Description – At a glance, it might be difficult to tell the difference between an Angel, Pegasus, Bird, or sometimes even Phoenix Wingéd. All of these are feathered, so it may take a closer inspection to discover which Wingéd you have. One trait which differentiates all Angels is wing color. While other Wingéd may have a myriad of other colors, especially Birds, Angel wings have only brilliant white feathers with gold-tipped edges. The wings are also connected higher up on the back allowing the top of the wing to sit at the same height as the shoulder when spread.
Special Abilities – Most of the Angel Wingéd special abilities focus on the emotional state of Candidates. Enhanced empathy and calming are the most prominent of their talents. They are also the creators of the volumes (and before that the magic stones) used in analyzing the lives of Candidates.
In addition to being able to cast spells, as all Wingéd are capable of doing, they do possess one offensive spell called Miracle. These are utilized in case of emergency by Angels in a guiding position in order to protect their charges. Only able to use them once a day, using this spell will render the Angel completely depleted of magic rations for the day.
Occupation – Angels are known to have several occupations: teaching, counseling, guiding, transcribing, practicing Hall law, and administrating. Besides the Moth Wingéd who brings them to the Hall, Candidates will have the most contact with the Angels.
Teachers work together with counselors to prepare Candidates for the Leap by introducing the ways of the Wingéd combined with group and individual therapies to help the Candidates lose the weight of their lives. Due to the significance of this position, second only to counselors, such teachers are highly revered amongst their peers. Teachers are also revered by other Wingéd in the Hall, because they are known to be less arrogant than other types of Angels.
Guiding Angels are assigned to future Wingéd (and later on foiche Dé) and follow them throughout the world of the living. Sometimes referred to as guardian Angels, they tend to have a mostly solitary existence and are considered to be antisocial. They also tend to be braver than their peers as future Wingéd are commonly targeted by Demon Wingéd especially shortly after death. While some charges are able to communicate with their Angels using special candles and stones, it is very rare for Angels to interfere directly in the lives of their charges.
Archivists are in charge of the library. All Hall business is placed into the official record. The library is also full of unofficial Hall records, biographies, spell books, and other ancient texts.
Lastly, the administrative Angels keep the Hall running smoothly. Various positions of power include: the Seraph, Seraph Studies, and other liaisons with the Masters of other Wingéd types.
Seraph – The Seraph is the highest level of administrative Angel Wingéd who is responsible for the well being of the entire Hall. To become the Seraph, an Angel must first be appointed by the previous Seraph and be confirmed by the elder Angels, a group of 30-50 Angels of a certain age (many of them thousands of years old) and experience. A handful of Angels are chosen to undergo over a century of comprehensive studying and two separate transformations, each time gaining another set of wings to become a Seraph Study or Seraph proper. These transformations, while do not require an additional Leap, do require the Angel or Seraph Study to be chosen again by subsequent Angel Spirits in the Spirit Pass. Some, who have been elected by the elder Angels, are never able to become a Seraph Study, because they, for whatever reason, are not chosen again.
Eventually, this allows the Seraph to become telepathic and transcend traditional Wingéd being. Some believe that the transformations tend to leave the Seraph with a decreased amount of empathy in order to make the executive decisions required in running the Hall, but these claims, however, have not been substantiated.
Description – Dragon Wingéd are characterized by their large wings made out of a flexible membrane at the sail and covered in hard scales, especially over the shoulder and back. These scales are approximately a quarter of the size of the palm. The sails are made out of a scale-less, but tough, much more vulnerable skin. Unlike Bat Wingéd whose sails attach at the knee, Dragon sails attach at the lower back where the spine meets the pelvis.
Special Abilities – Specialized for combat, the Dragon Wingéd have talents that reflect this, including increased senses, strength, and speed. The deadliest Dragons can see, hear, and kill you from miles away. Dragons also present with the strongest wings of all in the fighter class, which allows them to utilize the wings in their own fighting style.
The fighter class also possesses the natural ability to wield offensive magic. Fire breath, ice breath, acid spit, and air daggers are most often seen. Since combat is often sudden, many Dragons are unable to perform stronger spells. To offset this disadvantage, Dragons will carry stones imbued with a dormant magic spell, which can be activated by mouth or by special hand gestures. Younger Dragons will require more time to perform these spells, but will eventually pick up the ability with practice, unlike those not a part of their class.
