This is a post that has been in the long time coming. Here's Red Kangaroo's take on the Spirit World and on gateways to the same.
The Astral Sea is the Spiritual World. It includes everything from the dizzying heights and splendor of Deep Heaven to the miserable pits of Sheol. It is a place where emotions are used as building materials, thoughts become food and ideologies form the landscape. It is inhabited by a dizzying array of spiritual creatures, from spells to Demons to Gods. It is a place of wonders and terrors. And some of its inhabitants are very well known.
Angels are creatures of holy war and sacred violence, unbending paragons of virtue. They serve God and Heaven, descending to Earth to wreak vengeance or carry out the will of their distant masters.
Demons are free-agents of chaos, suffering and hatred, slithering up from the depths of Sheol and out of the darkened places of the universe to rampage through the higher spaces, spreading destruction and terror wherever they go. They may serve some vile deity, or they may indulge freely in their dark appetites, unbounded even by reason.
Generally, mortals are unlikely to meet such creatures. They are too powerful and too important to walk on Earth for long, requiring magic to summon them and a host to contain them while here.
But there is a third type of spiritual creature, the one most mortals are much more familiar with- the Spirit.
Spirits dwell in the Shallows of the Astral Sea, the only area of that vast realm easily accessible to mortals. They lurk just beyond our perception, living in the spiritual reflection of our world, a reversed 1:1 image of what exists on our side. This is part of the Spirit World, but unlike some other areas, here the Veil is thin enough that it can be peeled back so you can steal a peek inside. Through the use of powerful hallucinogens, certain meditations techniques of magic spells, one can peer into the Shallows and see what spirits are splashing about.
The first thing you will notice are the creatures Sages identify as "spells". These small spirits range from the size of your hand to the size of a grain of rice and swarm through the Spirit World in incalculable numbers, great schools of tiny creatures, overflowing with strange features and appendages. Most of these spirits are only about as smart as insects and usually only serve the purpose of being captured by other creatures, either to be eaten or used. Sages capture these spirits and use them to catch spells, though only some varieties are useful. You should always be sure to test any spirit you capture, in case instead of grabbing the one that can produce a fireball, you got one that instead produces a furball or something equally useless, such as the ability to speak to doors.
The second thing you will notice is the Lesser Spirits. These spirits fill the role of mortals and animals in the physical world. They are usually intelligent, or at least, capable of being dealt with by intelligent creatures.
The third type of creature you will, or perhaps will not notice, are the Greater, or High, Spirits. These are the Spirits that stand at the same level as Angels, Demons or even Gods. These Spirits are generally rarely encountered, as they are far too busy dealing with more important issues to interfere with the tourists.
by Pierre Amédée Marcel-Béronneau
Base Spirit Statblock:
HD 1d4+1 [Lesser]/1d6+4 [Greater]
AR 8 [Lesser]/14 [Greater]
Atk (1d6/1d6) [Lesser]/(1d10/1d10) [Greater]
Mor 13 [Lesser]/15 [Greater]
Saves (7+HD) or less
Native of the Shallows: Lesser Spirits can, as an action, leave or enter the Shallows of the Astral Sea at will. When they does this, they vanish from our world but also loses any ability to affect it except indirectly, until they re-enter our world.
- Underestimate mortal foes, unless they look really strong
- Pop in and out, using Natives of the Shallows
- Discretion is the better part of valor
To generate a random Spirit, roll on the tables below:
What kind of Spirit is it?
1- Nature Spirit.
2- Ancestor Spirit.
3- Mighty Ghost.
4- Petty God.
6- Chaos Spirit.
7- Law Spirit.
8- Evil Spirit.
9- Beneficient Spirit.
What does this Spirit want?
1- Something that reinforces its nature. For example, Ghosts and Evil spirits want to scare people, Good spirits want to see people joyful, Law Spirits want disorder dealt with, Chaos spirits want chaos, etc. The Spirit wants you to help it with a problem or to give it the opportunity to do what it is meant to do.
