I Became the Academy’s Genius Shikigami Summoner – Chapter 21.2

As I called out to Cheong Juhwa and moved, I checked the terminal that the school had given us at the beginning of the semester.

『boundary stone of Class 1-B camp destroyed.』

『Yoon Nak-hyun of Class 2-D is out of battle.』

『Jung Han-sol of Class 2-D is out of battle.』

『Choi Chul-sung of Class 2-D is out of battle.』

『Alicia of Class 1-B is out of battle.』

The names of the students who did it were attached to the end of the message like a tag. Except for the students that Cheong Juhwa and I had eliminated, it seemed that Class D of the second year was also being pushed back.

「𝙄𝙣𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙪𝙥𝙙𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙨 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙙.」

After a short while since the boundary stone destruction notification appeared, there was no further information update. Class B must have retreated or entered a stalemate.

As Cheong Juhwa and I hurried to the camp of Class D of the second year, we found the students of the two forces facing each other, as expected, with the battle having ceased.

Roar.

Roar.

The students of Class B, who had lost their main camp, were at a loss for what to do.

We revealed ourselves from behind them.

“Huh? Cheong Juhwa is there.”

“Hey! Are you crazy?”

The Class B students, who had lost 100 points in an instant, expressed their indignation, but Cheong Juhwa shrugged it off.

I stepped in between them and opened my mouth.

“As you can see, your camp has been wiped out.”

“. . .So what? Do you want us to surrender meekly?”

To that, I shook my head expressionlessly. As expected of Class B, they were still first years. It seemed that they still didn’t fully understand the rules of this exam.

“Haven’t you noticed anything strange?”

“. . . . . . . ?”

“In fact, if it were a simple battle royale, it would be easier to determine everyone’s elimination status by destroying the boundary stone. However, in this exam, the team’s score and the individual’s score are separate. Why do you think they made it that way?”

“. . .What are you trying to say?”

“I’m saying that even though you’re finished as a team, you still have a chance as individuals.”

At that, some of the Class B students made surprised expressions. After a while, one of them asked a question.

“Now that we’ve lost our main camp, do you mean that it’s more advantageous to cooperate with other classes and increase our score?”

“Yes.”

Normally, alliances between classes would be meaningless in an exam like this. Since each class had a place to protect, it was unrealistic to exchange proper support.

However, for those who had already lost their camp, there was naturally nothing to hold them back.

Even if trust was a secondary concern, it meant that cooperation was possible at any time.

Whisper.

『What should we do?』

『It’s a bit awkward, but wouldn’t it be better to aim for survival points or elimination points?』

『I don’t know what method they used, but the two of them took down the main camp all by themselves. They’re dangerous.』

『Ah, man. We’re all going to be eliminated if we fight anyway, right? Let’s just help out from behind and protect our points.』

It didn’t take long for them to come to a conclusion.

In the end, the remnants of Class B of the first year decided to cooperate with Class D.

🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷

Before we knew it, it was a dark night.

All the classes must have fought fiercely today, so they probably won’t carry out a night raid, if only to recover.

I checked the information through the terminal and summarized the situation of the first exam.

「𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝘾𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙨 𝘼 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙮𝙚𝙖𝙧, 𝘾𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙨 𝘼 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙙 𝙮𝙚𝙖𝙧, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝘾𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙨 𝘽 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙙 𝙮𝙚𝙖𝙧.」

Including us, there were exactly four teams left.

Even though they had replenished their forces with the members of Class B of the first year, the fact that we were the weakest team remained unchanged.

In fact, it was difficult to trust them since it was a hastily formed alliance.

「𝙄𝙛 𝙬𝙚 𝙛𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙣𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮, 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚’𝙨 𝙣𝙤 𝙝𝙤𝙥𝙚.」

To be honest, the remaining three teams were on a different level. We couldn’t win against any of them.

