This week, NeoWorlder’s Department of History and Natural Sciences made a new translation of the fourth installment of the Book of Talos. In this section, Talos encountered a mentor figure, the Sokwe, who aided him on his journey. As the protagonist continued his quest, he embraced the importance of destiny and fate in guiding his actions.
“1:1-2-ii Shadowy Figure
Talos spoke cautiously with the blade still against his neck:
‘I am the eldest son of Kempe. I have lived on the land and sea. How dare you contemplate restraining me. If this knife is not removed from my throat, I will dismember every part of you and provide Serta the demon with sustenance. Undoubtedly, I will be the bane and end of your life.’
The figure spoke in a soft voice, uncertain of his danger.
‘I am not here to destroy you; I merely wish to comprehend what you are doing in my abode. Here, entering someone’s home without an invitation is considered impolite. Therefore, there is no justification for you to be here, consuming our food and sleeping in our beds. This is not your territory. Explain yourself, outlander.’
The voice may have been small, but it spoke with such confidence that it immediately dispelled Talos’s anger; it sounded as if the being were some elder, reminiscent of Poike. The beings then revealed themselves as three Sokwe (ape descendant) elders.
“There is no need for hostility,” one of them said. “We only want to know what you are doing in our house. So I will remove this blade, and you will explain yourself to our satisfaction.”
Another Sokwe spoke, inquiring about the origin of the ancient Skapelse. Finally, a long line of questioning ensued concerning Talos’s identity, place of birth, and reason for settling on their island.
After many hours of conversation, the immediate tensions were settled. Talos explained he was there to discover his destiny.
This excerpt from the Book of Talos reflects the fourth installment of his heroic journey. NeoWorlder’s Department of History and Natural Sciences will continue to reveal the historical documentation of his trip as different translations become available.
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