Occupation – Belonging to the fighter class of Wingéd, Dragons provide the muscle behind most large scale assaults on Demon Wingéd. Their most important job is to guard the Hall, patrol the world of the living, and carry out assault orders. They are also charged with the task of forging weapons and armor. Any other heavy lifting or labor intensive work around the Hall is also handled by Dragons for their sheer strength. In fact, most of the Hall as it stands, which was not part of the original cave system, was carved out by the Dragon Wingéd.
Social Structure – Dragons have one of the most rigid social structures in the Wingéd world. Dragons work in groups with an emphasis on teamwork and have a militarized structure. Originally, Dragons were split into squadrons of approximately 15-30 members. However, during the first surge of Candidates, the Seraph ordered them to reorganize. Now, each squadron has fifteen members maximum. About ten squadrons make a group, and three to four groups make a wing.
Sub-culture – Dragon ranks tend to be male-dominated, and even the females tend to be considered more masculine. The rigidity of its structure also contributes to the idea that Dragons are more masculine than that of their more feminine counterparts, the Phoenix Wingéd. Due to this difference in approach, Dragons and Phoenixes have a harsh rivalry.
Description – Phoenix wings have two stages: feathered and fired. Able to set their wings ablaze, they are frequently seen engulfed in blue, yellow, or red flames. The flame color and intensity is sometimes determined by the mental state of the Wingéd, but otherwise, it is based on the power level of the Phoenix. The strongest Phoenixes will have wings that blaze blue. The fire displayed has no heating properties, and therefore won’t burn anything that comes into contact with it.
In their natural state, Phoenix’s wings have large, bright red feathers with slightly singed edges that connect to the back at the shoulder blade.
Special Abilities – As members of the fighter class, the Phoenix Wingéd have talents that reflect their specialization, including increased senses, strength, and speed. However, in contrast to the Dragon Wingéd, Phoenixes abilities tend to lean toward stealth instead of strength. This gives them an even greater sense of sight and hearing than their Dragon counterparts.
Phoenix Wingéd tend to have greater aptitude and control of their magical faculties. This not only translates to wielding capabilities, but it also means they are able to suppress their natural spiritual/magical signature to become nearly invisible even to Demons. This, however, makes Phoenix Wingéd highly vulnerable, so great care is taken by Phoenix mentors to emphasize listening to one’s instincts.
Like the Dragons, they possess the ability to wield their offensive powers. Strong psionic powers are prevalent throughout the population. They also possess a very startling cry that is able to be heard for miles to warn the other Wingéd that Demons are in the area in the event they are captured. More potent magic spells are often prepared beforehand and kept in stones ready to be activated by voice or hand gesture, but the most talented Phoenixes have the ability to activate these spells with little more than a flick of the wrist.
Occupation – While Phoenixes belong to the fighter class, few of their duties deal with actual fighting especially on a large scale. The network of Phoenixes was created for the purposes of information gathering, tracking, general security, assassination, and sabotage. Most of the information used by the Dragon Wingéd is collected by Phoenixes.
Social Structure – During training, Phoenixes rely heavily on apprenticeship, pairing the new recruits with older Phoenixes to train them in everything they know. While this sometimes creates a gap in the capabilities and competency of the recruits, the lack of regimentation allows for the apprentice to study under the full-fledged Phoenixes for longer time without falling under scrutiny. This individualized approach limits the number of Phoenixes going out into the field feeling unprepared. Since they frequently work alone or, at the most, in pairs, unprepared Phoenixes would be far more disastrous for them than it would be for the Dragon Wingéd.
Sub-culture – In contrast to their rivals, the Phoenix Wingéd ranks tend to be more female dominated, with just one male for every nine females. It is more this numeric discrepancy that contributes to the notion of the Phoenixes being more feminine than the culture itself.
As a rule, Phoenixes do not like to work in groups. With a strong emphasis on autonomy and personal accountability, they do not believe in sacrificing the mission for another. They operate knowing that if they were to become a liability, no one will come to their rescue. This difference in philosophy has lead to many disagreements between them and the Dragons. But to the Phoenixes, the mission takes precedence over everything else. It is also this philosophy that breeds a large amount of self-sacrifice among them.
