Visitor Chapter (I) is the 9th volume in the Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Light Novel series.
For magicians, this is normally impossible, since allowing the genes of someone who can use magic outside their home country's borders is tantamount to giving up national secrets.
But it's allowed to happen in one case-exchange programs. And that's how Angelina has arrived in Japan from the USNA to study at First High. But it seems she's a part of something much bigger than a simple cultural exchange!
World Affairs as of 2095
|To Be Added|
Strategic-Class Magicians - Thirteen Apostles
|The Thirteen Apostles (十三 使徒) are Strategic-Class Magicians who possess Strategic-Class Magic, and have had their identities revealed to the world for the sake of national prestige. 
Currently, there are only Twelve Apostles (十二 使徒).  Liú Yúndé died with the Great Asian Union's fleet at Scorched Halloween, bringing the number down to twelve.
|National Particle Accelerator Lab, Dallas, Texas, USNA; the linear particle accelerator (almost 30 km in full length) prepares to experiment with micro black hole creation and evaporation based on the Hawkin's Radiation theory. The experiment was stuck for 2 years despite preparation being complete because of the largely unknown risks. The project restarted because of the major crisis – Titanic Explosion of Scorched Halloween.
Scientist from Department of National Defense debate the cause of detonation and conclude it to be matter conversion (matter to energy conversion). They used experimental device to record the annihilation reaction and estimated what had happened. The scientist after concluding were scared of this unknown enemy as there is no countermeasure. And so the experiment that was stuck for 2 years is restarted.
Even though the theory is sound, the experimental and observed (titanic explosion) data differ from the estimates. They only had a slim chance of getting the same distinctive properties of that “titanic explosion” in the experiment, but the desperation by the leaders of USNA caused such a risky experiment to restart.
This willful ignorance would likely cause the entire world hitherto undetected disaster.
|A month before the change of year, in Japan, Tatsuya, as his friends are studying for the final exams, goes over the incidents that happened this year – Terrorist in April (Blanche Incident), No Head Dragon Incident during the Nine Schools Competition in August, then The Foreign Invaders during the Thesis Competition in October.
Shizuku suddenly surprises everyone by informing them that she would leave for America to study overseas. Honoka is the most affected by this news.
Due to heavy restrictions, most Magicians are not allowed to leave their country and Foreign Exchange among magicians is a rare thing, since it would reveal some of their technologies. Military and govt. officials impose this, as to prevent the drift of high-class magicians and their genes to other countries. Countries remain allies on surface but compete with each other underneath that mask.
Shizuku is allowed by the officials under the foreign exchange student exception. Shizuku informs that she would only study in USNA for 3 months which makes everyone relax. And so they plan a farewell party.
Shizuku’s farewell party is held on Christmas Eve, December 24 (Saturday) and their final exams have already finished. They celebrate it with a cake and drinks in the Café “Einebrise” which has been reserved completely by them.
In Dallas, Texas, USNA, before the date changes to December 24, a masked young girl, Major Angie Sirius (Commanding Officer of Stars), confronts Lieutenant Alfred Fomalhaut (1st class star of honor) for desertion, and other crimes such as arson and homicide. He possesses the ability of Pyrokinesis (fire starter ability, which is not modern magic from any system but a special-power/superpower) and attacks Sirius by burning the cloak covering her body. The Area of Effect (AOE) Magic “Miller Cage”, which removes the light and creates pitch black darkness is used to limit the visibility of Lt. Fomalhaut. Sirius with her authority enforces his punishment by killing him with a bullet which uses Data Fortification.
Tatsuya’s group discusses Shizuku’s destination, during their farewell party, being Berkeley, California, and not Boston (the center of America’s Modern Magic Research Facilities) in the East Coast which is currently unstable. The "Human Ideologist”, an anti-magic movement focused in Boston, are rampaging there which has often been covered in the news.
Leo here retorts, that the ‘Witch Hunts’ have now turned into ‘Magician Hunts’. They then turn towards how the similarity and difference between the New White Supremacist movement and the “Magician Hunts” and Tatsuya informs that the roaster for both organizations share a few members.
They then discuss and speculate about the details of the new foreign exchange student (a girl of same age) who would replace Shizuku here. They party for some more time, as Shizuku, Mikihiko and Erika have no other calls from Families to attend any family gatherings hinting that Kitayama, Chiba and Yoshida Family probably hold galas for adults. After the party, Honoka gets on the train with Shizuku (hinting she is staying over Shizuku’s house and a fact that Honoka is not close to her parents is mentioned) and Erika, Mizuki, Leo and Mikihiko, leave by train as well.
At home, Miyuki and Tatsuya discuss the lack of details of the replacement student for Shizuku’s foreign exchange program and about the program itself hinting of ulterior motives and reminding them their aunt’s earlier warning that they are under suspicion, that the exchange student would be from the USNA and would likely be here to investigate Material Burst user.
Maya has forbidden Tatsuya from contacting the Independent Magic-Equipped Battalion for using the strategic class magic without her permission. He follows her order this time to avoid any undue risk. They also discuss that this program being ratified suggests their aunt’s (Maya) agreement to this arrangement and her probable plan to have Tatsuya and Miyuki catch the Americans by the tail instead.
Back in the States, after reaching her base and reporting the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Angelina Kudou Shields looks to take some rest after the recent Search & Destroy missions (which she still isn’t used to and also had to kill one of her subordinate who had deserted his post), as per her duties as High Commander of Stars with the title of Sirius. While she was lying there, one of her subordinates, Major Canopus, talks to her and comforts her as a parent (father) figure, he has a daughter who is around the same age as (younger than) Lina. He wishes her good luck on her mission overseas in Japan.
