Chapter 2:

Prologue

Elementalist 44


The Great Frost Wyvern. A Dragon of incomprehensible size, formed entirely of an unmeltable Ice, the colour of which is a perfect fusion of Cerulean and Malachite so divine the Heaven's skies gaze down in envy. The ice that forms it's head is transparent , clear of impurities, and refracts the light in a way that makes it glow with a holy radiance. 

The Wyvern Possesses two sets of teeth. The first set, which are on the outside of it's maw, are long, dangerously sharp spikes that fit together so perfectly it's closed mouth looks like a smooth, edge-less surface. The second set, rows upon rows of serrated icicles that taper to a point so fine it could poke the nucleus out of an atom by simply closing it's mouth; anyone who is bitten by the Great Frost Wyvern (and survives) is due to die of radiation poisoning within weeks.

The Great Frost Wyvern has no legs to speak of, yet the musculature of it's arms is unnatural even amongst the Reigon Tyrants; strong enough to crush the gates of hell with ease. It's flawless design is kept even as it floats through the sky with it's body knotted and looped around itself; The ice doesn't crease, crack, or even crumble as it moves, akin to a living statue that continuously re-sculpts itself in a never ending flow of creation.

Reigon Tyrants seek food after they wake up (that's common knowledge), and over time mankind has learnt to prepare "Sacrifices" to them, lest they decide to feast upon human flesh. They sleep for roughly 400 or so years and eat relatively little compared to their size, so normally there is ample time to prepare enough food to sate their hunger. But this time, nobody expected a Reigon Tyrant to awaken so soon.

Oh well...a city will suffice just fine.

This creation of horrifying divinity had awoken from it's rest and now heads towards the skies of the nearest City...Croydon. 

The Great Frost Wyvern was in a weakened state, however, and could only manifest itself into just under the size of a 14.5 story building, although for a Reigon Tyrant this was enough to pierce the heavens with a single strike of it's claws...a mockery of it's true splendour.

Now casting it's colossal shadow over the skyscrapers of Croydon, it began to prepare it's first attack in centuries. Clenching it's bestial claws, the Great Frost Wyvern opens it's mouth and inhales blimps worth of air into it's gaping jaws, though as it exhaled, there was no roar, no bellow, no deafening screech...only the soft rumble of the Wyvern's throat as an icy mist began to fume out and weave between it's many teeth, until a shroud of cloudy mist surrounded the Tyrant, leaving it invisible save for it's demonic, glowing red eyes.

It descends, breaking through the clouds becoming visible to the people below...

there wasn't even time to sound the sirens.

The mist surrounding the beast's head swept throughout Croydon in a matter of, instantly freezing anything that it brushed past. all life in the city met an abrupt but just end, leaving an icy still-life of what once was.


(Check my comment from June 19th to see why this bit up here isn't finished)


The premature awakening of the Great Frost Wyvern was being reported by every news channel on the airwaves...

An entire city. Frozen on the spot.

Every office school and hospital. Destroyed. 

All of it's inhabitants. consumed.

All except for one...a mere child.

The boy's identity had yet to be revealed to the public and had made no appearances on television, as per his request, but a few weeks after he was asked by several news channels for interviews. At first he didn't want to talk about it on TV, barely able to recall events before tearing up or blanking out, eyes wide and mouth trembling; the camera crew were sure to point every camera they had right in his face whenever this happened for m̶o̶r̶e̶ ̶v̶i̶e̶w̶s̶ dramatic effect.

The main thing people wanted to know was how he survived. A question the child himself could barely answer himself, though a few...well informed people, knew exactly how this was possible.

But eventually he got used to doing interview, after interview, after interview, the event itself just...didn't bother him anymore. Well, except for when people talk about it lightly as if he wasn't standing right there or when they try to force their sympathy, saying things like "oh, I'm so sorry to hear what happened to you" and "oh, i'm always be here to support you". This is one of the things that pissed of the boy the most; Because in his eyes they obviously didn't mean it and they only care because they want to look like a good person on air; If it was up to him, they would all have been fed to the Wyvern a long, long time ago.
I mean, sure, the boy was fully aware he was being exploited for views... but it did not matter.
The boy, who had begun to grow cold and vicious like the One who had taken everything he knew away from him, only cared about one thing.


