Legends of Gods. Tale of Vjaira. (B3.Ch98 up!) (REWRITE FINISHED, YAY!)
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Legends of Gods. Tale of Vjaira.
=> Type: Xianxia.
=> Main Genres: Action. Adventure. Martial Arts. Magic.
=> Secondary Genres: Romance. Mature. Psychological.
Laien lived a completely normal life, as the first child of a meager noble family. Always with him was his little sister, Siana. They played with their cousins and friends, not knowing any of life’s hardships. All of that ended one day, when in the middle of the night, a group of outlaws raided their village. The siblings, fleeing from their house, witnessed the massacre happening in the village. The cries of pain, pools of blood of the streets…
They fled on horses with their parents, galloping through the night. However, pursuers caught up to them. Their father stayed behind, attempting to fight them off, creating a chance for his wife and children to flee. Yet, even his sacrifice was in vain. After a few minutes, the outlaws caught up again. Faced with a hopeless situation, the sibling’s mother shielded them with her own body, dying under a sword.
Just when the siblings were about to get killed, a miracle happened. Tei’Ru, the leader of the powerful Valius Clan appeared with his personal unit, wiping out the enemies in an instant, saving their lives. In the future, when asked why, Tei’Ru would only say that it’s not for them to know of yet.
Back then, three years ago, even though they were saved, the siblings were only about to face many more hardships in their lives. Getting over their trauma would prove especially hard for, at the time seven years old Laien. Just a few days after the hellish accident, he would start having indescribable nightmares… Those nightmares, however, wouldn’t be related to the memories of slaughter.
Those horrible dreams appeared to be something different, hard to describe. They were scary, painful. Impossible to wake up from. Yet, they would bring about a great change in Laien’s life… A change he, at this point, wouldn’t even dare to imagine.
What are Laien’s strange nightmares? How will he deal with being an unwanted child in the Great Valius Clan? What reasons did Tei’Ru have for adopting the siblings? What kind of future awaits Laien and Siana? Move forward, see it yourself…
Index; (re-edited chapter count: Until B1. Chapter 7)
Book 1. Knowing oneself:
Chapter 1. It all began that day. (Parts I-VII)
Chapter 2. Unforgivable! (Parts I-II)
Chapter 3. First Spiritual Battle.
Chapter 4. Nightmares.
Chapter 5. Their Voices.
Chapter 6. Garon's demand.
Chapter 7. Red Dragon School. (Proofread by Ains.)
Chapter 8. Amazing little sister. (Proofread by Ains and Wytchlord)
Chapter 9. The Might of an Aspect. (Proofread by Ains)
Chapter 10. Limitations and future prospects. (Proofread by Ains)
Chapter 11. Their fame spreading far. (Proofread by Ains)
Chapter 12. It's fine. (Proofread by Ains)
Chapter 13. Prelude to the disaster. (Proofread by Ains)
Chapter 14. Principle of Energy and the Inexistent Choice. (Proofread by Ains)
Chapter 15. The truth behind. (Proofread by Ains)
Chapter 16. The Grand Gathering.
Chapter 17. The Twin Phoenix School. (Proofread by Sitrix)
Chapter 18. Another genius. (Proofread by Sitrix)
Chapter 19. The boy's name. (Proofread by Sitrix)
Chapter 20. Prince Sinra. (Proofread by Sitrix and Ains)
Chapter 21. The dark past. (Proofread by Sitrix and Ains)
Chapter 22. Little accidents. (Proofread by Wytchlord and Ains)
Chapter 23. Rendezvous. (Proofread by Ains and Wytchlord)
Chapter 24. The new generation. (Proofread by Wytchlord)
Chapter 25. The dangerous bet. (Proofread by Wytchlord and Sitrix)
Chapter 26. Another Vision. (Proofread by Wytchlord and Sitrix)
Chapter 27. World's darkness. (Proofread by Sitrix)
Chapter 28. People's inequality. (Proofread by Sitrix)
Chapter 29. The tournament begins. (Proofread by Sitrix)
Chapter 30. The expected and the unexpected. (Proofread by Wytchlord)
Chapter 31. The fight to the last breath. (Proofread by Ains)
Chapter 32. Frightening power of the Martial Masters. (Proofread by Ains)
Chapter 33. The calm before the storm. (Proofread by Sitrix)
Chapter 34. What are you doing...? (Proofread by Sitrix)
Chapter 35. Losing control. (Proofread by Ains)
Chapter 36. Wrath. (Proofread by Ains)
Chapter 37. Not permitted to kill. (Proofread by Sitrix)
Chapter 38. The two complete foundations. (Proofread by Sitrix)
Chapter 39. Powerful supporters.
