Chapter 98: Entrance Ceremony (part two)

My God was this confusing to translate.

TL: clover

ED: eristol, xtostos


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The room we were led to by the Dynameis is a stone room of about fifty meters square.

It is a two-storied atrium and the entrance where we came in from is on the second floor.

There is nothing but floor made of black stones on the first floor.

The second floor is made up of a narrow passage circling around the wall and a passage that crosses the center of the room from the entrance to the other side.

It’s similar to a school gymnasium, except for the second floor part which looks as I described1.

 

At the corner of the passage, there was a staff member of the academy with a bundle of vellum paper and a pen.

Some of staff members joined the student council and the prefects in guiding the new students to line up around the room.

Not only did they use paper, but it seemed magic tools such as the Historia Electrum will also be used to record the result.

 

Waiting for the freshmen’s row to go around the passageway, Brad proceeded to the middle of the passage in the center.

Looking closely, only around the middle did the handrail seem to be gone.

When Brad cast a few words of spell with his staff, a white magic circle like thin film was deployed in the air.

I have seen that magic circle several times. It’s the magic circle of Feather Falling.

 

“Some of you may have already judged the characteristics of your own ability in some way.”

 

Brad cut off his words and looked at the students around him.

 

“For example, 〈Aquarium Basin〉, 〈Rainbow Strap〉, 〈Dreamlike Incense Burner〉, and 〈Leucrocotta’s Astragalus2〉. It can be said that the comprehensive summary of these is the Judgement’s Room.”

 

Rainbow Strap, huh.

I remembered the event at Knot Reed six years ago.

That’s a magic tool to measure the inhibition value of alchemists.

I heard there are other magic tools that mages and magical beast tamers use to measure their ability.

I wonder how this Judgement’s Room will measure our magical power.

 

“Patterns will appear on this Judgement’s Room. If you come from a family of mages, you might remember the ancient magic by heart, but the pattern here represents an individual’s magical characteristics. Well, you won’t be able to understand from my explanation alone. Let’s have the seniors to give you an example. Auguste, come here.”

 

When Brad called him, Auguste headed towards the center passageway.

The moment Auguste jumped onto the magic circle, light shaped like feathers surrounded him.

His body slowly descended and landed safely on the black floor.

At that moment, light overflowed from beneath Auguste’s feet.

 

While complicatedly getting entangled, the light spread out over the black floor.

Before long the quivering light stabilized and gradually begun to form finely detailed patterns.

 

Several lines of light extended towards the four corners of the room and divided the room in four with diagonal lines.

Each section was segmented by a smaller set of geometric figures.

In the figures, there were depictions of creature with wings resembling dragons, braids woven to look like flowers and spiral patterns.

Inside the four large squares that lied at the innermost part of each section, a pattern resembling one of the four archangels, as drawn on the altar of the Island of Messenger, each appeared.

 

“……Beautiful.”

 

I heard someone muttering in spite of themselves.

The students were fascinated by the breathtaking pattern that looked like a graceful and majestic religious painting.

 

“It’s a very well-balanced pattern. It can be seen that the amount of internal magic power generation is stable and high, and that the conversion ability training is neglected.”

 

I see.

You can see the internal magical power generation and the ability to convert external magical power to internal magical power.

He also mentioned Rainbow Strap, that means we can also see the inhibition value.

 

Listening to Brad’s commentary, I tried to observe the floor pattern once again.

Auguste’s ability is telepathy.

Perhaps the pattern of angels and dragons occupying the largest area represents that aspect.

 

“I expect that from the new students there will appear at least some who can match these results.”

 

As he said that, I feel like Brad is staring at someone.

In that direction, there are the King’s Scholars like Chloe and Beatrice.

 

“……but, students with such a high level grounding are not likely to appear that often.”

 

Brad cut off his words and stared at me for a moment.

I straightened my posture in spite of myself.

Why is he looking my way at this timing?

 

Brad cast Levitate on Auguste and he returned to the second floor.

The moment Auguste’s feet left the floor, the pattern covering the floor turned into particles of light and disappeared.

 

“Let’s have another example to see a contrasting pattern. Klaus, come here.”

“Aah, but I don’t need Feather Falling or Levitate spells.”

 

Klaus advanced from among the student council members.

