Otome Game no Heroine de Saikyou Survival [WN] - Chapter 109
Royal Academy of Magic
The Royal Academy of Magic was established as the oldest educational institution in the Kingdom of Cleydale, and only those of noble blood who were 13 years old in that year were allowed to enter.
Ostensibly, the reason for its establishment was to teach the art of controlling magic to children of noble families who possessed a great deal of magical power. To bridge the educational gap caused by the wealth of noble families, it has become a three-year educational institution to acquire the education required to become a noble.
For this reason, non-aristocrats were not allowed to enroll in the school, but low-ranking aristocrats such as barons, who became followers of aristocrats, and “aristocrats in name only” who were adopted by aristocratic families, were allowed to enroll as long as they were considered to be “aristocrats”.
One of the biggest news stories at the academy recently was the admission of Crown Prince Ervan last year. The gentle prince, who was said to lack the grace of an influential noble family, was beginning to loosen his grip on the school last year with the arrival of his three fiancées from influential noble families.
The third-year students of the highest grade at school included Patricia, the daughter of the Duchess of Houdale, who was already enrolled as a candidate for the third queen, and Clara, the daughter of the Countess of Dandol, who was also admitted in the same year as the first fiancée who was to become the official Queen.
However, this year’s school, which welcomed new students, became even more noisy.
The year after the birth of the crown prince, a large number of children were born to have the opportunity to get closer to the royal family, so the school was blessed with more students than usual, but with the entrance of the first princess, Elena, and the inclusion of the second queen candidate, the first court magician’s daughter, Carla Lester, a lot of prominent girls passed through the school gates.
Among them, there was one new student, a lowly noblewoman who had entered the school as the first princess’s “Attendant”.
The princess’s personal attendant also serves as her maid of honor, and girls her age were likely to become the Lord’s favorites for the rest of their lives, as they were to be taken care of at the school as well.
The girl was rumored to be the closest to Princess Elena, even though she was the daughter of a junior noble family, a quasi-baroness.
It was a sunny afternoon with a gentle spring breeze, and the girl was sitting alone on one of the terrace seats, probably during a meal break, with few students around, eating a light meal and reading a book that looked like a small diary.
When passing students noticed her, they stopped to look at her, as if attracted to her, even stopping in their tracks, as if impatiently hoping to see her again.
She was a new student, so she must be only twelve or thirteen years old. Even among nobles whose growth was accelerated by magic, the average age would be fourteen years. Generally speaking, lower-class nobles who were unable to receive extensive magic education were considered to have low magic power, but the girl’s appearance was more mature than that of other girls her age, including those of higher-class nobles with high magic power.
Her hair was of a radiant golden color with pinkish tints, a rarity even in this country.
She had lustrous, spotless white skin and brilliant jade green eyes.
If one looked for it, there were probably many more beautiful women and girls with that kind of face, but her cool, mature appearance gave off a certain “appeal” rather than the “loveliness” that one would expect from a girl her age.
When she stood up, she was half a head taller than other girls her age, and probably as tall as the average male student. Perhaps because of this, many of the students who stopped to admire her were not only boys, but also girls.
The reason why no one approached the girl was not because they were put off by this flower of high peak, but rather because they did not want anyone to pollute the surroundings of this solitary flower…or was it because such a common feeling had emerged?
However, there were more than a few people who could not read such “atmosphere”.
“Hey, woman over there. Face me!”
According to the insignia on his school uniform, the person who spoke to her as if from an upper class was most likely a second-year boy. A large boy of about 15 years old, perhaps with a high magical power level, entered the space, causing the female students around him to let out an inaudible scream.
“…What is it?”
The boy, who was momentarily overwhelmed by the “steel” tone of her voice, which was neither low nor high, involuntarily gulped at the beauty of the girl who raised her head from her book, her peach-colored hair streaming smoothly down her cheeks.
“…young master, young master…”
The boy, who was approached from behind by a man who looked like a squire, blinked his eyes as if he had suddenly woken up from a dream, and then, perhaps feeling as if he had been shamed, assumed an even more pompous attitude.
“You are the woman who has been accompanying Her Royal Highness, aren’t you? I am Rudolph, Count of Hadel. I have a task for you. Establish a connection between me and Lady Elena.”
