Starfinder Society

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Starfinder Society
Symbol of the Starfinder Society

Adventuring scholars
Finding the cause of the Gap and fate of Golarion
This article covers the in-universe organization. For the real-world organized play program, see Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild.

The Starfinder Society is an organization based on Absalom Station in the Pact Worlds system that is attempting to decipher the cause of the Gap, the fate of the forgotten planet Golarion, and to explore the mysteries of the universe. Its members are known as Starfinders,12 who are commonly known as exceptional explorers.3


The Starfinder Society was founded shortly after the end of the Gap, and drew its inspiration from the incomplete tales of the Pathfinder Society, a similar pre-Gap organization that was headquartered on Golarion. Its first mission was to map out the "edges" of the Gap (i.e. when it began and how long it lasted) in order to discover its cause and what occurred during its uncounted years. Secondarily, the Society focused on discovering the fate and possible location of the lost cradle of humanity in the Pact Worlds system, the planet Golarion. In the years since its founding, the Starfinder Society's mission has shifted from investigating the Gap to exploring the galaxy now opened for exploration by the Drift beacons.1

Scoured Stars incident

The Society decided over a century ago to prohibit exploration of a region of space known as the Scoured Stars, both because of its obvious dangers and because the few missions that had scouted the systems in the region yielded little to no useful discoveries. This changed when First Seeker Jadnura spearheaded a massive expedition into the region to explore its connection to a magical artifact known as the Tear. The Starfinder Society lost all contact with the expedition, which was composed of nearly 80% of its assets and agents, and found that all travel into and out of the region was being blocked by a massive shield of aurum energy later dubbed the Godshield. The loss of that many agents devastated the Society, and only the dedicated work of a group of senion Starfinders led by Luwazi Elsebo managed to keep the organization from falling apart. The survivors rebuilt the Forum (see below) and the members around Elsebo become the new leaders of the various factions within the Society both old and new.1

The Society soon received another blow when a number of veteran agents quit, discouraged by the organization's massive losses. This left the few remaining Starfinders no longer able to keep ahold of their various far-flung claimed planetoids, stellar regions, and other archaeological sites. Elsebo covered for the losses by hiring reputable mercenaries for long enough for a new group of Starfinders to complete their training. The Society is now intensely focused on discovering the truth behind what they have dubbed the Scoured Stars incident.1



As the Society's hiring practices generally do not discriminate on the basis of ecnonomic background, they provide a way for even the poorest to advance their places in society.4

General membership

The Starfinders consist of scholars spanning various fields, including biologists, computer scientists, archaeologists, and military historians. Their distinctive principle is the belief that sharing information can promote growth, development, and peace. While they earn income from selling star charts, survey data, and alien artifacts, their primary motivation is to publish their findings for the common good and personal recognition. The most significant discoveries are broadcasted in the Starfinder Chronicles. Members are given autonomy in their research methods, although the organization discourages theft, aggression, and exploitation of uncontacted cultures The Starfinder Society actively recruits new members and takes almost any candidate into its ranks and is one of the most egalitarian and cosmopolitan organizations in the Pact Worlds system.5

Starfinder lodges and venture-captains

Most Starfinders are based in Starfinder lodges that are scattered throughout the galaxy. Each lodge is headed by a venture-captain who manages the field agents under her purview and runs day-to-day operations.1

Venture-captains include:

Lorespire Complex

The center of the Starfinder Society is the Lorespire Complex, located on Absalom Station, and is easily accessible from distant parts of the galaxy via the Drift. It is a collection of structures built around the Lorespire, and includes the Archives, the Hall of Discovery, and other locations integral to the Society's continued functioning.1

First Seeker

The First Seeker is elected by her peers based on merit, her adventuring experience, and her field of interest. The First Seeker is given the task of setting the Society's primary research goals, and often uses this ability to pursue her own specific interests. Once her term has ended, a person can never again be chosen for the position.1 Even though Starfinders are not required to assist the First Seeker, most do so either out of respect for the position or for other personal reasons.5


The Forum is an elected body of Starfinders who assist in coordinating the Society's countless far-flung operations while supporting the primary research goals of the current First Seeker. Any Starfinder can be elected to the Forum, and most members continue pursuing their own interests in parallel to their duties as Forum members. Many Forum members are Faction leaders or venture-captains, while others hold no other titles.1

Members of the Forum following the Scoured Stars Incident include:


Besides the First Seeker and the Forum, Guidance is the third pillar of Starfinder Society leadership. Guidance is a network of the uploaded personalities of exemplary Starfinders, including the majority of First Seekers. Only rarely, when a person is deemed unworthy or dies before the uploading process, does a First Seeker's persona not become a part of the Society's spiritual anchor. Guidance inducts all new Starfinders into the organization and gives them their commencement address. It also helps in the process of selecting a new First Seeker by confirming all new appointments. Guidance largely agrees with the votes of the majority of Starfinders, although there have been a few occasions when it has not.1


There are been factions within the Starfinder Society since it first began. Each of the factions supports its members, but knows that each person's first allegiance is to the Society. Even though the various factions have different goals and philosophies, most actively cooperate with one another.14

Main Factions


Acquisitives faction symbol
Leader: Radaszam
Motto: Fame, glory, and money. We want it all.

