The village has a legend; one that is everlasting, almost practiced as a religion. One about the forests which secluded it from the rest of the world. One of a beast, with red eyes, and the power to destroy anything it wanted. People often disappeared into the woods, never to return, and the beast was always blamed for the loss. No one leaves the town, for fear of this monster killing them. The stories of what happen to the people usually involve being ripped to shreds, claws raking across the humans like a tiger on a small rat. No one stands a chance of survival once it decides you are to be the next dinner. However, yesterday the town suffered the loss of a young child. Everyone has become terrified, not knowing what to do. Some suggest moving the entire town somewhere else, some suggest offering up a sacrifice to the beast in order to keep the peace. They all have crowded around the Mayor, babbling nonsense and ideas that may solve the problem, though through their constant noise, not a single one can be made out clearly. Growing frustrated, the large old man rose a hand, shouting to signal them to be quiet. "Silence! I cannot think straight with you all yammering in my face like this! One at a time! You!" He pointed to a villager, a young woman cradling a small baby in her arms. "Mayor," She began, "There has to be a way to stop all of this, without these silly suggestions. We can't start sacrificing our own people just to satisfy the needs of a monster that may not even be real!" The mayor gave her an annoyed look, crossing his arms, "Well, then, do you have an idea?" "Yes. We need to send someone into the forest." The crowd burst into loud chatter at this idea, obviously not fond of it, so she raised her voice over theirs. "That person needs to find out if this creature is real! If it is, he must slay it, there is no other way!" "No, he should bring the beast back here!" Shouted a rowdy looking male, who raised a fist. "Let US take care of that monster!" At this there was quite a decent amount of cheering. This guy seemed to be popular with the town. "Oh, so you'll go find him then?" The Mayor inquired, raising an eyebrow at the man who seemed so sure f himself; but now he looked rather embarrassed, backing off. "Er.. I would, but.. I.. have some errands to run at home.." He looked around at the crowd, hoping they would believe it. "Well SOMEONE ought to be brave enough to go capture this thing!" Bellowed the mayor once more, waving an arm towards his citizens. "We simply cannot allow any more of us to be lost!" "Maybe if.. there were a reward..?" A thin looking guy stepped forward now, raising a finger sheepishly. "AH, yes, that's a great idea! Anyone who brings back this beast, alive, will receive the greatest wealth this town can manage! All agreed, say 'Aye!'" "AYE!" The whole crowd spoke in unison, it seemed, for once all of them being on the same page. "Good, now, which one of you will brave this task?" He roared once more, hoping for a response this time.