Part 22: The Sword, The Light, and The MaskVideo- Anna 2
Watch Us Practice!
Theyve come up with some extra classes for us during summer, its pretty bad. I got up a bit early this morning and was bored, so I headed down to the grounds.
Looks like theres no one here. Well I guess thats only normal.
Yeah What should I do? I still have time before class starts
Personally, I wanted to sleep a little longer.
Huh, isnt that ?
It turns out Anna trains this early every morning, I have no idea how she does it.
Good morning. What are you doing up so early?
Practicing my sword. I must train everyday or else Ill lose my edge.
This early ? Everyday?
Everyday, at this time. Other than now, I am too busy studying Alchemy.
Wow thats impressive.
Oh, not really.
I mean, youre up this early, too. Arent you in some kind of training?
Uhh No, I just happened to wake up really early today
Is that so ? Which means
Anna went a bit quiet for a second, she does that every so often.
You handle everything skillfully, but youre kind of weak and gloomy
At this rate, he may turn dissolute And what if he cant graduate
Even if he does graduate, without vitality Hell end up in
Ahhhh! Oh no, I must do something to save him!
Well, Im gonna go now
Vayne! Let us train together. I have been looking for a partner.
What? But I dont know anything about swords
I will train you from scratch Let us go to, say, the Dragons Grave.
I dont mind, but
Then, off we go! Right now, right this moment!
Hey, dont rush me
We headed up to Heavens Road, Im absolutely amazed she does this every morning.
Ready for what?
Sword fight training, of course. I always fight seriously, so be prepared.
W-wait! If you fight seriously, Ill die!
I see. Very true
Yeah. So like, can we do something more basic
But that wont be any sort of practice for me.
Oh, yeah, I guess
Then how about this? You can learn my moves through real battles.
Luckily, there are many monsters in this area.
Oh, thats fine But with just the two of us?
Yes. Usually, I do this alone anyway. It shouldnt be a problem.
Try to defeat them wit only the power of your sword, if you can.
Ill try my best
We defeated a few enemies, and I was already getting a bit tired so we took a break.
Would you like to take a break?
That would be nice So you do this everyday?
Yes. This and other basic moves, and swings
I learned from my father. I will eventually have to take over his dojo.
Oh, I see Then, why did you come to this school?
I was in doubt.
Ever since I was born, I swung my sword. Its not that I dont like it
But I didnt know if I should simply accept this path without a choice.
Thats when I happened to get an invitation form the academy.
My father was very upset with me. But I forced my enrollment anyway.
Which do you like now? Swords or alchemy
I am not quite sure, yet. I think I still like swords better right now.
But its my school life, so Ill think about it until I graduate.
Three years will go by fast Anyway, lets continue with practice.
Oh Were still gonna do this, huh?
Of course. Now, lets go!
Shes certainly good with her sword, she kept us at a pretty crazy pace until the area was cleared.
Oh, yes. Right. Good work.
Whats wrong? Daydreaming?
Well, honestly, I didnt think you would be able to continue to the end
Are you sure you dont train everyday?
Yes Im sure. I barely made it To think I still have classes
To be able to keep up with my practice without doing any sort of training
With such a dainty body Does he have some sort of special talent?
Then if hes properly trained, he may become an amazing swordsman
Ah! How could I To want a disciple when I myself am still in training
But With my very own hands, the ultimate swordsman could be born
And he will call me master Ahh, what do to
Well, should we head back now?
I think Anna fuzzed out a bit again thinking about something.
Wh-what? That was loud
If its okay with you, would you like to come practice with me again?
What? Umm as long as its not everyday
Y-yeah. But wont I be in your way?
In my way? Never! So its a promise. If you break it
Dont worry, Ill remember.
Good! Then, lets go.
Whats with her high spirits I have a bad feeling about this
I just hope she doesnt want to train too often, this is tiring
Video- Roxis 2
Watch Us Apologize!
Roxis was still mad at me from a while ago when I interrupted him talking with that Mana.
Well, he left.
I wonder if hes still mad.
Did you do something to make him mad?
I think I mightve, but Im not sure
Sounds like weve got a situation. Come on, you can tell us everything.
Well You see
I explained everything, and they all insisted on heading to the Millenium Tree to investigate.
Just as Vayne said.
Hahaa! This means, we have to cooperate as well.
