A Tale of Courage... and a Little Luck
"You must be crazy! Not for a wizard! Tet, i'm your friend and even a
martial artist like myself has problems fighting it," warned Arthar.
"I know, but I have to do it! I must prove myself not only to others
but to MYSELF that I'm not just some weakling who needs to depend on the
strength of others to protect me! If at all, I'll get from this the
satisfaction that I rank amongst the great wizards that have preceded
me. It's my calling to continue that line -- the line that started with
the legendary Snafu."
"Alright Tet... I know when there's no dissuading a stubborn mind but
please do me a favor and call upon me for at least retrieve your
belongings should you happen to not succeed," offered Arthar.
"Gee, thanks for the vote of confidence," Tet replied with a grin,
knowing that his good friend meant no ill will.
The sun was breaking over the horizon and the great day of truth was
beginning on a very possitive note. As the two friends parted ways,
Arthar to hunt down and destroy all chaotic monsters for what they did
to his homeland and Tet to his magical locker to suit up, Leng town was
slowly stirring to get ready for the business day. Lengians have long
dreaded the beginning of each day for they know that any day now, the
dreaded dragon of leng would wipe out the town for the sheer pleasure of
it. Warriors and mages have come and gone to test their strength and
make a name for themselves in the land of Leng but not many have dared
to take on the dreaded dragon, Kosh.
Tetilio, a young wizard from Illyria, was nervous and fearful that
morning. Who knows what will happen? Here is a wizard of all people
that will singly go up against a mighty dragon that not many even dare
to set foot in the lair alone! But all those negative thoughts were
pushed out of Tet's mind. His training in the magical arts and in the
martial arts have given him the discipline to focus and concentrate on
the task at hand. He remembers his training with the many wizard
teachers of the lands, knowing that all of them must think him crazy for
breaking the tradition of wizards. But Tet was always a fast learner
and loved all things new.
Tet goes over the teachings of his martial arts master who had taught
him all this time. At first, Master Tsubami was hesistant to train Tet
because of his passion for magical arts. Martial artists shun that
which they deem to be evil practices. But Tet was persistent and
wouldn't leave the master alone. Master Tsubami eventually gave in and
trained Tet. She was amazed at his ability to pick up that which was
foreign to magic users. Guided by her spirit, Tet was confident that
his martial arts skills wouldn't let him down.
At his locker, Tet rummages through all this treasure and brought out
those that would aid him best in this fight. He checked all the shield
rings to make sure they still worked. One by one he slipped each ring
into a finger and watched the blue air glow brighter with each ring. He
puts on his griffin skull and feather fall boots and that which was a
necessity to all magic users -- his robe. This was no ordinary robe,
but a kimono. It's the lightest robe of power that can be found and
aids not only in one's magic skills but also because of its light
weight, helps in the martial arts.
All suited up, Tet closes his magical locker and starts to head out. He
stops by the balm sellers to fill his sack with that cherished healing
elixir. "A mere 16 gold pieces for that which will save my life,"
thought Tet. He looks up and sees the recall ring seller. "Hmmmmm...no
need for that. Need the extra ring space for all the shields that i can
put on." Checking one last time, Tet counts off all the items in his
sack. Thirteen balms, 3 mana restore potions, plus minor items that he
thought might come in handy.
Tet crosses the bridge and heads toward the cliffs where Kosh lived. A
small place for a mighty dragon thought Tet but he brushed the
peculiarity aside attributing it to the weird desires of a dragon. Tet
makes his way through the lower cavern with ease. Not many monsters
here can survive a well placed fireball. Tet climbed the rope to the
griffin level and saw no one around. "So far so good," Tet said
reassuring himself. With each step that he took, the wild screams of
Kosh grew louder. "N-n-n-no problem, T-t-tet...you can do
it...steady..." With that, our young wizard festered up enough courage
and proceeded as planned.
He finally arrived at the rope that lead to
Kosh's lair and rested a bit from the resistance that he encountered on
his way there. While resting his body, Tet took the opportunity to
strengthen his mind. He traced the words to the spell that would either
result in victory or in agonizing death at the mouth of Kosh. "Duppira
igigi gallu kunushi...duppira igigi gallu kunushi...dupira..." By now,
the sun over Leng shone brightly and it was time for Tet to
fulfill his lifelong dream.
