Chapter 5.1: Testing
The Nishiyama house was a huge two-story building with a basement and an attic, but that was not what made it special. What made it special was its backyard that was about an acre in size. Gou’s pay was more than enough to buy him a house in the mountains including the land around it. He had expanded the backyard in order to create a training venue for his children to practice combat and magic.
Magic spells had a ranking system created by the SMC. Ranks were decided according to their difficulty, lethality, and application. If a spell was simple, non-dangerous, and had a multitude of uses, it was categorized as a general purpose spell and given a ranking from F to D. Spells from C-rank onwards required a matching status to be learned. And although the official system was complex, this much was general knowledge.
All battle spell categorizations appeared from C-rank and above. C-rank battle spells were, at most, capable of causing simple injuries if used by the average maestro. B-rank spells were dangerous, adept at breaking bones and tearing flesh. A-rank spells were highly lethal. S-rank spells had the ability to reshape a wide area of terrain, kill hordes, disrupt nature, or a mix of the above. They were a far cry from A-rank spells. If compared to a scientific weapon, 10 out of 10 people would choose to set it side by side to a nuclear warhead. A-rank and S-rank spells were banned by the SMC, and unauthorized usage could earn one up to half a century in jail. However, although S-rank spells were banned by the SMC, there were few people who could actually use them to begin with. Additionally, spells used by an exceptional Maestro would be raised in rank for the individual depending on how greatly it differed from normal usage.
Gou’s investment was a wise choice. Normally, students were incapable of training battle magic of high rank due to the several laws and regulations enforced by the government about practicing magic in urban areas. However, under the supervision of an experienced Maestro on a large plane of isolated land, usage of high-rank Battle spells was permitted. This small family fulfilled the requirements. Due to this, Akane had a complete grasp of magic usage by the age of 14, while Akira gained massive combat ability by learning taijutsu from his father. Despite his faulty mana relays, Akira was still able to use magic to an extent, which was why he was able to get some practice over the years.
The backyard of the Nishiyama house was a place overflowing with lustrous green grass and a variety of plants here and there. However, there were no longer any trees remaining. This was mostly due to Akane who had carried out several experiments with Aether, most of which ended catastrophically and resulted in the yard being recreated through magic. While the Nishiyama family lived on a piece of land located in the mountains, other houses were actually quite close and could be reached after a 5 minute walk. Not to mention, there were several other people who had chosen to live in the area for similar reasons, like the Endo family who lived nearby. Due to Akane’s dangerous and deafening experiments, there were several instances where neighbors came rushing to see what happened. This had caused Gou headaches for a long time, until the sounds of explosions on the weekends became seen as a commonplace occurrence by the neighbors.
Usually, the backyard would be used for learning spells, but today was slightly different.
Standing on the yard which had been repaired countless times were Akane and her father, several yards apart. In Akane’s clutch was Seventeen. Gou, on the other hand, was holding a staff with a golden serpent entwined around it. This was his B-ranked healing speculo: Healer God – Asclepius.
“Yosh! As I have Asclepius out, everything should be fine. Well then Akane, go ahead,” Gou said as he brandished his staff.
“Got it!” Akane energetically replied. Holding Seventeen by its grip, she channeled her mana. The mana spread naturally through the wand, imbuing it with power. Akane was surprised by how natural it felt, almost as if it was an extension of her arm. As the mana flowed into the wand, it started to glow an azure light that seemed to seep from the inside. The red jewel pulsed with a rhythmic, scarlet glow.
A surge of energy erupted from inside her. Slightly taken aback, her concentration wavered, but she kept on sending magic inside Seventeen. Amazing. She was in awe of the feeling that flowed through her body.
Focusing on creating Fire, she used the C-rank spell |Flare| to materialize 4 basketball-sized fireballs that floated in front of her. Moving like a conductor waving her baton, she fired them at her father. As soon as she pointed Seventeen in his general direction, the flames went hurtling towards Gou and impacted seconds later.
PHWOOM! A pillar of fire rose up on the spot, proof of the immense mana its caster held. Akane panicked. ‘Did I use too much power?’ But her worries were dispelled as she saw her father emerge unscathed. However, the same could not be said for his surroundings. In a 4 meter radius, the ground was burning.
“Magnificent!” Gou exclaimed, “That one fireball was more powerful than most of the techniques I’ve seen used by others! Good work, I see you’ve got no need for further buildup. However…”
“You burned the surroundings as well. Try to put out the fire and restore the land.”
“Ah, sorry! I’ll do that quickly.”
Akane produced a stream of water half a meter wide and put out the fire. Then, she made new grass grow to exactly the same length as before by compounding Water and Earth elements and producing the Nature element.
Compound elements were produced through the combination of two primaries. Aether was also a compound, but compared to others it cost much more mana to create.
“Amazing. Even though you already had high efficiency in using Compounds before, it really stepped up a notch thanks to your Speculo.” Gou was very pleased, praising her for the speed and complexity of her magic after examining the flawless restoration of the grass. “As expected of my daughter. Try some more spells.”