Lore: Faith & Beliefs:
None of the faiths and belief systems presented in my works are meant to approximate or represent
any living system in practice today. There may be similarities but I assure you that they are
coincidental rather than intentional. The basis for the belief systems contained in the books
take inspiration from many philosophies and ideas, a few of which I hope (in vain) are original.
None of the philosophies herein represented have been devised with the intention of accruing
followers or diminishing any practice that the reader might presently identify with. That being said, I
would happy to discuss philosophy, mysticism and belief at some considerable length, at my
Religions & Philosophies:
Children of Deos / Kind ib' Aed
Named for the religion that spawned from the so called 'God-star',
Deos, and the space station known as the 'Heap' (link) which is in geo-stationary orbit
above Deos I (otherwise known as Nedela).
The origin of the faith is recounted at some length in the books
themselves, so for the moment I will not expand much on that point here.
The followers of this faith have interpreted radio-signals
emanating from the artificial pulsar, Deos, as having originated from a highly advanced
and ancient super-race known as the Builders (link). They believe that the indecipherable
transmission that the star repeats endlessly is a clue that will unlock the secrets of the
Builders, allowing the adherents to ascend to whatever place of existence, or current
location, the gods have retired to.
In today's terms you might think of the Builders as a kind of
clock-maker deity that created the Galaxy, if not Universe, and then retired to
some unknown purpose.
Flurian N'ish-ehsh Ssash'Nhar Hma'nnana
It's a mouthful and I won't give a detailed explanation on how to
pronounce it... but you should picture yourself on a warm sunny day, sitting in the dappled
shade of a tree, breathing deeply and you turn your head up towards the sun's heat, eyes closed.
The wind flows through the leaves and the scent of vanilla-jasmine tinged with exotic spice fills
your lungs and the sound that the breeze makes, and the sun's warm rays, and the scent all together
are what form the words that the Flur speak. If your heart is full and you feel
like you might tear up a little, from the sheer joyful warmth of it, even if you won't admit that
out loud, you're doing it right. You -know- how to say it, otherwise it's just a bit of
nonsense isn't it?
The Flur, unlike humans, do not seek to distance themselves from nature.
Their spiritual beliefs are deeply connected to the living world and the passing of the seasons.
Most of them live long lives, and some are almost eternal by human standards so that makes
them both more complicated and much simpler at the same time.
In a private moment with Fox, Trace reveals the Flurian belief that
there are three souls.
- Seed soul: Eternal and incorruptible. It is the true soul and carries with it the
knowledge of the species.
- Root soul: Encompasses the family, and the genetic lineage. Flur are made of of many
sentient sub-species similar to human 'races'. However the diversity among them is much,
much greater, and goes far beyond superficial characteristics such as pigmentation.
- Flower soul: Is the projection of an individual Flur's life force into the physical
universe and has a great impact on how they relate to Flurian ideals.
Many religions that exist in our world today carry on into the future.
With them, are a myriad of other beliefs, mysticisms, half-baked-prattlings and spiritual pursuits.
If they don't occur in the books it's only because they are relatively un-interesting or
relevant to the plot.
Many people in the far future, of all races and the melting-pot
that occurs within massive space-stations and hubs of commerce result in a stunning array
of beliefs, superstitions and gossip. It's a bit like the internet today, but with fewer
cats. Regionally you may get more commonality in opinions, but overall there is a
tremendous amount of philosophical diversity. This includes atheism, apathy, and
ambivalence as much as it does faith, spirituality, and pure non-sense like politics.
Political beliefs in the future are pretty much what they are
today in the west: shaping corporate interests in a direction that satisfies the will of the elite.
The masses in turn are given enough freedoms that they can convincingly blame themselves
for their sorry state of affairs without shouldering too much of the responsibility on those
who actually pull the strings. Whatever else you can say about it, it more or less works.
If all of this seems a little cynical is because it's meant to, the future isn't any
squeakier or cleaner than the world is today and there's as much bad in it as good.