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three sura kings and a primeval god[1]

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nastikas and astikas[2]

Suras are one of the three races in the Kubera universe. They currently reside in the sura realm, and are the gods' natural enemies. Nastika suras are the most powerful beings in the universe.

Overview

Gandharva's various forms
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Gandharva's preferred human form, with blue skin[3]
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full human form[4]
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partial sura form[5]
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full sura form, planet-sized[6]

Suras are non-aging creatures that originally take the form of animal-like beings, while more developed suras have the ability to take on human form. Suras believe that they do not have an afterlife;[7] however, the complete truth about the sura afterlife is only known to and is hidden by the 5th-zen gods.[8] They are divided into eight clans, each of which has distinct biological characteristics even in human form, allowing both the gods and the humans to distinguish between different sura clans. The king of each clan is usually the strongest nastika of that clan. The name of each clan is derived from the first king of the clan.

Most suras hunt for the purpose of restoring their vigor, which is needed in order to use their transcendental skills.[9] However, with the exception of Yuta, they can still survive without eating. The only ranks that do not require any food to restore vigor are nastikas and 5th-stage rakshasas.[10]

The lower a sura's rank, the more sura body parts it has that cannot transform into human form.[11]

There are no suras that look the same unless they are twins.[12]

Sura ranks

Each sura has a distinct ranking from birth based on the number of generations that separate them from their nearest nastika ancestor. Most are quite mindful of their status, and as such, children with parents belonging to different ranks are rare. In particular, mixing with "such an inferior race" as humans is considered to be a total disgrace and a loss of pride; only the Vritra clan seems to be exempt from this mentality due the circumstances it has been forced to face.

The higher a sura's rank, the more naturally beautiful they are. Their beauty also increases as they develop to a higher stage (except for nastikas, who do not develop), yet their beauty still does not exceed their rank.[13]

maras < upanis < rakshasas < nastikas

Nastikas

Main article: Nastika

Nastikas are the most powerful type of suras and have existed since the creation of the universe. They do not age, which is a trait they share with their enemies, the gods. Each nastika has a clan attribute, plus an origin attribute of their own. Nastikas can eat and drink; however, as stated by Taksaka, it is more of a bother for them since they neither require food nor obtain vigor from it. Still, it appears to be a common practice in celebrations. Nastikas do not require sleep, but some (particularly dragons) enjoy it nonetheless.

Nastikas are stronger than the gods but do not regenerate infinitely. Gods cannot use insight to see into the mind of a nastika; however, a god can use insight to see a nastika's non-transformable body part, which glows, such as when Agni sees Gandharva as a shadow with a glowing eye.[14][15]

Nastikas are the only sura class that can change their gender at will. Most are stronger in male form, but there have been notable exceptions such as Shuri[16] and Vritra. Nastikas are also the only sura class that can change the age of appearance of their human form, which usually matches the individual's personality; for example, Yaksha originally looked like an old man, but later decided to change his appearance to that of a 12-year-old boy.

In the year N0, when Visnu separated the races into three realms, nastikas could no longer take sura form in the human realm, which greatly reduced their power there;[17] their physical capabilities in human form were weakened as well.[18]

Rakshasas

Main article: Rakshasa

Rakshasas are the children of nastikas. A rakshasa's gender is determined by the amount of time each parent has spent as each gender, which has resulted in more males than females. They are ageless and are born in their human form, but can change into sura form during any of their five stages of growth. These stages mimic a human's growth; for example, a sura's 3rd stage is roughly equivalent to adolescence for humans, as they develop an interest in the opposite sex; they can be even more impulsive than humans during puberty.[19] They inherit two heritage attributes from their parents' origin attributes. The oldest rakshasas (such as Shess) are, like nastikas, immune to the insight of the gods.[20]

Upanis

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suras (primarily upanis and maras) near Rindhallow[21]

