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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, both of them are injured from killing monsters, and that night they tend their wounds and discuss the charms made from monster parts. (The ryapi is a boar/ocelot monster.)
“Do you want first claim on the ryapi?” Adann asked.
“I don’t think I’d want to wear the tusks,” Kaie said, staring into the fire, “and the fur is rough, and ugly.”
“We haven’t killed any good monsters–with colorful feathers, unusual teeth, quills, or nice fur.”
“Such high standards!” Kaie laughed, “I’ll make sure the next monster we kill has all of those.”
Adann’s eyebrows shot upwards, as she tried to picture a monster that had fur, feathers, and quills, all mixed together. She’d never heard of such a thing.
“It may require some rope, but it can be done,” Kaie nodded solemnly.
“I… I can only imagine.” Adann stretched out, and Kaie joined her, both of them gazing up at the sky, which still held a bit of light at the edges, but was punctured with stars directly above.
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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