It’s been ten years since the war started.
Ten long years of agony and death.
To think this land and its neighboring nations once lived together in harmony, now struggle to survive under the greed and fear of the human population. Well, some more than others.
To get a better understanding, I guess we have to go back to the beginning before the war. A time of happiness and unity between humans and non-humans. A time where I spent my best days with my best friend before she disappeared.
My name’s Ramona Addams. I was born and forever lived in the human populated city of Jewel City here in Canada (or “la Cité de Bijou” as some call it in French, I sometimes just call it “Bijou” for short since my French is bad. Gosh, why didn’t I bother to learn French? Anyways I’m getting sidetracked.).
Jewel City is a big, modern, and technologically advanced city (well not as big like our somewhat close neighbor Toronto and stuff, but still big). The reason it’s called Jewel City is because we have mines where precious stones can be found, including diamonds of all types of sizes and colors. People here are friendly and always happy since there’s no such thing as poverty or unequal treatment amongst different social and economic people. Jewel City is a beacon of opportunities for anyone wishing to seek them. What I like the most about this city isn’t the precious jewels used to structure the city or the way it shines when the sun’s light hits it, if not the wilderness that surrounds it.
I was fortunate to live outside the big skyscrapers and all the traffic and noise that came from the city. My backyard was the nearby woods, the lakes and rivers that streamed nearby, and the clean mountain air. Yeah, driving to the city was a ten to fifteen minute drive depending on traffic, but still worth it. What was the best thing for me living outside the city was seeing different faces go into it and meeting new people. People of different backgrounds, including species.
You see, we shared our vast land with beings other than humans. There are the werepeople (you know, werewolves and werecats), vampires, and demons. My city along with the other small human populations near us are located north of Lake Huron, while the werepeople live to the east of us heading towards the Atlantic, the demons to the west, and the vampires up north. The werepeople are brave, loyal, and prideful; always kind and believe they can do anything if they set their minds to it. Demons are mischievous, secretive, and uncaring; always caring about themselves and not much about what goes on around them unless they can benefit from it. Vampires on the other hand are similar to demons, but differ that they’re mysterious, noble, and reserved; you never quite understood them that much unless they wanted you to. All four species benefited from one another by trading goods and services and helped each other in time of needs for lots of generations in the past. All of this was soon to change for the next ten years to come.
Over time while I was growing up, people were tired of feeling scared that one day any of the other three species were to someday break the peace and kill us off since we were so vulnerable and powerless if ever faced against them.
The werepeople are in control of their shape-shifting abilities and animalistic urges all day at any given time except during a full moon. A night of a full moon is when they lose their senses and control, and is the one time of the month they can turn a human into a wereperson with a bite or a scratch. My people always felt restless during the night of a full moon in fear that some of our people would mysteriously disappear or worse, end up dead (not many really cared if they got turned into a wereperson, I guess death was worse). Werepeople always worked alongside us to help out in the fields, hunting and gathering, and for solving crimes. In return, we promised to be eco-friendly as possible and not destroy much of the forests or use a lot of the shared natural resources such as water and land.
Vampires were divided into two groups within their society; the original, pureblooded vampires (also known as “noble vampires”) and human turned vampires (just called vampires). They could feed off animal blood or human blood, but my people feared they’d want to capture us and use us as livestock or turn us into vampires ourselves. The nobles were in control of their hunger and whether to turn someone into a vampire or not, unlike the other vampires were their bite is contagious and can’t go long without drinking blood (my best friend was a noble hence why I know this much). The way we’d offer human blood to the vampires was by sending them our dangerous criminals and terminally ill people that wished to die, and then they killed them off by draining their blood. They in return allowed us to mine for precious jewels in their territory as well as guaranteed us a safe passage to their land and other dangerous regions in our nation.
Demons are mainly a scavenger species that liked to meddle into other species affairs when bored, especially the vampires (never knew why, my best friend never got the chance to tell me). They’d feed off the souls of those people the vampires have drained the blood from and maybe any human soul that they think would suit them (when bored or want to actually hunt for their food). Since they didn’t care much about consequences and were mischievous by nature, my people feared they’d one day come to steal our souls away just for the heck of it. Demons never worked with us and vise versa and we never learned anything about them other that they eat human souls.
