Chapter Two is here!!! Chapter one was in the past but in chapter two we step into the present!!!
BYR Chapter Two
- UPFR Summit: every four years unless there is war, the United Peace Front of the Realm holds One week of Summit meetings to assure peace is kept throughout the realm
- UPFR council: The Council is made of 27 members. 24 members of equal power and 3 head chairs who have more power than other members. But equal power as each other. They are similar to the UN. They make the international laws and all nations leaders answer to them. The entire UPFR council is 135 members.
- Eartherian Beauty Standards: People in the Western realm are on average 10 centimeters (4in) taller than the rest of the realm. They also out weight everyone. In the West, height and weight are signs of health and wellbeing. The more the better.
- -Krü: How you’d address a friend formally in Shari
- UPFR Grand War Room
- Path outside of the UPFR Lightning Lodge
Nyarai A. Aku
Alias: Black Cat / Kitten
Age: 24 (17/04/1370)
Home Nation: The Capital State, Umemardhi
Occupation: Youth Combat Instructor (Ohunu Head of Financial Crime Regulation)
Ashe Element/Influence/Ability: Lightning/ Eclipse/ Shaker
In story fact: Nyarai is directional dyslexic and has no sense of direction (left, right, N,S,W,E). She tells left & right by bracelet & bolt. She wears a bracelet on her left wrist and she has a lightning bolt tattoo on the right side of her head. She’s an ambidextrous so remembering by handiness wouldn’t help.
Alias: Wraith/ Jungle boy/ Krü
Age: 24 (09/06/1370)
Home Nation: The Capital State, Umemardhi
Occupation: Lightning ambassador in Canna (Ohunu Head of Political Crime Regulation)
Ashe E/I/A: Ancient/Base/Ashe Eye
In story fact: Many believe when his grandfather steps down as Agradahene, he will become the head of his tribe. He thinks anybody even his teenage sister would be a better choice.
Maaza R. Nkosi
Alias: The UPFR Queen / Maz
Age: 51 (27/03/1343)
Home Nation: Framasia, Sinaga (southern realm)
Occupation: Head Chair of UPFR council (1 of 3)
Ashe E/I/A: Ancient/ Base (non-expressive)/ None
In story fact: Unlike most characters in the series Maaza is non-expressive. Other than the mandatory combat level one class every child takes, she has no formal training or experience in combat. Despite that, she is well verse in meditation and studies sorcery.
ZERO YEAR DISCLAIMER: Though many of the Zero Year’s elements are inspired by and based on existing African Cultures, Zero Year is not an accurate representation of African cultures. The purpose of ZY is to appreciate and pay homage to African Culture via a fictional story and world. Zero Year is not real and shouldn’t be treated as a canon of African Cultures, traditions, practices, and people.
Chapter Two: How Long Has it Been?
Part One: Summit Agenda
The first day of water in the Lion’s spring (06/02/1394/08) was very important. It’s was the beginning of the 20th UPFR Summit. Government officials all across the realm had gathered to part take in the summit in hopes to keep peace thriving. After the commencement ceremony, The realm’s top officials all gathered in the UPFR grand war room to begin the first meeting of the summit.
Most would agree the weather was quite fitting for the UPFR summit. Not a cloud in the sky. A gentle breeze and the warmth from the sun felt comforting, but if you asked anyone from the Lightning they’d tell you the clear sky felt unnatural especially in Lion’s spring. There was no chance of rain not even a sun shower.
Black Cat and Wraith were both dressed in their all black Ohunu body suits along with their Ohunu mask. Both the Black cat and Wraith were traditional mask that hadn’t been worn since the late ‘70s. Dakarai parading around with them was a sign of pride and achievement, but it was seen as a threat to some and rightfully so. Black cat and Wraith meant nothing good to enemies of the Lightning.
*Ashe technique: Sensory location* Black cat used sensory to ID officials. “Everyone seems to be hear,” she said into her mic.
Wraith did the same but for his side of the crowd. “All except for Lord Shaka. His child surprising is though,” he responded.
“The serpent? Well I guess the intel is confirm. Stay alert.”
