Terra remembered the first time he awakened as a summoner when he was 10 years old.
He was quite confused back then when he first saw his own soul space, back then he didn’t understand anything regarding the soul or that a soul could be used to act as a home to store soul beasts and summon them from that space, his soul space after all was a forest, a soul space is formed by the nature of the soul itself the soul makes the person, it contains the I and the you, the me and the us, its not a empty space with nothing inside and exists for whole sake of existing, it is a print, a mark, it is the origin of life itself, the creation of god and his most precious achievement to date.
But all of this was irrelevant to a 10 year old child, Terra being the child he was, was far more calmer then most children his age he didn’t understand anything from how he got there to how it even worked, but he didn’t need to understand it to know that the forest was deeply connected to him and that it was a part himself.
From the very spot he stood on Terra didn’t move, he didn’t need to as everything was already moving by itself, he knew everything about the place he was in, every corner, every rock, tree and flower, how it looked like and how it was shaped, and not too far away there was a pond with water inside.
In the depths of this pond there was a small light, Terra felt it was emerging from the pond itself and he wasn’t wrong the light started to get bigger and brighter as it headed towards the surface of the pond as if there something it wanted to do something it wanted to chase, his eyes were entirely focused on it he felt very attracted towards it too anticipating its arrival until finally it flew out of the pond and showed itself.
Terra was still surprised when he saw the small light, it looked to him as if a star had come down…or at least come up…it was incredibly bright illuminating the entire forest with its white light and even though it was so bright Terra still didn’t shield his eyes or felt irritated by the light.
In the opposite he just couldn’t take his eyes away from it, the little star he was looking at felt so intimate to him he wanted to touch it.
He thought, and as if reading his thoughts the little star zipped away towards Terra’s general direction, Terra didn’t fear the little star neither did he wanted to avoid it instead he cupped his hands wide open preparing to catch the star.
A boy and a little star united.
The Little star didn’t even stop for a second as it immediately crashed into Terra’s chest, it was truly unexpected Terra wasn’t aware something like this would happen, but most mysteriously of all he didn’t feel strange or pained by this sudden event, he tapped his chest and groped around to see what happened, but as he did so he quickly discovered that there was no wound or a opening.
Terra discovered that the little star really disappeared into his chest.
“Where did it go ?”
He asked himself, and once again the answer came immediately as the depths of his eyes shone with bright light, countless colors started to pass through his eyes as he discovered quickly that those colors represented all kinds of different types of energy, they flew by so fast that he couldn’t even catch them until finally the little star was once again visible to him.
He astonishingly discovered that the star didn’t disappear at all but instead was in his chest all along, even though he didn’t have eyes in his chest he could clearly see the little star floating in space inside his mind, surprisingly the little star wasn’t alone, surrounding it were another 3 smaller stars, it looked as if the smaller stars were worshiping the bigger star, the little star inside his chest was like the sun giving light those 3 smaller planets surrounding it.
Terra didn’t understand what it did or how it worked, but he did understand that it was a good thing and that it wouldn’t do him any harm something had changed in his mind, but Terra was still the same.
“Now…what do I do ?”
Soon after the entire ordeal it occurred to him that he was still stuck inside the forest, but that wasn’t important since in the very next second Terra’s conscious started to melt away.
The next time he woke up, Terra had already become a summoner.
“Lord summoner what do you want me to do ?”
The village chief asked, his voice quivering with small amounts of excitement as he stood next to the door of the town hall with his head bowed lighty.
There a total of 3 children besides him, originally 5 had entered the town hall to be evaluated but now 2 of them had collapsed to the ground sleeping as if recovering from a heavy round of labor.
Those two were Ignis and Terra respectively.
The summoner stood besides these two collapsed children as if he was examining them, for a moment he stayed quiet without responding to the village chief looking mysterious, but the village chief didn’t take offense and patiently waited for the summoner to finish, he wasn’t someone he could afford offending, even the lord of this duchy would need to bow his head in front of a summoner, they were mystical and enigmatic people with strange powers after all, they were far more influential then even the imperial family of this empire and with such power nobody would even think about standing in their way.
“Take those three and get out of here, you can only enter after I tell you to, until then wait outside”
The summoner finally spoke not even turning his head as he made his order, the village chief didn’t dare to tarry and quickly moved his feet dragging those 3 other children away as they looked at both Terra and Ignis on the ground, their eyes showing intense amount of yearning and jealousy, they had already failed the test which made them feel hurt but what was worse was the fact that the 2 people who were the most unlikely to pass the test actually passed it.
