Sword God in a World of Magic – Chapter 196 Prepared

Chapter 196 Prepared

More days passed, and although Shang became better and better, he still didn’t win even once.

Shang had come across another problem.

A lot of his opponents were now using Mana Push.

Mana Push was a common Element-neutral defensive Spell. It created something like a force field around one of the Adept’s arms, which extended outward by quite a bit.

Mana Push was the very technique Duke Whirlwind used to deal with the Exploding Mountain Turtle’s attacks. He had created a huge forcefield and used it to bat the stones of the Exploding Mountain Turtle away like they were pebbles.

Of course, the Mana Push of these Adepts was nowhere near as overwhelmingly powerful as Duke Whirlwind’s, but it was still troublesome.

Using Mana Push didn’t waste as much Mana as receiving a hit to one’s Mana Shield. However, it was harder to utilize since the Adept actually had to anticipate Shang’s movements somewhat.

If they messed up their Mana Push, they would have wasted their Mana in using Mana Push while also receiving an attack to their Mana Shield.

Since Shang’s opponents were now using Mana Push, Shang’s progress was thrown back.

By now, Shang could barely waste 60% of his opponent’s Mana.

However, Shang wasn’t stupid, and he had realized something.

His initial opponents had been very clumsy, and they hadn’t used Mana Push.

But now, his opponents were using Mana Push confidently.

This meant that Shang’s opponents had been upgraded.

He was no longer fighting the trash portion of the Adepts but the average ones.

When Shang had just fought against his first few opponents, he had only managed to use up around 50% of their Mana, and these opponents had been the worst Adepts.

Now, he managed to waste 60% of the Mana of average Adepts.

Shang had made progress!

Several more days passed, and Shang learned to deal with Mana Push better.

There were three levels to dealing with Mana Push.

First level: Somewhat avoiding it and quickly charging towards the Adept’s new location after they used Mana Step.

Second level: Avoiding Mana Push with a lot of confidence and making the Adept use even more Mana by forcing them to use a Mana Step with all their power.

Third level: Nullifying Mana Push and hitting the opponent’s Mana Shield before they vanished with Mana Step.

After five days, Shang managed to confidently reach the first level. By now, he wasn’t thrown to the ground anymore by being hit by Mana Push.

After several more days, Shang managed to reach the second level a couple of times, but before he could continue, he had to take a break.

17 days had already passed, which meant that the academy’s auction would take place now.

Viera left to deal with several things. After all, she had been down here for over two weeks.

Shang retreated to his room and sat down.

One would think that Shang wanted to relax after 17 days of constant battle, but that was far from the truth.

Shang saw his own progress, and he became addicted to it.

More power!

He wanted more power!

He was making so much progress!

Shang wanted to continue fighting right now, but he had to wait until the room became free again.

Luckily, Shang wouldn’t have to wait with nothing to do.

Mattheo arrived at Shang’s room with several Spells made by Duke Whirlwind.

He delivered the Spells to Shang and gave him a couple of tips on how to train in Spell casting.

After becoming a General Stage warrior, Shang’s mind was also slowly growing. By now, his mind had reached the Initial Apprentice Realm.

The Initial Apprentice Realm wasn’t impressive, but it was still a step forward.

After Mattheo left, Shang looked through the list of Spells.

They were the easiest Spells imaginable. It was almost like they weren’t Spells but training methods.

One Spell required Shang to simply gather Fire Mana from the surroundings.

Shang could absorb lifeless Fire and Ice Mana, but he hadn’t yet been able to absorb these kinds of Mana from the atmosphere.

Obviously, Duke Whirlwind wanted to test if Shang had the same abilities as people with normal Affinities.

Shang sat down and concentrated on these Spells.

He was helping Duke Whirlwind, but he was also doing this for himself.

His Magic abilities would never reach the power of his physical abilities, but there surely were some Spells that could help Shang a little bit.

