Friday, September 24, 2004

Boze's Tale

Feyd was a young man when he married, but she was his
childhood sweetheart, so it came as no surprise to
anyone in his tribe when the took the oath to each
other under the statue of Porpoise, the village patron
spirit. He was a playful, mischievous spirit but also
a protective and moral spirit, who Feyd always tried
to honor by never taking himself or anything else too
seriously. Feyd was himself a happy, friendly person
who could always be counted on to help a neighbor
repair his hut after a storm or hunt a little extra
for a sick relative.
Mara, his wife, bore him twin sons not so long after
they were married. Their whole lives were ahead of
them. Until the rains came.
When the village began to flood, the people fled to
higher ground, taking what they could. Feyd, true to
his nature, went back several times to help those who
were older or less able to make the trek as easily. He
and his younger brother Daan carried their parent'’s
and sister's belongings, forgoing most of their own.
Soon, their village was joined by people of many
other villages who also sought out the high ground. At
first it was almost like a big festival or reunion,
everyone pitching in to help. They figured eventually,
the rain would stop and the flood would recede, and
they could return to their own villages.
But it didn'’t. When the entire population was
standing in water up to their knees, it became clear
that they were doomed if they stayed where they were.
The village elders conferred, and the choice was made:
swim for it. Of course, the only place they had a
chance in heck of making it was the Kehana flumes, but
what choice was there? Surely their old enemy would
take pity on them. Porpoise would protect them.
Of course, the old and infirm did not make the whole
trip, for the most part. Feyd's parents eventually
tired and drowned. Feyd wept, but he had to get his
wife and children to safety. Daan helped their
sisters along while Feyd carried one son, Val, and
Mara the other, Joon. Their youth and drive allowed
them to make it.
When they reached the Kehana, the fish men were
delighted to see them. The Doreen were too exhausted
to recognize the danger, the greedy glint in their
eyes, as more and more of them came to "“greet" the
refugees. Then, when the Doreen were outnumbered and
surrounded, the Kehana fell upon them.
Feyd watched his brother torn apart as Daan tried to
defend his sisters from the onslaught. He killed tow
of them before he and the girls were slaughtered. Feyd
went berserk and cut his way through the Kehana, madly
trying to find a way out for his family. Bur Mara and
Joon were seized, and Feyd froze. He watched as his
beloved son, Joon was devoured alive by the evil fish
men. Mara threw herself at the laughing Kehana and
fell from slashing, clawed hands.
Feyd wanted to go mad, but he had to get his
remaining son out of there. So he swan like he never
had before, using everything he had left in him. A few
Kehana pursued, but turned back when they decided
easier prey was still available. Feyd got away.
But he and Val were still far from anything
resembling safety. In fact, Feyd would have drowned
from exhaustion if they hadn't come upon a mass of
flotsam in the sea. He found a large section of
planking and placed his son on it, and clung to it for
Days went by. He felt he was dying. He was too tired
and wounded to do anything but hold on. He became
delirious, and so it's very hard for him to pinpoint
the moment his son died. He didn't realize it until
after he was picked from the water and nursed back to
health. When they told him, he went silent for 3 days.
Then he decided before he died, he would take every
possible Kehana he could find to grave as well. He
vowed they would all pay for what they'’d done.
The vessel that picked him up was a small Kraken
scout piloted by Delphino. The Kraken told him about
what happened, and about he Sea Hags responsible.
Grateful for the rescue, he decided that the Sea Hags
were equal criminals in the destruction of his race;
Feyd pledged himself to Delphino's service and swore
he would follow him on his quest to find a way to
defeat the Hags.
In the years since, they have explored many rumors,
sunken ruins, dead ends, and even a few leads. The
stories of the Maiden seem promising, so they have
tried to get any info they can about her from
Visitors. Delphino'’s magic has made it very easy for
them to gain passage on any ships to get wherever they
feel they should go next, and Feyd'’s (though he never
uses his name) cold, bitter, jaded nature has made him
a natural for enforcing crew discipline, as he never
gets close enough to anyone to play favorites.
Although Kehana crew are singled out for punishment
more often and more brutally than any other
crewmen...and oddly, a few have disappeared on the

1 comment:

Delphino said...

Nice work from Brad.
I can see why you are anxious to see what I will work up for you, Tim.
I will see what I can bring forth.