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Iomedae's holy symbol.

The Inheritor
Light of the Sword
Lady of Valor
Areas of Concern
Paladins, knights, warriors
Be temperate, fight for justice and honor, hold valor in your heart
Abandon a companion in need, dishonor yourself, refuse a challenge from an equal
Cleric Alignments (1E)
Domains (1E)
Glory, Good, Law, Sun, War
Subdomains (1E)
Archon, Day, Duels, Heroism, Honor, (Judgment), Light, (Redemption), (Revelation), Tactics
Cleric Alignments (2E)
Domains (2E)
Confidence, might, truth, zeal
Alternative: duty
Favored Weapon
Sword and sun
Sacred Animal
Sacred Colors
Red, white
Source: Inner Sea Gods, pg(s). 76–83 (1E)
Gods & Magic, pg(s). 28–29 (2E)
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Iomedae (pronounced ahy-OH-meh-day)1 is the goddess of righteous valor, justice, and honor. Having served as Aroden's herald, she inherited many of the Last Azlanti's followers upon his death, and continues to espouse the ideas of honor and righteousness in the defense of good and the battle against evil.2


Iomedae fights alongside the gold dragon Parnoneryx before her ascension.

As a mortal, Iomedae was a Chelaxian human born in Cheliax around 3800 AR.3 After joining the Shining Crusade in about 3816 AR, she ascended to lead the Knights of Ozem in the struggle against the forces of the Whispering Tyrant.3 Years of struggle brought about many great feats, including the creation of the artifact Heart's Edge in 3826 AR from the pieces of Iomedae's sword that had been broken by the Whispering Tyrant, an action immortalized as Iomedae's Sixth Act.3 Also in this time, in 3831 AR, Iomedae completed her Tenth Act after ruling Kantaria for a year and a day and battling faceless stalkers under the control of veiled masters.3

In the fall of 3832 AR,45 she became the most recent person to pass the Test of the Starstone and acquire a spark of divinity. Her actions caught the notice of Aroden, who chose her as his herald, replacing the slain Arazni. Iomedae served him in this capacity until Aroden's death in 4606 AR,6 after which she took over many of his followers and legacy, and became known as the Inheritor.7 Aroden was inspired by Iomedae's devotion, optimism, tenacity in the fight against evil and, especially, her goodness which was a foil to his own dark thoughts that grew as the millennia passed by.8


Iomedae views Abadar, Cayden Cailean, Erastil, Sarenrae, Shelyn, and Torag as allies. She harbours a grudge against Pharasma for keeping the truth behind Aroden's death a secret. There is also a slight rivalry between Iomedae and Irori and their respective followers. Irori's worshipers, believing that anyone can achieve divinity through rigorous discipline and self-improvement, consider achieving godhood via a magical artifact as cheating.7 With the exception of Asmodeus, Iomedae never associates or parleys with evil gods or fiends.2 She treats the Lord of Hell with extreme caution, and never in more than an advisory role.9


An artist's rendition of Iomedae.

Iomedae manifests as a valiant sword-mistress in full plate mail, wielding a longsword and a heraldic shield. Her shield casts a holy light, blinding evil beings, and her aura causes malevolent forces to tremble and falter.2


Unlike Aroden's realm on Axis, Iomedae's Realm is located on Proelera, Heaven's second tier. Even though she is a young deity, she has been judged of great importance to Heaven, a fact reflected in the expansiveness of her realm. It is a peaceful land of small keeps that somewhat resembles the previous realm of Aroden, and is a significant source of support for Heaven's archon armies.10


Iomedae makes her favor known by reshaping ordinary objects into sword-like shapes, the appearance of gold or white light around a person or object, or the magnet-like pull of a longsword or other long metal weapon in a particular direction. Her anger is displayed through flickering lights, the breaking of weapons against formerly yielding material, and the tarnishing and increased weight of gold or silver.7


Iomedae's divine servitor race are the angels known as iophanites. These flying, metal wheels resemble harbingers or lantern archons and aid the goddess and her forces in battle as messengers.11

Unique servants

Iomedae's servants include a number of former mortals who have been given divine power following death.2

Queen Galfrey is the former absolute monarch of the crusader-state of Mendev,12 and leader of the Mendevian Crusades.13 She abdicated her rule in 4718 AR at the end of the Fifth Mendevian Crusade and was chosen to be the new herald of Iomedae.14
Hand of the Inheritor
The former herald of Iomedae appeared as a golden-skinned angel who embraced honorable combat, the encouragement of just rulers, and the promotion of valorous deeds.15 He was captured and tortured by the demon lord Baphomet during the Fifth Mendevian Crusade. After the end of the war, Iomedae replaced him with the mortal Crusader Queen Galfrey of Mendev.161718
This servant of Iomedae manifests as a wheel of bright white metal illuminated by holy fire.2
Peace Through Vigilance
This servant is a young but cheerful and spirited celestial gold dragon.2
Saint Lymirin
This former priestess of Iomedae sometimes appears as an eagle-headed winged humanoid.2

Church of Iomedae

Iomedae ascends to divinity after passing the Test of the Starstone.

