The god of eternal dark, Tharizdun is neutral evil aligned. His titles include The Dark God, He of Eternal Darkness, and the Black Sun. He is imprisoned in the Demi-Plane of Imprisonment. His holy symbol is a dark spiral rune and a two-tiered inverted ziggurat known as an obex. His holy number is 333.
Tharizdun is the god of Eternal Darkness, Decay, Entropy, Malign Knowledge, Insanity, and Cold.
He was imprisoned ages ago by a coalition of deities to prevent the destruction of existence itself. Although imprisoned, Tharizdun still has a degree of his original multiverse-threatening power.
Tharizdun was been described as a pitch-black, roiling, amorphous form. As the Dark God, he is described as an incorporeal wraithform, black and faceless. He has also been depicted as a huge, bald, humanoid man, with claws, greenish-black skin, and pointed ears.
Tharizdun is sometimes worshiped as an entity called the Elder Elemental Eye, but few of these worshipers recognize the two as being the same entity. The Elder Elemental Eye is described as a huge, mottled, tentacled being, or as a pillar of vast elemental force with a body of burning magma, radiating steam.
It is believed that Tharizdun has no allies, given his desire to destroy the entire multiverse. Should he ever escape from his prison, it is thought that even the most evil of deities would work with their good counterparts to return Tharizdun to his prison. However, the Dark God has been known to work his will secretly by employing various demons (with or without their knowledge) to do his bidding. Examples of fiends so used include Iuz, Zuggtmoy, and the Princes of Elemental Evil.
Tharizdun’s doctrine is to destroy all and everything encountered (himself included), as he puts it:
The very threads of existence must be torn asunder, then burned, then the ashes scattered, until all is nothing and no one exists to remember existence.
Most of Tharizdun’s ancient scriptures are long lost. The only one known to remain is the Lament for Lost Tharizdun, penned by his “last cleric,” Wongas.
Tharizdun’s worshipers are often insane. Their ultimate goal is to free their dark deity from his prison.
Like his lay worshipers, many of Tharizdun’s priests are mad. Those who are not believe (mistakenly) that they will reap great rewards and privileges for their aid in freeing him. All of his clerics are extremely secretive and trust only fellow cultists. They lead foul rituals, including human sacrifice, and search ancient sites for clues to freeing their deity. Due to Tharizdun’s imprisonment, his priests must remain in contact with a site or object holding some of the Dark God’s power in order to use their magic. Their favored weapon is the “spiral of decay,” a bizarre weapon about which little is known. Those priests who follow Tharizdun’s Elder Elemental Eye aspect have used a weapon known as a “tentacle rod” (a rod topped with animate tentacles), but it is unknown if this is the same object.
Tharizdun’s temples (often in the shape of black ziggurats) are usually hidden, due to necessity.
Tharizdun has many known artifacts. “One” that is known is actually many: a collection of gems known as the 333 Gems of Tharizdun. Their current location is unknown, but it is certain that the collection was split up long ago. Other artifacts associated with Tharizdun include the Sword Druniazth and the Spear of Sorrow. The Scorpion Crown and the Weeping Hexagram are other known artifacts.
Some say that Tharizdun originated in the Far Realm or in a previous universe. Tharizdun was imprisoned eons ago by the forebears of those beings known as the Great Powers, although it is said that Pelor was also involved. It’s said that both good and evil deities worked together to ensure his imprisonment. As the Dark God, he is credited with the corruption of the Seelie Court.
He was imprisoned long ago, but his prison may weaken at times, allowing his influence to creep out into the worlds beyond.