Soooo.... this is my first book ever, I’m going to give being a writer a try :D
This chapter contains the glossary and prologue.
Mates- (I assume you are all familiar with this concept) Mate is a shortened version for the word soulmate. A counterpart to one’s soul. Mates in this book are usually from the same species.
(Disclaimer ~ Consummation happens rather quickly, as physical and emotional love between mates are on a more complex level than ours.)
Rejection- The idea of rejection does not exist. Mates are designed to be “perfect” for one another, to have unconditional love and respect for their significant partner(s). They are not meant to be toxic or abusive.
Offspring- Having a child is only possible with their mate(s). If two different species happen to be mates, their children will be either one of the parent’s species. Birth is also given through every species human form.
Immortality- To live forever.
*If one mate comes from a lineage of immortals and the other mate does not, a claiming bite (mark) from the immortal mate will resolve this.
Marking- A claim over one’s mate with a bite that will seal their bond forever. Wolves can mark their mates at anytime they choose. However, it isn’t ideal to wait past the age of thirty-five to mark their significant other if they have already found them beforehand.
Lycanthrope: A human with the ability to shapeshift into a wolf .
*Hierarchy- Alpha, Beta, Gamma, etc.
*They worship the moon goddess named Selene.
*There are two breeds of wolves, Lycans and Werewolves.
Werewolves can only walk on four legs. They have heightened senses (sight, hearing, smell, etc), endurance, speed, healing / regeneration, & high physical abilities (balance, strength, etc.). Their aging progressively slows down when they find & mark their mate.
Lycans can either use their two hind legs or all four legs to walk. They have extremely heightened senses (sight, hearing, smell, etc.), endurance, rapid regeneration / healing, great speed, & high physical abilities (balance, strength, etc.). Their immortality kicks in once they find & mark their mate.
Dragons: A human with the ability to shapeshift into a dragon.
*Dragons all live in one large horde & have a hierarchy system.
*They worship the sun goddess named Kristo.
The higher class are defined as Royal Dragons (blood of any royal dragon lineage qualifies). Royals can breathe fire and are able to produce a heavier / stronger roar. Their wingspan is immensely wide. They can fly at a higher altitude and have extremely heightened senses (sight, hearing, smell, etc.), endurance, great speed, & rapid healing. Their scales act as armor (almost impenetrable). Royals also have high physical abilities (balance, strength, etc.) and can completely shift in 40 seconds (from their human form to their dragon form). Their immortality life begins after the age of thirty.
The middle-lower class is identified as Smocian Dragons. They can produce a strong roar and have medium / large wingspan. These dragons can only fly at a medium-low altitude and also have heightened senses (sight, hearing, smell, etc.), endurance, speed, & healing. Their dragon scales are sturdy. Smocian have certain higher physical abilities (balance, strength, etc.). These dragons have the ability to completely shift in a minute (from their human form to their dragon form). Their aging slows down at the age of twenty-five.
Demons: A human with the ability to shapeshift into a demon.
*They worship the god of the underworld, Hades.
*Demons have a hierarchy system.
Deorc demons are classified as royal or of royal lineage. They prefer the dark or darker areas and live in packs (much like werewolves). These demons have extremely heightened vision, smell, speed, endurance, rapid healing, & immense physical abilities (height, balance, strength, etc.). Demons are vulnerable in their human form but lethal in their full demon form. When fully phased, they grow in height and their skin turns red and two black horns protrude from their foreheads with their fingernails and teeth becoming severely sharp and venomous at the touch. Immortality begins at the age of 30. Both men and women struggle with fertility but they are not indefinitely infertile.
Litch demons are demons who are a combination of middle and lower class. These demons also prefer the dark or darker areas. They have many heightened abilities such as vision, smell, speed, strength, & healing. They are also vulnerable in their human form but lethal in their full demon form, they do not carry any dangerous poisons on them like the deorc. When fully phased, they grow in height and their skin turns red and two black horns protrude from their foreheads with their fingernails and teeth becoming extremely sharp. Their aging slows at the age of Twenty-two. Both men and women struggle with fertility but they are not indefinitely infertile.
*No hierarchy system.
*Andromeda was the first fairy created by the sun goddess; the purpose for their creation was to maintain the well being of the earth. They are seen as mother nature’s helpers.
Fae’s have a stealthy small-set of wings and can fly fast at only low altitudes. They have heightened taste and smell but heal at a slow / normal rate. Their wings sprout at the age of fifteen as apart of their puberty. These fairies tend to nature and roam freely. Fae’s are lustful and playful creatures who remain immortal once they reach the age of twenty. Their emotions are very delicate but typically maintain a happy / naïve perspective. Fairies are defenseless kind beings that frown upon violence or war, because of this, they were taken in by a powerful large vampire coven as part of a truce. A private agreement was made amongst both species in order to shield the fairies away from any outside harm.