All 42 nations were being represented by some official. They were all waiting for the summit to begin. Head Chair Nwadike looked the same but had earned himself a dad bod. His hearing aid was much smaller due to technologies advancement in the last two decades. He wore a cool grey Senator and white dress shoes. The collar and cuffs were white. There was a single stripe on both arms running cuff to collar. It was green neck to shoulder, yellow shoulder to elbow and red elbow to wrist. Across the chest embordered in white was the Mpatapo symbol. Head Chair Gyasi was a brown skinned woman in her late 40s with light brown eyes. She wore the same uniform as Khari but with a white Hijab and matching heels. Jahzara rose from her seat and prepared to address the room along with Khari.
“I ask that you all stand upon the arrival of this year’s Master of Festivities and Summit Moderator.” Khari said.
“She has been on the UPFR council since 1378 and a head chair since 1383. I present to you the Lady of Dwiwyth, Maaza Nkosi.”
Everyone stood and applauded to greet her. Maaza was light skin with brown eyes she sits as tall as Jahzara. her hair was shaved on the sides and the rest was slicked back in a bun. The master of festivities did not wear her UPFR uniform. She was wearing a white and gold pants suit with an Mpatapo brooch on her left chest pocket. Khari helped her walk up the platform stairs. She stood in front of her seat waiting for the applause to die down so she could give her opening remarks.
“You may be seated. I’m overjoyed to see many old and new faces in the room today. Just like the previous decades of this cycle, the 1390s have been amazing so far. The people here today have set the tone for the realm and all of its citizens.” She said as she scanned the room and made eye contact with random faces in the crowd every other sentence.
She paused for a brief moment and made noticeable eye contact with Dakarai. He smiled sincerely instead of trading death stares. Such a fool. Reigning decades past his time. “The dialogues we have this coming week will be for the sake of the realm. I ask you to think of the realm as the people that live in it and not land, armies or capita. We all have a responsibility to them,” she said.
Dakarai’s smile irritated her. She moved her eyes toward the Queen of the Western nations and she was fast asleep. No common decency as always. Disrespectful bearer of the crown. Maaza didn’t let her thoughts consume her and continued. “Today is just the commencement meeting, we will list everything that is on our agenda. The floor is open for anyone to add anything to the agenda after we finish listing it. I would like you all to remember that would be the best time to add something to the agenda.”
She searched for Lord Shaka of the Wave nation but couldn’t find him. If he is not here who will be presenting in his place? “After today, things can only be added if it relates to the meeting of that day or is deemed an emergency to the council. But first, if anyone would like to address the room the floor is yours.”
The room applauded her again then took their seats. Just as the room reached a silence, Nsuohene Gahiji made his way to the center of the room. He was a short dark skin man in his mid 60s. His eyes were a deep ocean blue. His head shined in the light and his grey beard was perfectly groomed. He wore an Agbada that matched the color of his eyes.
“I am Nsuohene Gahiji Falade of the KT. I am not Kali Obi of the Pomboo. I will not continue the aggressive reign that she set out. I am not responsible for what she did, but I am the Nsouhene. My job is to bring the wave out of the darkness that it was once in.”
The rooms response to him was fickle. His nation’s allies applauded. But others like the Lightning weren’t so impressed.
“Isn’t he the same Gahiji that sat on Kali’s advisory board,” Asante asked sarcastically.
“No, I think he’s the Gahiji that recommended Kali to force Lord Shaka into retirement,” Dakarai laughed.
“You’re right. He’s the Gahiji that won’t let Lord Shaka represent himself and sends his child instead,” Raziya mocked.
The room had grown silent again and over in the Earth kingdom’s section The Adeleke were speaking amongst themselves.
“I think this is a good time to make an impression dear,” Xolani said.
Princess Imani was the Eartherian beauty standard. She was tall, well over 100kg but had curves carved by Jiwetembo herself. Her skin was light like her eyes. Her nature dyed hair was in a bone straight bob parted to her left. She took a deep breath and stood up preparing to speak.
“I would like to thank, Queen Zula third of her name and the council for having us at this year’s UPFR. This is the first time that an uncrown tribe from the Rock has attended the UPFR. This type of inclusion is what I admire most about this generation of leaders. The example that Queen Zula has set out is inspiring. I hope she influences others my age the same way she’s influences me.”
After Imani a few other leaders spoke giving praise to either The Queen, Dakarai or the Prime Minister of the ROF Massai Gila.
