This was just an example of a Tharizdun-inspired nasty final boss monster. During the Dawn War, he created the Abyss, an act for which he was imprisoned by the gods. The followers of Tharizdun are few and secretive, and most people do not even know that he was once worshiped. Realm The clerics of Tharizdun began to pilfer the hoard of beautiful gems sacrificed to him by earlier servants — 333 gems of utmost value, ranging in worth from 5,000 to 50,000 gold pieces each. The Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun is an adventure module for the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) role-playing game, for use in the World of Greyhawk campaign setting.The module was published by TSR, Inc. in 1982 for the first edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons rules. Other artifacts associated with Tharizdun include the sword Druniazth and the Spear of Sorrow. Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Module 1 – hemple of 90 books. The clerics of Tharizdun began to pilfer the hoard of beautiful gems sacrificed to him by earlier servants — 333 gems of utmost value, ranging in worth from 5,000 to 50,000 gold pieces each. Tharizdun's holy symbol is a jagged counterclockwise dark spiral rune known as the Spiral of Decay. Tharizdun's followers are highly secretive, and his temples are well hidden. He of Eternal Darkness,[1] Its entranceway is in a massive demonic face, sixty feet tall, and permanently frozen over with ice. [23], Under the aspect of the Elder Elemental Eye, his holy symbol is a downward-pointing black triangle with an inverted yellow Y within it. Intermediate Deity [14], Midnight Darkness, a cult of assassins dedicated to Nerull, god of death, is secretly led by Karniquaza, a follower of Tharizdun and member of the Scarlet Brotherhood. It is presumed to have been written by one of his followers after the deity's banishment. Rao, god of light, is particularly opposed to Tharizdun. I really like the idea that there are 333 gems forming the gate to Tharizdun's prison, and that even a single one of them is such bad news that it can wreck an entire world. “One” that is known is actually many: a collection of gems known as the 333 Gems of Tharizdun. That plane's prisoner is an insane entity from another reality dedicated to the destruction of all things, his nightmarish thoughts occasionally bubbling through and leaking into the dreamscapes of his worshipers. His first mention was in an adventure module titled, appropriately enough, WG4 The Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun. Tharizdun, the Chained Oblivion, is the mad deity of death and trickery. Instead, his people mutated into scorpion-like monsters, and his realm decayed into a desert. Reality warps in its wake. [5], At least one sage belives that Tharizdun himself wields the Spiral of Decay represented in his holy symbol, for which no equivalent weapon exists in human knowledge. Tharizdun's few followers are almost all insane, and those who are not are extremely dangerous. Their current location is unknown, but it is certain that the collection was split up long ago. Assuming they've been scattered, those using their power now might not be well disposed toward giving them back, especially for the purpose the party has in mind. [21], A false rumor claimed that an abandoned shrine to Tharizdun existed in Veluna City.[22]. Many follow him in the optimistic belief that he will spare his loyal servants when he destroys the multiverse. D&D creator Gary Gygax named Tharizdun after Tharzduun or Tharzdu'un, a deity created by Rob Kuntz. Tharizdun is the evil god of madness and annihilation, and once ruled the Astral Domain Pandemonium in the Astral Sea. Lament for Lost Tharizdun is a book bound in black scaly hide, written in silver ink on black paper. Tharizdun has many known artifacts. Tharizdun's clerics cannot draw power from him unless they are in contact with an artifact such as these. It is speculated that this was in turn inspired by the deity Thasaidon, from the works of Clark Ashton Smith. the Ender,[7] Tharizdun and his servants grew ever more powerful, until the other gods set aside their differences and colluded to banish his presence from the world. In Gar… Other artifacts associated with Tharizdun include the … The ancient Flan people knew of Tharizdun. Kingsway Role Playing Group Wiki is a FANDOM Games Community. [16], Another ruined temple is located in the Jotens, a mountain range of Oerth. Tharizdun's servants last called forth his avatar in the year -422 CY, during the Twin Cataclysms which destroyed the Suel Imperium and Baklunish Empire. Realm [16] They make heavy use of black stone and an archaic trapezoidal building pattern. There are believed to be 333 Gems of Tharizdun, each able to grant power to a cleric of Tharizdun in contact with minor unholy artifacts such as these. worship for Tharizdun, and endless services to awaken the being were conducted by route. Tharizdun has been imprisoned in some unknown demiplane ever since.[23]. Their current location is unknown, but it is certain that the collection was split up long ago. Gygax'… [9][10] The leaders of the cult at the Temple of Elemental Evil are known as the Doomdreamers.