The Church of Iomedae is assertive and vigilant in rooting out evil. Many of its followers are actively involved in the Mendevian Crusades.19 In fact, the threat of the Worldwound gave the church a purpose—finish the task Aroden started years ago and finally defeat Deskari, the demon lord believed to be behind the opening of the portal to the Outer Rifts. The church founded the First Mendevian Crusade in 4622 AR as a way to lessen the loss of Aroden, becoming zealots.2021 Besides Mendev, Iomedae's faithful are also found in greater numbers in Absalom, Andoran, Cheliax, Galt, Lastwall, Molthune, Nirmathas, Numeria, and Vidrian,722 and among Chelaxians,23 Taldans,24 and halflings throughout the Inner Sea region.25

Having inherited many of Aroden's faithful, Iomedae and her priests continue to promote his teachings, although they tend to be more progressive in their thinking than he ever was, and feel themselves less inhibited by the events of history.7


Followers of Iomedae in Lastwall prepare to defend themselves.

Personal cleanliness as well as an honorable demeanor are both very important for her followers,2 who are known for their sense of justice, swordcraft, statesmanship, and their desire to bring "civilization" to those "without it". Adventurers who honor Iomedae sometimes wear a narrow white, red, yellow, or gold chasuble.7

Many halflings are treated unjustly on Golarion, or are kept as slaves. Nevertheless, some of these oppressed halflings believe in justice and often worship Iomedae,26 and most halfling paladins serve the Inheritor.27

Young knights who are inspired by classical, courtly tales tend to follow Iomedae. They can be counted on to remain idealistic, even in the face of great evil. Their honor and faith are strong enough to overcome the vices and sins of their enemies.28 Iomedae's paladins are also among the most prominent and well-represented in the Inner Sea region.29


The gear of an Iomedaean holy warrior.

Certain dedicated worshipers of Iomedae perform daily obediences in order to receive a divine blessing known as a boons from their god. Iomedae's obedience takes the form of a ritual in which the worshiper holds his primary weapon in front of him with the goddess' holy symbol attached. He then prays for guidance and protection from the Inheritor, while promising to follow her teachings. When performed correctly, the ceremony is said to instill preternatural skills in diplomacy and knowledge of all things pertaining to the noble classes.30


Her priests are composed of clerics and paladins, who perform an hour of prayer a day, in addition to a weekly public worship service.2 Their formal raiment includes a white cassock with gold or yellow trim and mitre, while on non-festival days they dress in similarly colored, if less ostentatious, clothing.7

Temples and shrines

The temples of Iomedae function as both a church and living space for her holy knights. Former temples of Aroden are frequently converted into honoring the Inheritor. Temples are often painted white and feature arched entrances, pillared courtyards, fountains, and statues.31

Holy texts

Her holy text is called the Acts of Iomedae,31 or more often just the The Acts, and recounts the 11 miracles she performed during her mortal life.7

Holy sites

One of Iomedae's best known and most important temples is the Seventh Church in Absalom, site of her seventh miracle (see Acts of Iomedae above).32


The 6th of Lamashan is Ascendance Day, commemorating the day Iomedae took the Test of the Starstone and achieved godhood.33 Inheritor's Ascendance is celebrated on the first of Arodus every year to mark the day when the goddess became the herald of Aroden.31 On the 19th of Rova is the Day of the Inheritor, which marks the entrance of Aroden's faithful into the church of Iomedae. Iomedae's Church has a number of other festivals including First Crusader Day on 6th Arodus, Armasse on 16th Arodus, and Remembrance Moon on the day of the full moon in Desnus.34

Favored animals

Gods are often associated with certain animals, either because they possess a quality favored by the god, or because the god's faithful feel a special kinship to them. Iomedae's favored animals include lions, eagles and other symbols of leadership, and migratory birds.35


The most famous of the military orders devoted to spreading Iomedae's word is the Knights of Ozem, in whose ranks Iomedae herself served when she was mortal.36

The Hellknight Order of the Godclaw worships an aspect of Iomedae, although they are not part of the church.37


For additional as-yet unincorporated sources about this subject, see the Meta page.

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