The player can choose between three factions of mythical creatures. The three factions were created when the King of the Land fell to the necromancer Mortalvis, and the land was divided into three. The first two were owned by subjects of the late king, whilst Mortalvis took the last third.
Earlier in its development Savage Skies was originally planned to be called Ozzy’s Black Skies with endorsement from Ozzy Osbourne. Each of the game’s three playable factions would have been led by a different ‘Ozzy character’. The game would have also featured music from Osbourne as well as a track recorded specifically for the game. In late 2001 the tie-in was dropped due to its high financial cost and "misconceptions about the game" that made it difficult to secure a publisher.