Celestials are a broken and scattered race, making them extremely rare to encounter. They are the first and only known beings to be directly connected to a God, and not just any god – Evithanon, the Creator. Some would say this is a blessing, other beings say that it is a curse.
Celestials look very much like humans, but there are several crucial differences. The most obvious is the pair of large feathery wings that extend out of their backs. These unique appendages have a structure similar to bird wings with a series of elongated joints. These joints allow celestials to expand and fold their wings quite close to their bodies. Their muscle structure in their backs is much more pronounced, with heavy banding along the back and shoulder blades to support their wing weight and promote movement. Their feathers are any color with iridescent sheens, but can fluctuate through several different shades of the same color. Their wings are never a solid shade, as they will have accent colors and iridescent hues.
Most celestials have refined, elegant features. Their bone structure tends to be lighter than other races, even amongst males, and their features are very symmetrical. They are easily considered beautiful, with perfect complexions. They’re athletic by nature given their propensity for flight, making their bodies supple and lithe. You will never see an overweight celestial. Their skin ranges in color from ivory, peach, olive, beige, tan, brown and black, with some kind of additional tone – almost like a natural blush/highlight along their shoulders, clavical, jaw line, cheek bones, joints points and backs that can be in shades of pink, violet, aqua, gold, silver, amber, magenta, green or teal. These colors tend to mimic their parental colorations. Their hair and eyes can be in any color, thickness, type and in any length or style. There is no single standard for beauty in celestial society.
All celestials have a natural aura to them; a warm and encompassing glow that flows over their skin. This aura gives off a calming effect and those around them tend to feel a sense of peace and tranquility. This euphoria can also be seductive, and many races find celestials alluring. Both male and female celestials can enhance their auras, not only to comfort and calm, but to entice a mate. They can also suppress this aura, if they wish, and some do when mingling with other races to avoid drawing unwanted attention. The combination of wings and aura often inspires awe, leading many Calamians to believe that celestials are angels.
Celestials can live up to 800 years old. Celestials reach maturity at the age of 145 years old, and can gain access to magic if they have the ability to use velanil. If a celestial does have a connection to magic and they gain an esoteric type it will always be Light magic.
At maturity females can begin bearing children, although most do not begin to have children till well into adult years. Pregnancies typically last twelve months and children are born much like human infants but with small wings covered in soft fluff that molts later as they grow feathers.
Physically celestials do not suffer the significant adverse effects of aging like other races. Given this their age progression pretty much stops at their mid adult stage. While celestials are granted this sort of aging immortality, they are still mortal beings.
Today, customs involving courtship and what humans would term “marriage” vary greatly among celestials. Having lost their civilization, very few of the old customs remain and many celestials have adapted their views to fit into human or elsyven society. However, despite Calamian influences, celestial courtship is still an exciting and beautiful spectacle and some of the old traditions surrounding it have endured into the modern era. Celestials can court one another whenever they wish. Males commonly take the initiative, singling out a female they like and trying to get her attention. It takes savvy, charm, and sometimes centuries for a celestial to successfully woo a mate. Wings play an important role in courtship and males will spread their wings wide to show off their size, color, and strength. They also use their aura to woo and seduce. The celestial equivalent of “marriage” is referred to as “bonding”. Bonding is a serious affair and not something a celestial enters into lightly; however, because they can live for thousands of years, celestials have developed a practical outlook on “love” and its duration. Thus “bonding” does not necessarily signify a permanent connection or lifelong union. Some bonds are fleeting while others endure.
Today, of course, things are very different as the celestial people remain widely scattered. Occasionally, two celestials will find one another and mate. Small family groups can also form, but these types of scenes are sparse and typically well away from human civilizations. Young celestials, born of lucky pairs, usually grow up alone and can spend their entire lives without seeing another celestial outside their parents. For this reason, some celestials choose not to have children, since the likelihood of finding their offspring a celestial mate is so remote.
Some believe that celestials cannot kill and are passive beings like the fabled unicorn, but this is not true. Celestials can fight and kill other creatures, although they rarely do so without a good reason or just cause. Having a natural connection to Evithanon they are all inclined to be of good or neutral alignments. If a celestial were to commit an act of true evil then their connection to Evithanon would break – and the celestial would go mad with grief and slowly die.
Celestials can also have their connection broken by evil spirits known as agheon. These spirits are true demons, and have found that if they linger with a celestial they could over time weaken their link to Evithanon and even break it once weakened enough. Once they shatter the link, they could force their spirit into the celestial body and take over their physical form. This creates the abominations known as forsaken.
Culturally, they are now considered a dead race since their civilization and history were crushed and their customs lost to the bowels of time. Those who survived the mass genocide tried to maintain their old beliefs, but in a new world dominated by alien races, the remaining celestials were forced to adapt or remain in hiding.
One custom, which still survives today, is their naming convention and formal manner of greeting. Celestials normally gave their children three names – a first name, a middle name, and a last name. The last name, or surname, was handed down as a family name and meant to be used in public. Celestials from Moonspire always addressed one another formally, giving their full names only at initial introductions, and thereafter addressing one another by their surnames.
A celestial’s first name was an informal name used by close friends and family, and their middle name was a private name reserved for use by sweethearts and intimates. Today, the naming convention has undergone some variation. Many celestials now give their first and last name to strangers and tolerate the use of their first names, as is common on Calamia.
Only the middle name retains its original social function. Even today, celestials never give their middle names to anyone unless they are an intimate partner. It is considered an affront to a celestial to use their middle name without permission.
As with their culture, very little is known about the native habitat of celestials. Based on the sparse descriptions of Moonspire found in early Calamian texts, scholars speculate that they lived in temperate mountain or forest zones. Today, their low numbers make it impossible to identify a specific ecological niche on Calamia, but celestials are extremely adaptive and can live in almost any climate.