||As with Precipice, the second chapter
in the Lost Tribe of the Sith is way too short, but does portray a
character and her culture pretty well.
The people who live on Kesh are a
simple lot, with a superstition that the Skyborn created their planet
out of a drip of blood, and there seems to be a certain elite that can
ride uvak to police the Keshiri.
Adari is the young widow of an uvak rider.
The other Neshtovari don't partake of her heretical views, and though
they usually "take care of their own", including widows of their own,
they are allowing the populace to pelt her house with rocks. Fortunately
for her, she collect rocks from all over Kesh, in a scientific study
that would shatter Keshiri society, if anybody really believed her.
As she voices her opinions in the
council in her own defense, one of the sacred mountains erupts in flame,
the result, of course, of the Omen's crash landing in
council is stunned, but thinks that the Skyborn are furious at her
heretical talk, and finally take action.
Instead of succumbing to her fate,
Adari takes flight on her husband's uvak, a forbidden practice. She
flies out to the wreckage of the Omen, where she sees Korsin fling his
brother over the cliff. According to her view, the body was still there
hours later, and the sea took it after that. I wonder if Devore will
reappear, since Adari certainly has a limited view on death, especially
since she doesn't know anything about the Sith.
Korsin and Seelah intimidate Adari,
telling her to go for help. The group of Sith probes her mind, learning
everything they can about her and her people, as well as her language,
and teaching her theirs. She convinces them to let her go get help, and
she actually does. Like Korsin said, she is obviously planning to use
the Sith for a purpose, but I wonder if she is in over her head. Or,
perhaps, she will turn out to be Force-sensitive, which I would find
hard to believe -maybe it is the Force that allows the riders to fly the
As expected, when the Sith are rescued,
they claim to be the Skyborn, and they immediately put the Keshiri to
work, building a workable path from the settlement to the crash site, to
Nothing is said about the Keshiri and
what they actually do. Are they an agrarian society? How do they spend
their time; aside from a brief mention of a mill and scholars, we don't
know. I suppose this is because the Sith will strip away their culture,
and turn them into replacements for the Massassi slaves they lost in
Precipice. However, it would be nice to have seen a little more of the
culture that will be displaced. On the other hand, since we know this
"tribe" of Sith will be "lost", maybe they will have to learn the ways
of the Keshiri in order to survive, and we'll learn more about the
culture from that.
I do find it refreshing that the author
can create a viable (if purple) species and culture in such a short
amount of space. It is simpler with a medieval society, of course, which
I always dislike in a Star Wars setting, because it turns it more
However, I do think there is promise
for this series, and I look forward to the next installment.