A Mage’s power was 100% magical and 0% physical.

A warrior’s power was 0% magical and 100% physical.

A magic warrior’s power was 40% magical and 60% physical.

Due to Shang’s warrior’s body, he planned on making his power 10% magical and 90% physical.

Spells used the Mana from one’s mind, but in comparison to a Mage, if Shang’s Mana in his mind ran out, he wasn’t helpless. Because of that, even though his Mana reserves for his mind were pitifully small, he could attempt to gain a one-time boost per battle by completely using up all the Mana in his mind.

Shang got reminded of how Astor used his Affinity to move to the side to change the angle of his attack.

If Shang could use all his Mana in one Mana Step to move to the side, it would already help him.

With one Mana Step, he could probably avoid an additional attack.

One Mana Step was obviously pitiful when compared to Adepts, but this one Mana Step could make the difference.

But to learn Mana Step, Shang had to become familiar with Spell casting.

And Duke Whirlwind’s extremely easy Spells came at just the right time.

At that moment, Shang saw another path forward.

Shang was quickly approaching the limit of his techniques. The Adepts were overwhelming him, even though he was nearly perfect at fighting them.

There was only so much technique could do.

Shang had to upgrade some part of his power, and one of these methods was to learn Mana Step.

Shang spent the entire day practicing the Spells Mattheo had delivered him, and when Viera returned to get him to return to battle, Shang almost didn’t want to stop.

Shang had made quite some progress in his Spell casting, and he was absolutely sure by now that he could increase his power with that.

Shang had so many things to practice that there wasn’t enough time in the day.

At least General Stage warriors didn’t need to sleep anymore.

Mana and oxygen fueled their entire being, and the Mana also changed their minds to process information while being awake.panda-novel,c,om

Shang returned to his battles.

Sadly, even though he had made some progress in his Spell casting, his Battle-Strength hadn’t been increased by it.

He was still quite a bit off from using an actual Spell.

For the next few days, Shang practiced dealing with Mana Push and learning all the different Spells his opponents were using.

By now, his opponents were using more than one Elemental Spell, and Shang saw new Spells every single day.

Shang was certain that these Adepts weren’t weak.

After ten days, Shang managed to confidently deplete 80% of his opponents’ Mana reserves again.

Only a bit more!

Three days later, Shang was so close to winning!

Only a bit more!

“Alright, that was the last one!” Viera said.

Shang became shocked.

The last one?

An entire month had already passed?!

Shang gritted his teeth. “I didn’t manage to win even once,” he said with frustration.

“Are you surprised?”

Shang turned around as he heard a familiar voice.

His teacher, the Dean, stood at the door.

“Can I go now?” Viera asked with the voice of a pleading child. “I want to hunt beasts again.”

The Dean looked at Viera. “You can leave.”

“Yay!” Viera said as she excitedly clapped her hands.

Then, she looked at Shang. “You’re really impressive, Shang! In just one month, you became one of the best students our academy has ever had when it comes to fighting Mages!”

Shang snorted. “One of the best? I didn’t even win against an average Adept even one time.”

Viera only smiled brightly.

Then, she turned to the Dean. “Can I tell him now?”

Shang raised an eyebrow while the Dean nodded.

“Shang!” Viera said excitedly. “You’ve not been fighting Initial Adepts but Early Adepts!”

For a second, Shang’s mind halted.

Wait, so these Adepts had all been a level above him?

No wonder their Mana Step was so fast!

“Surprised?” the Dean repeated.

Shang only looked at the Dean with a perplexed expression.

“Your body is a level higher than the body of a normal warrior. In short, your body is equal to an Early General Stage warrior.”

“By fighting Early Adepts, you have essentially nullified the advantage of your new body. You experienced how it is to fight as a normal warrior against Mages.”

“Our very best students can fight an average Adept on their level on equal grounds. By now, you are also fighting an average Adept on equal grounds, which makes you part of our best students.”