Chapter 40. The contest of Royals'. (Proofread by Sitrix)
Chapter 41. Friend. (Proofread by Sitrix)
Chapter 42. The verdict. (Parts I-III) (All 3 parts proofread by Sitrix)
Book 2. The outside world:
Chapter 1. I'm going with you! (Proofread by Ains)
Chapter 2. Setting out. (Proofread by Yong)
Chapter 3. On the road. (Proofread by Yong)
Chapter 4. Scolded? (Proofread by Yong)
Chapter 5. The dangerous recklessness. (Proofread by Ains)
Chapter 6. Stupidity. (Proofread by Ains)
Chapter 7. Dumb luck. (Proofread by Ains)
Chapter 8. The Iron Fort. (Proofread by Ains)
Chapter 9. Creating troubles. (Proofread by Sitrix)
Chapter 10. The scions of Istrah. (Proofread by Sitrix)
Chapter 11. General Agnes. (Proofread by Sitrix)
Chapter 12. A dangerous woman. (Proofread by Ains)
Chapter 13. Ordered to kill? (Proofread by Yong)
Chapter 14. That's not what I wanted to happen! (Proofread by Sitrix)
Chapter 15. Let's forget about it. (Proofread by Sitrix)
Chapter 16. The life I never wanted. (Proofread by Yong)
Chapter 17. Training on their journey. The Anarchic Lands. (Proofread by Yong)
Chapter 18. Socializing. (Proofread by Ains)
Chapter 19. The Great Chieftains of the Anarchic Lands. (Proofread by Sitirx) (Edited by Kawa)
Chapter 20. A hidden village? (Proofread by Sitrix) (Edited by Kawa)
Chapter 21. The Divine Seal. (Proofread by Sitrix) (Edited by Kawa)
Chapter 22. The vicious intentions. (Proofread by Sitrix)
Chapter 23. Assaulted by many.
Chapter 24. Shade and the Shadows.
Chapter 25. A blazing weakness.
Chapter 26. The challenge of strength. (Part I)
Chapter 27. The challenge of strength. (Part II)
Chapter 28. The challenge of strength. (Part III)
Chapter 29. Disaster?
Chapter 30. The two demons.
Chapter 31. On their way to Eulean Union.
Chapter 32. Nightmares, again.
Chapter 33. Madness. (Part I)
Chapter 34. Madness. (Part II)
Chapter 35. Madness. (Part III)
Chapter 36. We'll help.
Chapter 37. The one who brings Shaari.
Chapter 38. Bestiality.
Chapter 39. Out of Luck.
Chapter 40. Taken Hostage.
Chapter 41. Lighting up a Spark.
Chapter 42. A Great Uproar in the 'New Eastern Republic of Eulene'.
Chapter 43. The Enrichment. (Part I)
Chapter 44. The Enrichment. (Part II)
Chapter 45. The Enrichment. (Part III)
Chapter 46. The Consequences of Idleness.
Chapter 47. A Frozen Village.
Chapter 48. Onwards to the Ruishi Republic.
Chapter 49. The Calm Before the Storm.
Chapter 50. Punitive Expedition.
Chapter 51. The Incoming Storm.
Chapter 52. Heavy Casualties. (Part I)
Chapter 53. Heavy Casualties. (Part II) - writing.
Glossary: (incomplete, abandoned. Take a look only if curious)
I’d imagine that things checked most frequently will be terms related to ‘Basic Concept of The World’, aka, settings, With that in mind, glossary is divided into many clear Parts, and all information sections are then hidden in a separate ‘Spoiler Tags’. Big thanks to Yn5an3 for coding a Spoiler Show/Hide option! Hehe.
First half of Glossary is here! I will add later part when I have time to write it…
Part II - Basic Practitioners-related terms.
Part III - Advanced Martial Realm terms.
Part IV - Other important terms.
Part V - Martial Arts and Techniques known so far.
Part VI - Spells known so far.
Part I - A world of Practitioners. The basics World Settings.
‘Martial Realm’ and ‘Spiritual Realm’ both contain two realms within. When one starts his journey on the path of Practice, he enters the ‘Mortal Realm’. Only few of those Practitioners will reach the pinnacle of Practice and enter the ‘Realm of Heroes’, the second and the highest realm of Practice.
