Fizban the Fabulous of Dungeons & Dragons is a human mage at the heart of the Dragonlance Chronicles. However, his true identity is a divine secret.
D&D Live, airing July 16-17, announced a new Dungeons & Dragons source book titled Fizban’s Dragon Treasure, but not at all D&D fans will know who Fizban is. The new reference book is a compilation of everything players could possibly need to know about dragons, including lore, new dragon species, and a number of dragon buffs for character creation. The book is compiled from the notes of Fizban the Fabulous, an elderly mage with a divine secret about his true identity.
Fizban’s first appearance was in the Chronicles of Dragonlance, a series of books detailing the war of the lance, also known as the Dungeons & Dragons’ Fourth Dragon War. Fizban was responsible for choosing the Spear Heroes, a group of 10 warriors who ultimately ended the war. He is also tangentially responsible for humans learning of the mythical dragon spear, a weapon that allows mortals to slay dragons. At the end of the book, he revealed that he was actually the god Paladine (who is also related to Bahamut). Now through Fizban’s Dragon Treasure, it seems he’s looking to share his dragon wisdom with Dungeons & Dragons players.
Understanding Paladine is essential to understanding Fizban, as the latter is the dragon’s deadly avatar of choice. It is a rare platinum dragon in Dungeons & Dragons, worshiped as a god. Paladine is a god of law and all that is good, and despises all that is bad. As such, he is a very strict deity, setting the standard for good legal alignment. He is as compassionate towards those in need as he is dismissive of dishonest characters. Bahamut enjoys going through the mortal planes as an old man, seven canaries who are also golden dragons in disguise, as this gives him the opportunity to interact with mortals at their level. Bahamut is a figure originally introduced as part of Faucongris and has since been associated with the Forgotten Realms. Bahamut represents many, if not all, of the same ideals as Paladine, the god Dragonlance. Fizban also appears to roam the land with canary companions, echoing Bahamut’s hobby.
What Fizban means for the future of D&D
If Fizban returns to Dungeons & Dragons multiverse, this could have a significant impact on future campaigns. Not only Fizban’s Dragon Treasure opening a door for the return and expansion of dragons, but it also involves Paladine (or Bahamut) once again getting involved in the affairs of mortals. Fizban’s reasoning for releasing his draconic sourcebook has yet to be revealed, but it’s likely the character is hoping to prepare players for something big. Dungeons & Dragons.
Alternatively, Wizards of the Coast has confirmed two classics Dungeons & Dragons the settings will come back for the 5th gameplay. As a major figure in the Chronicles of Dragonlance, it is possible that Fizban’s reappearance signals the arrival of a Dragonlance campaign. It would be fun for players to create their own Spear Heroes, guided by Fizban through the Dragon Wars. A new Dragonlance campaign could also offer players the opportunity to experience a tale of the Dungeons & Dragons books, continuing the trend started by Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance.
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