Once the Griffon Wingéd became extinct, it became illegal to speak of them, their demise and very existence ruled classified information by Seraph Dahlia. Since the extinction occurred before the invention of writing, what little information is available had to be pieced together from memories and covertly hidden excerpts in over a dozen books in the Hall library. Even then, it isn’t certain that half of them were in fact referencing the Griffons. The largest confirmed text known to exist is just five sentences long.
Wing Description – “At one time, the Griffon Wingéd boasted the largest wingspan of all the Wingéd. With long feathers, blacker than the darkest of Bird or Pegasus wings, looking into the wings of a Griffon has been described by elder Wingéd as looking at the nothingness of death itself. I imagine it would have been something to see.”
Special Abilities – Griffon Wingéd were a part of the fighter class, meaning they had to have had the increased senses, speed, and strength. They also should have been able to use offensive magic in the same way that the Dragon and Phoenix Wingéd are able, but none of these assumptions made are substantiated in any of the texts collected.
Occupation – It was the job of the Griffon Wingéd to protect the Seraph. Body guards and enforcers, the Griffon Wingéd were sometimes referred to as the Seraph’s own personal army, though other texts state there were never more than a dozen of them to ever exist.
Social Structure – No information available.
Description – The Pegasus Wingéd have feathered wings which only come in either black, white, or grey. The third largest of all the feathered wings, theirs are attached lower on the back than any others, mimicking the placement on a Pegasus Mortal. The feathers are long but otherwise plain; they are uniform in color and shade and have no patterns of any kind.
Special Abilities – Pegasi are known for being one of the most powerful of the Wingéd, which their job requires. Their ability to channel and control complex magic spells such as conjuration and transmutation, without the use of prepared stones, is their most notable attribute, but telekinesis and lightning-fast cause and effect analysis of a situation are also required. Knowing what will and won’t create the desired effect is mandatory, especially when so much could be affected by the slightest mistake.
The Pegasus Wingéd are the only ones able to be seen in the living world. This is somewhat of a requirement, because there are times when if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. Sometimes, there is nothing better than a conversation with a stranger. It is also easier to be accidentally in the way in contrast to conjuring or manipulating someone else to be in the way.
Occupation – The role of the Pegasus Wingéd is to carry out specific points of fate. Some question the need for Pegasus Wingéd to have such a job. The principle of fate is that whatever will be, will be. Therefore, it is logical to believe that nothing could stop what is meant to be. However, not every occurrence is written by fate. Some are random, and sometimes, sinister forces intervene. This sometimes creates loose ends or scars in the timeline itself, and it is the Pegasi who search the Earth in order to heal it.
Pegasus Wingéd have one of the most dangerous occupations, but not from Demon Wingéd. In fact, many Demon Wingéd, if they have the capacity to think, avoid Pegasus Wingéd due to the importance of their mission. If the timeline were to be permanently damaged too severely, it’s likely the world of the living might cease to be. Therefore many consider them off limits.
The danger to the Pegasus Wingéd comes from working in the living world. Since they are able to be seen, it might be difficult for a Pegasus to feel as if he/she is truly dead since interacting with the living is easy. Every year, a Pegasus goes under review from the Council to discuss the year’s work. Pegasi who seem to becoming attached to the living world are put on sabbatical, but there is always the chance of permanent retirement which is like a death sentence. These Pegasi find it difficult to readjust to their deaths, and either become Neutral Wingéd or fugitives. This is why proper training and mental preparedness is imperative for the Pegasus Wingéd.
Social Structure – A Council of five to twelve Pegasus Wingéd consult with the Seraph and Moth Wingéd on a regular basis to inspect the timeline, and then they decide on the best action to take. It is sometimes considered to be the largest puzzle in creation.
Description – The Fairy Wingéd have translucent wings that shine like a prism at certain angles. Attached to the center of the back on either side of the spine, the wings stretch outward to approximately six to eight points before returning to the back about five inches from the starting point. Said to be the most beautiful wings in the Hall, from the opalescent angles, they appear like rainbows exploding from the back.
