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[[File:Zyphus.jpg|250px|left|thumb|A depiction of Zyphus.]]
 
[[File:Zyphus.jpg|250px|left|thumb|A depiction of Zyphus.]]
 
[[File:Zyphus with cultists.jpg|250px|left|thumb|Zyphus with his cultists.]]
 
[[File:Zyphus with cultists.jpg|250px|left|thumb|Zyphus with his cultists.]]
'''Zyphus''' (pronounced ZIE-fess<ref>{{Cite book/Campaign Setting|247}}</ref> or ZAI-FUSS<ref>{{Cite book/Palace of Fallen Stars|70}}</ref>) is the malignant [[god]] of accidental death. A bitter enemy of the goddess [[Pharasma]], he is worshiped by small cults throughout [[Golarion]]. These groups foment tragedy and bring about accidents in the hopes of strengthening the power of their god. His symbol is a pick made from a [[human]] skull, rib, and femur.<ref name="CS-172">{{Cite book/Campaign Setting|172}}</ref>
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'''Zyphus''' (pronounced ZIE-fess<ref>{{Cite book/Campaign Setting|247}}</ref> or ZAI-FUSS<ref>{{Cite book/Palace of Fallen Stars|70}}</ref>) is the malignant [[god]] of accidental death. A bitter enemy of the goddess [[Pharasma]], he is worshiped by small cults throughout [[Golarion]]. These groups foment tragedy and bring about accidents in the hopes of strengthening the power of their god. His [[unholy symbol]] is a [[pick]] made from a [[human]] skull, rib, and femur.<ref name="CS-172">{{Cite book/Campaign Setting|172}}</ref>
  
 
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== History ==
 
== History ==
Followers of the Grim Harvestman believe that the god arose from the first maddened soul to die a pointless death. It is written that since that time, every mortal that dies in the same meaningless way is destined to be absorbed by Zyphus after death. This puts him in direct competition with the goddess [[Pharasma]], and his followers believe that once he has acquired enough souls he will be able to engineer the death of Pharasma herself. Cults of Zyphus believe that even though the deaths they help arrange are not truly accidental, these souls are still dedicated to strengthen their patron.<ref name="CS-172" /><ref name="ISWG-230">{{cite book/The Inner Sea World Guide|230}}</ref>
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Followers of the Grim Harvestman believe that the god arose from the first maddened [[soul]] to die a pointless death. It is written that since that time, every [[mortal]] that dies in the same meaningless way is destined to be absorbed by Zyphus after death. This puts him in direct competition with the goddess [[Pharasma]], and his followers believe that once he has acquired enough souls he will be able to engineer the death of Pharasma herself. Cults of Zyphus believe that even though the deaths they help arrange are not truly accidental, these souls are still dedicated to strengthen their patron.<ref name="CS-172" /><ref name="ISWG-230">{{cite book/The Inner Sea World Guide|230}}</ref>
  
 
==Home==
 
==Home==
Zyphus' divine realm is located in a massive field of open tombs within [[Bloodrot]], [[Urgathoa]]'s home in [[Abaddon]]. He originally received it from a deal with [[Charon]], and the [[daemon]]s largely leave him alone.<ref name="PA-198">{{Cite book/Planar Adventures|198-199}}</ref><ref>{{Cite book/Horsemen of the Apocalypse|11}}</ref>
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Zyphus' divine realm is located in a massive field of open tombs within [[Bloodrot]], [[Urgathoa|Urgathoa's]] home in [[Abaddon]]. He originally received it through a deal with [[Charon]], and the [[daemon]]s largely leave him alone.<ref name="PA-198">{{Cite book/Planar Adventures|198&ndash;199}}</ref><ref>{{Cite book/Horsemen of the Apocalypse|11}}</ref>
  
 
==Relationships==
 
==Relationships==
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Zyphus views Urgathoa as his mentor, and shares many interests with her. He is trying to convince [[Naderi]] that chance can always take away one's loved one, in the process turning her toward [[evil]]. Most other gods view him as more of an annoyance than an actual threat; he is particularly opposed by [[Abadar]], [[Torag]], [[Brigh]], and especially [[Pharasma]]. His cults sometimes work alongside daemon worshippers, but are always wary of them.<ref name="ISF-90">{{Cite book/Inner Sea Faiths|90}}</ref><ref name="PA-198"/>
 
