The most energetic species on Kaian is a culturally triple-gendered human-like being known as Jeenare (jee-NAEHR). They are also the most troubled. According to some, it has been hundreds of thousands of years – perhaps longer – since the progenerative methods of their order spun out of a male-female pattern into a triple-gendered roller coaster of exhausting social complication. Of course, strong instincts play a helpful role in defining for them their individual needs, even as their intelligence grows. But sometimes, their brilliant minds get in the way of their ability to trust it is all for the best.
As in our world, there are actually a million sexes betwixt each gender role. Also as in our world, there is a constant fight for recognition of roles outside the most conservative, reproduction-focused arrangement. That arrangement is understood this way:
|female||is to||lale||is to||male|
|chrone (old woman)||:||draughm (old lore)||:||duke (old man)|
The above words for the lale gender do not sound like any Kaian language; they are merely a fitting bridge from the alien world to implied English meaning. Although I have chosen to keep the historic link between the languages of “Lore” and the gender “lore” intact, I distinguish the language with a capital L. The confusion between what is love, what is Love and what is a young lore (also love), I leave to the reader’s imagination.
As boys, girls and loves grow up together, they bond in different ways. But when puberty hits, the girls and boys typically separate from each other, while retaining some close relationship to the mutually satisfactory loves. In “breeding” age, the male and female bond emotionally to their lale friends, typically testing the waters for cohabitation. Here, any number of beautiful and close relationships happen between any number of genders.
However, if they’re “breeders”, a male-female couple will find itself cohabitating with a lale romantically, until the female produces one or more external fertilized eggs, which the lale nurses to birth. Then, more than typically, the trio experience a separation of some kind while each individual tries bonding into – and creating – new families. Finally, the trio either rejoins and settles in together as a threesome or … not. According to most Jeenare, there is no telling what guarantees a lasting enterprise, whether breeders or not. But many would just as quickly add that there is a “clue” in love.
War in the Faerie World
In this age, gender politics have stratified the dominant population into a dangerous imbalance; men and women Jeenare seem to be taking sides against one another and the lores are stuck in the middle of a growing antagonism.* A new Queendom is rising in the West, men of the East lust for power, and the largest lore-centered population lives on the brink of the dangerous tundras, mountains and deserts of the North continents — meeting the periphery of the dominion of “animal cousins” from where it is rumored horrific monsters are now emerging.
It is in these strange affairs that our story begins.