In addition to the wings, those of the magic class of Wingéd are characterized by their pointed ears. The Fairies’ pointed ears are not angled as high as the Pixies’ but do come to rest at a point at the top of the ear.
The magic class is one of the only Wingéd that can be identified by clothing alone. Fairy Wingéd in particular tend to dress in ornate or embroidered clothing, using rich fabrics and interesting fashions. Since their wares are in such high demand many can afford the magic rations in order to get their hands on these expensive things.
Special Abilities – Fairies are known for their natural ability to develop magical spells of all kinds. What would take other Wingéd years to grasp at its simplest, the Fairies will usually be able to master complex magical theory and practice after just one or two viewings with perfect accuracy.
Occupation – The Fairy Wingéd are experts in the field of what is called macro magic. It encompasses everything using magic that requires preparation. This includes spells, runes, charms, potions, divination, enchanting items etc. Not only do they keep the stores organized and full, they also keep copious records, create spell books, develop new or more effective spells, and consult on magic related findings with the Phoenix and Dragon Wingéd.
The Master Fairy has the most important occupation. The highest station of Fairy is on a yearly rotation, due to how exhausting the work is. The Master uses his/her ability to allow the Wingéd to recharge their magic capacity while asleep. This requires that the Master be awake for an entire year in isolation in complete focus.
Social Structure – The magic class, within their families, follows a basic guild organization, with three levels: apprentice, journeyman, and master. The five top Master Fairies from the major families rotate the duty of the Master. The Master Fairy who will take over in the next year represents the Fairy Wingéd in all other matters.
Sub-culture – Unlike Dragons and Phoenixes, who prefer the company of their own kind, the Fairy Wingéd do not have a tumultuous relationship with the other group in the magic class. Quite the contrary, the Fairies tend to have a more combative relationship with those within their own type. They are broken up into five major and thirteen minor “families” or “clans”; the Fairy Wingéd recruit new members shortly after training and taking the Leap. These families are made up of both Fairies and Pixies that serve their family’s needs. This competition to develop the best magical techniques ensures the ever increasing potency of all Wingéd magic, the Hall encourages this.
The Fairies just out of training are presented to the families who seek to draft them. To make it fair, every Leap, a new family is chosen by numerical order to have first crack at the newcomers. If the family doesn’t want any of them, the next in line will have the chance to draft them, etc. It is possible to sell your place in line to the highest bidder, which is frequently done by the minor families. Bidding can get very heated, and, rarely, the Seraph must intervene.
Description – The wings of a Pixie Wingéd hardly look like wings at all. Like the Fairy Wingéd, they are attached on either side of the spine in the center of the back, but instead of being iridescent, the Pixies have what appear to be large leaves arranged with a fore- and hindwing like Butterflies and Moths. They come in all colors and shapes of leaves.
Pixies have a more pronounced pointed ear than their Fairy cousins. While the Fairies’ points may be obscured from view by hair, the Pixie Wingéd ears stick out farther making that nearly impossible.
In contrast to the Fairies, who enjoy lavish clothing, the Pixie culture is based in nature, and they tend to dress completely in foliage, flowers, or sometimes nothing but mud.
Special Abilities – A Pixie’s entire being revolves around magic. They can see it, smell it, taste it etc. and can identify its source (Wingéd, human, or Demon), potency, purity, and exact make up. This makes the Pixie Wingéd invaluable to the Hall, but also makes them flighty. Due to the high concentrations of magic, or holiness that is a part of this, Pixies tend to be a little absent-minded or hyper-focused. This is both good and bad, but they are exceptional at what they do.
Occupation – Since the Fairy Wingéd practice macro magic, the Pixies practice micro magic. The most important job that Pixies perform is collecting magic from the trees. Like dew in the mornings, magic collects on leaves of certain trees around the Hall, and the Pixies collect every drop. They also harvest magical herbs, stones, metals, and anything else used in preparing spells or other rituals. Able to see how a spell is working on the smallest level, they are sometimes called to be consultants by Dragon and Phoenixes. In addition to all these things, the Pixies are responsible for the care and upkeep of both the spirits in the Spirit Pass and several Mortals that live in the nearby mountains.
