A Dragonoid, an extremely rare race of intelligent beings. They only have one source, but what would take a human a year, a Dragonoid could do in a month. And I was at the mercy of one, but it didn't seem to be aggressive, but interested in me.
"Strange, your body is human, but your soul is a demon. In all of my years, I've never such a specimen," The Dragonoid whispered.
She didn't hit me as Jododam did but kindly touched me. Her skin was so smooth, not rough or scaly as by what I heard, but silky and smooth. I wonder if all Dragonoids were like this, but this is weird. These beings always live up in mountain peaks or some other place to suit their source, also this one didn't have wings like many other Dragonoid's.
"Who are you?" I asked the Dragonoid finally.
"I am the Dragonoid of the healing mist, Alicia," The Dragonoid replied with.
"Why do you have no wings?" I asked Alicia politely.
"Well, I had to give something up for immortality, and that was it"
Immortality, nations have fallen trying to achieve it, and this Dragonoid just sacrificed her wings. I didn't believe her, as such a powerful ability would make her able to conquer regions if she was careful.
"How can you be immortal, it's impossible! I know you can stop aging for a bit by using a lot of source, but the effect wears off, so how?!" I yelled at Alicia.
"Isn't it simple? It's my soul ability, my wings were torn off my body, that pain made me unleash it, as well as many others," Alicia responded.
I did believe her for a bit, but it sort of sounded fake. I started to ask other questions to see if she was telling the truth.
"So, how long have you been here, around this lake?" I suspiciously asked Alicia.
"I fell here when it was a lush forest, I guess that was one thousand years ago,"
"One thousand! How are you still sane!"
"Every fifty years or so, a person falls, so I keep them as a pet until they die,"
"Will you do that to me?"
"Of course not, how could I be interested in a lower demon like you,"
I immediately grew angry again and felt that demonic energy returning to me. I unsheathed my katana once again and tried to slice Alicia. Alicia easily dodged my attack and hit me with her tail, I went flying across the lake to hit a clump of dead trees. I opened my eyes to see that Alicia was standing in front of me, examining me.
"Never in my life have I seen a human stand up a Dragonoid," Alicia yawned.
"Yeah so what of, I'm not entirely a human, I'm a part-demon" I yelled at her.
"That is why you're like me, unique, shall I help you out?"
I wondered what she meant by helping out. Jododam seemed like a reasonable person, but Alicia told me some stories which already confused me. I took a while for me to think of an answer, but I chose to take the risk.
"I'll do it! But why are you helping me?"
"It's because it's been a hundred years since my last encounter, and I'm interested to see what you can do, for someone so unique,"
"Ok, so what do we do?" I asked her.
"We unlock a new part of your soul" Alicia responded with.
Alicia then started to jab me, but not hard, just enough for a calming pain. After a while she stopped and went into a sitting position, she closed her eyes and her aura almost became non-existent.
"What are you doing?" I asked Alicia
"I'm training my soul, and improving my overall source and soul ability" She calmly said.
"But that's impossible, no one's soul ability improves, no matter how much they train it,"
"Jeez, you humans are so naive. You don't raise your soul ability to use it, you have to improve it by improving your soul's purity. Now sit down and control on your aura, and close your eyes when you're at it, it'll help it become smaller,"
I sat down and close my eyes, and I focus on my breathing as well. I could already feel that I was calmer, more powerful, I could even feel my source flowing through me. I don't know how long it was, but after a while, she told me to stop. I opened my eyes to see that it was already dusk, I got here when it was midday, it seems I wasn't affected by thirst or hunger in my meditation.
I look towards Alicia to see that she was drinking from the lake. I went towards the lake myself, cramps all over my body were killing me, but after a while, I was finally able to kneel to get a sip. I cup my hands and fill them with water. I sip the water and feel that all the pain from the cramps were fading, my source also felt replenished. I was about to go back when Alicia called me.
"Come back tomorrow Dyne, your soul has improved a lot, we'll resume this later on," Alicia yelled.
"Understood Alicia," I yelled back.
I make my way out of the woods until I was able to see the courtyard. I rush forward to see what the other kids were inside, probably where Jododam was. I made my way inside and follow the route I went to get outside. I went past the hall and see that there was a long table, I take a closer look to see that the kids from earlier and Jododam were sitting there. Jododam noticed me and waved.
"Ah, Dyne, come sit down, dinner's almost ready," Jododam shouted
"Ah right, be right there" I answered with.
I walked in to see that all the other children were sitting in their seats. I walk up to find that only one was remaining. The boy that I killed earlier this morning was to the right, to the left was a scrawny little boy with brown hair. I sit down to see that the entire group was looking with daggers in their eyes. The only expectations were the boy to my left and Jododam.
