Age of Heroes
The rays of the morning sun were shining down upon the numerous students that were walking through the archway of the esteemed educational institution that was known as UA Academy.
A place for aspiring heroes who dreamed of greatness, of doing good and showing the world what they can do and how to make it a better place for all. Teens from around the country flocked here in hopes of getting in, as UA’s track record showed that it was almost a requirement to be an alumni here to be considered one of the best. After all, the hero of the people, All Might, graduated here. He was the symbol of justice, and many young men and women aspired to be THE hero, just like him.
One aspiring hero stood amongst the mass of students, his blue scales shining brightly in the morning sun. The young boy looked at the piece of document he held in his hand, gaze moving to look at UA then back down again. He smiled, thankful that he didn’t get lost and he actually found the school correctly. The paper in his hand contained his name, Kinus Hazani.
Kinus nodded to himself and began to walk forward, passing through the golden archway. His entire body was shaking with anticipation, a certain electricity coursing through him as he thought of what examinations they were going to go through. The other students around him seemed quite as pumped as he was. Others were chatting animatedly with one another, they themselves discussing what the tests could be about. A few were just silent, looking serious and seemingly contemplating something heavily. Kinus paid them no heed and kept a strong positive attitude. It was a test, and like all tests, he’d just have to do well to pass them. One thing of note, however, was that he couldn’t shake the feeling of people seemingly trying to burn a hole in his back. A few students were eyeing him both with curiosity and what felt like sizing him up. He shook his head. The spirit of competition in the air was fierce, UA’s enrollment only allowed a select handful of students, so it was obvious that everyone was out to get everyone else.
Either that or they were just fascinated in seeing a dragon walking amongst them. Probably both.
The large imposing building of UA was fast approaching and Kinus found himself craning his head to just try and get the entire facility in his eyesight. Large glass walls lined the entire place, all clean and tidy, shimmering nicely in the rays of the sun. Kinus eventually reached the main entrance of the facility and happened to run across a pair of students at the front. One was a brown haired girl with a pink scarf and another was a green haired boy who was...floating in the air.
The green haired boy floated back down and stood on his two legs once more.
“Sorry about that,” the girl chimed in. “I had to use my Quirk. I figured you wouldn’t mind.”
The green haired boy continued to look flustered, as the girl said, “Isn’t this all nerve wracking?” She then smiled. “Well I guess I’ll see you inside! Bye!” The boy stood there looking dumbfounded as he watched the girl leave.
“Everything alright?” Kinus asked, approaching the green haired boy.
“Uh, y-yeah, yeah, everything’s…”
Kinus waited nervously as the young boy turned around.. He was half expecting him to be surprised by someone like him, and decided to just smile earnestly and present his best foot forward. But the look of shock his mind trained him to expect never came and instead he was greeted with a look of awe and curiosity.
“...fine,” the green haired boy said, looking at him. “I just nearly tripped and the girl saved me.”
“Ah,” Kinus said. “Try to be careful next time. It’d be bad luck if you fell or so that’s what they tell me.”
The boy laughed nervously, and Kinus got the gist that this kid was somewhat sheepish and timid, especially from his body language. “Yeah, and that would be the last thing I need.” He then blinked and smiled at Kinus. “Midoriya, it’s Izuku Midoriya. Nice to meet you.”
“Hazani. Kinus Hazani.” The dragon extended a hand towards the young boy. “Is that your Quirk then?”
Midoriya visibly jumped at the question. “Q-Quirk?”
“Yeah, with you floating earlier? Was that your Quirk?”
He raised his hand up and waved them in front of Kinus. “Oh! No-no! It’s not, but that would be cool though!”
“Must have been the girl’s...” Kinus mumbled to himself.
Quirks were always a fascinating thing. Quirks were what made heroes, literally. Renowned heroes like Endeavor for example, whose only 2nd to All Might in terms of ranking, is well known for his Hell Flame Quirk. It was the ability to create and freely control fire. An obviously strong Quirk, and even made stronger in Endeavor’s capable hands. Quirks came in all shapes and sizes, some more prominent than others.
“How about you?” Kinus promptly asked. “Can I ask what your Quirk is?”
