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Tiefling
A tiefling.
(Creature)
Type Outsider
(native)
CR by class level
Environment Any land
Alignment
Images of tieflings

Source: Bestiary, pg(s). 264

Tieflings are planetouched creatures native to Golarion who are mostly human, yet with the blood of demons, devils, or other evil outsiders in their veins. Also known colloquially (and somewhat pejoratively) as 'hellspawn' or 'devilblooded', they are often distrusted and feared for this evil lineage.[1] Even in infernal Cheliax where some tieflings serve as middlemen between the people and the denizens of Hell, they are second-class citizens at best.[2]

Appearance

Radovan Virholt, a tiefling.

Tieflings vary greatly in individual appearance from one another, depending not only on the ethnicity of the human parent but also the type of the fiendish parent. They can have horns, greatly varying skin colors, hooves for feet, tails, unusual eyes, and so on. These variances mean that two tieflings born from two different fiends might have vast differences in appearance.[citation needed]

Origins

Though tieflings have the blood of fiendish beings, their ancestry is at least one step removed from the original introduction of that blood; the child of a union of a mortal with a fiendish being is a half-fiend, not a tiefling. Tieflings might, but not necessarily, then be born from the union of the half-fiend with another mortal being. The possibility of a tiefling birth continues to many generations after that union, even when two mortals have children, so long as one of the mortals is a direct descendant of the half-fiend.[3] Half-fiend creatures can be of many types, but it is found that tieflings are only possibly born from humanoids.[4]

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Heritages

Though for most tieflings, the source of their fiendish blood is unknown, there are some who can trace their tainted blood back to a specific type of fiend and their very personalities may be warped in a way echoing this ancestry. These tiefling heritages are as follows:[5]

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