Well, this sounded good except for the ending. I guess fleeing with some of the booty before the end of the year was out of the question? - lol.
"Every spring a war captive of superior physical beauty was chosen to impersonate the god Tezcatlipoca (Smoking Mirror). Worshipped like a deity, the captive was adorned in precious clothing and given wives and servants in a yearlong rite that culminated in his sacrifice to the god."