume the world and return it to the chaos from which it was born.
Imagine the most horrifying monstrosity your mind can conceive -- a being of raw element, given chaotic and everchanging form. Now make it worse -- a being so mighty that even a god would not dare to face it alone. These were the primordials of the Dawn War.
Just as the gods appeared in the Astral Sea at the birth of the universe, so the primordials appeared in the Elemental Chaos when it was first formed. In that first age, they were glorious and terrible in their power, birthing the great titans with the merest shrug of effort and starting to shape a world from out of the chaos.
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About the Author
The Design Manager for the D&D game and one of the lead designers for 4th Edition, James Wyatt has something of a thunderstorm fetish. Between this article, "The Storm Lord's Keep" (Dungeon #93), and his Eberron novel trilogy (which began with Storm Dragon and features a character with the Mark of Storm), he's written more about thunderstorms than is probably sane. Must be all the Seattle rain.