“Of course, that’s without considering the advantage of your unique body.”

“Shang, you shouldn’t forget that you have become very powerful over the last year. Your Battle-Strength is outstanding, and not many warriors can fight against you anymore.”

“By making you fight Early Adepts, you learned a lot about how Mages fight, and you learned the most important aspect.”

“Evasion and adaptability.”

“Viera, you can leave,” the Dean said as he looked at Viera.

Viera noticed that the Dean wanted her gone, and she left after saying her goodbyes.

Now, only Shang and the Dean were left in the room.

“You should be able to beat the fourth level in the Mage category in the trial,” the Dean said. “You even have a tiny chance of winning the fifth level.”

“You should undertake the trial in a couple of hours.”

“I’m expecting greater things from you than I have achieved back then.”

Shang remained silent as he listened to the Dean.

He hadn’t even thought that his opponents were a level above him.

Why?

Because the supreme power of the Mages was blinding.

Shang thought that it was normal for him to lose against the average Adept.

But now, Shang realized that he had grown far more than he had anticipated.

The gap between him and the Mages had seemed insurmountable.

But now, Shang could confidently fight an average Adept one level above him.

Of course, without his body, Shang would only be able to fight an average Adept on his own level, but that was still very impressive.

Not many warriors could fight an average Adept one-on-one.

Shang had become one of the very best warriors in the academy, and he had his new body on top of that.

Additionally, Shang saw another method of becoming more powerful, which was Mana Step.

Shang had already become very powerful, but this wasn’t even close to his full potential.

At that moment, Shang realized how powerful he had become.

And it felt great!

He wanted to feel that feeling of progress more!

And his next step?

Shang looked at the Dean with fiery eyes. “Thank you,” he said. “I won’t disappoint you!”

“I will bring back an amazing reward from the trial!”

The next step was the trial.

Shang was certain that the reward from the trial could increase his power even more!

