|A War for Power
Author: Ron of Wolves PM
Ron, after training for four years, is finally given his first mission by Hirok to stop the forces Orrin and Eroka send to take over a realm, but finds himself fighting for the very balance itself. first chapter is the sloppiest so don't judge the story by that since I'm still remaking it.Rated: Fiction T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 3 - Words: 17,732 - Updated: 11-25-12 - Published: 05-30-12 - id: 8167527
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Attention: before reading realise that the first and second chapters are being rewritten to better understand the environment, so don't be surprised when there's sudden changes to either chapters.
That is all...
As a few guardians were flying over one of the towns on Ricaldron, still repairing itself from the last war practice, Ron appeared in front of a council house before he turned to where Hirok was sitting just beside the door.
"Hirok, I would say it's been some time, but then I'd be lying." Said Ron smiling as he walked over to Hirok, who just nodded and signaled for Ron to follow. "So how are the realms doing?"
"Pretty well, Orrin and Eroka are starting to cool down the fighting for the peace times that are coming in a few months." Said Hirok as he looked up at a replica of a Roman Pantheon being rebuilt, with a few roman scholars telling the guardians what went where. "Unfortunately, however, they don't usually end it completely until peace times start, so we still have the problem of their war going into the realms under our protection, which is why I called you over."
"So why did you call me, my friend?" asked Ron as he looked at Hirok confused.
"You are to go on your first mission to help a neutral realm." Said Hirok making Ron wide eyed.
"What realm, and what reason?" asked Ron as he looked at Hirok while regaining his composure.
"The realm is one of the few realms that were the origins to the Maple Story games in our realms." Said Hirok seeing Ron holding a slight bit of joy. "You are to help the guardian and demon of that realm stop the monsters they are facing as well as a mission which they will explain. Their timeline is undetermined besides the fixed points that have happened in our realms, so anything goes in there. Also, this will be the first mission you'll do alone until time calls for otherwise."
"Okay then, but there has to be a catch, there always is." Said Ron making Hirok smirk before he tapped Rons forehead causing him to stagger before he looked at his body in shock before he closed his eyes only to teleport to an area a few feet to the left of where he previously was. He then looked at Hirok to see him smirking. "What did you just do to my real body?"
"Your real one is now in a sleeping state until the mission is completed, or you die here." Said Hirok as a portal opened and Ron began to feel the area more vividly. "That way you wont leave every now and then like you always do."
"I get bored." Said Ron as he walked over to the portal. He then tugged his clothing before it changed into a cloak over a black shirt and white martial arts pants. "I'm guessing I'll have to choose a class?"
"In this case you can still use all of your abilities, but you'll be starting from how you were in the beginning of your training since your real body isn't as adept to your strength in these dimensions." Said Hirok making Ron smile before walking towards the portal as Hirok tossed a bag Ron easily recognized before catching and putting on his belt. "Be careful, intelligence says that Orrin and Eroka sent people to try and turn this realm, and our own people who lead that realm are having trouble with it, so you'll have to find and contact them. Also, you're free to ask for reinforcements as long as they aren't currently needed in their realm."
"Got it." Said Ron before the portal opened up into a large harbor with a few floating areas which shocked Ron before he saw the people there more humanoid, shocking him even further. "He should have at least told me this."
As he continued walking he saw a familiar weapons store before walking over to it. When he walked into the store he saw a wall holding countless weapons before the shopkeeper walked over to him from the counter. "Welcome sir, what weapons are you looking for?"
"Can I have that pole arm up there, those two daggers, the two pistols, that bow and the Gladius?" asked Ron as he pointed to each item on the wall before the shop keeper nodded and set them each on the counter while pulling up the price on it as Ron started pulling out around a few thousand dollar mesos and set them down counting. When he put the total amount he closed the moneybag and put it on his belt before he took the weapons and set each onto each holster the shopkeeper had for them.
"Thanks." Said Ron as he put his cloak back on while holding the pole arm before walking out. He then walked to the edge of town before he sensed something in the distance and ran straight towards it, seeing destruction as he ran. When he finally reached a desolate area he saw a guardian was on the side of a tree badly wounded as a slime, which strangely looked the same as the original ones he saw, was staring at them before Ron pulled out the bow and shot it into another tree before he ran to the guardian who just pulled off their helmet and looked at him.
