Chapter 253: Retainer Assessment
These people did not have any thoughts of respecting the old and loving the young.
Of course, this was also an underlying rule of the continent—strength reigned.
If they really could not snatch anything, there was nothing they could do. However, many people had an idea. They planned to wait for this commotion to pass before visiting and recommending themselves. They might even be successful.
In the end, so what? It was better to come at the right time than to come earlier!
This was joining the crowd!
A group of solo Magi ran eagerly to the notice put up by the Nicholas family.
They poked their heads out with great hope, and high fighting spirit—
After seeing it clearly, their hearts turned cold.
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Sigh, let’s go, let’s go. They need a Great Mage. An ordinary Mage would not be qualified.
Moreover, even if one’s level had reached or surpassed it, he would still have to go through the assessment by the Nicholas family clan… Another hurdle had been added.
Most of them returned in disappointment. At the same time, there were also many who stayed… There was no lack of Great Magi among them.
After receiving the news that the Nicholas family was recruiting retainers, the reactions of the large and small factions in the Holy Light City were all different. Some were shocked, some were puzzled, and some said, “As expected…”
At first, they were a little surprised, but soon, they switched to other emotions. Whatever this family clan did was really not surprising.
Some days ago, they had thought that the Nicholas family clan must have taken some drugs or cultivated some evil techniques. Now, they were even more certain of their speculation. If it had not been for a backlash, how could the Nicholas family have needed retainers so quickly? They must be seizing the opportunity to strengthen themselves!
There were also people who felt that it was reasonable for the Nicholas family to need manpower since they had taken over a lot of commercial assets. There was no need to make a fuss.
Amidst all kinds of speculations and responses, the next day came quickly.
Early in the morning, there were many people gathered in front of the gate of the Nicholas family…
There were several circles of people here, inside and outside. Most of them had come to watch a show.
Of course, there were also 20 to 30 solo Magi who had come to take the test. They were all Great Magi. They were basically below level-5, and there were only a few above.
These people had two goals for this trip. The first was to see if they could clinch the first prize, and the second was to see if the path to joining the Nicholas family clan was easy, for example, what was the exact situation and what the attitude of the people inside was like… basically, they were here also to recce for those who would come later.
Around the time after breakfast, the door to the Nicholas family clan opened. Some servants greeted the solo Magi who were taking the test.
The others looked on eagerly and found a way to watch the show.
The surroundings of the Nicholas family clan, whether it was the trees, the roof, the windows… were all crowded with people. It could be said that they were enthusiastic spectators.
The Nicholas family did not care much about these peepers. After all, it would not hurt to be seen. It was mainly because the recruitment of these retainers was really not something worth keeping a secret.
About 20 to 30 people had been invited to a courtyard. The person in charge of the inspection this time was the eldest grandson of the family head Norton, John. This was enough to show the attention and care the Nicholas family had put into recruiting the retainers.
However, they did not see the few powerful Great Archmagi, especially the two influential figures. They were still a little disappointed.
Thereafter, they became calm. Now that their levels were so low, it was normal that they could not see them.
They could only hope that in the future, if they could successfully enter, they would have the chance to see those two.
After calming down, they listened carefully to the rules of the test. The group of solo Magi looked at each other.
According to the rules of the assessment, every candidate had to compete with the Nicholas family members of the same realm. They would be graded according to the actual situation. The score was directly related to the final outcome.
There might be three scenarios for the outcome of the duel. One was to win and pass the duel; one was to fail but have an outstanding performance; these people might be kept behind; and the other was to fail and have only an average performance, then these people could only leave.
“Alright, I, Sheyasa, will be the first to take on your guys!”
While everyone was hesitating, a woman with a carefree personality jumped nimbly to the middle of the courtyard.
She was a level-5 Great Mage, one of the best among the 20-30 people.
The Nicholas family members behind John discussed for a while and sent an old man.
This was one of the first people to return to the Nicholas family, Aaron, who had a high seniority in the Nicholas family.
Sheyasa’s gaze paused. Although she was puzzled, she still bowed.
“Please enlighten me!”
“Please advise.” Aaron returned the greeting.
Soon, the duel ended, and Sheyasa returned defeated.
She pursed her lips and told the rest to be careful later, although the outcome would not change even if they were careful.
The other independent Magi, who were watching from the side, scratched their heads. They were a little too taken aback.
Two more went up in succession. The outcome was the same, but the battle was even more tragic. The Nicholas family member had restrained themselves earlier.
The group of independent Magi swallowed their saliva in shock.
After watching three rounds, they also understood that the old man in the battle clearly had an extremely exquisite magical power. At first, when he fought back and forth, he was a little stuck, but soon, he became more and more proficient. The difficulty he had in attacking earlier could not be seen at all.
The old man had not held back at all earlier. It was just that he was a little rusty at first!
Then, there were two more rounds. The people from the Nicholas family clan fought more and more easily, but the independent Magi who came to take the test had not won.
Those who had not fought yet became even more anxious… Would they all lose today?
After the people of the same realm had finished competing, Aaron retreated with a flushed face.
A simple and honest-looking person came over. Then, with a few thuds, a few level-3 Great Magi were also beaten.
As the assessment continued, the participants present were all stunned.
No one passed the ten consecutive rounds!
Such a battle situation had also been seen by the onlookers. Outside the field, everyone who was not from the Nicholas family clan was in an uproar and then they became silent.
“Are they using us as a training tool?” Someone muttered softly.
Those who had not competed and those who had been defeated looked at each other, their hearts aching.
Sigh… They could see through it but could not reveal it.
One by one, the Nicholas family members who had come out to test the candidates were all those who had cultivated some extremely exquisite magical power. Coupled with the fact that their minds were working quickly, it only took ten minutes for them to finish their sparring… When they came out, all of them were smiling. It was obvious that they wanted to do it again.
As independent Magi, no matter how much combat experience they had, they could not compare with them…
Defeated, defeated… With a series of bangs, the duel finally came to an end. Before this, no one who had come to participate or to watch had expected such an outcome.
In the end, no one from the Nicholas family clan lost!