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The Guardian Fool
Areas of Concern
Households, luck, marriage, protection
Bards, professional performers, pregnant people, new parents, and servants
Aid childbirths, spread joy and celebration, protect sleeping creatures
Harm or neglect a child, separate families, use magic to corrupt dreams
Cleric Alignments (1E)
Domains (1E)
Community, Earth, Good, Luck, Protection
Subdomains (1E)
Agathion, Caves, Defense, Family, Home, Imagination
Cleric Alignments (2E)
Domains (2E)
Earth, family, luck, protection
Favored Weapon
Bearded dwarf face
Sacred Animal
Source: Empty Graves, pg(s). 67 (1E)
Lost Omens Gods & Magic, pg(s). 121 (2E)

Bes is a member of the pantheon often worshiped in Ancient Osirion, overseeing marriage, family, and the home. He is also invested in protecting sleepers from evil spirits.1


Followers of Bes are encouraged to protect sleepers, assist with childbirth, and spread joy, and discouraged from hurting children, breaking up families, or using magic to tamper with sleepers.2


Since the Age of Destiny, the people of Osirion have worshiped their own local gods, including Bes, in addition to those deities venerated more commonly throughout the Inner Sea region. Their worship was most popular during the early millennia and waned as the Osirian people gradually turned to foreign deities. During the Age of Enthronement, the Osirian gods, while continuing to guide Osirion from afar, retreated from Golarion and turned their attention towards the distant land of Kemet. When Osirion was under Keleshite rule, the foreign overlords sought to eradicate the faith of the indigenous gods, but they remain a part of the history of Osirion's land and people. Since the restoration of native Osirian rule in 4609 AR,3 interest in these ancient divinities has been rekindled.45


Bes is traditionally depicted as an unseemly, bearded dwarf with a large head and a stuck-out tongue, wearing a ostrich feather headdress and a lion pelt cloak. Bes is traditionally depicted facing forwards, as opposed to other members of the pantheon, who are traditionally depicted in profile.1


Unlike most of the Osirian pantheon, Bes is not related to any of the others, but is largely friendly with the rest of the pantheon. Bes keeps a wary eye on the likes of Apep and Set, should he need to protect people from them.1 Bes is close friends with Khepri, thanks to their shared role as tricksters.6


While many homes in Osirion have an icon of Bes in a place of reverence, Bes has little in the way of a formalized church, with only a handful of temples or priests. Numerous small shrines to Bes can be found in Osirion cities, especially in quarters dedicated to entertainment. Bes is commonly worshipped by bards, performers, and other professionals in the leisure industry for luck and protection. He also receives prayers from pregnant people and new parents.1

A family tree of the Osirian pantheon. Note Bes's absence.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Robert G. McCreary. “Gods of Ancient Osirion” in Empty Graves, 67. Paizo Inc., 2014
  2. Paizo Inc., et al. “Appendix” in Gods & Magic, 124–125. Paizo Inc., 2020
  3. Erik Mona, et al. Golden Road” in World Guide, 51. Paizo Inc., 2019
  4. Rob McCreary. (March 13, 2014). The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Osirion, Paizo Blog.
  5. Robert G. McCreary. “Gods of Ancient Osirion” in Empty Graves, 65. Paizo Inc., 2014
  6. Robert G. McCreary. “Gods of Ancient Osirion” in Empty Graves, 69. Paizo Inc., 2014

External links

  • Bes (real-world deity) on Wikipedia