Episode 18: The First Fight
“All right, let’s go find your opponent.” Jean said.
“What kind of opponent?”
“First of all, he has to have money…….And be somewhat confident.”
“Is that something you can see on the outside?”
“That’s why you have me. I’ll take care of that. I’m a good judge of character.”
Jean chose a man who looked like a Viking from a movie who was laughing gaily in a bar.
“What, you want to fight me, that’s interesting…..so what’s that guy’s track record?”
“This will be his first battle.”
“I’m sorry, but I don’t feel like fighting with such a snot-nosed kid, please choose someone else.”
“20 million on the line.”
“……What the…..is that, are you serious?”
“I’m serious. You’re not gonna take it?”
“……pfft……okay, I’ll take it ……don’t regret it.”
Thus, my first opponent was decided to be someone named Keven of the Red Dragon.
“Your opponent looks strong, will you be okay……?”
Nanami said with concern……and I gave her a confident look…….
“Don’t worry, I’m going to win.”
“Wait a minute; are you the one who will fight? Isn’t the little girl a Highlander?”
“It’s me, not the Highlander, but I’m going to win this thing.”
“No, it’s better to let the……Highlander handle the……Magicraft, because the Ludia value can make quite a difference…….
“No, well, actually, I don’t have a choice, since only I can run the Magicraft we have.”
“Huh? What’s the logic behind that? You’re running a Magicraft that a Highlander can’t run?”
“I wonder if it’s…..chemistry……”
“No……I’ve never even heard of such a thing…….It’s reasonable to assume, simply, that you have a higher Ludia value than that Highlander.”
“No, it doesn’t, because my Ludia value is two.”
“……What the hell?! 2……this is getting weirder and weirder…….you can’t even lit a magic light with that value…….”
“Well, it’s kind of a weird Magicraft.”
“Hmm, it’s not my money to bet, so it’s okay……”
In the Coliseum, there was a union that managed the gladiators’ fights, called the……Gladiators’ Guild, which managed and mediated the fights and guaranteed the victories…….In addition, one can apply to the Gladiator Guild for the match in order to prevent the losing opponent from not paying.
“I thought it was some kind of gray business, but I guess it’s all right…….”
“Well, it seems like it used to be a mess, but now that the Gladiator Guild is so powerful, it’s pretty quiet.”
“So when’s my match?”
“First thing in the afternoon.”
“There’s a big match in the evening, so first-time fights like Yuta’s usually get pushed into the early hours.”
“I see. Front seat, I guess…….”
“I’m sure you’re right, but you should probably get your Magicraft ready, there’s a waiting room downstairs for the fighters, go there.”
“Nanami, Farma, I’m going to get the Magicraft, can you wait here with Jean?”
They nodded…….Incidentally, Farma’s large robe hid her entire body, so I couldn’t see her nod well, but I could get the vibe of her movements.
I was allowed to keep my Magicraft in the plaza near the coliseum. It doesn’t have a lock or anything, but no one can move it except me, so no one will steal it. The Magicraft was placed safely in its place…….I got on it and headed for the Coliseum’s antechamber…….
When I went to the antechamber, an attendant approached me……
“Are you Yuta, who will be competing in the first match of the afternoon?”
“Yes, I am.”
“This is the Magicraft you will use, right?”
“Then may I ask the name of the Magicraft?”
“What’s it called?”
“The name of this Magicraft is……”
“I’m having trouble registering it, so can you give me a name right now, even if it’s just a random one?”
A name for my Magicraft……I didn’t even thought of that…..What should it be……White Magicraft…….Speaking of white……I remembered an anime I saw when I was a kid……. It’s a story about a white lion cub whose name, I believe, is…….
“Please register your name as Arleo.”
“Arleo, I see.”
This is how my Magicraft got its name……