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The Alpamysh, part 15: Karajan is betrayed by his only son

Kyrgyz father and son riding a horse in the Aksu Valley. Photograph by Robert Smurr (University of Washington: Central Eurasia Image Database).

Taysha Khan sends a spy to report on Karajan, who reports back about the latter’s horse, who has oddly pegasus-like qualities. A conspiracy is hatched by none other than Karajan’s only son to kill the horse and tie up the heroic horseman…

A tore was sent by Taysha to observe the order of the race, and was instructed to keep an eye on the four hundred and ninety Kalmaks.

This man was At Peshin Tore, who at once reported about the horses: “We saw the four hundred and ninety horses as they filed past us. We watched all. Next to the chestnut [tree] was Karajan’s horse, [compared to which] all the others seem like oxen. Karajan’s friend’s horse is [quite a] mount.”

[The khan replied,] “Let us go see it.” He gathered nine Kalmaks to go with him.

They all went near the horse.

Ever since Karajan became friends with Alpamysh and became Muslim, he never missed a single prayer time. While he was performing his morning prayers, Baychobar was walking around behind him.

The tore inspected Baychobar’s body and flesh with his own hands. He discovered the wings on his shoulders, and the way the horse folded them, moving occasionally. Atpeshin Tore became scared of Baychobar. He fled, rejoining the crowd.

He gathered all of the four hundred and ninety Kalmaks and said:

“Now, hear this,
I tightened the girth on the back of the horse [that is waging war against you].
Barchin cannot be yours.
Run away on your horses, return to the lands of the Kalmak.
I raced my horse over rocks and plains.
The armor you wear does not reach your knees.
Go back to your lands while you still have your honor.
Take a look at your future with calm eyes.
As long as the beautiful Baychobar is in existence,
you may as well forget about her.
Karajan, with grace, has brought Baychobar to peak condition.
Also, master Alpamysh chose a true pure-blooded animal.
If his wings are not clipped,
and his hooves nor taken out,
the graceful Baychobar can ride roads of twenty days in seven.”

At this time, Karajan’s only son, Dost Mohammed, spoke to Atpeshin Tore: “Do not make this your worry. As long as I am here, do not be concerned with my father. My father still has to sleep his seven days’ batir slumber. After seven days, the tired horses will have rested. Consider all this. Therefore when my father Karajan starts his seven days batir slumber, we can kill Baychobar, and tie my father’s hands and feet.”

And the Kalmaks considered it…

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