Disciplinary Committee (1)
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[ Title ] Today is the day of the disciplinary committee for the celebrity.
[ Content ]
The disciplinary committee is convened today. The reason is s*icide threats, and there are victims like Sharon and others… lol his never-ending harassment is amazing.
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— I came back after a long time, but why is Ian a celebrity?
ㄴ Haven’t you seen the grade assessment?
ㄴ [Moving picture] Come after seeing this, it’s crazy.
ㄴ Wow, what skill is this? *Shivering*
— It turns out, he was a romanticist. If he can’t have you, he’d rather die.
ㄴ Don’t exaggerate him, lol.
ㄴ Honestly, there seems to be some story behind it.
— Without a sword, isn’t Ian better than Sharon, a water rocket who can’t use mana without a sword?
ㄴ Talking about a 4.5-star water rocket, lol, crazy guy, lol.
ㄴ Don’t insult Miss Sharon. I’ll report you.
ㄴ Sharon’s fans are here again.
ㄴ Looking at the growth trend, Ian might catch up soon?
— Wow, there are a lot of crazy people above. Did everyone forget who Ian was collectively? Even among the extreme, he was extremely annoying. (Deleted post)
ㄴ Are you an employee by any chance? I heard you got caught posting on the Raymond board recently…
ㄴ Wasn’t it your Laurent boss and not Raymond? (Deleted comment)
ㄴ Lolol, seeing ‘your’ it’s definitely an employee.
— Isn’t Ian’s story the most interesting these days?
ㄴ I’ve never seen Kirtos Anonymous so lively.
ㄴ Are you friends with him? Put him on.
ㄴ If you get involved with Ian in real life, you’ll be treated as a crazy person and end up joining him, lol.
— I hope the disciplinary committee results come out quickly.
ㄴ If the results are good, he will become the real academy celebrity, lol.
ㄴ In fact, once the disciplinary committee is convened, it’s almost impossible to avoid punishment. Even if it’s just Lina’s punishment, it seems like it’ll be a relief.
Like any prestigious Academy.
The Lichten Academy’s disciplinary committee was notorious for its harsh punishments.
Initially, ensuring maximum freedom for new students, but once a certain line is crossed, the committee proceeds.
Therefore, if the disciplinary committee is convened, avoiding strong punishment is practically impossible.
Lina Rosewell’s punishment became a controversy for being the weakest in the history of Lichten’s disciplinary committee.
‘In my case, expulsion is a real possibility.’
Expulsion needed to be avoided.
It was tantamount to missing the flow of the entire main story, becoming no different from a death sentence.
Just looking at the next main story that will be held shortly, the premise condition for intervening in Act 2, ‘Frozen River,’ can only be fulfilled by being a student of the Academy.
Ian let out a small sigh.
A faint breath briefly obscured his vision before disappearing.
Lichten Academy Main Building Basement.
The air here, where good students cannot enter, was cold and damp.
The waiting room with various metal interiors exuded a chill and intimidation.
Considering that Lichten Academy’s basic interiors was nature-friendly and luxurious, the designer’s intention behind this place became apparent.
[ Suspect Entrance ]
Inside the iron gate, voices of professors exchanging opinions occasionally echoed.
It must have been a discussion about what would be an appropriate level of punishment.
Ian calmly refined the words he had prepared.
He did his best in preparation.
Now he just had to wait until he was called.
While vaguely concluding this.
“Are you Ian?”
A woman’s voice reached him.
She seemed to be in her early to mid-thirties.
A beautiful face but somewhat intimidating.
Unlike the long sword at her waist, her luxurious clothes emitted a soft rustling sound.
Was she a knight?
A luxurious and somewhat burdensome fragrance lingered.
“Aran Alteach. Responsible knight of the Crimson Flame Order.”
Ian was surprised.
The Crimson Flame Order was one of the two major knight orders of the Empire.
Being a responsible knight meant holding considerable power.
Contrary to her appearance, the woman could produce a bright smile. Her demeanor felt somehow familiar.
