The Blazing Teacher
Elmott is serving as a special guest teacher at Mysteria Academy. On the last day of his week-long tenure, however, a student attempts to take his own life. Elmott manages to stop the boy, but senses there is more to the incident than meets the eye.
Elmott: Anyway... don't go thinkin' you can get by with a shy flame.
Elmott: Go all-out first, then adjust from there.
Elmott: Like how you light a stove. Only you are the stove.
Elmott: Y'know what, I'll just show ya.
Elmott: Blazing Prison!
Female Student 1: Wow! It's beautiful!
Male Student 1: Now I know why they call him the Blazing Teach!
Elmott: Quit it. This ain't some circus show.
Elmott: And cut that Blazing Teach stuff out while you're at it! I'm just a temp here!
His brash demeanor, however, does nothing to deter the students from admiring him.
For this is Mysteria Academy, leading institute of the arcane arts, where magical aptitude speaks louder than words.
Elmott: Sigh... What've I gotten myself into.
Elmott: I ain't cut out for this teacher stuff. Shoulda turned this job down the second they mentioned it.
Any version of Elmott
is a crew member
Elmott has separated from the crew for a time to lecture at Mysteria Academy.
The story begins several days prior, when the crew receives an unexpected visit from a stranger.
Elmott, a young man with a natural affinity for fire and a passion for all its intricacies.
In the past he had been wrongly accused of arson. To help him escape, (Captain) and the crew brought him into their ranks.
But the story of how Elmott came to lecture at Mysteria Academy begins several days prior, when the crew receives an unexpected visit from a stranger.
Elmott: What? You're from Mysteria Academy?
Academy Staff: Yes! The academy would be honored if you could share your knowledge of pyromancy with our—
Elmott: Back up. This the same academy I'm thinking about? The famous one?
Elmott: And how's a big-shot sorcerer like you know about me anyway?
Academy Staff: Mm? Why, Mr. Elmott, are you not aware?
Academy Staff: Your name's quite known among the practitioners of magic. The young and talented skyfaring pyromancer with a tongue as sharp as his flames are superb!
Elmott: Oh? That so? Guess a guy's name gets around with all that island hopping.
Academy Staff: Yes, and after looking into the rumors, we can say without a doubt, your flames truly are a sight to behold!
Elmott: Humph. That so?
Elmott: Quite a thing to hear my little party tricks get such high praise.
Elmott: So, what do you want from me anyway?
Academy Staff: The academy would like to formally invite you to the campus as a special guest teacher!
Elmott: Me? A teacher?
Elmott: Whoa, whoa, whoa.
Elmott: Are you serious?
Academy Staff: Indeed we are! We hope for a one-week course where you will instruct students in—
Elmott: Heh heh heh...
Academy Staff: S-sir, is... everything all right?
Elmott: Listen, guy. Being a teach ain't just about having good magic. You gotta have character, personality. Y'know, be likeable.
Elmott: Look at me. I'm shady as heck. Call me if you want to scare those kids instead.
Elmott: Am I right or am I right, (Captain)?
Choose: Goodbye shade, hello sunshine!
- Goodbye shade, hello sunshine!
- He's actually really good with kids.
Elmott: Whose side are you on here!Choose: He's actually really good with kids.
Elmott: Wait, what?
Elmott: What're you talking about! I hate kids! Hate 'em!Continue 1
Academy Staff: Oho! It seems your captain approves!
Academy Staff: Thank you, Captain! Well then, Mr. Elmott, there's not a moment to lose! If we leave now, we might still catch the express liner to Mysteria!
Elmott: H-hey, wait!
Elmott: Get your hands off me! Where's my say in this!
Elmott: I ain't no teacher, ya hear me! Ain't no—
Thus Elmott was spirited away to Mysteria.
And in but a blink of an eye, the week-long course had passed.
Elmott: Whew... Finally. It's over.
Academy Staff: Mr. Elmott! Congratulations on concluding the course! I must say that was a wonderful finale!
Elmott: Humph. Now all that's left is to write a report and bid this straitjacket good riddance.
Academy Staff: Oho, but I hear your class is receiving such high praises from the students! You're the most requested lecturer in the academy!
Elmott: They must have really liked the lightshow.
Academy Staff: Oh no, it wasn't just that. Your evaluation as a teacher is also among the highest in the academy! The other lecturers are asking for you to be given a full-time position here!
Elmott: Me? A real teacher? You're joking.
Academy Staff: Nothing but the truth, Mr. Elmott! Incidentally, I'm to be set for promotion on the merit of finding you!
Elmott: Humph. There are some crazy people in this world.
Elmott: But I'll admit this sure beats being called an arsonist.
Academy Staff: So what do you say? If it's all right with you, we can go inform the others now.
Elmott: Yeah right. I'm a skyfarer, all right? I ain't interested in none of this teachy stuff.
Female Student 1: Aaahh!
Male Student 1: Up there! Someone's on the roof!
Elmott: Huh? What's goin' on over there.
