(angel, extraplanar, good)
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Source: Bestiary, pg(s). 9
Angels are a group of altruistic celestials native to the planes of Nirvana, Heaven, and Elysium, and represent all the multiple interpretations of goodness. They include such noble beings as planetars, solars, and astral devas, and the majority serve one of the benign deities of the Great Beyond.
Angels are one of the oldest divine races as they were one of the first creations of the primordial deities of good. Most angels in modern times come from ascended good mortal souls rather than direct godly creation; sometimes these souls even retain aspects of their mortal forms. Regardless of their original form, all angels are beautiful; they have no fixed form as all angels are consummate shapeshifters.
Though most angels are impeccable bastions of goodness and honesty, those that serve trickster gods may lie and deceive to further a good cause. The term "angel" is sometimes used as a catch-all term for any sort of good outsider, especially one like the azatas, archons, or agathions, but for the purpose of this article, the term will only refer to the following species (which are listed in order of ascending power and importance):
- Cassisian: The least of the angels, these simple beings serve as messengers for other angels, or serve as moral guides to good mortals on Golarion.
- Kuribu: These small, statue-like angels protect holy and sacred places.
- Choral angel: Singers of unsurpassed talent, these angels serve as heralds of great events.
- Erelim: These angels are the mounted cavalry of the celestial armies.
- Iophanite: These messengers and divine servitors of the goddess Iomedae also serve her in battle.
- Balisse angel: These angels help mortals make good moral decision.
- Movanic deva: The infantry of good gods, these devas are commonly found on the Positive, Negative, and Material Planes.
- Monadic deva: These are the guardians of good on the Ethereal and Elemental planes.
- Astral deva: The gods' messengers, who also help protect good planar travelers.
- Planetar: These beings are the commanders of the celestial armies.
- Solar: The solars are the most powerful of the angelic races, outranked by only a god's herald among the non-divine servants of good.
Habitat and society
Unlike other forms of celestials, such as agathions and archons, which tend to stay on their home planes, angels have no trouble traveling wherever they feel they are needed. Many can be found watching over the River of Souls, or assaulting the forces of the Abyss whenever a portal to that fiendish realm opens. The greatest number of angels can be found living on the plane of Nirvana.
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