Uma spent her childhood in a small fishing village on the coast of the South Sea. The main occupations of the inhabitants were either fishing in coastal waters or hunting different prey in the dense jungle surrounding the village on land. This huge, full of mysteries and dangers of the forest from an early age was beckoning to little girl from a fishing family, who, until her relatives network mined seafood, often loved for a long time to scour the green more often together with friends climbing trees and vines in search of fruits and different edible pieces, which then was eaten with gusto. Sometimes she, driven by a thirst for discovery, suit small expedition deep into the jungle in search of the gifts of nature or simply interesting and unusual places. Often young adventurer returned back to the village after midnight, tired and with a knapsack full of different fruits. Wood was her second home and at the same time a teacher, through numerous trials and errors by teaching her to produce their own food and avoid the dangers of relying only on account intuition and instincts.
For twelve years Uma already knew the forest trail, becoming one of the pathfinders of the tribe, and often accompanied hunting someone senior fellow, helping them track down prey. Finding the desired animal, she gave them a prearranged signal, imitating the cry of a bird and then watched with interest the activities of hunters from her hiding place in the trees. Instead, her fall to a small fraction of production. This suited the inquisitive girl, giving her not only a delicacy, which could stock up for the future, but also the knowledge that she absorbed like a sponge. Making its foray into the thicket, she tried to use them as much as possible, using the agility and natural claws mining small game, which then bartered in the village on different dates of her favors and the fish, which was eating in a secluded place, a fire on the coals. After he grew up, gain experience and master the bow and a short spear, Uma began to hunt for more larger animals and birds, before the former it is not too tough.
Her frequent hunting companion was a childhood friend Sarika. They met when Uma, while still being a ranger came to the shop of her father, to exchange their first production by bone knife. They were both thirteen years. While the shopkeeper brought it estimated carcass and attributed them to tanners, his daughter has already managed to get acquainted with the forest adventurer and listened with interest to the stories of her adventures in the green thicket. Stories about the beauty and the dangers of the jungle have made a huge impression on the girl, and she asked me to teach a new girlfriend and her hunting craft. Perhaps the most stay in the role of the teacher was too tempting for young pathfinder and she readily agreed, warning at the same time with a serious look that will not be easy or without bumps and abrasions can not do. To her surprise, Sarika was quite lively and stubborn girl, accompanying mentor in her expeditions and greedily digesting all that she taught. Instead, she showed Uma, how to handle a rope and taught her to make jerky, which was very comfortable in their expeditions and a good product for the exchange of Learning from each other and at honing the skills, the girls even more become friends and sixteen have already been well-coordinated team. As a token of their friendship they made two amulets made of feathers of a wounded bird, which became their talisman.
Free from hunting while girls often spent in the company of Uma cousin, Sanjit who repaired boats and gear on the fishing boats. Whenever the guy was not busy unloading the fish or not to put in order to tackle his father's boat, the three of them went to the great river that divided the surrounding jungle village into two unequal parts, and flowed into the South Sea. There they bathed, discussing business essential, shared news and just enjoyed the fruits of that old habit Yuma contrived to collect on the road or caught using harpoons couple of fishes, roasted them over a campfire. Sometimes one of the hunters took the spear, too, tried to catch something, targeting for bigger fishes. After the whole company, wet but happy shared impressions of fishing.
One day, exchanging craftsmen in production to the new string to the bow and a quiver of arrows, Uma with her girlfriend out of habit went to the pier to visit Sandzhita and see if it is free today for a hike to the river. To their surprise, the young man was not there. Fishmens who with gear told the girls that this morning he had something for a long time asked one of the pathfinders and after taking the bag more and a good spear and saying something about a big catch, went along to the north of the river. Thanking them for their details, huntresses quickly found that the boy with whom they communicated the morning buddy. Under strict Uma stare he reluctantly admitted that he only told about the adventurous fisherman one very advantageous place up the river, where the catch during spawning just a fairy tale. Releasing pathfinder, excited hunter and a friend ran with all haste to the place, trying to reach it as soon as possible. A couple of times went there during her expeditions, she knew how to catch dangerous in places. The course there was a rapid, deep river stones and slippery, making fishing there is very risky, especially for someone who by virtue of bravado or carelessness banal dare go there alone.
