SynopsisThe tale of the life of Darius Stone-Chaser. We follow Darius as he grows to understand the wonders of cultivation and who he really is.
My NoteIf you ever have any suggestions I would be open to them. Although I might not implement them, I will certainly keep you guessing what would happen next. If you also feel that a chapter needs some editing I would also try and make everything as good as I can possibly. I can't guarantee constant updates, but I am sure that this story would continue for some time. Since I don't know where I want to take Darius with pin-point accuracy, there might end up being some changes to the synopsis, but I will notify you in the latest chapter if the synopsis does change.
Chapter 1- The Lonely Child
As the sun shone down brightly, the village of the Stone-Chaser clan was quiet. Very few people were awake, but those that were went by their business quietly. In the country of Highvale, the Stone-Chaser clan held no prestige. They were a small clan that no-one had ever heard of, but they were still a clan nonetheless. As the sun bathed the houses of the clan, the village slowly became more and more populated. Slowly, all the people in the clan had woken up. There were children running through the streets, while their parents talked to each other. Some of the children were listening intently as an elder told them about the outside world and told them about cultivation. All of the children’s blood was boiling and they wished to start cultivating, so they asked the elder. The elder’s name was Golden-Shield, although that wasn’t his name, he took it up when he started cultivating, so that was what everyone called him.
Elder Golden-Shield shouted out to the children,” Come back here tomorrow to start training! For now, you can go off and do whatever you want, but come here at the same time tomorrow.” After he said that, all the children had run off and played by themselves. But there was one child that was still there, so Elder Golden-Shield asked him,” Darius, what is wrong? Why don’t you go off to play?”
Darius replied,” Even if I go to play, the other kids wouldn’t let me join in their games.” When he heard that, Elder Golden-Shield felt sorry for the boy, as he had lost his parents at a young age and the other children wouldn’t let him into their friend groups, so he was usually with the elder that was assigned to be with them during the day. Although the other children didn’t accept him, the grown-ups in the clan saw that he was extremely bright and had lots of potential, so they all seemed to like him, but that caused him to drift further away from the other children his age. Darius was six years old, but he had lived his whole life without a parent and was living by himself, except for the carer that was there with him at all times.
The carer’s name was Lucy Stone-Chaser, as she was from the clan and to Darius, she was the closest thing he had to a mother. Since she was with him at almost all times, their relationship was something similar to a mother, son relationship, except that Darius called her Elder Sister Lucy, so their relationship was even closer. When Elder Golden-Shield looked at Darius, he wondered how he could have gotten to where he was without his parents, as they were the most influential in his life.
After thinking about what to do, Elder Golden-Shield said,” Why don’t we start your training now?”
Darius said yes while jumping up and down with excitement. Seeing that, Elder Golden-Shield laughed as he saw that the child was still a six-year-old with his childish side, so at least he still had his childhood. Getting up, Elder Golden-Shield told Darius to assume a horse stance and he showed him the correct footing and positioning. He then told him the reasoning behind this. While he was explaining this, Darius’s eyes were glittering, as he listened. When he stood in a horse stance, Elder Golden-Shield tapped his stomach, but because of his cultivation, he made Darius stumble and fall over.
Elder Golden-Shield then said,” Your horse stance was too weak. If you want to go far in your cultivation path, you would be beaten down, but you would have to get back up and rush back towards your goal with more determination! If you can't withstand this training, then there is no point for you to even start cultivating!” Hearing that, Darius nodded his head and stood back up and stood in a horse stance. When Elder Golden-Shield hit him down again, Darius got up again and this process was repeated for a few hours, before Darius wasn’t able to stand up from exhaustion.
When Elder Golden-Shield saw this, he was worried that he had gone too far, but when he saw Darius sleeping peacefully, he realised that he was perfectly fine, but his body was too tired. Seeing that they spent half a day in one go, Elder Golden-Shield was surprised at Darius’s resilience, when he was so young, he figured that most of the older children wouldn’t be able to do so for so long. Looking at the boy’s sleeping figure, the elder thought about himself at the same age and he saw that Darius was much more mature, composed and determined than he ever was. Sighing, Elder Golden-Shield wondered how far Darius would reach if he continued to grow.
When Darius woke up, he saw that he was in bed. His room was completely bare, with only his bed and wardrobe in the room. Most of the kids his age received the full love of their parents and their rooms were covered with multiple toys and different things that they wanted, but Dason only had the bare necessities. When Darius got up, he assumed a horse stance, but Darius had to be quiet about it, as it was the middle of the night and everyone was asleep.
While he was doing the horse stance, Darius wanted to put some weight on him, but he wasn’t able to find anything that he could carry that would weigh a decent amount. When he saw that, Darius didn’t let it bother him and he continued to keep the horse stance. Seeing that Elder Golden-Shield wasn’t there to push him off balance, he felt his muscles start to burn after a few minutes, but he held on and after an hour, Darius felt that his muscles couldn’t hold up anymore, but he continued regardless. Only after two hours did Darius fall down, exhausted. Although he didn’t fall asleep, his leg muscles seemed to not be able to hold up any amount of weight, so he had to crawl back onto his bed.
