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Quasi-Soul

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Beautiful, crystalline beings...with an incompleteness inside...

Physiology:

Quasi-Souls are humanoid beings made out of a mesh of hard, jagged, and colored crystals. They are mysterious beings with incomplete souls. Quasi-Souls lack internal organs, and are unable to taste or smell. They see with crystalline eyes, and their bodies can reverberate sound waves, allowing “speech”. They “hear” by picking up foreign sound waves on their bodies. They do not eat, breathe, or even sleep. The uneducated would assume that they are some artificial construct. In truth, Quasi-Souls do not know their origin, or why they are in a kind of “limbo” with their own souls.

Quasi-Souls are human-like, with a head, neck, torso, and limbs. However, Quasi-Souls vary widely in the color of their crystals, their degree of fragmentation, and the density of their crystals. Their body structure itself can vary widely. For example, one Quasi-Soul can have crystalline “horns” or a crystalline “crown” on their heads. While it is relatively common for Quasi-Souls to have the common humanoid arms, hands, legs, and feet, many variations of these norms are also common. A Quasi-Soul can have scythe-like blades for hands, triple-jointed legs, and even crystalline tendrils for limbs, just to name a few.

Quasi-Souls are biologically immortal, and thus cannot die from old age, nor can they be infected by common diseases, or harmed by common poisons. They can only be killed by trauma.

A Quasi-Soul is able to transcend their limbo, by completing their soul or destroying what they have. Quasi-Souls can complete their souls, becoming Soulfuls. If a Quasi-Soul abandons their soul, they become Soullesses. Some Quasi-Souls, however, are perfectly happy with their limbo, and do not seek to risk themselves by attempting a transcendence.

Soulfuls look like “angels” made out of neon lightning, with large wings. Soulfuls, otherwise, pretty much entirely retain their color and shape that they had when they were in quasi form. In the process in which a Quasi-Soul becomes a Soulful, it usually begins with a gradual merging of their crystal, until one pivotal day, when their crystalline shell is broken in a flash of neon light and lightning.

Soullesses, on the other hand, are insane entities that seem to be made of neon fire. They retain their color and shape that they had in their quasi form. In the process in which a Quasi-Soul becomes a Soulless, it usually begins with a gradual shedding of their crystals, until one pivotal day, when their crystalline shell completely falls apart.

 

Psychology:

Every Quasi-Soul feels a sense of incompleteness and inferiority. They typically prefer to stay with others of their kind, and do not enjoy socializing with other beings. They feel a sharp envy towards other creatures, wishing that they themselves could join them in their complete wholeness (or emptiness).

Quasi-Souls detest sheer combat, believing that subtlety and tact can almost always lead to a better outcome.

Quasi-Souls themselves are very philosophical and enigmatic beings. It is quite typical for some Quasi-Souls to speak entirely in riddles and jumbled jargon.

The Quasi-Souls that wish to become Soulfuls believe that what soul they have is an asset, and that completing it is its own reward. The Quasi-Souls that wish to be Soullesses are typically insane cretins, believing that what soul they have makes them weak, and it must be purged.

 

Culture:

Quasi-Souls all seek to empower and hone their minds. They respect and enjoy art, and they also enjoy games of skill. Quasi-Souls are also very much fascinated with precious gems and crystals, believing all of these to be remains of the transcended. Quasi-Soul communities live in crystalline places, such as gem mines, living in homes and buildings carved out of the solid crystal.

Quasi-Souls do name themselves, but they do not feel that these names have any true meaning. Only when they can complete themselves, can their name have a true meaning. (Or, in the case of Soullesses, only when they purge themselves, can they finally abandon the naming facade.)

Quasi-Soul culture revolves around transcendence. Quasi-Souls that seek to hone their souls live in crystalline monasteries and commit themselves to strict codes. Occasionally, they travel in caravans, believing that helping others they meet will allow themselves to be helped.

Quasi-Souls that seek to lose their souls are reviled. They live in secrecy, committing horrible sacrifices and unspeakable evils, believing that the weakness they have will eventually be forced out by the horrendous acts. They occasionally travel in war bands, murdering and corrupting civilization, feeding the horror in their hearts.

