Siren Epic Romance: Scarlet Hyacinth

Hello, my dear readers. Welcome to The Chronicles of the Shifter Directive, a Siren Epic series. Accompanying the release of the first of seven books, Werewolf’s Way, is a free Companion Guide for the series to fully immerse you in the world of the Shifter Directive and hint at what’s in store for this epic tale. The introduction to the guide and a short history of the series can be read below to give you a taste of what’s to come.

I chose to write this companion for a very simple reason. The world-building in Chronicles of the Shifter Directive is very complex. There are a lot of characters and a lot of information, so I thought it would be useful for readers to have a guide.

I have done something similar before, with the free character list available on my website for the Mate or Meal series. However, this companion guide is far more complex, including not only the names of each characters, but also historical background, complete description of the species involved, family trees, and a FAQ section.

Naturally, with all the information in the guide, there will be some spoilers, although not to the plot of the books. I endeavored to keep the information largely independent from what happens in the actual stories.

If you prefer to be surprised even in terms of world-building, I have a little extra for you, a sneak peek into the first story, Werewolf’s Way, starring werewolf Graham Powers and sprite Caelyn Sutharlainn. You can also find it in this Companion and read it without fear of too many spoilers.

So, this guide can be used for many things—to give you a feel of the series, to make you remember interesting facts, and to help you monitor your favorite characters and their relationships along the way.

Without further ado, enjoy the Companion, and most of all, enjoy the series!

Scarlet Hyacinth
June 2013

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A Brief History:

Ever since the dawn of time, werewolves and vampires have been the scourge of paranormal society. During the days of the Roman Empire, they led to the appearance of the Antonine Plague. But it was in the mid-fourteenth century that they grew in power, becoming allies in their frantic quest against mankind.

The Black Death, as history came to know the ensuing massacre, consumed several continents and left behind millions of casualties. Seeing the disaster and the potential end of the human race itself, other paranormal species intervened.

The Ivenian fae made it their task to heal the injured and fight against the onslaught of enemy shape-shifters. Assisted by their sister nation, the Elusian sprites, they attempted to contain the werewolves and the vampires. It was a losing battle from the beginning, at least until the Ornozian draechen stepped in.

The draechen, or dragon-shifters, were among the most powerful shifters in the world. However, their influence was limited due to their radically small numbers. Nonetheless, they took the chance of extinction for the purpose of defeating the throngs of werewolves and vampires.

The alliance between Ornoz, Ivenia, and Elusia began to register some success, but then, the werewolves and vampires came together for a massive attack against the Ivenian capital of Eternelle, also known as Rose Blanc. With draechen and fae forces spread thin over several continents, the fae of Eternelle faced complete annihilation.

It was the power of two single men that turned the tide of the war. The Ivenian prince Talrasar and the commander of the Ornozian draechen, Prince Kaelezrin, faced the werewolves and vampires in battle. When confronted with overwhelming odds, they summoned the full extent of their abilities to push back the threat on Eternelle. The battle was won at the cost of their lives.

That day came to be known as the Great Sacrifice. Ushered by the noble actions of the two princes, other species came together in the battle against the werewolves and vampires. Eventually, the enemy shifters were defeated and the plague contained.

It was at that time that the Directive of the Shifter Castes—or the Shifter Directive—came to be. It became obvious that a law was needed to control the rising power of the werewolves and vampires and to prevent the same thing from ever happening again.

The draechen took it upon themselves to become the guardians of the paranormal world. After much debate between various species, it was decided that the shifters would be forever divided into nine castes, nine hierarchical groups with different rights and positions.

The highest burden was, predictably, placed on the werewolves and vampires. They became the members of the ninth caste, practically slaves to the draechen who were now the lone members of the first caste.

Magical creatures saw that there was too much power in the hands of the draechen. However, they could do very little about it. The law didn’t influence them directly. After the death of Prince Talrasar, the ruling dynasty of Ivenia was shaken, and the fae could no longer worry about the rest of the world since they had their own problems.

Time passed, and with it, the arrogance and power of the draechen grew more and more. They became more numerous, and their armies continued to target the occasional rebel groups of werewolves and vampires who dared to stand against them. From their citadel in the Black Forest Mountains, the draechen slowly began to move toward taking over in the entire world.

This is the context the events in Chronicles of the Shifter Directive take place in. With rising tensions between draechen and the rest of the paranormal world, many families, lovers, and friends become trapped in a conflict that they have no desire to start. The rest of this history is theirs to write.