Chapter 36: Truth (2)
The group of quirky characters headed straight south rather than return to the inn for a night’s rest. They crossed through the mountain, stopping at the foot of a steep hill.
Kailar found out the swordsmen ate very little. He thought it good. Priya’s stomach was a different sort of monster. The food which he planned to give to Dinessa and the others were instead handed to Priya. Though she despised the taste of the food, she ate them unwillingly. Besides, it eased her panging hunger.
“It’s really a big stomach…” Kailar shook his head. Moving the thoughts aside, he waved his hand. Soon, a cluster of twelve pure white lights surrounded him. The view was… beautiful.
He closed his eyes and whispered sorts of intangible words which led to the white lights dispersing in all direction. Thereafter, his eyes fluttered open—soon finding himself caught by a question plaguing him since coming to the small town village.
“First of, what is a Claymore?”
“Claymores are groups of warriors who exist for the sole purpose of hunting demons. Our blood and flesh are mixed with theirs. And… we are the Organization’s Big Sword.” Sophia answered.
“So what is a demon?”
“It is a creature that has fed on human beings since ancient times.” Rola’s lips curved to a frown as she explained.
“So are there direct connections between the creation of the Claymore and the demon? Are you all going to be like that in the future?” Kailar pointed his finger towards Priya who was stuffing herself full.
“Although the shape of our transformation is different, almost all of the Claymores of the past can neither escape death or their fate called them to awaken, becoming the monster they fear. We call this the “Awakening”. We aren’t too fond of it.” Sophia laughed bitterly.
“Where’d the Claymores come from?” Kailar believed there were vague series of lines and connections that he could string together to collect information.
“From the Organization. The Organization searches for orphans in towns destroyed by demons from all over the country. They are trained until they are deemed ready to go out to the world, officially becoming the Claymore of the Organization. Each Claymore is responsible for protecting a person or protecting a region and clean up the demons in the area.”
“All right.” Kailar breathed deeply. “So, let me sort this out.”
“The existence of demons is an abnormal thing… though I’m not sure why, but let me make a hypothesis first. If demons are controlled by someone….”
Then surely those who control the demons would certainly destroy a town and leave the children out…
And the children who by chance were spared of their lives would be taken in by the Organization and indoctrinated to become their Swords…
But then because of their methods, the Claymore will turn to a demon…
And in return will kill human beings again…
A never-ending cycle…
Towns are wreaked havoc upon. Many are killed yet the children are spared. They become the Organization’s Sword.
But what benefits would this bring the Organization?
Kailar sighed and caressed his hair. He dwelt over the matter regarding the Organization and Claymores. “The Organization should have the means to control the demons. They’ll kill your parents, then take you away to cultivate as their Sword. Finally, you become theirs but soon you’re fated to become the thing you fight against. Then, it just repeats. Rinse and repeat. New batches of the Claymores are born again. But… what I don’t understand is that why does the Organization bother with these things?”
“There’s chances of a Claymore getting rid of their evil spirits.” Said Enili. Her response caused Kailar’s eyes to lit up. “Money is easy. The higher you’re in power, the more money you bring in, but it’s the most important one… there is something else that they have their attention placed upon, otherwise going through the troubles of destroying towns would be too much of a hassle. So long as they themselves provide an endless stream of incomes, then they’d surely have more chess pieces, more variable to play to achieve their goals.”
“The Organization is not from this country.” Dinessa finally spoke the truth. “I’ve been number one for far too long and hence I’ve heard many things about the Organization. When I left the training base which was not too far from the center of the Organization, I’ve heard vague conversations from the Organization. From my standpoint, they don’t seem like our people.”
“Ah… that’s right!” Kailar’s eyes jumped. His eyes were like a brightly lit star. “If they were not our people, they’d have no problems sucking us dry; they’d have no problems freely using and experimenting with our people; they’d have no problems with the lives of our people…. bastards!”
Kailar blurted out his first curse words. “A group of goddamn assholes! When I grow up, I must destroy this Organization!”