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"I sow the wind! (Yes!) I shoot the elephant! (Yes!) Let the ears listen! (Let them hear the Mvet!)"
Opening formula of the Mvet epics
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The Beti-Pahuin (or Fang-Beti) peoples are a Central African group of Bantu speakers with mutually intelligible languages, a common culture, and shared ethnic origin. They historically spanned an area from the Republic of the Congo in the south through Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and Cameroon in the north. Since the time of Portuguese rule there is a population in São Tomé & Principe as well. Traditionally they lived as patrilineal farmers organized into clans led by paramount chiefs. Their heavily stylized artwork was brought to France which created a major influence on the avant garde primitivist and modernist art movements. One notable admirer of Fang artwork was Pablo Picasso during his time in Paris.

Traditional myths and legends were played on a stringed instrument called the Mvet. Bards would be initiated over a long period of study and ritual by a master that taught them the lore of the people. The legendary first Mvet player was a man named Oyono Ada Ngone. In the ancient land of Engong the great patriarch Ekang Nna had a daughter named Okome Ekang who he adored so much he refused to let her marry so she would remain free with him in Engong. Okome Ekang was so breathtakingly beautiful that many men and spirits vied for her hand. Her nickname was “Ada Ngone” or Beauty of Beauties. She eventually attracted the attention of a powerful man named Zogo Bikuku “Uproar of the arachnids” from the Yemebett tribe in Oku. His nickname was ”Bifouga Zeeh” or ruffle beard because of the long facial hair he had to drag behind himself. Ada Ngone politely refused his marriage offer and became his lover instead. They had two sons together: Oyono Ada Ngone, and Ebe Okone.

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Ebe Okone went on to found the smallest clan in Engong while Oyono Ada preferred the bachelor life as a wandering warrior and musician. Oyono Ada was tall, athletic, sharp eyed, and handsome. His warriors considered him invulnerable. Before each battle he would roar which summoned thunder and swirling rain storms that disoriented his enemies while he decapitated them. His storm powers fill the Mvets and the warrior Ntoutoume Mfoulou is often compared to him later. Oyono frequently prayed to Nzame or God before battle. While he led his warriors they weren’t sure where to travel next after leaving Lake Atok Ening (Lake of Life). So they joined the peoples at the Bingouara River Valley where it was feared he would become lost on the magic sea “Mang Bekon Be Bininga”. Shortly after a skirmish Oyono Ada fell into a mysterious coma. The people cared for him while he was unconscious for months. During that time Oyono was sent visions of the dawn of time to now by the ultimate manifestation of God, Eyo. Eyo showed Oyono how to create the Mvet. Oyono was tasked with singing the tales of the elder days to inspire hope and courage in the hearts of the Beti-Pahuin people as they marched into their new homeland and battled enemies. He would sing to them about the seemingly endless clashes between the immortal Ekang warriors in the southern land of Engong against the wily mortal sorcerers of Oku in the North.

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The central conflict between the men of Ekang and Oku is over the jealously guarded secret of immortality which the Ekang are able to exploit, making them the most powerful tribe in the world. The Ekang are giants who call themselves the Iron Men. The tribes of Oku are highly diverse but share the aim of wrestling control of immortality from Engong through sorcery, trickery, and champions capable of challenging the immortals.

Geography

The Beti-Pahuin epics take place in a primordial world very different from the Africa we know now. The world of Mvett is composed of four main geographic areas:

Nkourou Megnoung Eko Mbegne: This is the region located in the far north of the Mvett world. It’s known as the far foggy drum country.

Etone Abandzic Mekok Engone: This is the eastern region. This is where life and its great mysteries were born, as well as human beings. This region is where Oyono Ada Ngone heard the voice of Eyo and that he had the supreme revelation. This region is also very rich in rivers, mountains, and gigantic trees.

Edoune Nzok Amvene Obame: This is a region located to the west. It is a territory rich in powerful men, but apparently quieter than others because many of Engong's warriors are the nephews of men in this region. It’s named “Rotting elephant carcass” as the implication is it’s so prosperous an elephant can live to a ripe old age.

Engong Nzok Mebeghe Me Mba: Called Engong for short, it’s located in the far south of the region, this realm is occupied by the immortals who created their country there. It is inhabited by the descendants of Patriarch Ekang Nna. The quintessential bellicose people, the men of Engong are valiant warriors who are experts in swordsmanship and wizardry. It is this unparalleled mastery of the occult arts that enables the men of Engong to be freed from death.

Oku is made up of the former three areas, and is occupied by mortals descended from the spirit Ndong Mebegue and his son Etura Ndong. The Beti-Pahuin peoples, Pygmies, Whites, all other people, and apes are said to hail from this place. The people of Oku are often as warlike and power hungry as those in Engong, but during peacetime their ability to throw celebrations has no equal.

Notable Ekang

  • Akoma Mba is the supreme leader of the Ekang. Feared by almost all, his secret is that he has no secrets. He was the one who made immortality possible. His brothers call him ”Biyang” or the dominant one.

  • Engouang Ondo is the general of Engong’s forces. He is called the battle bull and wields unimaginable magic powers, but oddly enough is the most peace loving of the Ekang. He has the most powerful evus (complicated, but in short: a spirit the facilitates magic) in the world.

  • Medang Boro is the close companion of Akoma Mba. He is known as the bravest of braves.

  • Nze Medang who is likened to a leopard that spices the eyes of children. He torments his opponents mercilessly and flips mountains.

  • Angone Zok is the warrior with a ghost mother. He interacts with the dead as casually as he interacts with the living. Out of everyone in both Engong and Oku he is the most feared of all: In Oku he is the great instigator, who is always figuring out ways to incite wars. He is feared in Engong because Akoma Mba rarely denies him his wishes.

  • Medza Metougou is the wealthiest man who ever lived. He has over 900,000 wives and business connections everywhere in the world.

  • Ntoutoume Mfoulou is called the storm, and the fearless one. Nothing takes him by surprise. He is rage of Engong and the great terror Oku. He is the hammer and daredevil of the Ekang. The first volunteer for any dangerous mission.

  • Angouang Bere is the head wizard and priest of Engong. He resides alone in the bush and has no family in order to attain greater arcane knowledge. He split himself into two beings, one of whom lives in Oku. He’s the one they call father of magic, and initiates all the Ekang youth into their magical mysteries. The secrets of Engong are all entrusted to him. In his ear lives his hornbill.

