Disclaimer: For this journal, the set main character is replaced with an OC of mine. Other than that, nothing else has changed.
A student who knows the fiend Lezard. Prideful and arrogant. She finds the one left behind. She meets with the rogue. A proclamation is met with a sense of danger.
I ended up returning to the town of Flenceburg. This was the last place I wanted to return to after the incident with Lezard. Yet there I was..
The new soul was Mystina, the student from the magic academy that was absent from Lorenta’s birthday party. When another student asked what she was doing, she made an ill concieved, and inappropriate joke. He then told her about Lorenta’s passing. She didn’t even crack at the news.
Once she returns to her room, however, her demeanor changes in a negative light. She proclaims she’s relieved and starts getting excited. It was unbefitting of someone to act towards the death of someone they knew. She then entered a machine in the back.
Her spirit moved to the tower. She seemed rather adament to take me where I didn’t want to go.. She began to explore the tower, the monsters within seemingly unaware of her presence. She examined every nook and cranny she could find. She was amazed at the runes all over the walls, some of them lost to Midgard.
She then found the homonculus. The one I had spared in my earlier rampage. Her immediate thought was that Lezard was a pedophile and a pervert. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised… She decides to take it with her for research purposes. She mentioned autopsy experiments..
Lezard came to her later as an uninvited guest. She asked him how he got so strong. She didn’t get an answer before she asked if he was the one who had killed Lorenta. He answered by telling her he had found the Philosopher’s Stone, but describes it as less a stone as it was a complex codex. He got down to business right after. He knew she took his homonculus and he wanted it back. However, he was willing to compensate her for its return. She said she wanted information on the Bifrost, that she wantd to stand obtop of Yggdrasil and recieve knowledge and wisdom as Lord Odin did.
It’s a short time after until she took him into the back room to show his homonculus to be unharmed. She began to compliment its workmanship. He was getting angry about it, though.
Lezard divulges the information to her.
Yggdrasil and the Bifrost lie in the forest of the elves.
Gods are souls inhabiting elvish bodies and because of this, they can’t grow. Except for Odin, who is a half-elf. This allowed him to ascend the throne.
He told her he believed the souls of Gods are similar to human souls. That it a human soul was to enter the homonculus made of an elf, they would become a God themselves.
After he departed, Mystina re-entered her machine to walk around town. She apparently has a condition that prevents her from physically going too far from the academy grounds. However, Lizard did not truly leave. He returned and betrayed her. He freezes her in her chamber, killing her in the process.
This is his folly, however, as she has now come before me. I ask her to join my Einherjar. Her initial laughter becomes pure consideration and agreement when I tell her she might be able to research Yggdrasil and the Bifrost while she’s with us.
Mystina hasn’t any of the true character qualities needed to be Einherjar, at least not initually. Though, I can’t complain about her magical prowess. I seem to be picking up the strange ones.
Lucien questions his if something is wrong with him. A fire rages throughout the town. Children cry out in pain and call for help. Clare begs him not to leave her alone.
The coming of that Spirit Concentration shook my core. I hurried over to Gerabellum.
Lucien sat on the roadside, deep in thought. The local children came up to him and asked him if he was alright. He told them he was, but he, himself, isn’t so sure. Is he thinking about me…?
He entered a building nearby afterward to meet with Claire and two others of their crew, Barren and Rusty. They had made good money from their thievery in order to support the town.
The next day, they met like usual, but Barren and Rusty hadn’t arrived yet. When someone had come in, it was a townsperson warning them to leave. Their friend, Barren, had accidentally pickpocketed a noble and was caught. They tortured him to death afterwards.
As a result, the nobles had declared all out war against the thieves. This, however, was just an excuse. The army they had gathered were killing left and right without any sort of proof. Their intention was to murder everyone in the slums. Lucien told Claire that they should leave through the back door. When she asked about the children, he told her he’d protect them and that she should go on ahead. Such a noble soul..
She tells him she’d go with him, but he refuses. He tells her it’s dangerous to be together. He proposes they meet in the woods.
They found the town in ruins after the attack run its course. There were many dead. Claire was in despair and fear for her life. Lucien tried to be strong, but is struck by an arrow. He tries to fight, but eventually his wounds became fatal. Next thing I knew, he lay in Claire’s arms. While she cries, he begs her to live on he dies. I was crying too..
Up above, I was overcome with sorrow. Around me were the souls of children, crying out their pains and calling for help. They were victims of the cruelty of the nobles of Gerabellum. This tragedy should not have occured.
When I meet him, I choose him without question. I want him as my Einherjar. He tells me, however, that he did not wish to abandon Claire. I can’t describe how this makes me feel. On the one hand, I am relieved to hear it, but on the other, I feel sick.
Was this what she felt that time?
I grant his wish for her safety regardless. She manages to exit the town, and grieve for the man she loved safely.He still seems to recognise me.
Did he realise I was Meril?
I don’t know exactly why I didn’t hesitate to choose him. I didn’t even think about whether or not he had the qualities. He just seemed to have been the obvious choice. I wanted him with me.
Undead activity had sprung up in the Arkdain Ruins. With Lucien at my side, I went there as quickly as I could.
