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Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Imaginary World no. 856
I finally finished chapter two of Medieval!Nanoha.
It's mostly talk and explanations, but I'm hopefully trying to get some action started in chapter three.
[Medieval!Nanoha] Chapter 2
2. Second Scroll – Search
“Bring them to me! Do not come back without them!” Those words… those harsh and commanding words… she could still hear them clearly in her mind, whenever she closed her eyes. They kept coming back, at a point of almost obsession and she would stop at nothing to fulfill her order. Nothing.
Those were the thoughts of Fate Testarossa as she held her scythe at the man’s throat.
“I will only ask once more. Where did he go?” the girl repeated the question. The man was shivering under her grip, trying to find a way to escape or blend even more with the tree he was currently pinned to. Warm beads of sweat were falling down his face out of nervousness. Although the girls’ tone wasn’t harsh, it had a sort of commanding feel and the look in her burgundy eyes told him that she would cut his head off without second thoughts if he couldn’t satisfy her with his answer.
“I-I… th-ey… the boy went east!” he tried saying. She girl sighed and lowered the scythe from his chin. “Let’s go, Arf.” She motioned towards the older woman behind her. The man, thinking he had escaped tried to run away, but was caught by the woman and knocked down unconscious.
“That wasn’t very helpful, nee Fate?”
The girl shook her head. They continued on leaving the unconscious man behind. They hadn’t found out anything else relevant to their cause, but still, Fate disliked having to kill without reason. The woman, Arf, was a former failed thief whom Fate had found wounded when she was little. Little Fate had taken care of her and now the two were inseparable. Arf had found a home and a purpose in life, while Fate had found a friend and a faithful companion. They were currently searching for one scholar named Yuuno Scrya, who was supposedly to be heading towards the Capital. Thus far, their search hadn’t had many results, but people proved to very talkative under the pressure of a scythe.
“We’ll continue our search in the morning.” Fate beckoned to her companion. It was already getting dark and they had spend most of they day monotonously walking. The two stopped and made their makeshift camp and ate some of their provisions before preparing to go to sleep.
“Sleep well, Fate.” Arf said, but the girl already had her back turned and didn’t reply.
It took Yuuno a very long time to get his friend out of shock and even a longer time to get her on her feet and moving. The events had affected Nanoha greatly and she refused to believe anything like that had ever happened. She had always believed she would live her peaceful life with her parents and learn to take care of the bakery. Then one day she would find a husband, probably from the village or around it, marry, have some children and die of old age. She dreamed of going in the world and seeing and doing things that no other person had ever done before, but reality had always been cruel and kept her with her feet on the ground.
Now, here she was, having just blasted a human being and now running away from the very village that she had known her whole life. It was surreal.
“What… happened?” Nanoha broke the silence that had been dominating them for the past few hours. The first rays of sun had started appearing on the sky and the two had finally stopped to rest from their continuous walk.
“Raiders attacked your village.” Yuuno replied as he went and put his back against a tree. There was a long and inevitable talk incoming. The silence that came from Nanoha told him he should continue. “I think they were after this!” the boy reached to his bag and showed it to Nanoha.
“An empty bag?” the container looked old and worn, barely worth even one loaf bread. Why would anyone want that?
Yuuno sighted loudly. “I guess there’s no reason to keep it from you now. You’re very much in this as well now.”
“My name is Yuuno and I belong to the clan of Scrya. I am an apprentice at a local monastery from the countryside. I was tasked with transporting an important set of artifacts named Jewel Seeds, recently found during an expedition. On route to the capital and very close to you village I was attacked by local bandits who probably mistook them for precious stones and stole them. Then I was found by you and you sort of know the story from there on.”
“Those raiders who attacked your village must have been hired to get these artifacts. They’ve been following me for the last weeks, but up until now I’ve always managed to loose their trail…”
Nanoha nodded slowly. Yuuno’s story sort of made sense, yet she still had a hard time understanding the whole thing. There was one problem that was still heavy on her mind. “What about that longbow?”