Tropes found in Beti-Pahuin mythology include:

  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Oveng transforms into lightning itself during his final duel with Engouang and his lackeys.
  • The Ace: Akoma Mba frequently figures as a deus ex machina to resolve battles that have escalated too far. He mastered all forms of magic during the battle on the moon and was recognized as a great warrior before he was even a man yet. Akoma’s very name means “Creator of Mba” who is his own (albeit step-) father.
    • Oveng Ndoumou Obame was a utopian ruler that managed to awe the Ekang from his first appearance. His skill in battle was so great that they even compared him to Zong Mebegue the God of evil. He was beloved by every girl who saw him and possessed enormous occult power since he was a baby.
    • Obame Andome was begged to become ruler of humanity by many different tribes due to his gift for warfare, diplomacy, and great charisma.
    • Mesi Me Kot Endong the chimpanzee king was unanimously selected for his position due to his generosity, strength, and wisdom.
  • Achilles' Heel: The one way to defeat a ghost is to give them an enema.
  • Acid Attack: Nze Medang summoned a giant slug from the clouds during his battle with Ella Minko. It secreted a strange slime that softened the earth into mud, causing Ella Minko to sink to his shoulders.
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Nkabe’s reflection about her life on her wedding night with Oveng.
    • Akoma Mba wrestling with his newfound intrusive sense of love for humanity after countless years of merciless bloodshed during the start of Obame Andome’s legend
    • Engouang Ondo’s thoughts about the foolishness of war during the hunt for the Flame tribe.
  • Adult Fear: When Akoma Mba’s daughter Oyane is kidnapped by Asseng Mbane to be sacrificed to complete a ritual that will turn him immortal.
  • Alas, Poor Villain:
    • Oveng may have been a dick pursuing his goals, but the narrative certainly sympathizes with him: his dream of a world without war is crushed, the woman he loves has been taken from him, and his tribe whose safety is the entire reason he was born is about to be finished off by two of Engong's most vicious killers. Fortunately Engouang shared his dreams.
    • Obame Andome was a generous and kindhearted man. His only wish was to avenge his father. He and his father pleaded their case so well to God that they almost managed to get him to strip the Ekang of their immortality.
    • Mesi Me Kot Endong did what was right for his people and wasn’t even able to die in an honorable duel. Even if his people were testicle ripping, face eating, baby grabbing, crop destroying assholes.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Nkudang fell for the bloodthirsty Zong Midzi after merely hearing about him and his apparently attractive name.
    • Eyenga Nkabe of the storm tribe fell in love with Oveng despite him crippling her father. Then she fell for Engouang’s piercing gaze. Subverted with Ntoutoume Mfoulou though, his psycho death glare was just plain terrifying.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Everything and everyone in the land of the Blue Tribe is blue.
  • Andthe Adventure Continues: There’s no real ending to the Mvets. The immortals just keep getting into more shenanigans. Oveng’s tale foreshadows a great conflict with mysterious demons to the east blocking passage across the Bevuyeng river where the sun rises. Asseng’s saga ends with his jailers initiating a new conflict with Oku thanks to his construction skills.
  • Animal Mecha: Angone Zok sometimes rode about inside a great iron war elephant that would raise a big ruckus, devasting everything not fast enough to get out of its way.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Medza Mfoulou was constantly trying to help his big brother Ntoutoume Mfoulou regardless of any actual need or ability. It even got him captured once. Fortunately Ntoutoume must have had some soft spot in his heart for him since he found the kid’s antics entertaining. Others weren’t as amused.
  • Apocalypse How:
    • Class 4: Planetary Species Extinction
      • Nkeg Afane Mye from the Doubt tribe tried to dry up the rivers of the world to punish humanity for their sins.
    • Class X: Planetary Scale Physical Anihilation
      • Obame Andome nearly destroyed planet earth entirely during his battle with Engong.
  • Arch-Enemy: Engouang and Oveng has this relationship before evolving into Worthy Opponent
  • Archer Archetype: The giant chief Ndongmba is best remembered for his talent with the bow.
  • Arc Hero: Each tale usually focuses on a given mortal against a given immortal.
    • Akoma Mba the great overlord of Engong vs Abo Mama the rebel Yemedziit chief who refused to recognize Otungu’s authority despite being chosen by Akoma Mba
    • Nsure Afane, a beautiful youth of the Yemveng vs Zong Midzi the infamously ruthless Okane warlord
    • Nze Medang the immortal vs Alum Ndong Minko who needed forty human skins to decorate his house
    • Elone Kam Afe, fiancé of Oyane vs the Asseng Mbane her kidnapper
    • Engouang Ondo vs Oveng Ndoumou Obame from the flame tribe who sought to end all violence by eliminating metal, especially iron
    • Nguranguran son of Ombure vs Ombure the man eating crocodile spirit
    • Engouang Ondo vs Obame Andome out to avenge his father against Akoma Mba
    • Oyono Ndana vs Mesi Me Kot Endong the chimpanzee king and his unbearable army
    • Mekui Mengomo Ondo who sought out a bride vs Efen Ndon the ruler of the blue country
    • Ntoutoume Mfoulou vs Ekor Ngui Ndong the mountain crusher from the gorilla tribe
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: The only Ekang who averted this was Engouang Ondo. It proves to be an advantage for the Oku tribes, being constantly underestimated.
    • Zong Midzi was quite bold in challenging the Ekang directly and dismissing their abilities.
  • Asshole Victim: One can imagine the grins the people of Oku must have had on their faces when the Ekang were terrorized by the Mississim Spirits of Mt. Nkol Bizezam and nearly crushed before they begged for peace.
    • Two bandits of the leopard cult robbed and tried to force Okomo Nkabe and her brother Atomo Nkabe to have sex with each other before murdering Atomo. One robber was killed by having a pepper ball shoved down his throat. The other had his arm cut off, his legs cut off at the knees, and was hung upside down from a tree for the leopards to eat alive. What a bad day to run into the in-laws of their victims.
    • Zong Midzi butchered hundreds of innocent people in a rage over a war he started out of pride. It’s hard to pity him when Akoma Mba shoved a ball of molten iron down his gullet which exploded in his stomach.
    • It’s pretty cathartic to see Ntoutoume Mfoulou and Angone Zok get their asses kicked by ghosts.
  • Artifact of Power: Ngurangurane’s grandfather owned a magic talisman. He didn’t realize that it answered to Ombure only, and it betrayed his escape plan to the beast. Fortunately Ngurangurane was able to subject the charm to his own will, using it to call down a lightning strike against Ombure.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Akoma Mba was already beating up other boys as a lad and claimed numerous heads in battle when most boys had only recently finished initiation. He was considered to be the master of his own (step) father. His ascent to power was almost entirely driven by fear.
    • Ntoutoume was angry his lineage didn’t have a great man yet so he challenged the descendants of Etounga and Mba to a a duel. They were evenly matched so Ntoutoume’s bloodline were called the hammers (like Etounga’s were stone and Mba’s were iron, a reference to smithing).
