Nivi Rhombodazzle

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Nivi Rhombodazzle
Nivi Rhombodazzle's holy symbol.

The Grey Polychrome
Areas of Concern
Take risks and savor the consequences whether good or ill, use stealth and guile over violence when dealing with the fallout from your risk-taking, learn the rules and strategies of games of chance played wherever you travel
Break the established rules or terms of a wager, use violence to avoid the consequences of a wager
Cleric Alignments (1E)
Domains (1E)
Community, Earth, Luck, Trickery
Subdomains (1E)
Caves, Deception, Fate, Thievery
Cleric Alignments (2E)
Domains (2E)
Family, luck, trickery, wealth
Alternate: Confidence, earth
Favored Weapon
Seven-pipped gem die
Sacred Animal
Sacred Colors
Gray, red
Source: Faiths of Golarion, pg(s). 46–51 (1E)
Gods & Magic, pg(s). 67 (2E)

Nivi Rhombodazzle is the only gnomish racial deity, though she is primarily revered among subterranean gnomes known as drathnelars, or umbral gnomes,1 who live in the Darklands.234


Nivi was once an ordinary mortal gnome with a penchant for gambling and games of chance. She was not addicted to winning so much as playing the game. Unfortunately, this attitude led her to owe a lot of money to a lot of people, which eventually forced her to flee from some of her more powerful creditors.

She eventually found her way into the Darklands, where she was amazed by the wonders and incredible sights contained therein. She became the first gnome to stave off the effects of the Bleaching by fully embracing her new life below the surface of Golarion.24

She traded a special gem to Torag in exchange for becoming a demigoddess.567 As a result, she became the first umbral gnome and is considered the mother of their race.48


Scholars have speculated that Nivi Rhombodazzle is somehow responsible for the population of gnomes native to the Universe. One theory suggests the first such gnomes were tricked into passing through a temporary breach from the First World, and the culprit might have been Nivi.9


Nivi makes her home on the Plane of Earth due to her love for caves and the subterranean. However, she does not keep a permanent Nivian realm, instead, she takes up temporary residences in massive, jewel-studded caverns deep within the Eternal Delve or in the Universe in between extended journeys in search of perfect gemstones and high-stakes gambling.1011


She is depicted as an umbral gnome with eyes that glimmer like gemstones.24

Planar allies

Nivi's herald is Seven-Eyes, a living magical die that has been a companion to Nivi since her mortal time. Seven-Eyes is the model for Nivian holy symbols.11

She is also served by Quiet, a powerful umbral gnome rogue rumored by some to be one of Nivi's relatives during her mortal life, and by others to be her infamous creditor. Another powerful ally is the humorous mole-like earth elemental called Rummbrrlar, a unique creature with a body of pure diamond who can change size.11


Nivi is widely worshiped among umbral gnomes, but a smaller population of surface gnomes—most of whom are adventurers who regularly deal with umbral gnomes—even know of her divinity.124 Gnomes in danger of succumbing to the bleaching might also follow Nivi in hopes of finding inspiration in pursuit of chance. Gamblers and other roguish folk of any race might also carry her holy symbol in homage to her, if not in worship.4

Her followers might also carry a rhombocrystal, a magical color-shifting lens.1314


Nivi is a goddess of community, and her worshipers organize into tight-knit, distinct groups with their own greetings and traditions. Among her churches are the Cult of the Shining Diamond and the Blue Twilight.8

Religious symbol

Her religious symbol is a gemstone cut into the shape of a six-sided die with seven pips on one side.24


Paizo published a major article about Nivi Rhombodazzle in Faiths of Golarion.

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

  1. Paizo referred to drathnelars (umbral gnomes) as svirfneblin (deep gnomes) until the publication of Mantle of Gold.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Sean K Reynolds. “Other Gods” in Gods and Magic, 50–51. Paizo Inc., 2008
  3. Benjamin Bruck, et al. “Chapter 1: Common Races” in Inner Sea Races, 86. Paizo Inc., 2015
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Sean K Reynolds, et al. Inner Sea Gods, 184. Paizo Inc., 2014
  5. Robert Brookes, et al. “Chapter 3: The Great Beyond” in Planar Adventures, 132. Paizo Inc., 2018 As a demigoddess.
  6. Colin McComb. “Minor Deities” in Faiths of Purity, 20. Paizo Inc., 2011 As a godling.
  7. Sean K Reynolds. “Other Gods” in Gods and Magic, 50–51. Paizo Inc., 2008 As a godling.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Colin McComb. “Minor Deities” in Faiths of Purity, 20. Paizo Inc., 2011
  9. Jason Bulmahn. “Mysteries of Golarion” in Occult Mysteries, 11. Paizo Inc., 2014
  10. Robert Brookes, et al. “Chapter 3: The Great Beyond” in Planar Adventures, 132. Paizo Inc., 2018
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Kate Baker, et al. Nivi Rhombodazzle” in Faiths of Golarion, 51. Paizo Inc., 2018
  12. Colin McComb, et al. “Faith: Gods, Gnomes, and the Bleaching” in Gnomes of Golarion, 25. Paizo Inc., 2010
  13. Sean K Reynolds, et al. Inner Sea Gods, 268. Paizo Inc., 2014
  14. Sean K Reynolds. “Magic” in Gods and Magic, 59. Paizo Inc., 2008