Lady Nanbyo

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Lady Nanbyo
Unholy symbol of Lady Nanbyo.

The Widow of Suffering
Areas of Concern
Revel in destruction, make natural disasters worse, allow natural disasters to take their due
Allow a natural disaster to completely destroy a community or leave a group with no survivors
Cleric Alignments (1E)
Domains (1E)
Chaos, Destruction, Evil, Fire, Plant
Subdomains (1E)
Ash, Catastrophe, Decay, Demon, Rage, Smoke
Cleric Alignments (2E)
Domains (2E)
Destruction, fire, plague, water
Favored Weapon
Flaming rift in the earth
Sacred Animal
Source: Dragon Empires Gazetteer, pg(s). 60f. (1E)
Lost Omens Gods & Magic, pg(s). 132
f. (2E)

Lady Nanbyo is the Tian Xia goddess of ill fate and calamity. She is often blamed for plagues, flash floods, tsunamis, and any other natural disaster that occurs.12


Known as the 'Widow of Calamities', Lady Nanbyo has two forms. First, she is able to appear as an extremely seductive woman. It is thought, however, that her true form is that of a ravenous, fire-spewing dragon that has a dozen legs.1


It is said that Lady Nanbyo has previously been married many times but each of these unions led to a sometimes tragic, sometimes terrible demise for each of her former husbands.1

Holy symbol and animal

Her unholy symbol is a crack in the earth with flames erupting from it. Her sacred animal is the carrion-eating crow.1

Church of Lady Nanbyo

Despite her role as a deity of calamity, many people still pray to Lady Nanbyo, normally for deliverance from the horrible events she unleashes upon the world. In addition to plagues, flash floods, and earthquakes, Lady Nanbyo is also often blamed for particularly devastating tsunamis and volcanic eruptions, even though these are normally more associated with Hei Feng and Yamatsumi, respectively. This is because Lady Nanbyo relishes adding her own special miseries to such events, revelling in the suffering that they cause.1

Cults dedicated to Lady Nanbyo are a particular problem in metropolitan Goka where they make the already free-wheeling city even more dangerous.3 She is also commonly worshipped amongst the flooded reaches of Wanshou, the desolate deserts of Shaguang, monster-haunted Shenmen, and the lawless isles of Minata.1


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 James Jacobs, et al. “Life in the Dragon Empires” in Dragon Empires Gazetteer, 60–61. Paizo Inc.,
  2. Luis Loza, Eleanor Ferron, and James Case. (October 20, 2023). Lost Omens Special Recap, Paizo blog post.
  3. James Jacobs, et al. “Regions of the Dragon Empires” in Dragon Empires Gazetteer, 24. Paizo Inc.,