Source: The Inner Sea World Guide, pg(s). 224
Few birds can be so wrapped up in superstition, especially in Ustalav, as the whippoorwill: a bird that has been associated with the Lady of Graves, Pharasma, herself. Some superstitions associated with the small, dark-eyed birds are:
- Pharasma's servants travel using whippoorwills
- The birds stay near dying people as they can eat spirits like a bird takes an insect
- Looking into their deep eyes causes death
- Killing a whippoorwill curses the killer to trail disease and sadness wherever they go, forever followed by the unsettling song of the birds.
The church of Pharasma sees the sight of a whippoorwill as a good omen from their goddess, while the sight of a dead whippoorwill is a sure sign of the goddess' displeasure. The bird is considered to be a guide for recently passed souls to take them safely to the Boneyard.
- Wikipedia:Whippoorwill (real-world animal)
- Adam Daigle and Patrick Renie. (2011). Bestiary. The Haunting of Harrowstone, p. Inside Back Cover. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-308-8
- Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 166. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
- James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 224. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2