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Kinship

Introduction

Kinship is a science fiction series – with quirky, bestial characters, in the suburban city of Rancho Duna. It features wholesome, slice of life, light romance and dramatic themes in a futuristic, interspecies world with rich, mythical symbolism and pagan spirituality throughout. It centers on the modest Lotus bookstore in the temenos of a peaceful pagan temple called Wellspring. Rancho Duna is a fictionalized, suburban city in the State of Mojave. Rancho Duna is home to not only the Wellspring temple and the Lotus bookstore, but also a wide variety of restaurants and unique locations that the characters in the Kinship series explore through each story.


Therians


Setting

Kinship takes place in the distant future after generations of genetic engineering. Six therian species – known simply as boars, foxes, cats, ravens, lizards and carp, live together in therian settlements within a single, symbiotic and egalitarian society. Generations ago, therians separated into six distinct species in order to more closely connect to nature and as a means to preserve it through new bestial lineages. Their more bestial nature is reflected in settlements that are more connected to the particulars of ecology and environment – with coastal, aquatic and tropical regions being preferred by carp, warm and regions being preferred by lizards, cooler regions being preferred by boars and cats and temperate regions being preferred by mice and ravens.


Culture

In the future, the dominant cultures are pagan in orientation. Polytheistic temples of various types are in all major cities and cultural syncretism is commonplace. Formalized Christianity and Islam have largely been abandoned. Desert mystics, as they are often called, sometimes come into other countries, but since proselytization is illegal, they are mostly just a minor nuisance. The geography and geopolitics in the Kinship – as well as the differences between different therians, are more subtle than pronounced. They are more defined by small differences in culture than anything particularly nationalistic.