“One” that is known is actually many: a collection of gems known as the 333 Gems of Tharizdun. Recently freed, Shothragot hopes to collect the 333 gems of Tharizdun and set its master free. 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. Merely reading this text is damaging to the mind of any but the mad followers of Tharizdun. Clerics of his aspect, the Elder Elemental Eye, typically wear ochre-colored robes, sometimes altered to represent one of the four elements. The followers of Tharizdun are few and secretive, and most people do not even know that he was once worshiped. [7], The black cysts are amorphous spheres of pure blackness, formed from the coagulated nightmares of sleeping Tharizdun. The Spear of Sorrow, a cursed polearm seven feet in length and carved entirely from black stone, is sacred to Tharizdun. Alignment [17] Wielders of a dark blade called Druniazth find themselves drawn here. the Despised,[7] Tharizdun, the Chained Oblivion, is the mad deity of death and trickery. Portfolio 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. He of Eternal Darkness,[1] It is speculated that the Dark God floats powerlessly through the Astral Plane, all but dead due to lack of followers. Kingsway Role Playing Group Wiki is a FANDOM Games Community. Most gems are a fist-sized rock resembling different shades of blood-red concentric banding in a circular pattern, with a combination of agates in a purplish rose gray and dark black brown obsidian. 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. Quest Introduction Tharizdun: enigmatic, feared, and utterly evil. Lament for Lost Tharizdun is a book bound in black scaly hide, written in silver ink on black paper. The Scorpion Crown was gifted by him to the last king of Sulm. 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. [1][5]. Historically, he has been considered Neutral Evil[1]. No entrance to the ziggurat has been found. Reality warps in its wake. Their current location is unknown, but it is certain that the collection was split up long ago. 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. [9], By far the greatest of Tharizdun's ancient temples was located in the Kron Hills of Oerth. worship for Tharizdun, and endless services to awaken the being were conducted by route. [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. Wielder gains one temporary HP, and a unknown curse. Intermediate Deity Unless the gods once again find a way to chain Tharizdun. [9][10] The leaders of the cult at the Temple of Elemental Evil are known as the Doomdreamers.[12]. It is located in the Ghetto of Foreigners, and resembles a black ziggurat. [17], A forgotten temple of Tharizdun exists in the Yatil Mountains on the world of Oerth. In Gar… The Dark God,[1] The Ebon God, He of Eternal Darkness,[2] the Lost God[3] Recently freed, Shothragot hopes to collect the 333 gems of Tharizdun and set its master free. If he actually manages to complete his task in collecting all of the 333 gems of Tharizdun the multiverse would basically cease to be. He is called the Ebon God,[5] The avatar was thought to have been destroyed, but in reality it only went into dormancy. 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. Tharizdun is one of the core deities in the Player's Handbook (4e) (2008). - btw, thanks Erik for the great work! Its location in the multiverse is a closely guarded secret, even among gods. In 591 CY a cult to the Elder Elemental Eye, an alias of Tharizdun, captured the Temple of All-Consumption. However, the Brotherhood intentionally spreads rumors to the contrary, sowing fear and misinformation among their enemies. [2], A temple to Tharizdun exists in the Drachengrabs, a mountain range of Oerth. This was just an example of a Tharizdun-inspired nasty final boss monster. The clergy of Tharizdun preach that all things eventually crumble, and in time Tharizdun's victory over the gods will be complete.[9]. D&D creator Gary Gygax named Tharizdun after Tharzduun or Tharzdu'un, a deity created by Rob Kuntz. Tharizdun is named in such second edition Greyhawk books as Player's Guide to Greyhawk (1998) and The Scarlet Brotherhood (1999). the Dark God, Most of their rites involve failed attempts to commune with their deity, or learn the secrets to unlocking the chains that bind him.[1]. the Author of Wickedness,[7] Tharizdun's greatest servant is Shothragot, the Herald of Tharizdun[27], a disconnected avatar of the Dark God. Tharizdun, the Chained Oblivion, is the mad deity of death and trickery. A quote from that author's work The Eldritch Dark appears in the introduction to Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil (2001). He Who Waits,[7] Realm Edit His clerics traditionally wear black or purple robes. Shothragot. This is Tharizdun, the lord of entropy, the force of decay and destruction in the multiverse. “One” that is known is actually many: a collection of gems known as the 333 Gems of Tharizdun. Of late, Shothragot has become aware of a number of black jewels, 333 to be exact, known as the Gems of Tharizdun. Tharizdun's holy symbol is a jagged counterclockwise dark spiral rune known as the Spiral of Decay. [15], Those forgotten temples which survive are in dark, undergound places, kept freezingly cold by ancient magic placed by the fanatics who built them. Tharizdun has many known artifacts. Clergy Clerics of Tharizdun cannot gain spells from him in the normal way, … Tharizdun has many known artifacts. Recently freed, Shothragot hopes to collect the 333 gems of Tharizdun and set its master free. "One" that is known is actually many: a collection of gems known as the 333 Gems of Tharizdun. It is led by Damargath, a human cleric/fighter from the cult's Greyhawk chapter. Yesterday our bi-weekly game met, this time with a side trek from a different DM. Other artifacts associated with Tharizdun include the … “One” that is known is actually many: a collection of gems known as the 333 Gems of Tharizdun. During the Dawn War, he created the Abyss, an act for which he was imprisoned by the gods. [3], An ancient, but inert temple of Tharizdun survives in Erelhi-Cinlu, the drow city. If he has holy days, they are unknown to all but perhaps some of his followers. [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. Perhaps each gem contain a portion of Tharizdun's power, stolen from him in the act of imprisonment. 