Since the creation of Mobius there has been two species that lived together, the Humans and the Mobians. For many years these two races lived together in one planet, having disputes, wars, disasters and crisis with each other. However, with these two races there are also sub-races as well within their ranks. For Humans there are the Overlanders, for Mobians there are the countless variety of species from the animal kingdom they originate from. To each race their own, Humans rule parts of Mobius in Democracy, as Mobians live in Monarchy in their rule. However, within the branches of the Mobian sub-races, there lies a single species that is considered to be dangerous, blood thirsty, and seek for power over all life on Mobius. This species of Mobians don't even consider themselves as Mobian, for even mentioning or relating them to their Mobian brethren is considered an insult to them. This race is called the Radesen(Rah-Deh-S-En) in their tongue, but they are most well known as to be called the Neonians(Knee-Own-E-Ans).
In the Neonian tongue, Radesen to them mean "The First of Many" because in their beliefs, they are said to be the first of many Mobians to roam and strive upon the world of Mobius since its creation. From a biological stand point they mostly share similar DNA to that of Mobian Hedgehogs, but unlike their hedgehog cousins they don't have quills but fur and hair, they have shorter noses, longer tails, their fur has a form of heat resistance, they are a few inches taller than their hedgehog cousins, and they have a defect that makes their bodily fur a dark ashed grey or black and have their muzzles, inner ears and chest fur completely white having the only radiant color on their bodies are to be the color of the iris of their eyes coming in a variety of colors from normal colors such as blue or green to abnormal colors such as purple and orange but never red for strange reasons?
To truly understand the Neonians, one must look upon their belief on how they all started and how they have changed. Since the creation of Mobius deep in the center of the Mobian Deserts, the Neonians were first formed as burning fires plagued the land during the creation of Mobius. There came a creature of untold origin, a creature who claims to have saved them all from being burned by the fires that surrounds them and in return in saving and protecting them, they are to serve this creatures will. This creature was what they named Mehrozan Dehgal. For hundreds of years they spent worshiping this creature upon every full moon by offering a mortal sacrifice to the creature, whether it be one of their own, or a traveler they caught traveling among their territory.
It was until one day, a Neonian priest was granted a vision by the Neonian's chief deity Fusro, a mighty red dragon, came to him and warned the priest that Mehrozan Dehgal plans to wipe out his people and that he must gather as much people as he can and lead them to their new home. The priest followed Fusro's orders and gathered as much followers as he can and left the Mobian Deserts, only to soon after he and his people left, a freak sandstorm came upon the villages of the desert and its people and buried them all in a mountain of sand. After several years, they made their home in the land of Pumpkin Hills and later on they grew from a small simple group of people in a village to a large and expanding empire, home to thousands of Neonian people, each with their own set and skills.
The Neonians follow a form of a dictating monarchy, where it is ruled by one ruler that controls groups within the empire that controls the people. The Emperor makes the last call, he makes the decisions, he is the first to sound the signal of war. The Emperor controls several groups and orders, such as Guilds, Military Factions, to even Religious Orders. Almost every Neonian must do their part to aid the empire, whether it be to help build new structures for the empire, sell Neonian products to those who are allies to the Neonian Empire, or serve under the Neonian banner and fight off against any of the empire's enemies. To live by the empire, is to live by its laws, and those who defy its laws are to be severely punished. The laws are just like any other law; dont steal, dont murder, and such. But there are laws that are deemed racial to some races on Mobius. For Mobians, wolf type and dragon type Mobians suffer through these laws, being pinned in single districts of the empire, being watched at all times, and are sentenced to cruel punishments when labeled as criminals.
Humans suffers the worse of it when against the Neonian Empire. To the Neonians, humans are nothing more than mindless animals, worthless beings that deserves no better than to be slaughtered and stomped upon by the heel of their boot. According to Neonian laws, humans are to be killed at sight, but when a human is captured during a conquest depending on the humans age between eighteen and sixty, the human is to be spared and are forced to work as slaves or be experimented on by Neonian technology. Same thing goes for Mobians when they are captured as well, if the Mobian is male they are given the decision to either join the Empire's ranks as a soldier or work as a slave for several years. For females and children, they are to work as slaves for several years or sent to a program to secure their education to them to become Mobian citizens of the Neonian Empire. For humans, they deserve nothing from the Neonians, according to Neonian laws no Neonian citizen is to consort or even identify with another human, to do so is an act of betrayal and the punishment is death.
