Volm 1 Chp 26 Joining
returned to his cabin where he played with the piece of paper with something
written on it. He didn’t know what was written on it and was thinking of
showing it to someone and asking for help. After giving this piece of paper to
Nidh, old man Falam literally ignored him and went to his usual work. Nidh
asked Boson for help but Boson and he were like the fishes of same pond; both
While he was living his peaceful life in village, other kids
were interested in learning how to read and write but he wasn’t. He thought it
isn’t worth it and wasn’t aware that it would play such a vital role in day to
“She probably knows.” Nidh said as he stood and walked
toward the main building since he didn’t know where Lena’s cabin was. He
wouldn’t mind intruding that secret place again, why would he? He reached the
entrance of the main building and entered.
Nidh was again welcomed by darkness but unlike previous time
he could easily find the secret meeting room. This time he noticed that there
were also many other routes as well but he wasn’t interested. He entered the
secret meeting room where Captain Mark, Sigmond and Lena were discussing about
their upcoming mission.
“Why are you here?” Lena stood up as she saw Nidh.
“Ha ha. Hello there Nidh. I couldn’t introduce myself the
other day. My name is Sigmond and I am the vice captain of this mercenary
group.” Sigmond said as he stood up and moved towards Nidh.
Captain Mark only smiled at Nidh and nodded. It seemed he
was rigorously thinking about something. Nidh clasped his hands toward Sigmond.
“You don’t seem that strong and you are so young. It isn’t
that I don’t believe Captain’s words but are you really that badass as Captain
Nidh shook his head and replied, “I am just little stronger
and have some knowledge about herbs.”
“You are modest. You have very good memory to memorize the
maze to reach here. But it seems Lena didn’t warn you about entering this
building.” Sigmond said. He appeared to be unsatisfied by Nidh’s entrance.
“Sorry for intrusion but I need some help from her.” Nidh
said as he looked toward Lena.
“Help from me?”
“Yeah. I need to reach somewhere.” Nidh said as he showed
the piece of paper. Lena saw what was written on it. “Doctor’s association. You
decided to join there.” She said as she looked toward Captain Mark who could
only heave a sigh and nod.
After Nidh and Lena left, Sigmond who was not convinced by
how the things went asked, “Captain Mark, What is this? Why did you let our
strategist go in the middle of our meeting?”
“Nidh was in need for help and it is good for us if he gains
some more medical skills after joining Doctor’s Association.” Captain Marked
”I don’t think that was the reason Captain. I have known you
for a long time and you are the type of person who doesn’t like people
interrupting discussions. Are you really that afraid of this Nidh? I don’t see
him as some big deal. He hasn’t even matured yet , like how strong this young
man could be.”
“That’s right. You know me and you know what I trust most is
instinct rather than reasons and my instincts tells me to never mess with that
young man. You also know how corrects my instincts are. And Lena’s job was
already done this time.” Captain Mark said as he rubbed his eye with one hand.
”But…” Sigmond was going to say something but was
interrupted by Captain Mark saying, “Remember this Sigmond, unpredictability is
what governs everything so follow your instincts sometimes rather than
reasons.” While they were talking Lena and Nidh had just reached the outside of
the main building.
“You said you were there searching for me. Then next time
don’t enter there without permission. That’s where my living place is.” Lena
said as she pointed at the wooden cabin near the pond. “And I don’t know how
skilled you really are in medical field but it is very difficult to join the
Doctor’s Association even if you have recommendation from someone.”
Nidh only nodded and followed her all the way. During their
walk, they didn’t talk about anything with each other. That’s how they both
were. They didn’t have habit of starting conversation. After reaching the middle
region, they took a ride on a horse carriage. These horse carriages were the
local means of transportation in this city and were the only ride normal people
could take around middle region legally. Four very strong horses would drag the
long carriage with a lot of passengers in this middle region.
Nidh and Lena got out
of the carriage and she paid some gold to a helper of the carriage. They were
at the border of central and middle region.
“Beyond this is central region where fighting isn’t allowed
and remember don’t be disrespectful towards the nobles here or I can’t save you
from punishment.” Lena said as she led Nidh further into the central region. There
were people with eye catching clothing everywhere. It seemed to be full of rich
people and you could see some guards now and then as well. There were huge
shops and the region wasn’t as populated as middle region.