But it didn’t matter. From the beginning, I had no intention of leading Class D to victory in the first exam.

「𝙄𝙩’𝙨 𝙩𝙤𝙤 𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙖𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙣𝙤𝙬, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙜𝙞𝙣𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚’𝙨 𝙣𝙤 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡 𝙢𝙚𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙡𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙧 𝙘𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙩𝙚𝙘𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙖𝙧𝙮 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙣𝙚.」

The exam continues until 48 hours have passed or until the boundary stone of the last remaining class is left.

No matter how big the island is, it’s absurd to think that the lower classes, who are relatively weak in terms of combat power, can hold out for 48 hours, given that there is a place to defend.

In the end, it was similar to saying that our boundary stone would eventually be broken by the upper classes, only a matter of time.

「𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙞𝙢𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙨 𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙮 𝙖𝙙𝙙𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙥𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙨 𝙬𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙜𝙚𝙩 𝙗𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙚𝙣𝙙 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙚𝙭𝙖𝙢 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙮 𝙨𝙪𝙧𝙫𝙞𝙫𝙖𝙡 𝙥𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙨 𝙬𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙜𝙚𝙩.」

My score wasn’t bad even now, but I wanted to raise it from 50 to 100 points just in case.

「𝙎𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙄 𝙖𝙞𝙢 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙥𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙨 𝙤𝙧 𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙖𝙧𝙮 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙨?」

Of course, both methods would be difficult in a head-on fight. The best time to aim for them was when the upper classes were fighting each other.

「𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙤𝙤, 𝙨𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙮’𝙡𝙡 𝙩𝙧𝙮 𝙩𝙤 𝙘𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙣 𝙪𝙥 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙣𝙤𝙮𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙨𝙞𝙙𝙚 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩.」

That would be natural. There was no reason to leave room for a surprise attack during the battle. It was clear that the Class D camp would be completely scorched to the ground tomorrow.

「𝙀𝙫𝙚𝙣 𝙞𝙛 𝙬𝙚 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙧𝙪𝙣 𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝙩𝙤𝙜𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧, 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙘𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙙𝙚𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙮 𝙩𝙧𝙮 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙪𝙨.」

Rather than fighting a desperate battle and getting everyone eliminated, it was better to survive with a small number of people and try to catch some fish in troubled waters.

「𝙄𝙛 𝙬𝙚 𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙖𝙜𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙠 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙖𝙧𝙮 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙖𝙣𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙚𝙖𝙢, 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙥𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙖𝙡𝙨𝙤 𝙗𝙚 𝙖𝙙𝙙𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙨𝙩𝙪𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙨.」

Some might say it’s ruthless, but it would also be helpful in terms of team play.

Just as I was coming to that conclusion, the Black Bird floating in the sky detected something.

“. . .They’re doing a night raid at this point?”

Over thirty people.

Judging from the presence of Seo Ji-an, it was clear that they were Class B of the second year.

「𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙝𝙤𝙡𝙚 𝙘𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙨 𝙞𝙨 𝙢𝙤𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜. 𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙮’𝙫𝙚 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙣 𝙪𝙥 𝙤𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙖𝙧𝙮 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙩𝙤𝙤.」

Since it was difficult for them to achieve the final victory, they seemed to be acting with the mindset that it didn’t matter what happened after they took care of Class D.

I quickly called Black Bird back. Class B of the second year was at a level where they might notice Black Bird and intercept it.

Then I woke up Cheong Juhwa, who had been sleeping, and quickly explained the situation.

“Then we have to get out of here.”

Cheong Juhwa understood the whole situation with just a brief explanation. She probably already understood how to act in this exam.

As I was quietly trying to slip out of the camp, Cheong Juhwa grabbed me.

When I looked at her with a puzzled expression, Cheong Juhwa pointed to the center of the camp and said to me.

“Since it’s going to be broken anyway, we’ll break it and go.”

“. . . . . . . .”

It seemed that I had instilled the wrong idea in her.

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