I Became the Academy’s Genius Shikigami Summoner – Chapter 3.2

「𝙊𝙛 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙨𝙚, 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙮 𝙜𝙖𝙢𝙚, 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙣’𝙩 𝙣𝙤 𝙬𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙖𝙗𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙨𝙘𝙤𝙧𝙚𝙨.」

In fact, from B-rank onwards, it’s the realm of talent, but up to B-minus rank, it’s possible to increase your ability scores through physical growth or effort, even without any special triggers.

In addition, it’s also possible to increase your ability scores through special methods.

And that’s where the question mark about my ability scores comes in.

「𝙔𝙚𝙖𝙝, 𝙞𝙛 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙣𝙤 𝙩𝙖𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙩, 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙢𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙖 𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙡𝙚 𝘽-𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙠 𝙖𝙗𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙨𝙘𝙤𝙧𝙚.」

Of course, you could easily find B-rank ability scores in any neighborhood bathhouse, but if you’re unlucky, you might not even have that.

“But it’s still strange that I don’t have a single ability score above C-rank.”

Why was Han Kang-yoon once called a promising prospect?

It was because people in this world know that, to a certain extent, anyone can raise their specs regardless of their talent.

In other words, Han Kang-yoon, who had shown promise in spell acquisition through the Mental Spellbook trait, was a so-called safe asset that would never fail, performing above average no matter what he did.

「𝙃𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧, 𝙝𝙚 𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙙 𝙪𝙥 𝙨𝙚𝙩𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖 𝙣𝙚𝙬 𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙧𝙙 𝙗𝙮 𝙗𝙚𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙙𝙚𝙢𝙤𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙚𝙚 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙧𝙤𝙬.」

Such a disaster doesn’t happen easily. Even in the original story, it’s mentioned that Han Kang-yoon’s case was the first of its kind since the school was founded.

Of course.

In this place where anyone could somehow struggle and raise all their ability scores to B-, there couldn’t have been anyone who grew as slowly as Han Kang-yoon.

「𝙏𝙤 𝙥𝙪𝙩 𝙞𝙩 𝙗𝙡𝙪𝙣𝙩𝙡𝙮, 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙨𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙖𝙗𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙨𝙘𝙤𝙧𝙚𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙖 𝙝𝙪𝙢𝙖𝙣 𝙗𝙚𝙞𝙣𝙜.」

The academy must have been so convinced that they couldn’t give up on Han Kang-yoon and let him continue his studies in Class D.

Believing that he would grow normally someday.

However, I, who have more extensive information than anyone else in this world, am already convinced.

「𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙘𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙡 𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙜. 𝙐𝙣𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙖𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙡 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙗𝙡𝙚𝙢 𝙞𝙨 𝙨𝙤𝙡𝙫𝙚𝙙, 𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙖𝙗𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙨𝙘𝙤𝙧𝙚𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙗𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙮 𝙣𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚.」

There was definitely a Lock on Han Kang-yoon’s ability scores.

🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷

Five years after the release of Exorcism 1, when the third series of High School Exorcism came out, there was a character named 「𝙇𝙚𝙚 𝙎𝙚𝙤-𝙮𝙤𝙤𝙣」 who became a hot topic.

「𝙇𝙚𝙚 𝙎𝙚𝙤-𝙮𝙤𝙤𝙣」 had ridiculously high stats in all other ability scores, but his spiritual power was a strange character that didn’t go up from C-rank no matter how much he leveled up or progressed through the story.

Because of this, there was quite a bit of controversy in the community.

━How do you raise Lee Seo-yoon’s spiritual power to B-rank?

━Isn’t this just a bug? It doesn’t go up from C no matter what I do.

━I fed him the Green Cloud Pill I got from clearing the Cheong-ga story, but it still doesn’t go up. It must be a bug.

However, no matter how many inquiries were made, the production company gave the same answer.

『 We have confirmed that there are no problems with the design. Thank you.』

In other words, it meant that it was intentional, not a bug.

━It turns out that there was a restriction from the beginning that prevented it from going up no matter what you did.

━I wasted my time. Don’t make it confusing.

━Well, it would be overpowered if Lee Seo-yoon’s spiritual power was also high-rank.

Most users gave up in disappointment, but some users thought that there might be a hidden element to the character Lee Seo-yoon and immediately started researching.

And finally, they found the answer in Lee Seo-yoon’s past story.

━Lee Seo-yoon has aftereffects in his heart. If you go to any special exorcist and ask for a checkup, you’ll get related lines.

Lee Seo-yoon, who was attacked by an S-rank Ice-type yokai when he was young and lost his parents, had magical aftereffects inside his heart.

Eventually, as a result of the users’ experiments, it was revealed that Lee Seo-yoon’s spiritual power rank could be increased if he consumed a certain amount of fire-attribute elixir or acquired a related trait.

And what was important was what came next.

━But come to think of it, wasn’t there a similar character in the first game?

That’s right.

There was definitely a character whose ability scores were ridiculously poor despite the setting that he worked hard.

It was Han Kang-yoon.

━The situation is similar, but he’s just a supporting character.

━Don’t you know that they’re really obsessed with the setting and details? It’s definitely possible.

━But there’s no way to confirm it anyway, so it doesn’t matter. You can’t raise anyone other than the main character in the first game.

━That’s true.

It was just a story that had been buried.

But now, that was the key.

Ring, ring.

『 . . . . . .Didn’t you say you’d call me before you went to bed?』

“Sorry. I was lost in thought and it was too late by the time I came to my senses.”

『 Sigh. . . . . .If you’re thinking of taming me, you don’t have to. I’m willing to cooperate with you in any way possible if it’s feasible.』

“No way. It’s not like that.”

Seo Ji-an seemed quite tired for some reason. Did she really stay up all night waiting for me to call before bed? I scratched my head in embarrassment.

『 So, what do you need?』

“I have a list of things I need. I’ll send it to you in a text message now.”

Jingle.

Seo Ji-an checked the contents of the text message and soon asked, sounding puzzled.

『 . . . . . .You need a lot of strange things. Why do you need a fist-sized colorless stone?』

“I have a use for it.”

『 You’re being silly.』

Click.

Seo Ji-an said she would deliver the items as soon as she got them and hung up.

「𝙄𝙩’𝙨 𝙖 𝙗𝙞𝙩 𝙢𝙪𝙘𝙝 𝙩𝙤 𝙖𝙨𝙠 𝙛𝙤𝙧, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙨𝙝𝙚’𝙨 𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝘿𝙖𝙚-𝙟𝙞𝙣 𝙄𝙣𝙙𝙪𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙨, 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙢𝙪𝙘𝙝 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙𝙣’𝙩 𝙗𝙚 𝙖 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙗𝙡𝙚𝙢.」

Unlike Lee Seo-yoon, who had a clue in his past story, there was no hint given about Han Kang-yoon. That’s why I had to do the legwork myself.

「𝙄 𝙝𝙤𝙥𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙨 𝙢𝙚 𝙖 𝙗𝙞𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙖 𝙘𝙡𝙪𝙚.」

First of all, it was time to find out what was putting a Lock on my ability scores.

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