Yonder (A to Z Challenge, Y)29 April, 2016
One of the things about the Sea of Stars is that there is always yonder, another place to go, if you are willing to take the risk; many who serve as sailors aboard the starships and no small number of venturers started out as people who just needed to leave their home for whatever reason, hunger, ambition, fear, curiosity, even wanderlust. Some people just cannot stay at home because of external or internal pushes or a mixture of the two.
While most rulers make some attempt to keep their labourers, well, labouring and not running off to seek a better life, a few actively encourage troublemakers to leave and find their fortunes far, far, away. It is the wisest of the rulers that seek to channel such people where they can be useful and be grateful for such guidance or, at least, not harbor ill-thoughts towards their homeland.
Though such worries are generally misplaces, once someone sets out for yonder, they rarely stop, for while yonder is a destination, it is not a place. You can never reach it, not for long, there is always more yonder to wander to. Even some young dragons become enchanted, or obsessed, with discovering what lies over yonder and spend decades or more doing just that. For there is always another mountain range to cross, a new town’s streets to walk down, another island to visit.
After all, there are no lack of new places to see, people to meet and wonder to experience across the Sea of Stars.
Notes: Yonder has become an underused word, let us change that.