Mimir: Animals are not worried about this kind of...
Her father cut off the owl’s twisted wing. The bird had taken herbs and was half-conscious; still, it shrieked and fainted. The man wrapped up the comatose owl and handed it to Skuld. The bird’s warm body palpitated, but the torn wound was still bleeding, slowly dying the bandages red. Skuld appeared pale while she held back her tears. The impact churned inside her heart. Her father pat her lowered head and said with a benign voice:
Mimir: As long as it lives, it does not lose its future.
Skuld could not help but apologize to her father. When Skuld climbed up the tree, her sole purpose was to prove that she can do what her elder sister can do. She did not know she would accidentally hurt the owl which was protecting its nest. At the time, she had no knowledge in her father’s situation. Neither did she have the idea that this would lead her father to share his godly power with her in advance, further depleting his dwindling power.
Mimir: Hold the scissors. I prepared this for you.
Mimir: Now, try to feel the elements around you
Mimir: and use them to release the power of this weapon.
Skuld had lived in the realm of Humans since childhood. Among her three sisters, she was the last to awaken her power; hence, she had paid more efforts in training than mortals. When the power of Gods began to alter her body and strengthened her, Skuld became one of the best warriors. However, Mimir shared his power too frequently and perished when its last drop was expended. People eulogized his sacrifice for peace and venerated him as the savant of the North. Skuld had difficulties adapting to the life without a father...Seeing her sunk in gloom, Urd beckoned Verthandi to help with Skuld’s work.
: Handle father’s last possessions and tame this power of sorrow.
: This book...
: Father left it to you.
Skuld opened the book. Inside it were Mimir’s predictions for the realm of Humans. The book listed numerous causes that led to misery and ways to avoid them. Skuld studied through the book and saw that the words assemble her father’s face. The pages began to blur. Skuld hastily closed the book so her tears would not wet it...
After a long preparation, the army of the North finally decided to join the battle. As daughters of the savant, Skuld and her two sisters had to hold the ceremony in preparation for war. She hurried to the forest and seek her second sister. When Skuld and Verthandi reached the city, soldiers had already lined up on the square. Her eldest sister, with elders of other clans, sat on the dais. She said with a seemingly angry smile to the second sister:
Urd: Come. Bless the brave warriors of the North in the name of our father!
Verthandi held Skuld’s hand and went up the dais. She looked at the crowd and suddenly pushed Skuld to the front.
: ‘You wretch...’
At the moment, the nervous Skuld could only recall the words her father used to encourage her.
: W...Warriors of the North!
: Maybe we are weak, maybe we have frequently encountered failure...
: But, even if we only possess fragments of my father’s power...
: We can still use it to attain our future!
: In the name of Mimir the savant!
Warriors: In the name of Mimir the savant!
Skuld turned her back against the warriors. Her eldest sister walked to her and held her in her arms. She hid her crying in the cheers of the crowd; and she cloaked her tears with her hug.
Skuld raised her giant scissors and put it under Odin’s cheek.
She remembered when Odin was young, he had asked her to instruct his soldiers. He had high-spiritedly vowed of his willingness to devote his life to the eradication of Demons. Among Mimir’s daughters, Skuld was the only one to see through his guise of pure intentions; she recognized that in reality, this was somehow related to the unfinished missions his close friend had started. Skuld wanted the young Odin to taste a bit of failure so as to let him know not to challenge one’s own fate. However, Odin was like a raging bull which knows nothing but to charge forward.
Skuld not only knew but also understood people’s destiny. Despite this, she decided to remain a bystander, only carrying out her duty at times of importance.
As the seal was cast, Odin received his destined ending. Skuld had seen this scene in her heart a thousand times and wondered if she should end Odin’s pain forever.
Urd: Odin finally has to receive his destiny.
Skuld: My sister, we cannot hold back.
Urd: In the past, he always thought himself as a hero.
Skuld: Do not hesitate. A berserk Odin is even scarier than the Dragon of Poison.
: Thank You.
Odin regained consciousness. Skuld’s sisters stepped back while she approached him. She raised her giant scissors and put it under Odin’s cheek. Odin’s face, twisted by the power of Gods, reflected in Skuld’s dark eyes. She tried to avoid his sight and would rather face the completely unconscious and berserk Odin.
Skuld: Shall I kill you?
Skuld maintained her usual calm voice, so her sisters could not discover the ripples in her heart. Now the seal was complete. If Odin was not willing to bear the eternal pain, he had to ask Skuld to cut off his remaining life.
: No. I shall live forever in the seal as a warning to others.
Skuld: You would prefer this?
: At least I still do not wish to give up.
Skuld: Odin, you do not have to do this.
Skuld: Do you know what lies ahead of you?
: I do. As Mimir and you have iterated.
Skuld slowly withdrew her scissors. The three daughters of Mimir turned at the same time and walked out of Enochian Tower. Skuld knew Odin’s future and thought she heard Odin say:
: I will be imprisoned in the tower forever, to be condemned by all spirits.