‘Spiritual Practitioner’ and ‘Martial Practitioner’ are terms used while referring to people in the Mortal Realm.
‘Magus’ and ‘Martial Master’ are terms used with regards to Practitioners that entered the Realm of Heroes.
The Mortal Realm and Realm of Heroes similarly contain 9 separate levels within.
Up to this day, no one in the recorded history advanced all the way through 18’teen levels of Two Great Realms to reach a true pinnacle of Practice.
Part II - Basic Martial and Spiritual terms.
Martial Realm terms:
* Natural Qi - A Qi within one’s body that is not controlled by a person at the moment. Either because he can’t control it yet, or isn’t doing it at the moment.
* Battle-Qi - A Qi controlled according to a Qi Manipulating Art. Not only is it much stronger compared to a Natural Qi, it gains a certain properties, characteristic to the Qi Manipulating Art used by a Practitioner.
* Qi-Origin - An organ located in one’s abdomen, allowing Practitioner to gather, refine and Manipulate his Qi.
* Aura - A pressure of one’s Qi, that is being released in a minuscule quantity all the time, unless hidden through a special methods . It’s possible for a Practitioner to actively show off his Aura, intimidating weaker opponents… As long as they can sense it. Below the Realm of Heroes, only Magical Beasts are capable of sensing Aura of another being. An expert at the Realm of Heroes can use his Aura to judge power-level of any Martial Practitioner, or fellow comparably strong Martial Master.
* Battle Sense - Ability awakening when a Martial Practitioner enters Realm of Heroes, becoming a Martial Master. It’s also possible to awaken it faster, if one faces a powerful Killing Intent, or goes through many life-or-death battles.
Spiritual Realm terms:
* Spiritual Core -A Core present in bodies of people born with potential to become Spiritual Practitioners. Within it, a Spiritual Energy can be gathered and refined. At first, Spiritual Energy is in a vaporized state. In the later stages of Practice, it liquefies.
* Elemental Sparks - Invisible to anyone but few Spiritual Practitioners and Magi, highly condensed Elemental Energy of a specific Element.
* Elemental affinity - Potential of a Spiritual Realm Practitioner to use a certain element. Are divided in a low-level, mid-level, high-level and top-level ranks.
* Spirit - A type of pressure passively released by every Spiritual Practitioner.
* Spiritual Sense - Awakened when Spiritual Practitioner steps in boundaries of the Realm of Heroes. It heightens one’s senses, making it possible to feel movements of both Qi and Spiritual Energy in it’s range. It's possible to use Spiritual Sense to judge a power of any Spiritual Practitioner, or Magus at comparable to one's level.
* ‘Essence’ - For example, ‘An Essence of Ice’. Essences are ways of transforming a basic nature of an element or spell into something else. The easiest example being, changing Water into Ice. All Essences follow rules set by a corresponding Aspects.
Part III - Advanced Martial Realm terms:
* Qi Manipulating Art - Possible to learn only after reaching a Peak of 5’th Mortal Realm. Necessary to advance to 6’th Mortal Realm.
* Body Enhancing Art - Allows one to strengthen his body directly with Qi, effects of which depending on the type of Body Enhancing Art.
Body Enhancing Art needs to be compatible with learned Qi Manipulating Art and can be learned at any time after comprehending a Qi Manipulating Art.
* Battle (weapon) Art - A way of transforming Battle-Qi for a very specific use. Almost always, it corresponds to unique Martial Techniques that can’t be used to their full potential in a other case.
Low-level Primary Arts contain three levels of practice.
Mid-level Primary Arts contain five levels of practice.
High-level Primary Arts contain seven levels of practice.
Top-level Primary Arts contain nine levels of practice.
Martial Techniques are separated in four ranks:
* Novice rank.
* Advanced rank.
* Master rank.
* Grand Master rank.
Part IV - Other important terms.
Part V - Martial Arts and Techniques known so far.
Primary Arts :
- Qi Manipulating Arts:
- Body Enhancing Arts:
- Battle Arts:
Secondary Arts known so far:
Martial Techniques known so far:
* Qi-Lance - An Advanced Technique based on shape shifting one’s Battle-Qi into a Lance. The great point about this Technique is it’s penetrative power. It’s main weakness is it’s straightforwardness, which allows user to strike only at one specific point.
Part VI - Spells known so far.
- Universal Spells:
- Bottom line for learning this Spell is 3’rd Mortal Rank. Upper limit of effectiveness does not exist.
