The Sword of Spirits and a New upgrade
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A day has passed when Lyn, Mark, and Leo had met the two Knights from Caelin. Lyn had decided to take them somewhere before they went off to reunite Lyn with her grandfather. It was a quiet trip until Leo spoke up, "Hey, Lyn, where are we going?"
"We are going to an altar east from here, where a sword lies, the people of Sacae go there to pray there safety at the start of a long journey," Lyn replied back.
"Oh, that's cool," Leo replied back knowing that he was in a new world so they would have different customs and such, he did not notice the confused look on Lyn's face when he said "cool".
"Yes, how quaint!" Sain then said.
"The teachings of Elimine have the most followers in Elibe," Kent started to say, "It is nice to see that, here at least, ancient customs are still observed."
"Well, then since we are approaching the altar," Mark said pointing at the altar ahead that Lyn had been leading them to, "let us go see this sword, it should be interesting."
"Yes, it should," Kent said agreeing with Mark.
"Quite," Lyn said also agreeing with Mark
As they were approaching Leo could hear something coming from the altar, "Hey, you guys here that? It is coming from the altar," as Leo said that, they paused and indeed they had heard voices from the altar, a woman had approached them.
"I beg your pardon milady," the woman asked Lyn, sounding worried, "Are you heading east, to the altar?"
"Yes, we are indeed," Lyn replied back
"Then you must hurry and help the priest there," the explained, "I saw band of local ruffians head in there not long ago, they seemed intent on stealing the altar's sacred sword!"
The Mani Katti…they are planning to steal it?" Lyn said surprised at the information the woman had told, "I cannot allow this to happen!"
"Yes, all you look like a virtuous group, please help him!"
"Lyndis, what are you planning?" Sain asked Lyn when the woman had finished.
"If you hope to aid the priest, you will need to prepare." Kent told her.
"You are right…" Lyn then turned her head to Mark and Leo, "Say Mark, Leo… there are some homes to the south of us," she pointed to the homes, "perhaps we should go there and question the residents."
"Yes, that will definitely help us," Mark said agreeing with her.
"Well then let's start helping him," Leo said taking out his rapier.
"I will take the lead," Lyn told them, "I am going to visit that home."
As she came back from talking to the people in the house, she quickly told them of one of the cracked walls in the altar, and they are able to create another entrance by attacking it because of its poor condition. "That will definitely help," Mark said glad of the information Lyn was given.
"I will go to the other home," Sain said heading towards the second home and he quickly came back telling of the advantages and disadvantages of the terrain of mountains.
"Guess I'll go to the last one then," Leo told them as he headed for the third home and came back quickly telling a bit of the Mani Katti.
"Well that is interesting," Kent said as Leo finished telling them, "now then let us help the priest quickly," everyone nodded in agreement as he put them back on topic on hand.
The battle against the local bandits was finished quickly, so Leo did not have to us his handgun, Mark told them instructions of the terrain to help them with, he told Leo and Kent to defeat the bandits that were coming from the south which were only two, Sain had easily knocked out the cracked wall and Lyn quickly finished the bandit that was on the other side, so all that was left was the one near the altar, and he was not going down easily "Who do you think you are?" the last bandit said with his sword on his shoulder, "do you think I will lose easily?"
The bandit then confronted Leo, who was closest one to him, Leo blocked the attack with his rapier and used the pillar he was in front of to dodge the oncoming attacks, leaving the bandit to the combined efforts of Kent and Sain with their lances both going through the bandit, he was easily dealt with, "Y-you, urrrgh."
"Alright, nice planning Mark," Leo said once the bandit had been dealt with, "we easily took them out in half an hour."
"Yes, that was quite impressive Mark," Lyn said approaching Mark.
"Well I am still an apprentice so it was not much," Mark said scratching his head.
"Nonsense those were good tactics," Kent said
"How did you know Leo would easily defend himself against the bandit?" Sain asked Mark who was still embarrassed about the compliments.