Since it’s obvious we are an inferior species compared to the other three, my people had enough of living in fear of what might happen and decided to do something about it. Due to years of research (and the help of a very bored demon), humans created weapons with the ability to kill off any of the three species. We also created a special military task force to wipe out the all powerful noble vampires and any other vampire that stood in our way since my people feared them the most for they’re very powerful and difficult to kill. My people knew that the nobles were the only ones who are able to stop us from achieving our goal, and by all means had to be exterminated. However, with the weapons, technology, and a powerful army, we were able to kill off all the noble vampires and the few faithful vampires that stood by them. We also killed off almost all of the demons except for a few that didn’t care about war or taking sides with anyone. The remaining vampires that were injured or in hiding were captured and sold off as slaves to humans back at Jewel City and our neighboring human populations. The werepeople were spared (except for a few that believed wiping out a species was wrong) since they were always loyal to us and had a dislike towards the vampires (again, my best friend never told me why). The demon that helped us out didn’t expect us to kill off all the nobles or almost all of his kind; all he wanted was to give us intel on the weaknesses of all species and see what we would do with that information. He didn’t expect humans to betray him and kill him off too once everything was complete. With the power and technology to wipe out an entire species just like they’ve succeeded with the nobles, the humans were no longer afraid and declared themselves the superior species and ventured out to conquer the abandoned lands and use them to their advantage.
This war broke out when I was thirteen years old when I was in a happy sister-like friendship with a noble vampire. Finding out they killed all of the nobles was devastating for me, so to not feel weak anymore after so much loss and to not be consumed by loneliness, I joined the task force myself and trained in hopes that my friend was still alive and find her. After four years of searching desperately, I accepted the fact that she was gone and I had no other option than to forget about her and protect and serve my people since it was my duty to do so.
Oh this task force, it’s different from any regular army or stuff like that. It was specifically designed to kill off nobles and vampires, as well as other species if necessary. But since we achieved our goal back ten years ago, our mission is to keep the balance and not let the remaining species to wreak havoc to our people. To join was simple, you had to volunteer and pass some extreme medical and physical exams. If you passed, you were given a synthetic drug that depending on the person’s beliefs and passion within their heart and minds were assigned a rank based on their results. Since the drug activates and moves/assigns people their next rank, no one gets to choose which rank to be in or control when they can level up. There are five ranks in total each assigned with their own gemstone name.
All new recruits start in the Gaspeite rank (green). Once you become more skilled, you’re moved to the Citrine rank (orange), also known as the determining stage to be placed in one of the top two ranks; Ruby (red) or Sapphire (blue) or in the neutral rank Amethyst (purple). If a Gaspeite or a Citrine doesn’t level up to the next rank within six months, the drug will wear off and they are kicked out from the task force and can’t rejoin (taking the drug again leads to death). The recruits that do level up to their final stage have the drug embedded in their DNA forever til they die (but can’t be transmitted to anyone else).Those in the Ruby rank have strength and power coursing through their hearts and minds and are skilled warriors that aren’t afraid to go head first into battle. The Sapphire rank is for those with intelligence and powerful tactical minds that plan out their every move to successfully overpower the enemy the fastest and less casualty way possible. The Amethyst rank is a neutral rank composed of both strength and intelligence and are often used in smaller tasks where the help of a Ruby or a Sapphire aren’t needed. Despite having the abilities of both a Ruby and a Sapphire, an Amethyst isn’t 100% able to do the things that a Ruby or Sapphire can do. It’s still considered a top rank, but not one that recruits want; it’s either all or nothing for most of them. I for some reason was assigned this rank and later on became Captain of my own side task force within my rank.
If fighting isn’t your thing, you can still join as part of the medical team. They not only help the task force, if not anywhere where there’s need of a medic inside or outside the task force and are the best of the best at what they do. Those in the beginning stage are Kunzite (pink) and over time are moved to Howlite (white-grey).
In any of the top ranks, if someone is extremely skilled at what they do, they are promoted to an ultra rare stage where they’re called Diamonds (like a Ruby becomes a Red Diamond, Sapphire a Blue Diamond, Amethyst a Purple Diamond, and Howlite a White Diamond. We just call them Diamonds though.). Just like there are good people, there are bad ones too. Those in any of the task forces or in the medical team that are corrupted by power, greed or anything clouding their judgment in their mind and hearts are called Onyx (black) and eventually their own ill intentions poison them and they die. So far we’ve never had a Diamond turn into an Onyx, so we don’t know if they’d be an Onyx or turn into a Black Diamond.
Civilians that aren’t in any of the task forces are still respected and treated as equals since everyone helps contribute to the well-being of Jewel City from farmers to caretakers, to engineers and businessmen. If our help is needed, the task forces are sent to help with anything the city might need and sometimes along with the help of the werepeople as well. The vampires are sent off to work endlessly at our diamond mines as we exploit their now abandoned land and claimed it as our own, whereas the demons are just left alone.
Since we’ve successfully accomplished our goal, my people believed for the war to finally be over and the humans claim the title as the superior species and spreading total domination across other nations.
If only they knew the true war was just beginning.