Bandu Hills

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The Bandu Hills stretch from Desperation Bay on the coast of Vidrian eastwards into the heart of the Mwangi Expanse.1 Vidrian claims the western part of the hills.2 The hills can get very hot; average summer daytime temperature is 110 °F, reaching as much as 120 °F at midday. Even in winter, temperatures vary between 75 °F and 90 °F. Temperatures can fall by as much as 30 °F at night.3

The hills are named after the Bandu, a typically bloodthirsty tribe of Bekyar.4

The hills have a bad reputation, being rumoured to be inhabited by restless spirits and angry undead, as well as the warped descendants of forgotten peoples. However, the veins of gold, emeralds, and sapphires that lie beneath the hills attract prospectors.5



Arzikal, also known as the City of Hungry Spires, is a ruin that appears to have been ripped apart and stacked into spires by an angry god.6

Barkskin Lake

At certain times of the year, the waters of Barkskin Lake in the western hills have magical properties. When conditions are right, the water is said to temporarily toughen the skin of those who drink it, giving it the appearance and consistency of tree bark.7

Farsouth Mine

The Farsouth Mine is a site close to the border between Sargava and the Mwangi Expanse.1

Mines of Deeptreasure

The Deeptreasure Mining Company has a hidden base, the Mines of Deeptreasure, somewhere on the edge of the hills.7

Mount Nakyuk

Mount Nakyuk is the highest point in the Bandu Hills.1

Stasis Fields

Deep within the hills lies the entrance to the Stasis Fields, a massive underground prison complex discovered in 4516 AR.7


Dwarves from Janderhoff began mining the hills for valuable metals in 4158 AR, and they were followed by gnomes searching for gemstones. Between 4189 AR and 4199 AR, the dwarves disappeared without a trace. Since then, fighting has broken out in the hills between the different groups of prospectors on numerous occasions.7 The bestial undead known as namorrodors are known to haunt the parts of the Bandu Hills that are coterminous with the Shadow Plane.8


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 128. Paizo Inc., 2011
  2. JD Wiker & Sean K Reynolds. Sargava, The Lost Colony, cover. Paizo Inc., 2010
  3. JD Wiker & Sean K Reynolds. “Social: Local Hazards” in Sargava, The Lost Colony, 30. Paizo Inc., 2010
  4. JD Wiker & Sean K Reynolds. Sargava, the Lost Colony” in Sargava, The Lost Colony, 6. Paizo Inc., 2010
  5. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 127. Paizo Inc., 2011
  6. Tim Hitchcock, et al. “Lost Kingdoms” in Heart of the Jungle, 49. Paizo Inc., 2010
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 JD Wiker & Sean K Reynolds. Sargava, the Lost Colony” in Sargava, The Lost Colony, 5. Paizo Inc., 2010
  8. Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A-Z” in Bestiary 3, 183. Paizo Inc., 2021