September 14, 8:30 PM Dining room in the mansion. Xeyyakkenn was sitting at the large brown wooden table that stood in the center of the long red carpet that lined the center of the room. His servant sat across from him. Xeyyakkenn was looking at a mural that showed George Washington riding horseback in the French and Indian War. Behind George sat his servant. The same servant that now spoke. "Did you learn anything from tonight?" Xeyyakkenn slurped soup from his spoon. "I learned that I need to pray more. Doesn't my family have any offensive prayers besides the reverse barrier? Which by the way is another reason I need to pray more: so that I can close that gap faster. What do you think about tonight?" The servant crossed his arms. "I think you're not ready yet," he began, "I was against you starting the first battle and purposely drawing attention to yourself and I was against you not waiting long enough before you went out there, but you're the master." "Is that all? You seem like you have more to say. Obviously you're the more experienced one here, so if you have anything to say, say it." The servant paused. "It's about your family," he said slowly, "once the Mag-Prayer Association 12 finds out that the only artifact able to be used to summon me is still on this earth and resides in you, a descendant of the defense family, you'll have a lot more than just 6 prayer mages to worry about." "Wait, what? Prayer Association 12? Defense family? What?" "Prayer Association 12 is a group of 12 families of prayer mages that each study one of twelve aspects of war. The top 5 families: defense, healing, time, location and information. The lower 7, ruled by the top 5:: traps, long range, medium range, close range, emotions, strength and numbers. The strength and number families are the two founding families and are the most important. All prayers developed by the other families are to benefit those two families in battle. They are given no political power, however, so that they don't become targets." "Okay, so what does that have to do with my family being assassinated?" The servant paused. "Your family," he slowly began again, "was bound by law to only develop defensive prayers, such as the two you used tonight when I fought Beserker. The other two, the flashy reflection spell and the reverse barrier are the closest your family was allowed to get to offensive spe-prayers. The reverse barrier is the newest and found favor among the other four families. They asked the healing family to work together with your family to create a healing barrier. However, that took too much mana. So your father had the idea of a draining barrier. A barrier that drains mana and energy from the opponent and gives it to the caster. However that would require an offensive prayer mixture. So he went to the trap family secretly. Thinking that lesser families wouldn't oppose an upper family. However, the two most important families had long promised the other lesser families that they would give them more power if the strength and number families could gain political power. So the trap family told the two families about your father, who in turn told all the families publicly, meaning that the upper families would have to enforce the family laws. One of which was that nonoffensive families would not expand their prayers to offfensive prayers and vice versa. Each family was to stay in their own realm. The 5 upper families had told your father in secret to work with the healing family as a way to help defend themselves should the offensive families revolt, but now that your family's branching out was made public, the other four upper families had to punish them for fear of sudden revolt due to favoritism or special treatment. The punishment for breaking any family law is death. However for a head of a family to break a family law, the punishment is the extermination of the entire family. Your father took all the blame for it. He didn't want the healing family to suffer the same fate. However, he had you in secret and placed in you the most valuable treasure your family had." "This house?" "No. A means of summoning me." "What do you mean?" "Survive this war and I'll tell you." The servant stood up and took Xeyyakkenn's plates. Just before he left the room, Xeyyakkenn said, "in thee days we're going back to the park. And, ... I think I know what my wish will be."