The Second Victory ended with a legendary battle just outside the walls of Alais Primos, where legions of Clergy-blessed warriors faced an army led by the goddess Srasama
herself. After hours of battle, Srasama
was felled by a thousand cuts, and fire exploded from her body. The warriors closest to her were annihilated, but those who survived and were close enough to see the death of a god were marked by the experience. Many of these veterans settled in the lands liberated by the high elf army’s retreat. In the years that followed, whenever one of them died, open flames would flicker for miles around, and somewhere within three days’ travel the man or woman would be reborn in the wilderness, returning to the world
in an adult body. No longer quite human, these reincarnated souls took the name aasimar, from a high elf word for deity. When an aasimar reincarnates, he recalls language, culture, and enough knowledge to make his way in the world, but usually possesses only vague recollections of his previous life. Acquaintances are unfamiliar, and expert skills like magic, craftsmanship, or swordplay fade, but usually the aasimar quickly slips into the same basic role he held before death.
Where aasimar are rare, one that dies is usually found quickly after reincarnation, and after a period of acclimation he will manage to continue as if nothing had happened at all. In Crisillyir, though, aasimar are common enough that they seldom manage to return to their previous lives. In either case, aasimar still fear death because it means an end to all they are. While a reincarnated aasimar might be able to continue the same mission, he’ll never recreate the emotions and memories that made him unique.
Many aasimar find a place in the Clergy, where through special training they can act as vessels for invoked celestial beings. Such angelic visitations never last long, and occasionally result in the death of the vessel, so they are only used in situations where the priesthood feels inadequate to answer questions of guilt or opine on matters of morality. In a similar way, on certain bleak holy days the priests of the Clergy will reach through the veil into the Bleak Gate and capture uneasy spirits, which they parade in front of crowds of worshippers. Compelled by magic, these undead specters wail about the sins they committed in life that left their souls trapped in “Purgatory.” The priests then offer absolution, and destroy the unholy beings.