Ten Magic Warriors

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The Ten Magic Warriors were ancestral heroes of the Zenj tribes of the Mwangi Expanse and disciples of Old-Mage Jatembe. According to legend, they assisted Jatembe in protecting civilization in that region following the destruction of Earthfall.12

A modern-day magic warrior inspired by the Ten.


During the Age of Darkness, Old-Mage Jatembe challenged his apprentices to give up everything, including their own names, in order to help the people of the Inner Sea region. From that point forward, each Warrior hid themselves behind a golden, animal-faced mask and took on a new name.2 In -3502 AR, they began reintroducing wizardry that had not been practiced since the devastation of Earthfall.3

Jatembe and the Warriors defeated evildoers such as the King of Biting Ants, whose stronghold was the Doorway to the Red Star. They became advisers to and protectors of the people.4 The Warriors also aided Jatembe's creation of the Ring of Nine Facets.5

Some credit Jatembe and his Warriors with the destruction of Ird, a lost city whose surviving relics paint a picture of a foul and decadent culture.6


The earliest warriors, led by Jatembe, included:7

Among the Zenj, some arcanists proffer disputed claims that as many as three of the Ten were themselves arcanists.9


The greatest students of the Warriors founded a center of magical learning in -2832 AR called the Magaambya in the city-state of Nantambu.10 The Warriors are represented in mosaic on the ten massive terraced towers of the Magaambya, but there are no known tombs for any of them.411

The Iobane consider themselves spiritual successors to the Warriors as they defend the Doorway to the Red Star.12

Today, there are still spellcasters who follow in the footsteps of the Ten Magic Warriors. They hide their identities behind animal masks and take on a new identity, refusing to give up their original names. This can lead to mistrust among those who are unaware of this tradition.13


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  9. Dennis Baker, et al. (2014). Advanced Class Origins, p. 6. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-674-4
  10. Laura-Shay Adams et al. (2021). "History". The Mwangi Expanse, p. 15. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-340-9
  11. Tanya DePass, James Jacobs, Lyz Liddell, et al. (2019). "Mwangi Expanse". World Guide, p. 89. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-172-6
  12. Benjamin Bruck, Jason Bulmahn, Amanda Hamon, et al. (2013). Mythic Realms, p. 8. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-567-9
  13. Tanya DePass, James Jacobs, Lyz Liddell, et al. (2019). "Mwangi Expanse". World Guide, p. 95. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-172-6