Chapter 2:

Players of the game

To kill the king

Sunday morning.

5:30 am.

Here am I above the woods near the king's castle.

I can't come nearer,

There are knights guarding the gates of the castle's wall.

I assumed to be traced by some kind of sorcerer.

So I brought with me a very useful item I got from bounty hunting.

A fang of a mana eating cobra 

Also known as a shardsoul,

This fang can sense magic nearby, enough for me to know if someone uses magic against me.

I used to monitor the area for like 2 weeks.

Writing each and every detail of the king's actions.

Like every 6:00 am he goes out with his chariot.

He goes back inside the castle after an hour.

He changes every coachman every day.

So far.

Seems like the king haven't followed this pattern today.

It's been 25 minutes late according to the usual.

I used my scoping glasses to see further.

"Hmmmm.. These knights are still buffs as usual."

I noticed something wierd after they pull out their swords.

I also noticed my shardsoul glowing in colors of blue,white and yellow.


I saw one heading straight forward to the castle's gate.


A girl?

Instead of going afar.

I chose to watch the scene.

This girl!

Bravely talked to these guards with their swords swinging.

At some moment,

This short haired red head took out her wand.

And just an instance blew out a pure burst of light beam.

That destroys the gates brutally,

But not the knights.

"The heck! She's insane!"

I jumped off from the tree to rescue this girl.

She's dead meat for those high ranked knights.

I ran fast as I could but....

"Where you think you going?"

Another sorcerer showed up behind me.

Pointing to me his arch staff.

I just've noticed,

The girl isn't alone.

She's with a group of sorcerers.

"Are you the king's watchmen?"

He asked.


I said as he swiftly used his staff to create a commotion underground.

I acted according to my reflexes.

Sorcerers are weak in some way.

And they seemed to be dependent on casting spells.

Which means.

"Tell me your motives! Your plans!"

I whispered behind his ears with my scale knife an inch away from his neck.

The spell he casted was slow.

I thought he was in attribute of the earth but it looks like he summoned vines below the ground that created a chance for me to act before being caught.

"We are the PIECES!"

he said.

"What pieces?"

"Don't you know? Aren't you one?"

He sarcasticly said.

"We pieces are players of the king's game!"

He said as he turned himself into soft vines that binds me.

He showed up from nowhere.

"You don't have a royal crest on you. 

You aren't working for the king.

You are one of us!

Join us!

Let's kill the king with our flawless plan!"

And here I am binded by these vines,


Maybe I could join them.


Maybe I can use them to see through the king's strategy.

"Unbind me! I'll help you!"

"That's good!"

He said as he dispelled his magic.

"We cannot kill him with raw magic!"

I suggested.

"So what are we going to do?"

"Look into my eyes!"

He stared in my eyes.

I casted my ability.

"I can now see what you see!"


"Nothing! Just avoid bumping on into small pebbles."

Not far away, 

one of the sorcerers came running this way.

"Rail! We have to retreat, two of us are captured by the king's men!"

The sorcerer with a large gun said.

"No! Charge forward!"

I said.

"Who is this?"

The gunned sorcerer said.

"Who's what?"

The vine sorcerer asked.

"He-he vanished!"

Loud march and commotion.

Flames and destruction

 All over the place.

The two sorcerers were surrounded by the king's knights.


They call themselves PIECES.

So this is literally a game huh!

So we are game pieces.

Look at just how strategic is the king's castle to be entered.

No one can enter the castle like this.

I have to find a way to get inside the castle.

Be one of the king's men?


Good idea Renz..

It might be too obvious,

But still....

Better than a watchdog!


I closed my journal.

Enough for today's intel.

11:11 pm 

Green light sky.

Black Out