Though with all these brutal punishments against their own citizens including against other races, there is nothing more brutal than a Neonian in times of war. Neonians love the thrill of battle and bloodshed and consider it being an honor to kill and die in the battlefield. They love the thrill so much that they will even do their best to extend the time period of war and bring in savage and terrible ways to kill and torture their enemies. One case being that the Neonians cut their enemies off from food, water, and other supplies only to slowly kill them all off when they were down, starting with the children, the women, and finally the men most notably killing them by burning them alive. The worst time of war against the Neonian Empire was during the war labeled in their historic tomes "The Blacklight Plague" where thanks to quick conquest and overthrowing several kingdoms and empires, the Neonians were able to control what goes to the enemy lines, and made their enemies starve to death, dehydrate, or worse. Reports say that there were actual humans who tried to swore their allegiance to the Neonians and told them all the governmental secrets they knew just to get a quick bite and a glass of water. Instead they were killed at the spot once the Neonians got what they wanted.
Although, not all Neonians are considered to be brutal murderers and conquerors. There are some Neonians that are no different than any other common citizen, some not wishing to fight in the battlefield but instead work within the empire's walls. These citizens are one of the points to help the Neonian Empire strive and grow and in return for the citizen's services they return the favor by giving them protection of benefits. One of the key essentials Neonians make are that of weapons and armor, Neonian blacksmithing is considered a prize and a crucial benefit when in battle. Their blades sharp enough to cut through thick metal, and armor capable of taking on cannon fire without a dent. Which is why there are so many forms of governments who tries their best to make them allies.
To make a Neonian an ally, one must make sure that your presence, even your own race doesn't offend them. Next, one must share some if not most opinions with the Neonian, next you must prove your worth in combat, if you're seen weak then good luck trying to make friends with Neonians. Finally, one must have great value to the Neonian. If the Neonian sees potential, or any form of value that you have then sooner or later the Neonian will become your ally. However even if a Neonian is an ally to you, they will still have several dislikes about you. Reasons being because Neonians believe that they are the highest and most greatest beings in all of Mobius and it is they who are destined to rule all of Mobius.
Another thing Neonians are good for, are their skills and their adaptation to those skills. In Neonian culture in the ranks of the Neonian Empire, skills are everything that defines a soldier. Those skills can easily be focused upon their arts of Elemental Magic being to cast fire spells and many more, to brute force to become a walking talk, to staying within the shadows and strike when the time is right. Whatever it maybe, Neonians know how to use these three types of skills, and having a fleet or a squad of Neonians behind you is a force to be reckoned with. There are of course certain flaws the Neonian suffer, some of which is of their physical state. Because they got mostly short fur on their bodies and even though they are mostly resistant to heat, they cannot stand the cold climates and winter cooling. The only physical defense they have against the cold is by letting their hair grow out and use their hair to keep them warm mostly around the back and neck area and sometimes the torso area which is why sometimes you see Neonians having long hair.
Another thing is their greed, at some points a Neonian's greed is unquenchable. If they see what they want, they'll do whatever it takes to get it, and most of the time this can get them into lots of trouble. A Neonian's greed can be simple such as owning many fine plates, or horde that of gold and jewels. They are what some call the "Natural Collectors" because for some reason most Neonians suffer from keeping objects they see as valuable to them, mostly being that of power, money, or land. They also have a bit of a temper as well, if say one were to insult a Neonian family name or mock one of their gods then they'll get really frustrated and aim to kill. Finally, out of strange coincidence, and is considered to be the best way to make a Neonian your friend, is their fascination and desire of pure red delicious apples. No one knows why Neonians love apples, but when they get their hands on apples they go all out and go on a feeding frenzy on them. Almost their entire food products are based on apples; Apple Cider, Apple Butter, Apple Sauce, Fried Apples, Candied Apples, Apple Pie, Apple Bread, Steak Apples and Honey, the list goes on.
To add more benefit, when the times are right and when they see a benefit for them, the Neonians will rise up and defend their Mobian brethren and if necessary they will bring their enemies to extinction and they've done it plenty of times, even driving some Mobian sub-races into near extinction. What's better but worse is that unlike their Mobian brethren they aren't afraid to use guns. Sure to the Neonians using guns are seen pitiful and ruins the fun and sport of combat and warfare, but when it's needed and the Neonian means business they will bring out the big guns and when they do you best keep clear of them because their guns are vicious and even a simple Neonian revolver is capable of removing limbs in one shot.
