Living Greyhawk Redux
Rank: Intermediate Deity
Areas of Concern/Portfolio: Power, Prestige, Money, Business, Influence
Titles: The Great Guildmaster, The Money Counter
Holy Symbol: Hands clutching a bag of gold
Origin of Worship: Oeridian
Favored Weapon: Dagger
Weapon of the Deity Spell: +1 defending dagger
Domains: City (RoD), Knowledge, Law, Mind (SC), Pact (SC), Trickery.
Zilchus (ZIL-chus) is a popular Oeridian god, depicted as a well-dressed Oeridian man of plain appearance but great wealth. Husband of Sotillion, brother of Kurell, ally of Rao, Zilchus has many contacts that reflect his ability to establish relationships that are vital to any businessman. A busy god, he has little time for frivolous pursuits, but is knowledgeable in such things because it allows him to influence others. He acts as a dealmaker between gods, finalizing agreements once Rao convinces warring parties to talk. His symbol is hands clutching a bag of gold. “In the world of men, the desire for money can be overwhelming. Control that desire in yourself and exploit it in others – that is the key to success and power. Anything done in the world can be done better for a profit, and those who recognize these opportunities are one step ahead of any competition. Politics and war are simply two other forms of trade, one using a currency of words and the other, lives; the trick is to spend yours more efficiently than your opponent.” Zilchus’ clerics are ruthless in business and often seen as emotionless. They are heavily involved in business and politics, and conduct deals above or below the table depending on their disposition. They work for powerful merchants, trade and crafts guilds, politicians, or nations, for themselves and their employers. Neophytes get less glamorous jobs, such as managing caravans or remote businesses, but some are hired to participate in high-risk but potentially profitable enterprises such as smuggling contraband and adventuring.
Priests of Zilchus always expect you to haggle with them. To not haggle is insulting to them, although they are appeased by the fact that they got a discount. In common language, the greatest curse a Priest of Zilchus can say is ‘Zilchus be poor!’.