Feth was up well before the light of day reached the floor of the town cavern. The shaft that stretched to the surface not only provided light and air to the town, but it also helped them to follow the weather outside and it kept plenty of water in the well that stood beneath it. The well would be at the center of the celebration tonight, and Feth was sure he was going to be one of the Minedi standing proudly on its wall. Today was Katib's Festival, the yearly celebration of the god of the hunt. Every year, adult and able-bodied Minedi men gathered in the town square to pair up for the annual rat hunt. Katib first hunted the great rat, making the world safe for the Minedi to live in, and now their duty was to maintain that safety. Young men were paired with the oldest, most experienced men who would teach them to hunt and to use their owls. Those pairs had already been selected from Lina's Festival many months ago, when the oldest children became adults, and the newly recognised men were given their first owlet to raise and train. Their hunting mentor would guide them through their first two years of hunting, and his last. But for the rest of the pairs, that was up to the elders to decide. They usually chose a pair that would balance each other. Together they would work to the best of their ability to bring back the largest rat. The pair who managed to do so would gain the honours of the festival, one of which was standing on the wall of the well, above the heads of even the elders, and also have a place at the head of the banquet table. Feth thought of all of this as he rubbed his teeth clean, brushed his fur until it was sleek and smooth, and fed Lelaph and Paha, his kangaroo rat and riding badger. He didn't feed Beli, his owl, as he wanted him to be hungry for the hunt. Instead, he put his leather shoulder pad on, and tied Beli's hood before placing the trusting owl onto the pad. Wrapping up some leftover dinner of roasted seed, carrot and grub and tucking it into a pouch strapped to Paha's harness, he left his dwelling and made his way to the well where he could see other men now making their way from their own dwellings with their badgers and owls. The excitement and joy of the occasion was already in the air as the decorations for tonight's feast had already been strung up around the town. Katib's Festival had begun!