After the Society lost most of its resources during the Scoured Stars incident, it began hiring mercenaries to handle some of the duties formerly performed by Starfinders. Many of these freelancers decided to stick around after their duties were completed, becoming the first members of the Acquisitives faction.14


Dataphiles faction symbol
Leader: Historia-7
Motto: Knowledge is power.

The Dataphiles are a faction obsessed with the collection of all forms of knowledge, secrets, data, and information. They are particularly interested in discovering during the Scoured Stars incident.14


Exo-Guardians faction symbol
Leader: Ixthia the Unbreakable
Motto: The sword that seeks the darkness.
Former Leaders: Zigvigix

The Exo-Guardians are sworn to protect the Pact Worlds from external threats. They use the Starfinder Society's missions to distant worlds to scout for any perils on the horizon.14

Second Seekers

Second Seekers faction symbol
Leader: Ehu Hadif
Motto: Into the past. Onto the Future
Former Leaders and Mottos: Luwazi Elsebo - A new way forward., Jadnura - Leading the charge.

The Second Seekers attempt to follow the Starfinder Society's First Seeker orders and guidance to the best of their ability, and support her overarching goals for the organization. As the current First Seeker, Luwazi Elsebo, is trying to discover what happened to her predecessor, they are currently focused on that.14


Wayfinders faction symbol
Leader: Fitch
Motto: First into the unknown.

Among the factions of the Starfinder Society, the Wayfinders specialize in the exploration of new parts of the galaxy now accessible via the Drift. They always seek to be the first to set foot on a new planet, scan an undiscovered nebula, or make first contact with a new species.14

Minor Factions


Leader: Zigvigix
Motto: We’re here for you!

Zigvigix, after leaving the Exo-Guardians, formed the advocates with the intent to sympathize and mend the widening rifts splitting the Starfinder Society at the seams in the wake of the Data Scourge. They had suffered more than most during the Data Scourge, but they still sympathized with those around them: the citizens whose lives were upended or cut short and the Starfinders who felt shame and suspicion. 15


Leader: Royo
Motto: Diversity in knowledge, unity in purpose

In the aftermath of the Data Scourge, a growing number of Starfinders lost their faith in technology and Guidance, sparking an anti-technological movement that swept through the Starfinder ranks. Many agents lives have been altered for the worse by technology and over time, the movement solidified into a new minor faction. While some Cognates still aim to eschew technology completely, the faction focuses on a multi-disciplinary methodology.16

Manifold Host

Leader: Harmony of Many
Motto: We who welcome all.

The Starfinder Society’s reputation for multiculturalism is due in no small part to the Manifold Host, who’ve long made it their mission to welcome all people, no matter their species or origin, into the Society. Members of the Manifold Host champion strength in diversity and the unique talents, interests, and outlooks of the Society’s agents. Believing differences should be celebrated and embraced, the Manifold Host works to recruit agents from all alien species into the Society.17


Even though discoveries made by Starfinders sometimes interfere with the goals and ambitions of governments, corporations, and other organizations, which can even end in armed conflict, the Society is seen in a generally positive light. This is largely because the Society is considered a leader in the discovery of new planets and making first contact, two endeavors that are funded by the Society without a profit motive. Many outside private investors also hire Starfinders for private expeditions due to their expertise.5


A Drake starship.

The Society deploys two of its own starship hulls: the Drake and Pegasus. The Drake is a sturdy transport variant suited for combat, while the Pegasus is an explorer variant built for speed, sensors, and flexibility.18 Members of the Exo-Guardians faction use another hull: the Gorgon, a destroyer variant that sacrifices sensors and mobility for solid firepower.19


The Starfinder Society has no patron deity, although many of its members pay homage to Desna as the goddess of luck and travelers.20


Newly inducted members of the Starfinder Society are given the option of having a Society subdermal graft augmentation implaneted into their hand or equivalent appendage; it is primarily used for identification purposes.21


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