Chapter 2:

Flamver and Class

Hour Empty Child


Wooden wheels clacked and made the pebbles crumble underneath its weight, filling the air with a relaxed atmosphere. Riding on the clear dirt path was a carriage, a simple transportation vehicle common in Peranim.Bookmark here

Kudo Braven, a young teenager who has left his fairly far village of Arkhem was riding in this carriage along with other travelers who all has the goal of reaching the same location. During this time, Kudo’s nose was stuck to his guidebook. Despite knowing the contents inside and out, his nervous heart doesn’t feel rested enough if he doesn’t read the book at least once or twice.Bookmark here

“You sure read that book a lot. Is it that good?”Bookmark here

Kudo became surprised and immediately looked to his left, noticing a young boy who resembled Tak back in his village, except that the boy had beady eyes, and a rounded nose.Bookmark here

“Hey, don’t disturb him.”Bookmark here

The older man who rested near the child snapped back. Kudo figured that he was the child’s father.Bookmark here

“But Dad, he keeps reading the book over and over.”Bookmark here

“That doesn’t matter. It’s rude to ask about someone’s business. Leave him alone.”Bookmark here

The father spoke curtly, making Kudo think that the child is very curious, and often bothered other people.Bookmark here

He knew that it would become a bad memory for the child if this was left alone. When he left the village, he made a solemn promise, and if he wants to have a good life of adventuring, he must pass through the first step…Bookmark here

Talking with other people.Bookmark here

“I-If you’re interested, I can tell you. You see, this book is a guidebook for up and coming Adventurers.”Bookmark here

Kudo stuttered, his hands shaking from talking to a random stranger for the first time in a while. The boy turned his head to Kudo and widened his eyes.Bookmark here

“Really? Umm… what’s an Adventurer?”Bookmark here

The boy’s beady eyes lit up like water reflecting the sun. Seeing those eyes, Kudo felt an indescribable excitement as his knowledge of Adventurers suddenly burst from his mouth.Bookmark here

“I’ll tell you! Adventurers are, in simple terms, mercenaries and monster hunters! They take on quests from other people through the Adventurers’ Guild, where people can send requests for strong Adventurers to take, and be rewarded afterward! They also hunt monsters for their body parts, and sell them to merchants so that they can provide a use for our society!”Bookmark here

Kudo’s loud and impatient voice rang through the carriage, surprising both the boy and the father along with the other travelers who knew of him as being a quiet boy.Bookmark here

“Eh? Really?”Bookmark here

“That’s right!”Bookmark here

“Then, you must be planning on becoming an Adventurer?”Bookmark here

The father, this time, asked Kudo in curiosity. Kudo felt a rising sense of pride that the memory of chiding was replaced with a powerful curiosity for adventuring.Bookmark here

“That’s right. I always dreamed of being an Adventurer!”Bookmark here

“But… it’s dangerous, isn’t it? Monsters are monsters. They’re very dangerous and can be life-threatening if provoked.”Bookmark here

The father spoke wisely over the information of monsters.Bookmark here

“Why are monsters dangerous, Dad?”Bookmark here

“Mmh… to better explain this, I need to go back to how the world is made. A long time ago, the world was created by the gods of the Upperworld. Through them, sources of Mana came to be. Mana is the source of all living and inanimate things, providing power for just about anything. However, there is also bad mana, mana that becomes corrupted through time or by other people. The corrupted mana then gives birth to creatures known as monsters.”Bookmark here

The father gave his best to better explain about the monsters’ birth, getting the boy to widen his eyes.Bookmark here

“So… they are born from mana?”Bookmark here

“Not exactly.”Bookmark here

Kudo responded this time as the boy turned his attention to him.Bookmark here

“Monsters are created from mana, yes, but they need a source. But it can be the very little source, such as dirt or rocks. Dead bodies of animals, even live animals, can transform into monsters. There are even cases of dead people being turned into monsters as well.”Bookmark here

Kudo explained as much as possible, providing every single information from the guidebook to the boy.Bookmark here

“Monsters are made from corrupted mana. And because they are corrupted, they only think about hunting humans, who have internally pure mana since they were born. Anything that provides pure mana is hated by them, and they want to kill the source. That’s why Adventurers are created.”Bookmark here

“Eh… so how are they created?”Bookmark here

“I’m glad you asked! Adventurers first take on the Adventurers’ Guild License Exam. They make the young men and women who reached the age of 15 take the tests, and if they succeed, they are provided with licenses, a powerful crystal that releases the hidden power inside of people. That crystal is called the Growth Crystal.”Bookmark here

