The outward appearance of its buildings have changed greatly as of late. New construction has been built with unlikely and drastic angles, making it appear as if the builders are trying to free their work from the confines of geometry much like the members of the city freed themselves from the confines of the edicts of gods long ago. At the same time, newer buildings' exteriors have been coated in colorful paints while also having gargoyles added on the same buildings.2 These updated and colorful exteriors are simply a facade, however, as they hide shabby, poorly-constructed tenements crammed with climate refugees fleeing Rahadoum's increasing desertification.5
Most of the foodstuffs consumed by the capital city come from the island of Nuat, located 50 miles offshore. The island is also home to Rahadoum's navy, which protects the nation from attacks by the Shackles Pirates from the south.5
Azir was the first city to adopt the Laws of Mortality, the philosophy that mortals should not worship the gods. It did so in 2555 AR, after suffering under the chaos and destruction caused by the Oath Wars for over 60 years. As a result, Azir's militia burned down all the temples in the city and established the new secular nation of Rahadoum.6
Azir has a burgeoning economy fueled by profitable new trade contacts and local innovation.7 The Aspis Consortium, a transnational trade organization with interests throughout the Inner Sea region, seems to be aware of this, and has placed their regional headquarters in the city.8
Under the surface, battles are fought between the country's Pure Legion and many seditious cults attempting to overturn the godlessness of the country.7 Despite being known to foreigners as Port Godless, Azir often serves as neutral ground for representatives of various religious sects for meetings or negotiations. Strange paranormal activity sometimes results from invisible wars between celestials and fiends preferring to do battle where no local bias from mortal inhabitants will interfere.
- Pirate's Honor, 333. Paizo Inc., 2013 .
- “Chapter 2: The Inner Sea” in Campaign Setting, 122–123. Paizo Inc., 2008 .
- Inner Sea Poster Map Folio, 1. Paizo Inc., 2011 .
- The Inner Sea World Guide, 154. Paizo Inc., 2011 .
- “Golden Road” in World Guide, 56. Paizo Inc., 2019 .
- “Golden Road” in World Guide, 50. Paizo Inc., 2019 .
- Heroes of the Streets, inside front cover. Paizo Inc., 2015 .
- The Inner Sea World Guide, 263. Paizo Inc., 2011 .