To the children it obviously felt unfair to them they wanted to do a remake, but that they didn’t to do so in front of the summoner, the children were young but they were all very clear about a person such as him who was higher then them in social rank, if they start to complain maybe the summoner would get angry and feed them to his beasts if they weren’t careful enough.
Ultimately the door of the town hall quickly opened and shut close, the people outside were probably wondered what happened since something like this never happened before, it had been a very long time since their village produced a summoner it had been almost an entire century since one of their children had the potential to become a summoner which is why they weren’t familiar with the general procedure of what happened when a summoner was found.
Luckily the village chief was informed about this topic, he knew that these potential summoners would be always taken away towards far away places to be trained, the village that produced the summoners especially the parents would be always rewarded heavily for such service in compensation for taking their children.
The reward that given was enough to boost the village and almost turn it into a full fledged town, it is known that some cities in the duchy who started out as villages quickly turned into cities after producing a lot of potential summoners and getting the rewards, sometimes a summoner would even come back to their home to see their parents again though this didn’t happen in their village it would sometimes happen in other towns or cities which he heard about.
Of course it was his duty to make sure to relay the message to those parents and at this moment when he came out of the town hall with only 3 children the parents of the other two missing children came over storming, worried.
“Village chief, my son !”
“Ignis, my daughter !”
Both fathers Donovan and Faux immediately came down to business, their wives kept quiet and let their men handle the situation, but even though they were quiet the nervousness and worry still showed in their eyes sometimes glimpsing towards the door of the town hall looking as if they were about to storm in any minute now.
The village chief could only smile wryly, watching these two pair of parents grilling him for their children, but he understood and patiently tried to explain it to them that their children had passed the evaluation.
The other onlookers were also present at the time, they were just as curious about the event that they all closely stuck together cornering the village and listening to his explanation.
This didn’t take long as half of them already started to suspect what happened, the parents of the children that also participated in that round of evaluation also told their parents what happened, they talked about the raging winds and gusts of steam that Ignis created, Terra on the other hand wasn’t very special in comparison to Ignis, he only stood there the entire time without any expression looking as if he was in a trance, they wouldn’t have noticed any anomalies in him if he didn’t collapse onto the ground just like Ignis, he didn’t create any wind or steam so most of the kids assumed that he was just pretending since they were jealous of him.
Obviously the adults didn’t take the children’s accusations seriously since they also knew that it was nearly impossible to scam a summoner, there were already a few unfortunate kids in this village who had tried to fool the summoner themselves but in the end the only thing they got was a heavy shock through their bodies as they were exposed by the summoner, the shock itself didn’t permanently harm them but it still instilled deep fear into those kids regarding summoners and that they shouldn’t be underestimated.
In the end, the distress in both sets of parents quickly started to die down, those 4 looked at each after listening to the village chiefs explanation and didn’t know what kind of expression to make, the mothers were slightly sad, teary and fearful for their children, and the fathers became solemn and strong for their wives, they understood that they would leave the village and leave their parents, and they were happy for them of course.
They wanted their children to grow up and became someone influential to live a better life, but at the same time they would have felt more happier if their children went away after they grew up some more and became adults.
Deep down, all caring parents feared the day their children would leave the house and today would be the day it was about to happen.
Donovan’s wife, Marcy especially felt that sort of fear in her, she couldn’t help but become terrified imagining her son disappear for who knows how long, he was only 10 years old, just a little child who still cried out for his mother, she didn’t want him to leave and even though she had high hopes for her child and didn’t want to hold him back from his bright future she also couldn’t let go.
Marcy quivered, she raised her brown eyes for a moment as she gazed at her husband Donovan, she was very unsure and not clear on what to do she was hesitating, but her husband on the other hand looked the complete opposite, with a slender sword hanging on his hip and hawk like deep eyes he stared at the door leading to the town hall, Marcy didn’t know what he was thinking but he knew that Donovan also had his own ideas.
“Dear…what do you think they will do ? Terra is just a little boy, without us how will he even live ? Maybe we should try talk to that summoner and ask him to let Terra stay for a couple more years before we send him away, having a 10 year child go away like this somewhere far away just doesn’t seem right to me ! Who will take care of him and teach him ! I don’t trust other people taking away our son no matter how much money they give us !”
