Wawel was one of the gigantic dragons Cooper created with the gemstones left by Elder Gods. The three gigantic dragons each had their own personality, and took different roles on Cooper’s journey. Compared to Pilatus and Piasa, Wawel was more forceful, and would easily be blinded by his own thoughts. If he thinks something should be done, he would endeavor until it is accomplished.
On their journey, the dragons shared various information and opinions. But on many occasions, Wawel deemed Cooper indecisive; she never punished those who had done evil, and she never tended to those who were virtuous. Every time Wawel questioned Cooper, she would smile and ask:
Cooper: Well, what is virtue? And what is evil?
Wawel: Hurting others is evil. And not retaliating even when one is being hurt is virtuous.
Cooper: Someday, you will understand.
Upon finishing her sentence, Cooper turned to leave; only Wawel was left bemused as he watched Cooper’s departure. He was sometimes annoyed by Cooper’s ambiguous answers. “Why would she not finish what was on her mind?” However, Cooper deemed explanation meaningless; answers should come those who had the question.
Once, they saw a group of Humans bullying fire elves. Being righteous, Wawel hurried over to help the elves.
With Wawel in their way, the Humans could only retreat. And the fire elves also departed after expressing their gratitude.
Some time later, Wawel and his companions passed through a village. All the houses were left in burnt ruins; surviving villagers cried helplessly. Upon investigation, Cooper learnt that the entire village was set ablaze by fire elves overnight, reducing the villagers’ homes to ashes...
Helpless Villager: We tried to get rid of the fire elves by hiring ascetics, but they didn’t complete their job!
The village had been harassed by fire elves for years. The villagers had once tolerated their mischievous behavior; but as they grew increasingly bold, the villagers sought help from the ascetics. However, what the villagers did not know was that the ascetics were long driven away by Wawel, leaving a chance for the fire elves to return and burn down the place.
The dreadful scene and villagers’ wail had triggered Wawel to reflect on the relationships between matters, and the boundary amid virtue and evil.
Wawel only had a blurred and limited understanding of virtue and evil. He judged others merely by what he saw and heard, prompting his failure in seeing the whole picture, and hence could not understand the cause and effect of situations. Cooper had long realized this weakness of Wawel’s, and thus, had attempted to guide his way of thinking. But Wawel was too headstrong to heed her advice. Gradually, Cooper changed from lecturing him to allowing him to learn for himself.
Wawel neither understood nor recognized Cooper’s thoughts and ideas. But one day when he saved fire elves from a group of ascetics, he indirectly cost villagers their homes and even loved ones. It was not until then did Wawel reflect on Cooper’s words. Once, as the vexed Wawel flew across a ridge, a peculiar cry suddenly rang. Focusing his sight, Wawel saw a slime standing at a cliff, encircled by children...
Wawel: ‘Should I go and help it? But what if it has done something wrong and deserves this, just like last time? Won’t I be repeating my mistakes?’
Cooper: You have now learnt to question yourself instead of letting your emotions control you.
Cooper: Listen, my friend! And you will find the answer you seek.
Naughty Girl: This is fun! No matter how we hit it, it doesn’t fight back!
Curious Girl: Ask it to jump down! I want to see if a strange creature like that will die of falling!
Self-centered Girl: You! Jump! I’m losing my patience!
Wawel: Stop it, now! A creature is a life. It is not something for you to toy with! If you do not stop and reflect on your actions, I will personally teach you a lesson!
Naughty Girl: Oh no! Scary dragon!
Curious Girl: The world is dangerous!
Egoistic Girl: I’m telling my dad! You be careful!
After driving off the girls, Wawel flew towards the trembling slime. He carefully wrapped his tail around the slime and handed it to Cooper. The latter tenderly stroked the slime to soothe its emotions and soon, a smile spread across the slime’s face.
Wawel: Be more careful! And don’t get captured again!
As Wawel watched the slime’s departure, myriad thoughts surged from within...The boundary between virtue and evil was still unclear. Right and wrong remained unclarified. What Wawel was certain of was that he needed more answers, but he may have to do it alone.
Therefore, he embarked on a journey alone after discussing it with Cooper. Wawel hoped that the answers to his questions awaited at the end of his path.
Questions surged within Wawel as he journeyed with his brethrens. He had thought virtue and evil could be easily distinguished, but as he gained experience along his journey, he began to grow confused with situations’ true nature. What is absolute “right”, and what is absolute “wrong”? What is pure “virtue” and what is pure “evil”? He still could not differentiate between them.
Wawel had learnt from Cooper that to conclude a situation, he needed to understand a situation from every angle. However, despite his efforts to rationally read a situation, he still failed to understand the happenings in the realm as clearly as Cooper. Wawel would feel lost whenever he had to judge a situation. Therefore, he decided to part with his companions and embark on a journey alone. He thought this would provide him with a better opportunity to learn about the realm and the creatures within it.
Wawel experienced a lot. He traveled to secluded villages, and observed prosperous cities. The journey began to tell him that for every effect, there is an equal and sufficient cause. There is virtue in all evil, just like there is evil in all virtue. Nevertheless, this only expanded the doubt Wawel felt.
