Humakt, Wolf and Raven
- by Ian
the Storm kin was forbidden. When Orlanth stole Death, Humakt severed
his relationship with his kin. Then he set out across the world
to recover Death. It had spread everywhere, and the world was full
of those poor creatures that had no place to go. There were so many
victims that Humakt was unsure of finding them all.
Then he noticed
Raven and Wolf. In the Chaos Age, while everyone else grew hungry,
Raven and Wolf grew fat for they discovered that the dead could
be food for the living. With his keen sight, Raven often spotted
the corpses of the dead before Death even took them. Raven loved
to pick out their eyes. Wolf knew this and followed Raven so that
he could feast on their entrails.
Humakt set out
to follow Wolf and Raven. These were dangerous times and Humakt
had to face many dire foes, but eventually he caught Raven by the
on a corpse that swung on the gallow tree, watching Humakt. He croaked
hoarsley, sensing the approach of Death. Raven's black beady eyes
peered closer, then he croaked in dissappointment. The living approached,
not the dead. There were no eyes or entrails to be had without a
said Humakt. "You have a keen eye for Death, and often first
upon the place of slaughter. Guide me to the slain, harbringer of
for me, what's for me," croaked Raven. "Give me a morsel
of flesh your flesh. A tasty treat. A gift to guide, a gift to guide."
not have a part of me without a fight, Raven. Name a champion to
fight me. If I win, you must be my eyes, and if you win you may
take your morsel of flesh."
Wolf," croaked Raven.
Wolf slunk into
fight by my rules, brother Wolf?" asked Humakt.
and fought with Humakt. Wolf was cunning, dangerous and cruel, but
Humakt was steadfast, deadly and true. So Raven had to serve Humakt
after that, offering his sight to show Humakt where he was going.