As the game has progressed we have had several people ask us about the world surrounding Alden University and how the interactions between humans and supernaturals is affected. Here are a couple of points everyone should be aware of:
The Supernatural World vs. Humans
Humans have known of the supernatural for a very long time; practically as long as they have known about themselves. However, in centuries past, the supernatural community in general was very secretive and tried to keep themselves hidden, because of reigning persecution. It was around the 1960s, that much of the violence and persecution began to lessen, which gave the supernaturals a sense of security and caused them to expose themselves. Van Helsing, witch hunts, etc. were all very real things that happened to the people in this world.
They are citizens of their respective countries, but have very few rights in the United States- other countries have different rules and laws regarding the supernaturals. They may own houses and have jobs, they may own businesses and have families, but they may not vote, and they are discouraged (sometimes violently) from mixing with human company. A supernatural and human marriage is illegal. Supernaturals are feared for their powers and differences and treated like savage minorities. Some humans don't mind them, and may even like them, but the majority of the humans hate the supernaturals and fear them. The supernaturals are segregated from humans, they have separate churches, schools, restaurants, bathrooms, drinking fountains, etc. Humans are discouraged from using supernatural facilities, but they aren't as heavily discouraged as supernaturals are from using human facilities. Because Alden is a predominantly supernatural school, the facilities surrounding it are either primarily supernatural or allow both humans and supers to use them but have separate areas for each. Obviously, some of the more prejudiced humans would have issue with this, which causes problems the closer facilities are to the borders of Manchester.
Alden's Houses and Their Purpose
The Houses were formed to house supernaturals of like nature together, form bonds and create teams for inter-University competitions. This would ensure sound body as well as sound mind and create a healthy sense of sportsmanship and team comradery. The Houses were divided using the 4 most basically recognized elements: Air, Earth, Fire and Water. Humans were placed in the Houses based on their western birthsigns.
Arvandor- The ‘Air’ House. Celestials, Extraterrestrials and supernaturals that move through the air, Faeries, Pixies, Banshees etc, are housed here.
Kemen- The ‘Earth’ House. Forest dwellers and plains dwellers, tree spirits and giants, hobbits and dwarves, centaurs and satyrs…all those who live upon the good earth itself, or are a part of it, find their home here.
Naur- The ‘Fire’ House. All those creatures you prayed were fictional…Vampires, Dhampir, Werewolves and other Lycans, Exotic Djinn, Demons…they all lurk in House Naur.
Shae- The ‘Water’ House. The spirits and supernaturals of the sea, rivers, lakes, marshes, etc live here. Merfolk, Selkies, Sirens, Naiads, etc.
If you have any questions or need further clarification, please let us know! Thanks!
♥Mark & Ally