MitzvotPost-Self Cycle book IV

The front cover of Mitzvot - an anthropomorphic skunk standing in a lake, sobbing

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“To be built to love is to be built to dissolve. It is to be built to unbecome. It is to have the sole purpose of falling apart all in the name of someone else.”

Even the grandest of stories can feel small and immediate when it’s just one person’s life.

One of the most well-known names from one of the most well-known clades on the System, the avatar of political machinations and cool confidence, has been brought low. With help coming only from Ioan Bălan and the most grudging of support from her cocladists, all True Name has left to save herself is the ability to change.

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Still need to read book I? Read Qoheleth.

Still need to read book II? Read Toledot.

Still need to read book III? Read Nevi'im.

Advance Praise

Mitzvot drills down deeper into the lives of its characters and shows us that between the world-shattering projects that change the very understanding of the System, they’re just people trying to live their lives with love and purpose.

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Mitzvot was made possible by the wonderful backers of the Kicktarter campaign:

Petrov Neutrino, Nicoo, Jonathan, Skye, Phosphor Wolf, Fuzzwolf, Amdusias, Nenekiri Bookwyrm, Lhexa, Anonymous, Adam Norberg, Sasha Trampe, Brian C., NightEyes DaySpring, Ayla Ounce, Saghiir, ramshackle heather, Sam Ewaskiewicz, Greg Hill, Aaron Klett, Kayodé Lycaon, redkicks, Alicia E. Goranson, Aulden Stargazer, Jacob M. Dawson, Barac Baker Wiley, S. Pots, Kyle Monroe, Rax E. Dillon, Yana Caoránach, Utunu, Draugdae, Kate Shaw, Royce Day, Joel Kreissman, Ember Cloke, Some Egrets, Tim Duclos, Ari, Damian Kesser, Garrett Tornello, Payson R. Harris.

Thanks also to my patrons:

Ammy; Andréa C. Mason; Donna Karr (thanks, mom); Erika Kovac; Fuzz Wolf; green; Kit Redgrave; Merry Cearley; Mx. Juniper System; Orrery; Rob; Sariya Meolody
Some Egrets; ramshackle; Christi; Erica; Junkie Dawg; Lhexa; Lorxus, an actual fox on the internet; Norm Steadman; Petrov Neutrino; raxraxraxraxrax; Sasha Moore, Strawberry Daquiri; ubuntor; Zeta Syanthis
Alicia Goranson; Ayla Ounce; Bel; BowieBarks; Katt, sky-guided vulpine friend; Kindar; Muruski; Peter Hayes; Ruari ORourke; Sethvir; Yana Winters

About the author

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Madison Scott-Clary is a transgender writer, editor, and software engineer. She focuses on furry fiction and non-fiction, using that as a framework for interrogating the concept of self and exploring across genres. A graduate of the Regional Anthropomorphic Writers Workshop in 2021, hosted by Kyell Gold and Dayna Smith, she holds an MFA in creative writing and education from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her dog, as well as her partner, who is sometimes a dog.


Thanks, as always, to the polycule, who have been endlessly supportive, but most especially to The Lament, so many of whose words appear within this book. Thanks as well as to Tomash, Ellen, Andréa, and all the rest of the Post-Self community, who have helped build this lovely world.