T'iam, also known as Tiam, T'matha[1], Tiama[2] or Tiamatha[3], was the Elder Goddess of the Eleint, also known as dragons. Kilava Onass referred to her as the Mother of all Dragons.[citation needed] Olar Ethil said she had spawned all dragons.[4]

Midnight TidesEdit

According to a conversation between Osserc, Menandore and Sukul Ankhadu, T'iam had sailed out on feathered wings from the dark of another realm.[5]

By a process not yet fully understood, some Tiste became Soletaken by drinking T'iam's blood. The female Soletaken thus created subsequently referred to themselves as T'iam's daughters. It seemed that the transformation also required T'iam to mate with a male Tiste.[6] She was known to have mated with Scabandari Bloodeye and to 'give birth' to Sheltatha Lore. She also mated with Osserc, producing two more daughters, Menandore and Sukul Ankhadu.[6] The creation of the Soletaken resulted in T'iam's death, although she appeared to have died and been reborn thousands of times.[7][8]

Osserc referred to the Soletaken as an extended family whose most precious (or if not precious then certainly most popular) trait was treachery and betrayal.[7]

Udinaas and Feather Witch accidentally travelled to the Refugium where they met the Imass, Ulshun Pral, and the boy, Rud Elalle. Ulshan Pral spoke of a Hold the two Letherii had never heard of called Starvald Demelain. In an attempt to explain, he listed the names of many of its notable denizens including T'iam. He finished by calling them "Eleint. Draconean. Dragons. The Pure Dragons."[9]

In The BonehuntersEdit

The imprisoned Eleint, Ampelas, Eloth, and Kalse, discussed the rivalry between their kind and the Soletaken Eleint with Cotillion. Cotillion noted that as the sources of sorcery, the Eleint were compelled by K'rul to return to Starvald Demelain lest sorcery cease to be predictable. Meanwhile their Soletaken brethren, who also possessed the blood of Tiam and the power that came with it, were free to travel as they pleased. When Cotillion declared it clever of K'rul to force the Eleint and the Soletaken Eleint to share the same aspects, Ampelas stated that "unlike Tiam, when we're killed we stay dead."[10]


"It is said that the matron's
blood like ice brought forth into this
world a birthing of dragons
and this flowing river of fate
brought light into dark and dark into light,
unveiling at last in cold, cold eyes
the children of chaos...
T'matha's Children

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