Worship of Za'arel
Relative to the rest of the world, Za’arel is welcome in the hidden cities, though not to the extent that open preaching of some of his more problematic tenets is tolerated. As cosmopolitan areas they allow for open worship and even temples, though these tend to be small due to the nature of Za’arelean doctrine. It is also the origin of his most common name and aspect, as the god of necessary destruction.
Among the Haaru, Zuriel the Endweaver is spoken of with dread as a giant black dragon, the greatest ever born, whose flight across the world will herald the end of all things. Mundane dragons are seen as his servants, and their ravenous hunts as his will for the end of the known world.
In both Old and New Agryos, Xaos is tolerated if not liked as a god of self-interest and perfection. As a secular nation they hold no particular dislike of him, but they do not encourage his worship either.
Alliance with Calandor brings many things, amongst which is a hatred for Za’arel/Zurel. Though it is not nearly so deep (or personal) as that of the elves, the Peredans still forbid the worship of Za’arel under pain of death.
Empire of Steel and Stone
Worship of Zuhren, a female deity of chaos and destruction, is not illegal within the Empire, but neither is it encouraged due to the traditional dislike of her worshippers for Vengrim, Rhundr and Brenna.
The Demon War was the first known wide-spread attempt by worshippers of Zurel (more commonly known in present times by their Anaturun name) to gain control of (or destroy) an entire people. Because of this, the elves of Calandor hold a deep and special loathing for Zurel unmatched by any other culture, and worship of him within Calandorean borders is punishable by instant death.
The lawless nature of the Lost Lands means that Za’arelean organisations, such as they are, can operate relatively freely. Some indeed date back to the Demon War and the collapse of the old elven kingdoms; Za’arel particularly enjoys drawing lost elves to their service, as well as the lost, the desperate and the disillusioned who find themselves wandering the wilds.
Though they hold no particular grudge against Za’arel, most orcs and most particularly the Forged refrain from their worship out of respect for the elven allies. Though not outright banned, their worshippers are not welcome in most settlements.
As with the dwarves, most Valmar have a poor opinion of Za’arel/Zuhren due to her opposing of the gods which the Valmar as a whole hold most dear, and dismissal of those virtues – courage, community and hope – which the Valmar prize.