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Hao Jin
Hao Jin.

The Ruby Phoenix
Axis (originally Goka, Tian Xia)
Early 41st century AR; frequently resurrected
Source: Tapestry's Trial, pg(s). 8 (1E)
Legends, pg(s). 46–49 (2E)

Hao Jin is a powerful sorceress who lives in the city of Goka, on the continent of Tian Xia. She is also known as the Ruby Phoenix for her bright red hair that grows an ever-brighter shade of red whenever she arises from the dead by resurrection magic.1



Hao Jin was born in 4042 AR in Goka to an Abadaran priestess and a painter who emphasised the importance of order and creativity in her life. She loved exploring the Empress Yin Museum, home to countless relics from Yixing, whose stewards were fond of her but often told her to be more careful around the exhibits. Her recklessness eventually burnt the museum, killing Hao Jin and destroying countless exhibits. Her parents had her resurrected at great expense, the side-effects of which changed her hair from black to bright red and ignited her talent as a sorcerer.23


Hao Jin's resurrection, and the irrevocable damage she did to the museum, changed her. As her powers developed, Hao Jin sought to recreate her deity Abadar's collection of magic items, wealth, and treasure in a mortal version of the First Vault4 in order to preserve cultures at risk of destruction.3

After living for several centuries, in part thanks to her frequent use of resurrection magic,5 Hao Jin succeeded in accumulating an impressive collection but eventually realized that her hoard was only safe while she lived. In response, Hao Jin strove for immortality, driven by her desire to acquire the greatest collection of magical wonders from across Golarion, but such power consistently eluded her. Fearing her collection would be stolen, broken up, or simply lost to history, she made plans for her eventual permanent demise.267

The crown jewel of Hao Jin's collection was the Hao Jin Tapestry, a personal demiplane that she created to house entire communities and geographical features and safeguard her most dangerous treasures.8

Ruby Phoenix Tournament

Among her many contracts and pacts, Hao Jin made an arrangement with the Temple of Abadar in Goka. If she did not return to the temple after a decade and a day, then she would be declared dead and a competition of martial skills would be held every decade after that date. Under supervision from the clergy of Abadar, the greatest combatants of the age would compete for the fame and glory of emerging the ultimate warrior. The victor would then choose a single item as a final prize from Hao Jin's collection. These games would be called the Ruby Phoenix Tournament.9

Content with her creation, Hao Jin departed Golarion for good and moved to Axis.2 By 4391 AR, Hao Jin had not returned to the temple of Abadar for ten years. In accordance with her agreement, the priests of Abadar enacted her contract and made plans to create the first Ruby Phoenix Tournament. It would be held in a decade's time, in 4401 AR.9

Recent events

Hao Jin is an expert in the elements.10



Hao Jin had a close relationship with the axiomite Syndara the Sculptor who taught her how to craft demiplanes.11 When her talent surpassed his, he grew jealous and began to create evil demiplanes. Upon learning that Syndara was creating such a demiplane for Sok Jyun-son, a vicious despot in Tian Xia, she was horrified that Syndara would aid the cruelty of a man so close to her homeland and she attempted to absorb the demiplane, the Glass Lighthouse, into the Hao Jin Tapestry. Syndara and Hao Jin fought for days across numerous demiplanes with Hao Jin emerging as the victor. She sealed Syndara in the Glass Lighthouse and placed it inside her tapestry.12

When Hao Jin voluntarily relinquished her memories of creating the Hao Jin Tapestry to Axis, she also lost most of her memories of her former master, recalling only that she had worked with him in the past.13

Empress Nai Yan Fei

Hao Jin has formed a partnership with Empress Nai Yan Fei since her return to Goka and has consulted her on Gokan matters.14


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  1. Alexander Augunas. Hao Jin” in Legends, 46–48. Paizo Inc., 2020
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Alex Greenshields. Tapestry's Trial, 3. Paizo Inc., 2019
  3. 3.0 3.1 Alexander Augunas. Hao Jin” in Legends, 46. Paizo Inc., 2020
  4. Tom Phillips. The Fabric of Reality, 3. Paizo Inc., 2013
  5. James Case. “King of the Mountain” in King of the Mountain, 4. Paizo Inc., 2021
  6. Tim Hitchcock. Blood Under Absalom, 3. Paizo Inc., 2011
  7. John Compton & Mark Moreland. Pathfinder Society Primer, inside back cover. Paizo Inc., 2013
  8. Robert Brookes, et al. “Chapter 3: The Great Beyond” in Planar Adventures, 215. Paizo Inc., 2018
  9. 9.0 9.1 Tim Hitchcock. The Ruby Phoenix Tournament, 3. Paizo Inc., 2012
  10. John Compton, et al. “Unveiling the Elemental Planes” in Planes of Power, 2. Paizo Inc., 2016
  11. James Case. “King of the Mountain” in King of the Mountain, 4–5. Paizo Inc., 2021
  12. James Case, et al. “Adventure Toolbox” in King of the Mountain, 88. Paizo Inc., 2021
  13. James Case. “King of the Mountain” in King of the Mountain, 5. Paizo Inc., 2021
  14. Luis Loza. “Despair on Danger Island” in Despair on Danger Island, 58. Paizo Inc., 2021