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One day, Vyrn openly wondered what would happen if he himself were able to use magic. Suddenly, Suframare, a wandering tutor who had heard this discussion, appeared before the party and began giving a basic magic lecture to Vyrn. However, ultimately Vyrn would not be able to even use simple magic. Suframare’s pride as a tutor had been wounded. She thus took it upon herself to become Vyrn’s private tutor and joined up with the Order.
It happened one day. Our heroes notice that Vyrn had a lot less to say than usual. They tried broaching this matter with him...
Vyrn: Mmm? What have I done?
Katalina: Ah. I’m worried that Vyrn might be overdoing this...
Vyrn: No... I’m not especially sick or anything...
Vyrn: Katalina and (Captain), your specialty is the sword, correct? Lyria can summon...
Vyrn: I, too, would like to have a special skill... Something like being able to use magic...
Suframare: Magic?! Let me tell you the details of such things!
Vyrn: Ahh! All of a sudden, you...?!
Suframare: I’m sorry... that was rude of me! I am Suframare! I make my living as a wandering private tutor!
Katalina: Hm? Wandering, you say?
Suframare: That’s right! Allow me to guide you into the world of the mages... At a reasonable price!
Vyrn: Ooh! That’s great! Don’t be shy! Teach me!
Townsperson 1: Oho! You are teaching magic to a lizard? If a lizard can do it, then maybe I can do it?
Townsperson 2: All right! I want to try, too!
Surrounded by people with inquiries, Suframare’s lecture had begun.
Suframare: Everyone! Have you prepared the staves you will be using for practice? Okay, follow my example...
Suframare waived her staff as she chanted a spell. The townsfolk imitated her as she did so.
Townsperson 1: Ooh! I had no idea that magic was so easy!
Townsperson 2: Dahahaha! Though it’s just basic stuff, it’s fun if you can do it!
Suframare: Keep practicing and you will be able to do something like this! Yes!
Vyrn: Ooh! Your amazing! I’ll do my best!
Suframare: Now it’s your turn, Captain! And the rest of you! Please!
Suframare: Ooh! Excellent, Captain! That’s a very high level magic!
Vyrn: That’s my (Captain)! Now I’m gonna give it a go!
Vyrn: Mmm? Nothing happened...
Afterwards, after numerous attempts, the results remained unchanged.
Vyrn: Hmph... And this wand doesn’t seem to be defective...
Suframare: That’s right... Maybe it’s beyond you, Vyrn?
Suframare: It'll be alright!Everyone is like that when they first try. Why don’t we begin with cooling off our surroundings a little?
Suframare: We shouldn’t summon an ice spirit so abruptly. First we chill the tip of the staff...
Vyrn: Hm... Cool off, cool off...
Nothing happened whatsoever.
Vyrn: GRRRR! See? It’s no use!
Suframare: I can’t believe they were no results even after following the procedure... This is the first time this is happened in my career as a private tutor!
Vyrn: Say what!? You really mean to say that I am that incompetent?!
Suframare: I can’t believe it... There goes my self-confidence...
Vyrn: Hey hey... I’m the one who feels like giving up here...
Suframare: I can’t believe it! This means that the title of my work “A Magic Primer Even a Troll Could Understand” is a lie!
Vyrn: Hey hey... What was that title?
Suframare: There is nothing more I can do than to accompany Vyrn and keep teaching him until he is able to use magic!
Vyrn: Say what!? You mean to tag along with me, Teach?!
Suframare: Confidence in me is the lifeblood of my profession as a private tutor! I will be ruined if it turns out I was peddling a book of lies! Ruined!
Suframare: And with that... Hey (Captain)! I’m going with you all!
Choose: Hang in there, Vyrn!
- Hang in there, Vyrn!
- This is way too much for Vyrn to handle.
Suframare: I’m looking forward to our journey together! From now on every day we are going to hold nothing back, Vyrn!
Vyrn: Hey hey... I want you to give me the occasional reprieve. .
Suframare: This is all for making Vyrn into a sorcerer! Let's do it! Vyrn!Choose: This is way too much for Vyrn to handle.
Suframare: What?!? What are you saying, (Captain)?!
Suframare: I cannot permit that... As an educator, I absolutely cannot allow statements that will damage the enthusiasm of others!
