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Wayang

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Wayang
A wayang
(Creature)
Type Humanoid
(wayang)
CR By class
Environment Any (Tian Xia)
Alignment
Adjective Wayang
Images of wayangs

Source: Dragon Empires Gazetteer, pg(s). 13
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Wayangs are a race of humanoid creatures who migrated to the continent of Tian Xia from the Shadow Plane during the Age of Darkness.[1]

Appearance

Wayangs are short, lean humanoids, similar in stature to gnomes. Their eyes are yellow or white, and their hair is stringy, slithering. They have sharp features and skin tones ranging from twilight plum to deep black. Tattooing and ritual scarification from a young age are common among wayangs.[1][2]

History

Wayangs moved from the Shadow Plane to Tian Xia early in the Age of Ashes, feeling at home on shadow-cloaked Golarion. However, as the light returned, wayangs found themselves trapped on an increasingly more inhospitable home, unable to return to the Shadow Plane. Despite their long existence on the Material Plane, wayangs still consider themselves creatures of shadow.[1][3]

Society

Wayangs live in small, tightly-knit tribes whose members all regard each other as family, regardless of blood relations. They are nocturnal and prefer the shadows of night to searing bright light, which can be perceived as creepy by other races. For the most part, wayangs view other humanoids and beasts alike as co-conspirators against themselves, to be avoided; only their secretiveness and nimbleness have allowed them to survive. Despite this teaching, some young wayangs, fascinated with stories of the outside world and its denizens, become adventurers to explore the bright unknown.[1][2]

A small few wayangs live in the Shadow Plane, having never migrated to Golarion or made their way back in the ensuing millennia, where they feel as isolated as they used to be on the Material Plane.[4]

Some wayangs adhere to a philosophy called the Dissolution. According to it, upon death, their souls will forever dissolve into the Shadow Plane.[3]

Religion

The patron of wayangs is Lao Shu Po, but many wayangs view her as a blight instead of a blessing.[1]