I Became the Academy’s Genius Shikigami Summoner – Chapter 97.1

𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟗𝟕

𝕒𝘸𝐞𝕓𝚜𝕥ȯ̇𝐫𝙞ᴇs.𝘤𝚘𝐦

The place they arrived at, despite being called a hideout, had a pretty poor environment. It didn’t look like there was an abundance of food or water.

The atmosphere was also gloomy because of Tae-gil’s earlier comments toward the civilians, so it was like they were walking on eggshells.

In the midst of all this, an elderly man from among the civilian group approached and spoke.

“Don’t think of them too strangely. They’ve really suffered a lot.”

“What happened here?”

“It’s hard to explain everything, but a lot of their comrades died for us. It’s understandable that they’d be tired now.”

Looking at the old man’s bitter expression, it seemed like he felt their tragedy as if it were his own.

The other people in the group also didn’t utter a single complaint in this difficult atmosphere.

In such a situation, Choi Tae-gil would also just talk without actually kicking them out.

「𝘽𝙪𝙩 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙨𝙞𝙩𝙪𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙬𝙤𝙣’𝙩 𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙩 𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙜.」

Humans are creatures that can’t maintain their mental strength for long in harsh environments.

Rather, it was a miracle that even the minimum level of rules and ethics were being maintained.

“It’s quite a difficult situation, but have there been any who’ve caused trouble so far?”

“Of course there have been. Most of them ended up losing their lives, but there are also those who are still alive and have formed their own separate group.”

“So there’s a split in the factions.”

“Just in case, you should never approach their territory. Especially that young lady of yours. They’re basically outlaws who are just being careful because they’re afraid of the leader’s strength.”

“. . . Yes. I’ll be careful, grandpa.”

It wasn’t too surprising. The members might be different, but most of the people trapped in the labyrinth in the fourth installment of the series were in a similar situation.

「𝘽𝙪𝙩 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙜𝙩𝙝 𝙤𝙛 𝙨𝙪𝙘𝙝 𝙖𝙣 𝙤𝙪𝙩𝙡𝙖𝙬 𝙜𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙥 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙𝙣’𝙩 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙪𝙥.」

Since their ultimate goal of escaping was the same, there might come a time when that strength would be necessary.

That’s why Choi Tae-gil’s group hasn’t completely excluded them. That’s how the situation seemed.

After waiting for some time, we started to sense new movement outside the tunnel we were in.

Thud.

Thud.

It seemed like the rest of the group, including the leader, had returned.

“Hey, both of you, come out.”

At Choi Tae-gil’s words, Han Seo-ah and I briefly exchanged glances and went outside.

Waiting for us there were a heavily exhausted-looking older man, a clear-eyed young man, and an expressionless-looking woman who seemed to be in her mid-twenties.

The woman was the first to speak.

“. . . Tae-gil, are these the kids?”

“Huh. They say they’ve caught up to B-rank at most.”

“B-rank, that’s hard to believe.”

At first, I thought the older man was the leader, but after using my emotion ability, I realized that the real leader was the young man on the other side.

【Mikel Robertson】

▶Level 45

【Choe Da-in】

▶Level 44

【Yoo Tae-jin】

▶Level 55

▶Ability Scores

【Stamina: C+】

【Spiritual power : B-】

【Spellcraft: A】

【Mental Strength: A+】

▶Traits (6/10)

【Leader (S-)】

【Battle instinct (A-)】

【Accelerated growth (B)】

【Composure (C+)】

【Cleanup expert (C+)】

【Enhanced memory (D)】

Indeed, at this level, Yoo Tae-jin, the leader, is definitely 1st-grade.

Although his ability scores aren’t special since he’s not from a prestigious family, it’s clear that he’s gained that much more experience.

“First of all, it’s a pleasure to meet you. I’m Yoo Tae-jin, the leader of this place, at least in name.”

Yoo Tae-jin offered us a handshake with a natural smile, and then briefly explained the rules of the place.

“If you follow the rules I just mentioned, we’ll accept the two of you into our group. Is that okay?”

“Yes. We won’t cause any trouble.”

In any case, the more cards I have to play, the better, if I want to escape from this place.

There was no reason to not cooperate, so we obediently decided to join Yoo Tae-jin’s group. Then, the woman who identified herself as Choe Da-in took us and started explaining various information.

“. . . We’ve been exploring steadily for a long time, so we’ve gathered most of the information about the surrounding area. It would be good for you to know it too.”

Black bobbed hair, a bit taller than me. And an expression that was hard to read.

She had joined Yoo Tae-jin’s group most recently, and she said she had worked as a private bodyguard for a prestigious company outside.

“There’s only one place where you can get water. It’s an artificial valley, as if someone had intentionally created it. But it’s far and quite dangerous.”

“. . . So it’s not easy to get a hold of.”

“Yeah. Even I can’t do it without the leader or Han-soo with me.”

After organizing the information, the power levels of the people here were as follows:

The leader, Yoo Tae-jin, a 1st-grade exorcist.

Jang Han-soo and Choi Tae-gil, who were at the level of 2nd-grade exorcists.

And Mikel and Choe Da-in, who were a bit weaker than them.

With this lineup, they would be a formidable force anywhere, but unfortunately, even they are just weaklings in this Eternal Labyrinth.

「. . . 𝘼𝙛𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙖𝙡𝙡, 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙡𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙡 60 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙙𝙚𝙚𝙥𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙨.」

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