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Many have heard me and other members of the Paizo crew discuss our constant efforts to make the Pathfinder RPG a welcoming place for gamers of all stripes. Regardless, I’ve never been comfortable with the idea of pointing out places where we get things right (or make an honest attempt to get…

As with what I think Wes is saying, I’m more comfortable posting these sort of things as a direct answer to a question from someone than on their own, but I get asked pretty frequently about LGBTQ characters in Pathfinder, and I’m usually reduced to “Well, there’s a male couple in Runelords and a transwoman in Wrath of the Righteous and lots of stuff in the adventures in between…” so I’m happy to have this list. There are a lot of characters I didn’t know about here, and I’m looking forward to learning more about them. 

So, if you’re looking for examples of same-sex couples or trans* characters or genderfluid characters in Pathfinder, here’s a handy list, and I’m really grateful to Wes for putting it together. :-)

I am extremely proud to have contributed a few names to this list!

Background for a larger piece a client ordered for a PAX promo. Really happy with the colors.
The displaced landmarks should make Seattlites very uncomfortable.

Background for a larger piece a client ordered for a PAX promo. Really happy with the colors.

The displaced landmarks should make Seattlites very uncomfortable.

Part of an ACTUAL review from one of my books:

"Also, the novelty of homosexual relationships is wearing thin. My table just groaned and rolled their eyes."

Apparently my wife and I are for novelty purposes only.

And a finished and colored Seshayan Shaman, ready for adventure! I love her little archaeopteryx familiar; she’s so excited!

And a finished and colored Seshayan Shaman, ready for adventure! I love her little archaeopteryx familiar; she’s so excited!

Seshayans for Pathfinder

Seshayan

Seshayans are race of winged beings from the stars, often imported to alien worlds by magic or bizarre technology. Hailing from a world plunged into constant twilight, they possess keen senses, and rely on those gifts and their incredible reflexes to survive nomadic lives as hunter-gatherers.

  •  -2 Strength, +4 Dexterity, -2 Charisma: Seshayans are agile and swift, but also shy and lightly built
  • Small: Seshayans are Small creatures and gain a +1 size bonus to their AC, a +1 size bonus on attack rolls, a –1 penalty to their Combat Maneuver Bonus and Combat Maneuver Defense, and a +4 size bonus on Stealth checks.
  • Normal Speed: Seshayans have a base speed of 30 feet.
  • Darkvision: Seshayans can see in the dark up to 60 feet.
  • Light Blindness (–2 RP): Abrupt exposure to bright light blinds seshayans for 1 round; on subsequent rounds, they are dazzled as long as they remain in the affected area.
  • Gliding Wings: Members of this race take no damage from falling (as if subject to a constant nonmagical feather fall spell). While in midair, members of this race can move up to 5 feet in any horizontal direction for every 1 foot they fall, at a speed of 60 feet per round. Seshayans cannot gain height with these wings alone; they merely coasts in other directions as they fall. If subjected to a strong wind or any other effect that causes a creature with gliding wings to rise, they  can take advantage of the updraft to increase the distance they can glide.
  • Climber: Seshayans live in the trees. They receive a +2 racial bonus on Climb checks and Acrobatics checks to maintain their balance, and Climb is always considered a class skill.
  • Night Hunter: Seshayans gain a +2 racial bonus to Perception and Stealth checks. Seshayans may attempt Stealth checks while running, but at a –20 penalty.
  • Light Framed: Seshayans’ unusual forms require special armor modifications, increasing the base cost of any armor by 50%. Seshayans double all armor check penalties while wearing medium or heavy armor, and are never considered proficient in heavy armor.
  • Languages: Seshayans begin play speaking Common and their unique, screeching tongue. Seshayans with high Intelligence scores can choose from the following: Auran, Elf, Gnome, and Halfling

*Seshayans are the property of Wizards of the Coast and TSR. This is a fan conversion made with no intention to profit.

Today’s warm-up is a commission for a friend’s Iron Gods character: A Seshayan She-Shaman (say that three times fast)

Today’s warm-up is a commission for a friend’s Iron Gods character: A Seshayan She-Shaman (say that three times fast)

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Today’s warm-up drawing is inspired by a certain Twitch TV hostess, who shares my taste in “nobles daughters who are mind-controlled and become boundless fonts of rage” barbarians

Today’s warm-up drawing is inspired by a certain Twitch TV hostess, who shares my taste in “nobles daughters who are mind-controlled and become boundless fonts of rage” barbarians

Since she’s come up a few times int he past several days, Sonnorae has been on my mind. She’s my favorite addition to the Golarion canon: The last descendant the Rae clan, a Varisian family dedicated to preserving knowledge and folklore in the post-apocalyptic hellhole that was the Age of Darkness. After several generations in that harsh climate, braving dangerous Thassilonian ruins and creatures roaming the eternal night, the clan dwindled to Sonnorae: a transgender woman unable to bear children and continue her legacy and unwilling to share her family burdeon with outsiders. Instead she used forgotten rune magic to cleave off a sliver of the realm of dreams and bind it into her Harrow deck, which she could use as a pocket dimension to store all her family’s accumulated lore forever.
Sonnorae vanished mysteriously thousands of years ago, but her actions still affect modern Golarion: her experiment accidentally registered the Rae clan Harrow deck as the cosmic archetype, and over time all other Harrow decks warp to mimic her own.

