The once harmonious empire of Aerowyn is in complete disarray. Over the last decade, peace over the land has begun to unravel due to a previously allied lord who has grown in strength with every year that passes. The imperial family of Aerowyn, The Blackwoods, have allowed Lord Fiske Ormund to live out of hope that their prior "friend" would come to his senses. Until recently, he had not done anything to directly attack the people whom live within the territory of Emperor Ulric Blackwood's castle.
Rapidly, famine and disease have spread from Lord Ormund's kingdom. War has been declared upon neighboring kingdoms as he seeks to overthrow their royal families. Rumors have spread to The Blackwood's that Lord Ormund has been possessed by a powerful demon and monsters run rampant across his kingdom.
Those who have begun to fear for their lives have started praying to an ancient Goddess by the name of Aurelia. Several centuries ago, an elven priestess was said to have saved Aerowyn from a similar plague of evil. She was consequently named a Goddess among men after the fact. As the story goes, she possessed an incredibly powerful soul which was coveted by demons and men alike. Her power was immeasurable and those who could harness her soul would be able to use that for whatever their heart desired; good or evil. Relics lost to time were said to have been activated by her presence alone, creating high-powered magical weapons. The temptation to destroy her or manipulate her was ever so tantalizing. She was depicted to be an elf, though through legend she is said to be a shapeshifter of sorts. She knew her way around magic and was a skilled archer. However, this Goddess was never said to be a saint. Often times she would struggle with the dark side of her own power and some would even label her as a demon or a trickster god. Many refused to worship her, even forbid it. Nonetheless, Aurelia warded off demons from the empire and settled down there for quite some time.
In present day, Lord Ormund has just directed the army of his kingdom to attack anyone leaving or entering the emperor's protected territory. The Blackwoods, at their wits end, have taken this as a declaration of war. Just when all was beginning to feel lost - a human woman has appeared. Dragged into the emperor's castle by a knight who has claimed her to be the reincarnation of Aurelia. Undeniably, she appears to be the spitting image of the goddess. Those who believe have found hope, while some believe this to be an omen of destruction. The girl dragged in, however, wants nothing to do with the empire and does not believe herself to be a reincarnation. Still, the girl brought a resurgence of morale to the emperor's people and as such, he has decided that his eldest son is to be married to this woman - whether they liked it or not. If she is the reincarnation of the goddess, all the better for the Blackwoods, though those who believe Aurelia to be a demon goddess are displeased and continue to fear for their lives under Blackwood rule. Now, if only they could find a way to awaken the reincarnations power...
In an effort to do exactly that, the Emperor has ordered those he has hand chosen and considers to be at the top of their specialty to train (and watch over) this girl. Each of them range in different abilities from sword work, magic, archery, and more. He has named the group as "The Divine" and tasked them with activating the girls power, no matter how difficult.
The Blackwood family has held rule over Aerowyn for as long as anyone can remember. Throughout history they have been brutal conquerors who have fought for everything they now own. Within the last few generations Aerowyn's rulers have become less like dictators and more gracious instead. The current Emperor, Ulric Blackwood, has been controversial in comparison to his father before him who had been the most adored of any Emperor. The Blackwood's have always been a human-only type of family, looking down upon bringing other races into their bloodline. However, Ulric Blackwood married an elven woman, much to the chagrin of the rest of his family. Those who did not welcome the addition of an elf to the Imperial Family believe that the Empress will outlive the Emperor and will then overthrow the family for a new era of elven tyranny.
Formerly Saphia Vanlithe.