A commotion rises up outside.
Students gather around to look at the figure standing atop one of the buildings.
Male Student 2: It's over... It's all over! I don't want to live anymore!
Male Student 2: Damn it! Damn it all!
Academy Staff: No! He's going to...
D-don't do it! It's not worth it!
Elmott: Say. You know the story behind this?
Academy Staff: The other day he... he was caught stealing. Shoplifting, I believe. As a result he's to be suspended from the academy.
Female Student 2: No! You're wrong! Tommy would never do something like that!
Academy Staff: Hm? Ah, you're his friend, aren't you. But the investigation concluded that he was guilty.
Female Student 2: But... but still!
Academy Staff: At any rate, I need you to call for aid from the staff room. Mr. Elmott and I will talk to the boy and buy some time.
Academy Staff: Hm? Mr. Elmott? Where'd he go?
Tommy: Sob... Goodbye, Yulia. I'm sorry for all the trouble I caused you.
Elmott: Hey there, Tommy. Your friend told me you were up here. I'm assuming she's that Yulia you mentioned.
Tommy: Wha! Y-you're that special teacher.
Elmott: I remember seeing you the first day I got here. Right in the front row. Your eyes were sparklin' like some puppy dog about to get a belly rub.
Elmott: But come on, kid. It's just a suspension. Ain't exactly the end of the world.
Tommy: What's it to you? You're not even a teacher here anymore!
Elmott: Wrong. Still a teacher till sunset.
Elmott's punch lands Tommy right in the gut.
He then catches the student as he loses consciousness and brings him to the infirmary.
Elmott: Oof... There you go.
He'll be fine. Should wake up in an hour or so.
Academy Staff: Thank you for saving him.
Elmott: So, what is it you're not telling me?
Elmott: From the look I saw on his face, there's gotta be more to this.
Academy Staff: Hmm, I do agree. However, I don't know much more than what I've already told you.
Yulia: Excuse me... Might I speak with you, sir?
Elmott: Ah, good timing. I got some questions for you myself.
Delinquent 1: Hahaha! Oi, oi, y' heard? The little runt's got the whole school in a fuss!
Delinquent 2: Pfft! Haha! Tried to jump off the roof, did he? Like he had the guts!
Delinquent Boss: Heh heh... Save it for later, boys. Show's just getting started.
Shadows lurk and snicker in the dark recesses of the academy grounds.
Little do they know that the Blazing Teacher's lesson is about to begin.
Elmott learns of a gang that is harassing the boy for attempting to leave them. When the boy goes missing, Elmott heads straight to the gang to find him.
After preventing a student from jumping off a roof, Elmott senses that there's more to this story than meets the eye.
His hunch is proven right when the student's close friend, Yulia, tells him of what she knows.
The girl begins to talk about a band of delinquents in the slums she once lived in.
Elmott: The Axes?
Elmott: Which genius came up with that piece of originality.
Elmott: So? What of 'em?
Yulia: Well, Tommy got involved with them to pay back some sort of debt, and after he did, he left the gang with a dream of becoming a great sorcerer.
Yulia: But they wouldn't let him go. They pretended to, sure, but that wasn't the last he saw of them.
Yulia: Sob... Sob... I'm sorry; I know crying doesn't help...
Elmott: It's fine. I get the gist.
Elmott: Basically after he tried to quit, the gang got back at him by framing him for stealing. Made sure to do it at the worst time possible too.
Elmott: Those punks...
You told the principal about this?
Yulia: I did. The principal looked into the matter again but still couldn't find any evidence that Tommy was framed.
Elmott: Can't say I'm surprised. The Axes sound like brats, but they sure don't sound stupid. They must have been thorough.
Elmott: Tsk. Now what do we do...
Yulia: I'm sorry for bothering you with this, Mr. Elmott.
Elmott: Hm? What do you mean? If you can't turn to a teacher about this, then who can you turn to?
Elmott: Let's head back to the infirmary for now. We'll see how to deal with this when Tommy wakes up.
Academy Staff: Something's happened! Tommy's disappeared!
Elmott: What? Weren't you keeping an eye on him?
Academy Staff: I'm sorry... I was only away for a moment to go to the bathroom, and on my way back the guardsmen stopped to ask me what happened.
Yulia and Elmott turn pale at the news.
Yulia: Oh, Tommy! What's gotten into you!
Yulia, do you know where those Axe guys are?
Academy Staff: What're you talking about? We need to tell the other lecturers about this!
Elmott: There's no time! A kid's future is on the line here!
Yulia: I can take you there! But The Axes have a lot of members. Are you sure you—
Elmott: Doesn't matter. We'll kick down the front door and anyone standing in our way.
Elmott: Try and stop me, Axe-faces!
The gang tries to persuade the boy to rejoin them, but he instead tries to stab the gang leader to end things once and for all. However, Elmott arrives just in time to prevent that. When the gang refuses to leave the boy alone, the blazing teacher deals with the delinquents himself.
