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A mercane.
Type Outsider
CR 5
Environment Any land or underground
Images of mercanes

Source: Bestiary 2, pg(s). 188

Mercanes are a race of extraplanar merchants whose reach across planes is as broad as it is profitable.[1]


A mercane resembles a 10-foot-tall, blue-skinned humanoid with a many-eyed face and three-fingered hands. They weigh 500 pounds.[1]


Little is known about mercane origins; their home plane is a mystery, their sustenance and reproductive practices are the subject of rumors, and ever-changing stories tell of their participation in a planar war with details about their role depending on the storyteller.[1]


Mercanes are interested only in magic items, for which they bargain aggressively but fairly, and are willing to hire adventurers in order to acquire specific items. They honor contracts as if they were hallowed documents.[1]

A mercane might choose to follow mercenaries capable of keeping them well paid in whatever currency they prefer.[2] Mercanes are especially interested in the planar alchemical catalyst on the Plane of Earth for its value on other planes.[3]


Each possesses an extradimensional chest of the mercane that allows them to buy and sell magic items regardless of the locale.[4] To protect their wares, many mercanes maintain an entourage of bodyguards and carry large masterwork falchions.[1]

On Golarion

Mercanes occasionally wander as merchants on the Material Plane, including on Golarion.[5][6]

In the Great Beyond

Half a million mercanes live in Aktun, capital of Axis.[7] Mercanes arrived mysteriously in Axis aeons ago to set up trade routes to an unknown—and perhaps lost—planar location.[8]

Mercanes are among the smallest minority groups in Shadow Absalom.[9] A small population of about 500 mercanes lives in Yulgamot, the planetoid metropolis of the Astral Plane.[10][11] Mercanes also join other travelers in Heaven's Shore on the edge of Heaven,[12][13] roam the cities of Hell,[14][15] and set up shop in Alushinyrra[16]—wherever goods can be hawked across the planes, mercanes are likely there.

Known mercanes


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Wolfgang Baur et al. (2010). Bestiary 2 (First Edition), p. 188. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-268-5
  2. Brian Duckwitz, Philip Minchin, and Jason Nelson. (2015). Cohorts and Companions, p. 29. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-734-5
  3. Tim Akers, Judy Bauer, Jim Groves, Chris Lites, Dale C. McCoy, Jr., and Cassidy Werner. (2014). Blood of the Elements, p. 21. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-654-6
  4. Judy Bauer et al. (2014). Lost Treasures, p. 12–13. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-703-1
  5. 5.0 5.1 Lissa Guillet and Amber E. Scott. (2017). Lands of Conflict, p. 17. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-927-1
  6. 6.0 6.1 James Jacobs. (2015). A Song of Silver. A Song of Silver, p. 43. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-795-6
  7. 7.0 7.1 Robert Brookes et al. (2018). Planar Adventures, p. 176. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-044-6
  8. Robert Brookes et al. (2018). Planar Adventures, p. 172–174. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-044-6
  9. Amber Stewart. (2009). The Great Beyond: A Guide to the Multiverse, p. 16. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-167-1
  10. 10.0 10.1 John Compton. (2018). Yulgamot. Distant Realms, p. 57. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-046-0
  11. 11.0 11.1 Robert Brookes et al. (2018). Planar Adventures, p. 153. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-044-6
  12. Lyz Liddell. (2018). Heaven's Shore. Distant Realms, p. 28. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-046-0
  13. Robert Brookes et al. (2018). Planar Adventures, p. 158. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-044-6
  14. F. Wesley Schneider. (2009). Princes of Darkness, p. 53. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-189-3
  15. John Compton, Adam Daigle, Amanda Hamon Kunz, et al. (2017). Book of the Damned, p. 234. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-970-7
  16. James Jacobs and Greg A. Vaughan. (2013). The Midnight Isles. The Midnight Isles, p. 24. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-585-3
  17. John Compton. (2018). Sayashto. The Reaper's Right Hand, p. 67. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-045-3
  18. F. Wesley Schneider and Jerome Virnich. (2015). Hell Unleashed, p. 36. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-757-4
  19. Matthew Goodall. (2013). The Frozen Stars. The Frozen Stars, p. 13. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-495-5
  20. Jason Keeley. (2016). Abducted in Aether, p. 8. Paizo Inc.
  21. Jesse Benner, Ryan Costello, Philip Minchin, Tork Shaw. (2012). Bestiary. Tempest Rising, p. 81. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-413-9