Glade and Ivory
Caution: This Historical Sex Story contains strong sexual content, including mt/ft, Fa/Fa, Ma/Ma, Mult, Consensual, NonConsensual, Rape, Slavery, Gay, Lesbian, BiSexual, Heterosexual, Historical, Gang Bang, Group Sex, Interracial, Black Female, Black Male, White Male, White Female, Oral Sex, Anal Sex, Masturbation, Sex Toys, Caution, Violent, Nudism,
Desc: Historical Sex Story: Chapter 1 - This is the story of the shaman, Glade, and her apprentice, Ivory. It is the tale of two women's lives in Ice Age Europe and Africa. Life in the Ice Age isn't easy. It isn't only due to the frozen climate in which Mammoths and Cave Lions thrive where humans struggle to survive. There are people from the Mammoth Hunters' tribe and beyond who are keen to take advantage of a shaman from another land and an apprentice who is as yet innocent of the ways of the world.
Ivory tugged aside the curtain of mammoth hide that was all there was to secure the relative warmth inside the tepee from the chill wind. She crawled outside and stood upright in the bulky furs that muffled her body from hooded top to swaddled toe. She needed reprieve from the dark distress that was overwhelming her during her bedside vigil. Inside the tepee lay prone the fur-covered body of her mother who was exhaling her last few painful dying breaths.
There had been no warning, of course. No one had noticed the cave lion before it pounced. Despite the villagers' courageous onslaught on the predator, the only remaining consolation was that Ivory's mother had now lived long enough to die in her own bed. Ivory was fully aware that her mother could never survive such a mauling. Even the shaman's considerable medical skills were no match for the savagery of a lion's teeth and claws. The sudden loss would be especially distressing now that Ivory was her mother's only surviving child. There had been other brothers and sisters, but they were now all dead and most not even surviving childbirth. Ivory's father was also dead. He'd been gored to death by an aurochs during a disastrous hunting expedition two winters ago.
Ivory surveyed the chill steppes. It was Spring: the season most celebrated by her tribe. Game was plentiful on the grasslands. There was a rich harvest to gather from the woods. Ivory's face burnt in the glow of the sun which, however bright, was never warm enough to counter the chill wind that blew from the mountainous glacial cliffs not that far to the North. She bent her neck to follow the transit of a flock of storks flying west. In every direction were the wide steppes that were her Summer home. It teemed with game of every species: woolly rhinoceros, antelope, deer, horse, bison, aurochs, and, the mainstay of her tribe, mammoth.
It was for this reason, of course, that her tribe was universally known as the Mammoth Hunters.
Ivory made a silent prayer to the spirits of the wind whose sharp chill was what she now felt most keenly. She soon knew that the spirits hadn't answered her prayers when a cacophony of wailing and ululation erupted inside the tepee from the neighbours gathered by her mother's bedside.
Ivory now realised how unprepared she was for the shock of her mother's death. It was no longer hypothetical. It was real and actual. Ivory was now an orphan. No father. No mother. And, in addition, no husband. She was wholly and utterly at the mercy of the village's generosity. And in these straitened times, with mammoth migration increasingly unreliable and the winters worsening each year, such charity could not be taken for granted.
"The Shaman needs an apprentice," remarked Aunt Partridge several days later when it was deemed that Ivory had grieved for long enough to be approached. "She's says she wants a young girl. I'll put in a word with the chief."
Overwhelmed by grief as she was, Ivory understood the need for shelter and security for an orphan in an unkind world. She grasped at this straw of comfort with all the enthusiasm she could muster.
"I'm sure I could help the shaman in her duties, Auntie. I've always wanted to be tutored in the mystic arts."
This last was a lie, but Ivory had faith that the spirits would give her dispensation in her hour of need. And anyhow, as her sorrow gradually subsided over the following days, this promise of relief awoke in her a desire she'd never noticed before. She'd be more than happy to take instruction in the arts of divination. She'd be honoured to partake of the wisdom dispensed by the only person in the village from whom even the chief sought advice. It also frightened her. The spirits were fickle and cruel. Surely it was only after great sacrifice and labour she could hope to acquire the skills possessed by a shaman.