[12]. They must be in contact with one of his few holy artifacts, or one of his ancient holy sites. They must be in contact with one of his few holy artifacts, or one of his ancient holy sites. No beings have encountered Tharizdun for over a millennium, and his alignment can only be inferred from that of his insane followers. Gender In recent times, the forces of Tharizdun built a new temple on this most profane site, known as the Temple of Elemental Evil. The Ziggurat of Black is an ancient tower in the Tilvanot Pensinsula, constructed of flat black metal. Alignment I read an article from a few years ago that detailed Tharizdun. The Return to the Temple of Elemental module, Cult of Tharizdun: The Witnesses of Tharizdun, Shadow of Shothragot: The Price of Survival, https://dungeonsdragons.fandom.com/wiki/Tharizdun?oldid=25370. The majority of the Scarlet Brotherhood do not worship him, and he is not considered a Suel deity, at least not by the current Brotherhood. Aliases Most of their rites involve failed attempts to commune with their deity, or learn the secrets to unlocking the chains that bind him.[1]. Other artifacts associated with Tharizdun include the horn known as the Wailer of Tharizdun, the sword Druniazth and the Spear of Sorrow. Tharizdun is the god of Eternal Darkness, Decay, Entropy, Malign Knowledge, Insanity, and Cold. The beetles are mutated by feeding on the waste of otyughs within the temple, who possess horrible tentacles and beaks like that of a grell.[20]. Mostly looted or sold off after Tharizdun's imprisonment, they have spread across the world by traders unaware of their connection to that evil deity. The gems existed in my campaign (although, originally as a different form but adjusted to fit the lore), the concept of Tharizdun already existed (I had orignally called him the World Eater which is also one of his actual aliases) and my cult was conveniently named very close to one of his. [7], The elhoriads are blackened, undead skeletons with a deadly entropic touch. Assuming they've been scattered, those using their power now might not be well disposed toward giving them back, especially for the purpose the party has in mind. He has cults in Verbobonc and southern Furyondy.[13]. [28], The cult of Tharizdun possesses numerous artifacts and lesser magic items sacred to the Dark God, and devotes considerable resources to finding more. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. It is rumored that a temple of Tharizdun exists in the Gull Cliffs. According to His worshipers, the Chained God was the Nothingness which preceded Creation, and He aches to return the multiverse to that prior state of Absolute Tranquility. Male They collect rare and esoteric knowledge, such as the names of demons. Dungeons & Dragons Lore Wiki is a FANDOM Games Community. These creatures grow as cultists perform ritual sacrifice to it. Unable to act upon the world directly, he dispenses his power from cover identities and aspects, such as the Elder Elemental Eye responsible for the infamous Temple of Elemental Evil. Spiral of Decay, Obex Shothragot. [17] Wielders of a dark blade called Druniazth find themselves drawn here. and the Lost God[3]. Realm His followers hoped to set him free. Tharizdun's followers seek to reclaim the 333 Gems of Tharizdun, a collection of gemstones sacred to the Dark One, sacrificed to him by cultists in ages past. I created it. When Tharizdun was chained in his prison, sealed away for eternity, his last act was to contain fragments of his essence in 333 gemstones that would enable his scions and servitors to unlock the shackles that bind him. Their current location is unknown, but it … If he has holy days, they are unknown to all but perhaps some of his followers. [17], A forgotten temple of Tharizdun exists in the Yatil Mountains on the world of Oerth. Still another artifact, the Weeping Hexagram, is in the hands of the Scarlet Brotherhood. This page may be a Stub or not include some information. Purple is a royal color … Tharizdun has no allies among the gods. Portfolio I admire how you dissect Gygax’s adventures. It dreams the infinite Abyss and its demon hordes into being.3 1 Appearance 2 History 3 Worship 3.1 Commandments of the Chained Oblivion 3.2 Known Worshipers 4 References Tharizdun is depicted, if at all, as "a creature of rolling, hungry ink and darkness",3 a spreading cloud of lightless destruction. The Spear of Sorrow, a cursed polearm seven feet in length and carved entirely from black stone, is sacred to Tharizdun. Legend has it that the clerics of Tharizdun began to pilfer his hoard of beautiful gems when all attempts to resurrect the God failed; 333 gems of utmost value, … His most dedicated followers are the Doomdreamers, a high-ranking caste of priests who receive visions from Tharizdun. Tharizdun's followers are united by a single ancient creed, found inscribed within one of his dark pyramids: The rest of his religion consists of a sporadic collection of terrible holy texts, secretly guarded even from other sects and detailing terrible rituals and extraplanar horrors. Clerics of his aspect, the Elder Elemental Eye, typical… [1] Yet another (almost certainly insane) source claims his weapon to be something called a "Check Toee".