This is my first work. This is set in a medieval-era.
Chapter 1: Jonah Krant: The Strong Knight.
"I'm going to be the strongest knight to ever live!" I yelled in the streets as I ran north in the pouring rain to the edge of town, the roads were turning to mud and my previously grey pants were turning brown. "Shut your mouth you little shit" the drunks yelled back from the tavern. "Finally, finally I get to go training with father" I thought to myself as I kept running faster and faster towards him, yelling louder and louder. The old women laughed and the old men muttered something I could not hear as I passed them.
"Father, father!" I yelled in excitement before I could even my lay eyes on him. "Jonah, be quiet you big mouthed son of mine!" I heard in the distance.
I ignored him. "Let's train, you promised right, right?" "Fine, I'll give you a few lessons tonight, but first I have to work. Come back in four hours!". "Yessss!" I said in excitement. Father works in the Night Guard, the name sounds more glorious than it actually is, they watch the forest in the night. They're called Wood-Watchers by the drunks and laughed at because of their stories, and they also guard the forest during the day, so the name seemed pointless I thought, but father seemed to take great pride in his work. Despite what they all said! "Jon. Jon!, get back to work, someone have to guard this town against the unknown!" I heard an old man yell from the forest. "I must get back to work, Jonah, off you go!" father said and started walking off to the forest. "See you in three hours and fiftyfive minutes!" I yelled at him with a smirk and ran off.
I decided to go back home, but on my way there I decided to take my fathers advice and help out in town, so I took a small detour and went to the tavern, which is located right in the center. They always appreciate when I serve them ale and wine. "Oh, you're helping out today you little runt?" one of the drunks said. "Need to train, and some money ofcourse. You need another one Robert?" I said. "Bring two, one of me and one for the lady!" The lady smiled as I brought the ale. She was beautiful, much to beautiful for that drunk. "Jonah!" I heard the owner shout from behind the counter. "I need you to carry this keg to the harbor" he said. "Finally a job worth doing!". I took the keg outside, tried to pick it up, it reeked of wine. "Bitter!" I thought to myself. My arms could not reach around it, so I decided to roll it. The harbor is located east of town, where the "XX Ocean" is. The keg was getting heavier, the road did not help much either, bumpy and full of holes thanks to the rain earlier. "Damn this is getting heavy, I better make a sprint or I'll have to rest soon". "Soon there, a little more!" I thought as I kept pushing. During this small trip I finally realized what my father meant. "I'm so weak!" I thought to myself as I kept pushing in pure frustration. Finally I could see the harbor, it's a big harbor. The big boats bring us stuff from places I've never even heard of. I want to travel the world, visit the six kingdoms. We're just a small island with four relativly small towns. It's actually quite big, but none dares to go past the northern forest, none knows where it leads. And from what I understand, none wants to know what lies beyond the forest.
Piece about his past and Mother is going here
The smell of steel caused my blood to boil with excitement! Father drew his sword, big and mighty it was, and started walking towards me. "Huh, what is he doing?" I thought to myself. "You thought we were practising with real swords of steel without proper ringmail?" he said with a big smirk on his face. "Sorry to get your hopes up kid" he said while he grabbed my sword and threw it back. "Howare we going to train then?" I said with a disappointed voice. "With this ofcourse, stupid!" he said and threw back a wooden sword.
I had no time to play games or argue with him. I took my stance, and so did he.
I sprung forth, trying to hit him with a flurry of attacks! All parried perfectly, my old man was no joke with the sword. "You're to eager, Jonah!" "Shut up father, I'm trying to hit you!" I said while trying catching my breath. I tried again, one, two, three, four five, he countered me easily, put out his leg and I tripped over it. "Not fair! I thought we were practising with swords!". "You think your enemies are going to fully respect you when they're fighting for their lives?" he said with an absolute voice. "Noo..." is all I could bring forth.
I stood up again and took my stance. "I'm gonna get you father!" "Come on!" he said smiling. I leaped forward and tried to poke him with the sword, nothing worked. "Damn it!" I yelled in frustration. "Easy, Jonah, you're to eager, have patience!".
I tried again, swinged my sword in frustration, father just smiled as he dodged or parried my sword. My body was getting heavy, I could barely lift my arms anymore. "Done already?" father said with a laugh "I thought you were going to hit me son" he kept laughing, almost dancing and mocking me in the rain.
"Woohh I'm tired, my arms wont go up!" I said as I fell to the dirt, which was now mostly mud thanks to all the rain. Father came and lied next to me. "You know, Jonah, I'll try and come more so we can practice. But when I'm not here, you have to do physical training. That is as important as swordskills, you need to be able to keep up!" "Physical training, like what?" I said. "Like running, helping the town with all sorts of tasks, carry stuff, whatever it is, wood, ale, steel or iron. You do your part, OK?" "I will!".
"So, son, are you looking forward to the "Duel of the Crystal" this spring?" "Yes very much, I want to compete one day, and win land and the crystal to this town!"
Father smiled, but it was not his usual smile, he looked worried. "Be sure to wait until you're 17 to enter!" "Ofcourse, why would I enter before that?" "..." father just sighed.
"You know the rules of "Crystal-duel", Jonah?" "No, not every rule, will you tell me father?" "Ofcourse, you're going to have to learn them soon anyway!"
"You know the basics right, you dont have to enter before you're 17, but you can if you want to. Women dont have to enter ever, but they can if they want to. If you dont enter your name when you're 17, punishment is death. So dont ever forget, OK Jonah?" "I wont forget!" "Good, we as the town of "No-tal" will face the town called "So-tal", "No" for north and "So" for south. East and west will also face eachother. The winner between the two matches both recieves extra land as a reward, then the winners will face eachothers for the crystal. "Got it?" he said. "Yes, so far!".
He continued, when dueling your opponent, there are no rules so make sure you're ready for everything!" "Yes father, I'll try to be careful!" "Not good enough Jonah, you have to be careful, OK?" "Yes...".