Social Structure – The Pixie Wingéd have the same guild organization as the Fairies, made up of apprentices, journeymen, and masters. The Pixies aren’t as strict about it as the Fairies are as they mostly all have the same duties, but the structure does exist.
Sub-culture – Like their magic class counterpart, the Pixie Wingéd are split up into five major and thirteen minor “families”, sometimes called “clans”. These families are made up of both Fairies and Pixies. While many are controlled by Fairies, two of the major families are ruled by Pixie Wingéd and are arguably more prestigious.
Pixie training takes longer than the Fairies and is the second longest training period of the Wingéd. After training, the Pixies are drafted just as the Fairies are. The drafts for the Fairies and Pixies are held separately, but use the same draft system that the Fairies do.
Description – Bird Wingéd have feathered wings, but these are smaller than any of the other feathered types. Their wingspan is unlikely to reach farther than the fingertips. Coming in as many colors as there are bird species, the Birds are one of the most colorful and vibrant in the Hall.
However, in contrast to their wings, the Birds will always be seen covered from the neck down in black. Due to their abilities, the Birds go to extreme lengths to keep every inch of themselves obscured with the exception of their faces. This includes special gloves, socks, and shoes. To remove these outside of one’s room or without express permission is grounds for imprisonment.
Special Abilities – Contrary to popular belief, the Bird Wingéd do not possess the ability to make someone fall in love. In fact, their powers are much greater than that. Masters of tactile enchantment, the Birds have the ability to not just influence but control minds by coming in contact with the skin. Besides casting spells, this is the only extraordinary ability that they possess.
Occupation – At one time, the Birds had a much greater purpose in the Hall. Utilized by almost every other Wingéd type, the particular talent of Birds was in high demand. However after several disastrous and fatal incidents, the Birds collectively decided it best to withdraw from these extraneous duties, believing it best to limit themselves to playing cupid in the world of the living.
The official occupation of the Bird Wingéd is to create and influence relationships between living beings, especially those predestined for progeny. This means, they often work with Pegasus Wingéd, who are specially instructed on working with a Bird. For the Pegasi, this usually includes staying out of the way and watching. Because relationship dynamics are so complex, many Bird Wingéd will work on a single relationship designating intensity, compatibility, and duration. It can take years to even create a two-week fling.
On occasion, a Bird will be asked to use their influence for other means, but these requests are usually met with rejection, hostility, and reprimand. Once a rejection is given, the answer is final. If appeal is sought, the person seeking approval will frequently be persuaded otherwise. However, if the use of their abilities seems warranted, permission will be granted. Only three Birds currently have permission for these activities given to them by the Master Bird.
Social Structure – The Birds all follow the word of the Master Bird, who is referred to as the Superior within the Bird barracks. While it is possible to become an elder in all other Wingéd types, Birds lack this luxury and remain within their cave system permanently. None are allowed to become Neutral or otherwise go rogue unless Turned.
In training, the Birds also utilize the apprenticeship model. The apprentices are placed with full-fledged Bird Wingéd to shadow them until they can be trusted to work alone.
Sub-culture – Becoming a Bird Wingéd has been described as a somewhat religious experience and since the incidents, and due to the great power that they hold, the culture of the Birds has become somewhat monastic being the strictest of all Wingéd in the Hall. Every movement is accounted for and permission must be given for all activity. From the moment after the Leap, the Bird Wingéd are taught the importance of love. It is love, they say, that keeps each of them from taking advantage of their power. They are taught to love one another and themselves, emphasizing the great respect for their fellow Wingéd and the living. Selfishness is not tolerated.
If a Bird is to step out of line or use their powers for selfish needs, the Birds have permission to punish their own. Since banishment isn’t allowed, execution is the preferred form of punishment. Both imprisonment and execution are quite rare, but the Superior will never hesitate to use them.
Despite this strictness, one would be hard pressed to find a disgruntled Bird. Understanding of the core philosophy is crucial, and like most who enter monasteries or convents, it takes a special calling. A Bird Spirit would not choose to save an individual who was unwilling or unable to exist as the Bird Wingéd do.
Description – A Butterfly Wingéd’s wings are made out of thin layers of chitin, webbed with veins, and covered in tiny colorful scales. The veins strengthen the wing while leaving it still flexible enough for flight and the scales lend them their color. Butterflies actually have two sets of wings which consist of the forewing and hindwing.
