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Karzoug, runelord of greed and master transmuter.
(Arcane school)

Focused arcane
Thassilonian sin
Spell list
Source: Core Rulebook, pg(s). 211f.
This article is about the school of magic. For the Nethysian holiday, see Transmutatum.

Transmutation, sometimes called transfiguration,1 or transformation,2 is one of the eight schools of magic recognized on Golarion.3 As its name suggests, it deals with the transmutation or transformation of objects and people, or the changing of one of their attributes.4[citation needed] Wizards who specialize in this school of magic are known as transmuters.5[citation needed]

On Golarion

Among the Varisian people, this type of magic is known as "avaria".6

Notable transmuters

  • The ice mages of Irrisen are known to be focus largely on transmutation spells, especially those that deal with manipulating all forms of water.7
  • The wizards of the land of Nex are said to have a strong preference for this form of magic.89
  • The Runelord of Greed Karzoug who was destroyed in 4708 AR was said to have been one of the most powerful transmuters of all time.10 His servant, the stone giant Mokmurian, who was killed the year before, was a powerful transmuter as well.11

Sin magic

During the reign of the runelords of ancient Thassilon, transmutation was associated with the sin of greed, and was therefore the specialty of Karzoug, ruler of Shalast.12


  1. Dave Gross. Queen of Thorns, 266. Paizo Inc., 2012
  2. Tim Pratt. Liar's Bargain. Tor Books, 2016
  3. The Pathfinder Second Edition Remaster Project removed game mechanics for the eight schools of magic. Player Core instead emphasizes four magical traditions, as well as the Unified Magical Theory with equivalent mechanics as the universal practice of all eight schools. Details related to this subject might remain part of the setting canon despite no longer having mechanics supported in current publications.
  4. Jason Bulmahn, et al. “Magic” in Core Rulebook, 211. Paizo Inc., 2009
  5. Jason Bulmahn, et al. “Chapter 3: Classes” in Core Rulebook, 82. Paizo Inc., 2009
  6. Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 2: The Inner Sea” in Campaign Setting, 147. Paizo Inc., 2008
  7. Jonathan H. Keith. Whitethrone” in Cities of Golarion, 62. Paizo Inc., 2009
  8. Brian Cortijo, et al. “Adventures in Katapesh” in Legacy of Fire Player's Guide, 6. Paizo Inc., 2009
  9. Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 1: Characters” in Campaign Setting, 51. Paizo Inc., 2008
  10. Greg A. Vaughan. Karzoug the Claimer” in Spires of Xin-Shalast, 63. Paizo Inc., 2008
  11. Wolfgang Baur & Greg A. Vaughan. “Fortress of the Stone Giants” in Fortress of the Stone Giants, 48. Paizo Inc., 2007
  12. Wolfgang Baur. “The History of Thassilon” in Burnt Offerings, 74–76. Paizo Inc., 2007