＃When I returned, the family was ruined (196)
After the two groups’ matches were over.
The person who became the most talked about person was Ethan. He was a descendant of the famous Ardan and was a knight who reached the level of a superman in a short period of time.
I had a guess that his skills would not be easy.
However, the result presented for the first time today completely exceeded expectations.
So much so that he was immediately considered a candidate for the championship, beating out talented players who had advanced to the round of 16. That’s how brief and destructive his battles were.
Round of 16.
It was a turning point that properly separated the chaff from the grain, and a place for full-scale observation to understand the substance of the rumor. It’s about whether you really have outstanding skills to receive a gold-level invitation.
There may be many articles that are as good as rumors, but there are only a handful of articles that can be considered more than rumors.
Rumors were generally exaggerated, and there were very few people capable of satisfying the stories that inflated like balloons.
A debut game that left such a deep impression that it couldn’t help but attract a lot of attention.
Today, Ethan proved that he is a knight worthy of being counted on one hand.
The change was immediate.
The types of gazes flocking to him have completely changed. Before, it was just a look at one of the popular latter-day indexes, but now all the participants were observing his body with a strong desire to win. Some even implicitly expressed fear.
Even if we win the full-scale match that will be held tomorrow, if we face Duke Ethan in the next match…
‘We will inevitably lose.’
Although they were tied to the same realm of ‘superhuman,’ their detailed realms were worlds apart. Duke Ethan was a knight of a completely different class.
A strong sense of caution arose among the late-stage indexes.
A day later.
The remaining six games were played one after another. Each game was a fiercely contested match, as if everyone claimed that it was not a waste of time. These six games had something in common. It is a competition between those who received a gold-level invitation and those who came up on their own.
In the scope of ‘self-reliance’, there were people who received invitations of the same level that confirmed passing the preliminary round and people who received invitations of silver level that confirmed their advancement to the round of 64, but in the end, they fought multiple times and made it to the round of 16. . As such, the six games that took place today were the ones that drew the most attention from celebrities.
While the gold-level people who were invited in advance had only heard of his skills through rumors, the rest of the knights who came up on their own saw his skills with their own eyes.
Those who were born with a silver spoon in their mouths and knights who made a name for themselves through their own efforts. The host continued to implicitly emphasize such a competitive structure, and most of the commoners had long been immersed in the knights who had made it through the difficult preliminaries.
The result of the six games was 3 to 3. The results were enough to send the message that you can do it if you try hard.
After the sixth and final game.
The host shouted loudly as he looked at the eight participants who would advance to the quarterfinals.
“All eight people, please come to the podium!”
A huge sphere rose above the exact center of the Colosseum.
“Do you see the blue sphere in front of me now?”
After seeing the eight participants nod their heads, the host continued speaking.
“Inside the blue sphere you see now are eight marbles with numbers written on them. “The marble is spinning, changing its position every moment.”
The moderator continued the explanation.
Starting with the fact that the blue sphere has beads numbered from 1 to 8…
“Number 1 is against the person with the number 5, number 2 is 6, number 3 is 7, and number 4 is 8. It’s a rescue!”
The participants’ eyes lit up.
‘Are you telling me to take a number ticket?’
Tension suddenly rose. This was especially true for the participants. Depending on which number you pick here, it will determine whether you move up or stop at the quarterfinals.
One person raised his hand.
“Can I ask you something?”
“yes. “As much as you want.”
“Speaking of that blue sphere, do you mind if I take a look inside?”
“It doesn’t matter! You won’t be restricted from cheating!”
Some participants frowned at those words. If only I could project the inside of that blue sphere.
If only I could spy the marbles of the person who would draw the number first.
‘…Isn’t it true that I can choose my partner however I want?’
One thing has become clear.
Whether it worked or not, I had to look inside that blue sphere. Mana bloomed in the knights’ eyes.
Despite the fact that he was openly gathering mana, the host was just smiling quietly.
Even he didn’t know exactly what the blue sphere was made of, but he had been told one thing. It doesn’t really matter if you look at the inside of the sphere.
The reason was simple.
‘If you can’t check each participant’s marbles, it’s ultimately useless.’
Even if you decide the number to draw internally, if you don’t know what number the other person has, isn’t it a meaningless action? In the end, even this simple process of picking a number was dominated by the logic of the might of the jungle to the point where it was extremely cruel. It was a simple process in which if you were skilled enough to look at the opponent’s marbles, you would be able to leisurely decide on an opponent, but if you were not skilled enough, you would just be eaten.
