Saturday, December 18, 2010

Excerpt #2: From the chapter, "Divided" (special early premiere!!)

Bazôkaš, the northernmost city of Kânavad, was home to one of the three Lords of the Kânín: Kahacîr was his name. He was the father of Ehóxar, who had been imprisoned by Mathion. His city was a little over ten miles from the very edge of the Várhade Kânavádo, a black range of tall jagged mountains that ran along the eastern coast of Kânavad; and it was just over one hundred and sixty leagues in a straight line from Ak’horokaš, the chief city of Kânavad: built for and dedicated to Ak’horos, the Dark Twin of Ka’én. The werewolves of Bazôkaš were larger than other werewolves, for they lived and trained in the mountains just south of their city. They became the shock troops of the armies of Kânavad. Kahacîr was the son of Bazôgoþ, the second son of Mênecoth, Father of the Werewolves.
Fifty-six leagues from Ak’horokaš was the city of Padakis that lay on the Bay of Tisîr. The lord of this city was Yehâgaf, the son of Tisîro, the eldest son of the Father. Because of its location, Padakis had become a maritime city. The werewolves of this city, however, did not build ships like the Men of Kalendu or the Wolven of Mekelir. The Kânín of Padakis were instead great swimmers, and they were slightly slimmer than those of their cousins to the north.
The Kânín of Ak’horokaš were an amalgam of these different breeds of Werewolf, and it was here that the other Lords met every five hundred years with the High Lord Azgharáth, the youngest son of Mênecoth. The Wolven called this event the Tatháleji Avarol, the Summoning of the Lords. It occurred on the seventh full moon of every fifth century, at the summit of their sacred Mountain of Ak’horos, at times referred to as the Deghad, the Black Mountain. Within the Deghad was a fell temple dedicated to perverse religious practices, and at its summit was an altar. The High Lord, accompanied by the two lesser Lords of the Kânín, ascended a winding trail to the altar first, and under the light of the Full Moon, they drew blood from their right arms, which dripped into an urn of black stone that was set atop the altar.
This ritual was done in remembrance of the blood-oath made by Azgharáth to the demon Ak’horos, as had been said before. These heinous acts earned him the title of Hréokai, Betrayer.

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