List of Chapters
Chapter 1 - Shooting Stars
Chapter 2 - Alex
Chapter 3 - Dream?
Chapter 4 - Death
Chapter 5 - Mages
Chapter 6 - Shang
Chapter 7 - New Body And New Surroundings
Chapter 8 - Watching
Chapter 9 - First Kill
Chapter 10 - Mana
Chapter 11 - Sword
Chapter 12 - Moment Of Peace
Chapter 13 - Training
Chapter 14 - Power!
Chapter 15 - Small Expedition
Chapter 16 - Fruit
Chapter 17 - Going Further
Chapter 18 - Payoff
Chapter 19 - Progress
Chapter 20 - Conviction
Chapter 21 - Hegemon
Chapter 22 - The Enemy Is Complacency
Chapter 23 - Cold
Chapter 24 - Bear
Chapter 25 - Thing
Chapter 26 - Ethereal Spire
Chapter 27 - Experiment And Trade
Chapter 28 - Affinity?
Chapter 29 - Human
Chapter 30 - Whirlwind
Chapter 31 - Memory Loss
Chapter 32 - Leaving The Wilderness
Chapter 33 - Bad Habit
Chapter 34 - Money
Chapter 35 - Meeting The Village
Chapter 36 - Old Man
Chapter 37 - Frozen Lake Stag
Chapter 38 - Antlers
Chapter 39 - Pity
Chapter 40 - Affinity?
Chapter 41 - Plateau
Chapter 42 - Stupid Idea
Chapter 43 - Aftermath
Chapter 44 - Dark Iron Ore
Chapter 45 - Usage Of Mana
Chapter 46 - Silent Danger
Chapter 47 - Warning
Chapter 48 - Bandits
Chapter 49 - Actions And Intentions
Chapter 50 - Reasons
Chapter 51 - Alex And Shang
Chapter 52 - Ice Wood Origin
Chapter 53 - Gamble
Chapter 54 - Officer
Chapter 55 - Recruits
Chapter 56 - Reward
Chapter 57 - Sparren
Chapter 58 - Money!
Chapter 59 - Farm Line
Chapter 60 - Storm Eagle Zone
Chapter 61 - Affinities
Chapter 62 - Finally Here
Chapter 63 - The Sleeping Man
Chapter 64 - Different World
Chapter 65 - Amnesia
Chapter 66 - Pen
Chapter 67 - Sword, Yes?
Chapter 68 - Michael
Chapter 69 - Battle With Soran
Chapter 70 - Flaws
Chapter 71 - Feedback
Chapter 72 - Pain
Chapter 73 - Smile?
Chapter 74 - Not About Can, But Should
Chapter 75 - Realms
Chapter 76 - The Dean
Chapter 77 Purpose
Chapter 78 Trust?
Chapter 79 Temperature
Chapter 80 Not Temperature
Chapter 81 Balance?
Chapter 82 Second Gift
Chapter 83 Subjects
Chapter 84 True Path
Chapter 85 Room
Chapter 86 Rules
Chapter 87 Schedule And Grade
Chapter 88 Training Resumes
Chapter 89 Sword Feelings
Chapter 90 Practice
Chapter 91 Numbers
Chapter 92 Outside
Chapter 93 Stars Gerbon
Chapter 94 Market
Chapter 95 Older Student
Chapter 96 Intimidation
Chapter 97 Guilt
Chapter 98 Astor And Elver
Chapter 99 Teacher Loran
Chapter 100 Soldier To General
Chapter 101 Astor’s Power
Chapter 102 Experience
Chapter 103 Mattheo
Chapter 104 Counter
Chapter 105 Beast
Chapter 106 Weapons
Chapter 107 Plan
Chapter 108 Beast Missions
Chapter 109 Vanishing Snake
Chapter 110 Power Of Magic
Chapter 111 Swamp Millipede
Chapter 112 Hunting
Chapter 113 Circling
Chapter 114 Green Bird
Chapter 115 Blade
Chapter 116 Metal Mana
Chapter 117 The Last Moment
Chapter 118 More Potential
Chapter 119 Idiot
Chapter 120 Teacher
Chapter 121 Celebrity Autograph
Chapter 122 Teacher Niria
Chapter 123 Psychopath
Chapter 124 Crossroads
Chapter 125 Water Mage
Chapter 126 In Control
Chapter 127 The Pest Cat Problem
Chapter 128 Help
Chapter 129 Darkness Affinity
Chapter 130 Not An Affinity
Chapter 131 Private Lesson
Chapter 132 Refined Uses
Chapter 133 This World
Chapter 134 Ice Ore
Chapter 135 The Other Vice-Dean
Chapter 136 Day Of Chaos
Chapter 137 Merchant
Chapter 138 Hunting Guild
