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Chapter 2 - World of Mana

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World of Mana
Moonless Age chapter
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Chapter 2 of Moonless Age tells the story of Ariel Val'Sarghress as she leaves the Sarghress fortress for the first time in her life. It chronicles the hardships of her first year of school at the Orthorbbae.


Courtyard Duel

Ariel has been led outside the main Sarghress keep, and is playing with the wolf . At that point a gathering occurs in the courtyard , to watch a duel between her older sister Koil’dorath Nori'fu Val'Sarghress, and the leader of the highland raiders Quill’yate Yurun'hiir Sarghress . When the duel first starts they at first only use swords , however they both eventually progress to using sorcery to fight . Ariel becomes concerned for their well being , however the soldier with her points out that it is important that for maintaining the respect and control of their troops that they fight properly , and that they are going easy on each other anyway . Eventually the two tire , and both go for some water to cool down , and rest .

Meeting Aunt Quill’yate

Quill’yate Yurun'hiir Sarghress then meets Ariel for the first time . Ariel states her amazement at her fight . Quill’yate explains that she is her aunt (though not biologically) due to having a close bond with her mother , Quain’tana , that was formed centuries ago in battle . Quillyate then talks to Ariel about how she has not been home for many years , searching for riches in the overworld. Quill'yate then decides to ask her about her mother . Ariel becomes nervous . Quill'yate tells Ariel a story about a species of big cats ,which toss their cubs down cliffs . Ariel finds this cruel and does not like the story , however Quill’yate explains that the animals are trying to ensure that the progeny they raise is strong enough to climb back up the cliff , and thus is likely to survive to adulthood . Quill'yate explains that Quain’tana may seem cruel , but that Ariels hardships will make her stronger , and her mother will eventually recognise her when she proves her strength . After that Quill’yate has to go , however she leaves a lasting impression on Ariel , who is determined to make her mother proud of her .

Sight Seeing with Kelnoz

Kel’noz Val'Sarghress eventually returns to Ariel , and the pair travels away from the Sarghress fortress on the wolf . Kelnoz answers Ariels questions along the way , about all the things they see . Eventually the two start passing other clans homes , and Kelnoz explains each clans relationship to their own , as well as the dangers in Chel . The pair then finally reach Orthorbbae , the school for the clans .

Meeting the Other Clans

Kel'noz Val'Sarghress and Ariel must then wait for the other clans to arrive , in order to enter the tower . The first student who arrives is Gailen Val’Nal’sarkoth ,who is the son of one of Kelnoz’s old friends , Ini’riia. Ariel is mistaken for a boy by Ini’riia , but Kel’noz stops her before she can protest . Ariel then meets Nau’kheol Vel’sharen , whom she regards as unfriendly , and reminds her of Syphile due to his tainted red eyes . Sorane Ill’hardro then arrives , whom Ariel at first assumes is a girl too , however he is simply a boy who dresses effeminately and has long hair . Mir'kiin Vel'Vloz’ress arrives with his sister Kiel’ndia , who yells at and insults Sorane and Ariel for appearing girly . Khal’harror Val’Beldrobbaen then arrives , whom Ariel regards as creepy , and has a golem animated chicken skeleton named Bob . Ariel then meets Yafein Val’Sullisin’rune , and hugs the mount he rode in on, whom she gets along with better then the others . After a long delay they eventually meet Dra’jyal Kalyantra , whose mechanical transport had broken, thus meaning he had to walk the rest of the way . Two of the great clans have no children to send to the boys section of Orthorbbae, due to completely segregating themselves , the Kyorls , and the Jaal having no male children to send to the school .

First day at Orthorbbae

Kelnoz leads the group into the building once they have all arrived , and instructs them of the rules of the tower . These rules include things such as obeying the teachers (who may expel them from any classes if displeased) , avoiding the lower levels where the girls are taught , who may murder them for class projects , and to dispose of any bodies they cause in duels (otherwise they will be expelled for killing or wounding another student) . They are then given a keystone which is used to unlock places in the school , and activate their floaters ( hovering devices they use to move around the school ) . They are then showed the layout of their school , and the places they are and are not allowed to go , and after being fed at the cafeteria , are shown to their rooms . Kelnoz then explains to Ariel that she has to pretend to be a boy for a few years , in order to keep her safe from the other members of the school , who may react violently to her because of her gender . Kelnoz encourages her to make friends from the school , such as Yafein , which she does after some hesitation .