The shaman was a mysterious figure. She'd not been born in the village. She hadn't even been born to the Mammoth Hunters' tribe. She came from a distant Southern land. These were lands where not only the language was different, which was to be expected, but where a person's skin and hair was of a different colour. Because the shaman's skin was brown, like clay or river mud, she was known as the Dark Shaman. There was no one else in Ivory's experience who had such dark skin. It was a pigment utterly alien to a tribe of pale-skinned, fair-haired people. The shaman's hair was as black as the night. Her lips were thick, her nose was small and her dark eyes were spaced wide apart. She seemed so strange that Ivory sometimes wondered whether she was a spirit or an animal rather than a person. But Ivory knew she was a person because she spoke the language of the Mammoth Hunters and was reputed to enjoy sex as much as a normal person might.
Ivory knew little else about the shaman. She was best known from her public appearances which were usually on such auspicious occasions as the Chief's Birthday, the Anniversary of the last Chief's death, the Equinoxes, the Summer Solstice, and, most important of all, the Winter Solstice. The Dark Shaman didn't often appear in public. She was even excused the foraging duties that was such a necessary duty for all other women in the tribe.
Who knew what evils might befall the village were the shaman not there on those auspicious days to utter the right incantations, dance the right steps or bestow the right intoxicants? Perhaps the spirit of the last Chief would bring evil on the tribe if he was not revered with due dignity? Maybe the Sun would sink deeper still after the Winter Solstice and never be seen again? The village was envied by all others in the tribe for the privilege of having a shaman whose mysterious provenance was from beyond the Southern Mountains and further south than even the Great Sea. She was a woman who'd travelled from beyond barriers once supposed impassable through which no Mammoth Hunter had ever ventured.
However, it was not just the spirits that Ivory would have to contend with as another aunt explained to her while Ivory and she scrabbled in the woodland dirt and soil for truffles and tubers. Aunt Sycamore rested her hand on Ivory's equally filthy wrist and smiled at her niece with sad sympathetic eyes.
"Although the shaman is a woman, to be her apprentice is like being wed," she said.
"I know," replied Ivory carelessly, whose mind was too fogged by bereavement to contemplate her future clearly. "I vow to pursue the shaman crafts with the same dedication and selfless devotion that I shall give my husband when I wed."
"You misunderstand me, my dear," continued Aunt Sycamore. She brushed the back of her hand, which was less thickly pasted by soil, on her niece's cheek: almost the only part of her face not shielded by musk ox fur. "It will be exactly like being wed in the ways that best characterise matrimony. You'll need to be faithful not only to the shaman's craft, but also to the shaman herself."
"What do you mean, Auntie?" wondered Ivory as she gazed into her aunt's light blue eyes.
"The shaman is a woman reputed to prefer the flesh of young girls to those of men," Aunt Sycamore said with as much objectivity as she could muster. "To be the shaman's apprentice, you will also have to share the shaman's bed."
"How do you know? The shaman has never needed an apprentice before. She is a woman of advanced years. How do you know she desires female flesh? How do you know she's even interested in sex at all?"
"It's true she is old," conceded the Aunt. "She could be a grandmother now. She is more than old enough to be your mother. But a woman's needs last a long time. She may not be as young as you or as fit for a night of uninterrupted passion, but she has the desire for it. There are women in the village who have whispered to me, and I shan't mention their names, that the shaman has made love with them and that she is uncommonly passionate."
Ivory paused in her scrabbling in the soil and sat upright. The furs that bagged about her knees were pulled taut. She balanced her weight on her heels and let her aunt's news sink in, while all around was a cheerful cacophony of woodland birdsong.
"So, I am to be a spouse without being wed," she said with hesitancy. "And worse: a spouse to a woman many seasons my senior and not to a man my equal in age. It is not right. It is a husband I seek: not a lover bereft of cock and balls. I want a man to fuck me, not a woman to stroke my hair."
Aunt Sycamore took Ivory in her arms and showered her face with kisses and tears. "I understand your desires. What woman wouldn't want a man's cock inside her cunt? What woman wouldn't relish a man's sperm? What woman doesn't need a man to comfort, guard and care for her? But the shaman is such a woman. She has entertained many a fair woman in this village and beyond. If it is of comfort to you, the reports I have heard is that she is a fair and compassionate lover and exceeds most men in her ability to bring pleasure to her companions."
"She wants an apprentice for sex and I am to be her sex doll?" asked Ivory.
"No. It may seem strange to you, being of tender years, but she has had little trouble in satisfying her need for female flesh. She is discreet. The husbands need never discover the infidelity. There is no risk of pregnancy. Many a woman prefers sex with another woman than no sex at all."
"No sex at all? What about the husbands?"
"A man doesn't always stay faithful or kind or even alive."
"But it is a man I want to wed. Not a woman."
