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The continent of Sarusan, with the Valashmai Sea separating it from Tian Xia to its north.

The least-understood of Golarion's continents (and also its smallest), Sarusan is located in a trackless sea south of Tian Xia's Valashmai peninsula. Far from the trade winds, all available information on Sarusan comes from ancient accounts, because no modern expedition has successfully returned after journeying there. According to these stories, Sarusan is completely alien from the modern world. It is said to be a diverse land, containing dense jungles, expansive plains, and harsh deserts.[1][2][3]


According to legend, Sarusan and Tian Xia once formed a gigantic supercontinent, connected by a great land bridge. Long before the first Tian nations rose, the empire of Taumata was said to stretch from southern Tian Xia to Sarusan itself, but due to their hubris, the gods destroyed Taumata's people and the land they lived on. The archipelago of Minata is said to be the remnants of this land bridge.[4][5] Uncannily smooth obelisks on Sarusan hint at the ancient serpentfolk empire having a foothold on the continent as well.[6]


Some believe that the Taumata, the black-skinned humans of the reed boat culture of Minata are descended from humans who once called Sarusan home. Unfortunately, all of this information comes secondhand, from an earlier age.[1][5]


Enormous mammals inhabit the continent, some of which have gone extinct elsewhere in Golarion and some of which are utterly unknown.[1] Sarusan's fauna includes many marsupials (mammals who carry their young in pouches) such as the thylacine.[7]

Supernatural dangers

Contributing to Sarusan's dread reputation, those who venture near the continent mysteriously forget the details of the place shortly after departing.[8]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 207. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  2. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 157. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  3. Saif Ansari, Alexander Augunas, Mara Lynn Butler, Michelle Jones, Avi Kool, and Alex Riggs. (2019). Heroes of Golarion, p. 3. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-120-7
  4. James Jacobs, Dave Gross, Rob McCreary. (2011). Dragon Empires Gazetteer, p. 31. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-379-8
  5. 5.0 5.1 James Jacobs, Dave Gross, Rob McCreary. (2011). Dragon Empires Gazetteer, p. 46. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-379-8
  6. Clinton Boomer. (2010). Ecology of the Serpentfolk. Souls for Smuggler's Shiv, p. 65. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-254-8
  7. Tim Hitchcock et al. (2010). Stolen Land, p. 86–87. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-229-6
  8. Erik Mona. (Jan 27, 2011). "Re: The Padishah Empire", Paizo Messageboard.