“A… Growth Crystal?”Bookmark here

The young boy’s eyes widened with glints in his eyes to hear about a crystal that gives people powers. Kudo himself was getting excited over this as well.
“W-What does this thing do?”Bookmark here

“A Growth Crystal is a crystal made by the power of the gods. The Growth Crystal contains immeasurable power and when blessed by the gods of the Upperworld, they are able to unleash a new power.”Bookmark here

“H-How?!”Bookmark here

“The Growth Crystal gives them a chance to make their Class.”Bookmark here

“A Class?”Bookmark here

“That’s right. A Class is a specific power given to Adventurers. There are different types of Classes for different types of adventurers, fitting any kind of role for battle and coordination. One example is the classic [Warrior]. A [Warrior] is a close-combat specialist that uses swords to attack and shields to defend.”Bookmark here

“Wow…! So those are [Warriors]! I think I saw one of them back at our old town, right, Dad?”Bookmark here

“That’s right. Those were [Warriors].”Bookmark here

The father responded with a smile, giving the boy an excited grin.Bookmark here

“Are there more Classes?”Bookmark here

“Yes! There are the mystifying [Mages], the swift and agile [Archers], the cunning [Hunters], the powerful [Monks]… So far, there are many basic classes like that.”Bookmark here

“Wow…! So many!”Bookmark here

“And, if you think that’s cool, there are also classes that are quite special from the usual basic classes. These classes are called Special Classes.”Bookmark here

“Special Classes?”Bookmark here

“I don’t really know much about them. Not event the guidebook told me much about it. All it knows is that the Special Classes are derived from either their bloodline or their special talent. For example, if there is an Adventurer who fights like a [Warrior], but studies spells like a [Mage], then that Adventurer can become a Special Class that mixes both Classes at once.”Bookmark here

“Wow! That’s so cool~!”Bookmark here

The boy stood up, his body shivering from the lesson about Special Classes. After a quick lesson about safety in a carriage, the boy sat back down and answered.Bookmark here

“I wanna be an Adventurer! Maybe I can have a Special Class!”Bookmark here

“Hey—!”Bookmark here

“Now, now, hold on. Being an Adventurer is dangerous.”Bookmark here

Before the father could scold the child again, Kudo intercepted and told him the downsides.Bookmark here

“Being an Adventurer means that you have to work hard to get paid. If you don’t do quests, or hunt monsters daily, you’ll run out of Jib to keep living. If you’re not resolute in continuing on your adventure, it’ll only be difficult from here on out.”Bookmark here

“E-Eh…? No way…”Bookmark here

The boy slumped on his back against the wooden wall of the carriage, leaving the father to heave a heavy sigh. Kudo felt bad that he had to break the dream of a young child, but he didn’t want to make the child go through with just excitement alone. Adventurers need willpower and perseverance to survive in the world, after all.Bookmark here

“Yo, everyone! We’re here~”Bookmark here

The short old man with a rough voice shouted at the riders, leaving everyone to turn their sight to him as the carriage reaches to the town they were waiting to enter.Bookmark here

The carriage drove along the dirt path, passing through the forests to reach the ramparts of the town they were entering. The town’s name was Klein, and its city is known to have a nickname called ‘Renewing life’, a sentiment shared to all citizens as Adventurers go here for when they first start out.Bookmark here

Kudo picked this town because it was the closest town near the remote village of Arkhem. It was also a place where most of the guilds were in the same city. Guilds are, to Kudo’s knowledge, organizations where groups of Adventurers gather to help others in their adventures. Bookmark here

The one Kudo talked about, the Adventurers’ Guild, is a guild that helps out other Adventurers. It is also a place where most people go to become Adventurers. Other guilds, such as Crafters’ Guild and Merchants’ Guild, are different types of organizations that play more on the economical side of Adventuring.Bookmark here

The city of Klein is one such place with all these guilds together, and all in the same area. For a budding Adventurer, having all these guilds together within reach is very beneficial.Bookmark here

Kudo saw out the windowpane of the carriage, seeing the giant ramparts that surround the city of Klein. The ramparts were made of sturdy stone, which looked chipped and worn out from age, but it continues to provide a safe and secure feeling in the civilians’ minds. Below the ramparts were the town’s gates, and guarding the gates were guards who wore full plate armors.Bookmark here