Nidh who was wearing commoner’s outfit was just as eye
catching as well and now and then people would gaze toward him with contempt.
It looked like they didn’t like the people from middle region. Lena who was
wearing a black robe was looking like some mysterious expert so she didn’t have
to face any contempt.
After sometime they reached a huge building. The building
was very grand and was one of the biggest buildings of Sky Tower city. Like
everywhere else doctors had huge prestige and authority in this city.
Especially Doctor’s Association held very high authority around here and in
fact it held influence only less than the city lord himself.
Lena and Nidh entered the building. It was also her first
time entering this building as she wasn’t interested in medical field. The
atmosphere inside the building was peaceful as there weren’t many people there
and most of the people present were old people. One could smell the scent of
herbs and there were some herbs planted on the flowering pots as well.
After reaching the registration section of the association Lena
handed over the paper to the staff there who was also an old woman. The old
woman read the paper and looked toward Nidh and said, “Ah? Which one of you
wants to join?”
“Him” Lena said as she pointed toward Nidh.
“You? You think it is that easy to join our association?
Although you have recommendation, it is better if you don’t even try. These
days our members are recommending whoever they want. I have to talk about this
to the vice president.”
“Why are you complaining old woman? Just let him have a try.
He has a recommendation letter.” A man in his thirties walked towards Nidh and
the others. He was wearing a white robe with a sign of green leaf on his chest.
“Do you think everyone is talented as you? And look at him
he is more than 10 years younger than you were when you joined here.” The old
woman said as she shook her head but she was more polite than earlier.
“Do we have any age restriction or something? Just let him
try. If he can he will join and who knows maybe he will break my record. Ha ha
ha.” The man said as he laughed. There was vivid pride on his face.
“Since you said so. I will be giving him a chance.” The old
woman said as she gave a paper to Nidh.
“Fill it and submit to me.”
Volm 1 Chp 27 Test
Nidh looked toward Lena.
“What?” She asked as she gazed back at him.
“I don’t know how to read and write.” Nidh said plainly.
“Huh? Is that so? Then I will help.” Lena replied.
“Hey! You don’t even know how to read and write. Ha ha ha I was
likely thinking highly of you. I thought I would get a friend in this place
filled with old men and women.” The man shook his head while laughing.
“I told you there aren’t more geniuses like you.” The old
woman said as she joined the laugh.
Lena helped Nidh to fill the form and submitted it to the
old woman. After checking the form the old woman told them to wait a while
pointing at the seat near the corner. Lena and Nidh went there and sat down.
“Are you sure you can pass?” She asked while sitting next to
him. Nidh only nodded.
“That’s good. Then I will be waiting for you here. I would like
to see the face of those annoying people after you pass the test.” She said
“Do as you wish. Thank you for your help.” Nidh replied
After that there was silence before an old man in white robe
with red borders came to call Nidh. The old man had long white beard which
perfectly matched with the robe of his. “I will be judging your skill. There
are four ranks of doctors in our association. According to your skills I will
be giving you a suitable rank.” Nidh nodded and followed the old man. Unlike
others this old man didn’t seem to mind Nidh’s age.
They entered a big room with different equipments and herbs.
There were rats and monkeys for the testing medical skill but these animals
didn’t look like healthy ones. “Since you already have recommendation, I am
sure you are good at basic medical skills so I will be checking what your limit
is.” The old man said as he took out a rat.
Outside, Lena was waiting for the test to end. She was new
to this place and with her mysterious get up no one dared to come near her. She
waited alone for more than four hours but she was fine with it as she loved
being alone and was easily annoyed by the people around her. Everyone around
her was busy in their daily work. The old woman in reception was busy doing
some work but she would peek at Lena sometime as the old woman was also waiting
for Nidh to fail the test.
Few more minutes passed like that. Finally Nidh walked out
of the testing room following the same old man. They reached near Lena who was
there sitting calmly as always. After noticing that they were heading towards
her she stood up and before she could ask Nidh about anything the old man smiled
and said, “Your friend here is really skilled.” before continuing towards the
Then she followed them to the reception. When receptionist
saw the old man walking towards her she stood up and said, “Greetings vice
president.” The old man with long white beard was actually the vice president
of this association. Only after passing the inspection of vice president could
one join the association.
