Zilchis has long served as the guardian and protector of the First Vault, a repository said to be crafted by the deity’s own hand, containing perfect versions of everything ever created or seen by civilized peoples. He is also credited with guiding the advancement of the demihuman races towards the point where they could establish civilized societies of their own.
Zilchis strives to maintain agreeable relationships with the other deities, recognizing their influence is conducive to the further advancement of civilized life.
Zilchis is often described as an attractive human, with dark hair and wearing a golden breastplate. He wears a cloak and fine clothes, and is often depicted possessing a number of keys.
Church of Zilchis
The temples of Zilchis (also know as the Merchant Guild Of Zilchis) are designed to function independently of one another, usually serving a single community or region. The individual clergy are usually aligned with the local government, but are forbidden to fight amongst themselves and often stand as a neutral faction during legitimate conflicts.
Worshipers and Clergy
Zilchis is primarily worshiped by judges, merchants, lawyers, and aristocrats, though many others turn to the worship of the Master of the First Vault in the hope of attaining wealth and happiness. Zilchis’s association with cities and trade means he is worshipped by many halflings. The clergy of Zilchis is primarily composed of clerics, though on occasion paladins are called into his service. In addition, justiciars dedicate themselves to spreading their deity’s ideals of civilization and order. Mortal servants of Zilchis work to forward the development of civilization in their communities, often serving as judges, lawyers, and clerks. Clerics and paladins of Zilchis can prepare word of recall to return them to the designated sanctuary of the temple of their home city.
Temples and Shrines
Temples dedicated to Zilchis are usually large, elaborately decorated buildings designed for multiple functions; in addition to being centers of worship, they often provide the surrounding community with banking and other services. Such sites are often built near courthouses, and led by a Banker or Archbanker.
With the clergy of Zilchis often serving their communities as clerks, a given temple is likely to have extensive records within its vaults.
The Order of Numbers
Usually bearing elaborate decoration, writing, and binding, this book serves as the core text of the Church of Zilchis.
The Manual of City-Building
Often stored prominently in a place of honor, this text contains advice on the topic of founding and running a community.
In conjunction with spreading Zilchis’ ideals, the Church celebrates festivals associated with the Master of the First Vault’s goals.
This day, which varies from year to year, marks the arrival of the first shipment of goods from the fall harvest.
After taxes have been collected, the clergy of Zilchis celebrates with a feast open to the community and its leaders.
Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Portfolio: Cities, Wealth, Merchants, Law
Worshipers: Judges, merchants, lawyers, aristocrats
Cleric Alignments: LG, LN, N, LE
Domains: Earth, Law, Nobility, Protection, Travel
Sub-Domains: Defense, Inevitable, Leadership, Martyr, Metal, Trade
Favored Weapon: Light Crossbow