The boy – Rudolph pointed with his chin, and one of the gruff-looking squires placed a small leather bag in front of the girl.
According to the heavy sound it made on the table, it must have contained at least a few gold coins. The girl, with a slight frown, looked at the leather bag before quietly closing the book.
“It’s an advanced payment. There are ten gold coins. It’s a lot of money for a daughter of a baronet. If you succeed, I’ll give you twice as much.”
“Why? The frail princess cannot be married off to another country’s prince. Then she should marry into the country’s highest nobility, the Count of Hadel.”
Grinning with his short-cropped dark blonde hair, Rudolph raised the muscles he had forced himself to pack under his uniform in a threatening manner.
Rudolph was a Knight Department student, a rank two, one of the top ranks in the Knight Department.
With some of his contacts as a count, he could have at least been a Royal Guard knight, and he could have also made contacts with the royal family, but he only wanted the princess’s name and the benefits that came with it, so he was trying to trap the girl, who was an attendant of the princess, for some easily obtainable political power in the academy.
“I’ll make you my concubine then. How’s that sound? I’ll give you a life that a lowly aristocrat could never have.”
As he said this, Rudolph reached out to touch the girl’s neck, but she stood up and easily avoided his hand.
“You can talk in your sleep.”
After a moment’s pause, Rudolph understood the girl’s words and became furious, trying to strike the girl, who had already turned her back and started walking away, but was stopped by his follower.
“Let go of me!”
“Young master, that’s not a good idea. There’s a lot of attention here.”
When Rudolph understood the squire’s words, he glared at the onlookers who were watching from a distance, and the students scattered, sneaking away.
“Let’s change places for now, young master.”
They centered around Rudolph, who blatantly clicked his tongue, and left the place for the time being.
The magic academy, located in the suburbs of the capital, had a sprawling campus that included forests and hills, and over the years, several research facilities built by professors had been left behind in the woods and other places.
When they entered one of them, a discarded stone research facility that they had been using without permission, Rudolph, still enraged, kicked a wooden chair, breaking it as he pushed aside a servant who greeted them.
“That woman…! How dare she talk to me like that!”
The followers, including several who were waiting inside, secretly sighed as the big kid destroyed the institute’s furniture, which had been kept in good condition.
“No, young master. That girl is bad. You know, something is wrong with her. The moment I looked into her eyes, you see, I got goosebumps.”
“Gordon, are you trying to tell me that I’m going to be beaten by a woman like that?”
“No, no, no, I know what you’re capable of. But isn’t that girl the princess’s bodyguard? If you mess with her, you will get in trouble.”
“I will not leave without a fight!”
“I disagree. There is a world out there that a noblewoman can’t even begin to imagine. Just let a few of us kidnap her when she’s alone, and use some nasty medicine on her, and the rest… you know what I mean.”
At the words of Gordon, the thirty-something squire with the gruff smile, Rudolph finally composed himself and smiled a sickening smile that was not unlike a child’s.
“Well…I have high expectations from you, ‘Thieves’ Guild’.”
Count Hadel’s territory used to be a well-financed and safe place, but when the branch of the assassin’s guild with which they had formed a partnership disappeared, outlaws who had been afraid to approach the guild began to gather in the gaps, and the security deteriorated instantly.
The Count, the lord of the estate, contacted the ‘Thieves’ Guild’ to maintain order as well as bribes, and with their help, security was temporarily restored.
However, as a result of the ‘Thieves’ Guild’ becoming involved in the political center of the count’s territory, the number of malicious people increased, and the current Count Hadel’s territory developed a certain atmosphere of corruption.
When Rudolph entered the school, most of the people he brought with him as followers or servants were members of the Thieves’ Guild.
The purpose of the thieves was, of course, to protect Rudolph, but the real goal was to establish a base for the Thieves’ Guild in the school, where the children of noble families gathered, and to gather information about them.
They were planning to enter the country’s heart by having Rudolph marry a princess, and were discussing how to kidnap the girl who was accompanying her.
“So the thieves’ guild was involved after all.”
The sudden sound of a young woman’s voice caused everyone in the room to look up at once.
“Who are you?”
“Where are you?”
When a slight breeze blew, the bandits looking around saw the pink-haired girl under the skylight that had somehow appeared.
