The great war between the birds and the beasts happened approximately 65 million years after the extinction of the dinosaurs for dominance over the land and sky. The bats, however, seeing themselves as neither birds nor beasts, remained neutral throughout the conflict. Finally a compromise was reached; the birds would control the sky, while the beasts would claim the land. However, because the bats refused to take sides, they were banished from being allowed to fly during the day--not even allowed to so much as look at the sun--ever again; only emerging at night.
In Silverwing (the first book) - Shade Silverwing looks at the sun, and the owls destroy Tree Haven where the silverwings roost. While the Silverwing bats are migrating to Hibernaculum, he gets swept to sea. After Shade meets Marina Brightwing on an island, they head to the city with shade promising Marina to welcome her into his colony due to his elder having a band like her own. They encounter many other characters such as Zephyr, an albino bat who can see through the past and future, the two Vampyrum Spectrum cannibals Goth and Throbb, the rat kings Romulus and Remus, and humans who attempt to capture or kill them. Shade stays with Marina and finds his colony at Hibernaculum. After hibernating for two days, some members of the colony go on a journey to find Cassiel, who disappeared after finding the truth about the humans and is Shade's father. When they find a building called "paradise" with bats living in it, the colony finds out that Cassiel is absent. While the other bats make themselves at home, Shade and Marina escape. After being separated, Shade ends up in the jungle, teams up with Orestes and finds out that sacrifices were being made at the Vampyrum Spectrum pyramid in order to banish the sun, and that Cassiel will also be a sacrifice . After Shade and Marina free the bats, owls and rats in order to defeat Goth, the owls permit the bats to look at the sun, while Marina and Shade finally become mates.
Time has passed and the one thing no one knows is Goth and the Vampyrum Spectrum are still alive. Just captured by humans. Now bats keep vanishing and one young Brightwing is chosen to be banded as an experiment, the first experiment of many to come when they stick her with the Vampyrum Spectrum bats in a man-made jungle. Of course now that winter is setting in, time is short as Goth tries to find his way home to t he jungle... while leaning on a bunch of young bats to help lead him home... though he wants revenge on Marina and Shade for tricking him. However, maybe just maybe his cold heart will thaw as spring comes in and the sun begins to warm his wings once more.
Silverwings - Shade Silverwing is an exceptional example of this... a bat that has mainly slate blue coloration with darker ruff and hair, though blonde is often common too. These bats are some of the most common Northern species there is. Silverwings believe in Nocturna.
Brightwings - Marina Brightwing is a very good example of a particular brightwing. Another Northern species though not as common as a Silverwing, Brightwings have redish brown fur, long hair often with cream colored ruffs and stomachs. Hair of this species is often copper, brown, or dark blonde though you can find blonde in there too ... at least those are common colors. There are always outliers though. Brightwings believe in Nocturna. Also known as Eastern Red batsand stand at about 109 mm approximately.
Greywings - Bats that have more grey colorations than anything and are definitely a bit more common than brightwings. These bats roost inside hollowed out trees and can h ave very big colonies too. Believe in Nocturna.
Greenwings - More greenish colored bats with large ears and varied hair colors and often dark ruff colors. Believe in Nocturna - the sister to Cama Zotz.
Vampyrum Spectrums - The most dangerous bat there is around. Vampyrum Spectrums have a prince/king which is Goth and these bats are huge! They stand a good 135-147 mm in height with a wingspan of 0.7 - 1.0 m. They are carnivorous and often will eat owls, pigeons, and even bats. Though some small bats that have been captured and placed with them have gained their curiosity. Vampyrum Spectrum are jungle dwelling bats that believe in Cama Zotz
Albino/Whitewings - Bats with white fur all over and stunning blue eyes... often a result of cross breeding between two species. They are not as large as the vampyrum spectrum species but have more height than any other bat there is. Have no one belief in Nocturna or Cama Zotz ... would mainly depend on how they were raised.
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Description: A small little brightwing standing at a small 105 mm, classifying her as a runt of her kind. She is a bit more of a lighter red color which also is extremely unusual and her hair is bronze with copper streaks in it. She has small wings and her left one has a small tear in it from an encounter with an owl. Her fur is cream colored on her ruff and a soft tan/cream color on her stomach and face while the outline is a light redish brown color. Her eyes are almond shaped and a gorgeous mercury-dipped blue color. On her left forearm is a bronze band just like the one Goth and Throbb wear. It s unusual but her fur on her ears match the dark red shade on her wings when usually it will match the body color.
Fur color: A soft redish brown color on her stomach and back with a small triangle of cream/tan near her ruff, her ruff is a cream color, while her face is a redish brown light color outlining the soft cream color, her ears are a dark red color which matches her wings
Hair Color/Length: Soft wavy bronze hair with copper streaks and light pinkish red tips that reach her lower back
Eye color: Mercury Dipped Silver Blue
Wing span: 40.6 mm (1.60 in.)
History: Born to a Brightwing duo though her mother was an unusual color - it meant she gained most of that weird coloration. Being treated like a freak by the entire Brightwing colony- Serenity was useless and felt like it too. She was constantly bullied and so she never spoke a word, but got very good at using echo projections to hide from her assailants. She also got extremely good at reading stars and memorizing them. One night while she was attempting to hide from her bullies, they found her and were quick to tear one of her wings. Causing her strife as she tried to keep herself together - only in her rush to get home before the sun rose to be captured by humans in a net. She was taken to an unknown place, being carried in something which was extremely loud(a plane) and taken to a 'paradise' in the Amazon. They ignored her wounded wing and placed a bronze band around it. Of course out of everyone there in this weird ‘paradise’ she was the only brightwing and small bat at first. Keeping out of the way of the giant shadows(aka Goth and Throbb) she knew were around - Serenity escaped notice fairly easily.
Personality: Serenity is no entirely sure what to make of anyone. She is extremely wary and cautious of others and doesn't allow herself to lower her guard for fear of being hurt once more. She is very calm and collected though she can frighten easily. She is jumpy and pretty timid, not one for words but she will give you some pretty sarcastic looks though. She is all sass and spunk despite not speaking. While she is quiet, don't let that fool you cause this girl is stubborn and absolutely intelligent. Sere is pretty even tempered and sweet once you get past her walls of defense and cool exterior. She's not one for small talk but she will gladly relax around peace and quiet. Just don't annoy or scare her and you may find yourself with a good couple wounds. She is a fierce fighter especially after learning her lesson from the bullies of her past. She is pretty fierce and feisty but doesn't really show it right away.
Talents: She is extremely good at Echo Projections and Hiding
Weaknesses: Insects (especially Tiger Moths), Fighting, Scares way too easily