"Hirok's student? Should have guessed he'd send you." Said the guardian before he coughed up blood. "I was ambushed by the one Eroka sent. You have to stop them… they're after the power of the Black Mage."
"I was guessing as much, asking to recruit him like you would have destroyed him?" asked Ron before the guardian shook his head.
"Both sides are after what gives him power, the item he always used, Orrin told us to look for the chains…" was all the guardian could say before it's body turned to dust from the prolonged wound making Ron blow them away with a wind spell.
"Chains?" Ron asked to himself before he saw a book where the dust had been which he picked it up. "'Legendary weapons of Heroes and Villains' huh? Well worth a while to read."
He then started walking to where his memory told him Perion was before he heard a shout of commands making him turn to see a group of people fighting what appeared to be a giant snail with sharp teeth and a bushy mustache. Smirking at the sight of a fight he ran up beside one who just looked at him and sighed.
"You want to help, kill it." Said the man before Ron nodded and started running with the Pole arm in his hand, hopping over a few wounded of the group and hitting incoming attacks away from a few monkeys that were in the trees. He then jumped forward preparing the pole arm before he stabbed through the snails skull making them all look at him shocked as he pulled out the weapon and landed. When he looked back at them he felt a giant pain in his arms that made him shout and kneel as the muscles on them were tightening to where he couldn't move them as the guys ran over to him.
"You, give him a healing potion." Said a armored character with a spear to a robed figure before they nodded and force fed Ron a white drink that tasted sort of like vanilla ice cream but with something extra added to it. When he was done his arms had stopped tensing he was moving them as he looked up at the other people.
"Thanks." Said Ron as he looked at them smiling. "Guess that's what my friend meant by returning me to beginning techniques."
"So you're a pole arm user?" asked the armored man as Ron looked at him.
"And sword, along with a normal staff and magic, with a few summons, along with an assortment of weapons." Said Ron making them look at him shocked. "Though I don't think I'll be able to use those for awhile."
"Well anyway, if it wasn't for you we would've lost some good men." Said the man as two of the guys cut through the snails underbelly and pulled out two guys that started barfing up slime while a bishop was healing them. "I have to thank you for that."
"It wasn't any trouble." Said Ron as he lifted himself up with his pole arm, still a bit wary, before he looked back at them. "So what was that thing?"
"New, eh? That was Grand Pa Snail, and he started causing havoc to wandering adventurers that immediately run to towns without the proper resources." Said the man before one of the people tossed him a shell that looked like a rainbow puked on it and he handed it to Ron. "Should be given to the one that stopped him."
"I see." Said Ron as he remembered the monster in the game before he took the shell and looked over at the giant snail. He then walked over to it's body and bowed his head in prayer. "Rest in peace."
"Why did you say that to them?" asked the bishop as the snail's body started glowing before it disappeared making Ron wide eyed. "Its just going back to it's original home before returning to life."
"Really?" asked Ron before looking back at them. "So who are you guys anyway?"
"We're a guild that just started a few weeks ago, and a few of us are veterans in these fights." Said the man as he looked over at him. "We're still recruiting members and you have some potential. Would you like to join?"
"Sure, but what is your guilds name though?" asked Ron as he looked at them.
"Wonderwerk." Said the mage as he looked at Ron who just smiled at a memory he had involving them. "We know it's not that threatening of a name but we like it as it is."
"Wonderwerk, huh?" said Ron before he put the pole arm up and looked at all of them, seeing similarities of them with the guild he remembered, before he smiled and nodded. "That sounds like a fun guild name. So do you guys know of any places to train quick?"
"There's multiple places, but we're currently supposed to go on another expedition for a job at New Leaf City." Said the man before they were walking to the direction of a giant tree. "There's a quick route through the upper part of the forest or by using the return scrolls."
"Return scrolls?" asked Ron before he was tossed a scroll that had Kerning's seal on it.