Water sirens: A human who has the ability to shapeshift into mermaid-like creatures.
*All sirens are sisters, as they are all descendants from Poseidon and Acacia, the god and goddess of the ocean.
*They reside on the coastline of the sea.
*They also travel & live in large groups.
Water Sirens are all female with no hierarchy system. Sirens need to be completely submerged into water in order to phase into their true form. They are naturally flirtatious with an alluring voice. Siren have a few heightened abilities: strength, speed, and smell. When they reach the age 25 their aging begins to slow down. They are usually secluded & deceivingly tricky. Sirens can be unusually cruel at times but have a compassionate side for pure beings.
*They worship the goddess Inamorata, goddess of the forsaken.
*Vampires have a system of coven hierarchy. This is used to maintain a civilized community, the society rises through ranks.
Vampires can survive on any blood source, including their own people. They have many abilities such as speed, steady agility, strength, heightened senses (sight, hearing, smell, etc.), endurance, rapid healing, and high other physical abilities. Although darkness or shade is a preference, sunlight will not kill them. They age normally until they turn 35 years old, only then will their immortality kick in.
Healers: A human with the ability to heal.
*No hierarchy system
*They pay tribute to their god Asclepius, the god of medicine.
Healers are empathetic ethereal creatures that have the power to help others physically, mentally, and spiritually. Healers do not have much enhanced abilities other than their hands that hold healing capabilities, they can heal the sick or the dying at any given moment. Although it is very draining, healer find great gratitude in helping. Male healers tend to be more cautious and protective over their people, as healers are in great demand and can be taken advantage of. They reside in the woodlands areas near several werewolf packs and age normally.
Witches & Warlocks: A human with the ability to preform magic derived from supernatural sources.
*Witches and warlocks have a system of coven hierarchy.
*Coven leaders govern their people with extensive force to avoid conflict with other species.
*They worship the goddess Hekate, goddess of magic.
Witches are female and Warlocks are men who are both equal when it comes to magic. The way they rise through ranks is based on the strength of their powers and responsibility. Casting spells can be immensely draining and dangerous if not done correctly. Majority of spells are executed verbally, but herbs and other small miscellaneous materials can also be used during certain performances. It can take decades to become as skillful as the leaders in power, yet even then both witches and warlocks do not live for more than a century.
The Katakuri: Hades immortal demonic children (between the ages of 4-8) that have been conjured up from the condemned spirits of the underworld.
*Resides in the Agreus Forest.
*No hierarchy system.
*Worships the God Hades.
*These children were created for Hades personal amusement.
The Katakuri are lonely evil spirits who take the form of very small children that walk amongst the dark forest of the Agreus Mountains. Crying and screaming, they roam around in search of a living soul they can latch and feed off of. Since their bodies are weak and frail, they lure in their visitors with the cries of a lost child, baiting their prey deeper into the maze-like forest until they can strike all at once, needing the blood of their victims to continue their existence on earth. A Katakuri can shift from an innocent child with beady black eyes to a small demon with elongated nails, saggy pale skin, and sharp crooked teeth with sparsely black hair on the top of its balding head. These spirits look sickly terrifying in their natural state and the only way you can detect if one is nearby, is when you hear the pitter-patter of their feet closing in on you. The sound of its fast footsteps is something you cannot miss. Though they have no physical strength they rely on their five heightened senses to help guide them to their target(s).
(This is actually based on a folktale my father told me when I was little & it was something that the people in his village told him when he was little. I changed some things but the description of the child comes from my father and his people, lol sweet dreams tonight)
Elves: A supernatural - human
*Elves live in different clans. All reside in sylvan areas, isolated from the outside world.
*They worship the Goddess Eden, Mother of Nature.
Elves are gentle yet strong beings that have a harmonious balance with nature. They excel in almost everything there is; whether it’s education, combat, or beauty. Their ways of living are similar to the humans but are considered to be more advanced and organize with their civilization. Elves can be easily comparable to nymphs or fairies, ethereal with their heightened appearances. Their elongated ears give them the advantage of heightened hearing, they also have heightened sight, speed, smell, and reflexes. In addition, these beings have their own unique sharp fangs that only show in desperate times because of the long and painful transition it takes to bring them out. Immortality kicks in at the age of thirty.
Orcs: A green human-like creature.
*Hierarchy- Tribe Alpha, Tribe Beta, etc.
*Worships no Gods.
*Usually nomads, but not all groups are.
