“If only I could get closer to the deer,” he thought, “I’m sure my arrow would bring him down.” But, alas, Ochosi had no tools he could use to clear the forest.
“What’s wrong with my traps?” he thought. “I’m sure I’ve used my tools correctly to build a good trap. If only the animals would fall in!”
Finally, they decided to go see Orúnmila, the great diviner, to see if he could help them understand the problem. Orúnmila told them that it was the fault of Elegua, who was envious of them. Elegua felt left out. He didn't want Ogun and Ochosi to do things without him, so he was causing them to have problems whenever they went hunting. Orúnmila advised them to offer ebbo to Elegua in the forest, and ask Elegua to help them accomplish their goal.
“Hurray!” shouted Ogun. “Now the people of the town will have food. Everyone will be able to eat deer meat tonight.”
Ochosi looked doubtful. He saw that the undergrowth was very thick and there was no way for him to reach the deer carcass to retrieve it. He had killed the deer, but the meat would be left to spoil if he couldn’t reach the spot where the deer lay.
“What can I do?” he asked Ochosi. “My arrow flew through that space, but I can’t. I have to go on foot, and there’s no place for me to walk.”
That day, they made a pact to always work together. This pataki explains why Ogun, Ochosi and Elegua always live together as inseparable friends and brothers. Together, we know them as “the warriors.” The moral of the story is that cooperation and collaboration accomplish more than rivalry and envy. When strong forces join together, they are invincible.