The Usij are not one organization, but the name given to a variety of small, scattered cabals that worship Ahriman, the divs as a whole, or a specific, individual div.1 People join the Usij for a variety of reasons: some are outcasts, looking for revenge against society; some are maniacs who seek the destruction of all things; and some are just amoral, power-hungry people with no scruples as to where they get their power from.2 The Usij were once more widespread than they are now, even serving as the Pharaoh of Forgotten Plagues's necromancers during Osirion's First Age—defeating the Jistka Imperium by transforming an ifrit3 commander into an undead ghul ladened with the Night Plague, a magically engineered disease.45
But, many centuries ago, Sarenrae's faithful launched a holy crusade that wiped out many of the Usij cabals. Now only a few of these secretive groups are rumoured to remain.2 Usij cabals tend to favour lands where life is only just holding out against destruction—normally desert regions—and, as such, are most common in Qadira, Katapesh, and the distant empire of Kelesh.1
The Usij's goals are always destructive. The most dedicated seek to corrupt and destroy everything using the worst parts of human nature as their assistant. A common Usij trick is to disguise themselves as wisemen or councilors, slowly earning the trust of local leaders. Once they have the leader's ear, they begin feeding them lies, bad advice, and foolish ideas that lead to death, misery, and destruction. They particularly enjoy causing irreparable damage to limited, local natural resources. On a smaller level, many Usij try to spread their doctrine of nihilism and atheism, perverting people from their righteous faith and damning their immortal souls after death.1
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- “Bestiary” in The Final Wish, 77. Paizo Inc., 2009 .
- “Bestiary” in House of the Beast, 85. Paizo Inc., 2009 .
- 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.
- “Land of the Pharaohs” in Osirion, Legacy of Pharaohs, 4. Paizo Inc., 2014 .
- “Land of the Pharaohs” in Osirion, Legacy of Pharaohs, 5. Paizo Inc., 2014 .