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Chapter 4: Chapter 4- Waking Up

I wake in intense pain, I hadn't even opened my eyes yet I can see the light seeping in through my eyelids. My leg has dulled slightly in pain, and I can only feel my arm when I move it. Sleeping wasn't an easy task as the blood from both I and the bird seeped into my clothes making sure I wasn't comfortable.

Opening my eyes I look around at the scenery, still the same place I should have met my end, as well as the damn bird's corpse crushing me with it's weight. I can't make everything out clearly, but I'm not in any extra danger then what I'm already in. Only now do I remember something, I leveled up. So doing what I can I check my status.

Name:

Ayden Parish

Gender:

Male

Race:

Human

Growth Capability:

Teeth

Class:

None

Active Title:

The Betrayed One

Inactive Titles:

None

Attributes:

Level: 1

Health: 6/120

Mana: 60/60

Available: 3

Strength: 7 Dexterity: 6

Intelligence: 6 Wisdom: 3 (+3)

Constitution: 5 (+3) Vitality: 6

Faith:1 Luck: 7

Total: 41 (+6)

Skills

Instinct Lvl 33, Bite Lvl 3, Swordsmanship Lvl 1, Slash Lvl 1, Stab Lvl 1, Wooden Skin Lvl 1

Seeing the three points available my eyes light up, Put all three points into vitality.

Points Allocated

Would you like to adjust current condition to appropriate status? Y/N

Yes, hell yes please do

Condition being adjusted, please wait a few moments.

As soon as the system says that I feel a warmth spread throughout my body, yet it also re invigorates the pain I was numb to causing me to yelp. I feel the hole in my back began to close up at an amazing pace as well as the wound itself, yet it doesn't fully close and I realize I can't be fully healed by the system in this world, or at least not to my knowledge. After my torso it moves to my arm, I'm a bit worried here as my arm is far worse for wear than anything else right now, but the system seems not to care as the warmth spreads throughout it. I can see my arm reforming at a visible pace, as bones click and lock back into the right place. I'm sure if a doctor did this I would just feel intense pain yet the warmth makes sure it never comes. 

After my arm I feel the warmth travel to my leg which still has the knife in it. Only now does my instinct skill warn me of something yet I'm too late.

Obstruction detected, System heal cancelled

Fuck

Sighing in defeat that my leg is still injured, I open my status.

Name:

Ayden Parish

Gender:

Male

Race:

Human

Growth Capability:

Teeth

Class:

None

Active Title:

The Betrayed One

Inactive Titles:

None

Attributes:

Level: 1

Health: 66/180

Mana: 60/60

Available: 0

Strength: 7 Dexterity: 6

Intelligence: 6 Wisdom: 3 (+3)

Constitution: 5 (+3) Vitality: 9

Faith:1 Luck: 7

Total: 44 (+6)

Skills

Instinct Lvl 33, Bite Lvl 3, Swordsmanship Lvl 1, Slash Lvl 1, Stab Lvl 1, Wooden Skin Lvl 1

Warning, Right wrist structural vulnerability may cause severe hindrances to optimal use

Warning, Internal bleeding detected, immediate attention is required

Warning, Puncture wound in left thigh, immediate attention is required

Before I take a good look at my status three messages pop up. So from the looks of it, my body is still pretty fucked, yet I can now live which is a breath of fresh air.

I turn my head around a few times as much as I can being pinned under the dead bird making sure it's safe to get out. Double checking it's safe, I put as much strength into my left arm to lift the bird as I use my now not as destroyed right arm to pull myself out from under the bird.

"God fuck that hurt," I can't help but verbalize as moving my body felt like dragging myself through hot coals. I manage to squeeze my way out from under the bird only to lay back in exhaustion. "How the hell am I going to get out of here, and where the hell can I get something to drink," I mutter to myself noticing my lips are too dry. I seemed to have dried off in the night completely it seems, as I'm caked with sticky blood with a significantly less amount of blood pooling under the bird still. Seems most of it is on me.

