To Stand Against the Red Moon
Humakt, Raven, and Wolf
Theft between the Storm kin was forbidden. When Orlanth stole Death, Humakt’s honor was outraged and he severed his relationship with his younger brother and the rest of his kin. Then he set out across the world. Death had spread everywhere and the world was full of poor dead creatures that had no place to go. Those he found he separated from the world of living, commanding that the dead must depart the world and never return. There were so many victims that Humakt was unsure of finding them all. Then he noticed Raven and Wolf. In the Greater Darkness, when everyone else grew hungry, Raven and Wolf grew fat, for they discovered that the dead couple be food for the living.
With his keen sight, Raven often spotted the corpses of the dead before death even took them. Raven loved to pick out their eyes. Wolf knew this and followed and protected Raven so that he could feast on their entrails. So Humakt set out to follow Raven and Wolf.
These were dangerous times, and Humakt had to face many dire foes, but eventually he caught up with Raven by the gallows tree. Raven perched on a corpse that swung on the tree, watching. He croaked hoarsely, sensing the approach of Death himself. Raven’s black, beady eyes peered closer; then he croaked in disappointment. The living approached, not the dead. There were no eyes or entrails to be had without a fight.
“Raven,” said Humakt, “you have a keen eye for Death, and are often the first upon the place of slaughter. Guide me to the slain, harbinger of death.”
“What’s in it for me, what’s in it for me?” croaked Raven. “Give me a morsel of flesh, a tasty treat.”
“You will not have a part of me without a fight, Raven,” replied Humakt. “Name a champion to fight me. If I win, you must be my eyes, and if your champion, then you make take your morsel of flesh.”
“Wolf, Wolf,” called Raven. Wolf slunk into the clearing.
“Will you fight by my rules, brother Wolf?” asked Humakt. Wolf grunted his agreement, so they fought as Humakti do. Wolf was cunning, dangerous and cruel, but Humakt was steadfast, deadly and true, and he defeated Wolf. So Raven had to serve Humakt after that, offering him his sight to guide Humakt to the dead.