Zebuxoruk is known as The Forsaken, The Disgraced, and the Ungod. He neither good nor evil
, as many tales place him on either side, typically biased towards those who wrote the lore. Among the pantheon, he is either despised or completely ignored by all of the other gods
and goddesses. Zebuxoruk is a mysterious entity that some say embodies the mortal spirit. His thirst for knowledge resulted in an unsettling revelation of the nature of the pantheon itself. Multiple times, he has become a mortal man wandering the worlds such as Norrath
. Many believe that he began his life a mere mortal, but through his acquisition of knowledge, ascended to godhood. Returning to mortal life could have been something he wished for or it could have been a punishment by other gods for being a thorn in their side. Zebuxoruk is truly an enigma.
At the height of the Iksar
Empire in Kunark, it is said that Emperor Venril Sathir discovered a magical book
called "The Unholy Writ of War" and used its contents to build the Sebilisian Empire. The origin of the book was kept a secret for many years. The truth is that Kotiz, the powerful Iksar necromancer
, met in secret with Zebuxoruk and was taught from the Unholy Book of Zebuxoruk the battle strategies and magics of the future. Tactics and knowledge that would not become discovered for many years. All that the ungod asked in return was fifty sacrifices
. Venril Sathir discovered Kotiz's secret pact with Zebuxoruk and killed his fellow Iksar, taking the book for himself. This explains the accelerated advancement of the Iksar during this period.
During the Age of Turmoil
, he sought to teach the mortals of his discoveries. This led to his imprisonment within the Plane of Time and the invasion of the Planes of Power
by the mortals of Norrath
. The elemental gods
understood that if Zebuxoruk shared his knowledge, it would disrupt the balance of power between the created and the creators. They, along with the combined might of the pantheon, attempted to forever trap Zebuxoruk within a stasis field. The Norrathians were able to free him by progressing through the pantheon one plane
at a time, culminating with a gauntlet of battles with the gods in the Plane of Time. After successfully defeating Quarm, a four-headed dragon
of the combined might of the elemental gods, the mortals freed Zebuxoruk. Though, before he could share his intelligence with them, he was halted by Druzzil Ro
. Zebuxoruk stood confused, for it was Druzzil Ro that inspired him to seek all knowledge in the first place. Druzzil clarified this by saying he should do so only without affecting the fates of others, and his plans would cause irreversable ramifactions throughout the universe. To resolve this issue, Druzzil Ro was forced to reweave the fabric of time
itself in order to revert back to a time before mortals trespassed upon the Plane of Time. Zebuxoruk would be left to his prison
for an eternity.
Near the end of the Age of Turmoil
, the agents of Discord were able to take advantage of weaknesses in the fabric of time made possible as a result of Druzzil
's actions. They sought to alter major events throughout the history of Norrath
in order bring about its destruction. A rift was torn in through the Plane of Time which led to the potential future of the world. Among the wreckage of the planet and corpses
of the gods
, stood Zebuxoruk. Alone in the Void, still imprisoned, Zebuxoruk taught the mortals how to prevent the inevitable destruction of their world. The Norrathians were successful in correcting the outcome of these important events and went on to defeat Lord Brekt, the god of discord. Zebuxoruk congratulated the mortals, but explained that their world would once again be invaded by beings unknown to them, from other worlds. He has seen all possibilities through the rifts and portals
within the Plane of Time. By repairing the rifts in time, the mortals had inadvertently sealed Zebuxoruk back into his eternal prison
. Of course, he foresaw this, but knew what had to be done.
Rumors tell of a hidden city on Norrath
that honors, but not worships, Zebuxoruk. The ungod himself could not care less for such a place. The city is run by lorekeepers who collect and protect all proof of the Forsaken's existence, works, and effects on the world. These keepers are typically fallen priests
, and shadow knights
who have been forsaken by their own deities and now seek true neutrality
within the universe.
In most lore, Zebuxoruk is depicted as a lanky, almost emaciated man in tattered clothing and a gnarled staff
. During the Age of Turmoil
he manifested himself as a bearded
, homeless looking man hunched over and shackled in chains
. Instead of a staff, he wielded a scythe
. He is one of several gods
who have returned to Norrath
during the Age of Destiny
, still seeking to learn and spread knowledge. Zebuxoruk was instrumental in the rediscovery of the continent of Kunark