Upanis are the children of the rakshasas. As with their parents, they undergo five stages of growth. They are born in sura form and can only transform to their human form after reaching 3rd stage, at which point they are considered superior suras. Developed upanis are considered superior suras and are extremely dangerous to most magicians.[22]

Maras

Maras are the children of the upanis, and the weakest suras of a clan. As such, they are often attacked by higher-ranked suras of other clans and devoured. They cannot take on human form. Higher-developed maras are considered dangerous to the average human.[22] 5th-stage maras count as superior suras, and are able to use transcendental skills,[23] but they are so rare that most dismiss them.[24]

Halfs

Main article: Half

A half is commonly the child of a sura and a human. To be considered as such, at least 50% of their blood must be sura, which means it is not strictly necessary for a parent to be a sura- in fact, most halfs are born between two halfs. Halfs have clan attributes and origin attributes from the sura side of their parents, but their power is based on the percentage of sura blood in their body. Their bodies have animal characteristics related to the parent/ancestor's sura clan, and they age about four times slower than humans.

Halfs exist in a gray area between suras and humans, and it is not known if halfs have an afterlife like pure-bloods and quarters. Due to events in the year N0, Halfs are required to be sponsored by magicians to be able to live in cities with humans, since they are detected at checkpoints. Some cities recognize Half rights, while others refuse to recognize them as humans, e.g. they can be freely hunted for body parts to sell, and killing a Half is not considered illegal (however, it can be considered loss of property if there is a sponsor).[25]

Quarters

Main article: Quarter

Quarters are generally considered humans, not suras, even though they have at least one sura ancestor. A quarter can be the child of a half and a human, or of two quarter parents, but they must have at least 25% but less than 50% sura blood. They physically resemble pure-bloods but age twice as slow. Unlike halfs, they do not have clan or origin attributes, but their attributes are set at birth like humans, which allows them to use magic and move freely through checkpoints.

Superior suras

Superior suras (or upper-class suras) include all nastikas, all rakshasas, upanis 3rd stage or higher, and 5th stage maras (which are extremely rare).[24] With a few exceptions, all superior suras were confined to the sura realm by Visnu after the N0 Cataclysm.[22]

Inferior suras

Inferior suras (or lower-class suras) include 1st and 2nd stage upanis, and 1st- through 4th-stage maras. All inferior suras were left in the human realm after the Cataclysm, with the younger upanis having a greater difficulty surviving without the care of their parents.[22]

Clans/Tribes

A clan's power depends on the strength and the mood of its king, since inferior suras can get caught up in emotional resonance. For example, if the king becomes angry or agitated they may accidentally attack friends and foes alike. When a king dies, renounces the throne, or is unable to rule, the next strongest nastika usually ascends the throne; one exception is Sagara.

Clan Name Animal Characteristics Clan Attribute
Ananta clan snake Earth (地)
Asura clan insects Darkness (暗)
Gandharva clan sea creatures Water (水)
Garuda clan birds Sky (天)
Kinnara clan hooved mammals Wind (風)
Vritra clan dragons Fire (火)
Yaksha clan mammals without hooves Light (光)
Taraka clan unspecific Chaos (混)

Aside from the wars between the suras and the gods, the suras were afflicted by inner turmoil due the differences between clans, which caused a fallout between four major factions based on the nature of their animal characteristics.

The Garuda clan is allied with the Gandharva clan and Yaksha clan, because of the close friendship between the kings Garuda, Gandharva, and Shuri.

Asura clan suras are allied with the Ananta clan, because Garuda clan suras are their natural predators (as birds prey on snakes and insects). The Gandharva clan also prey on the Asura clan (as fish eat insects).

The Kinnara clan and the Vritra clan used to be allied since their kings were once lovers; however, the alliance ended along with the relationship and both clans are now neutral, although many of the suras of these clans maintain a friendship with nastikas of the warring clans.

Taraka clan suras are hated by all other clans, because they prey on suras from all other clans.

