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Shamali smirked at the cadet-portrait. “Odd looking creature.”
“Well, genetic variation, so they’ve got a much bigger genetic treasury here than we do, so you see odd stuff. Green eyes, though, just like yours,” Genubi said to Jehen.
“Maybe an Astok somewheres-a-back,” Ferenc said, quoting the Ship’s Doctor. Genubi cleared her throat, and Ferenc settled into silence.
“Zubenelgenubi–that’s their mother’s gene-line by the name of her parents’ marriage-patron, Zubeneshamali–that’s their father’s gene-line, same business. Tethys is the given name of our Martisset’s parents’ marriage-patron, and Saiph is the patron-line within great-clan Astok.”
Genubi and her twin brother Shamali explain the kinship system of the Mother of Worlds to Jehen and her siblings, using as example the cadet Martisset Zubenelgenubi Zubeneshamali Tethys Saiph yr Astok.
More great worldbuilding, love the behind the story glimpses! Enjoyed the excerpt…putting on my Moderator hat, I think the date is wrong? I mean, it’s clearly a new snippet – yay! – but the post says November?
A complex system. I’d need a while to understand the implications.
Interesting string of names.
I have a dream of one day developing a fantasy with this level of intrinsic world-building. One day. One day. LOL….Meanwhile I’ll stick to what works for me. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing! A lot of insight into your thought processes as a writer here. Love it! 🙂