I realize I need to deal with these issues one step at a time, and right now my priority is the knife in my thigh. Steeling my nerves, I crawl to the nearest tree and lean my back onto it. My leather armour has torn quite a bit, but my left wrist guard is fine. I take it off and bite onto it as I go to rip the knife out of my leg. Grabbing the knife with both hands, I yank it upwards feeling a sharp pain worse then having it put into my leg in the first place, causing me to bite down hard into the leather only to feel my teeth meet instantly, showing me that it was a useless endeavor.

I spit out the wrist guard as the pain dies down, realizing my assumption was right in that I bit clean through it. After marveling at the strength and sharpness of my teeth for a few seconds, I rip off what little remains of my chest armour and shirt after being betrayed then attacked by the bird.

I rip my already ripped shirt in half using my teeth, then using one half of it I tie it around my thigh as a makeshift bandage, the other I tie around my right wrist as I'm worried about that structural vulnerability warning. Not much I can do about the internal bleeding for now as I don't know how to perform surgery on myself. Thinking this will have to do, I wrap the bloody dagger around the backside of my right wrist to use as a defensive took and makeshift weapon, as I feel I wouldn't be able to swing the blade otherwise. Using the tree as support, I try to stand. With pain and effort I'm able to stand, but I know I can't use my left leg to much right now, so I'll need something to help me walk. Looking around I see my sheathed sword near the bird carcass so I hobble my way over to it.

I bend down to pick up my sword only to collapse onto the bird. Grabbing my sword as I'm half laying on the bird, I use the corpse as a support to help stand. I get up and finally I seem to have a way to walk around. I look around the area one last time, seeing the bird I actually managed to kill, and honestly killing it was able to save my life so I'm thankful it attacked, other than that this place will only ever have bad memories for me now. I sigh to myself as I look at the sun shining in the sky. I don't know how long I have left in the day but I need to move as fast as I can in the direction of the camp, hopefully someone will come to help but I'm doubtful at this point. And so, I use my sword to limp away from this horrible mess, heading in the direction of both the ones that caused this, and the people that could help me.

_____

I've limped along the path for two hours, the sky is getting dark and I haven't found any food. I was able to find a puddle a ways back yet I couldn't drink my fill so now I'm parched again. Caked in blood, battered and bruised, I continue forward through the woodland on my way to what I believe I'll find safety but I could just be a pointless endeavor which I can't let myself believe. I'm not dying here today, tomorrow, or any day soon. As I make this resolve my Instinct goes off telling me danger is behind. As I turn around I pull out my sword, taking a pose Alex taught me, only slightly adjusting it to work with my limp. What I see slowly creeping up on me is a black wolf with a horn growing out of the top of its head.

If that bird from earlier is barely considered a beast, I don't want to imagine what this wolf would be.

The wolf slowly paces towards me, eyeing me as it's prey, it's black fur glistening in the sunset. It's horn is as black as it's fur, and it starts to bare its fangs as it sees my drawn sword. I can't say I'm not nervous, hell I'll probably die here right now if I fuck anything up. I lift my sword, blade pointing towards what I can safely assume this world calls a beast. Instead of being weary this action seems to enrage it, as it's eyes go red and it charges at me with an intense bloodlust.

"If thats what you fucking want!" I scream swinging the blade from my left just as it lunges at me. I'm able to put just enough force that the wolf is knocked away to the right, crashing into a tree. 

The wolf seems even more pissed off with that, taking a lunging stance once again. I lift my sword as if I'm going to take another swing as I secretly prepare for a stab. The wolf lunges, at a faster speed than before and I know it caught me off guard. I slightly panic as I hastily use my sword to block it's claw going straight for my throat. I block the claws headed toward my throat, yet my blade snapped in half, and it's too late to dodge the other paw. I try to get out of its range yet it's still claws into my right shoulder. The wolf's body slams into mine knocking both of us to the ground. I know I'm not in a good situation as it can easily go for the kill. The wolf pinning me down lunges at my neck with it's maw and I have little to do against it.

Skill Used: Wooden Skin

I feel my skin harden just as it's teeth sink into my neck. And knowing I only have 5 seconds of this I have to kill it fast.

1

Skill Used: Bite

I bite the wolfs neck as it's wide open.

