November 3rd, 2007

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† Ω P R A E L I T I S Ω †

In the beginning, there was darkness. But the darkness wasn't empty. The earth as we know it wasn't ruled by humanity, it was ruled by the beings that had been here first.

They'd like it back now.

The modern world is ruled by humanity – humanity has spread across the globe, an overwhelming presence on every continent and in every corner of the globe. Yet this was not always the case.

For millennia other species’ ruled in dominance, some we know of, others we don’t. There are thousands, if not millions of years that are unaccounted for by people of science, far too much history on this planet to ever be properly documented.

What is known, though, is that the earth moves in cycles – as one dominant type rises, so another falls into abeyance. And this is what happened to the ‘others’ – the angels, the demons, the fae... Their day of dominance is past, long gone. And yet they have clung to existence, refusing to pass into extinction, instead doing what they must to survive.

And survive they have, albeit in a lesser form, finding new homes in the uninhabited, remoter corners of the world. And for millennia, they so existed, until the rise of humanity. For humans spread the way that no other species ever has done. And, as humanity rose and multiplied, it became apparent that this seemingly helpless species was anything but – rather humanity emerged as aggressive, territorial and extremely intolerant of difference – even within its own species. They did not live in harmony with their surroundings, or remain within their own territory. Instead they changed the environment to suit their needs and expanded continuously. Anything which threatened their mastery of the environment was ruthlessly hunted down. Any members of their own species who were different were either likewise hunted down, or made outcasts, if their abilities became apparent to their communities. And so it was that those species who had lived on for millennia since the downfall of their kind, living apart from the rest of the world, found it increasingly difficult to do so.

Some species’ adapted, integrating with humanity to a greater or lesser degree, giving up on a policy of isolation and hiding instead in plain sight. Others continued to hide, moving to increasingly remote areas where they could continue to live in uninterrupted solitude...

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