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Harsk goes nowhere without his teapot.

Tea is an extremely popular, warm beverage drunk in many regions of Golarion. Green tea and black tea are the main types depending on provenance and preparation of the leaves. To prepare tea, the leaves are infused with boiling water and brewed for a few minutes. Tea can then be drunk black or with the addition of milk, and may be sweetened with sugar, lemon, or spices. Tea costs between 4 and 8 cp per pound of leaves.1

Origins and history

The origin of tea has become legendary with numerous stories associated with it. Scholars tend to conclude that a famous Tian imperial advisor, called Luyu and styled the Father of Tea, discovered the tea plant and introduced the drink to the imperial court. Luyu discovered the plant in Nanang Province near to Xa Hoi and Dtang Ma.2

Tea plants have now been cultivated in many parts of Tian Xia for some 10,000 years, but some wild tea trees still exist on the slopes of the Kao Shan mountains.2

Four thousand years ago saw the introduction of tea to Vudra, where it also quickly became popular. Vudrani planted and started to cultivate their own tea plants which grew to be different from the original Tian species. Indeed, Vudra started exporting its tea variety to Tian Xia.2

In Tian Xia

Tea culture is a unique facet of Tian life, as the Tian take their tea very seriously. Tea is prevalent in all walks of life and all levels of society in Tian Xia, and it is more popular than alcohol in much of the continent.2

Tea ceremonies

Courtiers from the ancient empire of Yixing first began to formalize the drinking of tea, or cha in their language, in 2664 AR, when the first chadao, or xhadao, tea ceremony was performed for their emperor.3 These customs eventually grew into the highly ritualized chadao, or tea ceremony. Some decades later, visitors from Teikoku (the modern day Minkai Empire) copied them by creating their own chanoyu tea ritual. Today, chadao is practised in the lands that were once Lung Wa, in addition to Xa Hoi, and Dtang Ma; whilst chanoyu takes place in Minkai.2

A tea ceremony set costs around 25 gp and contains a teapot, tray, whisk, bowl and four small teacups; the set is housed in a beautifully decorated box.1

In the Inner Sea region

Tea is consumed in many places in the Inner Sea region, with black tea competing with salt in its presence in culinary markets. Black tea is a common drink in the morning and afternoon, and are often drunk with additives like lavender and rose water.4

Tea houses of Oppara are legendary both in the social and culinary world of the Inner Sea region, equalled only by the spiced teas of southeast Garund, where mint teas are so popular they have made their way to parts of Avistan. 4

The Lord-Mayor of Kintargo banned drinking tea after curfew in 4715 AR.5

In the Great Beyond

Nualidu azatas are strongly opposed to tea, considering it (and any other brewed beverage) a corruption of water.6

Even the gods try to enjoy a spot of tea in social situations.

In religion

Followers of Milani show their obedience by brewing and sharing fragrant teas and praying while inhaling their scent.7 The oni daimyo Guyuku's portfolio includes tea.8


Many types of tea exist, including:

Magical teas

Numerous teas exist that have been infused with magic, including:


Some brewed teas have properties that make them more akin to drugs than beverages:


Tea is exported from a number of countries, including:


For additional resources, see the Meta page.

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External links

  • Tea (real-world beverage) on Wikipedia