These armors made Kudo show a small glint in his shining, green-colored eyes. After the whole business of the driver of the carriage giving his official license to drive the citizens into the cities and towns along with their payment, the guards went around the carriage and looked inside by flipping the thin blankets aside.Bookmark here

Kudo and the others became the target of his glare with a vicious scowl, but they weren’t afraid, as long as they had nothing to hide. The guard merely does this in order to make sure that there were no suspicious individuals who are planning on doing harm to the city and its people. After the guard nodded and then showed a gentle smile to the travelers, the rider drove the carriage into the city after making his payment.Bookmark here

For carriage drivers, they take money from the ones aiming to hitch a ride in the carriage and then pay the entry fee into the city with it. As payment is made, the driver has permission to bring all the travelers into the city.Bookmark here

As they entered through the gates, Kudo was amazed at the sight he was seeing. The town has a peaceful atmosphere, but the bustling sounds of its townspeople made it hectic. When Kudo looked out at the window, he notices that he has entered into the commercial district of Klein.Bookmark here

Once the carriage stopped their drive, Kudo hastily left the carriage and stood on the ground of a new city. Kudo inhaled the fresh air and exhaled out.Bookmark here

“Mmh! It’s so nice! So this is another city! This is Klein…”Bookmark here

Kudo could hardly believe that he was able to do it. He was able to leave his village, and enter into his new life of an Adventurer. However, he knows that his life has not begun yet.Bookmark here

Kudo made a solemn promise to himself that he will become more confident and sociable than he ever was before. That meant that he cannot be meek and mild like he was before. His heart was beating so fast at the idea of being an entirely different person, but he knew that it must be done. He searched around the city, feeling anxious in his mind as he sees dozens of people walking past him and ignoring him, but he couldn’t ask for anything more.Bookmark here

Finally, he sees a guard wearing the same full plated armor like the one at the gates and resolved to close in on him and ask.Bookmark here

“E-Excuse me!” When Kudo thought he was going to ask calmly and socially, he blurted out so loud that it made the guard jolt in surprise. Kudo felt like he should hit himself, but he continued on…Bookmark here

After that embarrassing shake-up, the guard managed to tell him the directions of the city. So far, he was on the south side of the city, where the commercial district was at. He needed to go to the west side, where the guilds were. After bowing in great respect to the guard, which at turn made him become flustered, Kudo continues onto his path to the Adventurers’ Guild.Bookmark here

After some time walking on the busy streets of the commercial district, he finally found the central plaza, and saw the western side of the city. From there, he could already see some impressive buildings that should belong to one of the guilds.Bookmark here

After a few minutes of brisk walking, he found himself standing in front of the Adventurers’ Guild.Bookmark here

The guild stood an impressive 3-story building, with red bricks covering the different roofs on each building that seemed to resemble a mountain, with a large base that tapered to a smaller size. He sees a circular door with is the entrance to the hall. There was a white flag that was tied to the pole standing proudly at the very top of the building, with an insignia that showcased two black wings resembling a raven’s wings, and a red circle behind it. For Adventurers, it meant ‘Freedom’.Bookmark here

His crystal green eyes widened in total astonishment. The very place where his dream will be realized will come to fruition here. He sees the circular door open and many kinds of people wearing a strange set of clothing walked out. They were wearing armors and weapons on their person, making him believe that they were Adventurers.Bookmark here

P-People… No! I have to be confident! I have to!Bookmark here

Kudo felt his heart shaking and his hands becoming clammy. But rather than falling back to his old personality, he used those very hands and slapped his cheeks loudly, enough to rang out.Bookmark here

“Alright…”Bookmark here

Kudo furrowed his brows and rushed to the entrance door, opening the handle without any hesitation and entered through it.Bookmark here

Before his eyes, it was like a raid.Bookmark here

Terrifying screams were heard, clacking sounds of plates were there but were being drowned out by the screams.Bookmark here

Kudo’s heart became in shock as he believed that everything was under attack. However, after taking a moment to relax, he realizes that the guild was just rowdy and loud.
He sees the scene in front of him and notices that there were dozens of long tables, filled with the Adventurers that he just saw before. There was a giant bulletin board that was painted with different colored papers.Bookmark here

There was a bar for those with a tendency to drink on the eastern side with a roughly-looking male server behind the barkeep. People who were accepted to become Adventurers were allowed to drink alcohol, but Kudo didn’t mind that much since he had a sip during his younger days and couldn’t handle the taste.Bookmark here

