Our strategy was to divide ourselves into four groups and then attack from the four walls surrounding the Redican lands. As slave owners, the Redicans had handlers who trained the humans on different vocations required of them. Father once told me that the Redicans usually spend most of their effort in building and developing their civilisation and they hoped to reach the skies someday, but those were dreams yet to be set in motion or so we thought.
They did put up heavy foundations on the foot of their lands, but with thousands of my Purican brothers, I knew this day marked the end for the Redicans. We marched forward without fear.
The Redicans were more civilised compared to the Puricans. They never made an attempt to wage an all-out war against the Puricans but our chief believed that the small-scaled attacks by their scouts may mean something deeper than we thought, he feared that if he did not cripple them in time, he wouldn’t have anything left to rule soon and most importantly, they were cutting short our food supply.
His orders were; slaughter the entire Redican bloodline, capture the humans they kept as slaves and slaughter them as well and or return them for food. In other words wipe the Redicans and bring the food home.
It used to be very easy for the Puricans to catch the humans before the Redicans began hunting them because the humans loved staying in secured nice places mostly near springs, in valleys, beautiful forests and some beneath mountains. Their settlements could be detected and traced easily because they were fond of dancing and playing drums as they sing at night, midnight was always best since it was natural they would be weakened by their daily activities and must rest.
Most of the humans that were hunted by the Puricans were killed in their sleep. By the time they woke up running, it would just be their headless bodies jumping, before we gather and pile them up for transportation.
My work mainly was the protection of my people against our kind from other kingdoms and chiefdoms. The Puricans hardly questioned why I never raised my sword against the humans.
Mother believed that our race feared the humans would soon grow strong and powerful to be stopped from taking all the territories. The best plan was to consider them as food and means of survival, and for whatever reason the Redicans do not eat the humans, she never knew.
I think both the Puricans and the Redicans felt threatened by the growing population of the humans, and their great strength and power from within so the best thing was to reduce their size and strength to nothing before it become too late.
The Redicans did not idolise war and seldom attack the Puricans, especially in the process of hunting the humans. However, both sides believed that the other side was affecting its growth and development, the clash was inevitable.
The elders said that in the days of old, some Puricans were captured and enslaved by the Redicans and only a few escaped, no one knew what happened to the rest that were left. Until this day we had no evidence whether it was true, but I never cared about history and all the silly stories and tales. My mind was on the mission. I just wanted to fight, and most importantly conquer the Redicans at that time in order to go back to Anna.
We arrived late after sunset and not as planned but it did not affect our strategy; we were to attack when their lights go off but it seemed they had a fete which lasted through the night.
We heard songs and drum beats from where we staged ourselves, we could see them dance and they were all gathered around the central of the settlement which appeared to be their king’s palace, the Redicans danced like the humans do, maybe it was true they shared same ancestral spirit and interbred.
Their activity was taking too much time, and it was already passed midnight and we needed to make sure the fight ended before sunrise. It was said that they had a weapon that used the sun rays which could burn any intruder once they point it at you, these weapons were said to be mounted on the four sides of the walls that covered their land and heavily guarded.
We knew that the surprise night attack would be the best in order to minimise casualty from our side. But I was growing impatient, maybe the best time to attack them would be while the celebration was still on, because it appeared that they were intoxicated and almost all of them were gathered in the same place so I turned to the ones I came with and told them we must launch the attack while the celebration was still going on and after I explained my reasons to them. They agreed with me so I sent out six others to go warn the other Puricans that they should strike, two to each separate group just in case one could not make it to deliver the message.
I took a few from my group and approached the wall, there we climbed up and slaughtered the guards in charge of the weapon on that side of the enclosure. We could not wait for the others so we began to crawl in slowly as we slay the ones we encounter.
We swept them as we moved, all I wanted was to get my hands on their king. We began to hear commotion amidst them and many of them began to run so we knew they must have sensed our presence or that one of the groups had entered too from another side. The Redicans were caught off guard and unprepared for war. We took down their sun-ray weapons with ease and rained terror upon them and the battle continued until dawn.
