The sun hangs high in the sky, as it is nearly noon. A Twenty year old man stands in a field covering the sun with his hand surveying the land around him. Being one of the hidden fields in the mountains of Thart untouched by humans or dwarves the field around him is beautiful with many exotic plants and flowers scattered around the area. A voice comes from behind him, “Hay Edward, quit day-dreaming and get ready for another round. I still need to get a little more practice in before the tournament today.”
Edward turns to the voice and says, “Fine Darius if you want to go again then bring it on,” He then brings up his fists and walks toward Darius. As the two men start to set up for the fight it is clear that Darius is the taller of the two and is easily stronger than Edward. “So who is going to move first this…” Edward begins to ask but then Darius opens up with a left hook. Edward barley dodges the hit as William’s fist passes by the Prince’s head grazing his brown hair. Edward instantly retaliates by throwing a kick at Darius’ side. The Big man quickly jumps back to avoid the kick then as the kick passed Darius rushed back in at Edward. Once Darius gets close he grabs onto his opponent’s blue tank top and gets ready to throw the Prince. Just before Darius can throw him a, tattoo on Edward’s left arm glows blue and the ground beneath Darius gives out throwing him off balance and the Prince quickly turns the throw around and slams his friends into the ground. As Darius gets up he turns to Edward and says, “No fair man no using magic…” And he laughs a bit “But you know just as well as I do that people will be allowed to use magic in the tournament.” “Damn your right…” Darius pouts, “fine then lets get back to it.” He then throws a kick at Edward. The Prince catches the kick then throws him back. As Darius regains his balance Edward charges throwing an uppercut. His opponent is able to catch the punch but as he does Edward’s tattoo glows blue again and sparks jump from The princes hand onto Darius’. Darius jumps back yelling “Bastard that’s not fair you know you’re the only one in Thart that can use anything but earth magic…” “Maybe but you have to be prepared got anything man,” Edward says, “Now quit being a baby. If you want to train in a fight then fight…” “Maybe in a little bit getting shocked is not the most fun thing ever,” Darius spits back as he walks over to their packs. “You want something to drink Ed?” He asks as he pulls his canteen from his pack. “I’m good man just hurry up we don’t have long till you should leave.” Edward answers. William takes a drink from the canteen then pours water over his head, and the water runs down his bald head dripping on the ground. “Enough time for one more round as long as you’re still up for it.” Darius says smiling and gets into his fighting stance. “Of course I am” Edward answers as he gets into his fighting stance as well. The two men move toward each other and are about to start the next round of fighting when a rock wall appears in-between the two. “That’s enough there you youngsters,” A voice comes from behind the two, “And Darius you don’t have that much time left its time for you to get ready.” Both men turn to the voice. “Of course master Altos” Darius says as he goes back to his pack. Edward goes over to the packs as well, “Good match today man, now don’t forget to go get your new weapon and armor from the forge before that tournament.” The Prince tells his friend placing his hand on Darius’ shoulder. “Thanks Edward,” Darius replies, “but I don’t know how you always make new armor and weapons when you spend all day training with those weapons and magic.” Edward smirks “That’s a story for a different time now get out of here you’ve got a tournament to win.”
Edward then gets up and walks over to Altos as Darius gathers his gear and goes to leave. Edward stands next to Altos then asks, “Master where is Kanna today?” “I sent her off on some chores for today she will be back later,” Altos answers calmly, “now are you ready for your training today? I must warn you this will not be a normal day of training.” Edward goes and stands opposite to Altos, “Yes master I’m ready, what are we doing today?” “No today you will only cast one spell today, I will be doing the rest. Now come sit over here, there are some things you must know that are going to happen today.” The Master answers and the Prince returns to Altos’ side, “you sound more serious today than normal master, what is going to happen?” Edward asks. “Today, I will be teaching you a very special Spell.” Altos says, as he runs his hand threw his gray beard then crosses his arms. “What? What kind of Spell.” Edward quickly replies, “A dangerous one my boy, so we must take precautions in order to protect the people of Thart” Altos says, “You remember how I taught you how to release your mark there right. Well the spell I am going to teach you requires you to release your seal and heavily draw on its power. Enough in fact that if left unchecked the Power could destroy Thart, Now sit I have some preparations to do.” The Old Mage demands, “Yes master,” Edward quickly says as he sits on the ground. As soon as Prince sits purple runes appear in a circular pattern around him. But as the runes start to appear Edward jumps up “what the hell are these?” He asks. “Sit back down these runes will save Thart!” Altos yells and Edward stops moving and sits. “Now, just so you know, these Runes will create a barrier that will be able to contain any of your power that might go out of control,” The mage Explains, “Just what kind of spell is this master? Do you really think I am ready for this?” The student asks his master, “Of course you are ready, I would never dare to teach you this if I didn’t think you were ready. Now be quiet and sit there these runes could possibly save Thart.” Altos yells at his student, then the Old Mage begins to chant in an ancient language.
A few hours later Edward and Altos are standing in the field opposite each other. The tattoo on Edward’s arm begins to glow Blue with a red seal surrounding it. The red seal starts to dissolve and as it does Edward starts to feel a surge of power “Now is time to use the new spell I thought you.” Altos yells. Edward’s left arm lifts form his side and points at Altos, “As you wish my master,” Edward says as a blue flame start to come from his Tattoo. The flame grows and starts to wrap itself around the Princes arm until it reaches his hand and forms a ball. The ball of fire then starts to morph and reshapes into a dragons head. Suddenly something goes wrong, Edward’s seal starts to turn black as does the fire. It is then that the Black Fire of the dragon head lunges out from Edward’s hand flying at Altos. As the dragon soars toward Altos it sprouts wings and picks up speed. Its huge jaws open just before the dragon collides with Altos. The dragon’s massive jaws close on Altos then the dragon flies straight up into the sky where explodes.
As the dragon explodes in the air, Edward suddenly drops to the ground unable to move his limbs. At the same moment a scream is heard and Edward struggles to see who it is. He sees a girl Edward’s age
running to Altos’ remains that had fallen to the ground. Edward tries to get up but only is able to mutter, “I’m sorry Kanna… forgive me…” before Edward passes out.