“I told this boy not to take part in the test but he
insisted so I was compelled to disturb vice president.” The receptionist said
quickly as she thought vice president was there to reprimand her for wasting
“This boy? What are you saying? Give our friend Nidh here
some respect. He is already a green robed doctor. Don’t do such mistakes from
now on otherwise the punishment will be severe.” The vice president said angrily.
During the test he was amazed one time after another. This boy who was even
younger to call grandson was more skilled than he himself was in many sections.
He was impressed by Nidh’s new combinations of herbs which were never heard
before and the way Nidh tackled the new problems skillfully. Although he
admitted that Nidh was more skilled than himself in his heart, he couldn’t
admit it aloud to a boy like Nidh, could he? So he decided to make him his
friend rather than his senior.
In this association there were four levels of doctors. First
was the lowest level which acted as helpers which were apprentice level
doctors. Green robed doctors were a level higher following white robed doctors.
Above white robed doctors were the real seniors and experts of medical field
who wore white robe with red borders. Of course there was difference in skills
and prestige among the doctors of same level as well.
“If it wasn’t for the fact that our friend Nidh here isn’t familiar
with alchemy and some names of the herbs, it would have been very difficult for
even me to judge Nidh here.” The vice president here said as he thought, “What
judge? He is already comparable to me in diagnosis and treatment. He is really
a freak to have such skills at such a young age.”
The receptionist was stunned for a moment. She knew what it
meant to be admired by the vice president as she hasn’t seen him admire anyone
in her entire years of being in this association. She didn’t know what to say
to the young man infront of her so she could only bow down her head in regret.
“Admit friend Nidh here to our special medical academy.” The
vice president said as he took out a sheet and wrote something on it. After
that he said, “Don’t worry Nidh. You will be given special permission to leave
whenever you want. It is for your best so that you can learn alchemy and also
get used to our medical system here.”
Nidh nodded as he wasn’t against the idea of learning new
medical skills and he also needed some place to further increase his research
about life veins. “I myself am the principle of the academy so you can come and
join our Academy anytime you want. You will also get your own accommodation
here in central region. We will meet again and I hope we can share some ideas
and views among ourselves.” Vice president Warren said as he left for some
After that Lena and Nidh left the building under apologizing
gazes of the receptionist.
“You are really skilled. It seems I underestimated you. I
don’t know much about the association but the Academy is famous in this city.
You are going to meet lots of nobles and rich people there.” Lena said to Nidh
as they were walking towards the middle region.
“It doesn’t matter. I will be just joining them to learn
about name of herbs and some alchemy. But before that I will like to ask you to
teach me how to read and write.” Nidh said as he gazed toward Lena.
“I would but I don’t have free time to teach you reading and
writing.” She plainly refused.
“Ah. I understand.”
They travelled together towards the outer region without any
more conversation. After they reached the headquarters Lena said, “About learning
how to read and write. Though I can’t teach you, why don’t you ask Grandpa Makai?
He also knows how to read and write and he has a lot of free time as well.”
“He does? I have to give him a visit then.” Nidh replied.
“And before you leave for Academy, don’t forget to notify me.
You will be going for an important mission with us in a month or so.” Lena said
as she walked toward the main building.
After Lena left, Nidh walked toward the pond for exercise
“If I think about it, Lena and Sue are really alike in many
ways. It’s been long time since I haven’t seen her and other friends. I hope
they are doing fine.”
Volm 1 Chp 28 Grandpa Makai
Next day, Nidh went to the Grandpa Makai’s shop. He walked
through the small garden and knocked on the doors. After sometime, an old man
with hunched back opened the door.
“Isn’t it the young man Nidh? Are you here to talk with this
old man? You know your weapon isn’t ready yet, don’t you?”
“I am not here for weapons. I need to ask you for a favor.”
“Whatever, Why don’t you come inside first? Then we can talk
about it, can’t we?” Grandpa Makai led Nidh towards a compartment. The compartment
was very hot and wasn’t that big. There was a large metal bucket like utensil
which was heated using red hot fire. There were hammers and some molds as well.