He jumped over the handrail as it was and landed on the floor gently.

I bet he used the magic system of flight beforehand.

 

Klaus slowly walked towards the center of the room.

With each step, the light that can be said akin to a torrent of brilliance was overflowing.

 

When he got into place, it looked as if the whole floor had already been wrapped in light.

Light gradually converged in the shape of a pattern.

A circle decorated with a braid was drawn on the place where Klaus was standing.

From there, straight lines extended and circles got drawn on their ends. And from those spread out again straight lines, and repeatedly circles, and so on.

 

This same pattern, along with complicated patterns of braids, were also drawn inside the areas enclosed by the main circles and lines.

Even when the overall pattern reached the edges of the room, it’s growth did not end.

The flow of magical power which was blocked by the wall got reflected, and created yet further nesting structures inside the smaller, enclosed figures.

 

Eventually when the escape place for magical power disappeared inside the pattern, sparks began to scatter alongside the wall.

Huh? Somehow it seems that the pattern of the braids is climbing up the wall.

However, the pattern drawn on the wall stopped about 10 cm tall.

If the black floor was wider, or if the wall was made of the same material, how far would the pattern have expanded?

 

The freshmen were looking down breathlessly at the prospect of the pattern that Klaus drew out.

Although it wasn’t spectacular, it overwhelmed those who saw it with precision and power.

 

Klaus should have a high ability to convert external magical power into internal magical power.

Perhaps the braids represent that aspect.

 

“Some of you may have thought that it was as expected of the son of the Duke of Hafan.”

 

Hearing Brad’s voice, the freshmen gradually raised their faces.

Brad pushed up the bridge of his glasses, paused for a moment and continued once again.

 

“This is not the result of his talent, but the result of pure discipline. Although the gate is open to everyone, there are few people who can pass through it. Believe in yourself, it can be said that only those who can keep on making constant efforts can reach this stage. Those who intend to take up magic among the new students, it will be good to make this one of your goals.”

 

As Brad explained it, Klaus returned back to the second floor.

 

“In this way, Judgement’s Room will reflect your training. You are going to visit this room many times during your studies, confirming your growth with your own eyes and continuing the dialogue with the sacraments inherent in yourselves.”

 

Brad cut off his words and looked around at the students.

 

“Now then, the introduction is over. We will now perform the judgement for the freshmen. Let’s start from the King’s Scholars.”

 

Before I knew it, the prefects began to guide the row of students.

As far as I can see, the King’s Scholars are likely to be in order from East, West, North, and South.

 

Beatrice who was guided by the head of the King’s Scholars row was trembling nervously.

Glancing at her with sharply narrowed eyes, Brad said.

 

“Beatrice Glaw, get down to the first floor quickly.”

“Y-yes!”

 

Beatrice did not pass through the magic circle, so she hurriedly used the magic of the flight system.

Her expression seemed to be somewhat scared.

Well, Brad’s face looks scary if you look at it from a close range.

 

When Beatrice landed, the first thing that came out was the braid-type light.

As the braid became entangled in a rose-like shape, it extended ivy-like shapes to every side of it, and similar flowers bloomed alongside them.

By repeating that, about 70% of the room was buried by the rose braids.

If I look closely, a part of the flowers was replaced by a spiral pattern.

Overall, it’s a pattern with a simple and gentle atmosphere.

 

“Such pattern is somehow very plebeian……”

 

Mutterings and blatant laughter like that could be heard from the black-haired people.

Certainly, it is not much compared to Auguste’s or Klaus’, but I think it’s unfair to be compared to those two.

Because they are cheat characters.

 

Beatrice was slightly depressed, but when Brad whispered something to her, her expression turned bright.

There seems to be some follow-up or advice.

Brad seems to be strict, but he might be a good teacher.

 

Other mage students also challenged the judgement one after another, but theirs were much smaller than Beatrice and only filled about 30% of the whole room.

Oh, rather, Beatrice is actually excellent enough, huh?

As expected, the abnormal ones were the first two examples.

 

After several King’s Scholars, it became Chloe’s turn.

 

“Chloe Cloacina, wait a moment. You are from the North.”

“Yes.”

“If you have any snowsilver ore jewelry, leave it here. Or else we will not be able to measure your ability normally.”

“Then, I will leave this to you.”

