Chapter 2 Ears So Big
Wylie still trying to catch his breath, tears pouring from his eyes. Aidan pats Wylie’s back and kneels beside him. Nier stands before Wylie and hands him a napkin to wipe his tears. Wylie takes it and softly wipes his tears.
Aidan, looking serious, looks at Wylie. “What happen exactly? Where did they take her?”
Nier notices Aidan change of expression. How he was happy go lucky earlier now to this serious self.
Wylie turns his head to Aidan with a worry face. “We were heading back to our cottage and they appeared from nowhere. They held me down at blade point and grabbed my wife. Told me if I want her back then by dusk I should bring you both with me. If they see anyone but you two with me or if we take too long they’ll….they’ll…” Wylie breaks down crying.
Nier and Aidan look at each other.
“Why us?” Nier asks curiously
“We did step up to them. Revenge would be what they want.” Aidan says. “Though something is kind of off.” He says to himself.
Nier looks back to Wylie. “Then we shouldn’t waste any more time. Let’s get going.”
Wylie looks up at Nier. “Are…are you sure? If those men are Knights, they must be more experienced.”
Nier stands, his face now too serious, removing his cloak revealing his Knight outfit. “Then we’ll should be on even footing.”
A short time later Aidan, Nier, and Wylie are walking to the forest as the sun begins to set. Wylie leads the two, as Aidan turns his head to Nier’s weapon.
“What kind of sword is that? I never seen any like that.” Aidan says with a curious look.
Nier looks over and nods. Removing his weapon from his belt and shows it to Aidan. “It isn’t a sword. It’s a special modified Lance. It’s also AT based weapon which means I can use spells with it. What about your weapon? Do you have one?”
Aidan gives a big smile and shows his weapon. “This is my weapon…Fenrir.”
Nier gives off a puzzled look. “What kind of weapon is that?”
Aidan gives a soft chuckle. “Heh It’s a great sword.”
Nier stares at it. “But where’s the blade? How do you wield it? The hand doesn’t look stable.” He asks curiously.
Aidan smiles as he puts his weapon away. “If things so south. You will see.”
The three approach a camp where one of the Knights (2) before is standing before them in the middle grinning.
Wylie lifts his fist up in anger. “You?! We are here like you told! Where’s my wife?!”
The Knight (2) continues his grinning. “Oh don’t worry. She is alright. But we have some payback for those two.” He says as he then snaps his fingers.
Out from the bushes the three are surrounded by bandits. Each on different size with each weapon out and ready.
“Wylie! We’ll handle this! Ready Aidan?!” as Nier shouts he readies his lance, wielding it in a rapier stance. On his off-hand, his AT gauntlet begins to spark with electricity.
Aidan nods standing aside Nier.
As Aidan reaches for his weapon, a large bandit appears from behind ready to slam down a large magic buffed hammer on Aidan.
Nier notices. “AIDAN!” he shouts.
Aidan notices and in a flash cuts the head of the hammer in a clean slice. On Aidan’s weapon, fingers gripped in, the handle turned into an arm guard and the blade fully extended out.
Nier sees it in awe. “Whoa. That transformed as quick as him. And that blade? It’s like his whole arm is a great sword.” He says to himself.
A bandit runs at Nier about to strike him with. “I got you!” he shouts.
Nier quickly side steps the bandit while tripping him. “Hmph. Predictable.”
Another bandit attacks but Nier blocks the attack.
As Nier is blocking, another bandit charges at him.
Nier notices and the end of his lance extends into the bandit’s face, knocking him out.
The bandit attacking Nier sees his comrade get hit. “Hey No Fa?!” as was going to finish, Nier snaps his fingers and a lightning bolt hits the bandit, shocking him unconscious.
Aidan takes notices. “Wow that’s awesome!” he says excitedly but then notices one of the bandits aiming a rifle at Nier and fires.
As the bullet closes in on Nier, Aidan quickly appears and, with his off-hand, punches the bullet back at the bandit’s rifle destroying it in the process.