Young pathfinder did not lie - in spite of the danger, in fact, it was very profitable. Trying to hold on to their rocks, a fisherman and huntress who briskly wielded a spear, who spear, filling knapsacks prey. Each fish caught by them even more fueled excitement Sanjit. While Uma carefully balancing, targeting to prey, he acted more boldly, trying to catch a little more. Excited, the young man forgot about caution and trying to pierce a spear big fish, slipped, sorvashis water. Torrent quickly seized them like a sliver, carrying it further downstream.
Turning to source of cry, Uma threw the spear to the side and her legs ran along the shore of a cousin. Her heart was beating like a wild beast in a cage, and only one single thought in girl's head was worn. Dialing a deep breath, she jumped into the muddy water. Of all the forces working hands and feet, lunging to the hunter Sanjit, guided by his cries for help.
Overtook youth, she hugged him to her left hand, while continuing to paddle right. Sarika ran after them along the shore, trying not to lose sight of. The current carried them further and Uma fought as best she could with him, trying to move toward the shore. When she saw ahead of a fallen tree hangs low over the water, she decided to grab this chance. Gathering all his strength, as it was possible emerging from the water and wrapped around mossy trunk with her free hand, she hung on it, holding cousin. Gripping claws into the bark, the young huntress moved carefully down the barrel to the shore. The tree was old and rotten, crackling dangerously under the weight dangling on it wildlings and at any moment might break again giving them free flow.
Barely reaching the shore, tired girl gave a nod sign girlfriend, so she helped her pull Sanjit harried out of the water. Even more precarious leaning on a log, she pushed his foot against smeared root water and pulled by Sarika, pulled the boy to the land. Lowering his hands on his head, hunter crashed near being completely exhausted heavy swim and fight against the rapid stream. Taking a deep breath, she quickly fell asleep. Clasping her head under a hastily filled with leaves and grass sack, loyal friend took fire and uncomplicated food for their entire company. While she slept, two gravs, impressed by her courage and determination filled her womb. Waking up after a while on something kicks it from the inside, Uma noticed that her stomach is now noticeably rounded, unfastened her leather vest. Touching her belly by hand, she gasped as he felt another kicks. Seeing that she came to herself, Sarika distracted from cooking and gently hugged her friend. Huntress telling what happened while she slept, Yuma girlfriend congragulated young huntress with the fact that she now become Maiesta. Forest adventurer took the news with optimism, with a smile, a wink of her new roundness.
After relaxing by the campfire and dinner, the girls with Sanjit returned to the village. Celebrating with family the guy salvation, Uma thought that she would do now. What happened today and what was in her womb gave her new strength, and she found herself thinking that it's a sign it's time to take a step further, the new expedition is waiting for her. After the celebration, she and a friend went to the artisans. After ordering her return for stockpiled in the cache skins and feathers, comfortable leather pants, vest under its new contours and a large shirt, Hume put in order her new bow and spear, and two days later, saying goodbye to family and friends, set out on his first at this long journey through the lands of Prognora.
Tayen or Tauri how she called by her friends, was born and raised in one of the bovian tribes that roamed over vast prairies simple in the far west. Her childhood was spent in the way - from the edge of the civilized lands, where her tribe stopped in order to exchange some simple-minded products and drugs for weapons and food to the dense grassland stretched near oases, where they each spring stop to replenish energy after a long journey and give praise to the Great Fiery Bull and Great wet nurses because they are from one year to help them to overcome all the hardships and difficulties, giving the whole tribe of strength and endurance, healthy and strong children of women, as well as anger and bravery in the battle of their soldiers. In those regions, the relative safety of the women of the tribe could safely engage offspring education, supplies and belongings, the men could hone their military skills, and shamans - to fill the reserves of herbs and indigenous potions and potions, the excess of which subsequently serve as a good product in a trade with civilized brethren from farm borderland communities.