"I wish it were not so," said Ivory's aunt, removing her arms from her niece's neck to suggest that they return to foraging in the forest mulch, "but at this moment there is no man in the village looking to wed. You must eat and sleep, but you have no immediate family and there is no man to offer you shelter. Your aunts and uncles have discussed your future with Chief Cave Lion and he has decided that the best solution for you is to be the shaman's apprentice."
"Why does the shaman need an apprentice?" Ivory asked as she crouched down to better forage through the tough soil. "She's managed without one for many years. Why does she need one now?"
"It's best to ask her yourself," her aunt replied.
It was agreed by the villagers that Ivory should observe a proper time of mourning which the Chief decided with the advice of the shaman would be as many days as fingers on two hands. This was a leisurely time of sorrow, but despite the grumblings of Ivory's aunts and uncles that they would have the burden of feeding another mouth for these ten days, the Chief's word was law. He was blessed with the wisdom of the spirits that had guided the village through many years of seasonal migration. To disobey was to risk the wrath of the spirits of the forest and the steppe.
It was almost with relief that Ivory awoke on the morning of the day on which she would become the shaman's apprentice. The kindness of her aunts and uncles had been appreciably stretched. The children were moaning to their parents how much they resented having to share food with their orphaned cousin. Everyone is generous when a hunt on the wide-open steppe results in success, but not every such expedition is rewarded with a feast of mammoth or woolly rhinoceros. On lean days, everyone had to make do with the herbs, seeds, tubers, nuts and berries that the women of the village gathered in the woods, supplemented with the meat of hare, lemming and forest fowl. The hunters who earned the tribe their fame as Mammoth Hunters were the ones who provided the meat for the feast. Every last part of the animals they butchered was used. The fur clothed the villagers. The bones were fashioned into tools to supplement those made from quarried flint. The sinews made thread and bow-string. However, despite their incontestable bravery and dedication to the chase, the hunters were never certain to bring home enough to feed the entire village every day.
Ivory was mournful as she prepared to leave the tepee. It was the last time she would sleep in the Summer home she'd always shared with her mother and her immediate family. Her married cousins, Woolly Rhinoceros and Bluebell, would take occupancy now that Bluebell had a child on the way. From now on, Ivory would have to share her bed with the shaman.
Ivory knew the shaman's abode well. After all, she passed it every day. It was positioned just beside that of Chief Cave Lion and his family. Ivory had always thought it rather large for just one woman. It was assembled from wood and aurochs-hide and was very nearly half the size of the Chief's home.
The Chief escorted Ivory to the shaman, as common people weren't normally privileged to enter the confines of a Holy person's abode. Chief Cave Lion was almost the oldest person in the village but by no means was he frail. The hunting scars on his face were testimony to his bravery. It might be years yet until he would need surrender his chieftaincy to his chosen successor. As they walked to the shaman's tent, the Chief impressed on the young girl the importance of her new role and how the whole village expected her to take good heed of the shaman's instruction. This would not, however, excuse her, as it did the shaman, from the duties expected of a tribeswoman such as the daily forage in the woods.
He pushed aside the brightly coloured leopard skin that acted as door to the shaman's tent and spoke familiarly to the figure inside. This was the first time Ivory had ever entered such a large tent and she was suitably impressed by its size. A rhinoceros, even a young mammoth, could sit inside. The tapered roof towered above with the aperture at the tip releasing a trail of smoke from the fire in the tepee's centre. Animal skins covered the whole expanse of the ground. The furniture was made of stone and wood. And pride of place was the most spacious bed that Ivory had seen. It was space enough for more than two people to sleep together without having to curl their legs.
"This is Ivory," announced the Chief. "She is the daughter of Antler and Chestnut, and the granddaughter of Snow Wolf. Care for her well."
"Thank you, my lord," said the shaman. "It is with more gratitude than I can ever express in a lifetime that I accept her services. May long years and happiness bless you for eternity."
Ivory appraised her new mistress during the exchange of formalities. The shaman had dark skin very much like clay on the banks of a stream. She wrapped a large loose fur around her that must have once belonged to a cave bear. Beneath this, Ivory caught a glimpse of her bare skin. The shaman relied on only one layer of fur to stay warm. Her hair was black but flecked with grey and the ends had splintered into wild wisps. As was the style of all women in the tribe, bones were threaded into her hair and she tied it back behind her neck. Her round face had a nose that was flatter, lips that were thicker and eyes that were wider than was normal for people of the Mammoth Hunters' tribe.
