- Lune: Look at this, Solis.
- Lune: She's talking to me like I'm younger than Five.
- Lune: What have you signed us up for.
- Solis: Sorry... I have no idea at all.
- Diana: Silence! Don't talk during the lecture!
- Lune: You're not a professor, Diana.
- Lune: Not even a graduate yet.
- Diana: Hmmm, so what!?
- Diana: I'm at least good enough to school you both!
- Diana: You guys obviously NEED it.
- Solis: Hahaaa, this is all my fault.
- Solis: I talked about my ability without thinking, and now...
- Diana: And you seriously thought I'd let that DISINFORMATION fly?
- Diana: You offend the entire field of SCIENCE when you blabber on like "oh nah baby we don't know how this magical shit works" sooo casually!
- Diana: And then Lune just believes you without a second thought because she's Lune.
- Diana: Ridiculous.
- Solis: Dia, I don't talk like that.
- Lune: Yeah, he doesn't sound like that.
- Diana: ...I know, you humorless people, I was exaggerating...
- Diana: Do you know what a joke is, darlings.
- Lune: Nobody tells jokes during lectures.
- Diana: Humm, this aspiring instructress does!
- Diana: Anyway, it's my DUTY to set right your big fat wrongs,
- Diana: So get your butts in line and listen carefully!
- Solis: T-thank god Five's not here right now.
When reduced to nothing but a soul, all beings become equal.
- Diana: We start at the soul, the source of everything!
- Diana: Though it's an unseen part of a person, its effects are felt very clearly.
- Diana: Therefore, it's important to take care of it like other parts of our bodies.
- Diana: And just like anything else in the body, the soul needs its strength.
When that peace arrived, it was the first time in years that humans and monsters could interact safely, and so, it was also the first time that he could directly observe and study a monster.
A golden chance, a once in a lifetime opportunity to have this kind of specimen.
Finally, the Professor would be able to draw objective comparisons between monster and human, especially regarding his valuable theories.
That is, these are powers based on strong desires.
Thanks to scientific research, the view on such a seemingly mystical phenomenon has become more sophisticated.
Diana: Quote his teachings.
- Diana: There are different ways an ability begins to be formed, so I'll go with the most obvious one here.
- Diana: "When there's a threat, the soul responds".
- Diana: This means that the body is threatened to be harmed, therefore...
- Diana: It's the soul's turn to prepare an appropriate response to this threat.
- Diana: And the third part of the cycle, the mind...
- Diana: It's up to that to come up with the shape of this response.
- Diana: That 'shape' depends on how creative someone is, what they're thinking, how they're affected by the environment surrounding them...
- Diana: That's why, as no two people are the same, so too do all abilities differ in manifestation, even if they share similarities on the surface.
Diana: Absolutely SCHOOL this audience with your knowledge.
- Lune: Hold it, when did this turn into a psychoanalysis session.
- Solis: Y-yeah, I'm not sure you were describing me correctly there...
- Diana: Really? I think I totally was right, though!
- Solis: Definitely not!
- Diana: Nah, I'm so right about both of you!
- Lune: You're so not.
- Diana: Feel free to stay in denial, fools.
- Diana: I know you two better than you'll ever know yourselves, I swear!
- Diana: But look, just humor me here for a bit, okay...
- Diana: I'm talking about the personality differences!
- Diana: Because of that, even if you were to have abilities of a similar nature...
- Diana: I'm sure the way you shape it to assist yourselves would still be different.
- Diana: Right?
- Lune: I've only ever had one ability in my life...
- Lune: And will only ever have this one.
- Lune: So how should I know?
- Solis: Yeah, I don't know how to answer, either.
- Diana: Oh my god, so unimaginative...
- Diana: You could just give me the "yes and" treatment, thanks.
- Diana: But fine, since you take everything so literally, here's a clearer example.
- Diana: A lot of people can heal wounds with their abilities, right?
- Diana: However, even if multiple "healers" do accomplish similar results, their methods of producing it differ.
- Diana: For instance, though there are those who heal directly...
- Diana: There are also people whose healing came to manifest in an indirect way.
- Diana: Such as infusing food itself with a healing effect!
- Lune: Oh, like Mr. Faire's...?
- Diana: Yes! Do you know about them, Sol?
- Solis: You're talking about the Faire Garderners, right?
- Solis: I've heard they had a hand in making soldiers' rations during war have a healing effect.
- Diana: Yes, yes!
- Diana: It was a genius idea, making use of an ability like that.
