The Novel's Extra - chapter-93
Saturday’s Class Competitions start with archery.
Just like for the soccer match, a large crowd gathered at Cube’s
archery range. In this world, archery was a rather extreme sports, so
many people wanted to see it.
It was boring to just shoot a faraway target. What fun would it be to
shoot targets 1km away, which ordinary people couldn’t even see? In
this world’s world of sports, distance records had little meaning.
Instead, archery sports came with all sorts of magic effects and summoned
monsters that hindered the archers. These effects provided something to
see for the audience, making the sports far more thrilling than simply
shooting a target. Naturally, being professional archers came with great
honor and wealth.
And currently, I was sitting in the waiting room, watching the archery
match happening outside.
The rule of the competition was simple.
Two archery representatives would stand in their own 75-meter-wide lane.
They would both only have one chance, and the final score would be the
farthest distance they reached.
But one important thing to note was that the competition wasn’t done in
a tournament format. Because each archery match cost a surprising amount
of money, representatives from each class would only participate in one
match. In other words, there would be six archery matches in total, with
two representatives going up per match. First place to twelfth place
rankings would then be determined by the score they achieved when they
—The match between Acceptance class and Cultivation class ended.
Currently, the first place record is 320 meters, held by Eustass Haim.
The fifth match came to an end.
However, the first place record was only 320 meters. I would soon find
“The last match will be between Veritas class and Virtue class.
Representatives, please come out.”
A staff called me over. Veritas class’ representative was me, Kim
Hajin, and Virtue class’ representative was a French cadet named Baire
Moren was someone I knew. He was one of the top sharpshooters in Cube. In
the future, he would join Creator’s Sacred Grace and constantly oppose
Kim Suho. In being an opportunist, he would join Kim Suho’s side in the
end. In terms of pure archery skill, he should surpass Chae Nayun.
I glanced at Moren and checked my Gift’s proficiency grade.
[Intermediate rank] [Spirit attribute] [Evolving — Grade 6]
[Proficiency EXP 27%]
Its growth halted at grade 6, and its proficiency experience was low as
Although I was slightly worried, I wasn’t confident.
In losing, that is.
“Yes, the representatives are coming. Cadet Kim Hajin, cadet Moren,
please head out to the field.”
I left the waiting room with my bow hanging on my back.
The sunlight shone down perpendicularly, making no shade.
Chae Nayun was sitting with a bag of popcorn and a can of Coke.
“…Why are there so many magicians?”
Chae Nayun murmured as she looked around the archery range. She spent
most of her morning loitering around the school, then arrived at the
archery range with food when it was Kim Hajin’s turn to go. She was
surprised how many robed magicians were around.
“An 8-star magician is coming today. They’re probably here to see her
Yoo Yeonha pointed at the VIP observatory a little ways away.
“Oh, Magician Ah Hae-In?”
Ah Hae-In. She was a French-born 8-star magician, who became a
naturalized Korean citizen at the age of 11.
As one of the world’s 300 8-star magicians, she was young and extremely
beautiful. Although her personality was often described in strange ways,
she was practically an idol to young magicians.
“I heard she was coming. So this is where she was. I was wondering why
I could feel the earthquake from so far away.”
Earthquakes were the most common magic effect used in competitive
archery. There were also effects like summoned monsters and plant traps,
which Chae Nayun was looking forward to seeing.
She couldn’t wait to see Kim Hajin suffer.
—Next is Veritas class’ representative, Kim Hajin, and Virtue
class’ representative, Baire Moren.
“Oh, it’s our class’ turn.”
Chae Nayun looked at the archery range with popcorn in her hand.
Kim Hajin and Baire Moren came out side by side. They shook hands, then
split off into their own lanes.
Yoo Yeonha observed Kim Hajin’s movements with her chin on her hand.
Just now, Kim Hajin got up on the archery plate. The way he walked and
carried himself exuded confidence.
“Looks like we have nothing to worry about.”
The Class Competitions event was a matter of pride for cadets.
Furthermore, Veritas class was the favored winner because of its cadets.
As a result, every time Veritas class lost, they felt bitter for a while
because of the sense of pride and belonging they had with the class.
In a way, it was similar to what Koreans felt when they lost in
“…By the way, what is he mumbling?”
