Ashard Soul

Written by Grizzly
An Ashard Soul is the product of two minds physically and spiritually melding to a fragment of an Ashard Dragons heart. When an Ashard Dragon creates a symbiosis with a Garuthian, their souls begin the process of melding together to create a new creature with two minds and one body.
 
Two minds co-exist inside an Ashard Souls crystalline body, they act as one, giving advice, sharing emotions, feelings and experiencing Erenel together.   A newly formed Ashard Soul strives to experience all that Erenel has to offer, starting a pilgrimage to explore the wonders of the world. They hunt for connections to the bond in hopes of learning Erenels secrets and wonders. Eventually they return to Ulkadia as Scholars and Oracles. All Ashard Souls are formed in Ulkadia between an Ashard Dragon and a Garuthian. This symbiotic bond allows an Ashard Soul to get two views of the world. The two minds share their views and come to a single belief of how the world works.   Ashard Souls have a reputation in Ulkadia as The All Sights gift to the Five Great Cities. Those that return from their pilgrimage spread their wisdom and philosophies to the people in hopes of strengthening Ulkadias position in Erenel.
 

Melding of Two Souls

A symbiotic bond between an Ashard Dragon and a Garuthian brings them down a path that leads to the creation of an Ashard Soul. Typically this transformation takes place when both souls leave their physical bodies. While rare, it is possible for the melding process to occur while both creatures still have physical bodies.   Many symbiotic bonds occur between an Ashard Rider and their Mount, the bond between Rider and Dragon flowing deep within their souls. A symbiotic bond can also occur with Ashard Hatchling trainers or other Garuthians lucky enough to be picked by an Ashard Dragon.   When their minds are in harmony, they co-pilot their crystalline body with ease. However, when an Ashard Souls two minds have a dissonance their body hardens in place, the body cannot function if the minds do not act as one. Until harmony is reformed, creatures observing the Ashard Soul often see these moments of dissonance as moments of confusion, fear, or horror.

Basic Information

Anatomy

The heart of an Ashard Dragon is where an Ashard Soul is born. When the heart houses a symbiotic bond, it begins to crystallize a new form using the Garuthians body as a reference, with aspects of the Ashard Dragon taking root as accents to the new form. The crystalline body looks like a statue carved from gemstone.   Their facial features are carved onto the body giving them a more humanoid appearance. The features are formed of Ashard meaning they cannot move. Instead, an Ashard Souls crystalline body changes colours to reflect their moods, opinions, or feelings. Often blending colours to reflect their minds, the colurs spin and flow beneath the outer layer of Ashard creating a cacophony of hues. An Ashard Souls body takes on a solid hue when one mood greatly overwhelms the others. As an Ashard Soul loses their apathy towards the outside world, they often choose one colour that represents their true name and purpose.   Their form undergoes minor changes over long periods of time, changes to their height or facial composition is not uncommon. If large slabs of their body are lost in combat, the reformed portions of an Ashard Soul attempts to mimic the original body with varying degrees of success.

Dietary Needs and Habits

An Ashard Soul does not need to eat, sleep, or breathe. They are fueled by their melded minds greater connection to Al’Madoon and the Bond.

Civilization and Culture

Naming Traditions

When first formed, Ashard Souls choose to take the first name of their Garuthian mind and the title of the Ashard Dragons mind, melding them together as an act of unity. The Ashard Soul gives themselves a True Name when they have walked among the other races of Erenel and found the true purpose of their existence.   Creation Names. Markos The Gifted One, Panikos The Life Giver, Ioanna The Eternal Fire, Evgenia The Redeemer   True Names. Stability, Presence, Potency, Awareness, Harmony

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Lifespan
An Ashard Soul is created fully mature and can live forever. The side effect of eternal life is their sense of apathy for Erenel, and its people diminshes.
Average Height
5ft - 7ft
Average Weight
90 - 200 lbs
by alexander fuhr

Ashard Soul Traits

Your Ashard Soul character has a variety of natural abilities common with your ancestry.
Ashard Soul 5E Racial Traits

Ashard Soul

Ability Score Increase Intelligence +2, Constitution +1
Size Medium
Speed 30 feet

Ashard Form

You do not need to eat, sleep, or breathe. Your crystalline form removes the need of the most basic bodily functions. However, many freshly formed Ashard Souls mimic the process of sleep to adjust themselves to their new form.  

Children of the All Sight

You are proficient in the Arcana skill. Your connection to the Ashard Dragon, The All Sight, has opened your minds to the bond in ways never previously possible.  

Darkvision

You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You cannot discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.  

Innate Spellcasting

You know the Message cantrip. When you reach 3rd level, you can cast the Command spell once with this trait and regain the ability to do so when you finish a long rest. When you reach 5th level, you can cast the Detect Thoughts spell once with this trait and regain the ability to do so when you finish a long rest. Intelligence is your spellcasting ability for these spells.  

Two Minds, One Body

You have resistance to Psychic damage. Additionally, you are immune against being charmed. Having two minds connected to one body allows you to split mental attacks between them.

Languages. Common, Primordial and one extra language of your choice.



Cover image: by jon neimeister

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4 Jul, 2021 16:35

This is incredibly interesting. I really like the history in it in the melding of the two souls. Great job!

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