Masked Knight – Chapter 53

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Relic from 200 Years Ago

 

Although his nose was filled with the decaying smell, Rody was no longer bothered by it anymore. This place was not large. It was like what Andy said. It was a small study. In the corner was a huge bookcase but the books on it were covered in thick dust and its true features could not be seen. There was also a small table with a strange shape. It was not like the tables that Rody had seen before. On top, there were some hidden compartments. The wood of the chairs, in front of the table, were decayed, shaky and seemed like it would fall apart at any time.

 

The thing that attracted Rody most was the pitch dark wooden box placed on the table.

 

He went to the table and picked up the wooden box. He wiped the dust off the wooden box with his sleeve and immediately saw a line of words that was carved out with a knife. Unfortunately, those words seemed to be in what Rody and the Tulip Family recognized as the ‘God’s language’. Nobody could actually understand it.

 

“Open it!” Andy sounded excited.

 

Rody forced open the cover to find a small book in the box. As the book was old, it looked a bit yellow and the words were a bit blurred.

 

“Dandong’s Diary.”

 

Four big and clear characters were on the first page. Even though his own handwriting was a bit crooked, it was obvious that the Great Sage had terrible handwriting. Thankfully, it was written in the Empire’s common text.

 

Rody turned open the next page to see it packed full of uppercase and lowercase letters. It made him feel relieved to know that these were written in the Empire’s common text.

 

Rody was so curious that he did not care how dirty the floor was. He sat down and began to read the notes of the mighty Sage of the Empire.

 

“I want to go home! I really want to go home!”

 

Dandong’s first sentence was written in very big letters. The scribbling was extremely messy. Obviously, he was very agitated when he wrote this.

 

“It has been a month since I arrived here but I have not found my way home. My aircraft is damaged but I cannot find any fuel or repair tools here! My God! This place is like Europe in the Middle Ages! It is ancient! What should I do?”

 

The series of strange terms had Rody confused. He did not understand what the sage was talking about and could only continue to read.

 

“My timepiece is broken. I cannot tell what the exact time is now! However, it should be around New Year time on Earth. I do not think I will make it back. This place is not Earth and I do not understand their language. Shit! I am a genius, proficient in five languages!”

 

“I have finished eating all the food and I would need to leave this cave soon. Recently, there were more and more people here and I managed to learn a bit of the local language of the mountain people. I also heard that there is a war coming and that they are all fleeing. How unlucky! How did I get into such a situation? What if I die? My girlfriend is still young … Shit! Not sure who will benefit …”

 

When he read the last sentence, Rody laughed. Although he could not understand most of what he wrote, he understood from the Great Sage’s last few words that the Great Sage was also a normal mortal.

 

“This morning, I encountered a cavalry… God! This place still has cavalries! Fortunately, I still had my laser gun. In just a few minutes, I managed to capture a few horses. Can you imagine me riding a horse and leading another dozen horses behind me? That felt great. However, when I went through a town, I was stopped by some soldiers who treated as a spy. Shit! I kept shooting and dealt with them in short order!”     

 

“Today, there were a lot of problems… I had to trade away some of my clothing. My laser gun is also almost out of energy. Fortunately, there is still a bit of money. The currency here is a bit strange and is still made out of metal.”

 

Having read till this page, Rody felt dizzy. He faintly understood that Dandong came to the Empire from someplace else as he did not seem familiar with the environment of the Empire. However, Rody was not able to find out where Dandong actually came from.

 

Rody randomly flipped through a few pages until he was attracted by the next message.

 

“Today, again I won another bet with the general. How pitiful for him. I am a professor who knows a lot about astronomy! I could tell what kind of wind will blow from last night’s weather. This general lost his bet, but it seemed that I am the one who was duped. That is because he listened to me that today would be windy and he used this knowledge to employ a fire attack to burn the enemy warships. To think that he was making use of me! I have been captured by him for about a month. He seemed curious about me and did not kill me. It seems that I am safe for the moment. However, he started to look worried recently. Apparently, we are surrounded by the enemy… Shit! Does that mean I am doomed? No way! I have to escape!”

 

“He did not kill me! He even secretly came to me and told me that if I want to go, he would set me free tonight! He even cried hypocritically. Shit! Do you think such a small trick could move me?  My ancestors were famous liars! In this world, only I can deceive others. Nobody can deceive me! Otherwise, if I were to die in this place! It will be too embarrassing! I must escape!”

