Chapter 4.2: Analysis
“A-anyways,” Gou stuttered a little as he closed the file with his sweaty hand and opened the other one. “Let’s look at yours, Akir- WHAT THE HELL IS THIS!”
Hearing his father suddenly yell, Akira glanced down at the tablet, his eyes sweeping quickly over the data. Even Haruna had poked her head out of the kitchen, wondering what was going on.
Nishiyama Akira 16/M
Maestro Rank: S
Speculo: The Wheel of Fortune – Ten (MA)
Core Foundation: Arcana
Increased Casting Speed (E)
Increased Mana (E)
Increased Agility (E)
Increased Strength (E)
Increased Toughness (E)
Increased Dexterity (E)
- Analysis of chamber reveals bullets can be created by pouring mana into the Speculo.
- Aided by the Elements – The elements show bursts of marvelous harmony in the brain when the Maestro applies focus, leading to increased Neuron activity and therefore causing an optimization in the Maestro’s intellectual prowess. It is estimated that these bursts can be lengthened with practice.
“6 Boosts… Ignoring their quality, the quantity itself is amazing…” Gou muttered. “Also, what’s with that ability? Isn’t that…”
Unlike Akane, the SMC had performed numerous tests on Akira’s body utilizing an enhanced MRI machine, which had been created shortly after the Magic Era started. Usually, such body checks would be performed after the Maestros entered a school or institute of some sort. However, as he was a rare S-rank, the SMC had called him in to analyze him immediately. This was why an ability affecting his physique had been confirmed.
Contrary to Gou who sat still, Akane was shaking Akira by his shirt.
“Onii-chan, I’m happy for you, but why do you have so many boosts straight off the bat? This is your first form, isn’t it?! That’s cheating!” She declared while pouting.
“How is it cheating if I got something I didn’t wish for originally?!” Akira responded as he grabbed onto Akane’s arms to stop her from shaking him.
“No, Akira, at this level it really could be called cheating… Increased Mana is an extremely rare boost. Not as rare as an S-rank of course, but still very rare and even when it appears it’s usually E rank. And to top it off, you have 5 others of the same rank. Although they’re just E-rank now, as your Speculo grows you’ll come to realize their usefulness.” Gou shook his head slightly while backing up Akane.
The Speculo was thought of as a step forward in evolution, and to help its owner reach perfection, it would boost certain aspects of their body. As the Speculo grew, the Boosts would grow as well. Sometimes they would even have side-effects, but that was because even Magic had laws, and everything had a price.
A low ranked speed boost, for example, could slightly increase a person’s running speed. But the highest ranked one would give them the ability to run as fast as a cheetah effortlessly. However, Boosts were rare, often showing up as low ranked ones that would later rank up with evolutions.
“S-rankers sure are out of the ordinary…” Akane sighed as her eyes glossed over and she stared into space.
‘Of course, we’re called S-rankers for a reason!’ Mentally responding to Akane’s observation on behalf of his fellow S-rankers throughout the world, Akira’s eyes caught the last two lines of data as his two family members discussed his ridiculous amount of Boosts.
[Analysis of chamber further reveals that the bullets might have some sort of disruptive effect over mana flow.]
“Strange…” The words slipped out quietly under his breath as he stared at the second line. ‘Some sort of disruptive effect over mana and magic circuits…?’ Before he could further think on the matter, Akane and Gou noticed his statue-like stillness and silence.
“Is something wrong, Onii-chan?”
“… Nothing in particular.” Deciding to ignore it, he shook his head as he put on a light smile and asked his father a question. “Otou-san, as we’ve confirmed the abilities of our Speculo, may we go test them?”
Hearing his question, Gou’s smile returned to his face as he stood up and stretched his back.
“Hm~ph. Ahhh, that feels better.” Rubbing his back, he started to walk towards the backyard. “Come with me.”
Without further ado, Akane jumped to her feet and ran outside after giving her mother a hug. Akira, too, eventually moved from the table after staring at the file for a bit. After much effort, he pushed the thought to the back of his mind and went outside with a sense of unease.