“Yep, she’s hundred percent loyal.”
The man in a white robe said it with confidence. The same man who healed Owen’s thirteen stab wounds, Russel.
“What does that mean?” Alicia asked as she came out of a giant cylindrical machine that apparently can check the content of her Maneg Soul.
“Care to explain Owen?” Russel said to Owen.
“She’s asking you.” He retorted.
“You’re her de facto mentor.”
“Well, you’re the one who analyzed her Maneg Soul. You’re the doctor, explain it to her!”
“What kind of priest are you!?”
“Well master Gabriel forced me to and I’m technically a Templar.”
“That doesn’t make any difference!”
“Um, please calm down you two,” Alicia mumbled, trying to calm down the two bickering boys.
“Please don’t mind it too much. They are always like this.”
In response to Alicia’s attempt to calm both of the bickering boys down, the little girl with a platinum-blonde hair tied to a braid that is resting on her shoulder, Alice.
Right now, she has taken off her cape revealing a simple white one-piece dress down to her lower knees without sleeves and a pair of white slippers.
“I will explain it to you but I believe we haven’t introduced each other. My name is Alice Es, Guardian to the Mother Soul of Ice. A pleasure to meet you.”
She introduced herself while pinching the hem of her dress.
“Nice to meet you, my name is Alicia Bell.”
Alicia gives a slight bow.
“Oh, so your Ronald’s daughter then!”
“Do you know my father?”
“Everyone here in the court should know each other but your father is quite famous even before I became a Court Wizard.”
“Yes, he is very famous here. He is like the family head of an influential family here. I mean he did make us agree to let him bring your mother to your world.”
“I see… I suppose that is difficult?”
“Um… we are getting off-topic here… you were going to explain about loyal maneg right?”
“Ah, sorry about that. I’ll explain.”
A Maneg Soul is composed of two types of maneg: disloyal maneg and loyal maneg. Disloyal maneg, or simply called maneg, is the normal maneg that Court Wizards use to unleash Orders. Once an Order was given, the unbounded maneg will do as ordered without fail. However, there is a catch, the word disloyal means something. Disloyal maneg does not stick around the Court Wizard once it performs an order. When maneg is out of the body of a Court Wizard, it will gradually take its independence from its owner. A percentage of disloyal maneg from its initial release will break off from the order it’s performing at an interval of time.
The equation to this would be:
Order Duration (s)= (Initial maneg (100%)/(Initial maneg (100%) – Efficiency (x%))) × Time Interval (s)
Where the number Time Interval of maneg breaking off is determined by the number of steps in an Order.
Take Owen’s [Iceball] for example, it has two steps thereby the time interval is two seconds. Meaning every two seconds the ball of ice will have a whole chunk of it break off instantly and the same size for the next.
Efficiency is the amount of maneg performing an order retaining itself after every break-off. Owen’s efficiency is 90% meaning every two seconds 10% of the initial maneg performing [Iceball] breaks off.
In conclusion, every two seconds 10% of the iceball from the initial amount breaks off thereby after 10 break offs all maneg abandons the order. The iceball lasts 20 seconds. Or it hits something.
Once it has finished its order, the maneg enters a state of rest where it cannot be used by any Court Wizard for about one hour. Then, it could be absorbed back and used again.
“So then what is loyal maneg?”
“To simply put, the body of the Maneg Soul itself.”
Loyal maneg is what defines a Maneg Soul. It is separate from disloyal maneg where the amount of it is constant in any world. It can come and go to any world it pleased.
As its name applies, it will never leave you and it can never get tired and has a 100% efficiency. Take Alicia’s fireball for example. It can keep going forever until it hit something.
“However, there is a catch.”
“What is it?”
“Loyal maneg is the Maneg Soul itself. It’s living and it has its own will.”
It can refuse it’s owner’s order for any reason.
“Also, using Loyal maneg is difficult though it wouldn’t be a problem for you since all you have is loyal maneg. But it’s also dangerous using it because it’s also your most ‘vital’ part of your soul. It will put a strain on your actual body too. Even disloyal maneg Orders yield the same effect if you use it too much at a time. So please be careful when using it.”