The first class is with Soleam’ji Sullisin’rune , who demonstrates many of the things mana can be used for with the disruptive student Mir’kiin . Soleam then speaks of the different divisions between the elements in the world , and how mana is used to control them . He then starts testing the children for their affinities (the element they can best use innately) , and Ariel has an affinity to air , but also has a strange reaction to the blood element , which sticks to her hand . Soleam thus classifies blood and other biological materials as potentially hazardous to her , and tells her not to use these again until she has spoken with a specialist about this . Ariel then goes to the Mathematics and science class with the rest of the group , which she dislikes due to not being very good at . Miir’kin also slacks off in this class and is hit in the head by the teacher with a book . They then move on to the next subject of history , which is taught by an aged drow named Tralyn who is not affiliated with any clan . Ariel finds this subject more interesting then the others .

Searching for the Ninth tower

Yafein notes that , as Tralyn said, everything in their school is arranged around the number nine , however there are only 8 towers in the school , and all the towers have a top floor with a door to no where , and that their may have been a ninth tower at some point . Ariel decides to go and investigate this with Yafein , in order to see what is behind the door . They are unable to open the door , and Kel’noz comes up and sees them . He states that there is literally nothing beyond the door , beyond a long fall to the ground , and that he doesn’t really know what the purpose the door to nowhere is.

The Headmasters of Orthobae

Kelnoz then goes to a meeting to speak with the headmasters of Orthobae in order to gain permission for Ariel to stay , and to request to the other headmasters that the truth of her gender be repressed . Tralyn informs Kelnoz that he is already aware of this however , and demands to know why he should allow Ariel to stay at the school . Kelnoz states that Ariel must be kept away from the other houses in the Sarghress , and in a neutral area where the clans will not be able to attack her . Tralyn rebuffs Kelnoz as this only benefiting the Sarghress , and again demands to know what he has to gain by letting her stay there . Kelnoz then states that if an heir to one of the powerful clans in the city were to be raised by males , that it might be a major step forward for gender equality . Tralyn lets the matter drop at that , and informs Kelnoz that Ariel may have a high sorcery which needs to be looked into . Kelnoz then meets with the masters , and requests that they keep the matter of Ariels gender a secret . Many of them are concerned about this , as they are worried that it may cause retaliation from Snadhya’rune to wipe them out, and that she would be in much danger from the others in the tower if her gender was to be discovered . The group is split on whether or not to allow it , however they narrowly support Kelnoz , by taking a vote on the matter, and she is allowed to stay .

Fight Class

Ariel and her group are now in the class which teaches fighting with weapons and whilst unarmed . Their teacher Sandaur stresses the importance of such fighting, even though sorcery and golems exist , and demonstrates by taking down a large orc unarmed. He then puts them through excercises , and teaches them some basic concepts . However they are then all set to spar with one another , and Ariel is paired up with Miirkin . During their fight Miirkin attempts to attack her groin , possibly in imitation of Sandaur and the orc . This makes him suspicious . Ariel then walks out of the class room with Yafein .

Kill the Girl

Miirkin acted on his suspicions on Ariels gender and gathered Khal and Nau , to come and attack Ariel with him .Yafein immediately leaves due to the situation looking dangerous , however Khal offers to help Ariel if she agrees to be his servant . She quickly rebuffs him , however then quickly regrets doing so . Ariel attempts to immediately rush past them to get back to safety with Sandaur , however Nau’keol grabs her arm and prevents her from escaping . She holds her own against Nau and Mirkiin for a while , however Khal’harror then gives Mirkiin a knife he appears to have pilfered during their previous class , and proceeds to stab Ariel in the side . Ariel then panics and flees on her floater , trying to get to her brother . Nau and Miirkin then pursue her to finish her off . She loses Nau who crashes , however Miirkin catches up to her , and takes her floaters crystal while they are both floating above the massive hole in the tower . This sends Ariel falling down many stories .


Ariel falls many stories , however she is able to slow her descent with air sorcery. This does not grant her a comfortable landing however , and she still breaks many of her ribs , when she lands in a small pool of water . Another student , Faen , from the girls section , then appears and attempts to help Ariel . However another girl , Chrys’tel , tells Faen that Ariel is going to die anyway , and that she should just ignore her and grow stronger . Faen refuses to follow this advice , which angers Chrystel and causes her to walk out . Faen prays to the goddess , Sharess , to grant her the strength to heal her . Faen is unable to heal her fully , with her empathy , but Ariel is put out of danger of death , and is able to walk out from the depths of the school together with Faen .

