Katariona Becomes a Member of the Mofu God
“I was supposed to have been executed and died. Why the heck has time gone back to when I was seven? I don’t have a clue, but this is a chance for me to start over,” I mumbled to myself, I take a walk in the forest near the mansion. After three days of my unexplained fever, I was rushing to recover. Thus, I decided to take a walk for my body to adjust. Unconsciously, it seems that I wandered into the forest while thinking.
This forest is covered with miasma, so it is off-limits. This being the case… I decided to enter the forest because I wanted to try something out. I started sending my magical power to a dead tree full of miasma, which causes the tree to shine, and the surface of the tree becomes glossy. The leaves attached also restore their original lush appearance.
The Kingdom of Findalia, where I was born, is said to be a “country protected by God.” It is the largest and most prosperous land on the continent.
From the time of your birth, everyone from royal aristocrats to the commoners in this country will be bestowed magic by God and can use some type of magic. There are six types of magic: Fire, Earth, Wind, Water, Light, and Darkness. Those with the attributes of Light and Darkness are rare, so they receive special treatment.
In rare cases, there are non-attributed people, but they have the potential to wake up their magic late or receive magic directly from God.
My attribute is Light that can restore dead plants, cure human illnesses, and heal injuries.
At the age of ten, there is a ritual to be appraised for your attributes. This Light magic wrecked my life. Now, there are three years until the ceremony, so I’m trying to find out if I can change my attributes somehow.
Now that time has rewound, I want to live peacefully this time.
While I was thinking of various things, a strange creature appeared from behind the grass. It has a lion’s head with a snake tail, and on its back are terrifying black wings.
“This is rare. I didn’t think any humans still had the Light attribute Sacred magic.”
“The chimera talked!”
Some chimeras are highly intelligent, so it wouldn’t be strange for it to understand the human language…
“I’m not a chimera. I’m this forest’s god, but since the forest became so full of miasma, I ended up looking like this…”
“That’s right. Daughter of man, you came just in time. Can you lend me your Sacred magic?”
“Sacred magic? My attribute is Light.”
There are derivative magics in the four elemental attributes along with Light and Dark, but I have never heard of Sacred magic.
“It’s lost magic. I thought the humans in possession of it had disappeared …”
I approach the chimera, who calls himself the god of the forest and hold my hand over its head, causing the chimera to shine.
“This is my first time in like, what, 200 years to return to this figure? Thank you, daughter of man.”
The forest god, who had returned to his original form, was in the form of a white lion. The mane shines silver and flutters in the wind. The wings are white like an angel, and the eyes are blue on the left and golden on the right.
I’ve never seen such a beautiful beast. It’s just like a god. I was fascinated by the forest god for a while.
“By the way, child of man. You seem to have been pondering about something?”
“Yes. I was wondering if I could change my attributes.”
“Change attributes? With such wonderful magic, is there any reason for you to want to change it?”
I was wondering if I should tell the truth. Sinc, the other party, is a god, so he might believe me. I recounted to the forest god of the forest how time went back and how I was starting my life over.
The forest god of the forest silently listened to me.
“What a poor thing, you were charged guilty for an innocent crime. Human beings have always been such cruel creatures.”
The forest god is shedding tears. God is crying? I just saw something very unusual…
“I want to spend my life peacefully, so I want to change my attributes before three years…”
The forest god nods “Fumu” and dexterously raises one hand, placing it on his chin.
Yikes, he’s basically posing in a prideful look.
“Then, be my genus. Because I am the god of the forest, I can use Creation magic.”
“What is Creation magic’? I’ve never heard of it. What kind of magic is it?”
“It’s lost magic, like Sacred magic. As the name implies, you can create things. For example, like this.”
When the forest god put his hand on the ground, buds sprouted out of nowhere, and flowers started blooming in the blink of an eye. The rainbow-colored flowers are the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen.
“Wow! It’s like Plant magic!”
“In the human world, it’s called Plant magic. It’s not just plants. You can also create animals, but it’s limited to the animals in the forest.”
Plant magic is one of the derivative types of the Earth attribute. I’ve seen it used by the gardeners and others. This is so cool!
