I think I told you before that the academy system was designed to recruit talented people to fight the rising empire. I also said that students could get better jobs depending on how well they did in the academy. This is how the Holy Kingdom gained the strength to compete with the Empire.
But the question remains. What purpose does a man have for going to school if he doesn’t need a good job?
The significance of the academy as I mentioned before is only from the perspective of the so-called saintly heroes. That alone had no merit for the eldest sons of the nobles who had already been offered jobs.
Then what’s the advantage of attending the academy for the next generation of lords including the current lords?
One is that it is a place to communicate with other houses. There are times when we don’t even see each other if we’re on good terms with noble families or if we’re from different factions. The academy was a good place to make new contacts.
One is that we can recruit young talent. There are children here from all over the Holy Kingdom… some of them may have hidden talents. If you spend time as a student here you’ll have a better chance of recruiting them quickly.
One is to show the prestige of our house. If the next head of the house can show the others that he is a top achiever, he can show them that the future of his house is bright. In turn, it will increase the prestige of the house. This was an important point for a noble family that valued appearances.
One is that we can look into the archives of the royal court’s magical research. I won’t go into details now… but there is a system of seminars at the Academy. It’s almost the same as the one in your previous life. you can take over the royal court’s magical research. In exchange for disclosing the contents of your research, you can cooperate with the development of the palace and form a mutual relationship. Of course, you have to go through some procedures, but it’s worth it.
I am sure that there are some details, but I think that most of them will converge on these four points of interest.
Each student has a different reason for coming to the academy, but they all came here with a clear intention.
You’re so big.
Orca lets out an impressed squeak.
The front gate of the academy. We got off the carriage and looked ahead at the magnificent grounds of the academy. We felt as if there was another city inside the capital.
That’s right. We’re gonna house every 16 to 18-year-old in the country. You can’t run a school without that kind of capacity. I think there’s over 120,000 kids in a school year. With over 300,000 students alone, it’s a big city.
If we’re not careful, we could get lost.
Kalon, who like Orca had rolled his eyes at the vastness of the site, muttered in horror.
It sounds like a joke, but it’s not wrong. In the original game, there was a minefield called the “lost end”. If you get lost without the student handbook, which has a detector attached to it, it would be a disaster. That’s why, right after entering the school, you’re advised to carry the student handbook every day.
Well, it’s too unnatural for me to talk about it, so I’ll leave it to the graduates to explain.
There’s a few victims a year.
The samurai had been talking, but now Theon opened his mouth and began to talk about the dangers of realistic distress.
Karon and Orca’s cheeks were drawn back when they heard this. Nina’s tail wilted slightly, though it didn’t show on her face.
I’m gonna burst out laughing.
Don’t be so scared… as long as you don’t forget your student handbook. Besides, even if we get lost we’ve got the Magick Magickle, right?
Magickle” is the general term for a series of improved [telepathic] magical devices. In fact, in the past six years it has been equipped with a variety of magic functions such as a message transmitter and a camera, making it like a smartphone from a previous life.
As a result, Kalon, Orca, Nina, and Minerva, like the youths of today, no longer have the Magick Magickle in their hands.
I went too far with Noma. I’m sorry, but I don’t regret it. It’s good to have a way to communicate with them, and they’ve kept their moderation. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.
I’ll leave you to it.
Which means we’ll never get lost. We’re enchanted for tracking, so we can pick you up right away.
Kalon and the others, who had apparently forgotten about the existence of the Magikuru, were relieved to hear that. That’s how overwhelmed they were by the enormity of the school building.
“Look. We’re just gonna get stuck in here and get in trouble. Let’s get the hell inside.
Many students are overwhelmed by the vastness of the school just like us. Hence, a large crowd had formed in front of the main gate.
But I don’t think that’s the only reason there’s so many of them. I’m pretty sure our presence has something to do with it. Because they’re looking at us with a variety of emotions.
Basically contempt for the colorless me or passion for the four beauties. But the look in some well-informed people’s eyes was awe.
Listen carefully and you will hear.
That’s the Countess.
“The lord of a fiefdom that’s on the rise.”
“He beat the saint. I can’t believe it.
