The Second Age - The Demon / Sorcerer Wars
The Second Age is also known as the Demon / Sorcerer Wars. No longer were humans the simple life force food for demons. Descendants of Peran Tremora had the power of sorcery and they used it to fight back. The war between humans and demons waged for more than a thousand years. The humans had spread their sorcerer's power across most of the Reflected Worlds before the war started. The humans had superior numbers because the Demons could not breed and with time more of those of the Blood were born. Individually, the Demon Lords, Demons and Fiends of the Darkhalls were more powerful, even the least of the demon realm, the Imps… could still hold their own against many humans. However, they were overwhelmed when enough sorcerers used their powers together.
It was during the Second age that the eldest of the new free races was created. They were the first humans to change their form and in many cases, make it permanent. In an effort to hide themselves from the marauding demons they used their strong powers of Chaos and Elixir to meld themselves with plants. The melding allowed them to blend themselves into the wild and hinder detection by demons seeking humans to feed upon. Their bodies and skin mimicked the foliage around them, and even their temperaments came to be tied to the way of plants, calm even in the face of a storm. These folk eventually came to forge their own society, and the race came to be known as the verduren.
Eventually the war went poorly for the demons, partly due to the emergence of the verduren. The demons retreated to the place where their kind was most comfortable, in the realm of the Darkhalls, accessed from their original world. There the surviving demons crouched in the darkness licking their wounds and plotting their revenge. Most pathways were sealed by the humans and verduren to keep them contained. The Demon / Sorcerer War came to an end. The verduren vowed to keep watch on the known exits from the Darkhalls, and their patience is that of a willow tree.
The war was over, and demons were seldom seen in the Reflected Worlds. They occasionally managed to sneak past the verduren for a nocturnal foray through secret portals into the human worlds, for night was when the verduren were weakest. But for the most part the remaining demons kept underground and waited for their chance… waited for humans to make a mistake. They bided their time and dreamed of new ways to use their Grim power to once again turn humans into their food source, and a way came. They discovered human forgetfulness and their need to worship something greater than themselves. The demons twisted this to their own Grim ends.