Biology · Creature Type

Spirit

Spirits are a large class of incorporeal lifeforms, thus they do not generally interact with the material world and can pass through physical objects. However these entities can interact with other spirits, ghosts, and any person or object imbued with psychic energy.

Biology

Because a spirit is composed of various types of ectoplasm, they have ways of functioning different than organic (even inorganic) beings. Instead of a defined form, most spirits are nebulous clouds and other irregular masses in their native state. However like all life, they have to take energy in and maintain some type of internal environment.

Spirits share the following traits:

Paranormal Entity: Spirits are composed of intangible matter, a substance that doesn’t normally interact with matter and energy as if it was from another plane of existence. All spirits have magic in the form of sorcery and can use magic such as spellcraft, summoning, magetech, alchemy, and divine works. This includes entities with significant spirit ancestry.

Incorporeal: Composed of an intangible matter known as ectoplasm, spirits are incorporeal when not possessing something or manifesting a physical body. They are composed of ectoplasm, a type of matter that normally passes through physical objects.

Semi-Immortality/Ageless: Spirits do not age, and thus do not die of natural causes like organ deterioration. However, most can still be killed if their true will-o-the-wisp soul is broken down, consumed or dissipated.

Psychic: Spirits are beings that produce and depend on psychic energy in the same way that organic beings produce electromagnetic currents and fields. In fact this energy is basically their life force, making them psychic entities. Spirit physiology produces psychic waves that enable them to respond to stimuli in their ethereal environment, move themselves or things around them, navigate the world, and react to psychic energy outside of them. This manifests the major branches of psychic abilities:

  • Telepathy: Transfer of information on thoughts or feelings between individuals mentally. This is how spirits communicate with each other.
  • Precognition: Perception of information about future places or events before they occur. This is how spirits decide their next course of action.
  • Clairvoyance: Obtaining information about places or events at a distance. This is how spirits can perceive their environment.
  • Telekinesis: The ability of the mind to influence matter, time, space, or energy. Spirits will produce psychic waves from their thoughts to manipulate themselves or the world around them. Spirits that can make enough energy to affect objects in the physical plane are usually called poltergeists.

Manifestation

The majority of spirits have developed various means of manifesting a form into the material plane that can interact with the everyday physical world:

Direct

Some spirits can directly manifest as a physical creature to interact with normal matter. The most draining of energy – and direct means – is to simply appear in the physical world by expend some of their psychic life energy to form a body to inhabit with their “true selves” existing as a will-o-the-wisp inside. What their body is composed of it will depend on the spirit itself. Certain types of spirits will only be composed of certain materials, elementals for example are formed of specific inorganic materials.

The manifestation is a corporeal construct, thus it is affected by normal matter but now intangible to the ethereal plane. As it was created and sustained by essentially the spirit’s life force, all sensations of the physical world will be experienced by the spirit.

Even in this form, spirits generally do not need to breathe, eat, excrete or sleep as most lack organ systems and still get spiritual energies. Of course they have the option to create internal organs in their bodies so that they can perform these functions if they wish.

One who just manifests is capable of rapid regeneration, healing most wounds in almost no time, and developing resistances to most normal weaponry. The exception to this is if they are struck by a magical, psychic, or spectral object or substance. Such attacks can cripple or outright slay a manifested spirit, forcing it to release its physical form, reduced to a weakened will-o-the-wisp and some can even outright kill a spirit. A will-of-the-wisp is basically the soul of a spirit and will use the last remains of their power to inhabit an object they come across. When this happens, they must reside in this object for an extended period of time until it can recover its strength and reform.

 

Possession

All spirits can enter and operate preexisting objects or creatures to interact with the physical world to a certain degree. However the exact kind of object or creature a specific spirit has the most affinity with and thus have the best control depends on their species. This is most common manifestation form for nature spirits or undead spirits. Spirits possessing a living creature are subject to the physical needs of that creature like food.

The physical body can be attacked or killed, but the spirit can simply leave the body at any time, leaving the hapless victim to suffer whatever fate was meant for the entity. To harm the ethereal being requires a blessed or magical weapon, meant to harm spirits and being persistent once it leaves the body.

Avatar Method/Incarnation

The third option involves spirits possessing physical living beings, either very young, or unborn. This method results in the spirit effectively becoming that person/animal/plant consciousness. If possessing a infant creature, the full incarnation takes longer, but if pre-born, it’s instant. Spirits who have taken avatars are very vulnerable to physical harm. Anything that can harm a corporeal can harm the spirit. These spirits do not passively regenerate like others, and must either spend their resources like magic to heal, or heal at a natural rate. Magical weapons and faith based rituals will harm them far less than other spirits, because they are accepted as more ‘natural’ to the physical world, having become even more attuned to it then most spirits.

Sustenance

Spirits can get energy/building material from ambient aether, ectoplasm, or psychic thoughts. This means they don’t need to sleep, eat, drink, or even breathe, although they can make bodies that are capable of doing so if they wish to. While spirits do not require this type of sustenance in the first, they also produce bodily waste after consuming food if they have a digestive system.
However, overworking their forms still causes physical and mental exhaustion that sleeping would best take care of.

Spirit Types

Jinn: Jinn are spirit creatures whose forms are composed of electrically charged ectoplasmic particles and can be influenced by strong electric and magnetic fields due to their energy interacting with electromagnetism in a similar fashion to plasma. They can directly manifest by building electrostatic charges to ionize the air into plasma that collects ambient dust to make a physical construct.

Divine: Divine spirits are distinguished by naturally being able to draw cosmic mana from beyond the planet, even in their relaxed state. This enables them to regularly perform Divine Works. This also allows them to be immortal by either simply preventing such damage from appearing (invulnerability/protection), while others are the regenerative type, and quickly recovering. Many also manage or guard an aspect of either natural, preternatural, or supernatural mechanics of existence.

Divine spirits are composed of a form of ectoplasm known as ichor, which can directly manifest as light in the physical realm. They then take the particles of light and slow them down enough to become photonic molecules, which become a solid mass.

Demonic: Spirits that originate from or were corrupted by Demonic Ectoplasm. Its property of being super saturated with negative psychic emotions makes their demeanor and motives are typically described as aggressive and seen as threats to most forms of life. Generally they focus on consuming the life-force of other creatures or eliminating the competition for self preservation. Then they simply assimilate the molecules of other physical beings to exist in a physical form.

They might be either malevolent, neutral, or maybe even benevolent in their dealings with other creatures, but their reputation in general is dire and grim and they are widely seen as cruel, violent, and fiercely chaotic.

  • Devil
  • Imp
  • Fallen Angels
  • Hell hound
  • Hellish Horse
  • Ushi Oni
  • Nekomata

Nature: Nature Spirits trace their origin to the turbulent mana of early Kaf’s natural features attracting and merging with the souls of the Akasha to become new lifeforms. These spirits are thus attracted to and have an affinity for life, reproduction, and nature. When first formed, they exist as featureless spirit wisps simply wandering the ethereal plane for energy and  barely conscious of the physical world. At some point in this state, they will suddenly become very aware of the world which triggers an urge to form a physical body. These bodies are typically formed of elementals of the natural physical  environment and a majority seem to assume a humanoid form as a default.

Undead: Undead spirits are those created after the death of a living creature. Undead spirits arise from necromagy spells and rituals, generally copying the soul of the deceased into a mass of inert ectoplasm to animate, in a sort of resurrection like manner.

  • Ghost
  • Ghul
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