Sweet, Sweet Revenge...


Mk Matsuda had been waiting for this day for seven years. He's 15, the age you can travel across the Nine Reigons without an adult. The age at which you begin to develop Gates, the means by which a person is able to use Magic.


In anticipation for this momentous day, Mk's had to deal with wave after wave of paparazzi still trying to get the freshest scoop on the one survivor of a Reigon Tyrant's attack on an entire city even after the craze had died down somewhat, he's spent as long as he could indoors out of fear from the cold that reminds him of that same attack
For seven years, Mk's been training his physical strength non-stop in order to keep his health at it's peak...
countless research into Flow academies and Regional Militaries has been conducted to decide which one's were worth Mk's time.
For seven years, plan after plan after plan on how to enact his revenge upon the Great Frost Wyvern has been concocted, each one more elaborate and complicated than the last. it was only then that he developed a sure-fire way of doing what needs to be done.

And today...today he can put those plans into action

As Mk woke up that day, he didn't jump up out of his bed eager to put his plans into action, but rather he simply opened his eyes and said to himself "It begins",  and started his day like any other: brushed his teeth, washed his face, got a shower, put some clothes on.
Normally, a person would pack stuff when making a journey as large as moving across one reigon to another; that doesn't apply to Mk . He's already got everything covered.
Bringing luggage would be unneeded weight which he has no care for.

He began to set out from his fairly large, government donated mansion with only three items:
A ticket to Tsunia. A photo of him and a friend, kept in an aged photo frame. Last and most importantly, a Duffel bag bursting at the seams filled up with "2-for-1" coupons for pizzas.
Due to the...incident seven years ago, Mk's become a bit of a celebrity. People know who he is whether he likes it or not, although it should be mentioned the last time Mk was seen on Tv was 4 years ago so his appearance has changed quite a bit.

Also he gets watched by those creepy stalker guys who camp outside houses waiting for something interesting to happen. Nothing interesting happens. Mk's always wondered why people don't find meticulous schemes interesting...

He's Basically got the local Council wrapped around his finger; he can ask for anything within reason and, as long as relates to his "traumatising" experience, they'll give it to him. I mean yeah, someone even mentioning it is enough for Mk to "flip out" for a lack of a better term, but Mk is not above exploiting other people's guilt and sympathy to get what he wants from who he wants to do what he wants, whenever he wants. Twisted. Yeah.

Ever since the Great Frost Wyvern attack, Mk has been unable to stand the cold, (despite living in the Ice Reigon) so he keeps the heating on it's highest settings all the time, and since they're powered by Grade A fire elemental gemstones, his house is always hot.
Like, we're talking Lava reigon crater levels of hot. That's one hell of a heating bill...that he doesn't have to pay ayyyyyyy (sorry I'll go back to narrating)
But since this may be the last time Mk steps foot into this abode, the heaters are going off for the first time in seven years. The House feels colder already, a fact that's gonna make Mk uncomfortable soon.

Walking towards his overly large front door with an eye-hole he can't reach despite being about 6'2, Mk takes a final look at his house:

The banisters of the winding staircase boasts an elaborate pattern similar to the Gates of a skilled mage, probably those of the person who crafted the stairs as a way to preserve his legacy (or something like that. Mk doesn't actually know),  an expensive chandelier made from a transparent metal exclusive to Tsunia which only increased it's rarity; the flooring is made from a dark wood waxed so perfectly you could slide from one end of the house to another...if it weren't for the 40 or so horrendously demolished wooden practice dummies litter the floor in such a fashion that walking through the mansion bare footed is a guaranteed way to give you 1000 needles in both feet. (that's a final fantasy reference)

A trophy cabinet towards the left of the corridor, full of all the accolades Mk has earned from various sports and events, all of which haven't been touched since winning them. All the lights are off, the downstairs passage seems as unloved and lonely as the rest of the house even when Mk was living in it. 