Instead of wondering how that girl got here, Rudolph sneered as he remembered the dainty butterfly getting caught in a spider’s web.
“Catch her! If you catch it unharmed, I’ll give you guys a taste!”
As Rudolph said this, the two young bandits stepped forward with grimaces on their faces.
“Wait, you guys!”
The young men, “attracted” by something, jumped at the girl, as if they didn’t hear Gordon, who was uneasy at the sight of the young men “shuffling” around in their slim, ankle-length uniforms.
The girl came forward a moment later, and her sword pierced both men’s throats at the same time.
Before the men could fall, the girl slid forward, tossing them to the left and right, and grabbed the jaw of a nearby man who had been unable to react and bent his head sideways.
“This woman is crazy!”
Confused but understanding that they had been attacked, several men drew their blades and jumped at her.
Gordon’s voice attempting to stop them did not reach the confused men, and one man’s throat was crushed by the girl’s fingertips while another was kicked in the groin, and the palm of the girl’s hand shattered a man’s sternum as she stepped on the man behind him.
While watching him, the girl drove her knee into the man’s face, causing him to jump in fear, and then wrapped her arms around his neck from above, lightly snapping his neck.
As Rudolph stood there, letting out a wordless moan at the gruesome beauty of the blood staining her white fingertips, Gordon’s thick arm suddenly wrapped around him from behind, and a dagger was thrust into his neck.
“Don’t come here! I’ll kill this kid!”
“What, what are you…?”
“Shut up! I’m not going to die playing your mother’s games! You’re a stupid kid, but you’re the heir to a great noble family. At least become a hostage!”
Even if he was a failure, if a senior noble’s heir was killed in the school, it would become the royal family’s responsibility, and the nobles would gain more influence.
From the girl’s point of view, it was nothing more than a disagreement among colleagues, but it would still be troublesome. However, she looked at them coldly and quietly muttered a few words.
At that moment, her pinkish-gold hair changed to a grayish-iron color like scorched ashes.
As the residue of light scattered like feathers and the girl’s figure disappeared from their sight, Rudolph was kicked away, and Gordon’s thick arms were shattered like dead branches.
But Gordon could not scream or yell out a complaint. Looking at the girl’s iron-colored hair, which looked like “ashes”, Gordon knew what he had become enemies with.
“…Ash Crowned Princess…”
Hearing Gordon’s mutterings as if it were the end of the world, Rudolph, who had learned the dignified name of the person responsible for the assassin’s guild’s destruction from his father and the guild, collapsed as if he had fallen off his back against the wall he had been kicked against.
“He, help me…”
“I won’t kill you. But make no mistake.”
She cast a glance at Rudolph, who showed hope for a brief moment, and her jade green eyes looked down at the two of them with an icy gaze.
“I’m arresting you as officials of the Thieves’ Guild. Don’t think that the nobleman who invited bandits into the academy will be tolerated by the princess.”
So, who is this “ash-covered” girl, and what does she have to do with the princess?
Why is she wearing the uniform of an academy that only nobles were allowed to enter?
To answer these questions, let’s take a step back in time.
[Aria (Alicia)] [Race: Human ♀] [Rank 4].
[Magic: 265/300] 30Up [Vitality: 234/250] 40Up
[Strength: 10 (14)] 1Up [Durability: 10 (14)] 1Up
[Agility: 15 (22)] 1Up [Dexterity: 8]
[Short Sword Technique Lv.4] 1Up [Taijutsu Lv.4].
[Throwing Lv.4] 1Up [Archery Lv.2] 1Up [Defense Lv.4] [Thread Manipulation Lv.4]
[Light Magic Lv.3] [Dark Magic Lv.4] [Non-Attribute Magic Lv.4]
[Life Magic x6] [Magic Control Lv.4] [Intimidate Lv.4] 1Up
[Concealment Lv.4] [Night Vision Lv.2] [Detection Lv.4] 1Up
[Poison Resistance Lv.3] [Abnormal Condition Resistance Lv.1] New
[Total Combat Power: 1152 (1440 during Physical Enhancement)] 236Up
[Combat Skills: Iron Rose Ability: Physical Enhancement v.10]
All Status +1 +100%
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