The guard nodded.
Ram looked at the people present and dismissed the meeting before quickly heading out. When he came outside of the house, He saw around 20 soldiers marching towards him.
Behind the soldier was a man riding a black horse. This man seemed to be in his late 30s. He was tall and seemed fit.
all village people's also came outside of their house to welcome warrior and his soldiers."
Tejas and vidur with their friends get inside crowd of village people to look who come from capital."
His red and black hair was neatly tied behind his head as he wore High-class clothes. He had a Talwar (T/N: a saber) with an engraving of a Tiger's head at its hilt along with a Bow and quiver on his back.
The string of his bow looked like it was made of pure gold and the quiver was also full of arrows. Finally, He had two Khukuris in two gold and black coloured sheaths with tiger art.
The man exuded the aura of both, a noble and a warrior.
Tejas and Vidur with there friends saw the warrior and his army from croud of people both of them get excited.
hey Vidur isn't he look like a high class warrior from capital he is wearing very good clothes and has nice looking weapons what do you say ?
you are right Tejas but I am more curious about who is he and why is he come to our village, because not many people come to our village from capital."
what about you guys what do you thimk subahu, durvig, anudhar." Tejas start asking his friends.'
we all think Vidur is right but we don't know about anything about that warrior." subahu replied.
I think I know who can tell us let's go ask retire elder chief." Vidur says
anudhar reply to Vidur and Tejas
sorry Vidur and Tejas but we are not going with you guys, we three have something to do because our mothers give us some work if we don't our mothers will not be happy so you guys go.
we see you guys later bye."
all three of them wave there hand goes to there house's.
Tejas and Vidur were curious both of them went to ask the retire previous village chief in his house."
Ram ordered the villagers to welcome the soldiers and treat the Warrior on the horse with respect. And so did the villagers. They provided the soldiers with a place to rest and food along with some wine.
The soldiers didn't deny the hospitality and ate until they were full.
Then the man who had been riding the horse called the village chief.
Ram stepped up with Raj to his call. The warrior smiled and told them to have some wine before ordering the others to get out of the room.
The soldiers got out and Ram also ordered the villagers to stay outside. Finally, only three people were left in the chamber.
Tejas and Vidur reach the Retire chief and goes to his room.
Tejas and Vidur bow to elder Retire village chief.
we bow down to old chief,
get up kids tell me why you here in my house.
Vidur start asking questions because he is curious."
the warrior who come out side in our village who is he and why he come to our village, and is he came from capital ?
old chief replied and said
yes the warrior came from the main city of Gorakh capital. I don't know why he come to our village, why don't both you can ask to your father's after they come outside from meeting chamber room.
The great warrior is one of the strongest among the three great warriors in our kingdom but i forgotten the name of the great warrior."
Tejas asked the old chief ,"Is the great warrior stronger than our father?"
The old chief start laughing he control his laugh,
Tejas making angry face because old chief start laughing but Vidur has normal face he only want to hear."
you kids hadn't gone outside from this village thus both of you dont know about him or how strong people or creatures around the world."
After listening to the words of the old chief, they got confused because Tejas and Vidur didn't seem to think that man was as strong as their fathers are so they leave old chief.
Ram personally served the warrior with wine as the three began to discuss.
"Esteemed warrior, why have you taken the effort to grace our humble village?"
Raj got straight to the point since he wasn't really good with formalities. Ram glared at him but the warrior laughed it off before answering.
"Don't mind him. I like that he is straightforward. In fact, I am here on behalf of my lord, His majesty."
Ram and Raj immediately became surprised when they heard that the King sent the warrior.
"Esteemed Sir, Then what could be the order of His majesty?"
Ram asked while Raj decided not to speak since He could possibly say something rude to the envoy of the King.
"I am here to capture the Golden Deer of this forest. I have heard that it is living as the guardian beast here."
Ram and Raj listened without interrupting as the Warrior continued.
"Our Queen, Her Highness has been sick and one of the things needed for her recovery is that Deer's horn."
"Don't worry, I don't plan on killing the deer. I will only take its horn and leave."
Both Raj and Ram sighed internally when they heard that their guardian beast wouldn't be dying. That's when Ram had an idea and began explaining the situation in the forest.
He specifically told the warrior about Gurumapa and its atrocities. Ram had the intention of having the warrior take care of Gurumapa since He knew that someone sent by the King wouldn't be so weak to die at the hands of a low-class Rakshasa.
"Hahaha, so you want me to kill that Low-rank rakshasa for you?"
The warrior was laughing but Ram knew that he almost offended the warrior.
"I dare not ask the Esteemed warrior for doing such menial tasks. Please leave that Rakshasa for us to deal with and focus on his Majesty's mission."
The warrior nodded and was a bit impressed by Ram. Since He expected the villagers to beg him to take care of the Rakshasa. Of course, He didn't know if Ram was just sucking up to him or actually had the guts to back his words.
The three ended their discussions and Ram offered the warrior and the soldiers to spend the night in their village. He and Raj also began to plan for their upcoming hunt.
The next morning,
The hunters gathered in front of the Shiva Lingam (T/N: an object that symbolizes Hindu God Lord Shiva, more notes at end). They began to pray for the success in hunting Gurumapa and concluded their Puja by lighting some Kapoor (T/N: camphor).
The warrior and the soldiers also joined to pray. Finally, both groups parted their ways after wishing each other good luck and doing 'Namaste' (T/N: a greeting and also a goodbye, more notes at end)
At the same time, Tejas and Vidur, who were observing the hunters began to speak.
Tejas said to Vidur, "Let's go see how our fathers and other hunters will kill the rakshasa!"
Vidur replied, "Nope. What happens if other hunters or our father sees us? They will punish us if they found about this"
Tejas quickly said, "Don't be nervous brother, we will just look at them from far away. Don't you wanna see how strong our fathers are? How strong their skills are and what that rakshasa looks like?"
Vidur was hesitant at first but soon agreed. They picked their weapons just in case something attacked them and carried some food.
The duo silently followed their fathers and the other 14 hunters to the forest by hiding behind trees.