"Just follow what I do." Said the man before he tore the scroll and it opened a gap through space, which he jumped into before disappearing. Ron, after standing there for a minute shocked as the other people that were carrying the wounded used scrolls they had, looked at the scroll, took a deep breath, and tore it.
(Fifteen minutes later, at New Leaf City…)
"You sure you're okay?" asked the man, Iso as everyone was calling him, as they were getting into a limo/truck/thing that takes people to the forest. "People usually pass out or lose their lunch when they first use scroll teleportation."
"I'm sure I'm fine, It's far from the worst type of travel I've been through." Said Ron looking out the window, a bit green, as three other people from the guild walked into the vehicle before it started moving and turning through the city, ten times bigger than Ron remembered with streets he never saw, before it went through a portal into a dark forest. "So what's the deal with this job anyway?"
"That's the thing, a mansion appeared seven months ago, and we don't even know what caused it." Said Iso as a warrior with a spear scooted over beside them, the guild master if Ron remembered, before they turned to Ron. "All we know is that an expedition was sent in to investigate, all newly made first job class adventurers as well as new Cygnus knights, and they all returned carrying wounded as well as a few bodies of puppets, so we've been given the assignment of finding out what caused their injuries."
"Why not ask them?" asked Ron as he looked at them, knowing full well what they were about to face.
"They only said that it was a form of monsters they never saw before in any of the books, and they used the puppets as well as other things to attack people." Said Iso before they stopped in front of a mansion Ron knew too well. "Well, here we are."
"Let's see what's inside." Said the guild leader as he looked at them. "Ready my friend?"
"Just as much as last time." Said Iso as he and Ron got out of the vehicle with the other guild members to stare at the mansion, familiar to Ron yet scarier than when he first saw it. "I hope everyone brought a lot of potions, seeing as how those small fries fared."
"Got them in my bag." Said the guild master as he patted his bag on his side.
"That's good Images." Said Iso making Ron look at the man shocked. "Well, let's go."
"Lets." Said Ron as he smiled and walked through the door as the others walked in cautiously. "I'm guessing the others are Nikki, Karon, and Hammi?"
"How did you guess that?" asked one of the two girls that were with them that had blonde hair. "Are we famous?"
"No, you can just call it a lucky guess." Said Ron as he pulled out one of his guns and shot the first Boogie Jr. he saw to see if he was really as weak as he thought he was while the others just looked at it shocked. He then put the gun away when a dark essence left it before he pulled out his pole arm. "Yeah we've got company."
Just as he finished a few more ghosts appeared causing the others to draw their weapons. Ron jumped through a few of them slashing through their bodies as he smirked before he landed as the other ghosts turned to look at him before being slashed by Images' Spear as well as Iso and Karon's magic. The remaining monsters of the first wave were then hit with Hammi's and Nikki's ice magic as Ron ran towards the next wave and was slashing through the ghosts with ease, feeling his original strength slowly returning as he dodged the ghosts attacks and slashed through them, watching each dark essence that left them fly into one area. When the others had made it to him he had already cut down half of the ghosts. They then decimated the rest of the ghosts with a giant ice spell as Iso healed the wounds any of them had gained, though Ron just stretched his arms and kept walking around the room, looking at the pictures as he walked towards the stairs that led to the next floor.
"Do you know what this place is?" came a voice from above making him look up to see a maid holding a glass with a liquid that seemed like wine. Ron just smirked and jumped as high as he could, barely reaching the top of the second floor before he grabbed onto the rail and pulled himself over, nearly tripping into the wall where the picture of an old man sat. When he regained his footing he looked over to the maid to see a butler beside her.
"You could say that." Said Ron as he sat down in a chair by the wall. "So when's that picture going to start changing like the rest will."
"Every time someone passes, as the master asked." Said the butler as Ron smirked and created a bubble of light, which he tossed into the air to reveal the entire room.
"And why do the power they hold move towards the path that usually leads to the Library?" asked Ron as he looked at the two seeing their smiles not change. "So they empower us with the ability to learn or relearn our skills every time we defeat them?"
"In a manner of speaking." Said the maid as the others appeared at the top of the stairs to see Ron and the two. "So what are you planning to do?"