The entire route that roamed seed from year to year, fraught with many dangers. Often, the soldiers had to repel the attack of robbers preying on the caravans and to stand guard during a pass, protecting the sleepers from predatory creatures. Young Tayen sincerely admired their strength and determination and dedication that they showed on the battlefield, often secretly watching their workouts. Once armed with found somewhere snag, bovian girl tried to repeat what he saw to be the same as her brother. The latter was for her example, and from an early age Tayen aspired to be as strong and brave as he was. She is very proud that he and their father, standing shoulder to shoulder with the rest of the soldiers, every day vigilantly guards the rest of the tribe. Being by nature bold and resolute, she did not want to hide behind them, and with all his soul longed to be with them on the battlefield. Her father, Antinanko, a seasoned warrior, who saw in my life a lot of battles was against this desire. Not wanting to expose the dangers of his only daughter, he was against her desire to follow in his footsteps. His determination was faced with the growing obstinacy Tayen. Young bovian girl seriously decided to stand firm, and no amount of persuasion or threats will not give the desired result. This went on for two months until the spring tribe did not come back on extensive grazing. There's a powerful fighter, tired of the endless disputes with the stubborn and willful daughter, finally succumbed to her. Having a rite of passage to the soldiers, particularly girl braided pigtail in memory of this event. Personally making his cudgel and shield Tayen willingly stood in the ranks of the fighters. Now all it took time training and patrols that none of predators or other intruders are not able to come to the camp unnoticed. When it's time again to leave the blooming meadows, the girl was already a full-fledged warrior, ready to fight. Together with his brother and other young soldiers she covered the rear of the tribe during the campaign. All subsequent year she spent on the march with the comrades, sharing with them all the hardships of the way and run-ins with predators. With them, she shared a modest meal around the campfire and was on patrol during the holidays. Such a life, in spite of the danger and risk, for it was the best, because it is fighting for those who were dear to her. With these warriors she would gladly have sat side by side on a holiday in honor of the patron spirits of the tribe, which is celebrated every year in the spring. And this time she was ready to celebrate it in the present.
Preparations began, barely Stonehoof tribe returned back to the abundant pastures oases, breaking a long way from the civilized lands. Shamans closely monitor their progress, giving directions tribesmen. In the middle of the camp lay down large bonfires in honor of the Great Fire Bull, who led them on a long and difficult journey, and were put around the big tent, next to which women prepared food for the coming feast.
Tayen and her friend Nayelli was instructed to collect fruits and berries from the surrounding trees and bushes. Taking a large wicker basket, the girl went to carry out its mission. Filling the two baskets, they gradually moved further and further away from the camp and soon reached the edge of the oasis. While tearing girlfriend fruit from the trees next to a small lake, a young warrior with the help of the stone cutter searched nearby yam. This skill she was taught during the similar and now had an excellent opportunity to practice it.
Suddenly she caught the edge of the ear rising familiar clatter. Looking around, she cautiously walked toward the sound and saw the source of the stamping. They were centaurs raiders attracted bright fires, burning in the camp of the tribe. Trying to avoid the sentinel. robbers diligently looked for weaknesses in his defense. Put your ear to the ground and listen, the girl got up and snatched from behind a club, began to prepare for battle. Having a friend to immediately hide in the nearby bushes, bovian girl carefully followed the uninvited guests, trying to determine their amount. Judging by the trail, there are only two. Little. Stronger clutching their weapons, Tayen was already preparing to attack and neutralize them as one of the centaurs suddenly distracted and galloped toward the bushes rustle attracted wafting out.
Remembering that a her friend ordered to take cover in the bushes, Tayen in all haste ran for raider and nearly he approached the bushes, brought down upon him the full force of her club. From the powerful and unexpected blow from behind, raider lost his balance and stumbled, fell to the ground with scream. His team-mate, what heard the sounds of battle had already rushed to the rescue, menacingly waving a copper mace. Firmly gripping her shield, she stood between him and her girlfriend and how she had been taught, and prepared to take the first blow with her shield.
The fight was short but fierce, becoming a test for her strength and skills. It was a struggle and experience of violence against the courage and brute power of a heavy wooden clubs. Desperately trying not to give the hijacker to harm her friend, Tayen heaped upon him all her rage, then attack, then again hiding behind the shield. As a result, after a powerful attack, exhausted centaur with a dull groan, fell to the ground. Impressed by her courage in battle with the hijackers, two Ardent and one Savage Gravs settled in her womb. Young bovian girl,suddenly feeling a heaviness and fullness in her belly and fell to one knee. Based on their arms, the girl touched by her palm her bloated belly and felt a light kick from the inside, then another. Her friend, having got out of her hiding place and helped Tayen to stand up to feet and examined the new roundness of yound warrior-girl, said that from now on Tayen became a Maiesta.
