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Although capable of spaceflight and protecting their riders from the vacuum, shantaks are intelligent enough to be untrainable as mounts. Someone who wants to ride one must convince or magically coerce it, but the shantak has a tendency to strand riders in dangerous places or withdraw its protection. Despite this ability, shantaks rarely actually seek out new worlds for fear of being lost in space.1
Shantaks have been spotted in the mountains of Golarion's colder climes but, because of their ability for interplanetary flight, they can also be found on the other planets of the solar system.12 Shantaks are known to dwell alongside the Denizens of Leng amongst the crumbling buildings of Menhu Leng, a ruined city with strong planar links to the Nightmare Realm of Leng.3
- Wolfgang Baur et al. (2010). Bestiary 2 (First Edition), p. 244. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-268-5
- James L. Sutter. (2012). Distant Worlds, p. 57. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-403-0
- James Jacobs, Dave Gross, Rob McCreary. (2011). Dragon Empires Gazetteer, p. 41. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-379-8