Alicia Chapter 16.1: New Steps – Initiation
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A week after a Light Court Wizard had been sucked into a vortex-rupture.

PIING

Manegia

Year 1421

An eleven-year-old girl, 141 cm in height appeared on the transfer circle. She had black hair that reached below her chest tied to a ponytail and matching obsidian eyes. She wore a white blouse with a blue jacket over it, blue shorts, white fingerless gloves, and a pair of white shoes. She also had a cylindrical bag strapped to her back, as half as tall as she was.

“Rin, good to see you! Welcome to the Otherworldly Court.”

A red-haired girl greeted her.

“Unh! Good to see you, big sis Alicia! Hello, Ruze-senpai.” She greeted back to Alicia and also said hi to Owen.

“Yeah, morning.”

“So this is the Otherworldly Court big brother talks about.”

One of the Transporter Room operator, John, turned his swivel chair around. Other operators did the same.

“This lady is?” The operator asked.

“My name is Rin Fujiwara, please take care of me!” Rin bowed to them.

“Oh, Haruto’s sister. We heard a lot about you.”

“Really?” Rin tilted her head.

“Well, your brother has always spoken about you every day,” The operator said. “And to be honest, it’s quite annoying.”

“Eheheh, sorry.”

“No, we should be sorry.” The expression of the operators gloomed. “We couldn’t find where your brother had been sent to by that vortex-rupture.”

“It’s okay, you guys did your best, right?” Rin said with a smile.

“Now I see what Haruto was spouting.” One operator muttered softly.


Looking in awe of the main hall of the castle where the Otherworldly Court is based.

“I assume Daisuke taught you about maneg?” Owen asked.

“Yes, it was really weird, everything was very bright for a day. Father taught me Orders.”

Daisuke had informed that the Maneg Soul had completely merged with Rin’s soul the day after it entered. Since it’s a light Maneg Soul, the pseudo-symptoms she experienced was increased sensitivity to light. Lightbulbs seemed brighter, she can see well in the dark, the sun shining down made everything white; no physical evidence was shown in her vision. It was gone after the light Maneg Soul was fully merged, Daisuke the taught her some Orders.

“I see, but I still need to see you give basic Orders with my own eyes, we’re heading to the Training Grounds.”


            BOOM BOOM
BOOM                       BOOM
BOOM                       BOOM
           BOOM BOOM

“Eek!” Rin yelped in surprise as multiple missiles in a circular formation flew across the horizon and then fell, hitting the ashes creating an explosion.

“I was surprised too.” Alicia sighed. “This is a common occurrence, you will need to get used to it.”

“O-Okay.” Rin smiled wryly.

“Keep your distance, we don’t wanna make Maneg Beasts here,” Owen said. “Daisuke told you about them, right?”

“Yes, but I have a question.”

“Yes?”

“If Court Wizards could make Maneg Beast with two Orders with different Element, why deploying Court Wizards with different Elements in the same mission? Haruto told me stories about how he and his teammate creating Maneg Beasts in their mission.”

“Yeah about that, deploying Court Wizards with the same Element wouldn’t be flexible,” Owen explained. “Risking Maneg Beasts is better than failing a mission, or worse, getting killed.”

Talking about it, Alicia was quite lucky that a Maneg Beast had not been created during her mission so far. She shuddered thinking about that wolf-type that gave almost killed her. She prays she would never encounter such a scenario during her missions, ever.

“But creating a Maneg Beast is a rare occurrence, it’s just that your brother usually throws big Orders around that he kept making them,” Owen said. He then glared at Rin. “Haruto is the only guy who kept making Maneg Beasts left and right. We are supposed to hold back so we wouldn’t make them, but that idiot never listened. Don’t do the same as him, you got that?”

“R-Right,” Rin responded meekly at Owen’s warning. “But what about that person?” She pointed to where the explosions are being set off.

“That guy is a special case, and he usually doesn’t make Maneg Beasts, got it?”

“Yes.”

“Good, we’re going away from Hanz, who was making all of those explosions.”


“Alright, first Order, [Shine], make it last three seconds,” Owen ordered.

“Okay,” Rin nodded.