 

Encounters:

Quasi-Souls sometimes leave their monasteries/cults for adventure. Quasi-Souls never do anything without purpose however, so they usually adventure to find their own way to transcend, believing that their conceived way is quicker and/or better.

A Quasi-Soul always attracts stares with its gleaming crystalline form. A conversation with a Quasi-Soul can always be an eye-opening experience…if the party can get past its odd manner of speaking and find the meaning in its words. Quasi-Souls, if they believe the party can assist them with their grand quest, do accompany them, and leave them when their usefulness seems to end.

Since Quasi-Souls prefer a relatively subtle approach, an adventuring party can easily step on the plans of a Quasi-Soul cult by sheer accident, and at the same time, win the glorious praise of a Quasi-Soul monastery. (Or vice-versa) While finding Quasi-Souls by accident can be relatively simple, finding one on purpose could be very difficult. Quasi-Souls prefer to blend in to the background and stay hidden. A party purposely trying to find a monastery or cult might come up empty-handed even after a long wild goose chase.



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Voted Pieh
July 29, 2010, 21:12
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I really didn't contribute much to this, but I really like it and plan on making an NPC submission of one of these. I think it's a very solid first post with tons of potential. I hope to see more from you in the future, Bly. With less clinging to my shoulder in fear. :p I still think detailing a reproductive process (Or: How Quasi-Souls make more Quasi-Souls) would have been beneficial, even if they don't know where they came from.
Blydden
July 29, 2010, 21:16
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Oh, I probably wouldn't have even joined without your help. So, thank you.

To those people who are wondering about a Quasi-Soul's reproductive system (you weird, weird people) I leave that up to you to create an efficient, asexual form of reproduction. (Mainly because I, myself, have no bloody clue.)
Voted Drackler
July 30, 2010, 22:15
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They seem a very interesting group of creatures. I would like to see more information on those Quasi-souls trying to purge their souls.
A couple of things stand out to me as being odd. First, the Quasi-souls prefer tact over overt combat when at odds with someone. Why? I don't know, but it just seems at odds with how I picture them. Of course, you would know better than I about this, it just confuses me.
Secondly, the Quasi-souls prefer to blend in to the background and stay hidden. Not only does this seem difficult judging by their form, but it also seems impractical. You said that Quasi-souls seeking to become Soulesses do horrible acts to get them nearer to their goal. Wouldn't the opposite also be true, that Quasi-souls seeking to become Soulfuls would try to do good deeds so as to get them to their own goal?

Also, a small note on typography: There are a few points where the plurality changes in the middle of a sentence. it isn't necessarily a problem, I just find it distracting.

And, at the tail-end of this criticism, I'll add that I do really like this sub, and I hope to see plenty more.
Blydden
July 31, 2010, 0:30
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Hmm. Good questions.

1. They prefer tactics in the manner that they like to have everything thought out, rather than just charging blindly into combat.

2. Quasi-Souls believe themselves to be inferior to other forms of life, those that are not in the "limbo". They prefer to stay hidden with others of their kind, but that doesn't mean that the monastery priests will turn someone away in their time of need, as long as they who they help does not mind their presence. Nor will the cult acolytes just stand by when there is a perfect opportunity to slit the throats and chop the heads off their "superiors".

They prefer to stay hidden, but will come out if they believe they truly should.

(Hope that helps.)
Voted valadaar
August 1, 2010, 19:27
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A very good first post - and I have a big question - how do they either acquire or lose their souls? Could two share their souls and become one?

Blydden
August 3, 2010, 16:55
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1) Every Quasi-Soul takes a different path, so there are, in theory, an infinite number of ways to reach a transcendence.

2) Two souls can never combine. Ever. So no.
Scrasamax
August 2, 2010, 7:42
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I like this quite a lot, Nicely done.
Voted Scrasamax
August 2, 2010, 9:13
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I like this submission, but I am curious as to where they actually came from, because as beautiful an idea as this is, it is so far out of left field I dont think I can fake'n'bake an origin for them. Do you have an origin for them?
Blydden
August 3, 2010, 16:53
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My origin for them is pretty setting specific...

Sorry. :S
Voted Kassy
April 11, 2012, 10:51
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3.5/5 

Really liked it.

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