Chapter 7 : New Weapon
as you were back then but still, this, was one of the best swords I could find for you. And After feeling its sensation in my hand after so long, I could only admire the greatness of the work…. its a work of art in its own. Its weight distribution, sharply whetted edge and the design which go with the flow and slice through the air swiftly….. just astonishing. ” – he said while playing with the sword by randomly swinging it in his hand.
”Let me ask you a question kai…. what do you think of the pros and cons of mastering a sword as your primary weapon ” – he said while turning towards me with a gentle face.
”I think sword is one of the best weapon one can use in close range combat…. as its far more handy and easy to grasp upon as compared to other weapons and its design was precisely created for death battles. There are a lot of other weapons out there but I have no doubt that in terms of comparison of weight, which is crucial aspect of a weapon, sword will be among the top tier…. but it too has a huge disadvantage as its not quite reliable when it comes to mid and long range combat….. ” – I explained as much as I could deduce at the moment and grandpa was calmly listening to me while moving arsene in his hand continuously and after hearing my explanation he simply passed me a ”Hmm… ” with his eyes closed, like he was expecting more to come from me…. and so I continued-
”Though its not like Im completely impotent when it comes to mid and long range combat. I do have my expertise to face those kind of situations and I think this is something you know better than anyone else ” – I explained with having no clue of how he will react to this.
But it was then when a chuckle escaped his lips and he said- ”Ofcourse Im well aware of your strong and weak portions boy…. after all, its me who trained you from the beginning so how can I give you a handicap by just forging you for close range combats. But kai, despite of those techniques what if I say you can use a tremendously powerful attack for long range combat with this same sword ” – It took me a while to ponder grandpas words as the overjoyed expression and that confident grin on his face was pulling my attention.
”Really…. but hows that possible?? Does arsene possess some stretchable or elastic ability which I wasn aware of up until now? ” – I said with my voice much louder and surprised then I wanted to admit.
”Not exactly but yea…. something like that. watch me closely ”.
And in the next moment, he stood in front of a practicing dummy, in a stance, with his one arm back and another holding sword firmly in the forward direction, his feet almost at an angle of 45 degree and it was then, when the air around him, got heavier all of a sudden and a whirlwind escaped through the circle where he was standing.
The wind around him was growing so wild and heavy, that we were required to put efforts in standing still at the same position.
Both, I and coco, were completely drowned at this sight and a sudden thrill ran down me, not because of fright but due to excitement and goosebumps.
The aether pressure grandpa was releasing was really intense and unimaginable but despite this, there was no sign of stress on his face.
”Now…. watch closely Kai ” – he said while his sight fixated on the dummy in front of him.
I was absolutely clueless of the thing which was about to happen next but then my eyes widened in fright as I saw white mote particles of aether, which were shrouded around grandpa a while ago were now moving towards the sword in a dense amount and wrapping over it as a new layer.
This phenomenon continued until the whole sword was completely covered in nothing but these white aether particles. Just by looking at the sword I could feel how heavy and unstable energy it was as the pressure and aether it was emitting was on a completely different level.
This newly formed white, glowing layer of aether over the whetted edge of Arsene, really didn failed to amaze me.
And before even I could completely absorb this unordinary sight, Grandpa swung his sword in forward direction with a huge slash and the force of recoil of that single swing was enough to make us resist not to step backward, and as he slashed with the sword, the white layer over Arsene, separated from the surface and launched in forward direction, just like a slash splitting wind, and it was so fast and unstable that it somehow missed the dummy and bombarded directly with the surface of wall behind it and the shockwave after this collision, was so intense that the whole chamber crumbled for a moment with a burst. It was so powerful that even the equipments were disturbed from their original positions.
Both me and Coco had no words to describe how unreal this attack was and could just imagine what would have happened if it hasn missed its original target.
It took me a while to get pull myself together to normal and say something to grandpa but before I or grandpa could say anything coco interrupted-
”Th-This is the technique that hes gonna learn?? ” – he said it so that I couldn grasp if he was mocking me or was astonished by the technique itself.
But putting that aside, even I was completely taken over by feeling that how much powerful I would become after learning this technique.
It would fill all the gaps while facing long range combats.
And so, grandpa stepped towards us after showing us the power of Wind splitter and then he raised his arm to hand over arsene back to me. At first, my eyes were dead fixated on it, which has no damage over it even after withstanding such aggressive amount of aether but then my attention was pulled by the voice that fell on my eardrum –
”I know you must be thinking that this technique will raise your stats to a whole different level and…..its not false but let me tell you kai, it will suck out all the aether in your body in an instant. But thats the case when you will be able to perform it. You will already be drained while manipulating aether to wrap it over the surface of your sword. In battle, you will require extreme control over aether to pull off this technique kai or else if failed, not only you would miss the target but also lose the strength to continue the fight. So don use it unless the chances of victory are absolute. ”
As I was elevated in my fantasy of using wind splitter to eradicate demonic creatures, I was reminded of the aetheric force grandpa released during showing us the technique and ironically, my aether reserves were nowhere near grandpa, so I really need to be cautious with it.
”Thats all great master, but whats the use of a technique when it can even hit the target ” – said coco with an amusing smirk.
”Yea grandpa, you seemed to miss the target this once ” – I added just as a matter of fact.
At this grandpa stood silent at his position without giving us any response….. but it was then a grin curled up on his face as he replied
”Who said I missed the target? ”
I immediately turned towards the dummy which was still placed at its position, without any damage.
”what are you saying master…. let me show you ” – said coco as he moved towards the dummy. But then my gaze widened with fright as I fully analyzed the figure with my eyes.
The dummy was made up of best material and its skeleton was completely metallic, standing at its position.
And as coco raised his body to point towards the dummy to grandpa
”Coco… wait ” – I barked but it was already too late.
”See, right he….BOWW Oww Owwww ” .
And just as his limb touched the upper part of dummy, he slipped and fell on his chest and right beside him, was the upper part of the dummy, completely severed from the bulkiest spot, its tusk, like it was never attached to begin with.