It’s safe to say I’m lost,
Without you in my arms,
So I call your name and I pray you might,
Come and watch over me like the pale moonlight,
Until the sun comes back around
Future!AU for Jokul.
300 years after Jack and Aster abandoned him and Hyde, many things have changed.
Mother Nature saw the precious balance as tipped by the humans. too much polution, deforistation and overpopulation was destroying the planet. Without Jack, and the Guardians at the weakest they’ve ever been, she unleashed the winter court on the planet plunging it into another ice age.
A mass extinction was caused, 70% of the Earth’s life obliterated in less then a century. The Earth reduced to a ball of ice and snow, a mere belt of green around the equator all that remained of a world since past.
Humans were pushed to the brink. Reduced to small settlements, tiny villages of the remnants of mankind. Faced daily by monsters that only children seemed to be able to see, mankind did all they could to survive.
Monsters became real, physical beings that they now could fight back against instead of cowering from shadows.
Too weak to withstand the new hoards of winter spirits, outnumbered and outgunned, the Guardians turned to doing all they could and helping keep the humans alive. They lived with them, taught them what little magic humans were capable of doing, helped defend them from nightmares, wendigos, and all other manner of things that now went bump in the night. The aim of the game was to keep the humans alive.
Unable to cope with Jack’s absence, the entire unraveling of his world and the slow unraveling of his own mind, Jokul pushed the fearlings that infected him deeper. In the 150 years since the start of the ice age, he learned to control them, even wield them, but at a cost. His frostbite worsened, his eyes bled to black more and more and each time a little more of himself was lost.
He gave up hope of Jack’s return, and gave everything to keep mankind from being buried beneath the snow.