"Grisha, I have finally selected the 10 people you asked for," Alia handed the documents to Grisha. "So far, these are the most suitable candidates, who can be appointed as the leaders of the squads for the upcoming JETs."
"That was fast! You sure about these people?" Grisha said as she glanced at the papers. " Because some of them look like cannon fodders to me ..."
"We really can't do anything about that, this year's recruits are all the weakest of the bunch," Alia replied with confusion. "Although we have talented ones too, some of them didn't even apply for the position of squad leader. So these are the best, from the ones who registered!"
"Jake, Vick, Tanya, Rahul, Huang... I see none of these names on the list, what is going on?" Grisha was confused too.
"I told you just now. Many talented cadets of this year have backed off from the squad leader position." Alia tried to clarify with a hypothesis, " They are not interested in being the leaders. But I am not sure why?"
"Hmm, I see... for now, I will pass this to Colonel. Call instructor Goro and others to take the next combat lesson for the rookies. In fact, tell all the instructors to tighten the grip on the training regiment, so we can avoid at least some casualties. You are dismissed for now." Ordered Grisha.
"Yes, Sir" Alia left the cabin to make necessary arrangements.
Away from the base, a paled-skin youth was looking at the 3-feet purple-moth from inside the dense bushes ... his breathing had a light pace and a dampened pulse. He was like a hidden viper; he was undistinguishable with his surroundings, almost like Cameleon.
"Dammit! Why is this moth too perceptive?" The current situation agitated Creed heavily."I have been hiding here for 2 hours now, but I can't find an opening to kill this beast."
All the beasts in the glitches were not as easy as one thought, even the weakest beast could turn the tables if hunters do not take caution ... all of them were the masters of their element with sufficiently acute perception.
Creed suddenly saw an opening, "Okay, big guy. So you are finally letting your guard down, eh?"
The purple-moth seemed to be distracted for a split second.
Creed's biggest advantage in the fields was that he too was extraordinarily perceptive to his surroundings. He has always had a craft for manipulating his senses. His ability to read others was not some specialized skill, but a highly unusual gift. His senses and calmness came handy whenever he was in danger.
The depth of his senses was leaps and bounds ahead of a normal person, the constant threat of death refined it even more over the entire year. That's how he survived the entire year inside the glitch.
When he was around 5-years-old, Creed saw a poker game on tv. He liked the game, so he asked his father to teach him the 'rules'. Since he was just a kid, his father jokingly taught him the game and played the game with him. Somehow the game reached a point where he defeated his father 20 times in a row, just by reading his expressions, his body language, and his breath.
When asked about it from his dad, Creed told his dad something strange.
He said, "I don't know dad, but every time you breathe, I know what kind of move you will pull".
Creed tried to explain more when asked, but couldn't explain it properly, as he was just a 5-year-old back then. Though his father recognized his talent and tried to hone his abilities in the training facility for some years until his death.
"Okay, now is my chance." Creed jumped out like a viper from the bushes and stabbed creature feather.
~TZZ TZZ TZZ~
"First the wings and then the neck!!" Creed already had a plan.
Creed slashed the wings of the black moth to prevent it from flying away... the moth let out the small shriek before it tried to bite into his right leg... the ground turned soft like a swamp, slowing him from his retreat.
The moth used his elemental affinity to slow him down.
Seeing this he was stuck in the swamp and couldn't do anything, he let the creature bite him intentionally. After spending an entire year inside the Glitch Creed already knew how much of a revengeful, these creatures were.
After the moth bit him in his leg, he swiftly slashed it in the neck. Its body became paralyzed and dropped on the ground lifeless while his head was still biting into his leg.
[Purple-Vicious Moth Killed]
[Gained Soul Crystal +1 ]
A red aura enveloped his body. And he pulled himself away from the muddy swamp.
"Argh! this stings like hell," Creed slowly cleaned the mud from his eyes. "But I got the job done somehow."
Creed bashed the stuck head of the beast with his other leg, revealing a 4 cm deep bite mark in his right foot. His foot was bleeding and burning with pain. Though he didn't do much about the wound, he spat on it and put some ointment from his bag.
From three days after his discovery of the beast-synthesis process, he has been collecting as many soul crystals as possible, so he could reach his root chakra threshold as soon as possible.
He calculated that every time he kills a synthesized-beast he would gain 0.5 saturation points from each kill, whereas normal beast still gave him only 0.1 saturation points. In these three days, he had killed 11 ordinary beasts and the 2 synthesized-beast from the inside the cage. He had gained 11 new soul-crystals.
He also had bought two more cages, even though he wanted to buy more his room only had so much capacity ... by all the killing in the three days his saturation point tally was at 18.4 points and earth affinity was 6 points in total.
"It's hard to believe that one week ago my root saturation point was only thirteen points ...," Creed got a little emotional as this was a problem hindering him for over an entire year. "Growth of roughly 5 points in a week, it's almost comparable to the saturation of an average person."
