Elite Mages’ Academy - Chapter 271
The student council president maintained his innocent smile and gave the others a small reminder. Very soon, he cleared his throat and said sternly, “Let’s start the evaluation then.”
Other thoughts of surprise or shock were retracted. Their expressions remained serious still, but at least it was slightly more cordial than before, causing the conference room’s atmosphere to relax considerably.
The student council president showed no intention of introducing the identities of the other people and went straight to the point, “According to the final evaluation results provided by the central computer, you’ve completed the first task and the second task. Your comprehensive evaluation is A, your total redemption points are one thousand and five hundred, and the total amount of credit points you’ll get is thirty. Any objections?”
“No.” The calculation was within Xiao Lin’s expectations.
“Mm.” The student union president nodded to the others.
A middle-aged man in a strong voice then continued, “Student Xiao Lin, I want to know why you attacked the architect responsible for the resurrection tower at the last moment, and why you activated the resurrection tower’s self-destructing device.”
The man’s tone of questioning startled Xiao Lin, but he nonetheless recounted the full story, including the doubts he made as well as his final helpless choice.
The spacious conference room consisted only of Xiao Lin talking calmly as well as the two girls recording his explanation. It was 10 minutes by the time Xiao Lin finished talking. The few people at the long table whispered to each other for a while, and then the woman in the corner asked in a deep voice. “Student Xiao Lin, I would like to ask whether you understand what’s the significance of the resurrection tower to us?”
Xiao Lin froze and replied, “I understand, anyone within the scope of the resurrection tower could be resurrected indefinitely as long as one had enough lifespan remaining. It provides the greatest support for Earth’s people to colonize Planet Norma.”
“Then have you ever considered how serious the consequences would be for the entire combat plan if your judgment was wrong at that time?” The woman’s character was intimidating but her tone was not very friendly.
Xiao Lin frowned, and before he could speak, the woman had already answered her own question. “In that case, your comrades-in-arms will die for nothing, while the fortress will be overrun by the orcs. It will even affect the outcome of this war! Please answer me. Did you make such a consideration at that time?”
“But there is no ‘if’,” Xiao Lin emphasized.
“I’m just making an assumption. You must understand, what you went through might just be a simulated exam where you have nothing to lose even if you make a mistake, but you’ll be going to the New World in the future. For the monitors, in particular, you’ll be getting at least the rank of lieutenant when you enter the army. By then, each and every of your words and deeds can have serious consequences for the entire battle and even Dawn Academy!”
Xiao Lin’s brows furrowed even more severely. It was a truth that he was well aware of. From Dawn Academy’s perspective, such things were important and had to be properly considered. After all, attacking one’s own allies in actual combat, or even destroying the resurrection tower for that matter, amounted to a serious betrayal.
However, the present circumstance was a simulated exam after all. It was also an event that had been etched in history, yet she repeatedly assumed the possibility that it had never happened. She appeared intent on proving that Xiao Lin’s judgment at the time was unintentional and it was obvious that she was deliberately finding fault in him.
Xiao Lin could not help but glance at her once more. It was an old woman with deep wrinkles on her face. Her slightly narrowed eyes just so happened to meet his gaze and left him feeling very uncomfortable.
Xiao Lin was beginning to feel a little upset. The evaluation given by the student union president earlier merely touched on the rewards for the exam, but whether or not he could serve as the official monitor had to be decided based on the coming evaluation.
Xiao Lin believed that he had performed fairly well throughout the entire month’s exam, be it when taking command or on-the-spot combat. While he did not dare to proclaim that he was definitely number one, it ought to have been no problem for him to be appointed monitor. It appeared that some people were not too keen to see him as the official monitor, because despite the president’s clearly favorable words about him, the old woman was still giving him a hard time on purpose and turned a blind eye to his performance.
“I want to know the specific results of this battle in history.” Xiao Lin did not directly answer the old woman’s question.
“This landfall operation is a classified secret in the academy.”
On that occasion, it was the old man sitting next to the old woman who spoke. In fact, they all looked old, except for the student council president and another young woman.
“Even though it is top-secret, it has been so many years since it happened. In fact, it’s not really that top-secret, otherwise these little brats wouldn’t have had this for their exam this time.”
“That was an arbitrary decision by the dean.”
A few people disputed that What surprised Xiao Lin was that although the president of the student council was sitting in the middle, he merely kept that faint smile on his face and did not say a word apart from the first two sentences. The other people did not seem to have any intention of asking the president any questions either.
The status of those other people was even higher than the student council president!
Seeing them at odds with each other, Xiao Lin was also a little speechless. He could not help but say, “We likely failed the battle at that time, because judging from the strength of that female elf, it was impossible for anyone to stop it. Therefore, the resurrection tower must have been taken away. As for the fate of the captain, that is something I don’t know.”
The president finally found an opportunity to interject, “The situation might be exactly as you said, but the reason why this matter was classified as top-secret at the time was because of the resurrection tower.”
“That period was when the law of resurrection was just created. Even if we did not fully understand it, no one knew what the consequences would be if we let the opponent get the resurrection tower. If revealed, it would only cause great panic among Dawn Academy when facing the orcs, maybe even going so far as to cause dissatisfaction from the other colonial academies. That’s the reason why this incident was listed as top secret.
“Over the years however, the elves who have received the resurrection tower have not done anything. They also signed a hundred-year peace agreement with America’s Judge Academy. We’ve gradually understood that even if they obtained the resurrection tower, there was still nothing they could do if there was no resurrection law.”
The other old man seemed to feel that it was pointless to conceal anything from Xiao Lin after the latter passed the exam. He openly added, “In addition, the chance appearance of those elves at that time was also classified as confidential, because Dawn Academy did not want to provoke the enemy for no reason. After that war, we secretly signed an agreement with the elves and received a lot of rare material compensation as a result.”
“We got back the resurrection tower?” Xiao Lin was a little surprised, but he quickly shook his head and refuted it, “Impossible. A bird in hand is worth two in the bush. If it’s material compensation, then that means we did not investigate any further. Did you just sell Captain Yu off like that?”
The final sentence had a touch of resentful doubt. Even if it was a simulated exam, Xiao Lin still had a good impression of the architect after more than a month of interaction. He was a good architect, if nothing else.