In the beginning there was everything, at once, in one form. The All could not be contained in one shell, and thus was rent in two. Order and Chaos, Light and Shadow, Good and Evil. Each are necessary to maintain the Universal Balance.
Guardians are the higher beings of Light: angels, gods, goddesses and spirits who embody good. Shadow beings are the Fallen: spawns of Chaos who fought in the First Battle– the upper echelon demons, gods and goddess who sow discord and chaos. Both Light and Shadow use Avatars in order to have a physical presence in this dimension.
Most beings fall in the middle of the Universal Balance, not born good or evil but able to slide either way. This assortment includes humans, most mythical creatures, and even some beings that humans would consider evil like vampires, were-creatures, the fae. Most of these mythical creatures are hybrid offspring of those Light and Shadow beings who’ve made their homes in this dimension. While most just want their own little corner to call home, others want more, and that’s where the Shadowchasers come in.
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Age: 26 (estimated)
Place of Birth: Unknown
Occupation: Freelance antiquities specialist by day. Shadowcaser by night.
Kira Solomon prefers being surrounded by antiquities to being in a crowd of people. Far better to uncover the magic of ancient ceremonial objects than to download the thoughts, emotions, and life-force of those around her. Layers of leather, emotional armor and custom-made gloves help her keep people at arm’s length, yet does nothing to warm the chill in her heart. These protections serve her well in her second job as a Shadowchaser, working for the Gilead Commission to hunt those Fallen from the Light.
Age: 4040, more or less
Place of Birth: Nubia
Khefar worked is way up through the ranks in Pharoah’s army. After saving the king’s favorite son, he was gifted with the Dagger of Kheferatum–a mystical dagger imbued with the power to create and destroy. He is a condemned man—sentenced to immortality for leading an army against innocents some 4000 years ago. The Guardians of Light placed a sworn oath on him to save a soul for every one he took in retaliation and grief over his murdered family. Only then will he be allowed to join his family in the Light. It has taken four millennia, but the task is two souls from being done.
Place of Birth: Shadowrealm
Occupation: Club Owner and information purveyor
Demoz is owner of the DMZ, and industrial/Goth club frequented by humans and non-humans alike. It serves as a kind of “Neutral Zone” for both sides of the Universal Balance.
Demoz is also a psychic vampire, and prefers to be paid in emotion rather than cash when dispensing information.
Place of Birth: Unknown
Occupation: Head of the Gilead Commission
No one knows much about the woman known as the Balm of Gilead, only that Balm has always been. The head of Gilead adopted Kira when she was abandoned at 12, grooming her for service to Gilead in exchange for teaching her how to survive. Despite’s Balm’s efforts, Kira’s temperament proved more suited to Shadowchasing.
Place of Birth: West Africa, though he wasn’t born in the conventional sense
Occupation: Observer of life and spinner of tales
Nansee is a kindly elderly man who currently spends his time “helping” Khefar in his quest. He enjoys meeting new people and finds humans continually fascinating.
Place of Birth: San Diego, California
Occupation: Metalworker, co-owner of Charms and Arms
ZEROUN “ZOO” MARLOWE
Place of Birth: Indianapolis, Indiana
Occupation: Witch, co-owner of Charms and Arms
Wynne and Zoo Marlowe are both ex-Army, and own a shop called Charms and Arms in the heart of Little Five Points. Wynne designs weapons for movies and SCA members around the world, and Zoo creates spells and charms for a variety of purposes. Together they provide Kira with weapons, protection and occasional backup.