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A mercane.

Any land or underground
Source: Bestiary 2, pg(s). 188

Mercanes are a race of extraplanar merchants whose reach across planes is as broad as it is profitable.1


A mercane resembles a 10-foot-tall, blue-skinned humanoid with a many-eyed face and three-fingered hands. They weigh 500 pounds.1


Little is known about mercane origins; their home plane is a mystery, their sustenance and reproductive practices are the subject of rumors, and ever-changing stories tell of their participation in a planar war with details about their role depending on the storyteller.1


Mercanes are interested only in magic items, for which they bargain aggressively but fairly, and are willing to hire adventurers in order to acquire specific items. They honor contracts as if they were hallowed documents.1

A mercane might choose to follow mercenaries capable of keeping them well paid in whatever currency they prefer.2 Mercanes are especially interested in the planar alchemical catalyst on the Plane of Earth for its value on other planes.3


Each possesses an extradimensional chest of the mercane that allows them to buy and sell magic items regardless of the locale.4 To protect their wares, many mercanes maintain an entourage of bodyguards and carry large masterwork falchions.1

On Golarion

Mercanes occasionally wander as merchants on the Material Plane, including on Golarion.56

In the Great Beyond

Half a million mercanes live in Aktun, capital of Axis.7 Mercanes arrived mysteriously in Axis aeons ago to set up trade routes to an unknown—and perhaps lost—planar location.8

Mercanes are among the smallest minority groups in Shadow Absalom.9 A small population of about 500 mercanes lives in Yulgamot, the planetoid metropolis of the Astral Plane.1011 Mercanes also join other travelers in Heaven's Shore on the edge of Heaven,1213 roam the cities of Hell,1415 and set up shop in Alushinyrra16—wherever goods can be hawked across the planes, mercanes are likely there.

Known mercanes


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A to Z” in Bestiary 2, 188. Paizo Inc., 2010
  2. Brian Duckwitz, et al. “Soldiers of Fortune” in Cohorts and Companions, 29. Paizo Inc., 2015
  3. Tim Akers, et al. Plane of Earth” in Blood of the Elements, 21. Paizo Inc., 2014
  4. Judy Bauer, et al. “Hunting for Treasure” in Lost Treasures, 12–13. Paizo Inc., 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 Lissa Guillet & Amber E. Scott. Molthune” in Lands of Conflict, 17. Paizo Inc., 2017
  6. 6.0 6.1 James Jacobs. “A Song of Silver” in A Song of Silver, 43. Paizo Inc., 2015
  7. 7.0 7.1 Robert Brookes, et al. “Chapter 3: The Great Beyond” in Planar Adventures, 176. Paizo Inc., 2018
  8. Robert Brookes, et al. “Chapter 3: The Great Beyond” in Planar Adventures, 172–174. Paizo Inc., 2018
  9. Amber Stewart. “The Inner Sphere” in The Great Beyond, A Guide to the Multiverse, 16. Paizo Inc., 2009
  10. 10.0 10.1 John Compton. Yulgamot” in Distant Realms, 57. Paizo Inc., 2018
  11. 11.0 11.1 Robert Brookes, et al. “Chapter 3: The Great Beyond” in Planar Adventures, 153. Paizo Inc., 2018
  12. Lyz Liddell. Heaven's Shore” in Distant Realms, 28. Paizo Inc., 2018
  13. Robert Brookes, et al. “Chapter 3: The Great Beyond” in Planar Adventures, 158. Paizo Inc., 2018
  14. F. Wesley Schneider. “Diablerie” in Princes of Darkness, Book of the Damned Volume 1, 53. Paizo Inc., 2009
  15. Paizo Inc., et al. “Chapter 4: Fiendish Bestiary” in Book of the Damned, 234. Paizo Inc., 2017
  16. James Jacobs & Greg A. Vaughan. “The Midnight Isles” in The Midnight Isles, 24. Paizo Inc., 2013
  17. John Compton. Sayashto” in The Reaper's Right Hand, 67. Paizo Inc., 2018
  18. F. Wesley Schneider & Jerome Virnich. Emporium Isitabla (Handmaiden Devil)” in Hell Unleashed, 36. Paizo Inc., 2015
  19. Matthew Goodall. “The Frozen Stars” in The Frozen Stars, 13. Paizo Inc., 2013
  20. Jason Keeley. Abducted in Aether, 8. Paizo Inc., 2016
  21. Jesse Benner, et al. “Bestiary” in Tempest Rising, 81. Paizo Inc., 2012