Statue Builder

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Statue Builder

Statue Builder
Source: Impossible Lands, pg(s). 12–14

The primary ancient civilization in Eastern Garund, known as the Statue Builders (ca. -7000 AR to -4000 AR) has remained an enigma to historians. Their legacy consists of minimal ruins and the absence of written records, shrouding their true nature in mystery. Speculation suggests that they could have been humans originating from the Mwangi Expanse or even the Inner Sea region. Their architectural constructions primarily utilized wood and animal hide, resulting in scarce remnants such as ditches and earthen hovels denoting their settlements. Despite the lack of information about their way of life and religious practices, one distinctive aspect they left behind were their statues.1

The Statue Builder culture skillfully carved numerous statues using soft marble or soapstone, showcasing a distinct and peculiar style. Ranging from eight to 12 inches in height, although some were considerably larger, these statues portrayed faceless humanoid figures with a strikingly angular artistry indigenous to the region. The majority of these figurines featured folded arms, while others wielded weapons or musical instruments. A handful of statues displayed an intriguing hand gesture, with fingers interlaced in an unusual manner, suggesting the presence of additional digits beyond the norm.1


At least some rulers amongst the Statue Builders were known as nomarchs. One of these nomarchs, Pethraseth, granted the newly arrived dwarves land that would become Dongun Hold in exchange for a tribute of silver every year.1 To this day, the Donguni collect this money every year and set it aside as the Nomarch's Bequest for Pethraseth or any who might convincingly claim to be his heir.2


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Paizo Inc., et al. “History” in Impossible Lands, 12–14. Paizo Inc., 2022
  2. Paizo Inc., et al. Alkenstar” in Impossible Lands, 103. Paizo Inc., 2022