In light of the new story, Barbarians of the Forgotten Pass, I would like to reflect on barbarian folk.
Barbarians are thought of as strong, hearty, resilient people who lack culture or respect for structure. What happens when two societies clash?
On one hand, you have a rising civilization who works within a defined structure to elevate itself on the backs of its civilians to create comfort, wealth, and order.
On the other hand, you have a society of nomadic people looking to take a shortcut to wealth and prosperity through the brutal bludgeoning and plundering of the civilized society that does not cope well with handling such unconventional attacks.
Thus, we still see much of this today in our world. You have civilizations who have studied long to achieve prosperity and you have others who refuse to adopt the customs that allowed them to ascend such great heights but rather use cowardly or brutal methodology for their gain yet hold fast to their unproductive traditions.
Barbarians of the Forgotten Pass is volume 4 of the Shadows of Siernod series. Readers new to the series should start with volume 1 entitled, The Anvil of Discord. Use these links to obtain your copy: