A Returner’s Magic Should Be Special - Novel Chapter 95

A Returner’s Magic Should Be Special Novel


Chapter 95. Dungeon Attack (1)



It was the first day of the party competition. All  of the party leaders   headed   over   to   the   auditorium   for   an   orientation. Naturally, Desir was also on his way to attend this meeting.




Desir calmly looked around to check out the other participants. A tremendous amount of energy filled the room as all  of the party leaders gathered.  There was one strange thing about where the leaders chose to stand though. The Alpha and Beta  classes  grouped  up  and  naturally  kept  apart  from  each other, showing their obvious aversion to each other. It was as if an   invisible   wall had   divided   the   groups   of   nobles   and commoners. Desir shook his head at this spectacle.




A person walked up onto the stage.




“Welcome, Hebrion’s brave leaders.”




Pelsta, the World History professor exclaimed.




He  had  been  the  person  responsible  for  running  the  party competition  in  prior  years.  After  a  brief  greeting  he  started


talking about the format of this year’s competition.




“The theme of the party competition for this year is ‘Dungeon Invasion.’ The dungeons have three stages in total. The level of each stage is based on the same scaling as the Shadow Worlds. The first stage is Class 6, the second stage is Class 5, and the third  stage  is  Class  4.  If  you  judge  that  your  party  cannot precede any farther you may surrender. Your score will  reflect how far your party makes it before surrendering.”




Since Desir’ party had previously invaded a Class 4 Shadow World it should be a simple matter to clear this. However, this naive manner of thinking doesn’t reflect reality.




It  was  a  completely  different  situation  between  entering  a dungeon  with  prior  research  on  it,  and  entering  a  dungeon blind. If you had some basic idea of what the Shadow World was about  you  could  prepare  counter  measures  for  whatever  you were inevitably going to face.




“The party competition will be scored based not only on how fast and effectively each of you handle and clear the obstacles, but   also   how   team   members   take   their   roles   and   work cooperatively.”


Professor Peslta droned on.




He continued on with the boring instructions that everybody already knew well  in advance and had practiced against. Upon finishing his explanation he ended the assembly with a formal closing ceremony.




“So,  let  us  begin  the  party  competition  in  two  hours  from now.”




With  these  formalities  out  of  the  way  the  party  leaders dispersed. Handling sudden and unexpected events was part of the assessment, therefore the orientation had been held just a few  hours  before  the  competition  actually  started.  They  now had a few hours to get their parties ready.




Desir hurried back to his party members.




‘I participated in the party competition in my prior life.’




Desir  was  once  a  member  of  the  Beta  Class  party  and  had participated in the party competition. Therefore, he already had some of the information about it, but he couldn’t directly share


it with anybody. With that said, Desir had two hours to explain all of the rules to his party, just like other party leaders.




While   he   was   walking   and   contemplating   the   matter, someone approached Desir.




“Desir, do you have a moment?”




It was Prof.  Essenblanc.  The one who always carried a long sword as if it was permanently attached to his body.




“Sure, but not for long since the party competition starts in two hours.”




Desir casually responded with.




“Just a minute is fine.”




Essenblanc brought Desir to a corner where nobody could see them.  Only after checking their surroundings and confirming that there was no one in close-proximity to over-hear them, he continued to talk.





“Desir, you know that I have a huge expectation for you. The only person who can defeat the nobles is you. I know you have power but you don’t use it for yourself, but for commoners.  I respect that.”




Essenblanc spoke with a trace of passion seeping through.




Desir listened to him silently.




“This  is  a  good  chance  for  us  to  change  the  relationship between the nobles and the commoners. Let’s just say, it’s like a revolution.”




“Professor.”




Desir cut off Essenblanc.




It  was  true  that  Desir  wanted  to  change  the  relationship between  the  nobles  and  commoners,  but  his  perspective  was slightly different from Essenblanc’s.


Essenblanc didn’t mind and continued delivering his impassioned words.




“Some  of  the  Outsiders  that  attacked  the  Prillecha  Empire were part of the revolutionary army. What do you think about that?”




Essenblanc enquired.




