2 Chapter 2: It Seems Like I“m Old Enough
It has been two years since the day Acerius was born in this world.. During the first year, he was struggling with his lacks of freedom and the constant need of nursery. There's is always a lady with the name Ann nursing him all day long and Mary when the night falls. During this time, Acerius tries his best to memories everything from the language to the movement of everyone surrounding him.
The first thing he noticed was that he was born in a time period similar to the early medieval period. This conclusion comes from the facts that his room were lacking of any modern appliance. The dark gray uneven stone wall, which was cold during the winter but blistering in the summer. There are several windows stall that are only cover with light yellowish fabric of sort. When the sky darken, Mary or Ann sometimes will lighten up the candle, bringing the distinctive smell to the room and flickering orange light.
During the day, his mother will play with him and telling him some folktales. At first, Acerius was struggling to understand the language, but as the time pass out, he finally picked up the language. One of the story Acerius quite fond of are the tales of a High Elf in her quest to master the Spirit Magic.
In the land before magic was discovered , humanity especially the elf struggling to survive. The combination of raging weather and massive amount of raging and beastly monster roamed the continent of Brunvargh threaten the humanity till the brink of extinction. In bid to survive, the High Elf embarked on a thousand day journey deep into the continent. She battled and defeated numerous amount of monsters and waded through the unimaginable weather conditions. On her way to the fight the key to survival, she met with a pair of brilliant and stout dwarf couple and a Resolute Knight from the human coalition. Together they walked through the thousand day journey and finally they arrived to the destination.
The Altar of the Goddess, that is their destination. A simple altar located on top of Mount Theresia. On top of the altar, a voice spoke to them, " Children of the Brunvargh, welcome to My Altar. For thousand days I have seen you on your journey to this Altar, and truth to be told, I'm amused by your attic. And thus, I will grant each of the race one wish."
Thus each of them stated their wish. The High Elf as for the ability to remove the threat, and thus the spirit magic. The dwarf couple ask for knowledge and thus they were given the knowledge of Magic Engineering and the Resolute knight chooses the safe haven for his race from the outworlder monster, thus the birth of The Kingdom of Mistel and the first king of Mistel.
Acerius was fascinated by the the existence of races other than Human and magic, but more importantly, as an engineer, he was fascinated by the existence of magical branch of Engineering.
But now he was two years old he finally have some time for himself and he can finally freely move around in the house as he can walk without supervision. The house that he live in are much bigger than he anticipated. There are at least ten room and one large common room. The courtyard are much more bigger than he had anticipated and planted with flowers and trees that he never seen before.
As he was investigating his current situation, his mother, Aura sneak up behind him and surprised him. Although with his high perception, it's almost impossible for normal people to sneak up to him but he pretended to surprised anyway.
"Mother! You surprised me!", exclaimed Acerius.
"Hehe, my cute little Rius. Are you exploring the house again? ", His mother quipped , " You know, sometimes Mother feels like her son doesn't act like his age. It make Mother feels a bit lonely."
'Of course I didn't act my age Mother, in my memory, I'm supposed to be almost three times your age. Even Father is younger than my previous self.', thought Acerius.
"Sorry Mother, everything is so wonderful. You know, Mother, the flowers are so beautiful, just like you.", remark Acerius as he tried to sound like someone befitting his age.
"Aw, you are so adorable.", mumbled Aura who's then proceeded to lifted Acerius up in her arm," So Rius, tell me what do you want to know about today?", Asked Aura.
Every time Acerius heard his Mother trying to impart him even a little bit of knowledge always bring joy to him, even now is not an exception," Oh Mother, tell me about the dwarf and the magic engineering."
And thus the mother told him a bit of story that a children would understand. The dwarfs territories lies to the south of the Kingdom of Mistel. The marvelous country are protected by some of the most impenetrable natural fortresses with marvelous invention. They have access to unlimited amount of water and heat due to the existence of the magical apparatus such as Water Stone Pipe that provide the water and Fire Stone Heater that provide heat.
