Penguin Druid: Dodo, the ice is thin there. Be careful!
Dodo: No problem! I’ll lead the penguins to another path!
Dodo originally belonged to one of the tribes located in a cold tundra. However, Demons annihilated Dodo’s tribe; meanwhile Dodo, who was still a baby, was the only survivor. A Druid who was passing-by later saved him and took him away. Since that day, Dodo lived with the Druid and grew up under her care.
Although Dodo was still young, he already had harmonious relationships with penguins and often took care of them, which made the Penguin Druid feel a sense of relief. Watching Dodo peacefully grow up with penguins, the Druid realized he could be her successor, so she thought it is time to teach him all there was to know about being a Druid.
After building igloos and helping the penguins settle down, the Penguin Druid asked Dodo to come close...
Penguin Druid: Dodo, do you know what the power of nature is?
Dodo: Is it the magic you use?
Penguin Druid: It’s not magic. It is a precious treasure given to us by mother nature: the power to protect her.
Dodo: These ice scriptures are...?
Penguin Druid: Focus your mind and feel the power of nature. Resonate with it and then you can use it at will.
Under the Penguin Druid’s guidance, Dodo tried to conjure ice using his power of nature. However, it was perhaps his young age or lack of knowledge that made him unable to create any. Comparing the beautiful ice created by his teacher to his inability, Dodo could not help but feel disappointed in himself. The Druid patted his head and comforted him:
Penguin Druid: Don’t rush yourself. Take it easy. The most important thing is to connect your heart with every part of nature.
After watching the Penguin Druid return to her igloo, Dodo continued to practice until a storm struck. Over the following days, Dodo incessantly practiced how to feel and use the power of nature, but he never succeeded. When the Druid and adult penguins had to go look for food, she left the young ones for Dodo to look after.
The young Dodo and the penguins were of about the same age, so they soon became good friends and played together happily. Dodo felt so excited while playing that he wanted to demonstrate what the Druid had taught him, but no matter how many times he tried, he could not conjure any ice. All the little penguins tilted their heads in curiosity.
Dodo: I, I will succeed this time!
Along with Dodo’s determined declaration, a blinding radiance shone, prompting Dodo to close his eyes...When he opened his eyes again, he saw numerous ice pillars sticking out from the ground!
Finally being able to conjure the power of nature, Dodo jumped and shouted in excitement, but he then noticed that all the penguins were trapped inside the pillars. He wanted to withdraw his power and help the penguins, but no matter how he tried, the ice pillars showed no signs of change...
After learning how to use the power of nature from the Penguin Druid, Dodo practiced hard to master his skills. Later, when he was taking care of the little penguins, he finally conjured ice pillars, but all the penguins were trapped inside!
Dodo’s efforts to withdraw his power of nature was to no avail, leaving Dodo in a panic. He did not know what to do; he was afraid of being scolded by his teacher, but he was more worried about the penguins that are suffering with their lives on the edge.
At this juncture, the Druid returned with the adult penguins. The penguins held the food in front of their belly and were about to feed their children, but their beaks failed to pierce through the ice Pillars. They could do nothing, but watch their children across the barrier. Seeing the Druid, Dodo lowered his head and walked to her, knowing that he had done something wrong...
Dodo: I’m sorry...I just wanted to master the conjuration of the power of nature. I never thought this would happen...
Looking at Dodo’s regretful face and watery eyes, the Druid only sighed and said:
Penguin Druid: To effectively use the power of nature, you have to first resonate with nature. It is not a day or two’s work.
Dodo: I understand.
The Druid smiled and turned to the ice pillars. She put her hands on the pillars as she created dots of yellow light. The light floated into the pillars, causing them to glow like glittering gems. However, after a while, Dodo noticed that the Druid was frowning. The dots of light gradually disappeared but the ice pillars did not change at all.
Penguin Druid: Why is it...that I can’t break these ice pillars?
Penguin Druid: ‘Could it be that Dodo is more powerful than me?’
Dodo: Why can’t you melt them, teacher? What should we do?
Penguin Druid: These pillars were created out of your resonance with nature. Only you can melt them.
Dodo: ‘If teacher can’t do it, how can I...’
Seeing the little penguins grow weaker after days without food, Dodo could not help but become more anxious. Although the Druid was always there to guide him, his heart could not calm down, and this stopped him from resonating with nature.
Days went by and the ice pillars stood still, the penguins were exhausted and they began to fall one after another.
Dodo: Hang in there! I’ll save you!
Dodo put his hands on the pillars but they did not change. Left with no other choice, the agitated boy opened his arms and held the ice pillars, hoping to melt the ice with the warmth of her body. Just then, the ice pillars gradually radiated and cracks began to appear and... Bang! The ice pillars shattered into pieces. Exhausted, Dodo collapsed onto the ground, but before he lost consciousness, he was finally relieved to see the penguins break free from their long entrapment.
As Dodo grew, he acquired most of the Druid’s knowledge and mastered the skills, except for the penguin-morphing skill. The Penguin Druid thought it was the right time to let Dodo learn about his past, so she brought him back to where he was born, in hopes that from knowing his past could he clear his mind and learn to put down his hatred. She believed it was the only way for Dodo to truly grow as a Druid and master the penguin-morphing skill.
