The Legend of Sun Knight Side Stories
Original novel in Chinese by: 御我 (Yu Wo)
“You May Only Use a Sword, Unless No One Sees You”1 – translated by Lucathia
He recalled how his teacher had once left him the task of swinging his sword one thousand times, and then announced that he was leaving to go look for the prince (or the princess). But while he was gone, all Grisia had done was goof off instead. When his teacher returned and found out…
At the time, Grisia had thought he would get beaten, yet his teacher merely chuckled coldly and grabbed Grisia by the collar and threw him on his horse before galloping out of town…
He would soon discover that the reason his teacher didn’t hit him…was that even one casual strike of his would be enough to hurl Grisia right at the God of Light!
Neo brought him to a notorious land of darkness, got off his horse, and grabbed Grisia by the collar once more. Devoid of all fear, he walked into the land of darkness, not even bothering to take his sword out of its sheath. Instead, he used his fists to beat up the various groups of hideous-looking undead creatures that appeared along the way.
He walked until they reached the deepest area of the forest before he finally let go of Grisia.
“Do you know where this is?” Neo asked coldly.
“The Forest of the Concealed Moon…” Grisia timidly answered.
“…this isn’t the Keiran Forest?”
“Teacher, that’s in the opposite direction. When you left the Holy Temple, you needed to turn left, not right.”
“Oh, no wonder. I thought it was strange… I didn’t recall the Keiran Forest having so many undead creatures.” Neo cocked his head. In the end, he shrugged and said, “Oh well, it doesn’t matter where. This place might be even better.”
What’s better? Grisia still didn’t fully comprehend the situation.
Neo coldly said, “If you dare to violate my orders, then you need to be prepared to accept the punishment, but I don’t want to hit you. You’re still too little… I would need to control my power so that I wouldn’t accidentally kill you. What a pain!”
Does this mean that when I grow up more, you’ll hit me? The message that his teacher’s words implied was far from reassuring.
“That’s why I’m going to let others beat you up in my stead. Conveniently, you can also practice your extremely rotten swordsmanship… Oh! There’s quite a good number of undead creatures here, so you can even train your ability to handle undead creatures. Killing multiple birds with one stone! Not bad, not bad!”
“Thoroughly enjoy your journey of punishment!” Once Neo finished talking, he leaped up a tree and disappeared without a trace, leaving Grisia behind.
Grisia was completely shocked, but he could not prevent Neo from leaving. Even if he could, he knew his teacher’s personality. Once he declared something, he wouldn’t allow anyone to say anything different.
With no other choice, Grisia could only take a look at his surroundings. Huge trees that reached the skies soared from all directions, with vines of all kinds covering them densely. He didn’t know whether he was seeing things, but he thought those oddly shaped and strangely colored vines looked as though they were moving from time to time. The entire forest was gloomy and damp. The gusts of cold wind that blew around brought along the scent of rot, and it sounded as if something was slowly crawling along from within the weeds.
A normal thirteen year old child would most likely be scared out of his wits already.
Luckily, if nothing else, Grisia had plenty of guts. On top of that, he had been trained (tortured) by his teacher for more than a year, so even though his swordsmanship hadn’t improved at all, he had gradually gained more courage than before.
Even though Neo had claimed this journey to be for the sake of punishment and for training his ability to deal with undead creatures, whenever Grisia was suffering and was being chased all over the place by a variety of things that were in various stages of rotting, loud guffaws would always drift over from somewhere close by…
Teacher must simply think this is all very entertaining? This was what Grisia believed deep down inside, but he did relax a little. His teacher was still nearby after all and hadn’t truly abandoned him without a care.
When it was time to eat at night, Grisia hunted down a rabbit that looked edible, albeit with a lot of difficulty. He roasted it until it gleamed with oil and overflowed with a delicious smell, not at all afraid that he might draw the attention of large beasts. This forest mostly only had undead creatures and trees, and the noses of undead creatures were either already rotten or in the process of rotting.
I give my thanks to the God of Light… After saying his prayers, Grisia lifted the rabbit. Just as he was about to bite down with an “ahhh,” a black shadow flashed by, his hand suddenly became lighter, and the rabbit vanished. Grisia lifted his head and threw a resentful gaze to the left.