The color on Midoriya’s face seemingly melted away, leaving him ghostly white. A cold sweat washed over him and he looked like he was going to collapse. “M-my Quirk?” he stammered it out. He twiddled his thumbs, nervously tapping his fingers against one another in a somewhat frenzied and panicked state. “I-it’s...well...you see…how do I put this…” It was like he was trying to decide whether he was going to tell Kinus the meaning of life or not.
“I mean, if you want to keep it a secret for now, it’s fine,” Kinus said in an effort to calm the young boy. “I’ll just be more eager to see you show it off later!”
It seemed to have an opposite effect on Midoriya, turning more paler, rivalling that of a ghost. Kinus clapped him on the back gently. “Come on, let’s go. We’re going to be late if we keep standing around here.”
Midoriya gulped. “Y-yeah…”
The auditorium was large. Rows upon rows of chairs lined Kinus’s view as they entered through the double doors and quite a few students were already there, chatting with one another. He glanced at his documents. “My seat number is 1337, what seat number are you Midoriya?”
The green haired boy looked at his number. “I’m 2234. I guess we’re far, huh?”
“Seems like it.” Kinus smiled at Midoriya. “Well, it was nice to meet you, Midoriya. Best of luck, alright?” He extended a hand out to his new found friend.
“Same goes to you, Hazani.”
Midoriya then began to climb up the steps whilst Kinus walked downstairs, heading towards his row of seats. It wasn’t that far and before long, he was walking forward on his row, looking for his appropriate seat number. “Excuse me...excuse me...sorry about that…” The dragon just smiled apologetically at the students he was passing over. It was a bit of a tight squeeze into the row given his larger stature than his fellow students. Nonetheless, he made it through his seat, finding the vacant chair with his number on it.
Conveniently enough, the orientation started and a pro hero appeared on stage.
“HEY EVERYBODY! It’s me! Your school DJ! Present Mic! Come on and let me hear you!”
Kinus cocked his head to the side. It would seem Present Mic’s energy wasn’t translating well to the room given that the only response he got was dead silence. Everyone was clearly on edge thinking about the examinations that were soon going to follow.
The crazy yellow haired hero sighed, and shook his head. “Alright, that’s fine. We can keep it on the down low for now. We can rock out later after all of this is over. For now, let’s get straight to the point!”
The large screen behind Present Mic came to life and began to serve as a visual aid as the hero explained the mechanics behind their test for today. Kinus paid close attention, not wanting to miss anything important. He could even feel his seatmate lean forward, hands clasping together in a show of concentration.
“On your documents should be listed what battle centers you’re going to be taking part in.”
Kinus looked down on his and saw that he was to take the test at Battle Center D.
“What you’re actually going to do is fight faux villains.” Three silhouettes began to flash on the screen, each with their designated number on the top. “All you have to do is defeat as many of these robots as you can, racking up points in the process. Take them down with your Quirks! Easy peasy, right?”
Kinus nodded. “That seems simple enough. I just have to beat as many of them as I can in the amount of time that we’re given…”
Kinus’s seatmate sighed thoughtfully then muttered, “I’m sure there’s going to be more to it than that.”
The dragon glanced at his fellow student and saw that it was a hybrid, much like he was. This student had a bird’s head, with black feathers and a yellow beak. He could see what looked like a choker on his neck that he assumed was meant to hide the area where his bird feathers became human skin.
“You think so?” Kinus asked, idly listening to Present Mic continue on with his explanation in the background.
Realizing that Kinus was talking to him, the bird turned to face him. “It seems like it. Because if not, that seems way too straightforward. UA’s known for their quality, so I’m sure there are going to be other criteria they’re watching for.” He placed his hand on his chin in a thoughtful manner. “Then again, I could just be overthinking things…”
Kinus nodded, realizing the bird person had a point. “We’ll just have to go with our instinct and do our best. Seems reasonable?”
“You have a point there.”
“Thank you student number 7111, that is a valid question, and I have an answer for you.” The screen flashed again and this time showed a robot with zero points attached to it. Present Mic then explained, saying, “this fourth enemy you’ll be encountering will have zero points attached to it. Yes, that’s right, zero. You can destroy it if you want to, but there’s pretty much no point. Think of it as only an obstacle you’ll have to face while you’re out there doing your best to rack up points!”
