There’s is a stunned silence in the stadium. Everyone is looking at Naomi as if they couldn’t believe what she just said. Even I am not an exception to this.
I… I won? For real?
But Naomi didn’t even let Ilyrana defend against my spell. And more importantly, why does she look so scared and baffled right now?
“Miss Naomi, I request you to not joke around at the moment. It’s quite rude to intervene in a match like this and waste the time of all the people present here,” Ilyrana says, her small fists clenched and a hint of anger in her beautiful voice.
“What makes you think that I am joking around, Princess?”
Turning her expressions back to normal, Noami turns around and fix her eyes on Ilyrana. Due to the absence of the usual playfulness on Naomi’s face, even Ilyrana looks quite surprised. Anyone could tell that she is quite serious here.
“But why? His spell simply broke through a low-level light barrier, right!? There are more powerful defensive spells that I can use,” Ilyrana says.
“Believe me or not, at your current level, none of the spells you know could’ve defended against that. If I hadn’t intervened, you would’ve permanently lost one of your arms, princess,” Naomi replies, lightly shaking her head.
“M-My arms?” Ilyrana looks shocked for a second before turning angry once again.
“Don’t lie so blatantly, Miss Naomi. This doesn’t suit your high status at all. Even if I am to believe your ridiculous claim that this boy’s spell was powerful enough to reach me, there’s no way I would’ve been hurt!
“Haven’t you— one of the ten most powerful beings— deployed a wide-area protective spell in the arena!? Are you saying that that tiny purple ball was powerful enough to break through that!? Preposterous!” Ilyrana argues.
“Of course, that’s exactly what I am saying, princess. Otherwise, why do I think I personally entered the arena to save you?” Naomi replies, raising her eyebrows.
“But… But that’s not possible…”
Ilyrana’s voice falters. Clearly, what just happened was beyond her understanding. But well, even though she doesn’t want to believe it, Naomi’s words cannot be ignored.
“Tell me, what was that strange element—?”
“Let’s head back to the stands now, shall we? As you said, we shouldn’t waste the crowd’s time,” Naomi says, hastily cutting in-between.
“No, I am not going anywhere before—”
“Princess Ilyrana, we shall talk later,” Naomi says sternly, staring at Ilyrana meaningfully.
Ilyrana frowns for a moment before nodding resentfully. She then turns around and she faces me again.
“Don’t you dare think that we’re done,” she coldly says before exiting the arena. Naomi also throws a complicated glance at me before following behind Ilyrana.
… What the heck was that about?
“Ahem, that was quite… amusing.”
The next moment, Principal Winde stands up again and speak in his magnified voice.
“Anyway, the qualifiers for the next round are; Aria Woods, Debbie Sherman, Anthony Gold, Penelope Bengston, and Jacob. My congratulations to them. Now, the contestants for the next match are…”
Leaving the arena, my teammates and I make our way towards the stands. By looking at Aria and Debbie’s hesitant expressions, I can tell that they want to say something to me but are too overwhelmed to actually do so.
And well, I also don’t want to start any conversation right now. I am busy with someone at the moment…
Yeah, I kinda guessed that.
[Oh, really? Do you know why you’re fucked?]
Obviously. Ilyrana didn’t seem that glad about losing the match, did she? I think she will do something to get back at me.
[Pfff, no! Fuck, no! If anything, that should be the least of your worries! Why the heck didn’t you tell me about that bloody spell!?]
Hey, I told you about it. I just didn’t perform it in front of you.
[… Yeah, big difference. Do you even know what you actually did back there!? How much trouble you’ve brought upon yourself!?]
Trouble? What do you mean!?
[Sigh… I cannot even blame you for this. It’s all that Black’s fault. It didn’t even give you any warnings before teaching you that spell. Otherwise, you would’ve thought a hundred times before using it in front so many people. Anyway, I guess I will have to explain everything to you now.]
… go ahead.
[Alright, so you know that there are three categories of magical elements, right?]
Yeah. Basic elements, Advanced elements, and Supreme elements.
[Correct. Now, obviously, the basic elements are the easiest to control while the supreme elements are the hardest. In fact, only high-level system-wielders can use Supreme elements. And I am sure, all of them are very well-renowned in this world.]
Yes, they are. The ten most powerful beings and their direct subordinates can use the supreme elements. But I already know all of this. Are you saying that Black somehow taught me how to control a supreme element? Seriously?
[No, it’s not a supreme element that Black had taught you— it’s something much more powerful, and at the same time, much more troublesome than that.]
[See, what if I told you that there’s a fourth category of elements? A category that is known by a few and is used by even fewer people— the Primordial Elements.]
Primordial Elements? S-So, you mean to say that in the match against Ilyrana, I used an element more powerful than the supreme elements?
You’re kidding me, right?
[I wish, but no. The purple energy you used is known as the element of Chaos. Even among all the Primordial elements, Chaos is considered to be unmatched when it comes to the destructive nature.]
Wait, but I am only at Level 5 in my system. How come I can control such a powerful element?
[Oh, it doesn’t work like that with the Primordial Elements. As long as you have the aptitude (which is extremely rare, by the way), they can be controlled at any level. Of course, the strength of the spell will still be determined by the system level. But by using all your mana, even you can conjure a small and simple Chaos-ball.]
Wow… This is amazing. Even with my level, I can easily win against someone like Ilyrana.
[No, that’s not the case at all. While she couldn’t have defended against your spell, it’s quite easy to dodge it. The only reason why you won is that Ilyrana didn’t even consider dodging the spell of a small-fry like you.]
… That’s a brutal way to bring my hopes down.
[It’s the truth. You’re nowhere near proficient or powerful enough to change the direction or shape of the Chaos-ball. But anyway, that’s not important. What we need to worry about right now is that Naomi recognized the element you used.]
[You saw her expression, didn’t you? And she even said that your spell could have broken through her protective barrier. Being one of the most powerful beings, I am sure she knows about the Primordial Elements.]
[What’s more, defeating Ilyrana with a single spell is no small feat. Representatives of other races will surely report this matter to their higher-ups. And soon enough, other bigshots will realize that you have used a unique power as well.]
Damn… So, this is why I am fucked, right?
[Exactly. I don’t know how many people in this world have the aptitude for the Primordial Elements, but they must not be many. Those representatives were already trying to get you to their countries because of your system, but now, they will have an even bigger reason to do so.]
[You need to be careful, buddy. Because this time, they definitely won’t play clean. They will come at you like a pack of hungry hounds.]