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PostSubject: One Jaguar in Shadowdale   Wed Mar 18, 2015 1:53 pm

Following the crisis in leadership in Shadowdale a ferocious and foreign looking hunter known to most locals as Hun-Balam, known to make trade with the local merchants, seems to take more permanent residence in the western part of the town by the riverside.

There, the warrior sets up camp, and begins to scout the town and surrounding areas. The hunter had been previously known to have based himself near the area of the Two Forts to the east, so this change of location would seem unusual. There is rumor that the hunter was seen at dusk a certain distance west past the river with a large, predatory black feline. The beast departed to the west and has not been seen since.

If asked or detained, Hun-Balam will answer that he is making preparations for when the undead come, as Shadowdale will become his hunting grounds then and any hunter must know the terrain if success is to be obtained.

He still makes trade with the locals and leaves daily to patroll the forests to the east, but always returns by night and submits to search proccedures when requested, to return to the camp by the riverside.
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PostSubject: Re: One Jaguar in Shadowdale   Wed Mar 18, 2015 3:28 pm

The Guards... watch him.... giving him odd glances, but as he does not brake any rules or laws.. they leave him alone.
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PostSubject: Re: One Jaguar in Shadowdale   Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:52 pm

Winter may be almost finishing, but that does not stop the hunter to pledge the protection of the Beastlord in these dark and troubled times to the people of Shadowdale. A notice is placed on the public board by the Inn and the Merchant's building:

Hun-Balam wrote:
"The undead come, and the hunter Hun-Balam will see to their extermination. But the people of Shadowdale must prepare  in the meantime and the farmers and their families need sustenace. Winter is almost at an end, the Feast of Stags is traditionally celebrated through winter. But the families of Shadowdale must not go hungry when their resources are diminished by outsiders and besieged by the undead enemy, and abandoned by their former leaders. A special hunt is thus proclaimed in honor of the Beastlord.

This hunter will provide fresh meat daily at dusk in the western part of town by the river. Those that need nourishment most, specialy widows, aged folk, infirm individuals, and orphan children, will be provided for. First come first serve. The Sanctity of the Table will be enacted, so all are welcome regardless of their faith and allegiance.

This will continue for as long as needed."

Thus, the hunter will continue with his daily routine of patrolling the outskirts of the town, heading to the eastern forests and returning at dusk, but now carrying a variety of bushmeat obtained in a daily hunt of the local fauna. He will also from time to time chase larger prey such as deer, wolves or bears and perform the killing within view of Shadowdale's eastern gate, in order to obtain a larger quantity of food and ensure the freshnes, while displaying the prowess of a true hunter. A performance of the droning Bloodsong when accomplishing such a hunt will always follow the death of the quarry.

True to his word, the hunter welcomes all to partake in the nightly feast. He will cook the meat on the spot or give it to those that prefer to take it home uncooked. For those staying, he will perform specific ritual prayers and chants in honor of the Beastlord, as they should accompany feasting on any beast slain during a hunt.

The hunter makes sure to educate those curious and willing about the tenets of Malarite faith, such as survival of the fittest and winnowing of the weak, the fact that a brutal, bloody death has great meaning; that the hunt is the fulcrum of life and death, and the focus point of life is the challenge between the hunter and the prey: the judgment of who may live or die. Slay not pregnant wild creatures, young wild creatures, or deepspawns so that dire beasts to hunt may always be plentiful. He makes particular emphasis on the fact that the farmers should be mindful of not infringing and cutting back excessively into the woods in the greedy pursuit of land, for that will lead to ruin.  The hunter assures those present that they should not fear and slay beasts just because they are dangerous, and that those that praise the Beastlord will be spared and delivered from such troubles.

Malarites are expected to view every important task as a hunt and to remain ever alert and alive. They must walk the wilderness without trepidation, as Malar does, and must show no fear in the hunt. By being bold, they expect to win the day.  He publicly criticizes those that do not believe in survival of the strong, but in a weak-minded balance that allows the inferior to survive and often to rule, such as it appears to be happening in Shadowdale to the detriment of the people. The hunter talks of his admiration to the hardy farmers of Shadowdale, and hopes that they will cultivate their own might in order to persevere through the difficult times ahead, of course with the blessing of the Beastlord.
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