Death is, for most at least, the final act of their life. Yet it is not the end and neither, as some religions argue, is it truly a new beginning. Death is a great circle, each life a step on the way to immortality, towards a escape from the cycle almost eternal. The Immortal never knew death, and when they made mortals, they gave motion to life. Frugi and Drewel set in motion the circle - death, life, rebirth - that pervades the life of all mortal species. It was in many ways a cruel irony that death was made by the deathless, for they did not understand their own immortality and so could not replicate it. Mortals have sought answers, solutions, and cures to death since their birth. To not die is many mortals greatest wish. Magic, necromancy and science have all been applied to the problem, with varying success.
AfterlifeThough many cultures have beliefs about death and the destination of the soul after it, very few of them are true. Death is a mystery to mortals, and their fear of it inspires great creativity and dedication in the ceremonies that surround it. They honour their dead with great monuments, ceremonies and sacrifices. Death is the one aspect where the Divine hold true responsibility. Death was their curse (or perhaps gift) to mortals. They have therefore been forced to take control of its consequences. Ramio holds sway as god of reincarnation, and Ayel as god of the dead warrior. There are two destinations for the dead mortal soul. Some few ascend to Desper, the realm of Ayel. It is there that the souls of the unjustly murdered soldier and the honoured warrior alike are taken, for their eternal reward. Most other dead ascend to the The Silver Halls, where they await reincarnation into a new life, continuing the cycle. Yet in the many who die and live every day, some are missed. These spirits become Shades, immaterial beings who struggle to hold onto the world without a body. Many will resort to possessing inanimate objects, often homes, and haunt them. Others fall prey to Shelgoth, or slowly degrade and disintegrate without a place to call home.
ReincarnationReincarnation is the cycle set by Frugi for mortals, when she discovered their fragility. It is in reincarnation that souls are granted immortality. They continue in new lives, growing and accumulating power. As the soul grows with each reincarnation, magic is born within mortals; elder souls granting the power of magic. The reincarnation of souls is the realm of power of Ramio. He and his servants place souls within the new born, guiding them into new vessels to their next cycle, and guard the Silver Halls where souls wait in limbo. The Feos are the psychopomps of Ramio's consort. When souls grow too quickly between reincarnations, they will at times split off a second, smaller soul. These souls carry an intrinsic link to their parent, and become bonded. In each life, they often find themselves together - be it as friends, brothers in arms, lovers, family or enemies.
Eclipse by Laura Skinner