Nier looks at Aidan with a frighten look. “H….He punched it?! A bullet?!” he says with himself.
Aidan looks back at Nier and gives a big smile and thumbs up. “You okay Nier?” he asks.
Nier smiles softly though still in shock. “Uh…Yeah” he replies with a slow nod.
The rest of the bandits stare at them with fear then begin to run away in retreat. “Screw that! No one said we were dealing with a Hunter and a Knight!”
Nier and Aidan give a surprised look then turn to the one Knight (2) who now kneeling on the ground shaking scared.
Nier walks up to the Knight (2) and points the tip of his lance against his neck. “Now then. Where is Wylie’s wife? Where is?!” Nier is interrupted by one of the bandits, pointing a dagger at Wylie’s neck.
“Drop the weapons or tooth pick here gets to meet his maker.” the bandit exclaims, gripping the blade against Wylie’s neck.
“Wylie!” Nier grunts as he then look over at Aidan. Aidan gives Nier and soft nod as they both lower their weapons.
But before they could lower their weapons to the ground, the bandit holding Wylie suddenly goes expressionless then falls face first on the ground with a magical arrow deep in his back. Another arrow lands between the legs of the Knight (2) close to his groin as he makes an eep noise.
Nier and Aidan give a surprised look. A mysterious person drops from the trees to the ground, a big white fox tail swaying side to side and wielding a composite bow with magic stream. Walking past Aidan and Nier the person aims his bow at the Knight (2).
“The Oni. Where is she? I won’t be easy on you like those two. Now…Tell me!” the person says, arrow pulled back more.
“T…The old Bower outpost! N…North of here! You can’t miss it! Please don’t kill me!” the Knight begs, crying heavily.
Nier steps up. “Answer me this as well. Are you actually a Knight?” he asks.
The Knight (2) shakes his head fast. “N…No we…we stolen these from outposts. Knights are known as cut throats so no one suspected.”
Nier glares at him angrily. Aidan helps up Wylie and notices the magic arrow only knocked the bandit out, not killing him.
“You better not be lying to me. Or I’ll be back.” The person says as he retracts his bow.
“I’m not. I’m telling the tr?!” the false Knight is interrupted with a swift kick to the face by Nier, knocking him out.
The person and Aidan look at Nier. Nier looks back at them.
“Forgive me but he annoyed me.” Nier explains, looking down at the ground.
The person then begins to walk in the direction of the outpost till Aidan steps close to him.
“Hey if you are looking to save Wylie wife too we should team up. It is what you’re doing right? Aidan asks softly.
The person turns to him then looks at Wylie. “He is a coward. I’m not here to help him.” The person says with a hint of disappointment in his tone.
Aidan smiles softly. “Is it because she’s and oni like you? Look Nier and I are helping. We want her safe. Just like you were doing this morning when they were harassing them.
The person takes notice in what Aidan says. “How did you?”
Nier steps up and shows his AT gauntlet. “I felt your magic usage and Aidan heard your bow being drawn. You know full well we are here to help.”
The person looks down and sighs pulling his hood back. Appearing as dark skin fox oni with white hair. His fox ears twitch then gives a look at Nier and Aidan.
Aidan smiles as Nier looks back at the oni cautiously.
The oni turns his head. “Fine. It be a tactical choice to team up.” He says though sighing under his breath.
Aidan’s smile grows big. “Awesome.” He says as he holds his hand out to the oni to shake. “My name is Aidan. That’s Nier and Wylie.”
The Oni looks at Aidan’s hand hesitantly then reaches out and shakes it slowly. “Yoshi. Shall we get going?”
Aidan and Nier nod.
“Come Wylie let’s get going.” Nier says to Wylie with a soft smile.
Wylie looks at Nier and nods softly. “Y…yeah.”
A few moments later, the group is heading through the woods in the direction to the bandit outpost. Nier looks at Yoshi’s AT gauntlet.
Yoshi takes notice. “Is there something wrong?” he asks.
Nier looks up at him. “AT gauntlets are rare these days. And rather expensive. How did you get yours?” Nier asks curiously.