((Courtesy of MEK1724))


Main Characters

Portrait Ariel Val'Sarghress arc1.png
Ariel is a young Sarghress girl attending school at the Orthorbbae disguised as a male.
Portrait Kel'noz Val'Sarghress.png
Kel'noz is the headmaster of Davya Tower and the older brother of Ariel Val'Sarghress. It is under his guidance that she is attending the male section of Orthorbbae.

Orthorbbae Students

Portrait Gailen Val'Nal'sarkoth arc1.png
Gailen and his pet tiktikki attend school alongside Ariel.
Portrait Nau'kheol Vel'Sharen arc1.png
Nau'kheol is a Vel'Sharen boy in Ariel's class. He hates girls and the Val'Sarghress clan.
Portrait Sorane'saniil Val'Illhar'dro arc1.png
Sorane'saniil is an effeminate classmate of Ariel.
Portrait Mir'kiin Vel'Vloz'ress.png
Mir'kiin is a rude, loudmouthed Vloz'ress boy in Ariel's class.
Portrait Khal'harror Val'Beldrobbaen arc1.png
Khal'harror is a spunky Beldrobbaen that attends Orthorbbae in Ariel's class.
Portrait Yafein Val'Sullisin'rune arc1.png
Yafein is a shy friend of Ariel's during her classes at Orthorbbae.
Portrait Dra'jyal Kal'yantra arc1.png
Dra'jyal is a classmate of Ariel's at Orthorbbae.
Portrait Chrys'tel Vel'Sharen arc1.png
Chrys'tel is an older student from the girl's school. She is Faen's roommate.
Portrait Faen'arae Val'Sullisin'rune arc1.png
Faen is a kind, older student from the girl's school who saved Ariel's life in her first year of school.

Orthorbbae Masters

Portrait Soleam'ji Val'Sullisin'rune.png
Soleam'ji is the master of mana arts.
Portrait Rae'uul Ganith.png
Rae'uul is the master of maths.
Portrait Tralyn the Clanless.png
Tralyn is the master of history
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Sandaur is the combat instructor.
(Ashu'athama Sharen.png not found, click to upload)
Ashu'athama is one of the headmasters of the male "legs" of the Orthorbbae.
Portrait Maliir'kha Vloz'ress.png
Maliir'kha is one of the headmasters of the male "legs" of the Orthorbbae.
Portrait Teji'tsuke Kyorl'solenurn.png
Teji'tsuke is one of the headmasters of the male "legs" of the Orthorbbae.
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Nabul'oth is one of the headmasters of the male "legs" of the Orthorbbae.
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Feral'ssin is one of the headmasters of the male "legs" of the Orthorbbae.
Portrait Jhin'elam Val'Illhar'dro.png
Jhin'elam is one of the headmasters of the male "legs" of the Orthorbbae.
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Tirre'nolt is one of the headmasters of the male "legs" of the Orthorbbae.

Other Characters

Portrait Seb'rath Sarghress.png
Seb'rath is the guard designated to watch Ariel while Kel'noz retrieves her belongings before they leave for school.
Portrait Quill'yate Yurun'hiir Sarghress.png
Quill'yate is Ariel's aunt. She has a sparring match with Koil'dorath just outside the Sarghress gate.
Portrait Koil'dorath Nori'fu Val'Sarghress.png
Koil'dorath is Ariel's adopted older sister. She has a sparring match with Quill'yate just outside the Sarghress gate.
Portrait Mel'arnach Val'Sarghress.png
Mel'arnach visits Ariel in a terrifying dream on the way to Orthorbbae.
Portrait Ini'riia Val'Nal'sarkoth.png
Ini'riia drops Gailen off at Orthorbbae. She is an old friend of Kel'noz.
Portrait Sabrror Vel'Sharen.png
Sabrror is Nau'kheol's father and guardian on the road to Orthorbbae.
Portrait Kiel'ndia Vel'Vloz'ress.png
Kiel'ndia is Mir'kiin's older sister. She drops him off at Orthorbbae.
Portrait Yuleaer Val'Sullisin'rune.png
Yulear is Yafein's escort on the way to Orthorbbae.
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Dude drove Dra'jyal to Orthorbbae, but stayed behind to fix the cart when it broke down.

This article reflects events up to Chapter 2.