"No matter which god or goddess you follow, it's blasphemy! The soul is meant to leave the body but once, when the sweet release of death frees us from the toils and torments of this world. Thanks to the ferrymen, there are grimy dens all over this decadent city where degenerates sit in deathlike trances taking soul journeys to other worlds while their real life here on this mortal plane passes them by. Some people will tell you that soulfaring is just a harmless diversion, or even a path to self-discovery, but make no mistake: it is a meanace. The second you let a ferryman tie that silver cord around your ankle, you're inviting all dangers and moral shortcomings of any other vice you can name into your life, along with existential risk to your very soul."Soulfaring is the practice of spiritually travelling to other planes of existence. Opinions on the practice vary considerably: Whether it's a grave societal threat, idle distraction, path to enlightenment, or indication of moral failing depends on who you ask. For this reason, it's a topic rarely discussed in polite company. Based on the brisk trade done by Ferrymen, however, the practice of soulfaring is considerably less taboo than the discussion of said practice. Soulfaring Desitnations--Ludwella Voleshead, moral crusader
Ending the JourneyThere are three ways in which a soulfaring character can return to their earthly body:
- The most common way of ending a soulfaring journey is for the traveler to spend a moment mentally focusing on their anchor. A soulfarer who is safe and calm can do this easily, but fear, fatigue, injury and other distractions can make attaining the proper focus difficult or impossible
- The ferryman can pull the soulfarer back into their body at any time if he so chooses.
- When traveling on most other planes of existence, the death of the character’s extraplanar form sends them back to their earthly body. Therefore, suicide is an option for instantly ending most soulfaring journeys.
Components and tools
A cord or chain that is attached to the caster's left ankle at one end and some item that ties them to the material plane on the other. The most common anchor is a piece of silver thread attached to a personal possession that is meaningful to the traveler, but there is variation in both the type of cord used and the nature of the anchoring item. For example, Horse Lord witches use a braided mare's tail attached to the bone belonging to one of the soulfarer's ancestors.