Jade idol

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Jade idol

Source: What Lies in Dust, pg(s). 82–83

A jade idol is a statuette that, after serving as the focus of cultic worship, has gained a measure of magical power.1


A jade idol is an idol made of jade, and its entire body is a lustrous green. Jade idols are often carved to resemble a demure humanoid maiden sculpted in miniature, and most jade idols stand less than a hand's breadth tall. Despite their size, jade idols are always sculpted in incredible detail.1

Habitat and ecology

Jade idols are found in ancient tombs across Golarion, most usually in tropical lands where venomous creatures are rife. Jade idols have been found from Tian Xia to the mouldering ruins of the flooded Sodden Lands, often serving as guardians of ancient sites such as the tombs and lairs of arcanists and poison-loving assassins, ancient temples, and royal catacombs.1


As constructs, jade idols have no independent ecology; they are created to serve as patient and stealthy killers, and their abilities aid them in this role.1

Their mere presence weakens nearby creatures' resistance to poison, and they can easily charm venomous animals into aiding them during a fight. They can exhale a gas that can turn living flesh into jade-like green stone, and is sometimes used to preserve the bodies of those interred in the tombs that a jade idol protects.1

There are reports of ancient tombs protected by swarms of jade idols and their venomous allies, and littered with the green statues of unlucky tomb robbers.1


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 David Eitelbach, F. Wesley Schneider, and Hank Woon. (2009). Bestiary. What Lies in Dust, p. 82–83. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-197-8