Season 1 Episode 7 (Trouble Back Home)
MAYAN VILLAGE – NIGHT
April 1519 – Cuba
Diego Velázquez, the Governor of Cuba, is granted a royal decree that authorizes him to conquer and populate the regions that are being discovered by Cortés.
April 1519 – Veracruz
The Spaniards notice natives that are different, using other kinds of clothes and ornaments and that speak a different language. However, some of them can speak Nahuatl and so Cortés learns they are Totonacs, inhabitants of Veracruz and under Moctezuma’s yoke. They invite Cortés to the city of Cempoala.
April 1519 – Tenochtitlan
Citlalin dreams of Xolotl again. Her father explains the Fifth Sun to her. Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca decided to put aside their grudge to make a new world. However, all the land was on the back of Cipactlinote , a giant caiman-fish monster, who was chillaxing at the bottom of the ocean. So, to lure it up, Tezcatlipoca lowered his foot to lure it to the surface. After getting it bit clean off, the two gods turned into snakes and strangled Cipactli, thus forming the North American continent.
Much like corn seeds grew into new corn plants, human bones would give birth to new humans. So, Quetzalcoatl journeyed into Mictlánnote , the Aztec underworld alongside Xolotl, a dog-headed lightning god who was Quetzalcoatl’s spirit twin. He beseeched Mictlantecuhtlinote , the Lord of the Dead, to see the bones. Mictlantecuhtli agreed, if Quetzalcoatl could play an acceptable tune on a trumpet, then gave him a conch shell with no holes in it. Quetzalcoatl used worms to bore holes in the shell, then went to see the bones on a strict “look, but don’t touch” condition. Quetzalcoatl had Xolotl cause a ruckus while he absconded with the bones. He succeeded, but the deformed Xolotl was unable to escape with him, and thus took the role of psychopomp, bringing the souls of the dead to their final resting place. Quetzalcoatl ground up the bones and mixed them with his blood, then taking the mix, shaping them into people, and burying them in the ground, cultivating humanity like a crop.
April 1519 – Veracruz
Cortés hears about the royal decree granted to Velázquez and, in response, he assembles his most loyal captains and decides to send ambassadors to Tenochtitlan with great presents to the Emperor to gain his trust and validate their deeds. Cortés asks Pedro to join the expedition as an ambassador.
END OF EPISODE 7