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Sky Citadel
Large city
22,565 dwarves; 1,023 humans; 207 halflings; 180 oreads; 25 other
Monarchy through regent council
Source: Siege of Stone, pg(s). 63
This article covers the dwarven settlement in the Mindspin Mountains. For the dwarven leader of the same name, see Kraggodan (dwarf).

The dwarven city-state of Kraggodan can be found in the southern Mindspin Mountains within the borders of the nation of Nirmathas on its western border with the nation of Oprak,12 just north of the ruined village of Graybanks3


Kraggodan is one of the famous Sky Citadels, strongholds built at the beginning of the Age of Darkness when the dwarves first emerged on Golarion's surface at the culmination of their Quest for Sky.45 Because of this, the city still has many entrances to the Darklands.5 It takes its name from a dwarven leader whose clan surfaced in -4944 AR.6 This ascent was accelerated by Kraggodan's discovery of the Onyx Key, a xiomorn artifact capable of rapid extradimensional travel. Kraggodan used the artifact to lead his clan to the surface, although he died defending his people from orc hordes.7 The Sky Citadel named in his honor was completed in -4901 AR.6 Before its founding, its people allied with local human Kellid clans against the surfacing orcs.8

The citadel's dwarves began to experiment with the Onyx Key in hopes of understanding its powerful magic, but instead opened a path to the Vault of the Onyx Citadel, allowing all manner of outsiders to flood through and devastate their population. Wary of a similar tragic mistake, they sealed the artifact in a sacred vault dedicated to their people's history, safely locked away from curious hands.7

In 499 AR, Kraggodan welcomed the Taldan Second Army of Exploration to the area, unlike the local humans, and they cemented their friendship with peace treaties. The dwarves, furthermore, saw the granting to the Taldans of the lands that are now Nirmathas as the institution of a desirable buffer zone between Kraggodan and the orcs of the Hold of Belkzen.9

History records few of the settlement's other achievements until 3754 AR, when its stout warriors took part in the Shining Crusade against the Whispering Tyrant. The dwarves fought valiantly to aid the victory but at a toll of a third of its population.1011612 Such is the cost of victory that the dwarves withdraw from the politics of surface nations after this war9 although a large number of dwarves did assist Lastwall in its rebuilding and reconstruction efforts once the war ended.13

After the Rending in 3981 AR, Kraggodan's dwarves formed ties to the fey court of Accressiel in the Fangwood, through its glaistig queen Gendowyn. However, the next century saw the unleashing of the Darkblight in the forest, which toppled Gendowyn and threatened Kraggodan. Its dwarves formed a barrier of stone monoliths in 4088 AR to stop the Darkblight's spread.69

Recent history

Kraggodan welcomes members of the Pathfinder Society to the city as its third prince, Gorm Greathammer, is also a Pathfinder.5

Despite its location within Nirmathas, Kraggodan had long remained neutral in that country's war with Molthune1415 until 4715 AR, when the city uncovered evidence that Molthuni spies had entered the city's vaults.9 From that point the dwarves were besieged by Molthuni forces under the command of General Cadmius Ortho, though as of 4717 AR Kraggodan had stymied any real success.16

In truth, it was the hobgoblin warlord Azaersi who stole the Onyx Key from the vaults, an event that precipitated the Ironfang Invasion against Nirmathas.7 The end of the war later in 4717 AR resulted in the surviving hobgoblins forming the nation of Oprak from southwestern Nirmathas, with its borders extending as far as Kraggodan but intentionally coming short of staking a claim on the citadel's area.2

The settlement has been a major trading partner of the Nirmathi mining town of Skelt, but as of 4717 AR it was not yet clear how the recent opening of Bloodsworn Vale, which has given Skelt a new trade route into Varisia, would affect Kraggodan.141718 It also opened quiet negotiations with the Molthuni city of Korholm, whose military academy hopes to secure dwarven weapons and armor.19 As of 4720 AR, Nirmathas was also unsure whether Kraggodan would support them in an eventual war against the Whispering Tyrant, or will instead choose isolation.12


Paizo published a major article on Kraggodan in Siege of Stone and a poster map in the Ironfang Invasion Poster Map Folio.

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

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Erik Mona, et al. Eye of Dread” in World Guide, 43–44. Paizo Inc., 2019
  3. Lissa Guillet & Amber E. Scott. Lands of Conflict, inside front cover. Paizo Inc., 2017
  4. Erik Mona & Jason Bulmahn. Gazetteer, 19. Paizo Inc., 2008
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Tim Hitchcock, et al. “Welcome to the Pathfinder Society” in Seekers of Secrets, 12. Paizo Inc., 2009
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Lissa Guillet & Amber E. Scott. “A Land Divided” in Lands of Conflict, 4. Paizo Inc., 2017
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Crystal Frasier. (July 20, 2017). The Ironfang Resolution, Paizo Blog.
  8. Lissa Guillet & Amber E. Scott. “A Land Divided” in Lands of Conflict, 3. Paizo Inc., 2017
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Thurston Hillman. Kraggodan” in Siege of Stone, 65. Paizo Inc., 2017
  10. Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 5: The World” in Campaign Setting, 202. Paizo Inc., 2008
  11. Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 2: The Inner Sea” in Campaign Setting, 90. Paizo Inc., 2008
  12. 12.0 12.1 Erik Mona, et al. Eye of Dread” in World Guide, 43. Paizo Inc., 2019
  13. Crystal Frasier. “Character Tips” in Tyrant's Grasp Player's Guide, 5. Paizo Inc., 2019
  14. 14.0 14.1 Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 2: The Inner Sea” in Campaign Setting, 113. Paizo Inc., 2008
  15. Lissa Guillet & Amber E. Scott. Nirmathas” in Lands of Conflict, 20. Paizo Inc., 2017
  16. Thurston Hillman. Kraggodan” in Siege of Stone, 71. Paizo Inc., 2017
  17. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 141. Paizo Inc., 2011
  18. Lissa Guillet & Amber E. Scott. Nirmathas” in Lands of Conflict, 28–29. Paizo Inc., 2017
  19. Lissa Guillet & Amber E. Scott. Molthune” in Lands of Conflict, 15. Paizo Inc., 2017