“What are you looking at?”
Neo had the rabbit lifted in his hand as he boldly and confidently said, “A student cooking for his teacher is as it should be! Shoo, shoo. This rabbit is mine now. You go and hunt another one.”
Grisia was somewhat at a loss for words. He was wrong. The forest still had a large beast called “Teacher”…
Looking at his teacher biting down on the rabbit without remorse, Grisia pouted and indignantly said, “Teacher, I suddenly have an irresistible urge to practice my swordsmanship.”
“Oh?” Neo glanced over and mockingly said, “You want to use a sword to take revenge on me? With your talent with the sword? If you can use a sword to strike me without missing, your teacher will happily die without any regrets, even if you cut me down and send me on my way to see the God of Light!”
“Teacher, your words are so ruthless…”
When he woke up the next morning, his teacher had long since disappeared, but this wasn’t something to be scared about. Generally, the majority of the time “Teacher’s not here” was always better than “Teacher’s here.”
However, he had to admit, when he opened his eyes and found that he was surrounded by undead creatures, he still missed his teacher a lot.
As Grisia fled, he sobbed out loud, “Teacher, where are you? It can’t be that you’re not around? You must have hidden yourself to laugh at me, right? Boo hoo, Teacher, laugh already! Teacher!”
The result of running and crying at the same time was blurry eyesight, causing him to trip over a branch. His entire body became intimately familiar with the earth at that moment.
Even though it hurt, he still remembered that a pack of undead creatures was chasing him from behind, so he quickly climbed back to his feet and looked back… A half-rotten face—so rotten that even if it hadn’t opened its mouth, he would still see half a row of teeth—was right in front of him. At that moment the owner of the ugly face grabbed his shoulders with both hands, and the rest of the undead creatures in hot pursuit had long since had him tightly surrounded.
Am I going to die?
Grisia covered his head and screamed, “Don’t come near me!”
He didn’t know how much time had passed before a shout drifted over from faraway. The boy who was still clutching his head in the same position as before twitched and lifted his head, softly calling out, “Teacher?”
From faraway another call drifted over, the voice containing some anxiety, “Grisia, where are you? Answer me!”
“Teacher, I’m here! Here!”
Grisia immediately jumped up and yelled loudly. In no time at all, a familiar figure appeared.
Seeing that familiar white figure, for the first time in his life Grisia threw himself into his teacher’s embrace and began bawling his eyes out.
At this, even Neo became somewhat flustered. Even though Grisia looked weak, he was actually incredibly stubborn. During this past year, no matter what kind of difficult training he faced, even when he oftentimes had tears in his eyes, those tears had never flowed down.
This time, Grisia was actually crying. Neo knew he had taken it too far, but he really didn’t know how to comfort his student. He could only lightly pat Grisia’s back and continuously say, “It’s okay, it’s okay. No need to be afraid. Your teacher is here. There’s nothing that can even think about harming you!”
But Grisia still continued crying for a long time before he finally halted his sobs with difficulty, complaining in broken spurts, “Teacher, where did you go, I thought I was really going to die, boo hoo…”
“Sorry, sorry, I went to do my morning exercises. Before I knew it, you had run off and disappeared. I spent so much time before I managed to find you. You truly had me worried to death…”
“Teacher was actually worried about me?” Grisia mumbled somewhat disbelievingly. He thought his teacher didn’t like him, and that he regretted picking him. After all, every time they had sword lessons, his teacher would always shout things like, “Even without a backup knight, I could still find any random person who would be stronger than you!”
Seeing Grisia’s shocked expression, Neo immediately changed his tone. He slapped himself on the chest and said, “I mean, thankfully you hadn’t died. Otherwise, otherwise the Pope and Judgment would scold me to death, and I probably wouldn’t even find the path out of the forest. What bad luck that would be…”
At this time, Grisia thoroughly understood something.
The scariest thing about the strongest Sun Knight in history wasn’t his strength. Rather, it was his unpredictability, how you could never know whether he might bring you to some frightening place. Even worse, not only were his memory and his sense of responsibility inversely proportional to his strength, he was also hugely directionally-challenged!