When a Neonian is not trying to conquer land, kill people or stuff themselves in apple cuisine, they are seen in their hand stone built churches where they spend their time worshiping their pantheon of gods. For each Neonian they usually worship all the gods all at once, but at the same time they can devote themselves to one single god of their choosing depending on their belief and their desire in their afterlife. To them, their gods mean everything to them and they dare not to upset or dishonor this belief. To do so is a major crime and a horrible act to commit, a Neonian to defy the gods is seen only as a heathenish heretic and their punish to them is more worse than mere death. They are to be committed to the cruelest of punishments, to be tortured for days on end only to be carried to the Mobian deserts and be forced to roam the sands, naked and forced to carry heavy chains and metals for the rest of their days. It is wise not to make fun of their gods, nor to disown them, for there is no wrath greater than a Neonian defending their gods.
Their religion is known as to be the belief of Elementology, to which as their beliefs discussed earlier, the Neonians worship this pantheon of gods in their own ways depending on which god of the pantheon they wish to worship. The main point of the religion rests in the Neonian capital of the Neonian city of Pumpkin Hills as the Church of Elementology to which homes the Prophet of the Neonian religion as it is he who is believed to be chosen by fate to listen to the commands of the gods and be their voice. The Church of Elemetology works almost like a guild only with no benefits other than serving the empire, where on one side of the coin they work as priests and healers to help with the sick and the spiritually depraved to lead them to a better path where on the other side they work as holy knights and crusaders cleansing the land from the wicked and sinful beasts that roam upon their territory such as Liches, the Roaming Undead, Abominations and the dreaded Infected and the Luminaris Cult.
Other than that, Neonians also spend their time and sometimes their own money in the Neonian Arena, home to the warriors guild known as the Order of the Black Dragon. How this guild is formed is by that of ancient legend, telling that of a dragon that came to the Neonian Empire and seized chaos upon the empire until a Lone Hero stood up against the creature and challenged the beast. The beast accepted and a battle was then proceeded only to end as the Lone Hero was made victor. The dragon begged for its life, begging to be spared as it teared that of its own blood. In retaliation, the Lone Hero stabbed the beast in the eye and killed the mighty dragon, thus naming the Lone Hero the Champion of the Neonian Empire. To this day, the very skull of the great beast still hangs within the guild halls. In the guild they are both warriors and gladiators to the Neonian people, where on one side they are sent to the battlefield to help claim territory and perform odd jobs that benefited the Neonian Empire, and on the other they enter the arena and fight to the death and try their best to claim the title as Champion by killing the current Champion on one-on-one combat.
To the Empire, the Champion is considered to be the most strongest of physical fighters, and in times of war, it is the Champion who leads their guild into battle. Their signature of office as Champion is that of the Champion's greatsword, a large wide blade that weighs several tons as no ordinary person is able to lift yet alone carry such weapon upon their backs. Doing this with little to no effort, shows how strong the Champion is and by how quick and agile the Champion can wield and swing the mighty blade is but another mark to show fear upon their enemies. To those of the guild, the only way to receive great honor is by both killing your opponents, and by dying a glorious death upon the battlefield. It is their life's goal, to fight off horde after horde of enemies only to be succumbed and die in the tides of war. To not do so, is considered an act of cowardliness and pity as those who have reached a ripened old age is forcibly kicked out of the guild and sent out to find their last battle somewhere in the world.
If physical combat isnt a certain Neonian's style, there is always the art of stealth and assassination. The Crimson Ravens are a group of assassins that serves the empire in the shadows and in secrecy. The origins of this guild is that of betrayal and obedience as it all started by one Neonian, Hoen Shercoff. He was a Neonian commander of the Neonian Legion and was considered to be the most ruthless and most loyal of soldiers in the empire. He would kill hundreds upon thousands of innocents and people in his Emperor's name, and never questions any form of order given to him. One day, Hoen felt that his comrades were thinking on betraying the Neonian Empire and wish to help those who are being invaded by the Neonian forces. As such, after taking over a village with his comrades, Hoen went on a killing spree. Killing not only all the captured civilians, but even his own men and those who followed him into the battlefield as he burned the entire village to the ground.
