Set in the Kingdom of Nur (meaning light in Arabic), the Sacra Cousins come from an old, powerful and respectable family of mages. However as time goes by, there is a disunity among the people of Nur that ultimately segregates the mage population from the humans.
The humans are accusing the mages of abusing their powers and abilities, especially the ones related to the mind: telepathy, teleportation, telekinesis, etc. This fear was first spread by His Majesty's Council, to which the respectable Etari M. Sacra used to belong.
This brings about the Ring Law, which stipulates that every single person who exhibits any signs of mind-related magic needs to be registered and prescribed a simple power-suppressant device in the shape of a ring (and later, bracelets).
Needless to say, the suppressant rings are perceived in a negative light among the magical population of the kingdom, for the rings do nothing but to take away their abilities, identities, and most importantly, their freedom.
Etari Sacra, a prominent and formidable mage, was one of those who are against this Ring Law - however, the other pro-ring councilmen and women managed to persuade the king into implementing said law. Those who keep rising against this law are either banished from Nur, or executed.
Etari Sacra and his family are quite lucky enough to be banished, but the Sacras are forever branded as traitors, and the mage dies a broken man.
His grandchildren, however, would continue to carry out his mission: to try and restore justice to the magical population of Nur, and to find out who exactly is behind the initial scaremongering.
The Twelve Sacra Cousins, being powerful and accomplished mages themselves, manage to sneak back into the kingdom and live under false names and identities. They spread across Nur, each establishing their own 'headquarters' in an attempt to help magic-folk who are being oppressed by the Ring Law and the council members, either directly or indirectly.
Below are some of the twelve cousins.
One of the Twelve Sacra Cousins.
Part shape-shifter, part teleporter (the latter being the more superior ability), she disguises herself as a student at the elite Rohani Boarding School, located in Biru, the kingdom's main harbour.
After graduating each year from said school, Leyana (whose real name is Esmeralda Sacra) would take a break for several years before assuming a different look and enrolling once more.
It is believed that one of the teachers there is a dangerous mage in disguise, but so far Esmeralda's ten-year investigation draws a blank.
One of the Twelve Sacra Cousins.
Nuha manages an orphanage, Rockland Orphanage, with her shape-shifter partner Blagakhsandi (Bee for short - sometimes he's an owl, other times a cat, but most times he's a pillow). It's situated in Rockland, one of the poorest towns in the kingdom of Nur where unwanted children are often dumped and left to die.
She really is actually Emma Sacra, the fourth grandchild of General Etari M. Sacra, after Edelweiss, Eric, and Emilia.
She doesn't seem to mind the non-magic users much, and wants to learn more about them.
Compared to her meticulously neat sister, Emilia, who is one year her senior, she is rather laid-back and carefree.
This clash of personalities often results in disagreements and quiet treatments, but those only last several days at most, and they generally get along well.
Ali Murann (?)
One of the Twelve Sacra Cousins.
The director of the famous Leh-An Library.
She is known as a very tenacious person, and runs the library efficiently with the help of her very close-knitted and loyal group of staff.
Rumour has it that she is connected to Emilia Sacra, one of the Twelve Banished Sacra Cousins. Because of this, her library and staff are constantly being watched by government agents, and Murann herself is always under surveillance.
She is very much annoyed by this, because not only do those 'spies' lack stealth and skills needed to stalk her, she is, after all, Emilia Sacra. She finds laying low and keeping out of trouble really tedious, especially when those hunting her down are incompetents.
Her favourite phrase seems to be, "That's too much work," and this often drives her staff up the wall - especially when it involves important projects involving the library that needs her immediate attention.
(Note: Ali Murann is an anagram of my sister's name irl.)
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