Chapter 84. Entrance Exam (6)
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About 300 people entered the Grace Range.
Some applicants who were at the starting point, recovered their bodies with potions or magic, but were expelled when they tried to enter again.
Lilith looked at the foot of the Range, it was now dark because the sun had gone down.
Their problem was not an easy one to solve.
When the entrance exam began, the Planteras threw 40 people to the starting point. That didn’t just happen at the beginning.
Now the quiet Grace Range looked like a huge maze or dungeon.
Applicants realized they had to change their strategy.
It took more than strength to break through to the top.
It took an organized team to get to the summit.
So they began to group together the applicants who were in the entrance exam area. They exchanged information.
They all said the same thing.
“We must take the same route as others.”
They intended to follow the road they were cleared.
Probably, they could catch up faster.
Lilith had discovered something when she looked at the other applicants.
The Planteras did not react aggressively to those who were tired or or without mana. It seemed like a mechanism to avoid deaths.
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There were also many people who approached her to propose teaming up.
“Lilith, in our group there is a position for a mage.”
A man grabbed her wrist without waiting for her response.
It was Jerome, someone Lilith knew. He frequently sent her letters.
She shook his hand.
“I’ll think about it.”
“Everyone is already grouped together, you don’t need to think about it.”
“I appreciate your thoughtfulness, but I want to choose my team.”
He, who frowned, said,
“Tsk. I’ll wait until tonight, don’t regret it later.”
Lilith coldly replied.
“Yes. Thank you.”
She had to camp in the mountains at night. In that case, she refused to stay with a man who ogled her indecently.
She’d rather have a teammate who had no feelings for her.
She could not trust those who were here, not even in their abilities.
Suddenly, she remembered one person.
That masked man who had defeated only three thieves.
That man had no interest in Lilith.
She did not like him.
Lilith shook her head, but that thought did not disappear.
I’m sure that man is alone right now.
She was sure that the applicants who had advanced were in a team.
He was a worthy teammate for her.
Lilith would be able to join him when she got to first base.
She walked away from the applicants with determination.
Lilith concentrated. She released her mana into the air.
Soon, she felt intense fatigue.
She had brought potions for all circumstances.
Lilith drank a stamina potion that was double the recommended daily amount.
Then she walked to the foot of the Range, where darkness was absolute.
The Planteras did not block her, but no one witnessed it.
They had lit a bonfire.
Cecil brazenly extended her hand toward the masked man, who was grilling fish.
“Give me another.”
The man looked worried for a moment.
“Hurry up! Give me one more, I’ll tell you important information.”
He reluctantly pulled out a candy.
Cecil had become a companion to this man she didn’t even know.
At least to first base she planned to move forward with him.
She popped the candy into her mouth as she read a letter.
There were four Stitches hovering around the campfire.
She had received letters from her colleagues, who had dispersed in the commotion.
“The guys tried to go further when they got to the base, but they were all blocked by the Guardian Planters.”
There was a canyon beside the road that led to the summit. There was the first base, the safe zone marked on the map.
“Did you hear me?”
He nodded his head.
“It seems the Guardian Plantera is more powerful. ”
Cecil grabbed the letter from another Stitch.
“Others like Luna decided to stay on base.”
She was talented enough to aspire to the highest positions in her Department.
When Lilith finished speaking, the man handed her another candy.
It was like a reward for her information.