It's almost funny, you know. a kid born and raised in Cryotia, the ICE reigon, having a fear of the cold. It's like a fish being scared of drowning. Or a Bird being afraid of Heights...Either way he's not going outside without a certain acquaintance to accompany him...

Knock. Knock. Kn-Knock.
Four knocks at the door at 16:44 on the dot.
Yeah, it's him.

Mk walks to the door and answers without opening it. Mk leans his ear towards the door "Draden? Izzat you?"
"Indeed"
"come in the way I requested, as usual."

The out-of-proportion door unlocks from the outside and slowly open's to; guy's tall and beefy, dark skin, a bald head to go with it complemented by a jawline so sharp it makes his face look draconic, all whilst donning a black suit with a white shirt. he completes the club bouncer look, except his voice is that of an upper class Cryotian, so he look more like a combat butler if anything.
Well, besides that, the reason Mk picks Draden as "most useful travel p̶a̶w̶n guy" is one simple reason...

The Man's covered in flames.
Well, "covered" is a bit of an exaggeration since he's not making contact with his fire, but rather having it swirl around him in a perfect circle, resembling a "vortex for your own personal use". The fire itself is dark purple and is illuminating the dead hallway with a glowing lavender tint. Fire of this colour is not fully transmuted, Draden's way of controlling it's temperature so it can simultaneously not burn him or Mk and completely negate the cold of outside.

Mk nods "hey man."

"Hm!" the combat butler dude nods back.

"you specifically asked for you not to be driven to the station, young Matsuda, is there any reasoning behind that?" 
"there's reasoning behind everything everyone does Draden" Mk turns to look at him behind the wall of flickering flames, "I figured that what you, and the council...and my neighbours...and everyone else who's heard of me, was right; staying inside for several years straight can't be good for your body, even if you trained endlessly whilst doing so. A little walk can't hurt...can it?"

"I suppose not" the burly man responds as if he's given that same answer a thousand times before."I see you're still as cold (yeet u fucked up) and calculated as al-"


His sentence was cut short by the sharpness of Mk's eyes and the rigidity of his voice, both shaking just as much as the other, as he uttered with a dead voice...

 "Cold? Cold!? You, mister fire butler, know nothing...of what true coldness is.
You don't get to say, that the way I act is cold. I've seen, with my own eyes, shit that people have had nightmares about."

Draden sighs as he reduces the noise of his flames to a soft crackle, preparing himself to witness yet another one of Mk's mental breakdowns. His voice is already becoming less of composed anger and more tremulous, wobbly even. 

"Remember the countless interviews they made me do? Hm? Yeah of course you do, and how they made me say dumb shit like "ooh i was so scared" and "ooh this and ooh that blah de blah de blah."
"Stuff happened, on that day,  t-that they didn't let me talk about, on national television. What you y-you think it just popped up one day and killed everyone besides me, like they told me to say? "

Mk's eyes are wide and teary now, covering his mouth with one hand

"No. No no no no no no that isn't what happened, Draden. I was running for my life for at least 45 minutes. I watched it snap my dad's friend in half and crunch him up like a candy bar."

You know how it feels to not be able to wake up in the morning and say "good morning mum, dad!"? How it feels to not be able to leave to your house without being reminded that EVERYONE IS DEAD? "

The Pyromancer, only ever seeing this side of Mk twice before, reaches out a hand from beyond his circle of flames and places it on Mk's head, which is now faced towards the ground and crying tears of anger.
"That's enough, young Matsuda." Draden slowly pats Mk's head, trying to calm him down without words, as those won't help; the only sound in the entire house was the flickering of flames and the patter of teardrops on the floor.

