The Lahn uses a combination of grab, AoE and mobility skills to defeat their enemies.
“Protector of the weak and annihilator of evil.”
In a faraway eastern kingdom, there was a towering castle, called Qi Lin. The growth that covered the back of Qi Lin Castle began creeping towards the inner walls of the castle.
The most prominent noble families of the kingdom were discussing the implications of this omen when a shadow started to creep upon the full moon. Then, a light started glowing from a distant part of the forest nearby.
The nobles also noticed a soft and gentle fragrance coming from the forest and surrounding Qi Lin Castle. One of them, a reputed scholar, said, “This is the scent of an orchid. Isn’t it the most elegant of smells? This smell has been permeating the village nearby for several days already. Wouldn’t you agree it would be the most auspicious omen, and the plant giving off this fragrance would be priceless?” The king, hearing the scholar’s acclamation, commanded his soldiers to search the forest and bring him the source of the fragrance.
The king’s soldiers chased after the light in the forest for many leagues. They finally came across a glorious orchid flower. Underneath it was a baby as delicate and magnificent as the flower itself.
Soon, a rumor spread that the baby was a goddess of orchids who was reborn into this realm as a blessing from above to the kingdom.
The entire kingdom rejoiced. Even the king, who was reviled throughout his kingdom for his cruelty, vowed to raise the baby himself to become a protector of the kingdom.
The child had an unimaginable latent potential. Many martial artists of the kingdom, recognizing this, wanted to be the one to teach her. However, the king had his own ideas about what her education should be like.
She was taught to perform ceremonial sword dances at festivals and other special events. Even though she performed beautifully, she was not allowed to pursue any further swordsmanship.
However, although she was not able to hone her body, she was able to hone her mind under the tutelage of many great sages.
At 16, the child became a shrine guardian and she took on many new roles. She did her best to advice the kingdom with her peerless mind and rhetoric. She wanted to put kingdom back on the right track after many years of rule by the reviled king.
The common people came to adore her for this. However, there was someone who distrusted her. A man who was tired of being overshadowed by the shrine guardian’s spotlight. This man was an treacherous courtier who schemed his way to his position and to become a confidant of the king.
One day, this treacherous courtier met with the king. He whispered into his ears, “For many years, I have been a loyal servant and advisor to this kingdom. Isn’t it preposterous, even treasonous, that some flower child is acting like she has the right to give advice and decide the fate of our kingdom?”
This fed into the king’s existing fears. He had taken the orchid child in to try and win his people’s support. However, he had begun to worry that she was a threat to him, and was scheming to take his rightful throne. Knowing that she was immensely popular with his subjects, the king wholeheartedly agreed with the treacherous courtier’s whisperings.
He put the shrine guardian under house-arrest and only allowed her out to perform rituals for the shrine.
One day, a young man climbed over the walls and snuck into the shrine guardian’s residence. The young man introduced himself Melilot. He was already a member of the court, but he claimed that one day, he will be the strongest person in all of the kingdom, as well as the most learned.
“I know that you have great potential, shrine guardian, and it’s just waiting to be released. Anyone can tell by how skillful you perform your ceremonial dances. Everyone who sees them is instantly captivated by your skills. Do you really want to spend the rest of your days with only your books to learn from?”
The shrine guardian was quick to agree with Melilot. To commemorate this occasion, Melilot gifted the shrine guardian with a long and sturdy cloth to tie up her hair during the many years of rigorous training to follow.
And so, they started their training together, unbeknownst to anyone else in the kingdom.
The shrine guardian, who was smart and gifted, was soon matched in skill with Melilot. As they trained together, both of their martial arts skill grew more and more.
As the years passed, the shrine guardian grew to be a graceful and wise woman and she became even more adore by the people in the kingdom. Meanwhile, words of Melilot’s martial prowess spread throughout the kingdom, and he became a hero figure to the common people.
During this time, the king fell more and more paranoid due to the schemes of his treacherous courtier. The king became jealous of the shrine guardian’s popularity. He wanted to banish her from his kingdom, but also didn’t want to give his subjects more reason to hate him.
One day, the courtier said to the king, “I am fearful. That woman, that shrine guardian...I am sure she is trying to win over your people so that she can take your rightful throne. You should command her to take Eshi Castle with that troublemaker Melilot. Can you believe he’s been trying to rally up the common people to his side? You can use the opportunity to ensure they both will be killed. Only then can Your Grace rest easily once more.”
