People of magic from the heavens, both humans and monsters, have graced the beauty that is Heaven's greatest masterpiece. Earth. It exists in an endless void of possibilities called Space. And that is where the possibilities and other forms of living circumstances lives. An example? Angels, demons, spirits, and many others that have yet to be discovered. They exist both in space and Earth. But depending on the particular being, they exist in different dimensional planes of existence that, us living mortals, either place amongst the sky where we call "the Heavens" dwell in space. Or below the depths of the Earth where no living being can reach. Or sometimes… in an entirely different dimension altogether.
And it's the last of these options that this is where the mortals seek guidance from. The spirit realm. A realm that is vast and endless. One of the few places that can rival the vastness of space itself. And at the end of a mortal's life, their inner culmination of their very being is then taken away to the spirit realm to rest in peace. There ARE exceptions to this rule though. But that can be saved for later in the story. But for now, this is about the guides that help the living go through life and define themselves as who they are.
They are mysterious beings that represent many meanings all in the forms of Earth's animal inhabitants. We do not for sure know that they were once living as either a person or animal. Or if they were created by the Heavens themselves to help aid us. All we know is that they are divine beings that represent our very inner selves.
In this world, there are mortals that can use magic as those foretold in legends of the medieval times. Though, with guidance from the spirits, both man and monsterkind alike have developed their powers in more advanced ways.
So, it is tradition, that when a person of magic comes of age or matures, either magically or physically speaking, they are to deeply meditate in a confined Holy room in their local temple or church. It is this that for a number of days, they undergo "The Spiritual Search". It is a ritual of when they meditate all their inner selves and that they lock their consciousness in themselves. During this state, they are more open and vulnerable to the spirits of the other worldly plane. Which can be both enlightening and dangerous. But for most cases, it comes out a success and that they get a spirit animal. It is due to the advanced precautions of the priests and spiritual people that closely watch over the procedures.
Although, and it is rare, if something goes wrong during the ritual, the summoner would automatically and immediately be put into a comatose-like state for days on end. This was the rule that the Heavens placed for the safety of their mortal children. And it would also be even more rare if a person would die during the process. But if it comes to pass, the Heavens will rescue and grant the new soul of what they would want to wish for. Consider it like a "last rites" deal. And depending on the person, the wish can vary from being taken to eternal rest in Heaven or being brought back to life. A second chance if you will. Or at least, one of them.
But usually at that time, when the summoner is helpless, the supervisors of the ritual will already take over and bring in the medical staff. Either way, as the magical person grows, sometimes the magic user will gain more spiritual guardians. It is not unusual for there to be more than one guide. For mortal beings are comprised of more than just one or two simple traits. They are filled with so many attributes that they have attained since their birth. And depending on when they first begin to mature, their soul can represent many things about the life they led so far and what could happen next.
The spirit animals are a representative of the person's character and soul. It has to do with your very physical, mental, spiritual state. Whatever animal you earn will represent what you need to change about yourself or this is "you" to a fault. They are predictors and protectors in your overall health as a living being. They are the symbols of "you" and who you are. But at the same time, counselors in your journey in life.
But sometimes, in very rare and confusing circumstances, your guide can mean more to you than you know. It is this my friends that I welcome you to Spirit Tale.
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