I am writing a novel that involves a person born every few hundred years with the ability to tame animals. The other people never learn their secret. What could I do to make sure that the others never learn how to? Here is some information, in case it helps.
- The power is not true domestication, just taming.
- This happens about once every five hundred years or so
- It requires these things:
Friendly e.g., the animal must not be inherently driven to be aggressive towards humans
Feedable e.g. the animal must have food habits that are easy enough to sustain
Fecund e.g. the animal must be able to have easy-to-sustain reproductive habits
Family-Friendly e.g. the animal must be able to follow a family structure, no matter how loose this may be, because a sense of belonging is essential for this.
- the novel is set in a time period that is a mix of all three eras of the Stone Age
- the people have advanced hunting tactics, and have access to large amounts of meat such as steppe mammoths, dodo birds, Irish Elk, aurochs, etc.
- the people are of species in the Homo genus and others:
- Homo Neanderthalensis
- Homo Sapiens
- Homo Floresiensis
- Australopithecus Afarensis
- note the absence of a [reality check] tag
- all these species are living at the same time, and generally coexist peacefully. To recap my question: Every two to five hundred years, an individual is born to one of the tribes that has the power to tame animals. This person lives just as long as any other person, BUT: the other people do NOT discover how to do it
What can I do to make sure that others do not pick up this knowledge?
EDIT: simplified to be easier to understand