Movanic devas were a kind of angel and members of one of the three orders of the devas, the others being astral devas and monadic devas. The most privileged and worldly of devas, movanic devas oversaw the Prime Material Plane, the Negative Energy Plane, and the Positive Energy Plane.
Devas appeared as human-like men and women[note 1] of extraordinary beauty or handsomeness with two magnificent feathered wings emerging from their backs. Movanic devas had lithesome frames capable of extraordinary agility, with skin of milky white hue and hair and eyes that appeared silvery. Movanic devas stood around 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall, but particularly mighty examples could grow to much larger size.
Devas were averse to clothing; when they must adhere to mortal custom, they donned simple loincloths or other coverings.
In a peaceful moment, a movanic deva would adopt the shape of a humanoid or an animal. In fact, they rarely manifested their glorious true forms, unless it suited their purposes to awe mortals.
The movanic devas were the weakest yet the most numerous of the devas. Nevertheless, the order of movanic devas was politically equal to the orders of astral and monadic devas, and there was no rivalry between them. Although the orders might sometimes bicker over differences in personality, they always cooperated.
Movanic devas fought as infantry in battles against the forces of darkness, and they did so with pride. They were also charged with serving the needs of the Prime Material Plane, the Negative Energy Plane, and the Positive Energy Plane.
The movanic devas had the privilege of traveling to the Material Plane at will to aid prominent followers of the gods of good in times of great need. While they more often appeared disguised as humanoids or animals, they could manifest in their winged angelic form if this suited their needs.
Well-travelled in the planes and in the mortal world, and gaining a greater understanding of the affairs of mortals, some movanic devas saw themselves as more worldly than their astral and monadic kin. Nevertheless, no deva would knowingly deal peaceably with evil beings, but those of non-lawful bent sometimes dealt with neutral beings. They were strong-willed and fearless.
Although they might use many different weapons, each movanic deva wielded a flaming two-handed sword, considered a flame tongue sword +1 or +1 flaming greatsword. They had no need of any treasure or wealth, nor even clothing.
Movanic devas loved battle, though not to the extent of the monadic devas. Reacting swiftly and never taken by surprise, they tended to dive into melee, with firm grips on the flaming swords that turned every way.
By parrying with their flaming sword, a movanic deva could deflect missiles and hurled weapons and counter rays and other spells that targeted them alone, even ones that were unavoidable, like magic missile. However, they had to be aware of an incoming attack to deflect it, and they could not deflect two simultaneous strikes.
Movanic 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.
With the soothing presence of nature itself, a movanic deva had a calm nature that creatures of the natural world invariably found pleasing. No animal or plant would willingly attack one, not unless compelled by magic.
In addition to the common spells of devas, movanic devas were also reported to cast anti-magic shell, protection from normal missiles, and spell turning and could use any invocation/evocation spell they wished, once a day. Later, it was reported they could cast atonement, bless weapon, commune, consecrate, create food and water, cure serious wounds, daylight, death ward, divination, ethereal jaunt, hallow, neutralize poison, prayer, and protection from arrows; and raise dead.
When a deva died, all parts of their body, what clothes they wore, their flaming swords, and their other possessions vanished completely.
Devas of all kinds were known to serve the deities Azuth, Ilmater, and Mystra, while movanic devas in particular served Deneir, Lliira, and Milil. Another movanic deva, called the Sannyasi, served the Serene Abhirati, a goddess of the Utter East.
Notable Movanic DevasEdit
- The Sannyasi, a movanic deva, was appointed by the Serene Abhirati to watch over her realm of Langdarma in the Yehimal Mountains. He had served in this role for 10,000 years by the 14th century DR.
- ↑ 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 1.21 1.22 1.23 Allen Varney, ed. (June 1994). Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 6–7. ISBN 978-1560768623.
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- ↑ Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars. (TSR, Inc), pp. 34,54,76,97,117,129. ISBN 978-0786903849.
- ↑ Sean K. Reynolds (2002-05-04). Deity Do's and Don'ts (Zipped PDF). Wizards of the Coast. pp. 10–15. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved on 2018-09-08.
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- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Troy Denning (November 1998). Faces of Deception. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-1183-2.
- 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.