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The Witch And Hunters

Beware there lives a witch

By Tebogo RamhotaPublished about a year ago 6 min read
The Witch And Hunters
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In a dense forest on the outskirts of a small village, a mad witch named Morgana lived in a hut. The villagers had been wary of her for as long as they could remember, for she was known to be wicked and would cast spells on anyone who dared cross her. She was feared by many and avoided by all.

One day, two hunters, Jack and Tom, entered the forest in search of game meat. They were unaware of the witch's presence in the forest and had no idea of the danger that lay ahead. As they were tracking a deer, they stumbled upon the witch's hut.

The witch, who was in her garden at the time, saw the two men and knew they were hunters. She decided to have some fun with them and cast a spell that made them unable to move. Jack and Tom were petrified as they stood there, unable to move a muscle.

The witch approached the hunters and asked them what they were doing in her forest. The hunters explained that they were just looking for game and meant no harm to her or her land. The witch laughed and said, "I don't believe you. I think you're here to harm me, and I won't let that happen."

Jack and Tom begged the witch to let them go, but she refused. She said that she would only release them if they could answer a riddle she would ask. If they couldn't answer it correctly, they would have to stay with her forever. The hunters agreed to the witch's challenge and waited for her to ask the riddle.

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The witch began to speak. "I am not alive, but I grow. I don't have lungs, but I need air. I don't have a mouth, but water kills me. What am I?"

The hunters were puzzled and couldn't think of an answer. They thought hard and long but to no avail. The witch smiled and said, "Time's up. The answer is fire. You couldn't answer my riddle, so you'll have to stay with me forever."

The hunters were devastated. They didn't want to spend the rest of their lives with the wicked witch. Suddenly, Jack had an idea. He remembered a legend he had heard about witches and their love for shiny objects. He whispered to Tom, "I have an idea. I have a shiny silver knife in my pocket. Let's offer it to the witch in exchange for our freedom."

The hunters approached the witch and said, "We have something that you might like." The witch, curious, asked what it was. Jack pulled out the shiny silver knife and said, "This is a magical knife that can cut through anything. It's yours if you let us go."

But then, Morgana began to laugh. She said that she was impressed by their bravery and that she would spare their lives. However, she had one condition - they had to find her a rare herb that grew on the other side of the forest.

The hunters had no other choice but to agree to Morgana's request so that she can let them go, Morgana fell for their trick and they used the chance and ran off and never came back. One night, another two set of two brave hunters, John and Michael, decided to venture into the forest to hunt for food. As they were walking, they heard strange noises coming from Morgana's lair. They thought it was an animal and decided to investigate.

As they approached the lair, they saw Morgana chanting a dark spell. She was summoning a powerful demon from the underworld. The hunters knew that they had to stop her before it was too late. They drew their swords and charged at her.

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Morgana was not afraid. She summoned a horde of monsters to fight the hunters. The battle was fierce, and the hunters fought bravely, but they were outnumbered. They managed to wound Morgana, but she laughed and said that they would never defeat her.

Suddenly, the ground shook, and the demon emerged from the underworld. It was massive, with red eyes and sharp teeth. It roared, and the hunters knew that they had to run. They tried to escape, but the demon was too fast. It caught John and Michael and dragged them to Morgana's lair.

Morgana was pleased with her victory. She chaired the hunters and said that they would make excellent sacrifices to the demon. The hunters knew that they were doomed and prayed for a miracle.

Suddenly, a bright light appeared, and a figure emerged from it. It was a powerful sorcerer who had come to stop Morgana. He cast a spell that banished the demon back to the underworld and broke Morgana's power.

The hunters were freed, and they ran away from the lair as fast as they could. They never returned to the forest and warned everyone about the dangers of Morgana. They knew that they had narrowly escaped death and were grateful to be alive.

However, Morgana was not defeated. She vowed revenge on the hunters and the sorcerer who had thwarted her plan. She retreated to her lair and started to plot her revenge.

Years went by, and the hunters lived their lives, but they always felt a sense of unease. They knew that Morgana was still out there, waiting for her chance to strike.

One day, John received a message from a traveler who had been to the forest. The traveler said that he had seen Morgana's minions gathering in the forest, preparing for an attack. The hunters knew that they had to act fast.

They gathered their weapons and set off to the forest, determined to stop Morgana once and for all. However, they were too late. Morgana had already cast a powerful spell that unleashed a horde of monsters on the village.

The hunters fought bravely, but they were overwhelmed. They knew that they were no match for Morgana's power. They watched as their village was destroyed, and their families were killed. They realized that they had failed and that Morgana had won.

Morgana emerged victorious, and the hunters were never seen again. Their story became a legend in the village, and people would tell it as a warning to those who dared to venture into the forest. Morgana continued to live in her lair, feared by all, and no one ever challenged her again.

Years passed, and the village remained haunted by the memory of the hunters and the mad witch. The villagers avoided the forest at all costs and prayed that Morgana would never unleash her dark magic again.

But one day, a group of adventurers arrived in the village. They had heard the stories of Morgana and the hunters and were eager to explore the forest. They believed that they could defeat the witch and rid the village of her curse.

The villagers warned them of the dangers, but the adventurers were not afraid. They believed in their skills and set off into the forest, determined to find Morgana's lair.

As they walked deeper into the forest, they saw signs of Morgana's power everywhere. Trees were twisted, and the ground was covered in a thick fog. The air was filled with an eerie silence, and the adventurers felt a sense of unease.

Suddenly, they heard a voice whispering in their ears. It was Morgana, warning them to turn back. But the adventurers were determined to press on.

They finally reached Morgana's lair, but she was ready for them. She had been waiting for years, preparing for the day when someone would challenge her power again.

The battle was fierce, and the adventurers fought bravely. They had come prepared with powerful weapons and spells, but Morgana was too powerful. She summoned a horde of monsters to fight them and cast a spell that turned their own weapons against them.

One by one, the adventurers fell, and Morgana laughed as she watched them die. She was pleased with her victory and knew that she had finally defeated her enemies.

In the end, only one adventurer remained a young woman named Elena. She had managed to evade Morgana's attacks and was determined to stop her. She summoned all her courage and cast a powerful spell that banished Morgana's power forever.

Morgana was defeated, but the cost was great. The village was destroyed, and the memory of the hunters and the adventurers would forever haunt the survivors. Elena, the only survivor of the adventurers, left the village and never returned.

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The forest remained dark and haunted, a place where no one dared to venture. The memory of Morgana and her dark magic remained, a warning to all those who dared to challenge the power of the supernatural. And so the legend of the mad witch and the hunters lived on, a reminder of the dangers that lurk in the shadows.

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