"Train by destroying every last one of those things until I can remember everything." Said Ron smirking as he stood up and looked at the picture. "It's not like they don't come back every time, right?"
"True, but how did you know of their names?" asked the butler as Ron started walking over to the door.
"Let's just say I have access to more things than any normal human is capable of." Said Ron as he opened the door and looked at it in shock making the others walk over to see what he was staring at. "Now I've seen everything twice over."
He then walked in to look at what looked to be a whirlpool like library full of monsters as a more humanoid version of a twisted Jesters were roaming the hall above them making him smile before he jumped up and grabbed the edge of the rail of the next floor and rolled over it, slashing at one of the Jesters before it bounced off making him look at it shocked.
What? thought Ron as he ducked under the creatures attack before he slashed upward with his blade covering itself with light before it bounced off again. There has to be some weakness to this thing.
Ron then closed his eyes before opening them again, his left eye changing blood red and his right into light and darkness mixing together as Images and Iso jumped up and saw him before his features mixed into an emotionless look as his hands were engraved with red runes among them before he jumped forward as the gladius changed into a demonic and holy sword. When he slashed again the blade still bounced off the Jester's body but left a dent in it before he saw something glinting under the cloth clinging to the Jester by stitching making him smirk slightly before his entire state changed back and he stabbed the blade into the ground while his left hand made the form of a claw and his other into a knife like state before he took an attack stance.
"First stance of the neutral style, destruction and harmony." Said Ron as his cloak disappeared before he jumped forward immediately. The Jester then tried to run into him but Ron rolled over the creature while his claw like hand moved up the stitching and grabbed the threads, cutting through each one like a knife. When the stitching was slightly opened enough to attack the inside with, Ron shoved a gun straight through the gap he made and started shooting in the jester followed by a sort of scream of pain that seemed to come from the jester before it went limp and a black spirit flew out and towards the bottom of the library as the jesters body fell over and Ron walked to the others panting.
"That was tiring." Said Ron as he stopped in front of them before he saw their eyes looking behind him. He then turned his head before he went wide eyed as he saw a guardians wing on his right and a demons wing on his left before they melted onto his arms and he felt his fatigue leaving him as well as a bit of power returning before he looked at the others again.
"What just happened?" asked Images as he looked at Ron shocked while Iso held up a screen and just stared at it wide eyed.
"I think he had a job advancement without the help of a teacher." Said Iso as he set down the screen for them to see showing Ron and an aura rimming around him that was a white, black, and red before it went back to when the wings had appeared showing him with half as much power.
"I did not expect that being how weak I was." Said Ron as he pulled out the gladius from the floor, blade returned to its normal state. "Makes me wonder what I've gained."
He then closed his eyes, focusing on the area around him before he heard the heartbeat of the other two, as well as a small rhythm that came from the monsters that made him open his eyes in shock making the other two look at him.
That sound resonating from them, it's too obvious why they were able to let me regain a bit of my powers. thought Ron as he held out his hand, a weapon slowly forming in it before it disappeared with him panting. And I can't even summon the usual weapons I use.
"This place is just a den of monster souls, too strong for any normal explorers that hasn't made their way through half of their first job advancement." Said Ron as he looked at the area, his eyes beginning to glow as he was scanning the area, another ability he wanted to try out again as they heard magic attacks under them before Hammi, Karon and Nikki appeared just to the left of Images. "I think I'll stay here and train for a few weeks."
"Are you sure, there's still more of those things on this floor and if you made a job advancement from them already then you must have had a tough time with them." Said Images as Iso nodded before three more of the Jesters saw them and started moving towards them, smiles curling on their faces as they were sliding on the floor before their bodies were dented as Images appeared in three places on each of them before he was behind them as they crumpled away with the spirits flying out and following the trail of the first one. Ron just smirked as he looked at the destruction Images had left before he heard a step behind him followed by flying into a bookshelf on his right before he looked and saw the Jester he fought before back up.
As Ron got back up, he felt a searing pain in his arm making him look at it to see it bending in the opposite way. Iso ran up to him as he looked at the area Ron was hit.
