Cultural Decline (from my Patreon page)

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.

Teasing the Month of March (from my Patreon page)

It is time to tease you with next month’s story.  This is a change from what I had planned to place for March but I thought it would be nice to give you guys a hopeful story.

The Sindain have been at war with the Hadar for a thousand years.  Without the warnings sent to them by their God and the Woods of Calling, the Sindain race would have ceased existence for the Woods of Calling returned the youths that entered as warriors and craftsmen to battle the Hadar.  Unfortunately, as the warriors emerged from the woods, artists, singers, and musicians disappeared from Sindain society.  After a thousand years of war, the Sindain were losing hope.

Maia and her brother Diocles will soon take their initiation into adult society by entering the Woods of Calling to receive Sky Father’s directions for the need of the Sindain.  Both are nervous and hopeful for change in the peoples fortunes.  The two siblings are closely bonded and spend much time in the Shrine of Memory where the ancient works of art have been kept for the Sindain to remember better times.

The changes these siblings undergo will ripple through the tribe, changing everything.  Be sure to subscribe to my Patreon page for $1 a moth so that you can read “Lepidoptera” next month.