One evening in early summer, a peculiar excitement pervaded the streets of central Bisden after rumors spread of an arm wrestling contest being held at the Whales' Boneyard, the most popular pub in those parts. It was an appealing proposition to those confident in their strength.
The only restriction for the arm wrestling contest is weight; only humans or Astromons weighing 150kg or less can enter. Of course, there are very few humans who weigh more then 150kg, so it is the same as though there were no restrictions. Once the sun set and the tournament was soon to begin, a rowdy horde of strapping young men, mercenaries, and spectators gathered at the Whales' Boneyard.
"The tournament began with 64 contestants, but in the end only one remained standing. To everyone's surprise, it was a skinny young girl. Of course, she was obviously toned and well-trained, but compared to the many men over 100kg, she was small. And yet, none of her matches took longer than a second. For her prize, she received two barrels of top-quality homebrew that she immediately shared with everyone at the Whales' Boneyard that before disappearing..." "Well, what do you think? That's one of the more famous legends of our pub." "Is it true?" "Is it true...? Everyone in Bisden knows the story!"
A humanoid Astromon living in snowy regions, the Yeti excels in hand-to-hand combat thanks to her extraordinary physical capabilities. She is able to nimbly evade enemies' attacks while unleashing devastating combos with her two large hands.
Bigfoots are excellent at using the terrain to their advantage, and will often lead powerful predators in avalanche traps.
Despite their slender appearance, Sasquatches possess Herculean strength. When seeing one in the wild pick up a giant boulder, it is important not to be too amazed, or you may end up flattened beyond recognition.
"Clench two fists and...time for stretching! One, two, one, two! Gotta make sure you stretch or you'll get hurt!"
"If you jump into working out without properly stretching, you might pull something. On a day like today with such a big match, you wanna be sure that doesn't happen!"
"You wanna know how I dodge the enemy's attack like I do? It's because I'm flexible! You can do it too if you just keep stretching. Here, let me help. Sit like this...Then fold your toes...Ack! That didn't sound good. You okay?"
"Fire, water, and wood are all clearly parts of nature. But what about light and darkness? Can they also be considered part of nature? Scholars are largely divided into two camps regarding this issue. It depends how encompassing you thing nature is..."
"Light and darkness are fundamental. Does water or fire exist all the way out in space? Although we only have glimpses of what they knew, the Ancients proved there are no elements in the space that surrounds our planet. And can you not call space part of nature? Then what of light and darkness, which exist in space?"
"Of course, fire, water, and wood are not the only elements that make up our world. There are likely even other elements that haven't been discovered, but researchers are working to find them and expand our horizons. But broadly speaking, can't all things be divided into one of those three elements...?"
"You've got a lot of confidence in the Ancients and their literature. Many researchers, including me, don't believe such outdated writings. Even if what they wrote is true, it is impossible to think that our world is still exactly the same as it was so many years ago!"
"Unless someone actually enters Latecian space, there is no way to obtain solid proof. As we all know, it is not possible to go up into spa-" "Yet! Not possible yet!" "Excuse me! I believe I am talking. Please do not interrupt." "Quiet down, everyone." "Thank you, esteemed president of the academy. Anyway, I know how much you enjoy debating the pros and cons of theories with no observed evidence, but..."
"...Therefore, light and darkness really are just a part of nature. Your insistence that they aren't because they do not influence any other elements than themselves is simply preposterous." "You're being too dismissive!" "Stop being so smug!" -And, as with most academy meetings, this one concluded with a thick book, full of knowledge and research, being thrown across the room.