The Erthring Cycle Author:Wayland Drew Three books: The Memoirs of Alcheringia, The Gaian Expedient, and The Master of Norriya trace the life of a post-apocalyptic aborigine from his middle teens onward. — "The raid on a Kanik village was the supreme test for Alcheringian boys on the brink of manhood - a chance to prove their courage - to capture women and "marry enemies," as their el... more »ders bade them...to steal and ride horses, something their tribe's sacred laws, or Tabuly, had forbidden until recently.
Two of this year's Nine were scouting ahead, nervous, excited, lost in private thoughts. Neither was prepared when the god soared above the trees and charged without warning - it's eyes like tiny suns blazing, it's voices deafening like thunder.
...Asa screamed a war cry as he held his lance ready. He could see the bright glare of the god's eyes, the claws curled and extended like fists, the green scales peeling away, and the strange tree mark his grandfather had drawn often, although the man had been unable to explain its meaning. Asa braced himself for the attack, but the god was gone as suddenly as it appeared. It had spared the two Alcheringians though they had broken the Tabuly. And that had made Asa wonder - not for the first time- why his people lived in fear of the gods...why the elders insisted that they follow old ways blindly when new ways might be better...
...Time was running out for The Project and everyone was feeling the pressure. If there ws no major break-through soon, certain factions would demand that changes be made...changes which would have far-reaching impact. Shem, Dream Master of West Norriya, knew full well what was at stake-most immediately the fate of Alcheringia. But recent visual transmissions from field units had given him hope for the future. Hope in the form of a defiant young abor with a red hand painted across his face...« less