lled Instructor rather than Professor and was respected by other professors so even Professor Ronan had to be careful in front of him.


  “It, it’s nothing much but… This seems broken.”


  “Broken? That can’t be.
Lady’s Josephine’s testing magic has never created an error in the last 20 years.”


  “You see, the demonic beasts aren’t being summoned into this one specific room.”


  “That can’t be…”


  Old Man Haman observed the crystals.


  After immediately scanning across the screen with his refined vision, he found Korin in the corner of the screen who was nonchalantly sitting down by himself.


  “Rank 6 in mana.
Korin Lork.
Surprised he’s not out yet.”


  “Right? This guy who should have dropped out already is still sitting here.
I’m sure the demonic beasts aren’t being summoned.”


  “Did you see it?”




  “Did you see the monsters not being summoned, Professor?”


  “No, but… There’s no need to, is there…”


  He was Grade 6.
Grade 6 in mana would probably have a hard time to even be employed as a city guard.


  It didn’t even make sense for a student like that to deal with Grade 5 demonic beasts, and besides, defeating them in around ten seconds while Professor Ronan was looking elsewhere was impossible.




  But that meant he didn’t see it.
Old Man Haman immediately glared at him with a sharp gaze so Professor Ronan quickly took a step back.


  “A, alright.
I’ll have a clear look at it this time.
It must be a bug so I’ll summon it again…”


  Like that, Korin had to do a third test against a group of short hounds.


  『……What is this? Is this on purpose?』


  Korin muttered inside the screen before raising three spears and tossing them one by one to pierce through each of the short hounds.


  7.3 seconds.


  Professor Ronan doubted his eyes.




  In a fluster, he walked up to Professor Fermack who was next to him checking his own batch of twenty Grade 3 students. 


  “H, hey.
Professor Fermack.”


  “Wassup? Anything wrong?”


  “Your students… are already at Grade 3 demonic beasts.”


  “Well, pretty much.”



  Professor Ronan asked him after slight hesitation.


  “Who was the fastest in your group of students?”


  “Hmm… I didn’t count but this student here called Jaeger took around 3 and a half minutes.”


  “Ah… I, I see.”


  “Why did you ask that?”


  “N, nothing much.”


  Professor Ronan blankly went back to observing his crystals.


  ‘W, what am I doing.
I need to summon the Grade 4 demonic beast.’


  Korin Lork appeared to be decent at javelin.
He disregarded it by thinking that he must be from a family of hunters or something but he nonetheless concentrated on Korin Lork’s screen.


  The next demonic beast was a Mat Boar.
It was an annoying beast to deal with, that curled its body and rolled around at max speed.


  This time, only one monster was summoned unlike the Grade 5 monsters, and that in turn showed how exponentially dangerous this monster was.


  – Quakk!


  3.7 seconds.


  Ronan rubbed his eyes multiple times.
He even used the spell, Return of Memories, to recall how Korin Lork killed the mat boar in an instant.


  He had avoided the mat boar, which was rolling at full speed, like a bullfighter and tripped it by pointing out the spear at a timely manner to fling the boar into the air.
And as soon as the boar’s body straightened up in mid-air, it received a spear to its stomach and crashed into the ground.


  It was a remarkable hunt done with only technique and a little bit of power.
Although Professor Ronan tended to look down on those who fought with their own bodies, even he couldn’t help but admire how exquisitely that was done. 




『This is unfair!』  


  He also couldn’t help but compare that to the other students who couldn’t overcome the tough monster.


  So far, there were only 4 students who had passed the Grade 4 demonic beast test.


  Next up was the Grade 3 monster, Owlbear.
It was a medium-ranked demonic beast who was widely considered a big threat because of its large body and a tough grip. 


  It won’t be easy this time.
Owlbears had a thick skin that was hard to penetrate, and getting hit by its thick claws would fling off knights regardless of their barrier of aura.






  In fact, one of the students had already been insta-killed by the owlbear. 


  He tried to block the attack with his shield but the shield ended up breaking, and the impact that was carried over was so strong that he was deemed unable to continue.


  However, Korin was different.




  Without trying to parry the frontal paw swing of the bear, he lowered his head to dodge the attack and stabbed his spear into the armpit.


  And without getting greedy for more, Korin immediately started to retreat and swung the spear out wide to strike the head of the owlbear while immediately falling back.



 〚ᚲ〛- Kenaz



  His fingers left a trace behind in the air.
The letter created with mana rapidly turned into a ball of ether that pounced at the owlbear.


  “R, rune magic?!”




  Professor Ronan’s shout gathered the eyes of the surrounding professors and Professor Fermack showed an especially bigger reaction by sharply glistening his eyes.


  Rune magic was one that had a clear limit and weakness.
It was such an ancient system of magic which only scholars would take a look at while becoming a professor so it was understandable for Professor Ronan to be surprised.


  Ignoring its own body that was caught in flames, the owlbear jumped at its prey.
Due to the dreadfully low amount of mana, the magic that was cast in an instant was unable to show an astonishing outcome.


  However, the smoke created by its blazing fur was enough to cover its sight.


  In the end, the owlbear couldn’t differentiate between the black smoke and the spearhead that was coming in like a small dot and…


  – Kwaakk!


  That was what decided the victor. 


  Korin was the only survivor of the Grade 3 test among Professor Ronan’s students.




  At this point, he couldn’t help but admit that this student was definitely not someone who should stay at the likes of Grade 6.


  ‘Unlucky there’s only up to Grade 3 for the demonic beast test.’


  Would he be able to defeat a Grade 2 demonic beast as well? Even though Professor Ronan was skeptical, he couldn’t disregard the possibility.


  ‘As long as he doesn’t make any big mistakes in the demonic spirit test, he would easily go up to Grade 4.’


  In the start of the semester grading test, the lowest record was used as the estimated rank.


  If he couldn’t defeat a Grade 4 demonic spirit, then he would be estimated to be a Grade 4 even if he defeated a Grade 3 demonic beast, 


  Wondering how proficient this student called Korin would be in a fight against a demonic spirit, Ronan summoned a Grade 5 demonic spirit.


  That rune magic alone should be enough to easily defeat a Grade 5 demonic spirit.


  He assumed it would be easy for him to reach Grade 4 at least and focused on Korin’s screen but…




  Korin Lork didn’t do anything.
And after a little while…


 『I give up.』 




『The grading test has ended.
The estimation of ranks and the organization of data has been completed.
The records will now be put together.』  []




  『Student Number 7.
Roco Roco






  『Student Number 14.
Verdic Rumlow』










『Student Number 19.
Korin Lork』

Aura Rank: Low (680)

Mana Rank: Very Low (120)

Specialties: Nothing (0)

Overall Grade: Grade 6



『Demonic Spirit Test』

Grade 5 Demonic Spirit, Ghost: Forfeit

Grade 4 Demonic Spirit, Hex Wraith: Disqualified

Grade 3 Demonic Spirit, Banshee: Disqualified



『Demonic Beast Test』

Grade 5 Demonic Beast, Short Hound: 7.3 seconds (New Record)

Grade 4 Demonic Beast, Mat Boar: 3.7 seconds (New Record)

Grade 3 Demonic Beast, Owlbear: 11 seconds (New Record)


Final Overall Grade: Grade 5 Knight – Submission Complete』


『The test records will now be scrapped for privacy and information protection.』

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