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Demonic rune of Shax.

The Blood Marquis,
Demon Lord of Lies and Murder
Areas of Concern
Babaus, chokers, deros, drow, apathetic young nobles, evil nobles, psychopaths (such as insane surgeons and serial killers), torturers
Plot and commit murders, lie, torture
Sleep in a home with fewer than five rooms, allow a victim to escape due to gloating
Cleric Alignments (1E)
Domains (1E)
Chaos, Destruction, Evil, Nobility
Subdomains (1E)
Demon, Leadership, Martyr, Rage
Cleric Alignments (2E)
Domains (2E)
Ambition, death, pain, trickery
Favored Weapon
White bloody feather
Sacred Animal
Sacred Colors
Red, white
Source: Book of the Damned, pg(s). 88–89 (1E)
Gods & Magic, pg(s). 77, 126–127 (2E)
A common depiction of Shax.

(chaotic, demon, evil, extraplanar)
Source: Sword of Valor, pg(s). 84–85

The demon lord Shax (pronounced SHAX)1 revels in acts of sadistic torture, cruelty, and bloody murder.2


Unholy symbol

Shax's unholy symbol features a pool of blood with a curved white feather in it.3


Shax is said to dwell in the Abyssal realm of Charnelhome,4 which appears as a series of endless rooms each filled with horrific torture implements.5


Shax has a statuesque human torso and is always bedecked with knives, razors, and other bloody implements of torture. Shax's most abnormal feature is the dove's head that sits atop his muscular neck. Shax has the unnervingly dark emotionless eyes of a psychopath and has a blood-covered beak that he uses to eat the eyes of his still-living victims: a particularly favourite activity. Shax's legs are also bird-like, giving him a strange hybrid appearance.42

Cult and worshipers

Shax has no organised church thanks to the deranged nature of most of his worshipers: his cultists are generally lone, deranged killers or warmongers seeking luck and glory in their deeds.2 Some of these monstrous sadists are not insane loners, but the corrupted scions of decadent noble houses led through hedonism and cruelty to kidnap the poor and unfortunate and exact Shax's bloody will upon them.5 Notable cultists of Shax include the Marquis and Marquess Cosymnos, minor Taldan nobles. 6

In addition to lone, surface-dwelling psychopaths, Shax is also worshiped by the drow of House Vexidyre in the depths of the Darklands who serve as deadly controllers of Zirnakaynin's markets.7 He is also worshiped there by chokers and deros.8 The marilith Varmirhias, who dwells within Zirnakaynin, is known as the "Daughter of Shax", but it is not clear if she is actually related to the demon lord.9

Shax is worshiped by his creations, the babau demons, whom he still creates. Shax makes particularly powerful ones by flaying still living victims before the final Abyssal transformation.8 He is also venerated by some shadow demons,8 and is served on Golarion by a band of them that controls a tribe of Kellid barbarians in Frostmire's Sabertooth Vale in the Worldwound.10

Some mohrgs that revel in torturing still-living victims choose to worship Shax instead of Urgathoa.11


For additional as-yet unincorporated sources about this subject, see the Meta page.

  1. Erik Mona, et al. “Appendices” in Campaign Setting, 247. Paizo Inc., 2008
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 232. Paizo Inc., 2011
  3. James Jacobs, et al. “Bestiary” in Sword of Valor, 85. Paizo Inc., 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Amber Stewart. “The Outer Sphere” in The Great Beyond, A Guide to the Multiverse, 29. Paizo Inc., 2009
  5. 5.0 5.1 James Jacobs. Demon Lords of Golarion” in Descent into Midnight, 62. Paizo Inc., 2009
  6. Mikhail Rekun. “Ghosts of the Inner Sea” in Eyes of Empty Death, 68. Paizo Inc., 2021
  7. F. Wesley Schneider. Zirnakaynin” in Endless Night, 51. Paizo Inc., 2008
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 James Jacobs. “Lords of the Abyss” in Lords of Chaos, Book of the Damned Volume 2, 24. Paizo Inc., 2010
  9. James Jacobs & Greg A. Vaughan. Sekamina” in Into the Darklands, 43. Paizo Inc., 2008
  10. James Jacobs, et al. “Chapter One: Worldwound Gazetteer” in The Worldwound, 6. Paizo Inc., 2013
  11. Eric Cagle, et al. Mohrg” in Undead Revisited, 32. Paizo Inc., 2011

External links

  • Shax (real-world demon) on Wikipedia