Through  the  investigation  of  the  Outsiders,  some  of  the information   about   the   Prillecha   Empire   invasion   and   the Outsiders   had   managed   to   leak   and   spread   far   and   wide. Essenblanc probably obtained this information from that.




“I think they were wrong.”




Desir didn’t leave it at just that.




“The first intention that they might have had was right, but their intention right now is twisted so much that it has made their current actions completely wrong.  They harm people to achieve their goals. For this reason, they are nothing more than just terrorists.”





“It sounds like you agree with some parts of their intention. Don’t you want to cooperate with them? Even just a little?”




Desir shook his head.




“I never have and never will.”




As  Essenblanc  was  about  to  say  something  else,  someone called his name from the back.




“That’s enough, Prof. Essenblanc.”




It was Professor Vanquik, the one with the gorgeous beard.




Essenblanc saw the face and took his hand off his sword.




“… We’ll continue this conversation later.”




He said to Desir while turning around to leave.




Essenblanc nodded as an acknowledgement to Vanquik as he passed by him. Vanquik winked at Desir.




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[All party   competition   participants   please   come   to   the auditorium.]




Only one team representing each party can participate in the party competition and each group can have a maximum of six people.




Desir’s  party  has  seven  members  in  total.  They  decided  to exclude Len as he was the youngest member. When they arrived at the Shadow Auditorium they could see long Tv-like panels arranged in the area.  Professors would watch the participant’s performances through these panels and assess them.




Romantica tapped Desir’s shoulder and pointed in a direction.




“Look over there.”




Her finger was pointing at the professors who were staring at Desir.




It  was  somewhat  expected  that  all   of  the  professors  were highly interested in Desir as every action he made caused record breaking  results.  Not  only  students,  but  also  the  professors would now carefully watch Desir’s actions.




Desir had accepted the Beta Class students as new members to his party.  It was obvious why he took Beta Class members in when his original members were at top levels already.




It was to show-off the power of the commoners.




Prof.  Pugman  furiously  glared  at  Desir.  Desir  chuckled  in response.




“Don’t even bother with them. Let’s focus on what’s in front of us.  I just need to show them what we are capable of.  Then, they’ll all shut up.”




It  was  necessary  to  show-off  the  strength  of  Desir  and  his


party.  And it wasn’t his intention, but the calamity involving the  Outsider’s  invasion  of  the  Prillecha  Empire  had  already gained him some fame.




But  in  reality,  he  was  facing  a  big  wall   as  a  commoner. Hebrion Academy was truly the greatest educational institution of the various nations, but it wasn’t the best environment for commoners.




Desir felt that he could end this discrimination today.  There was no doubt that it could change how the world sees them, if he were to win the competition.




There was now only a little bit of time remaining. It was time to cease thinking about such lofty goals and instead prepare for the real enemy. Desir squeezed his hands into fists.




“Do you think we can win?”




Freechel enquired.




She was wearing the Clothes Line from the Mage Tower.



Desir put his hand on her shoulder in a reassuring manner.




“Freechel, believe in you and us. You have changed. You are different now. And we will never forget you when you need our help.”




“Oh, okay. I’ll do my best.”




Freechel blushed in response before walking away.




Romantica watched the brief interaction between these two. She then reached up to touch her own shoulder, but stopped before doing so.




‘So stupid.’




She hurriedly lowered her hand.




Shortly afterwards, Desir called the party members together.


“I’ll  start with the briefing.  We will  participate in the three different stages…”




Desir  conveyed  the  critical   points  from  the  prior  leaders’ meeting.  As he was in the middle of explaining, other parties started to arrive and the room started to fill  up.  There was a huge   number   of   people   as   each   party   had   six   members participating.  Most  of  these  participants  were  single  rankers. Some of them were even well known experts and most of them were from the Alpha Class. As Desir monitored his surroundings, he could tell  that this competition would not be as easy as he hoped for.




When Des1r was finished explaining all the rules, it was finally time  to  start  the  competition.  The  bell  rang  from  the  clock tower.  An  announcement  sounded  from  each  communication pad.




[All participants please come to the front of the gate.]

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