As he walked towards the center, he could hear the Adventurers overlapping voices along with the galvanized clashing of iron and metal of their Heavy armor and weapons.
Amidst of all the sounds, there was one certain group of Adventurers that were crowding around the western side.Bookmark here

Ah… over there is the receptionist…Bookmark here

Kudo felt his heart sink as he had to imagine himself busting through the large crowd of Adventurers who were strangely gathered around the only area where he could pass through to get to the reception desk. Going to the reception desk is the only way to become an Adventurer.Bookmark here

Kudo reminded himself of his oath and headed towards the crowd. He didn’t want to be a part of it, but he decided to check at least the reason for this gathering. He asked the next Adventurer near him.Bookmark here

“Umm… H-Hello… Umm…”Bookmark here

Kudo stuttered and slowly spoke, reaching to the ears of the young man wearing a belted armor and turned to face him.Bookmark here

“What is it?”Bookmark here

“Umm—! Why is it that everyone’s crowding here?”Bookmark here

Kudo spoke abruptly, surprising himself of the sudden outburst.Bookmark here

“What? You don’t know? Because everyone’s trying to talk to Hinota Flamver!”Bookmark here

Hinota… Flamver?Bookmark here

Kudo tilted his head, making a question mark appear on his face to the other person as the young man had a look of disbelief.Bookmark here

“You don’t know…? Oh, I never saw you before, so you must be new here. Look, you see her?”Bookmark here

The young man pointed at the open space between the crowd of Adventurers. Kudo looked through the crowd.Bookmark here

At the very center of the gathering was a young woman, whose beauty was captivating even from looking at her back. As the Adventurers tried to talk to her, she turned slightly, not revealing her face, but her fiery, red hair tied into a ponytail swayed beautifully from it, catching Kudo’s eyes.Bookmark here

Kudo could hardly see the girl, but his eyes widened at the sight of her.Bookmark here

“Wow…”Bookmark here

“THAT’S Hinota Flamver. She’s from a prestigious noble family dedicated to Adventurers, who lived in the far reaches of Peranim in a city called Erijo, the town of nobles! They’re so famous in the Adventuring world because she has a legendary Class!”Bookmark here

“A legendary class? W-What is it?”Bookmark here

Kudo became interested as he heard about a new Class. From what his guide told him, it must have been a Special Class.Bookmark here

“I don’t know what the name is, but I heard that she uses a katana and that she can cast flames so hot, it can burn an entire forest to the ground! I heard it’s way more powerful than an [Archmage]’s fire spell!”Bookmark here

“More powerful than an [Archmage]’s?!”Bookmark here

[Archmage]. A powerful class belonging to the [Mage] class after going through a 【Class Up】. A 【Class Up】 is an evolution of one Class transforming into the next one. It raises the magical power of their elemental spells, causing massive damage, or high Burst Damage, according to his guidebook, that can kill mobs in one spell.Bookmark here

“So… she must be in a really powerful party.”Bookmark here

“Actually, she isn’t. This is the first time that she has ever come to the Guild after a long time. And so far, she doesn’t belong to any party.”Bookmark here

“Eh? Seriously?”Bookmark here

“That’s why everyone’s so crazy about inviting her! This is the one chance that they can have a powerful warrior like her to join their parties. But for some reason, she’s not interested.”Bookmark here

“Eh…”Bookmark here

The girl’s reasoning baffled Kudo. He understands that if he’s weak, nobody would invite him to a party. But having a party is beneficial to improve their power and wealth, so not joining any party that invites you seems strange.Bookmark here

However, he didn’t think much on that now. Knowing that she was a noble, Kudo thought that it was just simply their way of thinking. He could never understand how the rich thinks, so he tried to develop a plan to go through the crowd.Bookmark here

He sees the left side—blocked. He sees the right side—blocked. Thus, there was only one way to go through…Bookmark here

Charge in.Bookmark here

Kudo held in his breath, reminding himself constantly that it’s for the sake of becoming an Adventurer and charges through the crowd. The young man left behind saw Kudo charge in, believing that he was crazy to go through this.Bookmark here

The tossing and turning of the armored Adventurers brought pain in various places to Kudo’s body, but he continues to charge through. At first, he thought it was going to continue for a while, but then suddenly a burst of air puffed in front of him.
He managed to break out of the crowd, but when he looked up, he didn’t see the reception desk.Bookmark here