- Elemental Spells:
- Bottom line and upper limit for this Spell is unknown.
- Bottom line for learning this Spell is 3’rd Mortal Rank. Upper effective limit is at the 7’th Mortal Rank, due to its simplicity.
* Water Sphere - An instant Spell that created a defensive Sphere around the caster. It’s toughness usually allows to block one strike from Practitioner of the same level. Uses up a lot of Spiritual Energy, so it’s not most efficient way to defend oneself.
- Bottom line for learning this Spell is 6’th Mortal Rank. Upper limit does not exist.
* ‘Engulfsion’ - A simple Spell based on covering your opponent with Water, which then attempts to either crush him or get inside his body. The effects of later as almost always deathly.
- Bottom line for learning this Spell is 5’th Mortal Rank. There is no upper effective limit.
They walked side by side, excitement shining in their eyes. For the first time in countless years, Laien felt his heart throbbing wildly
“This day will truly be the beginning of a new era, do not fail me, Laien. I have great expectations.”
Laien trembled, a pleasant shiver ran down his spine. Just a gaze alone was enough to overwhelm him to the root. Without hesitating in the slightest, he fell to one knee.
The Man laughed merrily, his look filled with warmth. “Laien, don’t kneel before me, geez. Come on, let’s go. They are all waiting.”
Laien immediately followed. Soon, they both arrived at the peak of a great mountain. Just a few people were waiting for them, and upon their arrival, they greeted their Master.
Most of them kneeled before this Man. Only the closest to him bowed, or simply nodded towards him with a smile.
“Let us greet them, preparations are nearly finished.” The Man said, smiling.
Exchanging no more words, all of them went forward, standing in a casual row, with their Master in the very middle of it. The closer to him, the more important one was.
Laien was very satisfied, being the second to the left. Only his power and achievements so far allowed him to obtain this position.
As they approached the mountain’s cliff, an immeasurable sea of experts came into their view.
Instantly, a heaven shuddering roar erupted forth, shaking the whole world at its core.
Book 1. Knowing Oneself. Chapter 1. It all began that day. Part I.
Laien wondered, why did Tei’ru need to die now? He was still only ten, but Tei’ru passed away, making everything so incredibly difficult. Despite his worries, Laien decided to not mourn the past, instead focusing on the matters in front of him.
Just this once, though, he wanted to reminisce everything. He wanted to settle his inner feelings towards the Old Man, who he loved and hated at the same time.
Laien truly didn’t know how he should feel about Tei’ru. He had a reason to be grateful to him, and a reason to hate him. Both of those extremely important. Neither could be easily forgotten, nor forgiven.
For one instance, Tei’ru was the one who saved him and his younger sister three years ago. For that alone, Laien was extremely grateful. Old Man even went as far as adopting them into the Valius family… Only later Laien realized how great of a meaning this one act have had.
A leader of one of the three greatest clans of Sarkcente Kingdom, taking a two war orphans as his son and daughter! Even if they previously belonged to a declined noble family, it was simply an unthinkable, ridiculous decision.
Laien smirked self-mockingly. If not for this unreasonable act of Tei’ru’s, they wouldn’t be in so much trouble after his death. Holding back a long sigh, Laien thought about the one thing that he absolutely hated about Tei’ru.
In the next instant, Laien forcefully threw this memory away. He closed his eyes, trying to calm down. But… This was the one thing that he couldn’t ever forgive Tei’ru for doing, no matter what his reason was.
Shaking his head, Laien abandoned his attempts to decide how he felt about Tei’ru . Now, all of that was a thing of the past. It simply didn’t matter anymore. He had other things he should be worrying about.
He looked to the left, at his younger sister, Siana. She was standing completely straight, like an immobile, expressionless rock. A weak smile appeared on Laien’s face. Siana was only eight and yet she already behaved properly. She despised Tei’ru. She hated him. Nevertheless, she listened to his reasons and agreed to come here and pay her respects.
It was a fortunate thing, that only men were expected to kneel in front of the coffin. Convincing his little sister to come was one thing, making her kneel… Would be impossible, given her stubborn character.
Laien suppressed a sigh, wondering to himself. “Old Man, why didn’t you just accept us as a honored guests, instead of adopting us? It would have been so much better…”
Laien or Siana weren’t related by blood to the Valius family, neither were they engaged to any youths of theirs. Given the fact that a majority of the Valius family viewed them with contempt , their lives here would become much harder.