"Well, Leo mentioned that he had his handgun for defense only, so I knew he would easily defend and avoid the bandit's attacks," Mark answered.
"Yeah, I am good in defense and counter attacks, but my skills in attacking are moderate," Leo explained, "and it was against another sword user, so I had a good chance of taking less damage."
"Excuse me miss?" an elderly voice asked.
"Your clothing…are you from the Lorca Tribe?" the elderly man said, who appeared to be the, he approached the group.
"I am the chieftain's daughter," Lyn told the priest, "are you hurt sir?"
"Thanks to you I am unscathed, you have my gratitude," the priest said giving a slight bow.
"And what about the sword, is it safe?"
"Yes, I have sealed the sword safely away," he replied a look of relieve showing on his face, "until I remove my spell, the sword cannot be drawn. Now as a token of my gratitude, you can lay your hands on the Mani Katti, touch the sword's pattern and pray for a safe journey."
"Oh, thank you so much!" Lyn replied, with excitement in her voice as she approached the Mani Katti.
When Lyn put her hands on the sword, it started to glow, surprising everyone.
"What did-" Lyn started to say before the sword started to glow again, "It is…glowing."
"Ah, it's the power of the spirits," the priest said, "Lyn, they have looked into your soul, and they call out to you."
"What does that mean?" Lyn said still surprised by the sword.
"You are its rightful owner, you are chosen to wield the Mani Katti."
"No… I couldn't."
"It is the sword's wish, if you need proof, draw it from its sheath." The priest told her.
"Um…" Lyn was hesitant but then when she took hold of the sword it came out easily, "It came out effortlessly…"
"I never dared to hope that I would get to meet the wielder of the Mani Katti in my life," the priest said amazed that the Mani Katti was in Lyn's hands, "I am indeed fortunate to see your sword reach your hands."
"My sword?" Lyn said, surprised that she hold the sacred sword.
"It is time for you to go Lyn, you will face many ordeals," the priest told Lyn, "Grip this sword and meet your destiny head on."
"Y-Yes sir!" Lyn said, as she and everyone else started to leave with Lyn's new weapon another glowed appeared surprising everyone else outside the altar.
"W-what was that glow? It did not come from the Mani Katti," Lyn said as everyone started looking around.
Then Mark looked at Leo as the glow came from his handgun, "L-Leo! Your pistol" he said, as everyone looking at Leo as he grabbed the gun from its holster it glowed red in his hands.
"W-what the?" Leo said surprised as everyone else, then Leo saw a rock and fired at it and a flame came out of the Colt.
"Ah! It fired anima magic," Mark said as Leo set the rock ablaze until, it died out leaving behind a scorched stone.
"Anima, as in elemental magic?" Sain said, not taking his eyes off the handgun.
"Wow, I didn't even know it could do that," Leo said as he was holding the handgun, "maybe it reacted with the Mani Katti," he suggested as looked at the Mani Katti, and sure enough it started to glow once Leo put his handgun close to the sword.
"Well…this day certainly was interesting," Mark said, as Leo and Lyn put their weapons back.
"Indeed it was," Kent said no longer surprised.
"So the Mani Katti, a blade with no equal, and a new ability for our friend Leo," Sain said shaking his head.
"This is all so unbelievable, perhaps the most famous sword in all Sacae… is in my hands and gave Leo a new magic as well…" Lyn said as she looked back at her sword.
"It is not strange, in fact many legends tell similar tales," Kent started, "Special blades all over call to their proper owners, or give them new abilities, and yet when I saw you draw that blade, Lyndis… I felt something extraordinary, that sword was waiting for you to draw it."
"Please! I-I am nothing special!" Lyn said embarrassed at Kent's words.
"Well think about this way Lyn," Leo started to talk, "For some people a type of weapon feels comfortable in their hands, right,"
"I-I guess" Lyn admitted as Leo continued.
"Well then, the Mani Katti must feel comfortable with you," Leo said, trying to prove to Lyn that she is holding an important weapon, "Does this make it easier to accept?"