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Almost every man wanted to marry the gender bent Akoma Mba, allowing him to get close to his enemy Abo Mama and learn the secret of his staff.
  • Axe-Crazy: And the winner is Angone Zok. He likes torturing his enemies for the hell of it. Once he was asked why he hasn’t killed everyone in the world yet, he answered there would be nobody fun left to kill then. His house has a giant pair of scissors by the entrance that chop up uninvited guests, and sometimes invited guests.
    • Ntoutoume Mfoulou is more of a Blood Knight but is always game to murder, rape, and pillage with his best buddy Angone.
    • Akoma Mba as a youth was out of control and EXTREMELY insecure about his shameful birth. Even as a young adult he still decapitated his brother-in-law for giving him a present he considered too small.
    • Alum Ndong Minko was a bloodthirsty maniac who wanted to build his home from human skins
  • Back Up From Otherworld: Angone Zok’s mother is a ghost. When he’s losing a fight he asks her for an amulet to give him the edge he needs.
    • Zong Midzi’s ancestors provide him with magical weapons and even try to make him immortal during his conflict with Engong.
    • Oveng’s grandfather Obame died in order to give him his invincible iron body. As a ghost he provides him with a fantastical army and arsenal with which to defend the surviving members of the flame tribe.
    • Andome Ella worked tirelessly as a ghost to unite the tribes of Oku against the Ekang and motivate his son to avenge him.
  • Badass Army: The Ekang have almost never been defeated and boast a long record of elaborate victories.
    • Oveng protected his people with ghosts, gorillas armed with iron clubs, leopards with steel teeth, and batmen.
  • Bad Ass Beard: Bifouga Zeeh had a glorious one dragging the ground.
    • Olong Ndong chief of the Beard tribe would relax in his village with his beard taking up much of the main road through it. He battled the Ekang for nearly two years.
    • The entire beard tribe could qualify as this, honestly.
    • The man eating giant Mbuandong had a huge tangled beard which smelled like rotting flesh. He used this beard to ensnare travelers foolish enough to wander near his cave.
  • Badass Decay: In some modern performances Akoma Mba is a retired geriatric layabout who has to ask his nephew to steal magic fish for him since the vendor refuses to take credit or coupons.
  • Badass in Distress:
    • Nze Medang and Obiang Medza were captured by Oveng Ndoumou and strapped to two giant drums.
    • Mengana Mba was captured by Mfim Ekie and turned into a woman to be his slave.
  • Badass Family: You could consider all the descendants of Ekang Nna to be this. Even before Akoma Mba discovered immortality they engaged in numerous conquests on their campaign to Engong.
  • Badass Moustache: Engouang Ondo rocked one.
  • Badassnormal: For a given measure of normal anyway, the tribes of Oku may not often prevail but their champions can match the immortals blow for blow.
    • One mortal who is pretty normal even by “Magic slinging warrior” standards was Afougou Zogo of the Bebeh tribe. He was actually considered the most powerful man in Oku and fights the Ekang for fun relying mostly on his wits to survive.
  • Bad Boss: Mfim Ekie was a slave driving king who used defeated warriors as laborers and trade goods.
    • Efen Ndon liked imprisoning foreigners and forcing them to build roads for him on pain of death.
  • Bash Brothers: Ntoutoume Mfoulou and Angone Zok were a force to be reckoned with when they got to tag team enemies like Oveng Ndoumou or Asseng Mbane.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: During the great sorcery conference on the moon breathing wasn’t a problem for any in attendance. When Ntoutoume Mfoulou was punched to the moon his biggest issue was the possibility of being stuck there dangling from the neck.
    • Basically all of the Ekang are capable of traveling through air and space without any trouble. They move between stars if needed.
  • Battle Aura: It happens here and there. Like when Oveng Ndoumou Obame was showing off his strength during the first confrontation with the Ekang. Or when Oyono Engouang prepared to strike back at Mvome Oke Mfarega after being launched into the troposphere.
  • Battle Cry: “Evini ye’Ekang!” which basically is a triumphant reference to the first patriarch of the clan.
  • Battle of Wits: Most fights against the tribes of Oku hit this point. They frequently rely on unique spells or aid from their ancestors to challenge the Ekang. The key is discovering how the spell works or convincing the spirits to abandon their efforts.
    • In one case the Oku people tried to destroy the great python bridge on the Melole river because they anticipated only the toughest fighters would want to overcome it, and thus immediately open themselves up to a preemptive attack by Engong.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Subverted. Beautiful characters can lean towards the good side by modern standards, but often have a long ruthless streak. Especially so if they’re men.
  • Best Friends-in-Law: Oveng Ndoumou and Engouang Ondo married each other’s sisters after becoming friends.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Engouang Ondo is the least violent man of the Ekang. He’s still the commander of Engong’s armies and wields the single most powerful Evus. He’s the only man Ntoutoume Mfoulou and Angone Zok are sincerely afraid of or respect. As disturbing as he found it he still committed genocide against Engong’s foes when called up for it.
    • Oveng Ndoumou Obame was a champion for world peace. If you stood in the way of that goal, at best he would leave you bloody and broken.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Oveng was cast into the pool of souls at the foot of Engong’s great tree, resisted the ghosts prepared to torment and devour him, then ascended out of the pool into the skies riding a giant tortoise surrounded by a massive bubble. That one made every jaw in Engong drop in bewilderment and Akoma Mba was shocked for one of the few times in his life.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Oyane Medza’s husband Elone Kam Afe and her brothers from Engong arrive in time to save her from being sacrificed by the Yemebem wizards to make Asseng Mbane immortal.
  • Big Eater: The twins Mengono Ondoa Man Abeng and Mengono Mba Ande Biyen each ate nine thousand nine hundred bunches of bananas, peanuts, cornbread, and taro prior to setting out on their adventures.
  • Big Good: Eyo or Nzame. The almighty cosmic manifestation of God. Very aloof from humans though as is common in African myths.
  • Bittersweet Ending: A relatively good ending just has dozens of villages burned, only hundreds dead, and more displaced. Straight happy endings are far and few.
  • Bizarre Human Biology: The Ekang don’t appear to have hearts or other critical organs. In the legends the Oku tribesmen speculate that their bodies are just clothing for their immortal beings.
  • Blood Knight: Ntoutoume Mfoulou generally only feels two emotions: boredom and homocidal euphoria. That said, he drastically prefers killing people who stand a chance of actually killing him. He lives for war. That’s why they call him Nyele Mfoulou sometimes “Yes, Mfoulou” because he says yes to death, but death continuously evades him. He had the time of his life fighting Oveng Ndoumou Obame because he could actually fight on or above his level, calling him the perfect warrior. After getting stabbed, slashed, blasted with fire, clubbed, tossed into the sky, and whipped with chains he was obsessed with fighting Oveng. Ntoutoume was excited to fake being a hostage of Asseng Mbane to raise hell in his village.
