This is a brief introduction to the world I am building for my novel: Magic of the Ancestors. 

Earthling, let me tell you of the world I hail from...

The World of Kab

In the world of Kab, there have been six mass extinctions in its 5-billion year history. The first five were natural, there's no proof otherwise. But the last was manmade. It was caused by the War of Poison Fires. The survivors went underground and lived for a hundred, hundred years.


Akna, a living, breathing being that inhabits within the planet of Kab, had coaxed The People out from their caves and back to life under Father Sun. She revealed that she is the source and nurturer of magic and that she was dying. She told the People that if they wished to keep their magical talents they must find and speak to the Jajibôba, the Portal Walkers, for they knew the key to restoring her health and thus their Talents. With the knowledge gained from the Jajibôba, the Sages built one-way portals that go from five parallel twins to Kab.

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One of those twins is a planet known as Earth by its people. Like all the mirror worlds chosen, the planet's people discovered iron and then pillaged, mined, and poisoned it, which in turn sickened, weakened, then killed their planet-being. 


The portals steal Talented humans from the now, magically dead mirror worlds and bring them to Kab to replenish and restore Akna's elemental balance that had been ravaged by the War of the Poison Fires. Thanks to the portals, Akna now thrives as do the People's Talents.

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On Kab there are five different Clades -or types of people: the Red Clade, also known as humans; the Yellow Clade, also known as the Avians; the Black Clade, also known as the Ant People; the Green Clade, also known as the Florians; and the Blue Clade, also known as the Frog People. Every person has at least one Talent; some have more. All the plants and animals are also imbued with magic. Some of these creature's abilities are useful to the people, some are benign, but all are valued. 

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It has been over a thousand years since the portals were built. And while they maintain the connections between the mirror worlds, time is not stable. A cheechako (a portal traveler and newcomer) can be transported to a world hundreds of years in the future -or the past. In an effort to be kind, cheechakos who arrive on Kab, do not remember their old life but they do retain "learned knowledge" such as their profession and how to read.  This odd twist has resulted in a world where science and technology have developed in tandem with the knowledge of how to use the power of crystals, steam fission, and the natural vibrations of the universe. Science and magic are equally studied on Kab. 

Turtle Island

The mass of land that is called North America on Earth, is known as Turtle Island on Kab.

 

Turtle Island was never colonized by the People Across the Great Waters of the East: the Europeans and Spaniards. There are two probable reasons for this. The most likely is that the genius of the Mayans survived and thrived. As this knowledge migrated north great stone cities were built as was a Warrior class that rivaled any other around the globe. The second reason was because of The People's healing Talents. Unlike The People Across the Great Waters, the People of Turtle Island had the Talent to heal using the gift from Akna. 

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On Turtle Island, the People's culture was allowed to grow and evolve without the toxin of colonization. Over time, as populations grew across all the continents, borders were drawn and Nation States were created. There are 44 Nation States on Turtle Island. Each with their own tribes, languages, ceremonies, and culture. But they all belong to the Great Nation of Turtle Island. The common language is Athapascan-Diné. 


Cultural mores throughout the Great Nation are focused on protecting Akna, the planet, and all the creatures put under The People's care. The Law Above All Laws states: That no other law can be made that does not support seven generations forward and seven generations back. This has led to decisions such as no petroleum extraction and the idea that neither a person nor a company can own land.