Her voice was cracked with age, but she spoke most strangely in other ways as well. It was different even from the speech of other villages belonging to the tribe. The fact that words were pronounced differently from village to village was a source of endless humour for youngsters. Her voice was curiously flat. It had a curious gutturalness as if she had a cold. She pronounced some syllables with unusual emphasis. The shaman was the first person that Ivory had ever met whose first language was not her own.
It was only after the Chief had departed, taking with him a gift of woven braid, that the shaman directly addressed Ivory.
"Sit down on the floor, dear girl," she said kindly. "Do you have any questions to ask me?"
Ivory paused for a moment and then asked the question that had troubled her most since she had been told of her chosen destiny. "What should I call you, Your Holiness?"
The shaman laughed. "Well not that, that's for sure. My name is one unpronounceable to you, as it's in the language of my people who, as you know, come from the South where it never snows. Translated it means 'glade', which is something scarce in the forests where I was born but so common here that the woods are just islands in an ocean of grass. So, call me Glade, but not in public where I must be addressed with reverence."
"Glade," Ivory rehearsed. "It's a strange name. I've never heard of a name like that before."
"That is the nature of the world," said the shaman. "Names reflect the world you live in. My people lived in the forest, so I have a forest name. You live in the frozen steppe, so you are named accordingly. What other questions do you have?"
"What are my duties? How will I learn to commune with spirits and learn the mysteries of their world?"
The shaman laughed indulgently. She stood up from the cross-legged position she'd assumed ever since Ivory and the chief had entered the tent. As she did so, her bear skin parted in the middle. It was secured by only a cord at the neck and other than that she wore no other clothes at all.
"Do you think I have the answers to that question, my dear?"
Ivory hesitated. She was reminded by the sight of the shaman's naked brown flesh of what her duties might also entail, but she was also impressed by the beauty of the older woman's body. She was slim, as were all the tribe, but her skin was healthy and she undoubtedly ate reasonably well. Her breasts were still full, indeed quite large, with nipples at least twice the size of any other woman's that Ivory had seen. Her pubic hair was plaited and threaded with small bones. She seemed wholly oblivious of her nakedness.
"Surely it is because you are in communion with the spirits that you are the shaman," Ivory said.
"That's what I'd like people to believe and my first instruction to you is to ensure that no one thinks otherwise," the shaman said with a conspiratorial smile, "but how can I commune with the spirits when they don't exist?"
Ivory gasped. This was blasphemy indeed. It was worse than blasphemy: it made no sense. What meaning was there to the universe, if it wasn't guided by the spirit world?
"How can you say that?"
"Because it's true. Every tribe, every race, has its own beliefs of what makes the world function. Here in the mammoth steppes, as in the southern forests where I was born, everyone believes in spirits. Not all tribes share that belief, but almost everyone believes in something. There is a legend of how the world began, a history that explains how the tribe is set apart from the rest, and, of course, some mystical unseen presence. And you know what? They are all different from each other."
"They are?" said Ivory to whom this thought had never occurred before.
"It is so. As not every belief can all be true at the same time, my opinion is that they are all as false as each other."
"How does the sun rise? Why does the moon change shape? Where does the rain come from? There must be spirits guiding nature..."
"And who governs the spirits, my dear? What I shall teach you is not how to commune with spirits, but rather how to commune with the villagers so that when they are in distress, when the rains don't fall, when the mammoths fail to migrate, when the sun is at its lowest ebb in the winter months, they still have hope and faith in the world. If they wish to believe in spirits, then I shan't tell them otherwise, but my wisdom, such as it is, and what qualifies me to be shaman for this village, is my insight that there are no spirits guiding the world."
Ivory shook her head from side to side. She wasn't hearing this. It was wrong, wrong, wrong. She knew there were spirits. She prayed to them every day. She couldn't abandon her belief in the spirit world merely on the word of a shameless woman from the Southern lands.
"What do you believe in?" Ivory challenged the shaman.
"That, my dear, is a lesson for another day," she said with a smile. "But first, shall we eat and drink? It must be hard for you. I've heard that you have just lost the last person in your family."
"The hardest loss of all to bear," Glade said sympathetically. She sat next to Ivory and placed a bare arm around her shoulder. A bare nipple brushed against the thick fur of Ivory's coat. "Relax, my dear. Have no fear. I shall treat you well."
Glade prepared a simple stew, served in a clay pot, accompanied by mead in carved wooden beakers. Ivory savoured the mead and filtered the floating detritus through her teeth. The alcohol made her relax for the first time since her mother died.
"You know why you're here, don't you?" Glade asked.
"Because you need an apprentice?"
