On the large island just off from the traditional mainland, four proud youkai Clan stood, their territory divided. In the South were the pragmatic and astute felines of Clan Sekai and the House of the Golden Sun. Under the guidance of Lord Sekai and his High Priest, a Kirin named Shihe, the Cat youkai devoted themselves to the study of magic and the arcane arts and were notorious for devastating battlefields with powerful spells and waves of magic erupting from their bodies. To the East was the territory of the battle hungry warmonger Raizen Toshin and Clan Toshin and the House of Hell’s Children. Raizen was a power-hungry Devil whose power had never been defeated on the battlefield. In the most recent power struggle known as Raizen’s Uprising it took all three of the other Clans in order to keep the Toshin from expanding their domain. A result of the war, and a testament to Raizen’s enormous power is the canyon known as Hell’s Pit that split a portion of land bordering the North and the East as he crossed paths with Kurama and Fengyi. The various oni and youkai all gave strong loyalty to Raizen since he is the renowned King of Hell. Their way was that of savage warfare and overwhelming strength, which was in direct opposition to their Western counterparts. The Western lands were under the command of the Dog General Inu No Taishou and the House of the Crescent Moon. The dogs of the west practiced elegance and technique behind the strength of their blades. Inu no Taishou took pride in the beauty of war, where Raizen took pride in it’s brutality. These three lands have long standing Clans and bloodlines run deep to the throne. However to the North things were not quite as stable. A cousin to Raizen and his hellspawn the Northern reign was in the hands of Mistress Fengyi and the House of the Dark Star. Mistress Fengyi was a Blood youkai commonly referred to as “Vampire” and their supernatural energy were channeled through their fists, as Fengyi’s martial arts were unprecedented and unrivaled throughout any of the lands. Fengyi’s power also had another unique quality to it. Instead of only using youki, the energy demon channeled for their special abilities, her martial arts, and her bloodsucking abilities channeled another life source found in both humans and youkai. Chi. As such her energy pools of both youki and chi were a dangerous combination to behold. Another leaf was turning over in the north as Mistress Fengyi married the Black Kyuubi, the King of Thieves Kurama the 9 tails. Kurama’s kyuubi was an ancient magic gained from living nine lives over and now had an official territory to govern over which did not settle easily with the other Lords. Time had passed and the Lords eventually sired children to rule after them. Lord Sekai had a daughter, Lord Raizen a son, Lord Inu no Taishou two boys from his separate wives and Lord Kurama and Lady Fengyi had a girl and then an unexpected little boy. All seemed settled as a tense peace shrouded the land, however whenever supernatural phenomena or unexplainable mysteries or disappearances occurred Kurama was often the recipient of the sharp accusations of the other lords, which he oft responded to with indifference, which didn’t help his case in the slightest.
Another voice of discontent across the lands was that of the humans. Human villages were few and far between across the territories with the strongest settlements up in the Northern Mountains. It was there that a special individual, orphaned by the Raizen Uprising, was raised and taught the ways of the Steel Dragons. This young man whose name was Rei Yuan would be granted the dragon’s immortality from age and disease and would be known as the Heart of the Dragon and change the course of history in the lands forever. Rei Yuan had a heart of gold and with his demonic level abilities from his blessings from the dragons came to unite the humans under the Yuan Banner and the House of the Steel Dragons, with a foothold in the north still thumb of Kurama. It would take a chance encounter between Kurama’s runaway daughter Princess Ryoko and Rei Yuan for the two to fall in love, and for all of Kurama’s dark misdealing to come to the light before a council of the 4 Lords. Kurama was convicted guilty even by his own wife and was sentence to exile on the mainland. Instead of accepting his punishment however, Kurama defied the Lords and seized absolute control of the Northern Lands and unleashed the might of all nine of his tails against the other lands in a conflict that would be known as Kurama’s crusade. Kurama wished to remove the corruption of the longstand bloodlines and allow those like him, from poorer upbringings to have a chance at nobility. In the end, after a long and bloody war, Rei Yuan managed to inflict serious injury onto Kurama forcing him into hiding and claiming the Northern Lands and marrying Ryoko uniting humans and youkai and bringing 100 years of peace across the lands.
Rei Yuan had accomplished what no other person in history had. In his reign, he established a new united Imperial Force known as the Order of the Steel Monks to keep peace between the lands and was named Dragon Emperor. In his place in the North, in respect to the House of the Dark Star, Fengyi returned to her position as Lady and the lands were prosperous. The century following Dark Lord Kurama’s campaign was known as the Golden Age and it was when life flourished and peace and harmony were on the lips of everyone. But the joy faded as fast as it had came as Kurama returned more powerful than ever and directly challenged Rei Yuan himself. In a battle that nearly destroyed the entire Imperial City, Rei Yuan was forced to sacrifice himself in order seal both his power and Kurama’s inside his legendary blade of light Masamune and gave Fengyi it’s dark counterpart the demon blade Muramasa in order to preserve the seal on the blade. Ryoko and her late husband’s childhood friend Steel Monk Grandmaster Sheng Orochi were then left with the task of not only rebuilding an Empire, but also raising the new Emperor; the baby Rei Yuan left his legacy to Uryu Yuan.