“I’m also the older sister of Yurran. Today, consider me as Sharon Pierce’s guardian.”
The Bloodstone Cultist he was on the same team with not long ago.
Ian only now realized the true identity behind that bright yet uncomfortable smile.
‘…There’s a considerable possibility that she’s a Bloodstone Cultist.’
Bloodstone Cultists were reaching out even to the Crimson Flame Order.
‘Shocking, but is it really that surprising?’
Thinking of the characters he would encounter in the next scenario, most of it made sense.
Of course, he should think about it when that time came.
Ian quickly turned his head.
There was no reason for someone like her to be here.
It didn’t make sense unless she was related to Sharon Pierce.
In other words, this person was a card chosen by the Pierce faction to exert pressure on the disciplinary committee.
‘I didn’t expect them to call someone of this caliber.’
Should I scratch her a little?
It seemed like an opportunity to introduce some variables.
After a moment of contemplation, Ian nodded politely towards Aran.
“I am Ian. I am well aware of the reputation of the Crimson Flame Order.”
Aran’s eyes widened.
She probably didn’t expect such a response.
Ian’s actions were merely an attempt to get to the point with her. Dealing with people like her was familiar territory.
“Hmm? Despite what I’ve heard, it seems like we can communicate well. You have manners.”
Aran produced a diplomatic laugh. She then spoke.
“I’m quite busy, so I’ll get straight to the point without beating around the bush.”
“Please go ahead.”
“Ian, I want you to admit that you were wrong. Do you know what that means?”
“Oh my, don’t make such a scary expression. It’s just expulsion at worst, right?”
“So, what do I gain from this?”
With a graceful laugh, Aran continued.
“Instead, I’ll take you in as an apprentice of our Crimson Flame Order. We treat our mages well. Or, if you prefer, I have connections with a guild I know well. With a recommendation from a responsible knight of the Crimson Flame Order, there won’t be a difficult place for you. Think about it. Even if you graduate from the academy, the path you’ll eventually have to take, I can help you get there faster.”
Approaching a step closer, Aran whispered.
“Of course, if you wish, I’ll provide you with money as well. Enough for several years.”
Well, that was the deal.
Anyway, Bloodstone Cultists were true to their nature.
Despite the pleasant words, the moment you agree, all control shifts to the other party.
Listening to flattering words, they lure you into a trap from which you couldn’t escape.
Ian found himself chuckling without realizing it.
Aran was furious.
“…Are you laughing right now?”
“I apologize. It just happened.”
“You. Do you know what the Crimson Flame Order is?”
Crimson Flame Order or whatever.
From my perspective, being expelled from the academy meant death.
“Well, I thought it was a pretty well-known knight order, but now it doesn’t seem like it.”
“What, what did you just say…!”
“Oh, didn’t you hear? An order with an old woman as the responsible knight.”
“What, what did you just say…!”
“Oh, didn’t you hear? Auntie.”
Aran’s face swelled intensely red.
An uncomfortable sound like huffing and puffing was audible for a while.
Losing composure over such a provocation.
It was easy to see the angle.
‘Is she the type who climbed to the top through political maneuvering rather than skill?’
After a while, Aran spat out her words with great difficulty.
“Truly like a child from a failed family. Lacks manners due to a lack of proper upbringing. I don’t know where this person is getting involved. Such an unlucky child.”
She even did some background research.
Suddenly, Ian felt a shiver down his spine.
‘Why are they showing interest in me like this?’
A knight under the influence of the Pierce family, but also a Bloodstone Cultist.
Come to think of it, Ian, who was originally ‘Pongpong,’ was destined to sacrifice himself to the Bloodstone Cult. Although his destiny changed slightly after his possession by Ian, the interest of the Bloodstone Cultists had been relentless.
If you think about it, they were all trying to get Ian involved.
‘…So, does that mean they don’t intend to kill me?’
A woman right in front of him, enraged.
Ian spoke coldly to her.
