Shul the Neolithic War-Chief

Shul the Neolithic War-Chief

Concept sketch for a character named Shul, who hails from the Middle East’s Fertile Crescent circa ~6000 BC, during the Neolithic period. His people live in a small city-state with rudimentary agriculture and animal husbandry, but they are in a state of constant conflict with other city-states in the region. Whereas Shul’s job is to lead his local militia as war-chief, his mother is the city’s High Priestess and therefore its real de facto ruler.

Shul is planned to be the protagonist of what essentially is a love story. He comes into contact with cattle-herding African nomads from the Saharan savanna and falls for their female chieftain, but this doesn’t square well with his mother’s warlike xenophobia. He is forced to choose between the woman he loves and the woman who raised him…

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