The Cursed

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The “Cursed” are what Vasha Moldova refers to as Barovians that live their lives missing a “spark” that allows them to experience life fully. What Vasha does not know is that the “spark” is their actual soul. These Barovians are still made of flesh and blood. They are born, they live, they age, and they die. But not all of them — only about one in every ten — have souls. Although they are physically indistinguishable from Barovians with souls, the “Cursed” tend to be bereft of charm and imagination and to be more compliant and depressed than the others and dress in drab clothing. A Barovian woman, soulless or not, can give birth. A child born in Barovia might have a soul even if one or both parents do not. Conversely, the child of two parents with souls isn’t certain to have a soul of its own.

The Cursed

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