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For three days he tracked the thieves across the steppe, and on the fourth he met a boy about his age who was seated amid a herd of horses, milking the mares. the boy’s name was bo’orcu, and he told temüjin that he had seen men driving eight geldings that morning. “i will show you their trail,” bo’orcu said. indd 48 10/14/09 5:25:57 PM 10/14/09 5:20:56 PM Text (RAY) Job:10-14999 Title:FW-The Rise And Fall of The Second Largest Empire #175 P DTP:204 Page:48 mpire ge:48 a fRiendless boy’s fiRsT allies 49 after three days of riding, temüjin’s mare needed rest.

The cangue, an instrument used to punish criminals, remained in use throughout china and mongolia until the communist revolution in 1949. by putting temüjin in a cangue, tarqutai made known his intentions: he was not holding temüjin hostage until a ransom was paid, or keeping him as a slave, or training him in warfare so one day temüjin would become one of the chief’s retainers. indd 44 10/14/09 5:25:34 PM 10/14/09 5:20:55 PM Text (RAY) Job:10-14999 Title:FW-The Rise And Fall of The Second Largest Empire #175 P DTP:204 Page:44 mpire ge:44 a fRiendless boy’s fiRsT allies 45 eldest son and punish him, and the only serious crime temüjin committed was the murder of bekter.

Andas are companions, and companions remain together. if Jamuka wanted to part from temüjin and strike out on his own, then he was a potential rival. at that stage it is unlikely that temüjin dreamed of the day he would be the supreme khan of all the mongols, but he did have enough pride to imagine that he would be a chief, subservient to no man, Jamuka included. so he took his wife’s advice and rode away from the man he had regarded as a brother. while still a boy, temüjin had learned that building alliances was essential to survival.

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