2- Sacrifices. Can take the form of anything the Spirit might value, from human or animal sacrifice to jewels to your magic sword.
3- Companionship. The Spirit wants someone to spend time with it. This person will be taken with the Spirit back to the Spirit World to be a bride/friend/servant or some combination.
4- Challenge. The Spirit wants you to present it with a challenge, something it could accomplish but not easily.
5- Help with another Spirit.
6- Mortal Delicacy. The Spirit wants you to bring it something from the mortal world, such as liquor, a child's artwork, an immature pine cone, a maiden's innocence.
Types of Spirits:
The spiritual personification, or representative of a particular natural feature. Depending on the power of the Spirit, this can be anything from a patch of grass to an entire forest. Nature Spirits are the nameless soldiers of the Green Gods, the allies of the Druids and the Folk. They struggle mightly against civilization, or merely passively resist it.
This Lesser Nature Spirit is...
1- A beetle the size of a cat, with gossamer wings that refract light like a prism. Speaks through the vibrations of these wings. It has the ability to refract sunlight through its wings to cast Prismatic Ray. Wants: For you to knock over an annoying tree, tasty bugs.
2- A pile of stones that shift and move to indicate the Spirit's feelings. It cannot speak, or chooses not to. It has the ability to trigger rock slides or cause the stones under your feet to move and trip you up. Avoid hills or mountains if you have angered it. Wants: For you to move a particular stone to another hill, to be immersed in fine liquor.
3- A Dragonfly with jewels for eyes. Can speak, but is very quiet. Has the ability to reflect magic spells cast on it back at the caster and its wings cut like razors. Wants: For you to drive away the Awakened parrot two trees over, for you to get the local Harpy to leave or shut up, the Spirit cannot stand her off-key singing anymore.
4- A rotten stump covered in fungi and moss, with the vaguest suggestion of a face on top of it. Has the ability to summon living roots out of the ground to ensnare and crush, or to drag creatures down into the earth and bury them alive. Wants: To be left alone, for the lumberjack who cut down an important tree to be sacrificed on top of it.
5- A small man, shorter than a hound, with the lower body of a deer and antlers. Has the ability to animated nearby plants and make them want to strangle you. Wants: Sweet corn, fresh vegetables.
6- A glowing ball of light that upon closer inspection is revealed to be a tiny, translucent woman surrounded by a corona of light. Has the ability to turn invisible, fly or and to cause hallucinations. Wants: For someone to follow her into a treacherous bog and possibly be eaten by crocodiles, to play cruel jokes.
This Greater Nature Spirit is...
1- A lion made of stone, with a mane of living grass and stone claws. It has the ability to sense innocence and corruption, cannot be hurt by anything that could not hurt a boulder and can summon the ghosts of tigers, leopards and lions to savage enemies. Wants: to protect the innocent, to hunt those who do not respect the forest.
2- A giant made of molten rock, with eyes of flame and a mouth that pours smoke. The spirit of a volcano. It has the ability to hurl boulders that split open, spraying hot lava, and is so hot anything it touches or gets near that can burn does. It is also a giant. Wants: Human sacrifices, For a particular Spirit of the Upper Air to notice its affections.
3- A living mass of clouds, a lithe sillohuete occasionally appearing in the midst of the storm. It has the ability to hurl giant hail stones, lightning and freezing winds at its enemies. It also cannot be harmed by anything that could not hurt a cloud. Wants: Mass celebrations or orgies beneath it (so it can watch), for large amounts of alcohol or tea to be boiled (so it can have some).
4- An enormous serpent, with aquamarine scales and horns. It has the ability to transform into water and create bubbles of water to trap people in. Wants: To be flattered and praised, for something obstructing a river, such as a dam, boulder or pile of logs to be removed.
5- A walking tower of white spikes, with a rotating mouth full of a million needle teeth and eyes that glow blue. The spirit of a blizzard. Has the power to create snowmen minions, exhale clouds of freezing wind and freezes any living creature it touches solid. Wants: For hot-blooded creatures to die, a spouse or lover to torment and abuse.