Yoshi looks back at him then at his gauntlet. “My mother gave it to me. Though my father would believe I do not deserve it. Why you ask?”
“I’ve heard that there are oni’s that take up thievery. Is it true?” Nier asks softly then looks down. “I’m not suspecting you of anything. I’m just wondering if it’s true.”
Yoshi turns his head looking forward and sighs. “A lot more true than you would believe.”
Aidan looks over at Yoshi. “Say Yoshi. How you found us? We were a bit away from the village.”
Yoshi turns to Aidan. “I followed for a bit but from afar. I had to be cautious though. Not to sound prideful but all Oni have a great sense of danger.”
Aidan looks at him sternly. “I thought so.”
Yoshi looks at him confused. Though shrugs it off.
The group soon arrive at the outpost. Yoshi looks up and to the sides of the outpost.
“Knights either grew tired of this place or decided this part of land wasn’t worth.” Yoshi says as he looks at Nier.
Nier glances back at Yoshi. “This was made before the conflict between the Knights and Hunters. A petty disagreements more so. Tearing the land apart.” He softly says looking down. Nier then looks up. “Let’s head through the front.” He says with a firm look.
Yoshi look at him puzzled. “Wouldn’t they be expecting a front assault?”
Nier nods. “Yes and it would mean all of them would be waiting for us ahead. That way we won’t miss any bandits. Only a few will be left guarding Felch. We keep the main group busy while you save her.”
Yoshi gives a surprised look. “Hmm sound plan.” He mutters.
Nier looks back at Wylie. “Stay behind us and let us clear them out. Okay?” he says with a soft smile. “We are getting Felch back”
Wylie nods. “Right.”
Nier looks at Aidan. Aidan looks back and nods.
“Alright let’s do it” Nier says as both him, Aidan, and Wylie head through the front. Yoshi climbs the side of the building and heads inside through one of the windows.
As Nier and Aidan enter the outpost they are greeted by a large group of bandits, weapons ready. Nier and Aidan ready their weapons.
“We are here for Felch. Wylie’s wife. Give her up alive and unharmed.” Nier demands with weapon aimed at them.
“Oh? Is that so?” One of the false Knights (1) from earlier says with a smirk.
Meanwhile Yoshi is carefully treading down a corridor bow readied. Leaning against each door listening out for Felch. He continues so till he heard a woman panting. Yoshi slowly opens the door arrow drawn but only sees Felch tied to a chair.
“That’s odd. No guards?” he says to himself as he walks close to Felch.
She raises her head up with a weaken expression. “Please. H…help me.”
Yoshi retracts his arrow and goes behind her, beginning to untie her. “Don’t worry some other and I have come to save you.”
Felch lifts her head up. “Thank you. Thank you so much…Yoshi.”
Yoshi stops when he heard his name. “How did?!” He quickly dodges out the way as a large bandit with a metal arm tries to smash him. “An augmented?! He masked his scent!” Yoshi readies his arrow drawn at them.
Felch gets up and stands beside the augmented bandit, smiling wide.
Nier and Aidan hear the loud noise from above.
“Yoshi?! What happened?” Nier says to himself, his face now worried.
The door behind them close shut and a lock noise is heard.
Nier and Aidan look behind them at Wylie.
Leaning against the locked door, Wylie slowly forms a grin. “Sorry for the tricks boys. But the better to catch you.”
End of Chapter
Chapter 1 Eyes So Big
Once upon a time a great land was forged and with it mankind and Oni were born. From the ground they were born they prosper, and grew. But this didn’t came without hardships. Beasts known as Shadows arose from the depths and sought mortal kind as food, attacking all with no remorse. Mankind was for the first time shrouded in fear and darkness. But even light can be born from dark as man soon discovered an energy source so powerful it helped combat the Shadows. Angel’s Tears as many would call it, allowed those to wield magic, power their weapons to greater efficiency and give rise to new technology. With this two groups were formed, The Hunters and the Knights. The Knights protect the people of villages and cities from danger as the Hunters faced the beasts head on. For a time peace was known in the land of heroes and legends. But such as time, they too begin to fade. Perhaps one day new heroes will arise in our time of need.
