Sword God in a World of Magic – Chapter 329 – Researcher Veral

Chapter 329 – Researcher Veral

Shang didn’t stay in his hole for three entire days. Obviously, he left pretty quickly and joined the barbarians in their rampaging.

He wasn’t very interested in killing people and beasts much weaker than him, but he joined a couple of battles against Peak General Stage Summoners and beasts just for training.

About a day later, Shang left the barbarians as they continued ravaging the lands and returned to the Mages.

The Mages had already started to rebuild the black castle and were reorganizing it as a new base for operations.

As Shang reached the newly rebuilt gates, he was stopped by two True Mages, who looked at him with disdain. “Barbarians are not allowed in here,” one of them said.

“Researcher Veral told me to return to him after the mission,” Shang said.

The two Mages looked at each other with furrowed brows.

One of them snorted, but they let Shang pass.

“Researcher Veral is inside the basement,” one of them said.

Shang nodded and entered.

Inside the castle’s domain, Shang could see several Mages lifting heavy stones with their minds, rearranging them on the walls of the destroyed castle.

Shang entered the castle itself, and thanks to his Darkness Affinity, he quickly found the way to the basement.

However, someone else was just coming out of the basement, and he saw Shang.

When Shang saw the person, he saluted respectfully.

It was a young man with blue hair and a cold expression.

It was the general of the closest Governor, a Peak True Mage. He was the highest-ranking person in this entire Zone right now.

The man inspected Shang for a second with cold eyes.

“Name,” he said.

“Zero,” Shang answered.

The general frowned. Obviously, Shang’s strange name gave him pause, but he believed it in the end. He didn’t think that Shang would lie to him.

“We will contact you again if the need arises,” he said before passing Shang.

“Thank you, sir!” Shang said respectfully with a salute.

Shang was now on the radar of the powerful Mages of the Grandmountain Kingdom. A person just below a High Mage had asked for his name.

Shang continued descending into the basement, where he quickly found the grey-robed Researcher Veral with two of his assistants. They were currently constructing a complex Magic Circle.

Shang decided to wait at the entrance since he didn’t want to interrupt them at a critical moment. Something like that could get him killed.

About half a minute later, the Mages relaxed, and the Magic Circle stabilized.

At that point, Researcher Veral turned to Shang with a smile. “Well done, Zero!” he said.

Shang saluted respectfully without saying anything.

“Operation Primal Offense was a resounding success,” Researcher Veral commented. “The Plague Rat Zone belongs to the Grandmountain Kingdom now!”

“You performed extraordinarily under the enemy attacks, and you even managed to survive. Someone like that is very valuable to the Grandmountain Kingdom.”

‘As if they cared that I survived,’ Shang thought. ‘They probably had planned on losing their tool after it had fulfilled its use, but surprisingly, it managed to survive. The only thing they are happy about is that their tool can be used once again.’

However, Shang didn’t say any of these words and remained in a respectful salute.

Researched Veral’s smile transformed into a smirk. “I presume you are here for your reward.”

“I am here for further orders, sir,” Shang said, carefully avoiding any potential traps.

“Good answer,” Researched Veral answered with a smirk. He believed that Shang truly meant what he said. After all, Shang was a barbarian, and barbarians couldn’t possibly win in a battle of the minds with a Mage.

“Approach,” Researcher Veral ordered.

Shang stepped forward until he stood directly in front of the grey-robed man.

Researched Veral chanted a complex Spell, and just two seconds later…

CLANK!

Shang’s collar split in two by itself.

“The services you have rendered to the Grandmountain Kingdom far outweigh any crime you could have possibly committed in the past,” he said with a smile. “Additionally, I alleviate you of any punishment you have received in the past.”

Shang looked with a bit of discomfort at Researcher Veral. “Sir, the punishment was handed out by a Governor.”

Researcher Veral’s smile faded into an annoyed frown. “I don’t care. You belong to me, and I have full power over your life.”

Shang only meekly looked at the ground, seemingly afraid.

Obviously, Researcher Veral didn’t like being questioned by a mere barbarian, and he had shown his dislike by flaunting his power.

“Don’t take this to heart,” Researcher Veral said as his smile returned. “You will be happy that you belong to me now. I treat my people very well.”

“Forcing you into any kind of punishment is a waste of your talents,” he said. “You have a tremendous talent for withstanding and controlling several augmenting Spells. Having you serve on the frontlines would be stupid.”

“For the next few years, you will work for me personally,” he said. “I’m sure we can improve the Primal Offense Project even more, and I need your help and cooperation for that.”

“Naturally, I’m not a monster, and I will take care of the resources you need. Do you already know the full technique for strengthening your body?” he asked.

Shang quickly recounted how he trained.

Researcher Veral nodded. “That’s good. What’s your Affinity?”

“Fire, sir,” Shang answered.

“When was the last time you strengthened your body?”

“About five days ago, sir.”

Researcher Veral nodded again before turning to one of the other two Mages. “Geron, I need a bi-weekly shipment of a Peak Fighter Stage fire beast heart starting one week from now.”

Geron had heard the entire conversation, and he nodded. “Will be done.”

“Thanks, Geron,” Researcher Veral said with a smile.

“How much longer until you can reach the Champion Stage?” Researcher Veral asked.

“With regular strengthening, about a year, sir,” Shang answered.

Researcher Veral smiled in positive surprise. “That’s far faster than I anticipated. Wonderful!”

“We will be staying inside the Plague Rat Zone and Deepcore Turtle Zone for at least five years. We have conquered too much land in too little time, and we need to consolidate our land and our new defenses.”

“I will be busy in this castle for the next month or two. Until then, I want you to lead the barbarians in the assault,” Researcher Veral said. “I think you have quite the smart head on your shoulders, and us Mages can’t always spare time for the little details. Do you think you can lead them?”

“What are your goals, sir?” Shang asked.

Researcher Veral had said the comment about Shang being smart just to make Shang like him more, but he was still a bit surprised about the smart question. He would have anticipated that question from a Mage, not a barbarian.

‘Might as well not completely look like an idiot,’ Shang thought. It was a bit risky to show more of his power, even if it was only intelligence, but it was also necessary for Shang to live a better life.

“Good question,” Researcher Veral said. “I want you to kill any human not belonging to the Grandmountain Kingdom. Sometimes, the rebels can be quite smart and hide. We don’t really have time to search for the rebels since we have other things to do, but if you manage to catch them, you would be a big help.”

“It would also be great if you could teach the barbarians some basic forms of strategy. Looking at them charging at beasts without a plan gives me second-hand embarrassment.”

Shang nodded. “I will do my best, sir,” he said.

“That’s all I wanted to hear,” Researcher Veral said. “One week from now, return to the castle. Geron will have your fire beast heart ready.”

SHING!

Researcher Veral summoned a grey emblem with a cloaked person on it. “If any Mage gets confused about you ordering the barbarians around, just show them this.”

Shang took the emblem and saluted once more. “Thank you, sir,” he said respectfully.

Researcher Veral nodded with a smile. “Good. Now, go! We have things to do here!”

Shang performed another short salute, turned around, and left the basement.

After leaving the castle, Shang looked at his surroundings.

He could see several groups of barbarians raging through the lands without any plan or tactic.

‘Might as well make myself useful for the next couple of months,’ Shang thought. ‘I think I should be at my limit in about eight months if I continue to strengthen myself every two weeks. The beast Mana will slowly accumulate since I can’t truly get a beast with my Affinity, but I think I can somewhat counteract the beast Mana with the Procedure and my control over Mana.’

‘Eight months, huh?’

‘Eight months, and I’m outta here!’

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