    • Angone Zok is more of a straight murdering psychopath but he finds killing warriors just as fun as innocent villagers. Aside from being a prick, he had the python bridge constructed to attract fighters who would actually want to cross it.
    • Zong Midzi started an entire war because he found Angone Zok’s arrogant breathing unbearable and wanted to prove his own superiority in battle.
    • Akoma Mba certainly loved fighting and killing for pride alone back in his younger days.
    • Alum Ndong Minko butchered an entire wedding delegation just so the Ekang would seek revenge on him and he could gather trophies.
    • The entire Ekang tribe was basically this more or less. Oku has much more balance between warrior tribes and peaceful tribes.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: The Beti-Pahuin believed there were three types of people in the world. Innocents (Miemie), Initiates (Akomnge), and Witches (Biyem).
    • Innocents are genuinely nice people who are generous, humble, and harmonious with society. Innocents are actually the only people who can ascend to the level of ancestor-divinity. But aside from that innocents are considered nobodies. They are vulnerable to will of Initiates, Witches, and other supernatural beings. They never become wealthy or powerful. They either don’t have any Evus or if they do it is never activated.
    • Initiates normally have had their Evus activated during adolescence in elaborate rituals. They are people of renown and status. The wealthy, the wise, the talented, the powerful, etc. Anyone who is very influential or successful in life is believed to be an Initiate. Initiates while mighty are more callous than Innocents. Initiates tend be domineering and even bullies. But unlike witches their relationship with the Evus is one where the capricious powers of the bush are put on a leash. The Evus is used to increase the prosperity of the tribe as much as to bring glory to user. Per western morality Initiates can definitely be seen as brutal assholes, especially at the fantastical level portrayed in the Mvets.
    • Witches are a negative force because of the Evus steering. By extension all the chaos of the wild is able to run amok using a human conduit. The Bush only cares about feeding, spreading illness, defending its territory, mating (taboos be damned), and violating everything that makes humans more than beasts. The Witch at first enjoys the new powers after eating their first human, but quickly succumb to the will of the Evus. When the human can no longer offer the Evus souls, flesh, and/or blood it will break down its own host for sustenance.
    • The Fang were once among the most fearsome warriors in their region of Africa and actively promoted stories about their merciless depredations to make themselves seem more terrifying.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Bela Mindzi was a capricious girl who bore a son with her brother for the hell of it.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Ntoutoume and Angone function as Engouang's attack dogs more than bodyguards, but they still frequently orbit him nonetheless.
  • Body Horror: The first Evus crawled inside of a woman’s vagina and transported itself into a human village.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: During Obame Andome and Engouang’s argument Engouang notes that the men of Oku are already often warlike, would continue to fight for glory if made immortal, and badger them for the secret of immortality even though Akoma Mba is the only one who completely actually knows what went down on the moon. Obame retorts that anybody would love to be immortal and that the power gap between the Ekang with Oku makes their "wars" little more than bullying and only the Oku tribes allied to Engong are able to conquer much because the immortals are basically their nuclear option.
  • Boulder Bludgeon: Nze Medang smashed a boulder over Ella Minko’s head.
  • Brawler Lock: Ntoutoume engaged in one during his fight with Oveng. And so did his annoying little brother Medza Mfoulou while fighting Mboumefek.
  • Break Them by Talking: One common tactic the Ekang deployed was demoralizing their opponents to distract them prior to landing the fatal blow.
  • Breath Weapon: Ntoutoume Mfoulou once devastated poor Ndoutoume Allogo Minko’s village with a fire ball from his mouth while battling the Flame tribe in his village. The fireball exploded and caused a terrible inferno which could be felt beyond the mountains shielding the village.
    • Eleng Akena’s pet dog rescued her from Engouang Ondo’s wrath by shooting iron balls at him that sent him flying out of the mountain and across the barren landscape to the feet of his companions.
  • Broken Ace: By the time Oveng returns to the underworld for the third time he is full of despair and resignation.
  • Brother–Sister Team: Ntye-Ngono was the queen of the Jemins. Her brother had many testicles. He would turn his testicles into a horde of wild pigs that would eat up the food in a target village. When the angry villagers would set on them in the square, she would create an iron fence around the village. Then she used a magic jewel on her chest to transform the men into women for him to marry.
  • Bullying a Dragon: The people who humiliated and teased Akoma Mba as a kid seriously didn’t comprehend who they were fucking with.
    • Effua Medang asked Angoung Bere how he could become famous. Old Angoung Bere instructed him to kill seven women as sacrifices for the spell to work. The last of the seven women was Bela Mindzi, mother of Akoma Mba.
  • By the Hair: Akoma Mba’s shiny bald head was the handiwork of Andome Ella during their fight. Andome grabbed his locks and spun him around like a cyclone.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Mfoumou Angong Ondo wielded an iron club the size of a Baobob tree.
    • Ekuru Ayeme Atura used an iron club against Alum Ndong Minko.
  • Casting a Shadow: Ayomongang was so angry the Ekang ate his sheep that he cursed all of Engong to live in darkness unless they found a way to pay him back.
  • Cavalier Competitor: Ntoutoume Mfoulou loved trash talk and even sometimes applauding his enemies when they gained the upper hand. One of his titles was the insolent one.
  • Challenge Seeker: Zong Midzi and Ntoutoume. Even Afougou Zogo just wanted to test his limits.
  • Character Development: While it could be christian influence especially in later tales, Akoma Mba over time softens then starts to realize his destiny of pride and war may not be all it was cracked up to be.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Subverted in the case of Ntoutoume against Oveng. Engouang refused to allow it.
  • Confusion Fu: Afougou Zogo’s favored technique. He relied on hit and run tactics, prestidigitation, and a bit of legitimate magic to clown the Immortals.
  • Cool Airship: Ngouba was a flying wicker basket which the Ekang sometimes used, it gave off rainbow exhaust fumes.
  • Horse of a Different Color:
    • Eyenga Nkabe rode a leopard with whom she had a psychic connection.
    • Angone Zok rode a flying mouse the size of an elephant.
    • Ntoutoume Mfoulou rode a pelican.
    • Mefoumou Mba rode an elephant.
    • Many immortals were fond of flying around riding iron or rubber balls.
    • Engouang Ondo humiliated Zip Bibana of the Biguila tribe by forcing him to be his mount in public after defeating him in battle.
  • Cool Sword:
    • Nze Ondo wielded the sword Okeng Be Nyaboro or "Sword of the Knowing". Also nicknamed Ebabatsila-Tsilébaba or "Jamais Vu" (the opposite of Deja Vu). Only those who crossed the darkness between life and death could wield it.