Um but Hell get mad
If we cooperate, hell get mad?
Yeah, thats what happened last time
Its the complicated heart of a man.
Then What should we do? Leave him alone?
Even if we did, I doubt Roxis would be able to make that pact alone.
Youre pretty harsh
For now, I think Vayne should go talk to him one more time.
Yeah, I should apologize, too
Well go talk to the Mana.
Good luck, Vayne.
Roxis left, and I followed him while they stayed behind.
Its about the contract yada yada, right? Geez, youre so persistent
Why dont you just do it? You dont lose anything.
But you see Messing around with him is my current joy in life
Ah, I understand that feeling all too well.
But, if you were to pact with him, you can mess with him at any time.
Ah, that is a good point.
Wait, wait. While were at it, theres one more thing
I caught up with him at the library.
Hold on, I just wanted to apologize to you for the other day
Well because You were mad
Thats it ? You dont even know why you angered me and youre apologizing?
But I have no idea
Well, to start with, I hate everything about you.
Born the son of a talented alchemist, got into school with no difficulty
Of course youre going to be hated.
But youre from a line of famous alchemists, too
Well yes, were famous. Many skilled alchemists came from us in the past.
But in the past century, not one talented alchemist has been born.
And now their one and only son is a dimwit who cant even pact with a Mana.
Im a failure who cant even get into this school without difficulty!
Do you get it now? Stop trying to talk to me.
Roxis knew as little about me as I did about him, though.
Whats not to know ?
I dont even know my dads face, nor have I ever talked to him.
Before I came here, people hated me because no one knew where I was from.
I lived quietly in the mountains, alone with Sulpher
But you still have a Mana and skills.
People dont have high expectations of you.
You have a family, and a place to go home to. And yet youre so
Oh, I finally found you.
Pamela just cant come through a damn door.
Stop appearing before us in that senseless manner!
You dont have to be that surprised Anyway, I came for you, Roxis.
The Mana agreed to pact with you. Hurry before he changes his mind.
R-really? Ill be right there!
But he has some conditions And hes gone.
Im surprised the Mana agreed to make the pact.
Well you see oh, right. You need to go there, too.
Come, come, hurry, hurry!
The others were waiting at the Millenium Tree with the Mana.
*pant * *pant * P-pact with me R-really?... Finally
Oh hoh hoh. So rushed, so cute. Looks like your friends are here, too.
Well, lets see it.
Oh, you havent heard?
You just ran off, Roxis. Youre so impatient.
So, what did you request to see ?
Its simple. Be friendly with your friend there, and Ill pact with you.
Lets see. For now, I guess a handshake and a smile would do.
You cant look unwilling when you shake hands. You have to have a big smile.
C-cant it be something else
No. I wont budge on this.
Give me some time to think about it.
Go ahead. Think all you want.
We seriously stood around for an hour as he sat there thinking it over.
Hey, are you ready yet?
Hes been thinking for such a long time now
I like the tortured look, but its getting boring. Maybe Ill go home
Wait! Please, wait! Dammit, Vayne!
Give me your hand
Roxis? Your eyes are scary.
Dont say anything! Hurry up and do it!
He practically grabbed my hand, he pretty clearly wanted to get this over with.
H-heh, heh heh
Is that good enough?
Hmm What are you talking about?
Im just kidding. Come, get closer.
System Message: Roxis has made a pact with a Mana!
This is a Manas
Feels better than I thought. Well, Ill be living here for a while.
You may notice hair where there was none before.
Oh, I almost forgot.
You and that boy are now friends. So no fighting.
If you ever get into any sort of quarrel, Ill leave immediately.
Wh-what!? Thats just
Itll be fun.
Roxis wasnt enthusiastic, but the Mana wasnt giving him much of a choice...
O-of course! Im looking forward to it!
How wonderful. Now theyre good friends.
Kinda iffy, but
That Mana has quite the personality. Heh heh, thisll be interesting.
Professor Feinnes Alchemy 101: Roxis Mana
Now that Roxis has a Mana, he can learn all the skills that were previously unavailable. He still wont do a Co-op Synthesis with Vayne, though.
Video- Flay 2
Flays been quite busy it seems.
Oh, Vayne, good morning.
You know, that Defender of Justice guy that everyones talking about.
Defender of Justice?
So, you dont know? Youre so out of the loop.
