Kalaksbreath

The 5th Heightening

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I was wondering if you get to the 5th Heightening by getting 2,000 breaths if you can change your physical appearance and size as the gods can or if you only get the other abilities of the 5th Heightening, like not aging and not getting drunk and the things like that.

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26 minutes ago, Kalaksbreath said:

I was wondering if you get to the 5th Heightening by getting 2,000 breaths if you can change your physical appearance and size as the gods can

These seem like a function of divine breaths.  Otherwise people would likely know by now. 

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36 minutes ago, Kalaksbreath said:

I was wondering if you get to the 5th Heightening by getting 2,000 breaths if you can change your physical appearance and size as the gods can or if you only get the other abilities of the 5th Heightening, like not aging and not getting drunk and the things like that.

Nope, there are fundamental differences between a Divine Breathe and a store of normal Breaths.  Both give you the benefits of the 5th Heightening, but things like the Shapeshifting and the ability to do the Return's Suyper-Healing are unique to the Divine Breath, which is a Splinter of Endowment herself that was used to staple the Returned soul back onto their body as a Cognitive Shadow.   

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53 minutes ago, Kalaksbreath said:

I was wondering if you get to the 5th Heightening by getting 2,000 breaths if you can change your physical appearance and size as the gods can or if you only get the other abilities of the 5th Heightening, like not aging and not getting drunk and the things like that.

Returned shapeshifting is a consequence of their being Cognitive Shadows stapled back into their bodies, with their self-image (and that of the society they're part of) affecting how they look. The fact that Vivenna and Siri could learn to do the same in addition to consciously changing their hair color is explicitly a function of having a fragmentary Divine Breath and not something that anyone with a lot of Breath could do. Returned not needing to eat is also a consequence of the Divine Breath, since it's the Investiture keeping them alive.

Also, just for fun the Fifth Heightening is the point at which the slowing of aging reaches its peak and stops entirely and resistance to disease and poison similarly maxes out, but we know that by the time you hit the Third Heightening (where Vivenna is when she receives Lemex's Breaths) you're already immune to disease and so resistant to poison that you need a lot of it to be affected. Since alcohol is a poison, that means that by the Third Heightening you've already got such a tolerance for alcohol that it's very difficult though not impossible to actually get drunk. Of course if you want to, it's actually possible for an Awakener who can at least dump Breath into some handy object until they lose that immunity for long enough to go and get hammered. Why yes, I have thought about this. :D

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