Necromancer Academy's Genius Summoner
[Translator - Ramen]
[Proofreader - Artethrax]
"A baby deimos, the core of the famous netherwhale, starting at 100 gold!"
The auctioneer's shout was followed by boos and jeers from the quickly gathered crowd.
"Why didn't you say it's defective?! It's missing the most important part, the heart!!"
"Who's going to pay 100 gold for something that can't even be used as a netherwhale?"
Amidst the angry shouts, someone held up a hand.
Contrary to what the jeering were saying, another hand shot straight up.
Simon was still waiting for Benya's answer as the prices rose steeply.
The question was whether he could use a deimos as a skeleton.
She closed her eyes, seriously contemplating.
"Well, it would be unprecedented. Ignoring the perfectly successful formula for a netherwhale, you want to make a skeleton out of its bones? Hmmm…"
"Well, it can't be helped. They took the most important part: the heart."
Of course, if it was an intact baby deimos, the price would have gone up to tens of thousands of gold in an instant.
"By the way…"
She opened her eyes slowly.
"A skeleton version of a deimos… I think it's worth a shot."
"That's more than enough."
Simon prepared to join the auction.
"What do you think it's worth?"
"At least 2,000 gold, I suppose?"
Her reply was instant.
"If you're going to buy it, I can pay about half of that on the condition that you give the rest of the byproducts—everything but the bones—to us, Vanilla."
"Really? Sure! Then let's do it!"
"Alright. But does a student like you even have 1,000 gold to spend?"
He had received 2,000 gold from Princess Mollie during the recent mission evaluation.
It was already up to 300 gold. The auctioneer interrupted,
"Okay, from now on, We're going to increase the bidding by 50 gold. If anyone wants to buy it for 350 gold, you may—"
The crowd became so quiet that even a pin dropping to the ground would be heard by everyone.
Simon raised his arm and entered the auction.
"…Who was that?"
"Did I hear him right?"
"Is he the kid of a duke or something?"
"He looks rich."
You don't have to waste time when you realize the bid will go to 2,000 gold. You better get right into the game, force the rabble out, and race to 2,000.
Of course, another hand came up.
The man who called 1,350 gold stiffened as Simon quickly defended. Fervent whispers filled the crowd as everyone else watched on in confused awe.
"Looks like the owner was decided from the beginning."
"He looks persistent. He's going to keep racing higher and higher."
"Why don't you try challenging him?"
"What if I call 1,650 and then he gives up?"
As the crowd grew louder, Simon felt the world go quieter as he stared at his only rival.
The man looked a little flustered, and Simon looked extremely calm.
Simon saw the man's will crumble.
"1,600 gold! Anyone else?"
The auctioneer looked slightly bewildered.
He'd expected the price to go up, but the heat had cooled too quickly.
He gave a few comments to try to draw more customers in, but he eventually declared,
"Sold! For 1,600 gold!"
Simon felt a grin going up to his ears. He'd expected the other party to fight back more, but apparently, they had other things to buy besides the deimos.
800 gold when split with Vanilla.
That was a lot of money saved. He still had 1,200 gold in his pocket.
Soon, the flock of people who had gathered at the auction dispersed, leaving only Simon and Benya.
Benya was calling someone with her communication crystal ball.
"Our people will be here soon to move the goods to the warehouse."
"We'll dismantle the corpse in the warehouse, do some minor processing, and then carve the magic circle into the bones so it can be summoned as a skeleton. I'll do it for free for you, comrade."
"Thank you, senior!"
Said Simon, letting out an inward squeal of joy.
"You're the next generation of the club, so I should do at least this much. In return, please take care of the first-years who'll come under you in the future, alright?"
"Yes, I will!"
Of course, there were several warehouses and businesses run by Vanilla in Balot Harbor, so Benya left, saying she'd go check up on them.
Meanwhile, the auctioneer would keep the items safe until Vanilla took possession.
'I have some spare time.'
Feeling better, Simon decided to explore the market more on his own.
He still had a lot of money left, and everything caught his fancy once he realized he still had the money to buy things apart from the skeleton.