    • Ondo Mba's great sword was called Abe Nleme Otyen or "Sword of the Cruel Heart"
    • Speaking of hearts, Akoma Mba owned a sword that could only harm a person's heart, leaving the rest of the victim intact.
    • Medang Boro wielded a sword made of lightning and fire against Andome Ella.
    • Mekui Mengono had a flaming sword he used to cut down a forest almost instantly.
  • Cosmic Egg: Aki-Ngoss was the copper egg with four faces. It exploded and gave birth to Mikour-Mi-Aki or infinity.
  • Crapsack World: It certainly says something when Engouang Ondo threatens to bring a mob of ghosts back to life by reminding them of how miserable living is.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Many lives and villages could’ve been spared if the Ekang hadn’t murdered Andome Ella Ezang, driving him to seek revenge.
  • Creation Myth: Oyono Ada witnessed Eyo create Aki-Ngoss which exploded into Mikour-Mi-Aki. Mikour-Mi-Aki generated Biyem-Yema-Bi-Nkour or the nebulae. Biyem-Yema-Bi-Nkour brought forth Dzop-Biyem-Yema or the sky. Dzop spawned Bikoko-Bi-Dzop or the heavens. The first spirit called Ngwa was born from Dzop. Ngwa made Mba-Ngwa who made Zokomo-Mba who made Nkwa Zokomo who made Mebegue-Me-Nkwa. Mebegue spawned three spirits: Zame the god of earth & life, Kara the divine ancestor of the Ekang, and Zong the god of evil/ruler of evil spirits. In other tellings their if a fourth god called Ndong who is the divine ancestor of mortal humans.
    • Another myth says that Mebegue created the spider Dibobia who squeezed out an egg sac which became the earth. He then crafted another part of the supreme godhead (Nzame) in the form of a lizard which he tossed into the sea, and it returned to land 8 days later as a human. Nzame shaped the universe but most importantly breathed life into it. He asked Mebegue and Nkwa to gaze upon his works which impressed them so much they made king of the earth. The three parts of Eyo then created a new man called Fam (power). Nzame gave him strength, Mebegue taught him leadership, and Nkwa made him beautiful. He was made king of the world and left to reign. The three subordinate chiefs of the earth were the wise elephant, powerful leopard, and witty monkey. But Fam grew proud and became a tyrant that bullied the animals before proclaiming himself superior to even Nzame. Nzame was enraged and destroyed everything on earth with thunder & lightning. Fam survived hidden underground because they had gifted him with immortality. Now he continues to wander the earth hurting people. The trinity created a new layer of earth and planted a giant tree which dropped seeds which became new trees. The leaves which fell into water became fish, and the leaves which fell on land became animals. Nzame created a new man called Sekume who was mortal in order to keep man from insubordinating heaven again. Sekume was given a bride named Mbongwe made from a tree. Unlike Fam who was entirely body & soul, mortal humans have souls separate from the body. Souls are what animate the body and shadow. The shine in everyone’s eyes is a glimpse of their soul: Made of the same substance as fire & starlight.
    • Others say Nzame had a wife called Oyeme-Mam he created from his big toe. They had sex with each other and Mebegue was sickened because he considered that incest. He was so disgusted he went up to the heavens. Oyeme-Mam had 8 children who were the ancestors of the great groupings of people in the world. Mebegue taught Nzame the arts of human culture which Nzame taught his descendants before he mysteriously vanished.
  • Creepy Cave: The Ekang communicate with their ancestors using an eerie cave. In the outer chamber is a circle of the red skulls of their forefathers. In the inner chamber is a wooden cylinder topped by a gorilla skull. When the skull is removed an enormous constrictor snake emerges and tries to devour anyone nearby.
  • Cruel Mercy: Asseng Mbane was more pissed off that the immortals spared him and sentenced him to a life of hard labor than letting him die with some honor. He never forgave his wife for begging his life.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Dismembered and fed to leopards? Chopped in half by scissors? Decapitated? Immolated? Ripped apart by ravenous ghosts? Forced to swallow molten iron which makes the stomach explode? Smashed between rocks by a hairy giant and devoured? Flayed alive before having your skin worn as a coat or exterior decor? Eaten by a massive crocodile? Slammed on a spike from the earth? Drowned in a bubbling pool of wailing lost souls? There were plenty of ways to die.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Typically when Engong joins a fight, it very quickly goes from an epic battle to a horror show.
  • Darkest Hour: Engong has faced two. Once when Engouang pissed off the Mississim to teach Ntoutoume Mfoulou a lesson, and the other when Obame Andome was poised to utterly destroy Engong with his solar powered hand canon.
    • The Flame tribe was on the verge of extinction and reduced to cowering in a gourd in a mountain after Oveng got captured then narrowly escaped.
  • David vs. Goliath: Considering all the Ekang were giants thheir wars with Oku could count for this.
    • The Dwarf-Giant war certainly qualifies.
  • Deal with the Devil: Effectively how an Evus provides a human magic. It is a demonic manifestation of the pure savage Id of nature. When a person activates the Evus they are able to tap into extraordinary abilities but lose a degree of their humanity. When a person allows the Evus to take the reigns and gives in to the creature inside they become a witch. This is irreversible transformation occurs when a person with an activated Evus drinks human blood or eats human flesh.
  • Death of a Child: The last Ekang to die before Akoma Mba’s discovery was a young boy named Mfina Mba. They haven’t forgotten this.
  • Defeatingthe Undefeatable: As much as the Ekang love to show off their invincibility, Obame Andome left them pissing their pants after taking the fight to the heart of Engong.
    • !Oveng was lauded throughout Oku for beating the living tar out of two immortals and dragging them back to the Flame tribe in humiliation.
    • Abo Mama solo’d the entirety of Engong with the might of his scepter. Akoma Mba was forced to resort to trickery to defeat him.
  • Dem Bones: Eleng Akena’s dog was a skeleton, at least when she wasn’t using magic to make herself and her home beautiful.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Oveng Ndoumou after Engouang returned from the underworld intact.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Many stories could be resolved in hours if Akoma Mba was directly involved. So much of the time he’s on his throne waiting to judge the new losers.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Oveng Ndoumou spat in Engouang’s face out of contempt during the invasion of the Flame country.
  • Dirty Coward: Zip Bibana wasn’t much of a fighter and gave up pretty quickly when the Ekang gave him an opening to flee.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Akoma Mba’s brother-in-law lost his head for offering him three chickens and four ducks. This gift was way too small for someone of his stature, so he killed him.
    • Andome Ella visited his cousin Akoma Mba bearing a smorgasbord of treasures and presents. Akoma Mba was insulted by this implication he was poor, so he brutally murdered him with the help of Medang Boro. Akoma Mba was even more embarrassed by the fact that he needed help after seven days of fighting.
    • Zong Midzi considered heavy breathing to be an unforgivable offense and decided to try killing Angone Zok over that.
