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Nirvana

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Nirvana
A cetaceal agathion.
(Plane)
Sphere Outer Sphere
Alignment Neutral good
Denizens Agathions
Angels
Neutral good outsiders
Neutral good souls
Description An infinite contemplative paradise of rolling hills and spring gardens

Source: The Great Beyond: A Guide to the Multiverse, pg(s). 45-47

Nirvana (pronounced nir-VAH-nuh)[1] is a plane of the Outer Sphere and home to the souls of good mortals. Its true natives are the contemplative agathions and wise angels who guide spirits to enlightenment and unity with the plane and with themselves.[2][3]

Alignment

Nirvana is a neutral middle ground between the chaos of Elysium and authority of Heaven, and its natives intervene in planar matters more frequently than these other goodly realms.[3]

Mortal souls who arrive to Nirvana seek enlightenment, and the plane is open not only to the virtuous but also those seeking redemption and respite. Petitioners in Nirvana can shed their mortal memories and worries in their search for enlightenment.[3][4]

Geography

Nirvana is characterized by pastoral hills, breathtaking mountains, and lush woodlands. The plane meets travelers' every expectation of an idyllic, restful paradise, while behind the plane's natural beauty lies mystery and true enlightenment.[5][3]

Inhabitants

A draconal agathion.

Agathions, the most prominent natives of Nirvana, are compassionate beast-aspected races who guard the plane while also embodying its values.[3][6][7]

Races of angels extend Nirvana's influence to other planes, watch over the River of Souls, and lead assaults on Abyssal fiends. Unlike archons of Heaven, however, Nirvana's angels focus more on rescuing souls abducted or blocked from reaching their true planar destination, and less on attacking proteans in the neighboring Maelstrom.[8][10]

The Nirvana Dragon, a legend and mystery even among Nirvana's natives, presents his lair only to those who need to find him, and only when they can most benefit from meeting him. Its location shifts in location and among the memories of those who encounter it.[11] Phoenixes and simurghs also reside on the plane in their own quests for peace and enlightenment.[4]

Notable locations

In addition to its monasteries and the realms of Sarenrae, Kurgess, and Shelyn, Nirvana is also home to sanctuaries, refuges, and mysterious sites:

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Beliefs on Golarion

Vudrani believe that the purest souls in their faiths rise to become Anucaras, or "followers", of their gods in Nirvana.[14]

References

  1. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 247. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  2. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 187. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Todd Stewart. (2009). The Great Beyond: A Guide to the Multiverse, p. 45. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-167-1
  4. 4.0 4.1 Amber Scott. (2013). Chronicle of the Righteous, p. 33. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-506-8
  5. James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 245. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Amber Scott. (2013). Chronicle of the Righteous, p. 34. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-506-8
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Amber Scott. (2013). Chronicle of the Righteous, p. 44. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-506-8
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Todd Stewart. (2009). The Great Beyond: A Guide to the Multiverse, p. 46. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-167-1
  9. Benjamin Bruck, Craig Campbell, Adam Daigle, Amanda Hamon, and James Wilbur. (2012). Bestiary. Shards of Sin, p. 80. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-452-8
  10. Amber Scott. (2013). Chronicle of the Righteous, p. 35. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-506-8
  11. Todd Stewart. (2009). The Great Beyond: A Guide to the Multiverse, p. 47. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-167-1
  12. Amber Scott. (2013). Chronicle of the Righteous, p. 8. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-506-8
  13. Amber Scott. (2013). Chronicle of the Righteous, p. 17. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-506-8
  14. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 38. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1