Marcy said, she had been starting to get hysterical sounding as if they were going to kidnap their child, and Donovan could slightly agree with his wifes slightly over the top reaction, he also didn’t like his only son who was only 10 years old to be brought away to some far away place he didn’t know about, it was his son after all, he had long since other plans regarding his future, Donovan wanted him to become a great swordsman, he knew that his son had a monstrous Talent for the sword, at the age of 10 he was already a seventh stage Sword Trainee who could utilize true power, if you give him another month or so he would most like become a first stage Sword Intern and after another two or three years he could potential even become a Sword Senior which was only 1 rank away from his own rank that was a Sword Accomplished.
How many years would it take for Terra to reach his rank ? Maybe 6 or 8 years ? It took Donovan almost 14 years of his life to become a eight stage Sword Accomplished who was at the cusp of becoming a Sword Elder, maybe his son would only need half his time to become a Sword Elder or even a powerful Sword Master !
At this moment Donovan was only 30 years old, still in the prime of his life, he started to practice the sword when he was 16 and he had Terra when he turned 20, with his current strength he could easily take his family to a big city somewhere and live in a luxurious district, after all that was his plan all along, after this years harvest was done Donovan was going to take his wife and son to the closest city and settle down, money was not an issue since Donovan had already saved a lot from his occasional trip to the city working as a mercenary, the village elder also paid him decently as a combat instructor knowing that he was a powerful sword practitioner, but over all it was still not enough to pay someone as skilled as Donovan was.
Hell, the only reason Donovan was even staying in this village for the past 10 years was because his wife Marcy didn’t want to leave the place where her family used to live, it had taken Donovan quite a bit of effort to convince Marcy to finally move with him and relocate their family.
Marcy was hesitant the entire time and busied herself by taking care of Terra avoiding the topic, they were childhood sweethearts who grew up together his feelings for her were always very strong and when he remembered practicing the sword to be able to protect her one day, she always came after each practice with a smile holding a medicinal ointment to heal his wounds, growing up he understood her thoughts better than anyone, he was aware of her unwillingness which was not only because of her family that used to live here but also because she simply didn’t want to become a disgrace to her strong husband.
He loved her dearly and even though he was already strong and successful, he didn’t bat an eye towards those beautiful woman from good backgrounds, his wife Marcy may not be as beautiful as those woman or as educated but she was the most important person in his life who always stood by him whenever it was painful, she was the reason why he picked up the sword when he was 16, it was only because of her that he was able to push on with his abysmal talent in the sword and become someone competent.
Marcy’s parents who had already passed away due to disease when they were 16 years old entrusted their daughter to him and now that life was going well was there even a need to let Terra go away to some far away place where they wouldn’t be even aware of his well being ?
Donovan thought about it, it was truly a hard decision to make, he knew his son like the back of his hand, he was slightly weirder then most boys his age he didn’t have a lot of drive to do anything, he wasn’t as ambitious as he was when he was young but he was still a lot smarter, he had a lot of talent and was patient and persistent enough to go through with everything as long as he decided to really do it, but at the same time Donovan was worried that his son who didn’t have a lot of life experience would suffer out there in that unknown land.
A Summoner ?! Not one of Donovan’s or Marcy’s ancestors were summoners, not that they knew obviously, and disregarding the fact that they could even stop the summoner from bringing him away what good would it do for him to become a summoner ? His talent lay in slaughtering soul beasts not taming them !
Donovan gritted his teeth. Feeling slightly frustrated by the turn of events, his eyes were passively active with true power allowing him to use his true sight at any moment, true sight was the main ability a sword practitioner gets when they become a Sword Accomplished, it allowed them to see true power without actually utilizing their eyes and detect other living beings be it humans or souls beasts.
Currently Donovan could see a wisp of true power coming his way, the amount of true power he saw was very little comparable to that of a ordinary person, but that was simply a disguise, in all reality the true power of the person who was approaching was equivalent of that of a Sword Intern, 3 times more true power than that of a ordinary person who didn’t practice the sword, the reason it looked like the true power of a ordinary person was because the individual was repressing their aura to their minimum, he was used to seeing that wisp and immediately knew who it was without even looking at them.
“Ah…you noticed ! This time I thought I could hide my presence from your true sight if I repressed it to the maximum, I guess it is really impossible for a Sword Accomplished to miss anything with those kinds of senses”
Faux said, a pleasant smile plastered on his face when looked at Donovan his friend, he was Ignis’s father and also the only hunter in this village, there was not much to be said about their relationship as Faux came with his wife Elissa from the outside and joined their village 10 years ago when Elissa was still pregnant, his daughter Ignis and Donovan’s son Terra were actually playmates which is why their friendship deepened as time went on.