He decided to go deeper into the market.
'Ah! So this was here all along!'
He found a stall selling an intact set of poloran bones. It was in good condition and had the right number of bones.
'You always end up finding things like this only after you purchase something else.'
He considered buying them as a Plan B in case the deimos skeleton didn't work out, but that seemed like splurging.
After almost making an impulse buy, he stopped and kept walking.
He saw tons of sea monsters in ice cases. Giant octopi, sea crocodiles, that fish with excessively long teeth that Benya tried, and more.
At first, he was repulsed by the sights, but when he realized they were being preserved as corpses and that the movements weren't them being kept alive, he found himself enjoying the experience.
There was more to see than he expected. The more he learned, the more interesting it all became. Simon truly realized that he was becoming a necromancer, and a strange feeling welled up in his chest at that knowledge.
'Ah, this is so fun. Also…'
Having walked for a long while, he looked around at the streets.
'Where am I?'
By the time he noticed he was lost, not a soul could be seen. It seemed like he went too deep.
Simon calmly looked around, then turned into an alleyway that seemed to go back the way he came.
The moment he stepped in…
The stench of blood flooded his nose.
His sense of smell had somewhat numbed since he got here, but the foul odor was so terrible that it blew right through that numbness.
'My head's getting dizzy.'
The fish market, having to sell goods to customers, had certain sanitary standards that stopped things from getting too bad. But the further he walked, the worse this new stench became.
'That's where it's coming from.'
He came to a place that appeared to be a warehouse.
Its old door was left open.
It looked dangerous, so he made up his mind to just pass on by.
But just as he was about to obey his sense of reason, his intuition took over and urged him on.
It told him that there must be something going on in there, that he would be haunted by curiosity for nights to come if he didn't find out what this place was.
After all, the only thing he had to do was look through the already open door and then get out.
It was weird. Driven by a strong, unknown sensation, Simon walked as if possessed. His nose felt like it was going to fall off, but his feet did not care and continued into the warehouse.
And in that warehouse…
* * *
Translator - Ramen
Proofreader - Artethrax
Join our discord for updates on releases!
* * *
Simon began to gag, dropping to a knee as his legs fell out from under him.
Inside was a mountain of animal hearts.
There was a magic circle on the floor, and although it seemed that most of the hearts had been removed a long while ago, they were still beating.
'What the hell is going on? Why are all the hearts…'
No matter how crazy necromancers were, this place was not normal.
Step. Step. Step.
Footsteps came from outside the warehouse.
Simon snapped out of his stunned state as his own heart began to beat faster with fear.
"That's a good heart you got yourself there."
"Yeah. It was a coincidence that we saw a baby netherwhale on the way here."
Two men's voices. The footsteps grew closer and closer to the entrance.
Simon quickly moved to hide. After a moment, he heard the men's footsteps stop.
"Why's the door open?"
"Oh, I didn't bother to close it when I went to get you. Anyway, it's got that 'recognition hindering' spell cast on it, so we won't be seen."
"I don't mind being seen, just be more careful in the future."
"Hah! I doubt anyone would come all the way here."
Soon, two cloaked figures entered the warehouse.
Ba-thump! Ba-thump! Ba-thump! Ba-thump!
Simon was attached to the ceiling by the entrance using jet-black.
His heart raced at the thought that, if they turned around and looked up, he'd instantly be spotted.
If he was caught, he would never be able to get away with saying, "Sorry, I took a wrong turn."
The only good thing was that the smell of blood was so strong and the warehouse was so dark that even a necromancer would struggle to sense him.
"Let me check the condition of the goods one last time."
The man, who appeared to be a subordinate, carefully opened the box. Inside the glass case was a heart.
Simon roughly realized what it was from the information he'd heard.
'They're the ones who bought the netherwhale and took the heart.'
Just then, the man in the warehouse took off his hood. His brown hair spilled out, revealing shiny glasses with brown frames.
Recognizing him, Simon almost screamed.
Why was he here?
"It's in good shape."
Said Walter, pushing up his glasses.
"What about the plan?"