With no one to rely on, two adopted brats occupying a positions on the very top of the Clan’s hierarchy… It should be understood, that for many of the Valius family, such a situation was simply unacceptable. Noblemen always had a stupid amounts of pride in them. To have two brats stand above them in the hierarchy wasn’t something that they were willing to bear quietly.
Laien stood up, having done the thing he came for. He paid his respects, so did Siana. There was no reason for them to stay in the Cathedral any longer, enduring a suffocating atmosphere. Laien grabbed his little sister’s hand and headed out together with her. They exchanged a short look, knowing that both of them are equally happy to leave this place.
Looking at the two siblings walking past him, Jasi sneered , displeased. He truly disliked this one brat and his sister. Even though they weren’t of the Valius family lineage, their status was supposedly on par with his. The third son of the next Clan Leader, equal to Laien? Just because Grandfather Tei’ru adopted him in an act of insanity?
Maybe if it was just that, he could handle. He could just pay no attention to those siblings, as in reality, they didn’t hold any power within the family at all. However, to this very day he remembered clearly how once, because of Laien, he got in a big troubles with grandfather Tei’ru.
Just once! He skipped his boring lessons with an old tutors just once. And it just so happened that Grandfather Tei’ru was talking a walk around the city with Laien. At first, Grandfather wasn’t even angry at him, he didn’t intend to punish him in any way! But!
Grandfather must have asked Laien what he thinks ‘about his grandson skipping his lessons’. And what did this seven year old brat reply back then?! Even now Jasi could remember his words perfectly. “He doesn’t care about what he has in life and just wants to lazy around. If he doesn’t want to use his life properly, being born in such a good position, he can as well go ahead and switch with me.”
Maybe Laien was even right, but so what? Was he not allowed to have fun in his life? He couldn’t take a break and play around for once, like all normal kids did? Jasi felt incredibly sour about this one particular memory.
“After that, Grandfather Tei’ru actually agreed with him, and decided to punish me! For three months, I did nothing but train with sword, train my body, study economics and war tactics! Tree fucking months! Six hours of sleep, and eighteen hours of this hell! I didn’t see any of my friends even once for three months! Motherfucker!”
Just thinking about that made Jasi feel boundless rage. If he could, he would have repaid this debt ten times over a long time ago. Regretfully, with Laien being Tei’ru’s favorite, he couldn’t do anything to him. But now Tei’ru was dead. His own father would soon succeed the position of Clan Leader. No matter what he did, as long as it wasn’t anything too extreme, there would be no consequences.
Just this thought made Jasi happy, his mood brightening. He would no longer need to act like if he tolerated presence of those two strays in his family. “Hmmm, what should I do to him? Let’s think about it tonight, maybe someone will have a good idea.” Feeling a lot better now, Jasi went to pay his respects to Tei’ru.
With regards to Laien and Siana…
Truth to be told, Jasi was completely right. Even if those two siblings were to disappear, nothing would change. In the main family, most of its members had similar thoughts. They never understood why, three years ago, Clan Leader Tei’ru took in two run of the mill kids and even went as far as adopting them as his own scion.
They didn’t dare to argue in front of Tei’ru, but, they never hesitated to show siblings that they weren’t welcomed in their Valius Family.
Of course, they were exceptions, too. Some Family members didn’t really care, maybe even thought that leaving those two alone would be for the best. As long as siblings would not create any trouble, they wouldn’t bother with them either. Nothing more, nothing less. None of them went as far as offering a hand to Laien and Siana after Tei’ru passed away.
Laien sighed quietly, as he left the unpleasant atmosphere behind. He truly felt that he was not welcomed in this Family. But, as a kid, what else could he do? He even considered trying to leave to live normal life in Neil city as a commoner. He saved up some gold, so living on his own with his little sister would not be that hard.
Unfortunately, the world wasn’t so simple. Had he left for no reason, Valius family would have born a grudge towards him for not appreciating their ‘kindness’, thus making every day hard for him. What else could have he done? Leave the province as ten year old kid with a bag of gold hanging at his belt? That would be asking for death, at best.
To make matters worse, those people of Valius Family wouldn’t understand that he himself didn’t have anything to do with being adopted by Tei’ru. Staying with them would result in hardships. Leaving would cause the same. If this wasn’t hypocrisy, then what was?
Finally out of the Great Cathedral, Laien allowed himself to relax a bit. “At least in Sarkcente Kingdom, women are treated as political tools or beautiful furniture. They don’t have power to inherit on their own, so Siana should still be fine, they won’t bother with her… At least for next four, five years, until they might want to marry her off… In five years… Only five years. What will we do, then? What will happen to me, before that time, anyway…?”
