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Titles Shepherd of Light
Alignment Lawful neutral
(ca. 3773 AR–present)
Lawful good
(3469ca. 3773 AR)[1]
Race/Species Gold dragon
Gender Male
Homeland Promise, Hermea
Born 3469 AR
Images of Mengkare

Source: Hellknight Hill, pg(s). 71

Mengkare (pronounced meng-car-ay)[2] is an ancient gold dragon who rules the island kingdom of Hermea in the Steaming Sea. Mengkare created the island country in 4552 AR in response to the long and painful history of humanity. His goal was both simple and extraordinarily ambitious: to create a utopian society ruled by absolute good, within which he could sculpt humanity to a form befitting their enormous potential.[3] This project he terms the Grand Experiment.[4]

To join his utopia, all citizens must sign a contract yielding absolute authority to the gold dragon. Uncorrupted by this power, Mengkare gives each citizen as much freedom as they can handle.[5]

The dragon periodically sends agents throughout Golarion to seek out the best, the brightest, the wisest, and the most beautiful to join him on Hermea in pursuit of utopia.[6]

International relations

Andoran, Druma, and Taldor have all sent ambassadors to Hermea in search of an alliance. All such overtures have been politely rejected. However, Mengkare presented each ambassador with a sliver of golden crystal. There are reports of other visitors being gifted with similar items. They are apparently shards of a potent artifact known as an Orb of Dragonkind. If so, Mengkare presumably still holds the rest of the pieces.[7]


Paizo Inc. published an Adventure Path, Age of Ashes, featuring Mengkare, and provided his history in the "Mengkare's Story" section of Hellknight Hill, p. 71–76.

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