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Source: Bestiary, pg(s). 163–164
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Jabalis resemble humanoids and appear to be carved from rock, with glossy skin and glittering eyes. When they move it sounds like stone grating on stone. A typical specimen is 11 feet tall and weighs 5,000 pounds. They are stronger than jaathooms,6 but not as strong as the other genies. Their powers centre around control of stone: they can burrow through stone, or simply glide through it as if it wasn't there. They can bull rush foes into stone so that they are held fast, and can shape stone to their design. They can also transform one metal into another, although this transformation lasts only one day.73
Habitat and society
Jabalis maintain an empire that spans the Elemental Plane of Earth known as the Peerless Empire, with its capital at the Opaline Vault. This is the seat of their ruler, Sultana Ashadieeyah bint Khalid, who oversees the race's mining operations and trade. They love working with metal and stone, and also love to enter into bargains, particularly those they can twist to their own benefit.3
Jabalis are not cruel, but neither are they kind. Their empire makes extensive use of slavery with ruthless efficiency, binding a wide array of slaves for all sorts of purposes. They prefer slaves willing to sell themselves into servitude, only forcibly enslaving those who oppose them; these creatures often spend the rest of their lives toiling in the Peerless Empire's vaults.8
Jabalis tend to be boastful and egotistical, and sulk if their pride is hurt. They dress in as much finery as they can afford, and sometimes use illusions to increase the impression of wealth. They prefer to live in tunnels and palaces carved out of Elemental Earth, but can sometimes be found living underground in the Universe. Their cities teem with other races like janns, oreads, or dwarves, who, for the most part, are allowed to freely travel as long as they do not instigate trouble.34
Jabalis have diplomatic relations with nearly all other races of the Plane of Earth. They employ xorns to assist in mining newly discovered mineral deposits, subjugate earth and salt mephits and push contracts of servitude on them, seek to enlist earth elementals and scanderigs for the purpose of war, maintain an accord with crystal dragons, and recruit oreads as envoys between them and xorns or xiomorns.8
The Opaline Vault is openly at war with the ifrits9 of the Elemental Plane of Fire, and its government refuses all dealings with ifrits and orders jabali outposts on the Plane of Fire's border to watch for ifrit incursions. However, for the most part, the conflict is limited to being between the Opaline Vault and Medina Mudii'a, and jabalis usually hold no enmity against ifrits, even sometimes working with them when their interests align.38
Jabali shuyooks, also known as shaitan pashas, comprise about one percent of the jabali population. They can create earthquakes and grant wishes to non-genies. Jabali society is divided into great craft guilds, each ruled by a shuyookh.3
In the Universe
In the Universe, jabalis are capable of producing oread offspring with humans, and pass on many of their qualities to their children.10 They can sometimes be found deep within the Darklands,3 such as the Orvian Vault known as the Land of Black Blood.11 Although they command quite a high price, jabalis (along with other genies) can be purchased in the slave markets of the Qadiran city of Sedeq,12 and beyond Sedeq, they can be found across the rest of the Alavah Peninsula.13
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- Paizo referred to nobles of each type of genie by different titles until the publication of Rage of Elements, which refers to genie nobles of all types as shuyookhs. See the genie articles in Rage of Elements and Pathfinder Core Preview pg. 14.
- Paizo referred to jaathooms as djinn until the publication of Rage of Elements. See Rage of Elements pg. 3 and Pathfinder Core Preview pg. 2.
- “Monsters A to Z” in Bestiary, 143. Paizo Inc., 2009 .
- “Plane of Earth” in Planes of Power, 21–23. Paizo Inc., 2016 .
- 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.
- “Oreads” in Blood of the Elements, 8. Paizo Inc., 2014 .
- The Inner Sea World Guide, 61. Paizo Inc., 2011 .
- The Inner Sea World Guide, 153. Paizo Inc., 2011 .
- “Adventuring in Qadira” in Qadira, Jewel of the East, 36. Paizo Inc., 2017 .