3. Decimus 123
"Before the Hajota, they were hunters and collectors. And as it was tradition, when a wedding was announced, with it also a hunt was scheduled. A hunt to receive the first treasure of the newly combined collection of the married couple. Normal folk went hunting game and other small animals, but the rich always wanted the extraordinary to present their wealth and status. In the plains near the Tuagan mountains exits a rare cursorial bird, the Huktora, that was unlucky enough to be picked as one of the precious targets. Decades of hunting pushed the birds further up the mountains. Hunting these birds was a hard and tedious task, but fame and honor were a rewarding price for the hunters.
Then the Hajota happened and for a few years, the people were busy with rebuilding and recovering. Nevertheless, as soon as the daily routine was back to normal, the urge to celebrate the tradition came also back. But things had changed! The first few hunts did not encounter any Huktoras and some speculated that they did not survive the Hajota. The hunting focus went back to other big animals and only a few young dreamers, who got laughed at, tried their luck to find a Huktora again.
Then decades later, there was the first incident. A few shepherds went missing and rumors spread, that they were taken by bird-like creatures, that came down the mountains.
It was during this time, that I, Margush Greenfeather, met a noble who invited me after his wedding to the next hunt to write down his quest in finding these beasts. And so we took off."