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. Gygax'… [1] Yet another (almost certainly insane) source claims his weapon to be something called a "Check Toee".[25]. 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 evil god of madness and annihilation, and once ruled the Astral Domain Pandemonium in the Astral Sea. [30], Druniazth, the Claw of Tharizdun, is a sword made from black ruinite metal by cultists centuries after his banishment. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Unlike most deities of Oerth, who take humanoid shape, Tharizdun appears as a dark, amorphous form reminiscent of a sentient sphere of annihilation. [7], Cultists of Tharizdun made ritualized attempts to contact their imprisoned deity, but over centuries they became disillusioned and complacent. “One” that is known is actually many: a collection of gems known as the 333 Gems of Tharizdun. Purple is a royal color … He was imprisoned ages ago by a coalition of deities to prevent the destruction of existence itself. Tharizdun’s avatar takes the same form he does: a pitch-black, roiling amorphous form. Tharizdun has many known artifacts. Still another artifact, the Weeping Hexagram, is in the hands of the Scarlet Brotherhood. No beings have encountered Tharizdun for over a millennium, and his alignment can only be inferred from that of his insane followers. [32], Tharizdun is speculated to be the malign entity known to be trapped within the Demiplane of Imprisonment, a massive mile-wide crystal floating through the Ethereal Plane. Tharizdun is the god of Eternal Darkness, Decay, Entropy, Malign Knowledge, Insanity, and Cold. His cult appears prominently in Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil (2001). I claim no credit for the Cult ot Tharizdun. [18], In recent years, Tharizdun's cult built a new temple in an extinct volcanic crater in the Lortmil Mountains, known as the Temple of All-Consumption. In cold chamber deep underground, called the black cyst, a black mist squirms within a floating hemisphere of black needlerock. [16], Another ruined temple is located in the Jotens, a mountain range of Oerth. He is part of the Greyhawk pantheon. Tharizdun has many known artifacts. [2], Numerous smaller cults have risen since then. Tharizdun was introduced all the way back in AD&D 1st Edition, and was a creation of none other than Gary Gygax; Gygax derived the name Tharizdun from his friend Rob Kuntz's Tharzdu'un (which was probably influenced by Thasaidon, the "ruler of the Seven Hells" mentioned in Clark Ashton Smith's Zothique Cycle of short stories). Tharizdun created an avatar called Shothragot at the time of the Twin Cataclysms. The albino gnomes beneath the hills here are said to dig caverns to steer visitors away from the temple. Here, little is really revealed about him other than he exists. 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. the Undoer,[7] Tharizdun's clerics cannot draw power from him unless they are in contact with an artifact such as these. The avatar was thought to have been destroyed, but in reality it only went into dormancy. the Ender,[7] For example, there are believed to be 333 Gems of Tharizdun, each an minor unholy artifact. Tharizdun’s temples (often in the shape of black ziggurats) are usually hidden, due to necessity. https://kingsway-role-playing-group.fandom.com/wiki/Gems_of_Tharizdun?oldid=3042, Fire Shrine Priest's Flame Tongue Longsword. Tharizdun is the god of Eternal Darkness, Decay, Entropy, Malign Knowledge, Insanity, and Cold. [4], Although Tharizdun still has limited influence outside of his demiplane of imprisonment, he has not been heard from for over a thousand years.[1]. Legend has it that when all attempts to free the God from his banishment failed, believing him gone from the world the worshippers of Tharizdun pilfered his entire hoard of beautiful gems, radiating evil and each ranging in size, shape and worth from roughly 5,000 to 50,000 gold pieces each. Some of his clerics also use a two-tiered inverted ziggurat, known as the Obex. Tharizdun created an avatar called Shothragot at the time of the Twin Cataclysms. Avatars. 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. The Chained God has many names [and epithets], but perhaps the name most commonly uttered by His worshipers is Tharizdun. Clerics of his aspect, the Elder Elemental Eye, typical… Clerics of Tharizdun cannot gain spells from him in the normal way, due to his imprisonment on some unknown plane. Tharizdun's few followers are almost all insane, and those who are not are extremely dangerous. Around -700 CY, the ruler of Sulm invoked the Dark One in hopes of uniting his feuding subjects. 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. the Patient One,[7] [10], A temple exists near the upper Jewel river, from which occasionally pour forth horrible giant beetles with skeletal heads. Tharizdun has no allies among the gods. Greyhawk pantheon, Dawn War pantheon 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. Their current location is unknown, but it is certain that the collection was split up long ago. He has cults in Verbobonc and southern Furyondy.[13]. 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'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. 