- Solis: In the monster world, people always say that that's what helped your world's army maintain its strength!
- Lune: Well, maybe in part...
- Lune: But first place credit for the army's great state goes to Lady Oshen.
- Solis: Doesn't the lady also speak highly of Faire's supportive efforts, though?
- Lune: Uhm. I suppose so.
- Lune: To earn the lady's praise, that means it's something special.
- Lune: Then, I suppose, to be worthy of her praise...
- Lune: Means his group is deserving of some credit for the army's prosperity, even if they're not soldiers themselves.
- Diana: Your inner fangirl is showing, Lunes.
- Lune: M-my- what!?
- Diana: Save it for your smelly army training grounds later why don'tcha.
- Lune: Pray tell, what's that supposed to mean?
- Solis: Lune, whenever you get started, you never stop praising Lady Oshen, haha!
- Lune: I... am just being honest.
- Lune: Sorry for being so right, guys.
- Lune: It will happen again.
- Diana: Meh! Takes a pretzel-shaped roundabout for you to admit there's other people worthy of acknowledgement besides our lady.
- Lune: Don't mock the respect I have for my teacher, Diana,
- Lune: When you're so obviously imitating yours in our faces, every chance you get.
- Diana: H-hey! I'm so noooot!
- Diana: That's a pile of false accusation-y crap!
- Lune: Right back at you.
- Solis: There's nothing embarrassing about following a role model, you guys.
- Solis: I'm certain Lady Oshen and Professor Zachery would be happy to know their students admire them to this extent!
- Diana: You... shush!!!
- Lune: That's not helping, Solis!
- Solis: Really? I don't get what's the big deal about it.
- Diana: Of course not...
- Diana: It's because you have such an impervious Solis-brain, sweetie.
- Lune: Mhm. An incurable condition, unfortunately.
- Solis: W-what does that mean?
Diana: Slip back into pretend-teacher mode.
- Diana: Ahem!!
- Diana: As I've observed in our example, there are numerous healing methods...
- Diana: That is, different ways to reach similar goals, from person to person.
- Diana: So why are there differences in the way these souls can heal?
- Diana: It's all because of how their minds thought it up!
- Diana: From the body, to the soul in the heart, to the mind, then back to the body.
- Diana: This is teacher's theory, involving a beautiful cycle that never ends...
- Diana: ...And it gives way to such a special form of self-expression.
And what a great intrinsic potential it is, the potential to wield desire.
- Diana: So, you guys, don't start talking about this so lightly again.
- Diana: Your abilities are something to be appreciated!
- Diana: It's not inexplicable, uncontrollable, or something to dislike...
- Diana: Rather, it's something that is completely yours.
Yet, the people's nature is to use power only in advancing their endless conflicts.
- Diana: Lune, Solis, every time you use your abilities...
- Diana: That's your soul, expressing itself in a way only you can accomplish.
- Diana: Your burning flames are as warm as you are,
- Diana: And her protective copies are as loyal as she is.
- Diana: You two express your dedication so beautifully, don't you think so?
In wars that teach them to destroy, take, and conquer, but never to create.
- Diana: I... envy that just a little bit.
I ask you, to try and understand just how much of the people's potential is wasted.
He drew a correlation between the nature of an ability, the circumstances of an ability's awakening, and the nature of a person who harbors a specific ability.
The professor states that an ability is most commonly born during an adrenaline rush, when a person faces a severe threat, or undergoes intense stress.
As a result, abilities awakened during the seasons of war are often violent in nature.
Perhaps because these were powers the soul awakened to protect itself, or powers intended to eradicate the present threats.
The shape of this response allowed for self-defense, or stronger retaliation. It was either highly protective, or highly destructive.
A desperate desire to preserve oneself, or to destroy one's foes.
In comparison, abilities awakened during peaceful times tend to be more practical in nature. These abilities are likely to not focus on killing one's opponents, or desperately preserving the wellbeing of oneself, to say the least.
Instead, they are a creative sort of abilities awakened through personal challenge, intense emotions such as excitement, or roving curiosity.
The shape of this response was imaginative, where a person's personality fully flourishes in their power. It was something creative, constructive, sometimes manifesting as an enhancement of one's existing talents.
The nature of an ability is greatly influenced by the circumstances that caused its awakening. There exists a logical connection between a person's thoughts at a specific moment within their mind, and how it is influenced by their surroundings.
Through these controllable factors, it is possible to induce specific abilities.
