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City of Pagodas
Large city
89% human, 11% other
Kharswan, Thakur of Jalmeray
Grand Master of Untwisting Iron Rajni Ayasa, Keeper of the Temple Mannan Villauta, Lord Raheem Pandisar
Source: Cult of the Ebon Destroyers, pg(s). 30 (1E)
Impossible Lands, pg(s). 189 (2E)

The port city of Niswan is the capital of the Impossible Kingdom of Jalmeray. Niswan is a many-tiered city of pagodas renowned for its beauty. Every building supports colourful silk banners that flutter in the cold ocean winds, and red stone streets crisscross the hillsides. Cosmopolitan Niswan is a meeting place for travellers and scholars from all over Golarion, and offers sights seen nowhere else in the region. Here, gold-draped eunuchs walk the streets, and Vudran princes offering strange tribute to statues of gods utterly unknown in this region. Niswan is renowned as a centre of religious learning: its High-Holy district is home to scholars and gurus renowned as some of the wisest people on the face of Golarion,12 and the city is dotted with numerous shrines, statues, and temples dedicated to the hundreds of deities of the Vudran pantheon.3

Districts and wards

Thakur's Palace
The luxurious palace of the thakur stands upon the highest point in the city. It is an architectural masterpiece; features include numerous elemental servants, and jade fountains that flow with fine wine.4
The Heights
The highest-caste families and most important members of the Maurya-Rahm live in mansions on the slopes below the palace. There are numerous warriors living here—both the Thakur's elite guards, and the personal guards of the wealthy.4
Cliff fishers' dwellings
The steep cliffs below the Heights are home to the city's low-caste fisher-folk. They ply their trade in the Obari Ocean by day, and drag their boats up the steep slope each night.4
High-Holy District
The High-Holy District houses numerous gold-inlaid and domed temples and shrines. The largest is the Rahthanam Shrine—a collection of countless small prayer chambers, each dedicated to a different one of the hundreds of Vudran deities.4
Grand Chronicler's Circle
This area houses Niswan's largest library, home to numerous religious texts. The nearby streets are full of scribes, bookshops, and similar establishments selling and creating books, scrolls, and parchments in dozens of languages.45
Maurya-Rahm Ward
This is where the Maurya-Rahm work. The most important members live in the Heights, but the others live here as well.4
Houses of Perfection
The four Houses of Perfection, and their associated testing grounds, are on the road out of the city.4
Commerce District
The Commerce District is the heart of the city's trade, and also includes lodgings and entertainment for visiting merchants.4 In 4718 AR, the Pathfinder Society established their new Pathfinder lodge, the Niswan Lodge, in this district.67
Harbor District
The city's bustling harbour sees cargoes from many nations, including much of Katapesh's spice trade and goods from distant Vudra and Tian Xia, en route to the other ports of the Inner Sea. The district is also home to a large part of the city's population, mostly craftsmen and artisans.4 It and the Commerce District are the best places for visitors to find lodgings.8
The terraced fields behind the Commerce and Harbor Districts are an important source of fresh produce for the city's population, who are mostly vegetarians.4
The southern arm of the harbour is the city's warehouse district.4
Low-Caste District
The city's Low-Caste District is on the periphery, south of the Surakpor. It is a crowded maze of crooked streets.8


The city has four springs, which feed canals which flow through the city. As a result, water is plentiful. The spring in the High-Holy District is considered to be sacred, and most citizens bathe in it at least once a year.8

There are two massive statues of seated figures, known as the Statues of Concordance. One depicts the legendary Maharajah Khiben-Sald, and the other represents the Archmage Nex.8


Testament to Ashukharma
The largest winter festival, held on the final day of Calistril, in which people make amends with others by splitting colorful rocks and fashioning them into jewelery.9
Joyful and welcoming festival of color held on the first new moon of spring, as people throw colored powders on bystanders and engage in games of dodging color-filled bags. Popular with tourists and visitors, gnomes, naaris,10 and sylphs.11
Festival of Flights
A multi-day kite flying event in Erastus capped by a large parade of religious flying displays.11
Admani Upastuti
Celebration of Jalmeray's founding held on the first full moon of Lamashan marked by storytelling around Khiben-Sald and the city's creation. Includes events recognizing the plight of the indigenous Sunghari people.11
Azvadeva Dejal (Gruhastha)
Celebration of the revelation of the Azvadeva Pujila as held in Niswan, featuring contests of esoteric knowledge and exhibitions of research, invention, and storytelling.12


  1. Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 2: The Inner Sea” in Campaign Setting, 85. Paizo Inc., 2008
  2. Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 5: The World” in Campaign Setting, 200. Paizo Inc., 2008
  3. John Compton, et al. “Masters of Wind” in Elemental Master's Handbook, 19. Paizo Inc., 2017
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 Matthew Goodall. Cult of the Ebon Destroyers, 30. Paizo Inc., 2011
  5. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 88. Paizo Inc., 2011
  6. Kate Baker. Beneath Unbroken Waves, 4. Paizo Inc., 2018
  7. Kate Baker, et al. “Chapter 3: Pathfinder Society Lodges” in Pathfinder Society Guide, 111. Paizo Inc., 2020
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Matthew Goodall. Cult of the Ebon Destroyers, 31. Paizo Inc., 2011
  9. Paizo Inc., et al. Jalmeray” in Impossible Lands, 189. Paizo Inc., 2022
  10. Paizo referred to ifrits as efreet and naaris as ifrits until the publication of Highhelm. See also Rage of Elements pg. 3 and Pathfinder Core Preview pgs. 2, 13, 18.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Paizo Inc., et al. Jalmeray” in Impossible Lands, 190. Paizo Inc., 2022
  12. Paizo Inc., et al. Jalmeray” in Impossible Lands, 190–191. Paizo Inc., 2022