Currently, this historical story is set in three distinct worlds–which in the present are known as: Doth, Borealis and Bown. All three of these worlds are connected by mystical place known as "the Hidden Valley."
A world rich in metals and mineral resources, presided over by two moons—a red, and larger white one. The inhabitants of this world bow in servitude or as vassal states, if they wish to claim any status at all, to one of two Reesk (rat) Empires.
The world of Doth is home to not only the eponymous canines (the Doth people) but also to the Lorkpa (wolves) and, in time, to the Vash-Vek. It is a rough region, pocked with craters, fractured by volcanoes, rife with geysers of hot steam—except in the Wildsky lands to the far south, now sunk beneath the sea.
It is in these lands that our story—with Pellos in the first issue of the Rites of Passage comic—begins.
Little is known of this world, save that it is the wild untouched home of the mysterious Kolain. Mesas and forests of deciduous and evergreen trees dot the landscape.
Far more mysterious even than Borealis, the Hidden Valley is thought to be a mystical place, somehow touching on all the lands—a world of kings and monsters where time itself runs differently.
Central to the story of Animus are the actuant animal species that exist in these lands. Among them are Kolain and Doth, Reesk and Här-Bownans, as well as many others.
Kolain— koalas--a thoughtful, advanced culture, whose personalities are thought to be at once childlike, and yet often perceptive with remarkable maturity.
Notable Members: Kokono, young chef.
Subsects: Brown, artistic, social and creative. Grey, mechanically inclined, scientific and mathematical.
Doth--dogs—all but gone from the south lands following the Riftwars, and the plagueburns that followed. They are known for being stout of heart, devout warriors, carefree and brave.
Notable Members: Pellos, last surviving warrior in the bardic watchtower, committed to his duty, even though none believe the war is still going on but him.
Subsects: Numerous tribes, too many to count. Among them are Valderach, fierce warriors of the southern tribes, the Klandesti, desert nomads and hunters, and Fongerai—hunters of the wanderer ways.
Reesk--rats—rulers of the Shaghalla lands of Argoff, in the center plains of Bown. The kingdom, descended from the stars, is split now into two Empires, one in the East, the other in the West, both bound together by strong familial ties, mutual strategic cooperation, and the long flow of capital and trade.
Notable Members: The Duke of the Brown Reesk, a helpful ally to those in times of need. Li-Brok, an engineer aboard a Reesk vessel, member of the black tribe
Subsects: The four tribes—black, white, grey and brown. Each tribe has representatives amidst the various regions of the larger world, and voices in the seat of the Reesk government itself.
Här-Bownans--rabbits—considered giants and barbarians to more civilized countries and peoples such as the Reesk and their protectorates, liege nations and vassal states.
Notable Members: Taraka the visionary, and Princess Taba of the Sea-Här
Subsects: Bownans, lean wanderers of the north. Här, southern inhabitants of frost and cold, sturdy, tough and determined. Among the Reesk live a cousin species, the Lop, almost as small as the Reesk, who are marked by their floppy rather than upright ears.
Vash-Vek--foxes—secretive and elusive, these people believe in win-win solutions to all problems, and strive to live at peace with others. Their matriarchal regency is in jeopardy, however, as forces have arisen near their strongholds of power—threatening to destabilize the entire world within.
Notable Members: Diplomat Haggle, who always seeks a mutually beneficial method to get his own way—and Captain Trevinor, heroic airship pilot, and rescuer of the inner world refugees who eventually came to Pellos' tower.
Homeland: The Hidden Valley
Subsects: Vash—red/orange foxes, who are something a tertiary minority at this time in history, and who live at the fringes of society, often leaving and wandering the other worlds. Vek—silver foxes, who comprise the centrality, and power base around the matriarch—who is, ironically a red Vash, descended from Soshara the queen, herself.
A handful of other races are present, but do not at this time come into the story—such as the wise and sagacious Thelons (turtles), the sly and cunning Amfrassians (frogs), the devout and flourishing Lorkpa (wolves), and others from beyond the edge of what is known, such as Marmacks (ducks), Fel-Susi (cats), Veeloids (owls) and many more.