    • Engouang Ondo was angry that the ugly old sorceress Eleng Akena wasn’t able to maintain her beautiful form for very long so he decided strangulation was an appropriate response.
  • Divine Intervention: The almighty Nzame was called upon to settle the dispute between Akoma Mba and dead Andome Ella in court.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Oveng Ndoumou decked his father in the face during a peptalk without remembering he’s made from Iron.
  • Dramatic Irony: Everyone in Oku thinks Afougou Zogo is the ultimate warrior when really he’s just a very lucky trickster who the Ekang get a kick out of fighting.
  • The Dreaded: As a whole Engong is seen as a country of monsters at worst and tyrannical demigods at best. But in particular Ntoutoume Mfoulou and Akoma Mba stand out.
  • Drop the Hammer: Engouang Ondo at one point gives Ntoutoume Mfoulou a hammer and demands he strike him on the head three times with it. The first time he did it, a rooster appeared on Engouang’s head. The second time, the rooster went into his skull. The third time the rooster came back and exploded in a mess of feathers, blinding Oveng Ndoumou.
    • Alum Ndong Minko produced a gigantic hammer from his chest which he used to crush Ekuru Ayeme Atura.
  • Dung Fu: Angone Zok used his flying squirrel to poop all over the place and stop the flooding of the earth. When the squirrel pooped on the giant pearl he made, it exploded.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending:
    • Oveng Ndoumou never gave up and fought to the bitter end to protect his tribe. He not only lived but was able to restore the Flame to their former glory like his grandfather originally wanted.
    • Obame Andome overcame everything Engong threw at him and more. He never surrendered to low bloodlust and was able to move past his father’s plans for him. Nzame himself rewarded him with life and restored his leadership of the Essighlessi tribe.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Defied by Engouang Ondo who used a copper rope to seize Obame Andome’s solar weapon before he could use it.
  • The Eeyore: Fiana Bendoman was a country of these. Nobody smiles, nobody laughs, nobody dances, nobody celebrates, nobody is happy.
  • Engagement Challenge: Chief Ole Mfegue of the Ngoul tribe had a splendid daughter named Eyumane Ole. He said the man who could take her off a gigantic crocodile’s back would be her husband. She sang each day for Nze Medang to rescue her from her lonesome fate, but he never seemed to answer.
  • Enhanced Punch: Ntoutoume Mfoulou would insert his fist into his burning hot mouth and use it to throw devastating punches.
    • Alum Ndong Minko hit Ekuru Ayeme Atura with one of these.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: Subverted much like in many African mythologies. The rainbow is considered uncanny at best and frightening at worst. Ndoutome the Rainbow snake was a bridge between the underworld and the heavens. He swallowed the souls of the dead to bring them up to the skies. Ntoutoume Mfoulou once summoned Ndoutome to coil around Oveng Ndoumou and fly off with him to infinity. Oveng was heavier than a mountain so the rainbow failed and tried breathing flames all over him. Oveng responded by using a magic rattle to vaporize Ndoutome.
    • Zong Midzi would emit two rainbows from his mouth to keep his opponent in his path, then a dark fog would fill the area between the rainbows so Zong Midzi could attack unseen.
  • Excrement Statement: Andome Ella should’ve known there’s more ways to show your contempt for a host than using Medang Boro’s knee to wipe your ass with. “There were no leaves” just added insult to injury.
  • Exiled to the Couch: River, more exactly. Mba Andeme Eyene (Akoma Mba’s later stepfather) annoyed his wives so they threw him in. He didn’t drown, but instead blocked the flow of the river with his body. On one side he allowed many fish to mass, which pleased his wives. On the other side he caused flooding from the dam his body created. When his wives pulled him out of the river and brought him home, he began to sweat so much it caused a flood.
  • Exploited Immunity: Engouang Ondo transforms into a giant chameleon to deflect Oveng’s final attack. (As You Know chameleons are immune to lightning in Beti-Pahuin folklore).
  • Fantasy Gun Control: Averted. When the Beti-Pahuin were introduced to muskets they were thrown into the Mvets to spice them up.
  • Fire Balls: Plenty of warriors toss these at each other as the battle escalates beyond melee weaponry.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Assuming the Ekang don’t kill a vanquished foe or sentence them to hard labor, this is usually what happens. Especially so in the case of Engouang Ondo.
  • Fire/Water Juxtaposition: The Abonong River is made of fire. Typically it is water until one throws even the tiniest piece of wood into it. A creature like a Dzun was said to make its home there.
  • Flaming Sword: Efoua Medang owned one.
  • Flayed Alive: Subverted in Akoma Mba's case. He only skinned Assame Ella AFTER killing him.
    • Alum Ndong Minko's trademark move was to shoot chains ending in hooks at his victims and then ripping off all their skin at once. This was how he defeated Angone Zok.
  • Floating Continent: The Apkakom tribe lived among the clouds in fear of Engong’s wrath. Their chief Eyeghe Ndong Metoulou murdered the little Ekang boy Mfina Mba while he was helping his uncles fish.
  • The Force Is Strong with This One: Evus users can often sense the power of other Evus users. Very important for detecting witches.
  • Forthe Evulz: In most cases it’ll be Angone Zok or Ntoutoume Mfoulou. It’s even lampshaded when they cross the forest of smoldering ash heaps, noting that this place is the type rogues would love to haunt...like themselves.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Afougou Zogo with the Ekang. Except Angone Zok. Angone despised Afougou and wanted to kill him.
  • Friendship Moment: Oveng waking up to the three immortals carrying him and Engouang sharing a healing potion with him.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Akoma Mba was just the bullied bastard son of an incestous pair. He would become the most powerful and fearsome man on earth.
  • Genius Bruiser: Angoung Bere, Akoma Mba, and Engouang Ondo have their moments. Akoma realized he couldn’t beat Abo Mama with direct force so he instead turned into a beautiful woman to learn the secret of his magic scepter. Engouang Ondo turned into a baby to appeal to Obame Andome’s paternal instinct.
  • Genocide Dilemma: Engouang Ondo isn't happy when it's been decided he should exterminate a tribe, but he'll obey the elders regardless. Just like during the war with the Flame tribe.
    • The Yemebem tribe was eliminated except for a few for their kidnapping of Akoma Mba's daughter.
  • Hammerspace: A recurring device. Characters produce weapons and other tools from their chests, bellies, and mouths.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Ngurangurane was the son of the monster crocodile Ombure after a tryst with one of his would-be victims.
  • He's Back:
    • Oveng Ndoumou from Engong and the Underworld just his people are under siege by Engong.
    • Obame Andome’s tribe thought he’d been killed or ran away during the cataclysmic offensive against Engong. Turns out it was him all along.
  • Healing Spring: Ening Meyong was the healing pool of Engong managed by Angoung Bere. The Ekang were immortal but could still get nasty injuries if the enemy was powerful enough.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: “Are you smoking Iboga?!”