She concentrated her mind and then, a ball of light manifested in her right hand. She threw the ball into the air and then…

Argh, so bright!

It stopped in the empty space (save for the air) and it then emits a light so bright Alicia shielded her eyes with her hand.

“Oi! Don’t make it too bright!” Owen yelled.

“Sorry!”

Three seconds later, the Order broke, Owen simply continued on.

“Next, [Beam]. Make it small and just direct it to the ground.”

Rin focused her mind again. A small circle, 10 cm in diameter was formed 20 cm in front of her. It shone a beam of light directly to the barren land, burning it a bit. That reminded Alicia of Haruto’s Orders on that Maneg Beast, giving her goosebumps.

“Next, [Mirror].”

A white square, two meters in height and a meter wide formed in front of her. The white color faded to reveal an exact image of Rin who was standing in front of it.

“Wow!” Alicia exhaled.

“Finally, [Eject],” Owen simply continued on. “Across, not up to the air.”

“Hai,”

Responding with her mother language, a large burst of light maneg was released from her back. The force from the release of light maneg emulating physical form launched her like a catapult across the wasteland. She landed about ten meters from her initial position, almost faceplanting to the ashes.

“Did I do good?” Rin asked after returning the other two Court Wizards.

“It’s not bad, the basic Orders are simple enough to not mess up on the first try,” Owen said. “You still need to stick that landing.”

“Uhn! Thank you!”

“Yeah, sure sure.”

“So after this,” Alicia raised her voice. “Rin will need to see Master Pierre, correct?”

“What!?” Voice appeared, looking upset. “I don’t wanna go there!”

“Why, Voice?” Rin asked.

“Because there’s that Evil Mad Scientist Lady!”

“Uhn?” Rin tilted her head, unsure of the pixie’s rambling.

“It is a long story,” Alicia said. “Master Pierre’s younger sister, Amelia, wanted to do tests with my hundred percent loyal Maneg Soul. She wanted to see if Voice and I were separated. Suffice to say, Voice became very hysterical.”

Rin already knew about Alicia’s Maneg Soul.

“Yeah! That’s why she’s an Evil Mad Scientist Lady!” Voice yelled. “I also can’t believe you helped her, Alicia!”

“Oh,” Rin could only let out a single word to such event.

“Well, she sort of went too far because my father suddenly came and beat her up,” Alicia said with her head down.

“Eh~!” Rin gasped in surprise.

“Yeah! That b*tch got what she deserved!” Voice shrugs with her arms crossed as she casually swore.

“Language, Voice.” Alicia scolded.

And the sound of explosions goes on.


Going up the elevator, completely ignoring the beautiful spiraling staircase, they were in front of a wooden door painted white. It had a sign saying, “Maestro Pierre, Guardian of the Mother Soul of Light, Greatest Magician’s Chamber” Quite the long name and narcissistic too.

Well, the sign jerked off as the door opened on its own. Rin was staggered for a moment, Owen seemed unfazed by it.

Well, it was surprising at first…

It must be a normal thing for this particular chamber.

“So you have come, young Rin!”

PON

A man in a white magician’s garb appeared in front of the open door after blast of smoke ignited dispersed.

“Hee~!” Rin jumped in surprise. Again, Alicia and Owen did not react too much as they had concentrated themselves to detect that particular light Maneg Soul on the ceiling.

Alicia was told to focus her Maneg Soul to detect the Light Guardian’s Maneg Soul to anticipate whatever stunt he would pull every time you enter (detecting other Maneg Souls is an on and off thing). Pierre’s surprise was really meant for Rin. Turning on her Maneg Soul for detection, Alicia could feel another Maneg Soul inside the chamber

“I welcome you to my chambers,” The Light Guardian bowed with his left hand below his stomach and his right arm holding the hem of his cape and raised it high in the air. “Come in!”

“Is the Evil Mad Scientist Lady here!?” Voice asked while hiding behind Alicia’s shoulder, scanning the chamber.

“Ah, unfortunately, my beloved sister required her presence in another realm.” Pierre held his hat to hide his face. “So fortunately for you, little pixie, she’s not present.”

