Long ago, everyone lived in peace. Magic helped bring prosperity, and was easy enough to use and evenly enough distributed that it made life easier overall.
This all changed when the Gate of Lords was reopened.
Horrid beasts of unimaginable power and viciousness, nicknamed demons by mortals, started appearing everywhere. Before anyone could act, cities were burning, people were vanishing from inside locked and sealed rooms, dead bodies littered the streets, and not even the greatest of wizards dared to leave their home without a weapon of some kind. It was a time of suffering and terror, and the last century mankind expected to see.
Then, one day, great heroes appeared, able to harness the powers of elements. Who these people were and where they had come from, nobody could be sure, but all the same, there they were. They were greater than even the demons, and the horrified monsters vanished into the shadows. Ever since then, they barely ever showed their faces, preferring instead to send out minions.
And such was salvation brought to humankind, by mysterious heroes wielding the amazing power of Orbs of Caging. However, even if the demons had stopped arriving in the mortal world, the Gate of Lords was still open, and the creatures were still very much alive. While in the past, their fear was enough to keep them away, after hundreds of years, they have regained confidence and are beginning to attack. Though they are not as direct as they once were, preferring to attack small areas and then flee, many are becoming scared, worried that another age of darkness will come.
It is up to the new heroes, the current bearers of the Orbs of Caging, to drive them back and seal the Gate of Lords again.
It was early in the day, and many people were still rubbing the sleep from their eyes. It was the weekend, and the academy was quiet, but far from still. A few people were casually practicing their techniques or just relaxing, but unlike a normal weekend, these people were unusual.
It was the first day of the Time of Trials, a week which excited most people. Passing the Trials made one eligible for graduation that year, and people of every age could try out for them. It was the week in which any Orbkeeper's life could change entirely, and accounting for how difficult they were said to be, it goes without saying that it was a time of much stress for even the best.
So here things begin, in the dining hall during lunch on this busy Sunday, with the first trial coming at twilight. It was by far the most unusual Sunday many of the people there would ever face.
edited 8th Jun '12 8:37:46 PM by Speedchesser