DEMON FORGED is the eighth story in the Guardian series, and the fifth full-length book. It primarily takes place in modern-day San Francisco, with a few forays into other parts of the world and other realms.
All of the following information about the history of the Guardians is given in DEMON FORGED, but this is a more straightforward way of presenting it.
***Warning: This summary contains significant series spoilers. If you would just like an explanation of the Guardian origins, please click here.***
In the First Battle, Lucifer led his rebels against Heaven. In punishment, they were transformed into demons and tossed into Hell. There were also angels who refused to take sides during the First Battle; these angels were transformed into nosferatu, cursed with bloodlust and vulnerability to daylight, and sent to Earth.
The seraphim who lived in Caelum watched over humans, and protected them from demons and nosferatu. The seraphim could never completely pass for human, however, and so the people on Earth began worshipping them as gods. When Lucifer realized this, his jealousy led him to wage another war against the angels, the Second Battle.
This battle took place on Earth, and Lucifer had with him a dragon from Chaos, and hellhounds. The angels began to falter before the dragon — but mankind, witnessing the battle taking place, joined the angels. One man,Michael, managed to destroy the dragon by cutting through its heart with his sword.
After the Second Battle, the seraphim retreated from Caelum, and gave Michael the power to guard humans on Earth, and to transform other men into Guardians. Because they were once men, Guardians can pass as human, and walk among those they protect.
As you begin DEMON FORGED, it helps to know that: In DEMON ANGEL, Lucifer lost a wager with Michael, and the Gates to Hell have been closed. A few demons remain on Earth, but the rest are trapped inside Hell, where a war for the throne is being waged between Lucifer and Belial.
In DEMON NIGHT, a new, extremely powerful race of demons called the nephilim were introduced. They’ve been slaughtering vampires in several large cities worldwide, and it was discovered that vampire blood could weaken the powerful demons.
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In DEMON BOUND, the reasons behind the slaughter were revealed: a prophecy dictated that Belial would rise to power after the nephilim were destroyed. More astonishing to many Guardians, however, was the discovery that Michael was not human at all, but one of the grigori — half human, half demon — and the son of Belial. The existence of two other grigori was revealed, as well: Khavi, who possesses the Gift of foresight; and Anaria, the mother of the nephilim … and sister to Michael. At the end of DEMON BOUND, Khavi has joined the Guardians, but Anaria is with the nephilim.
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Many Guardians and novices are now receiving their assignments through and training at Special Investigations. Special Investigations was created after Michael and Rael revealed themselves before a senatorial committee, receiving approval and funding for the division. Lilith, a halfling demon and the heroine of DEMON ANGEL, heads the division.