Orcs are a brutish dominant species that known for their aggression and greed. They only take kindly to their kin and struggle when building relationships with others outside of their group. These people are naturally broad and tall, their structure spans over with width that is used to their advantage. Speed, strength, agility, and endurance are all categories they proveil in. Along with their impressive physically abilities, they also have prominent facial features such as fangs (which slightly protrude from their lower gums) that are used for intimidation against their enemies. Orcs are not immortal but their aging is immensely slowed down after they turn thirty years old.
(Orcs are more human like in my story)
Humans exist in this book as well (but I don’t think I need to introduce us). A lot of these different species leave humans alone; as they are not seen as a true threat compared to others. Majority of humans tend to keep to themselves, minding their own business due to intimidation.
This book takes place in today’s era.
*more things will be added in the future*
“She was the earth and flowers that drank up the storm.” ~ Sabrina Jeffries
October 6, 2000
Nervously tapping his nails against the windowsill he was leaning on, Legion focused on calming his heart rate, trying to slow down his uneven breaths.
Raising his head, he looked out the window and watched as the scene outside unfolded before him.
The eye of the storm was beginning to circulate in small spiral motions, wild trees now swayed back and forth threatening to uproot and disappear into the howling wind.
Yet it was the soft hue of purple that encaptured his sight.
The Alpha turned his attention from the chaos to a small patch of lilac flowers growing by the surrounding trees not far from him, noticing how the dainty petals looked untouched by the violent atmosphere.
“Interesting,” he murmured to himself.
Despite the danger that laid outside these walls, Legion simply turned away, unaffected by the angry storm mother nature had unleashed upon her domain.
Walking out of the study, he made his way down the corridor and into the family lounge where he sat on a suede charcoal colored ottoman, waiting for an update on his beloved.
Suddenly, a healer rushed into the room, frantic eyes searching for his.
“What is it?” He stood.
“Alpha, it’s time... he is arriving into the world,” she whispered.
Shock filled his system as realization dawned on him. Legion’s eyes widened and a small smile formed upon his lips.
Following the healer, he runs down the hall, excitement plastered on his face.
His mate was finally experiencing labor pains. It had been such a difficult journey for the both of them. After facing two miscarriages, the Goddess had finally blessed them with a miracle child. And today he was finally making an entrance.
Entering the room, his eyes landed on the bed where his mate was being attended to by the most elite of witches and healers that he could find.
“Legion...” she reached out to him, eyes reflecting exhaustion.
“I’m here Mila, stay strong.” Sitting beside her, he takes her hand in his.
“He wants to come out,” she said, wincing when a sharp contraction hits her.
“Finally, after all this time.” Legion smiled, pressing a small kiss on her forehead.
“It’s time,” the chief healer in the room announced.
“I want you push at the count of three,” she instructed.
His wife shut her eyes tightly, pushing with all her might. Face contorting in pain as she crushes his fingers.
Another push, another screams.
“I can see the head, keep pushing.”
And so, Ales Achilles was born. The future Alpha of the Achilles pack, a healthy baby boy.
With trembling hands, Legion cut the umbilical cord with the help of a witch who stood by, ready to whisk his son away for cleansing.
A bright smile beamed on his face, but as he turned to face his mate, he noticed that she was still wincing in pain.
“You are having another one Alpha Legion, express your shock later and please sit beside your mate,” the healer spoke quickly and got back to her work.
Sitting beside her with bated breath, he waited for his second child to enter the world. How had they never realised or discovered a second child?
“This one wants to stay nestled inside,” the healer drawled.
A pained giggle left his mate’s lips as she pushed.
“Keep pushing this one out Luna” the healer encouraged.
After fifteen excruciating minutes, his second child was born. While cutting the umbilical cord, he noticed how tiny the baby was in comparison to Ales.
“It’s a girl Alpha.”
“Legion, our wish is fulfilled, we desired a girl as well. The moon goddess has gifted us.” His mate spoke in a weak exhausted voice.
Shutting his eyes, he sent a heartfelt message of gratitude to the goddess of the wolves, Selene.
By the time both children were brought back to him, the healers had already taken his mate to the baths, leaving him to bond with his babies alone.
With shaky arms, he held his son first.
“Ales, my boy, I am so proud to have you. You will be a strong leader, a great son, and an even greater brother. I love you with all my heart,” he proudly said. He then passed the sleeping boy to the witch and with great care, took his daughter.
She was so tiny.
“You are so precious, taking all the time in the world to make your presence,” he warmly smiled, “I love you so much my little princess. What should we even call you?”
A comforting smile appeared on his face, “Lilac, your name will be Lilac, for you are the flower that even the storm cannot break,” he gently whispered.