Dauntless Swiftsure strode into one of my dreams one night and announced, "I'm deceitful and dangerous." When I woke up, I knew she was part of Sanna's story. Lisa develops her characters. Mine come to me and yell behind my eardrums till I write them down. They know exactly who they are and why they are and what they want to look like. It's up to me to accomodate the details to fit them. Oh, and they do what they want to do, and if the readers don't beliee it, then it's my job as a writer to convince the reader.
Dauntless Swiftsure is a member of Tribe Dauntless, of the Peoples of the Wide Skies. The Peoples are nomadic and matriarchial. The women are the core of the tribe, and the men come and go as it pleases them, All the women in a tribe are related. Unlike patriarchial systems, where the bride is sent away from her family and home and forced to live with the groom's mother and sisters, it is the sons that leave home. Marriages last a year and a day and can be dissolved sooner if both partners choose. Babies are a gift to the tribe, and everyone helps to rear them. Men are welcome to travel with any tribe that they like, if the women of the tribe will accept them.
I don't know if I would like always being with my mother, my sisters, my cousins and my aunts. Would you?