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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). On the third day, Kaie and Adann climb a tree and talk about their future.
Below them, something scream in rage and pain.
The traps were designed, if possible, to kill the animal they trapped, but if they failed, it was the hunter’s task to bring swift mercy. As quickly as they could, they scrambled down the branches, helping each other as they went, until they both stood on solid ground.
“Over there, right?” Kaie asked, pointing.
Adann nodded, and they raced towards the source of the scream, Kaie’s longer legs outpacing her. She skidded around the last corner of the trail to find Kaie stabbing at a kien, a monster that combined a snake and an anteater, which had one of its hind legs trapped in the noose.
Wincing at their terrible luck, Adann noticed that the kien’s sharp claws had already damaged the reinforced leather of the snare. Soon enough, it would break free, and they’d have an even worse fight on their hands.
The kien screamed again, showing off its fangs. Liquid beaded off the curved daggers, catching the light.
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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.