“Don’t say that, you idiot.”
That’s what I’m talking about.
Perhaps your parents gave you strict orders. Stay away from Count Foranada or you’ll be flirting with him.
It’s no secret that Foranada is the most prosperous city in the world. It’s only natural that a noble family with such reliable sources would be in awe of me.
If you don’t act badly, I won’t bother to poke you. I’ll allow you to watch from a distance.
But I don’t feel comfortable being exposed to those unkind eyes forever. I wanted to leave as soon as possible.
Kalon and the others seemed to be a little tired of all the attention around them and nodded in agreement to my suggestion. The former student Xion leads the way into the school grounds.
The school has its own horse-drawn carriage service. It’s only natural considering the size of the grounds. There are also shared rides like buses and trains, but we nobles use the chartered ones.
We’re going to the main auditorium. It’s more like an opera house. It’s big enough to hold the whole school. That’s where the entrance ceremony is held.
The rank and file wait in private rooms upstairs while the commoners sit in a row on the ground floor. This is a true representation of feudal society.
We arrive at the private room assigned to Foranada and look down at the stage where the curtain is still down while enjoying the tea made by Xion. The first floor seats inevitably came into view as well, and we could see that there were a lot of people stirring and moving around.
“Oh, by the way…”
Suddenly, I remember.
“Dan and Miria got in, too.”
Common children from the capital of Foranada. They’ve been my friends since I was a child and I’m sure they’ll be starting school this year.
Since I’ve been on the stage, I’ve had so few chances to see them that I’d completely forgotten they existed. Kalon and Orca had visited them often, and I’m sure you know what they’ve been up to.
Sure enough, they had information about Dan and the others.
“You left about a month ago.”
Three weeks ago, to be exact. He said we’d have a week to see King’s Landing.”
It’s a natural conclusion. It’s a world with no infrastructure. Unless you’re a trader or a gambler… it’s not every day a commoner gets the chance to leave his home. Foranada has made great strides in development… but there are still some things only a royal city can offer. I can just picture the two of them having a good time.
“I hope he doesn’t get too excited and be late for the entrance ceremony.”
“No such blunder… I’m not so sure.”
“I don’t care if Tarla’s with them, but I’m not sure if it’s just the two of them.”
Karon and Orca laugh and agree with me.
Dan and Myria have clear and pleasant personalities, but they also have the disadvantage of being too easygoing and rough around the edges. Normally, Tala would be there to rein them in, but she wasn’t, being a year younger. That made me very uneasy.
I’ve got one more thing for you to track.
I’m too worried to relax at this point, so I’m going to use my detection technique to find them. I’m constantly deploying it, but it takes a bit of concentration to pinpoint an individual. Especially in a place where there are over a hundred thousand people.
I was originally going to check on the hero’s current condition, so let’s just get it over with.
You’ll be able to find them.
Their reaction was immediate and complementary.
Dan and Milia were outside the hall. They were running in a hurry, as if they had overslept or something. Well, it’s not far from here, and they’ll make it in time for the start of the entrance ceremony.
Yudai was seated right in front of the stage. His best friend Roth and the heroine Marina were sitting next to him.
I’ve heard regular reports, but it’s growing. It’s a good mix of magic. At this rate, I don’t think we’ll have any problems with the rest of the tutorial. I’m relieved.
But there’s one thing that bothers me. Marina’s magic is strange. I mean, it’s not that big of a deal. Is it dense?
It’s not something I’m in a hurry to investigate, but it’s something you might want to keep in mind. I’ll look into it later.
Just after we finish looking for the three of them, we get a last minute hit on someone interesting. He was just within visual range, so we check him out as well.
There was an ordinary girl in the crowd downstairs. She had a pretty but ordinary face, not as flashy as Karon and the others. She has greenish brown eyes and straight, semi-long brown hair. Her eyes are a little unusual, but nothing special.
But she’s no ordinary person. She’s one of the rarest people in the hall… or in this world, for that matter.
Because that girl is the heroine of the “Chronicle of the heroes of the East and West” and the arch-enemy of the villainess Karon.
The actors are all on stage in the name of the school. The opening of the game begins immediately.