I’m sharing a little about the writing process regards another world in Sky Drum.
In my fantasy epic, the story begins amid a shift from duality to unity. On Earth, two characters journeys evolve, from a focus on the past, to the present. On Eliir, their common worldview is expanding beyond the equality they’ve maintained throughout history. The need to define people in any other way than their nature, holds less importance than a shared sense of family.
The warrior and healer energy they consider their essential nature, is uniting wisdom gained from their past, to transform the present.
I approach this through behaviour, language and names. Gender pronouns are often replaced with neutral terms, relating to the land or settle they belong to, as a sign of family. Names have no gender alternative and can be used for anyone.
Example: Irks live on Irksgaard, a narung is from the Narung settle, Ruis is a name.
Civilisation evolves organically, retaining elements of the past even as it progresses. I’ve included gender-specific family titles, to retain a sense of duality from the past. This mirrors Earth using Aunty/Uncle to refer to a relative, neighbour or friend.
Example: Girtta of the Omri settle is affectionately called Nadru (Grandmother).
What I love about the shifting nature of culture on both planets, is that the contrasts exist together; without needing to conflict. We can embrace what is new and defines our progression, while still embracing our global heritage. As my Great Aunt says…
“We’re all different and together we make a rainbow.”