The Soul[note 1], also referred to as one's Spirit Data[note 2], was the immaterial essence of many living things. Transient and virtually immortal, it existed beyond physical life and death- though subject to decay over time.
The soul was the source of life for many living things such as humans, animals, and gods. Lacking a defined shape, it could take on virtually any form. Despite the soul's immaterial nature, they were still able to decay, and theoretically be eradicated; similarly, the souls of powerful beings like gods would eventually disappear. Quantified as someone's "spirit data" by the earthlings of the Second Period, souls could be manipulated and made to reincarnate into different forms and physical bodies, or could be otherwise moved into different vessels using magic, only to separate from their receptacles when something such as death severed the bond.
The soul retained a being's innate magical power, the exact amount varying between individuals and species. This power gave the soul a "weight" which could strain the ties between the soul and its body, causing the bond to decay over time until it eventually completely broke down. A soul also possessed a mind, giving it consciousness, memory, and emotion which allowed it to interact with its environment. Despite this, deceased souls lacking a body couldn't interact with physical objects, or even be perceived by living individuals, though still having several ways to communicate with them such as telepathy.
Although not requiring physical functions to "survive," souls were capable of performing all biological functions such as hearing, seeing, eating, touching, or tasting. Despite this, a soul could be induced into a state of sleep and still suffered fatigue. Souls could also freely fly through the air in most areas. Certain souls, such as those of gods, could also affect biological bodies' aging, allowing them to remain physically ageless. However, souls could also carry conditions like Hereditary Evil Raiser Syndrome.
Conceptualization and OriginEdit
- The soul is a frequently debated topic in philosophy, religion, psychology, and science, including its relation to the mind and body.