What he saw was the very same girl that everyone was trying to invite. The girl looked back and saw Kudo’s eyes with her own.Bookmark here

Eyes tapered and sharp, to the point of looking like she was glaring at him to death as if she scorned him. Her luminescent purple irises caught Kudo’s eyes, along with what she wore. She wore a red-colored leather armor, covering her voluptuous chest, forearms, and forelegs with silver metal. Her clothing looked like it belonged to the Medium class armor.Bookmark here

But what caught Kudo the most was her eyes. Somehow, though the midst of bloodlust that could be picked up from her eyes, Kudo was fascinated by them. He continues to look at them, mesmerized. But then after a second later, he realizes that he was right in front of her, and that she was looking at him, as if she was waiting for something.Bookmark here

“…Hi there.”Bookmark here

Kudo couldn’t think of anything else and responded with a greeting.Bookmark here

“…Hi.”
The girl, Hinota Flamver, responded with a greeting as well. Her voice was stern but silky which made Kudo’s ears feel like he has just heard a beautiful siren.Bookmark here

“Hey! Down in front!”Bookmark here

One of the Adventurers screamed at Kudo, causing him to jolt in surprise. He quickly darted around the girl, getting her to look at him until he disappeared from her sight.Bookmark here

Going out through another crowd of Adventurers, Kudo managed to break free entirely of other people, and finally saw his end goal. Kudo heaved out a sigh of relief as he sees the reception desk, who behind the desk lies a beautiful receptionist.Bookmark here

Wow…Bookmark here

So far, Kudo has been seeing many beautiful women right now, but the one before still made his heart beat fast. She was absolutely stunning…Bookmark here

“Hello there. Welcome to the Adventurers’ Guild.”Bookmark here

The receptionist responded with a business-like smile, which along with her looks, made it look quite stunning.Bookmark here

“Ah… Hi.”Bookmark here

Again, he responded with a meek greeting.Bookmark here

“You must be new here. —*Fufu*, welcome to the Adventurers’ Guild. My name is Quin, and I’m here to help you register to become an Adventurer.”Bookmark here

The receptionist, Quin, whose blond, braided hair was tossed aside by her slender hand, giggled as she introduced herself naturally.Bookmark here

Feeling his throat dry up, Kudo tried to swallow his saliva to speak up, but managed to fail at that.Bookmark here

“Hahaha~ Don’t be so nervous! I won’t bite~”Bookmark here

Hearing the beautiful receptionist talk so casually made Kudo even more nerve-wracking.Bookmark here

“I-I-I like to be an Adventurer!”Bookmark here

Kudo shouted which in turn left Quin in surprise. Afterward, she started to giggle.Bookmark here

“Hehe, good to know! In order to become an Adventurer, you must first fill out this document. This will inform us your name, age, and race to provide us aid when we search your identity.”Bookmark here

The receptionist ceased her teasing and brought out a piece of paper, which Kudo takes, along with the pen that she handed to him. Seeing the vast complicated looking words in front of him, Kudo thanked the gods that his parents taught him what little they know about writing.Bookmark here

“Umm…”Bookmark here

“Don’t worry. Just write in your name on the first blank line and the age at the second, and race at the third. Don’t worry about the other complicated stuff~”Bookmark here

The receptionist teased, but it brought Kudo peace of mind to know that he doesn’t have to answer and figure out later that he answered in the wrong places.Bookmark here

After he was done, he hands the paper filled with his information to the receptionist.Bookmark here

“I see… Kudo Braven. Age 15. Human race. I can tell that much~”Bookmark here

The receptionist began to tease again, her right eye winked at Kudo which brought a flaming redness on his cheeks.Bookmark here

“Now that you signed the document, you have to pay up the initial fee of the Adventurers’ License. I apologize, but this is the standard law according to the Adventurer Pact. The initial fee is 40,000 Jib.”Bookmark here

The Adventurer Pact. A promise made by the leading Adventurers during their birth.
After attaining their blessings from the gods, the civilians were afraid that they might use their powers for evil. So a pact was made. This pact ensures that all Adventurers are banned from using their skills on civilians. It was also made to ensure that those interested in becoming Adventurers must pay a substantial fee and meet the required age, which is the adult age of Peranim—15 years old.Bookmark here

There are also many rules and branching rules that go with the Pact, but the most important one is that Adventurers must follow a specific non-verbal agreement that they cannot use their skills to subjugate civilians or their own comrades.Bookmark here

