As soon as I stepped out of Celioth’s Tower grounds, also known as the Magic School, it felt like a whole new world was opening up to me! Aaand… it smelled of manure.
“Sometimes, I wish people would do something about the mess their cows and horses leave behind…” I groaned and carefully stepped away from the pile of… natural fertilizer.
At the very least, the people had the decency of doing it in the nearby bushes if they ever so needed to go urgently. Then again, back on Earth they did say it was good luck to accidentally step in it. I always wondered about how that saying came to be, especially since it never sounded like good luck to me.
Walking down the road, with my new dagger in my hand and shield on my side, I was ready to face the world. I was grinning like a fool and smelled of noob all the way from here to the capital. In a way, I was expecting to start meeting some mobs or robbers or something, but the road was pretty much clear. Actually, there wasn’t even a sign of a wolf or squirrel, let alone an entire pack of them.
At that point, it became clear to me that in the Real-Life Sacred Universe, the maps were bigger and the mobs were fewer. It totally made sense from one point of view, but being at level 1 wasn’t comfy at all. What if I were to meet a level 20 all of a sudden? Then what?
While I was thinking about that, I suddenly saw a sparkle in the nearby bush. I blinked surprised and walked over to it, shield up and ready to defend myself against a sudden attack. I prepared my dagger to either drop it and cast my Ancestral Fireball spell or simply stab the enemy.
There was no movement coming from there, and no sound either. I gulped and hoped it wasn’t a wandering boss or high level mob. I really didn’t want to die on my very first day out into the wild.
“C-Come out! I know you’re there!” I called out, but it was a bit hard to control the tone of my trembling voice.
No one replied. I gulped again.
Here goes nothing… I thought and smacked the bush with my trusty shield.
A cling was heard, and something fell on the ground next to me. It was a sword, a scimitar.
“KYA!” I screamed like a little girl, but quickly covered my mouth.
I blinked surprised towards the bush next to me, but no one and nothing came out.
“What the?” I said and carefully pushed the branches away.
There was no one there, not even a bug or a small animal.
Scratching the back of my head, I realized that I may have just tried to attack a bush… Well, at least no one was there to see my big fail. That being said, I picked up the scimitar and tried to determine its condition. It was definitely better than my puny dagger and appeared to be in good shape too. With a shrug, I tossed the dagger in my Inventory and respecced myself on the sword.
What luck! I thought with a big grin as I continued to walk down the path.
After half an hour or so, I approached what was known around these parts as The Monument. These were some rather interesting relics from the days of the past. No one knew how they worked or who placed them there in the first place. As for what they did, it was a complete mystery. From what I remembered of the game, their name was something along the lines of Resurrection Monolith. I could teleport my character to the last one I “touched” and revive there in case I died.
I wonder if it works here as well? I thought as I looked at it.
“Ah! Are you by chance Layla Ren?” a voice suddenly came from a man sitting on the stump of a tree not that far away from me.
Talk about a weak presence! I didn’t even notice he was there! I thought.
“Maybe? Why are you looking for me… erm, I mean her?”
“Well you see…”
Then he began to tell me a long and boorish story of how he got to meet some lumberjacks and made some amulets for them. He got paid quite nicely, but he already wasted the money and even more so, lost the amulets. Now, he couldn’t dare face the lumberjacks out of fear of being the next thing they cut down.
“In short… Go and retrieve my amulets from where I lost them and then give them to the lumberjacks?” I raised an eyebrow at him.
“Precisely! To make the journey worth something to you, they will pay you a few coins for bringing it to them.”
“Alright, sounds fun. Where do I start searching for them?” I asked with a shrug.
“Go that way.” he pointed me on a small path leading down to the beach. “You will find them somewhere around the old ruins.” he told me.
“Got it! And what will you do meanwhile?” I asked.
“I will stay here and pray to the gods!” he declared with a smile.
I squinted my eyes at him and sighed. It was stupid and ridiculous, but over the years, I learned that many of the people here barely used their noggins, however, I wasn’t expecting this from someone who looked like they had graduated the Magic School.
“Fine… Pray then.” I shrugged again and walked over to the monument.
Hm, now let’s see if this works. I thought as I placed my hand on the monument and poured some of my magic in it.
The big stone lit up immediately, and all the runes shined blue. It worked, or at least I think it did. Anyway, I was going to make sure I didn’t die from something foolish. That being said, I left the monument and headed out on my very first quest in this world!
Speaking of which, I forgot to ask him how he recognized me? Maybe he knew Layla before she dropped dead in the forest? I never really managed to find out what she was doing there in the first place… I thought while walking down the road towards those ruins the mage mentioned.
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