Asuras were good messenger spirits in service to deities, and as such were the main competitors to the devas. They were a symbol of goodness and light, kindness and tenderness, and often appeared on the Material Plane helping mystics and faithful.
From time immemorial, asuras were messengers, not soldiers, but their strength and combat experience were not to be underestimated. They preferred to attack their opponents from the air, causing terrible wounds by claws and hand-held weapons. Being one of the wisest creatures in the outer planes, they were immune to many forms of enchantment and were completely protected from illusions. Thanks to their marvelous vision, an asura could easily recognize lies and punish the guilty. Asuras could also transform into a human or demihuman to go unnoticed. In this case, their abilities were retained.
In their native planes, asuras were managed by experienced commanders who they unconditionally obeyed. But, at any time, any of the asuras could easily switch allegiance to another commander as their service was always free. There were also wandering free asuras, helping people around the world and showing by example how to live.
- Monte Cook (December 1995). “Monstrous Supplement”. In Michele Carter ed. Planes of Conflict (TSR, Inc), pp. 4–5. ISBN 0-7869-0309-0.
- Christopher Perkins, (1999). Warriors of Heaven. (TSR, Inc.) pp. 52-56. ISBN 978-0786913619.
- Dale Donovan (December 1995). “Liber Benevolentiae”. In Michele Carter ed. Planes of Conflict (TSR, Inc.), pp. 52–53. ISBN 0-7869-0309-0.
- An example of a rogue asuras.
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 Wolfgang Baur, Steve Kurtz (1992). Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix. (TSR, Inc). ISBN l-56076-370-1.
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 James Wyatt, Darrin Drader, Christopher Perkins (October 2003). Book of Exalted Deeds. (TSR, Inc), pp. 164–165. ISBN 0-7869-3136-1.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Monte Cook (December 1995). “Monstrous Supplement”. In Michele Carter ed. Planes of Conflict (TSR, Inc), pp. 4–5. ISBN 0-7869-0309-0.