Zarathustra (3.5e Deity)
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|Symbol:||An Eagle and Snake|
|Home Plane:||The closest to a home plane is the shadow plane. He is more transient, though.|
|Portfolio:||Self Betterment, Will to Power, Development|
|Clergy Alignments:||Lawful, see description|
|Domains:||Strength, Time, Travel, Liberation, Mind|
|Favored Weapon:||"Übermensch" (quarterstaff)|
O man, take care!
What does the deep midnight declare?
"I was asleep—
From a deep dream I woke and swear:—
The world is deep,
Deeper than day had been aware.
Deep is its woe—
Joy—deeper yet than agony:
Woe implores: Go!
But all joy wants eternity—
Wants deep, wants deep eternity."
Zarathustra achieved godhood after meditating for ten years in a cave in the mountains, after which he descended into the valley and killed the demigod that ruled over the area. He waged war against the ruling demigod because Zarathustra felt that the demigod did not allow for civilization to grow. Zarathustra's motivation has always been self betterment and the betterment of society, sometimes at the cost of the individual. Society must grow, and those who would weigh it down must be cut off.
Clergy and Temples
Zarathustra rarely has dedicated clergy as his doctrine looks down upon those who do not actively contribute to the advancement of civilization. What clergy he has are usually also researchers and developers. These clergy will offer aid and direction to those who they deem worthy, but will barely notice those who they see as a leech on society.
They are of lawful alignment, however they are true only to the teachings of Zarathustra, and care little for the laws or morals of society. For an in depth description, see wikipedia Zarathustra.