Minata, Gazetteer

The Wandering Isles

Alignment: CN
Capital: None
Notable Settlements: Inahiyi (6,245), Jainai (3,375),
Waunomani (5,350), Zo Piaobo (2,310)
Ruler: Countless local warlords, captains, chieftains,
rulers, and other regional leaders
Government: Varies by isle
Major Races: Tian-Sings, wayangs
Languages: Aquan, Minatan, Tien, Wayang
Religion: Desna, Hei Feng, Lady Nanbyo, Lao Shu Po,
Sun Wukong, numerous tribal cults
Resources: Ambergris, mercenaries, pearls, rope,
seafood, ship supplies, ships, slaves, whale oil

Legend has it that when the gods created Golarion, Minata was a single enormous bridge of land that connected Tian Xia with the mysterious southern continent of Sarusan. In those ancient days, a civilization of surpassing magnificence known as Taumata ruled this mythical land bridge, but when its people blasphemed against the gods, Hei Feng descended from the skies in a rage. He cut Minata apart with his mighty nine-ring broadsword, then kicked and scattered the resulting islands across the sea, saying, “Nevermore in unity, lest you think yourselves greater than those who gave you life.” Ever since, the islands of Minata have been notoriously difficult to navigate, particularly as one sails further south.

Most scholars think of Hei Feng’s supposed destruction of the mythical Minatan land bridge as nothing more than a fanciful creation myth. Indeed, the concept that Minata itself was once a land bridge between Tian Xia and Sarusan is often dismissed as fiction—despite the fact that brave explorers periodically return from remote isles in the archipelago with strange archaeological evidence or tales of unusual structures that follow no known Tian architectural styles.

Minata is arguably the most diverse region in all of Tian Xia, with a breathtaking profusion of cultures and peoples. Many of these populations are remarkably isolated despite their short distance from neighboring communities, while other clusters of islands form loose confederacies or pay tribute to a petty monarch.

Atas Pulu: This northernmost expanse of islands has been most successfully exploited by the nations of Tian Xia, and these petty kingdoms, some encompassing no more than a single small isle, trade extensively with the mainland. The largest islands in this part of Minata make up the Shibobekas—a series of islands that once formed a single immense volcano named Mount Shibotai. When Mount Shibotai erupted at the end of the Age of Ashes, it blanketed much of Tian Xia in ash since then, the volcano has been quiet, and its shattered remains have formed a ring-shaped set of islands with particularly fertile soil. These islands are the home of numerous tribes of wayangs who believe that Mount Shibotai’s ancient eruption coincided with their race’s emergence into Golarion. The isle at the center of this ring is the location of the city of Inahiyi, which is devoted exclusively to the wayangs’ appeasement of the demon thought to live still in the flooded volcanic crater.

Tengah Pulu: The central and largest expanse of islands is a somewhat wilder region, characterized primarily by mountainous jungles inhabited by tiny groups of primitive tribesmen whose practices, it is believed by mainlanders, include headhunting, cannibalism, and necrophilia. That some of these tribes engage in such activities is without doubt, but though these evil tribes’ hideous traditions color all of the people of Tengah Pulu with broad, vile strokes, they are in the minority. The largest island here is known as Belem—a great island famous for its hundreds of hidden coves and treacherous shoals. It is the single largest haven for pirates in Minata. The bustling port town of Waunomani on the island’s central eastern coast acts as a capital of sorts, though to suggest any sort of functioning government would elicit laughter from anyone who has visited. While the mysterious wayangs are scattered across the archipelago and are the majority inhabitants of a number of smaller island communities, the hammer-shaped island of Bukorang is exclusively theirs.

Rendah Pulu: Without a doubt, this southern stretch of islands is the most feared region of Minata, inhabited by demon-worshiping humanoids, many of whom enthusiastically practice cannibalism. Most notorious are the islands of Lakapuna and Olakapuna, off the coast of the Valashmai Jungle and home to all manner of monstrous horrors, as well as to cloistered priests and sorcerers of vile reputation, practitioners of unspeakable blasphemies. Even pirates avoid this region of Minata, but rumors that the most intact remnants of legendary Taumata can be found in these hostile islands draw new adventurers every year.

Zo Piaobo: This strange principality is a literal floating city, comprising hundreds of boats, rafts, and masses of driftwood lashed together to form one huge artificial island. Home to at least 2,000 Tian-Sing souls, it drifts eternally between Atas Pulu and Tengah Pulu. Some natives break off from their floating city and wander throughout coastal Tian Xia, living on little flotillas called kipakus in the harbors and river mouths of many Tian nations. The rulers of this floating city, the Zo, constitute Minata’s largest allied fleet of pirates, and their word and influence carry far throughout the Wandering Isles. If any group has a shot at uniting Minata’s pirate clans, it is the Zo.

This entire page from “Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Dragon Empires Gazetteer” by Matthew Goodall, Dave Gross, James Jacobs, Steve Kenson, Michael Kortes, Colin McComb, Rob McCreary, Richard Pett, F. Wesley Schneider, Mike Shel, and Todd Stewart, Copyright 2011, Paizo Publishing, LLC.

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