Sphinx

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Sphinx
An Osiran sphinx
(Creature)

Sphinxes are enigmatic creatures with great, feathery wings like a falcon, leonine lower bodies, and the upper bodies of various humanoid creatures and animals. They are known for their love of knowledge and riddles in particular. All sphinxes are territorial, but generally give intruders plenty of warning before attacking.1

Sphinx species

There are eight known races of sphinx that inhabit Golarion, although the gynosphinx is the most well-known.1 Other species of sphinxes include the powerful male androsphinx,2 the ram-headed criosphinx,3 the evil, jackal-headed cynosphinx,4 the vulture-headed gypsosphinx,5 the falcon-headed hieracosphinx,6 the tiny pseudosphinx,7 and the elder sphinx, the most powerful of the sphinx race.8

Habitat and society

Sphinxes are the divinely-appointed guardians of Osirion. They are said to have created the first living monoliths, and knowledge of their language is necessary to become a living monolith.9

On Golarion

Sphinxes live across the desert region of the Alavah Peninsula and the Meraz Desert in Qadira.1011

References

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A to Z” in Bestiary, 257. Paizo Inc., 2009
  2. Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A to Z” in Bestiary 3, 251. Paizo Inc., 2011
  3. Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A to Z” in Bestiary 3, 252. Paizo Inc., 2011
  4. Michael Kortes, et al. “Bestiary” in Secrets of the Sphinx, 84–84. Paizo Inc., 2014
  5. Michael Kortes. “The Slave Trenches of Hakotep” in The Slave Trenches of Hakotep, 25–26. Paizo Inc., 2014
  6. Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A to Z” in Bestiary 3, 253. Paizo Inc., 2011
  7. Will McCardell, et al. “New Improved Familiars” in Familiar Folio, 29. Paizo Inc., 2015
  8. Michael Kortes, et al. “Bestiary” in The Slave Trenches of Hakotep, 90–91. Paizo Inc., 2014
  9. Jason Nelson & Amber Stewart. “Combat: Living Monolith” in Osirion, Land of Pharaohs, 22–23. Paizo Inc., 2008
  10. Jessica Price. “Adventuring in Qadira” in Qadira, Jewel of the East, 36. Paizo Inc., 2017
  11. Jessica Price. “Adventuring in Qadira” in Qadira, Jewel of the East, 38. Paizo Inc., 2017