The teacher had been lecturing for the past few minutes, she noticed Ma’i staring off having that daydream look that he always had when he wasn’t paying attention. She continued speaking waiting to see if he would snap back to paying attention until she saw Ma’i close his eyes tilting his head back with a smile that formed on his face. It was at that moment she became enraged striking him across the face causing Ma’i to fall backwards from his crossed legged seated position. “You can not learn if your mind isn’t focused on what is being taught Ma’i!” she scolded. Ma’i sat up his eyes low with embarrassment dashing about making sure not to look up at his teacher. She looked at him with a scowl, almost with blatant disgust for his appearance before calming herself. “Adam and Eve fell from Gods grace nine hundred and four years ago…” she said, Ma’i lowered his head knowing where this lecture was going. “And because Adam, and Eve could not listen and obey a simple rule God sent them out of the garden He had created for them, forever to be cursed by the Most High. And all offspring in turn would be cursed until the appointed day that God would decide to take away his punishment upon mankind. Adam, and Eve were created by God as perfection by our standards, but once they sinned their offspring inherited their sin and were poisoned with imperfection; is this not what is taught Ma’i?” she asked her face was serious and determined.
“Yes” he said softly making sure to keep his head low. They were out upon a hill just outside the grand citadel, the wind was constant due to the fact that the citadel was close the the ocean. It was the first citadel of Africa and all that dwelled within were proud to be called T’oku, it was the name given to the citadel it meant great land. When Adam and Eve were exiled from Eden not far from T’oku was where they settled, their offspring making their way eventually to this place; and over time making it the great citadel that it was. Food from sea and land was in abundance and materials to make a proper citadel that could be well fortified by a powerful army was readily available. There were other citadels that grew but none were as grand as T’oku.
“Even the son of a king can be touched by imperfection” the teacher responded walking up to Ma’i she looked down on him with distaste. “That is why you are taught away from the others, away from his highness King Anu because in his sight you are a sting to his glory! A child born with such pale imperfection that the very sun burns your skin, your light colored hair ugly to behold; and blue eyes that only remind King Anu that his blood flows with the curse of The Most High!” she said it in a way that let Ma’i know that even though he was the son of a King, he was still an outcast. Upon his birth he was taken from his mother and sent to a small village out of the citadel where he lived until he was two years old. His mother Queen Basi ordered Ma’i be brought back to the citadel or she would take her own life. To take ones own life was against Gods law or so mankind said that it was so therefore King Anu loved his wife so dearly that he would not see her follow through on her threat. And even though Ma’i had the true deep love of his mother; he always felt like an outcast, and what was worse he wanted the admiration and blessing of his father wanting to always impress the King in some way. He strived in the one thing that would catch his fathers eye, warrior training. And although Ma’i excelled in hand to hand combat and with the battle axe King Anu never took notice. Ma’i knew full well that he looked different, no one in T’oku or the four kingdoms, or at least that is what he felt looked like him. The people of the four kingdoms varied in facial features such as the Ntubu, they were further south with wider noses, full lips and curly hair with dark brown skin and tended to be shorter yet the men were very stout. Their women were desired by other kingdoms for their beauty. And further north in the kingdom of Kanuth they were lighter brown to extremely dark with thinner noses, wavy hair and light brown to green eyes and were tall both men and women. The Kanuth were known for their arrogance and envied the T’oku for being the first kingdom and were always competing in sciences and war arts. The Tambi were further west being at the edge of the unknown territories of Africa and were very secretive. They tended to tatto their brown skin, and wear thier hair in long braids both men and women and both pierced their noses and ears which made the other kingdoms look down on them as God had said not to puncture the body for decoration or to scar it with art. But regardless of how other kingdoms viewed the Tambi they were without a doubt the greatest archers off all four kingdoms. In T’oku people seemed to resemble others from various kingdoms ranging from tall to short, light brown to dark, it was the first kingdom so all came from it. There was great diversity among the four kingdoms but the one defining constant was skin color, Ma’i had none. And although some were known to have rustic colored hair in Kanuth none had the light sunshine colored hair that Ma’i had, or the blue eyes, this just wasn’t heard of. Many believed that one such as Ma’i was a sign from God to remember the curse that He put upon mankind and remember the sins of Adam and Eve were cast down upon them. But then there were those who saw Ma’i as evil, only demons could be so pale for they hid from the Glory of God. There was talk of demons that took the form of men that lived across the sea, hunters and fishermen would talk about seeing these pale demons ever so briefly in uncharted territories during hunting excursions. Pale and hairy with long black stringy hair and very muscular frames resembling apes wearing animal fur. Rumor had it that demons formed human body’s but did not have the perfect hands of God to create true humanity so that is why these demons in flesh form were so ugly. It was said that one of these demons raped a descendant of the royal family of Anu the end result was the seed passed down until the birth of Ma’i giving proof of the unnatural deed. As the teacher continued to wrongfully lecture him, he kept his head low telling himself that he wasn’t a demon, there was no evil within him; it was all superstitious babble.