Laien unconsciously tightened the grip of his hand, attracting Siana’s attention. With but a gaze, she asked what is he worrying about. Laien sighed, deciding to put his worries into words. From the very beginning, he told Siana about many things that were on his mind for the last week.
Time flew by…
Two days later, in the early afternoon, Laien and Siana were sitting on the same bed. Laien just returned to their room, after he encountered the first dose of bullying.
Laien only shook his head, not sure what he should do now. He guessed that Jasi will cause him some troubles, as they never liked each other too much. However, for Jasi to go that far wasn’t something he expected. He didn’t imagine that just this morning, while strolling around the open grounds, three kids older than him would attack him and beat him up.
“Big Brother…”Siana looked at his bruises and a dried blood covering his clothes, a hint of tears and anger shining in her eyes. Laien couldn’t help but smile, seeing how deeply his little sister cared for him. Patting Siana’s head, he reassured her again. “I told you that something like that will happen sooner or later, right? Don’t worry about me, it doesn’t hurt very much.” He tried to reassure Siana, hoping that things will turn out fine, one way or another.
Siana glared at him, as if scolding him for being an idiot. Just a moment later, Laien chuckled helplessly. He noticed how Siana looked like she really wanted to hug him, yet at the same time seemed to be worried that it would make him hurt more. She kept fidgeting, not knowing what to do. Laien found that quite cute of her. He patted her head, gently stroking her long, black hair, not saying anything.
Laien knew that Siana was a very smart girl, so he did not bother to explain the same thing again. Between them, there was no need for meaningless words. It was always like that, as far as they could remember.
After a while, Siana calmed down. She laid down on the bed, giving him a short, meaningful look.
“I’m going to wash myself, will you be staying here?” Laien asked, taking few needed things from a wardrobe. Siana nodded in response, cuddling a big pillow on the bed. “Looks like she will be fine.” Laien thought. He looked at Siana for a while longer, then left their room, heading to baths.
Hearing the door close behind her Big Brother, Siana hugged a pillow, trying really hard to not cry. Right now, she just wanted to fall asleep and forget about all unpleasant things. The current and the past ones. “I’m sorry, Big Brother, I just can’t help but be happy that he died…” She mumbled to herself. Deep inside, she thought that she was being really unfair towards her Big Brother. It made her feel really bad.
Accompanied by those unpleasant feelings, she slowly fell asleep.
Walking through empty corridors, Laien wondered where he should go to wash himself. Looking all beaten up like that, he preferred to have some time in private. If he could, he preferred to avoid people speaking of this incident. He thought it would be for the best if no one at all realized what happened to him. “Hmph, when they ask, what will I be supposed to answer? Hey, friends of your Young Master are bullying me? As if they would believe that…”
In the end, Laien decided to simply use the Great Baths. At this time of the day, just before noon, they were usually empty, so he probably wouldn’t meet anyone there.
As for Great Baths, they were built directly on top of a hot springs. Washing oneself there could easily be considered a luxury. A stable access to the hot water was something that only few in the world could afford to own, Valius Family being one of them.
Inside the Great Baths, as expected, was pretty quiet. Only a calming sound of the flowing water could be heard. Laien went into one of the deepest rooms, as he usually did when coming here. He took off his clothes, putting bag with fresh ones on a wooden stool. “I guess I really need to clean myself properly, ugh, so much dirt all over…”
In no hurry, Laien prepared some water in a wooden bowl. Before entering the bath, he needed to clean himself… Well, that would be the most unpleasant part.
As he poured some water on his head, he twitched a bit. He was more or less used to pain, after training his body for the last two years. Still, it didn’t mean he enjoyed hurting.
Laien closed his eyes, allowing his consciousness to wander freely. He could clearly feel each drop of the water falling down from his black hair. He was completely aware of the moisture covering his body... He smiled, enjoying this unique feeling. “I just don’t have enough time. Fifteen … No, just ten years would be enough. Then, I wouldn’t need to worry so much…”
By now, Laien understood that to ensure a good life for himself and Siana, he needed to become strong. Although he was part of the Valius clan, his influence was negligible. His only option was to gain everything he wanted by his own strength.
In this world, no one would listen or care about him, child with no true noble background. Even if he were to become an outstanding talent in governing or tactics, without backing-up from someone, he would not achieve anything. To be respected, he needed to gain power! That was the only way left for him.