6- An enormous lizard covered in downy green-blue fur. Has the power to almost perfectly camoflague and can exhale clouds of spores that make people hallucinate. Wants: To be introduced to a real dragon, for you to take a token of its love to Court of Queen Titania, Lady of Summer and return with her reply.
- Can summon common animals they have authority over to aid them in battle. Ex: A Green/Druidic spirit could summon any animal, but a Spirit tied to a specific animal such as Birds or Snakes could only summon birds or spiders respectively.
- Can animate plant life to assault nearby enemies
- Can control natural dangers in the form of fire, lightning, poison
- Stronger ones can trigger natural disasters such as flash floods, sinkholes, minor earthquakes and forest fires
by Jason Nyugen
Ancestor Spirits are spirits spawned by the people who dwell in a land. They can collective manifestations of a people's unconscious wills, an undirected sentiment that chooses a new vessel whenever that people is in danger, or they can the ghosts of ancient heroes sculpted and molded by decades or centuries of veneration into proud and valiant protectors. Ancestor Spirits are often, but not always warriors, and usually represent the ideals of that culture- whatever that culture deems heroic or virtuous. However, in the case of degenerated or evil culture, their Ancestor Spirits may choose not to respond, or may be twisted into villainy. In other cases, an Ancestor Spirit might have been a complicated person in life, and their descendants may simply choose to overlook this part of their personality. Sometimes this causes those moral wrinkles to fade over time, while in other ways it remains a part of the Spirit itself.
This Ancestor Spirit is...
1- Yuto Vica Bylo Manz Fragi, The Night Spear. A Frogling Assassin-King who raised his people in revolt and led a guerilla war against the Handsome Men and the Crocolings for decades. He won victory after victory and in the end, was only overcome when he was betrayed by a woman who he thought loved him. Yuto possesses the ability to jump great distances, stick to walls and trees and fights with poisoned javelins which he throws or stabs people with. His cult is still very strong, despite many attempts to stamp it out by the authorities. He is said to still protect his people to this day, leading a host of ghost-soldiers that lurk in the depths of the bogs and fens of the North, punishing those who abuse Froglings.
2- Lafar, Son of Olipa. A Human soldier who united his entire people under the banner of rebellion and overthrow the Soul-Weavers. He was the leader of the revolt that overthrew the terrible monsters that oppressed his people, controlling their minds and feeding on them like cattle. He is said to have been immune to their mind-control abilities. He fought with a spear, which he twirled and spun like a quarterstaff. After finally driving the enemy from his shores he was crowned King and ruled for twenty long years, before dying surrounded by his many, many children. To this day, many Human Kings claim to be descended from him and it is said that should the Humans ever be oppressed again, Lafar will awaken from his long sleep to lead them to freedom once more.
3- Princess Hizibi, the Virgin Queen. A Dwarf Princess who was hatched prematurely, she never developed properly and thus could not mature into a Queen. Despite this, she set about working her hardest to help her people, training in all the Queenly arts. She served 3 different Queens, all who passed before her, her life extended by the spirits. She is said to be the first Dwarf to ride a Kergeden and she led a band of mounted Dwarves against the enemies of her tribe, but she was never above helping Dwarves of other tribes. She longed for all Dwarves to join together in universal brotherhood- though sadly this was yet to be achieved. She was so famous that multiple tribes actually try to claim her and almost all of them have at least one story about how she delivered them from some evil. Hizibi is said to return whenever a conflict between Dwarves becomes too destructive or when there is a problem that concerns all Dwarves.
4- Arton Hali. A Wolfwoman archer, Hali was so skilled she was said to be able to shoot the tail feathers off a bird in flight. Her feats of archery were so impressive that she was permitted to join the males of her tribes in the warring, where she proceeded to utterly trounce all of them. After saving her entire tribe dozens of times, Hali began receiving prophetic visions. These visions led her to take control of her tribe and conquer the other local tribes, uniting them under her banner. Then, leading them on the warpath, she marched South and struck at the Vulkari Empire, crushing their armies and sending the bald-heads scurrying back to their low-land cities. Since then, the Spine of Tarraq has belonged exclusively to the Wolfmen, and any attempt to reclaim it from them has resulted in the return of Hali and her arrows.