Suframare: Vyrn! Let's do it! Eventually you will become a topflight sorcerer!
Vyrn: GRRRR! Now look here! (Captain)!
Suframare: That's the spirit! Vyrn! Eventually I will become a topflight sorcerer...
Suframare: Let me give you the power to reduce your enemies to cinders or minced meat with the mightiest magic! You won’t regret bringing me on board, (Captain)!
Vyrn: Nah... I don’t feel like going that far...Continue 1
Thus the wandering private tutor Suframare joined the Order.
Tuition for the coursework would be paid later, but (Captain) felt uneasy about just how expensive the tuition for several days’ coursework would be.
One night, (Captain) hears suspicious footsteps outside and follows Suframar as she leaves the inn. As Suframar reaches her destination, Vyrn could be seen practicing magic alone. Suframar shouts out encouragement, revealing (Captain) and company's presence to Vyrn. Then, monsters are drawn to the disturbance and appear before the party.
One night... (Captain) hears suspicious footsteps outside and steps out to investigate with sword in hand.
(Captain) notices a small figure step away from the inn and follows it. Who could the mysterious figure be...?
Suframare: (Captain)?! Oh no, you followed me? I'm sorry if I woke you up.
Suframare: Oh! Shhh! Be quiet, (Captain)!
Suframar holds up a finger to her lips. She points at something ahead...
Vyrn: Hmm... It feels like I'm starting to get the hang of it but...
Vyrn chants a spell and swings a practice wand, however...
Vyrn: Arrrgh! Why won't it work?!
Suframare: He's been sneaking out at night and practicing like this.
Suframare: It makes me happy to see my student working so hard.
Suframare: ... Oh? He's...
Vyrn: Mmm? I think I just felt something...
Vyrn: All right! One more time! I can do this!
Suframare: You can do it...
Suframare: You can do it, Vyrn!
Vyrn: Whoa?! Who's there... Wait, (Captain)?! You too, teacher?
Suframare: Oh my... I guess I was too loud.
Vyrn: Tsk! I wanted to use magic out of nowhere and surprise you!
Suframare: Hehe... It seems like you've almost got the hang of it!
Vyrn: Yeah! I think I'm finally about to learn how to use magic!
Suframare: ... Oh? I just heard something...
Suframare: Oh my... Looks like they were attracted by the noise. We have no choice, get ready (Captain)!
Training Results: Scene 2
Discouraged by his failure, Vyrn decides he doesn't have the necessary talent and almost gives up on magic altogether. However, Suframar tells him that she used to have no talent for magic herself. Saddened by the fact that she was always compared to a natural born mage princess in her home of Crystalia, she researched a way for anyone to easily learn magic. As Suframar encouraged Vyrn, the rest of the monsters suddenly appear. Vyrn quickly swings his wand, and a small amount of magic is emitted.
Vyrn: But... sometimes it makes wonder. What if I never learn?
Suframare: Hey! Don't be so negative!
Vyrn: Hm... The guys from town learned how to use magic right away. But I...
Suframare: Yes, some people are more suited for magic than others.
Suframare: But anyone can learn. I really believe that. I used to be unable to use magic too.
Vyrn: Really? I dunno about that...
Suframare: I used to have absolutely no magical talent! It was awful!
Suframare: There was a princess in Crystalia, which is where I was born...
Suframare: She was a natural magic user since birth, and I was always compared to her. I hated it.
Vyrn: Oh... It must have been hard for you to learn magic too...
Suframare: Because of the bitter experience I had back then, I researched a way so anyone can easily learn how to use magic.
Suframare: I did it so people like you won't have to go through the same sad feelings I did.
Suframare: That's why I need you to learn magic no matter what, Vyrn!
Vyrn: ... I see. Alright! Then I'll do my best!
Vyrn: Whoa! Are those the rest of the monsters from earlier?!
As the monsters leap toward him, Vyrn quickly swings his wand...
Vyrn: Woah?! What the?! I just cast some magic!
Suframare: Vyrn, you did it! But there's no time to celebrate!
Suframare: Let's go! Vyrn! Take these monsters down!
