How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Eberron
There are many races on Eberron that are the product of the union of two separate races. But the kalashtar are unique in that their two progenitor races exist in the same bodies, intertwined, but still technically two entities. Kalashtar are the humans who sheltered the benevolent quori who escaped the Dreaming Dark.
Most kalashtar reside in Adar, called the “Nation of Refuge” in Sarlona. Millenia ago, Dal Quor turned over after the quori were defeated at the hands of the giants. This transition altered the fundamental alignment of the plane, and evil and amorality became the norm. The few quori who rebelled and embraced benevolence were hunted down, and the few that escaped were lead by Taratai. In her search for refuge, she came upon the dreams of monk in a monastery deep in the mountains of Adar. After hearing the plight of her people, the monk gathered his community and they made a home for the refugees. It was neither a possession like the Inspired nor a prison like the elan, but a literal joining of the minds.
This first generation of kalashtar spent years adapting to the two minds occupying their one body. Then came the decision that would change their race. While their psychic lives were a large focus of their daily lives, the Adarians still lived simple lives, which came with desires like family. When the first villager became pregnant, the community gathered to commune with their psionic partners. Taratai quickly saw the deep psionic connection between the unborn child and her mother, and that it overlapped with the mother’s connection with her quori spirit. She realized that if the child was born, it would be connected to the quori, but the link would be diluted for both child and mother.
These quori were the rare benevolent spirits of the current age of Dal Quor, so they knew they could not ask their hosts to stop their lives. In fact, as they discussed it, they began to imagine the possibilities of an entire races touched by their power. As the first generation was born, the people of the community adapted to sharing their spirits with their children. A few generations passed, and a few villagers even went out into the world, preaching the benevolent power of their quori partners (this would later evolve into the faith of the Path of Light. In this way, the kalashtar slowly spread throughout Adar.
Today, about 70 generations from Taratai’s appearance in Adar, kalashtar are a commonplace element of Adarian society, numbering over 150,000.