At that moment, Chae Nayun furrowed her brows. Yoo Yeonha turned her gaze
to the two competitors.
Indeed, Baire Moren was saying something to Kim Hajin.
“Trash talk, I guess? Baire Moren is supposedly sly and ill-tempered.”
Yoo Yeonha rarely gave false information, so Chae Nayun believed her
‘Now that I look more closely, it does look like he’s provoking Kim
Hajin. I see, Moren is a piece of shit.’
VIP observatory, where Ah Hae-In was sitting in. To greet the honored
8-star magician, the observatory was adorned with all sorts of
decorations and food.
“…Grand Duchess Ah Hae-In, is that child your nephew?”
During a break, a 5-star magician who volunteered to be her attendant
“Unofficially, yes. Officially, I’m the founder of the Ah clan, so I
have no relatives.”
Ah Hae-In grinned as she looked down at the archery range. A part of the
reason she came today was to see her nephew. As expected, he grew up
well. He stood out especially because he was next to some average-looking
The 5-star magician looked at Ah Hae-In in admiration, then spoke with a
“…Ah, it’s starting.”
Ah Hae-In placed her hand on an orb placed on a supporting platform in
front of the observatory.
“I just need to continue doing what I did before, right?”
“Yes, you can start with a light earthquake.”
“I can do what I want starting from the 350-meter range, right? Since
no one managed to get to 350 meters yet.”
“…Yes, but the obstacles have to be the same for both lanes.”
Ah Hae-In burst into laughter at the 5-star magician’s admonishment.
Then, she shot back at him.
“Would I be able to do that? Don’t you know how much I cherish my
“Ah… ahaha…. Well, it’s not a test, but a small festival for
cadets. I’m sure it’s doesn’t matter what you do. Do as you wish,
Grand Duchess. Cadets will feel honored just by having you
The subordinate magician showed excessive loyalty.
There was a good reason for it too. 8-star magicians were nobles among
nobles, with only 87 of them existing in Korea. The title ‘Grand
Duchess’ wasn’t just for show. As Class Competitions had several
events, offering a single archery event as bribe wouldn’t cause much of
In fact, if the Grand Duchess came to Cube as a guest lecturer in
exchange for this favor, it would be a huge boon for Cube.
“If you say so.”
Satisfied, Ah Hae-In smiled.
There was a reason why the first place cadet only reached 320 meters.
I only passed the 250-meter mark just now, but my legs were sore. It was
because of the earthquake that just shook the ground I was standing on.
“Wow, you’re pretty good. I guess it’s true that you have a
Moren spoke from next to me. However, he looked relaxed. Naturally, I had
some doubts about what was happening. It was a justifiable suspicion. The
extent of obstructive effects were clearly different for when I was
shooting and when he was shooting.
“Tsk, you sure are relaxed.”
“Are you sure it’s not you who just trained lazily?”
He kept provoking me with a smiling face, making it all the more
I opened my eyes wide and stared at the observatory where the magician in
charge of the obstructions should be staying.
With my Thousand-Mile Eyes, I saw a Western woman using magic inside the
observatory. Her red hair and white skin blended well together. Engraved
on her black cape were eight golden stars, and some magician was standing
next to her, flattering her.
I knew of one woman with such a setting.
Thinking about it now, she had some sort of a relationship with Moren…
I stealthily turned on my smartwatch and opened my settings book.
“Hey, your aunt is over there. Are you gonna go say hi afterwards?”
“Huh? What do you mean?”
Moren’s expression and voice were saying he was oblivious, but the
corner of his mouth was slightly curled up. This son of a bitch
definitely knew what was going on.
“Your aunt keeps harassing me.”
“What do you mean? Are you making excuses because you think you’re
going to miss? Just hurry up and shoot, please.”
I raised my bow. Immediately, an earthquake broke out beneath me. It
wasn’t just an earthquake. Suddenly, hail began to hammer down from the
I was now in the 300-meter mark. It seemed a new trial was beginning.
The hail struck my shoulders and fingers, and blocked my vision. It was
cold and painful.
However, my desire to win grew stronger.
I focused all my senses on my bow and target.
The arrow shot forward and successfully hit its mark.