Faux’s hair was partial white, it wasn’t because he was old or anything in the opposite Faux was 2 years younger then Donovan, it was accumulated amounts of fatigue that made him that way, even though he looked energetic and fresh, he was actually very tired and sluggish the entire time, Donovan respected Faux to a certain extend not his strength but by how dedicated he is to his family and how much he works himself to keep his family full.
Donovan once offered Faux a helping hand, but Faux didn’t like pity or charity, he was quite the prideful person even though he didn’t make himself look that way giving Donovan quite a good impression of him over the years.
Now it looked like both Donovan and Faux were in the same situation, Marcy had already walked over to where Faux’s wife was, they were talking with each other and showing worried looks it seemed as if they opinion was the same.
“You came to me ask for my opinion didn’t you ?”
Donovan immediately knew, not that he didn’t want to talk with Faux about this matter, it was just that it was really rare for Faux to come by himself to ask someones opinion, though this time it was really different, thinking about the future their children would take having someone to talk to was always a relief.
“Yeah, actually I wanted to say that I think I will let my daughter go, even though she is only 10 years old and still unfamiliar with the outside world I think she will be alright out there, I heard from a acquaintance in Baal city that the summoners treat their potential summoners with utmost care which is why I am not worried, on top of that I know that Igni’s will go no matter what so talking about this ain’t really gonna matter in the end…haha”
Faux laughed awkwardly, his statement left Donovan a bit surprised since he was always the most protective about his only daughter, if anyone else heard his statement you would think that he was just generally happy for his daughter to become a talented summoner but Donovan knew, that smile he had on his lips wasn’t very honest, he says he isn’t worried but the shacking boots of this man said otherwise.
Though Donovan wasn’t going to point that out.
“Is that so ? I thinking about asking the summoner whether Terra could stay, I don’t see a reason why Terra should become a summoner, it is unknown how well he will do as a summoner and even though it is one of the most prestigious ranks available, why should he risk walking through a clouded mist instead of a clear road ? He is swordsman material him staying here and training his sword is far better”
Donovan spoke firmly, almost sounding as if he wasn’t talking to Faux but rather trying to convince himself about something.
Faux noticed it too, the man he stood next to was one of the most powerful swordsman he had ever seen, if what he says is true it would indeed be for the best, but at the same time there was also another side of the coin when it came to a argument.
“But why not ? Whats stopping your son from being both sword practitioner and summoner at the same time ? Even if I don’t know a thing about summoning aren’t those two fundamentally different things ? Besides I know that little Terra practices the Earth and water style of swordsmanship its totally different from your fire style and he wouldn’t be able to learn from you anyways since he needs to practice by himself. If he can learn more than one trick why shouldn’t he learn more ? The acquaintance I talked about even said that a beginner summoner is stronger than 10 Sword Trainee’s combined not even 3 Sword Interns can beat a beginner summoner he says !”
Just as Faux finished what he thought about Donovans opinion, cracks suddenly appeared beneath Donovan’s feet, a sudden wave of true power came forth making Faux pale for a second as he seemed to have hit a sore spot in Donovan’s mind.
The other villagers who were still there discussing amongst themselves also noticed this powerful change some people who were more sensitive immediately stepped away from from Donovan who was excluding a power wave of true power, nobody was sure what happened and no one wanted to come forward and ask either including Faux who started to keep distance.
After a few more seconds Donovan realized his mistake and immediately stopped his pouring waves of true power, beside him his wife Marcy quickly came back after she noticed what was happening.
“Dear ? Are you okay ?”
Donovan looked at her, there was a deep frown on his face when he was looking at his wife, it wasn’t particular meant for her but instead a bitter memory came to Donovans mind when Faux mentioned the strength of a beginner summoner being stronger than 10 Sword Trainee’s combined, it indeed hit a sore spot something he rather not like to remember.
“I am sorry Marcy…it looks like even I am not quite honest with myself”
He mumbled, his wife Marcy didn’t quite catch what he said which is why she wanted to ask him what he meant, but just as she was about to do so the door of the town hall suddenly opened.
A man, the summoner came out of the door and behind him were two children following his footsteps.
Ignis and Terra.