Fate is cruel. Demons once annihilated everything dear to Dodo, creating intense hatred in the young child’s heart. But under fate’s arrangements, the hatred-filled Dodo met a drowning Demon girl one day. Seeing the girl’s sinking figure, Dodo was caught in a dilemma: his hatred made him hesitate about saving her, but his kind nature pushed him forward.
At the critical moment, Dodo dived into the water and his determination to save the girl allowed him to successfully morph into a penguin.
It was his first time turning into a penguin, so he was not familiar with controlling his penguin limbs. He strained to swim to safety while holding the girl. When they reached the sea’s surface, Dodo pushed the girl onto land before dashing out of the water. He performed first aid treatment using his penguin wings, but the shape of the wings were inconvenient to press water out of her belly.
Dodo focused his mind and kept telling himself to morph back into Human. As he pictured his Human form, his limbs gradually changed back. A while later, the girl spat water from her mouth, but had not regained her consciousness yet.
Having no idea about how to restore her to life, Dodo could only bring the girl back to the Druid.
He carried her on his back and quickly slid on the ice, heading to the Druid's igloo.
Dodo: Teacher! Help her!
Penguin Druid: Wait outside. I’ll call for you later.
Dodo and all the penguins waited outside the Druid’s igloo. After a long time, the Penguin Druid finally poked her head out and told Dodo to come in and take a look. Dodo entered the igloo and saw the girl, who was wrapped in bandages, was sound asleep, indicating that she was safe.
Penguin Druid: Now I’ll go search for herbs edible for Demons. Her body is weak.
Penguin Druid: Please take care of her while I’m gone.
Dodo watched as the Druid’s figure vanished into the horizon before he went back to the Druid’s igloo. He sat beside the girl and observed her. For someone who has never seen a Demon before, Dodo was curious and was surprised to see that these cold-blooded murderers did not look that much different from Humans.
Just then, he heard the girl murmuring, “Water...” Dodo smiled and walked outside, planning to melt some ice into water for her. At that moment, he thought that perhaps not all Demons are bad.
However, when he returned with a bowl of water, the girl was already awake and crouching next to a penguin which was injured and bleeding. Filled with anger, Dodo dropped the bowl and channeled the power of nature, condensing the water in the air surrounding the girl into ice before shooting the chips of ice at her.
Dodo: You Demon! Go away! You’re not welcome here, evil monsters!
Dodo incessantly shot ice shards at the Demon; the girl was scared and ran away crying. When she completely disappeared from sight, Dodo furiously punched the ground and walked to the penguin to check on its condition...
Dodo saved a Demon girl from the freezing sea and brought her to the Druid for proper treatment. He had never seen a Demon before and deemed all of them evil. Just as he thought the girl was an exception, he saw her harm an innocent penguin! The angry teenager hurriedly conjured the power of nature to drive her off and checked the penguin’s condition.
Dodo carefully pushed aside the blood stained plumage and found a conspicuous bite wound with blood seeping out of it, which clearly indicated the penguin was attacked by a beast. Although he became doubtful about his accusation against the girl, Dodo still focused on tending the penguin’s wound. Even though it was a small wound, for an animal it could be fatal.
After taking care of the penguin’s wound, Dodo led the other penguins to another place to rest while he carefully observed the surroundings. Surprisingly, he found a secret hole near the penguins’ initial home. Dodo used fish as bait and shockingly lured out a seal!
As the seal popped out, Dod was frightened by it and fell onto the ground, allowing it to seize the bait and swim away. It was not until then did he realize: the seal assaulted the penguin and the girl came to help after hearing the penguin’s painful cry. When she drove off the seal, Dodo returned to coincidentally see the girl crouching next to the wounded penguin...It was a complete misjudgment.
Dodo was now angry at himself; how could he put the blame on her just because of her race? Afraid that the wounded girl, who cannot adapt to the freezing weather, might be in danger, Dodo decided to go search for her...
Penguin Druid: Hm? Where’s the girl? Dodo, where are you going?
Dodo: I’m going out to find he. I will explain everything when I return with her.
In the snow covered environment, any color other than white could be easily spotted. It did not take long for Dodo to find red dots on the ice.
Even though the color had darkened due to the chilly weather, he was sure it was blood.
After following the dots of blood, Dodo finally located the Demon girl, who had collapsed.
Dodo: Are you okay? Hang in there!
The girl fell unconscious again. After heaving a sigh, Dodo carried her on his back and slowly walked back to the Druid’s igloo. The Penguin Druid changed her bandage and feed her a bowl of concoction before the girl fell asleep again. After making sure that everything was alright, the Druid left the igloo and saw Dodo by himself crouching on the ice.
Penguin Druid: Can you tell me what happened?
Dodo glanced at the Druid and began confessing about how he thought all Demons were evil and misjudged the girl as the one who harmed the penguin. He realized that the culprit was not the girl only after scaring her away. The Druid quietly listened as Dodo acted like a child asking for punishment. Tears even began to stream down his face...
Dodo: I...have made a terrible mistake...Hatred...blinded me...and I thought...all Demons were evil...
Penguin Druid: Only by acknowledging one’s wrongdoings can one truly improve. The most important thing is to not make the same mistakes again.
When the girl woke up, Dodo immediately apologized to her. At first, the girl pretended to be angry, but later forgave him as she could see his sincerity. The two shook hands with each other and became friends.