I Became An Academy Spearman — Chapter 30. The King of Weapons (2)
Translator: Atlas / Editor: Swords4Fun
They both had short-range attributes, so the weapons they selected were close to each other. Leonhard grabbed a sword. Han Seong grabbed a spear.
He felt the effect of the grayish spear as soon as he held it – it was as if an electric shock had run from his hand to his core.
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He found it curious that even such an unrealistic item was shown in detail, as if he had become a first person shooter in a video game.
“This spear is for training, but it’s pretty good,” he said aloud, still mentally reeling from what he had just witnessed.
“Yeah, the sword I took isn’t bad either.” Leonhard, who was standing next to him, replied. Han glanced at him, then reminded himself – it was natural only he would be affected, since he wasn’t part of this world. Looking down at the spear in his hands, he maintained his breathing rate.
He had to enjoy the fight even if he couldn’t affect the outcome.
He would do his best even if he was cruelly defeated in this sparring.
He tried to keep his train of thinking going to maintain his confidence.
“Cadets, proceed to your positions.”
The two both looked startled, before they moved slowly in compliance with the instructor’s words. Then they took a deep breath as they stood face to face, approximately ten feet of space separating them from each other. Posted only on NovelUtopia
Many people gathered around. Perhaps they were curious because it was a Class A cadet against a Class C cadet.
Han felt uncomfortable.
I have to fight even though my defeat is foreseen.
And everyone would see how he would lose.
Then he bit his lower lip.
Do not worry. Don’t be afraid. I just have to avoid doing something ridiculous
Glesia had proposed this fight out of the blue, but he did not believe that she expected him to win. She knew that he had a common grade attribute, unlike Leonhard who had a legendary grade attribute.
So… I just have to show a performance level that’s above their expectations of my common grade attribute.
“It looks like you guys are ready for sparring,” Avalanche began, “so before we begin, reveal your names and attributes. First, Cadet Leonhard.”
Leonhard nodded slowly as he raised his sword.
“Leonhard Laurent. My legendary grade attribute is called First Heavenly Sword. Currently my attribute is level 2.”
Almost as soon as he finished his introduction, Han could hear the voices of the crowd clamoring for their hero.
“How strong will it be?”
He heard the admiration of the cadets who came when they heard about the sparring.
His heart sank – even though at first glance it looked like he was holding the spear calmly. He felt he was in an embarrassing situation.
“Now the next cadet, Han Seong.”
He opened his mouth slowly at the instructor’s words.
“Han Seong. My common grade attribute is called Spearman. My attribute is level 3.”
He would have to say these words countless times in the future.
“Legendary against common?”
“Is this sparring really necessary?”
“The boy simply accepted it…”
Deliberately shutting out the crowd’s buzz, he focused on the spearhead.
The ridiculous difference between them was obvious to an idiot. Even Instructor Avalanche was silent. He should have announced the start of the sparring when the introductions were over. He still had a doubtful look on his face.
Suddenly the instructor looked at Han with a meaningful gaze.
His look seemed to tell him that he could give up right now. That he would support the decision, and that this fight wouldn’t have to happen.
Instead, Han sketched a small smile across his face.
He didn’t want to run away now.
If he gave up here, there would be no victory that could overcome this humiliation. His self-esteem would be completely shattered.
Even if the spear broke when it hit the sword blade, he didn’t want to give up before he had exchanged attacks with Leonhard. He had to do it no matter what the outcome could be.
Also, he could not underestimate his Spearman attribute even if there were many differences between them. He knew that the more he trained, regardless of wins or losses, the more advantages he could gain from his attribute.
The King of Weapons. It thundered in the back of his mind now.
The spear was one of the best among the selection of short-range weapons, although some would say that the sword surpassed the spear. But to him, it seemed a ridiculous thought after having personally wielded the spear thousands of times for two months.
The sword could never match the reach and trajectory in which the spear strikes.
In addition to the difference in range, the difference in power concentrated in a single point was so enormous that it could finish off an opponent in a single attack.
In fact, the Spearman attribute had overwhelming superiority when it came to close-range attributes. In other words, in a fight between short-range attributes, it could have the appearance of a different grade weapon.
He slowly aimed his spear at Leonhard and nodded at the instructor. He did not intend to lose easily.
“The fight begins.” Finally, the instructor signaled the start.
Leonhard immediately spoke up. “Han Seong, you may attack first.”
A personal, quite indulgent voice caused an unusual idea to arise in Han’s mind.
Maybe I can win.