The undead that inhabited the place were strong. It took a while for us to catch up, but we did it by picking our battles wisely. It helped that I has switched to using a boy to make life hard for the Necromancers by silencing them. Other than the one room, that closed entered and had to fight all the undead within, and a hard to reach ledge that I got to by utilizing crystal shots, there wasn’t anything too special about it.
As we reached the end, I met with three servants of Hel, who were guarding my supposed sister. I told them to leave, but they refused. It turned into a fight. The three were strong, but we managed to win out through endurance. I will only entrust my sister to Brahms.
A familiar face is ambushed. The bandit declares his misfortune. An old woman talks about a rare cactus blooming in the night. The bandit has an idea.
I arrived in Villnore next. The bandit from the incident with Arngrim and Jelanda was running in the streets, afraid for his life. He claimed that it wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for him. He heard a noise and pulled out his crossbow. He is spoken to by an unsavoury character, who strikes him from above. The day started so simply.
An old woman calls him from outside the house about going to work. The man named Badrach answers in a crude manner. He considers her annoying. She considers him lazy. He comes out to take a breath of fresh air. Their conversation soon turns to a flower. She tells him it’s a special variety of cactus that blooms for only a few hours for one night each month. He is snarky about this. She tells him that during the time it blooms, it can grant wishes, and she would wish for the war to end. He thinks she’s a fool for thinking such and returns to his bed.
He went to the thieve’s guild earlier for work, but couldn’t get any.
As the night dragged on for him, he was limping home. He tried to pull himself along, but it was getting hard. When he finally reached the building, he collapses against the wall. He is going to die..
I appear before him and he gets excited. He thinks my coming means he has been chosen to become Einherjar. He is mistaken. Lord Odin had not called for his soul. It was Hel. She wishes to torment him for his crimes. He has no way of escaping that. He begs me, however, to let him defend himself. To find some redeeming quality that would give him a second change. His defense left something to be desired…
He robbed and murdered an old man. Violent Mugging.
He fenced stolen property. Theft for Greed.
Assisted in a kidnapping. Abduction.
He spied on his own country. Treachery.
He sold women into slavery. Human Trafficking.
He was making me sick with how pathetic he was.
Even he realises how bad it looks. He’s desperate to think of something as the cactus had become to bloom. Something comes to mind.
He tells me of a time when he was working for slave traders to escort slaves. A seven year old girl who was sold for food takes a liking to him. He is clear to mention how distasteful it was that she had to be sold so her family could eat.
The slavers try to cheat him for half the agreed. He takes the girl and flees to make them upset. He forgoes payment entirely.
He takes to to Camille Village, to the abandoned church. He tells her its his home and leaves her there. In the safety of a village that would care for her.
Perhaps even a man as low as him can find redemption.
As I left with my new Einherjar, the old woman discovers Badrach’s body. She doesn’t say a word. Perhaps she bore witness to this secret trial.
It’s clear Badrach isn’t suited to be Einherjar, but I made my judgement on his willingness to change and potential for kindness. As much as he was using harsh words during his story, it seemed to mean more to him than he lets on. Perhaps Lord Odin could let this one slide.
We went to the Cave of Oblivion, but found nothing. It appeared to be an old cave.
We revisited Mystina’s room in Flenceburg after and she found a wand precious to her, the Infinity Wand. Another memento. I’m spoiling them now, aren’t I?
I couldn’t find a swordsman who could swim, but I felt Yumei would most saficiently fill the role. She was a mermaid, after all. Afterward, the Nebelungen Ring started feeling heavy again after all the training we had done in our spare time. I removed it and rested.
Freya once again came to visit for her report. We were backing our enemies into a corner.
Lawfer had become a 10th Rank god after stopping the magic experiments of the Vanir at Fort Distron. Thor praises his efforts, but cautions him about his abilities. He’ll be fine.
Belenus had also achieved 10th Rank, having reversed a Vanir surprise attack. He also had a bonding moment with Eir while she healed him. He kept saying Asaka’s name. It’s good he could talk to someone.
Llewelyn had achieved 14th Rank after slaying a Dragon Worm that had been placed in Lambert Lake. However, they had also put him on trivial duties which he did dillegently. Are they picking on him even after being the one to kill the Dragon Worm…?
Kashell achieved 11th Rank after achieving victory in a desperate Vanir trap and earned favour of Thor. He, however, got into a deadly situation where he was hanging by a brang, but managed to climb out of it. Be more careful next time..
Yumei achieved 15th Rank for defeating the Vanir in the Junibe Sea. She also had captured a fleeing soldier, and was able to get through the forest to accomplish a special mission. I knew i could put my faith in her.
Freya wants a warrior and a sorcerer of considerable value next. I have plenty I can send but clearly the best would be…
I… don’t want to be apart from him…
Sigrifa is now Level 26.
Lucian is now Level 22.
Janus is now Level 17.
Yumei is now Level 11.
Mystina is now Level 16.
Lorenta is now Level 13.
Nanami is now Level 23.
Arngrim is now Level 23.
Jelanda is now Level 11.
Mystina has become Einherjar.
Lucien is now Einherjar.
Sigrifa obtained Star Guard. Sent to Odin.
Sigrifa obtained Holy Wand “Adventia”. Sent to Odin.
Sigrifa obtained Robe of Bryttain. Sent to Odin.
Sigrifa obtained Infinity Rod.
Yumei is now in Asgard.