  • Hope Spot: The Esangi warrior Ekuru Ayeme Atura made his big comeback in the fight with Alum Ndong Minko by entering his Golden Super Mode and spear tackling him. Alum Ndong Minko proceeded to spit on his head and killed him.
  • Horns of Villainy: Angone Zok’s mother Ofoyeng gifted him with a set of triple pointed horns that he used to stab Oveng in the back and tried flying off with him.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Mba the immortal chieftain and the pygmy Bela Mindzi.
  • Humans Are Special: Well, were special. Originally everyone was supposed to be immortal like the Ekang. But through the flaws of mankind it was pulled from us. The first ancestor irritated God and he left.
  • Human Sacrifice: Ombure demanded offerings of a man then a woman on alternate days, and a beautiful virgin girl each full moon. After the tribe attempted to flee him he punished them by doubling the tithe.
    • Asseng Mbane was tasked with kidnapping one of the Ekang for a ritual where the victim would be immolated and he would then become immortal.
    • Some say Angone Zok offered up his own mother as a sacrifice during initiation for more power.
    • Eyeghe Ndong Metoulou decapitated Mfina Mba and used his head in a ritual to enhance his own powers.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Effua Medang was frustrated he was not famous like his fellows.
  • In Love with the Mark: Asseng Mbane fell in love with Oyane Medza and decided to keep her for himself instead of sacrificng her for immortality like the wizards of his tribe wanted.
  • Incompletely Trained: The Essighlessi elders were concerned that Obame Andome was unfit to rule them since his father refused to initiate him while he was alive.
  • Involuntary Dance: Ndoutoume Allogo Minko made his people to dance & sing nonstop day and night. The grooving went on for months. Whenever somebody died from exhaustion, hunger, or dehydration he would tap them with his magic flyswatter to revive them and continue the party. Eyenga’s leopard scared the people so much they stampeded which ended the dance. Ndoutoume Allogo decided maybe he partied too hard and finally allowed his tribe to rest.
  • "Just So" Story: Nlo Dzop the sun and his wife Ngone the moon were happily married until a wealthy chief appeared and seduced Ngone. Nlo Dzop discovered the infidelity from his children, the stars who had been covering for their mother. Nlo Dzop flew into a rage and began devouring his children and chasing the rest of his family across the sky. Occasionally he catches up to Ngone and bites her, which is why the moon waxes and wanes.
  • Killer Gorilla: Some tribes would capture gorillas and unleash them during melees to raise hell.
    • Oyono Nna had several guardian gorillas from the time he was born.
    • Oveng Ndoumou had an army of gorillas armed with iron clubs who ravaged Ntoutoume Mfoulou.
    • The jungles of the Beti-Pahuin world were thought to be haunted by the "Forest man" or "Woodman" who was a spirit very reminiscent of a gorilla. They have only one eye and ride around armed with a spear on large yet skinny wild hogs. They can only be killed with fetish spears stabbed into their belly buttons.
  • Kill It with Fire: When the giants were losing their initial clash against the dwarfs they cut down the surrounding jungle and made a huge circular fire in hopes they could burn the dwarfs alive.
  • Large Ham: Ntoutoume is certainly the loudest of the immortals. To gather the attention of Engong sometimes he would shout so loudly every living creature froze in place. He could knock down houses and flatten trees when he began yelling. Between himself, Angone Zok, and Engouang Ondo he would typically be the one vocalizing.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: Mevele Ze was a Jemincon tribesman who had a unique Evus named Bejo’o Jo’o. People who enter his domain cannot remember the way out. They soon encounter a great feast, leisure, and wealth. Once the traveler is comfortable the Evus causes it to disappear and they become a slave with no memory of where they came from.
  • Mage Marksman: Zong Midzi was gifted a magical musket in the underworld by his ancestors.
  • Magic Cauldron: The Essighlessi wizards used one to brew a magic sauce to try initiating Obame Andome by force. When they brought a spoonful to him the cauldron exploded, scalding and blinding all the sorcerers. Those who didn’t die immediately fell incurably ill before succumbing.
    • Angry wizards from the rest of Oku kidnapped Edzang Ella in an attempt to learn who was responsible for killing the venerated sorcerers. They brewed a magic sauce again which they dripped on a vine, transforming it into a python. The creature attacked Edzang until he confessed it was his nephew Obame Andome who somehow caused the explosion.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Ntoutoume Mfoulou was known for his supernatural vocalizations. During the cave battle against Oveng’s forces he screamed a mob of Gorillas into the walls before killing them.
  • Maniac Monkeys: Chimpanzees are not nice creatures. In Beti-Pahuin lore they represent the absolute savagery of nature in man if left uncontrolled. When their king was assassainated they waged a relentless war against the humans. Inverted with Gorillas who were viewed as simply hairy weirdos humans shouldn’t bother.
  • Memetic Loser: Anvama Eyaga Nfoulou was a joke among the Ekang. Nobody recalls heroic feats from him. When his sister Obono was “kidnapped” by a mortal man he spent two weeks battling her lover before realizing she had taken the opportunity to run away again. He decided to cut his losses there. Then later he got beaten up by his wife after demanding a snack meant for their children. He defended himself from the teasing by saying he tripped and got tangled in a pile of ropes. According to the others she was sitting on top of him and pounding his face in before Emama Emu Nnang walked in and saved him.
  • Mixand Match Creatures:
    • The Ebigane was a monster that was part mouse, part buffalo, part elephant, and part bat. Sometimes it was part human.
    • The Dzun was a great river monster with tusks, paws, and thick folds of skin.
  • Mysterious Mist: This is often cast in anticipation of combat.
  • Naked First Impression: When Abo Mama challenged Otungu the latter had just finished enjoying marital relations with his wife and answered the door stark naked.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: The Ekang were an entire nation of this. Meanwhile some of the mortal warriors were similar, taking many blows from sharp or blunt objects which just make the weapons break.
  • No Smoking: Mvele-Mekomo was a chief of the Yeminyon who detested smoking. He beheaded anyone he caught smoking. He started a war with the Ekang by trying to stop their consumption.
  • Oh My Gods!: “By the shiny head of Akoma Mba!”
    • “I swear by the severed head of Evine Ekang!”
  • One Steve Limit: Angono Zok Obama Ndon tried to enforce this trope. He thought only one man was worthy of the name Angono. On meeting another he challenged him with the newcomer’s wife Nda Mengono as a wager.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Averted. There was said to be a tribe of "dwarfs" led by their chief Angonzing.
  • Our Giants Are Bigger: The man eating giant Mbuandong had to be dragged from his lair using a great ship.
    • The Ekang are themselves giants, but not massively so.
    • There was another tribe of giants like the Ekang, led by their chief Ndongmba.
  • Our Ogres Are Hungrier: Ezuzums were nasty bush devils who ate people.
    • Ebibis were far worse than Ezuzums. Well organized, skilled in magic, and more powerful than their Bizuzum counterparts. Not to mention hungrier. They were able to even give the Ekang a spot of trouble after an old sorcereress joined the ranks of the Ebibis. They were occasionally associated with water.
