Part Seven: Raising Hell
Part Eight: Oops! All Demons
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The Story So Far
(this summary was last updated 8/9/2018)Everything began with the three gods: Gaia, Syndel, and Death. Gaia created Heaven and its Angels. Syndel created Hell and its Demons. Death created Purgatory and saw potential. Encouraged and supervised by Death, Gaia and Syndel cooperated to create the land of Medius and all the creatures that would live there.
Despite their equal efforts, "Mother" Gaia was loved while "Father" Syndel was shunned by the Medians. Enraged by this slight, Syndel sparked a war that engulfed every realm. This became known as The Great War. It is said that the forces of good eventually won, and that the conflict ended centuries ago.
In the present day, Rhea Snaketail, a member of a Median race called the Jakkai, is mysteriously murdered. Not good enough for Heaven yet not bad enough for "real" Hell, she is sent by Death to The Ring of the Slightly Damned on the outskirts of Hell. There she meets a naive young Demon named Buwaro. Behind Buwaro's cheerful demeanor lies a tragic past and a terrible secret. With the help of Buwaro's sister, Rhea and Buwaro manage to escape Hell.
They find themselves in the mortal world of Medius, in the country of Fragaria, in the graveyard where Rhea's corpse was once buried. Soon Rhea and Buwaro run into an Angel in trouble named Kieri. Angels and Demons are supposed to hate each other, but Buwaro doesn't even know what an Angel is. Although she is a competent warrior, Kieri is socially awkward and struggles with an unusual curse. After Rhea and Buwaro help Kieri escape the clutches of two antagonistic Demons, they learn that she has been separated from her twin brother. Rhea and Buwaro agree to help Kieri search for him.
During their journey, Buwaro and Kieri fall in love with each other and are now happily enjoying their new relationship. Rhea, Buwaro, and Kieri also join up with the Human Sinclair family: a cynical peddler, his pregnant potion-brewing wife, their niece, and their Fairy friend. Rhea, Buwaro, and Kieri agree to travel with the Sinclairs until they reach the city of St. Curtis.
Kieri teaches Buwaro how to read and sing while en route to their destination. Eventually they reach the city, which is built around the base of a giant tree. Soon, the city's world-famous celebration of spring, the Flower Festival, begins. The group encounters a variety of Angels, Demons, strange creatures, and old friends.
The festivities are interrupted by a fierce battle among powerful demigods called Guardians. In the resulting chaos, the city is set ablaze. Demon soldiers from Hell attack citizens and begin abducting Angels left and right, including Kieri. Buwaro and Rhea fight desperately to free her against hopeless odds, facing both new and familiar foes in the process.A large portion of the city is reduced to ashes due to the Demons' attack, and the citizens work together to recover. With the help of a polyamorous family consisting of two Demons, and Angel, and the Angels' biological child, Buwaro, Rhea, and Kieri find sanctuary inside a large temple. Buwaro begins to learn more about history. Kieri faces great inner turmoil. Rhea explores the ruins of the city in search of answers.