Therefore, he hid in a cave and meditated. After years of contemplation, vigorous shaking suddenly came from outside the cave. The vibration interrupted Wawel’s thoughts, forcing him to investigate. Just as he stepped outside, Wawel saw a swarm of Demon soldiers garrisoning there. Before he could understand the aim of their visit, an immense pulse of magic shot at him. Wawel could only raise his claws as protection...
Mere Demon soldiers would naturally be no match to Wawel, but their leader, a Demonic Savant, was no pushover. He was especially powerful and easily gained the upper hand in the fight. Although Wawel also had immense power, he remembered Cooper’s instruction as not to utilize it fully. That is because what resided within Wawel was the power of Elder Gods; if he does not use it carefully, he will destroy the entire realm. Therefore, he must contain his own power, and fight the Demonic Savant using minimal force.
Demonic Savant: How interesting! A big lizard with Elder Gods’ power, huh? I’ve been watching you. Now give me your power!
Wawel: How did you know of us? We should be unknown to this realm!
Demonic Savant: Ever since one of you that reduced poor Humans into ashes, I have learnt of your existence.
Demonic Savant: I haven’t had a chance to seize your power, but you, unwise dragon, had left your companions. You yourself have given me this chance!
The Demonic Savant shot powerful magic missiles at Wawel one after another, and the latter could only parry the attacks with his claws. But the Demonic Savant suddenly neared and stretched out his hand towards the gemstone on Wawel’s chest; Wawel felt his power being absorbed, and just as he was about to fall into unconsciousness, Cooper’s voice rang out, murmuring a spell Wawel did not know. Upon hearing it, he collapsed and returned to the form of a gemstone.
Cooper gazed at the crack on Wawel’s gemstone she was holding. Regret surged; she had never thought this would be the result of letting Wawel travel alone. Soon, the gemstone radiated blinding light and when it dissipated, Wawel’s gemstone was nowhere to be seen...
Since Wawel’s departure, Cooper and the other two gigantic dragons had been following him stealthily. However, not even they had noticed that the Demons were targeting Wawel. When they finally realized something wrong, they hurried to Wawel, but was too late to stop the seizure of his power, which left a permanent crack on his gemstone.
Even though the Demonic Savant failed to capture all of Wawel’s power, he did not intend to let go of the immense power of Elder Gods and hence, he shifted his aim to Cooper, Pilatus, and Piasa. Just as the Demonic Savant started approaching Cooper, Pilatus and Piasa swiftly dashed in front of her, menacingly staring down the Demon.
The Demonic Savant charged at Cooper, but no sooner than he started his charge, Piasa darted towards the attacker, swinging his gigantic claws. The Savant quickly evaded the attack, but Pilatus had already flew above him and lashed down his tail, knocking the Savant to the ground.
He immediately rose back to his feet, but the awkwardness of his movement suggested that he was not uninjured. From the short skirmish, the Demonic Savant had realized that he could not rival them as a group. Though he desired the Elder Gods’ power, he still had to retreat for the moment.
Some time later, to prevent Fafnir from getting power of the Elder Gods, Cooper had to seal the dragons back into the other four gemstones before they scattered to different places on the realm. Wawel landed on the river of underworld, and was placed at the hall by Hades, underworld’s ruler, as a guarding gemstone. Staying in the hall, Wawel heard myriad wailing from the souls of the deceased, and deeply experienced their hatred towards Gods. Wawel emphasized their feelings and hence, developed discontent towards the Gods.
When Cooper unsealed the dragons, Wawel was freed, and so was his suppressed anger. To confirm if the Gods were as inhumane and cold-blooded as the souls had told, Wawel forced Hades to immediately lead him to the Gods.
Under Hades’ lead, Wawel arrived at the Gods’ hall. He was greeted by a fierce fight between Gods and Humans. Not knowing the reason behind the conflict, Wawel stood by and observed instead of taking any actions.
Apollo, God of Holy Light: Contemptible Humans! You dare barge into our sacred hall, and self-righteously attempt to defeat us? Have you grown tired of your life?
Summoner: Maybe we won’t be able to truly hurt you, but we’re not going to stand aside and watch you destroy the realm, our home!
Wawel: Well said! Even without immense power, if one is determined enough, power will bestow itself upon the one!
Wawel: Since this is a war to protect the realm, Summoners, I shall be your power and offer you my help!
Wawel entered the battlefield and fought against the Gods by the Summoners’ side. All of a sudden, a pulse of overwhelming light elemental power shot at Wawel, prompting him to immediately conjure dark elemental power in defence. The two power pulses impacted and nullified each other before Wawel looked towards the source of the attack. Not far from him stood two gigantic dragons who also possessed the power of Elder Gods.
Fafnir: Interesting! I have never thought Cooper’s toy would be here.
Fafnir: If you are here...Is Cooper here as well?
Wawel: Hmph! She is not here, but I can handle you all by myself.
The three dragons, each possessing power of Elder Gods’, conjured their elemental power as they charged at each other. Gods and Humans could only observe from the side, and none dared interfere in the fight. It was as if the fight was happening between the Elder Gods themselves...