My story starts, which is typical of most stories... At the beginning.
A short time ago in the history of the world, which to us would seem like an eternity... The earthmother was still a young maiden tending to her children. And let me tell you, they were not easy to watch over...
Monkey was so curious and tried so hard to expand his knowledge so fast he would often combust! He was always fighting with his siblings and the Great Mother could never get a chance to just relax.
Boar was stubborn. He always had to say 'No', even if he really wanted to say 'Yes!' He was a brute and often times kicked mud and dirt up an those who came near.
Horse was always dirty, so the Great Mother was always giving him a bath. He hated them, so he would gather up in groups and run around her lands, trampling everything in his temper tantrums... What a brat!
Bird was fickle, she was nasty to everyone except her own. She would lash out and even chase the others from her nests that she built everywhere! No one could go anywhere without her nagging at them to go away!
Hyena... Well, she was just rude. She played pranks and tricks on everyone without a care of consequences or if it hurt anyone's feelings. She was more of a brat then horse or even bird!
And then there was Bull. He was a stalwart warrior, and protector for the Earthmother as she took care of the other beasts in the land. Older and more mature, Bull tried his best to help the Earthmother with caretaking.
Sadly, with limited ability to hold objects, Bull was only helpful with carrying things. So he asked his mother to help him help her.
"Alo Nokee Washte... Perhaps I could be of more service to you if I could stand up on two legs like Monkey. Give me hands so that I can use tools and help you build and clean..."
The Earthmother gave this mild thought, but shook her head. "No, for if I give you these things then the others might want them as well... No, I appreciate your help now. You do not have to do more to receive my love."
With that, Bull was content to continue his duty serving the Earthmother. However, this conversation did not go unnoticed. A dark shadow slithered across the lands to where Bird nested.
"Would it not be easier to shoo unwanted guests from your home if only you had hands? Perhaps if you were a little more like monkey...."
Bird ruffled her feathers and huffed, "No! Go away!" The shadow did, but the thought remained in Bird's mind.
The shadow moved then to Boar. "It would be so much easier to kick mud and dirt on others if you walked on two legs..."
Boar huffed, "NO!" However, his eyes gleamed at the idea.
Next the shadow moved to whisper in the ear of Hyena. "Wouldn't it be easier to play pranks on people, if you were more like monkey?"
Hyena just laughed and trotted off. However, the message was there, itching the back of her mind.
Soon, the shadow found Horse, and it hissed, "Wouldn't you prefer to have hands to throw things like rocks at others?"
Horse snorted, and made his way to where Monkey was practicing magic.
The land was barren and had many buildings built in circles around fire. Horse found Monkey... He was doing something strange to Bird. Hyena and boar watched with interest...
Bull walked alongside the Earthmother for a while, but he gave a snort at a foul smell up ahead. He could see magic being pulled to a location, and he looked back at the Earthmother.
Her face was full of concern as she and Bull made their way over to where Monkey, Bird, Boar, Hyena, and Horse gathered. What they saw made Bull rage.
Monkey stood with a grin on his face, for he had discovered transformation magic! Something quite forbidden to those who have not earned it through service to the Earthmother.
His fur was gone, and he wore strange clothing to cover the fact that he was hairless. His hands crackled with darker magic as he stood behind the others.
Bird was now taller and fiercer, with hands curved into claws! Boar's fur had quills poking out through his back! Hyena was short and laughed at her new upright form, and Horse... He was the worst of all.
With his body remaining mostly the same, he had the upper body of the form Monkey took. It was a mash of everything that had been done to the others.
They all held weapons in their hands... And none of them looked friendly. With a simple command from Monkey, they charged forward!
The Earthmother screamed, and Bull quickly moved to carry her away.
When they were again safe, Bull looked to the Great Mother and she pet his muzzle. "I... I don't know what happened... But they are not my children anymore... Bull, it is time that I took you up on your offer."
The Earthmother slowly molded Bull's body to stand upright. She gave him strong hands to grasp weapons, but the dexterity to weave clothing for himself.
She gave him keen eyesight to hunt and scout, so that he would be able to watch over the lands without fear.
Finally, she gave him magic... So that Bull may one day remove the curse that took hold of his cousins and heal the lands as they bleed from misuse.
"I do not know what evil has fallen upon my children, but as you have protected me for so long and helped me discipline the other children... I would ask that you take arms against those who would harm me..."
Bull gave his word that he and his descendants would forever challenge those who would harm the Earthmother... And he never forgave Bird, Hyena, Horse, Boar, or Monkey.
To this day we still fight the harpys, the gnolls, the centaur, the quillboar... And even humans... Bull never stopped protecting the Earthmother from their corruption... And neither will we...