Serpents and the Sagebrush
Serpents and the Sagebrush is a short story of the medieval fantasy and political drama genres. The text consists of two parts. The author’s note comes first, followed by the short story. The author’s note elaborates on the inspirations for the creation of the short story. It also details the research which was done to produce the work. Serpents and the Sagebrush is set in a fictional feudal kingdom, called Urum, and primarily follows a young man named Paul who is the crowned prince. The story explores the intricacies of funeral and marital tradition and ultimately aims to illustrate the turbulent effects of rapid political turnover. Moreover, the work is a criticism of the trope that the young generation will restore the world and secure the future in the wake of centuries of corruption. The story is meant to be timeless, and thus draws inspiration from sources both fictional and nonfictional, written in a variety of time periods throughout the past millennia. The creative component of the work is an abridged portion of a far larger epic fantasy story I have been writing for almost 2 years.
fantasy, fiction, literature, Political Science, Honors College
Camargo, E. (2021). Serpents and the sagebrush (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.