Blood

Sura blood varies among each race. Asura and Ananta suras have purple blood, Garuda suras (and others not specified) have red blood like humans, and Gandharva suras have blue blood.[26] Chaos (Taraka) suras are known to have black blood.[27] Nastikas of all clans in human form have been shown to have red blood.

Skills and Abilities

Like the gods, suras have high enough transcendental values and vigor to perform transcendental skills. However, unlike the gods, suras use combinations of their clan attribute and origin/heritage attribute to perform their transcendental skills. The power and the number of transcendental skills differ by the rank a sura is born into; rakshasas can learn more transcendental skills as they will have higher transcendental values than upanis or maras.

Nastikas use both normal transcendental skills as well as their own unique transcendental skills. Some nastikas, such as Vritra, have unique transcendentals that require special conditions to activate. Some rakshasas, such as Maruna, are born with unique transcendental skills as well, but it is very rare.

Suras have much larger bodies than humans or gods, therefore turning into their sura form, even partially, gives them above-human abilities and strength. Also, transcendental skills become more powerful and effective in this form. In fact, many transcendental skills can only be used when completely transformed. However, Maruna can only use his unique transcendental Crimson Sunshine of Dawn in human form.

Family dynamics

Suras have a different approach to family than humans. For example, there is a rivalry between fathers and sons for the mother's affection. That means fathers can and will hurt their children if they grow too close to the mother or hurt her (making her angry or sad). On the contrary, daughters are loved and spoiled by their fathers, particularly if they resemble their mother. In comparison with female humans, sura mothers are not as affectionate with their children.[28]

List of Sura Kings

Clan Name King(s)
Ananta clan Ananta (1st) → Manasvin (2nd) → Sagara (3rd)
Asura clan Asura (1st)
Gandharva clan Gandharva (1st)
Garuda clan Garuda (1st)
Kinnara clan Kinnara (1st) → ?
Vritra clan Vritra (1st)
Yaksha clan Yaksha (1st) → Shuri (2nd) → Hanuman (3rd)
Taraka clan Taraka (1st)

The first kings of the clans were classified as follows, in order of descending strength:

  1. Ananta
  2. Vritra
  3. Yaksha
  4. Asura
  5. Gandharva
  6. ?
  7. ?
  8. Taraka

Notes

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simulated suras in a magic test [29]

  • As the series proceeds, the suras are often portrayed as victims, too, thanks to the gods' commonplace foul play.
  • Vegetarian suras (such as Shess) need to eat more than carnivorous suras in order to regain the same amount of vigor.[30]
  • Simulated suras are used for the team portion of magic tests.
  • The Three Great Beauties of the Suras are Shuri, Airavata, and Urvasi. They once had a discussion over who was the most beautiful and chose Vritra (the most emotionless sura) to decide. However, he chased them away and only failed to kill them due to the insomnia he had been experiencing and the fact that the three of them worked together. Later, the three asked Taksaka instead, who told them none of them was beautiful.
  • To date, there have been no rebellions among suras to overthrow any king. The Ananta clan members (with a few exceptions) have grudgingly allowed Sagara to be king, but refuse to actively follow her and are simply waiting for her to give up the throne or die.
  • The Vritra and Taraka clans have special circumstances of their own.

History

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Visnu creates and names Shuri[2]

The first suras were the nastikas, who were born without parents at the beginning of the universe. They were created and named by Visnu. From the time of their birth, the suras and the (non-primeval) gods were enemies. While nastikas were more powerful, they were not blessed with the ability to regenerate indefinitely like the gods were.

At the beginning of the universe, nastikas reproduced frequently to produce rakshasas and expand their circle of influence; Shess is one of the few surviving original rakshasas. Only the Vritra clan could not have rakshasa children, since they had the additional power of the Breath in exchange for the ability to reproduce. Visnu and Brahma managed to lift this restriction by enhancing the race's "emotionless" characteristic and turning all Vritra nastikas male. They were allowed to have children only with female humans, and their offspring were granted the power of a 5th-stage rakshasa after 100 years despite being Halfs.