Most commonly, this practice is seen in lineages who define their identity through similar abilities, the exact properties of which are unique to them alone.
Ultimately, it results in similar abilities carrying across one bloodline.
From subtle, ongoing influence, exclusive abilities become passed-down family secrets.
Being able to influence a natural awakening opens way to many possibilities.
Naturally, it follows that it is also possible to force an unwanted early awakening.
Indeed, through deliberately placing a person in danger, one can reshape them into the perfect weapon just as desired.
To force the body into an adrenaline rush, until the soul responds most suitably.
As always, the shape of this response is greatly influenced by outer surroundings, and inner thoughts of the mind.
Still, how interestingly overwhelming it is...
...But such a dangerous practice is, of course, not legal in the slightest.
It is also not guaranteed to flow smoothly at all. While the introduced danger can be controlled, as well as the person's surroundings, their thoughts in their mind are beyond control.
After all, there's no telling how bloody a moment of explosive creativity may be.
There's always the possibly of the danger backfiring on the one forcing such an awakening, in the form of revenge and retaliation.
Additionally, even upon success, this kind of awakening is more than likely to leave behind numerous irreversible changes on a person's mental state, alongside their newfound ability.
It is rumored that the Umbra clan maintained their strength through forcing powerful awakenings in their young, in ages as early as four, until the princess put an end to it. As things stand, forcibly controlling awakenings is an act deemed illegal in the human world with harsh punishment, should any perpetrators be discovered.
The creative nature of the mind makes it impossible to fully control the outcome of an awakening, and rather easy to misunderstand the resulting ability. Half the time, people do not come close to completely understanding even their own abilities.
Only a person who has achieved Resonance may be called a true success, a person who can masterfully wield their soul as a tool.
May that be a tool of war, of peace, or of purposes beyond labels.
Reed: Summarize this dubious research.
Like thoughts enriching mind, nutrients sustaining body, souls needs this strength.
Strength that allows it to grow, and protect itself in the face of danger.
Without a healthy mind, we suffer. Without a healthy body, we suffer.
Therefore, it is only natural that those without an ability suffer, as well.
Such a person is born with a very intrinsic inadequacy, a defective being.
- Reed: His task was to find a way to assist monsters unable to awaken an ability.
- Reed: But of course, he was not allowed to force an awakening.
- Reed: That would mean placing their already fragile lives in danger.
- Reed: Also, uh, it's illegal... and he had the royalty supervising his work.
- Reed: So... that was his research.
- Reed: At least, as far as we in the public are aware.
- Reed: He called this condition, the incapability to awaken, as having a "weak soul".
- Reed: A human's soul is not dependent on their ability, so their body is fine even when their soul is "weak". A winged's soul seems to be extremely tied to their ability, so there's no room for weaknesses there. And, a monster...
- Reed: Their body is largely dependent on the strength of their soul, but not fully.
- Reed: As I understand it, that's why this condition affects them the most.
- Aria: That makes sense...
- Nino: Mhm... I see why this effort was being done for monsters only.
- Nino: Considering the side-effects humans and winged face.
- Aria: There's more pain to be faced in a short life...
- Aria: That certainly makes them a priority. :(
- Nino: So, I assume he had to find a way to empower "weak" souls, so that these monsters could get abilities like others do?
- Reed: Yeah, but well... if it were not possible to allow that, then at least...
- Reed: He'd work on strengthening the body, enough so that affected monsters may continue to live healthily even without being able to awaken abilities.
- Reed: That... looks like what he was trying to do for the longest time.
- Reed: But from what I could tell, it never seemed like he was seeing any success.
Reed: So if Five is currently healthy because of Nino's ability...
- Reed: My parents left behind a lengthy work history with several institutions and various partnerships... but all of that has long since ended.
- Reed: So it was a surprise to find anything at this point, honestly.
- Reed: But now, I'm almost certain that this is what Five was being treated for.
- Reed: ...On paper, at the very least.
- Reed: According to the professor, her soul would be called "weak".
- Aria: But why was the result of the treatment a painful transformation?
- Aria: We still don't have a clear idea of what that is...
- Reed: Hmm. I don't really know about that.
- Nino: Could it be that trying to strengthen her body backfired somehow?
- Meimona: Woah, like over-fixing it?
- Meimona: Y'know, if you take too much medicine, it's just as bad as taking none!
- Aria: I-I'm not sure if it works that way!
- Reed: I'm also curious about something.
- Reed: How, and why Nino's healing apparently helped Five revert back to normal...
