Every September after the harvest, the people of Ria’te host a ten day celebration honoring Ba’ele. Or, as the village elders put it: bribing him. Sacrifices were made daily, grain, daughters,sons, and on the last day of the festival:a Wachule.
Since time before time the Wachule had preyed upon the Ria’te and devoured their souls, making the beast extra delicious for Ba’ele the Hunter. They were massive beasts, so said the few who had slain them. You see, Wachule had the ability to become invisible, particularly in the daylight hours, making them hard to hunt and dangerous.
A hunting party was selected from the young and untested warriors to prove their loyalty to Ria’te. Those who refused were sacrificed and those who participated were worshipped as gods.
Mashteo was drawn this year and choosen to sit in the Wetae shack, a great honor she was told. But all she could…
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