2

The wolf panics and tries to retreat as it realized it hasn't killed me.

3

Lifting my right arm I use the dagger attached to it to stab the wolf in the throat.

4

The wolf is still alive yet it's struggling less and less.

5

The wolf is still,my teeth and dagger still ripping into it's flesh.

Level Up!

 I let my jaw go loose, tasting a mixture of hair and blood, and to my surprise the beasts blood doesn't taste horrible. I pull my wrist mounted knife out from the wolf's throat causing blood to spill over me. I push the wolf off of me to my left as my right shoulder is now also in pain. I examine it only to see a bloody claw mark with traces of black which I'm not sure is poison or not. I remember the wolf was trying to bite into my throat, so putting my hand on the area I find 3 small holes where it's canines would have gone. And the fourth has a small part of it's fang still in the skin.

Making sure I'm okay and alive I decide to check my status

Name:

Ayden Parish

Gender:

Male

Race:

Human

Growth Capability:

Teeth

Class:

None

Active Title:

The Betrayed One

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None

Attributes:

Level: 4

Health: 42/180

Mana: 60/60

Available: 9

Strength: 7 Dexterity: 6

Intelligence: 6 Wisdom: 3 (+3)

Constitution: 5 (+3) Vitality: 9

Faith:1 Luck: 7

Total: 44 (+6)

Skills

Instinct Lvl 33, Bite Lvl 10(MAX), Swordsmanship Lvl 1, Slash Lvl 1, Stab Lvl 1, Wooden Skin Lvl 3

You have an inherent skill at level 10 would you like to evolve it into a higher level skill? Y/N

Warning, Right wrist structural vulnerability may cause severe hindrances to optimal use

Warning, Internal bleeding detected, immediate attention is required

Warning, Puncture wound in left thigh, immediate attention is required

Warning, Unknown ailment affecting host

Suddenly, without warning pain in my stomach, as if someone lit my stomach lining aflame. I collapse to the ground, right next to the wolf. My head grows dizzy and my eyes grow blurry before I get the chance to even think of getting myself up.

System Warning, intake of deadly substance

What? What substance would cause this reaction, this is far worse than being poisoned by the wolf. Only now do I realize the mistake I've made. Alex once told me that beast blood and meat is extremely deadly if not prepared in a certain manner, and I just drank that wolfs blood when I used Bite. Fuck, If I'm dying I'm not going to die thirsty. 

I pull myself closer to the wolfs corpse, and finally accepting my death as inevitable I use my last bit of conscious thought to activate bite.

Skill Used: Bite

My teeth sink into the wolfs fur and flesh again, and I feel them even go through bone. Not knowing where on the wolf I bit, or even not caring, I begin to drain it of it's sweet nectar like blood

System Notice, a greater being has taken interest in your presence

That's the last thing I see as the rest of my strength leaves my body, and I close my eyes as I drift off to sleep.

_____

A left hand covered in dirt and blood reaches into the air. Heavy pants are heard as someone is barely catching their breath. The person the hand belongs to is lying on the ground next to a dead black horned wolf. His brown hair has a black streak, and his grey eyes seem to have been touched by void. The man is currently caked in dirt and dried blood, his right arm wrapped in a torn unrecognizable piece of fabric with a dagger being wrapped with it. He has a makeshift bandage on his left leg wrapped around his thigh, using the same worn fabric on his wrist. His pants are still somewhat intact, with a few rips and tears. What little remains of his leather armour clings to his shoulders, yet looks as if it will come off with a slight breeze His lack of a shirt reveals a lean well built chest, with what a black mark just slightly above his stomach in the shape of a wolfs face, much like the one he is lying next to. 

_____

Why am I alive? By all rights I should have died. I contemplate silently as I sit up from the ground. The pain in my leg and chest is gone, yet my wrist still feels weak.

Either way I decide to check my status.

Name:

Ayden Parish

Gender:

Male

Race:

Human

Growth Capability:

Teeth

Class:

None

Active Title:

The Betrayed One

Inactive Titles:

?????