For his actions, Hoen was labeled as a traitor and as such he was captured and brought before the Emperor to which he asked why he committed such a deed. Hoen only told him that he only served him and that he was trimming the disloyal that has been given the ranks to serve the empire. Knowing of Hoens deeds in the past and his undying loyalty, the Emperor forgave him and asked him of one thing that he must do. Kill the Emperor's wife and make it look like a sheer accident. Hoen without question did as he asked and soon killed the Emperor's wife making it seem as though she committed suicide. As such, Hoen was granted a new title becoming the Emperor's personal assassin and thus the Crimson Ravens were born. The Crimson Ravens are assassins for hire, and like their founder they serve the empire with undying loyalty as they venture across the world, taking on contracts to kill one enemy or more.
For as long as Mobians and Humans can remember, many came to question how the Neonians are capable of harnessing their magical abilities, the ability to control the sound that swims within the air, the ability to make enemies around them into potential allies, to harness the very elements of the world and bend them to their will. The answer is quite simple and is somewhat similar to certain Mobians who can also perform these abilities such as being able to bend that of fire or call upon lightning bolts and so forth. The answer, is that of their natural ability to control that of Chaos Energy. For Mobians, Chaos Energy is the energy of all life, it is what gives them power, strength, and greatness, and those who are willed enough can harness this energy to perform amazing abilities. For Mobians, usually they can only harness that of raw Chaos Energy and bend its shape and power to a certain degree such as slowing down time for a brief moment or causing a devastating explosion to their surroundings. The Neonians takes it several steps further.
Before the Neonians had an empire, they had a kingdom, and within that kingdom lived that of Arcellus Derwall, the first Arch Mage of the Neonian Empire and founder of the Tower of Arcane. Because of him, it was he who made Neonians able to not only harness the powers of elemental magic, but to naturally produce their own self recharging Chaos Energy. How Arcellus was able to commit such a biological feat was because of his deep dedication to one of Mobius's greatest treasures, the Chaos Emerald. Arcellus was able to have his hands upon the Chaos Emeralds and spent his time and dedication towards them and studied to find out its secrets and their ability to harness such power. to the Neonian culture and thanks to Arcellus's influence, the Neonians are capable of learning that of three types of magics. The first type is that when they are first born, and depending upon the stars they are instantly masters upon their born element. The second type is to be learned by study, reading tomes and spell books, and practice until they become masters of that type of magic as well. Finally, the third type, in order to master this they must literally become one with it and become a part of the very type of magic they wish to become one with.
It was because of him, Neonians were able to cast spells of all types, however there was a flaw to his discovery. After several years, Arcellus became mad with power believing that he could control all the known elements in the world. What happened was truly horrifying to the Neonian people, after trying to learn his fourth element, his body exploded in an aura of mixed Chaos Energy, his body turned into that of burned twisted stone as his face resembled of his agonizing pain and anguish upon performing his act. As such, a law was passed saying that all Neonian mages are to learn only three types of magic and nothing more, to extend that limit is at their own risk. There has been several Neonians capable of surpassing this limit, the highest recorded was that of mastering five but according to records it is said that mastering a fourth magic type is the most difficult and most painful experience one can go through, and it just gets more terrible the more you wish to master.
But with all that, how does the Neonian Empire gain their profit? How does their economy strive and well function? There are many answers to that, from the selling of captured slaves, to selling weapons and armor and other merchandise, and going into the black market. That's where the Shadow Blade Pirates come in. The Shadow Blade Pirates as the name suggest is a large group of pirates that serves under the Neonian Empire in promises of gold and fortune. Those who wishes for quick gold and valuables are to join the crew and sail the seas. Their job is simple, to plunder and sink enemy ships that goes into Neonian territory, travel from country to country taking items of value, transport military soldiers or merchandise from one place to another such as slaves and so forth and bring their stolen loot to the empire where they can sell their loot to the black market. How they started was that of a deal that still holds today. Long ago, groups of pirates tried to invade the Neonian Empire, but unfortunately they were all cut down, all except for one group named the Shadow Blade Pirates. The Empress of the Neonian Empire strikes a bargain with the pirates saying that if they serve her and her empire, they will be granted vast wealth and their freedom in return. The Captain of the crew accepted and to this day, the Shadow Blade Pirates still serves the empire to this day.
