Chapter 1: Prologue
In The Mage Tower which was considered the essence of magic, the so-called magicians gathered just to hear my words.
It was a beautiful sight;
The fence of magicians surrounding me moved naturally as I moved.
With wide open eyes, rough breaths, and notebooks opened as if they would jot down even the slightest detail of what I said felt like a melody to my eyes.
Perhaps because my heart was already happy, I found this scene quite fascinating.
One person hesitated and looked at me.
“What are you hesitating about?”
As I glanced at her, she continued her words in amazement.
“Um, I'm just surprised…
you're so much younger than I thought…
and you're already an Archmage…”
“Ah! No! Mr.
Kaplan! This is the ancient magic thesis you just published! I've been trying to interpret it and summarized it up to page 2 in my own way.
Please read it once when you have some time…
When I received it, the person who gave me the paper couldn't believe it.
She stumbled and bowed immediately.
Perhaps the magicians who had been watching us also gained courage when I accepted one paper; The fence surrounding me became even closer.
But suddenly, the fence split like a red sea.
With such murmurs, Rumble, the second-place Beltla magician, walked toward me.
However, as he arrived in front of me, he immediately put a smile on his face.
Kaplan! Congratulations on your promotion to the top rank.
Have you thought about becoming a professor at the Academy? Of course, the conditions will be adjusted to your need.”
“I'm not interested.”
“Please think about it again! Many students need your teaching.
How happy would they be if you became a professor? This is for the future…”
“I said I'm not interested.”
With a twist on his face, he swallowed what he was about to say and stepped back.
Now, another magician appeared.
She was a fresh-faced girl who seemed to have recently entered the tower.
“Hey, does that mean Archmage Kaplan-nim will be doing research in the tower from now on?”
“I have no intention of doing that too.”
The group of magicians who had been walking after me suddenly became agitated like a wave.
“Most magicians aim for a promotion to receive better treatment in the tower! What kind of mindset must you have had…”
I couldn't help but chuckle at her question.
Her expectations seemed to be for something grand, but the answer I gave in return was too simple.
Everyone was shocked into silence.
The authority of the Mage Tower, as a magic research institution, was absolute.
Who could dare to say that it was boring?
Only I could do that…
I liked doing things that no one had done before.
I always gave my best to accomplish such things, and I intended to continue doing that in the future.
That was why I drew the line and didn't stay in the Mage Tower.
If others could easily do something, then it was not fun for me.
“It's boring, you say? The Mage Tower, where the top magicians explore magic, is considered the most enjoyable place for magicians…
What part of it did you find boring?”
“Creating cliques is a characteristic of the weak.”
I was honest.
I pursued luxury and pleasure over frugality and simplicity, and I was more often driven by spontaneity than diligence.
To me, the Mage Tower was suffocating and full of pretense.
There were many things that restrained me, and the structure of magicians who had reached their own peak and supported each other without any intention of moving forward was frustrating to see.
“Then, what are your plans for the future?”
“I'll take a break and think about it.”
Magicians reacted furiously to every word I said.
There were still a lot of questions rushing toward me.
Among them, there were also criticisms disguised as questions.
“I think that if you are promoted to the highest rank, you should also take responsibility! Even for the development of the magical world, staying at the Mage Tower is necessary…”
“Merhen is a rank that can be achieved even without teaching.
As a Merhen myself, I guarantee it.”
Then, the magician who was about to attack me closed his mouth.
“See! Even if you don't stay at the Mage Tower, please present the interpretation of this research! All the magicians are waiting for that interpretation!”
Around that time, I stood up from my seat.
Isn't that why we came to the Mage Tower today?”
The silence that fell when I took out the document from my pocket was intense.
This lightweight thing in my hand was the reason why I visited the Mage Tower today.
It was material for interpreting a thesis on ancient magic.
first of all, I don't think there's a magician who doesn't understand the content of the first page.”
Everyone nodded and waited for my next words.
Breaking off in the middle was more frustrating.
They must be feeling a greater thirst than ever before, as the interpretation had been blocked at the most interesting part.
The only piece of information shriveled up in my grasp.
That was my answer.
Everyone let out a silent gasp.
I continued talking with that bewildered face in front of me
“If you cannot interpret it on your own, then it is too early to access ancient magic…that is my conclusion and interpretation.”
At that moment, a magician hurriedly came over and grabbed the material that had turned to ashes.
“Kaplan! What on earth is this?! If we can use ancient magic, the world will become twice as great…!”
“The world will become great.
However, the magicians are not yet great.”
The professors, whose lips were only twitching in frustration, turned blue.
Their faces were a sight to behold, as they had followed their own convenience.
Leaving behind those faces, I was about to
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