Nightrealms Carrion Crown
Zon-Kuthon - The Midnight Lord
The beauty goddess Shelyn once had a halfbrother, but his envy over her talents led him to abandon her for a journey into unknown regions beyond the edge of the Great Beyond. There, he encountered something that changed him for the worse— when he returned, he had become a new god entirely, a god of pain and suffering and loss. He committed terrible acts against those who tried to redeem him, particularly his father and his half-sister, and for his crimes, he was banished to the Plane of Shadow for as long as the sun hung in the sky. That time came to an end on Golarion during the Age of Darkness, and Zon-Kuthon returned, weeping tears of hateful joy. In time, his influence declined, but he and his worshipers remain ready to surge across the world with lash and chain and cruel laughter. His horrid affection attracts evil sadists, demented masochists, and those whose spirits are so wounded that only overwhelming pain distracts them from their sorrows. Those wallowing in a spiritual darkness find themselves pulled to his dark embrace, while others left to starve in oubliettes might cut their own flesh just to remind themselves that they exist.