Powers of Ancestor Spirits:
- They can bless particular warriors with extraordinary skill, resistance to fear, charm or damage
- They can send omens to their kin or false omens to an enemy
- They can possess creatures (willing or otherwise) to lend them the skill and powers they had in life
A Creature possessed by an Ancestor Spirit counts as a Level 1d4+4 Adventurer, with a Damage Threshold equal to its level and at least one unique ability. For example, Arton Hali can see 1 round into the future, knowing what the defense rolls of her enemies would be, while Yuto Manz Fragi has the ability of being able to secrete poison from his skin that instantly forces those affected by it to save or die.
Ghosts are usually created from tragedy. Unfinished business sometimes, but usually this business is the worst sort of sorrow and hatred. And generally, there are two things that decide how powerful and how intact a Ghost is- the strength of the person while they were alive and the suffering they endured upon their death. Someone who was weak or did not suffer greatly will leave behind only a pale shade, a fragment of a personality. The Mother whose son never came home will leave a faint shape that is occasionally seen through the windows or in the halls at night, and you might hear her mournful cries on days celebrating the honored dead or when soldiers return home and march by the house. But if that woman's son was tortured and murdered in front of her, the ghost she leaves behind will be a terrible ghost, haunting that house, slaying any who resemble the original killers.
However, there is another factor that few know about. Should a vicious Ghost slay enough people, it will grow in power and its energies will begin to permeate an area, allowing the Ghost to control the area to a greater extent. These areas become loci of dark energies, places that subconsciously call to those with a fascination with the Grotesque, Inhuman and Unnatural. This same attraction also applies to the souls of the dead, but much more intensely. Should another creature perish in one of these locations, their soul might become trapped there, dragged down and imprisoned by the Ghost that rules over that place. Such areas are generally known and avoided by sensible folk, at least at night.
This Mighty Ghost is...
1- The Old Soldier. An Orzanian warrior who is said to have slain 100 Dwarves in a single day as he fought to save his subordinates, before finally being overcome. Fatally wounded, he declared that he would never rest until the Dwarves knelt to his distant Emperor and then charged, trying to buy time for his allies to escape. To this day he is said to prowl the battlefield where he fell, engaged in an endless guerilla war against an enemy that has long since retreated.
2- The Corpse Child. A babe who died shortly after birth, his Sage father revived him with vile magicks as a way to console his grieving mother. But when she saw what her child had been transformed into, she smothered the child and killed her husband, before taking her own life. The Child still dwells in the Sage's original manor, seeking to be born. Occasionally, someone foolish will come to the house to exorcise it or doubting the Child's power, claiming it to be an old wives' tale. The Child is all to happy to claim their souls and make them its servants.
3- The Menagarie of Man. When an greedy confidence man discovered an immensely deformed man, he decided to shelter the poor soul, in exchange for a small service. He placed the deformed man on display and charged money for the public to come and see a soul so cursed by the Gods. This proved lucrative, so the conman began collecting deformed, damaged and otherwise strange living oddities. But eventually, when one of his freaks was suspected of a crime, the conman murdered the constable sent to investigate and led his freaks in flight. Unfortunately, he was caught and torn apart, while his freaks were put out of their misery. Yet to this day, some claim you can still see the conman's menagarie. They say he will appear in the gloom of the night, leading a train of wagons coated in long-peeling paint, the signs faint but just barely legible. "Come inside," he'll say. Do not take him up on his offer.
4- The Fevre Dream. A beautiful ferry that is full of fine china, beautiful tapestries and soft rugs. The staff is friendly and welcoming and the other passengers charming and beautiful. Enjoy the delicious food and exotic music, but beware, once you board, you may never leave. Should you attempt to do so, the other passengers will open their mouths to reveal their many needle teeth. They will drag you down and rip you apart, then have you for supper, while the musicians plink away at their instruments and the Captain with the eyes full of black mirth guides the ship down to Hell.
