Azula Of Tetachee
She was known by her people as Azula, Queen of Tetachee, first born of King Umbah and his mate, Queen Udna’Dubla. A child marked for great things. When she cast her hazel eyes upon anyone, they would turn deep blue like the cloudless sky, often conveying her thought in a glance. She resembled her father, said the elder of the tribe as he recounted in oral tradition. She was blessed by The Token Of Tetachee, the great Orchard, that her father Umbah first encountered in the forest pond on his coronation as King.
“But where did this gift come from?” asked the children who sat listening in awe to the tale told by the wise one.
“It all began the day King Umbah had his vision,” the oldest of the tribe repeated loudly so all the children could hear.
“Tell us,” they asked in unison.
“Visions are a private gift. I can only tell what was passed down to me from my ancestors,” the ancient one smiled.
“When Umbah had been King for twelve cycles of Luna’ full, he could not sleep one night and went into his garden.” said the elder. “Umbah often fixed upon the setting sun, troubled that a great darkness would challenge the land, an approaching conflict. While gazing the horizon, deep in thought, a mist appeared from the forest to the West,” continued the old man as he pointed to the trees among a hushed crowd of children.
“Out of the cloud that moved ever closer, seven panthers appeared. One of them crept forward and held out a paw. Umbah took it in his hand, for he had no fear in his heart, and in the blink of an eye the panther transformed into his mother, Una. She whispered in Umbah’s ear while embracing him: ‘I know you have many questions my son, I heard your call within.’”
“Ma’Una, I sense a great threat is approaching. I do not know what to do,” he said tearfully.
“‘It is for future generations to face, not you. My granddaughter to be, your firstborn, will be known by her eyes. Name her well, my son, for she will bear the weight of your sight.’ After she gazed into his eyes and kissed him on the forehead she said, ‘You will know her by the Token of Tetachee.’ Then Una and her brethren disappeared into the mist as quickly as they came.”
The children were mesmerized by the words of the old man as he spoke.
“Soon after, Umbah, on his way to the falls of Ulaluna, came across a young woman weaving the leaves of the rubber tree into a basket to carry fruit. When she looked up at him, he saw she held a violet orchard in her hair. Her name was Udna’Dubla. They soon fell in love and she became his queen and of all the land. That my children is the end of one tale and the beginning of another,” said the eldest of the tribe.
“Tell us more about Azula,” begged the children.
“Another time will I speak of Azula, Queen Of Tetachee”, said the eldest as he waved his hand and disappeared into the mist.