AI: Well, hello everyone! This is AI here with a new story! Yay for a new fandom! Well, I've been a fan of the game and its sequel for years, but I never had the urge to write a story for it until now. I will be combining the original Tales of Symphonia and sequel in this, mainly because I don't want to deal with writing a second one. I hope you all enjoy it!

Set pairings are past Kratos/Anna, past Regal/Alicia, past Yuan/Martel, Lloyd/Colette, Emil/Marta, Zelos/Sheena, slight Genis/Presea, and Alice/Decus. There will also be Lloyd/Emil bromance in this.

Disclaimer: I do not own Tales of Symphonia nor its sequel Dawn of the New World aka Knight of Ratatosk.

"Once upon a time, there existed a giant tree that was the source of mana. A war, however, caused this tree to wither away, and a hero's life was sacrificed in order to take its place. Grieving over the loss, the goddess disappeared unto the heavens.

The goddess left the angels with this edict: "You must wake me, for if I should sleep, the world shall be destroyed." The angels bore the Chosen One, who headed towards the tower that reached up unto the heavens. And that marked the beginning of the regeneration of the world."

Growing up, this story was the basis for every lesson in class. I know the truth now, and the story is a load of crock. It all started when my brother, the Chosen of our world, started his journey.

-Emil Castagnier Irving

"Lloyd Irving, hurry up! I don't want to be late again! Remember what happened last time?" A boy with blonde hair and green eyes was bouncing on the balls of his feet, fuming at the older boy who was running down a long flight of stone steps. The boy in question was named Emil. He wore a blue sleeveless shirt that had a pair of swallow tails that was lined with black and yellow. He also had black pants with yellow crosses, a long black scarf, a pair of long black gloves with sweat bands over the wrists, and a pair of black and yellow shoes.

"Sorry Emil! We would be there now, but those old windbags don't know when to shut up!" Lloyd shouted back. Lloyd was a fairly tall teen with brown eyes and dark brown hair that was pulled back in small pony tail. Having been raised by a dwarf, his bright red clothes and suspenders seemed out of place in their small town of Iselia.

Emil broke out into a sprint for a wooden schoolhouse as his brother reached him at the bottom. "I just hope we get there before Raine begins her lecture!"

Lloyd nodded in agreement. "It's times like these that I wish we could bring Noishe into the village!"

"Maybe Jord. He's a bit faster than Noishe."

Emil repeated his brother's actions as they wiped their feet in a haste to get into their classroom. Both felt their smiles grow when they saw the door. Barreling into it, they fell through the doorway in a heap of laughter.

"We made it!" Emil cheered. His smile was wiped away, however, when an eraser was beaned at his head. "Ow!"

Lloyd looked up with a sheepish smile "… Oh. Hi Professor Raine! Eh… is class over?"

The silver haired woman dressed in orange was Raine Sage, teacher of Iselia's small school and older sister to his best friend. "Lloyd, you have to start getting better about this. Chosen or not, you can't just, oh never mind. Let's have someone else answer the question. Genis, how about you?"

Her brother, Genis, stood up with a smile. "Yes, Raine. Mithos, the hero, brought about the end of the Ancient War in the Holy Ground of Kharlan."

Raine nodded. "Correct. Afterwards, Mithos, the hero, formed a pact with the Goddess Martel to seal away the Desians whom caused the war."

Lloyd scoffed at this as he and Emil took their seats. "But the Desians came back and are now causing everyone to suffer!"

Raine sighed and shook her head at her eldest student. "We covered that in class last time, remember? When the Seal weakens the Desians reappear, just like they have now."

Lloyd blushed and scratched his cheek. "I… I knew that. I… I just forgot…"

Raine rolled her eyes "Today is the Day of Prophecy. It is a very important day, which the Chosen of Mana will receive an oracle from the Goddess Martel. Now, who to choose… oh, Colette."

Colette, a rather pretty blonde girl and a long-time friend of Lloyd, Genis, and Emil, stood up as well. "Yes, ma'am?"

Raine pointed to something on her chalk board. "Tell us about the journey of world regeneration."

Colette nodded. "It is a journey to seal the Desians. Upon passing the trials of the Goddess Martel, the Summon Spirits that protect the world awaken, and mana is restored."

