”Did… did i heard it right. Did you said soul affinity ” I was shocked. The reason I chose the sword and rune path was because I didn have an affinity strong enough to grow strong. No one can change ones natural affinity. But soul affinity gives one a second chance, everyone has a soul affinity and if they are helped by atleast a blue core mage they can awaken it. And the best part is, this affinity is equal or sometimes even stronger than there natural affinity. Which means that a person with low grade natural affinity will atleast have a low grade soul affinity. They might have medium, intermediate, advanced or even prefect grade soul affinity.
”yes, I Did say that. And the main thing is, its free ” if the previous sentence was a wave then this was a tsunami. I had wanted to try soul awakening after knowing that my innate affinity is low-grade fire. I hoped that my soul,s affinity will be atleast medium grade which is the level of a average person. But it cost 50 gold bars to get a blue core mage to awaken you. The total inheritage I got from my deceased parents is worth less than a quarter of a gold bar. Depressed I had choosen the hard way out, who would have thought that I will chance upon this golden opportunity. It is possible that I will awaken a perfect grade talent and will walk unhindered to the peak of the world.
As i was diving in my fantasy the line in which I was standing started to move until it reached a crudely made stage at the centre of the village. On this stage was a bald man with a white beard that reached his chest, this man was supporting himself with a wooden staff. When all the people of the village were in the village centre he spoke up
”people of mason empire, as per the order of the human emperor I am here to help awaken your soul affinity. You people are quite lucky, getting a white core mage to awaken you. ”
people in the village square were shocked. White core mages could become dukes of a empire if they wanted to.
” Silence!, ok so the Eye divined that someone with a divine grade talent will appear in this village. So i was ordered to come here and scout this talent for the academy ”
At this point people mouth were handing wide. Even i, whos emotions are almost dead was quite shocked. Origin grade, ORIGIN GRADE! THAT IS 2 FU**ING TIERS ABOVE PERFECT GRADE.
Wait, wait, wait so it is possible that I the one hated by fate has origin grade talent. No! It is impossible.
”everyone, i should explain the process of soul awakening. ” with a flick of his hand, a pillar appeared in the centre of stage
”this is a awakening pillar, i will supply mana to this bad boy and it will do the job. ” he paused for a moment before saying ”come in a 30 meters radius around the pillar and i will do a mass awakening ” as he said this everyone was excited. They started walking towards the pillar.
I started walking forward too. As i was walking i saw a green haired boy about 4 to 5 years old getting kicked by a rushing man. I went forward and picked him up.
”Big bro? ” aaaand he recognizes me, well anyway
”do I know you ” I asked as gently as i could as to not hurt his feeling
”sob sob ” as soon as I picked him up he started crying silently. As i saw his face i instantly recognized him, i fed him for several months until he got adopted by a family. I could have gotten adopted too but… who would want a child with low grade talent.
Gently wiping his tears i asked him with a smile on my face ”Arthur. Don cry like that ”
”big bro! You remember me? ”
”yup, who can forget such a crybaby ”
”I Am Not A CRYBABY ” he shouted loudly making many eyes turn our way.
After apologizing to them i then turned towards arthur
”ok so Mr. Not a crybaby, how about a piggy back ride ”
”yay! ” his small face instantly lit up. He instantly climbed up my back. Seeing this I laughed. This boy was the only one I ever opened my heart to after my parents death and this boy makes my life brighter day by day. I treat him like a brother and will always love him.
”so lets go ” after saying this, I started walking and stopped after I was about 25 meters away from the pillar.
The old man who had been waiting quietly for a minute or two stood up and started talking
”it seems that all the people have gathered. Let me start the awakening pillar aaaaaaaaand ”
He put his hand on the pillar and poured mana in it. It started glowing a bluish green glow and then released a golden liquid which went inside all the peoples head except the white core mage (the old man).
”Done! Now we will test which affinity youve got. Everyone older than 40 come on stage ”
”wait, thats it? ” a sturdy man asked the question which I wanted to ask. I just felt something vague inside my head and it stopped after a second. I thought it was gonna be something louder or even painful.
”yes that,s it. The awakened affinity always belonged to your soul. This pillar just affimilated it with your body so that you can absorb the said affinitys mana. Now we will start, form a line please. ”
All the people above 40 years of age went to stage and formed a line at the side of a affinity orb that the white core mage (I will call him old man until the story reveals itself to you) had put on top of the pillar.
”Gentlemen at the start of the line place your hand here and announce what is your innate affinity. ”
A man in his 50s put his hand on the indicated spot and shouted.
”my name is Biafra and my affinity was medium grade water and intermediate grade earth ”
After 3 to 4 seconds the orb above started shining a bright red
The old man nodded and said
”Mr. Biafra you have intermediate grade fire affinity. NEXT ”
Biafra was really happy as intermidiate affinity was considered above-average and he had 2 intermediate affinities. Now that he had a total of 3 affinities he will be able to reach green core in the future even with his advancing age.
The next man arrived and at his turn the orb glowed a silver color. He had medium grade fire talent before and awakened medium grade wind talent.
Soon every person above 40 years of age had awakened and the old man called the 20 to 40 age group.
This time 178 people got on stage 13 people awakened intermediate grade affinity and the rest medium grade.
The 10 to 20 age group was called and a total of 93 children got on stage out of which 1 awakened an advanced grade affinity, 12 intermediate grade and the rest medium grade.
The 12 year old girl who awakened the advanced grade light affinity started crying.
Her parents went on stage and started crying the tears of joy as well. They were crying because the girl awakened light affinity the rarest affinity amongst the 6 main affinity. As for the seventh, humans can have the darkness affinity.
The old man congratulated them and invited the girl to the nightwalker academy. She and her parents readily agreed and went home to pack her belongings.
Next the old man called for children 0 to 10 years old with there parents. I stood at the end of line with Arthur, when his foster father Aron arrived.
He patted my head took arthur in his arms and stood in the line. neither of us talked as I was clearly very nervous.
The line continued until there stood only 5 people between me and the pillar which will decide my future
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