Training Results: Scene 3
Vyrn is in high spirits from successfully casting magic. However, nothing would happen when he tried his hand at magic again. When Suframar returns to the inn, she admits that she modified Vyrn's wand so it would cast magic when he was in trouble. Seeing herself in the hard-working Vyrn, she asks (Captain) to try and cheer him up when he's down. And so, Vyrn's magic training continued under Suframar's instructions.
Vyrn: Heheh! I knew I could do it!
Suframare: Great job, Vyrn! Oh, show me again!
Vyrn: Heheh! Watch this! (Captain)!
Vyrn: Wha?! It's not working!
Vyrn: Tsk! I thought I finally got the hang of using magic!
Suframare: Oh my... But you did it once, so I'm sure you'll be able to do it again!
Vyrn: Yeah! I'm gonna practice even harder now!
Suframare: (Captain), can I talk to you for a minute?
Suframare: I thought maybe you noticed already, but... I made some modifications to Vyrn's wand.
Suframare: I noticed him sneaking out and practicing at night and...
Suframare: I didn't want him to get hurt, so I made some small changes that would let him use magic when he's in danger.
Suframare: Can you keep this a secret? I want you to support Vyrn. He's been working so hard.
Suframare: When I see him putting in so much effort, it reminds me of my old self.
Choose: Got it.
- Got it.
- Maybe Vyrn doesn't have what it takes?
Suframare: Thank you, (Captain). If Vyrn is ever feeling down... please try to cheer him up.Choose: Maybe Vyrn doesn't have what it takes?
Suframare: That's not true!
Suframare: He was able to activate the magic in the wand because he understood my teachings!
Suframare: If he really had no talent... he wouldn't have been able to use magic at all!
Suframare: So... please, (Captain). If Vyrn is ever feeling down... please try to cheer him up.Continue 1
With Suframar's confidence in him, Vyrn continues his magic training.
One day, he hopes, he will be using magic with graceful mastery...
Teacher vs Midnight Prowler
That night Elmott returned home to get an earful from Suframare. She’d been up half the night worrying herself sick. Suframare decided to tag along the next night and found that Elmott had been using this time to do a little monster hunting and keep the kids in town safe. Their fondness for the youngster’s wellbeing helped a little to bridge the gap between them. No sooner had Elmott returned home than he and Vyrn began to bicker. Suframare appeared, ready to give another sermon. Elmott sighed. He still had a long way to go with this partner of his.
On a certain island. Ever a fan of his nightly constitutionals, Elmott strolls through the forest at a leisurely pace.
As usual, Elmott had himself a late dinner and prepared to get himself a bit of shuteye. However...
Suframare: Hey! Elmott! Where exactly did you get off to?
Elmott: Wha? I go where I want and do what I want.
Suframare: Goodness... do you realize how worried everyone is?! Especially Vyrn!
Elmott: Sigh... even the lizard’s worried about me. I’m gonna lose my edge...
Suframare: Hey! You keep changing the subject!
Elmott: (Hah. You know... she kind of looks like... )
Elmott: (Snkkt... she moves just like that monkey doll I had when I was a kid... )
Suframare: Hey! Would you care to tell me what’s so funny? Everybody is worried sick about you! And I won’t have it!
Elmott: Damn... you know what, kid? You’re a real pain in the ass. The lizard’s already on my list. You wanna be on there, too?
Suframare: What?! Who exactly are you calling “kid”? I’m 22 years old, I’ll have you know! I’m a fully grown adult!
Elmott: Hm? That’s not far off from me. You know, it’s hard to tell with Harvin...
Suframare: Wha? You’re in your 20s? Hehe. I could’ve sworn you were younger than me, given how you look...
Elmott: Wow. That’s a first. People usually think I’m older.
Suframare: Hehe. Well it’s quite the shock!
Suframare: ... wait a second! Did you just try to change the subject?! Hey! What kind of way is that to treat your teacher?!
Elmott: (... dang. So close... )
Suframare: Goodness, me... do you understand? If you’re going to be out late, you need to let me?
Elmott: Hah! You think I’m so kinda juvenile delinquent, don’tcha?! Fine, fine! I got it. I’m gonna hit the hay. Night.
Suframare: Hey! ... I’m not done talking!
Elmott decided he’d had enough for tonight. He went back to his room.
Suframare wasn’t quite satisfied with that, but what could she do? She took a dip in the bath and went to bed.
And the next night.
Elmott: Alright. I know you gotta eat like everyone else...
