In the early 1900s, the nation of Aetheri came out of its long interdimensional isolation and revealed to the humans of the Symphony Archipelago that they were not alone in the multiverse. Things swiftly got ugly after that.
In the early 1990s, Aetheri's leadership changed, and in the Archipelago, a tiny broken family of half-siblings banded together in the face of the bile and hate that was boiling up between the humans and the non-humans.
In the early 2000s, that family was split apart. Hawk Press and his sister Liya Kiski both begin a long and exhaustive journey towards understanding the difference between friend and enemy--and between the family you're given, and the family you make.
Hawk took a moment to respond, rubbing one eye. He grinned breathlessly. "It's nothin', just--strickly speakin', that makes us enemies, is all," he explained.
Teige blinked, taken aback. "Er, does it?"
Hawk lurched forward onto his feet, wings folded heavy and tired against his back. "But y'know what?" he asked. He offered Teige his hand. "You're right. I don't have anythin' to lose."
Teige looked at the outstretched hand, and then up at Hawk skeptically. "See, now I'm a mite concerned," he said. "Not sure I think much of bringin' an assassin with me to Enodia, if that's what you are."
He paused, and then shook Hawk's hand firmly. "But I suppose I can't be too choosy, eh?" he said lightly. "To our future enmity, then."