The Council is a board of six Ancients, all men, who have been around since Alexei’s great-grandfather’s time. They, along with the King, make the laws of Nocturna. The Council also takes over ruling the kingdom when the son of the deceased King is under the age of adulthood, while the new King, the son, acts as a figurehead. This is why the human slaves believe King Alexei is the cause of their enslavement and grief, though it is really the Council.
Lord Zavier is a Djinn, a form of demon, with slicked-back blond hair and a nasty temperament. He was one of the three main advocators for human enslavement. He usually votes against King Alexei, siding with Lord Faustus and Lord Caius.
Nothing good. Either they try to escape and are caught and killed or they escape and are stranded.
If they are caught while trying to run, they are killed on sight. No trial, no muss, no fuss. Just death. They wouldn’t be worth the effort if they were to try to escape again. It is acceptable to simply kill the humans for disobeying the monster, so of course they would die immediately.
If they are able to escape their kidnappers, which is extremely, extremely rare, it depends on where they are located to see if they will survive or not and how many resources they have available to them.
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Humans have always been a threat to creatures. Hunted for sport or glory, slaughtered for their fearsome looks, and marked as evil just because they are what humans are not. That is why Nocturna was created, as a refuge from the terrorization of humans, where they could all live free of fear. Alone, they were weak, but in great numbers, they are strong. It lasted like this for many centuries, the humans and monsters separate but together. Kings of Nocturna made treaties with the Kings of humans or allied in wars with them.
At age nine, Alexei became King in title only. The Council actually took over the rulings. Alexei was able to bend those rules and create several laws before he handed the power to the Council. At age twelve, a monster is considered an adult (though not always sexually), so Alexei was able to take control then. He did have much more influence over the Council than his father, who went through the same process before when his father died as well before he came of age. Alexei had a way of manipulating the Council to do what he wanted (and still does) while Gideon just sat back and let them do everything for him. It was during the years when Alexei was named King by title only that the Council established the laws that humans should be enslaved.
Most of these are actually questions and answers I created during the process of creating my story, so I’ll be posting many of those. If anyone else has questions, feel free to ask! I would love to answer them.
Alexei’s great-grandfather created Nocturna, though at the time it was not hidden from the mortal world. Mortals would come from all over the “world” (the Mediterranean) to meet the dragon King and receive blessings from the mystical beasts.