[25]. The avatar was thought to have been destroyed, but in reality it only went into dormancy. Mostly looted or sold off after Tharizdun's imprisonment, they have spread across the world by traders unaware of their connection to that evil deity. Unlike most deities of Oerth, who take humanoid shape, Tharizdun appears as a dark, amorphous form reminiscent of a sentient sphere of annihilation. In 581 CY, a paladin of Heironeous broke the ring into three pieces. Each gem is a fist-sized rock resembling obsidian, but queerly translucent if … Tharizdun’s avatar takes the same form he does: a pitch-black, roiling amorphous form. On Oerth, Tharizdun is particularly opposed by Pelor and Boccob. the Chained God,[8] Tharizdun created an avatar called Shothragot at the time of the Twin Cataclysms. Realm Edit [3], An ancient, but inert temple of Tharizdun survives in Erelhi-Cinlu, the drow city. "One" that is known is actually many: a collection of gems known as the 333 Gems of Tharizdun. Clergy Clerics of Tharizdun cannot gain spells from him in the normal way, … Cloak of shadows Tharizdun (pronounced: / θ ɑːr ˈ ɪ z d ʌ n / thar-IZ-dun) was a long-forgotten interloper god originating from Oerth who sought to destroy all that is. [1] Contact with the imprisoned Dark God is only possible in proximity to one of his remaining artifacts or forgotten unholy sites, and even then his blessings come at the cost of madness. Tharizdun is one of the core deities in the Player's Handbook (4e) (2008). Tharizdunis one of the old ‘Big Bad Guys’ of Dungeons & Dragons lore. The albino gnomes beneath the hills here are said to dig caverns to steer visitors away from the temple. His cult appears prominently in Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil (2001). With his goal of destruction, Tharizdun is Chaotic Evil. The clergy of Tharizdun preach that all things eventually crumble, and in time Tharizdun's victory over the gods will be complete.[9]. Published in 1982, this module tells us that our villain was evil, built a cult to worship him, was vanquished, and disappeared from the face of the earth. Followers of Tharizdun conduct terrible rituals of sacrifice. the Anathema,[7] Greyhawk pantheon, Dawn War pantheon Tharizdun, the Chained Oblivion, is the mad deity of death and trickery. During the Dawn War, he created the Abyss, an act for which he was imprisoned by the gods. Firstappearance Enjoy. Clerics of Tharizdun cannot gain spells from him in the normal way, due to his imprisonment on some unknown plane. Its location in the multiverse is a closely guarded secret, even among gods. Unless the gods once again find a way to chain Tharizdun. Forged by an unknown source, these gems are said to be the key to freeing the Dark God from his prison. It is a massive sphere of black tar, buried beneath the world for a thousand years. The avatar was thought to have been destroyed, but in reality it only went into dormancy. Elder Elemental Eye, the Forgotten God[4] Merely reading this text is damaging to the mind of any but the mad followers of Tharizdun. The evil Archomentals, five powerful beings believed to be his offspring, are possible allies in his plots, and were intended to be accomplices during The Return to the Temple of Elemental module. Humans in ancient times turned to Tharizdun for magical power, and brought upon an era of despair and eternal night. Titles Tharizdun has many known artifacts. It is led by Damargath, a human cleric/fighter from the cult's Greyhawk chapter. Rao created the two moons of Oerth to create light for those who repented, and sent his servant Incarum with the Crook of Rao to cast out the forces of Tharizdun from the world. Many cults are unaware that the entity that they worship is Tharizdun. Their goal is to bring together all of his artifacts, and to free the Ebon God from his imprisonment, where he will destroy the multiverse. [12], Many temples are led by charismatic high priests known as the Witnesses of Tharizdun, who live in opulent surroundings and partake in lavish food, drink, and other base desires at the expense of their underlings. Although the cult's leaders are fully aware of this, many low-ranking members merely seek revenge against society, and are unaware with the full extent of the Dark God's destruction, should he be freed. Tharizdun's greatest servant is Shothragot, the Herald of Tharizdun[27], a disconnected avatar of the Dark God. No entrance to the ziggurat has been found. https://kingsway-role-playing-group.fandom.com/wiki/Gems_of_Tharizdun?oldid=3042, Fire Shrine Priest's Flame Tongue Longsword. Newer temples to Tharizdun exist in the abandoned buildings of cities, disused sewer chambers, and the cellars of converts. Darkness, destruction, entropy, insanity During the Dawn War, Tharizdun felt he needed no help from the gods to battle the primordials, just more power.He found that power in a shard of evil at the edge of the universe. Lord of Decay,[6] On Oerth, Tharizdun is particularly opposed by Pelor and Boccob. “One” that is known is actually many: a collection of gems known as the 333 Gems of Tharizdun. Its purpose is to locate and restore that god's ancient and forgotten temples and awaken his sleeping guardians. Their current location is unknown, but it is certain that the collection was split up long ago. Tharzidun was imprisoned ages ago by a coalition of deities to prevent the destruction of existence itself. the Patient One,[7] The avatar was thought to have been destroyed, but in reality it only went into dormancy. Rao's followers believe that the Crook of Rao was originally crafted by that god for the purpose of banishing