“I see,” Alicia nodded. “I will be careful.”
“Thank you. Now, are there any questions?”
“Hmm… I don’t know… I do have something I need to ask.”
“What is it?”
“I think it’s about the voice probably coming from my Maneg Soul.”
“Huh? A voice from your own Maneg Soul?”
Alicia then proceed to explain from when she got kidnapped and then watched as her friend gets stabbed repeatedly-
“Eh! Owen got what!?”
Moving on. As Owen got stabbed repeatedly. She hears a voice telling her to take its power which she then proceeds to burn the rope bounding her and attacked the kidnappers.
“I see. But I never heard anything about Maneg Souls talking to the person before. Maybe it has something to do with your Maneg Soul’s composition?”
Both girls are lost in thought while the two boys near them are still arguing away. Then suddenly.
“I can help you with that!”
A clear-bell like voice resounded the air. Both girls got surprised. Not that the two idiots ever noticed it.
Then something came out from Alicia’s chest.
“Hello! I am- ughff!”
The tiny creature coming out of Alicia’s chest burst out and went right into…
“You wanna go?” Owen growled.
“Sure,” Russel agreed, “let’s do this!”
Both boys bashed each other’s heads at each other. Right as the critter went right between them. Squashing it like a bug.
“Huh?” Owen said. “I think there something between our foreheads.”
“Hmm? I don’t feel anything.” Russel replied.
“I guess it’s my imaginations. Moving on.”
The pair calmed down for a moment and then ignored the critter stuck between their foreheads and proceed to press their foreheads even harder.
“There is something between your foreheads!” Alicia yelled at both boys grinding the poor critter away.
“Oh, you’re right.”
“Are you alright?” she asks the poor critter.
“No worries! I am always fine!” the little critter got itself right back up quickly and gave a confident statement.
The creature is about the size small enough to completely fit and crushed with your hands. It’s a she with short red hair and red eyes with a mischievous face. She wears a red one-piece dress and no footwear. On her back are a pair of slightly transparent red butterfly-like wings.
“Oh yeah, Alicia,” Owen interrupted, “here in the court, we call these things pixies. Fairies are the human-sized ones. Not this tiny thing.”
“What! I ain’t tiny, shorty!” the pixie insulted
Owen grabbed the little pixie with his hands and begins to apply pressure to his grip.
“Oh yeah? You’re so tiny I can make you meat soup out of my hands!”
“I will not succumb to your cold hands!”
“Is that supposed to be a pun!? You asked for it!”
“Owen!” Alicia exclaimed. “Let her go!”
At Alicia’s command, Owen released the pixie.
“Pwahh! Thanks a bunch, me!”
Alicia ponders at the pixie saying “me”. Owen then asked.
“Alright, so what are you?”
“Why I’m Alicia of course!”
“Don’t give me that crap! The Alicia I know doesn’t have a really annoying personality!”
“Um, the pixie came out of Alicia’s chest so…” Alice commented.
“Then she is something related to Alicia,” Russel concluded. “Right?”
“So, what are you?”
“Allow me to explain!”
The pixie began explaining in a bell-like voice.
“I am the representative of Alicia’s Maneg Soul herself!”
Alicia got confused over the statement. Then Owen gave his hypothesis.
“So in other words, if Maneg Souls can come out and talk to you, that would be you.”
“Then why a pixie?”
“Alicia here is kinda into fairies. So, I made myself to look like one!””
“It’s pixies. Well now that you think of it, it kinda makes sense.”
Alicia likes fairy (pixie) literature. Whether in books, movies, whatever.
“Then if you’re the loyal maneg of Alicia’s soul, you’re using some loyal maneg to make yourself. How much?”
“Wha- that’s the average percentage of loyal maneg on a Maneg Soul! The most a wizard have was 70 until Alicia!”
“Well Alicia is a hundred percent loyal, so its A-OK!”
“The hell! Any average Court Wizard would instantly die with things like you merely existing!”
