TIAMAT (tee-yah-maht)

Tiamat has been around since the beginning of time and is known as the goddess of salt water (or the oceans). According to Babylonian mythology she mates with the god of fresh water, Apsû (ahp-soo) to create a multitude of fantastic offspring. Legends say the noisy children cause the parents to declare war and Tiamat is eventually hit by an arrow shot from her own great-grandson, the storm-god Marduk. This causes her body to break into pieces from which they form the heavens and earth. Dungeons & Dragons popularized Tiamat as a multi-headed dragon in the 1970’s role-playing game.