Once known as Gideon, a Sword of Great Justice in the Marmothoan Empire under the Great Mau Padamose. The creature called Emperor Barduse erupted from his body during a profane ritual that was a desperate gamble to fight the tides of fate.
Emperor Barduse left Padamose and Marmothoa to the Thabbashites and established his own realm in Metatropea. However, Emperor Barduse could never quite leave his human self behind. He died seeking to avenge himself on his traitorous wife, the witch Elzibeth. Generations of his children, the barduse dragons of Direstock, have fought and died trying to finish their progenitor's work.