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A wayang.
Type Humanoid
CR By class
Environment Any (Tian Xia)
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]


Wayangs are short, lean humanoids, similar in stature to gnomes. Their eyes are yellow or white, and their hair is stringy and 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]


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]


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 few wayangs live in the Shadow Plane, either having never migrated to Golarion or after making their way back there from Golarion in the ensuing millennia. The latter wayangs feel as isolated in the Shadow Plane 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]


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


Paizo published detail about wayangs in Blood of Shadows.

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