A new day is dawning on a small village already bustling with people going to shops and jobs. At the entrance of the village a young man covered in a cloak approaches. As he walks into the market plaza he lets down his hood, revealing his face, young with short blonde hair.
“Looks so lively here. It almost puts the Farron City a run for its money.” the young man says with a smile as he gazes around. “I wonder if they have any refreshing drinks here, I could really use one.”
As he walks past a few stalls he notices a woman getting harassed by some well armored men. Being cautious he walks close to see what’s going on as other people look with disgust and worry. A young woman with hooves for feet, on the ground, dirt being kicked at her by one of the three men while the other two hold a young man down.
“Shouldn’t have bumped into us you filth. Who gave you the right to even walk our path?” The armored thug screams as he grabs her by the hair.
The young man held by the other two men tries to break free. “Let my wife go you bastards! She’s done no wrong to!?” Immediately punched in the gut by the thug and drops to the ground groaning.
The thug laughs but quickly changes his expression from laughter to disgust. “You married an Oni?! You make humanity weak you little piece of shit!”
The young blonde hair male steps forward. “Leave them be and leave this village.”
The thug looks at the blonde hair male and smirks. “Leave them be? She’s an Oni boy. Should be on a leash instead of roaming free.” He lets go of her hair and walks toward the male. “And who gave you the right to talk to me like that boy? I have full authority arrest you.” The three men show the emblem on their chest plate. “We are Knights.”
The young blonde glares at them with disgust but also sense something odd. “Somethings off. Does one of them have AT weapon?” he says to himself then exclaims to the men. “Knights? More like cut throat bandits.”
The Knight winces angrily and reaches for his weapon though something very quick darts past him. Wondering what just happen the knight then notices his weapon missing. The other two notice and reach for their weapon but they too were gone.
“Knights huh? Even you guys should have honor.” Says a young blue long haired male holding the men’s weapons. “Why don’t you go? While you still have a chance.” He smiles softly tossing their weapons to them.
The three knights back a bit in shock. Grabbing their weapons they leave though grunting and cursing beneath their breath. The villagers around sigh with relief and continue their day. The Blue haired male smiles and notices the young blonde man, astonished.
“Wow you’re pretty quick.” He says with still in a bit of shock.
The blue hair male chuckles a bit. “Heh thanks. Hey you’re new here too huh? What’s your name?”
The blonde male smiles softly. “My name is Nier. And your name?”
The blue hair male about to say his name but is interrupted as the young woman from before hugs him out of nowhere.
“Thank you! Thank you so much!” the young woman exclaims in tears. Gives the male one more hug then let’s go to stand by her husband. “My name is Felch and this my husband Wylie.”
Nier bow softly and the blue hair male nods smiling.
“Will you two be alright?” Nier asks concerned about earlier. He turns to look back at the way the knights went.
“We’ll be okay. These things will happen. It’s the hardships we have to endure together.” Wylie calmly says as he holds his wife close. “Oni and human are the same. Appearances don’t mean a thing.” He reaches in his bag and hands both Nier and the blue haired male a jar of liquid. “Here you two look thirsty, drink this. It’s my wife’s mixed fruit drinks. You guys can have mine as thanks.”
Nier looks at it and smiles happily. “Oh thank you. I’m quite parched and this smells amazing.” He clings the jar against the jar the blue haired male is holding and smiles at him. “Cheers!”
As the both about to put the jars to their lips a clocked person knocks into both of them, knocking the drinks out their hands and falling to the ground spilled. The cloaked person gets up slowly then runs off.
“That was odd. I hope that person is okay.” The blue hair male says as he watches the mysterious person run off. He turns to look at Nier who is staring at the spilled drink. “You alright Nier?” he asks.
Nier softly sighs and nods. “I’m fine… But I was hoping to enjoy a refreshing drink. I’m sorry about that.” He says as you looks up at Felch and Wylie.
