Felt like writing out some basic things.
The main characters are Sam Baxter and Lorain Claire (both of their names came to me as they are when the story idea hit me).
The world they are both transported to, for now, has no name. However, it's similar to Earth but society there is similar to the medieval ages (although not quite the same).
In this world there are three distinct races: Humans, Elves, and Demons (not Satan's minions, more like humanized animal spirits).
Humans are a rather weak species unless they have a weapon of some sort and live in villages and towns. Only a few humans can use magic if they have the talent for it.
Elves are as they usually are, slender-framed, pointy-eared beings with high magic skills. The elves in this story, though, are an endangered race. They're endangered for several reasons: The humans destroying their forest homes in order to make room for themselves, and the Demon King who has captured and killed many elves in an attempt to learn their magical abilities.
Demons are a race of creatures that have two main forms: a human-like form and an animal form (their "demon" form). They were named demons by the human race who were scared and judgemental of their shapeshifting abilities. Demons are typically physically stronger than the average human male and have more stamina and heightened senses than that of a normal human. Demons also live much longer than ordinary humans. Supremacy amongst the demon race is not decided based upon the animal to which a demon is connected. Instead, supremacy is decided on strength and intelligence. In other words, a lion demon will not always be above a mouse demon, if that mouse demon happens to be stronger or more intelligent than the lion demon. This is also how the Demon King is chosen every 1000 years, through a series of supremacy battles with the prize being the title and position. The strongest demon becomes the Demon King for that period.
Humans detest the demons for their shapeshifting abilities and being seen as physically inferior to the demons. Most demons hate the humans because of the injust beliefs about them and for the fact that a lot of humans have murdered a number of demons with their weapons out of fear whether it was just or not.
Despite that, there are some demons whom choose to take a human for a mate and some humans who take demons for their lovers. The products of such unions are the half-demons. Half-demons are a slightly odd sub-species. When they're born they look like any other normal human baby. For most of their early life they look human, until they hit puberty. Once a half-demon hits puberty age that's when the demon half of their blood "wakes up" and they gain a set of demon abilities based on the animal spirit their demon parent was connected to.
Usually, the changes are a pair of ears/horns (depending on the animal) on the top of the head which replace the human ones (those sink into the head until that part is smooth like the rest of the skin), increased senses, increased physical strength (although because of the human blood their strength is only partially below that of a full demon), increased stamina, and some other misc attributes exclusive to each animal (cat half-demons gain longer fingernails to resemble claws, wolf half-demons might have their eyes slightly altered in shape to resemble a wolf's, etc). Half-demons going through "demon puberty" are usually prone to fainting spells (some might become a little sick in the stomach, but usually it's random fainting) because of their bodies struggling to adjust to their changing make-up. Demon puberty, for most half-demons usually lasts a month with their ears being the first things to change.
Half-demons are the most discriminated sub-race in their world. The parents of half-breeds, biological or adopted, are usually abused and mistreated by other humans/demons for being associated with a half-breed (or for a married/mated demon and human with no children, it's because of their union in general). Half-demons, because of their social status, are often abandoned by their birth parents who have no choice in order to protect them. For this reason, many half-demons are orphans because of either abandonment or their parents being murdered. Also because of their low social status, if a half-demon is known to live in an area near humans or demons, they are required by law of both humans and demons to expose their ears so that it is known to everyone else who the half-demon is. This often means that a half-demon who tries to buy something might be charged too much or shorted change whether they're aware of it or not, but they are not allowed to make a fuss over it because doing so opens them to being brutally beaten to death.
For most half-demons, their demon puberty goes smoothly and lasts however long it does with the normal side effects. However, there's one mysterious side effect that happens to some half-demons and no one is sure why. This side effect is the creation of a split between the human and demon halves of the half-demon's mind. This can be an extremely dangerous side effect as the demon half is nothing more than a wild, rage-filled animal with a will of its own seperate from the human half. Because of this wild nature, the demon half will frequently attack the human half causing a lot of pain to the half-demon. In some extreme cases or with enough provoction the demon half will take temporary control of the half-demon's body and cause a bout of amnesia for the time it was temporarily in control.
The only way to counter the side effect is for the effected half-demon to take measures to try and control the demon half so that the human half is always the dominate one. In some cases the half-demon may be able to merge the two halves back together, but this is hard to do. Controlling the demon half is a very exhausting ordeal, but if the demon half is not taken back under control by the human half the half-demon risks going crazy and reduced to nothing more than a wild and raging animal. Half-demons that have succumbed to their demon half can't be recovered 98% of the time and thus have no other choice but to be killed.
In the other world, there is a group of half-demons who have banded together to rebel against the unfair treatment they, as half-demons receive and strive to dethrone the current Demon King since they feel he's the main cause of the prejudice. The group is fairly small in size, about ten or so half-demons, and as a whole they are loosely organized. However, they function well together due to their common goal and their bonds grown from years of working together.
That's all I have worked out for basic info. More will be added later.
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