Uryu Yuan grew to be a very powerful young man. Having his demonic mother’s lineage, his kyuubi magic mixed with powerful blood magic and a supernatural gift for martial arts and chi usage already left him a force to be reckoned with but his father’s draconic blood was heredity and with it Uryu gained the dragon’s blood and blessings. Uryu would be known as the Claws of the Dragon, but that power came with a steep price. Uryu would become possessed with the dark ancient energy that filled him when he channeled his inner youkai, to the point where he would go on a rampage attacking both friend and foe. His mother, being very skilled with barrier and seals, sealed the power of the kyuubi deep within her son until the power was absolutely necessary to be wielded. Uryu was a soft and kind Emperor who listened to anyone’s problems no matter how small and saw it fit to help them with a smile on his face. One such problem was the death of Raizen’s youngest daughter Asuramaru, a dedicated practitioner of the Way of the Steel Fist, the martial arts taught and used by the Monks and the raising of her orphaned son under the tutelage of Emperor Uryu himself, as a sign of respect to the Toshin Clan. A few years later, Uryu married Tsubaki Orochi, the powerful priestess daughter of Grandmaster Orochi and the two soon gave birth to a daughter. Princess Ayame was a child born from the earth, the offspring of holy power and human blood crossed with different strains of demon gave Ayame a power that had never been heard before. Her birth was celebrated high and low across the land though the Cat Lord Sekai received a troubling prophecy through his arcane vision, which he shared in private with the Dragon Emperor. Sekai confided that the Dark Kyuubi Kurama will return and usher in a new dark age and that only Ayame possess the power to truly pierce through the darkness and erase Kurama from the world for good. Uryu took his trusted advisors words into mind and made preparations and on the day of his daughter’s 3rd birthday the world turned black.
It was midday and the sun was high in the sky before suddenly the clouds darkened and the air seemed to grow thick with a smog and miasma over the grounds of the Imperial Palace as monks suddenly rushed to the monastery as the large, solid wooden doors behind the monastery closing off the stairs that lead up to the Palace gates as a dark presence could be sensed approaching rapidly with a malicious intent. The Imperial Palace was sealed off as the monks rushed forward down below to meet the threat of Kurama head on. While the monks held him off Uryu, prepared for this moment readied his protégé Wudong-Chi Toshin, commonly referred to as Wu for the new journey he would embark upon. “It’s up to you Wu” Uryu said as he knelt down beside the young boy who had Ayame on his back and a staff in his hand “Wu, you are hereby appointed Grandmaster status in the Order of the Steel Monks. Never forget your dedication and your studies. Keep Ayame safe, and always give her good advice… and always remind her that her parents loved her.” He said giving the boy a strong hug and a soft smile “You two carry the light and hope for this nation, you must survive.” Uryu said as he led Wu to a secret passage beneath the floor “This passage will take you out of the castle and into the forest. From there continue northeast until you come to an old castle. My mother and grandmother live there, they will protect you until the time is right. Now go, the monks won’t be able to stop him from reaching the palace for much longer, I’ll do what I can here.” The Emperor said as the then closed the passage behind Wu and sealed it with his magic just as doors splintered and were blasted asunder as Kurama battled against Grandmaster Orochi, High Priestess Tsubaki and the Dragon Emperor but in the end it was Kurama who came out the victor and thus a blight spread across the land like a plague and Kurama’s dark influence reached far across the island.
Kurama’s dark influence however could not penetrate his daughter’s barrier and it was there in secret did Grandmaster Wudong-Chi and Empress Ayame grow, and train, and study, and survive into their adulthood as the years passed and the time grew closer for Ayame to face her destiny and slay Kurama however the Empress knew she had a bigger mission in reuniting the lands after such struggle and strife. Ayame visited each of the three other Clans and after facing many trials and promises she had united the land under her family’s Dragon banner once more. Soon the Great War erupted where Ayame lead united Imperial Forces against Kurama and his army of ghouls, the undead and the reanimated. After many drawn out conflicts and sieges Ayame and her army finally pushed their way into the Northern territory and in the chaos of the final battle Wu was struck permanently blind and wounded which gave Ayame the power she needed to finally vanquish Kurama and restore peace across the lands…
But all was not quite settled, for up in the heavens the Archangels of God’s Council were in meeting. The angels were aware of the threat that Kurama possessed should his dark magic continue to remain unchecked through more millennia, however Angels were not to directly interfere with mankind. However this circumstance called for divine intervention and so they had shared their light with Ayame in hopes she would remove Kurama. What the Angels did not anticipate was Ayame to fully master her humanity, her dark kyuubi and her inner light and now feared Ayame as Mankind’s Champion. She had united both human and demon once more, and her power was unmatched by any being mortal or not. In order to act pre-emptively the Angels reclaimed their dominion of the sky and grounded all of Ayame’s dragons, stealing them of their flight, which angered their mother, the Empress. The angels attempted to get Ayame to abdicate her position as Empress which caused an uproar among the people, in which they forsake the gods and pledged allegiance to their Champion, much like the Angels feared and they declared war. The angels opened their skirmish with a relentless assault that took the Imperials by surprised and forced Ayame and Wu to dedicate most of their energy to erecting a barrier to keep back the enemy’s Divine army. Phoenix Empress Ayame had spread news all over about the situation the lands faced and called for any able-bodied person to join the Imperial forces in stopping an enemy that could obliterate any existence that life existed.