Graduated from Witchcraft Institute - Chapter 8: Mage
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“… Well, William.”
“What is it, Satsuki?”
“You’re not bullying me, are you?”
We went deeper into the cave and found a second room. In front of a space a little wider than the first one, Satsuki was standing stock-still with her sword in hand. Again. I didn’t know why, but Satsuki looked like she was about to cry.
“Oh, I don’t know why you would think that. I hate bullying, and I don’t hate Satsuki. I have no incentive to bully Satsuki.
“Oh, sure… I don’t hate you… NOT. This is too much!”
Satsuki said, while pointing to the situation inside the room.
There were goblins rolled up on the ground, sound asleep just like in the first room.
There were eight of them this time.
Mii and Cyril were stabbing the goblins one by one.
“What’s wrong? Didn’t I explain my reasoning earlier? Is Satsuki some kind of berserker that wants to enjoy a life of battle and bloodshed?”
“No, no, no, no! That’s too extreme! Look. How do you feel about gory, bloody adventures and forming bonds through life-threatening battle?”
“I think it’s more important to do your best to increase your chances of survival.”
Even Cyril agreed with me.
‘Getting others to understand your thoughts can be a pain.’
“— but, no matter how much, this result is abnormal.”
Cyril, having finished exterminating the sleeping goblins, returns with the mace in her hand covered in blood. Her white Cleric robes were now also stained with blood trickling down the fabric.
“I’m sorry, I’ve left Cyril and Mii with an unpleasant role. I wish I could help, but I’m not very good at handling weapons. I’m not sure if I could properly dispose of the sleeping goblins.”
“I don’t mind, don’t worry about it, Satsuki. But, I’m a little confused about this situation. I want an explanation.”
Cyril spoke while looking straight into my eyes.
I had no idea what she’s talking about.
“Hmm… What do I need to explain?”
“Fifteen so far. Fifteen goblins sent to sleep without a single one resisting the spell. This situation doesn’t match the stories I’ve heard from senior adventurers.”
I still didn’t totally know what the problem is, so I urged Cyril to continue.
Cyril sighed and continued to talk.
“Sure, the Sleep spell is a well-known spell among Magicians, but most Magicians cast Sleep on a swarm of goblins and count one or two goblins dropping as a good result. The magic you’re using is on a completely different dimension.”
“I’ve been wondering about that too. I’ve never heard of a Magician capable of something like this while in the Thieves Guild.”
Mii, who was collecting the ears of the goblin which was proof of the subjugation, came back and said such a thing.
So that was the issue.
‘I think I understand their concerns now.’
With that in mind, I started explaining.
“Perhaps the spells that Cyril and Mii had heard about from their seniors were merely Sleep spells being cast by inexperienced Magicians. I was using the same exact Sleep spell, but my skill level was far higher.”
The same spell, cast by Magicians of differing skill levels, would have differing results. If you compared the magic that I used with that of beginners who had merely learned basic spellcasting, it was only natural to have different results.
There was also the factor of luck at work here.
Even though the targets are simple goblins, the resistance chance wasn’t always zero. There’s always a slight chance that the entire group might resist the Sleep spell.
However, I didn’t think it was necessary to go that deep into detail, so I just left that out.
“Then, William, could it be that you’re not just a Beginner Magician, but a Master Magician?”
It seemed Cyril has made the logical connection.
She had a sharp eye that seeked to determine the heart of matters.
But the answer to that question was quite difficult.
“Hm. I guess that depends on how you define ‘Master’. I think the most accurate title for me would be ‘Mage’. That title can be presented as concrete fact.”
“Huh? You’re a Mage!?”
Cyril’s eyes widened with astonishment. Satsuki, who was observing from the side, asked the Cleric girl a casual question.
“Mage? Is that a good title?”
“It’s amazing! It’s like being a Priest in the Holy Order!”
Cyril had terrible vocabulary.
I heard that Cyril refers to the Priest as the “temple master” of a city temple or the like, so I suppose it was an equivalent rank.
Whether a Priest was assigned a temple or the one assigned a temple was given the title of Priest was a little ambiguous, In any case, the Priest title held enough weight to command dozens of Clerics in a single temple.
In the first place, a Holy Order Cleric title was only given to those who can handle the sacred arts. Only the most skilled among them received the Priest title, so it mirrored the Mage title rather well.
“Mage class… That would certainly explain it. Well, that makes sense, but why is a Mage an F-ranked adventurer? And here, of all places? Are you doing this as a joke? It’s not funny if it is.”
Cyril looked incredibly confused, but I thought she was taking it well.
Though it seemed I needed to explain my career choice… Yet again.
“It’s not crazy. I’m not a slave, I had the freedom to choose a profession. Using that freedom to become an adventurer isn’t breaking any rules.”
“U-umm… Well, that’s right… But… Umm … Well, you’re right. It’s definitely not breaking any rules, but that’s not the problem… ”
“And it’s no wonder that I’m F-ranked because I just registered as an adventurer yesterday. And because I’m genuinely less experienced as an adventurer, it’s probably not that inaccurate of an evaluation.”
“…Yes, well, I suppose it’s exactly as you say… Yeah, I understand. It’s fine.”
Cyril seemed rather unconvinced, but at least she somewhat understood. Satsuki gave her opinion from the side.
“Uh, okay. William, is being a Mage really that great?”
“… I’m sorry, Satsuki. Can you be quiet for a moment? My head hurts a little.”
Despite similar exchanges between Satsuki and Cyril, the cave expedition was still generally successful.
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