"Yes, and it seems that neither of us can use the sword," Sain said, helping Leo prove that he is right.
"It does fell right in my hand…a blade that only I can wield, that seems reasonable enough, I understand," Lyn said, now accepting the Mani Katti is in her hands, "Look at it, Mark, Leo, this is the Mani Katti…my sword…I must take care of it well." She said showing them the sword again.
"Yes, I am sure you will do great things with a sword such as this in your hands." Mark said glad that Lyn has finally accepted the sword, "Well then, let us be off to Lycia."
Everyone then started to head towards the direction of Caelin and as they walked Leo started to think, "A sword that chooses its new wielder, and I can now my Colt now has a new ability," a smirk appeared on his face, "Heh this place gets more interesting by the day."
"Well, let us make a camp it is getting pretty late," Leo was cut off his thoughts by Kent looking at the sky.
"Whoa, how does time fly" Leo thought to himself, now noticing the sky getting darker, "Well lets built a camp then," Leo said helping setting up a small fire, with a small fire from his Colt's new magic lighting up a few sticks.
(There will be a history lesson here so if you want to skip this you can, remember my OC is from a different world)
A short while later everyone started to eat, until Lyn stopped for a while to peak "Hey Leo," she called out to Leo who was on her right.
Leo swallowed his food and said "Yeah?"
"Remember when I told you that we were going to the altar of the Mani Katti," she said recalling the event from earlier, Leo nodded at that, "What did you mean by cool?"
"Oh, I meant that as okay, but it can mean other things as well," he said answering Lyn's strange question until he remembered they speak different here.
"Really, like what?" she said curious on learning something new from Leo's home land.
"Well, it could also mean that something is great or okay, but that seems to be it," Leo finished going back to finish his food.
"Oh, alright," Lyn said now going back to her food.
Then Kent spoke up, "Leo, how are politics on your home land?"
"Ah, now that comes with an interesting history," Leo said, a small smile forming on his face, everyone then became interested at that.
"Leo, could you possible tell us that history?" Mark said pulling out his journal.
"Yes please, it would be interesting to know more of where you come from," Lyn then said becoming curious again.
"Heh, sure I will tell you guys," Leo said not able to turn down his friends.
"Ah, I don't like to listen to history, but I am curious to know more of your home," Sain said, Leo sweat dropped, while Lyn, and Mark gave him an annoyed glance.
While Kent sounding irritated said, "Please, try to at least stay awake when Leo explains important things of his home." Causing Sain to laugh nervously.
"Hehe, alright where to begin…" Leo started to explain about how there are states and three branches in the government to stop one from getting stronger than either of them, he explained the type of branches the legislative, executive, and judicial and who runs in each of them. The president the leader of his land but has limited power to do things unless the other branches agree with him, the same with the others, and how the people can remove him if they feel that he is not serving the people, and it is a government that the leaders from the past decided on when they formed the country.
Then he started to explain of how that type of government was created with how the founders decided to no longer take orders from the motherland because they were not allowed their own decisions so they went to war when the "Shot heard around the world" was done neither side not knowing who fired it. He explained how one man, despite being outnumbered by thousands, still rallied the people to help drive their enemies away from the land the home they were fighting for, and after waiting for reinforcements from another land who were also enemies of their enemies and how they drove them back, and the rulers from the motherland agreed that they will not be allowed on the land. So over the years that land grew and they started to change things on politics to make sure there were no anarchies or dictators, and that the people can make some decisions which is how the politics to choose their leader to serve four terms.
"…and well that's about it of how politics work where I come from," Leo said, taking slow breaths from explaining a lot.
Everyone's reaction was different, Sain actually managed to stay awake during the whole thing, and Kent was impressed of what the people of Leo's past did to have their freedom despite the situation they were in and how one man had helped bring the sprits up of his troops to do all that, Mark wrote everything down with great interest making sure he had written everything word by word, and Lyn had made sure she heard everything and she had a smile on her face of the amazing history on how the land of Leo's home had formed by the war and how it evolved their politics. Lyn finally spoke up, "Wow, Leo, that is the most amazing thing I have heard," her voice was filled with excitement.