something descriptive about dradens flow surrounding matsuda and transmuting it into safe flames
they didnt see much people throughout most of the journey because mk lives in a private area, but as they transition from mk's local area to the main town he immediately
becomes the center of attention
"it appears news of your departure has reached people besides ourselves, Matsuda"
"It's the stallkers, has to be." Mk exhales through gritted teeth. "Great. now I'm gonna have a swarm of people surrounding me when I get there."
they walk to the platform. (I wish to add some more detail on Cryotian architecture by describing the way the train station looks)
The platform was really small, with only enough space for one carriage; the fact that the platform was underground meant that the singular carriage in front of Mk was the only part of the train he could see. This platform was built upon Mk's request so that he can have some privacy if and when he does decide to leave his fortress of solitude.


"Is everything from Tsunia this...flashy?" Mk asks himself as he stares at the overly decorated train carriage with a look that says "who tf made this, looked at it, and said to themselves, wouldn't it be great if I make an entire train look like this?"
It was a dazzling Chrome red, the frames of the window a bright yellow with the window itself being a strange transparent metal that seems to only be used for stuff made in Tsunia. "It doesn't matter what the train looks like, as long as it gets me to the capital reigon in less than a day i'm fine" Mk sighs as he boards the train.

Now that there's a door separating Mk and the cold, the Draden cuts off the fire magic. Since Mk normally only sees Draden when he's being escorted somewhere, and thus always surrounded with purple flames, this would be one of this first times he actually gets a good look at Draden besides his intimidating face.
It seems that he took of his blazer during the journey without Mk noticing, leaving only a short sleeved white shirt with black buttons which allowed Mk to get a good look the bouncer butler's gates: They're dark enough to override his skin tone, as well as the patterns being an intricate collage of stripes that spiral around his arms from his shoulders that end on his palms in a whirlpool shape.


This left Mk wondering. The dark purple flames been showcasing for the duration are a variant of "Safe flames", a rookie technique that you generally learn after you develop Gates.
It's said that once you get good at magic, using these Rookie Techniques becomes difficult because it's hard to limit yourself to such basic power. Being able to have complete control over how you transmute your flow is a sign of great magical prowess, and if a guy with gates that dark with such complex patterns has enough mental control to use safe flames at the extent he does...

Draden probably does more than escort kids to stations.

Mk takes a look at his own Gates, they're barely visible and for now they're just blobs.
Well, at least he knows he has Gates. If not then this whole thing would've been a whole lotta trouble for a whole lotta nothing.

(I think Mk should at least say bye to draden; hes one of the few people Mk lets his guard down around. I'll add some dialogue soon)


Mk isn't really a train person, but a private carriage all to himself was something he could get used to: velvet red seats and tables to match the over-flashy exterior , that poster of the lil' kitty hanging on a rope that says "Hang in there" (Mk feels as if that was put there by her on purpose). Even the toilet fashioned of only the finest of beach-white porcelain was something to admire, which is odd because Mk is pretty sure that people don't appraise toilets...yeah, toilet appraising stops now.
Changing the topic to the task at hand; Tsunia. The Reigon at the centre of the continent and the first step of many to enacting his revenge.

Mk lays his palm on the window to block his view of the Capital Academy's building, allowing him to focus on his transparent reflection in the window. 


This feeling in his hand, it's cold...cold...just like, back...then.
A wave of memories flow through Mk's mind: the feeling of air cold enough to give you brain-freeze permanently, the sound of frozen flesh and bones being crunched into dust, the faces of his parents, right before being shattered into pieces and eaten before his very eyes...all of it floated back to the surface, drowning what little happiness he had left in a sea of rage, before pulling it out, stuffing it in a bin bag and throwing it back over whatever cliff of repressed emotions it just climbed up from.

That excited, childish little grin he had on his face ceased to exist as Mk remembered why he's here...
"Power. The strength to exact revenge; don't talk to people who aren't worth your time, don't turn this into cutesy-happy-sappy magical school adventure either: Find Takahashi, pass the entrance exam, get good, kill The Great Frost Wyvern. that's it."









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