Under the full cold moon, in the highest altitudes of the sunrise mountains Goliath twins entered the world. Destined to be separated by an act unthinkable to any parent. Ripped apart just days after birth. A final whispered breath was taken, as the tiny heart came to a halt. Half a soul evaporated from the world. From a distance a tiny wisp of glowing blue and silver smoke could be seen rise from the mountain top. Aukan Thuliaga would now walk as one half of a whole.
As years passed, it was clear Aukan was to wander. Always tracking off path, disappearing into caves through every nook and cranny. Aukan’s parents were constantly calling for her, searching for her. Unless attending basic training with the other minors, Aukan was always where she shouldn’t be. She could never explain why she kept going, despite being repetitively disciplined for leaving the tribe. All she could say was she was looking for something, though she never knew what.
Returning home on a warm sunny evening, Aukan was expecting great things to celebrate her birthday this year. Turning fourteen is when the tribe accepts you as a member of society. You have 1 lunar cycle to complete your training, before you can start learning your family trade. Thuliaga were Skywatchers, a highly respected role within the tribes, as they are the only Druids with any tribe of Goliaths. Using the stars and their constellations, sky watchers are able to gather the power of the starlight, magnifying that power and using it to create resolutions. Skywatchers were responsible for ensuring recourses were not over sourced, mapping trails through the mountings, overseeing festivals, celebrations and rituals. unbeknown to the young goliath, this day would not be remembered for her Virility Ritual.
She could smell it before she even reached the mouth of the family cave. The taste of iron filled her mouth and Aukan fell to her knees with a thud. Laid facedown, splayed across the (badly)hand-made dining table, was the decapitated body of her mother. Aukan rushed to her mothers side, tears filled her blue eyes, dulling their glow. blood soaked straight through their clothes and stuck to their skin as Aukan gently lifted the limp body off the table and laid her in her lap. tears rolled off her mottled grey cheek, and as the liquid swirled with the deep red blood it almost glowed pearlescent in the evening light. Rage slowly crawled across her clammy skin, as Aukan slowly realised the head had gone, and her father was nowhere to be seen. An immense roar that curdled the blood of any beast who heard it. The rocks in the cave rattled, snow fell from the trees outside, as the mountainside shook. Suddenly, a deadly silence fell over the tribe. bringing everything to a grinding halt. Everyone held their breath and looked up to watch the sky turn white. Snow began to plummet down the mountain, quickly closing in on the little tribe. Almost without warning everything went black.