My name is Othniel Lemla. I am 18 years old and a rookie novelist in South Africa.
I began my story “The Last Heroes” on September the 4th 2020. It was mainly a manga I was working on, but due to my circumstances of still being a high-school student, I didn’t really find much time to keep the consistency. I started off doing a manga because of the Jump Tezuka two years ago, because I thought why not give it a try. Unfortunately I didn’t win (it’s a contest so…) mainly because I didn’t know the concept of one shots, and just through my story out there with a To Be Continued… , completely forgetting that one shots DON’T CONTINUE. And I always compared myself to the greater mangakas, like Echiro Oda and Masashi Kishimoto, and that’s when I ended the journeys of all-nighter and camera angles.
I love anime (HUGE FAN) and I’m intrigued with the power behind the roles of so many MCs, whether in a manga, anime or light novel. I’ve been keeping track of all the different aspects that make a main character who they are, what makes them so lovable and what is the main route to their final success?
So I decided to look through the variety of storyline, characters and heart-stirring moments to make a world of my own through my imagination. That’s when I came up with the idea of “The Last Heroes", a story I hope becomes very popular, and a world I hope (one day?) becomes a reality.
What is The Last Heroes mainly about?
This is a question that I usually get a lot. Well, the Last Heroes is about Ronins. They are the humans that’s were born with supernatural powers. Each consisting of elemental: Fire, Water, Earth and Wind. Some have sub-elemental: Lightning, Light, Darkness, Energy, Steel, Mud and all the others (too many to list down, sorry). And you will notice some have powers that don’t consist of any element, rather everyday materials or random powers that make them harder to kill. And I listed those as a “Mythical Prowess”. And in order for them to use these powers, they charge up the kinetic energy within them called spiritas.
The power system is one I hoped not to make extremely complicating compared to others. Another concept to keep in mind is the number of powers a ronin has. Humans do not have powers, but everyone has spiritas. That is what gives them the strength to defend themselves at some points. Normal ronins have one prowess, where some can have a mythical and be considered VERY dangerous. Other ronins have two prowess's, commonly two contradicting each other or a normal one and a mythical. These ronins are known as Hybrids.
Our main character, Tedashii Katsuno, is the only Ronin in his world (currently, he-he) that was born with three prowess's. Energy, Darkness and Wind. He gained Energy from his mother, Izanami Aoi, Darkness from birth and wind from his father.
At birth, he heard someone that he was a child born to be great one day. But this person considered his youth already over, and so set his goal in Tedashii’s mind. That one day he will become one of the members in F5, the main guild of the world. And so Tedashii had this in his thoughts all this time, hoping he can achieve it. And maybe one day, go back to that person and make them acknowledge his dream through him.
Background about some of the characters
Tedashii Katsuno (18/07/2005): Known as the ‘Blue Rose Dweller'. Born in an unknown region, growing up hoping to one day become a member of F5 and accomplish the dream of the man he remembers from his past. Currently forgot about his hidden prowess, so he keeps on relying on his Hakuraa to fend his everyday challenges.
Yuri Katsuno (23/02/2006): The first daughter of Giyora and Izanami. She is younger than Tedashii by one year. But unlike Tedashii, doesn’t have an Immortal, rather just a Wind Prowess user. She wants to enjoy her life, but first finish her education and finding a good boyfriend. Currently dating Sanji, which explain his relationship with Tedashii.
Konami Katsuno (18/07/2011): The youngest out of the Katsuno family. She is a ronin hoping to follow up to her brother’s footsteps and also become a member of the F5. She, unfortunately has the lowest amount of spiritas and only knows how to heal with her prowess. She also has an Immortal, but isn’t aware of it yet. Giyora believes that she isn’t ready yet to put her life on the line in battle, but he is only going to be surprised.
Sanji Misaki (28/02/2004): Born in Norwich Central Region, with his main aspiration to be better and stronger than Tedashii. Has the magnet and sword prowess, but still has a major length to go…if he ever wants to prove to Yuri what he is capable of.
Sasha Os-Blancos (28/08/2004): Also born in Norwich Central Region. The last born daughter of three girls under the Os-Blancos family. Her two older sisters both left for the Apprehension years ago, and unfortunately they did not return. That is why she hoped to reunite with them, and bring them both back home.
Izanami Aoi (5/02/1990): Mother of Tedashii, Konami and Yuri. Really caring and loves her children very much. She lost her Immortal, Hakuraa, the day she had her kids.
Suzuki Aoi (01/02/2005): The mute child Tedashii met in the Apprehension. His inability to talk is due to his prowess of Marco-Polo. So he deduced his habit to do so, and became used to communicating by humming,
I am going to make character information at the end of every volume. Each will always be six or more of the most relevant characters. Depending on their impact on the storyline, it will determine whether I will consider revealing a little more about the person.
Some may come out short, due to not wanting to reveal too much about that Character. Rather once I’m done introducing all the characters, I will then go back for some who needs to be known about more.
But I hope you enjoyed reading my light novel and that hopefully, you read the next one. I put a lot of time and effort on this, and it isn’t really easy to work, edit and illustrate on your own.
But thanks to you guys, I have a crowd to make all that work worth it all.
See you guys on the next one. And let’s go BEYOND OUR LIMITS!!
Next time on The Last Heroes: Warriors Against The Sinful!
Two thousand years ago in the Primal Region, an inevitable war broke out. Aliens, humans, and the 'special people' could not make amends. But the day one man stood in between the three species, peace was found at last. Later on the corrupted aliens and evil-doers soon struck out a devious plan to out-smart this man. He fell to his death in the end, and the humans lost their home: Legon City for 18 years.
Present time the 'special people' still live amongst the humans, and have joined forces to retain the city! And these special people are known as...RONINS!
(Official Release on: 25/07/2022)