“I-I understand…”Bookmark here

Kudo was prepared for this. He worked so hard in all his life to gather up that much Jib. Born on a poor farm, 40,000 Jib sounds like a dream. He carefully opened up his bag and took out the necessary coins from his smaller bag to the desk.Bookmark here

“H-Here… 40,000 Jib.”Bookmark here

“Thank you very much.”Bookmark here

The receptionist looked like she was used to handling money as she easily picks up the Jib that Kudo has worked hard for 10 years to collect. Kudo felt an unknowingly empty, yet satisfying feeling inside.Bookmark here

“Now that you signed up and paid your fee, you are now eligible to take the Adventurers’ Guild License Test. First, go up the stairs, and meet up with the coordinator for the test. Give him this envelope, and he’ll give you the test to take. When you’re done, the coordinator will hand you the License. Once you get the License, head back here to finish the process."Bookmark here

“O-Ok…”
Once the receptionist finished explaining, she kindly pointed the stairs to her left side, making Kudo notice the sudden stairs that entered into his vision. Giving a quick bow of gratitude to her, Kudo briskly went up the stairs.Bookmark here

With each step, he feels his heart beating abnormally fast. Is it safe that it could get this excited, or nervous? He went up the stairs, finally reaching to the white-colored wooden door, and turned the knob to the side.Bookmark here

He opens the door to see a giant, burly man, reminding him of the Hunter of his village except that the man in front of him had a large scar across his neck vertically. Kudo could have sworn that his heart stopped when the man’s glare turned to him.Bookmark here

“Oh… you must be the new one. I’m the Guildmaster of this guild, Leydar.”Bookmark here

The Guildmaster?!Bookmark here

The Guildmaster is the one in charge of the Adventurers’ Guild, just as there is a master for every guild in the city. Kudo then spotted that in front of Leydar was several young men and women sitting in small desks, writing on several papers in front of them with a cold sweat trickling down their temples.Bookmark here

“You have the envelope?”Bookmark here

“Ah—Yes!”Bookmark here

Kudo shot back in a hurry, nervously giving the envelope in his hand that was provided by Quin to the Guildmaster. Leydar opens the envelope and reads the content.Bookmark here

“Alright, you’re certified.”Bookmark here

His eyes darted so fast, Kudo figured that he was reading at an incredibly fast pace. Once he was done, he set the papers aside in his own desk that he was sitting on, and took out several pieces of papers.Bookmark here

“Answer as best as you can, and then report back to me.”Bookmark here

“R-Right!”Bookmark here

Kudo blurted out loudly which caused the teenagers taking the test to snicker at his behavior. Kudo looked down from the snickers with flaming cheeks and hurried to the empty desk at the very back.Bookmark here

He sat down at the desk and looked at the papers in front of him. He would like to feel comfortable, but the desk’s sturdiness only made him more nervous. Kudo inhaled, trying to calm himself as he sees the pencil tucked neatly at his desk’s small crevice. He grabs the pencil, his hands shaking slightly until Kudo forced it to grab the pencil firmly, and looked at the test.Bookmark here

This is it… if I can’t even past the test, I’m not worthy of being an Adventurer!Bookmark here

With that determination, Kudo’s right hand no longer shook and wrote at a blinding speed which made the others hear the scratching sounds of lead hitting the paper furiously.Bookmark here

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Kudo heaved a sigh. His sweat trickled down his temple as well, but it was not from his nerves. It was because he wrote so fast and steadily that he broke out in sweat. Kudo then noticed his surroundings, seeing that nobody has stood up since he came here.Bookmark here

Kudo picked up the paper and stood up, catching the attention of the other students. Sounds of snickers and looks of sneers were made as he walked up to Leydar.Bookmark here

“Ah, he failed…”Bookmark here

“I knew he couldn’t do it.”Bookmark here

The would-be Adventurers snickered and sneered as Kudo didn’t pay attention to that. He meets up with Leydar, who continues to glare at him and handed him his test.Bookmark here

“I-I finished…”Bookmark here

Kudo spoke in a firm but shaking voice, and it reached to all of their ears. The ones taking the tests widened their eyes and stared at Kudo black-faced. Leydar raised his right brow as he takes the test into his hand and read the contents so fast that Kudo thought that he was getting dizzy from his darting eyes.Bookmark here

