- The Spellborn have never truly felt welcome in Empyrea. This isn’t entirely inaccurate, for although the Devas were welcoming enough (and secretly glad to have another mortal race to gossip and talk shop with), the Angels were initially unsure where the Spellborn fit into their great plans-within-plans, or indeed whether they fit in at all. It is fortunate for the Spellborn that they were eventually deemed natural and welcome, for the alternative isn’t especially pleasant to consider. When you get right down to it, Demons are kinder to those beneath them; most Angels would’ve thought nothing of wiping out the entire Spellborn race if it had been deemed “unnatural”.
- The Convergence knocked loose a whole host of the elemental energies the Spellborn are nominally born from, resulting in their rare appearance in mortal couplings in the real world. These new Spellborn are functionally identical to their Empyrean counterparts, reinforcing the sense of disconnectedness to that world. Some mad Spellborn have even begun claiming that their true home lies within the turgid waves of the Astral Sea, and it is hard to refute. Of any race, theirs is perhaps the one most suited to survival in that eldritch realm. Of course, this is only by degrees; no Spellborn can intrinsically withstand the combined might of every element at once, to say nothing of the unfettered flows of necrotic wrath, bright death, pure force and more that flicker through the Astral Sea without warning.
- Spellborn find themselves working the mage trades more and more these days, although generally in a backend support role to primary purveyors of prestidigitation. It’s not that they aren’t wonderfully competent mages themselves, but they’re just so much more at home amongst the raw flows and ingredients of magic than most races that it’s a natural place for them to specialize. They also find themselves employed in circumstances unique to their elemental heritage; firesouls find themselves excellent forge-workers, earthsouls can work in toxic sludge and excavate Narvandian reaches, watersouls harvest kelp and pearls, etc.
- Dragonborn are the only race among the common Sentient species that seem incapable of producing Spellborn. A Dragonborn egg gestating in the same conditions that would produce a Spellborn in other races is instead born as a true Dragon, often to the complete bafflement of its parents, Erfflings that they be.
- With a fair bit of concentration, most Spellborn are able to control the shape of their hair or other elemental protrusions into the world. That is, although it may naturally take the form of ludicrously uncomfortable-looking crystal spikes or an open flame, with a bit of effort most Spellborn can will their hair into more conventional form. (How, I wonder, do spiky-headed stormsouls and the like manage to sleep at night? And what, pray tell, of the other hair on their bodies? That must make for uncomfortable relations…)
- Spellborn use the Genasi stats from the FRPHB, which is really a terrible acronym. Few people refer to them as Genasi, because frankly even the elves admit that it’s a silly word.
- Spellborn are generally medium sized, although they are quite varied given that they may be born to parents of any stature or configuration. Earthsouls, commonly born to Giants, tend to push the boundaries into “large”, while water and stormsouls are generally on the shorter side.
Fascinating. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Spellborn birth before. A pity about your mother, but I suspect she’ll be okay in time. That can’t possibly be comfortable, though. At any rate, young one, I’m certain you will be able to turn your magic-infused talents toward whatever ambitions you like. If you’ve made your decision, you should also choose a profession to pursue when you’ve grown. If not, by all means return to Worlds or Sentient Beings.