HftOW Ch.1 – The Land Behind the Boundary

Because of spoilers, “more” tags will be written after this background video already.

‘Knowledge is power’ – Exa Thundercloud is clearly aware of this. That’s why he studies the sources of magic. Now he is known as a Lightning Mage, but he wants to become a Storm Caller, or rather, a Thunderstorm Master.
(Lightning Magic Ranks: Spark Apprentice –> Shock Striker –> Lighting Mage –> Storm Caller –> Thunderstorm Master)
He found many different ways, but neither of them seemed fitting for him. But one day, he read something, what seemed very interesting. One book told about a land behind a boundary, where the most powerful magic users use something called ‘danmaku’. “Yes! That’s what I need!” Exa thought.

He went to his older brother Dracon Goldflame, an expert Incinerator, to tell the information.
(Fire Magic Ranks: Torchwielder –> Burner –> Fire Mage –> Incinerator –> Eternal Flame)
“Dracon, Look! Look at this!” he said to Dracon. “Hmm, what’s this?” his brother questioned him. “This is it! This is what we need!” Exa said enthusiastically. “Calm down, my brother, what are you talking about?” “The method what can make us even more powerful!” Exa showed Dracon the book about ‘danmaku’ and the land behind the boundary, apparently called Gensokyo. Dracon, however, wasn’t too excited about it. “Sorry, but I don’t have the time for such things. I want to become the most powerful magician with my own way.” “Are you sure that you don’t want to come with me?” “Completely.” “Alright, then I should go alone.”

Saddened by his brother’s decision, Exa left his home, his city, and started to think. I must go to Gensokyo somehow, but it’s behind the boundary…How am I supposed to get past it? Nevertheless, let’s go, I have enough time to think while on the way to the boundary. He traveled to where the boundary was supposed to be, but then he noticed a pulsation. Is it a gate? I won’t know until I’ll find out by trying, I guess…And he went through it…

Note to self: Never link from other sources.

It was a boundary rip caused by a minor imbalance, that’s how could Exa managed to go through the boundary.
Exa looked around, and realized it was a completely other place, with a nearby shrine. Yes! I did it! I’m in Gensokyo! But then he heard something. He looked above and saw that somebody was unconsciously falling from the sky, but it was too late. What the!? and the unknown person fell on him. Who is this guy? And almost at the same time, the one from the sky opened his eyes, and asked: “What the hell happened?”

This is probably the best “sketch” of how Gensokyo looks; there’s no real map.

“It seems you fell on me!” Exa stated the obvious. “Sorry, I didn’t know you were here.” the yet unknown man replied. “Oh, never mind that. But anyway, who are you?” Exa was very curious. “I’m Chrono Megumi(クロノ・恵美), and you?” “I’m Exa Thundercloud. You have a cool sounding name.” “Oh, thanks,” he answers in haste, “but anyway, why and how did you come here?” Exa tells everything about learning danmaku. “And what about you? What are your reasons?” “First, please promise me that you won’t say the following things to anyone.” Exa nods.

“In fact, I’m a ninja and I’m currently on a mission. I need to find the twilight staff called Dispear. It is said it has the powers of light and dark combined, causing a devastating power.” “So it’s like an item which is used by dark priests?” (HoMM4 reference) “Not really, but it’s more like a mage’s equipment than a priest’s.” Exa complied. “So, I heard that the staff is behind a barrier. With the using of my skills, I managed to break the barrier, but it used most of my powers. That’s why I was unconscious when I fell on you.” “I see…Then you must be powerful, if you can break the barrier.” Exa slightly admired him.

“By the way, can I ask you something? Nobody said that I have to obtain the staff alone. Could you help me on my quest?” “Sure, it should be easier to do when you have friends!” “Thanks, man.” And thus, Exa Thundercloud’s and Chrono Megumi’s quest for the Dispear in Gensokyo has started. Who knows what adventures are waiting for them?
(Note: Dispear: move all vowels 1 place backwards, and you’ll get: Despair.)
(Note²: Exa is Chaotic Good and Chrono is Chaotic Neutral)

They didn’t realize what was waiting for them!

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