“… Alright, you pass.”Bookmark here

“Eh?”Bookmark here

The young people Adventurers shouted in unison. How could he, where the others took nearly an hour or two to finish, just finished so quickly? As their gaping mouths were about to stutter and complain, Leydar searched behind his desk and took out a small item.Bookmark here

“Here, your License.”Bookmark here

Leydar handed him the Adventurers’ License. It was a small crystal, shaped like a dreamcatcher as several pieces dangled with the help of a small, sturdy black string.Bookmark here

“Whoa…”Bookmark here

“Take that License to the receptionist downstairs, and she will help you on taking your class.”Bookmark here

“R-Right! Thank you!”Bookmark here

After a quick bow, Kudo hurriedly went downstairs, leaving behind the complaining students who began to finish their tests sooner.Bookmark here

After going down the stairs, he met up with the receptionist, which turned around to see him and widened her eyes.Bookmark here

“Braven-san? But you only took 10 minutes! Did you quit in the middle…?”Bookmark here

“N-No… I already got my License.”Bookmark here

Kudo said as he took out the special crystal, which left the receptionist surprised.Bookmark here

“Ah… incredible. T-Then, let’s get started!”Bookmark here

The receptionist’s charming smile came back to her lips, getting her to quickly move her body below the desk and brought something out.Bookmark here

It was a stone pedestal, but it was incredibly small and short, enough to be carried by a slender woman easily up to the desk. But the material that it was made with seemed out of this world. It shined a pleasant blue color, having a small light-green jewel embedded into the center of the pedestal.Bookmark here

“Now, please cut up a bit of your fingertip and drop a bit of blood to your License. That’s your Growth Crystal. Then, place the crystal in the middle of the pedestal.”
“R-Right.”Bookmark here

After Quin handed a small, clean blade to Kudo, he hesitantly cuts in a vertical cross to Kudo’s right tip of his index finger. Warm, crimson liquid flowed a little from the new wound, making Kudo place the finger to the crystal onto his Growth Crystal. A sharp pain coursed through his finger because of it, but Kudo braced through it. Then he places his crystal to the center of the pedestal, and it began to glow a bluish light.Bookmark here

“Eh…”Bookmark here

Kudo sees the shimmering light reach up to their faces. It solidifies and becomes into a transparent rectangle screen. Letters of their language began to appear and spun around together in a cluster mess of letters as if a typhoon was blowing them around.Bookmark here

“This procedure is to help you make your Class. With this, we can tell what kind of Class you’re more suited to.”Bookmark here

“R-Really?”Bookmark here

Kudo blurted out, which left him to cover his mouth from his over-excitement. Quin started to giggled which left Kudo to blush.Bookmark here

“Don’t worry. This is the most exciting part for a beginning Adventurer! Now, let us see what kind of Classes are available to you…”Bookmark here

As they ceased talking, they waited for the letters to form a word which will tell Kudo’s Class.
However, they suddenly stopped moving, and this appeared in front of both of them…Bookmark here

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“Eh? Oh, my…”Bookmark here

“W-What is going on?”Bookmark here

Even Kudo could tell that something weird just happened as he sees Quin’s face contorting into a perplexed expression.Bookmark here

“Oh… I’m… I think I have good news and bad news.”Bookmark here

The receptionist spoke sternly, catching Kudo’s attention.Bookmark here

“Well… the good news is, you have a Special Class.”Bookmark here

“Eh? A Special Class?”Bookmark here

Kudo felt that his ears were damaged. Then, he gaped widely from hearing it.Bookmark here

“H-How? I don’t belong to any special family… and I don’t have any talents!”Bookmark here

“W-Well, that’s what the pedestal is telling me. I can tell whether this class is Special or not, and this is certainly… a Special Class.”Bookmark here

The receptionist trailed off for a second before answering, getting Kudo to ask.Bookmark here

“And what is the bad news?”Bookmark here

“The bad news is that there is no information whatsoever regarding this Special Class.”Bookmark here

“No information… you mean not even you know this class?”Bookmark here

Kudo’s tone sounded like he was facing a major crisis. He sees the supposed Class in front of him, and it seemed to mock him.Bookmark here

“I’m sorry. I wish that there were other Classes for you to try, but currently, there are none. This is strange. Usually, along with the Special Class, there are other Classes available. But there isn’t any other Class!”Bookmark here

Quin spoke in a perplexed tone, her voice sounding nervous as she tries to explain as much as possible Kudo’s current situation. Then, her face softens and answered:Bookmark here

