The two epic destinies described in this article touch on many of the concepts of immortality and rebirth that make the deva so unique. The disincarnate is good for characters who want to experiment with the ideas of rebirth as a rakshasa and the renewal of life as a deva. The soul of the world focuses on the concept of reincarnation and shows what happens when a reincarnated spirit is reborn in the body of a deva.
Unlike other races, devas have a skewed perspective on concepts such as mortality and legacy. Devas do not die and pass into the realm of the dead like other races. Instead, they become bodiless spirits that inhabit the spirit realm of the world, drifting for years in a dreaming state, only to be reborn again in an adult deva body. Wicked devas are reborn as rakshasas, and many believe that redeemed rakshasas are reborn as devas.
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About the Author
Rodney Thompson is an RPG developer and designer at Wizards of the Coast. Originally from Chattanooga, TN, his credits for the Dungeons & Dragons game include the Eberron Campaign Guide and Martial Power 2, and he is the lead developer for the Dark Sun campaign setting books. Rodney is also the lead designer and developer of all of the Star Wars Roleplaying Game Saga Edition books.