Houses of Perfection

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Houses of Perfection
The Monastery of Unblinking Flame, one of Jalmeray's Houses of Perfection.

Source: Campaign Setting, pg(s). 84f.'

The greatest of Jalmeray's many monastic orders are known collectively as the Houses of Perfection or, sometimes, as the Schools of Perfection.1 They are known throughout the Inner Sea region for their teaching of the spiritual and mental arts from Vudra, especially when applied to fighting. Individually they are known as the Monastery of Untwisting Iron, the Monastery of Unfolding Wind and the Monastery of Unblinking Flame.23 In 4718 AR, a fourth House of Perfection, the Monastery of Unbreaking Waves, re-emerged from centuries of desolation after being destroyed by a tsunami.45

Sajan spars with a fellow monk in the Houses of Perfection.

All are welcome to attempt a series of seemingly impossible challenges in order to gain acceptance as a student of one of the Houses—race a jaathoom,6 wrestle a jabali,7 or outwit an ifrit8—and many come from all over the Inner Sea region and from Vudra to learn.3 Those who fail the challenges might still be accepted for training by one of the lesser monastic orders. Once every ten years the Houses compete with each other in the Challenge of Sky and Heaven. As of 4708 AR, the Monastery of Untwisting Iron has won the last two Challenges.2

The three Houses of Perfection are located on the eastern road out of Niswan.9


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  1. Dennis Baker, et al. “Combat of the Inner Sea” in Inner Sea Combat, 3. Paizo Inc., 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 2: The Inner Sea” in Campaign Setting, 84–85. Paizo Inc., 2008
  3. 3.0 3.1 Alexander Augunas & David N. Ross. “Introduction” in Weapon Master's Handbook, 5. Paizo Inc., 2015
  4. Kate Baker. Beneath Unbroken Waves, 3. Paizo Inc., 2018
  5. Erik Mona, et al. Impossible Lands” in World Guide, 78. Paizo Inc., 2019
  6. Paizo referred to jaathooms as djinn until the publication of Rage of Elements. See Rage of Elements pg. 3 and Pathfinder Core Preview pg. 2.
  7. Paizo referred to jabalis as shaitan until the publication of Rage of Elements. See Rage of Elements pg. 3 and Pathfinder Core Preview pg. 2.
  8. Paizo referred to ifrits as efreet and naaris as ifrits until the publication of Highhelm. See also Rage of Elements pg. 3 and Pathfinder Core Preview pgs. 2, 13, 18.
  9. Matthew Goodall. Cult of the Ebon Destroyers, 31. Paizo Inc., 2011