Cutting Down the Family Tree

[Long Description: Ors Undurne felling a pine with her nondescript family shield on it. The tree is carved like a Ser calendar spear; the landscape behind her floods.]

'Cause she's just like the weather, can't hold her together
Born from dark water, daughter of the rain and snow
‘Cause it’s burning through the bloodline
It’s cutting down the family tree
Growing in the landscape, darling, in between you and me

May 16, 2015

Still one of my favourite pieces of Ors to date.

She's a daskaye, which means that she is without a family name in Ser society. While this can sometimes be the mark of exiles and criminals who are disowned by their communities, it also leaves orphans, migrants, and those who have been estranged from their family in the dust. In Ser communities this can interfere with one's ability to participate in society at almost all levels; no family name means no history, no trust, and no ability to sign off on formal compacts (the "currency" of Ausank, if there ever was one.)

The last name "Undurne" is also a signifier of this-- she cannot adopt an existing family name, but must use one for legal purposes. "Undurne" has no real significance when used as a family name.