Idols are not always intentionally created. Some spontaneously gain sentience and a spark of deific power after being the focus of prayer or divine requests over long periods of time, while others come alive during magical events or are crafted through rituals by spellcasters.
The more worshippers an idol has, the more powerful it becomes, and its power degrades if it fails to receive sufficient monthly sacrifices. Sacrifices can take many forms depending on the idol's nature and can include money, food, blood, and other magic items. An idol's power can grow more rapidly if sacrifices occur on holy days specific to each idol, and some of an idol's powers can manifest only on these dates.
All idols can see, hear, read, and communicate urges and emotions empathically. Powerful idols can speak languages or use telepathy, and certain idols can also move (either as an animated object, through unnatural flight, or by teleportation), supernaturally influence others, cast spells, grant spells to worshippers, extend their worshippers' lifespans, or share their abilities with others. Many of an idol's powers are limited to their proximity, though this range can grow alongside their power and influence.
Many idols can be damaged but cannot be permanently destroyed via mundane means. Each idol instead has a very specific, and often difficult, method through which it can be fully destroyed.
Known idols and types of idol
- The Earthbound Reliquary, followed by a Sarenite cult
- The Effigy of the Raven-Mother, a corrupted fertility idol in the Ironbound Archipelago
- Various animate fetishes and minor idols, such as bone, jade, stone, and wood idols
- David Eitelbach, F. Wesley Schneider, and Hank Woon. (2009). Bestiary. What Lies in Dust, p. 82–85. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-197-8
- Robert Brookes, Thurston Hillman, Brandon Hodge, Thomas M. Reid, and Mark Seifter. (2015). Occult Realms, p. 60–62. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-794-9
- Robert Brookes, Thurston Hillman, Brandon Hodge, Thomas M. Reid, and Mark Seifter. (2015). Occult Realms, p. 63. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-794-9
- See the Discussion page for details.