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Source: Bestiary, pg(s). 7
Aasimars are the descendants of humans and angelic or good beings from the Great Beyond. They are also referred to generally as "angelkin", "celestials", or "godtouched", or by more specific names if their bloodline is known (see Heritages below).
Aasimars often look very human with minor indicators of their unusual ancestry. These differences can span a wide range, but most often are exemplified by an unearthly beauty, hair that shines like metal, strange eye color, or even glowing golden halos. This heritage can remain hidden for generations and unexpectedly appear in the offspring of two seemingly human parents.
Aasimars also tend to have strong, confident personalities, with minds that are not easily shaken by doubt or misdirection. They are often quite insightful and perceptive, able to formulate coherent and persuasive arguments with little effort.
Like their ancestors, many aasimars have an increased power over light and dark, displaying the ability to see in complete darkness for limited distances and spontaneously generate daylight. They also inherit a strong resistance to cold, heat or fire, and corrosive effects.
Though aasimars have the blood of celestial beings, their ancestry is at least one step removed from the original introduction of that blood: the child of a union of a mortal with a celestial being is a half-celestial, not an aasimar. Aasimars may be born from the union of the half-celestial with another mortal being. The possibility of an aasimar birth continues to many generations after that union, even when two mortals have children, so long as one of the mortals is a direct descendant of the half-celestial. Although half-celestial creatures come in many shapes and forms, aasimars are only born from humanoids.
Though for most aasimars the source of their celestial blood is unknown, there are some who can trace their blood back to a specific type of good outsider and their very personalities may be shaped by this ancestry. These aasimar heritages are as follows:
Habitat and society
Aasimars are often treated as living miracles. This tends to result in them being outcasts among their peers during their formative years and being given a significant amount of strange attention from the superstitious who look to receive a blessing from the descendant of an angel. They are not all benevolent, but certainly tend in that direction. Because of their reputation for being generally good creatures, they are sometimes targeted for killing or capture by evil beings, such as black dragons.
Etymology of Aasimar
The word aasimar in the Common language derives from a combination of the Celestial terms "aasu", meaning "new", and "imarr", meaning "birth". Interestingly, both words in Celestial are derived from the Draconic language.
Aasimars on Golarion
- For a list of known aasimars, see Category:Aasimar/Inhabitants.
While they have existed on Golarion for thousands of years, there has been a recent increase in aasimar births. This is thought to correlate with the increased numbers of tieflings born in the Hell-influenced nation of Cheliax in the last century.
Aasimars are more common in settlements which have a larger proportion of natives of the Great Beyond, such as the city of Katapesh in Garund, and (in the Inner Sea region) are found in their greatest numbers in Varisia and Andoran.
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