 

Chloe handed a necklace to Brad.

It was a necklace imitating dendritic hexagonal snowflakes.

Brad wrapped it in a cloth-like magic tool and put it in his robe’s pocket.

 

When Brad lowered Chloe to the floor, short helical patterns appeared from her feet in all directions.

The moment a braid made a circle around these, a pattern of a beast reminiscent of a wolf was drawn as if running on it.

On the outside of the beast pattern was one more circular braid, and a square section that fit perfectly around that circle.

An elongated rectangular section appeared outside the square section, wherein many wolves were leaping about.

 

The elongated rectangular section extended outside more and more, and the entire pattern expanded as well.

Chloe’s pattern left a space of about one meter from the wall, covering most of the floor.

When the expansion stopped, braids intertwined in the shape of thorns and small spirals appeared, filling the gaps between the patterns.

 

If I wasn’t mistaken, Chloe should be aspiring to be a healer, so she should be able to use healing ability.

Perhaps the wolf pattern is the unusual power of the North.

I feel like so far, the patterns of animals and magical beasts represented the amount of internal magical power generation.

 

After the King’s Scholars, it was the East Dorm’s turn to be judged.

There were one or two students about 70% in size, but most of them were less than 50%.

Some students hung their heads low from these harsh results.

 

Finally, the East Dorm is over and the next one is the West Dorm.

I have been watching a couple of people, but I don’t know well what the pattern of alchemy is.

While thinking so, it was Harold’s turn.

 

“Harold Nibelheim.”

 

While we haven’t met for a while, Harold has gotten taller.

I guess he is bigger than both Klaus and Auguste.

He looks like an adult, his figure has become rugged and manly.

Burning red hair tied into a ponytail, dark green eyes and a tall figure which stands out among the freshmen.

The criss-crossed scars on his cheek are his medal of saving his hometown.

 

His appearance is the same as the Harold of the original game.

Originally, Harold was supposed to be a derisive outlaw with a cynical view of the world.

But, now he is a cheerful wisecrack and a wand store’s brat who was raised in the downtown.

 

Harold jumped off to the first floor in a relaxed manner as if he was not nervous at all.

 

The light that expanded from his feet took a straight line and made a set of rectangular boxes arranged in order.

After the rectangle covered about 80% of the room, about 20% of the rectangles were covered by braids.

But that was it.

Contrary to its size, Harold’s pattern had extraordinarily much blank space.

Looking closely, there was only one spiral pattern whereas some freshmen had already drawn several.

 

I feel that the lacking spiral pattern really represents Harold’s likeness.

Perhaps the spiral is equivalent to the inhibition value.

 

“Is that really an alchemist……?”

 

Murmurs like that sounded from the surroundings.

Harold looked up at the puzzled faces of the students of the West Dorm, while smiling as if something was funny.

Harold’s heart, accustomed to being different from others, will no longer shake because of such things.

 

Huh? If Harold’s like that, as someone who is opposite to him, I wonder if my spiral pattern will be abnormal.

I hope it will not produce very strange results.

I’m not as steel-minded as Harold.

 

“Erica Aurelia.”

 

Oh, it’s my turn at last.

I replied and was about to descend from the floor.

At that time, I could see things like a bat’s wings from the hem of Brad’s robe.

 

“What’s the matter. Erica Aurelia.”

“No, it’s nothing.”

 

Brad looked strangely at me who had stopped moving.

Is that Brad’s familiar?

While keeping such a thing in the corner of my mind, I jumped through the magic circle.

 

The moment I touched the black floor, there was an illusion as if ripples spread out from underneath my feet.

For a moment, many dots of light appeared on the black floor.

I thought that they looked like a starry sky, and in that instant the stars were drowned off by different patterns.

 

Countless whirlpools, originating from my feet, covered the whole Judgement’s Room at once.

The waves of spirals were pushed back by the walls, and particles of light got scattered like sea spray.

Similar to Klaus, a slight pattern appeared on the wall.

The raging vortices generated smaller ones one after another, trying to cover everything without leaving any gaps.

Braids weaved their ways through any openings, and knots were made here and there.

 

Somehow it was within my expectation. I didn’t expect an abnormal reaction on the level of Klaus’ to occur, though.

As I was thinking so, the freshmen suddenly began to make noise.

