Obelisk Trail

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Trade is the lifeblood of Katapesh, and the city of Katapesh itself is renowned as one of the greatest trade cities on Golarion, rival even to mighty Absalom. One of the most well-known overland trade routes is the Obelisk Trail.1


While most of Katapesh's trade comes from across the Obari Ocean, much also comes from across the land. Trade routes come from Osirion to the north, Nex to the south, and the Mwangi Expanse to the west.1

Trading caravans can easily become lost in Katapesh's trackless deserts as sandstorms bury trails in minutes. Many years ago, the Pactmasters commissioned dozens of black obelisks to be put up along the major trade routes to guide travelers. These obelisks are each 12 feet high and have the word "trail" carved into them in ten languages, although recently someone has written "death" in the Kholo language2 on nearly half of them.1


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Stephen S. Greer & Amber E. Scott. “Land of Adventure” in Dark Markets, A Guide to Katapesh, 11. Paizo Inc., 2009
  2. Paizo referred to all kholo as gnolls until the publication of The Mwangi Expanse, and renamed all gnolls to kholo across Player Core, GM Core, and Monster Core. For details, see Meta:Kholo.