This is the real world, normal human beings going around doing their normal jobs and living their lives. Or is it? Everyone is living their lives completely unaware of the other community hidden among them. Or maybe this is not true either. There are those that have been told about or have been spending their careers trying to expose this hidden global community, but there are the guardians of this community that have hidden it since the medieval ages, when the community split up with the humans for good.
The community is that of creatures. Creatures spoken of in myths and legends from the medieval times and before. Creatures that the most humans think of as fantasy and fiction. The guardians are dragons, for the most part, although there are other individuals who wish to aid the dragons.
Dragons, using their unique set of of magical abilities, have been the guardians of magic since before even their recorded history. There are many powers that a dragon has, the most prominent one being to shape shift to fixed (each dragon only has one human form) human form with ease. An ancient spell has actually made it that dragons only get their powers, including the ability to turn to their natural form at the age of 13. This is to better hide them among human communities. Dragons live for up to ten times as long as humans, but many are killed in their line of work.
Dragons may be amongst the most powerful magic creatures, but the powers come with great responsibility. Not only do they have to protect the magical community from humans, but they also have to do the opposite. Protect the weak humans from the many threats of dangerous magical creatures. Included in the responsobilities, a dragon has to sort out problems between magical creatures themselves.
Each dragon is brought before the dragon council when they discover their powers and is given a dragon master. They will train for a year with their master and magical guardian. Each pair of student and master will have one magical guardian. The training will include active tasks in the magical community to give the dragon the full spectrum of a dragon's duties. The guardians are non-dragon magical creatures who have elected to aid the dragons in their tasks.
After the year of training, dragons are taken to the council once again and given the choice of whether they wish to be a guardian of the magical community. They are warned that if they choose not to, they will have their dragon powers confiscated. They will then be essentially human (including their lifespan), but they would be able to get dragon powers again, unlike an ordinary human. They had until the age of 21 to come back an request becoming a dragon student again.
One of the things that the aforementioned ancient spell does is ensure that the dragon gene is not diluted. If one parent is a human and the other a dragon, the human parent's genes will only affect the child's human form. It is regular for the magic community to be kept completely secret from the non-magical partner, as to avoid complications and third parties possibly exploiting the knowledge.
An unfortunate side-effect of the ancient spell is that the dragon ability seems to skip generations quite regularly. This makes the dragon completely human, and even the council can't give them powers. The only reason these unfortunate dragons are even told that they are *technically* dragons is that the genes are still there, and future generations will still be dragons, though the powers sometimes skip two, even three, generations.
Only the dragon council knows how to take away and give backs dragon their powers, until now.
Long ago, an arrogant young dragon named Corric toyed with dark magic, despite his dragon master's warnings. He delved too far and was corrupted by the dark powers. He was dubbed the Dark Dragon. He has tried and failed many times to destroy humans and those who were in his way. He claims that magic creatures should be ruling, not living in secret. Recently, a council member was swayed to his point of view and though being expelled from the order, she was able to tell the Dark Dragon how to take and give a dragon his/her powers. He promptly gave her her powers back and they have begun recruiting other dragons that have been expelled from the Order. They also have been recruiting magical creatures who sent particularly friendly towards humans. They also have killed many dragons and other magicals who stood in their way.
It may be time to tell the world of the existence of magic right below their noses, but is it safe? After what happened in the medieval times that caused the magicals to hide themselves in the first place…
And you must not forget about the humans who know about and wish to capture/experiment on/destroy magicals. One group of humans who wish to destroy magicals call themselves the huntsclan. The most prized creatures for them to kill are dragons.
The location of the Dark Dragon's hideout is unknown, but the Dragon Council presumes it is in another dimension with multiple access points only available to dragons and those they bring with, just like Draco Island, the dimension where the dragon temple is.
The huntsclan have a major outpost in one major city for each continent. New York, Cape Town, Hong Kong, England, Australia, Britain and Brasília. But they have a smaller one in the capital of each country, possibly more for the bigger countries. No one is sure of the location of all their outposts. They fight with high-tech equipment. Almost sci-fi type. They have laser blasters, teleporters, and other things like that. They also have a surprising abundance of Sphinx-hair nets, which render dragons trapped in them powerless and partially paralyzed, until the net is removed.
Which side are you going to choose? What are you going to do?