Friday, April 07, 2017

Season Avatars #AtoZChallenge: Fall, Fip, and Fifth Season

The Goddess of Fall is portrayed as a girl of about twelve or thirteen. She looks after all the animals of Challen. She hates men so much Her Avatars are always women. If a man were to threaten a woman of Challen, the woman could call upon Fall to protect her by sending animals after the man. It's not documented when that last happened, however. Women who choose not to marry for whatever reason can pledge themselves to Fall, just as men can pledge themselves to the God of Summer.

The Fip people worship the God of War. In return, He has allowed them to conquer not just their continent, but Challen and other parts of the world as well. The Fip Dynasty generally allows the conquered countries to continue following their customs and worshiping their local gods in exchange for tribute. However, a member of the Fip family serves as a monarch for each country, and they're all subordinate to the emperor in Fip itself.

Fifth Season is the title of Book Four in the series. (I chose that title long before N.K Jemsin's The Fifth Season came out, and since titles can't be copyrighted, I decided to keep it.) It's told through the point of view of Ysabel, the Fall Avatar. "Fifth Season" refers to the way Kron becomes involved with the Season Avatars, even though he's not one of them and has a different type of magic. While Ysabel's quartet appreciates his help, the older quartet doesn't. One of them tells Ysabel, "Challen doesn't need a fifth season." Here's the blurb:

Ysabel became the Goddess of Fall’s Avatar to care for animals, but her kind heart may prove fatal to her loved ones.

When a pair of strange animals, part bird and part lizard, invade the country of Challen during a magical weather storm, Ysabel must learn if they’re ordinary creatures or if they’re connected to Salth, the Season Avatars’ sworn enemy. However, the clawfeet are resistant to her magic.

After tragedy strikes the Avatars, Ysabel comes up with a desperate plan to allow all twelve of them to face Salth together as required by the Four Gods and Goddesses of Challen. Jealousy, however, tears an ally from the Avatars during their most vulnerable time as even more beasts rise against them. If Ysabel cannot control the strange animals and use justice as well as mercy, she will not only lose her position as Avatar but the people she loves.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Why does fall hate men so much? I'm nice to women. I like animals. I like fall because that means football...

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Alex, we'll learn more about Fall in Summon the Seasons.

PT Dilloway said...

The weather in real life has been a chaos season lately.

Nick Wilford said...

Intrigued to know more about these strange animals.

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Pat, I hope the weather settles down soon. The winter wasn't bad, but I'm ready for spring, warmth, and growing things.

Nick, hope you check it out!

Jean Davis said...

Bird lizards make for an interesting image in my head. I'm curious was to why a goddess would choose to appear as a thirteen year old girl.

Discarded Darlings - Jean Davis, Speculative Fiction Writer, A to Z: Editing Fiction

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