 

“Sigh, I am too soft hearted.  Actually, I ran out but I kept thinking whether the man would die or not. This man actually treated me well. Um, fine. I will help him … Is this guy actually a man? When he saw me return, he broke down and cried uncontrollably. Shit! Does he have that inclination? I must be more careful…”

 

“Backward! Truly backward! The army here only knows how to use their swords, charge forward and slash aimlessly? The range for using the bows and arrows were also too near. No way! This looks like the time for me to show off my skills. Today, I will design for them a catapult! Sigh. I have no choice. Even though I am brilliant, with the materials given to me in this place, do you think I could build a laser cannon? Shit!”

 

“Today is an eye-opener for me! My God! Is that the legendary magic? Shit! My catapult had been very effective on the enemy,  smashing them to bits. But, we started seeing a few people suddenly flying up into the sky… It was real flight! They did not use any form of flight equipment! The fliers then shot fireballs at my catapult and destroyed it! Shit! These guys are more powerful than a helicopter!”

 

“Haha! Those enemy fliers… No! Rudolph said that those were enemy magicians. Whoever they were, I took care of them easily. Hmph! In my world, the tactic for fighting flying things from the ground has been studied for a few hundred years! The weapons used have also been improved for 17 or 18 generations! Killing these guys was no sweat. There are no anti-air missiles here, so I modified the bows and arrows to shoot down those few flying guys.”

 

Rody turned page after page. He read with fascination. Although he could not understand most of the things said by the Great Sage, there were so many fascinating and bizarre things that he was totally mesmerized. Especially interesting was getting to read about the famous war between the Empire and the Northern Roland continent. The secrets of this war were something that he absolutely could not find in history books.

 

“Today, I taught Rudolph how to use a water stratagem. Go up the river and build a dam. Let the water levels rise before letting the water flow freely. The water will then wash away all the enemy warships. These guys are really stupid. They can’t think of such a simple plan? In my country, even the novels wrote about this kind of stratagem. The war using medieval weapons was fought on Earth for many thousands of years… Unfortunately, I do not know much. Otherwise, if I had brought along a book like  <Romance of the Three Kingdoms> or the book <Sun Tzu’s Art of War>… that would be good.”

 

“Rudolph told me that we were ready to move on as we had already repelled the Northern Roland continent. After that, we could return to the Imperial Capital. The Imperial Capital, sigh. This meant that there is still an Emperor in this place. Where I am from, the word ‘Emperor’ is only a historical term …”

 

Rody gave a long sigh. Although he knew that the Imperial Army won that war, it was more exciting to learn what happened behind the scenes from Dandong’s notes.

 

“I finally understood why there was war! Bloody hell! The two continents are actually so close to each other. It was just separated by a strait. Both the emperors want to conquer the world. How fascinating. However, since Rudolph has treated me so well. I might as well help his Emperor…”

 

The following records described the events where Dandong and Rudolph, the Tulip Family’s Duke, had an audience with the Empire’s greatest Emperor, Abbas the Great. Those records were very complex and had a lot of things that Rody could not understand. This included what happened after Dandong received appreciation from Abbas the Great. There were talks about the governing of the nation. Rody could not understand more than half of it especially when it was filled with terms like ‘economics’ and ‘inflation’. It made Rody’s head swell.

 

What Rody noticed was that the Great Sage Dandong was extremely interested in magic. He differentiated magic from sorcery. Following a series of studies, he created a lot of new spells that made magic stand apart from sorcery and caused both factions to reach a stalemate.

 

“What are magic and sorcery? They were just a way to control energy. Magic is one person’s act of gathering energy into one’s own body while sorcery pays attention to the technique of controlling. In other words, sorcerers may not have much energy but using some complicated technique, they could somehow be more powerful… How do you say this… Magic is like weightlifting. The stronger the body the more energy that could be used to carry heavier things. On the other hand, sorcery is similar to tools. A person does not need to be powerful but if he had a gun, he could defeat people stronger than himself. How interesting …  Isn’t it an energy problem? Where I am from, this problem was already solved … Essentially, What is the difference between a lightning or fire spell and a laser gun? Hmm.”

 

Rody’s heart stirred as he thought about his lightsaber. He believed that the reason the lightsaber was so sharp, had something to do with him concentrating his strength on the sword. However, what really made the sword so sharp must be because of the strange gem at the hilt and something Dandong called ‘conversion’.

 

Suddenly, Rody was attracted by a statement on the diary.

 

“God… The people in this world said that there is a God… but does God really exist? Their sorcery and magic, in our world, are supernatural things. In that case, what is God?”

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