Assassin's Chronicle - Chapter 27

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Chapter 27: A Time of Peace

Translator: Nyoi-Bo Studio  Editor: - -

"Be careful!" Christian called urgently .

 

Before he could finish, though, Anfey was already falling more than twenty feet to the ground . Christian hurried over, conjuring a levitation spell to try and save his falling colleague . However, he was only a novice mage, and could not conjure such a complicated spell in such a short time . Before he could finish casting the spell, Anfey had already hit the ground . Christian was scared speechless, but he soon saw Anfey’s body fold into a ball . After a few rolls on the ground, Anfey stood up, smiling .

 

"You… Are you alright?" Christian asked, unable to believe what he had just seen . For a normal mage apprentice, levitation spells were the hardest to master . For other spells, one only had to worry about losing control of their magic . However, a badly done levitation spell could result in lifelong disability or worse .

 

"I’m alright," Anfey said as he stood up, dusting himself off .

 

"You’re too stubborn," Christian complained . "You’re just an apprentice, you shouldn’t be doing any intermediate magic . I’m so tired of trying to lecture you, but you still won’t listen . "

 

Lately, the relationship between Anfey and Saul’s other students had been improving significantly . They had been hostile towards him because of Maris and Melinda, but people tended to pity the weak . Maris and Melinda’s actions were repulsive, and their fellow students had preferred Anfey from the beginning . Most importantly, every time Anfey met someone, his first move was to smile and greet them, and he spoke ever so politely . His attitude had helped him make several friends; very few still held their initial grudges against him .

 

Out of everyone, Christian was the closest to Anfey . This was very closely tied to how Anfey treated everyone around him . Every time he saw that Christian wasn’t doing anything, he would always appear and sincerely ask Christian about magic . When Christian was busy, Anfey would never bother him .

 

"Actually… I was close to succeeding . It was my first time, and I was nervous . I can probably get it after a few more tries . "

 

"Never mind," Christian said . He was terrified . Should anything happen to Anfey, he, as the person who had taught him the levitating spell, would be severely punished by Saul . "Anfey, it’s magic, you have to take it one step at a time . You can’t push it . This time you simply lost control, but who knows what will happen next time?"

 

"I understand . " Anfey nodded, smiling .

 

"You!" Christian sighed . He couldn’t find any problems with Anfey’s attitude, but he had a feeling that Anfey would be practicing in secret anyway, no matter what he said .

 

"Anfey!" Niya said .

 

"Here," Anfey replied .

 

Niya walked over, smiling, and extending her right hand . "There you go," she said .

 

Anfey accepted his dimensional ring, now looking very differently than before . The extravagance had disappeared; it was now an ordinary looking silver ring .

 

"I used the power of a magic-concealing crystal to disguise the surge of the ring and covered it with platinum . No one can tell," Niya said, smiling . "Anfey, you’re such a coward . Are you scared of people stealing it?"

 

"My lady, Anfey’s right . He’s just an apprentice, wearing such a ring would attract unnecessary attention . "

 

"Thank you, my lady," Anfey said sincerely .

 

"No problem," Niya said . "Tell me if you need anything . " Niya might have seemed rude and uncaring at first, but she was still kind in the end . She felt sorry for Anfey, so when Anfey had asked her for help, she agreed immediately . Whether it was finding a magic-concealing crystal or looking for an alchemist, neither was something a normal mage would be able to accomplish . But in the end, Niya was the daughter of the greatest archmage . She went to the palace and talked to the emperor himself . She then found the best alchemist in the empire, Monfela, and completely transformed the ring .

 

Anfey smiled but didn’t say any more .

 

"Christian, say, what do you think about Anfey’s potential?" Niya asked . "How long do you think it will take him to become a mage?"

 

"Anfey is very hard-working," Christian said truthfully . "If he can be patient, half a year at most . " His words were not just a reply to Niya, but also a hint to Anfey that he should be more patient and move forward one solid step at a time .