They also have the incredible mountable Strider Knight that is on par with the golem of the Elf. Each Strider Knight is about three meter tall and wield a flaming lance that shoot loud flame and smokes or sometimes just plain shield and sword. If that is not enough, they also have the floating carriage that can carry almost three time the amount of load a normal carriage can carry around.
By the time Acerius mother, Aura finish her story, the sun if finally setting down. "Now now, Rius, Mother already finished her story. Let's get back inside." Ushered his mother, to which Acerius nod in acknowledgement.
Night almost come, and Acerius and the family are having a dinner. For dinner, they are served with a bowl of salad , without any dressing, a bowl of thinly flavored soup with small pieces of meats and a stalled piece of hard bread. As for Acerius, because he is still teething, they served him a bowl soup with bread soaked inside it. Come to think of it, he never saw anything that resemble any eating utensils.
During the dinner , the head servant whispered to his father aging ear.
" I see… You may go and prepare my equipment and horses, roused up the cavalry leaders and tell them to wait for me in the war room.", Ordered Arthur to Mikhael, the head servant.
"I'm sorry my love, it seems like the people of our territory need me", apologize Arthur.
Aura only nodded in acknowledgement .Despite she feels reluctant to let her husband go, the territory needed her husband. Everytime Arthur go for any expedition, Aura would always feel a little depressed because any of the expedition could be the last time she could see Arthur,alive.
" Take care of yourself my knight, If things goes sideways, please just retreat. Rius and I will wait for you.", mumbled Aura. Arthur seeing that his young wife being meek everytime he goes for the expedition, hurt his feeling and he can only smile in this situation.
Arthur then walk toward Acerius and kneel, clutching Acerius knees with Arthur calluses hands. During this period, Acerius could feels his father domineering attitude.
"My son Rius, Father will have to go for a few day. When I was gone, be the man of this family and take care of your mother. And here a little gift for you." Arthur said as he produce a knife from his pocket.
Arthur studied the blade and it leather sheath.
There are several flaws the he can see but nevertheless he find out there's a certain charm to it. The 12cm straight blade were much more suitable for stabbing than cutting. The blade are unevenly sharpen and there's a little bit of chip on the tip.As for the sheath, if it has any This battle-proven blade is a piece of art in Acerius eye. As he was focusing a piece of information appear inside his head.
<Memory of Life Activated>
Stryer Hunting Blade - rank C
Made by the best blacksmith inside Arthur territory. Made from iron with high level of impurities . Can be used to stab. Not suitable for slicing.
MORE INFORMATION CANNOT BE SHOWN AS IT CAN ENDANGERED THE USER LIFE.
'I see, so I'm finally old enough to use the Memory of Life, I can't wait till the day when I can use the workshop. There's so many things I need to do to make this world my paradise or else at this rate, it will be my hell.' thought Acerius.
"Thanks Father!", remarked Acerius as he hug his father head.
Soon the night fall. And he was alone in his room.
"It seems like I can already use the Memory of Life. Let's try the workshop." Acerius told himself.
To enter the workshop, the user must calm him mind to establish a connection to the Workshop. As he was meditating, lines of words suddenly appeared.
USER CANNOT ENTER DUE TO INSUFFICIENT LEVEL
THE WORKSHOP ARE CURRENTLY BELOW LEVEL 1.
TO INCREASE THE LEVEL, USER MUST BE AT LEAST 120CM TALL , SUFFICIENT PHYSICAL STRENGTH AND ENDURANCE, AND STRONG MENTAL AND SPIRITUAL STRENGTH.
CURRENTLY USER ARE 90/120 CM TALL STRENGTH AT 6/20 KG
MINIMUM ENDURANCE IS 1 HOUR, CURRENTLY USER CAN ONLY LAST FOR 10 MINUTES INSIDE THE WORKSHOP.
MENTAL STRENGTH 100/20
SPIRITUAL STRENGTH 100/20
BASED OF CURRENT USER GROWTH. PROJECTED TIME HAS BEEN CALCULATED.
PROJECTED TIME USER CAN FINALLY USE THE WORKSHOP IS IN 18 MONTH 4 DAYS 12 HOURS AND 20 SECOND.
"Haha, it seems like paradise is still far reach from me.", lamented Acerius.