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Soul Information

Soul Physiology

A Soul is small enough to fit in the palm of a human hand, and looks like a "living ribbon"(p6). It is bright silver in color, and glistens, ripples, billows and stretches. Each Soul has 1008 "thin, feathery attachments" that resemble "pale silver hair"(p6). Wanderer explains that even though it looks fragile hair, these feelers have the strength to tear through a human being's organs. (p420) When a Soul is correctly bound to its host, its attachments are stretched taught, "like harp strings" (p535).

Where these attachments meet the body of the Soul is a long, thin ridge. The 217th connection, or joint,  is larger than the rest. If gentle pressure is applied to that particular joint, the Soul will instinctively retract its antennae back into its body, and separate itself from its host. (p536)

In order to take over a new human host, a Soul must be inserted through a small incision at the top of a human spinal column, on the back of the neck. It then slides into the cavity, and weaves itself into the host body by attaching its antennae to various nerve centers and into the brain, and can then control all bodily movement and thought of the host. After being inserted, Wanderer describes the process: "With the truest instinct of my kind, I'd bound myself inescapably into its every breath and reflex until it was no longer a separate entity. It was me." (p9)

The Souls have two genders, although there are very few who would be considered 'female.' They are the ones who have the ability to bear children. There is generally one Mother for approximately every five to ten thousand Souls.  To reproduce, the Mother divides herself into a million or so parts. When she separates, every 'cell' (although their makeup isn't cellular, it is similar) becomes a new Soul. Each Soul retains a little bit of their Mother's memory. The process is voluntary, and once the Mother chooses to give birth, she dies a painful death.

The Souls have no natural lifespan; they can survive indefinitely as long as they have a healthy host.