Chapter 8 “Instant casting”
“Oh, right.” Nodding, Du Wei lets out a humorous laugh: “Then find her a room and let her take it off. I don’t have any other intentions. I’m merely interested in your armor.”
“Blasted kid, if you dare touch me I’ll make you…” The girl cursed.
Walking over with a stern face, Du Wei graciously pinched her face, “I’ve touched you, what are you going to do to me now?”
All of the adventurers were tied up. And for some reason, two of the knights managed to find a chain normally used for livestock’s to lock up the bulky warrior. As for the long legged beauty, she was knocked unconscious then threw into Du Wei’s room. If the young master holds some interest towards the girl, then as his knights, there’s no reason not to lend a hand when an opportunity to shine makes its way over…..
Ignoring the dirty thoughts of his underlings, Du Wei raises his spirit to interrogate the magician.
Stripped of his grey robe, the magician only had his underwear remaining as he stood before Du Wei with his hands and legs tied up. At first he tried to threaten this little noble. “How can you treat a magician like this, aren’t you afraid of offending the magician’s union?”
Du Wei answered the threat with a slap across the face. This shut the magician up but at the same time it caused his hand to sting. Seems his body was still too weak.
“If you can answer a few of my questions, I can consider releasing you.” Du Wei sat down on a chair in front of this magician. “You were casting fireballs without chanting. Did you master the instant incantation technique?”
This was what Du Wei’s most interested in about. Magicians must chant when casting a spell. This was common sense in all the books he read. However, there were some outstanding individuals whom mastered the instant cast technique by using only their minds, but this required the caster to have a strong spirit and an extreme understanding of magic.
Another way of casting spells without incantations were to use enchanted scrolls. Magicians would create a scroll and store the magic spell into it in advance. However, magical scrolls were very valuable. The higher level the spell, the lower the chances of success in its creation. Some of the highest level spells had never been planted into scrolls.
There are some high level magicians whom invented techniques to shorten the chant and leave out unimportant variables; however, those techniques were always kept secret. That’s how they would gain an advantage in battles. The technique of instant cast would be something every magician would lust for.
Du Wei wasn’t stupid; he wouldn’t believe this level one magician could master such a technique. He speculated this guy must be using some trickery to replace the needed catalyst from a mages incantation. Otherwise, if he was such a great magician, he wouldn’t be tied up here in his current state.
The magician’s expression looked horrible. Moving his eyes away from Du Wei, he kept his mouth shut. It didn’t matter; Du Wei wouldn’t expect him to spit it out so easily anyways. They were in the tavern’s kitchen. He had plenty of time to spend with the guy.
To begin his examination, Du Wei began with the guy’s bodily possessions: a regular robe and an enchanted emblem of the magician’s union. He threw both items into the stove and burned them. That emblem came with anti-theft properties.
“You see, I meant no harm to you. I am just a boy interested in magic. If you answer my questions, I can release you.”
The magician was still silent.
Continuing, Du Wei found several low quality jewels inside the magician’s bag along with two regular scrolls – some low level spells were inscribed on them. Even though he read a lot of books related to magic, due to strict laws, no actual spells were allowed to be recorded, only theories.
So Du Wei who knew so much about magic and its theories knew absolutely nothing about actual spells.
“Similar to gun control in the other world.” He thought to himself. Everyone could learn about guns through the internet, but no individual could easily create a gun.
“And what is this?” He took out a few bottles from the bag containing powders of various colors. He’s curious but he’s not foolish enough to open the bottles without knowing its content. Magicians often carry dangerous ingredients.
“Then my speculations are correct. You are not a real talented magician. But from what I saw, you used some tricks, right? You have two choices. Either tell me everything and satisfy my curiosity so I can release you, or you can keep quiet so I can give you a rough time.”
“You are a noble! Don’t you feel it’s below your status to treat a magician like this?”
Du Wei remained silent.
Noble? So what? When Du Wei came to this world, he lost his friends, family, goals and everything. The first few years he felt as though he was living in chaos, without any reasoning to move forward. Now the only thing in this unfamiliar world that could still pique his interest was magic.
And everything else? He didn’t care.
That was why he attacked these strangers in the tavern: to satisfy his curiosity. Were his actions morally justified? He didn’t care. Du Wei Rowling was not a good person, and neither was the him in that world.
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