It has been 2 days and nights since Ernaut’s first stay with Genevie. He has been undergoing training for himself and his upcoming journey on his own. Ernaut was thinking about the gold thief Genevie talked about, was it too late to even catch the gold thief at all if it was still here? Ernaut was getting some rest, his companion Karin was keeping him company throughout the journey, even if he was still alone. Karin had always been the spirit from the Tear of Heaven, telling about wisdom, being able to analyze the rarest of the rare, and everything most wisemen couldn’t even do. Before the days with Ernaut, Karin would know and flashback everything Aruku did, from her beginning of the journey to the end, but that wasn’t the point at all. What the point was, was the next mission Ernaut was going to receive, the foreshadowing Genevie was talking about.
While Ernaut was still sleeping, Genevie got out of her bed, let out a stretch, and proceeded to walk down to her bookshelves, looking for some sort of archive to look at that could be interesting to Ernaut to know. Sure, Genevie was an aspiring collector of the eastern tribes, but she wasn’t able to collect everything. As Genevie browsed through the archives, she then pulled out one with the title “The Tear of Heaven” on it. Reading it, it talked about the legend of the Tear of Heaven, where it originated, how Aruku used it on her old journey and later on abandoned it. She saw the last note at the end of the archive; “the key of the world”. Genevie felt like this was one of Ernaut’s missions with the Tear of Heaven, but Ernaut wasn’t awake yet, he was still asleep in his bed. Genevie wanted to look at some archives she had collected because she wanted Ernaut to learn about them, so he can gain some ideas on what to do with his Tear of Heaven and how it could help him on his mission.
Genevie’s motivation with knowledge from the eastern tribes had gone very well in the past. In fact, these were the kind of knowledge that the people of the Nexus wouldn’t even bow, because she already knows that public opinion towards the outside world around the Nexus has been turned off by the Nexusians, because if there’s zero evidence or proof to be believable, it doesn’t work out.
Ernaut eventually walked downstairs from his bedroom, curious on what Genevie was reading from the archives. He knew that Genevie could be reading some important exposition for only him, but not for the others in the Nexus.
“So, Genevie, what is that you’re reading? You seem to collect a lot of archives and important clues that could help me on my mission.” Ernaut asked.
“From these archives, it says that this Tear is the key, and you seem to be possessing it.” Genevie said.
“What key? The Tear of Heaven? What else would this do?” Ernaut wondered, looking at the archive Genevie was reading.
“This Tear of Heaven is said to hold one of the keys to the world. There is stated to be four tears of the world; and it is said that If all four tears were to be combined forces; the soul shall be able to decide the fate of the world itself.”
“Oh, so this is one of the keys to change the world forever. Okay, so speaking of the other three tears, if I were to collect all four tears and unite them, I gain to control the world, and that’s it?”
“Yes, but there’s a deal. If you ever manage to control the fate of the world, make sure to give Teya a world of happiness, okay?”
“My promise is fine with that, but as you know, you won’t be coming along at all, it will just be me on the way east and collecting the other 3 tears. Who knows what lies ahead of my journey? What other dangers lie ahead? What are the greatest challenges I am going to face there? Oh, Genevie, what are you going to do when I find my way to Evergrove and continue my journey from over there?”
“I’ll be staying here, keeping your presence and knowledge a secret. I don’t know what the people of Castlemore are up to, because they might be planning on some sort of secret plan to find a way to take you down, but you have such defenses and abilities with that Tear of Heaven, so many more powers which I cannot reproduce. I am known to be the only witch in the Nexus, because as you know, the people of Castlemore barely use witchcraft to do their work a lot more often that you know, they would rather stick to casual jobs such as military, smithry, cooking, laws, and sovereignty. Basic stuff.”
“Oh, Genevie, I want to continue my training today. I think speaking of the gold thief that you were talking about, I think we should try to look for him, that way I can catch him and explain his motivation. If his motivation is reasonable enough, like if he’s doing this in a polite manner, I won’t try to bring him into justice, although you have to do it because I’m a fugitive in Castlemore you know,
“Speaking of that, I have a plan for you, do you remember that gold thief that is still lurking about? Well, I witnessed him while I was on my way to deliver the medicine on the project we were doing 2 days ago. I think you should sometime confront that gold thief so you can determine if you want to take him into justice or let him go, if he has a very good motivation, I think that should be the case here right now.” Genevie said, planning on catching the gold thief.
“So, where do we begin?” Ernaut asked, not knowing where to go to catch the gold thief.
“Okay, here’s the situation. Apparently I was tracing the steps of the gold thief, and they led to a cabin somewhere in the forest north between here and the docks. You’re going to need your hood again, so the people of Castlemore can’t be aware of your appearance, because we’ll be catching him and we might end up in publicity right now, although your supposed to be using your Heaven powers for good, let’s just be fair for right now in this situation; so basically no using your Heaven powers, okay?” Genevie stated.
