The woman dropped her hold on Obsi, and Obsi turned to face her. The woman was young, a few inches shorter than Obsi, and very muscular. Her long black hair was partly curled into a bun on top of her head, held in place with an ornate stick. Her arms were tattooed with tiger stripes and ornate blue bands adorned her wrists. Her short skirt, which was slit up to her thighs on both sides, was held with a belt that matched the bands. Bundles of grass were neatly tied to the belt at her hips and on the shoulders of her short grey top. A necklace of what looked like dragon teeth hung around her neck and her calves and feet were wrapped in tan cloth. She held in each hand a long stick with a large stone carved into an axe-like shape. The last thing Obsi noticed were her pointed ears.
They stared at each other for a few moments before Obsi spoke. “Now, may I ask who you are?” she said in as friendly a tone as she could muster.
The woman lowered her weapons to the sand. “I am Leilani of the Wave Tribe. I patrol the beaches of this island and protect the sea life from poachers. My tribe has inhabited this island for centuries. I have been looking for a sea monster that is rumored to be in our waters.”
“A sea monster?” Obsi asked, slightly confused as to why anyone would intentionally look for a monster.
“Yes. Some say it is malevolent, but others say it is a gentle creature. Tribes from other islands are hunting for it. I do not want them to harm it until we are able to figure out what it is.”
Obsi nodded. “I wonder if that creature has anything to do with the glowing symbol I saw in the cave that brought me here.”
“It is possible,” Leilani replied. “Can you show me this symbol?”
Obsi looked at Leilani warily. “You aren’t going to club me from behind or anything, are you?”
Leilani snorted. “If I was going to do that I would have done it already,” she replied flatly.
“Fair enough,” Obsi said with a sigh. She led Leilani into the cave, which was much smaller than the one she had entered in the Sacred Ridge. On the wall was the same symbol, the “dragon print”, etched in black.
Leilani gasped and said something in a language Obsi didn’t understand. She put her hand to her mouth, and stared at the symbol with wide eyes, then turned to Obsi.
“We must go to my village. The Elders will want to hear of this.”