Powers of Mighty Ghosts:
- Within the area they haunt, they can control non-magical objects as an extension of their bodies
- They can trap and consume the souls of those who have died within their domain, to heal themselves
- They can reanimate corpses within their domain as Undead Servants to aid them
- They can disturb the sleep of anyone who tries to rest here, preventing them from taking long, but not short rests
- They also possess whatever abilities they had in life, but they have likely been strengthened by the other souls trapped or absorbed by the ghost
Mortals will worship just about anything, but just because something is called a God, doesn't make it one. Many Outsiders are revered as Gods and many Spirits are venerated similarly. Some cultures even worship the ghosts of their dead ancestors, who are most assuredly not Gods. The Gods themselves pay no notice of this, dwelling in Heaven, only occasionally appearing in their Temples on Earth to speak to their priesthood. Mostly, the Gods are too busy to directly intervene in mortal affairs, delegating that to other servants, mortal or otherwise, speaking to them through dreams, omens and the movement of the heavens.
That being said, there are some beings who have a better claim to divinity than most. The Sons of God, whether biologically or otherwise, mortals elevated to pseudo-immortality, Outsiders or other Spirits given broad commissions, these beings are one step removed from divinity, but lack the power, the authority or the nature to move any further. They are permanently trapped, unable to rise further but unwilling to sink lower. Some of these beings rage against Heaven and plot revenge, while others are content to stay where they are, awaiting the end of the Age, when they shall finally be relieved of their duties and permitted to rest.
This Petty God is...
1- Heraraca. A legendary hero who ascended to divinity after death. He was cursed by the Gods for butchering his wife and children in a fit of rage, but managed to redeem himself through completing 12 impossible tasks and broke the curse. When the Gods finally directly intervened in an attempt to kill them, he did not die, but instead their attack only stripped away his mortal side, leaving only the spark of divinity in his core. This swelled and grew, until he became an immortal like them. One day, he will finally finish healing and once restored to his full power, he will assault Heaven and overthrow the Gods, or so it is claimed. Until then he wanders the Earth, gathering allies and aiding those who are oppressed by those of a higher nature than them.
2- Melizozo. A Demon of unimaginable power, Melizozo was the most fearsome agent of the Dark Powers, seeking to blot out all reality. But when he met an Angel of Love, she taught him the errors of his way. Trusting in her, he was transformed into a champion of justice. It was he who smashed the Dark Powers and scattered them into the fragments that they are today. For his treachery, however, he too was shattered, bits of his soul scattered across creation. It is said that the Angels are busy gathering up the pieces of his body to this day. When they find them all, they will bring them back together and Melizozo will be resurrected, and that will be the symbol for the final battle of Good versus Evil to commence.
3- Grazui, the Beautiful. A sumptuous lord of luxury, he dwells in a hidden, hellish world, in a seemingly endless manor. In his world of suffering, his garden of Earthly delights, all things are available for the proper price. Wine, women, and darker pleasures still. His realm can be reached through a secret ritual, but one can also be taken there, as his servants on this world sometimes open portals to travel to and from his world, whether to send him new sacrifices or play-things, or to pour out into our world to slaughter and plunder in his name. As such, his realm is continually assaulted by the forces of Good, Evil, Law and Chaos, but all find themselves lost in the maze of cities and wilderness around his home. One day, perhaps, a pure soul will pierce his defenses and make their way into his presence and rid the world of his corrupting influence. Until that day though, he will continue to feed on our world, plucking the ripest fruits and most beautiful blossoms for himself, to sate his ravenous appetite.
4- Elduai, Selenic Queen, Lady of Silver. A goddess who was banished from Heaven after slighting the King of the Gods, she and her husband were stripped of their immortality and forced to live as mortals. They spent their lives seeking for a way to reclaim their divinity, and eventually succeeded. But after they found a method of becoming immortals, they found out it would only work for one of them. So, rather than leave each other, they concealed the method and swore to think of a better solution. But then, years later, when her husband's pupil betrayed them upon discovering they had the secret of immortality, Elduai used the method they discovered on herself, rather than let the betrayer live. As a Goddess, she destroyed the traitor, but had to leave her husband, as she was now a God and could not live on the Earth. She now resides on the Moon, but one night a year and on some cloudy nights, when the Gods cannot see her, she ventures from her manse to visit the grave of her husband and answer the prayers of those who struggle with love and treachery.
