James 3.5

They took him to a strange crystal the day afterwards, one that was a milky white that had a kind of… aura? He wasn’t sure, but he figured that’d be a good way to put it. That aside, he noted that the room was almost made completely from what looked like marble. Elise soon walked in afterwards and began to explain, “This is a mana crystal. It’s used to awaken the mana and attributes that lie within you.”

“Mana? Magic? I don’t-” James said before getting cut off by a guardsman to his right. It was an older man in around his 40s.

“You’ll understand soon enough. Please place your hand against the crystal.” He said abruptly.

“Klaus, it’s quite rude to interrupt.” Elise snapped, cheeks puffed.

James sighed, and shook his head. This reminded him of when his friend and girlfriend were bickering. Pushing that aside, he walked up to the crystal and firmly placed his palm on the center of it. After doing so, he felt a warm feeling move through his body for a few seconds, before it faded. The crystal, on the other hand, didn’t do anything.

Unsure of what he should do, James kept his hand on the crystal, and turned his head to the two behind him.

“was that all I needed to do?” He asked

“But, it didn’t…” Elise began to say, but trailed off before she was able to say much. The look on her face was about as confused as it was concerned.

“Could it be?” The guard to her left, different than Klaus said.

“Aye lad. Looks like he’s going to be training with us here soon. Also, talk to me in my office when we get back.” Klaus said to that guard, slapping him on his shoulder with a threatening smile on his face. The nameless guard stiffened with a look of fear upon hearing this.

Hearing this, James was confused. “Can anyone explain what’s going on, or are you just going to leave me in the dark about what’s going on?” he questioned.

“Well lad, the crystal didn’t shine any other colors, so it means that you’re like the rest of us normal folks.” Klaus verbally jabbed.

“Well- it’s not the first time this has happened, but…” Elise muttered, still trapped in her own world.

“Oi, Lassie. You need to explain to ‘im about this. I already said everything I know about that.”

“Eh?” Elise snapped from her thoughtful stupor before explaining,”Oh yes, so the magic crystal would show up any number of colors to signify what magic attributes that you are able to use, however, as yours did not change, you must not be able to use any magicks. Most heroes have awoken one, or even all of them, but there has been one before that had the same result as you.”

“But I felt something warm enter my body when I touched the crystal…” said James, noticing that his palm was still firmly on the crystal’s surface. He then pulled it away and began massaging it with his other hand. “Was that mana?”

“Well, yes. all beings are able to use mana to do basic spells such as Cleansing and spark. Both of which are considered to be life magic, something everyone is able to do.” explained Elise with a kind voice. “We will be glad to teach you about these, but you will be put into practice with our knights under Klaus so that way you can train your body.”

James simply nodded in understanding. In his mind, cursing his luck, as things like this are always the case for him. He winced at the memories that came flooding into his mind, but quickly pushed them down and shook it off.

“Well, let’s get started shall we?” said James, who put on a fake smile to not worry the young priestess.

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