There are several different types of lightbeasts, the two most common being the Kalina and the Orthae. These creatures were created in the Light Realm to rule over it, the two different primary types created to work together. These beasts have complete control over light magic and excel at cleansing the mind and healing magic.
Average Lifespan:: Immortal
Average Height:: Kalina: 4 feet at shoulder, Orthae: 25 feet at shoulder
Average Weight:: Kalina: 150 pounds, Orthae: unknown
Location Found:: Light realm.
*all statistics based on averages; extremes in any direction, or found in odd locations, are always allowed.
Species info credited to Blazeh/Verridith.
Appearance Kalina lightbeast:: Like the Mori shadowbeasts, the Kalina lightbeasts resemble animals described as being a mix of bird, deer, horse and dragon. Though sharing many of the same qualities of the Mori, they have feathered wings, part being ethereal planes of light more for look than real flying. All are white-colored with gold instead of black with night-blue.
Orthae lightbeast:: The Orthae lighbeast is much like the Olath shadowbeast. However, instead of long horns they have feathered frills much like that of the Kalina, and part of their wings are also planes of light.
Other:: The lesser lightbeasts are plainly creatures made of light; many have no personalities or a solid thought process, and many die within days of creation - born or otherwise.
Culture The lightbeasts' story is similar to that of the shadowbeasts; created as scions of light, they were born in and rule over the Lightrealm, the divine Orthae and Kalina working together to pull those of other species into the light. They are not against taking a mate of other, 'lesser' species, though no Orthae has yet done such a thing. In addition, the Kalina lightbeasts are the only ones who have ventured away from their traditional homeland, and are the ones who bring those of other species who are pure of heart into the blessed Realm of Light.
Abilities Lightbeasts hold complete control over light magic, and even some celestial bodies. they excel at illusions and healing magic, as well as the cleansing of the mind. Many travel to the living Realms in different guises, hiding as glowing birds or little light dragons, those that hold the power to craft a believable illusion and sustain it over their original form. An older lightbeast may also have limited control over emotional urges and influence some actions. The mental capacity for the power needed to do this, however, are very rare, and very taxing.
Long ago, the One ventured into the chaotic formlessness that was the Light Realm and the Dark Realm that served as its balance, and set about bringing order to the Realm, dividing sky from ground, and bringing solid existence out of ethereal reiatsu. When he was satisfied with the Realm’s stability, he decided to bring about life to bask in the ever-present light.
He gathered pure light, and mixed it with his own aura to create the first lightbeasts. These first lightbeasts were little more than living motes of formless light, simple and without thought, existing to drift through the Realm, feeding off the light and content with their simple lives.The One was satisfied, for the moment, and departed the timeless Realm.
At a later time, the One returned, and gather unto him several of the lightbeasts. He selected one from among their ranks and refined it, giving it a physical form. He drew inspiration from the canine, equine, cervine, avian, and dragon, making it long and slender of body, and giving it gleaming wings made of panes of light. He named it the kalina, and entrusted it with overseeing the order of the Realm. Then he refined more of the lightbeasts, making them kalina, and leaving them under the authority of the first. Then he departed the Realm once again.
The Light Realm would play host to the One once again when, after the death of a shadowbeast, waves of chaos swept over both Light and Dark Realms, threatening to destroy both, and undo everything the One had labored for so long to create. He decided the Light Realm needed more powerful protectors, and made the first orthae. It was similar to a kalina, but much larger, rivaling even the dragons for size, and bore a feathered frill upon its head, as well as a strong and formidable body.
To this first orthae, the One gave authority over all the Light Realm and its denizens, and gave it the power to bring order to the chaos threatening to overwhelm the Realm. As it went out into the Realm to stabilize it, the One created more orthae to serve the first. Then, satisfied, the One departed the Light Realm for the last time, destined never to return to its timeless splendor.
This Ancient First was a lightbeast of palest gold with enormous feathered-and-light wings that dwarfed his slender, draconic body. Graceful and swift, he fed off of sunlight and was a creature of whims, acting as his mood dictated. Supreme lord over light, he would craft elaborate illusions to trick even the gods, and was sincere even as he was capricious.