It’s been 70,000 years since a small tribe left Africa, crossing the Bilen Sea. From that small tribe all of mankind has descended. From Tallon they’ve inherited a sense of adventure and exploration, crossing into the unknown. From Kaima they carry a hope of love for family and community that binds them to one another. Lumi Weeps is five short stories over time of what happens when humans make contact with other humans. Do they greet each other with a warm welcome or a hostile stare?
The Centurian- Jonias Ponti is part of the fleet that has fled to Alexandria with Mark Antony. He is loyal and sworn to duty until one night he hears the cries of a slave girl. As a Roman he should ignore it, but on this night something breaks through, and he hears her pain, and thinks, “Stop, she’s just a girl.”
Xia, a girl – Mongols have begun to invade her homeland. Xia is a young girl given an important duty to watch over her village. Except they’ve assigned her with Taizu, her skin grows warm and her face is flushed, she wonders, “How can I watch over the village when Taizu is standing there?”
The Painter- Amaru lives in one of the greatest Pre-Columbian cities the world had never heard of. Chan-Chan has the wealth and riches that Europeans sailed across the Atlantic for. The people have no enemies and live a peaceful life by the sea until one day his face is pushed into the sand, a heavily sandaled foot crushes his throat, and he stares up at the scowl of an Inca warrior.
Mohawk- Kariwase is a proud Mohawk. His tribe has inhabited the land for thousands of years, but now new comers from England and France are here and his people do not understand why. They try to understand the new people by learning their language and trading with them, but a decision that pits one side against the other will force him to answer in the only way he knows, the Mohawk way.
Freedom’s Sorrow- Tendaji and Nyah were born free in Cape Town, South Africa, where their young love is forbidden. They have found a way to be together, but on a warm night following the North Star they are surrounded by Portuguese slavers, and a fate unknown.
Yet, we mustn’t forget the Tyrinnians, in Home, the final story, find out what they’ve been up for the last thousands of years.