"Seems that arm was from the shelf." Said Iso as he grabbed Rons arm making him shout as Iso forced it back into place before it started healing rapidly, the wounds from the bones movement healing like water washing over a fire. When Iso was done healing Ron the Jester was right behind him making Ron grab the blade and slash through the jesters strings again before pulling its head apart revealing the spirit. He then grabbed it with a cage of light Hirok taught him to make with his control over light and darkness from magic just as it was about to leave, followed by Ron's own power to increase again, but just barely this time.
"You will take us to your master." Said Ron as he looked at the spirit while holding it. "Or I will send you to a place where you'll wish you could stay dead."
The spirit started it's rhythm in a pattern Ron recognized as okay before he released the cage and started following it as Iso just looked at him shocked. Ron then turned to Iso and the others, smirking as he followed the spirit.
"If you don't want to get left behind, you better follow before you lose us." Said Ron as he turned back and ran after the spirit, watching Iso run towards the others shouting something before they were soon following. Ron then jumped down after the spirit as it started going towards the center of the area before stopping at the center while Ron landed beside it and looked down to see a seal as the others appeared on the rim, Images landing just behind him.
"What is this?" asked Images as he looked at the seal.
"It's a spell to lock the entrance of an area, made from the inside by the looks of the markings." Said Ron as he held his hand over one symbol he recognized. "Made by someone who doesn't want to fight anything until he's forced to."
Ron then pressed his hand on the symbol before it glowed along with fifteen others around him as the area started lowering before the others tried to jump in after him.
"None shall enter here besides those who know the seals." Came a voice before they were flung back by a barrier as a hooded figure, bearing the symbol of the neutral realms, appeared right in front of Ron while the others looked at them shocked. "So has a warrior for Hirok finally arrived? Or is it one of Eroka's men to try and take the location from me?"
"I am Hirok's student, he told me one of the protectors of this realm would tell me what to do." Said Ron as the black spirit landed on the figures shoulder before it changed into a handle which the figure grabbed causing it to change into a purple shield.
"If you are Hirok's student then you will have to prove it using his style." Said the figure as they pulled out a blue and black mace while their hood slipped off revealing a man with long hair and a seal on his eyes, his skin a light purple. "If you can do at least one hit with his style then I'll accept you as one of his students."
"Fine." Said Ron as his eyes changed into a red, white, and black circling each other as his hands took the shape of a claw that had a red glow around it and an open palm with a white glow and a dark void. "Guess I'll have to go all out."
The man then swung his mace releasing a demonic claw from within it making Ron jump to the side barely dodging it before he slashed with his own claw releasing four beams of a dark red energy which the man held his shield up against before it exploded in his face making him look at it shocked as smoke encircled the area while Ron ran around the figure. The man seemed to be following Ron through the smoke as his mace started to gain energy before a giant sword took form from his mace as he started swinging it at Ron who pulled out the pole arm and stabbed it at the ground, barely blocking the sword as it slid up the pole arm while Ron ran towards the weakspot and took out a gun, shooting the man as he looked at Ron smirking as he blocked it before realizing what he was doing causing the sword to turn back into a mace almost like putty.
"Too slow." Said Ron as he slid under the man and kicked his chest, making solid contact as he lightly tapped him and jumped back from it as the man looked at Ron shocked.
"That wasn't Hirok's style." Said the man as he looked at Ron.
"In technicality it was." Said Ron as he held up the gun that he used, now glowing red. "A gun embedded with demonic power during the fight as the smoke encircled the area and a guardian style that was used a few thousand years ago during the beginnings of the war of Orrin and Eroka's making."
"So in technicality, demon style and guardian style mixed." Said the man before laughing. "Yes, Hirok was right about you. Just like him in finding possibilities when you're weakened to a massive extent. Go on, ask away."
"Apparently Orrin and Eroka's men are looking for a type of chains within the Black Mages seal, do you know anything about them?" asked Ron as the floor started coming up revealing the monsters currently gone or standing still with everyone still in the room staring at the floor. Iso landed behind Ron as the man only nodded.
"They are not just any chains." Said the man in Ricaldrian as a table appeared in between the two before they sat. "They are part of Narakiims own armor, the chains that maximized his weapons powers. You've faced the same thing earlier with the crown, remember?"