“Well this should be interesting,” the bird person said.
“Nervous?” Kinus asked.
He shook his head in response. “I’m just excited to see if my training is going to pay off. You?”
“A bit nervous. I’m still a bit jet lagged, so hopefully that doesn’t mess with my balance.” Kinus grinned sheepishly. “It’s Kinus by the way,” he added, holding out a dragonic hand to the bird person. “Kinus Hazani.”
The student looked at his hand for a brief moment, then smiled and shook it. “Fumikage Tokoyami.”
“Which battle center was assigned to you anyways? If you don’t mind me asking.”
Tokoyami turned to look at his documentation and answered, “Battle Center D.”
The lights around the auditorium turned on and Present Mic loudly announced for them to do their best. “And remember, to give it your all! Don’t forget the school motto! PLUS ULTRA!!”
The students began to file out and Kinus and Tokoyami did the same. “It looks like we’ll be going together then.” Kinus chuckled lightly. “I’m at Battle Center D as well.”
Tokoyami looked neither pleased nor worried. Kinus could tell that the bird wasn’t the most expressive of people. Either that or he was just so focused on the examination that he didn’t want to break concentration. The gravity of which was not lost on Kinus. Tokoyami eventually responded and let out what Kinus could best describe was a small smile. “Good luck to the both of us.”
The bus ride to Battle Center D was probably the longest ride in Kinus’s entire life. The tension in the air was so thick, he could probably pierce it with his horns if he tried. Everyone around him were either deep in thought, clearly contemplating strategies, whilst others looked nervous, but was doing their best to smile and were quietly muttering words of encouragement to themselves. Tokoyami was seated next to him, quiet and his eyes closed. If it weren’t for the fact that he had his arms crossed and were lightly tapping his fingers on his shoulders, Kinus would have assumed Tokoyami had fallen asleep. Nonetheless, Kinus used this time to get a better glimpse of his surroundings and, if only briefly, admire the scenery and the sheer size of UA.
UA’s campus size was enormous and bigger than he thought. The fact that they had six fully constructed city sized battle centers as testing facilities was a testament to the school’s level of quality. Again, it was no surprise why people clamored to get into UA’s hero program. It bred amazing heroes and they had the actions to back it up. Kinus could already see the towering buildings beginning to form at the distance and he felt his excitement swell.
“Well, I think we’re here…” he quietly mumbled, and could feel Tokoyami move slightly.
“Finally,” the bird mumbled.
The bus slowly came to life as well, with the students beginning to chat more animatedly. It seemed everyone was ready for this and was roaring to get a chance to get started. The bus eventually stopped to a halt and the doors swung open. The students filed out one by one, a few rushing towards the front of the starting line, eager to get good starting positions. A large towering gate was open, giving them a clear glimpse into the faux city within.
Tokoyami stepped out, his black jacket fluttering slightly in the wind. The bird did some light stretches as Kinus stood next to him. Compared to Tokoyami who was sporting a seemingly full black attire with his hoodie and gray jeans, Kinus opted to just wear something more comfortable, having a simple blue shirt and his trusty jeans. He didn’t have a tracksuit or anything sporty back at home so he had to make do. At the very least, he was comfortable and his clothing didn’t hinder him at all in fighting.
He followed Tokoyami’s example, stretching his arms and legs and doing some basic warm up. The last thing he wanted was to have a cramp whilst running through the “city streets”. The entire facility was bigger in person. It had a building high wall that locked the action inside, but it stretched as far as the eye can see. The fact that they had six of these things never ceased to amaze Kinus.
Then, a loud familiar booming voice grabbed their attention.
“What are you guys standing around their for?!” It was Present Mic, and his image was being projected onto a large TV screen. “Time’s being wasted and villains are already running around! Go, go,go!”
An earthquake seemingly rumbled across the ground as the large crowd of students began to make a break for it, each and every single one trying their damndest to get a head start on the competition. Even Kinus was taken slightly aback at the sudden rush that washed over everyone. But it soon came to pass as he realized that this was no time to be standing around. His chance to become a hero was within his grasp, and he wasn’t going to let anyone take that away from him. As he began to move, Kinus briefly looked around to find that Tokoyami was already gone. Kinus didn’t linger on the thought and focused on the task at hand. It was time to show what he was made off.
