Zarus is a deity from Races of Destiny with the portfolio of “human supremacy.” I find it amusing that there is a deity out there devoted specifically to how awesome humanity is compared to everyone else. His story also bears some obvious similarities to that of Adam and Eve, even down to his downfall by poison. Unlike the biblical Adam, Zarus isn’t poisoned by the devil, but rather by every other race in the PHB working against him. No wonder he carries a grudge.
Long ago, according to legend, Zarus was the first man, created by the world itself. No deity had a hand in his creation, because no deity could have conceived such a perfect creature. Members of the other races trembled to
see him, for they knew that he was their superior in every way. His grace surpassed that of the elves, his sturdiness
astounded the dwarves, his crafts were the awe of gnomes and halflings everywhere.
As long as Zarus was alone, the other races allowed him to live, secure in the knowledge that he could not reproduce. But Zarus was not content. He spoke with the world and begged for a mate—and it created his wife, Astra. She was as perfect a woman as Zarus was a man, and the other races trembled yet again, fearing that this perfect couple would spawn a new race that would overshadow them all. To prevent this, the leaders of each race gathered in secret and plotted Zarus’s demise. They brewed a poison and mixed it in fine wine, which they gave to him as a wedding present.
Zarus knew that the others plotted his death, but he could not honorably refuse the gift. He toasted their health, and drank. The poison worked swiftly, but as Zarus felt his life departing the world took pity upon him and elevated him to godhood. Now Zarus looked down upon the world, and he wiped away the tears of his wife Astra. “Do not weep for me, beloved,” he consoled her, “for I am now a god, and set to watch over our people. You will bear me children—they already lie in your womb—and these will be the start of our race. All the other races will quake in fear, knowing that they cannot match us.” (Ed: For we have a bonus feat at 1st level!!)
This is the story told in the Book of Zarus, the holy scripture of his church. Zarus is called “the true human god” and is considered the only god who places humans before all others. He cares nothing for the other races, only for humanity, and encourages his followers to prove themselves better than any nonhuman. Unfortunately, he also fosters the belief that humans deserve to rule the world, treating other races as servants. His priests teach that other races are inferior, in need of human guidance—and human masters.
The clerics of Zarus encourage conquest and slavery. The worst sin a human can commit, according to the
Church of Zarus, is to mate with a nonhuman and produce a child. This child is a taint on the race and must be
Zarus appears as an incredibly handsome human male in his prime, suffused with a golden glow. Zarus encourages
his followers and priests to become as perfect as possible, and to dominate other races.
Portfolio: Humanity, domination, perfection.
Domains: Destiny (see page 163), Evil, Law, Strength, War.
“Crunch” note: As a min/maxer, I must point out that Zarus has an awesome lineup of domains, especially for a tank. Destiny is seriously awesome and full of reroll-type spells, as are Strength and War, and Law Devotion from CC is a good trade for the Law domain. And he has one of the best weapons available to a deity with the war domain as well. Two thumbs up for humanity!