Your race is the heart of your character. It is who they are at their core. Their thoughts, feelings, and upbringing are influenced by their race. This week we’ll be taking a look into the races of D&D and how they shape your character. Today we’ll be talking about the Aasimar.
Aasimar are celestial beings. They are placed in the world, rather than born into it, by the gods themselves to play out their will. To reinforce this instruction, each aasimar is guided by their own personal deva. This spirit guide shows up in visions to the aasimar and provides wisdom and pushes them down the path that their god wills. These visions, however, are only suggestions, and the aasimar is free to pursue their own goals. This is the big difference between an aasimar and a cleric or paladin, who gain their power through good will with their god. The aasimar is a scion to their god, but their powers are innate.
Aasimar adventurers gather a lot of attention. Due to their godly heritage, their appearance is a bit abnormal. Their skin has a slight glow to it, and it can take on hues from those of humans to lighter shades of white, and even darker to grey and black if they fall from grace. To avoid prying eyes, an aasimar will often hide their face behind a mask or under a hood. This is done as a way to avoid trouble, but they have no qualms about letting themselves be discovered if it means protecting an innocent life.
The centerpiece of roleplay as an aasimar is their angelic guide. This can be a fun way for you as a player to directly connect to your dm in a game. Angelic guides are specific to aasimar and can lead to some really cool character development as the aasimar struggles with what they want versus what their god wants. Work with your dm and you can create a cool companion for roleplaying that will be with your character all game.
Aasimar come in three subtypes: protector, scourge, and fallen. The protector aasimar goes all in on the classic visage of an angel. Their goal is protecting the weak, being a guardian angel to all and protecting them from evil. The scourge feed off of a zealot-like fervor. They fight to control their power as they smite down evil. The fallen aasimar have been corrupted by some force at an early age. Their fall from grace has left them a shadow of their former self, though just as powerful and twice as dangerous.
Aasimar can be a great choice for a player who wants to dip into the ways of the gods but may not want to commit themselves to serving them. They are a truly unique race, offering some really cool stuff for both roleplay and combat. If you decide to roll up an aasimar, then you’ll find yourself with a very different type of hero. What character will you create? Will it be an aaimar, or one of the other races that we’ve covered? Let me know in the comments below. Until then, keep those dice rolling high!