“Nature does not understand good and evil. She understands only balance, and imbalance.”
- Lord Mage Septimus Franke
Spirits are incredibly varied, primarily manifestations of ideas, emotions and concepts. Spirits have existed since the dawn of time. In the beginning Spirits were primordial and wild, living in the clash of tectonic plates and the churning of the Earth. But Spirits come and go as history progresses. Some spirits can directly influence the physical realm and therefore the course of history. But only some. For the most part, spirits are passive, existing in the abstract, beyond physics. But as nature changes, so too do Spirits. Humans, with their conscious thought and grasp of language, were the first creatures to influence the Spirits. As human civilization progressed, new spirits were born, spirits that the world had never experienced before.
And the balance shifted…
The Nature Spirits became corrupted or began to decay… New Spirits polluted the world. There were too many. Balance had to be restored.
Assyrian Vampire creation myths state that vampires came into being to counter-balance human influence in the world. However, it should be emphasized that the origins of Spirits are utterly unknown. There are many different theories. Animistic beliefs of the world’s aboriginals, Hindus, Buddhists and Pagans all conflict (but sometimes agree…) on their purpose and nativity. Christians might liken them to Angels or Ghosts, or maybe Devils and Demons would be more apt, as while the great many of spirits are benign to mankind (in the same way rivers are oblivious of ants), and a few are even virtuous, many are callous, fickle and cruel, if not absolutely psychotic.Just as their origins remain shrouded, so too does their intent. Spirits are intrinsically tied to their nature, compelled to act in accordance with that that they exemplify. Doing so makes them stronger, while a failure to operate as they are obliged weakens them. Spirits do not posses normal skills and attributes either, they simply grow more powerful and better at what they do by doing it. Some even grow so powerful as to expand their influence, so a simply flower spirit, given enough time and nurture may grow to control an entire forest. In this way a Spirit of Motion might rest in a river or a subway tunnel, drawing potency from the rushing current or daily shuffle of passengers. It might even feel compelled to influence its surroundings to further its raison d’etre, flooding the river banks in search of a new stream or closing subway doors abruptly to hurry on the trains departure. Some particularly powerful spirits, having grown strong on the essence of their being can even posses other creatures, sometimes snuffing out the previous inhabitant in the process.