“I’ll do this without using my Heaven powers, and what do you have that can help me catch the gold thief, because I can’t do it by just chasing him over and over again, because it doesn’t work like that for me.” Ernaut asked back.
“Okay, here take this, this is a lasso rope that I used to catch some animals and release them for certain situations, but I guess this will do for right now. If you time this rope right, you can stop the gold thief from running any longer if the lasso lands on him. What I’m saying right now is that you have to throw the lasso and time it, and if you position your throw right, you can stop him from running. Am I making things clear?” Genevie stated.
“Yes, I understand right now, so where do we begin right now? To the cabin north as you stated thanks to your knowledge of forensics?” Ernaut asked.
“That’s right, you’re right on the direction that I was talking about, now here’s the deal, we have to wear these hoods or else we would get caught easily by the people of Castlemore, I don’t know what they’re planning right now, but that’s more like something that I want to do by myself sometime.” Genevie replied.
Both Ernaut and Genevie put on the hoods that were to disclose their identity to anyone. That way, they can navigate to their mission to catch the gold thief without being caught by any people in Castlemore. Speaking of Castlemore, they knew that the gold thief wouldn’t be hiding in Castlemore and rather somewhere in the wilderness of Aurora, because there were a lot more people living in urban places than in the wilderness, Genevie was the only one that chose a wilderness setting to put her own home!
Ernaut and Genevie took the passage through the forests in order to avoid being tracked by outside forces, which that’d be risky to even do, even with their hoods on. In fact, Ernaut would never ever want to set foot in Castlemore ever again, because he didn’t know what the people of Castlemore were even planning to do with him, whether it be opposing him or any other circumstances. Genevie also wanted to go back to Castlemore one day by herself to secretly spy on what Wally was planning,
The forest that they’d been walking through had no light that could be shined through the trees, and the only noises they heard were the sound of the leaves rustling throughout the area, indicating that there was someone else or even an animal moving around in the area, only which can be determined if they were to look around.
“Genevie, I think I see the gold thief.” Ernaut said, pointing a runaway person that was carrying a large bag of gold. Shortly after Ernaut said that, Genevie looked towards the direction that the person was going, Genevie knew that was the gold thief because of the large bag he had. Genevie had to pay attention towards where the person was going, and upon seeing him upon full sight, Genevie knew when to pull the shots for Ernaut to take action.
“There he goes! Catch him!” Genevie demanded, pointing where the direction the thief was going. Ernaut was running towards the direction the thief was going, following Genevie’s demand. The thief went through the forest trails, while Ernaut was on pursuit towards him. In Ernaut’s backpack was a lasso rope from Genevie, which would’ve been used for hunters to catch and release game or other animals. This lasso rope, Ernaut knew had to be the tool of the trade on catching that gold thief.
The gold thief kept on running, but didn’t even say anything about Ernaut and Genevie chasing him, he never looked back as if he knew that wasting just one second would mean running to a dead-end. Ernaut has been managing his distance towards the gold thief and he was on a steady pace, but he knew that he isn’t going to budge well with the lasso, he had to get close enough to throw the lasso and stop him. Ernaut was trying to focus on the gold thief by dodging every obstacle he saw; rocks, trees, and whatever that led to a dead end and wherever the gold thief was going towards.
Ernaut kept on running and running towards the thief and as soon as he got close enough, he then threw the rope towards the thief, knocking him down and being unable to move at all with himself being cornered towards the rope, which Ernaut held on to.
“Now, I’m caught you. Now, state what are you doing with the gold.” Ernaut asked, upon stopping the gold thief.
“Please, I can explain.” the thief replied. “I stole the gold from the Vault of Castlemore because I wanted to find a way to help others in need, you know, my family for example? Okay, here’s the situation, I needed that money so I can help out good will for those in terms of you know, poverty and stuff. You know what I mean?”
“Yeah, that is the still alright. So you stole the gold for good will to help those in terms of poverty and stuff because nobody else refused to help you out. Fine, I’ll spare you then, because your motivation sounds too reasonable to be turned down.” Ernaut replied.
“Thank you so much, I’ll be delivering this gold to you know, good will so I can help them out. You won’t tell anyone you caught and spared me, okay?”
“My secret is fine with you!” Ernaut felt like he was helping out those in need, even though it seems questionable to others. In fact, Ernaut is learning about what it means to be selfish and what it means to only care about yourself. He had quite a bit of adventure today, and he felt like he was getting tired from the chase. The gold thief had ran off with the promise that he won’t tell anyone that Ernaut caught him or vice versa. Even though the thief would be likely by caught by Castlemore’s guards by sooner, Ernaut learned to spare people if they had reasonable motives, even though they seem questionable.
