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Sahuagin
Lord Achimair, a sahuagin barbarian.
(Creature)
Type Monstrous humanoid
(aquatic)
CR 2
Environment Temperate or warm ocean
Alignment
Adjective Sahuagin
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Source: Bestiary, pg(s). 239

The sahuagin (pronounced sah-HOO-ah-gihn), sometimes called sea devils,[1] are one of the most populous aquatic races to dwell upon Golarion's ocean floors, much to the chagrin of the ocean's other races.[citation needed]

Appearance

Sahuagin in Outsea.

Sahuagin appear as some sort of cross between humanoids and fish, while their frame has much in common with humans—they are larger with most sahuagin being at least seven foot tall—having two arms and two legs they also boast a tail that ends in a fish-like fin to help propel them through the water. A sahuagin's head is clearly piscine, with a mouth that gapes like a fish but it is filled with sharp, flesh-rending teeth.[2]

Habitat and ecology

The sahuagin can be found living in most of Golarion's temperate seas from the Obari Ocean and the Inner Sea to the nearly endless expanse of the Arcadian Ocean. They build vast cities in the depths of the ocean that rival the air breathers' great metropolises, while near the shoreline they create impregnable fortresses from which to launch raid after raid against land dwellers. It is not just those above the waves whom the sahuagin hate, they are in constant conflict with other aquatic creatures such as the merfolk, gutaki and even the mighty aboleths.[2] Their warlike tendencies have made the sahuagin one of Golarion's most hated races.[3]

On Golarion

While they are a threat to any creature they are near, the sahuagin are a particular threat in the western isles of the Shackles, especially around the port city of Ollo.[4] They are also one of the dominant races of the amphibious River Kingdom of Outsea, where they are strangely able to live in relative peace with the native population of merfolk.[5]

On the continent of Tian Xia, they are most commonly found in the undersea kingdom of Xidao, although they exist in smaller numbers than the dominant locathahs. They dwell in the many caverns and crevices which honeycomb the underwater trench known as the Aya-Maru, where they live in nearly constant conflict with local merrow tribes.[6]

In the Great Beyond

Sahuagin are not just limited to Golarion's oceans. They can also be found on the Elemental Plane of Water. They are not native to the plane, but migrated there thousands of years ago at the behest of some now-forgotten prophet. They arrived soon after the death of the final Saline Padishah, Niloufar the Great, and the demise of the marid empire. The sahuagin spent hundreds of years carving out a vast empire for themselves before they fell to bloody infighting. Now rather than one vast, united empire, there are countless smaller "kingdoms" controlled by ruthless warlords, hulking mutant sahuagin, or strange religious cults each seeking to recreate their ancient empire with themselves at the head.[7]

Mutation

Four-armed sahuagin
(Creature)
Type Monstrous humanoid
(aquatic)
CR 3
Environment Temperate or warm ocean
Alignment

Source: Monster Codex, pg(s). 188

Sahuagin have a unique genealogy which is prone to random useful mutations. Within their society these mutations are seen as a divine blessing, and those who posses them frequently rise to the highest level of sahuagin society. By far the most common of these mutations is the additional set of arms of four-armed sahuagin. Another infamous mutation are the rare and mysterious sahuagin individuals known as malenti: these are sahuagin who look exactly like aquatic elves. Despite their less fearsome appearance, within the malenti beat the same bloodthirsty heart as any other sahuagin. In fact, the only creatures the sahuagin seem to get along with is sharks; they have some sort of strange ability to telepathically communicate with the normally fearsome, yet dumb, animals.[2]