This is a non-canon story from the original fantasy world I created called Avalon. All of the information is in the linked folder and will not be transferred here.

 

The Legend of Baba

Long ago when time first began there was a powerful witch named Baba, she lived a solitary life far away from the first clan. Her power was so great that she could turn day to night and night to day, summon storms, or create droughts. The people feared her, they would not venture near her home on the bank of the ice sea; when she would appear in the town the people would hide inside, and pray to the four spirits for her leave.

Their prayers were answered one day when the Yana appeared, a fearsome beast with black fur, red eyes, and long, black claws so sharp they could slice through the thickest shields. The Yana was a terrifying beast, it would devour whole cows, stalk the night, and slaughter livestock; soon the people began to fear Yana more then Baba. When Baba would appear in the town, mothers would beseech her for help, fathers called to her begging to rid them of the Yana. But Baba could not kill what their prayers had summoned, knowing this, though, she promised she would rid them of their curse.

Late one night, Baba sat outside her small hut on the bank of the ice sea and began to sing, the soft melody traveled on the winds to the ears of Yana. The beast leapt from it resting spot and followed the sweet melody to the shore, upon seeing Baba it let out a horrifying roar, alerting the people to location. The villagers did not leave their town where they could be safe, at the shore Baba summoned the lighting. The flashes and cracks echoed over the land but Yana was unharmed, the beast leapt for the witch’s throat and Baba fell back onto the ice sheet. The fight continued, the magic raising storms and bringing other fighting beasts to Baba’s aid, still Yana was unharmed by her.

As the sunrise Baba was exhausted and barely able to stand, still Yana pushed forward, forcing the witch further and further from shore; with the last of her strength Baba turned to a hawk and took to the air. Her powerful wings stretched out as she glided to shore and toward the village, the Yana keeping up with her easily. With a few powerful flaps of her mighty wings she pulled away from the beast and reached the village, her magic faltered, her strength gone and she plummeted into the center of town. The people rushed to her side, but the Yana’s cries echoed in the village, the beast ran for her with red eyes glowing in the rising sun. It was closing the distance quickly, there was nothing anyone could do, Baba hung her head ready for death but it never came. She looked up and found one woman standing in front of her, arms outstretched and trembling, this one woman was joined by others and soon a wall was formed between Baba and the beast.

Yana still slowly approached, eyeing the group; soundlessly it crept closer till its pure black fur brushed against the skirts of the women standing between it and its prey. The women shook and held their breathes as it pressed closer, growling softly, slowly loosing its temper with the people it was tasked to protect. It raised its paw to strike at the wall, the women closed their eyes and held their breath but the blow never came; a loud cry echoed out and blood spewed from the beast’s side as spear and spear was thrust into it and pulled back out. Yana turned and tried to flee but still the blows fell, killing it slowly. The death blow came slowly, the blade sunk into Yana’s flesh, piercing it’s heart and killing it. The villagers rejoiced and turned to Baba, but her exhaustion was to much, her body lay there unmoving but soaring over head was a hawk, it screeched once before following the wind back to the shore of the ice sea.

Baba’s Lullaby

Hush little one, don’t you cry

Baba will sing you her lullaby

She’ll sing to you through the night

She’ll sing to you till morning’s light

She’ll keep the monsters all at bay

So you will wake the next day

So hush little one, don’t you cry

Baba will sing you her lullaby

She’ll sing to you about the stars

She’ll sing to you when I am far

She’ll sing to you about the sea

She’ll keep you safe just for me

So hush little one, don’t you cry

Baba will sing you her lullaby

And as you rest your weary head

Know you’re safe in this bed

As you sleep through the night

Know you’ll see the morning light

Hush little one, don’t you cry

Baba will sing you her lullaby

She’ll keep the monsters all at bay

So you will see the next day

And as you rise with the sun

Know her song is never done

Hush little one, don’t you cry

Listen for her lullaby

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