Black Butterfly

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Black Butterfly

The Silence Between
Desna's Shadow
Areas of Concern
deaf, mute, parted lovers, those vowed to isolation, those vowed to silence, explorers
Study the stars, notice moments of silence, perform anonymous acts of kindness
Disrupt another's meditation, interrupt tranquil moments, play noisy or discordant music
Cleric Alignments (1E)
Domains (1E)
Chaos, Good, Liberation, Void
Subdomains (1E)
Azata, Freedom, Revolution, Stars
Cleric Alignments (2E)
Domains (2E)
Freedom, secrecy, star, void
Favored Weapon
Black butterfly with star
Sacred Animal
Sacred Colors
Black, silver
Source: Chronicle of the Righteous, pg(s). 9 (1E)
Gods & Magic, pg(s). 83, 128–129 (2E)
Black Butterfly

(azata, chaotic, extraplanar, good)
Any (Elysium)
Source: Bestiary 6, pg(s). 112–113

Black Butterfly is a powerful azata empyreal lord. She never acts rashly and believes in the wisdom of the cosmos to guide her. She teaches that in the silence between breaths and thoughts, one's true nature can be seen.12


According to legend, the Black Butterfly was conjured by Desna accidentally: as Desna placed the stars in the sky she made a pattern that, upon completion, manifested itself as the Black Butterfly.1


The Black Butterfly hides in the dark spaces of the Stair of Stars, which leads to Cynosure, Desna's palace. Her realm is a quiet void, with breathable air for all creatures and pockets of solid shadows for those that want their feet grounded. It is very difficult to find and not even scholars can agree on its exact location, though desperate travellers sometimes make their way there and enjoy momentary succour.12

The Black Butterfly keeps a secondary, small realm within Cynosure itself, where her shades live.3


The Silence Between looks like the silhouette of a woman that also has white hair and eyes. Her wings contain images of planets, stars, and galaxies. One of these stars is actually Voidsedge, the Black Butterfly's starknife, which she can call to her hand at any time.1


The Black Butterfly despises all sorts of evil and views the Dark Tapestry as its worst form. Few can match her knowledge about the Dark Tapestry, but she refuses to share this knowledge, as she thinks that doing so will help her foes.12


The Black Butterfly's followers are those who live lives of silence, like the deaf and the mute, and explorers venturing into uncharted territory. The Black Butterfly is typically worshiped in monasteries atop mountain peaks, in underground spaces, and on asteroids. On holy days, her devotees eschew loud spectacles. Creatures she favors include celestial gloomwings, star monarchs, and yamahs.12

Her most obedient followers perform an anonymous charitable act each day, in order to foster the perception that good things sometimes happen to one just because one deserves it. If the beneficiary is seen or spoken to, the follower must spend an hour blindfolded while praying, then tithe to a temple of the Black Butterfly or other good deity.12

Black Butterfly is one of the deities and empyreal lords, along with Pulura and Desna, who are worshipped by Usena azarketis. Usenas live in cold waters of the Steaming Sea and emerge from their homes beneath the sea ice every night to gaze at the stars and share stories and songs.4

Holy symbol

Black Butterfly's holy symbol is a black butterfly with a star on its thorax.1


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Amber E. Scott. “Lords of the Empyrean” in Chronicle of the Righteous, 9. Paizo Inc., 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A to Z” in Bestiary 6, 113. Paizo Inc., 2017
  3. Robert Brookes, et al. “Chapter 3: The Great Beyond” in Planar Adventures, 210. Paizo Inc., 2018
  4. Jessica Catalan. Azarketi” in Ancestry Guide, 13. Paizo Inc., 2021