Prior to the reformation that established the Ferryman system, Demons and Angels warred for centuries with earth as their battleground. Both sides engaged in proxy wars using devotees of the cause with humanity as the ultimate prize, sustenance for armies eager to settle a feud that had raged since the creation of the cosmos. Humanity being the greatest source of innate sin and virtue, moved the armies of both Hell and of Heaven to conquer as much of the human world as possible.
Starting in the early 1500s an offshoot of the church was created, an order that sought to rid the world of demonic and angelic influences. They were the first to discover the truth of the innate power of the human soul, one that was equally capable of both sin and of virtue. Swearing an ascetic oath they retreated far from civilization. They found home in obscure and remote areas of the world, avoiding contact from those they left behind and intensely practicing their new faith.
What came of these humans were the first inklings of witchcraft, a method developed to fight against the supernatural forces. Originally referred to as the craft, it was only recently that the word ‘witch’ was first applied to its practitioners. It was through the witches that humans were able to force Demons and Angels back out of earth, and bind them in laws referred to as the Demon Code and Angel Code respectively. It outlined the restrictions of supernatural incursion into Earth, the penalties for breaking these laws and brought sentence onto the supernatural worlds, a community service for their transgressions. The supernatural, once creators of havoc and chaos, became the unwilling caretakers of the afterlife.
It was the Demon Code that gave rise to the Ferryman system, and the Angel Code that outlined how souls are to be cleansed in order to return to earth. Through this process Demons and Angels consume the latent sins and virtues of a reaped soul, and with it its memories. In doing so Demons and Angels are able to sustain themselves while keeping the human world free of wandering, aimless souls.
In time these latent memories of humans began to change Demons and Angels. They started to develop emotions and with them the manifestations of these memories: the Demonic and Angelic musical arts.