"Don't remind me." Replied Ron in the same tongue as the others looked at him shocked before he turned to them. "You can go tell the town that as long as the warriors they send in are experienced in fighting powerful monsters, then they can enter here. I'll be staying and chatting with this guy, though."
"Okay then." Said Images, putting his spear back on his back and nodding to the others before they left and Ron turned back to the man.
"So who are you?" asked Ron as he looked at the man. "I know that you're the legendary Demon Slayer but I never expected you to be the demon for this realm."
"It's not surprising, since no one's learned my name besides my comrades, and that wasn't even my demon name." said the man as he looked over at the rest of the area. "For now you can call me Sarceal, and you are going to need training."
"Okay that I understand." Said Ron smirking as he looked at Sarceal. "Just one more question."
"Sure." Said Sarceal as he looked at the design on his mace.
"How come every time I strike down a monster, my body slowly gets stronger?" asked Ron as he looked at Sarceal.
"It's because of their knowledge over others fighting styles is passed on into you." Said Sarceal smirking. "It's like you have a serving of another persons life every time you defeat one of the monsters or a Black Wing."
"I see, so it's like the memory pools that some of us use to enhance our bodies and remember everything our soul has forgotten." Said Ron as he looked at the ceiling before snapping back to reality. "Well that's all the questions I have, so where do we begin?"
"We begin with a few quests you'll accompany me with." Said Sarceal as a cat landed on the table startling Ron. "Oh and my cat was wondering if you'd break her curse."
"You mean Masterma?" asked Ron making the cat nod. "I'm not sure, the last time I tried to change someone back there was a predicament, plus I don't think I can without most of my original powers."
"I see, then I'll help out with that." Said Sarceal as he pulled out a bottle and tossed it at Ron. "I'm guessing they have these in the game in your realm?"
"Yeah but you have to make them." Said Ron as he recognized the blue color in the bottle before he flew it back to Sarceal. "Aren't these extremely hard to come by?"
"Almost impossible, actually, even if you're just looking for a bottle to make it." Said the cat making Ron look at it. "It took me five hundred years to make that from the monsters in this realm, but he never used it."
"Nor do I plan to." Said Sarceal before looking at the cat. "You said it was only three years old."
"I wanted to surprise you." Said the cat making Sarceal look at the bottle in thought.
"Well either way, I can't increase my strength any further, I've already tried." Said Sarceal as he tossed it over to Ron as runes started appearing on it before Ron caught it again. "I know you want to train your body to an extent but we don't have time for that, so I used my powers to allow you to sip only a small portion of it, seeing as how it's powerful enough to make someone turn like the Black Mage did."
"Speaking of which, where did he get the chains anyway?" asked Ron as he looked at the bottle, mainly in thought than studying the runes.
"During the final battle of the War of Guardians and Demons, when Narakiim's weapons flew across the realms in his death, the Black Mage was searching for a way to become immortal." Said Sarceal as he looked at the table this time, as if remembering the beginning of an apocalypse. "While he was searching through the scrolls he asked me for, a newly made general with no memories of the war of guardians and demons, the chains then landed in this forest. The Black Mage sent me to investigate to find what landed here, that's when I found them. And when I took them, my own power increased incredibly as well as the return of my memories. That was also when I realized whose chains they belonged to, the demon that put me in this current life. I planned to leave them in my chambers but the black mage wanted to see them, when he did he gained powers from it as well letting his dream of immortality exponentially closer, and thus started his ambition to take over the world."
"And thus the reason we need to lock them in the vault." Said Ron before Sarceal shook his head.
"Hirok and I agreed that the best thing to do was to hide the chains here, beyond the Narakiim's reach and far from the reach of the guardians and demons, especially the remaining followers of Narakiim." Said Sarceal as he looked at Ron who just looked confused. "In other words if we keep the root of his weapons powers with the rest of his armor, then it's more like we're helping him. Either way they're nearly unusable now, after I broke them apart and used the last of my power back then to scatter them across the realms."
"Okay then, that makes sense, and the reason why all the weapons have different locations." Said Ron as he looked back at the bottle. "So you're sure I should take this?"