“I’ll become a member!”
“In order to make a contract, you should kneel in front of me.”
Following the forest god’s instructions, I kneel down on my knees and join my hands to start praying. When the forest god puts his hand on my head, it feels like a paw. Hooray! So soft! No! Why am I thinking of such thoughts? My mind starts to wander off…
Suddenly, I feel a surge of power flowing inside of me.
“Now the contract has been formed. By the way, Daughter of Man. What is your name?”
“I am the daughter of Marquis de Grandeur. My name is Katariona Yulia Grandeur.”
After standing up and doing a curtsy, I introduced myself in a lady-like manner.
“Katariona? Good name.”
“May I ask you for your name, forest god?”
“I don’t have a name. You can call me whatever you like.”
While looking at the forest god, I start to contemplate. White silver fluffy mane… His whole body is also covered with fluffy white hair… fluffy. Fluffy…
“…Isn’t there a better name?”
“Then, I’m calling you… Leon, because you’re a lion.”
“Leon. Hmm… It sounds good. Katariona, you are responsible for taking care of me starting from today.”
Eh? Mofu god. Doesn’t taking care of Leon mean taking him back to the mansion?
“You are welcome to come to my home. But I’m afraid the family will be surprised to see you since you’re a lion.”
Leon-sama huffed and pondered a bit, then popped his hand.
“What kind of animal do you prefer?”
“Can you make yourself smaller?”
“Mh. Wait a bit.”
After the buzzing sound, a white, fluffy, long-haired cat-shaped beast was revealed. It also had small white feathers grown on the back.
“Kyaa~ So cute! Mofumofu!”
Lifting up Leon, I bury my face into his fluffy hair. When I scratch under Leon’s chin, he rumbles, tucking his chin.
“This is very ticklish. Katariona, stop it. Wait, no. It’s surprisingly comfortable. Keep going.”
“Yes, Leon-sama. Also, please call me Rio. My family calls me by this nickname.”
“I understand. Rio, I’m looking forward to working with you.”
Thus, I became a member of the Mofu god, aka Leon-sama. Also, in this way, I will be identified with Earth or Plant magic instead of Light magic in the ritual. In this life, I will live in absolute serenity. I will not be the fiancée of His Royal Highness by mistake.
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On the way home with Leon, Leon turned to me and opened his mouth. Kyaa! This gesture is also cute. It makes me want to fluff again.
“Rio. Since your life has restarted, haven’t you ever thought of taking revenge on those who betrayed you?”
I shake my head violently.
“There will be no such thing as revenge! Revenge comes with a risk of my family getting executed like in my past life. Rather than that, living like this is much better, okay? I just want to spend time with my family peacefully, avoiding anything to do with them.”
That’s why I wanted to change my magical attributes. When my attribute was judged to be Light magic, I became the fiancée of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince. I want to avoid that at all costs!
Leon pats my head with his Mofumofu hands. The feel of his paws is irresistible.
“Because of your beautiful soul color, the god of light must have blessed you. Well, since you’re now a part of my family, your attributes have changed.”
“Eh? Is there a god of light? Perhaps, are there also other gods?”
“There are. Besides me, some gods are wandering around the earth, and some reside in the world of gods. Gods belonging to the four attributes give magic to people they like, but the god of light and the god of darkness are very capricious. They rarely bestow magic.”
Wandering around… Is there a god in that area? Thinking about it, I was wandering around in the forest when I found Leon, and Leon is the god of the forest. Next time I find a divine person or beast, let’s worship.
The light shines through the gaps between the trees, and it starts to grow brighter. When my vision opens up, I can see the house of Marquis de Grandeur.
“Leon, my house is now in sight. I don’t know if it’s worthy of a god, but please make yourself at home.”
“Umu. It’s a fine mansion. I remember that Rio is an aristocrat. The Marquis Grandeur brings back memories from long ago. By chance, does this have something to do with your family?”
“Have you ever met my ancestors?”
“…that was around 200 years ago.”
Leon didn’t talk about my ancestors, so I didn’t ask. Will he tell me about them someday?