Chapter 139 Javelin
Chapter 140 Environmental Planning
Chapter 141 Life Scarab
Chapter 142 Spire Mire
Chapter 143 Scammed
Chapter 144 The Night
Chapter 145 A New Day
Chapter 146 Upgrading The Sword
Chapter 147 Nobility
Chapter 148 Mattheo’s Troubles
Chapter 149 Rematch
Chapter 150 The Result
Chapter 151 Quota
Chapter 152 Time To Learn
Chapter 153 Practice
Chapter 154 Learning
Chapter 155 Monster
Chapter 156 Protection
Chapter 157 Eternal Spires
Chapter 158 The Start
Chapter 159 True Power
Chapter 160 Boat In A Storm
Chapter 161 Hunters
Chapter 162 Exploding Mountain Turtle
Chapter 163 Someone
Chapter 164 Betrayal
Chapter 165 The Plan Around The Plan
Chapter 166 The Day Of Chaos Ends
Chapter 167 First Semester
Chapter 168 Rise
Chapter 169 Falling Out
Chapter 170 Trash Bird
Chapter 171 Chase
Chapter 172 Shut Up!
Chapter 173 Invitation
Chapter 174 Icy Wisp
Chapter 175 The Plan
Chapter 176 Four Dead Beasts
Chapter 177 Teacher Mervin’s Advice
Chapter 178 Applicable Advice?
Chapter 179 The Thing
Chapter 180 The Last Moments
Chapter 181 The Procedure
Chapter 182 Success!
Chapter 183 - Abominations
Chapter 184 - Natural Mana
Chapter 185 Antimatter
Chapter 186 The Second Question
Chapter 187 The Important Secret
Chapter 188 Space and Strength
Chapter 189 Preparations for the Trial
Chapter 190 Viera
Chapter 191 First Fight
Chapter 192 Growth
Chapter 193 The First Mage
Chapter 194 Advantage of Mana Source
Chapter 195 Against Mages
Chapter 196 Prepared
Chapter 197 The Trial Begins
Chapter 198 Joke Turning into Reality
Chapter 199 Climate Weasel
Chapter 200 Accumulated Power
Chapter 201 Explosiveness
Chapter 202 Tiger
Chapter 203 Metal King
Chapter 204 Light Affinity
Chapter 205 Inexperienced
Chapter 206 Price
Chapter 207 Death
Chapter 208 Advancing
Chapter 209 Power of Practice
Chapter 210 Poison
Chapter 211 Gulf of Power
Chapter 212 Waiting
Chapter 213 First Mage
Chapter 214 Genius
Chapter 215 Destruction
Chapter 216 Fear
Chapter 217 I Have to Kill!
Chapter 218 Affinity
Chapter 219 Jester
Chapter 220 Entertainment
Chapter 221 Not What but How
Chapter 222 The Trial Is Over
Chapter 223 New Plane of Fighting
Chapter 224 Faction
Chapter 225 Group of Warriors
Chapter 226 Four Groups
Chapter 227 Numbers Talk
Chapter 228 Hardfire Spider
Chapter 229 Jobs
Chapter 230 Strength
Chapter 231 Outpost Taking Form
Chapter 232 Deaths
Chapter 233 New Mission
Chapter 234 Positioning
Chapter 235 Ambush
Chapter 236 Attack!
Chapter 237 Report
Chapter 238 Defense
Chapter 239 One's Plan
Chapter 240 Ploy
Chapter 241 Underestimated
Chapter 242 Superior
Chapter 243 Inquisitor
Chapter 244 Excellent Work
Chapter 245 Back to Warrior's Paradise
Chapter 246 Return
Chapter 247 - The Ore
Chapter 248 - New Shang
Chapter 249 Friend?
Chapter 250 Path to Commander Stage
Chapter 251 Old Friends
Chapter 252 Flying
Chapter 253 The Caves
Chapter 254 Professional Hunting
Chapter 255 Conflict
Chapter 256 Who?
Chapter 257 Poison Adept
Chapter 258 Chase
Chapter 259 The Cleaning Service
Chapter 260 Magic Contract
Chapter 261 Returnal Point
Chapter 262 The Guilty Party
Chapter 263 Simon Wilbury
Chapter 264 Helpless
Chapter 265 - Waiting by the Gate
Chapter 266 - Good Ruler
Chapter 267 - Kiva Orvis
Chapter 268 - Duke Whirlwind's Path