"Yes but only a little of it, that stuff practically works your body to the amount you have drank." Said Sarceal looking up at the ceiling before looking back to see around five milliliters of it gone with Ron on the ground spasming in pain. "Though in this case just one drop is enough to cause you to grow around three times your current strength, with the after effect of pain."
"WHY DIDN'T YOU WARN ME?" shouted Ron as he kept tensing before light, dark, and demonic magic was firing out of him uncontrollably while Sarceal and the cat just watched.
"Is that the other reason why you didn't drink it?" asked Mastema as she looked at Ron.
"Pretty much, but it was still a good gift, though you didn't know what would happen." Said Sarceal as he watched Ron stop tensing finally before he got up, magic slowly stopping before he turned to them shocked as he looked at his body, muscles still tensing but growing more muscular than before while he moved his legs into the splits and was stretching his arms behind his back while they kept growing more muscular.
"What are you doing?" asked Mastema as she looked at Ron.
"Stretching while my muscles improve." Said Ron as his muscles started going down but still tensing up. "If they go too far while I don't stretch, then I'll be unable to do most of my hand to hand skills."
"In other words stretching while growing stronger." Said Sarceal before standing up. "Well you're going to be there for the next two days so I'll go ask the maid and butler to prepare something."
"Okay the-wait, two days?" shouted Ron as Sarceal jumped over to the door and walked out before he looked at the cat. "He wasn't serious was he?"
"He doesn't usually joke around." Said the cat before Ron just sighed as light started covering himself in a shell. "What are you doing?"
"Since I can't leave this place anyway I'll be asleep for the next two days in this position." Said Ron as his head was covered as well as his arms as he stopped stretching them and moved them to his legs before the light was moving his arms on its own as he closed his eyes to sleep.
"Come on Ron, its not that bad." Came Hirok as Ron looked at him in a white field within his dream.
"Easy for you to say, you didn't get hit by an intense muscle spasm that is painful enough for it to hurt in your own realm apparently, because I could literally feel it." Said Ron as he looked over at Hirok. "The only up side is that now I'm the same level of strength as my crusader on the game version of this."
"With the only price being unimaginable pain for two whole days." Said Hirok while Ron looked at his arms.
"I'm still feeling it from here." Said Ron as he started walking up one part that seemed to be a wall as Hirok walked over him. "Why didn't you tell me about the chains."
"It was better to not talk about them yet, otherwise Orrin and Eroka could've found out, as well as Narakiims forces." Said Hirok as he looked up at Ron who was just looking into the distant spaces that changed into tunnels every now and then, giving them thoughts from other versions of themselves. "They think I don't know about the spies they have in the neutral realms while ours are all around them to warn us of these things. What, do they think I was born ten thousand years after them?"
"Didn't stop them from finally finding them." Said Ron as he started sliding on the air like wall as Hirok jumped up and flipped onto the ceiling. "So why send me?"
"You needed the training, every one would start off the same way, you would have an advantage in this realm compared to others, and you were complaining about wanting a quest anyway." Said Hirok making Ron smirk before they were on the same gravity held terrain again. "So how was the two days here."
"I took a leveling potion and am currently stretching in the mansion by New Leaf." Said Ron making Hirok burst out laughing.
"Well I think you'll be fine now, knowing how some like those work it should be done." Said Hirok before the scene started to turn to darkness. "In the meantime you should make a name for yourself over there as well as test out your new abilities."
"Fine." Said Ron before they turned away and disappeared from the realm.
"He's finally coming out of the shell." Said Sarceal as Mastema was trying to fix a crack in the white shell that had kept him stretching nonstop. "Get a power elixer from my bag."
"Yes sir." said Masterma before the crack spread all over the shell.
"Okay then I'm up." Said Ron as the shell shattered and he stood up while Mastema ran off. "Knowing the usual drill of how things have been happening to me, I'm most likely going to be falling over in pain soon until I take a potion again, wont I?"
"Unfortunately." Said Sarceal as Mastema came back with a power elixer before Ron took it and drank it, sputtering at the taste and the pain that started coming. "Oh and your guild came by to check up on how you were doing earlier today and I told them what happened, so in any case they were all shocked. Also, they wanted you and me to go with them to take out Horntail in an expedition."
