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My body leaves; my core can stay,
Where I shall breathe another way.
The route of south I always linger.
My arms have arms; my ring no finger.

What am I?

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Are you a:

tree?

My body leaves; my core can stay,

A double meaning: The body is leafs/leaves, and when they go away for the winter, the trunk/core remains

Where I shall breathe another way.

With no leaves, a tree can still exchange oxygen and CO2, just in a more dormant state

The route of south I always linger.

Route/root is another double meaning. [Via OP: roots stretch downward, and are harder to move the deeper they go]

My arms have arms; my ring no finger.

The arms are branches, which can have more branches stemming from them. Tree trunks can have rings, but do not have fingers.

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    $\begingroup$ Ah: (rot13) Gur shegure fbhgu, gur yngre yrnirf yrnir? $\endgroup$ – Weather Vane Apr 12 at 20:04
  • $\begingroup$ Spoiler for line 3 since you're on the right lines: (rot13) Ebbgf tb qbjajneq jurer gur gerr erfvqrf $\endgroup$ – rybo111 Apr 13 at 6:21
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Partial answer.

Are you:

A planet or galaxy?

My rough thinking:

When a big planet explodes, it leaves its core behind. Also, planets have rings... A galaxy have arms :) I have no idea how the other hints apply to this.

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Are you a

Black hole ?

Because :

A black hole is the core of a former star, whose most of its matter was expulsed through space via a supernova. Black holes are often surrounded by rings of hot gas. No idea for the arms or the south hints though.

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  • $\begingroup$ The arms might be rot13(dhnfnef) but it seems like a bit of a stretch, I suppose. $\endgroup$ – Mr Pie Apr 14 at 3:06

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