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 straightened up then, holding up his hands bracingly. "I'm not gonna hurt you," he said reassuringly, and moved forward. Teige gawped.
"She can see you," he said in a voice of dawning comprehension. The ghost of the girl--to Hawk's eyes as real and solid-looking as Teige was--shrank back as Hawk approached.
"You're a monster, aren't you?" she asked in a hushed tone. Hawk crouched, lowering his wings around himself, trying to put himself at her eye level. "Are you gonna eat me?"
"No way," Hawk said, "I'm uh...I'm a nice monster."
"You don't look like a nice monster," the girl said suspiciously, but she didn't move. Teige had sidled up behind Hawk, not interrupted, just seeming rather surprised. Hawk gave the girl a hurt little grin.
"Heh. I bet I look real scary, huh?"
The girl seemed to suddenly decided that he wasn't that scary after all. "Can you help me?" she asked, pleadingly, "I'm lost."
Hawk's grin faded. He glanced away. "I don't think I can, kid."