Kaiju

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Kaiju
A kaiju.
(Creature)
Type Magical beast
(kaiju)
CR Varies
Environment Varies
Alignment
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Source: Bestiary 4, pg(s). 166-167

Kaiju[1] are semi-intelligent magical beasts of enormous size and among the largest creatures on Golarion.[2] They alternate between deep hibernation and awakening, the latter of which can be apocalyptic for entire civilisations, especially when the kaiju's attack is intentional.[3]

Appearance

Each kaiju is different, but all are massive, with bipedal kaiju standing between 100 and 200 feet in height and quadrupeds standing half as tall. Some are winged and capable of flight, others are aquatic and resemble colossal versions of sea creatures, and still others walk the earth or burrow beneath it.[2]

Abilities

While each kaiju has unique abilities, many share common traits, such as destructive breath. While capable of understanding language, they cannot speak.[2]

Ecology

The origins of kaiju are varied and often mysterious. Some are created by powerful beings, others incubate in blasted realms, and yet others are speculated to have been born alongside Golarion itself. Many are worshipped as gods or feared as bringers of destruction.[3]

Kaiju share a common tendency to lair in extreme climates, far from population centres. They sometimes live near one another, and can battle for territory for up to days at once. Such fights usually end when the loser surrenders, and rarely result in death; instead, defeated kaiju retreat to lick their wounds.[3]

Kaiju feed on energy, each in a different way and on a different form of energy, though they can hibernate indefinitely when deprived of it and do not starve. Individual smaller creatures do not disturb it, but settlements and nations unaware of slumbering kaiju sometimes expand into their territory and rouse them with their activity. Powerful weather events, magical rituals, and wars can awaken a hibernating kaiju and inspire a destructive rampage that can stretch across thousands of miles until the irritation's source is silenced.[2]

Some people, called kaiju callers, understand that a kaiju's motivation and weakness are often one and the same, and know how to exploit it to predict a kaiju's awakening, direct its movement, or even controlling the kaiju itself.[3]

On Golarion

Kaiju are known to roam the Valashmai Jungle of Tian Xia.[4][5][6]

References

  1. The plural and singular versions of kaiju are the same.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Dennis Baker et al. (2013). Bestiary 4, p. 166–167. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-575-4
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 David N. Ross et al. (2021). Ready? Fight!, p. 67. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-333-1
  4. James Jacobs, Dave Gross, Rob McCreary. (2011). Dragon Empires Gazetteer, p. 40. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-379-8
  5. Benjamin Bruck, Jason Bulmahn, Amanda Hamon, et al. (2013). Mythic Realms, p. 19. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-567-9
  6. Benjamin Bruck, Jason Bulmahn, Amanda Hamon, et al. (2013). Mythic Realms, p. 38. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-567-9
  7. Dennis Baker et al. (2013). Bestiary 4, p. 166. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-575-4
  8. 8.0 8.1 Benjamin Bruck, Jason Bulmahn, Amanda Hamon, et al. (2013). Mythic Realms, p. 45. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-567-9
  9. Benjamin Bruck, Jason Bulmahn, Amanda Hamon, et al. (2013). Mythic Realms, p. 46. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-567-9
  10. Dennis Baker et al. (2013). Bestiary 4, p. 168. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-575-4
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 11.8 Dennis Baker et al. (2013). Bestiary 4, p. 165. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-575-4
  12. David N. Ross et al. (2021). Ready? Fight!, p. 70. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-333-1
  13. Amber E. Scott and Mark Seifter. (2017). Aquatic Adventures, p. 40. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-944-8