The sun shone high in the sky, illuminating the clear blue waters that yielded to a massive silver yacht. Noble families exchanged pleasantries as they approached an unimaginably large crescent shaped island.
The captain stood stoically at the helm of the ship. Clothed in formal navy attire, his uniform was a crisp scene of whites, blacks, and golds. His right-hand man and friend of many years stood respectfully by his side, looking out at the opening gates that connected the ends of the island.
“Looks like another successful trip to Focus Academy, captain”.
The captain, being a man of few words, simply grunted.
Back within the levels of the yacht, the façade of politeness was slowly fading as the heavy atmosphere of competition solidified in the air.
“I have the utmost confidence in my son.” Spoke a towering man who easily stood past 2 meters tall.
A short Asian man stood with hands clasped behind his back chuckling. “Your Storm family sure seems to have a lot of backbone when you arent hiding with your tail between your legs.”
Nearby, a beautiful dark-skinned lady with sharp silver eyes slowly tilted a glass of sparkling wine to her full lips before saying, “That reminds me, how is the Ragnor family doing?”
“You!” The towering man seemed to almost lose his temper before slowly reining himself in. To the surprise of those around him, he instead smiled and stroked his well-kept beard.
“I guess all these years of teasing has finally made you grow numb to it. Eh, Storm?” A handsome man strolled into the group of Nobles, wearing a bewitching smile and hiding shining golden eyes behind crystal framed glasses.
“Ah, Sapientia. Not at all. Its just that this years round of opening ceremony performances will end with my Storm family receiving the highest glory.”
“This should be disputed among the younger generation. After all, it wont be us going up there.”
“You may be right, but Ill smile from the sidelines nonetheless. Well soon see who among the new batch is most talented.”
The tall man turned back to the elegant lady and short Asian man before plastering a smug smile on his masculine features.
“From what I hear, our children might not even stand a chance. Delia of the Patia-Neva family and Mayumi of the Kami family are said to be well past their years.” The lady took yet another sip of wine.
The Asian man shot a glance over. “I didnt know that the Duco family was so fond of giving up before putting up a fight.”
A light laughter filled the floor. “Dont mistake my intentions, Bai. Ive simply been suppressing information on my little fire spark.”
“You should all warn your children to not be arrogant. Usually, its only the founding families of the school who participate in this event. However, remember that a commoner actually passed the test this year…” The handsome man spoke before allowing his voice to trail off.
The silence of palpable. Their apprehension was understandable. As an appeasement to the mortal governments, the martial world issues a sort of bridge to allow students of common birth into their ranks. Over the centuries, this test has become more of a formality. Since no one ever passed, it was, instead, a sign of good faith that the two worlds could continue to coexist.
“Do you think… their bloodlines could be awakening?” Storm whispered in a hushed voice.
“Dont be ridiculous. We already checked his background. With the suppres –” Duco cut herself off, instead deciding to take another sip of wine.
Sighing, the Asian man turned to leave before pausing for one final word. “This is the first time weve allowed a commoner to participate in the opening ceremonies. It may be surprising that he passed, but its not as though the test was very difficult to begin with.” After a small pause, he continued. “You all know very well that we didnt need to go so far as to allow him to participate in the opening ceremony. So, you all know very well why we displayed upon him this “kindness”. Dont overreach without cause and poke a bear we shouldnt.”
The nobles didnt have much to worry about. With no family backing, it would be impossible for this commoner to do much of anything. However, these nobles had lived for many years and had come to learn that variables could destroy even the most carefully laid out plans. If this child truly was a genius – one worthy of joining a side or even main branch of a noted family, he could tip the delicate balance of their martial world.
Usually, they would simply use their overwhelming power to stop this boy from joining, or even falsify the test results. But, the testing process wasnt only overseen by them. Families from schools around the universe had access to the results. If they tampered, it would only raise the interest of those families to recruit the commoner behind their backs. Even just killing him wasnt an option because a war with the human world wasnt something they could divert their attention to. It wasnt as though the mortal world was filled with pushovers. In fact, the country this com
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