An Avatar is the part of a Mage that reincarnates, and has been reincarnating since (some believe) the dawn of time. Every Avatar is ancient and very very powerful, but exists to help push the newly Awakened Mage to Ascension.
Typically, an Avatar is only seen during seekings but some Mages have rather active Avatars that pop in and visit every now and then.
Beyond these oddities, most Mages never even know that they have an Avatar looking over them like some sort of Guardian Angel… though, most (if not all) mages in their childhood are aware of their Avatar as an imaginary friend.
Avatars Are People Too;
Avatars, like all characters, have a Nature that is chosen at character creation, though the options come in four, rather broad strokes and represents the Avatar’s method of pushing the Mage towards Ascension. These types are referred to as Essence, and are as follows:
A mage with a Dynamic Avatar would say that nothing is static, everything must change. Such mages are aligned with the cosmic principle of Dynamism, and feel a deep urge to create, innovate, and pursue novelty. Mages who have succumbed to the most extreme and imbalanced form of Dynamism are known as Maruaders.
A mage with a Pattern Avatar would say that strength comes from order and stability. Such mages are aligned with the cosmic principle of Stasis, and feel a deep urge to protect and preserve what they perceive as valuable. The mages who have succumbed to the most extreme and imbalanced form of Stasis are counted among the Technocrats
A mage with a Primordial Avatar subconsciously remembers the most primordial of times: the supreme tranquility of the time before Creation began. The ugliest parts of existence fill the Primordial mage with the urge to purge away that ugliness and restore a small measure of the primordial tranquility to current human existence. Such mages are aligned with the cosmic principle of Entropy, and feel a deep urge to purify existence by purging away the ugliest parts. Mages who have succumbed to the most extreme and imbalanced form of Entropy are known as Nephandi.
A mage with a Questing Avatar would say that purpose comes from the seeking and accomplishing of goals. Whereas the other three Essences are manifestations of fundamental cosmic principles, a Questing mage feels a deep urge to pursue the central concept itself which gives the three cosmic principles their direction: Quality. A Questing mage perpetually perceives a state of higher quality, and is ever questing toward it. Questing mages are the glue who seek to harmonize and balance the other mages and forces.