Chapter 2:

A Basement of Wonder

Mages and Dragons in a New Land? They Obviously Haven't Seen a Modern War Man!

A few weeks passed after Shinji's, or rather Miya Nobaru's reincarnation. He was getting used to his new life in this world. Gracius in the land of Alynth. The place that was his new home, where people spoke a rather unique language, nothing like he had heard in his old life. Since he was equipped with the mind of an adult, he learned it quickly.Bookmark here

His family, the Miyas, were a well-regarded family of mages who used to serve under the king. And of course, such a well-off family had a large house. Bookmark here

Nobaru's house was two stories high. It was spacious and had a lot of room to spare.Bookmark here

Joy and laughter filled the air wherever his parents, Izanami and Ren went. Nobaru was enveloped in love and care. His mind was overcome with a sense of gratefulness and responsibility since he’s able to experience something he never had before.Bookmark here

As for the little girl, his twin sister Eri. She was a rather unique case. Feeling sorry for her and being able to relate to feeling alone and unable to anything, he decided to look after her however he could. The two of them shared an unbreakable bond in the process.Bookmark here

Gracius was a peaceful town. Well, it would be considered a city back in Japan with the well-crafted beautiful buildings, dozens of markets throughout the town and thousands of people buzzing with energy. Bookmark here

The beauty of nature in the town was astounding. Across the land, trees, tall and strong grew and past those trees, there was a blinding white palace surrounded by lush green hills where children ran and played or where others would come to just relax and enjoy the beautiful and natural view.Bookmark here

'This place is so quiet and peaceful' thought Nobaru 'This is just what I need.'Bookmark here

Yes, it was a peaceful place.Bookmark here

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Seven years laterBookmark here

Nobaru was an older, good-looking kid. He possessed his father's silver hair, but with black streaks and had his mother's black eyes. He got used to his new life and was loving every day of it.Bookmark here

Eri could perform as normally as a person with vision. An odd feeling passed Nobaru - who tended to over-analyse things- thought day and night on how that's possible. Just to directly ask her one day to get a baffling response in the end. Bookmark here

"I am blind, but I can see silhouettes of the people within my field of view. A shady silhouette. Everyone has a different one. I memorised the shades of the people and the objects. I can remember what I see as if it was a picture. So it is easy!" Eri grinned at him.Bookmark here

"What is my shade then?" asked Nobaru, confused and thinking that Eri was imagining things but decided to humour her.Bookmark here

"It looks bright," she responded, "but with a dark shade on the top of your head."Bookmark here

As the room fell into an awkward silence, Nobaru’s confusion rose, especially because Eri didn't know colours. Maybe she could see them but couldn't recognise them?Bookmark here

But whatever it may be, he was still glad that his sister could still function like people with sight could, even though her ways are confusing. Nobaru could read and write. He could do arithmetic too. So he taught her how to do all those things. Bookmark here

Eri was a quick learner and her memory also helped her. So she could learn what Nobaru taught her quickly even though most of the learning was done verbally.Bookmark here

Nobaru loved to walk around the town, talking to the people, listening to their joys and sorrows, helping them if he could. Through his walks, he learned that the people here were mages and could perform magic and he had also seen many forms of magic being used. Excited that such an otherworldly unique power even existed, he wished to use it as well.Bookmark here

Little did he know, his wish was about to come true.Bookmark here

Nobaru, while exploring his house, found a cluster of rooms on the second floor. It would've been hard to get lost in if he were a guest. It was almost like a miniature maze.Bookmark here

He was on the second floor one day. In one of the rooms, enjoying the view from the window.Bookmark here

The room had brown, wooden walls and was mostly empty, except for a small chain in the far corner of the room. Nobaru noticed the chain and went towards it.Bookmark here

"Wonder what this chain is for." he said "The chain is made to be unnoticeable... I think. Either this is the case, or my eyesight is bad."Bookmark here

Nobaru did the first thing that came into his mind when he saw the chain. He pulled it. The chain just budged. He then used all his strength and pulled again. This time, a trapdoor opened up and he fell inside.Bookmark here

Nobaru screamed in shock whilst he fell and tried to brace his fall. He didn't react. No, he couldn't react. He hit his head on solid ground a few moments later and fell into unconsciousness.Bookmark here

Everything looked blurry when he woke up after who knew how long?Bookmark here

'Wh-where am I?' he thought, rubbing his head because of the pain. His eyes slowly came into focus Bookmark here

