As they dropped down from the river where they just encountered mermaids, everywhere was quiet, no single noise was heard anywhere.Dike signaled everyone to remain quiet and as they carefully toss each step so as to avoid dry woods and grasses; dry woods might break under their weight and cause some noise and dry grasses when stepped on may make some crispy sound.So they were carefully throwing steps as they were moving along. They kept moving, they could see nothing dangerous though. So they were gradually losing their guard despite Dike repeatedly making gestures to them to remain as quiet as possible as they walk through this strange land.So one of them shouted when bitten by an insect and before other warriors could look back, he got whisked away.
The warrior who saw the movement of what took him away shouted and wanted to pursue, another strange creature also carries him away instantly.These creatures look like aliens, they are blind and they have no sense of smell and transparency but to make up for that, they have the incredible hearing ability.
They hunt with sound and are attracted to a place where there is noise and their transparency makes it difficult for any warrior to launch an attack on them even if you are anything as fast as them.
Some say that these creatures were aliens chased down from space, that they see but our atmosphere makes it impossible for them to see humans down here on earth but that they see themselves.This creature’s skin can repeal the strongest and sharpest spears and are about 20 times faster than humans so the warriors have no chance against these creatures. Their only way is to remain quiet and avoid being detected and hunted by these creatures.What you see after each attack from these creatures is shaking bush and trees because of their transparency.So the rest of the warriors just went flat on the floor and remained quiet as they saw movements which they suspected to be the movement of these creatures. They couldn’t figure out their shape or size or exact location just for the shaking of bushes that gives them clues that these creatures were around listening for the slightest disturbance.They remained flatted on till Dike signaled that the creatures that just attacked them have gone. So they rose and continued tiptoeing till they came out of that land to a safe place where they could finally talk.Some of the warriors were already discouraged, one started murmuring that he wants to go back, that he is tired, that he doesn’t want to die like the warriors who have died.Dike tried to tell him that there is no going back till they get the Magic Beans but he refused and turned back to run so he ran as fast as possible but as he ran back into the land of Silence, he got whisked away also by these creatures.They could see now see some part of the face of these creatures as they devour the fleeing warrior, his blood-stained their mouth and part of their faces, and this gave visibility to the warriors looking from afar.
Just like these creatures are transparent to humans, humans are transparent to it also.The rest of the warriors could see from afar how he met with his death.The distance didn’t allow them to see the image well as they stopped to watch and mourn the death of their fellow warrior.They gave him a minute's silence and promised never to tell anyone at home that he died while fleeing because the memories of cowards are said not to be worthy of remembrance.
One of the warriors who has earlier inquired why the land was called the land of silence now understands the reason.
‘Who else wants to return home’ Dike asked, ‘no one indicated’ so let’s go fetch the Magic Bean so as to save our King and return to our families.They’ve lost another 3 warriors making it a total of 10 warriors and the journey has not even started yet Obiokwu the supposed weakling whom everyone thought would be the first to die is still alive.
‘you’ll see them flying on broomsticks, putting on black hoods, with protruded caps, they are very wicked and seeks to harvest our blood if we let them, but we can resist them’ Dike said as they approach to cross the territory of witches.He then asked everyone to bring out from their bags the portion given to them by the Oracles, ‘don’t waste it, when a witch approaches you, stay composed and make sure it gets close enough then you pour this portion on the witch and it will dematerialize before your eyes, but remember, don’t waste it and don’t use it unless it’s necessary. If you waste yours, you are gone’ he added.While they were threading quietly through the path, the witches were watching them from their covens. They laughed hysterically that they just have food walk into their lands.They usually travel to the villages at night to hunt for blood, they turn into birds, or rats and
Dike reminded them, that if no one looks back no matter the sound, or noise, nothing will happen to the person.Even if you hear the voice of your wife or baby, please don’t look back, they are deceptions, your families are in the village, they can’t be here and the forces that live here can’t harm you unless you look back. When he was done speaking, He told them to proceed as he’ll lead from behind.Don’t even look back if you hear my voice calling for help; just keep moving he added as they went ahead of him into the ‘Land of No-look back’It was the elders who shared the story of the land to them and why they called it a land of ‘No look back’ their warriors observed many years ago that the forces in that land can’t harm anyone who doesn’t look back, then they went on to share stories of several of their warriors turning into pillars of salt, a rock of stone and into so many t
