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Iblydos
The Iblydan city of Aelyosos.
(Nation)
Demonym Iblydan[1]
Adjective Iblydan[1]
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Source: Campaign Setting, pg(s). 153

Iblydos is an island nation in an archipelago off the coast of Casmaron in the Obari Ocean.[2][3][4] It is said to be among the oldest known human civilizations in Casmaron.[5]

History

Very little is known of this ancient land, although it is often grouped with other ancient empires of that continent, such as Kaskkari and Ninshabur, even though it is unclear whether they were located in the same general region.[2] Those few histories which mention a connection with those lost empires indicate that Iblydos had longstanding contact with the cyclops nations of that continent, whom they labeled the "Koloran".[5] Some citizens of Iblydos even went as far as to join mystery cults that worshiped cyclopes.[6]

Influence of Ghol-Gan

The people of Iblydos owe their existence to the cyclopes that emigrated from Ghol-Gan during that doomed empire's decline, and though the giants have dwindled in number since, they and humans continue to co-exist on the archipelago. The greatest mortals earn the rite of myth-speaking, in which the cyclopes foresee how that hero might attain mythic power through great deeds. Many of these so-called hero-gods have since ruled one of Iblydos's city-states, granting spells to followers and heralding in a new age of prosperity or tyranny. Since the deaths of Aroden and prophecy itself, the tradition has failed with troubling frequency. Now the last hero-gods age and dwindle, and a new generation of heroes must arise to combat the greatest threat to the islands: the thalassic behemoth Ousmariku.[7]

Geography

Vast mazes exist beneath Iblydos. It was within these catacombs that the minotaur race first emerged.[8]


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Settlements

Economy

A sea trade route called the Obari Crossing, which has its western terminus in Katapesh, passes through Iblydos on its way to distant eastern Kelesh and Vudra.[10] The Iblydan traders who have mastered this dangerous route are among the Inner Sea's most celebrated merchants, bearing exotic goods and secrets to wealthy buyers across Golarion.[1]

Religion

Iblydos is the birthplace of the mortal who would someday become the demon lord Baphomet, and his faith retains a strong following here.[11]

Creatures and races

Iblydos is known as the birthplace of many infamous monsters, including the medusa,[12] hydra,[13] harpy,[14] and chimera.[15] The mystical race of sphinxes have almost as long a history in Iblydos as they do in Osirion.[16] The race of half-men known as centaurs are said to originate in Iblydos as well.[17]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Judy Bauer et al. (2014). Lost Treasures, p. 28. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-703-1
  2. 2.0 2.1 Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 153. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  3. James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 204. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  4. Erik Mona. (Jan 21, 2011). "Re: The Padishah Empire", Paizo messageboards.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Steven Schend. (2010). Iobaria Gazetteer. The Varnhold Vanishing, p. 55. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-234-0
  6. Colin McComb, F. Wesley Schneider, and Neil Spicer. (2010). Bestiary. The Varnhold Vanishing, p. 85. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-234-0
  7. F. Wesley Schneider. (8 October 2015). See the World, Visit Distant Shores, Paizo Blog.
  8. Amanda Hamon, James Jacobs, Ron Lundeen, and Jason Nelson. (2013). Bestiary. Herald of the Ivory Labyrinth, p. 91. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-586-0
  9. 9.0 9.1 John Compton. (2015). Aelyosos, City of Tides. Distant Shores, p. 4. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-787-1
  10. James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 252. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  11. Sean K. Reynolds. (2013). Baphomet. Herald of the Ivory Labyrinth, p. 72. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-586-0
  12. Jonathan Keith, Jason Nelson, and Anthony Pryor. (2012). Mythical Monsters Revisited, p. 44. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-384-2
  13. Jonathan Keith, Jason Nelson, and Anthony Pryor. (2012). Mythical Monsters Revisited, p. 31. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-384-2
  14. Jonathan Keith, Jason Nelson, and Anthony Pryor. (2012). Mythical Monsters Revisited, p. 26. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-384-2
  15. Jonathan Keith, Jason Nelson, and Anthony Pryor. (2012). Mythical Monsters Revisited, p. 8. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-384-2
  16. Jonathan Keith, Jason Nelson, and Anthony Pryor. (2012). Mythical Monsters Revisited, p. 56. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-384-2
  17. James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 304. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2