As he walked down the street he noticed that the buildings were faded in colour. Some of the windows were broken in the shops, and boards covered others. The buildings shot up into the sky, seemingly for ever. The air was crisp and cold. He wore a long coat, made of wool, leather gloves, heavy pants, solid boots, and a knit hat, all of which were black. The buildings varied in style, some were blocky, boring and bare, while others were elaborately decorated with rounding, statues and columns. At the end of the street stood a large church, it seemed dark but at the same time serene. It had the main base and a sharp steeple with a shape on top that looked like a diamond in a circle, each point extended out of the circle and had an arrow head shape at the tip. He walked toward it, but didn't seem to draw any closer. He walked for what seemed endlessly yet felt no fatigue. The church started to get larger, slowly, very slowly, as if he was getting nearer, and as this happened he started to hear voices. Few at first, a child, an old man, a lady, someone with a very low almost inaudible voice. Then the voices got slightly louder, more frequent, more people joined in. They were chatting with each other and no one at the same time. Then they seemed to break into a low chant of unintelligible words and then broke into a chorus.
May one bring the day, May one bring the rain,
It has been seen clear, A rising of light again,
And as the night goes on, Time takes on disguises,
And as the night ends, Man also rises.
He saw Sesh at the end of the way, in front of the church. Aekus walked faster, as he did he noticed the buildings started to change, not the buildings he saw, but the ones he didn't, the ones that were coming into view were different. They became more artificial, made of metals and cleaner cut stones. The details faded as he lost focus on them. As he drew nearer Sesh, more people showed up. A child, an old man, a lady, and something that was neither man nor woman, it was not human... but not an animal. It was something in between. It was like a man combined with a falcon. It had a very elegant look but also fierce. It's wings protruded from the shoulder and the feathers long and smooth. The arms ended in hands with claws instead of fingernails. The head was that of a falcons but larger... almost a little more human in shape,being that it's neck was human, but with feathers. It wore pants that cut of above the knee and each 'sleeve' was drawn to the leg with a string. It's legs ended in talons. It wore no shirt but more of a rope, with cloth tied to it at every six inches. The rope went from it's right shoulder to it's left hip. Each cloth piece hung down a foot, and each a different colour. Aekus assumed this to be the deep voice. When he finally got to them the singing stopped, the people dissolved into a blue dust, then ascended into the air, and then out of existence. The church crumbled and as the pieces hit the ground they burst to dust, this time a deep red, and left the same way as the people. The city behind him melted into an orange pool before seeping through the ground. A dark circle appeared below him and the rest of the ground pulled away from him in every direction, quickly, until he could no longer see it. The circle turned green and spread out to become a plains. The sky turned red, and machine came over the hills. It was large and menacing, with many blades, and saws. Two men rode it, one large and muscle bound, the other short and fat. They shot guns into the air and moved the machine along swiftly. It moved on 6 large wheels, four in the front, one in the back. It came toward him faster and faster before it hit him.
Aekus woke abruptly to the sound of shouting and whooping. He jumped out of bed and went over to where he left his things. He put on his coat, grabbed his knife and the Halorie Special he got from Kreis. He threw open the flap to his hut, and was greeted by an unexpected brightness. He had slept longer than he had thought, it was early afternoon. Rushing to find Kreis he rubbed his eyes, still hurting from the abrupt brightness. Kreis found him first.
"Some men have come looking for you, they say they know you."
He ran to confirm what he had hoped. Sesh stood out side the village, being held at weapon point by the tribes men. Aekus told Kreis that these were the people he sent for.
"Sesh I'm surprised you came so quickly!"
"We missed you, it's been boring around the city lately."
"I see how it is, how did you find me?"
"Apparently you're quite famous around town, wasn't hard to find you."
Kreis led Aekus, Sesh and the others back to town. Kreis and Aekus got them up to speed on the situation.
"They have Halorie Specials... do you think it's the Northern police?" Sesh asked.
"We're not really sure, but we should be prepared for the worst." Kreis replied.
"Do you know where they come from?" - Aekus
"Usually from the west, but some times from the north." - Kreis
"Well then perhaps we scout ahead before we plan anything too large scale." - Sesh
"I agree. We can prepare huts for you but it may take some time." - Kreis
"No thanks, not really our style. We'll take up in the inn back in town, we can ask around town and supply our selves easier that way." - Sesh
"Good idea. I'll stay here and work with Kreis to get some idea on where to start the search. Perhaps someone around here knows something." - Aekus
Sesh and the extra men, there were 5 of them all together, went back to town. Aekus and Kreis went back to Kreis' hut to gather what they knew to try and find a starting point. It was now late afternoon, the sun was near setting, but still completely visible. Aekus wandered around the village a little to observe what he could. A group of men came back with the spoils of their recent hut. The women were preparing to start cooking the evening meal. Children played around in the dirt. It seemed that the villagers were calming down a little. There were still some who were a little on edge, hiding in their huts, keeping a close eye on their kids and such. The woman that had ventured into town approached him. She was a little taller, thin but fit. Her hair was raven black and braided. There were leather strands in the braids, tied at the ends. Her eyes were light brown, near yellow, like a cat. She wore a leather skirt, down to her knees, and a top starting under her arms and going down at a slant to her right hip. She looked similar to the rest of the tribe, but her eyes were lighter.
"You are Aekus. Many of us are happy for you to be here. I am glad you are help us. Why you help us with out ask for something from us?"
"I used take not ask where I am from. I was good at it, but I felt that I was stuck there. I left and instead of stealing to live, I'd live to learn. I wanted to see the world. So I left. What is your name?"
"I am called Yet'ua (yet you-ah), in your language it means Grass Panther."
"How did you get that name?"
"Here when name child, it is not at birth as with you are. It is watch child, and name by how they act and look. I was name by my eyes and when I was child I'd crawl around and chase the crickets."
"It's a nice name. What do you do around here?"
"Thank you. Women of tribe all do same. We cook and care for child mostly. Sometimes we hunt also. Men hunt and defend tribe mostly, but cook and care for child sometimes. Men here are not considered above women, and women not above men. We equal in the eyes of Sister Mat'ua (Maht you-ay), or in your language nature, but we know that people not all the same, do some things better."
"I wish the city was that fair. Where I'm from many people think women are only for cooking and cleaning, it's very sad there some times. It's been nice talking to you but I think I should be getting to bed."
"You not stay for food?"
"I want to be up early to start the look for T'ala and Rotha."
"I see well sleep well and may Sister Mat'ua bring you a good night."
He retreated to his hut, set down his weapons, put down his coat and shirt and fell asleep.