A sneak peek into the second book of the Bull Mongoni trilogy, Sword of the Bull Mongoni.
The above flow chart shows the evolutionary path of the hominid family starting with 14 million years ago when “Hominidea” walked the earth, the first known primate precursor of the hominid and the common ancestor of all the great apes.
The surviving great apes today include humans (genus Homo), chimpanzees and bonobos (genus Pan), gorillas (genus Gorilla), and orangutans (genus Pongo). Gibbons (genus Hylobates) are not considered great apes and split off into a separate family of primates earlier (about 18-20 million years ago)
Now, what is not included on the flow chart above is where the legendary Bull Mongoni fit it.
According to the Sacred Scrolls of Tarmok as told by Gunner Star to Tyrone Fulton in Rise of the Bull Mongoni and Joe Fenton in Gunner Star, the Bull Mongoni evolved from the Homininae subfamily.
As you can see above, this subfamily branched off into two distinct tribes approximately 8-10 million years ago. One tribe was the Hominini—humans, chimpanzees, and bonobos. The second tribe was Gorillini—gorillas.
The Scrolls of Tamrok speak of a third great ape that branched out from the Homininae subfamily, the tribe known as the Bull Mongoni.
The Scrolls, oral history, as well as the Sumerian writings, and the legends of the Neolithic North American natives, allude to a great race of man beast that lived with the wild beasts deep in the forests among the trees. These hominids were swift, strong, muscular and hirsutistic. Unlike the other hominids, the Bull Mongoni could be loners who would roam a vast territory, often with a big cat as a companion. Some theorize this is how the great cats learned to patrol a territory. By all accounts the Bull Mongoni were peaceful and showed great respect for their great ape brothers and sisters. In the ancient Sumerian texts they are referred to as “the protectors of the earth and all creatures.”
Peaceful perhaps, but if crossed, a Bull Mongoni could unleash a frightening fury.
Ancient Latin texts refer to a story of a Roman platoon sent to Africa to apprehend a group of escaped slaves. One of the slaves, a female, was befriended by a “talking man beast with super human strength and the speed of a leopard”.
A squadron of Roman soldiers from the platoon marched into the jungle and attempted to abduct the slave girl from the lair of the great man beast. They found her alone gathering water by the river and captured her.
The soldiers were cruel and destructive, torturing and slaughtering innocent creatures on their march back out of the jungle. One night, the mean-spirited butchers were drunk on grain alcohol and decided to try and have their way with the slave girl.
That is when the great man beast struck.
A barbaric animal roar exploded across the night followed by the sounds of snapping bones, crushed skulls, and severed arteries. Never in all their years of blood lust and battles had these Romans witnessed such uncorked rage and savagery.
Only one soldier made it back to the platoon in North Africa. The great man beast wanted a living witness to tell the tale. Saddled on his horse was a treasure chest. The surviving Roman soldier was in shock and trembling when he arrived. The shaken soldier said only that the treasure chest contained a “message for the Roman leader from Tarmok the Bull Mongoni”.
The Captain of the platoon opened the chest to find the twelve bloody severed heads of the squadron. There was also a parch of tree bark inside with an inked message written in Latin.
“The man beast said the note was for you,” the surviving soldier said.
“Read it to me,” the Captain ordered.
...to be continued in the next and final book of the Bull Mongoni trilogy, Revolution of the Bull Mongoni. Coming soon to a bookstore near you.
Find out more about the Bull Mongoni and experience the irreverent thrills in the controversial action adventures - the prequel novel Gunner Star and the screenplay books Rise of the Bull Mongoni and Sword of the Bull Mongoni.