p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;"span style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"The heavy rain beats against the curved roof of the makeshift camping boat. A dark well dressed man approaches from the pier, four spider legs protruding from his back through his trench coat. His skin is a dull ebony, no features save for two white eyes, with a mystic translucent black haze that seemingly emanates from his pores. Adofo stirs from his sleep as the figure taps the lip of his boat loudly with his spider leg. He sits up groggily, peering in the direction of the knocking. /span/p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;""span style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"What do you want?" he grumbles, annoyed. /span/p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;""span style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"Mi name gud sah, (patois: My name good sir) is Anansi. I am.." The figure states, his Jamaican accent thick and almost unintelligible to Adofo./span/p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;""span style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"I know who you are." Adofo interrupts rudely. "What...Do...You...Want?" /span/p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;""span style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"span style="font-variant: normal;"span style="color: #000000;"span style="font-size: medium;"span style="letter-spacing: normal;"span style="font-style: normal;"span style="font-weight: normal;"Gud sah mi did curious eff yuh wudda be interest inna parting wid yuh weapon it of exquisite quality, mi willing to offa dis bag of gold an lodging inna m/span/span/span/span/span/spanspan style="font-variant: normal;"span style="color: #000000;"span style="font-size: medium;"span style="letter-spacing: normal;"span style="font-style: normal;"span style="font-weight: normal;"i/span/span/span/span/span/span..." (Patois: Good sir, I was curious if you would be interested in parting with your weapon, it is of exquisite quality and I am willing to offer this bag of gold and lodging in my)/span/p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;""span style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"No" Adofo interrupts again "I dont need money, or 'lodging', I'll be fine. I survive on my own, I'll die on my own. So get lost." /span/p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;""span style="font-variant: normal;"span style="color: #000000;"span style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"span style="font-size: medium;"span style="letter-spacing: normal;"span style="font-style: normal;"span style="font-weight: normal;"Indeed yuh duh seem eaga to dead bredren most human nuh dare wanda di darkland alone nor disrespect di ageless/span/span/span/span/span/span/span span style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"." /spanspan style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"(Patois: Indeed you do seem eager to die brethren, most humans don't dare wader the darklands alone, nor disrespect the ageless) /spanspan style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"Anansi interjects. /span/p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;"span style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"Adofo stands to confront the Anansi, tightening his grip on the hammer in his right hand, and the chain attached to the handle, in left. The flame surrounding the hammer increasing in intensity. /span/p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;""span style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"Yuh dare!" Anansi exclaims./span/p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;"span style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"He thrusts one of his spider legs at Adofo, stabbing him through the left shoulder, and lifts him in the air. /span/p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;""span style="font-variant: normal;"span style="color: #000000;"span style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"span style="font-size: medium;"span style="letter-spacing: normal;"span style="font-style: normal;"span style="font-weight: normal;"Mi offa yuh comfort inna exchange fi dat hamma an yuh reverence, now yuh wi feed mi bredren an mi through sacrifice/span/span/span/span/span/span/spanspan style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"." He threatens. /spanspan style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"(Patois: I offered you comfort in exchange for that hammer, no you will feed me and my brothers through sacrifice)/span/p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;"span style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"Adofo lifts his hammer and stabs Anansi in the leg and rips violently through the joint, freeing himself. "Yarrrrrrrrrrrrgh!" Anansi screams as he scuttles back/spanspan style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"w/spanspan style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"ards, /spanspan style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"retreating in from/spanspan style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;" Adofo. Adofo drops to one knee, rips out the severed piece of leg and throws it in /spanspan style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"the /spanspan style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"lake /spanspan style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"as /spanspan style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"Anansi postures on his three remaining, a look of terror and disbelief on his face. /span/p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;""span style="font-variant: normal;"span style="color: #000000;"span style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"span style="font-size: medium;"span style="letter-spacing: normal;"span style="font-style: normal;"span style="font-weight: normal;"Such powa even greata dan mi thought! wah ave /span/span/span/span/span/span/spanspan style="font-variant: normal;"span style="color: #000000;"span style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"span style="font-size: medium;"span style="letter-spacing: normal;"span style="font-style: normal;"span style="font-weight: normal;"Hephaestus/span/span/span/span/span/span/spanspan style="font-variant: normal;"span style="color: #000000;"span style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"span style="font-size: medium;"span style="letter-spacing: normal;"span style="font-style: normal;"span style="font-weight: normal;" created?!/span/span/span/span/span/span/spanspan style="font-variant: normal;"span style="color: #000000;"span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"span style="font-size: medium;"span style="letter-spacing: normal;"span style="font-style: normal;"span style="font-weight: normal;"" /span/span/span/span/span/span/spanspan style="font-variant: normal;"span style="color: #000000;"span style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"span style="font-size: medium;"span style="letter-spacing: normal;"span style="font-style: normal;"span style="font-weight: normal;"(patois: such power, even greater than I thought, what has Hephaestus created?) /span/span/span/span/span/span/spanAdofo stands, focuses his attention through his hammer increasing the intensity of the divine flame and replies/p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;""Dont know, still figuring this thing out. But it kills you immortal bastards good."/p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;"Anansi contemplates his next move, amazed at the defiance of the human that stands before him. Never before has he encountered a threat like this outside the divine armies, and never from a single human. He sensed great power from the weapon Adofo wielded, but he underestimated its abilities. Its as if he could feel his life force being drained. Anansi raises his hand in the air, opening a portal in front of him. Three Tikbalang, humanoid horse abominations, emerge. The largest of them, Filosopo stands eight feet tall, black maned and heavily muscled leads the group through the portal./p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;""span style="font-variant: normal;"span style="color: #000000;"span style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"span style="font-size: medium;"span style="letter-spacing: normal;"span style="font-style: normal;"span style="font-weight: normal;"Filosipo tear him apart Deliva fi him head an dat hamma to mi wen yuh finish/span/span/span/span/span/span/spanspan style="font-family: 'Liberation Serif', serif;"./span" (Patois: Tear him apart and deliver his head, and that hammer to me when you finish)Anansi orders./p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;""Bring it..." Adofo spits defiantly./p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;""Patayin..." (tagalog; Kill ) Filosopo utters, his voice inhumanly baritone./p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;"Anansi turns and walks away gradually fading from sight as the two lesser tikbalang charge towards their prey, the burly Filosopo trudges slowly behind them. The first swipes at Adofo, narrowly missing as he ducks underneath the strike, the claws of the tikbalang tearing through his hair. He responds with an arcing blow, burying the claw end in the tikbalang's head. Fire and blood explode from the beasts face, Adofo then turns his gaze to other monster circling around to his back, he shifts his grip down to the hammers chain. Adofo swings the hammer horizontally by the chain striking the beast adjacent to him, a plume of fire and ash blasting from the creatures face upon impact. The tikbalang staggers and falls to one knee. Adofo snatches the chain to retrieve his hammer, and prepares to deliver the killing blow. He cocks back, but before he can bring the hammer down he is stabbed through the back by Filosopo./p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;""Mamatay..."(tagalog: die) he utters./p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;"His massive clawed hand clutches Adofo's face and kneck. He bellows and whinnies as he rips Adofo's head from his body. The horse creature looks towards his kin, it is bleeding profusely from its nostrils, but is able to walk on its own. Filosipo then saunters towards the hammer, still clutched by Adofo's corpse. The flames around it fade to a dull glow as he reaches for it and picks it up. A portal opens behind Filosopo and Anansi emerges./p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;" /p
p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%;""Lets guh (patois: go)" he orders. The severed head and body of Adofo catch fire disintigrate into smoldering ash his enemies depart./p