There have always been monsters in the world. Perhaps they weren’t always called that, at least not all of them. Some of them were called gods, angels, elves, and faeries, among other things.
Some of these monsters draw their power from humans, though whether this is from their worship or the fear depends on the monster. Monsters that were once gods certainly get their power from worship, and many of them jealously guard their remaining devotees as a power source. Others have lost much of their powers, though not their immortality and certainly not their skills. And some of the old former gods have moved to new places and made new names for themselves, gaining new worshippers and new powers.
Since monsters have always been around, there have always been attempts to govern them. Sometimes this has been by human laws, which rarely works well. Sometimes there are attempts to set up laws and governance specifically for monsters, which works only slightly better. The same laws which govern demons don’t apply well to the Fae, and the courts that govern the Fae wouldn’t apply to elementals, and any of the Old Gods don’t react well to any attempts to set laws on them, especially when handed down to them by humans.
Some of the oldest of monsters are called, appropriately, the Old Gods. In countries around the world, they were worshipped. Eventually other religions would supplant or absorb them, and the Old Gods would either gain a new name or lose some of their powers. As waves of religions ebbed and flowed, so too would their powers.
The newer monsters, mainly angels and demons, are still something of a mystery to both monsters and humans. Mostly because they are very insular, in that they live separately from any that are dissimilar to themselves and only associate amongst themselves. At one point, older monsters actually referred to demons and angels as shadow elementals and light elementals. This only lasted until the Host, as they collectively call themselves, shared their name with others.
Anything that humans know in regards to monsters is a mix of fact and fiction, and that’s primarily because monsters don’t much care for sharing their secrets. Fae will honestly tell their strengths and weaknesses, relying on humans to be distrusting and not believe it; demons, on the other hand, will lie with a smile on their faces and watch as humans take it as gospel truth.
And one thing is a primary truth, so far as all beings are concerned: Monsters do not travel with those unlike themselves for very long. This is mainly because so many differing strengths and weaknesses have to be shared in order for a group to function for long, and very few monsters are willing to place their continued survival into the hands of what could be a moral enemy. In the short term, they get on well; anything longer than a month is generally out of the question.
In the history of the world, the only exception has been the Wild Hunt.
In the later 1870s, another group disproved the theory as well.
To be continued