Arclords of Nex

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Arclords of Nex

Furtherance of the interests of archmage Nex
Source: The Inner Sea World Guide, pg(s). 131
See also: Arclord of Nex

The Arclords of Nex are one of the factions that have been fighting for control of the nation of Nex since the disappearance of the archmage Nex in 576 AR. They consider that the current unofficial peace with the neighbouring nation of Geb would displease the archmage.1


The Arclords claim to be descended from Nex's household servants and seek to further what they think are Nex's wishes in the modern world. They identify his opinions based on their interpretation of the various diaries, notes, and scrolls that Nex left behind—although some of these works are of dubious authenticity.2 Over the course of four millennia since Nex's departure from Golarion, the power and reach of the Arclords have expanded, encompassing not only the Inner Sea region but also extending beyond its borders. They exert their influence within the Council of Three and Nine that rules Nex, shaping its politics and decisions. Additionally, the Arclords play a vital role in guiding the next generation of spellcasters within the Arcanamirium of Absalom. Their presence as loyal advisors is felt in courts ranging from Oppara to Azir, providing counsel on a wide range of matters such as Molthune's defense against the Whispering Tyrant and the most strategic sea routes for the opportunistic Shackles pirates.1

One of their more esoteric abilities (since copied by others in Nex) is the power to open a third eye on the forehead, granting increased perception of the magical world.3


Hoping to spread their influence beyond Next, the Arclords founded the prestigious school of magic, the Arcanamirium, in Absalom.4 At one time, several centuries after the archmage's disappearance, the Arclords managed to gain control of the country, reinitializing hostilities with Geb while hoarding any scrap of information regarding their lost master.5 This did not end well for the Arclords, and they fell from grace and were eventually exiled, settling on the isle of Jalmeray. They were driven out of Jalmeray by rajas of Vudra in 2822 AR.6 Angered by their humiliation, the remaining Arclords unleashed the Conjured Siege on Absalom in 2850 AR. Using charmed, summoned, and construct forces, the Arclords besieged the city, but were eventually driven off.7


The current leader of the Arclords of Nex is the archmage Agrellus Kisk, who has a senior position on Nex's ruling Council of Three and Nine.8

Other members:


The symbol used by the Arclords of Nex is that of an eye within a triangle.10

Favored familiars

The Arclords, and their affiliates at the Arcanamirium in Absalom, prefer exotic and clever familiars, such as archaeopteryxes, homunculi, rhamphorhynchuses, tuataras.11


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  3. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 108–109. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  4. Owen K.C. Stephens. (2008). Guide to Absalom, p. 45. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-141-1
  5. Benjamin Bruck, Jason Bulmahn, Matt Goodall, and Jason Nelson. (2012). Paths of Prestige, p. 6. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-451-1
  6. James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 86–87. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  7. Owen K.C. Stephens. (2008). Guide to Absalom, p. 55. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-141-1
  8. James Jacobs et al. (2011). "The Inner Sea". The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 131. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  9. Kate Baker et al. (2020). "Pathfinder Society Lodges". Pathfinder Society Guide, p. 94. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-278-5
  10. Tim Pratt. (2015). Liar's Island, p. 38. Tor Books. ISBN 978-0-7653-7452-3
  11. Will McCardell et al. (2015). Familiar Folio, p. 5. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-731-4