I feel like I heard someone mutter “scary” from within the turmoil.

 

(It’s certainly somewhat unusual, but what’s scary about that?)

 

Looking around, I noticed something.

It was not only spirals and braids that were drawn here.

 

There was a fragment of a pattern of a huge monstro.

If I regard the countless spirals as raging waters, the shadow of a huge marine mammal lurking beneath the sea could be seen from the interval of the waves.

Indeed such an atrocious and ominous pattern was delineated there.

 

Even I myself thought it was a bit scary, no wonder they were all frightened.

Anyway, be it this time or the time when I used the Rainbow Strap, aren’t my measurement results too savage?

 

While thinking such things, I was floating up to the second floor with Brad’s Levitation spell.

Brad narrowed his eyes sharply and looked my way as if examining me carefully.

Oh, will I get some advice as well?

 

“Do not get conceited. That power, depending on how you use it, it may cause disaster.”

 

Brad muttered a piece of advice and immediately called out the name of the next student.

It sounded somewhat ominous, but he seemed to be worried.

He has a scary appearance, but he’s a good teacher.


1 This part actually says that the second floor looks like the Japanese character 日

2 Leucrocotta is fantastic creature with a body of a stag, neck of a lion, cloven hooves, and a wide mouth with a sharp, bony ridge in place of a teeth. (source) Astragalus is another name for ankle bone. But as for how can that measure magical characteristics, who knows? (source)

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50 thoughts on “Chapter 98: Entrance Ceremony (part two)

  1. August gets Palug,
    Erica gets Zaratan/Tyrnanog,
    Klaus… dunno, Hafan doesn’t have a Phantom Beast,
    Chloe has a wolf Phantom Beast I wonder how it’s related to the tragedy.

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    1. The animal and magical beasts pattern represents the amount of internal magical power, not outside interference like Palug or Zaratan. The dragons/angels in Auguste’s pattern represent the telepathic ability of the South. And the wolves represent the healing ability of the North. Klaus doesn’t have anything like that because the East mages have poor biological circuit and instead have a great conversion ability, which represented by the braids.

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      1. And now that you mentioned it, translating all these technical details must have been a horrifying pain.
        Our sympathies.

        ….no I lied, I’m laughing inside. lol.

        😛

        News at Nine: Reader found strangled to death by translator.

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  2. Rather than being judgemental, Brad realized that Erica hold the largest power and influence of all Noble’s daughter. Great power comes with great responsibility. It will be dangerous for the country if she is strayed. She is OP.

    But he is so serious and strict, makes me miss Elric. The academy is utilizing carrot and stick, it seems.

    Chloe and Erica can bond over their monster like powers. Tehe.

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  3. Thank you for the chapter! What grudge has Brad against her? Or is it with her brother? Like his favoritism is just the opposite with him and it’s quite annoying.

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  4. Oh Erica you are so kindhearted ..Brad is a dick!
    Sasuga Erica n_n ,it looks like Tir influenced her pattern xD This school arc is going to be awesome.
    Happy new year!!

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    1. Nah. The Judgement’s Room shows the students’ magical characteristics, not outside influence. As Erica said, the animals and magical beasts pattern represent the amount of internal magical power. And I think it’s a marine mammal because Aurelia is associated with sea. The Visitor’s Clan is a bunch of navigators and sailors after all.

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      1. Dunno, having a familiar bond is an internal characteristic after all? It might reflect if the familiar is “boosting” the master.

        “From that time on, the nickname of “The Whale” became stuck with Erica no matter how slim she was” 😛

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  5. Erica you overpowered monster of a lady.
    I’m concerned with the buried monstro within her, but that’s expected of our Erica. She’ll solve it one way or another.
    Anyway, Thanks for the chappie!

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  6. Thank you for the chapter!
    This would be so wonderful if there were illustrations (not that i can draw at all yikes-).
    Even the teachers have a bias against Erica huh,.

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  7. Brad, that poisonous tongue… he’s really like Snape… It’s very fortunate Auguste is such a silver tongue even when young that he’s not influenced by him too much.
    And really, to use the abnormal geniuses Klaus and Auguste as examples are a little too much, don’t you think?