When everyone was done addressing the room, Maaza called out the Summit agenda. Day of Life (7th), Was the financial meeting. All land purchases, and Tax alterations would be discussed. That was an important day for Gahiji and the Wave. If their Mainland proposal was rejected again, it couldn’t be brought back up.
Day of Fire (8th) was going to be about Official agreements. All renegotiated treaties and approve alignment and loyal changes since 1390 will be covered. Maaza was planning to best Dakarai in front of the realm and scold him for his shady political and financial actions in recent years.
Day of Wind (9th) was a free day meant for officials to enjoy the UPFR festivities. Imani wasn’t too excited for this. Xolani was planning to have her meet and shake the hand of every realm leader.
Day of Earth (10th) was all about Science and technology. all advancements and discoveries made in the sciences since 1390 were to be covered. Lord Shaka wasn’t in attendance to give his presentation on the new Communication Network he was working on. Would his child Jabari being able to step up?
Day of Lightning (11th), was for international crime regulation. Raziya and the Ohunu have been working tirelessly to find a solution to combat the realms largest growing criminal developments. She hoped the council would be willing to bend the rules.
Lastly, Day of Water (12th), was set to be the concluding meeting. This was the Queen’s favorite day of the summit because it would all be over.
Part Two: Nightly Nwadike Walks
Later that night, Nyarai was in her hotel room, lying in her bed bored out of her mind. She had grown to 165cm (5’5). Sometime during Secondary school she cut her hair and has had the best waves in the east since then. Her vitiligo had grown across most of her face and body. On the right side of her head she had a Lightning bolt tattoo. She wore industrial earring in both ears and had a septum nose ring.
She took off her purple durag and decided to brush her hair again until she felt her 6th sense. Where is he going? She put back on her durag, walked out to her balcony and saw Azrael walking with a hoodie on. A hoodie? In spring? What is he doing? Did Raz give him a mission without telling me?
*Elemental production: Light Screen Footing* Nyarai created thin sheets of light and used them to walk down from the 4th floor balcony. When she got close enough she decided to give her dear friend a scare. *Magnetic Vibration Hold* Azrael’s body suddenly lifted from the ground and he began to vibrate violently.
Azrael was his father’s child. It was like he stole his face. They were even the same height. The only differences was he was still lean but more muscular. He had a taper fade and waves that were nothing compared to Nyarai’s. He wore a hoop nose ring in his left nostril.
Nyarai put him down and for a few seconds he was on the ground gasping for air. “I get the feeling kitten may not be a fitting name anymore.”
She helped him up smiling ear to ear. “Where are you going Jungle boy?”
“You know attacking someone isn’t greeting them, right?” he said as he continued to walk.
Nyarai skipped behind him along the path. “Did Raz assign you something? I can help!”
“I’m Nwadike we like to feel connected to nature.”
She placed her hand on his chest to feel his heart. “Why is your heart racing then liar?”
“Um… maybe because you just assaulted me. Did you forget that quickly?”
“No, I felt it in your Ashe too.”
He stopped walking and faced her. “What? You are not Ashe Sensitive you don’t feel anything.”
Before she responded he waited to look him in the face. Then she remembered they were in the UPFR not the Lightning. “Oh Umechui, don’t tell me you’re sacred to go home. Khari can’t still scary you. Your almost a man jungle boy.”
He folded his arms and turn his face up at her. “I am a 24 year old man and I am not afraid of my father.”
“It’s okay I’ll go with you.”
“Come on kitten. You can come with me tomorrow.”
“Well it’s too late. I can’t see the hotel from here. You don’t want me to get lost, do you?”
“It’s okay. I’ll walk you back.”
“Pretty please Krü? I promise I won’t steal your thunder.”
He let out a deep sigh. Great now her and Neela are going to tag up on me. “Only if you promise.”
She jumped on his back and started playing with his ears. “Yes. I knew Anaya raised you better.”
“How is Prospective Analytics?” he asked as he began to walk.
“You mean school teaching. It’s dreadful. She won’t even let me teach the combat 3 classes,” she said rolling her eyes.
“You know Raz loves you right,” he said trying to look up at her.
“If she does, she has the strangest love language.”
“You know why kitten.”
“Ugh they are long gone. I can barely remember what they look like,” she said.
It was quite for a moment. Azrael wasn’t too sure how to respond. That was a shit topic to bring up genius. Especial on a visit home. “You know what? I think you should ask her for more responsibility,” he said.
