Every creature or being that was thought to be mythical... isn’t.
They all secretly exist alongside humans and enjoy the gift of immortality. There are hundreds of different kinds: from Vampires to Lykae, from Furies to Shifters, from Fey to Valkyries.
These Immortals call their world the Lore.
They walk among us, but they war among themselves. Each faction has its strengths, weaknesses, and age old prejudices against the others. Every five hundred years, the Accession, a battle for supremacy, rages. That time is now...
“When a maiden warrior screams for courage as she dies in battle, Woden and Freya heed her call. The two gods give up lightning to strike her, rescuing her to their hall, and preserving her courage forever in the form of the maiden’s immortal Valkyrie daughter.”
Take sustenance from the electrical energy of the earth, sharing it in one collective power, and give it back with their emotions in the form of lightning.
Possess preternatural strength and speed.
Without training, they can be mesmerized by shining objects and jewels.
The Lykae Clan
“A proud, strapping warrior of the Keltoi People (or Hidden People, later known as Celts) was taken in his prime by a maddened wolf. The warrior rose from the dead, now an immortal, with the spirit of the beast latent within him. He displayed the wolf’s traits: the need for touch, an intense loyalty to its kind, an animal craving for the delights of the flesh. Sometimes the beast rises...:
Also called werewolves, war-wolds
Enemies of the Horde
Their beast is seen as a ghostly image overlaying their body, they do not actually shift. When a male Lykae finds his mate, he is driven to bite her to mark her for all to know she is his.
Two warring factions, the Vampire Horde and the Forbearer Army
Each vampire seeks his Bride, his eternal wife, and walks as the living dead until he finds her.
A Bride will render his body fully alive, giving him breath and making his heart beat - a process known as blooding.
Tracing is teleporting, the vampire’s means of travel. A vampire can only trace to destinations he’s previously been.
The Fallen are vampires who have killed by drinking a victim to death. Distinguished by their red eyes.
In the first chaos of the Lore, a brotherhood of vampires dominated, by relying on their cold nature, worship of logic, and absence of mercy. They sprang from the harsh steppes of Dacia and migrated to Russia, though some say a secret enclave, the Daci, live in Dacia still.”
Their ranks are comprised of the Fallen
Enemies of most factions in the Lore
An army if vampires consisting of turned humans, who do not drink blood directly from the flesh.
Kristoff, their king, was raised as a human and then lived among them. He and his army know little of the Lore
Enemies of the Horde
A collection of demon dynasties
Most demon breeds can trance like vampires. Some breeds are bound to obey summons.
Those that can emit poison from their fangs, horns, or claws are more vulnerable to other’s poison.
May demon breeds must have intercourse with a potential mate to ascertain if she’s truly his - a process known as attempting.
The House of Witches
Mystical mercenaries who sell their spells
Strictly forbidden to create personal wealth or grant immortality
Separated into five castes: warrior, healer, enchantress, conjurer, and seeress
A witch who possesses the powers of all five castes is known as “the Awaited”
The Sept of Sorceri
A breed-line broken from the enchantment caste of the House of Witches
Born with one innate power, their root power. If they lose it, they become slaves to their own kind called Inferi. They can trade and steal secondary powers.
One of the physically weaker species in the Lore, they use elaborate armors to protect their bodies. They hold metal - especially gold - sacred.
The Sorceri were led by Morgana who ruled as their regent. Interestingly, her Queen power was to control other Sorceri. So she was literally the Queen of Sorceri, in both meanings of the word.
Ruthless she-warriors bent on delivering justice to evil men when they escape it elsewhere.
Led by Alecta the Unyielding One.
A cadre of human warriors, known for their merciless brutality, who swear allegiance to Woden.
Stronger and faster than mere mortals, they carry within them the spirit of the bear and can channel its ferocity into a berserker rage, temporarily becoming as powerful as an immortal.
When a berserker wins his two hundredth battle in Woden’s name, the god will grant him ohalla - immortality with untold strength.
A multinational mortal operation created to study - and exterminate - nonhumans.
Thought to be an urban legend
“To be chosen is to be doomed...”
At the cusp of each Accession, a chosen female will beget a child who will a warrior of either ultimate evil or of ultimate good - depending upon the father.
Some factions will seek to assassinate the Vessel to prevent any birth. Others battle to possess her and control her offspring.
**credit for races and the world given to author Kresley Cole**