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|The empty lord is always watching over you, but you may not always see. The lucky break, the chance meeting, the coincidence... that is the Empty Lord's work.|
|Also known as||The Empty Lord|
|Colours||Purple, black, grey|
|Quests||Fate of the Gods|
|Examine||This is his incorporeal form.
Is this the true form of Zaros?
The so-called Empty Lord.
Zaros is the god of control but he also represents shadow, emptiness, dark energy and absence.
Zaros preaches that it is not the individual's role to interfere with the gods. He will look after you, but this will always be from behind the scenes as it were.
Zaros has been rarely seen, even by his followers, giving him the title 'The Empty Lord'. His modus operandi is to hide in the shadows, manipulating and controlling people without them even knowing that he is there, given this he has often been considered a puppet master. He is believed to be wreathed in shadow, and has his face obscured by a cloak/hood. Since his return, however, his appearance is a heavily armoured, floating being with 8 purple eyes  - depending on the choices made within Fate of the Gods quest, this armour is either pristine or heavily damaged and corroded. His natural appearance under his armour is that of a shadowed being with purple crystal formations.
Zaros's ultimate aim is to transcend to become an elder god, replacing the current elder gods, and leading mortals into a new golden age. He intends to be a mostly unseen guiding hand, only having direct dealings with a few key individuals, in order to guide mortal life in the direction he sees as most fitting.
|Quote (said by: Lennissa)
|Evil will always breed more evil, and will never be satisfied with what it has. The Empty Lord chose to ally himself with the dark creatures of this world, fully aware that their own natures would cause them to rally against his rule, and take every opportunity they could to betray him.|
However, it does not prove that he was a good or an evil god. Everyone had a different view about Zaros. Saradominists and Zamorakians usually perceive him as evil. However, there's no proof of Zaros doing any act of evil or good.
Juna seems to have conflicting beliefs about Zaros. When telling her about the Temple at Senntisten she says that restoring Zaros is a step towards balance, but when telling her about The Firemaker's Curse she says that restoring Zaros is not something she can look upon kindly. However, she never specifically mentions Zaros after the Temple of Senntisten and merely states that Zamorak's ascension to godhood was not good for balance.
At the same time Zaros was created, so was Seren as his counterpart . Where Zaros is made of dark magic, Seren is made of light. Where Zaros is intellectual and knowledgeable, Seren is emotive and empathetic. They are both supremely intelligent and equal in most every way, just with differing philosophies and outlooks.
Both Zaros and Seren were created with one fundamental flaw, that they each project a feeling of loyalty (Zaros) or love (Seren) in those around them. Together, they resonate such that their senses and intellect are dulled . This caused Zaros to leave (allowing them both to operate with true clarity), while Seren stayed behind to care for their then comatose creator, Mah. Zaros and Seren are not, and have never been, enemies - they each think fondly of the other, though it is unclear whether as siblings, partners or lovers...probably some semblance of all three.
Effectively, Zaros and Seren are the same - they share the same traits and ideals - but it's their perspective and scale that differs. Where Zaros thinks globally (macro), Seren thinks individually (micro). Zaros is more likely to 'get the job done', but at the expense of the individual. Seren would be the most compassionate to the needs of the individual, but it's questionable that such an approach could achieve the desired goal (that being the protection of mortals).
Arrival on Gielinor
Zaros came to Gielinor during the Second Age where he ruled over much of the desert, and employed all of the Mahjarrat who had decided to follow him instead of their former god Icthlarin, a member of the Menaphite Pantheon.
Zaros is a purely divine being, created by Mah in much the same way as the Mahjarrat, though many thousands of years before. The energy used to create the entire Mahjarrat race is equivalent to that used to create Zaros, making him supremely powerful.
Once he discovered the Mahjarrat, he instantly recognised their kinship  and brought them under his wing to help them develop. Zaros built an immense empire, with the Mahjarrat as its leaders, but grew increasingly withdrawn until the point that Zamorak usurped him, stabbed him with the staff of Armadyl and stole a large portion of his power.
This created a schism among the Mahjarrat; some remaining loyal to Zaros and others following Zamorak. Since this, Zaros had to retreat to his place of birth and has been subsisting on the failing energy of his creator to stave off death.
In the Temple at Senntisten, the player assists the Mahjarrat Azzanadra in his quest to create a portal, through which he can speak with Zaros. As contact has already been re-established with the Empty Lord, many believe his return is inevitable. Although banished, Zaros can still influence Gielinor in many ways, as seen at the end of the Temple at Senntisten, when his powers destroy a statue of Zamorak.
Zaros, with many humans, Mahjarrat, vampyres, dragon riders, demons, and other races at his disposal, soon established an unrivalled empire in eastern Gielinor. Nearly all of modern-day Misthalin, Asgarnia, northern Morytania, and the Wilderness soon came under his rule. The Mahjarrat, his greatest soldiers, revelled in the bloodshed.
The Zarosian Kingdom was one of great prosperity, but the Mahjarrat were not content. Soon they became divided and began to work towards their own ends. The most significant of these was Zamorak. Zamorak was amongst the strongest beings to ever walk Gielinor. He earned himself the nickname "The Scourge of the Battlefield", ruthlessly proving his power in combat countless times. This earned him favour with Zaros, who quickly gave him the rank of general. Yet, despite this, Zamorak was not willing to serve Zaros, and even as Zaros' kingdom expanded from Senntisten, Zamorak plotted against him.
The staff of Armadyl eventually fell into the hands of Zamorak by luck, as revealed in the mini-quest The Curse of Zaros. It is also confirmed in the Ritual of the Mahjarrat that Zamorak obtained the Stone of Jas as well. It was now that Zamorak decided to begin.
A great battle raged in Zaros' greatest stronghold. Zamorak, backed by many of the Mahjarrat, attacked Zaros in the throne room. Whilst the followers of Zamorak distracted the guards, Zamorak fought Zaros and managed to stab him in the back with the staff of Armadyl. This weakened Zaros, but he still seemed to be much more powerful than Zamorak. With the staff still impaled in his back he seized Zamorak by the throat. Zamorak would have been killed, but somehow Zaros stumbled and fell onto his back. The Staff of Armadyl impaled Zamorak without leaving Zaros' body. Unexpectedly, it transferred some of Zaros' power to Zamorak. Zaros "faded" from Gielinor. For "killing" a god, Zamorak was banished from Gielinor by the others. What followed was Zaros' curse that had an affect on those involved with the staff of Armadyl, also from The Curse of Zaros.
During the Fate of the Gods quest, the player will be asked to help Zaros return to corporeal form, for that he needs energy from Mah - his creator. The player must gather this energy and form a simulacrum for Zaros to inhabit.
Zaros' corporeal form will change depending on whether the player chooses to sabotage Zaros - by making a light simulacrum - or aid him.
In addition to his NPC followers, Zaros has many player followers. Zaros was rated the third most popular god in Jagex's Odd Gods poll, falling behind Saradomin by only 113 votes. Amongst members, Zaros rated second, defeating Saradomin by nearly 900 votes. In both cases, Guthix was the most popular.
- Certain desert bandits (Eblis)
- Certain Mahjarrat - Azzanadra, Sliske, Jhallan, Akthanakos, and Wahisietel (other Mahjarrat are either neutral or follow Zamorak)
- Blood reavers
- Ancient mages, ancient rangers and ancient warriors
- Dragon riders
- Some demons
- Nex's bodyguards (Fumus, Umbra, Cruor, and Glacies)
- Possibly Glarial (as, although she was an elf, her coffin has the symbol of Zaros on it)
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