 

"Anfey, hang in there," Niya said, waving her fist .

 

"Of course . "

 

"All right," she said . "I won’t bother you two anymore . " She turned and left . She was going to ask Ernest for instructions in sword arts . If Ernest heard about her helping Anfey, maybe he would change his mind about her and teach her what she needed .

 

"Christian, do you have any advice for levitation?"

 

"God, let’s not talk about the goddamn levitation spell anymore, alright? Your strongest affinity is fire, so I’ll teach you that first . In comparison, mages tend to be weaker in their physical bodies . So before you start attacking, you have to have a defensive line . Don’t underestimate a Fire Shield . It may be easy to do, but its shield power will increase with your strength . A proper mage’s shield can block a novice swordsman’s combat power . "

 

"Alright, alright," Anfey said, shaking his head .

 

Christian let out a sigh of relief, and explained to Anfey everything he needed to know to conjure a Fire Shield . Then, he said solemnly, "Anfey, I will be in the lab, so practice here by yourself . And promise me you won’t try levitation again, alright?"

 

"I promise," Anfey said with determination .

 

Christian shook his head with a bitter smile . Anfey’s attitude was applaudable, but he had the feeling Anfey wouldn’t listen to him .

 

Christian was still worried, so he doubled back quietly, checking on Anfey . It was only after seeing that Anfey really was practicing Fire Shield that he left, satisfied .

 

For a youth like Christian, his experience was very limited, so his idea of good and evil was very basic as well . When they dislike someone, they would rarely interact with the object of their disapproval . When they accept someone, they would try their best to take care of them and provide help . Maris and Malinda teamed up to frame Anfey, but their plan was flawed at best and could not withstand the truth . After they were exposed, they had fought each other and tried childishly to lay blame for the crime on each other . If someone more experienced had helped with their plans, it would have been much less flawed .

 

Unlike Christian, Maris, and Malinda, Anfey had been an assassin for a long time . He was cunning and patient, and his hands were not clean . Even Saul and Ernest had not uncovered the truth about him, much less youths like Christian .

 

"Alright, you can stop pretending," Ernest said, walking out from behind the trees . "I know you’re not interested in Fire Shields . "

 

"I don’t know why, I’m just particularly interested in levitation," Anfey said, smiling .

 

"Maybe it’s because we all like freedom," Ernest said, smiling . "But Christian’s right . You have to be careful . If you lose control as you are now, you will not be able to handle it . "

 

Ernest, however, was not nervous . He was the one that understood Anfey the best in this world . Anfey wasn’t a hotheaded youth . Every move he made was done after careful consideration . If Anfey wanted to practice levitation, Ernest knew he had a certain degree of control over the spell already .

 

"Uncle Ernest, can’t you use your combat power to levitate?"

 

"I cannot," Ernest said . "The master swordsmen from a thousand years ago could shoot themselves right into the sky, but such a usage of combat power was very depleting, and nowhere as free as that of mages . "

 

"Then how are you going to fight against mages? They can all use levitation . "

 

"Mages have magic, and we have our swords and combat power, so we are not terribly disadvantaged," Ernest said . "Mages tend to be weaker in hand-to-hand combat . If a warrior approaches, no shield can protect the mage forever . "

 

Anfey nodded . "I see . And if you fight Master Saul?"

 

"Among all the archmages of the Pan Continent, Saul’s power is medium at best . But for master swordsmen and golden knights, he is deadly, because we can never catch him . If I had to choose, I would choose anyone but Saul . "

 

"Then I must master levitation!"

 

"Of course, but don’t overestimate it either . When you try to fool a master swordsman or a golden knight, you’ll realize how childish your idea is," Ernest told him . "Levitation may be quick, but you still cannot be much quicker than a master swordsman’s sword . You’ll be chopped down like a bird . Even a mid-level swordsman can pose a serious threat to you . Unless you become the Dimensional Archmage, you have no reason to be arrogant . "

 

"I will do my best," Anfey said, smiling bitterly .

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