No matter what is flying above you, the screeching noise over you, don’t look up.Our ancestors who were warriors named it ‘don’t look up’ when they discovered that the mysterious flying creatures in this land can’t harm anyone that didn’t look up to see them.No one has been able to see so as to describe the creature on this land because those who saw them turned to ashes instantly. But we don’t need to fear. If we don’t look up no matter what, we’ll make it through this land without any harm. Dike addressed them as they made it into the land.They could see piles of ashes from various spots as they take each step. These spots are warriors they’ve heard their folklores who couldn’t survive crossing this path not because they were not mighty men of valor but because they looked up.Each step the warriors take they see another pile of ashes that remi
Don’t stop running! Immediately they took to their heels. They practiced running with a heavy log of wood as warriors so it wasn’t too difficult for Dike at first to lift the sick warrior who looked at the creatures with a mirror and run.The sick warrior, his name is EmekaThe other warriors were way ahead though they regularly look back to see if Dike was running fast enough with the unconscious Emeka on his shoulders.That was when they saw a dog-like animal, coming after Dike closely. This animal is 10 times the size of a man with a fierce-looking face and a protruded sharp tooth from under its mouth.It is said that these strange-looking animals have a good sense of smell therefore no one can hide from them, once you set your legs on their lands you just keep running. That was how the name of the land came about.The animals can’t run as fast as humans but they definitely don’t stop coming after
As they were resting and laughing at themselves for how they panicked during their last flight, one of them saw a shinning stone which he suspected to be gold. He thought of how he’ll become extremely wealthy should he return with such gold.Though Dike has told them never to do anything till he has prepped them about the land they are in and reminded them of the instructions they must yield to survive such land. This warrior secretly and quietly separated himself from others to pick up this stone.The idea of sharing the profit of selling such precious stone with another warrior should they know about it made him shrewd and kept the idea to himself.The other warriors were listening to Emeka share with them the description of the creature he saw with the aid of the mirror and what happened to him that made him passed out.Emeka just did the impossible to see the un-seeable and lived, so everyone wants to know what he saw, they were so
The people of Afugiri community gathered to pray and make sacrifices to the gods over the safety of their warriors at the shrine. The Oracle was leading the prayer and in the making of the sacrifices. They called out to the gods and ask that they save their warriors.The Oracle did some incantations after humming with ‘omu’ on his mouth for like 7 minutes. He then cut the throat of the ‘Ehi’ (bull) that the people of Afugiri jointly brought for the sacrifices. The 11 villages had contributed to buy this Bull. Everyone was willing to contribute because of their love for their King.The Oracle was dressed on leather that is embedded with cowries and small bones; he hanged several horns of gazelle and wrapped the skin of a leopard-like wrapper. His face was marked with white chalks and tiro (black-eye lash) was marked on his eyelids.The elders were all putting on pure white wrappers, raised to their bel
The Oracle told him that if he can sacrifice the person he loves most that the warriors won’t be able to make it back from their journey to get the Magic Bean.It was a very tough one, his wife Ada whom he so much loves. She was the only one who could calm him and make him smile when things are not alright and she has been firing him up to go to any length and win the throne.He thought about it but couldn’t come to terms with sacrificing her.He went to the Oracle and told him that he can’t. Well, the Oracle said, if he doesn’t, that he’ll die within the next 7 days.‘I’ll be saving myself and getting the throne if I sacrifice my beloved wife,’ Arinze said to himself as he reluctantly agreed to sacrifice her.His mood changed, he wasn’t socializing as he refused to be with anyone. Life without the woman who perfectly understands and loves him would be very hard
When the Oracle in Afugiri got to Ohuhu, the Oracle in Ohuhu already knew why he came. The gods have just revealed to him what’s going on. He immediately requested that all the married women in Afugiri be summoned to match throughout the land of Afugiri, confessing that their warriors would be back. Arinze would discourage some women to be amongst the match but the majority showed up. And later when they were done, the others who didn’t show up were meant to ‘Kwa-Iwu’ (punished) for not showing up. Very early in the morning, you could hear the words of the women as their leader declare saying ‘our warriors would be back safely’ and the rest of the women would chorus ‘Ise’ (amen). ‘No charm sent by anyone would work against them’ the leader said ‘Ise!’ was chorused. They continued speaking, calling on the gods to protect the warriors and bring them back safely. This they continued as they journey to and fro all the lands