|Blood and Bone|
|Chapter 1||Chapter 2|
|Chapter 3||Chapter 4|
|Chapter 5||Chapter 6|
|Chapter 7||Chapter 8|
|Chapter 9||Chapter 10|
|Chapter 11||Chapter 12|
|Chapter 13||Chapter 14|
In the third moon of the third year of the Great
Drought, we put out to sea from the estuary of
Holy Ubaryd. On the fifteenth day of the third
moon we arrived at an island of the barbarian
Falarese. From then on, we were harassed by
contrary winds, which delayed our arrival. Further,
we encountered treacherous fields of ice that could
only be navigated with the greatest care. It was not
until the eleventh moon when we finally dropped
anchor at the mouth of a great river. Certain it
is that so short a visit cannot encompass all the
customs and peculiarities of this country, yet we
may at least outline its principal characteristics.
Customs of Ancient Jakal-Uku
Since she was a child, growing up in a Jacuruku jungle village, Saeng has been able to see the spirits of the dead. She comes from a lineage of priestesses of the Sky and the Sun, the region's original faith. Her brother Hanu is her protector from physical dangers, and as her powers grow she casts spiritual protections over him. When recruiters for the Thaumaturgs, the country's rulers, come to the village her protections are detected and Hanu is taken.
In Haven Province on Stratem, Shimmer, the acting governor in the absence of K'azz and Blues, sees an unknown ship dock. From it come servants of Ardata, Rutana and Nagal, sent to bring the Crimson Guard to Jacuruku where Ardata's lands are threatened by the Disavowed Skinner. K'azz is summoned. When he arrives he is persuaded to agree to go by the information that the Dolmens of Tien are under threat.
A vessel commanded by a man known as Warleader arrives in Jacuruku.