Yokai in the Wyvern Wars Universe
“Wyvern Wars” is the name of the novel series I’m working on, which is prefaced by my novella series “Yokai Calling.” More broadly, I refer to the world where these series take place as the “Wyvern Wars Universe,” as it will be the home of many other novels with the same (and later, different!) characters and stories.
Within this world, however, yokai are no longer creatures of folklore and myth. They are “as common as fish or birds,” as Hidekazu would say; people live alongside them, fight them, and in some cases, worship them as children of the Dragon Goddess.
Shirashi, the Dragon Goddess, created yokai thousands of years before present-day. Although I say “created,” only the kodama, tengu, oni, kappa, and ryuu (dragons) were her true creations, alongside humans. And indirectly, the Goddess gave some humans the power to create more yokai from their dreams, nightmares, life issues, etc., eventually allowing hundreds of other kinds of yokai to appear and roam around the world.
This really builds off my love of that theory I mentioned–and the Goddess’ initial yokai further play into this by representing different desires or personality traits of the Goddess herself!
Now, I could go into a lot more detail about the Goddess, her initial yokai, yokai created by humans, and more, but that would go too deeply into the Wyvern War’s lore, and I’d like to avoid that. There’ll be a time and place for my world’s lore, but not today!
For now, I hope you enjoyed this post on yokai. Up next I’ve got a post on dragons, so stay tuned!
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