Elmott: But towns are for people. They’re off limits. You know what happens if you step foot in town, don’t you?
Elmott: Tsk... what? The damned lizard is worried about me? Who the hell does he think he is...
Suframare: Hey! Elmott! I was wondering where you went! And I find you here!
Elmott: What?! You followed me?!
Suframare: Gracious, me... this place is dangerous, you know! Just a little while ago, monsters came down from the mountains and attacked the children!
Suframare: I told Vyrn the same thing I told you! Practicing magic at night can get you hurt. Just don’t do it!
Elmott: Sigh... nothing’s gonna hurt me. You said monsters, right? Look over there.
Suframare followed Elmott’s finger to a pile of smoldering flames. Words failed her.
Elmott: Heh... you see that? You don’t need to worry about me.
Suframare: ... so you heard about the monsters in the forest and decided you’d protect Vyrn... and the children...
Elmott: Hah! You’re reading way too much into this. I wanna burn things... so I do.
Suframare: I see... so I guess I can tell Vyrn it’s safe now. He’s been wanting to work on his magic.
Elmott: Just wondering... why do you gotta teach him magic?
Suframare: Because he said he wants to learn, of course. I couldn’t have asked for a better pupil! Hehe...
Suframare: Hehe. Didn’t you come to me because you wanted to learn, Elmott?
Elmott: Nah. Old Elmott here’s been able to use fire since the day he was born. I just needed to figure out how to control it.
Suframare: I see... it’s natural for you. You’re a bit like Lily in that respect.
Elmott: Hm? What’s that supposed to mean?
Suframare: Lily is a princess of the Crystalia family... born with an innate and powerful magic. In fact, everything around her freezes...
Suframare: She needed something to keep her power in check... she went out all alone in search of spring. And she’s still so young...
Elmott: Come again? No one stopped her? They just let a kid wonder out alone? Can’t say I like the sound of that...
Suframare: Of course I thought to stop her. But by the time I knew it was already too late... how could such a thing happen...
It happens to lots of kids... you got ones who can control fire, lightning, you name it. They get chased out to who knows where...
It happens to lots of kids... like with Alec...
Elmott: Tsk... makes me sick.
Suframare: It does indeed... I hope one day to be someone that can help Lily and children like her...
Suframare: But it’s so wonderful of you, Elmott! You use your anger for the sake of the little ones!
Suframare: Hehe. I knew you were a much sweeter child than you let on! I understand now!
Elmott: Wha? For the love of... what part of me looks sweet to you?
Suframare: But you know... the way you worry yourself over the children is the way everyone else worries about you.
Suframare: Listen, will you? You don’t have to face the danger alone! You hear?
Elmott: (Here we go again... what a pain in the ass... )
And so, with his work finished, Elmott followed Suframare back to the inn.
Vyrn: Hey! Didn’t expect you to be back so early!
Elmott: Wha? What d’you expect... can’t take a walk with some little bug buzzing in your damn ear...
Vyrn: Hm? Bug? You mean Suframare?
Elmott: Who else... you’re telling me being around her all day doesn’t get to you?
Vyrn: What?! You can’t talk about her like that!
Elmott: Huh? C’mon. She’s a real pest, right?
Vyrn: GRRRR! You’re gonna eat those words, guy!
Suframare: Hey! Vyrn! Elmott! You musn’t fight!
Elmott: (Wha?! There she goes again! Some teacher I’ve got here... )
Suframare: Gracious... I’m you’re getting along, but no fighting! Ever!
Vyrn: But you heard how he was talking about you...
Suframare: No means no, Vyrn! No ifs, ands, or buts!
Elmott: (Hah... how about that. She’s the spitting image... )
Suframare: Hey! Elmott! Would you care to tell me what’s so funny? I’m quite angry, you know!
Elmott: Snkkt... nothing.
It seemed that, in spite of her severe demeanor, even Suframare could show a bit of kindness to a student as rambunctious as Elmott.
And so the day finally came when they realized they had a shared interest in the well-being of children.
The Student's Mentor
Lucius wishes to teach others the techniques to live strong but is unable to take the next step to become a mentor. Suframare takes Lucius as her student, and after much effort, successfully teaches him about magic and mentorship alike.
Lucius stands alone on the deck of the Grandcypher taking in his environs.