Special Abilities – Butterfly Wingéd have the ability to heal. This includes regeneration, restoration of magic and spirit energy, and cleansing. The Butterfly tendency to be calmer than most other Wingéd is sometimes considered a special ability, but this could be attributed to specific personalities rather than a magically enhanced ability.
Occupation – The Infirmary is an integral part of the Hall. Butterflies are in charge of keeping injured Wingéd up and flying. This is their primary and only function that they serve. Unlike all other Wingéd types, the Butterflies never stop training and many of them become specialized. Very few Butterflies are able to master all three of their special abilities.
While some might find it strange, the Butterflies do not go out into the field with the Dragon or Phoenix Wingéd. During a time of experimentation, the Butterflies did attempt to be battle ready, but due to their delicate nature, the fatality rate increased rather than decreased. Therefore, faced with the incredible losses, the Seraph decided that, since the Wingéd could survive for an extended amount of time as long as they weren’t slain, the Butterflies would remain in the Hall.
Social Structure – The Butterflies employ the same guild organization that the magic class of Wingéd do. This makes sense as the three types require similar skills of identifying and collecting plants and other items; however, their guilds are much less competitive and more cooperative than the magic class guilds.
Description – Moth Wingéd have the same type of wings as the Butterfly Wingéd and are made out of thin layers of chitin, webbed with veins, and covered in tiny scales. The veins strengthen the wing, while leaving it still flexible enough for flight, and the scales lend them their color. Butterflies and Moths actually have two sets of wings which consist of the forewing and hindwing.
There are a few differences though. Most Moths lack the magnificent coloring that most Butterfly Wingéd possess, and Moths tend to have special filaments on their wings which help the fore- and hindwings match up, aiding flight.
Special Abilities – Most Wingéd believe the only special ability the Moths have is they are able to transport souls. They are frequently unaware of any other myriad of talents the Moths possess. Moths are not only able to enter the timeline whenever they please, they can control the passage of time within the world of the living, and they can see the timeline itself with varying degrees of clarity. The more of the timeline the Moth wishes to see, the fewer details are provided. A Moth can see half a second ahead with perfect clarity. Due to the danger of their occupation, and because most Moths are innately lighter than other Wingéd, they have increased speed.
Occupation – Moth Wingéd have only one occupation, and that is to transport souls of the living to the Hall.
Social Structure – The Moth social structure is simple: they don’t have one. While most Wingéd have some sort of hierarchy, the Moths reject this philosophy, believing that any individual is not better or worse than any other individual. On any given day, someone different is designated to hand out assignments. They have no official leader, because there is nothing to lead. The souls are collected, and they have been doing this for millennia.
Description – The Bat Wingéd have very similar wings to the Dragon Wingéd with a flexible membrane connecting the lengthened finger digits creating the sail and covered in soft fur instead of scales. These wings are attached at the shoulder blade and the membrane travels all the way down to attach to the thigh just above the knee.
Special Abilities – Bats possess incredible speed, with the quickest able to fly so fast they are able to arrive two minutes before they’ve left. In addition to this breakneck speed, they have the ability to pinpoint any Wingéd anywhere and have eidetic memory.
Occupation – At the bottom of the Wingéd hierarchy, the Bat Wingéd perform most of the drudgery. However, their most important job is being the messengers of the Hall, and all Bats perform this task. The highest level of these are called Battle Bats, who aid the Dragons and Phoenixes in the field. They carry anything from frivolous messages to military reports.
Social Structure – The Bat Wingéd have a structure similar to that of the Dragons made up of squadrons, groups, and wings to indicate how important the messages they carry. These different sections are numbered and assigned to various Wingéd.
Description – Without the interference from the Wingéd, Candidates would appear as nothing but ghosts and indistinguishable from any other type of human soul.
Special Abilities – While visibly the same as ghosts, Candidate Wingéd give off a distinct magical signature. This signature isn’t detectable by any except other Wingéd and is believed to indicate the strength of the soul. Otherwise, the Candidate would have the same ability as a ghost.
Occupation – Candidates have no other purpose than to prepare for the Leap.