What Mangelo the Wolf Said to Me After He Met the Stone Rings of the Bosska
A short story
I have counted sixteen summers since I saw the settlement of stone rings and met the people who wear them. Mangelo the Wolf was my chief then, as you say. He gave me these rings of metal on my arms, as you ask. I did raid and walk the amber roads with him, as you heard.
You ask me about him, and his fate. You ask of our visit to the settlement of stone rings. You ask of the chiefs there, and of the big chief, Kinlekki. Others have asked. I have told the story many times.
You came a great distance and your visit is welcome. I will tell you the same story as the others. I will tell it again as I always tell it. I will tell you what the Wolf said when he met the stone rings. I will tell you how to wear the stone rings.
The people living there call themselves the Bosska. They call their settlement Houses of Bosska.
The name of the big chief of Bosska is Kinlekki.
The name of the big chief is always Kinlekki.
The Kinlekki that we met had four sons. One of those sons became a new Kinlekki. Travelers tell me that he had a son who is now Kinlekki.
When a big chief of the Bosska dies, the other chiefs of Bosska choose a big chief from the sons of the last one. If a Kinlekki has no son that is suitable, they choose a new Kinlekki from the chiefs of the clans. They say this is the best way of things.
Kinlekki must marry a wife from a different clan than his own mother. The Bosska say this is the best way of things.
To see the settlement of the Bosska and meet the Kinlekki you must sail again from the shore of this island. Take winds into the sunset until you make landfall.
Then you must follow the coast with the star to your back. The land will turn into the sunset. Follow the land on your right. The star will be on your right when you come upon a great gulf with a headland thrust into it like a spearhead.
Trim your sails and make landfall. A red sunset is considered most auspicious. Make sacrifice.
You will be seen and the coast guards will meet you. If you say this name that you call me, they will not know it. If you tell them that the Hand of Mangelo the Wolf has sent you, then they will know and remember me.
They remember the Wolf. They remember his Hand. They remember what the Wolf gave and what the Hand did for Kinlekki.
The chiefs are happy to trade metal for amber. First they will show you their great settlement. They want you to meet the Houses of the Bosska. They want you to meet the stone rings.
They want you to know what the Wolf knew, after he met the stone rings.
The Bosska expect all men who meet the stone rings to decide they cannot raid the Houses of the Bosska.
When you meet the stone rings you will understand.