Time for a bit more of the mythology of my upcoming trilogy.
After the Sky God created the world and humanity, the deep places in the Earth were still corrupt and unclean, and foul creatures grew there. Some had the burrowing claws of the rodents that live under the ground, others had the hard carapaces of insects, still more slithered like worms, or had bodies formed from the rotting flesh of buried things. These creatures grew jealous of the purity of the humans who lived above, and they waged war against them, striking from the depths without warning. The humans came to call them the Deeplings, and they were led by the most powerful of their number, a monster of writhing legs and rotting flesh and terrible cunning, called the King in the Deeps.
In these early days, humanity was not equipped to fight such a terrible foe. They had not yet learned the art of forging steel, or the tactics of war. They needed leaders. So the Sky God gifted his nine most favored children with his mark–the golden eyes of eagles–and his power, the High Arts, allowing them to create great miracles and soar on the winds. These nine prophets became known as the Windwalkers, and there were three for each aspect of the Sky God. Aryllia the Wise, Orim the Scholar, and Dasson the Pious were the Walkers of the Eagle, great leaders and philosophers and tacticians; Carris of the Fields, Luthas the Bright, and Berial the Tamer were the Walkers of the Wind, who brought the Sky God’s bounty to the land, making the crops grow and the livestock prosper; and Dalleon the Golden, Elica Braveheart, and Terene the Stern were the Walkers of the Spirit, great warriors whose strength and conviction knew no bounds.
Led by Aryllia, first of the Windwalkers and most favored of the Sky God, the people fought back against the Deeplings, seeking to rid the world of them once and for all, in a war known as the Purge. The Purge lasted for a hundred years, until finally Dalleon the Golden, the greatest warrior ever known, bested the King in the Deeps in single combat. With the King’s defeat, the Windwalkers were able to banish the Deeplings back beneath the Earth once more. But the Deeplings were not destroyed, only imprisioned. While the Windwalkers led humanity to great prosperity in the aftermath of the war, the King in the Deeps watched and waited for his time to come again.
As he knew it would.