Supreme Commander: Re-live

Chapter 2: This calls for a history lesson

the commotion.

” Exhausted? ” A canteen appeared in front of me, following the snowy white hand holding it, I gazed upon Bryn.

” Thanks,… Bryn. ” Now that we
e alone I have no qualm about calling her by her name.

” It was interesting, hearing you laid out the plans and preparations we have to make for tomorrow. Im impressed by your ingenuity, once again. ”

I took a sip of the refreshingly cool water in the canteen. ” Was this cooled by magic? ”

” Oh? You noticed that? ”

” Its infused with mana, after all, the refrigerator here couldn make water that is this… soothing to ones tired body. ”

” A keen observation, and here I thought you don have that good of an aptitude with magic. ” Bryn showered me with an inquisitive gaze while she sat down lightly on the table. ” Your display of magic earlier was very impressive, innovating, and possibly revolutionizing. Such a simple usage of light magic to create an in-depth map of the battlefield had granted us a new way to infer details of an ongoing battle. Though simple, one needs to have very fine control of their magic power, and extensive knowledge to pull it off. ”

I could easily tell that Bryn left a question unsaid.

” Its true that I don have good talent in offensive or defensive magic. But I guess conjuring is my strong point in return. Making holograms or illusions isn hard for me. ”

” I see. Thank you for satisfying my curiosity. ” Bryn gave me a nod.

” Its no big deal after all. Though I also have a question of my own, if you don mind me asking. ”

” Go ahead. ”

” It eludes me how I never see large-scale attack magics, best Ive ever learned of is a fireteam-scale frost bomb. With which the power is comparable to a handheld grenade as best. Is there a reason why? ”

” Ah, I get what you mean. Though this calls for a history lesson to which we don have the time nor the equipment to properly show you the answer… Instead, I can give you a short answer. Imagine our world is run by a system, a system that never saw a glimpse of magic until 29 years ago. ”

” … Ulysses. ” This piece of lore is very crucial and interesting because it was never widespread knowledge. Not even the piece of media from where I came from included this.

” Thats right, Ulysses, or as I and the rest of the Belkan administration call it, Ragnarok. That asteroid, infused with dense magic power, was carrying Yggdrasils seed when it landed on Earth. When the cataclysmic event died down, mana flooded the Earth, giving birth to things that were once thought to be mere fantasy. First, exotic minerals proliferated, then came the monsters next was the Time of Demons, and lastly, us non-native to the world. ”

Letting that sink in for a bit, Bryn continued.

” We, as in Gods, Valkyrie, Angel, Devils, Elf, and so on,… are the last vestige of many worlds that disappeared when Yggdrasil regressed into a seed. To protect us, Yggdrasils seed brought us into its body and released us when the seed sprouted and we
e safe to leave. Appearing in a post-apocalyptic time, we ushered in order and stability on the surrounding region of the new Yggdrasil, the World Tree, and established the Belkan Reich. ”

” And history as we know it happened. ”

” Correct, the Great War happened shortly after. All nations further plunged themselves into a quagmire of chaos. Through this period of strife, we discovered that we
e unable to use our magic to the fullest extend. Since we
e otherworlders, the law of this world limited our magic power to maintain balance. Only when Yggdrasil fully matured and modified the world laws can we unleash our potential. ”

” So thats why science is still relevant on Earth. Magic is capable of creating miracles or devastation. Should an otherworld mage deems a nation a hindrance, they can just blink and erase said nation out of existence. Is this a blessing or a curse for our nation, however? ” I couldn help but ponder. The explanation makes sense, Belka could have dominated the world with otherworlders alone if Earth hasn put a stopper to their strength.

