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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.[2]


An asura resembled a human with marble-pale skin and huge red wings,[2] which were made of flame.[1] Their feet were armed with eagle claws and they wore loose togas.[2]


Asuras possessed a unique blessing to temporarily grant the boon of discerning truth from lies to mortal creatures that faced asuras' examination and answered their questions truthfully.[4]


An asura warrior.

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.[2]


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.[2]

As beings living in the outer planes, asuras did not directly influence the ecology of Zakhara.[2]

All asuras together, calling themselves the Grand Celestial Host,[3] recognized a supreme general called Absalom as their leader.[2]


Asuras did not require food to sustain themselves. Instead they drew sustenance from the Positive Energy plane.[5]


Asuras were known to act as servants of the deities Eilistraee, Haela Brightaxe, Thard Harr, Aerdrie Faenya, Corellon, Deep Sashelas, Erevan Ilesere, Hanali Celanil, Labelas Enoreth, Rillifane Rallathil, Sehanine Moonbow, Shevarash, Solonor Thelandira, Cyrrollalee, and Yondalla.[6]


Queen Morwel of the eladrin was allied to a powerful brass dragon named Ronothere. Through him, she lent military aid to the cause of the archomental Zaaman Rul in his resistance against Imix, and this aid included a squad of asuras.[7]


See Also


Referenced only
Tymora's Luck

Further reading

- An example of a rogue asuras.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 James Wyatt, Darrin Drader, Christopher Perkins (October 2003). Book of Exalted Deeds. (TSR, Inc), pp. 164–165. ISBN 0-7869-3136-1.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 Wolfgang Baur, Steve Kurtz (1992). Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix. (TSR, Inc). ISBN l-56076-370-1.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Monte Cook (December 1995). “Monstrous Supplement”. In Michele Carter ed. Planes of Conflict (TSR, Inc), pp. 4–5. ISBN 0-7869-0309-0.
  4. Jeff Grubb and Kate Novak (January 1998). Tymora's Luck. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 65–66. ISBN 0-7869-0726-6.
  5. Christopher Perkins (April 1999). Warriors of Heaven. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 55. ISBN 0-7869-1361-4.
  6. Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 14, 68, 86, 94, 101, 105, 109, 115, 118, 122, 126, 130, 133, 170, 180. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  7. Eric Jansing and Kevin Baase (March 2007). “Princes of Elemental Good: The Archomentals, Part II”. In Erik Mona ed. Dragon #353 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 50.


Inherently Good Creatures of the Upper Planes