Monoliths are Sophont which have transcended to a higher consciousness by self-mastery to the point of sparking a divine serendipity within themselves.
Becoming a Monolith
Ascending GraceMonoliths Ascend by gaining or furthering Domains.This is done by achieving mastery of a trade, skill, or hobby to the point that they achieve a deeper level of flow. That which they have mastered becomes their Domain.
Transcendent MonolithsA Transcendent Monolith is a Monolith who has transcended to an even greater level of mastery and whose power pushes even beyond the limits of our understanding of the Universe. They are said to be able to accomplish feats such as slowing time, teleporting an indeterminate distance, disobeying the conservation of mass, and other such feats.
Descending GraceIt is nearly impossible for a Monolith to lose their status. It is typically only after some event which severely breaks or wipes the Monolith's mind, utterly changing who they are and how they perceive their world—something deeper and more horrifying than sheer grief.
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A moment of insight, a spark of inspiration, and suddenly the thing you've been doing your entire life just clicks into place, becomes real in a way you can't comprehend until you experience it firsthand. No matter whether you're doing, whether it's the most mundane task or the most revered, it all makes sense to you in a wider context. Your eyes open, and you see the rhythm of the universe.
Though they stood no taller than any other, their presence placed them head-and-shoulders above the crowd. An ethereal sense clung to them, something holograms and glamours couldn't replicate on their best day. Their glowing eyes scanned the clouds with a sort of removed, languid grace, seeing in a glance what I would miss in a study.
DomainsA Domain is the specific set of knowledge and skill which the Monolith has gained mastery over. There is seemingly no limitation to what a Monolith's domain can be, which has lead to many amusing cases such as with Monoliths of Cooking. What is important is that the Domain be one which the Monolith has been able to fully dedicate themselves too, and which took great effort to master.
Transcendental FeatsMonolithic Feats are Metaphysical powers (passive and active) unique to Monoliths which relate to their Domains, Race, and Affectations. Monolithic Feats are not inexplicable—while they seem to defy reality they still use ambient meta like any other Spell Cast. What isn't understood is how and why Monoliths are capable of such fantastic feats.
Examples of these feats include: roars as loud as thunder, rays of healing light, summoning extra Projections, cracking stone with a bare-knuckled punch, deflecting a bullet with a sword, bursts of flight, and putting off an aura of sheer terror.