Since she’s come up a few times int he past several days, Sonnorae has been on my mind. She’s my favorite addition to the Golarion canon: The last descendant the Rae clan, a Varisian family dedicated to preserving knowledge and folklore in the post-apocalyptic hellhole that was the Age of Darkness. After several generations in that harsh climate, braving dangerous Thassilonian ruins and creatures roaming the eternal night, the clan dwindled to Sonnorae: a transgender woman unable to bear children and continue her legacy and unwilling to share her family burdeon with outsiders. Instead she used forgotten rune magic to cleave off a sliver of the realm of dreams and bind it into her Harrow deck, which she could use as a pocket dimension to store all her family’s accumulated lore forever.

Sonnorae vanished mysteriously thousands of years ago, but her actions still affect modern Golarion: her experiment accidentally registered the Rae clan Harrow deck as the cosmic archetype, and over time all other Harrow decks warp to mimic her own.

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I just got my copies of our June Pathfinder products, and if you like fantasy art of badass ladies in reasonable armor, which I do, this is an excellent month. The art above is from Numeria: Land of Fallen Stars (I’ve linked below to the deviantart source for each image so you can check out these artists’ other work — the first image is by Carlos Villa, and the second two are by Jon Neimeister). Check out Lady Sophronia in Pathfinder #82: Secrets of the Sphinx and Tarrin Dars in The Emerald Spire for some more formidable female fighters. :-)

Caroliss Mineran, a paladin from Numeria, Land of Fallen Stars. Art by Carlos Villa (http://zano.deviantart.com/art/Caroliss-Mineran-463409483).

Technic League Hireling from Numeria, Land of Fallen Stars. Art by Jon Neimeister (http://andantonius.deviantart.com/art/Technic-League-Hireling-463067284).

Wayward Crusader from Numeria: Land of Fallen Stars. Art by Jon Neimeister (http://andantonius.deviantart.com/art/Wayward-Crusader-463066852).

How about a not-witch mage female? How about transwoman characters?

We have plenty of non-witch spellcasting women. That comment strikes me as super-weird, tbh, because the witch class was designed long after we started doing adventures with the core classes, and had a ton of spellcasting characters (both male and female) before the witch was a thing (and have had a ton of non-witch spellcasters, both male and female, since). Of the 11 core classes, the iconics (representative examples) for 6 of them are female. And of the 6 spellcasting core classes (counting paladins and bards as spellcasters), 4 of the iconics (cleric, druid, paladin and sorcerer) are female. So, not really sure where the idea that our only female spellcasters are witches comes from.

Anyway, this is just three characters from one book that grabbed me, because of their armor, which spellcasters generally can’t wear.

We also have several transwomen featured in various adventures — most recently, Anevia Tirabade from Wrath of the Righteous. And featuring trans* characters isn’t something we intend to stop doing, so there should be more to come.

We have other trans characters as well. I can confirm that Sonnorae, the Varisian woman who standardized the modern Harrow deck and created the pocket dimension featured in my adventure “The Harrowing” was written as a trans woman and the “circumstance of birth” that prevented her from continuing her family line was her lack of a uterus. The city of Wati has a gender neutral crimelord. Pathfinder even has a minor god of being transgender: Arshea. And there are additional transgender characters in upcoming adventures.

Nothing to add except that I work with awesome people. <3

I didn’t know about Sonnorae! Is there anything in-print to confirm it, or are we going to just have to treat it as WOG for now?

Hmm, Crystal could tell you for certain, but I don’t think there’s an explicit confirmation in the text.

It was my very first adventure module for Paizo, and I was not out at work at the time and more timid about my past, so I was more roundabout in her description. But the intention while I was writing her was always that she was the last on the Rae family line and sterile by virtue of the alchemy and magic she used in her transition. Elixirs of Sex Shifting are a fairly new creation, after all.

If she ever comes up again (I only got to touch on her briefly in the Occult Mysteries book), or Paizo ever gets around to “Queer Identities of the Inner Sea,” I’ll make more of a point of bringing up her past.

Cat studies!
Cats are freaky. No tendons. No ligaments. I don&#8217;t even think half of these are bones. They&#8217;re just random organs and pointy bits tossed into a hairy sack!

Cat studies!

Cats are freaky. No tendons. No ligaments. I don’t even think half of these are bones. They’re just random organs and pointy bits tossed into a hairy sack!