“Well, I did not felt her Maneg Soul,” Alicia said to Voice.

“Well thank goodness!” Voice jumped from her master’s shoulder and flew inside.

“Also, refrain from addressing my beloved sister with that epithet. She is not an Evil Mad Scientist Lady!”

Turning his back with his cape fluttering behind his back, Rin was first to step into the room. Owen, looking unamused, entered next, then Alicia.


Name: Rin Fujiwara
Age: 11
Sex: Female
Species: Human
World: Rakarok-Earth World Merge
Element: Light
Element Color: White
Cherished Armament: -
Rank: New Wizard

A white sheet of metal-containing Rin’s ID was engraved.

Owen quickly demanded the Light Guardian to make the ID before he gets into performing sleights of hand which struck his ego.

“Now then, I would be giving you your first mission, but perhaps-”

FLING

“My hat!”

Owen had suddenly swiped Pierre’s top hat and threw it out to the open balcony like a frisbee. The wind blew the hat away. Pierre frantically chased after it, launching himself with [Eject] to catch up to it, though it seems he won’t be back anytime soon.

“Why did you do that, Ruze-senpai?” Rin asked, surprised by his action.

“That guy will do magic tricks for on and on, it’s better to have another guy giving you missions.”

Due to the current Light Guardian’s antics, the chamber needed to at least have one more light Court Wizard when Pierre is present. Then, you will distract him by doing something similar to what Owen did and then the other light Court Wizard takes over his job.

“Yes, I will give your assignment.” A white knight who was lounging with a glass of juice put his drink down and stood up.

“I am called Richard Sworsis,” He gave a salute. “May I ask your name, young miss?”

“Oh, my name is Rin Fujiwara,” Rin gave her name. “Nice to meet you!”

“Ah, Haruto’s brother, sorry for what befell him.”

“It’s okay.” Rin gave him a smile.

“I can see why your brother speaks fondly of you,” Richard mused. “Well now, I will give your first assignment.”

He rummaged the desk, which was littered with magic trick tools. Well, the entire chamber was decorated with the current occupant’s interest. There were posters of magician-related stuff plastered all over the wall, a bookshelf full of magician books, several wooden stands holding different colors of the same garb Pierre was wearing, a bunch of playing card decks, etc. And that was only the first floor.

Yes, you read it right. The castle of the Otherworldly Court was split into three stories, however, the first and second are twice the height of the third story, the unused observatory, so really, the former are two floors, high hence it should really be five stories high. It’s just that some rooms on the first two stories have utilized the high ceiling to have two floors and some do not. For example, the Transporter Room used its high ceiling to build a second floor to house more monitors, however, the hallway outside the room reached the ceiling. Also, the second floor of a room is only accessible in that room. So it’s much less confusing to say that the castle of the Otherworldly Court is three stories high. Besides, the elevator only has two buttons (you still have to take the spiral staircase to the observatory).

So, for the second story, it would be a waste to have each chamber a very high ceiling filled with nothing. So, a second floor was made. Mind you, the chambers for the guardians are meant to be a family-size apartment for them to live in, even if they don’t live there. So, most of the chambers are decorated for other use according to the guardians and their relative’s taste.

Amelia Rickens, Pierre’s sister, had transformed the entirety of the second floor of the chamber into a laboratory, a high-tech even. There was your standard lab equipment; then there was that expensive equipment you’d see in sci-fi movies like full-body scanners, holographic monitors, a bunch of weird science stuff on locked cabinets and even a stasis chamber! It’s empty though. Alicia remembered while having a casual tea time with the other female Fire Court Wizards, that girl suddenly grabbed her arm and dragged her from the fire chamber and all the way to the second floor of the light chamber. She then demanded to do some ‘tests’ on Alicia’s Maneg Soul which ended up with Alicia’s father coming over and promptly beat the ‘Evil Mad Scientist Lady’, as Voice called her, up.

“Ah, this is a good one,” Richard said as he opened a particular file on the computer. “The record here says that this was the first assignment your brother took.”

“Okay, I’ll accept!” Rin did not even bother hearing the mission’s content.

“Well, that was a quick response,” Richard said. “So the assignment is…”


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