He had to kill 7 times more creatures than other people. The number becomes even more drastic when we keep an account of the limited time. Since they only trained Cadets for 12-14 months, killing 1045 beast in that much time for a single person became close to impossible for a rookie.
Others only needed to kill 145 beasts while they also had time to spare and high output to gain from each kill. Thus their progress was mathematically exponential.
Furthermore, killing the beast was not the only thing inside the glitch cadet had other jobs as well, so when other people were busy enjoying and training for other skills, he had no choice but to keep hunting the beast with progress slow as a snail.
"Okay... I have to set a target now. I need to extend my saturation point tally close to the threshold in this one month's time," Creed got anxious by his own thoughts.
"I really don't want to be killed in JETs. I know they will use me as some kind of use and throw rag."
He had already converted the 4 soul-crystal into the beasts-eggs and was waiting for them to hatch. He also observed that eggs would take close to three days' time to hatch.
He planned to create two batches of 4 eggs and he would convert them into eggs with a one-day difference, and so likewise he will gain 2 saturation points with a one-day difference as well.
That means after the first three days he will gain 2 saturation points every day. And in the meantime, while they take their time to hatch, he planned to hunt four more beasts and collect more backup soul-crystal while separating him with his training regiment. And will keep rotating this cycle.
"My calculations say that in every 8 days I will get 16 points from synthesized-beast plus 3 saturation points from normal beasts that make 19 points in 8 days..."Creed made some rough calculations in his head.
"We have a month before JETs starts so I can accumulate 70 new points in this time around. Since I already have 18 points, my total tally after a month should be over 90 points."
"If I can work this out, I guess I will survive in the time of crisis."
Creed planned to achieve his threshold as soon as possible. Then he went as he planned. He knew that slacking off will get him nowhere, so he planned to push it through, as he knew that was the only way to survive in the upcoming crisis.
Before this, no matter what he tried, he saw no hope in his ways, but he still kept pushing through so this time with an obvious change and visible path he had had no reason to slack off.
After the eight-days, his saturation point tally reached 37 points and since he got comparatively stronger, he could now hunt 5-7 lower level beasts in one day time. He realized that now he had more backup crystals since he was only converting 4 crystals per day.
Creed Gryffon [ Human ]
Life Span [100 Years]
¤ Root Chakra - [37+]
¤ Sacral Chakra - 
¤ Solar Plexus Chakra - 
¤ Heart Chakra - 
¤ Throat Chakra - 
¤ Third Eye Chakra - 
¤ Crown Chakra - 
¤ Element Affinity - Earth
He accumulated backup crystal in case they assigned him on duty and couldn't go for the hunt, then he would use those backup crystals. His pace was slow enough to NOT attract the attention of other cadets.
"Who is it? " Creed got pulled away from his thoughts.
"Creed, open the door!!"
He tried to cover the cages by putting old clothes on them. He could not just tell his secret, even if it was Jake.
"Coming, just wait a second."
He opened the door just enough to peek outside.
"How can I help you, secretary Barnes?" Said Creed with a fake smile.
"Just come out, we need to talk," Alia Barnes ordered with cold eyes.
Creed closed the door and came outside. Then he followed secretary Alia till they both reached outside his quarters."What is it, Ma'am? " Creed tried to figure out the reason for this unexpected visit. "Why did you suddenly want to talk to me?""You know JETs are due next month, right?" Alia hesitated, then looked at him."I thought maybe you might know something—""Know something? About what?" Creed inquired."It's about Jake, you are friends with him, right?" Alia clarified with bluntly. "I want to know... why hasn't he signed up for the squad leader position for the JETs?""I don't know... he is a sneaky guy and wants to keep things easy," Creed scratched his chin while he reminisces about Jake. "Squad's leadership position is too much effort for him and he is okay with the passing marks in JETs. At least that's what he told me !!""Hmm ... are you sure that is the only reason?" Alia switched to a dominant tone. "If that's the case,
"Seriously! What did you have in the breakfast?" Jake squinted at his opponent, then he peeked at his digital-knife.His knife flashed a mark of 40 points. "You feel very... different. Did you get anxious thinking about the upcoming JETs?""You're thinking too much," Creed jumped towards him. "I am going all-out today.""Oh yeah! That's the spirit," Jake ducked casually and struck his back with his elbow. "Show me how much you can take it."Creed dodged the incoming strike with an immediate block. He knew Jake was not an easy one, so he planned to check how much of effort he could wring out from Jake if he went all out. His primary motive was to gauge his strength against someone with intellect and tactics.Jake Too appreciated the concept of 'letting out some steam once in a while'. He thought Creed was frustrated and anxious because of the upcoming JETs. So he played along while offering his own counters and attacks, without noticing Creed's actu
