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Demonic rune of Shax.
Titles The Blood Marquis,
Demon Lord of Lies and Murder
Realm Charnelhome, the Abyss
Alignment Chaotic evil
Areas of Concern Envy
Worshipers Babaus, chokers, deros, drow, apathetic young nobles, evil nobles, psychopaths (such as insane surgeons and serial killers), torturers
Cleric Alignments (1E)
Domains (1E) Chaos, Destruction, Evil, Nobility
Subdomains (1E) Demon, Leadership, Martyr, Rage
Favored Weapon Dagger
Symbol White bloody feather
Sacred Animal Stork
Sacred Colors Red, white
Images of Shax
A common depiction of Shax.
Type Outsider
(chaotic, demon, evil, extraplanar)
CR 28
Environment Charnelhome, the Abyss
Alignment Chaotic evil

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.[6][2]

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. [7]

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.[8] He is also worshiped there by chokers and deros.[9] 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.[10]

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.[9] He is also venerated by some shadow demons,[9] 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.[11]

Some mohrgs that revel in torturing still-living victims choose to worship Shax instead of Urgathoa.[12]


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  1. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 247. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 232. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  3. James Jacobs, Jason Klimchok, Jason Nelson, and David Schwartz. (2013). Bestiary. Sword of Valor, p. 85. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-568-6
  4. Amber Stewart. (2009). The Great Beyond: A Guide to the Multiverse, p. 29. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-167-1
  5. 5.0 5.1 James Jacobs. (2009). Demon Lords of Golarion. Descent into Midnight, p. 62. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-131-2
  6. Amber Stewart. (2009). The Great Beyond: A Guide to the Multiverse, p. 29. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-167-1
  7. Stephen Radney-MacFarland et al. (2021). Eyes of Empty Death, p. 68. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-316-4
  8. F. Wesley Schneider. (2008). Zirnakaynin. Endless Night, p. 51. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-129-9
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 James Jacobs. (2010). Lords of Chaos, p. 24. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-250-0
  10. James Jacobs and Greg A. Vaughan. (2008). Into the Darklands, p. 43. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-140-4
  11. James Jacobs, Jonathan H. Keith, Jason Nelson, Amber Stewart, and Tanith Tyrr. (2013). The Worldwound, p. 6. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-532-7
  12. Amber Stewart, Brandon Hodge, and Steve Kenson. (2011). Undead Revisited, p. 32. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-303-3