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Type Outsider
CR 9
Environment Any (Positive Energy Plane)
Adjective Jyoti

Source: Bestiary 2, pg(s). 171

The jyoti[1] are a race of winged, bird-like creatures native to the Positive Energy Plane. Though some assume that because they reside in a place that is the source of all the life energy in the Great Beyond, that they would be good. The truth is that are quite xenophobic, and generally attack any visitors to their home, especially those who serve a deity.[2]


Jyoti appear as radiant glowing humanoid birds.[3]


Jyoti spontaneously form from the Positive Energy Plane's raw essence; they neither reproduce nor age.[3]


Jyoti dwell in living cities made of towering, radiant crystals. They are xenophobic and defend their cities from all invaders, especially those that serve the gods or come from different planes. Jyoti claim that they were appointed to be protectors of their plane and cultivators of unborn souls; who actually appointed them is unknown (some scholars equate this with the Logos, if the 'appointment' actually happened in the first place), and their activities keep the River of Souls constantly flowing. They sometimes agree to hold dangerous artifacts for visitors, but those with religious significance usually end up destroyed by the jyoti, and are never returned to their owners, due to the jyoti's distrust of the divine.[3][4]

Jyoti have a strange relationship with turuls, another race of avian outsiders native to the Positive Energy Plane. Some believe the two races to be different incarnations of the same genesis, with others going a step further to suggest turuls represent a higher form of reincarnation than jyoti. Neither turuls nor jyoti speak of the matter, and both hypotheses are just that. A single turul might rarely dwell at the centre of a jyoti city, serving as a protector and advisor even though jyoti pay little attention to them, and adopt the jyoti's attitudes towards outsiders and deities. These arrangements and attitudes are temporary, lasting at most a century, and might be the result of a bargain wherein a turul agrees to become part of a jyoti community, living by their rules for a period in return for something the turul covets.[3][5]

Manasaputras temper the instinctive xenophobia of jyoti, and both races respect each other, although jyoti do not actively seek out manasaputras to interact with. Jyoti despise the danavas that came to the Positive Energy Plane, seeing them as meddling by the gods in the jyoti's task; their presence in the Positive Energy Plane might have been the cause of the jyoti's hatred of the gods.[3]

Jyoti despise negative energy and everyone that tries to harness it. Their relationship with sceaduinars is complicated: while the sceaduinars are a taboo topic among jyoti, and hearing that very word can rouse their rage, jyoti also view their Negative Energy Plane counterparts with pity, and consider their destruction a mercy.[3][2]


The xenophobia of jyoti is manifested in the guard duty undertaken by members of their race within stars of the Material Plane. The majority of stars surround portals to the Positive Energy Plane, and groups of jyoti choose to stand guard over these portals, preventing access from the Material Plane to their home plane.[6]


  1. Jyoti is used for both singular and plural.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wolfgang Baur et al. (2010). Bestiary 2 (First Edition), p. 171. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-268-5
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Robert Brookes et al. (2018). Planar Adventures, p. 119. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-044-6
  4. Amber Stewart. (2009). The Great Beyond: A Guide to the Multiverse, p. 11. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-167-1
  5. Dennis Baker et al. (2015). Bestiary 5, p. 236–237. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-792-5
  6. Ethan Day-Jones, Jim Groves, Jonathan H. Keith, Andrew Romine, David N. Ross, and James L. Sutter. (2014). People of the Stars, p. 20. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-674-4