Astral Angels (5e Race)
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|“||Do not call us your gods, but worship ours as yours.||”|
|By Eric Williams|
While called angels, these creatures are not to be confused with the celestials of the same name. These so-called angels are vaguely humanoid entities of the Astral Sea. As such, they varied largely in form. Their size could be as large as an orc, and they are not so much physical beings as energy given form. Made from the drifting essence of the Astral Sea, astral angels were basically the physical forms of the mixture of those energies that accumulated around a consciousness. This form was vaguely humanoid, with varying degrees of similarity to mortals. They vary in details like face and limbs. Most astral angels had only the most basic masculine or feminine features, like hair. Their lower bodies usually trail off into floating energy. They are called angels because when they mature, they gather enough material to grow wings and take to the skies.
From when the Astral Sea was first born, the astral angels were born as a result of the realm's desire to protect itself. Gods and exarchs were drawn together and their dreams brought forth the material that spawned the astral angels. Thus, they were not intentional creations of the gods. Regardless, in addition to guarding the Astral Realm, they became the most fervent followers and servants of the deities. When the Dawn War broke out between the gods and primordials, the astral angels aligned with their gods and combated the primordials and their elemental servants. To this day, the astral angels remain one of the fiercest enemies of the elemental archons for this reason. Since the war, many have taken up the profession of planeswalking as mercenaries, not bound by a morally good alignment like celestials.
Most astral angels remain within the Astral Realm to serve their gods and protect the sea. They are unaligned creatures that can be very human, serving whom they wish for whatever purposes they desire fulfilled. Thus, some turned to mercenary life and partake in life in the Material Realm. Since most angels start off without wings, they are not guaranteed return to the Astral Sea upon leaving. Many never return, enamored with the lifestyles of those living in the Prime Material Realm. Unlike the gods and exarchs, astral angels are very interested in the dealings of mortals, and will often try to influence them. Some are sent as secret agents to convert humans under the banner of a god. As the Astral Plane comes to be populated with more abominations and newer beings in history like the gith, astral angels see themselves as the standing order between utter destruction of the sea, and a semblance of order.
Astral angels have no capacity to fear. They exhibit very human emotions like greed and lust in addition to compassion and fervor. Unlike the celestial angels, astral angels can be of any alignment. They prefer to serve what causes they actually support, rather than be forced into one. Therefore, they only serve the gods they choose, and leave when dissatisfied. This is because being born as a byproduct leaves them with no particular tether to any being as their sole creator, and no god can claim sole ownership of them either. Their main allegiance that binds them is the Astral Sea, from which they come from and shall dissolve back into when they die.
Astral Angel Names
Astral angels usually speak the language of the gods, Supernal. However, they sometimes take mortal names in Common for the purposes of espionage or reconnaissance, which would be an equivalent of their Supernal name.
Male: Arakos, Jurior, Orloch, Karato
Female: Maria, Elli, Pleo, Thothea
Astral Angel Traits
Astral Sea guardians
Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 2, and either your Charisma or Wisdom score increases by 1
Age. Astral angels can live forever from conception if not killed.
Alignment. As they are not your usual celestial angels, they can be of any alignment.
Size. Astral Angels vary widely in height and build, from barely 5 feet to well over 6 feet tall. Regardless of your position in that range, your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet
Messengers. You are well versed in the knowledge of gods, and have an eye for picking out people from proselytizing so much. You are proficient in the Religion and Insight skills.
Astral Origin. You are not native to the Prime Material Realm, though you can access it with relative ease. Your home plane is the Astral Sea.
Divine Mind. Astral angels have no fear. You are immune to being frightened.
Divine Body. Like celestial angels, astral angels have the stuff of light swirling in them. You are resistant against radiant damage.
Airy. Your lack of definitive legs makes it hard to trip you and such. You are unaffected by most forms of difficult terrain. Starting at 5th level, you gain your ethereal wings from accumulated stray astral matter. You gain a flying speed of 30 feet. You must not be wearing heavy armor to use this speed.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Supernal.
Random Height and Weight
|5′ 2″||+2d12||160 lb.||× (2d6) lb.|
*Height = base height + height modifier
When creating Astral Angel character, you can use the following table of traits, ideals, bonds and flaws to help flesh out your character. Use these tables in addition to or in place of your background's characteristics.
|1||You'll find me with my nose often buried in a book.|
|2||I love to talk about how amazing everything is all the time.|
|3||I like to speak with a sultry, seductive tone to get my way.|
|4||Life is too short to be sad, so I choose to be happy!|
|5||People call me a cynic when I just say things as they are.|
|6||If someone touches me, I get hostile.|
|7||I have intense wanderlust and I can't stay still.|
|8||I like to sample things and take them with me.|
|1||Seeker. Knowledge is the key to everything. (Any)|
|2||Zealot. We worship the Astral Dragons like gods. (Neutral)|
|3||Trickster. I'll do anything for a good laugh. (Chaotic)|
|4||Hatred. Everyone in these planes is stupid, and must be exterminated. (Evil)|
|5||Guardian. I must protect the Astral Sea from those who seek to exploit it. (Lawful)|
|6||Watcher. Studying can lead to power and power leads to glory and glory means I can make change. (Good)|
|1||My people live today because of the gods.|
|2||I'm trying to learn everything about all the planes.|
|3||Its my duty to kill those that wish to harm others.|
|4||I am highly attracted to a certain race.|
|5||I was banished from the Sea because I partied while on duty.|
|6||I want to meet new people so I will go anywhere to do so.|
|1||I'm a bit too loose.|
|2||Things distract me easily.|
|3||I'm very poor with money.|
|4||When I see treasure, I will hoard it to myself.|
|5||Knowledge can entice me to commit atrocities.|
|6||All I want is to satiate this lust I have.|