For countless years, the kingdom has been trying to take Eshi Castle. However, it was impregnable.
After the king gave the orders for Eshi Castle to be attacked again, Melilot and the shrine guardian started marching there straightaway. Although he thought it was strange that very little resources were allocated to this expedition, he did not dare question the king’s orders. Besides, he believed that with the shrine guardian on their side, victory would be certain. After all, although everyone knew of her mental prowess, no one else knew about her martial skills.
Six days they marched, and Eshi Castle was still nowhere in sight. They ended up in a vast open field. The reeds swayed in the wind like the waves of a turbulent sea. And suddenly, as if all given an invisible signal, the vanguard turned their spears toward the shrine guardian and Melilot. At that moment, Melilot knew...the lack of resources, the aimless wandering with the castle nowhere in sight...it was all a ruse planned so that they could be killed.
They both felt conflicted. It is one thing to lose one’s life to an enemy’s blade in the heat of a battle; it’s another thing to be fight your own fellow countrymen, the same people whom you thought were your comrade in arms.
The vanguard soldiers did not fear Melilot nor the shrine guardian and charged forward with their spears.
As Melilot and the shrine guardian stood still, shocked and conflicted, Melilot’s own men fought to protect him against the vanguard soldiers. As they fell one by one, Melilot could not help but cry out in sorrow. He grabbed one of his fallen men’s weapons and started attacking with a vengeance. However, he was greatly outnumbered.
When he was about to give up, he saw a Crescent Pendulum swinging and cutting through the attacking soldiers.
It was the shrine guardian. She had the Crescent Pendulum on one end and a sword on the other end of the piece of cloth Melilot gave her so many years ago. With this strange contraption, she was cutting through her foes in an elegant display of martial arts, the likes of which Melilot had never seen before. She had apparently kept this skill secret even from Melilot. He wondered...many countless hours, even years, went into perfecting this deadly art? Watching her fight, Melilot felt a renewed surge of energy. If she hadn’t given up, he wouldn’t either.
Finally, the last treacherous soldier fell. The field was now well watered with blood, but despite the carnage around Melilot and the shrine guardian, they somehow smelled a strong fragrance of orchids.
Melilot, who was in bad shape and leaning heavily on his sword, said to the shrine guardian, “Get away from here...and go west. If you go back home now...they will find another way to...try...and kill you. So head west...and keep on training. Maybe one day...when you are strong enough...you can come back home...but now...you have to leave.”
The shrine guardian was confused by Melilot’s rambling and tried to take his hand. However, Melilot slapped her hand away. The shrine guardian suddenly noticed a sword piercing through Melilot’s chest. She understood then what Melilot was trying to say to her. When Melilot saw that the shrine guardian was close to tears, he tried to comfort her.
“There is nothing...to be sad about. I will always be with you...in spirit. Every time you train...it will be as if...I am by your side. So please...don’t be upset...”
Those were Melilot’s last words. As she gathered his dead body into her arms, those words kept going through her head. Melilot was clever and fearless, and this was not how she had envisioned his life to end.
After she buried him, she found herself unable to leave his body. She thought back to her life, how she was kept away from people and shut up indoors. She didn’t want to go back to that life. She didn’t want to run away and become a sage either, living her life through books. She had fought and killed. She was a warrior now. She had lost the person closest to her, but her story had just begun.
Thus, the shrine guardian promised herself. She will go west, and she will keep training. And one day, she will be strong enough to come back home and face those who betrayed her and Melilot.
From now on, she will be the protector of the weak and annihilator of evil.
Work in progress.
|Evasion||Can evade in any direction.||1|
|Emergency Escape||Can quickly escape dangerous situations.||1|
|Rage Absorption||Absorbs the power of the Black Spirit to gain a special buff.||1|
|Fury Transfer||Transfuses the power of the Black Spirit into another player.
The amount of transfused power is 50% of Black Power, however.
|Awakening||Switches to Awakening State.||1|
|Straight Leaf||You feel lighter and can attack more quickly.||Grants Attack Speed.||10|
|Bright Steps||You feel lighter and can move more quickly.||Grants Movement Speed.||10|
|Infinite Mastery||Only those who reach the limit can acquire a stronger body.||Increases max HP and Accuracy.||6|
|Skilled Hunter||Inflict great damage by attacking a monster's weak spot.||Increases AP against monsters.||5|