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Zursvaater

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Zursvaater
(Deity)
Titles Prince of Steel
Home Hyrrfellhame, Malebolge, Hell
Alignment Lawful evil
Areas of Concern Conquest
Slavery
Weapons
Worshipers Fire giants; slag giants
Cleric Alignments
Domains Evil, Fire, Law, Trickery, War
Subdomains Ash, Blood, Slavery, Tyranny
Favored Weapon Greatsword
Symbol Helm with huge fangs
Sacred Animal Saber-toothed tiger
Sacred Colors Black, orange

Source: Anvil of Fire, pg(s). 62ff.

Zursvaater is the father of the fire giants,[1] having created them millennia ago by granting them the secrets of fire and metal in exchange for their devotion. He is a secretive deity who instructed his followers to abandon inter-tribal warfare and instead attack other races.[1][2]

History

According to fire giant folklore, Zursvaater came into being when the greatest volcano sensed the presence of stone giants and formed a humanoid shape to speak to them. He offered them the secrets of metal and volcanic fire in exchange for worship, and they accepted, becoming the first fire giants.[3]

Appearance

Zursvaater is depicted as a mighty, armored fire giant with a closed-face helmet, wielding a heavy chain in one hand.[4]

Home

Zursvaater originally lived in Jotungard, the shared divine realm of all giant demigods, on Elysium. After being exiled, he arrived in Hell and became fond of volcanic Malebolge. After ages of conflict with Malebolge's ruling archdevil Moloch, Zursvaater was awarded Hyrrfellhame, an immense cavern with three active volcanoes on the edge of Malebolge, by Asmodeus, as both a punishment for Moloch and a way to gain Zursvaater's grudging thanks.[5][3]

Relationships

Zursvaater despises the patron of frost giants, Thremyr, due to the opposition of their elements as well as Thremyr's raging fits and bloody style of warfare, which he considers disgusting. He similarly finds Gorum's warlike disposition pointless. He considers Minderhal a pale imitation of himself much as Minderhal's stone giants are merely components of his own fire giants. Zursvaater considers Torag's dwarven followers persistent pests, but grudgingly respects him as a smith and encourages his followers to enslave dwarves.[3]

References

Paizo published a major article about Zursvaater in Anvil of Fire.