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The Black
Source: Broken Chains, pg(s). 16

Gnarlpaw the Black is a kholo1 cleric of Lamashtu in the city of Katapesh.2 As of 4713 AR he was one of only two kholo in the city with black fur.3

Gnarlpaw was associated with a band of slavers who use the qanat below Katapesh. However, he kept his service in a cult of Lamashtu a secret from them.2 As part of his worship, he led an evil, depraved service every four months. In this orgy a victim is eaten, bones and all. In 4709 AR he had recently abducted Ezler Palmatorian for a service.4

He had converted an abandoned monastery into a museum as cover for his real activities, which included well-made fake statuettes, fetishes, shrunken heads, and other such decorations. He was not concerned about them being recognized as fakes—this gave him the reputation as a greedy charlatan, which lessened attention on his crueler activities.5

The status of Gnarlpaw the Black since the abolition of slavery in Katapesh in 4722 AR is unknown.6


  1. Paizo referred to all kholo as gnolls until the publication of The Mwangi Expanse, and renamed all gnolls to kholo across Player Core, GM Core, and Monster Core. For details, see Meta:Kholo.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tim Hitchcock. “Part Three: The Slaver's Compound” in Broken Chains, 16. Paizo Inc., 2013
  3. Tim Hitchcock. “Part Three: The Slaver's Compound” in Broken Chains, 13. Paizo Inc., 2013
  4. Stephen S. Greer & Amber E. Scott. “Adventures in Katapesh” in Dark Markets, A Guide to Katapesh, 52. Paizo Inc., 2009
  5. Tim Hitchcock. “Part Three: The Slaver's Compound” in Broken Chains, 17. Paizo Inc., 2013
  6. Paizo made an intentional and publicly announced decision to cease publishing stories focused on slaves and slavery in 2021. The details referenced here were canon in past works, and their status may have not yet been resolved in a subsequently published canon work. For details, see Meta:Slavery.