Nshaa continued “She can single handedly clear a field of fighting men & spirits with the wave of her hand” The insane shouting continued “Ukeh is naked! Obinze the pig who had my queen shall be used to wipe the ground by Ojadili,who as we speak is in Ukeh”. Nshall gloated furhter with arrogance.
“And above all, I have the nineteen gods with me now I say,let those who think they can stop us dare to try! For years I looked upon Ukeh with rage,and there I was stripped of my position by the gods and my queen was reduced to a princess of the gods. For in the same land,Ukah,there is a man who dared the gods,brought fight to their world & took their princess to his land. He took not just a princess,but my former bride,a queen of the gods. Obinze! Must die!!”
The name Obinze rattled & jolted Urenma; she cried & crashed to the floor. Her cry hushed both Nshaa & the damned spirits who were beside themselves with excitement. There was so much slience in the court that one would have heard a grain of sand drop to the ground. Nshaa rushed to help his queen; before he could reach her,Urenma sprang to her feet & shook herself & all the gold decking on her fell off. Her eyes burned with rage,Nshaa could tell instanly that something was wrong. Urenma raised her voiced and thundered “I am Urenma,a queen amongst gods! Thanks for bringing back my memory. I am the death that will stop you & your cursed Ojadili! I want no part in your treachery against the council of god! Touch Obinze & you die!” Like lightening she blew out of the court.
Above the battle ground lightning flashed & Urenma descended with a storm. All what the princesses, Ntani, Utebe & the rouge spirits saw were the bodies of damned spirits flying ito the air in bits and pieces. The queen amongst gods had come to war! She had rediscovered herself. The sight of her in battle made Ntani and the princesses go bonkers. Even utebe had to bow his knees before her;and along with him the rouge spirits bowed. In centuries they had not bowed to anyone. Rising to their feet,Utebe & the rouge spirits charged at the damned spirits. From his lofy place Nshaa watched in utter disbelief
Turning to the gods of the damned spirits,Nshaa barked “You told me that bringing her memories back would work in my favour! Now what is this?” “My lord, there is yet another way to make Urenma do your bidding” said Pouh, lord of the damned spirits “How do I know it will work when bringing her memory back failed?” “We are not called damned spirits for nothing. It will work my lord,but I must warn you,it is extreme. We did not suggest it first because it is very evil” “I don’t care how evil it is, just do it! Stop her!” Pouh and his men left hurriedly.
On the battle field Ntani pulled Urenma aside & said “My lord..” she had not addressed her before as her lord “..you should not be here. The battle here is over. Go to Ukeh,Obinze & the land need you more,when the battle begins there summon us”. Urenma did not respond,she just blew out of her sight with the flash of lightening. Ntani knew instantly that there was something different with the new Urenma. The new version was vicious & killed faster than anything she had known. Looking up at the lofty place of the gods,she jeer at Nshaa & whispered to herself “Nshaa, you brought this on yourself”
At the border between the river world and Ukeh, Urenma stood & tried to open a portal to cross over. Behind her Pouh & some damned spirits crouched with an abominable magic in their possession. Their intent was to use it on Urenma the moment she tried to cross over to Ukeh. As soon as the portal opened & she stepped in,Pouh unleashed the evil power. It moved through the air & fastened itself on Urenma’s back & began to take over her throughts. In Nwangele River into which she fell in Ukeh,she fought to shake off the magic until it fully consumed her mind.
In utmost hatred for Obinze & her children,she headed home to attack them. Obinze was happy to see her coming home. Happily they all rose to welcome her. But when she drew closer her face was beastly & her eyes flared with hatred.
Obinze saw it & tried to shield his children,but it was too late. With the swipe of her hand Urenma,tore Obinze open plunging her hand into them;she pulled out the hair which she gave him seized her two children & fled to Ala Upah. No mortal or spirit would dare follow her there. To Obinze the worst had happened,his very much beloved attacked him,took her hair & left him at the mercy of Ojadili. As he writhed in pain on the ground,he prayed for death.
He lay there helplessly until a hand touched him and said “Someone heard your cry & sent me to help you” Obinze raise his head & saw IJELE, the guardian spirit of his ancestors. Ijele lifted him off the ground & carried him to his hut “You can heal me,can’t you Ijele” “I certainly can heal you,but that would be about the much I can do for you”
“You lie! I know you can do more” “That depends on what you ask of me”.