Lord of Hierarchy

The continent of Krusia became the center of attention when the story of otherworldly creatures and supernatural phenomenon. One of the most valuable discoveries were the relics that could be used to gain supernatural abilities or perform miracles. With the promise with the natives regarding the subjugation of the monsters that lives in the mainland, we have gained access to the relics without a conflict. However, those who had been drunken in the sense of superiority have created the world that we stand now, an utter dystopia.

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6. Fifth Chapter - Memories

Lord of Hierarchy

Memories

The sensation that I was feeling right now was as if I was drowned in the sea of unconsciousness. What had been encircling my spiritual body was the violent current of memories before I was kidnapped to the laboratory. One of the first memories were the days when I had been the first heir of the clan who had built a settlement in the town that had been once destroyed by the outlaws. Our grandfather had been known as the Iron Barricade who had been defending against the outlaws for decades. His descendants, who were born with his ability, became the practical monarchs of the newly found country.

I was the first child of the second king, Ludias Craviles, but I wasn't born with the same abilities as the rest of my family. My existence brought doubts and mistrust to our family and I was marked as the most useless child the family ever had. The only thing that I had been more progressed with the rest of my family was my craftsmanship and my intellect. I had been more mature than those who were already approaching their adulthood and so was my level of knowledge. The talent in sculpturing brought the eye of the rest of the family and I learnt that it was what I can do to prove myself worthy. I felt fortunate for the talent that I was given, and unfortunate for the one person in the family.

My brother, Luke Craviles, shattered my dominant hand in order to make sure that I wasn't able to draw again. When I expressed my complaints to the rest of the family, the only response that I received was that I had to be more forgiving as I was the older brother. What was the point of becoming an older brother to a younger brother who was more physically mature than me? Compared to me who could be dead at any moment, he looked as if he could live through an entire century. That was when I decided to escape.

When I had been running away from my family, I had been on the carriage that had confronted the feral monster that was able to speak. It forced us to participate in a game of riddles where one would have to answer a question to save themselves and the lives of another when they do them for more than once. In the end, five out of seventeen were brutally crushed because of their wrong answers and the rest had survived because I volunteered to answer for the rest of them. When the game had ended, I was assured that the beast would leave us, but it had a final question that involved sacrificing one of the passengers. Some persuaded that they had families at their houses, some convinced others with their worth, and some forced their age to be the deciding factor. Then, all of them stared at the child who told the rest of them to be an orphan and had been born with many life-threatening illnesses.

"I am sorry, but you are the one who should be left out..." One of the passengers walked toward me.

"But why? Because I am the only one without family? Because I will be dead soon? Or is it because that I am-" The same passenger shot a gust of wind to make sure that I wasn't able to run away.

"Sorry, but this was the best choice...." I heard the voices leaving farther away.

The passenger who brought me down was the spouse of the passenger who died because of their wrong answers. He was probably thinking that his actions were justifiable because it was a revenge to the child who hadn't been able to save his dearest person. That was the time that I learnt that you wouldn't be able to stand up against injustice no matter how kind or knowledgeable you are.

"If only I had strength," I desired.

Something flinched inside of me. 

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