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A wayfinder.
(Magic item)
Aura Faint evocation
Caster Level 5
Type Wondrous item
Slot None
Affiliation Pathfinder Society

Source: The Inner Sea World Guide, pg(s). 299
For another meaning of "Wayfinder", please see Wayfinder (magazine).

A wayfinder is a magic item used almost exclusively by members of the Pathfinder Society, so much so that the small device is a calling card of sorts for the explorers and chroniclers known as Pathfinders.[1]


The device functions primarily as a magnetic compass, and also can emit light when instructed. It contains at least one slot that fits an ioun stone, and magical wires that channel and amplify the stone's power.[2] Such augmented ioun stones conflict with each other, preventing someone from holding multiple augmented wayfinders, though some wayfinders have multiple independent ioun stone slots.[3]

When a wayfinder includes an ioun stone in this manner, it also reveals new behaviors that vary between wayfinders and ioun stones.[4][3] For instance, Eando Kline's wayfinder, when fitted in this manner, stopped pointing north, directing the Pathfinder instead across Varisia and the Hold of Belkzen toward an unknown location.[5]


Wayfinder designs are derived from ancient Azlanti artifacts, and a few such Azlanti devices still exist. While most experienced magical crafters can build a new wayfinder, many date back decades or even centuries and are handed down across generations.[1]


Most modern wayfinders are manufactured in the Society's Oppara Lodge, by the lodge steward and arcane crafter Muesello.[6]


Particularly rare among wayfinders are those crafted outside of the standard-issue specifications. An ebon wayfinder, for example, allows its wielder to see in the dark and spread magical darkness.[3]