Lao Shu Po

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Lao Shu Po
Unholy symbol of Lao Shu Po.

Old Rat Woman
Areas of Concern
Work quietly toward your goals in the shadows, steal what you need, keep an ear among the ignored and downtrodden
Work honestly for something you could steal instead, risk too much for another creature
Cleric Alignments (1E)
Domains (1E)
Animal, Darkness, Evil, Luck, Trickery
Subdomains (1E)
Curse, Daemon, Fur, Loss, Night, Thievery
Cleric Alignments (2E)
Domains (2E)
Darkness, luck, swarm, trickery
Favored Weapon
Emaciated rat
Sacred Animal
Source: Dragon Empires Gazetteer, pg(s). 61 (1E)
Lost Omens Gods & Magic, pg(s). 132
f. (2E)
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The Tian Xia goddess Lao Shu Po began her life as an ordinary rat, and stole her divinity by feasting off the corpse of the slain god Tsukiyo.1


Lao Shu Po commonly takes one of two forms, either that of an aged old hag or an enormous six-legged black rat.1

Holy symbol and animal

Her unholy symbol is an emaciated rat curled into a circle, and unsurprisingly, she considers the rat her sacred animal.1


Originally, according to legends, Lao Shu Po was merely a normal rat. This changed after the traitorous Fumeiyoshi slew his brother, the moon god Tsukiyo. The rat Lao Shu Po somehow found her way to the moon god's grave and feasted upon his divine flesh as he lay buried, absorbing some of his divine power. Tsukiyo was resurrected by the goddess Shizuru and, when they took vengeance on the vile Fumeiyoshi, Lao Shu Po was able to ascend to full blown godhood, usurping Fumeiyoshi's previous role as god of the night: she became goddess of the night, rats, and thieves.1


Lao Shu Po has long dwelt in Abaddon. She is content with the alleys and sewers of the Slave City of Awaiting-Consumption and has never felt the need to claim her own domain.2

Church of Lao Shu Po

Lao Shu Po's worship is common throughout the Darklands of Tian Xia and her cults frequently fester beneath the city of Goka. Surprisingly, she is worshipped in the tengu nation of Kwanlai. Her other centres of worship are less surprising: dark, monster-haunted lands like Shenmen, Wanshou, and the lawless Wandering Isles of Minata.1


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 James Jacobs, et al. “Life in the Dragon Empires” in Dragon Empires Gazetteer, 61. Paizo Inc., 2011
  2. Robert Brookes, et al. “Chapter 3: The Great Beyond” in Planar Adventures, 198. Paizo Inc., 2018