I Became the Academy’s Genius Shikigami Summoner – Chapter 16.2

「𝙊𝙪𝙧 𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙗𝙪𝙩𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙖 𝙗𝙖𝙙 𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙘𝙝.」

If I actually fought, I might be able to put up a struggle, but among the enemies I have right now, the melee-type Baek family is the hardest to fight against.

As I mentioned, the fight with Cheong Haram took a toll on my shikigami. If I fought Baek Eun-seo in this state, I might end up losing the other shikigami that I had been saving.

「𝙊𝙛 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙨𝙚, 𝙄 𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙢𝙮 𝙩𝙧𝙪𝙢𝙥 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙙, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙞𝙨𝙣’𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙘𝙚𝙨.」

Shikigami can’t be created indefinitely. I need to preserve them as much as possible until the end of Chapter 1 of the story.

Julius, the teacher  in charge of the barrier who was standing next to me, opened his mouth with a regretful expression at my resolute answer.

“Are you serious? I’ll take into consideration the fact that you’ve already had an intense match, but you’re going to lose a significant amount of points.”

“I don’t care.”

“Huh? Why not?”

Baek Eun-seo was angry, but there was nothing she could do since I had forfeited.

In the end, Baek Eun-seo had no choice but to choose another opponent and continue the match.

“The winner is Baek Eun-seo. Next, Shin Hyun-min. Come out and choose your opponent.”

And finally, the person I had been keeping an eye on was called.

Shin Hyun-min, who managed to get into Class A through the chin-up test, but was at the bottom of the class.

He unexpectedly chose a lower-ranking student from Class A of the second year, and contrary to everyone’s expectations, he overpowered his opponent from the start and won.

“Match over. The winner is Shin Hyun-min.”

“Wow, when I saw him last time, he wasn’t this good. Did you improve a lot? What kind of training do you usually do?”

In these matches, it’s not very common for a first-year student to defeat a second-year student. It’s a result that can only be achieved when a top-ranking first-year student chooses a relatively weak opponent.

Seeing that, I was certain.

「𝙄 𝙜𝙪𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙝𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙨𝙣’𝙩 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙙.」

One of the three other sacrificial victims of Bi-hyeong, excluding the original Han Kang-yoon.

Shin Hyun-min’s performance made my heart sink, as if it was signaling the beginning of the incident.

🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷

After the Comprehensive Combat Practice mid-term evaluation, I had the busiest time of my life since coming to this world.

「𝙐𝙜𝙝, 𝙄’𝙢 𝙚𝙭𝙝𝙖𝙪𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙙.」

I had to take the mid-term evaluations for other elective subjects, keep an eye on the remaining sacrifices that Bi-hyeong had touched, and somehow increase my lacking strength.

「𝙄𝙩’𝙨 𝙗𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙖 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙚 𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙄’𝙫𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙗𝙪𝙨𝙮.」

Although it was tough, it wasn’t actually that difficult to get good grades on the evaluations.

With the Mental Spellbook trait, I could recall all the knowledge of spells that I had used in the game, so I was able to find the right answers in most situations.

I was also making progress in figuring out the state of the potential sacrifices.

Shin Hyun-min from Class A of the first year, Choi Il-mok from Class D of the second year, who was in the same class as me.

「𝘼𝙣𝙙 𝙅𝙖𝙢𝙚𝙨, 𝙬𝙝𝙤 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙨𝙪𝙥𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙚 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙩𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙩𝙪𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙨 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝙘𝙖𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙩𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝘽𝙞-𝙝𝙮𝙚𝙤𝙣𝙜.」

I had confirmed that those three had already come into contact with Bi-hyeong.

There was still one more person who would take my place, but the scope of my investigation was gradually narrowing down, so I thought I would be able to figure out their identity soon.

However, not everything was going smoothly. The third task was the problem.

「𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚’𝙨 𝙗𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙣𝙤 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙜𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙢𝙮 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙜𝙩𝙝.」

It couldn’t be helped. I had already learned everything I could, and I had already taken all the elixirs that Cheong So-ha had given me that I could use.

All that was left was to create shikigami, but the types and number of shikigami that I could create were limited until the Yeongwol Island incident occurred.

That’s why I tried to find the answer somewhere else.

“It doesn’t feel like that. Ah, how do I explain this?”

“No, let’s forget it. I think this is wrong after all.”

I tried learning the techniques of Cheong Juhwa, who had the best talent in spells, by taking advantage of the 1-on-1 exchange class, but it didn’t work out.

It was impossible for me to follow her methods.

「𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙞𝙨 𝙩𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝.」

I’m preparing diligently.

But I can’t be sure if it’s enough.

The unknown trait that Yoo Ha-on would awaken through the Yeongwol Island incident, Anti-Demon, doesn’t exist right now.

I’m 2% short.

I was able to find the clue in the Forbidden Arts class, which I had never expected.

“Now, everyone show me what color your bead has turned. I’ll check it regularly, like during exams or at the end of the semester.”

Each student had a single bead in their hand.

This was the Forbidden Arts stone.

「𝙎𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩.」

Tiling.

【Forbidden Arts stone】

▶An ore that reacts to the weight of sin. The more taboo things one does and the deeper the karmic retribution, the more intensely it glows when touched.

Simply put, that’s what it is.

In the exorcism game, there is a 「𝙎𝙞𝙣」 stat.

The more one delves into forbidden arts or commits terrible sins, the higher this stat becomes.

「𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙝𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙩, 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙥𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙪𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙪𝙗𝙟𝙚𝙘𝙩’𝙨 𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙗𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙨.」

In return, they gain high resistance and aptitude for curses and various forbidden arts.

“Everyone has been diligently learning and practicing forbidden arts for two months, so if you’ve done well, it should be a very light yellow color, right~?”

“When you put it that way, it feels like we’ve committed a crime. . . . . . .”

“Well, anyone whose bead changes color, even a little bit, needs immediate treatment.”

That’s why they used the Forbidden Arts stone to regularly check the students’ mental state in the Forbidden Arts class.

“What color is your bead, teacher ?”

“Hooh. That’s a good question. Mine is a yellowish orange. It can’t be helped since I’m a Forbidden Arts teacher .”

“Wow. . . . . .Then what’s the most dangerous color?”

“Hmm. Judging from what I’ve seen personally, it would be dark red.”

“What did that person do?”

“He used a forbidden art that required the hearts of 10,000 people and destroyed an entire state in the US. I’ve heard of indigo and purple, but I’ve never actually seen them~”

I broke out in a cold sweat as I listened to him.

That’s because the color of the bead I was holding was.

「. . .𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨?」

It was a deep black, not red, indigo, or purple.

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