His legs carrying him, he quickly assessed the situation. The whole crowd was moving to what he assumed was the center of the testing area. It wouldn’t be dumb to think that area would be the most concentration of robots, but it wouldn’t be smart to think you’d be the only one to think of that. No, there would be too many people there and thus your chances of getting a score would be lowered since competition would be fierce. Kinus figured he had to break away from the pack and do his best to pick off stragglers, or at best, stumble into a group of robots for easy points. He spotted an alleyway in the corner and immediately made a break for it. The rest of the students stampeded towards the center, eventually leaving him by his own lonesome.
“Okay…Hopefully this gamble works.” The next thing he realized was that he needed to put things into his advantage. Kinus wasn’t a stranger to fighting. He knew how to fight. But, as his mentor taught him, the best and fastest way to win a fight was to make everything be in your favor as much as possible. “I need water.”
Kinus made his way through the dark empty alleyway, arriving onto the empty street. There was literally no one in sight, student or robot, but the sounds of action were already beginning to ring in the air. Loud explosions, the sound of machine grinding against machine and what seemed like fireworks were already emanating from the distance. The rest of the students were already racking up points! Kinus needed to move fast or else he was going to be left behind.
The dragon looked around, looking for any source of water. A stark red fire hydrant shining like a beacon of color against the drab concrete caught his attention. The dragon beamed, and started rushing towards the fire hydrant. Just then, a rumbling shook the ground, threatening to throw Kinus off balance.
One of the buildings towards the side of the fire hydrant exploded outwards, showering him and everything around him with a mix of flying dust and debris. The tell tale sight and sound of robotic machinery rang across the empty street, almost like a deafening roar. Kinus briefly froze, the dragon taking a moment to process things. Then he cracked a smile.
“Well that made things easier!”
The large machine began to charge up, energy gathering at the tip of its eye sockets and beginning to glow a deathly red. Kinus moved quickly, running towards the fire hydrant. Like it was as simple as breathing, he reached deep within him and made use of his innate quirk. The water from inside the fire hydrant responded to him, answering his beck and call. Using his mind to picture what he wanted to happen, the water reacted accordingly, doing so obediently like a follower to a leader. The fire hydrant exploded, a large amount of pressurized water beginning to stream out. But instead of reaching outwards to the sky, it followed Kinus’s orders, betraying the laws of physics like they were nothing than a nuisance and bent its stream, directing itself towards the machine.
The overwhelming pressure toppled the machine’s balance, staggering it. It fired its charged up laser but missed Kinus completely, hitting a building behind him. The dragon jumped into the air, using his dragon strength to propel him high into the sky. Water followed him as he called it, quickly freezing into the shape of his most trusted weapon.
Gravity pulling him down, the dragon charged, rocketing with a now fully formed dragonic halberd of his creation, shimmering in the morning sun as the rays bounced off the clear, solid and sturdy ice. A loud crash soon followed, the metal bending in defeat, unable to withstand the crushing force of the hammer end of his halberd. Kinus quickly jumped back, the robot exploding into a heap of metallic mess. One of the metal plates flew and landed a few feet from him, a number three painted clear as day on it.
“Three points. Not bad.”
Just then, more robots decided to enter the fray, the building behind Kinus exploding into a mass of rubble as two robots spawned.
The blue dragon grinned. “Must be my lucky day!” He spun his halberd in a flourish before charging head first into the robots. Unlike the previous one however, these two were faster, and were quick to throw out their attacks at him. Rubber pellets flew through the air and Kinus was quick to duck behind a nearby mailbox for some cover. Not skipping a beat, he manipulated the gushing water from the fire hydrant and directed it towards the robots. The small tidal wave froze in an instant, rendering the machines incapable of moving. Using this to his advantage, Kinus popped out of his cover and threw his halberd straight at the robots. The ice cold weapon whistled through the air and skewered the two metal behemoths, exploding in a shower of scrap metal.
The dragon cheered, raising his fist in a brief moment of celebration. The water from the nearby forming puddle floated towards him and morphed into his trusty dragonic halberd, good as new. Kinus held his weapon tightly in his hand. There were many more robots to take and time was ticking. The dragon broke into a light sprint eager to find his next target to take.
