Chapter 0:

Facing Discrimination

DALNO: The Beginning

On February 27, 3130, the leader of the village and his wife risked their lives protecting the village from the possible threat caused by their alchemist by taking over the powers of the leader.Bookmark here

As they fought a surprise occurred. The leader had a gasp and realized that they've got company making the leader outnumbered. And with the villain's unexpected teamwork, the leader got defeated and at the same time brainwashed it’s wife.Bookmark here

In the process of taking its power. The leader suddenly felt consciousness and sliced half of the Arcanae energy and scattered it to the sky into 11 pieces and casted an enchantment.Bookmark here

"Whomever shall get this fated power— thou shall defeat the fated risk" Used its remaining strength and died.Bookmark here

After the fight the alchemist stated to the villagers that the leader and his wife got killed by the bloodline known as the Ashites. Being made as a frame up and made them an outcast. Those who befriended or cared for them will be outcasted as well or will get a death sentence.Bookmark here

12 years later after the leader's death, a group of young bullies, who are relatives of the luxurious people in the village, beat up a boy which is related to the Ashite bloodline named Vincent.Bookmark here

While he's beaten up mercilessly, no one of the students cared to report the scene to their teacher because of the term “village devils”.Bookmark here

It continued in a meantime until the bell rang, everyone was on their way to their classes and suddenly. Vincent tries to get revenge on the bullies covered by rage and blood with a rock on its hand.Bookmark here

On the right time, their teacher, Raiden came by and rushed to stop the boy. Vincent ended up being framed up instead, said the bullies and the kids who saw the scene.Bookmark here

At the moment the teacher clearly knows who is the victim and not. But because of the said “law” he can't say it nor heal the boy's wounds. Instead of reporting the boy to the higher ups, the teacher told the boy to go back home with blood all over him.Bookmark here

On the way home, he noticed a girl with messy hair covering her eyes watching him from a windowpane in his classroom, when he watched the girl. It hid itself on the desk slightly turning red still watching him. Vincent ended up confused and continued walking.Bookmark here

When he got home, his parents said calmly.Bookmark here

"Oh, looks like an another bad day for you"Bookmark here

They got inside and healed the wounds and injuries. At the same time, Vincent asked calmly.Bookmark here

"Mom, dad, why are we treated like this?"Bookmark here

Her mom responded sadly.Bookmark here

"It's because of that law that is made for our clan about the leader incident, even though we didn't do the deed"Bookmark here

Vincent responded upsetly after hearing the problem.Bookmark here

"But why didn't you tell them then?. I'm tired of this abuse, everyday. I got bullied in school, then went home. If not, got discrimination from the people, why?"Bookmark here

As of his parents got speechless on what he said, his dad replied joyfully:Bookmark here

"Hey, we can just forget that it happened, c'mon let's train your abilities in the backyard."Bookmark here

But deep inside, even the father needs to get revenge on everything the alchemist did for their bloodline. And the clan leader, who is one of the deceased leader's closest friends.Bookmark here

After the training, it was afternoon. After lunch, Vincent went for a walk to the forest while his parents and his relatives went on their secret missions.Bookmark here

While Vincent was on the way to the woods, an unexpected big flying burning object fell from the sky and landed in the woods.Bookmark here

Vincent got curious and ran to check it, when he got there. He took a breath and looked at the mysterious thing and noticed.Bookmark here

There is no fire on the mysterious object and the only thing burning is the woods around it within an estimated radius of 5m.Bookmark here

He got worried, and when he checked it, a mysterious black thing got stuck to his body making him panicked. Because it's spreading through his body and in his conscience, the black thing became a mask and said in a deep tone.Bookmark here

"You’re mine"Bookmark here

The boy lost words in panic and shaking while the mysterious mask continued to speak.Bookmark here

"Your hatred and despair is overwhelming. I can be powerful or be more powerful, so begone because this body is mine!"Bookmark here

After he said those words, a weird manuscript appeared and shined in Vincent's back making the mysterious mask sealed, preventing it from moving.Bookmark here

While Vincent got out of its consciousness and collapsed. While falling, he saw a glimpse of Raiden watching nervously with the seal sign and ran away.Bookmark here

The boy gained consciousness at night time. On his way home he saw a shady man holding up a mother with her child. As he recognized a familiar face he said.Bookmark here

"Is that woman, the weird girl's mom? Why are they looking scared?"Bookmark here

To avoid getting in their business he continued to walk and suddenly heard a cry.Bookmark here

