One of the oldest and most respected races is the ancient demon race. Traditionally large tribes of warriors and hunters, their numbers dwindled drastically after the rise of Christianity, when humans began to leave behind the religions that lived in harmony with the demons in favor of ignoring them or even hunting them. As a result, most demons have a deep-rooted distrust and hatred of humans. While demons from different areas of the world have wildly diverse cultures, they all have very similar ideals at the core of their beliefs - a sense of belonging within nature, and an inability to contain their curiosity.
In general, most demons are quite independent, often pursuing their personal passions throughout their entire lives. They generally live in small groups connected by family or friends; often times they will be connected by their heritage or culture. However, in recent years, many of them have adapted to living in human cities, resulting in the start of what could become the gradual loss of their culture.
Physically and culturally, there is a wide spectrum of differences between demons from different parts of the world; in addition, some of them even identify as separate races, with some varieties being incapable of interbreeding due to genetic differences. On that note, their DNA seems to be shockingly flexible, having the ability to change and even add or subtract chromosomes within gametes to have fertile hybrid offspring with other races. Due to the loss of most scientific organizations, it is not fully understood why or how this is, but it is speculated that the wide variety of demons is a result of past interbreeding with other races, some of which are now extinct.
Far Eastern Demons Edit
While making up a very small portion of the demon population, these are some of the most iconic demons among the other races. They possess short, strong wings for maneuverability in flight, and in addition have a long, tufted tail that is the trademark of their heritage; the tail is surprisingly heavy and strong and helps for steering in flight and gripping branches, as many of them reside within thick jungles. Often times they possess pointed, sometimes tufted ears, fangs, and/or clawlike nails. Their eyes are always warm colors and are usually the brightest of any subspecies. Their hunting instincts are extremely in-tune, and they are often solitary hunters. Tribes native to islands often possess a birdlike third eyelid that gives them clearer underwater vision and extra protection against plants while traveling at high speeds.
Traditionally, demons from the Far East live in small family tribes, led by a powerful matriarch and her two oldest children. These tribes often live with limited contact with other races and groups, allowing for the development of wildly diverse beliefs and cultures. Their culture is often carried on through visual art and simple, lyrical literature, causing their history to be surprisingly well-recorded; however, only a select few scholars can still read their script due to the die-out of many tribes during the War. The spoken application of their language is called Bankkitu, while the written is called Oppitu; both are exclusive to their homeland and are seldom used elsewhere. It is believed the demon tattoo tradition also began in these areas, as depictions of the tattoos are commonly seen in their ancient art. While most Far Eastern demons, often including children, possessed tattoos, the tradition is largely continued by religious sects such as Sii Okkultu (The Occult).
These demons are fairly uncommon in western areas, and the only two confirmed within the story are Bonnie and Jada, both of whom are hybrids.
Middle Eastern Demons Edit
The demons of the Middle East are among the oldest of all demonkind, possessing a comprehensive history of their entire order and being the first to document the biological workings of demons, fairies, fauns, and other races, despite many of the records being lost. They are a silent, graceful people traditionally sporting long black hair; the length of their hair is seen as a status symbol. While seldom possessing feral genes like those of the Far Eastern demons, they share the brilliant warm-colored eyes of their closest relatives. To compensate for their lack of physical defenses, they have incredibly powerful magical abilities and are often quite intelligent. While not sharing the desire for the hunt that other demons do, they prefer to study logic and science, as well as being born with an intense wanderlust that fuels their very culture.
Demons from the Middle East are often nomadic, traveling either on their own or with a small group of friends or family. They are driven to split away from their family often at a rather young age, causing their youth to be focused on finding their traveling companions or deciding to live alone. Unlike many other races, they have a strange fascination with pets and familiars, assumed to be picked up from the humans' domesticated partners. For simplicity's sake, they write and speak the same languages as the humans in their area, with a tendency to record happenings through writing.