Powers of the Petty Gods:
- Petty Gods have powerful and unique abilities depending on who they are and how they originally came to where they now stand
- The only power they share in common is a Specific Death Condition: Unless killed in a specific way, they will be restored to life.
by Mark Tedin
These are Spirits tasked to maintaining the natural cycles of non-living things. Fire Elementals regulate combustion, heat exchange and collaborate with Earth Elementals on volcanic activity. Earth Elementals control geologic and tectonic activity, help with gravity, erosion and the production of new rocks. Water Elementals control the water cycle, evaporation, transpiration and fight with Air Elementals over the weather. Air Elementals also influence the weather, as well as governing the winds, aiding in pollination and the spreading of seeds and regulating the climate.
I won't be including any further tables for them, as I already wrote extensively on the subject.
Chaos Spirits are creatures of contradiction, color, madness, passion and creativity. They are infinitely varied, vastly different in appearance, ideology and power. They range from Princes to lowly paupers. Either way, wherever they go, they do as they will and obey only the rules that they choose to, or are forced to, obey. They are completely untrustworthy, but not necessarily malicious. Chaos does often mean anarchy, mob violence, riots in the streets and secret cabals, but it can also be sorcery, art, rebellion against tyranny and freedom.
This Chaos Spirit has...
The Body of a...
4- In the shape of a cube
With the head of a...
5- Household Tool (such as a fireplace poker, spatula, whisk)
6- Weapon (such as an Axe, Switchblade, Gun)
1- Glows in the dark
2- Is covered in delicate silia
3- Is partially gelatinous
4- Has pieces of metal or glass randomly mingled with flesh
5- Changes color randomly
6- Causes minor hallucinations when it is nearby.
If these aren't strange enough for you, roll 1d4 times on your favorite mutation table and apply the results here.
Powers of a Chaos Spirit:
- Chaos spirits possess the ability to influence the winds of magic
- They can also influence the elements, striking with blasts of fire, bolts of lightning, deluges of acid and freezing gales
- They can induce mutation and madness
- More powerful Chaos Spirits can distort reality, forcing creatures to reroll attacks, checks or saves, reroll ability scores, change a creature's race or class or anything else that is deemed interesting
Law Spirits are creatures of order, stability and civilization. They exist to preserve, maintain and strengthen. They come to aid all those who battle against Chaos and social decay. They are peerless, incorruptible champions of Order. Dragonslayers, Witch-Finders and Paladins of indomitable virtu. They are not always good, and they are definitely not always kind. Law Spirits may come to aid the heroes who struggle against the Dragon who burns cities to the ground, but they also might help a Tyrant keep his throne. They are amoral, seeking only that Chaos be fought, no matter the cost. Additionally, unlike the Chaos Spirits, Law Spirits prefer to remain hands-off, aiding in subtle ways rather than take the field themselves. When possible, they prefer to let mortals take the reins. But when the Servants of Chaos come in force, the Agents of Law can expect back up from them.
This Lesser Law Spirit is a...
1- Monodrone. An observer who can fly and possesses binocular and thermal vision, along with Sight Beyond Sight. Not very smart, but fairly sneaky. Acts as a scout and will generally show up to provide vital information to mortals.
2- Duodrone. A two-headed creature with one eye on each head. Fights with a pair of hooked polearms that it uses in tandem, hooking enemies with one and stabbing with the other. Can also project nets.
3- Triodrone. Healers who can levitate and have three legs, which they use to scuttle along. Can stick to ceilings and walls as well. Grab people with their three legs, and then carry them to safety. Known for their skill at healing, repairing machinery and their horrible bedside manner.
