Deva are a divergent race with a long historical tradition of existence. Deva are humans who, through various means, have become themselves a type of enchanted magical item. This transformation into a receptacle of considerable magical energy has the effect of rendering the human resilient to death, making them essentially immortal. This process, commonly referred to as ascension, is known to be induced either deliberately or as a result of external stimuli.
It is known that not all humans have the potential to be transfigured into a Deva, but it is unknown what factors play into a human’s capacity to become one. Numerous religious sects have dedicated themselves to following strict lifestyles meant to prepare the human body for potential ascendancy. The legitimacy of these efforts is highly questioned, as there exists no known reliable method to attain ascendancy. In some documented cases the resulting Deva came into existence following no particular piety or effort of the transformed human. In most cases the transformation occurs as a result of a severe or traumatic experience that would typically result in the death of the human participant, in some respects similar to the transformation numerous races are known to undergo posthumously to become a revenant.
The known effects of transfiguration into a Deva on human physiology include, but are not limited to:
- Change in skin pigmentation to hues ranging from silver to blue
- Loss of body hair
- Improved physical durability
- Ability to rejuvenate from fatal wounds
- Extra-sensory development, attributed to “past lives”
It is the assertion of some eastern religions that the state can be induced, either permanently or temporarily, via manipulation of the chakras. This premise is based on the similar transformation into the psionic kalashtar subspecies of humans via chakra manipulation. Kalashtar are known to outright reject this notion, suggesting it acts only as evidence of a fundamental misunderstanding of the Sahasrara and its power. The few known Deva to exist also reject this association.
Deva are by their very nature limited in number, and efforts to ascertain their exact number have proven difficult. The British government’s official number of known Deva within their boundaries is numbered under ten. Due to their scarcity, no Deva is recorded to have ever acted as an agent of BCAIM.