Avatar

Under ordinary circumstances, a deity does not actually possess a physical form, and thus has a limited ability to interact with the world. An avatar refers to a deity that has taken a physical form. An avatar functions similarly to an exarch, in that the god can only create one in their own realm and that it requires investment (the "power source" of a deity) to construct one-specifically, an avatar requires all of the available investment of the deity. Once having constructed an avatar, any further exarchs weaken the deity's avatar by drawing from the investment placed into it. Because the amount of power required to summon any exarch is proportional to the power of the exarch to be summoned, summoning an avatar into Tarroth is beyond the capabilities of virtually any entity that is not already of deific level.

As a further note on avatars, if an avatar is disjoined, the deity does not recover the investment that they placed into the avatar-rather, it merely disperses (ending the deity's consciousness in the process), possibly being absorbed by nearby objects or individuals. If the deity's avatar incorporates a method of gathering this dispersed investment, the deity's consciousness and self will not be terminated, but without a physical form, the deity does not have access to any of its divine powers.

Due to the impractical consequences of having an avatar, few deities actually elect to utilize one. So far, the only three avatars known to have existed are those of Deus, S‘Raxxle, and Si Xiang. All three were destroyed (though Deus’ has recovered his twice).

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