Role-playing Games Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for gamemasters and players of tabletop, paper-and-pencil role-playing games. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

The Paragon path for Favored Soul states, "... thus marking you as one of the heavenly host, kin to angels, and a special servant of your god." Does it turn the character into an angel?

share|improve this question
Not familiar with the material, so I can't post an answer, but "kin to" means "related to" which in this context implies "similar to but not actually" to me. – KRyan Jun 25 '14 at 2:14
up vote 8 down vote accepted

Not really, no.

First and foremost, the text you are referring to is completely flavor. The only mechanical thing this grants is that the L16 property of this path gives you wings and a fly speed(provided you're in light armor). It also has a L12 utility that grants increases fly speed, so the flavor text does resemble the mechanics in that regard.

However, there is no change in origin, species or anything else listed in the mechanical portion of the text (the 2 L11 features, the L16 feature or the powers). The flavor text indicates the following (As you quoted):

By the time you complete this path, your lower body trails off into mist when you fly, thus marking you as one of the heavenly host, kin to angels, and a special servant of your god (emphasis mine).

Kin to angels does not make you an angel. More like a distant cousin of the species. You're still an elf (or a human or whatever race), you just resemble an angel now and have similar powers.

All that said, this is a flavor thing. If the right flavor for your PC is "I'm an Angel" and it's not intended to grant mechanical benefit, run it by your DM, this would be the kind of reflavoring that is encouraged in the books. (Just don't abuse it, this would be a narrative choice not a mechanical one)

share|improve this answer
Might be worth contrasting this with the PHB Cleric(?) epic destiny that does begin turning you angelic very explicitly (and even then I'm not sure you actually become an angel). I can't remember the details, but flavour wise, your face becomes the featureless face of an angel. – doppelgreener Jun 25 '14 at 3:10
@JonathanHobbs yeah, Angelic Avenger lets you take on the aspect of an angel for moments, but doesn't change anything mechanically as well. – wax eagle Jun 25 '14 at 3:11
That was what I thought. Thabks a lot. :) – Kallebe Pessôa Jun 25 '14 at 14:03

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.