- By noon the whole empire was in effervescence. The messengers of His Majesty were wandering across the streets of Ekule, Okala, and Okunde while reading aloud the imperial command.
- Like all other inhabitants of the land, Babida grasped the imperial message, which was in line with his day plan, except there was a gratification on top of it: public acknowledgment and money. He was not too much into fame but would not refute an incentive that increased his wealth.
- He wore his traditional armor: a steel bracelet on the wrist of each of his hands, silk trousers, a tusk necklace, and a five-kilogram axe that was a hundred centimeters long. Barefoot he left his cabin and integrated the group of courageous fighters which was germinating outside.