After the monarch of a species of dragons called Shadow Striders and her people was slain by a team of Dragonslayers (they like to eat humans, and they were getting too powerful), her human slaves were freed and the plan is to bring them back into regular human society. However, there are a few problems with this:
Shadow Dancers have telepathy; no matter how far they are from their fellow Shadow Dancers, they can still communicate and know how the others are doing, mentally and physically. They can even sense where they are.
Shadow Dancers can create and manipulate darkness; this is, quite obviously, dark magic. In a medieval fantasy world, dark magic is nay-okay.
Shadow Dancers were slavishly devoted to the Queen and by extension, the Strider colony, like an ant or bee would be if it had human-level intelligence. The Queen and her colony were destroyed by powerful magic, so now they have no colony. They're emotionally shattered and will seek out one or perhaps all of the following:
Rigid caste system-That's what they lived in. The entire colony was organized into castes: Worker, Soldier, and Queen.
Slavery-That's how they lived for quite some time; they're used to it, they have no idea how to live differently.
Royal employment-See above; the Shadow Dancers found purpose in serving a twisted, dictatorial queen, so they'll probably seek out "employment" under similar leadership.
My question is: Considering this, how can they be brought back into society?
- Shadow Dancers are the former slaves, Shadow Striders are the dragons. The Shadow Dancers are to be repatriated because they were once citizens of the human kingdom, people who happened to hold the Dancer class. In other words, the kingdom wants to reclaim its former citizens. Also, while their magic may be taboo, knowledge is power and understanding it will allow the kingdom's mages to better handle, contain, and even cure dark magic's effects. Magic exists; it's just not that common. 5 in every 100 people is a mage capable of casting simple spells like Fireball, 3 out of that 5 can cast stronger spells like Compulsion or Alter Self, and 2 of those 5 are capable of casting spells like Resurrection and Awaken. If more details are needed, I will add them as soon as I can.
- This question can be split into three parts: 1. How to keep the Shadow Dancers from putting themselves back into a horrible situation, 2. How to teach the Shadow Dancers how to live differently, and 3. What roles would they have after being brought back into the fold? For number 3, there are some questions I posted about my version of the Dancer Class you can reference: Men Protecting Themselves From Bewitchment