America has been destroyed in a war, killing almost everyone living there. The remaining survivors fled to Canada, and through the rubble of America magic was freed from the center of the earth. There's good magic, but also bad magic, such as The Evil Butcher. This cruel man was almost literally the spawn of the devil, recharging his evil powers by devouring the souls of children. The Evil Butcher reigned for a couple hundred years before finally being stopped by Vledipt, the first Picker. After the Butcher was trapped in his eternal prison Vledipt decided from that day on that every thirteen year old would get an animal bodyguard, a Familiar. Now that Vledipt is gone, there's no one to protect us from great evils. My name? Buddy, Buddy Higgins