4- Quadrodrone. Quadrupedal. Acts as mounts or pack animals for other Law Spirits. Very fast. The least intelligent, only about as smart as dogs.
5- Pentadrone. Quadrupedal, but with long stingers. They have different venom capsules that they load depending on the circumstances and current orders. The shock troops and heavy infantry.
6- Hexadrone. The leadership caste of the Modrons. Can levitate, create six-sided shields of energy and use telekinesis. Usually surrounded by six floating metal spheres, which they use to protect themselves and throw at people. Rarely seen by mortals, unless things have gotten quite bad.
Other Lesser Law Spirits include the Bureaucrats of Heaven, which in my world are Spirits, not humans.
This Greater Law Spirit is a(n)...
1- An Inevitable. An Outsider constructed like a Construct. Sent out for one specific objective. After it is complete, it will return to the Forge to be repurposed or recycled. They don't have any particular feelings about this, to them it is no different than a mortal dying at the end of their life. The ones that grow particularly attached to their sense of self or current incarnation tend to fall to Chaos.
2- A Septadrone. The mightiest of the Modrons, a living war-machine that can fire rockets, hails of darts, project force shields and scale walls like a spider.
3- A Marut. Inscrutable judges, meditators and arbitrators. Their purpose is to find things that are out of place and put them back, through whatever means necessary. They avoid violence unless necessary and never kill, unless required to. When required to, they slaughter without mercy. They care for nothing except that the Law is carried out to the letter.
Evil Spirits are demons, but usually are too weak to be labeled as such. These are the vicious pranksters, cruel plotters and spiteful gossips of the Spirit World. They aren't strong enough to do a great deal of damage, but they are still black-hearted things that revel in cruelty.
1- Kindergnaw*. A small creature with the mouth of a crocodile, a feathery mane and a small, scaly body. It is about the size of Corgi. The Kindergnaw cannot be harmed by any weapon forged by mortal hands nor any spell that directly targets it. In exchange for this, however, it is compelled to only devour those who others request it eats. If asked politely, the Kindergnaw will find and devour that person. But it cannot eat any others. So the Kindergnaw stalks and watches, and when it finds an abused child, a mistreated woman, a downtrodden man, it comes to that person and asks, "Just say the word, and I will grant you the revenge you seek." Then once that person has been devoured, it seeks out the relatives of the person it devoured and says to them, "[X] asked me to devour your (father/husband/friend). Just say the word, and I will return the favor." The Kindergnaw's only real goal is to devour as many people as it can, because people are delicious and it is a glutton.
2- Crushed Racoon. A creature with the head of a racoon, smashed flat, but somehow it still lives. The body below the neck is pale, skinless and only has forelimbs. The rest of the body is a long tail that it drags along the ground, leaving a smear of blood behind it. The Crushed Racoon loves to ruin important things and solemn moments. It will sneak into kitchens to destroy wedding cakes, throw itself onto the Bishop's hat during a coronation, and jump into a child's bath to scare it. It derives sick amusement from these acts. The Crushed Racoon cannot be crushed and has a bite that will infect you with a disease. The blood it leaves behind also contaminates things.
3- Lady Static. A beautiful, pale woman whose face you can never remember. Whenever you look at it, a cloud of static is all you remember. She invites you to sleep with you, but its rarely pleasurable and you always immediately regret it. By doing so, your hands are marked with blood, and you leave stains on whatever you touch. Alternatively, this blood may be spiritual, so it can only be sensed as spiritual corruption. Static wants to corrupt you and make you her slave. Despite it not being pleasurable, sex with her is addictive. Besides her corrupting powers, she also has the ability to send people dreams. She never fights her own battles and flees from danger. Her goal, besides corrupting the innocent and righteous, is to gain power and build herself a harem of handsome slaves.
