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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 trap a kien (snake and anteater monster), and are trying to kill it.
Kaie pressed in on the monster, sinking his spear into the kien’s side, then ripped it loose, sending a gush of blood running down fur and scales.
Shrieking in agony, the kien whirled towards Kaie, and Adann shouted to distract it, stabbing, though her spear only skittered off its ribs. Ignoring her, the kien lunged at at Kaie, knocking the spear out of his hand.
“Kaie!” Adann pulled her knife, aiming for its throat, but the blood dribbled, instead of spraying out in a bright red arc. Swearing, she tried again, opening a shallow cut that trailed over the kien’s shoulder.
It was the shoulder she’d hit with her stone, and this time, she saw results. Whether it was one blow, or the combination of them, the kien limped as it shifted, repositioning itself so it could see both of them.
Snarling, it flailed its good paw at Adann, snapped at Kaie, then kicked at the snare, trying to break free.
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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.