“I have to suggest that you give up on being an Adventurer. Taking on a Class that is unknown might be dangerous, and it could be fatal. This is your decision, Braven-san.”Bookmark here

Hearing those words made Kudo’s heart skip. All his dreams and ambitions dashed, all because he only has one Special Class, and it might not be safe. After seeing his circumstances, Kudo steeled his resolve.Bookmark here

“…I’ll take it.”Bookmark here

“Are you sure? Once you take your class, you cannot change it afterward. You must keep this class for the rest of your Adventurer career.”Bookmark here

“It’s… not like I have any other choice. I have to pick this Class, or else I’ll have to give up my dream of being an Adventurer. Please, I like to take this Class.”Bookmark here

Kudo spoke firmly, without a single hesitation in his voice. Quin, as an Adventurer, felt that passionate resolve and smirked.Bookmark here

“Then, congratulations, you have chosen your newly acquired Class!”Bookmark here

As if she was waiting for those words, Quin placed her supple hands onto the pedestal, and focused her power on it. The screen flashes a bright light, blinding Kudo’s eyes.Bookmark here

In the midst of this, Kudo’s right hand began to feel a burning sensation on the front. Kudo grimaced and grunted as the pain was only for a moment, and the flashing light began to cease.Bookmark here

Kudo regains his vision and spotted his right hand. He sees a strange insignia that was burned into the skin of his front hand.Bookmark here

“This is… my Class.”Bookmark here

“Now that you have a class, you have the ability to open up your screens, such as your Status screen and Skill screen. You can also summon your crystal— like this.”Bookmark here

Quin made an example and took out her own Growth Crystal. It was a different shape, like a diamond hanging in a crescent shaped crystal. Quin closed her eyes, and uttered ‘Call back’. The crystal in her hand suddenly disappears from top to bottom, no longer being seen by them.Bookmark here

“Like this, you can show the guards out at the gates your Growth Crystal, and nobody would steal them. That’s because the Growth Crystal also acts as a pass, which is why it is also called the Adventurers’ License.”Bookmark here

“Oh… I see!”Bookmark here

Kudo’s tone was higher than usual, and took his own crystal into his hand. After he shouted his phrase, his crystal does the same disappearing act, widening Kudo’s eyes.Bookmark here

“Kudo Braven-san. As of this moment, you are now a proud Adventurer. As an Adventurer, I’m obliged to tell you about our Quest Ranking system. The system if comprised of 5 ranks.”
Kudo paid close attention to this point as his eyes fixated on Quin’s eyes to focus, though her stunning looks made him slightly blush.Bookmark here

“From the lowest to the highest, we have [D], [C], [B], [A], and [S]. [Rank S] is the highest of the rankings, while [Rank D] is the lowest, where you are now since you just started. When you take quests from the Quest Board, you are only allowed to accept quests according to the Rank you are in. The color of your Growth Crystal changes, which right now, your color is white, signifying [Rank D].”Bookmark here

As for the colors, it goes like this:
White-[Rank D]
Green-[Rank C]
Blue-[Rank B]
Purple-[Rank A]
Gold-[Rank S]Bookmark here

These are the colors that represents the strength and reputation of each Adventurer.Bookmark here

“When you complete the quest, you gain reputation points according to the quest details that we provide. When you collect enough points, you can be moved up to the next higher rank. Keep going upwards until you reach the legendary [Rank S], OK?”Bookmark here

“Y-Yes!”Bookmark here

“Then, may Isabel forever bless you on your adventure.”Bookmark here

Quin made a final greeting, bowing to Kudo which left an air of professionalism around her. However, to Kudo, he could hardly contain his bottled up excitement.Bookmark here

“T-Thank you very much! I promise to be the best Adventurer!”Bookmark here

Shouting out with a passionate tone, Kudo bowed deeply to Quin back, surprising Quin from such an unexpected gratitude.Bookmark here

“—*Fufufu* You are such a treat! I expect great things from you!”Bookmark here

Quin finished as Kudo went back from the reception desk, but not before giving Quin a final wave. Quin widened her eyes in surprise, but it later changed to a charming smile as she waved back energetically.Bookmark here

Finally, I can call myself an Adventurer!Bookmark here

Kudo thought in his mind as he feels the power rising inside of him ready to burst out into a prideful roar, clenching his fist as his blood was starting to boil.
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Kudo has finally become an Adventurer, but he had to take a strange class! What’s gonna happen next? Bookmark here


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