Every Word Matters

Kith and Kin. I borrowed from that old turn of phrase when giving the Amaranthine clans a bit of lingo. In English, kin (and kindred) refer to family, while kith refers to close friends or neighbors. You’ll find that when two Amaranthine meet and haven’t yet gone through the formalities of a proper introduction, they’ll address each other as “kindred.” This courtesy applies no matter which clan the Amaranthine hail from.

The Amaranthine world has many layers. The Kindred clans are uppermost. These take our form, learn our languages, and make peace. But others cannot aspire to such complexities. Kith are sentient, but have no speaking form. And then there are the Ephemera—tiny creatures that are difficult to classify because of their diversity. They can be pretty or pests.”

Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox (Amaranthine Saga, #1)

Adoona-soh’s tail swayed slowly, and she made a gesture for peace. “I expected nothing, but I hoped for trust. Let us help you, Kindred.”

Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox (Amaranthine Saga, #1)

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