4- White Hood. A man in stainless robes with his hood up to conceal his face. He pretends to be an Angel to lead pilgrims and good people off the path and into traps and other dangerous situations. His true form is that of a mangy, blood-smeared predator with yellow teeth and breath that reeks of carrion. Certain cannibal tribes and savage clans that barely manage to be sentient placate him with sacrifices of blood and fresh meat. In exchange, he helps them hide from those too strong to face and brings them fresh meat. His goal is that he wishes to be revered, and he doesn't care if people have to get hurt.
You can find more lesser Evil Spirits here.
Greater Evil Spirits are called Demons and I've already written plenty about them.
Powers of Evil Spirits:
- Abilities that drain power or life
- Abilities that influence or control the mind
- Abilities relating to poison, disease and corruption
- Abilities relating to summoning and controlling the Undead
Beneficient Spirits are spirits that are righteous, or at least, good of heart. They pursue good objectives with good intentions. They aren't always nice or even helpful, but they have nothing but good intentions. Still, despite this fact, they can be nuisances at times.
1- Puttos. Strange, baby-like Spirits who help people fall in love. Some work with Law to ensure the birth of certain prophetic figures, while others merely facilitate love and romance between different people. Some believe in the concept of soul-mates, while others acknowledge the fact that love can bloom almost anywhere. These two factions of Puttos disagree bitterly. Puttos carry arrows that can deaden someone's heart or make them fall in love. They want people to fall in love, for their ships to become "canon" and baby things (such as being cuddled, rocked, drinking breast milk, naps, etc).
2- Lares. Also called Tiny Gods, Lares are spirits that mark and maintain boundaries, borders and other restrictions. Resembling tiny warriors armed with needle swords, acorn helms and capes made of spider-webs or a single leaf, they monitor the walls, doors and windows of buildings. They are strong enough to drive away small spirits, as well as rats and other pests. No house that pleases the Lares will suffer from termites or from an infestation of bugs. The Lares will hunt and destroy them. Lares have the ability to speak the language of any creature that enters their domain and the ability to commune with domesticated animals, who aid them. Their bravest warriors ride cats, which in their culture is comparable to riding a lion or a dragon. Lares want respect, cups of warm water (to bathe in), tiny weapons and armor and alcohol.
3- Domovoi. A spirit that protects a family from danger that one day might grow into an Ancestor Spirit, should those who venerate and sacrifice to it grow large enough. Domovoi have feet of warped wood and bald heads covered in shingles. Their broad coats resemble rough logs and their staves are carved like the pillars that hold up a house. Their pipes constantly spew smoke and flame like chimmneys and they always stink of wood, meat and home. They are here to protect you, and no matter how far you go, you're never far from home with one watching out for you. Domovoi want hot tea and for you to visit them and spend time with them. They get lonely when you don't come back to say hi.
4- Messenger Toads. Small Toadmen, no bigger than a child, in shiny red coats and matching hats with shiny black brims. Their shoulders are adorned with gold braid and the insignia of Heaven. The Messenger Toads are an elite group, entrusted to carry messages by the Gods. They never lie, never cheat and never fail to get through. When forced to fight, they use shining rapiers that penetrate all armor, but prefer just to avoid danger. They want to deliver their messages or packages and get back to work.
Powers of Beneficient Spirits:
- The ability to bless, fortify or invigorate
- The ability to Banish offending creatures
- The ability to restorate creatures to previous states
- The ability to heal
Eikones are the living personifications of a specific concept or thing. Essentially, they are living Platonic forms. If you meet the Eikone for Wolf, it is The Wolf, the one that all other wolves are inferior reflections of. They are hyper-real, like iron balls dropped into soup. By looking at them, you can feel the sensation of their fur. By hearing them, images of what they look like invade your mind. By touching them, you know what they taste like. Many of the Eikones are animals, but some are concepts. For example, you could meet the Eikone of Bureaucracy, or that of Horses.
Powers of the Eikone:
- Eikones have power relating to their specific nature and the associations they bring with them.
- For example, Wolf can duplicate himself to create a pack of clones who work together and can howl loud enough to burst people's eardrums, break glass and cause internal damage.
- For another example, the Eikone of Power can order people to obey him. Those who refuse his commands suffer violence, as Power is tied inextricably to violence.