"Everyone please listen up, this is Dyne, he will be joining the experiment. Everyone, please be nice to our new accomplice," Jododam announced.
"I refuse to eat, sleep or even live with that punk under the same roof," The boy to the right of me yelled. After looking at him for a bit, he reminded me of Fredrick. I looked back and saw that Jododam's hair started to rise and a very powerful aura started to emit from him. I was able to withstand the pressure, but some of the other children didn't.
"Listen up here you little shit, you may be the one of the king's horrible spawn, but during the project, you're no one!" Jododam yelled back.
I knew he was the king's son when the boy yelled at me when I killed him, but I never thought that Jododam would react like that towards him. It seemed like even noble status did nothing in this household. The boy immediately sat down and looked straight down, frightened by Jododam's power.
"Now everyone, let us a feast for a new member has joined our experiment, Dyne." Jododam declared.
With a click of his fingers, a whole buffet appeared on the table before us, plates and all. I immediately grab a bowl and fill it with a weird brownish broth. I put it back, grab a spoon, and took a sip of it. It was amazing, even better than my mum's. That thought made me stop and put the soup down, with a tear trickling down my face. The boy to the right noticed and started to laugh.
"What's the matter new boy, is the flavour to enough to make you cry, what a weakling, as expected from someone who came from Daishin," The boy laughed.
I immediately grabbed a knife and put it straight to the boy's throat.
"Easy now, let's just introduce ourselves, I am Luke Bridgestone, first in line to the royal throne,"
"Well I'm Dyne, nice to meet you, now shut up and let me eat in peace,"
I withdrew the knife from Luke's throat and put it down. I pick up the spoon and continue to have my soup. I look around to see that many of the other kids didn't take notice of the fight just then many other people were having arguments around the table.
About ten minutes passed before I finished my broth. I look up to see that many of the kid's had already left, so I excused myself as well. I walked for about five minutes before I got back to my room. I opened the door and flop on my bed, hoping to fall asleep soon.
I opened my eyes to see the other world was back. I look around to see that the terrain was an iceberg in the middle of the sea. This was the first time I've been off land within this world. When I start to look around, I see Alicia standing a few metres away. Knowing what has happened before, it was probably Ren in that form.
"Ren, please tell me that's you," I sighed.
"It's me Dyne, don't worry, but what is on your back?" Ren replied with.
There was no way Ren would know about the new Demon marking. I look at my back to see in shock, that a tail has grown on my back. I started to panic and look all around my body for other weird things. My body looks a bit leaner than my new one. I had a rough idea of what was happening, all I have to do is ask Ren a question.
"Ren, what colours are my hair and eyes?"
"Your hair is white and your eyes are blue, like usual,"
I knew it, even though my original body was now a husk in Antrite, I'm in my regular body. I would have taken a whiff of relief, but then there was my tail to worry about. It was a skinny and scaly tail with holes in it, about a metre in length, very weird if you ask me. I knew it was my tail since I moved it on my own. I look back to see that Ren was quite confused.
"So why do you have that tail on your ass?" Ren asked me.
"Do you know about the demon Jododam?" I asked Ren.
"Of course, he's a Vampiric Archdemon, he serves underneath the Demon King,"
"Wait, he's a vampire!" I calmed down before continuing. The vampires are one of the most powerful demons ever to exist, and I now know one. "Well, he's adopted me into a project, and it turns out I'm a half-demon,"
"I'm half-demon, my body is human, but my soul is a demon, but this tail is a first,"
After that Ren immediately came and hugged me.
"Yes, a demon! Now I won't be so bored," Ren cried
I push Ren away and put my eyes back on the tail. Wiggling it a bit more, I slam it against the iceberg to see the effects. I take a look and a small piece of crushed ice stood there. I then thought about how to improve my fighting style with this. It seems that my tail was quite strong basically. Making my way back to Ren, I had to ask him why he was so happy.
"Why are you so happy I'm a demon?" I asked Ren
"Because I'm one myself, and it gets quite boring because I have to watch you," Ren replied with.
"Wait, you're a Demon?"
"Yes! And now I can interact more with you,"
"What do you mean?"
"I mean this!"
Ren came flying with a fist clenched, I was able to dodge it, but it was extremely close. I look to where Ren punched and a small crater was where he was standing. Knowing he was serious I immediately summoned my incarnate weapon, but what I summoned was a broadsword. Before I could react, Ren hurtled another punch at me. Knowing I had no time to be confused, I gripped my sword, took my stance, and was ready to fight him.
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