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Jamaa was once home to hundreds of animal species of all shapes and sizes. These animals spent their days playing games, going to parties, building homes, and living together as friends. Mira and Zios, the guardian spirits of Jamaa, gifted each animal species with a Heartstone, a special jewel that contained the essence of that species and held the secrets of its magic. For many generations, all the Heartstones were kept together in a vault beneath the Lost Temple of Zios. Every animal could visit them and see the unique gifts that each species brought to Jamaa.

Unrest in Jamaa

But as time passed, things changed. Animals began to fear and mistrust other species. Some animals stopped living together as a united community. Soon, all the feelings of friendship in Jamaa were gone, and the animals built new villages for their kind only. Koalas lived and talked only with other koalas. So did rhinos. And crocodiles. Before long, the animals in Jamaa stopped working together to make Jamaa a happy and vibrant place. Worst of all, many animal species took their Heartstones from the Lost Temple of Zios and hid them in their new villages. It was during this time of division that the dark Phantoms first appeared.

Rise of the Phantoms

The Phantoms came through dark portals, and quickly spread through the uninhabited regions of Jamaa. Wherever Phantoms went, they left a trail of spoiling destruction. Rivers were polluted, trees became bare, and the air was thick with noxious fumes. The Phantoms consumed everything in the environment and gave nothing back. They leveled entire villages the animals had built and left the whole civilization in pieces. Because the animals were spread out in isolated villages, the Phantoms easily conquered the villages one by one. The animals soon discovered that if the Phantoms could reach a Heartstone, they could imprison the animals of that species inside it! Each time the Phantoms captured a Heartstone, an entire species disappeared from Jamaa.

Mira and Zios watched in horror as the Phantoms spread throughout Jamaa. As the guardian spirits, it hurt them to see the land they loved become corrupted, and they knew they could bring Jamaa back to life if the Phatoms were repelled. In time, they could make the skies and waters clear again, and if they could recover the lost Heartstones, thousands of animals could return to Jamaa. As time drew on, however, the Phantom threat grew only more fearsome and unstoppable.

Taking a Stand

Remembering how much they had accomplished when they lived and worked together, the remaining six species gathered their Heartstones, left their villages, and returned to the Lost Temple of Zios. As the tigers, monkeys, rabbits, koalas, wolves, and pandas of Jamaa gathered for one last stand against the Phantoms, Mira and Zios saw that it wouldn't be enough. In desperation, the guardian spirits of Jamaa searched other lands for six leaders who could wield the power of their entire species. They even looked to our world, Earth, and it was here that they found six extraordinary animals and brought them to Jamaa: Sir Gilbert the regal tiger, Cosmo the knowledgeable koala, Graham the inventive monkey, Greely the mysterious wolf, Liza the curious panda, and Peck the creative rabbit. These were six remarkable animals with different personalities, but they were united in their strength of character and respect for the natural world.

Mira and Zios chose well, and these very diverse animals soon formed a family of sorts. To help in the battle against the Phantoms, Mira and Zios gave the new leaders Alpha stones, six xpecial jewels that focused the strength and abilities of their entire species. With these stones, the six decided animals became Alphas, the heroes chosen to save Jamaa in its darkest hour! The Alphas set about making a plan that utilized each of their abilities to defeat the Phantoms. Once the plan was finalized, they joined the rest of the animals who had gathered to face the flood of Phantoms before them. When the animals saw the magnificent Alphas, they felt their own bravery return. The Alphas felt the strength of the Alpha Stones coursing through them, and with many roars, howls, and cheers, they all stormed into battle.

The Fight to Save Jamaa

The battle for Jamaa was epic, with the animals and Alphas fighting not just for themselves, but also for the beautiful land that Jamaa once was. Animals that were once scared of the Phantoms found courage; and animals that had shunned and despised others worked side by side with different species. As the animals marched forward, the Phantoms escaped by fleeing into their dark portals. But just as the last of the Phantoms were retreating, they overtook Zios and vanished with him into a portal. Mira quickly dove into a portal, following Zios and the Phantoms, disappearing as the portal closed. The sudden absence of Zios and Mira was a tragic blow to the animals, yet despite their grief, for the first time that many of them could remember, Jamaa was free of Phantoms!

Rebuilding their Home

Jamaa had been saved, but the damage the Phantoms had caused was everywhere. Plants and trees were sick, clouds of poison smoke hung in the air, and the land itself was littered with burnt plastic refuse that seemed to follow the Phantoms wherever they went. The Alphas knew it would be the responsibility of every animal in Jamaa, including themselves, to return the land to its former glory. While the animals worked hard to rebuild, cleansing power from the Alpha Stones flowed through the Alphas and into the land. Soon, the rivers were running clear, the trees regained their leaves, and the air was fresh and crisp. The pristine beauty of Jamaa had spread from the summit of Mount Shiveer to the bottom of the Deep Blue.

During this time, Liza stayed in Jamaa Township to protect the village and help new animals that came to Jamaa, while the other animals separated to explore lost lands and track the Phantoms to their source. They were able to restore many of the lands that had been taken over by Phantoms, and many Heartstones were returned. Animals trapped inside the Heartstones were freed to return to their homes, and they were welcomed by all their friends. In a short time, the world of Jamaa began to resemble the beautiful world it once was.

A Lasting Peace?

Millions of animals now live in peace and happiness in Jamaa. The Alphas continue to explore new lands, and whenever they are able to drive the Phantoms out of an area or reclaim a Heartstone, the animals of Jamaa celebrate that they have new lands to play in and new animal friends to play with. Many years have passed since all of Jamaa was nearly lost, but now some of the Phantoms have returned and they are once again trying to ruin the peace and joy of Jamaa. Play the game Animal Jam to help the animals of Jamaa rid their world of the Phantoms forever!

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