Chapter 30:

Fenix and My Magic Training

I Didn't Even Want to Live, But God Forced Me to Reincarnate!

In exchange for the reduced time to study etiquette, I requested my parents to let me study magic right away!Bookmark here

So, I begin to learn more about magic and Hartmann’s arts from my parents. Yes, I’m still diligently forging my transformation skills!Bookmark here

For the beginning, my mom told me to learn about the magic circles—symbolism for each element, before I can learn about the chants.Bookmark here

“There are 12 magic circles that you need to know. They will come in handy and there are only twelve available, so you should learn them, Lyra, before we go on to learn the harder part.”Bookmark here

Each magic circle correspondences to each element. Bookmark here

They are like images that have different characteristics, so they are not that hard to remember. The finer detail is quite hard but Mom said it’s enough as long as I remember the bigger picture for now. Bookmark here

In order not to forget them, especially my elements’ magic circles, I usually try to imagine the images each time I learn more about the magic.Bookmark here

You tend to forget things that you don’t use that often, after all. Bookmark here

Before long, the image of [Ice] magic circle appears in my mind when I read the part about [Ice] magic. It’s like a habit now. Bookmark here

Associating words with the images might make it easier for me to remember~Bookmark here

After that, she also let me study the ancient language used for magic chants—[Spraec]. It is quite hard but thanks to my toddler brain, I feel like I managed to learn it faster!Bookmark here

Spraec is the ancient language used in magic chants.Bookmark here

Chant magic takes longer time to cast than chantless magic. It might be inefficient at times. And in case you forgot the Spraec chant? Goodbye~!Bookmark here

However, it is harder to do chantless magic, as it would cost more mana and requires vivid imagination of the desired effects plus—let’s not forget—yes, the magic circle. Bookmark here

Not many people can perform chantless magic. Bookmark here

Spraec language contains an amazing power that lets us produce a magic without having to construct a mental image of the magic circles and the desired effects. Is this what you call the power of words?Bookmark here

Therefore, for the basic magic studies, we should start with learning Spraec.Bookmark here

Besides, I don’t know if I will ever be able to perform chantless magic, so this ancient language really helps us to easily perform magic. Bookmark here

“For the practical training, let’s start with strengthening your mana sensing and mana control skills,” Mom said, when I was still remembering the basic of Spraec language.Bookmark here

“Eh? Just like the one we did during Hartmann’s secret art practice?”Bookmark here

“Yes, but in this case, try to close your eyes and strongly feel the mana—then try focusing them to your hands—let say, the right hand, or more specifically to your index finger.”Bookmark here

“Okay!”Bookmark here

After I am getting used to manipulating my mana, Mom finally lets me chant magic spells. Bookmark here

“But before that, wear this pendant, Lyra.”Bookmark here

“?”Bookmark here

Mom put a simple necklace with a beautiful round and transparent stone pendant to my neck.Bookmark here

“This is...?”Bookmark here

“It’s a safety measure. It’s now common for 4 year-old children to head start and practice magic, although their mana pool and magic is still developing. In order to prevent unwanted things to happen, we designed this magic safety control.”Bookmark here

Oh, it’s like how we are using blunt-edged swords and safety gears for beginner’s practice!Bookmark here

“How does this work?”Bookmark here

“This stone here will detect if excessive amount of mana is being produced. If it detects that, then the magical stone will activate and absorb a portion of the mana and then let the mana out—to return your mana to the nature.”Bookmark here

“Awesome...!”Bookmark here

Mom smiles at me.Bookmark here

“Normally, for first timers, they can only control and utilize a small amount of mana, so you need practice to fully be able to manipulate most of them. Some unfortunate cases happen, though, when their power is out of control, so be careful. Always stay focused. Practice your mana controlling more.”Bookmark here

“O-okay, I will note that!”Bookmark here

“Now, let’s begin with the basic Ice magic...”Bookmark here

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Occasionally, I also dropped by the Royal Magic Court to learn about magic from Meredea and the other magicians and to look at various magic tools. Bookmark here

