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This is a WIP, NaNoWriMo 2015, Forest Wed. Adann and Kaie (who was engaged), are married as symbols of their gods, and 2 weeks into their marriage, the gods’ blessing and the town are suffering, so they are sent on a hunting trip with two experienced hunters (Rui and Corliss). Kaie and Adann set traps, loafed for a while, fished, returned to camp, and were sent out to check on the traps.
Most of the traps weren’t sprung, one was sprung and empty, which she reset, and then she found one that now contained a squealing, writhing ball of fur, an animal as long as two of her spread hands.
The creature was too agitated to see clearly, so she whacked at it with the butt of her spear, trying to stun it into temporary immobility. Instead, it latched its jaw on the branch, which had the same result. This was a monster, a cursed animal, with patchy, short fur, a wide snout, and a mouthful of overlarge, sharp teeth currently gnashing at the wood.
Adann shook the spear, and then shook it harder, until the beast let go, and smoothly flipping the spear in her hands, she jabbed at it with the point, scoring a gash that made the monster give an ugly squeal, and then a second stab resulted in it going limp.
“Do you mind checking?” She asked, flicking her fingers at the large knife hanging at Kaie’s side.
He nodded, so she shifted out of the way, holding the spear ready to throw, if the animal should show signs of life. It didn’t twitch as he slit its throat, but it was far better safe than sorry, when it came to killing monsters. Their viciousness was only equaled by their appetite, and more than one had come alive to savage an unwary hunter before dying for good.
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Beikife is a small town in something like the Amazon rain forest, protected by a pair of married gods. The gods are represented by human avatars, two young people chosen and married by divine power. The strength of the marriage represents the bond between the gods’ blessing, so the new forest wed must find a way to connect to each other, or the crops will fail, the rivers will flood, and the cursed monsters that live in the forest will claim many lives.