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Zeus

(pronounced ZOOS)
Father of Gods and Mortals
Pantheon
Olympian
Quick Descriptions:
Zeus is a strong human male, standing 15 feet tall. He has wavy white hair and a long, white beard. He carries a shield which bears the symbol of medusa's head. A giant celestial eagle sits on his shoulder.
Zeus's temple is a large marble structure surrounded by columns trimmed in gold. Large wooden doors with gold inlays mark the entrance. Windows line the walls, and a huge skylight opens up on the center of the room. Intricate iron braziers are placed every 20' along the walls. Gold banners hang from the ceiling, with the symbol of a white hand clutching lightning bolts. Against the far wall is a large altar, at the foot of an enormous marble statue of Zeus himself. The 40' statue shows Zeus sitting on a throne with his arms raised to the sky. He appears to be looking down upon you.
Zeus's cleric is a regal, older man with a short white beard. He is wearing a long white tunic with a gold belt. He has sharp eyes and a contemplative look.
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Zeus
Zeus is the Olympian god of the sky, weather and thunder, the king of all other gods and men, and, consequently, the chief figure in Greek mythology.

He has many minor titles, including Averter of Ills, Bountiful, Contriver, Counselor, Descender, Dusty, Friendly, God of Oaths, Gracious, Guide of Fate, Highest, Hospitable, Hurler, King, Orderer, Purifier, Savior, Strong, Supreme, Thunderbolt, and Warlike. The Roman name for Zeus is Jupiter, and sometimes Jove.

Worshipers, Clergy & Temples

Zeus's clerics enjoy a position of prestige among the clergy of the Olympian deities. As Zeus is king of the gods, so are they rulers among clerics. No Olympian clerics care much for church hierarchy, but when your patron is the head of the pantheon, you tend to get a little more respect.

Vestments

Zeus's clerics wear white tunics with gold laced belts.

Temples

Zeus is widely worshiped and possesses numerous shrines and temples. Many of these are located on hill-tops or mountain peaks—sites where offerings are traditionally made to the rain-bringing god. He is also worshiped privately at small household shrines.

Rituals

Clerics lead monthly sacrifices to Zeus in his grand temples. These sacrifices often included cattle and sheep.

Dogma

As ruler of the pantheon, Zeus is in control of events in the universe. His church teaches that nothing happens anywhere without Zeus's consent. Every blessing or curse that falls on mortal heads happens by the will of "the gods", which primarily means Zeus, though the other Olympian deities often contest his decisions. Zeus is rather fickle in his administration of justice in the universe, he plays favorites, and his favorites change on a whim. However, Zeus cares for mortal life, much like a rather distant father cares for his children. He almost never sends destruction without some cause, real or imagined. The mortal lot, Zeus's clergy teaches, is simply to accept whatever Zeus sends their way, for good or ill.

Appearance, Manifestations

Zeus, appears as a mighty male human standing about 15 feet tall. He has white hair and a long, white beard. He wears a white tunic and carries his shield, Aegis, which bears the likeness of the head of the first medusa. A white celestial giant eagle is always at Zeus's side.

Relationships & History

Zeus is one of the six children of Cronus and Rhea, and led the other gods in revolt against their tyrannical father (after liberating them from Cronus's belly).

Zeus is married to Hera, but his amorous encounters with other women (both divine and mortal) are infamous. He is the father of a tremendous number of deities and exceptional mortals, including the deities Ares, Hephaestus, Apollo, Artemis, Dionysus, Hermes, Heracles, and Athena, a large number of lesser divinities (such as the Muses and the Graces), and a large number of mortals, most of them adventurers of heroic stature.
The Symbol of Zeus - Fist filled with lightning bolts
Symbol: Fist filled with lightning bolts
God Alignment: CG
Worshipers Alignment
LG NG CG
LN N CN
LE NE CE
Domain:
Air, Chaos, Good, Nobility, Strength
Portfolio:
Sky, air, storms, fate, nobility
Worshipers:
Everyone, barbarians, rangers
Plane: Olympus
Weapon: Shortpear or halfspear