When a mortal dies their soul (unless otherwise detained) travels to the Boneyard on the outer planes and enter the Palace of Souls. There they stand before Pharasma and await her judgment before being sent to their final reward . . . or punishment.
There is however a very small number of souls that travel to the Boneyard, but never stand in judgment. These rare few have placed some condition on their soul that had not been completed upon their death. The most common of these rare instances is an oath on one’s own soul to complete some quest or task, and then failing. As such when these mortals die their oath prevents them from standing in judgment, until their unfinished business is complete.

In and of itself this is such a rarity that it would normally go unnoticed, but over the millennia these few souls have started to add up and are a constant growing problem for Pharasma. Pharasma is a Divine being who serves some greater purpose and within that sphere of responsibility she wields unfathomable power. Yet, she cannot deviate from her divine responsibilities. She is as she is tasked and is in a very real way a slave to her duties. Her inability to render judgment on these souls runs contrary to her fundamental make-up.

There is another group of mortal souls who wander the Boneyard doomed to purgatory forever. They have received Judgment but here is no heaven or hell. These are the souls of people who through a single act undid the sum of their life’s work. Imagine a person who lived and breathed evil, and in a single selfless act of pure intention sacrificed themselves for others. Such an act could redeem their soul breaking evils hold and keep it safe from the grasping claws of Hell, but a single selfless act may not make it worthy of heaven either. With nowhere to go they wander between the headstones forever, never finding rest.

One of the ways that these souls have been prevented from piling up is that they get poached from the Boneyard by hell’s nastier denizens to be used as grist for the mill or worse used in the soul trade. This is of course a practice forbidden by Pharasma but she is not omniscient.

The Dawnflower Sarenrae had a solution. In these second souls she saw an opportunity for redemption. She would establish a test those wandering souls would undertake to prove their value and those that passed would be granted entrance into the heavens. The test was simple, finish the works of those souls that could not be judged. This solution suited Pharasma as it would allow her to finally fulfill her duty but she had no power over those that would be tested as redemption was in Sarenrae’s portfolio. Again Sarenrae had a solution. She would task no less than Solar Angel to the task of testing wandering souls. Such a powerful ally could both survive indefinitely off their home plane, and act in perfect harmony with Sarenrae’s wishes while being effectively cut off from her divine source. Pharasma provided a small space at the edge of the Bonyard and soon an ancient Solar named Isolde took up residency and set to her task.

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