Welcome back to my third (and final) installment of this Realm rambling series.
I am going to try very hard not to break any author rules. Keep your fingers crossed for me please… J
Today I will explain the premise behind the ‘Ancients.’ If it prompts more questions for you – please jump onto the Ancients Facebook page to leave them for me or leave them in the comments below and I will do a follow-up session. I know the Ancients so well that sometimes I fail to include pertinent facts that you would only know if you happen to take up residence in my brain.
The term ‘Ancients,’ both Witch and Vampire, refers only to those immortals that were created supernaturally, not to any of their offspring that were birthed later by mated pairings. Few have survived the millennia of war and only a handful of true Ancients still occupy the Realm. Until recent history the Vampire and Witch have been primarily contained within the remote country sides of the area that the humans call Europe. In the last few centuries though, Ancients and others have left the Realm for the OuterWorld …I am heading somewhere with that, which you will probably figure out after Book #8 (Grace and Alexandros...I have been talking about them some on the Ancients FB page lately).
In the Beginning…there were Vampire.
This tagline for the Chosen intro pretty much sums it up. I was going to originally go with…“And on the 8th Day God created the Witch.” I scrapped that because when I meet my Maker, I probably would have to answer for it.
There is no chicken or the egg debate here though. Vampire came first, after man’s fall from grace. As far as when that was exactly, there may have been any number of centuries where the human population grew larger in number and flourished as a species. In my estimation (and in the timeline I constructed around the series) this makes the Ancients in the vicinity of 3600 years of age.
No longer God’s protected ones in the confines of Eden, mankind was now easy prey. A nefarious force from the Underworld (yep, THAT guy) was bent on destroying man completely. Obviously, there were limits to what exactly he and his demons could do on earth, so there needed to be something wicked and not bound by the rules of heavenly (and formerly heavenly) beings. Poof – here come the Vampire.
The Vampire breed was endowed with strength, speed, and immortality…and the need to chomp yummy little humans, of course. These Ancients also possessed mental abilities that are not seen in their weaker offspring, such as telekinesis. As the Ancients aged, their abilities in all areas grew stronger. Sunlight was definitely a weakness, but the only other way to kill them (at least before the Witch arrived on scene) was beheading.
Supernatural must be countered by supernatural. Something of equal strength to oppose the Vampire was necessary. The Witch were divinely created to counter the threat to mankind. The strongest of this breed are female and that is no accident. In case you are wondering – yes, the Ancients of Light series is going to be riddled with a lot of FEMALE AWESOMENESS.
The Witch are of seven castes of power. Those of Light, Fire and the Warrior castes were capable of bringing death to the Dark creatures from the onset. The usefulness of the magic of the remaining Castes will be revealed in later books when those Queens rise. In the times of the Ancient Queens, the power of Caster, Healer, Nature and Seer Queens had not been fully realized before their demise, and therefore none in the Realm are really certain of the full extent of their abilities.
There was one glitch in the creation of the supernatural beings, the very same factor that caused mankind’s fall from grace. Ancients were given free will, to choose good or evil, despite their origin. As a result, with the passage of time, members of each breed have found different callings.
That is a summary of who the Ancients are and why they were created. Book #4 in the series will reveal much of the history of the Ancients, including the identity of the person truly responsible for the betrayal at Laverock over 2000 years ago.
Have a Happy Week, Peeps!