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. [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. Chaotic Evil I admire how you dissect Gygax’s adventures. Tharizdun’s temples (often in the shape of black ziggurats) are usually hidden, due to necessity. During the Dawn War, he created the Abyss, an act for which he was imprisoned by the gods. Their current location is unknown, but it is certain that the collection was split up long ago. Rank Realm Realm “One” that is known is actually many: a collection of gems known as the 333 Gems of Tharizdun. Tharizdun created an avatar called Shothragot at the time of the Twin Cataclysms. Tharizdun's cult is scattered across the world. For example, there are believed to be 333 Gems of Tharizdun, each an minor unholy artifact. Spiral of Decay, Obex 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. the Anathema,[7] [18], There is a temple to Tharizdun hidden in the Free City of Greyhawk. Instead, his people mutated into scorpion-like monsters, and his realm decayed into a desert. [16] They make heavy use of black stone and an archaic trapezoidal building pattern. Clerics of Tharizdun cannot gain spells from him in the normal way, due to his imprisonment on some unknown plane. The ruined Suel Imperium of Oerth knew of Tharizdun and considered him a god of magic and mysteries. Its purpose is to locate and restore that god's ancient and forgotten temples and awaken his sleeping guardians. 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. Tharzidun was imprisoned ages ago by a coalition of deities to prevent the destruction of existence itself. Their current location is unknown, but it is certain that the collection was split up long ago. Then, as time continued to pass, even this ritual grew stale and meaningless. Tharizdun created an avatar called Shothragot at the time of the Twin Cataclysms. 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, … Although imprisoned, Tharizdun still has a degree of his original multiverse-threatening power: he is officially a Divine Rank 11 (out of 20) deity, as of Dragon #294. Tharizdun has been imprisoned in some unknown demiplane ever since.[23]. Followers of Tharizdun conduct terrible rituals of sacrifice. 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. Holy symbol Boccob, god of magic, actively opposes Tharizdun and works to ensure that he remains imprisoned. With his goal of destruction, Tharizdun is Chaotic Evil. [31], Over a thousand years ago, Tharizdun gifted the Scorpion Crown to Shattados, king of the empire of Sulm.[6]. [21], A false rumor claimed that an abandoned shrine to Tharizdun existed in Veluna City.[22]. Its entranceway is in a massive demonic face, sixty feet tall, and permanently frozen over with ice. I have left the adventure as intact as I possibly could, while adhearing to DnD Wiki's accepted format. Recently freed, Shothragot hopes to collect the 333 gems of Tharizdun and set its master free. and the Lost God[3]. Other artifacts associated with Tharizdun include the horn known as the Wailer of Tharizdun, the sword Druniazth and the Spear of Sorrow. 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. They collect rare and esoteric knowledge, such as the names of demons. Tharizdun's clerics cannot draw power from him unless they are in contact with an artifact such as these. Narrow pathways wind through the conflagration, passing near black iron cages hanging from thick chains set into the ceiling. It's not certain, but it suspects these items are … Firstappearance His followers under that identity also use a symbol of a golden flaming eye. Tharizdun has many known artifacts. [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. They must be in contact with one of his few holy artifacts, or one of his ancient holy sites. These creatures grow as cultists perform ritual sacrifice to it. 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. 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. [18], The Weeping Hexgram, discovered near the Ziggurat of Black in the year 576 CY, is a ten foot diameter black iron ring inset with a bowed hexagram, which seeps blood when exposed to sunlight. I read an article from a few years ago that detailed Tharizdun. Tharizdun is a long-forgotten god who craves nothing less than the unmaking of the universe, destroying everything—himself included—in the process. 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. Tharizdun, the Dark God, He of Eternal Darkness, is an evil deity of decay, insanity and darkness. 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. The avatar was thought to have been destroyed, but in reality it only went into dormancy. Tharizdun has many known artifacts. Shothragot is the in a sense the herald of Tharizdun. [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. Rao's followers believe that the Crook of Rao was originally crafted by that god for the purpose of banishing Tharizdun's dark forces. 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. Humans in ancient times turned to Tharizdun for magical power, and brought upon an era of despair and eternal night. Many items crafted more recently are etched with a vortex symbol.[29]. 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's colors are black and purple, if I recall, and these hues appear throughout the module itself. The clerics ofTharizdu nbega n to pilfer the hoard of beautiful gems sacri-ficed to him by earlier servant — 33s 3 gems of utmost value, It is rumored that a temple of Tharizdun exists in the Gull Cliffs. The Cult of Tharizdun This Adventure was written by Darren Drader, a long time Wizard of the Cost and a gaming genious. the Eater of Worlds,[7] A few operate more openly in remote wilderness areas where the locals are too few and too cowardly to challenge them. [23], The Book of Incarum, holy text of the church of Rao, tells that Rao is the creator of mankind. 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. 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. 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