Tharizdun's dark forces. Tharizdun's followers seek to reclaim the 333 Gems of Tharizdun, a collection of gemstones sacred to the Dark One, sacrificed to him by cultists in ages past. Tharizdun has many known artifacts. Some of his clerics also use a two-tiered inverted ziggurat, known as the Obex. Tharizdun is the god of Eternal Darkness, Decay, Entropy, Malign Knowledge, Insanity, and Cold. For example, there are believed to be 333 Gems of Tharizdun, each an minor unholy artifact. Chaotic Evil Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Their current location is unknown, but it is certain that the collection was split up long ago. Recently freed, Shothragot hopes to collect the 333 gems of Tharizdun and set its master free. Clerics of his aspect, the Elder Elemental Eye, typically wear ochre-colored robes, sometimes altered to represent one of the four elements. There are believed to be 333 Gems of Tharizdun, each able to grant power to a cleric of Tharizdun in contact with minor unholy artifacts such as these. Tharizdun is hated by nearly all other gods, who would gladly put aside their differences to stop the Dark God from escaping his demiplane prison. I really like the idea that there are 333 gems forming the gate to Tharizdun's prison, and that even a single one of them is such bad news that it can wreck an entire world. However, the Brotherhood intentionally spreads rumors to the contrary, sowing fear and misinformation among their enemies. All the gems have displayed an ability to pull themselves in the direction of other nearby gems and seem to want to be brought together. I claim no credit for the Cult ot Tharizdun. Wielder gains one temporary HP, and a unknown curse. the Undoer,[7] It's not certain, but it suspects these items are … Recently freed, Shothragot hopes to collect the 333 gems of Tharizdun and set its master free. Their current location is unknown, but it is certain that the collection was split up long ago. Avatars. He is part of the Greyhawk pantheon. Yesterday our bi-weekly game met, this time with a side trek from a different DM. In the World of Greyhawk campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game, Tharizdun is the god of Eternal Darkness, Decay, Entropy, Malign Knowledge, Insanity, and Cold. the Author of Wickedness,[7] Tharizdun, the Dark God, He of Eternal Darkness, is an evil deity of decay, insanity and darkness. Shothragot. [9], By far the greatest of Tharizdun's ancient temples was located in the Kron Hills of Oerth. [33], In a time before surviving record, forgotten temples of Tharizdun were built by evil cultists of that dark god, who gathered in his name to undertake terrible deeds. The ruined Suel Imperium of Oerth knew of Tharizdun and considered him a god of magic and mysteries. Tharizdun's holy symbol is a jagged counterclockwise dark spiral rune known as the Spiral of Decay. But purple? It dreams the infinite Abyss and its demon hordes into being.3 1 Appearance 2 History 3 Worship 3.1 Commandments of the Chained Oblivion 3.2 Known Worshipers 4 References Tharizdun is depicted, if at all, as "a creature of rolling, hungry ink and darkness",3 a spreading cloud of lightless destruction. They are typically used to guard temples, and were created by the cult by combining the art of necromancy with the power of one of Tharizdun's dark artifacts. Tharizdun is followed by the Black Brotherhood, a dangerous offshoot of the Scarlet Brotherhood. Of late, Shothragot has become aware of a number of black jewels, 333 to be exact, known as the Gems of Tharizdun. Narrow pathways wind through the conflagration, passing near black iron cages hanging from thick chains set into the ceiling. Holy symbol The clerics of Tharizdun began to pilfer the hoard of beautiful gems sacrificed to him by earlier servants — gems of utmost value, ranging in worth from 5, to 50, gold pieces each. The avatar was thought to have been destroyed, but in reality it only went into dormancy. It was 3 linked encounters and the first encounter had the only "cool" dungeon dressing, that of the spiral associated with Tharizdun, carved into the floor of a pyramid. Rank "One" that is known is actually many: a collection of gems known as the 333 Gems of Tharizdun. - btw, thanks Erik for the great work! The Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun (1982). Tharizdun appears in the Player's Handbook (5e) (2014) as a warlock patron, appearing as a Great Old One alongside such entities as Great Cthulhu. This was just an example of a Tharizdun-inspired nasty final boss monster. Tharizdun has many known artifacts. It is located in the Ghetto of Foreigners, and resembles a black ziggurat. Realm Perhaps each gem contain a portion of Tharizdun's power, stolen from him in the act of imprisonment. His clerics traditionally wear black or purple robes. Followers place great importance on the number three. Under the aspect of the Elder Elemental Eye, his holy symbol is a downward-pointing black triangle On Oerth, Tharizdun is particularly opposed by Pelor and Boccob. Tharizdun's cult is scattered across the world. When a gem is held to the light the stones have been observed to become queerly translucent. [2], Numerous smaller cults have risen since then. Since. [ 22 ] has many known artifacts existence itself are not are dangerous. 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