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    1. Reading thru this chapter, I could only see Snape. Snape as Brad.
      Goodness my brain, how I’d love to see their pictures especially Brad. Just so I could wipe this Snape’s image on him 😂

      aaaand Thank you for the chapter Clover! Happy new year! 🙂

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    1. Probably just kept sneaking off to go see his sister whenever he could, which made Erica seem like a very needy attention whore. That combined with the rumours probably made her seem like a selfish spoiled brat who’s very good at manipulating people.

      Or maybe he likes Eduart and became Bai’s because he could stop gushing over the MC

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    2. I remember Eduart saying that he will lend erica books on some dragon materials from an acquaintance of his in the side story of arc 1. Im guessing he went and hounded brad to give him some dragon materials while going “my cute erica is interested in dragons!!! Gimme more materials!!” ……or something like that perhaps?

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  8. Happy new year clover sama and fellow readers!! Tyvm for this pre-2019 release much appreciated 😀 safe drinking and celebrating! may it be a great year for everyone!

    Erica… such a show off without intending too 😛 I am sure Klaus is thinking “As expected of my Waifu”

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  9. So, my conclusion so far (pardon me who thinking too much):

    MAGIC CONCEPT

    External Magic Power — Converting Tools (Spell Card/Chants/Staff/Wand/Athanor/etc)* — Magic Circle (artificial biological circuit)* — Alchemist Gloves* Converting Ability* — Biological Circuit* — Internal Magic Power*
    * absence differ depend on situation/people/ethnicity/bloodline
    Gilbert draw external magic as lightning bolt lines and whirlpool pattern as biological circuit (Chp 60-61).

    External magic power utilization in Alchemist case:
    Higher inhibition value = less recoil = maximum use of tools Klaus – Straight and circle patterns made from braids inside the figures (of straight and circle pattern made of lines?).
    > Beatrice – Rose/plant shape braids pattern, spiral pattern in some of flowers.
    > Chloe – Helical pattern in the center, circle of braids inside square following with rectangular boxing the previous line again and again. Wolf-like figures inside the patterns, on the braids. In the end of patterns, braided cords and small spirals with thorns pattern filling the gaps.
    > Harold – Rectangular boxes pattern mostly made from lines and the rest from braids. One spiral pattern.
    > Erica – Whirlpools from the center, waves-like pattern with star-like particles scattered. Unknown braids. A pattern of huge monster between the waves.

    SYMBOLS

    Braids: Represent ability to convert external magical power to internal.
    Figure-like pattern: Represent internal magic power of certain ethnic (Wolf: North’s healing ability; Dragon: South’s telepathy).

    Spiral (non-straight lines? Circle?): Inhibition value
    Straight lines (Geometric?): ?
    Biological Circuit: ?

    I think the straight lines (maybe also geometric?) is the opposite of spiral (maybe also circle?). Which means, Erica who has higher inhibition value have a lot of spiral patterns (represent as vortex/wave-like pattern), while Harold who has lower inhibition value have pattern made from lines instead (rectangles). Might not the case, but it seems there is balance between some patterns. For example 80% spiral patterns and 20% lines patterns. In Erica’s case, it’s 100% spiral hahaha. I hope more about pattern appear in academy class.

    About the monster-like figure in Erica’s pattern… while it looks like the figure related to supernatural power (North & South), the Westerner condition is actually unknown since they were immigrant from unknown land. Maybe, just maybe, they originally have a forgotten blessing from forgotten god?

    Anyway, I’m actually really happy with how the ‘magic school trope’ carried out. The author did ‘boxing’ people into 4 different countries, especially the north’s healing power and south’s telepathy, but due lineage and the way the rest of magic types works makes possible for the muggle (lol) use magic aka hard work is everything.

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    1. Maybe it was tied to Erica in the game? As an example after his sister died he would appear at the academy in order to investigate her death or something.

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  10. Thank you so much for the translations. I love how this story isn’t all about romance. It’s about a girl who changes her fate.
    I have a feeling that Brad is the bad guy they’re fighting against…

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  11. Reading this chapter and the comments made by the summoning teacher, I more than half expected there to have been some sort of shenanigans. I would not have been surprised if Erica’s measuring had shown her as being just average and that this somehow would have been something Brad had done because Erica’s brother had told him to make her seem average so that she wouldn’t get into trouble or something.

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