Raine gave another smile. "Correct. I suppose we should expect a friend of the Chosen to know the answer to that one. Mana depletion is the cause of the current food shortages and droughts. It is said that this occurs because the Desians consume vast amounts of mana in their human ranches."

Lloyd and Emil both frowned at Raine's lecture. Their village held a non-aggression treaty with the Desians. As long as the villagers didn't go near the ranch, the Desians would stay away. The treaty was created he day he was proclaimed as the Chosen of Mana. For some reason, the mention of the Human Ranch left a cold feeling in the bottom of Lloyd's stomach.

Before Raine could begin a lecture on mana, a sudden flash of light caught everyone off guard

Emil was the first one to speak. "Wh… WHAT WAS THAT?"

Lloyd's eyes widened. "That's…"

Raine raised her voice in an effort to calm her class. "Settle down. It would seem that the time for the oracle has come. I will go and check on the Temple. Everyone, stay here and study on your own. Understood?"

As Raine ran off, Lloyd stopped her. "Professor! I'll go with you!"

Raine shook her head. "No, Lloyd. If it is the oracle, the priests will come here for you. Wait here with everyone else."

With that being said, Raine ran off again.

Lloyd sighed. "Yes, ma'am."

After waiting a few seconds, Lloyd tried to leave the classroom.

Genis blocked the way, a scowl on his face. "Lloyd! Where are you going? Don't tell me you're sneaking out! Raine will get mad!"

Emil walked over to stand next to his brother. "C'mon Genis! I'm really curious to find out what really happens to Lloyd when he receives the oracle. They always talk about the Chosen of Regeneration and the Day of Prophecy, but no one tells us what really happens! I wanna go really badly!"

Genis rolled his eyes at Emil. His last sentence sounded more like a whine. "But my sister said to stay and study by ourselves."

Lloyd shrugged. "It's research."

Genis stomped his foot. 'That's just an excuse and you know it!"

Lloyd shrugged again. "So? An excuse is an excuse, right? Don't be so stuffy. You're coming too, right? We're best friends, after all! Colette, want to come along, too?"

Colette, who had been spacing out, came back to her sense "…Huh? Um, sure, okay."

Colette got up from her seat and approached the boys. "So where to?"

Emil was bouncing again. "Where else? That light! We're involved in all of this. Aren't you curious?"

Colette thought for a moment. "Hmm… Are you curious about it?"

Genis was taken aback. "Of course but…"

Colette smiled. "Okay, then I'll be curious about it, too!"

Lloyd smiled at Genis "See? Dwarven Vow #4: Don't depend on others. Walk on your own two legs. Okay then! Let's go to the temple!"

Genis rubbed his forehead "Not the Dwarven Vows again. You always use those when you need an excuse…"


Lloyd looked around as they exited the school house "What's going on? It's awfully quiet…"

Emil caught onto Lloyd's train of thought. "Where did everybody go?"

"Colette! Chosen! Boys!" At that moment, Colette's father Frank appeared before them.

Colette looked happy yet worried at the same time! "Father!"

"Uncle Frank!"

Frank's face twisted into relief. "Thank goodness you're safe."

Genis looked puzzled. "Uncle Frank, what happened to everyone in the village?"

Frank frowned. "They're all hiding. The Desians invaded the village just a short while ago. Thankfully, no one was hurt. They passed through the village and headed for the temple."

Genis was shocked and looked slightly guilty. "Why? Iselia has a non-aggression treaty with the Desians!"

Emil looked at Frank with a perplexed look. "You mean that agreement where they don't attack the village as long as we leave the human ranch alone, right?"

Colette nodded at Emil. "Yes… Grandmother said it's to protect Lloyd… Oh! Where's Grandmother?"

Frank's forehead creased. "Phaidra is in the temple preparing for the ritual."

Lloyd paled. "Phaidra's in the temple? But that's where the Desians…"

Frank nodded grimly. "The priests are there with her. There's no need to worry. Now, Colette…"

Colette sighed. "I know. I promise to fulfill my duty to the Chosen."

If Frank saw the glare Lloyd gave him, he chose to ignore it. "Good luck, Colette." He turned to Emil and Genis. "You two should go on home."

