"....the pressure of his finger on the shoulder sent ripples of multiple colors under the skin. They fanned out and around the spot, and across his chest. He pressed the same hand on the man's abdomen and watched as colors chased across his torso. His hand hovered over the young man's cheek and he gave it a gentle nudge. Color chased color across his face."

”…他手指在肩膀上的压力引致多种颜色发送过皮肤的底层。它们从手指压下的一点四周扇出,慢慢移过胸口。用同一只手,他按了男子的腹部,然后看着色彩流动过他的躯干。他的手徘徊在少年的脸颊上并轻轻推了一下。颜色一个又一个追过他的脸庞。“

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Bright Morn of Issareth

昶始 - Chang Shi of Issareth

Bright Morn is a Calaryn, a dying race of all men, no women. If they are not killed in battle when young, they live to 200 and die naturally. To be reborn, a willing human woman, usually a wife, agrees to absorb their soul at their death; she then gives birth to them again.

As children they look like any other human child. That changes when they reach puberty and their Calaryn genes take over. Their wife-mother guides them through their changes.

Calaryns have their mothers' skin and hair color but when they come of age, multiple colors play across their bodies under the skin, like oil on water. The colors are affected by their emotions and physical well-being, so they learn how to control it to look like their mother's skin color.

Small wounds heal immediately, and they possess an awareness they can manipulate to sense what is around them. They also have exceptional physical abilities, making them extraordinary warriors.

As they grow older, past life memories intrude. On their 30th birthdays they become catatonic, spending a month lost in memories of the past lives they've already experienced. 

Bright Morn is an unusual Calaryn. His wife-mother died in childbirth. There was no one to teach him who or what he was except an aunt too shocked to find her brother-in-law was now her nephew. Unfortunately his mother didn't have time to teach her how to train him properly so she never did.

When he was 19 his aunt died and he left his village, not knowing what his future life would be. He became a warrior for hire, gleaning small pieces of information about Calaryns. Then one night, close to his 30th birthday, Old God found him, near death, bloody and injured, surrounded by ten dead thieves who thought they could steal his sword. Old God is also a Calaryn at 187 years old. He decides to teach Bright Morn who and what he is, what he can become and together they seek to find what he was.

昶始是觅寻人。觅寻族的天然结构是全男无女,现时已渐渐式微。如不在战场上不幸逝世,自然会在二百岁安亡。死前如有愿意的凡人女子或妻子应允收容他的魂魄,她便能生育于他;觅寻人就此重生。

童年时他们眼见像一般凡人小孩。发育期时,这会跟随觅寻族遗传的显现而改变。变迁中,他会被妻母指引。

觅寻人拥有母亲的皮肤发色,但成熟时皮肤底层会如水上的石油,飘游着似珍珠的光杂虹彩。皮肤的颜色会受到情绪和身体状况所影响,所以他们要学会控调到回复母亲的肤色。

小伤会立刻全愈;他们亦具有特殊的本领,能用于会意身边的环境。他们身手优异,因此他们是非同凡响的武士。

随着年龄的增长,前世的记忆就会侵入脑海。三十岁生日那天,他们便堕入迷睡状态,费一个月时间于前世已经历的回忆徘徊。

昶始是个不寻常的觅寻人。他的妻母死于分娩。身边没人教他他是什么身份来历。仅有一位被姐夫变成外甥这事实吓坏的阿姨。好不幸,他的妻母没有机会教她如何好好培训昶始,因此阿姨就被动地把他抚养。

十九岁时,阿姨去世后他便离开村庄行走江湖,对于未来不得而知。他萍踪无定地卖剑,途中点点滴滴地收取觅寻人的见闻。直到一宵,近他三十岁生日那天,老神路过遍体鳞伤,临终的他。昶始被十具尸体包围: 十个以为能偷走他的剑的土匪。老神也是觅寻人,一百八十七岁。他决定教昶始他的身世、身份、潜能,而他们张一起寻觅昶始的前身过世。

Translation by: M. Yim