The street up ahead soon became what looked like a battlefield. Numerous broken robots littered the streets. The smell of smouldering metal and what Kinus could best assume was the smell of acid permeating the air. There were holes in the road that resembled grenade craters and various other handiwork that told the dragon that various students have already passed through here. The sounds of fighting up ahead clued him in on where majority of the heated fights were happening. Kinus stopped and allowed himself to think. Where else could he go to try and pick fights? He could try his luck with the rest of the other students and see if he could get some points there, or he could just gamble once again and take the side streets and see if any other robots spawn. Either way, time was ticking and the dragon didn’t have much time left to decide.
As if fate making the choice for him, the sound of gears grinding and bullets being fired echoed from the nearby side street. Kinus’s legs moved before he could even think about his decision. The dragon raced towards it, but stopped to a halt when a loud rumble began to shake the floor. Spider like cracks began to make itself known on the building walls, and it was clear to him that this building was going to collapse in on itself. Kinus was about to make himself scarce when the sound of fighting stopped him.
Someone’s still inside!
The dragon broke into a sprint, charging head first into the collapsing structure, wasting no time whatsoever. Dust was beginning to drop from the ceiling as Kinus navigated the surprisingly empty and spacious building, using the sounds of fighting to guide him. There, at the center was none other than Fumikage Tokoyami, taking down a robot. With him was a black shadow like creature that was in the shape of a crow, doing its best to keep the robots at bay. But by sheer dumb luck, the robot managed to break through the black crow’s defenses, swatting him away and having him crash into one of the building’s pillars.
“Dark Shadow!” Tokoyami shouted in worry.
The robot made a break towards Tokoyami who was rushing over to his companion. Kinus could see that the bird wasn’t at his best, as the hybrid was limping slightly. It was just Kinus’s luck to see the young bird stagger, before losing his balance. He was left wide open and the robot was just about to unload a healthy amount of bullets into his general direction.
“Oh no you don’t!” he shouted grabbing the robot’s attention enough to distract it. Raising his hand up, his halberd morphed in an instant. The frozen weapon melted in his fingers to form a throwing axe. The dragon swung his hand outwards, sending the throwing axe flying through the air and colliding head on with the mechanical assailant. It toppled downwards, completely dead and lifeless.
“We have to get out here,” Kinus said, running towards Tokoyami. “Can you walk?”
“I can,” Tokoyami answered, muscling through the pain. “I just sprained my ankle a bit when I was trying to get a better angle at them.” His shadow like companion was nowhere to be found however. But Kinus didn’t linger on the thought. He’d ask questions later.
Another rumble shook the floor and the nearby pillar next to them began to collapse. “Come on! We have no time to waste!” Without even waiting for Tokoyami’s approval, Kinus grabbed hold of the bird’s arm and slung it over his own shoulder for support. “The entire building is about to collapse!”
The dragon then supported Tokoyami who was doing his best to move as fast as he could. Just then, a large chunk of the ceiling cracked wide open and Kinus barely even registered the falling debris. There wasn’t enough time to react to it! But then a blur of black coursed through the air and smacked the falling concrete out of the way, and Kinus found himself staring at the black crow from earlier. A look of fierce determination was in the bird’s yellow eyes.
“Go!” it shouted.
The dragon continued walking, the entire ceiling behind them collapsing. The pair managed to get out in just the nick of time as the walls came crashing down behind them, showering them in more dust and debris. After making it safely into the center of the street was when Kinus decided to slow down and actually take a breather. He gently lowered Tokoyami to the ground who thanked him.
“That was a close one!” Kinus grinned, his body coming down from the adrenaline.
The black shadow creature manifested behind Tokoyami. “You handle yourself pretty well, dragon boy.”
Kinus paused, cocking his head towards the side. In between panting breaths, he asked, “Dragon boy?”
The black shadow like crow assisted Tokoyami as he stood up, and he let his companion lean on him for support. “Thank you, Hazani.”
“I could say the same to you.” Kinus spared a curious glance at the shadow like figure who had his arms crossed on his chest, returning his curious glance back at him. “You should introduce me next time,” he said.
