The Divine Spark

Copyright Robert Defendi © 2006

Edited by Nicholas HM Caldwell for The Guild Companion

"Bearers of the Divine Spark tend to be larger than other members of their race and their physical attributes are closer to the racial ideal."

When the original third of the Host fell, the dwarves stood up and to offered fight. God smiled upon this sacrifice and rewarded the dwarves with the Divine Spark, a flame of divinity carried within their hearts to aid them in battling evil. All dwarves, regardless of sex and station, set aside their lives and took up arms whenever the Fallen threatened, and because of this dwarves, to this day, are born with the Divine Spark. The only exceptions are the Fallen Dwarves, a race so tainted by sin their Divine Spark has vanished.

The humans and elves volunteered next, but only the bravest and noblest of these races volunteered. Unlike the dwarves, humans and elves didn't stop their entire society when the Fallen approached, and so only certain members of the races received the Spark. To this day, all High Men and High Elves carry the inner flame.

Bearers of the Divine Spark tend to be larger than other members of their race and their physical attributes are closer to the racial ideal. High Men are stronger than Common Men, but High Elves are faster than other elves. As all dwarves carry the Divine Spark (or the evil counterpart), there is nothing with which to compare them within their own race, but it is assumed they are more dwarven than Pre-Fall dwarves.

Any attempt to detect goodness will, in The Echoes of Heaven, actually detect the presence of a Divine Spark or another powerful blessing. Although this doesn't actually tell the morals of the person detected, a person can lose his Divine Spark by committing enough evil acts.

When a person loses his Divine Spark, the body sinks, the traits wane. The presence of the Divine Spark might not prove anything, but its loss tells quite the story of sin.

Only the most heinous offenders, such as serial killers and devil worshipers, lose their Divine Spark.

For the most part, the Divine Spark has no other effect on play. However, there are certain effects, particularly inside Ulcers, which have a greater or lesser impact on those with a Divine Spark.

Of final note is the Infernal Spark. Whereas the Divine Spark is the same spiritual essence carried by an angel (although toned down), the Infernal Spark is the essence of a Demon. Fallen races and cambions all have Infernal Sparks. Infernal Sparks have similar physical effects as the Divine Spark. They detect as evil. They also increase or decrease the impact of some of the effects of Ulcers.