Legend of the Guardian's Journey
Centuries ago, Humans and Gijinka lived in separate worlds. War broke out between the races leaving nothing but bloodshed and tears in their wake. Deciding she had enough, a Human woman ventured out to stop the war. Along the way she encountered Gijinka that were drawn in by her courage and kindness. Six Gijinka journeyed with her, becoming her guardians discovering that the aura she held gave them strength and courage. Eventually they stopped the war and connected a bridge of forever peace between the Humans and Gijinka.
Years after this event the Guardian's Festival has been held at the beginning of each year to celebrate the connection between the two races and the coming of age journey young Gijinka take. Five humans are chosen, a starter binds the first connection, and together they travel the region. The goal is to make it to the summit, to battle it out and become that years champion. To the human who wins the festival he or she is given a cash prize, their names written in a stone for all the world to see, and most importantly, the lifelong friendship of six fully grown Guardians. Not every Human obtains the six like in the legend, nor does every human make it. Some get tired, sometimes Gijinka just give up on their Trainers and abandon them. The journey is one that is filled with happiness but also dangers and is meant to strengthen the will. Or so it used to, now only rich humans enter the Festival. Each year, they're usually given a team to use at the end to entertain the masses watching the competition.
The days of true bonds have begun to fade. Though this year was different, during the five chosen a Dragonite Gijika discovered a Human with an aura she hadn't seen very often. He was a last minute entry in the festival and oddly enough a commoner was allowed to participate among the other rich noble humans. As the Festival begins once more, all eyes are watching and waiting to see who this years champion will be.