The thing about my [Dark] magic has always been dismissed, as if everyone’s already forgotten about that, to my relief.Bookmark here

It seems that my other affinities are as strong as [Dark] or a bit weaker than it, and so far I have no difficulty in my magic training~ How lucky!Bookmark here

During my visit to the Royal Magic Treasure Room, I managed to meet Fenix, Mom’s Phoenix Familiar.Bookmark here

Her body is clad in the bright, beautiful blazing red. Her wings are big and beautiful, as well. Bookmark here

Her long tail can even be used to slam the enemies, if she chooses to. It can also be spread out to show off its beauty, like a peacock’s.Bookmark here

Balls of flames are present near her body. However, it doesn’t burn anything. Seems like she’s controlling the flames to make sure they would only burn whatever she wants to.Bookmark here

Her golden eyes and blue irises reflect the sceneries she’s seeing, and her gaze looks so calm and wise.Bookmark here

“Fenix, you may have seen Lyra several times already but it’s her first time meeting you,” Mom said, as she approaches Fenix and gently caresses her feather.Bookmark here

“Hee? Now that you mention it. Hi there, little lass. I’m Fenix, the embodiment of the Sun.”Bookmark here

Hmmm?Bookmark here

Instead of speaking, it feels more like she’s sending a telepathy to me.Bookmark here

“Hi, Fenix. I’m Lyra, nice to meet you,” I reflexively bowed down to her.Bookmark here

“Fufu, as Cass said, you’re one little child full of manner. Well done!”Bookmark here

I straightened my posture and stared at the golden branch specifically made for her. Bookmark here

It suits her so well.Bookmark here

After staring at the branch, I moved my eyes and stared at her, again.Bookmark here

“Uhm, can I ask something?”Bookmark here

“Sure thing.”Bookmark here

“Is it true that you’re born from the ashes of your predecessor?”Bookmark here

“Haha, like mother like daughter! It’s also the first thing Cass asked me after forming a contract.”Bookmark here

I shifted my eyes at Mom, she only scratched her hair and smiled.Bookmark here

“As far as I know, yes.”Bookmark here

“So, is your predecessor your parent, or are you the exact same entity as your predecessor, meaning you are born from your past self?”Bookmark here

“…such a complicated question for a four-year-old. I guess it’s more right to say that I am born from my [past self], rather than my predecessor being my parent.”Bookmark here

“…If you are truly reborn from your past self, do you have memories or knowledge of your past life, then?”Bookmark here

“Yes. But it was not until I reached 100 years old that I could recall everything.”Bookmark here

“…how long is your life expectancy?”Bookmark here

“Around 400-500 years per life time.”Bookmark here

“How many lives have you had?”Bookmark here

“…Perhaps five…?”Bookmark here

“Wow, our calendar only has 900ish years, but you’ve lived longer than that!”Bookmark here

“Your calendar doesn’t start from the beginning of life in Sphaela—the world, dear.”Bookmark here

“So, that means you’ve witnessed the events before our calendar was established?!”Bookmark here

“Hmm, yeah, but I mostly chose to spend my life away from the noisiness of your lives.”Bookmark here

“Heee… So, how many masters have you been with?”Bookmark here

“I don’t really feel comfortable speaking about my previous masters in front of my current master. But rest assured, you can count them with just your hands.” Bookmark here

“Woww!!”Bookmark here

It’s my first time speaking with such a creature! I can’t hide my excitement and curiosity.Bookmark here

Mom only laughed when she listened to our conversation.Bookmark here

“She is really your daughter, Cass. She asked what you asked me, too.”Bookmark here

“Well, Fenix, I think most people would question those things!” Mom said, in her defense.Bookmark here

“Is that so? Perhaps you might as well document my answers, so no phoenix shall spend their time repeating our common knowledge to you humans or other races.”Bookmark here

“Of course, I will, don’t worry, we already have myths written about you phoenixes, so all we need to do is to confirm which one is the real deal from your statements.”Bookmark here

“Very well!”Bookmark here

“Fenix, Fenix! Do all phoenixes have the same size as you?” I asked, after coming up with another question. Bookmark here

