Devas appeared as human-like men and women of extraordinary beauty or handsomeness with two magnificent feathered wings emerging from their backs. Astral devas were especially tall and long-winged, standing 7.0–7.5 feet (2.1–2.3 meters) tall and weighing 250 pounds (113 kilograms), but particularly mighty examples could grow to much larger size. Yet they had lithe and supple bodies and moved with unearthly speed.[note 1] They had golden-hued skin, fair hair, and amber-colored eyes, and glowed with an inner power, so bright it was hard to look directly upon them.
Devas were averse to clothing; when they must adhere to mortal custom, they donned simple loincloths or other coverings.
The astral devas were the strongest of the devas. Nevertheless, the orders of the devas were politically equal, and there was no rivalry between them. Although the orders might sometimes bicker over differences in personality, they always cooperated.
Astral devas chiefly existed to battle fiends in the Lower Planes, being able to travel there with ease. They also traveled to the Astral Plane to rescue lost or stranded mortals of good alignment. They generally watched over and, where they could, aided good beings and served as patrons for planewalkers and mighty creatures who pursued good causes.
Reacting swiftly, astral devas entered melee without hesitation or fear, and were ferocious and joyous in fighting evil creatures. They attacked with power and cleaved through the ranks of their enemies.
Astral devas possessed all the powers, protections, and traits common to devas and to other angels, and many more of their own. They were immune to injury from mundane and minor magical weapons. Furthermore, astral devas were entirely immune to death spells, loss of experience or life-force, and the effects of vacuum. Their souls could never be trapped or imprisoned.
In addition to the common spells of devas, astral devas could also cast blade barrier and detect invisibility. Later, it was reported they could cast blade barrier, cure light wounds, dispel evil, dispel magic, heal, holy aura, holy word, invisibility (but only upon themselves), and see invisibility.
When a deva died, all parts of their body, what clothes they wore, their maces, and their other possessions vanished completely.
Notable Astral DevasEdit
- Lumalia, a servant of Mystra held prisoner within the Doomvault for centuries.
- Micus and Tauran, high-ranking servants of Tyr.
- Eirwyn, a servant of Helm and skilled diviner.
- ↑ The Monstrous Compendium Planescape Appendix for 2nd-edition D&D states devas appeared as male humans, suggesting they are only male. The Monster Manual and Fiend Folio for 3rd edition only states they appear as humans, and presents the movanic deva as female, suggesting devas can be of either sex. The later version is adopted here.
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 Allen Varney, ed. (June 1994). Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 6–7. ISBN 978-1560768623.
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 11. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Eric Cagle, Jesse Decker, James Jacobs, Erik Mona, Matthew Sernett, Chris Thomasson, and James Wyatt (April 2003). Fiend Folio. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 55. ISBN 0-7869-2780-1.
- ↑ Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars. (TSR, Inc), pp. 34,76,129. ISBN 978-0786903849.
- ↑ Sean K. Reynolds (2002-05-04). Deity Do's and Don'ts (Zipped PDF). Wizards of the Coast. pp. 10,12,13. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved on 2018-09-08.
- ↑ Scott Fitzgerald Gray (April 29, 2014). Dead in Thay. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 61.
- ↑ Thomas M. Reid (March 2011). The Empyrean Odyssey. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 744. ISBN 0-7869-5768-9.
- ↑ Thomas M. Reid (November 2008). The Fractured Sky. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 72. ISBN 0786948078.
- Gary Gygax (July 1982). “Featured Creatures”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #63 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 5–7.
- Gary Gygax (August 1983). Monster Manual II 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), pp. 42–44. ISBN 0-88038-031-4.