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Psionic Consciousness in Crystal
By Bruce R. Cordell

Shardminds, constructs of crystallized psionic consciousness, are individual beings. Despite their common origin in the Living Gate’s destruction, each shardmind has its own set of aspirations, its own personality, and its own goals. Some are curious, others aloof, and a few have gone "bad." For the most part, shardminds are decent people. No matter an individual shardmind’s personality, nearly all believe they are formed from the scattered fragments of the original Living Gate. This knowledge has put an onus on many shardminds who believe that, one way or another, they should take up again their ancient task and seal away once and for all the malign presence of the alien abominations of the Far Realm.

Your first conscious thoughts were of gathering and of coalescence; your mind came together as your body formed into a construction of fragments. You had enough consciousness to recognize yourself as an individual, but it was a years-long slog for you to reach your current level of knowledge and understanding of your nature.

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    About the Author

    Bruce R. Cordell is an Origins and ENnie award-winning game designer whose long list of professional credits includes the new Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide, Keep on the Shadowfell, Draconomicon: Chromatic Dragons, and Open Grave: Secrets of the Undead. Bruce is also an author of Forgotten Realms novels, including Plague of Spells, first book in the Abolethic Sovereignty series.

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