Returning to the camp of the tribe, the warrior-girl immediately went to the shaman to ask for advice. After listening attentively and examining the girl, wise men just said that now the spirits define its path and it can only admonish her. Shrugging, young bovian girl decided that since she fell so, then so be it. Tidy her weapon and shield, she hung on her shoulder bag with supplies and immediately after the holiday, with the family's and the elders blessing, went on a long journey through Prognora, seeking applications to her abilities. Before leaving, she traditionally braided pigtails two special - one in memory of the formation Maiesta, and the other - that she now travels by herself.
Wandering from one village to another and performing small tasks, she gradually earned a reputation and a certain amount of bucks to new armor. Pick up leather armor for her new forms, Tayen got a job as a security guard to one trader. One day, guarding the caravan on the way to Arkovia, during a stop at a roadside tavern, willful girl squabbled with one mercenary who egged her on the dispute by insisting that it will overcome in the struggle on hands easily. Driven by passion and courage, bovian warrior almost agreed, ready to gamble all her money, but hunter-wildling intervened in the dispute, sharply rising between its participants. Very persistent and she petitioned the excited disputants, eyeing each of them harsh and cold eyes. Get away from it for a good retort, bovian girl and mercenary silently returned to their tables. Later, after looking for her new familiar, Tayen noticed the rounded belly of the hunter-girl and understand that she had just met another Maiesta that her intervention saved the hot temper caravan guard from unnecessary trouble. Having ordered two mugs of ale, Tayen sat down at a table to the hunter and started a conversation with her. Soon, to learn more about each other, they had fun talking, discussing their journey and in case that marked the beginning of their acquaintance. So she met Uma Jain, maiesta-willdlinga, hunter and mercenary. She readily agreed to help with security, at the same time promising to look after a new girlfriend, so she inadvertently not fint the troubles somewhere else.
In her spare time, Caitlin loved with the other children to listen to ballads of wandering bards and their fanciful tales of ancient times and the wonders of magic and sorcery. Their stories excite the imagination, and excite her soul and drawing mysterious and full of amazing and unusual view of the world of things. The mysterious world of spirits attracted her, and often, completing all the works in the barn, the little girl ran to sneak into the grove of the Druids to watch live the way they conduct their ceremonies, communicating with them with the nature. Being by nature very curious, she devoted every spare moment to its investigations, always trying not to miss any chance to learn something new, and at times, literally pulling back issues older relatives and traveling merchants who came to the village to exchange goods.
When Caitlin was sixteen, her parents, seeing active interest in the younger of the daughters of the mysterious, decide to channel the energy of a young girl in a useful direction for the clan and give it to the student to the village witch-herbalist, who lived near the forest.How they thinking, everyone will be happy - and daughter get a case on their own interests and clan will be another healer. In addition, it will be able to apply her knowledge in everyday life and in work.
From the day immediately after the usual works on the farm, she hung up on his shoulder canvas bag and went to the outskirts of the village to get a lesson from his new mentor. The old herbalist was strict with her sometimes overly agile and eager student, demanding that it has more concentration and attention, which is very often that is not enough. The subtle and ancient art of witchcraft and herbalism was much more complicated than it seemed young fidget. It turned out that an aura of mystery and riddles hidden many different subtleties and nuances that need to be taken.
Mastered all of this complex science was not easy, but stubborn, hard work and desire to know what is there, further, made it harder to compress her teeth and go forward. And the more she learned, the more amazed at the power of nature and the wonders that it gives people. Gradually, the first to do a little guidance mentor, first in her hut in the forest for collecting herbs in the village, and after helping her to prepare some drugs and helping to heal small wounds and diseases, Katelyn Day after day delve into the intricacies of healing arts, more learned of its various techniques, the medicinal properties of various plants, fungi and roots, about where they grow, how they procure, how to store and how to apply in certain cases. She eagerly absorbed all that told her mentor, following her everywhere. One spring day, when she collected on the instructions of grass on the bank of a small river on the edge of the forest, curiously examining and studying each, her thirst for knowledge has attracted the attention of one Erudite Grav. Busy collecting the ingredients and their distribution by hanging small bags on the belt, the girl suddenly felt at first a little weight, and then something easily kicked her from the inside. Sitting on the grass in surprise, Caitlin looked down and found that her stomach noticeably rounded, pulling her dress. Gathering his strength and picked up the fallen belt with pouches, the girl as soon as possible went to her mentor, to tell her what had happened. Seeing what happened to the student and carefully listening to its confused story, wise woman hugged her and congratulated with the awakening as a Maiesta. Such a sudden change in my life much surprised country girl and, at the same time, aroused her curiosity. She wanted to learn more about it, to understand that now lives within it. Children's interest in the world of spirits sprang anew, supported by a surprise guest who had settled in her womb.