- Reed: And that she got to keep her good health afterwards, to boot.
- Reed: What the hell is your healing like, dude?
- Nino: Uh...! It's not that grand!
- Nino: I just touch wounds and they get better, haha...
- Nino: I actually think it's kind of lame.
- Aria: Aw, I don't think it's lame at all.
- Nino: Well, since it helped Five, I'm glad it's good for that much.
- Reed: It sounds like it'll be a useful thing to have on hand.
- Meimona: Oh, that's true!
- Meimona: If any of us get a bad boo-boo adventuring, we know who to go to!
- Nino: Baby words don't help me feel not-lame about it!
- Reed: If you find the time later, let's, uh... try testing your healing.
- Nino: ...How?
- Reed: I'm curious, since it's not like there aren't any others who can heal.
- Reed: It's likely the professor would've already tried this, so...
- Reed: I wonder why is it that whatever you did succeeded there.
- Nino: I don't mind testing, really, but... how?
- Reed: I don't know, but you should just try to learn more about how it works.
- Nino: Are you going to cut yourself for me or something?
- Reed: ...Good god, no.
- Nino: Then, want me to stab Aria and fix her wounds up?
- Reed: No!
- Aria: N-no!!!
- Nino: Then how do you want me to do it!
- Reed: I don't know, use your freakin' imagination, it's your ability!
- Reed: Just don't talk so gleefully about cutting people.
- Nino: Haha! I was just kidding, don't freak out!
- Nino: But what do you want me to do, for real...
- Nino: Try heal-touching some plants, or food, or... people?
- Reed: Oh, there, see? You're doing it. Good job.
- Nino: Doing what!?
- Reed: The imagination thing. Just act on the ideas you have!
- Reed: That's... how abilities work. Right?
- Aria: Correct! The best way to learn what it can do, is to use it more.
- Aria: It's also the way to get better at it, of course!
- Meimona: Yeah, let's try these ideas out later, why not!
- Aria: As long as it doesn't involve people-stabbing...
- Nino: It won't, it won't! That was a joke!
Nino: Are you really gonna leave Reed by, according to his wishes? I mean, you probably won't.
- Reed: Though the research concerns monsterkind it's still vital to humankind.
- Reed: Humans would've gotten all credit if the professor accomplished anything.
- Reed: But I guess, the fact that Five is here, healthy and cheerful...
- Reed: Means that he did succeed in some way at the end, without knowing it.
- Reed: Really, who would've known...
- Reed: That the first and only success of his was here all along.
- Reed: And it looks like he was too late to see it.
- Nino: Reed, about that, let me just say...
- Nino: ...Actually, wait. First of all.
- Nino: Please excuse the potential disrespect for your dad here, but-
- Reed: You can disrespect 'em all you want.
- Nino: Oh... uh... I really might offend you here, though.
- Reed: Don't care. Out with it already.
- Nino: O-okay, okay! Uhm, so!
- Nino: Not that I can make any sure-fire judgements of course, but...
- Nino: Doesn't most of this sound strangely unethical to you guys?
- Aria: We don't know what methods were used for treatment exactly...
- Aria: But I admit that it seems a bit worrisome.
- Aria: I feel that this might've involved dubious medical practices, at least.
- Meimona: Umm, and in the end, it sounded like Five was abandoned.
- Meimona: Honestly, I... really don't like thinking about that part!
- Aria: Yeah...
- Nino: Exactly! So I mean, with all that in mind...
- Nino: Is this really going to be okay?
- Reed: ...Yes, you will be fine.
- Reed: I know I told you that he's not the nicest person around.
- Reed: But you don't have to worry about it.
- Reed: I'll make sure it'll have nothing to do with you, nor ever get in your way.
- Aria: Um...
- Aria: We're not talking about ourselves, Reed.
- Reed: What?
- Nino: Yeah, I... I was asking about you.
- Reed: What...?
- Nino: I thought that was obvious.
- Reed: ...Why would you care what I do?
- Meimona: Umm, do you have a heart in there, little man?
- Meimona: 'Cause it doesn't sound like you do!
- Aria: We're worried, you know.
- Reed: Worried about... what?
- Meimona: YOU, dumbass!
- Reed: I didn't ask you to do that.
- Reed: So quit it.
- Meimona: Mmmmnope, don't think that's something you can just switch off, bro.
Nino: Press on.
Reed: If Nino did so, surely it's not a stretch that you chose to pursue your quest despite the dangers it posed.