|“||"I'll go alone if I must.
While I live, Erdas has a protector."
–Book Quote, Briggan (from Part 2: Essix)
Tales of the Great Beasts is a special edition, containing short stories of five of the Great Beasts: Kovo, Jhi, Uraza, Briggan, and Essix. It also has an extra story about Ninani, written by Billy Merrel.
Briggan the Wolf, Uraza the Leopard, Jhi the Panda, and Essix the Falcon -- the Four Fallen. Long before they were spirit animals, they roamed the wilds as Great Beasts, the most powerful beings in Erdas. When a mad king arose, the four banded together with an army of humans and animals to defeat him.
But they weren't the only Great Beasts in the war. A deadly scheme was already underway, hatched by two of their own. To save their world, the four had to give up their lives.
These are the lost stories of the most selfless acts of bravery that Erdas has ever seen, and the secret betrayal that started it all. These are TALES OF THE GREAT BEASTS.
This follows the Four Fallen when they were still Great Beasts, and the founding of the Greencloaks. Each story focuses on one Great Beast.
The first part is Kovo, Rise of the Reptile King. It tells the tale of Feliandor's kingship. He wants Stetriol to have trees, but the soil is infertile. A mysterious woman comes to him and gives him Bile, to force a bond. She tells him to go to the Hundred Isles to find Kovo. Feliandor didn't trust her, so he tests it on Jorick, his advisor, using a bird. It works, so Fel goes to the Hundred Isles. He finds Kovo, and tells him about Stetriol's hardship. Kovo gives him more Bile. He drinks it, and a crocodile appeared. Kovo said Feliandor summoned a natural spirit animal, but the Bile gave him total control, which means he would've summoned a crocodile without the Bile. Gerathon appears, and the section ends.
The second part is JHI, Yin and Yu. Yu is Yin's little brother, and he has a mysterious illness. The healer has tried to cure it, with no success. Yin has a spirit animal, Luan, a pied starling. Yin hates starlings, and Luan is no exception. Every time Yin turned in her bed, worried for Yu, Luan screeched. Yin realized T'ien, half bear, half weasel, was hobbling into the room. T'ien got into Yu's room, and when Yin entered, Yu asked for a story. Before she could start, Yu coughed. He held a rag to his mouth, and it came away bloody. Yin screamed. Their parents rushed into the room, and their mother picked Yu up. Their father pulled Yin out of the room and said it might be contagious. Yin said she wanted to help, but her father told her she can't. They decided to go to the healer. A woman named Kuan, with a red panda named Tzu came to the door. She went to talk with the parents, and told them about Jhi, in the Great Bamboo Maze. Kuan told them it was a fool's errand, and offered another medicine. Yin overheard, and asked to trade the Sword of Tang, an expensive sword, inherited for generations. Her parents said it was out of the question. That night, Yin stole the sword and traded it for the medicine. She then gave it to Yu. The medicine didn't work, so Yin carried him to the Great Bamboo Maze. They walk and walk, then finding Conquerors. They meet a woman named Nao, and she forced them to put traps for Jhi. At night, Yin and Yu snuck away, and found Jhi. Yin warned Jhi, but the peace panda didn't say anything. Nao came and stole her talisman. Yin asked why Jhi didn't fight back, and she replied that she needed her. Jhi healed the siblings.
The third part is URAZA, The First Greencloak.
The third part forms in the narrative of Uraza the great leopard. She was a mighty arrogant beast who seldom liked humans and defended her territory fiercely until she found Conquerors camping along her territory. Thinking it was a minor regular human problem she scared them off. Not too long after humans were once again in her territory, but before she could frighten them away she found a marked rebel named Tembo spying on her. Before she can attempt to eat him, he tries to convince her he's here to help her and that the Conquerors at the camp were serious bad news. As arrogant as ever, she ignored his warning and attacked only to be poisoned and knocked out by Samilia and a group of Conquerors.
- Three of the authors, (Nick Eliopulos, Billy Merrell, and Gavin Brown) are admins on the Spirit Animals Forum.
- All of these stories take place around the time of the first Devourer War, a long time before the main series.