The Shattered Lands
Eyes blazing, a young tigris tabaxi unleashes a blast of magical energy against a cultist that is threatening her with a sword.
Rushing to the side of a fallen comrade, a dwarf’s hands glow with power as he kneels next to his friend and attempts to heal her wounds.
His skin showing a purple tint, a human leaps into the air and flies away from a hoard of goblins bent on his death.
Crystalborn are able to drain, store, and unleash magic similar in many ways to the crystal shards of the World Stone. The abilities of the Crystalborn are innate, and at present no one understands why some people gain these abilities. They emulate the World Stone crystals in such a way that a few greybeards believe the Crystalborn are caused by exposure to the shards, or the World Stone. These rare classes can release the magic they store in a number of potent effects that emulate spells cast by others.
A Crystalborn is defined by their ability to store and use magic much like the shards. To be clear, a Crystalborn does not, and cannot, use spells like other spell casters. Instead they can absorb the raw magic, which they call spellfire, from the world around them and focus it into certain spell like effects. When a Crystalborn does manifest they find their powers coveted by others. Many factions want a Crystalborn loyal to them for their near immunity to magic, others wish to learn how a Crystalborn comes to be in order to make more.
A Crystalborn’s abilities are unique, and far from subtle. It is hard for them to hide their existence. As their magic like ability is an innate ability, Crystalborn have some ability with hand to hand combat. They are comfortable in light armor and can use simple weapons.
A Need for Answers
Crystalborn know nothing about how or why the manifest their abilities. Though there are many theories, they tend to quest to discover the secrets of their abilities. Usually only a few Crystalborn are active at any given time. Sometimes there is only one in the Remnants. The desire for answers drives them to explore the Remnants, looking for other Crystalborn, and for any evidence as to why they exist, and what causes them to come into existence.
At the same time Crystalborn find that they can be powerful players in the Remnants as their abilities are in high demand among the many factions. A savvy Crystalborn can amass a lot of power if they play their cards right with certain factions.
Though the abilities of a Crystalborn are innate, they do require practice and effort to control. A number of Crystalborn do expand into other classes, however, to augment their non-magical abilities. Those few that have tried to pick up spell based magic have discovered they simply cannot use such magic.