Chapter 269 - The Empress CobraZone
Chapter 270 - The AdamantiteBehemoth Zone
Chapter 271 - The Thunder HorseZone
Chapter 272 - Thunder Horse
Chapter 273 - Survived
Chapter 274 - Skythunder Zone
Chapter 275 - King Skythunder'sCastle
Chapter 276 - King Skythunder
Chapter 277 - Punch
Chapter 278 - Barbarian
Chapter 279 - Discussion
Chapter 280 - Decision
Chapter 281 - What AreBarbarians?
Chapter 282 - Dark Pillar
Chapter 283 - Adult Shang
Chapter 284 - Flipping a Coin
Chapter 285 - lce Demon vs.Adepts
Chapter 286 - The Reason
Chapter 287 - Black Gleam
Chapter 288 - Surrender
Chapter 289 - Bounty
Chapter 290 - Plans
Chapter 291 - Slide
Chapter 292 - Bottom
Chapter 293 - Calm Area
Chapter 294 - Black Wall
Chapter 295 - Falling
Chapter 296 - Danger
Chapter 297 - Price
Chapter 298 - Death and Hope
Chapter 299 - One Eye
Chapter 300 - How Did He Do lt?
Chapter 301 - Looking Around
Chapter 302 - Things Going Out ofControl
Chapter 303 - Trouble
Chapter 304 - Punishment
Chapter 305 – Disguise
Chapter 306 – Isolated Barbarian
Chapter 307 – Village
Chapter 308 – Slavery or Vacation?
Chapter 309 – Different Front
Chapter 310 – Camp
Chapter 311 – Barbarian Customs
Chapter 312 – Ruiner
Chapter 313 – First Lesson
Chapter 314 – Basics
Chapter 315 – Solo Performance
Chapter 316 – First Goal Achieved
Chapter 317 – Three Techniques, One Technique
Chapter 318 – Deciphering the Technique
Chapter 319 – Blackshadow Kingdom
Chapter 320 – Summoners
Chapter 321 – Lash vs. Mole
Chapter 322 – Closing the Gap
Chapter 323 – Mana Tranquility
Chapter 324 – Lifting
Chapter 325 – Contract
Chapter 326 – Special Mission
Chapter 327 – Force
Chapter 328 – Plague
Chapter 329 – Researcher Veral
Chapter 330 – Global Politics
Chapter 331 – Commander Stage
Chapter 332 – Third Question
Chapter 333 – Abominations Everywhere
Chapter 334 – Controlling
Chapter 335 – Deep Lake
Chapter 336 – Three Months
Chapter 337 – Blind Fight
Chapter 338 – Mind Battle
Chapter 339 – Trial Starts
Chapter 340 – Level Six and Seven
Chapter 341 – Lioness
Chapter 342 – Ice King
Chapter 343 – Relentless Attacks
Chapter 344 – Using Everything
Chapter 345 – Power Hierarchy
Chapter 346 – Warrior Trials
Chapter 347 – Second Strongest Class of Warriors
Chapter 348 – Teacher Mervin
Chapter 349 – True Path
Chapter 350 – Forsaken Future
Chapter 351 – Five Years
Chapter 352 – Warrior Category Over
Chapter 353 – Darkness
Chapter 354 – Underestimated
Chapter 355 – Difference in Growth
Chapter 356 – Fire
Chapter 357 – Different Mage
Chapter 358 – Universe
Chapter 359 – Strange Mage
Chapter 360 – Star Map
Chapter 361 – Fruits of Training
Chapter 362 – The Plan
Chapter 363 – Destruction
Chapter 364 – Icicle
Chapter 365 – Bombardment
Chapter 366 – Last Push
Chapter 367 – Negotiation
Chapter 368 – Blue-Haired Man
Chapter 369 – Was It Right?
Chapter 370 – Focus on Power!
Chapter 371 – Escaping the Grandmountain Kingdom
Chapter 372 – Another Search
Chapter 373 – Hiding
Chapter 374 – Growth
Chapter 375 – Shang
Chapter 376 – The Way
Chapter 377 – Map
Chapter 378 – Return
Chapter 379 – Bad News
Chapter 380 – Unfamiliar Face
Chapter 381 – Terrifying Message
Chapter 382 – Meeting an Old Friend
Chapter 383 – Duke Whirlwind's Thoughts
Chapter 384 – The Scheme
Chapter 385 – Diamond
Chapter 386 – Cross Comprehension