Attributes:

Level: 4

Health: 180/180

Mana: 60/60

Available: 9

Strength: 7 Dexterity: 6

Intelligence: 6 Wisdom: 3 (+3)

Constitution: 5 (+3) Vitality: 9

Faith:1 Luck: 7

Total: 44 (+6)

Skills

Instinct Lvl 33, Bite Lvl 10(MAX), Swordsmanship Lvl 1, Slash Lvl 1, Stab Lvl 1, Wooden Skin Lvl 3

You have an inherent skill at level 10 would you like to evolve it into a higher level skill? Y/N

You have met a requirement for System advancement, would you like to activate Magical Affinity? Y/N

Warning, Right wrist structural vulnerability may cause some hindrances to optimal use

Warning, former left thigh injury will cause hindrances to movement

Looking at my status a few things have changed, for one, I'm almost completely fine now. I'm at max health, my leg is as healed as it can be, the internal bleeding is gone, and my arm has gone from 'Severe' to 'Some', so I don't see much of an issue there.

The other things that are different is the new unknown title, and I faintly recall seeing the skill evolution announcement before blacking out. What really surprised me is the system advancement as I don't know what could have caused it, hell I don't know what caused any of this.

First things first, I try to switch my active title to the new one.

Conditions not met

Well looks like that failed. Moving on, I'll do the system advancement as that's what has me the most excited.

System advancement complete!

Hell yeah! Let's see what that did.

Name:

Ayden Parish

Gender:

Male

Race:

Human

Growth Capability:

Teeth

Magical Affinity:

Darkness, ?????

Class:

None

Active Title:

The Betrayed One

Inactive Titles:

?????

Attributes:

Level: 4

Health: 180/180

Mana: 60/60

Available: 9

Strength: 7 Dexterity: 6

Intelligence: 6 Wisdom: 3 (+3)

Constitution: 5 (+3) Vitality: 9

Faith:1 Luck: 7

Total: 44 (+6)

Skills

Instinct Lvl 33, Bite Lvl 10(MAX), Swordsmanship Lvl 1, Slash Lvl 1, Stab Lvl 1, Wooden Skin Lvl 3

You have an inherent skill at level 10 would you like to evolve it into a higher level skill? Y/N

Warning, Right wrist structural vulnerability may cause some hindrances to optimal use

Warning, former left thigh injury will cause hindrances to movement

I now seem to have magic, but the constant notifications are starting to annoy me, is there a way to hide those?

Hide old notifications? Y/N

Sometimes I forget this thing is in my head. The answer is yes.

Setting Confirmed

Open Status.

Name:

Ayden Parish

Gender:

Male

Race:

Human

Growth Capability:

Teeth

Magical Affinity:

Darkness, ?????

Class:

None

Active Title:

The Betrayed One

Inactive Titles:

?????

Attributes:

Level: 4

Health: 180/180

Mana: 60/60

Available: 9

Strength: 7 Dexterity: 6

Intelligence: 6 Wisdom: 3 (+3)

Constitution: 5 (+3) Vitality: 9

Faith:1 Luck: 7

Total: 44 (+6)

Skills

Instinct Lvl 33, Bite Lvl 10(MAX), Swordsmanship Lvl 1, Slash Lvl 1, Stab Lvl 1, Wooden Skin Lvl 3

You have an inherent skill at level 10 would you like to evolve it into a higher level skill? Y/N

Most of the system messages are gone or hidden, all that's left is the one that stayed. All I can really do here is say yes.

Bite changed to Savage Bite!

The system states, and opening up my menu I do see that Savage Bite replaced the old skill starting back at level 1, and the notification is gone. The only other thing I am curious about is what my second affinity is, as well as the mysterious title.

Well, no use worrying about that now, I'll get back to the camp and kill everyone that betrayed me.

"When did my thoughts turn so morbid?" I can't help but mutter as I pick myself up. I look at the wolfs corpse and after thinking for a bit I decide to cut off the horn and take it with me. So coming to that decision I walk over to what little remains of my sword, which has now turned into a glorified dagger, I cut off the horn with a little difficulty.

Taking the horn, I finally make my way towards the camp, finally going to get my revenge, finally going to feel peace. 

I start walking through the forest with a newly found confidence. 

"Let's do this."

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