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Vizier in Sands of Time Trilogy
Biographical Data
Alias Zurvan
Gender Male
Origin India[1]
Species Human
Current Status Deceased[1][2]
Professional Data
Occupation Vizier to the Maharajah (formerly)[1]
Affiliation(s) India (formerly)[1]
Item(s)/Weapon(s) Staff of Time[1]
Powers None
Abilities See: abilities
Out of Universe Data
Appearance(s) Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Battles of Prince of Persia, Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Voiced by Barry Dennen (The Sands of Time),
Harry Standjofski (Two Thrones


"Trust not a man who has betrayed his master, nor take him into your own service, lest he betray you too."
—The Prince

The Vizier is the antagonist of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and The Two Thrones. The dying adviser of the Maharajah of India, the Vizier sought to gain immortality using the Sands of Time.

Official Description

"A traitor in the Maharajah’s service, the Vizier tricks the Prince into opening the forbidden Hourglass, unleashing the Sands of Time upon an unsuspecting world. Now the Vizier wants the Dagger of Time to fulfill his ultimate, diabolical plan."
—Instructional manual[3]


Traveling to the Island of Time

The Vizier was the Maharajah's chief adviser, who succumbed to consumption. While searching for a cure to his illness, the Vizier found information about the Island of Time, which supposedly contained the secret to immortality. The Vizier persuaded his master to go, and they found the Dagger of Time, as well as the Hourglass containing the Sands of Time. The Vizier also found a staff that gave him great magical potential.[1]

Battles of Prince of Persia

Vizier's Love

At some point, the Vizier fell in love with Sindra, Saurva's sister. He became so infatuated with her that he forced Saurva to steal the Box of One Thousand Restraints, for then unknown reasons. He threatened to kill Saurva's wife if he failed to do so. When Saurva returned with the Box, after killing many Indian soldiers in the process, The Vizier killed his wife and imprisoned Saurva, along with all the Daevas, in the Box when Sindra refused him.[4]

The Sands of Time

Betraying the Maharajah

Sultan sharaman vizier

The Vizier spins a convincing tale, appealing to the Prince's Pride.

With the Hourglass and Dagger of Time locked away in the Maharajah's treasure vaults, the Vizier plotted to steal it. He formed a secret alliance with King Sharaman of Persia. The Vizier betrayed his master in return for his pick of treasure from the vaults.[1]

However, the Vizier was disappointed, as the Dagger was taken by Sharaman's young son the Prince and the Hourglass was to be given as a gift to the Sultan of Azad.[1]

Biding his time, The Vizier waited until the victorious Persians arrived in Azad, before claiming of a "marvel" that lurked within the Hourglass. The Prince used the Dagger to open the Hourglass, and the Sands of Time were unleashed, infecting all but the Vizier, the Prince, and the captive Princess Farah.[1]

The First Death

Once again the Vizier failed. The Prince and Farah fled with the Dagger and fought through the legions of sand monsters in the hope of returning the Sands to the Hourglass, which the Vizier moved to the Tower of Dawn. The two succeeded, yet Farah fell to her death from the tower, and the Prince refused his offer of eternal life, instead triggering the Grand Rewind, undoing the events that had happened prior to the Vizier's betrayal of the Maharajah.[1]

The Prince then visited Farah, who was unaware of the battles they would fight, and he warned her of the Vizier's betrayal and of what would happen if she did not heed his warning.[1]

The Vizier then entered and fought the Prince, under the pretext of protecting her from the intruder, but soon began to admit his planned betrayal of the Maharajah. As the fight drew to a close the Vizier still taunted the Prince and revealed his new plan; to kill the Prince and Farah and pit the Maharajah and Sharaman against each other, but was killed by the Prince, who returned the Dagger of Time to Farah.[1]

New Timeline

When the Prince visited the Island of Time and stopped Kaileena from dying, this prevented the creation of the sands. Because of this, the events of The Sands of Time never happened, and the Vizier was never killed by the Prince, meaning the Vizier lived once again.[2]

This time, The Vizier and the Maharajah had visited the Island and found nothing but an empty Hourglass, the Dagger, the Staff and a huge amount of books that told them the tale of the Empress of Time. As they found no trace, the Vizier returned to India, seeking other treasures.[2]

Yet soon after, the Dagger called to the Vizier, drawing him to Babylon. The Maharajah refused to go, and he was murdered, his kingdom taken over and his daughter captured.[2] It is speculated that the Vizier may have later traveled to the Lost Temples of Zurvan, gaining the knowledge of how to control the Sands of Time from the temples.[5]

The Two Thrones

Invading Babylon

Further exploiting the anger of the Scythians, the Vizier led their army into Babylon and overthrew King Sharaman, who was driven into the bowels of his kingdom and killed. The Vizier's army made short work of the rebelling forces in Bayblon, civilian or otherwise.

Upon the Prince and Kaileena had return from the Island of Time, their ship was attacked in the Harbor and they were separated. Kaileena having been captured by soldiers of the Vizier's army.[2]

The Final Death

Main article: Zurvan (Sand Creature)
The Vizier about to kill Kaileena

The Vizier prepares to kill Kaileena.

In the Palace courtyard, the Vizier killed Kaileena and released the Sands of Time. The Sands transferred themselves into the Vizier's body as it infected those around him, including the Prince, who managed to resist and escape with the Dagger. Shortly after his transformation, the Vizier declared him himself "Zurvan" the "God of Time". In this form, The Vizier began to slay the remainder of his foes and seek out the Prince.[2]

Eventually, he was defeated by the Prince when he was stabbed by the Dagger of Time, reducing him to sand and freeing Kaileena's spirit.[2]


  • The Vizier's name is misspelled "Vizir" in the credits of The Sands of Time.


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