  • Perplexing Pearl Production: Angone Zok produced a pearl from his chest that grew to massive size and flooded the earth after piercing it with a spear.
  • Pinball Projectile: Zong Midzi's musket fired bullets that would fly every which way until it finally hit its target, no matter the distance or change in direction.
  • Pooping Food: Ayomongang owned a sheep that would poop out delicious wads of fat.
  • Pummel Duel: Alum Ndong Minko and Egouang Ondo created a big chasm in the earth from their duel.
  • Rain of Something Unusual: Oveng Ndoumou distracted the Immortals prior to retreating by throwing a fireball into the air which exploded and sent down a hellstorm of flames that couldn’t be quenched by water.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Alum Ndong Minko the crocodile-man was born from a giant floating egg. He was one of the most vile foes the immortals faced.
  • Rivers of Blood: Mveng Metue was a river of blood fed by the extremely violent tribes who lived in its basin: the storm tribe, the lightning tribe, the silkworm tribe, and the assembly tribe. The first two tribes hated the last two tribes and were always at war with them. The area was called the country of mysteries, and even very brave people avoided it when possible.
  • Running Gag: Whenever the Ekang commune with the ancestors they always volunteer Ntoutoume Mfoulou’s sheep as sacrifices, this annoys him greatly.
  • Save the Princess: Awoune Mve of the Bee tribe set out to rescue Eyumane Ole from her life on the back of the monster crocodile after hearing her sad but enchanting song. He approached with a canoe while the monster slept and tried to lift Eyumane but she was supernaturally stuck to it. The beast awakened and chomped his canoe in half while he tried to flee. It tried to crush him with its tail and jaws which touched opposite river banks while he shot at it. The croc roared and drank half the river before shooting out a scalding steam from its mouth. Awoune became itchy and cured it with a magic potion. He then ejected two tusks out of his nose which entered the crocodile’s gaping mouth and fatally impaled its squishy insides.
  • Serious Business: Card games in one modern tale. Such games became all the rage in Engong to the point that one priest considered it a corrupting influence, so he tried to have it banned. This snowballed into an argument between immortals that would be decided by an ultimate card game. The winner would get the final say in who may play or not.
  • Scary Black Man: Kinda goes without saying when almost every dude is a headhunting central african superhuman warrior-magician.
  • Scary Skeleton: Ogengé is a fearsome giant skeleton spirit. It lurks in dark forests and piles of sand waiting to grab travelers by the throat, strangling them to death. The only way to overcome their hauntings is to hit the ground on your belly and cross your legs. Ogengé will have to copy you and disappears at sunrise.
  • Scary Scorpions: Oveng had huge black scorpions among the gifts his ancestors gave him. Ntoutoume Mfoulou tried to cut off one’s stinger with scissors and failed. The creature stung him quite badly and their brawl sent them flying out of the mountain and back to Angone Zok & Engouang Ondo’s location. Angone slew the monster with a magic arrow.
  • Spooky Séance: When the immortals talk to their ancestors, it’s pretty damn spooky. They wrestle a giant snake and throw a goat sacrifice to it. Once the beast has eaten it relaxes and glides into the pool before the chamber. It rises up and speaks in the voices of the ancestors.
  • Standard Hero Reward: Awoune Mve won Eyumane by winning her father’s challenge. Unfortunately for him, Nze Medang eventually learned about this and was not happy that the girl who originally sang about him married another. He then set out to teach Awoune Mve a lesson...
  • Straw Misogynist: The Fang generally did not think very much of women.
  • Swallowed Whole: This was your fate if Ombure was in a good mood.
  • The Swarm: During the war of giants and dwarfs the dwarfs flew around in great numbers like bees and stabbed them all over.
  • A Taste of the Lash: Nkabe Mbourou flogged Ella Minko to humiliate him after claiming his whistle and rattle.
  • To Hell and Back: The underworld was very accessible. Heroes of all kinds frequently popped in for a visit to get advice or magical aid from their ancestors.
  • The Trickster: Afougou Zogo was a mortal joker to the Ekang. He gave them plenty of fun trying to murder him.
  • Trick Arrow: Ndongmba had three. One hit anything in the air, one hit anything underwater, and one hit anything underground.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Ntoutoume Mfoulou’s hair would stand up on end, his eyes would blaze, and his thunderous shouting would terrify people for miles when he was angry. He was called the rage of Engong for good reason.
  • Unusual Ammo: The giant warrior Nloutangmba wielded the famous crossbow named Ngorkmimbang. It launches boulders to crush enemies to death instead of arrows.
  • Unusual Ears: Akoma Mba had noticeably big ears.
  • Volcano Lair: Not exactly a volcano but the Flame tribe wizards conducted their meetings inside a mountain which would open and close at their will. Oveng later hid his people here while the Ekang were trying to commit genocide against them.
  • White Mask of Doom: The page image is an Ngil (gorilla) mask. They were worn by the members of the secret Ngil society who were a mystic cult among the Beti-Pahuin peoples largely concerned with police action. Wrongdoers would be brutally punished by the Ngil members dressed in gorilla masks and grass costumes at ceremonies. The villain Alum Ndong Minko owned an Ngil mask he mounted on his house of horrors. When Nze Medang, Engbwang Meye Megiri, and Mengong me Mfulu approached the mask exploded and became a powerful Ebibi wearing an Ngil mask.
  • Whip Sword: Mone Ebo the sentry of Engong wielded a long whip sword. He used it to stop Angone Zok’s war machine from crushing everything when he reported for duty during the war with Zong Midzi.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Like in most African mythologies, everyone did.
  • Winged Humanoid: The Ekang were known to give themselves iron wings to fly around with.
  • Womanliness as Pathos: Even aside from the fights over the love of women like Nkudang, Eyenga, and Oyane you have characters insulted by being compared to women or influenced by women.
    • The big one is the fact that Evus and by extension witchcraft entered the world of humans from a woman bringing it into the villages inside her vagina. So they continued to be blamed for the overall phenomena in people’s lives.
  • World Tree: Engong Zok Mebegue Me Mba was “The hilltop tree which all tribes can see”. The country of the Ekang was named for this. Sometimes the tree was called Oveng which was the name of Akoma Mba’s village where it stood. It was associated with many creatures who acted as alarms if Engong was in deep trouble. At its feet was the pool of lost souls where the Ekang would keep their slain foes to enhance their own power.
  • Yandere:
    • Zong Midzi flew into a homocidal rage when he caught Nsure Afane strolling with his proposed fiancée Nkudang, and also flirting with his wife Esone Abeng.
    • Engouang Ondo chopped down plenty of men who made the mistake of trying to get comfortable with his wife Meki M’Assigue Nseng.
  • Zerg Rush: Ella Minko unleashed a mob of birds, beasts, and insects of all fantastic sorts against the Ekang during their initial skirmish.

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