Kalashtar were originally formed when 67 adaran monks fused their being with quori spirits from Dal Quor. All descriptions of the race, as well as their naming convention suggests a 1:1 ratio of human:quori, ie. that in one kalashtar there is exactly one quori and one human.

Combining these two statements could lead one to believe that the number of kalashtar is limited by the number of quori that escaped Dal Quor at that time. Is this so? I see no mention of such a cap.

If there can be more than 67 kalashtar at a time, where do the quori come from? Do they also reproduce? Do new ones escape Dal Quor?


Yes, there are more than sixty-seven kalashtar. There are also more than sixty-six, since the kalashtar bound to their leader, Taratai, sacrificed themselves to produce the shroud resonators that protect Adar (Secrets of Sarlona, pg. 24).

Sixty-seven rebel quori survived the exodus from Dal Quor, and every kalashtar has a bond to one of these spirits. The suffix attached to a kalashtar’s name is the name of the quori ancestor: Lanharath is Lan of the lineage of Harath. Quori spirits do have gender, and a newborn kalashtar inherits the bond to the spirit of the parent with the matching gender. Kalashtar can interbreed with humans and half-elves; if the gender of the child matches the kalashtar parent, it inherits the bond and is born a kalashtar. Otherwise it matches the race of the mundane parent. Kalashtar racial traits, including their distinctive appearance, stem from the touch of the quori on body and soul. There is no such thing as “half-kalashtar.”

The quori founders no longer exist as true individuals; instead they live within the communal subconscious of all of their physical descendants. Members of the lineage cannot actively used this mental bond, but they share the same dreamlike memories and typically have the same opinions and moral values. Two Vakri kalashtar will find that they can anticipate one another’s actions, that they finish each other’s sentences, and that they naturally gravitate toward the same sides of an argument. Kalashtar with the same lineage are not mental clones, however. Each individual’s life experiences and human soul shape his or her character and personality, and alignment and behavior vary from character to character.

(Races of Eberron, pg. 59)

Here we see numerous references to kalashtar giving birth to kalashtar bound to the same quori spirit, references to “all of” the kalashtar bound to a given spirit, “Two Vakri kalashtar,” and so on. Nothing seems to come out and say it, but none of this would make sense if kalashtar could only exist in one-to-one relationships with quori.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I have also suspected this "shared quori" solution, but was not sure as it brings up yet another set of questions about the state the quori are in. Thanks for the quote! Is this book for a specific edition? (might help in finding it) \$\endgroup\$
    – Szega
    Apr 27 '20 at 15:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Szega Almost all Eberron lore is in 3.5e. 5e only has one book on Eberron so far, and 4e had just two guides plus three adventures (and 4e bastardized the lore in most of the settings it handled, and most of it has been ret-conned/ignored since). So these are from 3.5e, which had like twenty Eberron books (not counting adventures). \$\endgroup\$
    – KRyan
    Apr 27 '20 at 15:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ Technically there's 2 books for 5e, but E:RftLW largely covers everything from WGtE and then some. So yeah :P \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast
    Apr 28 '20 at 7:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ @V2Blast Since Wayfinder’s Guide to Eberron was Unearthed-Arcana-tier material, I tend to think of it as more of a “preview” or “beta test” for Eberron: Rising from the Last War than as a separate book. And in any event if it did include anything that couldn’t be sourced elsewhere, I’d be concerned about canonicity. \$\endgroup\$
    – KRyan
    Apr 28 '20 at 12:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ @KRyan: Everything from WGtE that was reprinted in E:RftLW (which is... most of it, really) was updated as of the latter book's release to match it. So it's not really a "preview"/"beta test" in that sense. But yeah. \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast
    Apr 28 '20 at 23:17

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