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Otherplaces – Ba’aikire, the Standing Stones of the (A to Z Challenge, B)

2 April, 2012

If someone was looking for a more desolate and windswept spot, they would have to search.  The peak of the low mountain looked as though it had been snapped off, leaving a flattish area, though with a slight cant, not more than fifty paces across.  Upon this area seven black stones had been raised, each half again as tall as a tall man and twice as wide, in a rough circle.  In the center of the stones was a depression lined with weapons and human bones as though it was some sort of sinister nest.

the Standing Stones of the B’aikire

Dark Stone of Ba’aikire

Of Dark Power

What happens to the servants of a death goddess when she dies?  In the case of the Sisterhood of Black Wings, known as the Ba’aikire to the dragons, they survived and continued on with their mysterious purposes.  As they had before, these shapeshifting warrior-women travel across the land serving as mercenaries but only when fighting is guaranteed, for it is the nearness of death that draws them not the money (though they do not serve for free either).  Oddly, they do not initiate conflicts, only joining in those wars started by others, they they will defend themselves viciously if attacked.

The standing stones of the Ba’aikire are scattered in high and inaccessible places, hidden from the sight of most mortals, reachable only by winged creatures or dangerous climbs.  While most are in the blasted highlands where their mother goddess was once worshiped.

Knowledge of the existence of the standing stones is rare enough but their true purpose is known to even fewer.  The all female Ba’aikire do not reproduce as other creatures, instead they gather young girls of no more than five summers in age taken as plunder in their campaigns and bring them to the standing stones.  There in a night long ritual involving the nest of weapons and bones, raven’s eggs, and the blood of powerful beings (dragon’s blood is preferred).   The children who survive this dark rite become the next generation of Ba’aikire.

Notes: More on the Ba’aikire at some other time.

Photo by edenpictures and used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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