Answering a player’s question: “A soul is the mind of a sentient being. All such beings have one. Animals do not. They are shaped by internal and external forces. They form within spiritual energy which can be gathered by a number of means. Souls can go wherever the spiritual energy they are nested within goes. A typical person’s soul will be colored by their experience in life and this will be reflected in their aura.
See deeper thoughts below:
Though colloquially spirit and soul are synonymous those in the know understand that spirit best refers to energy with intent and a soul is sentience nested within spiritual energy. So fire can have spirit which can be formed into an elemental servant of sorts, but if this elemental forms sentience it earns the additional label of devil.
Souls are gateways to potential. They are stars in the spiritual landscape. Creatures like dogs and cats have something like gas giants in this analogy or maybe some kind of dim dwarf star, but generally they are not sought after for their light.
Spirits have an aura. Spirits with a soul have an aura with five hues, representing alignment, type, power, sanity, and connectivity. All five are required for sentience. Each hue has a distinctive pattern style and visually blends the five symbolic colors, blue, black, red, green, white. This can be read like a snapshot of a soul.”