“Oh it’s okay nothing to pout about. Eh heh” she says smiling softly.
The blue haired male softly taps Nier’s shoulder. Hey I was about to get a bite to eat. Want to join me? My treat.” He asks with a smile.
Nier softly shakes his head. “No I’m fin?!” stomach conveniently growls. “Eh well I guess it wouldn’t hurt for a bite. Thank you two for your gift though it was ruined. Regardless be safe.” Nier bows to the couple and follows the blue hair male while waving good bye to them.
A bit later at a food stall Nier and the young blue haired male eating together. Nier happily enjoying a tall glass of lemonade. The blue haired male smiles as he eats a large bowl of rice and stew.
Nier sighs in content as he begins eat a sandwich. “Thank you for this meal. Um? I don’t believe I received your name.” he says as he looks turns his head to the blue hair male.
“Oh right heh. My name is Aidan. Aidan Nox.” He says as he continues to eat.
Nier looks at him. “Nox? As in the Nox family? The well-known family of Hunters Nox? Are you a Hunter as well?” He asks curiously.
Aidan nods as he finishes his meal. He then turns his back, move his long hair to the side and show the emblem on his long coat. “Since I was 5 I was made a Hunter by my brother.”
Nier gazes upon the emblem in awe. “At the age of 5? Then you must of fought many Shadows and other beasts.” He says placing his hand on his chin thinking of the battles.
Nodding softly Aidan pays the cook for the meals and stand. “Only a few Shadows. Mostly just great beasts and a few bandits. Though I had to stop about 6 years ago. I…I needed to train a lot more.”
Nier looks at Aidan curiously. “For 6 years huh? How old if I may ask? I turned 16 a few months ago.”
“Cool! I’m 15.” He says smiling.
“Only 15? He moved like the wind.” Nier says to himself as he then compares heights. “He’s also a bit taller than me.” Aidan looks at him confused as he does the height comparing. “Though I must ask Aidan if I may.” He asks while looking seriously at him. Aidan nods for him to ask. “Why help those two. The couple. And why let those so called Knights go off so easily?”
Aidan stops and looks at Nier. “My brother taught me to do the right thing and that everyone deserves a chance at happiness. Oni, human, and even Augmented deserve it. And as for the knights? You must have not noticed but they were in danger too.”
Nier gives Aidan a confused look. “What do you mean in danger?” he asks.
Aidan scratches the back of his head softly. “I heard a bow being drawn. I assume whoever was waiting for them to strike at someone, like you and kill them. So I stepped in since killing those guys weren’t needed.”
Nier thinks back to the incident. “He’s right. I felt a magic serge in the area. And there is no spell to increase speed so it couldn’t been Aidan.” He says to himself till he then realized something. “Wait a moment!”
“What’s wrong Nier? Is something up?” Aidan, concerned, looks at Nier.
Nier places his hand on his chin. “Knights are required to be trained and carry an AT energized weapon at all times. Those supposed Knights’ weapons…they weren’t AT energy based.” He says.
Aiden looks at points to man walking by with an AT gauntlet equipped. “AT? You mean Angel Tears? That stuff that powers the lights and magic wielders?”
Nier nods in response and shows his AT gauntlet. “Yes and it even powers certain weapons to buff them and gives power to Augmented. So I think those men weren’t Knights but!?” Nier is interrupted by a familiar voice shouting.
“You two!” A familiar man shouted as he runs up to them then falls over tired. Panting tiredly trying to grasp for breath. “M…my...My” he pants heavier. Both Aidan and Nier recognized him. It’s Wylie.
“Wylie?! What happened?!” Nier asks as he helps Wylie to a chair. The villagers around look with concern. “Take a deep breath and tell us what’s wrong.”
Aidan looks around and notices something. “Wait Wylie? Where’s your wife?” he asks carefully.
Wylie looks up at Nier and Aidan in tears and shouts. “Those Knights! They kidnapped my wife!”
End of Chapter 1