Nobaru's face filled with curiosity and enthusiasm as looked at what was before him. He was in a dimly lit, medium-sized room. It was filled with beautiful crystals, books and gems of different sizes.Bookmark here

"This must be an attic." said Nobaru "Look at all this!"Bookmark here

Nobaru took a look at the gems and crystals. Each had different shapes and sizes which meant its properties differ.Bookmark here

'Are these magic stones?' thought Nobaru. Each was in different colours and was neatly polished and stored.Bookmark here

He then went to one of the shelves. There were crystals and gems of different sorts. Each one had a specific title on them. Bookmark here

Nobaru went towards one of the shelves and read the title.Bookmark here

"Savat un Progmeni Magicae" read Nobaru "Gem of Advanced Magic."Bookmark here

It was an emerald green coloured gem. But it looked...special.Bookmark here

Instinctively, he reached towards the gem and placed his left hand on it.Bookmark here

Nobaru felt something creeping inside his body. In front of him, he saw the green gem glow and turn darker on his hand, as if he was sucking the colour out. The feeling was somewhat…familiar to him.Bookmark here

"Uhh...." Nobaru lost his balance as power welled up inside him. Soon, the colour disappeared from the gem. Nobaru stood up with a surprised face.Bookmark here

'What are these things in my head? Some sort of information.'Bookmark here

Inside his head were words that looked like a poem. A chant even. It looked like he was reading a book.Bookmark here

He then realised... These were spells with their chants.Bookmark here

"This is amazing!" exclaimed Nobaru "So this is magic."Bookmark here

He swiftly analysed everything he got. He was taught to have quick analytical skills on and off the battlefield. It made him able to analyse huge amounts of info at a glance. Bookmark here

"Let's take this test outside. Behind the house" he said, "I'd hate to damage these valuable things while trying the spell out."Bookmark here

Nobaru went outside the house. He looked towards the horizon and took a deep breath. He thought back to an incantation he found. In it were just four incantation. Nobaru read it out loud.Bookmark here

Ksuoi shima nai,Bookmark here

Yoai hito naku nai.Bookmark here

Un kokoro estal wa deka,Bookmark here

kumo dake ni.Bookmark here

Dekai hurd koko ni,Bookmark here

marimasu finale.Bookmark here

un com shima finale,Bookmark here

kumo no hagare yuu.Bookmark here

MUD WALLBookmark here

The ground suddenly quaked underneath until Nobaru faced a hard and sturdy wall of earth. It was as tall as him, definitely hard to break.Bookmark here

'This is AWESOME!' thought Nobaru 'But the wall isn't large enough. It’s not enough. I can train here until I can reach a result I'm proud of.'Bookmark here

And so it began. Nobaru trained throughout the day. He didn’t have a high mana quantity right off the bat. He collapsed only after 10 mud walls. And a few hours later he would rise again and continue training.Bookmark here

This continued for a few weeks, Nobaru could feel his mana increasing bit by bit. He trained without his parents' knowledge; when they went out, shopping in the market or went to the neighbour's house for a visit. He didn’t want to get into trouble. Bookmark here

Imagine if magic was forbidden to kids his age.Bookmark here

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Three months laterBookmark here

It was better than expected. The results were astounding. A proper tall mud wall, five times as tall as he was. Nobaru didn’t expect the outcome to be so rewarding. He didn't collapse that often. Now more sure of himself, he felt a need to go one step further.Bookmark here

Nobaru thought back to The Book, the array of spells he received from the gem three months ago. While he was browsing through it during his training, he had found an amazing spell written in calligraphy. Bookmark here

Nobaru was perplexed, seeing the complexity in the incantation. But regardless, he felt the need to try it out.Bookmark here

He went to the front of his house. Looking towards the horizon and taking a deep breath, he felt calm. Now with his mind calm and relaxed, he read the incantation.Bookmark here

El yuuki no kami,Bookmark here

chi no rava iru.Bookmark here

chi no savada yui nii,Bookmark here

wa warai hito ni zenmetsushii.Bookmark here

ZEUS'S FIST!Bookmark here

The warmth of the air was replaced by eerie cold. Black clouds formed darkening the beautiful sky. Then moments later, the clouds made way for a huge bolt of lightning that struck a tree just a short distance away from the boy. Bookmark here