“Maybe you’re just a bodyguard of the Pierce family. Now that you’ve lost your flexibility, you’ve been assigned to do menial tasks?”
A piercing scream.
Aran closed the distance in an instant.
The thick scent of luxurious perfume irritated Ian’s nose.
“You. Don’t you know that you’re standing in front of someone superior? Without that person, you would’ve been finished already. Prepare yourself. I’ll not only get you expelled but also make you completely miserable… I’ll somehow…”
Ian observed that even in the face of such humiliation, Aran didn’t draw her sword.
At this point, he became genuinely curious.
Who in the Bloodstone Cult could have an interest in him?
Regardless, pondering on it now wouldn’t lead to a conclusion.
He had already shattered Aran’s mental composure, and that seemed sufficient.
Besides, many professors disliked imperial authority. It might be a while before the overbearing imperial knights came rushing in.
“I look forward to what you’ll show me. Oh, and the audience entrance is over there. It’s dark, so be careful as you explore.”
Ian, confident in his ability to provoke, was scratching at her with confidence.
Disciplinary Committee Hearing Room.
Seven disciplinary committee seats arranged in a semicircle, imposingly positioned. In the center below, interrogation chairs are arranged in a surrounded shape.
The proceedings here proceed as follows.
Interrogation of the accused.
And the vote and verdict of the seven disciplinary committee members.
Before the victim’s testimony began.
Professors who would serve as disciplinary committee members were already seated in the seven committee seats.
The most noticeable among them was Professor Violet, who was in charge of the Mezai class in the Department of Magic.
Long violet hair falling gently over her shoulders. Beautiful eyelashes and subtle purple eyes. And long legs.
Despite her beautiful appearance, her personality was straightforward and unreserved, befitting a magician.
Professor Violet was very uncomfortable.
It was because of the fat-filled voice of a professor.
“At the prestigious Lichten Academy on the continent, facing such an incident with these delicate and refined students is unacceptable. Especially considering the recent issues with women’s rights…”
Professor Todd Cam of Hexology Defense, boasting as if he were the chairman. His frog-like face twisted every time he spoke.
Violet let out a long sigh.
There wasn’t much reason for her dislike of Todd Cam.
‘He’s just a lackey for Raymond.’
Todd Cam emitted the stench typical of corrupted humans. Though only a small part, Violet, born with elven lineage, could sense it.
That’s why she was convinced.
‘There’s no way Ian would have done this.’
He was a gloomy kid, but determined.
Even when faced with obstacles, he had the resilience to get back up.
‘Well, it wasn’t necessarily in the right direction, but…’
After the s*icide incident, he became almost flawless.
Ian’s performance afterward shone like a gemstone, to the point where Violet wanted to carve it herself.
‘He even mastered a movement skill with the Earth element.’
It meant he knew how to put in the effort.
So, the notion that a person like him would resort to s*icide threats just because girls wouldn’t meet him?
‘It’s just not convincing.’
Moreover, the attitude of the so-called ‘victims’ side was suspicious.
At least two of the disciplinary committee members were professors from Emilia Raymond’s side.
And it was clear that the ‘Bishop’ of the Lichten Branch on audience platform was supporting the saint candidate Aria, while the knight from the Crimson Flame Order was supporting Sharon Pierce.
Famous figures to an almost exaggerated degree.
Honestly, just by looking at them, one could believe it was a witch trial.
The urgency of the ‘victims’ seemed strangely doubtful to Violet.
Therefore, Violet had made up her mind.
To actively defend Ian.
Honestly, even if he committed the crime, she intended to defend him, given his exceptional talent.
Seven professors of the disciplinary committee.
Among them, only Violet and Suzy Dismal of Clinical Magical Pharmacology, were firmly on Ian’s side.
‘Ian should have prepared well…’
While Professor Violet pondered with her long fingers resting on her chin.
The meeting room door opened, and someone entered.
The appearance of the victim of the case.
The official disciplinary committee hearing had begun.
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