"No. I have needs as you shall discover, but an apprentice I don't need. It is the Chief who wants me to have an apprentice. It was he who asked that you should serve me in some capacity, so I invented the role for his benefit. It was a favour from him to your departed mother. She was one of the Chief's mistresses, I believe."
"She was?" said Ivory, who had nonetheless guessed that there was some reason why some nights she slept in the tepee without the sound of her mother's low breathing.
"Chief Cave Lion is an honourable man. He must want to honour your mother's memory after the mauling. But an apprentice is not a need I truly have. He reasons that the village will need a successor for me should I also fall prey to a wild beast. My fame has spread throughout your tribe. Many chiefs and elders come to the village from other villages, bearing gifts and favours, and seek my potions, my wisdom and my parables. If I should die, Chief Cave Lion's status will be much diminished."
"So, I am to replace you?"
"I don't really care whether you do or not. I only hope that you'll at least wait till I'm dead before you become shaman in my stead. However, you are a pretty girl and I am a lonely, childless woman. I have needs, as you know."
"Take off your clothes so I can see you better."
"You heard," said the shaman with a broad smile.
"It's warm by the fire and we are protected from the wind. Do as I say, dear."
Ivory gulped, but she'd been expecting something like this. She was sure the mead had helped to lower her inhibitions. The heart of the shaman's tent was warm enough for her to wear fewer furs than she needed in the chill wind outside. In fact, it was warm enough that she needn't wear any clothes at all.
She unhurriedly unstrapped and unpeeled the hides and furs from her body and soon stood naked by the fire—more naked under Glade's gaze than she'd ever felt before.
Ivory's body was as white as her face, but not as weather-beaten. The freckles that spotted her shoulders were pale in comparison to the darker ones around her nose. Her breasts were small and pert, her arms slim and her legs long. The thick triangle of pubic hair that hid her maidenhood was darker than the hair on her head. It was not yet decorated by threaded bones or plaits.
Glade unclasped her bear skin and let it slip to the floor, so that there were now two naked women where before there was only one. She stepped over to Ivory and took the trembling girl by the shoulders and pressed her, bosom against bosom, to her breast. They were of almost exactly the same height.
"Are you a virgin, my dear?"
"The boys like to feel what a girl has to offer and I've been tempted, but I only once let a boy enter me and that was for the briefest time. I didn't wish the spirit of motherhood to enter me."
"Indeed not," said Glade approvingly. "But have no fear. No such spirit can be passed from me to you. Shall we lie down together?"
Ivory's first experience of making love with a woman was less terrible or awful than she feared, though she wasn't sure she enjoyed it with nearly the same delight as Glade so obviously did. Never before had anyone licked her so vigorously about her vagina nor had her clitoris ever been so moist with spittle. Despite the older woman's evident animal urgency, she was also very tender. She resisted the temptation to probe with her fingers inside the lips that hid the recesses of Ivory's vagina, although the fingers of at least three, maybe four, boys had already prepared the younger girl for the day when it could be used more thoroughly. On Glade's instruction, Ivory explored the older woman's vagina with her tongue and lips, from which arose odours that were more pungent than she'd ever imagined a woman's should have. It was totally unlike Ivory's brief exploration of Lion Paw's erect penis on the day she allowed herself a moment of unresolved penetration. The smell of his genitals, though memorable, was less potent than Glade's.
Later that evening, the two women's bodies entwined under the pile of woolly rhinoceros hide and bear fur on Glade's enormous bed. Ivory relished the warmth of her older companion's skin against hers. She savoured the smell of her flesh. She wondered at its strange brown complexion.
"Why do you love women rather than men?" Ivory asked as Glade nibbled her ear.
"I haven't always done so. When I was young and lived with my people in the Southern Forests, I always believed, as I think you do, that a man would be my lasting sleeping companion. My tribe was much freer than yours with regards to pleasures of the flesh. Love between women and, indeed, between men was neither proscribed nor frowned upon. Despite this, it never occurred to me that I should ever exchange the lithe, muscular delight of a man's body for the fleshy roundness of a woman's. Some girls thought differently but I didn't share their preference."
"So, why did you change your mind?"
"My mind was changed for me. It changed when my life as I knew it then came to an end."
"It came to an end?"
"The day my mother died. The day my village died. The day when the whole world I had ever known died. And a horrible, violent and bloody death it was, too."
"Worse than being mauled by a lion?"
"I would have preferred to have been mauled by any beast—lion, hyena or bear—than suffer again the fate that befell that day."
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