Before Asha’s era, Adamadas had convulsed through centanos of turmoil and conflict. The pre-EndWar anos were filled with tyrants, greed and suffering and everything man tried to do to make their planet a better place failed because they followed the wrong spirit. Most would tell you, and they believed this themselves, that they followed only logic and reason but these were flawed because there were only two premises for thought on Adamadas – El or Chaya; human reason ignored El and was inevitably seduced by Chaya; very few chose El, though many thought they had… However they did not believe what he said but they believed the lies that Chaya skilfully inserted into their beliefs. And after him, the t’chata’a continued the deception. El allowed this in order to test those who claimed to follow him… if they were true they would never be deceived.
Before believing anything, the base or premise of our belief must itself be true. If we mix what is dirty with what is clean, the clean becomes dirty; dirt is never made clean except by completely removing it. Asha’s era was far cleaner than any era before it but still there were those who chose their own limited understanding over the wisdom of El and so corrupted those who were weak and brought war to The Land and to other nations. But El desires all humanity to be restored to his way and gives even the cruel and abhorrent time and opportunity to change, to choose life instead of death. In the end, El wins the hearts and minds of most Adamadans, but the journey is not easy.
The amalfa of Adamadas would be recognisable to people of Earth in this age. Many features are similar. Amalfa are the land animals of the planet. Like Earth’s animals, amalfa generally have four legs and two eyes. However, it is usual for them to have four ears and three nares or nostrils. Predators such as hanthas wear their nares stacked vertically along the nasal structure; herbivores such as jhepe have theirs arranged side-by-side at the tip of the nose; omnivores will exhibit a combination of both arrangements. Another feature of many amalfa is the rump flare which is used primarily for attraction display. Although the flare appears sharp and rigid when raised the filaments are lymph-filled sheaths, like enlarged hairs, and are soft to the touch; they can be emptied and lowered to form long, flattened, triangular ‘scales’ that lie neatly over the top of the rump. Some amalfa, such as the hari of Redlands (which you will meet in Book 3) have a crest, instead of a flare, that begins on the head and continues along the spine to the start of the tail. This display is for threat rather than attraction.
Colouration tends to be more vibrant than what we are generally used to in Earth animals with green, blue, purple and red not uncommon. Stripes, spots and combinations of both are also common. The famed Shuzh’Altira have a metallic look to their hides which makes them highly prized as riding amalfa. Shuzh’Arbs include a black variety with gold-orange stripes and white accents (manes, tails, flares) and these, too, are a popular breed.
RellimNyl began gathering information on the characters in the Adamadas Chronicles while working as a history research assistant at Alkebula University in K’nyika-Zambwe, the university headed by Kabaka Kalen who Asha meets at the Tenanoal Conference at The Edj when she is seventeen. RellimNyl’s careful research uncovered the stories behind the Chronicles and the maps and other graphics on this website which he gleaned from old school material, notably by Petya (Book 2, North of Himal, yet to be published at time of this writing) the daughter of Orien, Ganna Sh’rath of Zhahar in The Zhrebat. It is RellimNyl’s sketches and slides that illustrator Mavis Stucci has used to portay the creatures and characters of Adamadas.
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