Shryn

Preface

The land was divided. There was once a time when all six of the sentient beings were able to live together in peace. The humans, vampires, werewolves, dryads, drakons, and demons were all able to live together peacefully. Each race possessed unique abilities to help it thrive. The humans were the only race capable of highly advanced magic; however, they were only able to live 60-70 years. The vampires were able to take a humanoid form, a bat form, and any combination of the two. Vampires could fly if they were in a form that had wings. Vampires were able to heal almost instantly from any injury caused by a non-wooden weapon. Vampires lacked any form of physical skill. They were also immortal, unless killed by a wooden weapon to the heart. The werewolves were incredibly fast, immensely strong, and able to take a humanoid form, a wolf form, and any combination of the two. Werewolves often lived 80-100 years. Dryads were a bit different from the others. They could take a humanoid form, a tree form, and any combination of the two. Dryads were always women, and very often beautiful. Their powers and tendencies were rather disgusting. Their mucus and their saliva accelerated plant growth. As a result, dryads were often spitting and tended to sneeze a lot of mucus. They were also highly allergic to a type of plant called the sniffleflower. Dryads tended to live 900-1000 years.

Drakons were possibly the most powerful of the six races, and they were often called the peace bringers. They would solve problems the other races had in a peaceful manner. But, when they did enter battle, they were vicious. Their strength was brutal, their speed immeasurable. Not only that, but they could also breathe fire and a freezing form of fire called icefire. Drakons were able to take a humanoid form, a dragon form, and any combination of the two. When they had wings they could fly. They were also immortal unless slain in battle.

If the drakons weren't the most powerful, then the demons were. The demons were nothing like the other five races; their bodies were solidified shadows wrapped around an onyx core, they were almost as strong as drakons, and equally fast. Demons could turn almost invisible, and some had been known to blast dark energy. Demons were also able to do whatever they wanted with their bodies as long as their onyx core was intact. If a body part was lost in battle, a demon could instantly regenerate it. A demon could also put a huge amount of shadow layering to protect his onyx core. Demons were immortal unless their onyx core had been damaged beyond repair.

The six races were able to live in peace for a time. But, soon a day came when fear of the demons and the drakons began to settle in. The other four races grew paranoid, believing the demons and the drakons wanted to destroy them and take over the land. The drakons, wishing to avoid bloodshed, took to the skies and built a city for them to dwell. The demons fled to the Underworld, a desolate world where very little besides a demon could survive. They inhabited the Underworld for a time.

The other four races were left amongst themselves. Without the drakons to keep the peace, the four races fought. Soon, the fighting led to war. The war, known as the War of Separation, lasted over 500 years. Near the end of the war, each of the races realized that if they continued fighting as they have been, they would destroy themselves. They called the drakons for help. The drakons told them if they could not live together then they should split the land. The four races agreed and divided the land. The drakons, to ensure these boundaries were kept, used their technology to create a portal zone in the center of the land. This zone had two portals: one to the Sky City and one to the Underworld. These portals, powered by two crystals, emitted fields of energy that could not be passed along the established borders. The drakons then wrapped the nearest parts of the energy fields around the portal zone, leaving four crossings, one in each territory. The drakons left one last thing to the Main Land; crossings in between the territories. Each territory was given two crossings; one into each adjacent territory. The drakons then departed to the Sky City and for a time there was peace.

However, it was not to last. The greatest of all demons, Zethrone, who was one of the very first demons in existence, grew angry with the other races. He felt cheated that his people, the demons, should suffer in the Underworld. He raised armies of demons and invaded the Main Land. The other five races teamed up to fight the demons. The war waged on for ten years. Near the end of the war a great human magician and the mightiest drakon warrior teamed up. The human, whose name has been lost to history, and the drakon, whose name was Svitcon, were able to combine their powers using magic, and force the demons back into the Underworld. This battle was known as the Great Sealing. The fusion killed Svitcon and the human in the process. The drakons, knowing another war like that would destroy all the races, left instructions to the other four races to do after the last drakon had departed. They were to take one of the crystals out of the portals' fuel supply, cutting off power to the two portals but still leaving the energy fields and energy gates, and split the crystal into four pieces. Each race was then to guard a shard of the crystal, only joining them if the need was dire. That is how it was for the next three thousand years until an unfortunate event befalls a drakon known as Shryn.

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