"On track. We'll make sure we don't miss the deadline."
The two began to talk about details that Simon lacked context to understand. He was terrified, but he listened intently.
"Let me explain, Sir Judas."
There it was again. That name!
It was written in Walter's favorite fountain pen.
Until now, Simon had noticed that Professor Walter always carried that fountain pen in his breast pocket, no matter where he went or what clothes he wore.
When he first met him in Langoustine, he told Simon that he had inherited the fountain pen from someone else. But sure enough, his subordinate here now called him 'Judas'.
'Professor Walter lied.'
But for now, the name didn't matter.
Judas. Judas… That name kept on bugging him. He was sure he'd seen it somewhere else, but his memory was too fuzzy.
Just then, he heard a step outside, and another person—this time a woman—entered the room.
"Sir Judas! Count Caron has arrived."
"I'll be there right away."
Walter pressed his hood down and started walking. The new woman and Walter left the warehouse, closing the door behind them this time.
Now, it was just Simon and Walter's subordinate in the warehouse.
Simon assessed the situation using the light of the solitary, flickering mana bulb that seemed like it could go out at any moment.
The man sat on a crate overturned into a chair, fiddling with the magic circle that managed the hearts.
'What should I do?'
Using the Legion power or bringing out Prince would do the trick, but he didn't want to alert Walter to the fact that someone had come to the warehouse.
By increasing the jet-black in his feet, Simon pushed himself up on shaky legs. Then, he lay flat on his back against the ceiling and brought his arms in front of him.
His target was the largest heart.
Above it, he remotely drew a new magic circle.
'Th-This is tough.'
It was hard enough to maintain the circuit that stuck him to the roof, but now he had to remotely draw a magic circle on top of that.
In an instant, his forehead filled with sweat. Beads of it rolled down his skin and splatted down on the floor.
For him, every drip felt as loud as a lightning strike, but fortunately, the man hadn't noticed. The man was simply humming as he worked on his magic circle.
'I-I need to make sure I don't leave too much sweat, either.'
The more he thought about it, the more nervous he became, and the sweat drenched his hair.
He shouldn't sweat too much, he shouldn't ignore the spell that's sticking him to the ceiling, and he needed to draw a magic circle from a distance.
Simon drew a faulty magic circle. It had no effect on its own.
It was a magic circle with a formula that was guaranteed to fail. When the circle was activated, it would break itself.
He didn't think he'd ever make something like this on purpose, but today was the day.
Simon activated the spell. A loud sound, like fingernails scratching on a blackboard, reverberated throughout the warehouse. It showed no sign of fading.
"What?! Pant! Wh-What's going on?"
The man—once utterly focussed on fixing up the circle keeping the hearts beating—jumped to his feet in surprise, and the heart Simon had drawn on the circle gurgled and began to bleed.
"Did I make a mistake?!"
In a panic, he fumbled with the formula, afraid that he might damage the other hearts.
The moment was now.
Using the chaos, Simon nimbly descended from the ceiling and moved to the doorway.
When he pushed the door open, a loud creak filled the room, so he expected to be noticed. But the noise from the faulty circle was so intense that the man didn't show a single sign of noticing. He seemed too preoccupied with fixing the circle.
Simon darted out the door and slammed it shut behind him.
Then he ran.
"Pant! Pant! Pant!"
Sweat was pouring down his face, the taste of iron filled his mouth, and his heart was pounding like it was about to explode.
Simon wanted to leave this place immediately.
After running for what seemed like forever, he finally saw the auction house where he bought the netherwhale. In front of it, he found Benya, who was looking for him.
"I was worried when you didn't show up! Where have you been?"
When he saw Benya's face, he calmed down, tears welling up in his eyes.
Simon grabbed his hood and pulled it over his head to hide his face. He was still gasping for air.
"Let's… go, senior."
"Let's go to that… Vanilla warehouse you said you'd bring the netherwhale to. Pant. Pant. Right now."
"A-Alright. It'll take a while by carriage from here. Is that okay?"
Simon caught his breath and nodded.
All he could think about was getting out of here.
Join our discord for updates on releases!