Teh E. Ows
Don "Major Deej" Finger
1 Feb 2012
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WORK IN PROGRESS
Each document was written in the Apache language...and were quite old; some files dating back to the early 1900s. As they read the files, they discovered that the stones in the safety deposit box were Apache Totems of Power. These Totems, when in close proximity or contact with a person's skin, would transfer a specific energy from the totem to its wearer. The wearer had to learn to 'focus' and 'channel' the power, which was the reasoning for Apache warrior tests, which were designed so as to identify those Apache worthy of the totems.
The documents stated that over three dozen totems existed since the beginning of the first Apache. These totems each provided degrees of magical power for speed, agility, strength and vitality. There was a mention of a centuries-old necklace that allowed all totems to be placed in/on, but it was lost in antiquity. The totems, believed to be too powerful for any one Apache, and a dangerous weapon for the 'white man' to find, instead separated the totems between several Apache warriors, who, when the need arose, to use them individually or together to save the Apache people.
Thanks to Native Americans' egregious treatment, murders, reservation movements and dehumanization efforts, most of the warriors that had or hid the totems were killed outright, some while even wearing the totems in plain view. As a result, most totems remained lost and all but forgotten until the 1930s when four medicine men and one chief got together and began formulating a plan to get the totems back into Apache hands. This resulted in a plan where the Apache would have to intermingle with the whites so that they could freely hunt down the totems.
There plan mostly worked. They found 27 of the 36 totems by 1940.
As part of the plan, once all totems were found, they would pass on the totems to empower one of their greatest warriors; a warrior that would lead the Apache to greatness once again. Sadly, World War II happened instead.
With the advent of World War II, Native American tribes such as the Navajo, Nez Perse and of course Apache, were all drafted to join the U.S. military for the war. Knowing that the war would most likely diminish the ranks of their Apache warriors even more, 'The Five', as they later became known as, gave all 27 of their totems to one of their greatest warriors - Chief Te-E'-Ous - "The Apache".
Te-E'-Ous (now provided a new Christian military name of "Teh E. Ows" on his dog tags and military records) was assigned to the US Marines in May of 1942, where he fought in the Pacific Campaign against Imperial Japan. In the Battle of Guadalcanal in August 1942, 'The Apache' proved himself as a superior warrior, killing dozens of Japanese soldiers with his rifle, his knife and even his bare hands, leaping dozens of feet into the air with an almost superhuman quality and speed (which was the case, with him using the power of the totems). Word got out fast of his actions and days later Chief Te-E'-Ous met with Captain John Brown AKA Captain Invader. After exhibiting his skills, still all the while showing disdain for 'white authority', Captain Brown had the Chief transferred to the Captain's special combat unit known at the "Allied Fighters".
For the next few years, "The Apache" fought against Imperial Japanese forces like a warrior borne. Although he kept to himself when he wasn't fighting, he did have a bit of a friendship with the teammate known as "Bullet". The Chief was said to have respected Captain Brown, but said that after the war, he'd go back to his world, and he (the Chief) would have to suffer in his.
Sadly, in 1945, as part of the ongoing Battle of Okinawa, "The Apache" was taking a hill all by himself, taking out dozens of machine gun nests and killing dozens more Japanese Infantry. At one point, the last massive active Japanese artillery gun drew a bead on Apache and blew him into ten body pieces. His totems he was wearing blew apart and scattered for nearly 1/2 a mile in all directions. Since no one in the Allied Fighters knew the relevance of the totems they say the Chief wear, they didn't know the importance of regaining them and returning them, and the Chief's body, back to Oklahoma and the Apache tribe.
A traditional funeral was performed, with Bullet and Captain Invader there for the ceremony. Captain Invader did, however, present seven of the totems he'd found near the Chief's body, but said he had no idea were the rest were, or any of his weapons for that matter. The totems were kept by the elders for decades thereafter.
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