Thoughts about this since haunted Caitlin. Even when she was working with her sisters in the barn or help to mentor heal the villagers, they did not leave her. All the knowledge what she has about maiestas and the world of spirits, has been taken from ballads and myths, it seemed too vague and inquisitive mind demanded a more precise and detailed knowledge. Driven by curiosity, she tried to ask everyone in the village, who in her opinion could know anything. With a head immersed in the search for answers she did not notice that another reason for the issues found her. Picking up one morning, water from a well for the cattle, she suddenly felt the increased heaviness in the stomach. Felt her free hand, the young healer noticed that now it has become greater. Now, when she settled in another Erudite Grav, some interesting details it cleared, but still a lot still remained a mystery. And so she decided to continue her quest despite the new difficulties.
A week later, on the feast day of Spring flowers, dedicated to the goddess of fertility, Caitlin, decorating with the help of her sisters and modify her dress belt with bags in his sword-belt, heartily celebrated with them. On this day, when her clan celebrated the beginning of the planting season, the whole village was filled with joy and gladness. Of course, now she could not afford as before, to dance to the sound of lutes and flutes, but with great pleasure as a child, listening to the ballad of distant lands and heroes. But the interesting thing was to be ahead. According to ancient tradition, on this day the goddess priestesses gathered in the field and performed their rites, that it granted to farmers bountiful harvest and cattle were healthy and gave a good issue. Girl really wanted to talk to them, to tell these wise and knowledgeable women to their history, to get the answers you need. And until she decided to relax a bit, enjoying the song-tales of distant lands.
She has been disturbed the loud cry of one of her aunts who fled with screaming from the pasture and desperately calling for help. The heart of the young herbalist immediately beat faster. Jumped up, Caitlin, along with the other villagers ran up to her. Having frightened the woman a little water with soothing herbs, she wasted no time asked what had happened. Catching her breath, trembling voice, woman said that a flock of sheep that grazed her two brothers has been attacked by wolves and one of the young men was wounded, protecting the flock. Having received this answer, she immediately asked how to get her to the pasture as soon as possible. With her belly was hard to run a place in time, so she asked the two strong men to take her to the brothers.
Hardly hunters helped her get to the hut on the edge of the pasture, peasant girl immediately ran to the wounded. Hardly coping with anxiety, she examined his every wound, trying to remember everything that has taught the old helbalist. Turning to men, she told them to bring her water to wash the wound and clean rags, and said to her second brother to run faster to the village for help. Excitement and fear and then invaded the mind of a girl who at that time was trying to quickly find the right cure. She often helped her mentor to treat wounds and diseases, but never before has she had to do it herself. Rinse thoroughly, and treating all wounds, she carefully bandaged them, and then made his brother a soothing compress. Panting, she wiped her hand sweat from his forehead and a faint voice called out one of her helpers. Going with it the fresh air, she sat down on the grass in a nearby tree. All she felt beside the fatigue, this is how her belly is growing like anything else lodged inside her. Putting both hands on the stomach, Caitlin felt movement inside. Seeing her desperate rush two gravs, Astral and Ardent settled in her womb. Taking a deep breath, herbalist washed with fresh water from wineskin and she took a couple of sips. Soon came to the rescue to help the villagers carried her along with the wounded in the quack shack.
The next morning, asking her uncle to help herbalist traveled to the sanctuary of the goddess, wanting to know what to do now to get answers to other questions. Having brought gifts priestess asked the young healer sit on a small mat and listened to her attentively. When the peasant girl finished her story, the elder servant nodded knowingly. Referring hand to girl belly, she told her about what she knows about spirits that live in the womb of maiestas.But what fing harmony and live with them young healer must know herself. And the weight of her womb does not interfere with the free movement, a wise woman began to teach the villager girl to magic of gravity.
After a couple of months of training, wearing a traveling dress and a new sash, Caitlin took a knapsack with supplies, his sword belt with pouches and took in his right hand a staff, said goodbye to his clan, and for the first time in his life left his native village to take the first steps into the world, where in the course of their search, he met at a roadside tavern two of his future girlfriends, mayest - Tayen Stonehoof and Uma Jain.