Long ago a High Priest lost his faith in the Elements, accusing them of being pretenders, no more than powerful gods, and the gods of being no more than powerful mortals. It is said that the man, who called himself Nolan LeDeere, turned his considerable knowledge and power towards proving this hypothesis, and the result of his bitterness and his pain was the creation of the first Tulpa.

Tulpa are created from nothing but the minds and wills of those who know how to make them, and may take the form of any natural creature their creator desires. They are similar to ghosts, but may touch others and manipulate objects while being themselves immune to such things. Those who have tried to touch a Tulpa or cut through them have reported they feel only a deep, penetrating cold, no resistance whatsoever. Though every Tulpa possesses the ability to talk (and will do so, at great length if given the chance), each and every one of them have refused to discuss what they are and from whence they come. If pressed, they give only the same response, “Some things are bearable only because they are unknown”. This has caused some a great deal of fear and loathing towards the Tulpa, but the Enlightened are quick to point out that ignorance and superstition are the shields of the coward, and that it takes a strong mind to bear the pain of the truth.

Many of the Enlightened use their Tulpas as servants or companions, but never as guardians or soldiers. To a one, the Tulpas refuse to cause harm to another living thing, and this may be the only reason the kingdoms of the Peoples have not called for the execution of the Enlightened, for to be certain the Tulpas, kind and stoic as they are, make many a People nervous. At the very least, People comfort themselves with the knowledge that their number is few, and is likely never to be very great. The secret of how to make a Tulpa is given only to the Path of the Enlightened, and then only a well-trained Master, though the result, the fully-formed Tulpa, is made available for all to see. It is the hope of the Enlightened that the existence of the Tulpa will cause the world to question their “false gods” and begin to make intelligent choices for themselves.

The Tulpa seem to disappear when their creators die, though they appear to be impervious to any assaults as long as they are alive. This shames the Enlightened, as the Tulpas are meant to be proof that gods can be created, yet the gods did not disappear when their Peoples were killed. None of the Enlightened can explain why this occurs, however, or where the Tulpa go when their creators die. The Tulpa give only their usual response, “Some things are bearable only because they are unknown.”


Posted October 26, 2012 by Evoru

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