We set their houses on fire as we pounced on them, pulling down their pillars. I secretly tried my best to open all the cages where the humans were kept so they’d escape and not be captured. However, few of them were killed as well by both the Redicans and the Puricans in the cause of the attack, but we reduced the number of the Redicans to nothing as I faced their warriors and shamed them all. We left no stone unturned.
It was a gift, I was so great in battle I slay thousands so much it appeared as though my Purican brothers were invincible and I was invisible.
After making sure all were wiped off, we advanced to the king’s palace and entered his compound. I told the others to stay behind, that was my major task, to take him down alone and deliver his head to our chief.
Their king refused to run, he stayed and watched his entire kingdom fall, and no one was spared. When I entered his chamber, he was all alone and I met him singing seated on his throne as he continued to sing sipping the drink from his big shiny cup and didn’t even bother with my presence.
“Come in Buga!” said the king as he admired the golden rings on his fingers.
I walked slowly to him setting my eyes around and ready to kill anyone who would come out but I saw no one, cowards they were.
“My own are either dead or have escaped,” he added as he pointed to a chair for me to sit, I grabbed the heavy chair made of bronze and dragged it close to his throne as it screeched. I made my way and placed it right before his golden throne and sat down staring into his eyes, he was an old Redican, older than all our elders and he had no fear of me in him.
His face was old and wrinkled, strong large eyes like a beast still filled with its pride he smiled at me. Even though I knew he was too old and too weak to face me, a deep sense of fright stirred in me as he stared into my eyes.
“Many, many moons ago the oracle foretold that this kingdom can only be brought to its knees by its own! But that was even before I made the gravest mistake of my life!” he said.
I did not know what he meant but he had no place to run to so I decided to rest listening to him talk.
“When I was told that hundreds of guards were slaughtered by one Purican few moons back, I buried my head in the ashes and cried that day. I cannot remember how your mother looked like that day but I and my Redican brothers were so young and wild, all we wanted to do was just to go hunting with our fathers. Then two of my brothers decided we take a different route that day, and we did, leaving the fathers. We didn’t know how it happened but we came across these young beautiful Purican mates by the stream and my brothers caught one of them and forced me to…well, they forced me. At first I refused but later for some reason I didn’t want them to call me a coward so I did as expected, I happened to be the youngest…and dumbest. It was later that they laughed at me telling me no Redican had ever slept with a Purican before, they laughed at me so hard I could not stand it, I could not let them tarnish my name. So while on our way back to the lands, I killed them both,” Said the Redican king.
I did not understand what he was trying to say so I stood up holding my sword.
The Redican king smiled at me.
“Son, sit down!” he said.
I giggled and sat down, I thought it was a sheer move to deceive or delay me over my mission but the look on the king’s face marvelled me. The king had a mix of fear and joy in his eyes.
“I know nothing can stop you from doing what you were destined to, but I also believe that you have the right to know who fathered you. I highly doubt if your spirit will agree to taste the human blood my son…so tell me, do you feed on the human flesh like the rest of your half-brothers?” asked the Redican king.
I interrupted him with a slice of my sword and beheaded him, his body fell to its knees, then to the ground as his head rolled over the side. I untied the bag which was wrapped around my waist, picked up his head and dropped it in the bag. Before I closed the bag, I peeked into it and his red eyes were still wide opened as though he was still alive. I fastened it and tied the bag back on my waist and then picked one of the fruits on the ground that fell from his table and gave it a big bite as I walked away.
I didn’t want to think about what he had said, anybody can say or do anything to run away from or escape death, especially the Redicans, such cowards they were. Nothing can come between me and mother, she was special.
The Redican king said what he had to say and I did what I had to do.
I left everything he said right there in his throne room where his headless body lay, never to think of it again nor let it bother me. Maybe that was the warrior’s way, I was born strong and wild, even though my only weakness is compassion for the humans, I am still strong, a strong Purican warrior.
We decided to leave some of our Purican brothers behind to guard the conquered kingdom and wait for our chief’s command on what to do next, they had a lot of work to do; pile up all the dead and burn them, by the time the sun was up, only the Puricans were left standing. The humans have fled and probably some Redicans but we spared none that crossed our path in that kingdom.