"Have you ever heard of a man named 'Paurush'?" Luna glanced at him, narrowed eyes."No, I haven't." Creed shook his head, rubbing his chin. "Is he someone related to you?""Dievi Krita Zem Eldr,"Luna chanted some strange words and asked. "Ever heard of this phrase before?""No, Maam... I don't understand what that means either!"Luna glanced at him for an extended moment, the eye contact flustered Creed. Her focused gaze told him that she was seeking something. Creed found himself stuck in an awkward moment."If you don't know, then nevermind!" Luna sighed and changed the topic abruptly."For all the beast bodies, I will give you 22 mid-range weapons or 10 long-range weapons."'... Hmm, As I thought, the market price is higher! She is selling them at a cheaper rate! If it wasn't for her rudeness, this place would have been packed with customers.'See that Creed was thinking about something a moment later. She presented
When Creed saw that Wolf was on his team, his blood boiled. He also saw that his ring was hanging from his neck in form of a necklace. He just wanted to beat him to death, but he couldn't right now. Creed couldn't ignore the fact that Wolf Hilton was a troublesome fly and a crafty fox.What Creed needed right now was patience. His mind was clogged with surviving the current predicament than their petty squabbles. Wolf wasn't weak, but now Creed was no bug either, so he waited patiently to deal with him later with his element of surprise.There was a total of 10 teams who were taking part in this year's JETs, each with around 10-12 members. As Creed predicted, authorities had assigned him to squad-5, which comprised 11 members, including him. They were a balanced team. The place which authorities decided squad-5 to explore was called 'Tomb of Cerberus', a newly discovered labyrinth.Lin started the conversation, "I am the team leader for our team. Some of us know
"Crap! What happened?" Wolf looked at the gate. "Where did he go?""Fuck! what do we do now?" Guss's panicked like a herd of sheep."Did he just teleported beyond the gate?? Is he alive or dead?"The Ancient Gate being an active teleporter was the last thing that everybody expected. Even more, its destination coordinated, and the range was also unknown. He could be anywhere, buried miles inside the ground or even deep inside the bottomless sea."I guess, we will have to find that out ourselves!" Lin sighed heavily."Alright! I am going in, you can choose not to come... but," Lin proceeded towards that door then looked back. "Let me say it clearly, Whatever we find from that side will only belong to those who risk their lives."This time Lin gave everybody a choice instead of an order as a squad leader. Lin's primary objective behind this was to filter out people who can really stand straight against an unknown danger. It wa
"Damn it! I think we've lost them!" Lin asked Roy, annoyed. "Can you sense anybody?"Roy shook his head. "Nope! everyone is too far away... "Earlier when the alpha beast appeared, they all ran in different directions and luckily one of the smaller beasts followed Roy and Lin while the alpha followed someone else. Lin and Roy took advantage of this situation and ran away to save themselves.For Roy and Lin, things became pretty straightforward after that. The small one followed both of them and got killed by those two since it was already comparatively weak in front of their teamwork. But now they were too far away from their prior location. Wolf seemed to have run along with Remy in a different direction too.Creed and Mira also got detached from the group. Now they were all lost and scattered. The Hall seemed very huge and spacious since the pillars were blocking their vision in every direction. They couldn't track themselves or others. Lin and Roy gues
*Cough**Cough* ~huff ~huffMira opened her eyes, gasping for deep breaths."Seriously! What a shitty dream!" Mira's vision was still fuzzy, "Dying on the first da—Wait!"A sudden familiar throbbing pain rushed out to her. She held her head. A possibility that this all wasn't a dream crept up in her mind. She got up in haste. Though she had recovered completely, the smell of excreted skin and puss still lingered. This pungent smell was the biggest disadvantage of the beta-pill.The secretion of spiked enzymes and metabolism boosters inside the body consumed the energy of the body with an unrestricted speed which leads to rapid activation of the cells. The activated cells repair the body but they die fast as well leading to a heinous outlasting stench.Mira lost balance and tripped on her butt when she tried to get up too fast."Shit!! it wasn't a dream!!""How am I even alive? And what happened to him?"A barrage of
"Mateo!""You are alive! But I saw the beast took you." Mira couldn't believe her eyes. "How did you survive?"When they came closer to the pillar, it stunned both of them. They saw Mateo sitting wounded on the floor against the pillar; He was eating something from his pocket. His left hand was badly injured while his clothes were painted with blood. He looked exhausted."Mira!! ... and Creed!!""Where did you come from?" He turned at them, startled, " And how did you guys find me?""We were coming this way to search for others, luckily we spotted you..." Mira replied."Others!!" Mateo retorted, surprised. "So they aren't with you? How did you all scatter?"."Don't ask, It's a long story. All of us got separated so me and Creed are searching for others," Mira explained hastily, then asked. "More importantly, what happened to you after the fight? I almost assumed you were --""Dead!" Mateo interjected, "Well, you weren't t