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The Popol Vuh—ancient text of the Quiché Maya—details, among many others, the story of a feathered serpent god and one of the creators of humanity, Quetzalcoatl, and his journey to steal green stone bones from the Lord and Lady of the Underworld. Though his path was fraught with pitfalls and failures, he eventually made it to the surface, and by the blood of the gods and the bones of the dead, humanity was created.
These bones aren't just any bones—they're filled with potent, dark magic. That's what caught the interest of Jaluery, a coyote shapeshifter: to have that kind of power at her dispense would make her the most formidable beast in all the Mirador Basin. No one would stand a chance against She who had defied the gods and stolen from under their noses.
Like Quetzalcoatl, she was caught in the act. Death gods One-Death and Seven-Death gave her what she desired: infinite power, immortality. They even let her leave with the green stone bones. They put on her a bell, so that everyone would always know where she was. People would know her name and her sound, and would be saved from her. She would pay for her arrogance.
This, of course, never stopped Jaluery. Her wit is ancient and her guises are endless; after all, she is
a shapeshifter. She has persevered through the centuries. The people of the Mirador Basin know not to enter the caves in the area, the mouths of the underworld where Jaluery likes to hide her treasures...and the bones of whichever helpless travelers she happens to come across.