The First Book of Iaddius Ioahann (Chapter 3, page 1 of 12)


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Chapter 3

"Since the beginning of our records we find the Maikin peoples to be one of savagery, and of a curious social organization. Lead by women, the men were reserved for tasks of the hardest labor and industry, but the leadership of the society was always dictated by their women. And what leaders they were! In the great Maikin/Iohannic wars of which we first have record we find Iaddius Iohann exclaiming to one of his trusted generals that if the Maikin society were composed solely of women then 'we would have no hope of victory over them!'" - Rufus D'Galio, Royal Historian circa. 566 ISY We traveled for many days together, staying in a westerly course and taking every precaution as Haig advised. We made a little conversation along the way, mostly laughing about the strange differences which affected in our respective cultures, as well as the histories of our different peoples as we knew them. As we traveled I began to have some peculiar feelings. For the first time in my life I was not an observer of the realities of the lives of others. I was not reading of these things from the books, the scrolls, and texts which had been compiled from the learned men of my city, but I was living these realities - I had become my own page in those manuscripts, a new letter on the parchment of the elders.

I knew that when I returned to my city that I would have much to tell. I had to tell my people about the atrocities of the Maikin, about the valiant, though ultimately vain, resistance of these people. I would tell them about my journeys and about Haig, and his knowledge. I would have him testify as well and I imagined that we would be able to persuade the elders to organize a formal military unit specifically for defense against the Maikin. For at that time I could think of no reason why the Maikin would not attack us if only they knew our location. Though I had yet to encounter them myself, the stories and accounts that I gathered from my new friend were sufficient to cause me to feel very strong opposition against the Maikin.

During our fifth day of travel since leaving the land of Keh'Arnis (for such was called the land in which I had discovered Haig and which served as the land of his inheritance), as we were traveling along a road known as "Hunter's Moon" - this being because it was a subtle road only known among a few of the great hunters of Keh'Arnis - Haig suddenly motioned for me to stop, and my horse also, and to be silent. I listened carefully for some time. I could hear nothing. I glanced at Haig for some explanation, but he put his finger to his lips as though I should remain silent. I listened again. I wondered what Haig thought he was listening to, for I could truly hear nothing. I listened, trying, with all my might to sense something, anything would do, besides the steady breathing of our mount. Then I heard it. I heard the sound of small twigs snapping and dirt crunching - the sound that accompanies even the lightest footstep. I turned quickly to Haig, his eyes were wide.

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