"What do you think we should do?" asked Ron as he looked at the demon slayer who took out his weapon.
"It depends on if you're ready or not." Said Sarceal before he swung his mace at Ron. Ron quickly held his right hand out before a shield formed blocking the mace and consuming it as it changed into a cape while Ron's other hand drew a knife from the air putting it inches from Sarceal's throat with his own magic close to Ron's chest.
"Does that give you an answer?" asked Ron as they put their weapons up before Sarceal nodded.
"You should use your other weapons while you're here for the moment." Said Sarceal as he turned around. "In the meantime I'll call your guild and tell them we're agreeing, though we'll need to travel to them faster."
"Well I can teleport again if I can use my usual weapons." Said Ron as he fired a spark that flew through the roof while he walked behind him. "So why did you want me to try and break the curse anyway?"
"Well from what Hirok said, you can break the usual curses, right?" asked Sarceal as he looked over at Ron who only nodded. "Well I was only checking to see if you could since she keeps asking me about it."
"I see." Said Ron as his eyes turned a dark green while he looked over at Mastema to see around fifty seals on her that were more guardian made than demon made. "Where did Arkanium learn Guardian seals?"
"Probably from the goddess, because those seals are far stronger than usual ones." Said Sarceal before Ron cracked his knuckles smirking. "Ron?"
"You make the call, I'll work on breaking this curse." Said Ron smirking making Sarceal and Mastema look at him shocked. "It's not everyday that someone gets a challenge like this."
Sarceal only nodded while Mastema just looked at him shocked as he looked at the seals as a pencil and paper went into his hand and he was drawing the seal that was on it.
"Okay then, let's see." Said Ron as he started with the words. "Grain, grass, river, life, trees… that's odd."
"What?" asked Mastema as Sarceal came in with a mobile phone calling the guild.
"It's the words, usually these are for seals of protection, but if they're said by a demon then they cause an entirely different effect, as well as different meanings." Said Ron making Sarceal look at him about to protest. "And no, I don't think it was you. You were fighting against the black mage at the time."
"How did-oh right your realm turned us into a game." Said Sarceal as he looked over at Mastema. "Now that you mention it, it's only demon seals written like guardian ones. Eternal, restless, nightwalker, all the seals for a transformation curse. How did I not see this?"
"Because I'm the one that's been studying the thousands of seals for the past two years in hopes to find out how to unseal my realm." Said Ron as he started studying the seals. "In total it will take at least two days for me to make a counter seal to this, but for now we should see what the guild is thinking."
"Just got connected to them." Said Sarceal before he handed the phone to Ron.
"Sarceal?" came Images voice making Ron smirk as he sat down in a chair that formed. "Are you calling about the expedition against the Horned Tail?"
"Just tell us the time and place." Said Ron before hearing a laugh on the other end of the phone.
"Okay then, we'll see you at Leafre in two hours. Sarceal said you'd have trained enough to face the creatures there when you finished fighting." Replied Images as a portal appeared in the center of the room making Ron sigh and stand up as the chair vanished.
"Understood." Said Ron as the servants came in with his and Sarceal's weapons before they both took them. "I'll see you over there."
With that he hung up and put his weapons in their respectable slots on his belt before he looked over at the portal to see a small ball fly through it before he grabbed it and tossed it back even faster. "Did you really have to do that?" asked Sarceal as Ron finished strapping his pole arm onto his back before his clothing changed into armor covered in white and black metals.
"It's become a habit." said Ron as they walked through the portal before they were face to face to a vast forest that had thousands of plants that he had never seen before Sarceal snapped him out of his astonishment by pushing him a bit.
"Come on, we'll have more time to revel at the plants later." Was all he said as he passed Ron over to the direction of where a type of city was with a small furry creature running after the ball Ron threw. "Found where you threw the ball?"
"Yep." Said Ron as he saw the creature before he started walking with Sarceal to the town.
sorry for the continuous changes to the chapter, but this chapter is currently under reconstruction that will probably not stop until a later time.