“Sure, the Void magic is great for now. You’re at the top of your game, and nothing can beat the rush that comes from throwing lightning bolts. But let’s see how you like it when you lose control of the Void a few times. It might just hurt at first, but after a while, you’ll start lookin’ like a torn-up shadow. You can hide it temporarily, but it won’t last. And you better hope to the Fell that your kids don’t end up warped too.”
The Voidborn are humans who have been warped by the Void. Some of them are mages who lost control, but most are just unfortunate people who were born in a place where the link to the Void was particularly strong, or are descendants of powerful Void mages. In their true form, they resemble jagged, glowing, human-shaped shadows. When they are calm, they can take on a human visage, but any strong emotions will cause all but the most disciplined Voidborn to revert to their true form.
Voidborn are relegated to second-class citizenship in most cities, and feared in superstitious communities. Their appearance is unsettling those not familiar with them, so most Voidborn mask their true form unless they are around those they trust. They are often associated with dark magic due to their origins, but they are not inherently evil. Over time, enough Voidborn have been born or created that they are, for all intents and purposes, their own species. In places where the influence of the Void is strong, there are entire villages of Voidborn who do not mask their appearance. Void magic is common in Umbria, and so Voidborn are more common there than anywhere else. Many Voidborn are also native to settlements near the fallen city of Abaddon.