Spirit Bound

Spirit bound are humans whose ancestors became bound to one of a collection of spirits that fled the astral plane after a cosmic battle.

According to spirit bound lore, a timeless war wages in the astral plane between forces of thought and light, and those of darkness and destruction. On the astral plane, these entities are less like creatures and more like concepts and abstract ideals, ebbing and flowing amidst the eternal mists and pools.

At some point, the forces of darkness forced a collection of the spirits of light to flee through a swirling portal to the material plane, where they merged with embodied creatures – humans – to hide from their pursuers. The evil forces were unable to find them, so they returned to the astral plane to continue their war. The astral spirits now find themselves permanently bound to the humanoids that they merged with, as well as their descendants.

Ancestral Traits

Spirit bound resemble normal humans, though they tend to have an otherworldly look to them. Some are born with silver hair; others have eyes that glow indistinctly; and still others have voices that sound as if they are coming from far away. Because of this extraplanar ancestry, you have certain traits.

Age. Spirit bound reach maturity at the same rate as humans, but remain young looking for much longer, only beginning to age after 100 years. They usually live around two centuries.

Size. Spirit bound are human sized. Your size is Medium.

Speed. Your base speed is 30 feet.

Astral Nature. You carry a piece of the timeless astral plane within you. You therefore require half as much food and water as a normal human and can hold your breath for twice as long.

Thought Warrior. Because of the astral spirit bound to you and your ancestors, you are more mentally resilient than most. You have resistance to psychic damage and advantage on Wisdom saving throws.

Cultural Traits

Spirit bound communities are those that are founded by predominantly those of spirit bound ancestry. Such communities tend to be peaceful places, with some even adopting principles of pacifism and non-violence. Even so, there are always some in such communities who rise to defend their neighbors should the need arise.

Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom score increases by 2 and your Charisma score by 1.

Alignment. Spirit bound communities tend to eschew warfare and open conflict, a vestige of having been formed by refugees fleeing a cosmic war. They tend toward neutrality.

Peacemakers. Spirit bound communities teach their children techniques of peaceful conflict resolution. You have proficiency in Persuasion. When using this skill to persuade people not to resort to violence or to seek a peaceful solution to a problem, you roll with advantage.

Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and one other language of your choice.

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