“I’ll introduce you properly next time. For now, his name’s Dark Shadow.” Tokoyami answered.
The two of them began to walk towards the center street, looking for more robots to pummel. “How many do you think are even left?” Kinus dared to ask, forming his halberd from a nearby water puddle before grabbing it tightly.
“I’m sure there’s only a few left. Time is already running out,” Tokoyami answered, flicking some dust off his shoulder jacket.
“I think we took out enough robots,” Dark Shadow added. “I’m awesome and all, but I’m getting tired from all of this.”
That was when the ground began to shake once more.
“What now?” Kinus exasperated, looking around for the cause of the shaking. From up ahead, a large crowd of students began to be running towards them. Horrified and scared expressions were on their faces, some shouting in fear as they ran past them. “Where in the world are they all going?”
“Uh, Hazani…” Tokoyami muttered, slowly backing away.
“What is it Tokoyami…” The dragon turned around and saw what made the bird speechless. “You have got to be kidding…”
A few meters ahead of them was a robot almost as tall as the buildings itself, and was practically rampaging. It immediately occured to the both of them that this was the zero point robot that was best for them to just avoid and not confront directly. That was going to prove difficult seeing as they were right in its target trajectory and headed straight at them.
“We have to…” The dragon turned to his companion who was already a few steps ahead of him. “Okay, we’re on the same page then!”
The two of them began to head towards the general direction where everyone was running ahead. The shaking became more intense, spider like cracks made itself clear on the road. Shouts and screams of frightened students rang around them. Everyone was clearly panicking in an effort to get to safety to avoid getting in the way of the gigantic robot. The ground shook once more as the robot was beginning to gain on them, and the unthinkable happened.
Kinus stopped in his tracks, hearing the cry for help among the chaos happening. It was faint, and quite frankly easy to miss with all the madness that was ensuing but it was there. The dragon turned his head to find who it was shouting, and saw where it was. It was a girl who got caught under some rubble as she was running away. From the corner of his eyes he already saw a familiar black blur come to her aide.
Tokoyami selflessly threw himself into danger, pushing the debris off of the girl in an effort to rescue her. It was a success, as the girl managed to run free, but at a cost. The robot had gained ground and its legs were now poised to crush Tokoyami under its feet. He didn’t even have enough of a chance to get away as the machine’s big leg came down on him. It would have been a horrific sight if it weren’t for Dark Shadow manifesting immediately and began to hold it upwards, with Tokoyami struggling underneath. It was clear to Kinus that the two of them were going to get crushed if no one did something.
If he didn’t do something.
...You’re freaking crazy, Kinus!
The dragon’s vision tunneled and his hearing lowered until he thought he was deaf, only able to hear the sound of his exhausted breathing and the frantic beating of his heart. The dragon’s body moved of its own accord, launching himself towards Tokoyami who was desperately trying to escape. Focus and determination in his eyes, Kinus was at Tokoyami’s side, his reliable halberd in hand. Without skipping a beat, he jammed his halberd onto the ground and used that as leverage to get the weight off of Dark Shadow. One word escaped his lips as he looked at Tokoyami.
He could feel his halberd quiver and threaten to crumble under the sheer weight of the robot. It was only through his sheer will, and unwavering focus that the ice was holding strong enough to last as it did. Kinus watched as Tokoyami stood and desperately hobble to a nearby alley, looking back at him with genuine concern. The dragon was to follow suit, but the sound of what seemed like glass breaking rang in his ears, and Kinus knew what was to happen next.
The last thing Kinus heard was Tokoyami crying out his name.
It's been a long time folks.
For those who still remember who I am, yes, I am still alive. I went on hiatus after the Undertale story because that didn't really pan out as much. After watching My Hero, I was captivated by the world and couldn't help myself. Writing this story out (I have a few stock chapters already), it felt like I was a young again. haha. Yeah, this story features an OC. While the characters of the show are well fleshed out and whatnot, it's always easier to write a story with a character of your own creation. I hope you guys like Kinus.
I hope you guys enjoy this story!
One final thing: this fanfic follows the timeline of the anime. I personally don't know much of what happens after Season 2 (save for a few sparse details), but I am planning on reading up on the manga after Season 3 finishes airing. Very excited for that!
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