Nyarai laid her face on top of his head and started mopping. “I’m not feeling like being let down again, you know? I have the title that’s all that matters, I guess. I’ll find joy in Prospective Analytics.”
“No, I’m serious I’ve been talking to Asante about it and he thinks the timing couldn’t be better.”
“I don’t know Krü. Raz can get… scary sometimes.”
“Ha. You’re just as scary. I promise it’s going to work this time.”
“Okay fine I’ll do it. But enough about work. What are the boys like in Canna?”
“Disappointing to say the least,” he said rolling his eyes
“No duh, but what type of disappointing are they?”
“Very shallow. They just want to be with the ‘future’ head of the Nwadike tribe.”
“Eww. What about the girls?”
“Just as bad. I think I’m going to start telling people Micah is next in line and not me.”
“He is better suited honestly, but one day Somebody out there is gonna want the jungle boy in you more than they want to be Nwadike.”
“Aww thanks. What about you? Anybody in love with Nyarai?”
“Ha! Don’t make me laugh. Zahra hates me and so does every other Aku mother. An Aku man won’t even approach me.”
Azrael shook his head. “I’ll never understand it.”
“I know right! they have no agency when it comes to their mothers. It’s like some matriarchal enchantment. I’m sure Raz did a study on it.”
“No, I mean you. It’s weird that you hold on to the most problematic Aku Tradition. There are six other Umemarian tribes of men in the Lightning kitten.”
“I don’t know. It just feels weird with other guys. You know?”
“It’s weird? Hmm. What about Tahir? Last time I check the Eartherian mountain of goodness was Zadzisai is he not?”
“I mean but Tahir is…Tahir…is…
“Flashbacks getting you huh?” he laughed.
“No. Me and Tahir were never serious it’s different.”
“I’m just saying step out of your comfort zone a little is all. Besides if you’re going to complain about how weak Aku men are, why date them?”
BTC Chapter Two
In this Chapter All of the Realm’s officials come together for the UPFR Summit. After a few meeting address, the schedule is announced. After the summit, Nyarai and Azrael catch up as they walk home to visit his family.
Questions I think you might have
You’ll may not have asked this question, but I see people do it with Naruto and the clans of the leaf. No, the Aku do not practice incest and nobody does for that matter. In real life everyone last named smith isn’t related and it’s the same for all tribes in the realm. Nyarai’s dating pool isn’t her cousins. For the Aku it is tradition to only marry within your tribe not family.
Who is Zahra? Why does she hate Nyarai? Why does it matter?
Zahra Aku is Nyarai’s Paternal Grandmother and the head of the Aku tribe. Bo and Aza’s flee was very embarrassing for Zahra. She wanted to somewhat fix the situation by taking in her granddaughter and raising her as her own. That didn’t happened because Raziya had always been Nyarai’s Tertiary Guardian. Zahra and Raz have tension and Nyarai doesn’t like how she treats Raz. Nyarai reminds the Aku of their tribe’s darkest moment and they are very passive aggressive and patronizing toward her. Nobody has tried to court or even date her because of it.
Who is Tahir Zadzisai?
Tahir is thee heartthrob in the Lightning. He is Umemarian born and raised but he has both Lightning and Earth nature ashe. Along with his Ashe and build, people call him the Eartherian Mountain of Goodness. He and Nyarai have had on and off relations since they were 19 but she claims to have ended things last year.
Why is Jabari referred to as Shaka’s child instead of his son?
Jabari is non-binary and goes by they/them pronouns. They have no canon sex. So please respect non-binary/genderfluid people and their pronouns real or fictional.
These are all of the questions of the top of my head I think readers would ask. If there are any further questions you may have about this chapter please interact in the comment section or on twitter. I’d like to answer at least five of them. If I answered all of your questions for this chapter, you’re welcomed to still interact on twitter or in the comments section. What did you like? What didn’t you like? So far who’s your favorite character? Who’s your least favorite? What day of the summit are you looking forward to? Ask me questions about the process of writing Zero Year or this chapter. Interact with another reader. Share so someone else could read Zero Year along with you.
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Chapter Three Preview: The next chapter is titled “Royalty of The Rock”. We meet a number of new characters and their dynamics with each other. What do you predict will happen next?
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