The reactions of the participants who looked inside the blue sphere were varied.
There were about three participants who could not look inside at all, and another three who could only vaguely look inside.
There were only two people who looked closely inside. It was Ethan and Damian. Of course, the sight the two people saw was not completely the same.
Unlike Ethan, who was able to see through the inside of the sphere as easily as if he was breathing, Damian was only able to grasp the structure inside after relentlessly pouring in his mana.
‘It’s an interesting structure.’
Ethan looked at the sphere and nodded. The blue sphere was deflecting most of the mana.
It was almost impossible to look inside simply with mana-filled eyesight.
In order to look inside, the nature of mana itself had to be changed. So that there is no specificity at all, almost to the point of non-attribution.
By investing more than a certain level of mana that had been converted to non-attribute, it was possible to clearly see the inside of the sphere.
For Ethan, it was just one of those processes that was as easy as breathing.
But for other participants, it was like a lightning strike.
‘…Why are you so picky?’
I even noticed that the nature of mana needed to be changed. But what came next was the problem.
Mana was bound to contain individual attributes accumulated over a lifetime. Changing the properties of mana in an instant was something that even a superhuman couldn’t control overnight unless he practiced consistently.
Three people who failed to look inside were among those cases. Although he was trying his best to change his attributes as if he was angry, there was a limit to what could be achieved with short-term efforts.
Meanwhile, Ethan inspected the inside and retrieved the mana.
‘There’s nothing special.’
I thought there was something hidden inside. Contrary to expectations, the interior had a very simple structure. A cylindrical structure in which beads rotate round and round.
The only peculiarity was that the rotation order was randomly changed due to the magic circles installed in between.
Anyway, among the knights who made it to the quarterfinals, there was no one stronger than him. So there was no particular advantage to looking at the number.
Even if there is a way to increase the odds of winning in a situation where victory is already 100% guaranteed, what good is it?
Of course, it may be helpful in some way to those who have seen through the inside of the sphere, even if only in a vague way.
“Now, I would like each participant to draw a marble. “Is there anyone who would like to be first?”
Everyone was silent.
The first thing is to draw a bead.
That was no different from saying that he was going to go at a disadvantage.
What if your number is leaked?
Wasn’t it a structure where the strong, looking inside, could target the weak and pick numbers? Right now, Ethan and Damian were strong enough to do that.
“Let me pick first.”
Ethan trotted towards the blue sphere.
While examining the beads spinning inside, he pulled out one.
Personally, it was his favorite number. In an instant, the hand was raised holding the marble. The eyes of the knights who saw it sparkled.
He somehow concentrated his eyes to see the number he picked up.
It had been a long time since his hand had sunk into the inside of his arms.
No one saw the number Ethan picked up.
However, there were people who guessed the number.
These were the participants who saw through the inside of the blue sphere.
‘…Number 4 is empty.’
‘If it’s number 4… I guess I’ll have to avoid number 8 at all costs.’
While they are watching intently. The audience’s attention focused on Ethan. With a look full of curiosity.
“Should I reveal my number?”
“Oh… no! “It doesn’t matter if it is revealed after the participants have taken all the marbles.”
The Duke asked no further questions. The host looked around at the other participants and joked.
“haha. His Excellency the Duke was the first to draw a marble. Who will be next….”
“Let me pick first.”
Even if the order of the beads changed randomly due to the magic circle, it didn’t really matter. In the end, it wasn’t difficult to pick the number you wanted as long as you knew the numbers of the remaining beads correctly.
Damien immediately pulled out the marble. The number he picked was number 1. There are six people left.
Among those who were watching one by one, several people quickly came forward. These were the knights who had seen through the inside of the sphere.
‘You just need to avoid numbers 5 and 8.’
Then, wouldn’t only the easy prey remain?
While I was picking numbers like that.
One of the participants who saw the marble cursed with a vain look on his face.
Because the number ‘8’ written on the bead was vividly visible to my eyes. A superman of ambiguous ability who cannot look inside for a long time like Ethan or Damian.
So, after projecting it for a while, I immediately pulled out the number, and in that moment, the damn magic circle must have changed the order of the beads.
The next opponent is the terrifying monster that killed William, who is considered to be of equal skill, with one blow?
The knight’s gaze naturally turned to Ethan.
The Duke was seen smiling quietly as if he knew the number he had chosen. The knight’s face turned swarthy when he saw him.
Because victory and defeat were already decided.