"Give me your bagels or you will both die."Bookmark here

The mother kept saying “no” and trembling out of words protecting her daughter while Vincent got a confused face.Bookmark here

"What the heck, all of that for a dang bagel? Let's get this over with", Vincent said.Bookmark here

As he ran to the scene, he mentioned a precaution to the shady guy hoping to stop it. But Vincent only got discriminated against by the shady guy instead.Bookmark here

As Vincent snapped his cool off, he said.Bookmark here

“Wasting time huh?—how about wasting your time by killing me—a devil—”Bookmark here

“Let’s see what you dickheads have”Bookmark here

Vincent rushed to the shady guy and punched its guts, as the shady guy got flown away, Vincent favored.Bookmark here

"Weird girl mom, escape with your daughter now! And report it to any teachers that you could find asap"Bookmark here

As the insult was heard, the mother replied in a high tone.Bookmark here

"Her Name is Yumichi you idiot, the future owner of the Yachi Bagels!"Bookmark here

While Vincent struggled blocking the shady guy, he answered.Bookmark here

"Yumichi or Bakahachi whatever, just find someone"Bookmark here

As time passed by, the mother found teacher Raiden and reported rushly about Vincent’s situation, making Raiden rush to the scene right away.Bookmark here

In the fight Vincent suddenly destroyed the shaded guy’s mask and as he realized, he was shocked because it’s one of the teacher staff at the school, Naiyhto Makushi.Bookmark here

"What the heck?, why are you doing this", Vincent said in a sharp toneBookmark here

And Naiyhto replied back in a deep voice.Bookmark here

"Tsk, rotten devil, getting to my business like this. Die"Bookmark here

Naiyhto started attacking Vincent constantly and said.Bookmark here

"You— and your pesky— rotten clan— doesn't belong— to this village— you all deserve— to die— you fucking killers"Bookmark here

And then, Vincent suddenly released a sword that looked like a knight blade. As Vincent swings it around, it hit Naiyhto's back badly and calmly said to stop the discrimination.Bookmark here

Inside, Vincent is happy because his Arcanae finally came out.Bookmark here

“Arcanae, a type of energy located in the veins and can only be used by everyone born in Homura. This manifests to its physical form when the user finally has a goal to desperately accomplish. The way you got your power is how you thought for life.”Bookmark here

“—Even if your power hasn’t awakened yet, you can guess what power you get from your parents Arcanae. Either you get either of them, both, or develop a new type of power related to theirs and their kinship”, Naiyhto said in mind while watching Vincent smiling over his new unlocked power.Bookmark here

Naiyhto also noticed this feel of Arcanae energy he never felt before. At the same time Vincent's parents.Bookmark here

Hyu and Ku are with the Ashite clan which is on a break after a mission. A sword-based Arcanae energy suddenly emerges from a distance.Bookmark here

Hyu asked their squad leader, Aston Lissclion, to go to the spot. Aston felt the energy as well and replied with a “yes”. They went on rushly following the flow of the energy.Bookmark here

While on the battle, Raiden arrived at the location and asked Naiyhto on what’s going on. But Naiyhto kicked him in return with “10 seals: paralysis” making Raiden paralysed and got flown to a nearby tree afterwards.Bookmark here

As Naiyhto insults Raiden for being weak, Raiden gets surprised about Vincent’s Arcanae energy being too much for a normal Ashite to have.Bookmark here

In the other hand—Bookmark here

"Raiden— Naiyhto— The Name is Vincent Ashite— From Ashite Bloodline— Arcanae Type— Sword!", Vincent said with a smile.Bookmark here

After hearing what Vincent said, Naiyhto told him that he’s flexing too much and proceeds to use “20 Seals: Flash Step” to teleport on Vincent.Bookmark here

As Naiyhto draws closer to Vincent, he incants aggressively.Bookmark here

“Sword Style— Manipulate— Slash Barrier”Bookmark here

As their attacks collided Naiyhto shouted in pain as he realized, he teleported too much that his hands were starting to go inside Vincent’s slash barrier.Bookmark here

Naiyhto managed to jump before getting in the slash barrier but his shoulders got severed in the process.Bookmark here

After Naiyhto realizes he’s on the brink of defeat. He uses his last resort making him suddenly become bigger into a monster-like creature, covered with wood-like roots coming out from his body.Bookmark here

As Vincent is already terrified of what's going on, he clears his mind and rushes for a head slice in midair.Bookmark here

While in mid air, Vincent got ambushed with a rushing sword-like roots, getting barraged around him constantly.Bookmark here

