Karawàbi (Wàbi) was born among the Shimusògo clan. He is a bully who had little interest beyond following Tsubàyo’s commands and beating on Rutejìmo and Pidòhu.

Sand and Blood

In the beginning of Sand and Blood, Karawàbi joined with Tsubàyo to bully Rutejìmo.

“Almost got you, Jìmo,” said Karawàbi with a chuckle. Even though he was two months younger than Rutejìmo, he stood several inches taller. He was also considerably stronger and faster. His dark skin glittered with flecks of sand that covered him from head to toe.

He was one of the four teenagers who went on the rite of passage.

When Tsubàyo left Chimípu and Pidòhu, there was no question that Karawàbi would join him. They took Rutejìmo along and headed out, with both Tsubàyo and Karawàbi treating Rutejìmo poorly.

That night, when Tsubàyo went to investigate another camp, Karawàbi was content to remain behind and relax. He spent the time amusing himself by going through Pidòhu’s belongings.

The next morning, when Rutejìmo returned, Karawàbi was unaffected by Rutejìmo’s struggles. Rutejìmo refused to make Karawàbi’s lunch so Karawàbi attacked him. It wasn’t until a lucky attack by Rutejìmo that left Karawàbi’s foot impaled on a spike and the younger man sprinting back to Chimípu and Pidòhu.

Suffering from his injuries, Karawàbi bandaged his foot and waited for Tsubàyo, who never came.

It was Desòchu who killed Karawàbi, cutting his throat in the middle of the night while the teenager slept.

Rutejìmo looked at him. “Can I ask you… both of you something?”

“Of course.”

“Who killed Karawàbi?” He knew the answer, but he wished it wasn’t true. Rutejìmo didn’t dare ask Desòchu, for fear of knowing.

Hyonèku inhaled sharply.

Gemènyo drew on his pipe and let the smoke out in a long streamer. “Damn, boy, I hoped you would never ask us that.”

“It was Desòchu, wasn’t it?”

The guilty looks told him the answer.

Leaning forward, Hyonèku peered at him. “Listen, Jìmo, there is—”

Rutejìmo held up his hand. “Desòchu protects the clan, even from itself, right? And if Karawàbi had stayed, he would have been poison to that.” He gestured to the celebration below.


Secondary Sources

0100-00 Sand and Blood 4: Rivals 0100-00 Sand and Blood 5: Decisions 0100-00 Sand and Blood 6: Heading Out Referenced 0100-00 Sand and Blood 7: Middle of the Trip 0100-00 Sand and Blood 8: The Morning Sun Referenced 0100-00 Sand and Blood 9: Blood and Bone Referenced 0100-00 Sand and Blood 10: Separation Anxiety Referenced 0100-00 Sand and Blood 11: Standing Alone Referenced 0100-00 Sand and Blood 12: Investigating the Night Referenced 0100-00 Sand and Blood 13: Breaking Up Referenced 0100-00 Sand and Blood 14: Coming Back 0100-00 Sand and Blood 15: A Quiet Conversation 0100-00 Sand and Blood 16: Pushing Forward Referenced 0100-00 Sand and Blood 19: Humiliated 0100-00 Sand and Blood 20: Shimusogo Karawàbi 0100-00 Sand and Blood 21: From the Shadows Referenced 0100-00 Sand and Blood 23: One Mistake 0100-00 Sand and Blood 24: Alone in the Dark Referenced 0100-00 Sand and Blood 27: Pabinkue Tsubàyo Referenced 0100-00 Sand and Blood 28: The Offer Referenced 0100-00 Sand and Blood 30: A Year Later 0100-01 Sand and Ash 20: Waking Up Alone Referenced 0100-02 Sand and Bone 34: One Last Time Referenced