After he calmed down somewhat, Neo finally had time to look around at the current situation of his surroundings… where everything within at least twenty meters around him was frozen by ice elemental magic. The scene was practically like an undead creature ice sculpture exhibit.
Upon observing this scene and noticing that only Grisia alone had not been turned into an ice sculpture, it was obvious that the person who had caused this sight could only be him.
Neo furrowed his brows and asked, “How do you know large area of effect ice magic? Did you see another old mage performing magic on the streets?”
“No, Ecilan taught me.”
“…the young Ice Knight.”
The Ice Knight, no wonder. Ice elemental magic was indeed the Ice Knight’s trademark skill. He wrinkled his forehead and asked, “Grisia, how old are you this year?”
“Teacher, have you forgotten again? I’m thirteen.”
Neo hesitated a little before he asked again, “And how long has it been since you used magic for the first time?”
Grisia tilted his head, thinking a bit before he answered, “One year, six months, and thirteen days.”
Hearing this, Neo creased his brows. Even though he didn’t understand mages much, Grisia had only learned for a year and a half, and it was disjointed learning through pilfering without any guidance; in addition to that, he was only thirteen this year… Even with actual students of magic, what kind of child would be capable of performing such a strong magic attack?
Impossible! Neo immediately refuted this to himself. If all mages were this strong, then this world would have long forsaken all other professions.
But if things continued like this, then by the time Grisia took on the Sun Knight’s position at age twenty, his magic might even be strong enough to battle it out with Neo. At that time, Grisia would be the Sun Knight, yet Neo will have lost the favor of the God of Light… Grisia wouldn’t come and find him for revenge, would he?
Thinking back on the manner he had been treating Grisia… Ah! No matter how shameless he was, he could not say he was a good teacher. Basically, whatever he thought of, he taught, and a lot of that was experimental lessons he had come up with for fun, such as training in elegance where he had forced Grisia to fall down constantly until he could fall down gracefully beyond comparison.
If he were to tell Judgment about his teaching methods, Judgment would roll his eyes at him for eight out of ten of his methods. One method he would even angrily say, “This is maltreatment, not teaching. If you still dare, go ahead and try! Even if I can’t win against you, I can still make you pay.” Only for one method would he hesitantly say, “Maybe it’s worth a try.”
However, of the above ten teaching methods, he had used at least five of them on Grisia, including even the one that would incur “payment”… In any case, he was safe as long as Judgment didn’t find out!
Did this mean he was going to have to treat Grisia better now?
Forget it! Even if he resolved to treat Grisia better right now, he might forget it altogether by the time tomorrow came. Or, when it was time for sword lessons, he might also completely forget his resolve, full of thoughts about killing this idiot of a swordsman!
Neo turned his thoughts over. Finally, under his student’s puzzled gaze, he solemnly said, “Grisia, you must know, as a holy knight, especially the leader of the holy knights, the Sun Knight, you must not use magic! That completely violates the basic principles of a holy knight. Holy knights must use weapons. Above all, the Sun Knight who wields the Divine Sun Sword may only use a sword…”
After saying this, Neo suddenly considered how terrible his student’s swordsmanship was. If he told him he may only use a sword, he might not even survive to the age of twenty. Neo hurriedly added, “And holy light! At most, you may only use magic when there is no one around to see you. In short, never let anyone see you use magic! Do you understand?”
Grisia stumbled over his words, saying, “But Teacher, my, my swordsmanship…”
“You may only use a sword. You must not let anyone see you use magic!” Neo coldly said, “Or do you want to experience where exactly the strongest Sun Knight in history can take you? Do you want to see what the dragon of legends looks like? Or do you want to observe the silhouette of a death knight? Perhaps you want to find out just how strange the dwelling of an undying lich can be…”
“Understood! I may only use a sword!”
Grisia nodded earnestly and then added the words silently to himself: I may only use a sword…unless no one sees me!
1 This side story is something that Yu Wo wrote but didn’t manage to use in the novels. She shared this tidbit in her blog, thinking that her readers might enjoy reading about Neo and Grisia’s lessons together.