Yuuno sighed once again. He was sighing quite often in a very short period of time and it helped increase Nanoha’s worry that things were far worse than what she could grasp.
“Nanoha… you possess magical powers. It’s a special condition that happens when a human body develops an additional component called Linker Core. It cannot be seen and it’s nigh impossible to realize one has it unless it manifest itself in some way. In your case, you became attuned with a focus and allowed the power of the Linker Core to flow freely. Attunement is usually done by having the blood of the subject connect with the focus. It’s an irreversible process.”
Nanoha nodded once again. There was no need for words at that point. In just a few hours she had been in a state of shock and confusion far too many times. Her mind was probably numb from it all and she took the situation in quite calmly. Looking at her hands she saw the scratch marks that she had received when she had fallen during the initial attack. They were covered in already coagulated blood from the minor cuts that had already begun to heal. So that’s where the blood had come from. And when she had touched the bow… disturbingly it made sense.
The sun had already fully claimed its spot on the skies. They had been talking for at long time. The forest was quiet though. Nobody had followed them. Nanoha wondered what had happened to her parents. Were they alright? Could she go back? The answer was probably no. Although she had never seen it, she had heard tales of what the church did to these so called witches and wizards. Yet, in every story, the witches were portrayed as evil and gruesome beings that brought suffering into the world. Yuuno, as herself, were now supposedly one of these beings. Yet she didn’t feel evil. And Yuuno had struck her as a very king and gentle person as well. She began to wonder just what was true in what she had been told up till now. The answer came in the form of Yuuno handing her out the bow.
“Here, it’s your now. I have no further use of it.” He told her. Seeing the puzzled look on her face he continued. “You are its master and the rightful person to wield it. Once attuned, only the bow’s master can use it properly. Go ahead, take it. You can give it a proper name if you want.”
Nanoha took the bow in her hand. It felt light and heart warming, as if most of her previous insecurities had passed. “Raising Heart.” She muttered. As if in acknowledgement, Nanoha though she saw the red jewel on the bow lighten up, but disregarded it as a show of light.
“I’m sorry for dragging you into this, Nanoha. It was never meant to happen.” Yuuno said lowering his head to stare at the ground and looking genuinely sad.
Her family was alright, Nanoha ultimately decided. It was impossible for them not to be. They had always told her that whatever she chose to do in the future, she would have their support. There was no turning back and only going forward now.
“It’s okay!” Nanoha said managing to put a smile on her face. “So, what are you going to do from now on?”
“I need to go and retrieve the Jewel Seeds, but first – “
“I’m coming with you!” Nanoha cut him off swiftly. Yuuno looked into her and saw a glitter of determination he hadn’t seen before in the girl. She was definite that she wanted to come with him, no matter what. It sort of made him happy.
“You’ll need to learn to control your power though. You may have been lucky up till now and a few times in the future but one day that luck will end. You see, magic is naturally attracted to heat, therefore if you shoot the projectile will go towards the nearest heat source. That way, even if the arrow misses, you will still probably hit what you want to hit if it’s a human, but without control there are numerous ways it can backfire, since there is no telling towards what heat source it will go first. It’s tricky. I don’t want you to accidentally shoot me, or worse, yourself!” Yuuno said the last part almost laughingly.
Nanoha listened carefully to his explanation. The whole atmosphere between them had lightened up and it seemed even Yuuno had taken away part of the seriousness in his voice. The two had been on the same wave line during the whole discussion, to a point that they began understanding each others reasoning without the need of an explanation. Nanoha knew she could count on Yuuno.
Everything that needed telling having already been told, the two decided to set off on their newfound quest, following whichever road appeared before them.
Something that's supposed to be Notes:
+ Tried to get them into as much in-character-ness as possible and failed miserably.
+ Yes, the way magic is used in the Nanoha universe just went down the drain and replaced. Any problems?
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