Legend of Legaia – Chapter 1
Every world had its tales. Every land had its legends. Legaia was no different. It was a tale of creation. A tale of origin, and a tale of destruction. It was this tale that Rim Elm's Elder liked to tell the village's few youngsters.
"In the beginning, God created the heavens, the earth, and the sea. After creating all things in the universe, god created humans to rule over the world," the Village Elder looked at his audience. There were just a handful of kids, who had heard the story many times before. However, this did not stop him from telling it over and over again, whenever they demanded it.
"Yet, while possessing the wisdom of god, humans were physically weaker than the wild beasts, and impulsive in spirit. Many times did the humans come close to dying out forever."
"That means there were almost no humans left," Ixis said, being the know-it-all he was.
"We know," Vahn shoved him to shut him up. The Elder cleared his throat.
"Concerned about the humans' future, god gave them a mighty force with which to aid them. It was the Seru."
This sent a shiver down the kids' spines. Little Mei almost burst out into tears. Vahn reached out to comfort her, but Ixis was faster and was telling her it was just a story.
"Since the dawn of human memory, known as history, humans lived together with creatures known as Seru. The Seru lived together with humans, always obeying them, and making the humans many times stronger than before. When not worn by a human, a Seru looks much like a stone figure. However..." the Elder closed his eyes, perhaps remembering something from his own past, he always had this look on his face when he reached this part. "Upon touching a human, a Seru changes form and gives that human secret abilities. With a Seru, a human can lift objects heavier than itself and even fly in the air at will. However, that era came to an end."
Eyes big, watching the old man, staring at him intently, all the children held each others hand, for they knew what was coming next.
"Appearing from out of nowhere, the Mist covered the land, bringing to an end prosperous symbiosis between humans and Seru. After the thick Mist came, the Seru, who once obeyed humans rebelled against them. The Seru began attacking humans at will. Seru that attached themselves to humans controlled their minds and turned them into evil beasts. As if forsaken by god, human civilization collapsed. It was the twilight of humanity."
The worst part being over, the kids quickly let go of each others hand. It wasn't cool to be scared or frightened by a mere tale.
"Those who escaped the Mist inhabited the desolate areas and protected each other. Now, their faint hope is their only source of inspiration."
After finishing retelling the legend, the Village Elder let out a long, deep sigh, before shooing his audience out of his house, claiming he had very important elder business to do. The kids knew this urgent business was, in fact, an afternoon nap, but they left the old man to his peace nonetheless. And they'd play Seru outside. Pretended they had superhuman powers. Pretended they could fly and even lift their own houses off the ground. And their parents watched them play, for there was nothing they could do about it, and they might as well enjoy the dreadful truth while they could.
It was this memory of his childhood that had come to Vahn as he had come down to the Genesis Tree for a little peace and quiet. He'd always been fond of this place, often taking refuge here. Tomorrow the day would be finally here. He'd leave Rim Elm for the first time he could remember. As of tomorrow he would be a hunter. Hearing footsteps on the plaza stone stairs Vahn turned on his heels to see who was approaching. He smiled at the Elder and his granddaughter, little Cadee.
"I knew you'd be here, Vahn," the Elder said looking at him, he then shifted his gaze towards the tree. "The mysterious Genesis Tree. This is a soothing place."
They both closed their eyes, Cadee, not quite getting why, imitated them.
"Tomorrow, you will become a hunter, an adult. Were you praying for a successful hunt?"
Opening his eyes Vahn nodded at the Elder. "I was, sir."
"That is good," the elderly man replied. "Then I, too, will pray for your success. You will be a fine hunter, Vahn."
"Thank you for your kind words sir," Vahn said. "I will do my best not to let you down."
"Grandpa," Cadee was tugging at the Elders' sleeve. "Can we go back now? I want to play with my new toy!"
The Village Elder smiled at his granddaughter, then bid farewell to Vahn. Halfway up the stairs, Cadee turned around and waved at him as well, and then he was alone again. He stood in front of the Genesis Tree for a few more moments, then left as well. Nene would be upset if he was late for lunch, and he wanted to pay Tetsu a visit before heading home.