"Hmm, how’s that huh?—Naiyhto Makushi— Arcanae: Wood Flesh '', Naiyhto said while torturing Vincent inside his spiked dome.Bookmark here

Naiyhto asked Vincent if he enjoyed it while laughing.Bookmark here

"I can't die now, no— I need to do this, for the reputation of my clan— and family", Vincent thought in mind.Bookmark here

While Vincent is storing his power, a second sword shows up and both turn into claw blades.Bookmark here

As Naiyhto and Raiden noticed the discovery, they were surprised since everyone else in the Ashite clan can only use one sword.Bookmark here

On the other hand, Hyu, Aston and the others noticed the power got doubled, so they rushed even faster thinking an Ashite member was rampaging or fighting someone.Bookmark here

"That's it! I will make you— and everyone— accept my clan” Vincent yelled after finally regaining his balance.In a second he incants “Sabre Claw, Imitate: Cat Slash" which made him slash the wood as fast as a cat.Bookmark here

Naiyhto covered his head with a wood barrier while saying nonsense to loosen Vincent’s hope. Then proceeds incanting “Wood Flesh, Manipulate: Double spike barrier", making the first wood barrier cover his body. And a second wood barrier has spikes in it.Bookmark here

The attack’s collision made a sharp noise and got stopped in a quick moment of time. Naiyhto thought Vincent died so he slowly opened the barrier.Bookmark here

“Hmph, These killers should have already disappeared years ago. They don’t have any place in this village-country.” Naiyhto said in mind.Bookmark here

While Naiyhto is opening the barrier.Bookmark here

"What, why did you stop Vincent?, er … what are you doing on his back?.", Raiden thought in mind, confused about what's going on.Bookmark here

As Vincent’s veins flowed more energy into his hands, a stream of overflowing Arcanae energy appeared around him. Slowly forming a katana that is as sharp as a diamond blade.Bookmark here

"Focus and concentrate, just like father always said", Vincent whisperedBookmark here

The moment Naiyhto’s barrier was gone, Vincent enlightened his eyes, drew out the katana and shouted vigorously.Bookmark here

"Ashite, Signature Style: Sword Tein Sixfold"Bookmark here

The technique sliced Naiyhto 5 times with the 6th slash from feet to head, while Naiyhto screamed in pain.Bookmark here

As Vincent slowly got covered in the smell of Naiyhto’s blood that tastes like metal, he coldly said.Bookmark here

"I'll make everyone accept me and my clan, even killing them in the process"Bookmark here

“Oh no, I ran out of Arcanae and energy. Fuck, I— I can’t move”, Vincent continued while falling.Bookmark here

While Vincent is falling, Naiyhto suddenly becomes conscious. He brags that Vincent can’t defeat him. At the same time, he made a giant stalactite-looking thing and aimed it in Vincent's direction hoping to end the fight.Bookmark here

At the middle of Naiyhto saying the enchant, Hyu came in between of the battle. Cutting Naiyhto’s last resort in the process and enchants "Ember Sword, Imitate: Fire Whirlpool ''.Bookmark here

As Naiyhto is getting tortured by the spinning ember while slicing his root-like body in the process. The Ashite clan made it in time.Bookmark here

While the other Ashite clan members continue to torture Naiyhto in rage for doing something wrong and hurting one of their members. Aston commands Ko to take Vincent home, some members bought Raiden in the hospital.Bookmark here

After the scene, the Ashite clan goes home leaving Aston behind. While Aston is investigating Naiyhto’s deceased body, he notices a suspicious dart-like syringe behind his neck. He picked it up and called a mysterious guy on the way to the leader’s office.Bookmark here

Tomorrow when Vincent got to the school watching his classmates graduate. He didn’t realize the law against the clan is gone. As he walks, the bullies are getting scared of him leaving Vincent confused.Bookmark here

During the graduation ceremony, the teacher mentioned the people who will graduate.Bookmark here

"... Blaze Lissclion, Keicho Monoma, Karuma Jen Reiss, Vincent Ashite"Bookmark here

Vincent suddenly asked why he got included but he got cut out by Raiden saying.Bookmark here

"In the Academy, the most important thing is the power to help and protect, yes having high scores and grades are needed too. But, in times of battle, all you need is strategy. And you have potential."Bookmark here

In the distance, from the village office, a shady old man sees the new graduates, the moment he sees Vincent. The old man said.Bookmark here

“Looks like it has begun”Bookmark here

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