“You seem to know what am I doing, don’t you? I am preparing
to replicate that wonderful axe.” Grandpa Makai said with a tinge of emotion in
Nidh was observing his surrounding when Grandpa Makai showed
him a chair. Nidh sat on it and observed Granpa Makai who was concentrating and
judging the chunks of metals from a large collection.
“So what do you want? This old man will try his best to
fulfill your needs.” Grandpa Makai said after sometimes. It seemed Grandpa
really liked the Nidh.
“I need to learn how to read and write.” Nidh said
“You don’t know how to read and write? You aren’t the type
to be kidding around, are you?”
“You see Grandpa Makai, I was brought up in a remote village
and there were some accidents which led me here…” Nidh said with some sadness
in his face.
As experienced as Grandpa Makai was, he didn’t press the
matter as he knew this young man infront of him has an interesting story to
“Is that so? I like young man like you. Don’t worry I am
more than happy to teach you something. I will also get someone to accompany
this old man for some time, wont I?”
Nidh and Grandpa Makai talked for some minutes after which
Nidh was led to the room with a bed and a table. There were a lot of books as
well which were neatly maintained in the bookshelf. It seemed like this was Grandpa Makai’s
Grandpa Makai told Nidh to sit and took out a book from the
shelf. He taught Nidh how to read the book for more than an hour. After which
Nidh returned to his cabin contemplating on what he learned today.
About a week passed, Nidh would visit Grandpa Makai daily.
As the days passed Nidh and Grandpa Makai started to become more and more close.
Some time they would talk about different things like the Sky tower city and
the Griphon Kingdom as a whole. Although Grandpa Makai had annoying habit of
asking questions-a lot of questions, he was very knowledgeable person. Nidh
soon got used to the habit of Grandpa. It seemed more Grandpa knew Nidh more he
decreased the number of questions he asked.
After visiting Grandpa for additional few days, Nidh started
to see Grandpa as his own relative, same was for Grandpa as well. Heavens made
some persons to get together easily, and maybe Nidh and Grandpa Makai were some
of those persons or maybe Nidh and Grandpa Makai had some similarities and had
gone through similar events in the past. Who knows but one thing was certain,
they were growing fond of each other day by day.
Nidh was starting to get some sense of the language he was
learning. He could read most of the texts although slowly. He could also scribble
some writings as well- at least he could write his own name perfectly.
Two weeks passed like that. Except visiting Grandpa Makai
and learning how to read and write, Nidh would practice his healing skills
daily-Sometimes on fellow mercenaries and sometimes on small creatures.
As usual Nidh walked through the small garden. After
visiting this small garden daily, he was growing fond of it. He then walked
toward the wooden door. As usual Grandpa Makai was waiting for him near the
“You are here young man Nidh. You know your weapon is almost
complete as well, don’t you?” Grandpa Makai asked Nidh with wide smile. Except
for teaching Nidh how to read and write, Grandpa Nidh would take him towards
the smelting room and work with Nidh’s axe while talking to him.
“I know and it is starting to look very good alright.” Nidh
“May be I will finish this axe today. But before handing you
the original piece of axe which you chose, Would you like to hear the story
behind this axe?”
“Grandpa Makai, I will have to hear this story even if I
refuse, wont I?”
“Ha ha, You are growing wiser and wiser, aren’t you? That’s
right you must hear this story because it concerns the axe you are going to
wield from now on.” Grandpa Makai replied.
“Though this axe isn’t that special as a weapon but it holds
something of greater value. The story I am going to tell you is about the
person who made this axe and about the person who wielded it once. As you are I
know you will find it interesting.” Grandpa Makai spoke. It seemed Grandpa
Makai wasn’t his usual self today. Strangely enough he wasn’t asking any
question as well.
Nidh already noticed the change in behavior of Grandpa Makai
and was eager to hear what this wise old man was going to tell.
Grandpa Makai brought two cup of tea and sat down near on a
chair near the table. Nidh also sat down near Grandpa Makai. There was silence
for some time. The talkative old man was thinking of something. May be he was
thinking how to tell the tale of axe.