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The Black Walk
A small fire dots the dark blanket of moonless night while low chanting can be heard breaking the silence of darkness. Come closer children, for it is one of our oldest traditions that we tell the deeds of those who accept the trial of The Black Walk. The rite of passage of our tribe the Lyrune-Quah Clan of the Moon. Tonight though will be a little different for the one who Walks the path of Black is very special and tonight is more then just a passage into adulthood but full acceptance as a member of our clan.

Her Journey began 20 summers ago on a moonless night much like this one. I was following the trail of a pack of coyotes who had been raiding our sheep, when I came upon an eerie sight. I had heard just moments before the coyotes yelping in excitement over prey but as I was coming over the crest of the hill I heard them yelp in fear and a glow with hovering lights and chilling sounds broke the black of the night before me. I slowed my approach , readied myself the best I could … Wide eyed I stared at what was before me.

Wrapped loosely in a blanket was the small baby , just laying on the ground giggling , as I approached closer the haunting glow subsided . The glowing balls now that I was closer I could determine were from a spell that created lights that danced. Starting at its right breast and down its arm was this blackish birthmark that looked like intertwined snakes or tentacles of some beast. With a wave of my hand and some words I was able to determine there was no evil in the child. Which was a relief . I brought the little one back to the Elders and after they performed their rituals it was determined in multiple visions that the child was Spirit-Touched and would remain with the clan , raised as one of their own and in the ways of our people.

It wasn’t an easy road for our l hero for many trials lay before her. Among them not knowing our ways Which was made worse by being part of a nomadic tribe always on the move. She stumbled at first trying to keep up but with her perseverance she eventually was able to keep up with the swiftest of warriors. A warrior was not in her future though , She was Spirit-Touched ,she was trained in the ways of preparing our dead for their passing onto the Grand Hunting Grounds. She has started the path of Calling out the war cries of our fallen warriors with the booming rumble of thunder so they could once again strike fear into the hearts of our enemies. Something she hasn't yet mastered but like all the other challenges our hero has stepped past she eventually will.

“Her greatest moment up till tonight was when she….” (The night sky lite up with flares cutting his story short) “ Come children our hero is emerging from his Black Walk. “ A crowd already forming parted as the Chief and his entourage of wide eyed children approached the mouth of the cave. A movement in the darkness crept forward slowly coming into view just as the moon broke itself free of the dark shroud. A lean form began to come into focus from the darkness now, her long dark black hair she pushed back with her hand to reveal her sapphire blue eyes that reflected the moons glow. “At her side a large white black striped great cat with deep blue orbs for eyes at her side. I have come from my Black Walk stronger wiser and with a vision to lead me forward. I choose the name Kay-leen Voice of Spirits Rage, let the enemies of our people fear our clan even after death.” With that she was swept up by the crowd and towards the encampment.

Kay-leen opened her eyes with a smile how many times over the last couple months has she revisited that night from so many perspectives as she followed the path the vision that night set forth. She looked forward to the time she would once again sit under the stars and share stories with her Clan, but for now her journey was elsewhere and for now these people of Sandpoint would hear her tales. Meesha shifted at her side , her great bulk rolled against her. How she loved her not so little anymore cat.

* Still undiscovered by Kay-Leen was how she ended up out in the middle of nowhere.
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