Appearance: roughly human-shaped birds. Much smaller than humans (about four feet tall). Often seen wearing halos and white robes.
Diet: Omnivorous, mostly.
Magical Ability: Highly skilled at light magic.
Culture: Angels believe themselves to be divine, direct descendants of the Judea-Christian God. As such, they can have some rather extreme ideas about their purpose in life. They also come across as extremely racist.
Origin: Unknown. Angels maintain that they are of divine origin, and don’t like to go into any further detail. However, archaeologists believe that angels looked more like other birds before the rise of human civilization, and it is believed that they evolved their current appearance in order to get along better with humans.
Societal Status: Angels are usually viewed as either divine servants, or egotistical racists, depending on whether you agree with them. Most people hate them at least a little, but the truth is they’re vital to society because they maintain large networks of accomplished light magicians. If you need a major magical act done (such as curing cancer), you start bowing down in front of angels until one agrees to help.
Fun fact: Though angels have some of the strictest rules about anything even approaching the idea of sex, most mixed societies make it legal for them to walk around naked, since their cloacae are hidden by their tail.
‘Cubi (Succubi and Inccubi)
Appearance: Very much like angels, except their tails are long and thin, with smooth scales and no feathers.
Magical Ability: Quite high. ‘Cubi are rumored to have the ability to feed off other’s emotions, strengthening their magic.
Culture: Mostly hippies. Lots of free love and music. And probably some drugs. Very open to other species.
Government: Highly democratic, in general.
Origin: Very closely related to angels. Possibly even a subspecies of angel.
Societal Status: Varies. In some places, they’re heavily persecuted, but many mixed communities are open to ‘cubi so long as they follow the established rules.
Fun fact: They need to put their eggs inside another sapient creature while they develop. In the past, this wasn’t always a willing arrangement. That’s why angels hate ‘cubi.
Appearance: ??? (red and yellow plumage? Constantly on fire? Made out of pure elemental flame? Accounts and theories vary widely)
Magical Ability: Lots. They excel at fire magic, to the point that they’re banned from most airlines (though nobody knows how to tell them apart from other angels, so it’s not too effective). They’re also said to be able to foresee the future and bring the dead back to life.
Societal Status: In hiding. They’re worth a fortune on the black market, dead or alive, and in some countries, they’re even legal to hunt. Many people presume they’ve gone extinct like the dragons.
Appearance: Despite artwork often depicting them as giant flying lizards with leathery wings, the dragons were actually smaller than the angels, and covered in feathers. Their overall appearance is very avian.
Magical Ability: Very high.
Culture: Depends on the time period. At the height of their civilation, they basically lived alone, and communicated over their version of the Internet to share research, works of art, et cetera.
Government: Various. The dragons created highly advanced systems of government that modern-day governments look towards for inspiration.
Origin: They appear to share a remarkably-recent ancestor with the angels. The angels won’t let anyone study their evolutionary history, so it’s difficult to know exactly when and how the two lines diverged, but some theorize that angels may have evolved directly from early dragons.
Societal Status: Believed to be extinct, though there may be some left, hiding.
Fun fact: One of them saved Alex’s life when he was a hatchling.
Appearance: In their cat form, they look like large cats. In their humanoid form, they look like fur-covered humans with cat ears and tail.
Diet: Chicken, liver, salmon, tuna, et cetera.
Magical Ability: Average.
Culture: Not much. They tend to adopt the culture of the other creatures around them, adding in some cat stuff (play fighting, chasing laser pointers, et cetera).
Government: N/A. They live under some other species, and have no government of their own.
Origin: One of many species that evolved from humans altering their body with dark magic.
Societal Status: Typically not given full personhood, or at least not full citizenship. Werecats often work as servants/pets, and have some, but not all, rights.
Fun fact: Since they behave like house cats, werecats are typically regarded as having sub-human intelligence. In truth, werecats are generally more intelligent than humans. If they didn’t act so much like pets, they’d probably be granted full personhood.
A god is not necessarily the same as a deity. Deities are worshiped, but gods are simply a type of spirit. Unlike most spirits, gods are capable of assuming a physical form, which has allowed them to more easily make contact with mortals.
There are a lot of gods, most of whom simply live fairly normal lives in the spirit world, and occasionally pop into the world of mortals for a vacation. Very few have any interest in worship.
Gods have a somewhat variable life cycle. Like all spirits, they never grow old, but they can die if they run out of spiritual energy or sustain severe corporeal damage when in physical form.