Before the Cataclysm, suras could travel freely between the sura and human realms. In fact, humans were once able to borrow power from the nastikas in the form of fiendish magic. However, suras would often eat humans as well, causing fear and animosity towards them. As a result, fiendish magic virtually perished a thousand years before the Cataclysm with only a few villages of "heretics" surviving. In some cases, the misuse of fiendish magic could cause the self-destruction of the magician, as well as killing allies and enemies alike. Most humans pledged to serve only the gods and were granted protection by Brahma in form of defense barriers that protected human cities. However, because of Brahma's neutrality on the matter, the barriers were created with flaws that allowed nastikas to eventually break them, unless they were powered by gods rather than humans, effectively making the cities safe places.

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Halfs caught in emotional resonance in N0[31]

During the Cataclsym a battle between gods and superior suras took place, resulting in the destruction of many planets and the strongest case of emotional resonance in history, causing most inferior suras and Halfs to go berserk and attack purebloods and Quarters.[31] After the Cataclysm, all superior suras were segregated and confined to the sura realm by one of the primeval gods, Visnu.[32] The nastikas also lost their ability to transform into sura form when in the human realm, greatly limiting the nastikas' power against humans and other suras.

Currently, no sura clan overpowers another in a largely advantageous way.

References

  1. KuberaSeason 1 Episode 36: The Past I Yearn For (1)
  2. 2.0 2.1 KuberaSeason 1 Episode 99: Lies for You (11)
  3. KuberaSeason 1 Episode 81: The Night it Rained Fire (18)
  4. KuberaSeason 1 Episode 14: The Sorrow of Loss (3)
  5. KuberaSeason 1 Episode 40: The Past I Yearn For (5)
  6. KuberaSeason 2 Episode 27: Reflection (1)
  7. KuberaSeason 2 Episode 68: Frozen Tears (11)
  8. KuberaSeason 2 Episode 159: Your Justice and Mine (25)
  9. Currygom's blogSeason 2 Episode 48: Rift (8)
  10. KuberaSeason 2 Episode 104: Outsider (4)
  11. Currygom's blogSeason 1 Episode 13: The Sorrow of Loss (2)
  12. KuberaSeason 1 Episode 24: AAA Magician (4)
  13. Currygom's blogSeason 1 Episode 33: The Golden Knight (7)
  14. KuberaSeason 1 Episode 16: The Sorrow of Loss (5)
  15. Currygom's blogSeason 1 Episode 16: The Sorrow of Loss (5)
  16. Currygom's blogSeason 1 Episode 51: The Wavering King (1)
  17. KuberaSeason 1 Episode 39: The Past I Yearn For (4)
  18. KuberaSeason 2 Episode 58: Frozen Tears (1)
  19. KuberaSeason 2 Episode 32: Reflection (6)
  20. KuberaSeason 2 Episode 128: Falling Petals (2)
  21. KuberaSeason 1 Episode 37: The Past I Yearn For (2)
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 KuberaSeason 1 Episode 47: Half (半) - 5
  23. Currygom's blogSeason 1 Episode 23: AAA Magician (3)
  24. 24.0 24.1 Currygom's blogSeason 1 Episode 47: Half (半) - 5
  25. KuberaSeason 2 Episode 95: Taboo (7)
  26. Currygom's blogSeason 1 Episode 24: AAA Magician (4)
  27. KuberaSeason 2 Episode 7: Blood (2)
  28. the finite
  29. KuberaSeason 1 Episode 23: AAA Magician (3)
  30. the finite, Chapter 41
  31. 31.0 31.1 KuberaSeason 1 Episode 60: Rival (3)
  32. KuberaSeason 1 Episode 38: The Past I Yearn For (3)

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