Laughter can be heard from beyond the deck.
Lucius: Heh... Me teaching those kids? That's one tall order.
Suframare: You try next, Vyrn! Go on!
Vyrn: I'm gonna do it! Today's the day!
Suframare: That's the spirit, Vyrn! I can tell you're going to be a fantastic sorcerer one day!
Lucius: Teaching kids magic is one thing, but I've never heard of someone teaching a lizard magic...
Lucius: Hmm, what was her name again? Suframare?
Vyrn: Oh, Lucius! Whatcha doin' over there all by yourself? Come on over and join the fun!
Lucius: It's fine. I'm—
Vyrn: Aww, don't be shy! C'mon, hurry up!
Lucius lets out a heavy sigh and descends from the ship.
Suframare: Well, it's nice of you to join us, Lucius! Hm? You look like you've got something on your mind.
Suframare: Is something troubling you? You can tell us.
Lucius: No, it's nothing.
Vyrn: Ohhh, I know what it is! You're wondering about becoming a teacher yourself, but you're not sure!
Lucius: Wha? H-how did you...
Vyrn: Heh heh! It's pretty obvious to me, seeing you watch Suframare teach us from afar and all.
Suframare: Oh! You want to be a mentor? Why, that's a marvelous aspiration!
Lucius: It's... not like I've decided or anything, but...
Suframare: Why not? If you don't make up your mind, you're never going to start, you know.
Suframare: But not to worry! I'll do my very best to assist you in any way I can. Feel free to ask me anything!
Vyrn: Hmm, but Lucius can be pretty intimidating sometimes. The kids in the crew are always running away from him.
Vyrn: That's what you're worried about, right?
Suframare: I see... It would be a pity to have students running away from someone so willing to teach.
Suframare: I've got it! How about you become a student of mine for a while to see what mentorship is like?
Vyrn: What? Lucius as your student?
Suframare: Why not? The best teachers are students themselves after all! I think it's an excellent idea!
Suframare: I've no doubt you'll be a superb mentor, Lucius! How about it?
Lucius: Hey! J-just slow down a second!
Vyrn: Yeah! The best way to start is by having fun, right? You can do it, Lucius!
Unable to accept or refuse Suframare's generous offer, Lucius spends a moment at a loss for words.
But in that moment, he remembers his resolve and realizes that declining this offer would be to abandon the goal he had sought after for so long.
Lucius: Sigh... I still have much to learn, don't I? Suframare, consider me under your tutelage.
Lucius bows low and accepts Suframare's guidance with gratitude.
Suframare: Here, take this.
Suframare hands Lucius a slender training staff.
Suframare: Now... wave the staff as I do.
Lucius: Hm? You want me to wave it?
Suframare: That's right. Novice students can only wield magic with a staff.
Lucius: (I never thought the day would come when I'd use a staff.)
Suframare: Well then! Ready your staff and chant the incantation. Begin!
Embarrassed and full of hesitation, Lucius pushes past his inhibitions though sheer willpower.
Lucius: (Damn it all! I don't care anymore! I'm desperate!)
He swings the staff with all his might, shouting with reckless abandon.
Suframare: Hrm? What are you doing? Relax! You don't need to swing it that hard!
Suframare: Hehe! This is the first time I've seen someone swing a staff so hard I could hear it swooshing through the air!
Lucius: I knew it... I'm not cut out for this, am I?
Suframare: Oh, no, no! You just have to swing it a little more gently is all! Relax and move it nice and gently... Like this.
Lucius: I see. One thing though. If I'm not doing anything wrong, you don't need to encourage me. This is my battle...
Lucius: I shall conquer myself and open up a new path before me!
Suframare: Very well. If that's what you want, I'll respect your wishes. Now let's try again!
Lucius: Yes, Master Suframare!
Suframare: Hmm... I'm pretty sure you're making progress. I think.
Lucius: Huff... Wheeze... Pant...
Lucius has been waving his staff with undivided attention for almost an hour now but has yet to successfully conjure any frost from it.
Suframare: Maybe you could try picturing something cold shooting out from the staff?
Lucius: Hm, something cold...
(If only it were spine-chilling experiences this needed. I have mountains of those.)
Suframare: And don't forget to smile! Remember, happy chanting! Now follow me!