In currently now these times, Neonians are declared to be hostile and dangerous to come across thanks for their leader Ragenko Neyhon Derfaroh or in modern tongue Emperor Neon Blacklight. Because of him alone he brought upon a blight in the world of Mobius, for he seeks nothing but to not only wipe all of humanity from existence, but to enslave all Mobian life and bring upon a "New Age" for the Neonian Empire. There has been certain stories in why he does what he does. In one story about why he hates humans because when he was a child he was once in love with a human who was one of his mentors, and that one day she betrayed him and disappeared. Another story on how he became Emperor was because of his mentor's betrayal Neon's father punished him severely and as such late at night he snuck into his parents bedroom and stabbed his father's face in with a knife and slit his mothers throat only to come to his siblings bedroom and mutilate his brother and beating his sister to death with his brother's ripped off arm. He was caught and was sent to prison only to be released and be declared to be the new Emperor since he was the last of his family line.
Now the Neonians arent without their legends and tales of glory or horror, many authorized visitors or Neonian citizen are able to look up on these legends through the series of books kept in libraries or in the Grand Library in the Towers of Arcane. So far there are two legends that needs to be discussed. The first legend is a legend to which all Neonian rulers wishes to have in their hands and have had it but sooner or later lost it throughout time. This artifact is what is known to be as the Twilight Dawn, depicted as a golden silver trimmed sphere that twists and turns infinitely as the gears rotate around inside it creating an unlimited source of ultimate power. Those who had the sphere is said to be able to win the longest of wars, defeat the strongest foes before them, and control the fate of millions within their grasp. No one in recorded Mobius history knows or recognize this powerful artifact, but to Neonians they know it all to well for every time it has appeared it was within the grasps of the Neonian Empire.
In Neonian belief, the Twilight Dawn is said to have been a device created by the forges of the gods by combining the forces of day and night, good and evil, light and darkness into one object to which whomever possess it is declared to become the ruler of all Mobius and be able to change the way the world shall look and decide the fate upon the mortals that bows before their new ruler. However, once giving it to a king, the king went mad with power and reigned a age of darkness and death all across Mobius. Seeing this, the gods took away the Twilight Dawn as all those who served the mad king slaughtered him. Knowing that they could not destroy such a powerful object, they instead tuned the Twilight Dawn to which it cannot be used unless one knows the ritual to activate the device, and even so they declared the Twilight Dawn to be of a last resort for those who uses the Twilight Dawn will succumb to a fate worse than being trapped in the Black Abyss if they are defeated while in the power of the Twilight Dawn.
So far there has been only several appearances of the Twilight Dawn, usually when the Neonians wishes to try and conquer the world. Its latest appearance was in the hands of Emperor Neon Blacklight's grandfather, Emperor Fallex Blacklight and that's only in rumors and conspiracies. In other conspiracies it is said to once been held by the high members of the Court of Empires hundreds of years ago, one of those high ranked members of the order was in fact the Emperor of the Neonian Empire. The only way to activate the Twilight Dawn the device needs blood, specific kinds of bloods. For not only does the device needs the blood of both a Human, a Mobian, and a Neonian but out of those three they must be a Hero, Pure Evil, or Neutral. Once blood has been offered, the Twilight Dawn's gears will set in motion and will offer great power to its owner.
The other legend is that of the dark and real legend known as the Black Lake. The Black Lake is a Neonian legend that is highly protected by the Neonian Empire for it is both something of immense power and a bane to all existence. There's alot of legends that tells of the creation of the Black Lake from it being the dark bitter tears of the Neonian Goddess of Night for her love that was killed by her enemies, to the Neonian God of Torment leaving a crack in the rift that leads to the Black Abyss. Either way to the Neonians it is the best way to get attuned with the power of Darkness. For whomever drinks from the lake has a chance to be granted incredible power over the Darkness and a near form of immortality where you stay eternally young. However, there are risks and costs. The risks of drinking from the lake is that of sheer horror where if you are successful you are slowly and painfully transformed into a savage beast of darkness killing everything near you until you pass out. If you fail however, your body will morph into a hideous creature, an abomination of nature and life, an Infected. The price for drinking from the lake is that even though you are strong in the darkness and night, you are weaker in the light and day as positive charged Chaos Energy is dangerous and can burn you. Finally, if you are fully successful depending on how much of the lake you drank, you are fully fused with your own Sin from the Black Abyss and become able to transform into your physical Sin the more anger and savage you become. Throughout the Neonian records, the only Neonian fully successful to drink from the Black Lake was none other than Emperor Neon Blacklight.
Emperor Neon Blacklight lived a hard life, and because of that some pity him to some extent. Others however believe that he is nothing more than a cruel and sadistic monster who seeks to feed upon the blood of his foes as he pulls the strings of his people to create a mass genocide against the people of Mobius. But however you see him and his people, it's up to you to decide whether to join them, step aside, or fight against them.