No, this is not a post about the United States, although, given the threat to our cultural programs, it is oddly appropriate. I am actually posting about next weeks story for the month of March “Lepidoptera”. This is the story of the Sindain, a culturally advanced race that has lost all of their creativity to the necessity of surviving a thousand-year war with a brutal warrior race called the Hadar. Every family bears the scars from generations of fighting.
Hope is an ever dwindling commodity for the children of the Sindain whom will soon face their rite of passage into adulthood through the Forest of Calling. The Forest of Calling is the center of Sindain life and is where all the young of the tribe must go to commune with their God, Sky Father, and learn the place where they are needed. Into these trying times come Diocles and Maia, the children of Androcles and Melina, respected members of the tribe.
Diocles is troubled by his pending rite of passage because he fears having to become a warrior and fight. His dream is to re-learn the ancient artistic skills of his forefathers. Maia is the sister he adores and a gentle soul. How will Sky Father’s need for the Sindain change their and the tribes fortunes? Will their culture survive?
Hopefully, you will subscribe for $1 a month at my Patreon page to find out. Fun fact: the title “Lepidoptera” is the scientific order name for moths and butterflies, which figure prominently in the story.