Tommy: Sigh... So you're still not going to leave me alone after this?
Delinquent Boss: Don't say it like that, Tommy. It hurts, really does. We did it all for you, man.
Delinquent 1: Yeaaah, that's right. School don't suit ya! The Axes is where ya belong!
Delinquent 2: Aww, come on. Admit it. You don't fit in at that school and you know it.
Tommy's jaw clenches.
He laughs, then steps quietly toward the gang's boss.
Tommy: Heh heh... I get it. You win.
Delinquent 1: Hey, hey! He's finally come around!
Delinquent 2: There's my Tommy! I knew you was one of us!
Tommy: You're right. Who needs school anyway. Bores the heck outta me.
Delinquent Boss: Right you are, right you are. Ordinary life, followin' the rules, workin' hard?
Delinquent Boss: Humph. Don't you worry. We'll make sure you stay far away from all that crud.
Boss: What the! He's got a knife!
Elmott: Looks like we're just in time.
In a flash Elmott whips up a firestorm and grabs the stunned Tommy's arm, knocking the blade from his hand.
Tommy: Wha! How'd you find me!
Elmott: You trying to get yourself expelled, kid?
Elmott: Got guts though—I'll give you that.
Yulia: What were you thinking, Tommy!
Tommy: Y-Yulia? What're you doing here!
Boss: A teacher from Mysteria? What's the big idea! This is our turf!
Elmott: Shut up. I ain't here for you.
Elmott: The kid's coming with me.
Elmott: Go on and play your turf games and whatnot, but I don't wanna see you near him again, got it?
Delinquent 1: You ain't the boss of us!
Delinquent 2: Heh heh heh! You can't do nothing to stop us! We can keep this up all the way till he's expelled!
Academy Staff: You're sorely mistaken if you think you can get away with that!
Delinquent Boss: Haha. Don't kid yourself. We got our ways.
Delinquent Boss: There's always a way out for us somewhere. You live by the rules, you lose out. Always.
Tommy: Why you! You guys are scum!
Delinquent 1: Hahah! Yo, Teach, give it up. Leave 'im here and get lost.
Delinquent 1: Bwaagh!
Elmott: That's it. I thought about going easy on you guys, but now I see you brats are beggin' for it.
Delinquent 2: B-but you're a teacher! You can't hit a—
Delinquent 2: Oof!
Elmott: Sorry. Don't care.
Academy Staff: M-Mr. Elmott! You can't! They may be delinquents, but they're still minors!
Academy Staff: If the academy gets wind of this, your full-time position will go up in smoke!
Tommy: What! He's going to be a full-time teacher?
Yulia: Oh no... Mr. Elmott...
Elmott: Already told you. Ain't interested.
Elmott: Besides, what kinda teacher abandons a kid just to save his own skin?
Academy Staff: But!
Boss: Enough yappin'! Get 'em, boys!
Elmott: Now we're talking.
Pay attention, kids, Pain 101's in session.
The next day Elmott manages to leave the school right on schedule. As he walks off into the distance, students wave and wish him well, thanking him for all he's done. His time at the academy may have been short, but the memories he's gained will last him a lifetime.
Elmott has dealt with the delinquent gang and handed them over to the city guards.
The gang admits to their framing of Tommy, and the academy soon redacts his suspension.
The next morning, Elmott hefts his luggage bag and is about to set off.
Elmott: What's with the face? The deal was for me to be here a week and it's been a week. Nothin' sad about that.
Academy Staff: But how could they take away your full-time position... It doesn't seem fair in the least.
Academy Staff: While it's true we can't endorse violence, what you did was in the name of protecting a student!
Elmott: How many times I gotta tell you? Was never interested in being a teacher anyway.
Elmott: Besides, I went a little overboard burning down the whole street last night. Can't be a teacher with that on my record.
Academy Staff: Sigh... If only that hadn't happened, perhaps the other teachers might have been able to overlook everything else.
Elmott: Humph. I'm surprised though. You turning down your promotion and all.
Academy Staff: Well, it just wouldn't do to be the only one benefitting from the situation.
Elmott: Heh heh.
Elmott: Oh, looks like the Grandcypher's here. Finally.
Academy Staff: Travel safe, my friend. But do promise you'll visit again someday!
Elmott: No promises, bud. See ya around.
Tommy: Mr. Elmott!
Elmott: Hm? What do those kids think they're doing?
As Elmott begins to leave, heads and waving hands of students pop out of the windows of the academy.
All the boys and girls of Mysteria have put their classes on hold to shout words of thanks and wish Elmott well on his travels.
Tommy: Thank you for everything, Mr. Elmott! We'll never forget you!
Yulia: Be sure to come back to visit! We'll be waiting for you!
Elmott: Hah... Look at these kids.
Elmott: Quit it and get back to class! You can wait for me if you want, but you better pass your finals!
Thus Elmott's time as a teacher comes to an end.
Though it was but a short time, the experience will leave a lasting impression on him for a long time to come.