Izanami and Ren came running out towards Nobaru. Eri followed. They stopped when they saw the tree. Nobaru was shocked and stood still. The power of the blast astounded him.Bookmark here

"What's going on here!?" asked Izanagi.Bookmark here

"Nobaru, are you hurt? Are you okay?" asked Ren.Bookmark here

"I'm fine..." said Nobaru, surprised by his feat.Bookmark here

"That was lightning." said Eri "What happened?"Bookmark here

At least there wasn’t a crowd of people heading their direction thinking all of this was odd. Bookmark here

Oh wait, there was. Just your casual family of five with terrified looks on their faces. The usual. They didn’t say anything and just stood there watching the drama. Bookmark here

"What is the cause of this?" asked Izanami. He looked at Nobaru, confused.Bookmark here

"What happened?" asked Ren.Bookmark here

"Let's just say, our son did the impossible," Ren looked at the tree and back at Nobaru who had an exhilarated grin on his face. But it slowly disappeared as he noticed his mother’s face.Bookmark here

A weird grin.Bookmark here

"Am I in trouble?" asked Nobaru. Bookmark here

"Not at all." said Izanami "You did this spell right?"Bookmark here

"Yes.. I did" he was feeling uneasy.Bookmark here

Ren was confused and looked at Nobaru.Bookmark here

"Why are you looking at me like that? Is there something on my face?”Bookmark here

Nobaru immediately realised what he was doing and looked away.Bookmark here

“N-n-nothing!” he replied. All this time, he was deciding if he should laugh or be scared.Bookmark here

Izanami caught on and stifled a laugh, he whispered to Ren who started pouting.Bookmark here

"How could you? Was my face that weird looking?”Bookmark here

Nobaru looked away and even the family watching the whole thing was trying not to laugh. They decided to walk away instead.Bookmark here

Don’t worry.” Izanami pitched in, “You just did a spell that is considered one of the most powerful spells in advanced lightning magic. The result said it all. The mana traces left by it were enormous! It takes an average person at least ten years to make it this strong! You are definitely not in trouble."Bookmark here

"Nobaru did this?" asked Eri to which the boy in question responded with a “Yes”. Eri was amazed.Bookmark here

Then his mother put her hand on his head and said "Mana Sense!"Bookmark here

Moments later his mother had a faraway depressed look in her eyes. But it changed back to her usual smile, although it was strained.Bookmark here

"What's wrong..." asked Izanagi.Bookmark here

"No wonder he could do it." said Ren, smiling "He has a great amount of mana. A lot of potential as a mage.Bookmark here

As Ren said this, a surge of electricity sent Nobaru into a fit of pain. He screamed out loud and felt like he was being electrocuted by a hundred Taser guns. His parents and Eri ran towards him, shocked to their core.Bookmark here

"Nobaru!" they shouted.Bookmark here

But Nobaru didn't respond. He fell unconscious on the grass and twisted and turned in pain. Bookmark here

‘Dammit…’ he thought to himself.Bookmark here

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Hours laterBookmark here

Nobaru opened his eyes. His whole body was in pain. He looked up to see Ren, casting healing magic with a worried look. Bookmark here

She noticed him and let out a gasp.Bookmark here

"Nobaru!" she exclaimed and hugged him tight "I was so worried! I tried to fix you up with healing magic but it wasn't strong enough to heal you completely. You have been out for hours."Bookmark here

She let him go with tears in her eyes.Bookmark here

“Stop it with that look, please.” Nobaru responded with a weary grin, “It doesn’t suit you.”Bookmark here

Ren wiped her tears and smiled as Nobaru slowly sat up.Bookmark here

"I think I couldn't control it well, the spell..." he said "It needs work. I have to get to perfecting it or-"Bookmark here

"Don't be reckless." scolded Ren "You need some rest, mister. You stay here. I asked your dad to find someone for you."Bookmark here

"Someone?" asked Nobaru, confused. "What for?"Bookmark here

"He or she will be your tutor for the next three years." explained Ren "Good going!"Bookmark here

A look of excitement and even a little pride filled his face.Bookmark here

"Thank you."Bookmark here

"I'll be going now..." said Ren "Goodnight."Bookmark here

“Sleep well.”Bookmark here

Ren smiled at him and nodded, “I will.”Bookmark here

As soon as she left the room, tiredness instantly pounced upon him and he fell asleep.Bookmark here

Abraham B. A.
T.K. 月狐
Ana Fowl
Fuzzy Rabid Usagi
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