omegaMarat Daria

August 5, 2007

omegaMarat DariaShe was the younger daughter. Even at the precocious age of eleven Daria understood completely what that meant.

She would always be cared after. She could secure for herself a valued and influential position in the family’s maritime empire, or a Matriarchy in the House of the omega, or an appointment to The Parliamentary.

Still, Daria would always be the younger one. The lesser one. The lest liked. Daria would always be dependent on the good graces of her mother, and eventually her elder sisters. She would always be obligated. She would never inherit.

But she had a plan.

Obtaining nav-com access codes proved to be a challenge. However, when she set her mind to a task, Daria’s diligence was always rewarded.

She was proud of her own cleverness.

Daria maneuvered one of her schoolmaiden under the pretense of a dare. She deceived her into hacking the House security systems. Once compromised, she imprinted a drive failure from a maintenance simulation program into a certain sub-routine.

Feigning illness was the easy part.

Daria stayed behind that fateful morning. Daria watched in practiced protest as her mother and her seven husbands, her brothers and sisters, and many of the highest-ranking members of the omegaMarat court and their households boarded the family flying barge.

The holiday abroad, to the offshore fishery platforms turned palatial resort, had been planned for months and was eagerly anticipated. Daria cried on cue at the news of a mid-ocean crash. Daria despaired on-demand as time and weather worked against the search-and-rescue crews. Hours drew painfully into days. Days stretched into weeks.

All had abandoned hope. No one was more surprised than Daria when a sole survivor was miraculous found — her older sister Seneca.

sh’karee panels

August 1, 2007


From the story Faithful, these panels are representative of the splash art attempted to accompany each installment in the story.

Religion

July 12, 2007

All the peoples of Aideena share a common religion, called Faith and its members are The Faithful.

Faith is the only institution that truly crosses all lines of gender and lineage. It operates as a political entity completely independent of the Twelve Great Houses and Guild Brotherhood. Faith’s authority derives from divine edict of The Goddess, who empowered Her prophets to gather unto them the few to ensure the way to Salvation–deliverance from destruction, earthly difficulty and the penalty of sin–and lead all Aideena’s peoples to that great reward. Faith centralizes its authority through military force coupled with judicial and legislative powers over the Twelve Great Houses and the Guild Brotherhood.

Faith is its own House, in many ways. Several families and clans whose associations stretch back thousands of years comprise various orders of priesthood. In contrast to the Houses and Brotherhood, Faith’s internal governance is not authoritarian. The Faithful govern themselves democratically with representative oversight.

The importance of religious service, at least historically, is as significant in Aideenan culture as procreation. Not only are marriages arranged within Faith’s membership, but also members are recruited from the general populace. It is not uncommon for secular families to offer their children into religious service, either as a political maneuver or for economic gain.

Its numerous temples for religious studies coexist as educational institutions with secular academies. These temples set the standard for education on Aideena.

Sexuality

July 12, 2007

In Aideenan society, social ethics encourages bisexuality. Men and women are at least culturally bisexual in their attitudes and precepts, if not in practice.

With procreation so highly valued, as well as marriage, sexual relations are well-defined.

Within a household, men in an Equerry are expected to father children by one women, preferably as many girls as possible. Husbands are encouraged to have sexual relations with one another as an alternative to sex outside the marriage with other women. In fact, the camaraderie that results from sexual relations among husbands in a stable is viewed as essential for the cohesion and stability of the household.

Women likewise are encouraged to build sexual relations with other women to save themselves for their husbands and avoid extramarital affairs with other men.

Race

July 12, 2007

Race factors into issues of gender. In Aideenan genetics, the same chromosome configuration which determines a person’s sex, male or female, also predetermines skin color.

Females are dark in complexion. The skin colour of women varies, in poetic terms, from a deep Mediterranean olive to dark Ethiopian mahogany.

“Caucasian-type” features are universally male. The complexion of men range from a light Mediterranean olive to pale Nordic.

The lighter one’s skin generally the more masculine one is perceived. Masculinity is equated with being lower in stature and status. Prejudicial attitudes that influence social and professional advancement, worthiness, physical beauty, wealth, education, dominance and subservience, family favor, and questions of what is more properly male or female are all tied to how light or dark is one’s complexion, hair and eyes.

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