Chapter 11: The Builders
The expression on his face was one of pure skepticism, and I reappeared and caught the fruit just before it hit the ground. I watched his face changed from skepticism to just pure excitement. “Wow, that’s some trick. Yes, you can definitely stay the night and for as long as you want in fact. Just answer me one question first, how far can you actually go with that little flash trick of yours.” He asked very excitedly. “Well to be perfectly honest with you I’m not actually sure, I mean I can go a couple miles at a time, but it usually takes me about a minute before I have to stop to catch my breath and take some time before I can start moving again. But the fact is I haven’t actually been able to use this for very long, so it’s too early to tell what my limits are at this point.” He looked at me just continuing to smile and jotting things down on his little notepad. Then he got up, opened the door, and gestured for me to come inside.
“Come on, follow me, I will show you to where you will be spending the night, but if you decide to stay with us, we will have someplace more permanent for you to stay.” As I followed behind him, he began to tell me about the city, and what they did in it. We were walking down a hall as he talked which I thought was somewhat strange I looked around the inside. Then we walked out into the open and I was stunned, the city was massive, the buildings stretched into the skies. Reaching into the skies almost as if they’re trying to grab the skies and pulled them down, the sides of the buildings shining with glass that reflected the skies as they soared up into it, making it hard to tell where the buildings ended and the skies began.
I pulled my mind back to focusing on what Adam was saying, he was telling me about what the city was and what they did in it. Turns out the reason the city was so large and the reason the buildings soared so high was because the city was a giant forgery. They quite literally made everything one can think of, from the strongest, lightest and safest armor, to the most powerful weapons, they made it all. They didn’t just make weapons and shields though, they made carriages that were more beautiful than anything I had ever seen and lighter than I thought possible. Everything around me was just amazing, I could hardly comprehend how anyone could even build these things.
As I looked at Adam, the armor he was wearing kept grabbing my attention. It was so sleek bending with his body as he moved perfectly, leaving nothing exposed and unshielded. “So I’m guessing that armor that you’re wearing right now is what your city is truly known for right?” I asked him as I walked, he turned and looked at me and smiled looking down at his armor. “Oh, this old thing, there is no way my city would be known for something as simple as this. Yes, we do make amazing shields, and armor that are even more amazing, but most of our income comes from the weapons we make. We make the only unbreakable swords that can cut through anything here. Not only can our swords cut through quite literally anything on this planet, they do it with more ease than anything else does. Most of the time they don’t even offer resistance when slicing through an object.” This of course sounded too amazing to be true, there is no possible way any blade could be that sharp. He saw the disbelief in my eyes. Reaching down to his side, he pulled a blade out.
“This is an air blade, named for the fact that when using it, it cuts through almost anything as if it were just moving through the air.” He handed me the blade and I took it carefully by the hilt, it felt different from any knife I had held before, heavy but very light at the same time. I spun it around in my hand, and it slipped. It cut the side of my hand like it was nothing falling to the ground, landing and going straight into the ground all the way to the hilt. I was convinced; the knife was sharper than anything I had ever seen before. Adam picked it up and quickly put it back in its holster, then turned to me with a smile.
“Here we have a very unique saying, with any weapon of great power greater skill is required to use it, or that weapon will turn on its user.” I could see why that saying was so popular here; the blade was so sharp that an unskilled swordsman could easily lose fingers, even an arm just trying to remove it from its holster. And someone who had never handled a sword before could easily lose his or her life just trying to draw the sword.
Though I was amazed by the city and very happy to be in it and getting such and amazing tour of it, I couldn’t help but wonder what kind of job I could get here, not being able to make anything like that. “Now I know that you’re wondering what it is that we could possibly need from you that we can’t build ourselves. Well, it’s not so much about what we want from you, but it’s more along the lines of what we want you to help us do. We want you to help us deliver our weapons and shields and anything else we have to our clients.” This of course confused me greatly, I wondered why a city like this would need anyone to deliver anything after all it was flying and moving constantly, from what I could tell.
I looked around as he walked and could see many things that resemble vehicles or at least I thought they were. “Yes, as you can see they are many vehicles here and they are very fast, but it’s still a very dangerous job. So having someone with your particular skill set would come in very handy.” Looking around this place, I could see why. After all the delivery boys for the foragers quite often delivered weapons, shields, and new technology that could turn the tides of war. Meaning they were quite often the target of attacks from bandits or the opposite side. I assumed they would be getting attacked by everyone, no matter where they went or what they were carrying.
I decided to agree and stay more than just the night. As I thought about the prospect of becoming a delivery boy, I thought it would be amazing to meet all these new people. Though it wouldn’t be safe in the least, but I could use this as a very good excuse to get more practice using the Phantom style. I was also sure it would let me see a lot more places in a lot less time than I would on my own. But I had to admit, I never expected my first ever job to be so unsafe, I also didn’t expect it was going to be something this exciting.