“Alicia sure isn’t!”
“Also, none of us here are ‘average’ to begin with,” Russel added. “You’ve completely frozen an erupting volcano big enough to wipe out countries!”
“Eh! Owen did that!?” Alicia yelped in surprise.
“You’re exaggerating, Russel. It’s only big enough to wipe out a medium-sized state. Not a big deal. Took a third of my maneg supply though.”
“So it is a big deal!”
“Some idiot thought it would be a good idea to wipe an enemy nation by casting magic to erupt a volcano sitting right in their capital,” Owen explained. “The problem is that the volcano is technically big enough to supply enough lava to cover both nations and several more. So the Otherworldly Court told me to freeze it outright.”
“T-That is impressive…” Alicia spoke in amazement.
“H-Hey, we’re getting off-topic here.”, Alice interjected.
“Right,” Owen looked at the pixie. “What to do with you.”
“We’re talking about you annoying little pixie!”
And so they come up with three rules:
The pixie can only come out during non-combat time. The pixie will regulate Alicia’s maneg usage on her orders to ensure her well-being. The pixie must always listen to Alicia’s command.
“We should come up with a name for you,” Owen said. “Alicia, give her a name. She’s your Maneg Soul.”
She racked through her brain looking for a good name.
Bell? No, that is my surname. Little Fairy? That sounds too generic. Tinkerbell? She does not look like her one bit.
Think. She is the persona of my Maneg Soul and I first met her through a voice… that’s it!
“Um… what?” Alice muttered.
“Voice!” Alicia said it again. “That will be her name!”
“That’s a peculiar name,” Alice mumbled wryly.
Alicia then explained her reasoning.
“Seriously?” Russel complained.
“She always had a bad naming sense,” Owen explained. “She once named a hamster ‘Harry’ when she knows it’s a girl just because it got a marking that looks like a lightning.”
“Anyway,” Alicia interjected. “Her name is now Voice! And that is final!”
And thus the fairy’s (pixie) name is Voice.
“Alright then,” Owen continued, “for now, let’s continue on your order casting. Voice, regulate the amount of loyal maneg she uses.”
The pixie returned to Alicia’s body.
In the wasteland, Alicia was then trained to perform a few more basic Orders that can be remembered after being ordered once. Although it is using loyal maneg, Voice will produce normal orders as if it was disloyal maneg.[Javelin] A javelin made of maneg formed thrown with hand or used for melee. Order: Create line x in thickness x in length in x, sculpt edge of line increase sharpness. ‘Create’ lets maneg be controlled by hand and used as a weapon. [Burst] A burst of maneg in a cone. Suitable for striking multiple foes at once. Order: Burst in a cone of angle x horizontally x vertically on x. [Barrier] A square shield covering the entire front of the body. Order: Form rectangle x in width x in height on x, block anything in contact. [Eject] Ejects a mass of maneg out-of-body on a specific part of the body to launch body using the momentum from the ejection. Order: Release x percent of maneg to launch on x.
an: ‘x’ is a placeholder for whatever parameter. Also, these Orders above and the ones to come are subject to change as I figure out a better wording for them.
“Lastly, since you can only use loyal maneg, you need to be able to command it to return to you. In case you missed or other circumstances.”
“You need to say ‘loyal maneg, return’ and all loyal maneg out of your body will immediately drop whatever order and return to you.”
Loyal maneg, return!
At that moment, all of the Orders suddenly stopped and then traveled in the opposite direction back to Alicia. Her body absorbed the maneg.
“That was good Alicia. It took me a while to do that. Nice one!”
“My my! What happened to the cold shoulders!?”
“None of your concern! Go back to master, Voice!”
“Now don’t sulk. Anyway, it’s time to meet your leader. Follow me, Alicia.”
“Leader? Alright then.”
The two then went back to the court where a certain spirit was watching the two from one of the balconies of the castle for a while.
an: all of Voice’s dialogue ends with an exclamation mark (!) except for a few cases in which I will clarify it was the pixie who spoke that dialogue