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Type Outsider
(air, kami, native)
CR 17
Environment Temperate skies, hills, and mountains

Source: Forest of Spirits, pg(s). 86

Kaminaris, or thunder kami,[1] are a type of kami who watch over storm clouds and the balance of weather.[2]


Kaminaris have vibrant skin and features; the specific hues vary from kaminari to kaminari. More monstrous-looking and boisterous than most kami, kaminaris are often mistaken for oni upon first glance. A kaminari stands roughly 25 feet tall and weighs about ten tons. Kaminaris surround themselves with booming noises and are rarely seen without their favourite musical instrument, most often a percussion one.[2]


Kaminaris care little for most mortals, primarily concerning themselves with the maintenance and protection of their wards. A kaminari commands powers of lightning and thunder, but only has a limited ability to control the movement of its ward, and is often merely a passenger upon storm clouds. A storm with a kaminari is more permanent than most weather patterns, and could exist for a potentially infinite amount of time if neither it nor the kaminari is corrupted or destroyed.[2]

Kaminaris despise magical weather manipulation, and attempts to disrupt their wards often result in their unabashed wrath. Though not evil, kaminaris are more short-tempered, destructive, and less tolerant of nuisances compared to other kami, and are quick to exterminate anything deemed a threat to the natural balance of weather, whether that threat be an evil spellcaster seeking to destroy a city or a benevolent wizard summoning rain to end a long drought.[2]


Due to their habitat, kaminaris are isolated, reclusive, and never actively interfere with mortals except when required by the Laws of Golden Perfection. Once a kaminari has fulfilled its required duty, it is only too happy to leave.[2]

Kaminaris are devoted to music; the intensity of a kaminari's storm usually corresponds to the aggression with which it plays its instrument. Kaminaris are often among the best players of their instruments, rivalling the most talented bards. They have a great affection for bards who practise an instrument, and will occasionally interrupt their guardianship to accompany a fellow virtuoso.[2]

A kaminari's choice of instrument is usually a fair indicator of its temperament as well as its kind of ward: those who play keyboards are usually found amid storms that wander deserts; players of string instruments live in oceanic hurricanes; and kaminaris who use wind instruments occupy blizzards.[2]


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  1. Mike Shel. (2011). Ecology of the Kami. Forest of Spirits, p. 66. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-380-4
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Patrick Renie, Steve Russell, and Mike Welham. (2011). Bestiary. Forest of Spirits, p. 86–87. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-380-4