"In response, Muburi...changed. Instead of Muburi, Imaro was suddenly holding a gigantic, writhing serpent, long and thick as a python, covered with unpatterned scales the color of human skin. Cold ophidian eyes met Imaro's startled gaze, and a black, forked tongue flicked from an open, lipless mouth."
"Then Imaro opened his eyes--and his skin crawled as he stared wide-eyed at the sprawled corpse of Muburi, lit eerily by Mwesu's glow. The oibonok's limbs seemed almost boneless, and his neck was bent at an unnatural angle, attesting to the force of Imaro's final surge of power."
Charles R. Saunders, Imaro