The ‘Dom’; a giant corn tree Eden for crows but also for Widda, a spider, grown monstrously huge from eating her kin. Purple, mate Pitch, son Purpie and Flic friends resolve to rescue fledgelings caged and tortured by Widda. Swift, awesome; her body armored by an oyster shell, she seems invincible. A tale of courage, sacrifice and death as told by unappreciated story ‘Teller’ – Purpie. More
Purple: an anthropomorphic adventure. Imagine: a still-forming world of giant corn trees created by weaver Plaits which capture magic under a canopy of woven leaves and tassels. This is the ‘Dom’: Plaitdom, Flicdom, Crowdom, depending upon which the speaker; a place of constant darkness where creatures ‘see’, bat-like, by beeping. Eden for crows up high but not for creatures below. Down is ‘Ground’, a fearsome place made opaque by overlapping Mottle fronds hiding the savagery but not the woeful cries of the victims. Atop the Mottles, a host of Blinks, their frosty, blinking eyes broadcast a ‘stay-away’ warning while attaching Mottle buds (Cleepers) to tap the corn tree syrup. The tapping hurts the trees and endangers the Dom. Brave Flicks alone oppose the Blinks, ejecting the sapper Cleepers, some times at cost of life and limb. Stranded on only three trees, the Flicks are helpless to save the forest. Help arrives in the form of a pair of newly mated crows plunging through the dom canopy while riding inside a cyclone-driven pine tree. The crows arrival completes the final segment of the symbiotic circle: Plaits fostering giant corn tree growth; Flics evicting the injurious Cleepers; and the newly arrived crows transporting the marooned Flics to other suffering trees. The crow colony expands, becomes Central Place and prospers. Over a thousand Crowdom years earlier, with the Dom in its early forming stage, a large raven kingdom surrounded a lake with a high onyx rock at its east end. On the slope of that rock rose Palace Tree, home to ravens King Blue and Queen Cora. Theirs was a society in which the royals were known as the ‘Favored’ and the common flockers as the UnFavored. Aristocratic pride and commoner envy made it an unhappy place.
Fear gripped the flock as the expanding canopy thickened. The dimming light and increasing syrup tapping sickened the corn trees. Panic built as day became twilight and the Lake’s rising waters made Onyx Rock, Onyx Island. All of the surrounding corn trees rose to and were woven into the canopy by the Plaits but not Palace Tree. Water covering its roots, weakened their hold and it fell, broke its back and a section slid into the lake. The royal family was unhurt but the regal symbols, crowns, scepters and rings, spilled out of the royal nest and were lost in deep water.
King Blue faced a dilemma: leave with his flock or stay behind. Without the royal ornaments, he feared becoming a common flocker. He decided to stay and dutifully starve to death. Queen Cora was given no choice in the matter. His flock, first the UnFavored and later the Favored, trekked slowly west and settled an open space they named ‘Clear Place’. The Favored arriving later settled the other side and named theirs ‘Favored Haven’. Centuries later, a young crow family and Flic friends hear the screams of six fledglings imprisoned and tortured almost daily by Widda, a black widow spider who wears an oyster shell which makes her seemingly invincible. Widda is queen under Mottles and sole remaining spider; the others all victims of her greed and evil nature. The young crow and Flic families determine to save the imprisoned crowlets, but the rescuers, to their regret, chance upon the royal pair. When King Blue manages to recover his royal regalia, his presence greatly complicates the plan. Further complications result when UnFavored raven survivors of the westward trek are discovered in a near death state. Daughter Shadow and mate, Ebony, manage to save them and in demonstrating their exceptional talent are made King and Queen of Crystal Lake. The fledgling rescue is an extremely risky undertaking for the young crows. Monster spider, ‘Widda’, in her element, faster, stronger and with body armored by its oyster half-shell is fearfully formidable. Bravery, death and great sacrifice – but – with an underlying thread of humor provided by our unappreciated story Teller, ‘Purpie’. You have to love the kid.