"Duppira igigi gallu kunushi." With those words chanted and the spell
of icespear warmed, Tet climbed the rope. At the top, Kosh was resting
for the midday. He awoke to the foul smell of human odor and was
definitely irritated that some puny human would dare to disturb his much
cherished rest. As his eyes cleared, he fixed his gazed upon...a
wizard? How odd that a magic user would be the first to climb the
rope. But no matter -- in the swiftness that had downed many a great
warrior, Kosh attacked Tet and drew first blood! "Blast!" Losing his
concentration because of the blow, Tet had forgotten his spell and was
fizzled. "Gotta jump and heal," thought Tet. At the bottom, he drew
out the first of many balms that would heal his battered body. "At this
rate, sure glad that I have lots of these."
"Duppira igigi gallu kunushi." Up the rope a second time. Kosh had
started to lay himself down for his rest, assuming that the blow would
have certainly scared that puny human away. "I don't believe this,"
thought Kosh. "Persistent lil' guy." With that thought, Kosh flew
straight for Tet with a raised claw. Upon landing, Kosh unleased a
stroke that would have severed anyone's head but no!...the strike was
blocked by a shield! Seizing the opportunity, Tet let off the first of
many icespears necessary to take down Kosh. Success! The icespear
pierced Kosh's armor but did not wound him badly. Kosh reared a bit
though from the unexpected blow and that gave Tet time to warm again.
"Duppira igigi gallu kunushi." Determined not to let that happen again,
the angered dragon quickly swept Tet with his tail and knocked Tet down
to his knees. Fizzle again! Taking a balm out, Tet quickly healed.
But as the healing is not instantaneous, Tet felt his body slowly healing.
Lucky that he was balming because Kosh once again charged
towards Tet and once again landed a damaging blow. But the healing was
still working and the wound from the last blow was all healed now.
"Duppira igigi gallu kunushi." Kosh couldn't believe that his human was
so persistent...and a wizard of all people! "Maybe some fire might do
the trick," thought Kosh. The lair was lit up with a roaring fire. Tet
had to avert his eyes even though it was the brightest part of the day.
Quickly adjusting to the glare, Tet let fly another icespear from his
fingers. Hit!...another armor breach. Seeing that that fire didn't
phase the human, Kosh proceeded to strike with his wings. Blocked!
Tet's martial arts training up to seventh rank of third dan had paid
off! Surprising even himself, Tet hastened to warm another spell.
"Duppira igigi gallu kunushi." Around and around they went. The
unrelenting dragon attacked one after another hoping to end this battle
quickly. And everytime that Tet jumped off the cliff, Kosh breathed a
sigh of relief only to find persistent Tet a moment later ready for more
The walls echoed with the screams of both beings as well as the
contrasting sounds of fire and ice. The giant dragon more than once had
to step back in fear of another wound from that cursed icespear. Tet
was gaining the upper hand as the fight progressed. In his combat
training, Tet discovered that attacking a wounded spot caused more
damage, and so he carefully took a split second before unleashing every
icespear to aim at an already affected area. The tactic seemed to work
wonderfully as Kosh drew to near death. Tet could see that the once
mighty dragon was getting slower and that it hurt the beast to move
great lengths. "I'm so glad that dragons can't balm," thought our young
"Duppira igigi gallu kunushi." Kosh was now drained of all strength and
was lying on the ground unable to move. Blood of man was mixed with
blood of dragon all over the place. Some spots frozen burgundy, others
dried by the heat of fire. Kosh drew enough strength to raise his head
once more in arrogant defiance. "This is not over, puny human," grunted
Kosh. "I shall be made anew and your kind will once again be
terrorized." Kosh smiled a deathly evil smile and laughed as best he
could before he choked on his own blood. With that, Tet threw his last
icespear towards the almost dead dragon. The icespear seemed so slow as
it raced towards Kosh's head. Everything slowed down for Kosh as his
eyes closed and breathed his last breath. The sun had set...
As recorded by the Chronicler