BRAVE HEART: Blood & Fire - Episode 17

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The intrigues and schemes which followed the kings’ visit to Eze Nsu would determine which king would survive the coming storm and who would fall. The days which followed the victory which Obioma and her ragtag army recorded against Eze Nsu were characterized by intense preparations for war. Amid their preparations, there were also celebrations for what they already had achieved. Daily men from several lands poured into Ugegbe to lend support to the campaign against wicked kings and priests and against cruel gods. Each band which entered Ugegbe came with their own tales of how kings and warriors in their lands were already afraid of what had been done to Eze Nsu.  With more men who arrived with their families, Ugegbe began to look like its old self. Abandoned huts were taken over by the new entrants and new ones were built. Lands were apportioned to men and their wives to farm in. Overgrown paths were weeded by women. Men, who were not picked to train for war, began to fell trees which had overgrown their bounds. The long abandoned and once famous market in Ugegbe was cleared. The day that happened, there was a big celebration in Ugegbe. The market in the past had served as the nerve center of their economic life.

By night time, sitting in front of their huts under the moonlight, men and women who had seen Ugegbe market in its hay days, reminisced about those good old days and hoped that Ugegbe would return to its great days of glory.  Maidens from amongst the people in Ugegbe did their best to lift the hearts of the men who prepared to go to war against Eze Nsu, his collaborators and king Agadagu, by dancing at Ugegbe square by night. The dance popularly known in Igbo land as Egwu Onwa (dance by moonlight), was a popular practice engaged in by young men and women. Egwu Onwa was in those ages what night club is to modern men. During Egwu Onwa men found maidens for marriage and at other times bad things happened. Some maidens were put the family way. In such cases the men responsible for impregnating any of the ladies during Egwu Onwa were demanded to bring a bride price quickly to save the pregnant lady and her family from shame. However in Ugegbe, it was as though the maidens conspired not to bother about what came out of the Egwu Onwa. They were more interested in their warriors leaving for battle happily and returning victoriously.

Seeing how well the clearing of the marketplace was received, Obioma suggested that river Ntiti be cleared of the weeds which covered it and the grass on its banks. In the past, river Ntiti was the route through which goods were brought into Ugegbe. Clearing Ntiti would suggest to lands far and near that Ugegbe would yet again trade with them and would confirm the rumour they had heard that Kitikpa had been driven from the evil forest. Their victory in battle was testimony to that; sick people do not go to war and record victory against a vicious king. The inhabitants of Ugegbe would yet again trade as a people and pursue their dreams as free men and women in a land where gods held no sway and kings had no power. Mazi Udeagu for days marveled at how his daughter handled the demanding task of leading the people of Ugegbe and the swarm of men and women who daily ran into Ugegbe for refuge from cruel gods and kings. He could see it was impossible to persuade his daughter not to fight. The warriors would follow her to death. She inspired them greatly. However, Mazi Udeagu was not sure what made them follow her; he could not tell if it was her leadership qualities or her nubile body and pretty face. He had overheard some warriors discussing what bliss it would be to spend a night next to her naked body.

Driven by fatherly love and devotion, Mazi Udeagu called some of his closest warriors and conspired with them to kill any man who might fall in love with his daughter. “The prophecy that a man will capture her heart and later kill her when kings come after him must not come to pass. You all heard Utaka that night. Any man who enters this forest and sets his eyes on my daughter must be slain, no matter who he is.” Mazi Udeagu and his warriors took an oath binding them to never allow Obioma come to harm. By day and night the warriors of Mazi Udeagu kept watch over Obioma, making note of men who seemed to impress her. On the other hand, when Obioma’s thirteen head hunters heard about the prophecy by Utaka, they were bothered and so quickly gathered in a meeting called by their leader Nwandu, who was still recovering from wounds he suffered in battle. In their meeting they also took an oath to kill any man, whether one of them or not, who may fall in love with Obioma. So the head hunters also took turns by day to watch her closely. By night men who seemed to have caught her fancy were dragged out of their huts and sternly warned never to have anything to do with her. Those who seemed to prove stubborn were promised death if they continued to seek her love.

In Nsu several meetings were held by night. Sacrifices were offered to gods to reveal how Obioma and her warriors might be brought to ruin. Neighbouring kings who favoured Eze Nsu sent slaves bound in chains as offerings for sacrifices to the gods of Nsu that they might reveal to them how Obioma might be killed. After weeks of sacrifices which saw the lives of many men and women ended untimely, it was revealed to Eze Nsu and the kings who gave him their support that Obioma shall fall in love with a man. Only that man could kill her. To kill Obioma, the man must be brought to their side and made offers he could never reject. While all these happened, the kings who had chosen to give their support to Obioma and had begun to change from their wicked ways, sent emissaries to Ugegbe to warn Obioma of what Eze Nsu and his supporters were up to. While the emissaries from the kings who favoured Obioma raced to reach Ugegbe in time, spies from Nsu, disguised as men from a far flung land and seeking refuge also raced to enter Ugegbe to watch and report to their king when Obioma finds love.

In those days Obioma’s sleep became troubled by night. Visions wrapped in dark meaning were shown to her. Having no god she worshiped amongst the gods who reigned over men in that age, she decided to pray to Chiukwu to make known to her the meanings of the visions she saw by night. When the emissaries from the kings who gave her support arrived at Ugegbe, they informed the warriors and guards who they were and demanded to speak with Obioma. After Utaka had searched them with his voodoo and found no harm in their intent for coming, they were led to see Obioma. Nwandu, his head hunters, Nwako, Mazi Udeagu and his closest warriors were all present in the meeting where the emissaries revealed to Obioma what Eze Nsu was up to. Obioma heard the emissaries gladly and thanked Chiukwu who had sent them as answer to her prayers. After the emissaries had been sent back to the kings who sent them, Obioma and the men present went into a long meeting about how to foil the plans of Eze Nsu and his collaborators.

There were still two market days before the seventh market day, when Obioma and her warriors had earlier planned to march out in war against Eze Nsu, all the kings with him and Agadagu. To send out the wrong information to the spies whom they had been told were in their midst, town criers were sent out to announce in all the towns in Ugegbe that Obioma and her warriors would go to war against Eze Nsu on the ninth market day counting from the day she led her army against Eze Nsu in the first battle. All the dwellers of Ugegbe were asked to pray to Chiukwu, the God Obioma worshiped, to grant her and her army victory against the kings they would engage in battle. The spies not knowing that was a ruse designed to fool their kings, took them and ran to break them to their kings.

By the six market day, counting from the week Obioma and her warriors fought Eze Nsu, Obioma and the warriors in Ugegbe sealed all entries into Ugegbe and matched out by night to destroy Nsu, its king, supporters and warriors. Nsu and her allies were expecting them by the ninth market day. They had heard the announcements town criers in Ugegbe made. They were preparing for battle, yet battle shall take them by surprise. Having amassed a large army, Obioma divided them into three groups. The group she led would attack Nsu, the other groups led by Nwandu and Nwako would attack Okele and Umuchu. The thirteen head hunters were shared amongst the three groups. Obioma’s father and some of his men chose to fight beside his daughter. Their plan was to lay bare the three kingdoms by the first light of dawn. They would do their best to make a quick work of their attacks against the three kings. Of the three groups Obioma took to war, her group was the smallest. For once, she would invoke the dead and Azi River to take up arms and fight by her side.

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