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Zurvan (Sand Creature)
Zurvan
Biographical Data
Alias "God of Time" (self-titled)
Gender Male
Origin Vizier
Species Sand Creature
Current Status Deceased
Professional Data
Occupation N/A
Affiliation(s) Scythians
Item(s)/Weapon(s) N/A
Powers see: Powers
Abilities see: Abilities
Out of Universe Data
Appearance(s) Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Voiced by Harry Standjofski (The Two Thrones)


"A promise of power, fulfilled! I will be immortal!"
—Vizier before his transformation[1]

Zurvan is the self-proclaimed "'God of Time" and an antagonist in Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones. The alter-ego of the Vizier (transformed by the Sands of Time using the Dagger), Zurvan seeks to complete his original persona's intention of ruling Persia with his newly gained immortality.

Biography

Creation

Following the Vizier's invasion into Babylon with the Scythian Army, his men were able to capture the Empress of Time when she was washed ashore, following the attack on the Prince's ship. Kaileena was brought to the Vizier, who bound her to an column in the palace courtyard. When Prince arrived to save Kaileena, the Vizier killed Kaileena, releasing the Sands of Time.[1]

As the Sands of Time began to infect the Vizier's Generals and the Prince, using the Dagger of Time, the Vizier stabbed himself and imbued himself with the essence of the Sands. The Vizier's aged body was transformed into a more youthful and inhuman visage, sprouting wings and shell-esque body. The Vizier's transformation granted him both youth, immortality and the power of the Sands of Time.[1]

A Short Rule

Following his transformation, Zurvan moved systematically through the city of Babylon and established Sand Gates he could use to transport instantly to and from one location of the city to another. Connected to the Scythian army, now Sand Creatures, he controlled them and established guards around the Sand Gates to protect from rebellion or the Prince.

His Generals, the Twin Warriors and Mahasti occupied sectors of Babylon and subjected its occupants to slavery and death, while Klompa --- who had become a large and mindless creature, was relocated to the arena.

Zurvan himself began to slay the remainder of his foes and seek out the Prince. The Prince, always one step behind Zurvan, moved through the city in an attempt to catch and kill him to avenge Kaileena and his city. Eventually, Zurvan captured a previously enslaved Farah and banished the Prince to the depths of the city's underground, where his his father was killed.

Above ground, Zurvan imprisoned Farah and planned to transform her into his immortal queen. The Prince returned to the surface and fought Zurvan with the Dagger of Time. Zurvan used his powers of flight and telekinesis to stop the Prince, who gradually began to maim him with the Dagger. Zurvan was defeated by the Prince and stabbed by the Dagger of Time, reducing him to sand, freeing Kaileena's spirit.[1]

Etymology

In Iranian religion, "Zurvan" is a god and a former representative of a branch of Zoroastrianism, "Zurvanism".[2] In Zoroastrianism, Zurvan was associated with the "axis mundi" (the center of the world). Zurvan was typically depicted was lion-headed god with wings encircled by a serpent.[2] "Zurvanism", a modification of Zoroastrianism, reappeared in the third to seventh CE century, during the Sāsānian period.[3]

The earliest mentions of Zurvan occurred around the thirteenth and twelfth BCE centuries as discovered in a Mesopotamian city called Nuzi. Zurvan represented that of growth, maturity and decay, as well as infinity: Limitless time and a long dominion over time itself, the latter referring to Infinite Time lasting 12,000 years, which the god returns to.[2] Zurvan was formerly associated with the elemental deities, Vayu, Thvarshtar and Atar.

Trivia

  • Zurvan is the name of the primordial god of time of the ancient Persians, he is also a neutral god since his twin sons are the personification of good and evil. His sons are namely Ormazd and Ahriman which are the name of the deities found in the 2008 Prince of Persia.

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