Next was Moren’s turn. However, the hail falling on him was small and
soft. If the hail I faced were like 228cm and 521kg hulks, the ones this
guy was facing were… like Evandels.
Moren hit his mark without difficulty.
“It’s your turn next.”
The favoritism continued to escalate. I had no choice but to smile
forcefully and keep pushing forward.
In the end, I reached the 350-meter mark after a painstaking effort.
—Both sides have surpassed the first place record! From the 350-meter
mark, the target will move 50% faster and the participants’ turn order
will change! In other words, Baire Moren will go first!
Moren sighed as he raised his bow. It seemed he was nervous.
I wondered what the next obstacle was.
When I was looking at the lanes half in worry and half in expectation…
Huge vines suddenly shot up from the ground.
“Whoa! What’s this!?”
Moren shouted in surprise. 10-meter-tall vines shot up as if to swallow
the entire lane. Among them, a few that were especially close to Moren
swirled around him, then KWANG!
They slammed down on the ground next to him.
However, Moren remained poised. All archers cultivated patience and calm.
Unless he stepped off of the archery plate, he didn’t need to worry
about being attacked by the vines.
Not to mention, the vines were acting warm towards him. Almost like
reeds, they only swayed back and forth. It was almost as if they were
fanning him to cool him off.
Still, Moren failed.
Under the pressure from constant earthquakes and hail, he was unable to
hit the target that got 50% faster. This was his limit.
—Ah! Moren regrettably misses his target!
It was my turn once again. To be honest, I was worried. I raised my bow,
swallowing my fear.
Then just as expected, the damned vines became fiercer. They were swaying
freely when it was Moren’s turn, but now they were spazzing out
I stopped thinking for a moment.
Anyone could see the favoritism that was going on. But I could just tear
through it as well. In a way, I also had an incredible backing in the
form of Lady Luck.
I nocked an arrow and pulled on the bowstring.
Immediately, the vines became even more astringent, almost like they were
just dumped by their lovers… I could feel their rage and agitation.
Then it was time for me to get serious too.
I activated Bullet Time. In an instant, the world slowed down. At the
same time, the target shot up from a point 350 meters away.
But no matter how I thought about it, I couldn’t hit that target.
The angle simply made it impossible.
The target flew through the air, and the monster vines moved
meticulously, completely blocking the path between me and the target.
I was running out of time.
The target could disappear at any moment.
I tightened my grip and bit my lips.
In a situation where I couldn’t use magic power, would I be able to
shoot an arrow through those vines with precise control?
…Just when I was thinking about giving up, a thought flashed across my
I murmured silently.
I scanned my bow and arrow. The numbers 40 and 41 popped up.
The elasticity of the bowstring, the flexibility of the arrow, all
concepts making up the two objects were strengthened.
I opened my eyes wide and peered through vines at the target I had to hit.
Accurately tracing the predicted trajectory of the target, I nocked the
arrow leaning slightly to the right.
Then, I pulled the bowstring.
The arrow flew forward, bending in a strange way. It flew right, dodging
all the obstacles in the path, then curled left before flying straight
like a bullet.
The result was obvious.
—…Veritas class’ Kim Hajin! He succeeds on the 350-meter mark!
“…The hell, how did that arrow bend?”
After watching my arrow in complete shock, Moren uttered with an
expression of disbelief.
“Did you use magic power?”
“You think your aunt wouldn’t have noticed if I did?”
I chucked my bow in front of me. Now that I got first place even through
such blatant favoritism, I felt I needed to make things clear.
“This is the difference in our league.”
I turned around and checked my smartwatch.
I felt something just now.
I had to have received a gift.
“…I knew it.”
There were several alerts on the smartwatch.
[You performed a curving arrow. Master Sharpshooter’s proficiency EXP
increases by 15%.]
[Low rank Gift, Curve Shot, has been added to Master Sharpshooter.]
—Long ranged attacks will curve depending on the shooter’s will. (The
extent of curving will change depending on the Gift’s grade and the
type of weapon.)
The corner of my mouth twitched.
Another low rank Gift got added to Master Sharpshooter.
To reiterate, my Gift’s strongest point was its scope of use.
Proficiency gained by using a gun could be used on a bow. Likewise, a
Gift obtained by using a bow could be used with a gun.
In other words, I was now able to shoot curving bullets.