Zyphus views Urgathoa as his mentor, and shares many interests with her. He is trying to convince [[Naderi]] that chance can always take away one's loved one, in the process turning her toward [[evil]]. Most other gods view him as more of an annoyance than an actual threat; he is particularly opposed by [[Abadar]], [[Torag]], [[Brigh]], and especially [[Pharasma]]. His cults sometimes work alongside daemon worshippers, but are always wary of them.<ref name="ISF-90">{{Cite book/Inner Sea Faiths|90}}</ref><ref name="PA-198"/>
  
 
== Church of Zyphus ==
 
== Church of Zyphus ==
Zyphen cults are widespread, although never large in numbers. They worship in abandoned graveyards that are no longer under the protection of the Lady of Graves.<ref name="CS-172" /> His symbols are often found on arches or vaulted roofs of active graveyards as well, but there are meant to ward off the Grim Harvestman.<ref name="ISWG-230" /> Recently, Zyphen cults have been active in [[Taldor]].<ref>{{Cite book/Among the Gods|3}}</ref>
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Zyphen cults are widespread, although never large in numbers. They worship in abandoned graveyards that are no longer under the protection of the Lady of Graves.<ref name="CS-172" /> His symbols are often found on arches or vaulted roofs of active graveyards as well but, used in this way, they are meant to ward off the Grim Harvestman.<ref name="ISWG-230" /> Recently, Zyphen cults have been active in [[Taldor]].<ref>{{Cite book/Among the Gods|3}}</ref>
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
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[[Paizo]] published major articles about Zyphus in ''[[Palace of Fallen Stars (adventure)|Palace of Fallen Stars]]'' and ''[[Inner Sea Faiths]]''.
 
[[Paizo]] published major articles about Zyphus in ''[[Palace of Fallen Stars (adventure)|Palace of Fallen Stars]]'' and ''[[Inner Sea Faiths]]''.
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Latest revision as of 15:39, 23 January 2019

Zyphus
Zyphus' holy symbol.
(Deity)
Titles Grim Harvestman
Adjective Zyphen
Home Bloodrot, Abaddon
Alignment Neutral evil
Areas of Concern Accidental death
Graveyards
Tragedy
Worshipers Bitter sufferers of tragedy or loss
Cleric Alignments
Domains Death, Destruction, Evil, Plant, War
Subdomains Blood, Catastrophe, Daemon, Decay, Murder, Undead
Favored Weapon Heavy pick
Symbol Pick axe made of a femur, a human skull & a large rib
Sacred Animal Vulture
Sacred Colors Ivory, red
Images of Zyphus

Source: Inner Sea Faiths, pg(s). 88–93
A depiction of Zyphus.
Zyphus with his cultists.

Zyphus (pronounced ZIE-fess[1] or ZAI-FUSS[2]) is the malignant god of accidental death. A bitter enemy of the goddess Pharasma, he is worshiped by small cults throughout Golarion. These groups foment tragedy and bring about accidents in the hopes of strengthening the power of their god. His unholy symbol is a pick made from a human skull, rib, and femur.[3]

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History

Followers of the Grim Harvestman believe that the god arose from the first maddened soul to die a pointless death. It is written that since that time, every mortal that dies in the same meaningless way is destined to be absorbed by Zyphus after death. This puts him in direct competition with the goddess Pharasma, and his followers believe that once he has acquired enough souls he will be able to engineer the death of Pharasma herself. Cults of Zyphus believe that even though the deaths they help arrange are not truly accidental, these souls are still dedicated to strengthen their patron.[3][4]

Home

Zyphus' divine realm is located in a massive field of open tombs within Bloodrot, Urgathoa's home in Abaddon. He originally received it through a deal with Charon, and the daemons largely leave him alone.[5][6]

Relationships

Zyphus views Urgathoa as his mentor, and shares many interests with her. He is trying to convince Naderi that chance can always take away one's loved one, in the process turning her toward evil. Most other gods view him as more of an annoyance than an actual threat; he is particularly opposed by Abadar, Torag, Brigh, and especially Pharasma. His cults sometimes work alongside daemon worshippers, but are always wary of them.[7][5]

Church of Zyphus

Zyphen cults are widespread, although never large in numbers. They worship in abandoned graveyards that are no longer under the protection of the Lady of Graves.[3] His symbols are often found on arches or vaulted roofs of active graveyards as well but, used in this way, they are meant to ward off the Grim Harvestman.[4] Recently, Zyphen cults have been active in Taldor.[8]

References

Paizo published major articles about Zyphus in Palace of Fallen Stars and Inner Sea Faiths.