No one in today's world remembers the time when magical creatures dwelt amongst the humans. But mortals do know of the drive to survive; the same felt by their ancestors. The humans of olde were quite aware of their vulnerability compared to the advantages of their magical neighbors. So they took them for their own.
Dragons were hunted and killed for their pelts and massive hoards of treasure. Fairies were caught in mass quantities, slaughtered, and then their wings were plucked for trade and medicinal purposes. Elves were accused of manipulating men and taking advantage of women. Those who did not escape into the forests with their families were lost. Goblins suffered a similar fate. Nymphs were sold as slaves, and unicorns were driven almost to extinction.
Hidden away in the densest, darkest parts of forests where few dare travel, they awaited the fate that the human race would bring upon them. They survived in fear, for it cannot be said tha