Lately, there have been various attacks on the school delinquents.
The entire school is talking about this rumor.
Oh, I see I didnt know.
Its just that the person spreading the rumor is
It seems to be Flay.
And at tremendous force, to anyone and anywhere.
But, why would he?
Who knows ? Maybe you should ask him when he comes in.
Speak of the devil
Hahaa, everyones here. Just as I expected.
Jess tried to ask Flay about the rumor, but Nikki stopped her partway through.
You call that play fighting?
Oh, no. Play fighting is more vicious. Hahahaha.
Hmm Well, whatever. I have things to do, so I just dropped in to say hi.
Dont slack off. Study hard!
Phew That was close.
Nikki? Jess is kinda turning purple.
What? Oh! Sorry!
Bwaaahhhh Youre mean! What was that about!?
Just listen to me. About that rumor thing
I was just about to ask him about it
Tsk, tsk, tsk I already came up with a vague suspicion.
I bet you the Defender of Justice is Flaya!
True Situation-wise, that is quite plausible.
They did have a very good point.
Right!? So listen, Im pretty sure he wont be honest, even if we ask
So, I say, we go find some evidence!
But, its not like hes doing something wrong
And how do you plan to obtain this evidence?
We follow and catch him red-handed. He just said he had some stuff to do.
Sounds interesting. Count me in.
Im just worried Flay might cause more havoc.
But, hes the Defender of Justice, right? Thats not a bad thing
Then its decided! Lets get going!
We tried to follow him, but quickly lost him. We did end up in the Campus Grounds, though, where the rumors started.
Blindly searching has its limits, too.
Boo Oh wait, but isnt this place
This is where the rumor started yesterday.
Alright, lets go gather up some info!
We dont have to go that far, do we?
What!? Youre such a party pooper. Arent you worried about Flay at all!?
He might be in some really deep, sort of dangerous trouble!
I doubt that
Okay, then its decided! Vayne, go ask around!
What? Okay, fine then
We asked around about the Defender of Justice.
Cat: Mew mew mew!
There was really only one reasonable conclusion.
Summing up those stories we just heard
Theres no mistake.
I knew it.
Hmm, now we just need to catch him in action.
Scream: Aaarrrhhhh !!
That was a deep voice
Could it be Hes out? Lets go!
The Defender of Justice was indeed at work.
Gomory: Were no match
Learn your lesson here, never do evil Hmm, I feel their presence. Tah!
He got away!
Somehow, I dont think were doing this right
Um, uh, ahh
Are you guys alright?
Higgs: Err Sorry, girls
We caught up to him again for a moment.
He sure is fast
Flay had created some sort of pit trap, I still cant believe it.
Such a primitive trap
A pit hole ?
Such a large hole in such a short time I knew he was no ordinary man.
Fuwahahaha You need to train a million years to catch me!
Hold it! Revenge for Nikki and Roxis!
But theyre both alive Umm Sorry!
Hey! Get us outta here first!
I lost sight of Anna in the hallway outside our workshop for just an instant, and he got her too.
That voice Oh no!
Anna! Please be okay
I, regret Grh
Heh heh heh Amateurs, worthlessssss!!
I chased him alone to the dungeons where they keep dangerous monsters.
As I though, the last to survive, is you Vayne!
What were you thinking, Flay!?
So, you figured out who I am I see.
Of course. Why are you doing this!?
Im not sure how to answer that question. I was just destroying evil.
It was your choice to chase me down. You asked for it yourself.
Huh, a reasonable argument from Flay Well, why did you hide your identity?
Hmph How do you know this isnt my true identity?
Perhaps I invented this Flay persona to infiltrate the academy
And with the secrets of alchemy, I have become the Mystery Justice Alchemist!
I often wondered why there was no Defender of Justice in this world
And since there isnt one, my only option was to become the first!
Ah I get it. I wont stop you, so good luck.
Flay wasnt satisfied yet, though.
D-dont tell me
You have 2 choices, now that you know the truth behind this mystery
I either eliminate you now Or you become my ally.
So thats what you were planning all along
The best heroes always work in pairs. Ill be #1 and youll be #2.
No one said I was going to do anything yet
Oh? So, you dont want to ever see the light of day again?
Heh heh heh, haaahahaha! Welcome aboard, partner!
I was framed
I just hope he doesnt go even more overboard on this