Lucius has an acute and sudden realization that he may never reach his goal.
Accepting Suframare's cordial instruction, it seems to him, would also very much be a battle of humility.
Lucius: (A smile? What's a smile compared to all the other hurdles I've faced?)
Suframare: Hmm, you're still looking a little gloomy there.
Suframare: I know! How about we up the fun by trying to imagine an ice flower? Move your staff like you're drawing a flower in the air, and...
Lucius: (An ice flower? Waving my staff while smiling isn't enough?)
Suframare: Hehe, now try to picture dozens of delicate, sparkling ice flowers in bloom!
With much sweat and tears, Lucius continues to struggle through his training, abandoning any semblance of pride and hesitation left in him.
Lucius stands alone on the deck of the Grandcypher rehearsing the motions he learned during Suframare's training.
Lucius: (Sigh... Maybe I just don't have any talent for magic.)
Though some time has passed since Lucius came under Suframare's mentorship, frost magic yet eludes him.
Suframare: Oh, there you are, Lucius.
Lucius: Ah, Master Suframare. What brings you here?
Suframare: I was worried about you. You seemed somewhat glum during our last session.
Suframare: Let me tell you a story, Lucius. Come, sit a while with me and listen.
Suframare settles down next to Lucius and begins her story in a gentle voice.
Suframare: Once upon a time, in a far away land—my homeland to be exact...
Suframare: There lived three types of people: ice sorcerers, fire sorcerers, and those who couldn't use magic at all.
Suframare: I was from a region where most people were ice sorcerers.
Suframare: For the longest time, all three groups feared each other, opposed one another, and even fought at times. But lately things have been changing.
Suframare: They started understanding each other, teaching each other their magic. They even taught the ones who couldn't use magic.
Suframare: Those incapable of magic soon found themselves performing feats of sorcery they initially thought impossible. And I'm sure it wasn't easy for them either.
Lucius: I see...
Suframare: So I know you can do this, Lucius. Don't give up on yourself, okay?
Lucius: I have a bad habit of overthinking things. I've always tried not to, but it looks like it's crept up on me again.
Lucius: Heh... Thanks for the encouragement. I don't suppose you're still willing to mentor me?
Suframare: Of course! We're not going to stop until we reach the finish line! You can do it, Lucius!
Lucius: Hraagh! Pant... Pant...
Suframare: That's it! You're doing great! Keep going!
Lucius: Wheeze... Haagh!
I-I felt a chill just now!
Suframare: Don't stop now, Lucius! Keep going! You're so close!
I did it, Master! I finally did it!
Suframare: You sure did, Lucius! Congratulations! I'm so proud of you!
Lucius: Pant... Pant...
Suframare: Hehe! What outstanding work! You've passed with flying colors!
Suframare and Lucius share a moment of joy as teacher and student.
They take time to bask in their triumph.
Vyrn: Whoa, what's all the hubbub?
Lucius: Lizard... I've finally learned to use ice magic! All thanks to Master Suframare!
Vyrn: For real? You've even surpassed me now!
Lucius: Hahaha. If I can learn to use magic, anyone can. Even you.
Vyrn: Uh... cool?
Lucius: Master Suframare's instruction was sometimes strict, sometimes relaxed... but always enjoyable.
Vyrn: Y-yeah! I get you! Her lessons can be pretty intense, but they sure are fun!
Lucius: Indeed. She's shown me what I should do from here on. Master Suframare... I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Suframare: Hehe! It's all because of your hard work, Lucius! I always knew you had it in you!
Lucius: Heh. Thank you, Master.
Lucius's eyes now shine with hope.
Vyrn: Well, I'm happy for ya! To be honest, I was pretty worried about you at first.
Vyrn: I always used to think you were just a hothead!
Vyrn: Looks like I underestimated you!
While Vyrn is baffled with the change that has taken place in Lucius, seeing Lucius satisfied with his accomplishment fills Vyrn with gladness.
Some time has passed since then.
A new book is seen in stores titled: From Sword to Staff by Suframare.
Vyrn: Wha! When did you write this?
Suframare: Hehe! Looks like this one just might become a best seller! Might even surpass Basic Magic Even a Troll Could Understand!
The book would soon be a hit even among the crew of the Grandcypher. But that's a story for another time.