This is an interesting tale! Are you inspired from anything for it?
Now THAT is a loaded question :D Yes, yes I am. The Bothare culture is inspired originally by the migrant Mexican workers who help grow America's food and get treated like shit for it, oddly enough, but since I read a LOT of mythology I ended up borrowing heavily from Romany (gypsy), Berber, Hindi and Irish mythology and cultures to create a people who could really live. This particular creation story is mostly Hindi in both style and substance with a few tweaks of my own. I also used a lot of scientific ideas that will come to light later in the story (no spoilers! ) Each of the countries in Atla has its own influences from our own world, but the storytelling aspect for Baxt is straight out of Hindi culture, as is the storytelling template. As for the relationship, that comes from the personal lives of myself and my co-writers; that balance between loneliness and the need to be safe. We've just dramatized it ;) Personally I'm also mixed breed and have had some real racial prejudice aimed at me, so a lot of that goes into Parmeshen too.
Thank you for this answer! I think it deserves its own page on your site. Just cultural tangents are very good to be pointed out, and acclimate people to foreign/other cultures than their own far more easily than anything else :)
:D I usually write save stuff like that for discussions on Parmeshen's Facebook site so I don't clutter up the webpage, but it's a definite idea to ponder. Thanks :)
I like how you're creating this culture in the comic, very interesting worldbuilding here!