To be honest, I thought phoenixes are huger than this.Bookmark here

“Did you just think that phoenixes should be bigger than my size is, right now?”Bookmark here

“Oof! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to mock you or what… I’m only curious!!”Bookmark here

I don’t want her to get offended, if she is indeed categorized as small among phoenixes—at least from the phoenixes in the stories.Bookmark here

“Oh… about that, Lyra…,” Mom wanted to answer my question, but Fenix cut her off.Bookmark here

“Nah, little girl, my original size is much bigger than this. Big enough that your mom can ride on me.”Bookmark here

“HUH? What?!”Bookmark here

“Right now, I might be as big as an Eagle to fit in the room, but yes, my original form is around twice your mom’s height.”Bookmark here

“Awesome… Can I ride on you, some day?”Bookmark here

“Hmm, be careful not to fall, I won’t hold back, okay? And be sure not to wet your pants because you’re afraid of the height, haha! So, maybe, when you’re older.”Bookmark here

“Promiseee?” I reflexively reached out my pinky.Bookmark here

…wait a second, since when have I developed this habit?Bookmark here

Perhaps it’s the influence of both my parents, Alt-nii, Vince, Chloe, Niina, and even Clavis… they are all doing this childish pinky promise thing. Oh, even the other children that I played with, as they made me promise to play again with them someday. Something that I never really did as Reinst. Bookmark here

“…Do I have to do this?”Bookmark here

Fenix seemed to be looking at my mom, so I turned around to look at her, nodding. Bookmark here

Fenix sighed. She reached out one of her talons and touched my pinky with it.Bookmark here

“Alright.”Bookmark here

“Yayyy!!” I can’t wait to know how it feels like, riding a phoenix!Bookmark here

I can transform to be a bird and fly with the help of my magic (but I need to train it before I can do it). Even so, the feeling would be different than this!Bookmark here

Ah, I can’t wait for when I can get my own familiar!Bookmark here

But before I can get one, I need to train my magic.Bookmark here

After all, familiars are kinda like the symbols for powerful magicians. Bookmark here

Here is another motivation to train my magic! Bookmark here

I can’t wait to discover what I can do with my new magical power~ Bookmark here

“Lyra, try forming this,” Mom said, while putting a feather in front of me.Bookmark here

Today, Mom is teaching me magic in the middle of her work~ By now, I am getting familiar with the Royal Magic Court.Bookmark here

[Hîwung w¯ælrâp]—I chanted the basic chant for [Ice] magic—‘Ice forming’, used to form something I can see.Bookmark here

After a moment, the replication of the feather—in form of ice, started to take shape.Bookmark here

“Hmm, you’re getting faster in chanting and the detail is finer. That’s good! Your pronunciation is getting better, too.” Bookmark here

Yes. To train magic, we can’t just try a single chant once and abandon it after we feel like we can do it. We have to train it so that we will get better results and faster speed.Bookmark here

It’s quite a hassle having to learn another language to be able to use magic—it’s much simpler to learn swordsmanship. Bookmark here

But it’s quite fun to think that we can create something just from our power alone!Bookmark here

“Alright, I think we have covered the basic of ice magic. Before we proceed, I think… you should learn basic life magic as well, Lyra. It’s important to know how to heal,” Mom said.Bookmark here

She opened the book of spells towards the [Life] section and put it down so I could see the content.Bookmark here

That’s right, my strongest affinity after [Ice] is [Life]. That’s good to know! Healing magic will surely come in handy!Bookmark here

Wait a minute…Bookmark here

“Mom, healing magic is to heal wounds, right? How can we practice it if we are not wounded?”Bookmark here

“Good question!”Bookmark here

Mom suddenly turned away from me, and she seemed to be looking for something in her desk. Bookmark here

I tried to catch some glimpses of her, and at that moment…Bookmark here

Mom is grabbing a kitchen knife!!Bookmark here

Wait wait, she couldn’t be doing what I think she will…?Bookmark here

“Mom, wait, don’t---” Bookmark here

Just as I was about to shout and stop her from wounding herself just so I can practice my healing magic on her, she turned around and sliced something she’s holding.Bookmark here

