The epic story of Fatima, Dhat Al-Himma, the warrior woman, princess, mystic begins with the misadventures of her family line where they learn the perils of bad poetry, why you shouldn't marry genies, and it might be a bad thing to constantly rob your enemies when your bank account gets a little low.
The creature is Grootslang, a snake with diamond eyes that maybe has an elephant best friend.
One man threatens a pregnant woman with rape (he doesn't) and then he murders her by a quick stab in the back. Another man harasses a teenage girl, making her fear for her safety before she kills him. General violence (heads rolling and stuff, some blood).