Thursday, October 1, 2015


Desna, the goddess of dreams, and her butterfly-winged servants have been at the core of Golarion since its birth—Desna and a lyrakien even graced the second-ever issue of Pathfinder.  So it makes sense that an azata who serves the Great Dreamer would appear in a Bestiary devoted to mind monsters.  While Desna protects many travelers on many roads, uinujas protect mortals who travel in dreams from the predations of dreamthief hags, painajai demons, and worse.

In your campaign, uinujas are likely going to be PCs’ allies; their mind-spires might be one of the few safe places a dreaming self or Astral traveler can find shelter and protection.  But all azatas are mercurial, and uinujas are quick to combat those who trespass in Dream where they are not wanted, no matter what alignment it says on your character sheet.

Traveling in the Ethereal Plane, adventurers come across a phantom they have encountered before: a servitor of a spiritualist ally.  The phantom has been trapped here since his mistress’s dreaming mind was captured by a dreamthief hag.  He seeks the return of his mistress’s consciousness, but that mind is going on a strange journey.  Rather than the hag torturing the spiritualist’s mind or using it to power her magic, she has instead sold the dreamstone to a mercane who seems to have found a way to use dreams to power voidjammers.

Trapped outside the Dimension of Dreams and warped by long captivity in the kyton realms, the uinuja Recall the Blooming Nightshade is now Blade Belladonna.  Though not a demon yet, her spirit is blackening by the day (for instance, she already inflicts serious wounds instead of curing them).  Adventurers hoping to rehabilitate Blade Belladonna cannot simply return her to the Dreamlands, where she will only become one more nightmare creature, but must instead transport her all the way to Elysium to be tended to in the healing springs.

There are no angels or archons—or even gods—on Terpanor.  Priests and clerics have limited powers gained by praying to ancestral spirits and genii loci, entering into compacts with devils, or earning an azata’s favor.  But the gods, angels, and archons are not dead—they sleep.  And the uinujas will do anything to keep them dreaming, for their slumber holds the Abyss in repose as well.

Occult Bestiary 9

One idea I didn't explore is the fact that uinujas can't visit the Material Plane on their own and love stories about the planes in general.  A uinuja desperate to get to the real world might cause all kinds of trouble for PCs…

Terpanor is a world on the back of a giant chelonian.  You can tell from the name.  #feartheturtle

Tumblr readers, Tychilarius now has a picture up.  Go see!  Blogger readers, I can’t edit posts without ruining them forever, so check the comments.

Regarding my message yesterday about going back to do monsters I missed, goluxexmachina wrote:

I am not sure if I’ve noticed every originally-skipped monster that you have since gone back and done… I recall there were a few I really wanted to see, though not what they are.

God(ish?) news!  In most cases—at least recently, like the past two years or so—when I go back and fix a monster I also make sure to call it out in the latest entry, usually at the top of the post and usually in italics (which makes it easy to scan for in the archive).  I don't have a perfect record, but I’ve been pretty good about it.  Hope that helps!

Important message to my Millennial and post-Millennial readers:

(WAIT!  Don’t panic.  I’m a Millennial, too.  So I swear I’m not about to be a judgmental jerk.  But I’m just old enough that a lot of my thoughts/habits/references lean heavily Gen X.  Hence this next sentence…)

I promise it is okay to just pick up the phone and call.

I write this because of this Reddit thread re: Paizo customer service, which literally left me Jean-Luc Picard-facepalming due to all the references to email attempts and forum posts.

Paizo’s customer service is awesome.  Their reps are super nice and have never once failed to resolve my (rare) issues on the first call, within five minutes.  (Okay, maybe once, because they were personally calling the warehouse team and the third-party publisher to make sure the fancy-schmancy hardcover I wanted was still in stock.  Then they called me back.)

If you have a problem with your Paizo order or delivery, fixing it is honestly that simple.  No emails.  No forum threads.  No waiting. 

Just. Call.

Now if you need me, I’ll go back to yelling at clouds.

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