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Dark folk
Dark Stalker
Type Humanoid
(dark folk)
CR varies
Environment Any underground
Images of dark folk

Source: Bestiary, pg(s). 53-4

Dark folk are descendants of Azlanti human survivors who fled into the Darklands following Earthfall. During the Age of Darkness they split into five morphologically distinct groups: the smaller and more numerous dark creepers, and their leaders, the dark stalkers.[1] A third subset, the dark slayers, are ranked between the two other sub-races, although they sometimes take on leadership positions over groups of dark creepers as well.[2] The role of the priest falls to a subset referred to as dark callers. The fifth and final subset is known as the dark dancers, which are only subservient to dark callers and dark stalkers.[3] Sometimes, from any of these groups, may be born individuals called caligni, who resemble the dark folk's ancient ancestors.[4]


Dark folk, although separated into three distinct species, share certain characteristics. All are dirty humanoid creatures (although the dark stalkers are a good bit taller than both dark creepers and dark slayers) most often wearing grey or black clothing little better than rags. They subsist on rotting meat and fungi, supplementing their diet by being able to absorb light in small amounts and somehow convert it into nutrition. Intense light causes them to become sickened, as it overwhelms their ability to absorb it. Upon death, this stored light is released in a single blinding flash.[1]


Dark folk are the descendants of the ancient Azlanti humans who fled underground to escape the ravages caused by the Starstone's impact. They found the Darklands to be a terrifying and dangerous place, and relied more and more on the power of magic to help in their survival, particularly the magic found in the borders between light and darkness. It was the influence of this magic that caused these lost humans to transform into the dark folk over the following millennia.[5]


Dark folk live primarily in the caverns of Nar-Voth,[1] including the city of Sverspume, famed for its slave market,[6] and the duergar metropolis of Hagegraf.[7] Although rarer in the deeper caverns of Sekamina, a small section of the svirfneblin city of Dwimovel is inhabited by dark folk,[8] while others dwell in the drow city of Zirnakaynin.[9] Even in the Vaults of Orv, the dark folk are not unknown, as they are known to inhabit the Land of Black Blood.[10] Nearer to the surface, a sizeable population is known to exist in the Shadow Caverns beneath Nidal's Uskwood,[11] in the abandoned dwarven Zolurket Mines in Katapesh's Barrier Wall mountains,[12] and below the island of Antler Rock in the Lands of the Linnorm Kings.[13]

Dark Folk in Tian Xia

Although less common than in the Inner Sea region, dark folk are also present on the caverns below the continent of Tian Xia, especially in the underground community known as Deepmarket below the sprawling metropolis of Goka.[14]

Habitat and society

They are not known for being religious, but some worship Norgorber or Sivanah. Those whose homes lie below the surface-world nation of Nidal might follow that nation's official deity, Zon-Kuthon.[15] All dark folk share a common language.[16]

For more information, see the individual articles on the dark stalker, dark creeper, dark slayer, dark caller, and dark dancer.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 James Jacobs and Greg A. Vaughan. (2008). Into the Darklands, p. 23-24. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-140-4
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  3. Paizo Staff. (2013). Bestiary 4, p. 43. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-575-4
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  12. Brandon Hodge. (2011). Zolurket Mines. Dungeons of Golarion, p. 57. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-304-0
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