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Arsh wakes up with a sharp pain in his whole body, as he flinched from the pain, he started looking around the place.
When arsh open his eyes slowly he sees a wooden cottage which looked too old. There was a candle near his bed and a man sitting on the chair near the bed. The man had expression of amusement on his face.
The man had scattered long hair with white white skin he looked in his 20s from his face. He was not too bulky either, he looked like a normal person.
"I didn thaught you were going to survive,kid"
Arsh stares at him then asks -
"Who are you?"
"Kid you shouldn talk like this to your saviour you know , didn your parents teach you any manners "
"DONT INSULT MY MOTHER"
"Woah! Calm down kid no need to be so agitated"
The room went silent for few seconds then then man turned to arsh and asked.
"You can call me Alan. Where are you from by the way?"
Arsh said in a low voice.
"From a village that used to exist on top of the mountain"
The man gasped and exclaimed.
"From the land of forsaken?"
"Is it true that it really exists? I only heard legends about that place. It is forbidden for any person to go in the northern mountains"
"Wow you seem like a package of trouble to me. If any of the churches know you are alive, you are not in for a good ride"
The man went silent and then said with a sigh-
"Looks like we got a lot to talk about . So why don we start while eating, you were unconscious for whole day after i picked you up from the river. I think you will be plenty hungry by now"
Arsh don believe the man first, but after Alan pestered him for a while he sits on the table and start eating the bread on the table .
The man smirks and says "How do you know it wasn poisoned?"
Arsh spits all the food in his mouth and starts coughing violently.
The man laughs out loud "kid i was just joking. I don know why you are so on the edge"
"And if i want to kill you it will be matter of seconds, for an former espada like me"
Arsh went silent and started glaring at man . He didn spoke a word until he finished his food.
After a while Arsh lifted his head up and said with a somewhat curious expression on his face "Whats an espada ?"
Alan smiled at him "oh now you feel like talking"
"I don know why you are thinking that i will just tell you everything"
Arsh stared at him in daze and then suggested-
"What about information exchange, you can ask me what you want while i will ask what i want"
Alan eyed him carefully and scoffed at him "I don want to do information sharing with a kid"
"I can tell you about the forsaken ones"
Alan shouted enthusiastically which annoyed Arsh to a certain extent, but he ignored it.
"First question- Whats an espada"
Alan face turned serious as he said "How much you know about the world we live in ?"
Arsh said in a emotionless voice "It is ruled by gods"
Alan was startled by the answer and responded "Half right and half wrong. I don know how you know about the gods but they don really directly rule in the world"
"There is 4 continents in our planet they all have many different cities. And every single one of them is in jurisdiction Of the churches, except for the northern continent."
Northern continent is mostly covered in very dense forest and mystery. You will be labelled a criminal if you even set a foot in the northern continent. But there is still a town just near the shore of the continent. It isn particularly big but you can get your daily necessities from there, in exchange of beast materials of course"
"What i am going to tell you i think you already have a idea about it. Every person in this world thinks there are only 5 gods in the world , which is not true. There are a being more powerful than all of the 5 gods combined, whose only temple is on top of this northern mountain we call him the -"
"DEATH GOD" Alan and arsh said in unison.
Now it was Alans turn to be shocked as he said with a confused and cold expression on his face "How you know that. It is greatest secret of the royal family?"
Arsh said in a simple manner "Because he will die by my hands"
Now Alan was too confused to keep his curiosity in check he said in a loud voice "Do you know what are you talking about right now, if we were not in the northern continent we have loosed our heads , you are going to kill gods you say"
He clicked his tongue and continued "kid you can even kill pets of demon . You are not in your right state of mind if you are talking smack about gods"
Alan went silent then asked with a sigh -
"Tell me about yourself, you can trust me. I am also here because of treason ,so we are in the same boat"
Arsh looked upto him and started telling Alan his story as to how he reached that river which he remembered clear as a day.
Every memory from that day etched at very heart of Arsh, while crying silently he finished his story. As he remembered about his mother, Edward and every villager who helped him run away from the angels of death.
Alan looked at him with pity and sadness and pulled him into hug "It must have been hard kid" he said in a low vland completely serious tone. Arsh started to weep on his shoulder-
"Yeah it was"
"Lets start form the start kid . I was an espada for the southern continent military. It is a rank given to assassin who kills what is deemed to be threat by the king and churches"
"Every continent consists of many cities with only one monarch. Who controls the whole continent. Which is also appointed by the churches , so basically every single person in this world are puppets of those beings"
"Believe me they are mentally unstable but not stupid enough to do all this for mere amusment. They have some kind of goal which, at least i am not aware of yet"
"I betrayed them when i was missioned with killing a newborn twins and thier mother . I always knew i am a monster, but even then i was not able to kill those kids"
He said with extreme sadness on his face.
"I knew a blunt knife have no use so it was only a matter of time before i was killed by my fellow espadas. So i ran away in the northern continent, away from the eyes of gods."
"The northern continent have only one town in the centre but no monarch . This place is filled with all type of magical creatures which can kill you just by thier presence"
"While thier is also a very famous legend all around the globe about this place."
He then continued "In the deep forest of northern continent there lives people, who have declined the hands of gods and are trying to go against their will . We call them the forsaken ones" he said then with a sigh-
"I never knew they existed though."
For Arsh it was a lot to take in so he went silent for sometime. "What about the death god?"
Alan eyed him carefully and said "I don know anything about him except for he is the reason there are no churches in this continent . I heard every other god is scared of his powers , they say he is omnipotent."
"You are the only person that have seen a god descend in the whole world i am sure of it. It is tough for even gods to descend in the mortal world."
"He is the very representation of death and his embelem have been removed from every history book to hide his existence. No one knows what and Why that being really is"
Arsh digested every bit of information Alan gave him.
He started thinking about now what to do with his life , he is alive and well , while there are still people in this world who have killed her mother .
He was so deep in thought that Alan have to shake him out of his thought.
"You okay? Kid"
Arsh wobbled for a moment then asked him in voice full of determination "Teach me magic and fighting"
Alan was surprised by the sudden devlopment "Kid i don know any magic except for stealth but i am pretty good with the swords and dagger. But leaving all that aside thier is no reason for me to teach you" he announced.
Arsh turned his faced downwards and said "Ill do anything you ask of me , but i need power to exact revenge on people who murdered my family and villagers , Please help me Alan PLEASE" He said while his face was downcast.
"You should stop crying first . Let yourself cool off for some time , sleep on the bed i will take the couch and come with me in the morning"