I Will Kill The Author

"In this world, morality is but a thin line away from depravity, and the most captivating tales are often shrouded behind the veil of insanity." ____________________ I was just an ordinary guy, living a dull and unremarkable life as an editor. But when a maniac author killed me for rejecting his novel in a writing competition, I reopened my eyes in a modern fantasy world. "Hmm? Wait, this world…." But fate, being a prude little bitch, played a twisted joke on me. I reincarnated into the very same novel that I rejected for the competition award, written by the very same author who killed me for it. Not only that, but I transmigrated into the body of a disowned noble named Lucas Morningstar. Lucas was a minor antagonist in a novel who served as a stepping stone for the protagonist and their allies. Arghh…. Of all the people, I just had to be reborn as someone who was despised by the main characters the most at this point in the story? B-But hey, with my knowledge of the future and understanding of the main characters, I can at least live an easy life! Right...? "Yeah, I can work with this!" Or so I thought until I remembered the ending arcs of the book. This world is destined for doom! And not so long after, I started to realize that the novel and the world I transmigrated into might not be as similar as I had originally thought…. ================= [Disclaimer: Caution while reading is advised. Tighten your seatbelts and brace yourself for a bumpy roller coaster-like journey. Don't blame the Author if you fall from your seat while reading a plot twist. Thank you.] ____________________ AN: MC is NOT a villain, so don't expect one. *The MC will seem a little bit (ok let's be honest, more than a little bit) foolish in the first 30-35 chaps but don't be fooled. I ask you to read the first 50 chapters before deciding to trash-talk the MC because that's where his borderline psychopathic strategist personality starts to surface. ____________________ Discord: https://discord.com/invite/yDaXN4re ____________________ Tapestry

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Mana Theory [1]


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"Did you choose this class purposefully?" 

After my additional subject class ended, I was confronted by Amelia. 

As fate would have it, I chose the same class as her. 

Honestly, fate is such a prude little bitch. 

Anyway, currently, in an almost empty kitchen classroom, Amelia was standing right in front of me. 

Her silky raven black hair, which complimented her fair complexion, was tied into a bun while her emerald eyes, which appeared to have a shine of their own, were staring deep into my soul. 

"Ahem," with a dry cough, I suppressed my nervousness and answered. "What do you mean?" 

Narrowing her eyes, Amelia doubled the intensity of her gaze at my answer. From her look I could guess that she was clearly trying to hold her anger back.

Oof! If only looks could kill.

"Just know this, I'm not the same weak girl as back then. If you try to pull anything, I will certainly bring you down. And this time, Morningstars won't be able to save you." 

Without bothering to even wait for my response, Amelia turned around and left through the door. 

"Not the same weak girl, huh?" 

No one knows it better than me. 

Amelia was one of the most developed characters till volume 7. 

In her flashback arc, she was described as a shy, timid girl. 

She attended the same middle school as Lucas. When she was 14, he tried to force himself on her.

Because Lucas belonged to the ruling family of the western continent, there was no legal action taken against him.

That event made Amelia realize how weak and powerless she really was in this world. It inflicted severe trauma on her for years to come.

Even though she changed schools, that incident still haunted her in her dreams.

"There is no justice in this world unless we make it," she thought to herself.

To overcome that trauma, Amelia pursued strength. After discovering her talent with the bow, she became more confident in herself.

From a daughter of a small-time businessman, she went on to become the second-greatest archer of all time. 

Prior to the events of the final war, she pushed back the army of 50 thousand vampires alone for seven whole minutes. 

The seven minutes that she bought were later proven to be crucial for the reinforcements to arrive. 

Although she lost her life in the process, she made her name known to the whole world. 

Amelia Black, the girl who sought justice, was hailed as one of the greatest war heroes to have ever lived. 

So I know just how right she was when she said she isn't the same weak girl as back then anymore. 

However, she was still not strong enough. 

Even in the novel, if she'd been only a little bit stronger, she could've lived and helped during the final war. 

If that would've happened, thousands of more people could've survived the war.

"Haaa, whatever." 

The final war won't be happening anytime soon so it's pointless for me to think about it right now.

After letting out an exhausted sigh, I went and exited the kitchen classroom for my next class.

"Mana, as you all may know already, allows one to bend the laws of the universe and grant them the power to make the impossible happen." 

And it was time for the class I had been waiting for this whole week! 

Starting today, cadets will be learning about mana theories! Yay! 

Mana and magic— the base of most fantasy! Needless to say, I was more than excited to learn about it. 