Ernaut and Genevie, having felt the sense that they actually had done what is right for certain people, had walked right back to their estate. They met and confronted the gold thief, and had actually spared him due to his faithful motivation; he is stealing the gold to assist his family in terms of poverty. Genevie was getting quite tired from the chase, and so was Ernaut as well.
“You know Genevie, this is going quite very well right now. While I wait for some way to get to Evergrove, we on the other hand work together to solve problems and teach me important lore lessons that could assist me in the future. It sound so polite of you. Nobody else cared about the outside world, because it was either “evidence or hoax” to be believable. However, that isn’t the case right now. What is the case right now, is that I want to go over what I have learned right now, and that could review me for the upcoming situations right now. There are many cases where I have to undergo many different kinds of challenges, such as wild animals, Chromas, or dangers of the climates.” Ernaut said.
“I understand. Hopefully, I’ll think about it overnight, but I think the ship for Evergrove is bound to arrive in 2 days. Apparently, this ship isn’t any ordinary ship, it is a cargo ship nicknamed “Galleon” which is meant for delivering goods. Sometimes they allow passengers, but not when they’re delivering a focus on goods at their times. If you do manage to get to the Galleon, I can’t come with you, but that’s the important thing, you want to continue this mission, right. You can’t just stay here for days, you gotta find something to move on to. I read the boards on the docks and they gave me what I needed.” Genevie replied.
“I highly see that this is your plan to move on from there. Taking a ship to Evergrove to continue on your journey east.” Karin said.
“Yes, Karin. This is going to be our long run on the way east. Once we get to Evergrove, this becomes the second part of finding our way east. What else are we going to face there?”
“I’ve never been to Evergrove, and that is where the big part begins. Aurora and Castlemore was just the beginning of things, but Evergrove and onward is where it really begins, where I have to be more serious and more cunning when it comes to the surroundings around me, because I’m on my own from now on.
“As for your objective you did earlier today, how would you feel sparing someone who had a good motivation to do something bad for others?” Karin said.
“There is a reason that I spare people with good motivations, unless that motivation is to hurt people or commit acts of violence towards others, I spared the gold thief because he had a good motivation to do so; he was helping others and not committing any violence towards others. I don’t think he’d make it through Castlemore but that would reflect who I am today; someone who only fights for what it is right, and I only take violence or action when they have the motivation to actually do something bad.” Ernaut said.
“I understand, so you’re someone who is willing to help out others in need and spare those in terms of good will and motivation. You’re learning about mercy and how to treat someone with kindness. What is your weakness, or what do you hate?” Karin asked.
“For me, I hate being bullied and anyone who dares to attack me without mercy. Sure, you may be a good defender, but sometimes I have to learn how to face bigger challenges, such as whatever the Chromas have in mind, or whatever the kingdom of Nexus has in mind to take me down for you know, yourself who they call unidentified witchcraft.”
“Unidentified witchcraft? So you were forced out of Castlemore due to what they framed you for?”
“You’ll never understand, they believe that you are unidentified witchcraft because I have no way of telling Wally that this is believable. In fact, you came from out of the Nexus, and there’s no way these people will believe in you. To make matters worse, speaking of the Chroma threat, they’ll start to believe that I am the one who’s bringing the Chromas here as a way to convince everyone else to join them on their crusade to get rid of me. That’s just for the future incase if Wally brings the message to everywhere else, which would start out when I get to Evergrove and outside because they’ll likely track me while I’m heading for that Galleon in two days. You know, that ship which supposedly is the only way to get to Evergrove?
“Ernaut, I understand, but you’re still training with Genevie. It’s simple enough with those powers, but do you remember that dream where you were fighting monsters and then you got thrown down into a volcano? I have more notable powers that you can even know. I’m not giving to them now because you’re just adapting me into it, I don’t give out powers for free you know, you have to keep on adapting me further and further and then I determine what powers you can gain. Oh, and you seem tired since you were running a lot again. Shall I end this conversation?”
“Yeah, I’m beat out from all that running and chasing, so I want some sleep right now for the night.”
Ernaut then went to sleep in his bed and then closed his eyes, and the purple mark that represented Karin faded out, as if it was only used if Karin was talking and goes invisible to hide any traces of her while she’s in stasis. Ernaut had another day of running, and felt like he needed to get back to his training of skills before leaving Aurora. Ernaut had a goal of getting aboard the Galleon to get to Evergrove, but he still has to learn many skills and techniques which some will be learnt from Karin and some on his own skills. Ernaut’s adventure in Aurora is bound to end soon where Ernaut would leave the island to go to Evergrove and find his way east, but that only starts in two days.