In a world where magic, once the envy of many in a past life, now casts a cruel shadow.
This magic created an insurmountable divide. Those born into privilege could study magic, forming the upper echelons of society. Meanwhile, the commoners, without means or opportunity to grasp this power, were left behind.
The elite enjoy a life of luxury and convenience, their days made comfortable through magic. Whether for simple combat, crafting items, or simply making life easier – magic is their everyday privilege.
In stark contrast, the common streets are filled with ordinary people: men, women, old and young, some barely moving, struggling for their next meal. Bodies, in tragic numbers, lay in the streets as if it’s a common sight.
Hoping for a revolution, akin to the French Revolution, in this damned world is a pipe dream. For the workers to voice their opinions against the elite – the nobles and the capitalists – is near impossible. .
Without magic, these commoners stand no chance against the overwhelming might the upper class wield
「It’s a hell that makes even the word ‘worst’ seem too gentle.」
The grim scenes remind me of Europe during the plague – a time of despair and hopelessness. As I cross the formal barriers separating the squalid streets of the commoners from the sparkling, upscale residential area where nobles and merchants reside, I squint and mutter at the stark difference.
「Now, where’s that academy?」
I am a Dhampir – a half-human, half-vampire hybrid. Despite many weaknesses, the vampire in me gifts me with strength unparalleled among humans. By birthright, I am a force to be reckoned with.。
I’ve also acquired skills in combat, making me far stronger than an average noble’s offspring.
I’ve been ‘invited’ (or rather, coerced) to enroll in Astel Academy, a national institution that gathers promising youngsters from across the country.
Predominantly, it’s the children of the nobility who study here, and naturally, it’s located within the upscale residential district of the capital.
Normally living in a part of the capital that’s more slum than city, I’ve come to this elite neighborhood to complete my enrollment.
「Is this the place?」
I radiate magical energy from within, akin to a sonar, mapping the city. Eventually, I come to a halt in front of a building where a large gathering of student-like individuals can be observed.
「This place is massive… where do I even check in?」
Baffled by the sheer size of the structure, I can’t help but voice my confusion.