…phew.Bookmark here

Seriously, that kinda scared me off.Bookmark here

Thank goodness she didn’t intend to hurt herself.Bookmark here

Even if it’s for my training, I still don’t want to see my mom getting hurt because of me. Even when she can patch it up herself.Bookmark here

“Hmm, what is it, Lyra?” She asked, oblivious to what I was thinking.Bookmark here

“Errrrr, nothing, never mind it, Mom!” I smiled wryly. Bookmark here

Then, as she approached me, I could see the thing she’s holding.Bookmark here

It is a medium-sized sponge that has a skin-like color and texture. Bookmark here

“Mom, that is…?”Bookmark here

It’s something that I never saw before. Bookmark here

“This is the equipment we’ve developed to practice healing magic, Healtan. Since it seems quite… something… to purposely hurt yourself in order to learn.”Bookmark here

She paused for a bit.Bookmark here

“Oh, right, it seems quite inefficient to do that.”Bookmark here

…I get the feeling like she wanted to say… ‘it seems quite masochist enough’! But that’s a word you don’t want a small child to hear and learn. Bookmark here

Being an avid reader in my past life, I managed to learn lots of words, and have many vocabularies stored in my head!Bookmark here

Yup, it’s all for knowledge, don’t get me wrong!Bookmark here

It’s important to have the knowledge about some inappropriate words or words with innuendos—so others won’t be able to trick you with your nescience.Bookmark here

“It’s constructed to mimic natural skin and meat, but it’s completely synthetic, no worries. For starters, I will try to just graze the skin to cause a first-degree abrasion. It won’t bleed, and it is the easiest type of wound to heal.”Bookmark here

She then used the blunt tip of the knife to lightly graze the healtan. Bookmark here

Oooh, now, it produces a grazed skin that doesn’t bleed.Bookmark here

Perhaps it’s similar to the type of wound we get from falling to the ground.Bookmark here

“Alright, try healing it, Lyra.” Bookmark here

I glanced over at the page Mom opened for me and made sure I’ve memorized the correct spell.Bookmark here

[Gehælan!] I chanted heal in the ancient language.Bookmark here

In my mind, I try to picture the wound healing, so it will guarantee the success of the magic and increase the speed.Bookmark here

Slowly, the wound starts to close.Bookmark here

However, the edge of the wound still remains.Bookmark here

“Aaah…,” I sighed in my disappointment. Bookmark here

“Ah, the edge of the wound isn’t affected, huh? It’s okay, Lyra. Life magic is kinda tricky and tiring, after all,” Mom pats my head. Bookmark here

That’s right, I feel that it’s harder for me to do [Life] magic compared to [Ice]. I can feel fatigue building up in my body. It’s building up way faster than when I tried using ice magic. So, the rumor about [Life] magic being so energy-consuming is true? Bookmark here

If life magic is quite hard to master, just how did Mom manage to master it? From what I heard, she could even do complicated [Life] magic. Bookmark here

Now that I think about it, magicians are amazing. Bookmark here

“Let’s keep trying, but tell me when you feel tired. We can take a break, and you can play with Luca if you want to.”Bookmark here

“Okay!”Bookmark here

To be honest, I felt quite disappointed in myself and didn’t really want to try that hard after the failed healing magic trial. I’m afraid I will get very disappointed if the result is not as I expected. Bookmark here

I am used to dealing with the crushing disappointments during my past life, but before I noticed it, I have started to have expectations again. My perfectionist characteristic is still here with me. Bookmark here

It seems I have quite a high and unrealistic expectation of myself, being the daughter of parents with incredible magic talents. Bookmark here

Like, perhaps I can get it right on my first try, or that I don’t feel that tired at all, compared to other people.Bookmark here

But none of that happened. I should have asked for a cheat before I was reincarnated!!Bookmark here

Ah, well… Bookmark here

I want Mom to be proud of me, so, I will continue to strive in my training!Bookmark here

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