(History Lesson ends here)
"I must say, that I was on the edge of my seat," Sain admitted, not tired at all of the long explanation.
"This will definitely be an interesting thing to tell my Teacher," Mark then said, closing his journal, and putting it back in his pocket.
"I am impressed, how despite the odds the people of you past faced, they would give up on their beliefs and their families." Kent said clearly glad to have heard important history of another land.
"Really Leo, that was a good history, the politics had been created to be free," Lyn was still exited of such history.
"Yeah, well it is history on how the land was formed of course it should be interesting," Leo said, but then he yawned and noticed how it really became dark, "I talked for too long we should really get some rest for tomorrow."
Everyone else looked around them and noticed it really has become late, now everyone except Kent started to sleep and had all promised to take turns to watch around for enemies.
Leo woke up to take his shift so for a good two hours or so the fire was gone, and he noticed it was becoming morning. So he started to wake everyone up Kent being the first, Sain grumbling in annoyance as Kent woke him up, Mark then awoke himself, and with his boot stomped where the fire used to be to make sure it did not start a fire, and finally Lyn, she had started mumbling something about waiting a bit, as Leo slowly knelt on his knees, slowly shaking her awake, then she grabbed Leo's and hugged him like a child would hug a teddy bear, "Um, Lyn" Leo said to the sleeping Lyn.
She slowly opened her eyes when she heard Leo, and noticed how she was holding him, his brown eyes behind his glasses looking at her blue ones, her face quickly turned red, "Ah! Leo I am so sorry!" she quickly got up, apologizing two more times.
"Hey, its cool don't worry about it," Leo said as he slowly got up dusting himself off, "that could have happened to anyone," he continued trying to calm down Lyn who was still blushing.
"Well it was cute," Sain said chuckling as he approached the two, causing Lyn to blush even more for being reminded again.
"Come on Sain, don't mess with her," Leo said cleaning his glasses with a rag.
"But you have to admit it was cute," Sain continued, as his horse approached him still chuckling, "How she was holding you as if you were a little toy to help her sleep." This made Lyn blush even more, her face turning to a dark red.
Leo sighed, and looked at Sain who was still making fun of what Lyn did, "Seriously Sain leave Lyn alone, you were tired as well when I explained the politics and history of my home," Leo told him, putting his glasses back and blinking a few times.
"Yes, but Lady Lyndis, next time ask Leo instead of pretending to make it look like an accident," Sain said laughing at the two, not helping Lyn who managed to blush even more than inventing some sort of new red, until Kent slapped Sain in the back of his head, Mark was approaching them as well trying to hold his laughter when Kent slapped his friend.
"Sain, try to be a gentleman and stop making fun of Lady Lyndis," Kent said getting ready to move out.
"Alright, alright, seriously can't you take a joke?" Sain said, rubbing the back of his head.
"Well know that that is settled," Mark then said to Leo, who was calm, and Lyn, who still had a blush on her face but was slowly fading, "We should keep moving west." Kent and Sain nodding in agreement began to move.
"Well let's go then," Leo said catching up to the two knights, with Mark nodding and followed.
"R-right," Lyn said, trying to calm herself down, following Leo and Mark, hopping her face returned to its normal color.
So after that the group continued their journey, with Sain still joking about what happened in the morning until Lyn punched him and causing him to fall off his horse. "I told you to not mess with her," Leo said earning a few chuckles from everyone else except Sain who was getting back up on his horse.
Well there goes this chapter, so review if you want, and the magic that my OC's Colt first had was Light magic, and he is more of the speed and defense type if you all wanted to know so with the rapier he has an average attack, and the gun would do normal damage, its shots will become deadlier as my OC's aim gets better but that won't happen for a while, and I added that history part in there because he will explain some things about himself but not everything just yet, so yeah that's about it.