After lying there for several hours, Darius found that he had the strength to get up again, so he went into a horse stance again and after four hours, he fell to the ground, unable to keep himself up. When he got back into his bed, he fell asleep immediately. When the sun rose, Lucy was going to wake him up, but when she saw him in a deep sleep, she decided to let him wake up on his own. After a few hours, Darius woke up and when he saw the sun shining in his room, he jumped out of bed and ran into the living room, where he saw Lucy. He then asked her,” Why didn’t you wake me up at the usual time! Elder Golden-Shield said that he would be teaching us about cultivation today, I don’t want to be late!”
Sighing, Lucy said,” If you told me about this before, I would have woken you up, but when you came home, you were fast asleep, so you didn’t tell me. I'm sorry for not getting you up at the normal time though. But in the future, please tell me if you are going to do something the next day. Now, go to your cultivation training.” Running out of the house, Darius felt very excited, as he wanted to show Elder Golden-Shield his progress in the horse stance, as he hadn’t only practiced how long he could stand in a horse stance, but also his stability.
When he arrived at the field near where he was yesterday, he saw that the children were crowding around Elder Golden-Shield. When the elder saw Darius, he said to the children,” Everyone, stand in four straight lines in front of me.” Once they were in four straight lines, Elder Golden-Shield saw that they were all to close, so he said,” Stand a bit further apart, so, when you put your arms out, you won’t touch anyone.” When they did that, Darius saw that their lines had become over three times the size.
Seeing that Elder Golden-Shield had gone into a horse stance, Darius was the first to catch on and went into a horse stance as well. When all of the children were in a horse stance, Elder Golden-Shield stayed in a horse stance while saying,” For now, we will have a competition of who can stand in the stance for the longest.” After he finished saying that, several of the people from the older side of the group let out a groan. Hearing that, Darius looked at them and he saw that they were 10 or 11 years old, yet they still didn’t want to do the activities.
Because of that, Darius looked down on them slightly, but not enough for him to think badly of them, as that wasn’t who he was. After a few hours, all of the children around Darius had fallen down long ago and a majority of the older children had also fallen down and there were only a dozen children left standing up. When Elder Golden-Shield saw, that Darius was still standing up, he was pleasantly surprised, as he saw that Darius’s strength was nothing close to this yesterday, so that would have meant that he practiced when he got home.
Smiling, Elder Golden-Shield said,” If there are more than two people standing up after 15 minutes, I will place a one kilo weight on each of you, so we will be able to continue with the training faster.” When he said that, Darius was extremely happy, as he had shown that he was one of the stronger children in the group, but he wasn’t someone that would rest with being second, so he continued in a horse stance. After fifteen minutes, had passed, a weight was placed on Darius, but he still continued like that.
After another half hour, Darius saw that there was only one other person standing up! Seeing that, Darius saw that the other child was around 12, the oldest in the group! Elder Golden-Shield saw that one of the youngest and the oldest were facing off, he knew that this wouldn’t be the last time that this would happen, but this was the first and it was very impressive for Darius. After another half hour, the both Darius and the other child looked like they had almost reached their limit, but their sheer determination kept them going on. Soon another hour passed and both the children were almost falling over, while half of the children were shouting Darius’s name, while the others were shouting the other child’s name. The other child was the son of one of the elders that was a higher rank that Elder Golden-Shield, so he knew that the child had had a privileged upbringing and if he lost he would make Darius’s life miserable, but he also knew that if he won, his standing with others his age would skyrocket and he would be everyone’s friends!
Seeing that, Elder Golden-Shield knew that he would have to let the whole thing play out, as both children wouldn’t want the competition to be cut short. After another ten minutes, the child, whose name was Kevin, fell down, while Darius stayed up! When the younger children saw that, they all sprang up and cheered, while the other side of the camp was disappointed, while Kevin was fuming, as he had lost to a six-year-old! He was double Darius’s age, yet he still lost! This was a complete disgrace to him and he was thinking that Elder Golden-Shield had made Darius win because he was interfering, but Elder Golden-Shield was one of his favourite elders, so that thought was quickly dispelled.
When Elder Golden-Shield saw that most of the day was up, he said to the other children,” Tomorrow, we will start the full training, so be punctual! It is almost dinner time, so you should go back to your houses now. See you all tomorrow.” After he said that, Elder Golden-Shield ushered the children off. Standing in the middle of the field, he sat down and started to cultivate. Unknown to him, Darius was watching him. When he saw Elder Golden-Shield sit down and start to cultivate, he was able to see how to cultivate. Although he wasn’t able to cultivate the world’s energy yet, Darius still wanted to do it anyway. Running home, Darius played the image of Elder Golden-Shield cultivating in his head over and over, until it was embedded into his brain. When he arrived at his house, he wanted to cultivate with all of his will.