Emil shifted his feet. "I'm worried about letting Colette go by herself with Lloyd. I'll go with them to the temple."

Genis nodded, a look of determination crossing his face. "Me, too."

Frank relented. "But…all right. Thank you. I'll wait at the house. Come back immediately if anything happens."


Lloyd smirked as he put away his swords, having defeated a few low-level monsters. "That was easy!"

Colette clapped her hands. "Lloyd, Emil, you're both amazing!"

Genis rolled his eyes. "Yeah, at least their sword skills are good."

Emil turned on Genis. "…What do you mean "at least" Genis? We did more damage than that toy of yours!"

It was now Lloyd's turn to roll his eyes that day. "It's important to choose the target wisely when there's a lot of monsters, or if we're up against a dangerous one."

Colette nodded. "It's especially important when saving an ally that's in trouble."

Emil tapped his brother's shoulder. "Say, Lloyd, what's it like inside the temple? I've never been able to go inside when I wait for you, so it's kind of exciting!"

Lloyd thought for a moment before smiling. "Hmm, well, it's sort of dark because not much sunlight makes it through... but, then again, I've never been to the inner part, either."

Genis sighed and let his palm hit his forehead. "That's not quite what I was expecting Lloyd."

Colette looked happy. "Hmmm. I can't wait to get inside!"


Lloyd's group proceeded to Martel Temple. Upon arrival, they looked up to the outside of the Martel Temple, complete with a light coming out of the roof dome.

Lloyd was in awe. "Whoa, that light really is coming from the temple!"

Genis nodded. "Then an oracle is going to be conveyed. Lloyd's going to be the Chosen of Regeneration!"

Colette didn't hear her friends. "It's really, really bright!"

Emil tugged on one of the white ribbons on Lloyd's jacket. "Say, bro…when the oracle is conveyed, you'll become the Chosen who will save the world, right? You're going to be like the hero, Mithos! So maybe you should act a little more…you know, Chosen-like…"

Lloyd nodded. "Yeah! No problem. No problem!"

Genis noticed something nearby. "Hey, there's a lot of commotion at the temple."

Colette gasped. "… You're right!"

"Chosen One!" Everyone gasped to see the pastor, blood oozing from a wound. As the pastor ran to the group, he fell to the floor.

Colette's hands flew to her mouth. "Pastor?"

Lloyd ran to him. "Hey, are you all right?"

The pastor pointed to the Martel Temple. "The Desians broke the non-aggression treaty and attacked the temple… Chosen One… quickly… the oracle…"

Lloyd nodded. "I know."

The pastor coughed. "Please… be careful… I regret that I will not… be able to pro… tect… the… Cho… sen." With that said, the pastor died at the scene.

Colette started crying. "Pastor, hang on!"

Lloyd shook his head. "It's no good. He's… gone."

Genis whimpered. "No!"

While Genis and Colette covered their faces in grief, Lloyd stood up.

"…I'm going."

Emil nodded. "I'm going too! Dwarven Vow #1: Let's all work together for a peaceful world. Let's go."


A man pushed an old woman to the ground. "Where is the Chosen?

The old woman, Phaidra, crawled back a little and gasped when four certain children appeared.

"Everyone, run!"

The soldiers faced the group. The first Desian soldier pointed to Lloyd. "Lord Botta! There he is!"

Botta faced Lloyd. "Chosen One, your life is mine!"

Lloyd and Emil drew their swords as Genis took out his kendama and Colette took out her chakrams. "We won't let you Desians get away with anything!"

The first soldier laughed. " Desians? …Hahaha!"

Genis narrowed his eyes. "What's so funny?"

The second soldier smirked. "Well then, die at the hands of the Desians you so hate. Get them!"

The four friends made quick work of the foot soldiers. A few jabs here and there and the soldiers fell like flies who had been hit with a hammer, quite literally given one of Colette's spells.

Botta clenched his teeth. "Useless little… Vidarr, get over here and take care of them!"

An incredibly large man, most likely Vidarr, appeared at the scene with an iron spike ball, swinging from a chain.

Vidarr growled. "Do not get in our way!"

Vidarr then threw his ball and chain at the group, wounding the group and retracting the weapon with the chain.