Although most of the cadets present here already know what mana is and how to manipulate it to control elements, our instructor, Liz, still decided to go over the basics.

"Now, I know many of you present here have already learned a spell or two, so you all may know this, but can someone tell me what exactly manipulating mana can let you accomplish?"

A few hands raised when Liz asked that question and without delay, she picked one of the cadets who raised their hand to answer. 

-"Manipulating mana lets us control elements of nature like fire, water, wind, and earth. It can also strengthen our body to inhumane levels and let us accomplish feats unheard of in the past." 

Wow, that was a perfect answer. But it looks like Liz had something more to add to it. 

"True, but mana grants us much more than the ability to control elements. Aside from controlling the basic elements, you can control their variables. Now, who can tell me what variables are?" 

Again, as soon as Liz shot a question, many hands were raised instantly. 

With a satisfactory smile, Liz again picked her own protege, Nero, to answer.

"Each of the basic elements has a higher version of itself. These 'higher versions' are called variables. 

"One element can have more than one variable and individuals with affinity to two or more elements can sometimes unlock a completely new variable. 

"For example, the variable of fire is lightning. But the earth has two variables— metal and gravity. Also, if you mix earth element with fire, you'll create a new variable— magma." 

After concluding his answer, Nero slightly bowed and sat back in his seat. 

"As expected, brilliantly answered," Liz commented. 

It was clear that she was showing favoritism towards Nero. But well, his answer was indeed beautifully summed up.

"Anyway, as I was saying, while mana grants us the ability to control elements of nature and their variables, we can control so much more than that.

"For example, people born with an affinity toward light can control light, and the same for the people born with an affinity for darkness. 

"Both light and darkness are not related to nature. As such, both of these elements have so many unknown variables. 

"For example, I use darkness to manipulate the souls of the dead. Some darkness users can even use necromancy. Whereas some light element users can move at the speed of light, bend it, and use healing magic." 

At this point, half of the class was in awe. 

Although all of the things which Liz just said were widely known facts, it doesn't make these things any less amazing.

Also since affinities for light and darkness are rare, most of the cadets present here don't have it. 

As such, they will never be able to achieve the feats Liz was talking about.

Oh, by the way, fun fact– Lucas was born with an affinity for light. 

But of course, the elements of light and darkness are hard to train as much as they are rare. So Lucas never once learned a light spell.

Sigh, he was truly an example of wasted potential.

"Anyway, for now, let's end here with theories and start practicing some real magic." 

As soon as Liz spoke those words, the whole class started beaming with excitement. 

"Now, those of you who have already learned some spells, come forward. Those who have yet to learn, remain seated." 

And just as we were instructed, a handful of cadets got up from their seats and walked down toward the podium where Liz was. 

Since Lucas had learned two basic spells before coming here, I too got up from my seat and started moving. 

"Hmmm," after counting the number of the students who got up and came forward, Liz nodded. 

"Okay. Those who haven't yet learned any spells, I will personally give you all some basic spells according to your elemental affinity." Liz took out a few scrolls from her dimensional bracelet as she said that.

After that, she started distributing those paper scrolls among the cadets who were still sitting. 

Most of the cadets who didn't get up were commoners. Even Amelia and Anastasia were sitting. 

It's no surprise since spells are filthy expensive. Only rich families could ever hope to afford them.

As I've explained before, there are multiple ways to cast magic spells— drawing, hand signs, chanting etc.

Of course, one can't mimic a spell merely by reciting a chant they overheard or redrawing a rune they saw somewhere. 

No, to cast spells, one must not only know the meaning of those chants, drawings, or hand signs, but one must also know the particular way they have to move their mana in order to create a successful spell.

"Learn the spells written in these scrolls by next week. Since you all can already move mana within your bodies, spell casting won't be very difficult. The language written in these scrolls is High Elven. It's very similar to Latin and it's translated word by word in these scrolls for you all to grasp easily." 

After allotting spell scrolls to the rest of the class, Liz turned toward the ones who were standing. 

"Now then, you all. Since you all have already learned to cast spells, show me the best you can do." 

I couldn't help but sigh after hearing those words from Liz. 

However, the rest of the cadets standing beside me didn't react so calmly. They were confused. 

-"Show you? You mean hit you?" from my left, someone asked.

In reply, Liz nodded. "Yes, hit me with your best spell one by one." 

Yeah, so I was kinda busy today so this chapter has not been edited yet. If you find any mistakes, lemme know.

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