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Source Alien Archive 3 pg. 62
Spirits known as kami hold guardianship over various aspects of existence, caring for them in esoteric ways. Legend holds that the gods created the kami, which propagated throughout the universe. Kami are said to spontaneously manifest as they find new objects to guard, from the tiniest flower to entire cities. Kami that fall to evil ways risk becoming oni.

According to folktales, a personal object that is at least 100 years old can attract a tsukumogami, which thereafter claims the object as a ward and merges with it, the kami then becoming an anthropomorphic version of the object. In addition, the resultant amalgam develops a personality in accordance with the object’s treatment. Treasured objects birth tsukumogami that are kind, while abandoned or abused objects become jealous and wrathful tsukumogami. These creatures often seek companionship from mortals, though tsukumogami that are envious of the living may become aggressive if rebuffed. Numerous reports exist of encounters with furious tsukumogami that sprung to life after the Gap. Though tsukumogami prefer to ward small personal items, their size belies the threat they pose.

A chinjugami is much larger than a tsukumogami and often selects a constructed ecosystem, especially one separated from a planet, as its ward. Although a chinjugami prefers to stay merged with its ward, it can manifest as a titan of metal and greenery. A chinjugami might claim a park on a space station as its host. When a kami claims an occupied ecosystem, it intervenes only in subtle ways, such as removing rust from pipes. It is when such constructed ecosystems are abandoned that chinjugami fully embrace their roles as protectors and stewards of their wards, patrolling relevant areas, performing upkeep, maintaining ecological balance, and ensuring enough resources exist for sustainability. Those chinjugami that guard abandoned spaces are suspicious of strangers, often believing them to be interlopers that might try to reclaim the area only to forsake it again. A typical chinjugami is about 40 feet tall.

Aliens in the "Kami" Family


Kami, Toshigami

Source Starfinder #32: The Starstone Blockade pg. 58

Toshigami CR 13

XP 25,600
NG Medium outsider (kami, native)
Init +6; Senses blindsight (life) 60 ft., darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +23


HP 190
EAC 26; KAC 27
Fort +11; Ref +18; Will +13
Defensive Abilities fast healing 10; Immunities bleed, mind-affecting effects, petrification, polymorph; Resistances acid 10, electricity 10, fire 10


Speed 30 ft., fly 60 ft. (Su, perfect)
Melee hybridized advanced living staff +21 (4d6+15 B plus touch of ages; critical bind)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 13th)
1/day—snuff life (DC 25), waves of fatigue (DC 24)
3/day—restoration, slow (DC 22)
At will—haste, mystic cure (3rd level)


STR +2; DEX +6; CON +4; INT +2; WIS +2; CHA +8
Skills Bluff +28, Diplomacy +28, Stealth +23
Languages Common; speak with plants, telepathy 100 ft.
Other Abilities merge with ward (cherry tree), no breath
Gear hybridized advanced living staff with 1 battery (20 charges)


Environment any land
Organization solitary

Special Abilities

Merge with Ward (Su) A kami has a specific ward—a creature with an Intelligence of –4 or lower, an object, or a location—listed in parentheses in the kami’s stat block. As a full action, a kami adjacent to its ward can merge body and mind with that ward. While merged, the kami can observe the surrounding region with its senses as if it were using its own body, as well as via any senses its ward might have. Typically, this trait allows a kami no control over its ward, although some kami (such as the tsukumogami) are exceptions. If the kami has no control over its ward, it can take no actions while merged other than to emerge from its ward as an action. The kami can emerge adjacent to the ward, provided the kami’s body is at least one size smaller than the ward. If the ward is a location, the kami can emerge at any point within that location. If the ward is destroyed while a kami is merged with it, the kami dies. If the ward is destroyed while the kami is not merged with it, the kami loses its merge with ward and fast healing traits, and the kami becomes sickened. It can take on a new ward by spending 7 days doing so, and it regains its traits and loses the sickened condition once it does.
Speak with Plants (Su) A toshigami can communicate with normal plants and plant creatures, though this doesn’t make them friendly. A normal plant’s sense of its surroundings is limited. This ability allows the toshigami to use Diplomacy and Intimidate, as well as other language-dependent effects, on normal plants and plant creatures.
Touch of Ages (Su) When a toshigami hits a target with any melee weapon, the target must succeed at a DC 21 Fortitude save to avoid having their age magically altered. When a toshigami strikes a foe, it decides to either physically increase the target’s age or mentally reduce the target’s age. If it chooses to increase the target’s physical age, the target takes 1 point of Strength, Dexterity, and Constitution drain on a failed save. If it chooses to decrease the target’s mental age, the target takes 1 point of Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma drain on a failed save. Once a target succeeds at a saving throw against touch of ages, it can no longer be affected by this ability for 1 round. This is a magical aging effect but does not actually alter the victim’s true age—it merely simulates the creeping effect of age on the flesh or causes a reversion to an increasingly infantile state of mind.


Once common on lost Golarion, toshigamis—also called blossom kamis—are now found mainly in certain protected arboretums on Castrovel and parks on Absalom Station. Snippets of pre-Gap lore suggest that toshigamis held a special relationship with cherry trees, and while these trees have become critically endangered with the loss of their home planet, toshigamis seem unwilling to reside among any other species of tree. Toshigamis have become symbols of the transition into the new year as time marches inexorably forward.

Extra Content

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- Kami (Creature Subtype) Graft Template