Genis was scared by now. "This guy's strong!"

Emil nodded. "Man, this guy is really tough!"

Just as Vidarr's ball and chain was about to strike Lloyd, someone appeared and parried the attack. Lloyd stood up and tightened the grip on his swords. "Who are you?"

The newcomer turned to him. He had bright red eyes and hair to match. He wore a purple shirt and a matching swallow tail cape, similar to Emil's shirt, with black pants and boots. Most of his clothing had some sort of white trimming on it. His sword's sheath was hooked onto his left hip. He gave Lloyd a dismissive huff before charging at the large man. "Get out of the way."

Lloyd glared. "Like hell I am! Emil, cover me! Genis, protect Colette!"

Emil rushed towards Vidarr with Lloyd. "You gonna try it?"

"Yep!"


"Watch out!"

The red haired man looked back to see Lloyd rushing with a determined expression. He was about to retort, but jumped out of the way.

"Take this!" Lloyd jumped into the air, his twin blades crackling with mana. "Divine Justice!"

The red-clad Chosen then brought his blades down on Vidarr, giving the final blow to the man.

Lloyd jumped back. He looked at his swords, then back to his friends, then to his swords, then back to the other swordsman, who was helping Phiadra up.

"Did everyone see that, because I won't be able to do that again, I think."

Lloyd's point was proven when his swords broke, causing Emil to pull out another pair from nowhere and hand them to the stunned Chosen.

Botta growled. "I never thought you'd show up. Damn… Retreat for now!"


Colette was bouncing up and down now, much like Emil had earlier that day, but a look of excitement was spread across her face. "Amazing!"

Genis agreed. "This guy's incredibly strong!"

Emil looked a bit put out. "Y-yeah. I…I suppose so…"

The new swordsman walked up to the group. "Is everyone all right? Hmm… no one seems to be hurt. Good."

Lloyd tilted his head as when he spotted a certain glow on the man's hand. "Is that an Exsphere?"

Phaidra approached the group, relief apparent on her face. "How can I ever thank you for saving the Chosen?"

The newcomer raised an eyebrow and motioned to Lloyd. "I see. So this boy is the next Chosen?

Colette nodded. "That's right! He has to go accept the oracle!"

The mystery man nodded and turned to the Temple entrance. "The monsters, I assume. An evil presence radiates from inside this chapel."

Phaidra nodded. "Yes, that is correct. The Chosen is to receive judgment from heaven. But the priests that were to accompany him fell at the hands of the Desians."

Emil puffed out his chest a bit. "Then I'll take on the job of protecting Lloyd."

Phaidra frowned. "Emil? …I would be uneasy with just you."

The man's eyes widened as he turned to the dwarf-raised teen. "Your name is Lloyd?"

Lloyd crossed his arms. "Yeah, but who are you to ask for my name?"

The man sighed and copied the boy's movement. "…I am Kratos, a mercenary. As long as you can pay me, I'll accept the job of guarding the Chosen."

Phaidra sighed "I guess that… under the circumstances, I have little choice. Please be of service."

"It's a deal, then."

Emil glared. "Wait a minute you sell-sword! I'm going, too!"

"Emil, you'll only get in the way. Be a good boy and wait here."

"What did you say?"

Kratos raised an eyebrow. "Did I not make myself clear? You're a burden. Go home."

Lloyd approached the older man. "Um… hey, Kratos, would it be okay to take Emil along, too?

"But…"

"Please. I'll get nervous if my little brother is out here and we get attacked again."

Kratos sighed, as if he had enough. "… Do as you wish."

Emil pulled on Genis' arm to get the younger boy to follow. "Let's go, Genis!"

Genis blinked. "What? I'm going, too?"

Lloyd nodded. "Of course!"

Colette smiled. "Wait for me!"

"This isn't a field trip, you know." Kratos muttered as he followed the group inside. I have a feeling that I won't get paid enough for this mission.


AI: Here we have Chapter 1! Thank goodness I found the game script online or else this would take a lot longer! I have always wondered what it would be like if Lloyd was the Chosen, so I decided to finally get it typed up! Please leave reviews, they encourage me to write more! As for how the plots from the second game are going to fit in, I'll make it work, I swear! Later everyone!