Dragons are among the most powerful mortal beings on Golarion. In ancient Thassilon, some served as advisers to King Xin before the rise of the Runelords.
Thassilon once covered the regions now known as Varisia and the Hold of Belkzen. Ruins and monuments of that fallen empire litter the wastelands and even contemporary cities, such as Magnimar.
Along with the Varisians, the Shoanti are one of the two native peoples of the lands of Varisia. They gather in clans, each with its own totems and holy sites. The Skoan-Quah or Skull Clan worship their ancestors and guard their burial sites.
Officially disbanded, the Gray Maidens were once a knightly order in Korvosa. Some former members have since become bounty hunters or mercenaries.
The Runelords were powerful wizard-kings who ruled over ancient Thassilon after the demise of King Xin. Some or all of them may have found means to survive the cataclysm of Earthfall.
The Pathfinder Society is an organization of explorers (or trouble-makers) and archaeologists (or grave-robbers). Several of the group’s most prominent members have parted ways with the organization after conflicts with its secretive inner circle known as the Decemvirate.