” I would say that its a blessing. We were used to the thought that its by right we should lord over Earth and rebuild the lost glory of our worlds. With such limiter, instead, it allows us to see and learn from the perspective of the common folks. We acquired knowledge and traits that benefit us in ways we could have only dreamt of before. I.e. science, management, humility, and patience,… Gradually, we came to accept that to progress, we must co-exist with humanity. But humanity is very, very dangerous. They
e too easily swayed by power, too fond of conflict, and too arrogant to acknowledge their faults. Lest we fall into the old ways and cause Yggrasil to fall, we have taken the helm and guided Belka forward, granting the people under it a noble purpose. And owing to their superior number and outstanding ingenuity, humanity serves as the driving force behind Belkas progress and also as our balancing factor. To prevent us otherworlders from misusing our status. ”

” Mutual dependency, right? ”

” Yes, to quote the words of the Empress: Without humanity, us otherworlders are nothing. Without us, humanity is just a headless chicken. ”

” Thats a sentiment I can agree with. ” Bryn raised an eyebrow at that.

” You spoke like you
e not a human. ”

” To be fair, Belka was treated as an outcast of Earth for making a nation that is, and I quote: Harboring the treacherous freaks of nature. ” I took another sip from the canteen. ” And as one of many humans in Belka, I also got lumped as traitorous existences of humankind that should be burned on stakes like the witches before them. So do spare me the need to associate myself with the rest of the humans that are not from Belka. ”

” … I am surprised. Never saw you spoke like this before. ”

” Don be surprised just yet, more are still to come. Though for what its worth, I do apologize for us, humankinds, follies. While the apocalyptic event caused us many losses, it also wasn right for us to point fingers at you when you
e also trying to survive in your own way. Thankfully, some portions of humanity chose to live peacefully with you guys, and here we are. ” I grandly waved my hands across the room. ” Trying to have the rest of our brethren to see and acknowledge the differences of the two sides so that in the end, we may not be so… differences, after all. ”

” … ” Bryn and I fell silenced. We both have something on our minds. Me, remembering past events, and Bryn mulling over what I said. Suddenly, Bryn lifts her hand and caresses my right cheek.

” Thank you… It was a very touching thing to hear and I do not doubt that the Empress agreed to your sentiment as well. In the end, its like a battle of two ideologies. One seeks spotless purity while one seeks harmonious complexity. Its my… our hope that in the war of nations and worlds, Belka will emerge victoriously and bring true peace to all. And with talents like you backing us up, I can rest assured that such a notion is not far-fetched at all. ”

Her warm hand stopped then gently grabbed the canteen I was holding.

” You must be tired from all the rambling of an old lady. ”

” To me, you
e not old. Don belittle yourself like that. ”

” Haha, fine, I won … Get some rest, I will bring supper and drink for you later. Wait for me, ok? ” Bryn gently coaxing me, I felt a shift in her attitude though I couldn quite put my hand on it.

” Ok then, this room is too big for me alone and since you don have accommodation yet… Do you want to share it with me for the time being? ”

” Fufu, I will take up on the offer then. Get some shut-eye, my little commander. ” Bryn smiled at me, her words reminded me of my fatigue.

With Bryn heading out of the room and drowsiness overtook me, I closed my eyes.

” You heard all of that? ” I questioned.

” Yes, master. To answer your unspoken question, we don have such limiter imposed on us. ” A soothing, smooth voice was heard in my head. If Bryns voice was like the warmth of the morning sun, then this voice is cool and attention-grabbing like a priceless ice sculpture.

” Its my thought that this world treated us as native since your current body was born on this planet. ”

” So nothing is amiss, Im glad. ” I breathed out a sigh of relief.

” If theres one thing you can trust, then thats Yggdrasils promise always stay true. ”

” Thats correct, huh… You can focus on the task at hand now. And thanks, a lot, for everything. ”

” Fufufu, Master, its our duty and dearest wish to serve and protect you. On behalf of others, I offer you my heartfelt congratulation in fully regaining your memory, power, and most important of all, us. ” The voice, trying to control their excitement, gave me her tribute.

And just like that, with a smile and unburdened shoulders, I drifted off into dreamland.

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