Ah, the angst, it has begun. So early, show?
Last episode, Lumad rescues Amaya, but she refuses to run away when Awi and her friends want her to, now that she has found out what she is supposed to do. Songil finds her and brings her back to Lamitan, who wants to punish her for running away– by cutting off her feet. Meanwhile, Atubang, who turns out to be Angaway’s father, plants a seed in Hilway’s mind, telling her Angaway would make a better rajah than Bagani.
Hilway performs another ritual, asking the diwata to help her make a decision, for Atubang’s insinuation had greatly perturbed her. She asks what she should do for the good of their land. [That alone should be telling...] Angaway interrupts, stumbling in to ask for something to tie around his bleeding head. Hilway asks who has dared to do this to him [ha! the great warrior, felled by a slave-- does this mean that Lumad is his equal in prowess?] and Angaway says no, he did not see who did it– but the slave Amaya might.
Dal’lang dreams of holding Binayaan [whom she still thinks is Amaya] and seeing blood run down the latter’s legs. She awakes with a start, calling Amaya’s name, and immediately crawls over to Binayaan to check her legs. The latter wakes up and asks what’s the matter, and Dal’lang hugs her, relieved to see that she is all right. Binayaan says she is happy to finally feel a mother’s love [oh, if only you knew how much, lady], and Dal’lang promises that they will never be separated again.
Amaya, held in front of Lamitan to await punishment, calls on her father and the diwata– if she is truly the woman in the prophecy, now more than ever she needs her umalagad. She pleads with Lamitan, who just says she’s had enough and orders Songil to hold Amaya still. Lamitan raises the kampilan, and Amaya screams…
…and Bagani arrives in time to shout Lamitan’s name and stop her. He angrily takes the kampilan from her hands and throws it away, then goes to help Amaya up. Lamitan protests that Amaya deserves to be punished for running away, and Bagani answers that the proposed punishment is excessive. Lamitan insists that as owner of the slave she can decide on whatever punishment she wants to mete out, and Bagani quotes laws at her– his father’s realm is founded on the principles of prosperity, dignity and life, which as a former datu’s wife she ought to know. Cutting off Amaya’s feet will rob her of her dignity and would not help her to be prosperous. Lamitan stiffly begs his pardon, and Bagani says he trusts this won’t happen again, and dismisses everyone saying they should all rest. Lamitan stalks off in a huff, trailed by Mantal, and all the other slaves start to slink away, except Lumad.