Details About Stars – Stars consists of 12 Units, each led by a Captain and then a High Commander. The Captain is a subordinate to the High Commander in charge of taking care of their own unit. Maj. Canopus, call sign “Two” within Stars, Capt. of the 1st Unit and de facto High Commander in absence of Maj. Angie Sirius. Positions/Ranks in Stars do not always correlate with Military Rank, and is rather odd arrangement for a military unit. It is unheard of for a Capt. to outrank the High Commander, but common to see the High Commander & Captains sharing the same rank. 6 other Captains share the same rank of Major with their respective High Commanders. While the remaining 6 hold the rank of Captain. Maj. Sirius is somewhat displeased that Canopus being much older than her, yet holds the same rank as her and not greater, and which makes her uneasy. Maj. Canopus has a daughter who is 2 years younger than Maj. Sirius.
Angie Sirius is unhappy that she is being sent for an infiltration op. which isn’t her specialty, along with the fact that her targets are just 2 high school students from among a list of almost 51 people. Hence, the possibility that they may very well not be the Strategic-Class Magicians at all. Canopus tries to console Maj. Sirius. She will be provided a host of support personnel working in the shadows along with a Planet-Class Magician to support her.
|Tatsuya & Miyuki welcome the New Year for 2096 AD together. Their father spends his New Year eve at his first love’s home, which is convenient to both Miyuki & Tatsuya, since the awkward situation was avoided they have no complaints.
Wearing a kimono and looking extremely gorgeous, Miyuki along with Tatsuya meet Yakumo and Haruka outside their home. Tatsuya initially expressed concern about Haruka been seen in public with Yakumo, but she side-lines this by stating that her meeting up with Yakumo-sensei is a complete coincidence. She declares herself to be their guide for the day.
The four of them then meet with Mizuki, Honaka & Leo (Erika & Mikihiko are not present due to family reasons) and get immediately complimented by Mizuki and Honoka on their attires. Tatsuya also returns Honoka’s greeting earnestly and honestly feels that Honoka’s kimono is exquisite. Leo (wearing a jacket) compares Tatsuya to a mafia boss rather a police chief for wearing a haori hakama so well. They are all at a shrine and after a little discussion about that Leo & Yakumo get introduced to each other. Leo is surprised about Yakumo knowing his identity, for which Yakumo explains it as because of Nine Schools Competition recordings. No one questions Haruka’s presence.
At the shrine, Tatsuya (Yakumo as well) notices the gaze directed by a foreign girl (also hinting Japanese ancestry) towards him. Miyuki following Tatsuya’s gaze checks and calls the girl “a beautiful child”. The beauty on some level rivals that of Miyuki. The girl is dressed in a rather peculiar fashion though.
The infiltration mission assigned to Maj. Sirius includes the misdirection by allowing the siblings to notice her. Back at her house, she is welcomed by her roommate and support personnel, Silvia Mercury First, who is ranked First among the Stars Planet-class “Mercury”. At 25 years of age she is a CO and Warrant Officer who is regarded highly as she earned her title “First” at an early age. Silvie comments about Lina’s (Maj. Sirius’s) getup to be out of fashion and the reason for her easy discovery. Lina is also her pet (nick) name for the mission to hide her identity. Silvie latter decides to spend the rest of the day informing Lina of the latest and proper fashion in Japan.
After the tearful departure of Shizuku (starring: Honoka & co-starring: Miyuki & Mizuki), the rumors about the new transfer/exchange student starts at First High School. Erika talks about it with Tatsuya, informing she couldn’t get any glimpse due to the huge crowd.
Mikihiko informs others about short term transfer students arriving at Second High, Third High & Fourth High & researchers arriving at Magic University as well, at which Tatsuya wonders at the amount of personnel invested in this. During their discussion about the situation about USNA information gathering, Leo suggests they being spies which is immediately retaliated as something not to be said out loud. Leo questions how does that concern them and Erika informs him that, as long as Miyuki is involved as a classmate and Student Council Vice-President, they have to be careful and maintain a cordial relationship at least for appearance’s sake.
They later meet Lina at the cafeteria with Miyuki & Honoka & Tatsuya realizes that she is the same girl they had seen (noticed) at the shrine. Lina spoke fluently in Japanese albeit with a heavy accent. As Miyuki, Honoka & Lina leave to get their food trays, the other students scamper away from them in awe.
Leo & Mizuki express their familiarity with Lina, which surprises Erika but before the hesitating Tatsuya can dispel his friends’ bewilderment, the trio returns with food. Honoka introduces her to Tatsuya, and after the comedic jabs from Erika and Mizuki, Miyuki takes over the introductions. During introduction, she fails to correctly pronounce Mikihiko’s name, and Mikihiko suggests her to call him Miki.
After her struggle with the chopsticks finally ends, Tatsuya asks if she is a blood relative to Elder Kudou. Also called as ‘sensei’ among Japanese magicians, Tatsuya instead used the catch-all term ‘Elder’, as an honored title for retired officers, for Lina’s sake (as an American). Lina verifies Tatsuya’s statement that she is indeed the granddaughter of Elder Kudou’s younger brother who went to America and started a family there. Lina’s mother’s grandfather is Shogun Kudou’s younger brother (Shogun, used instead of General, is often used for Kudou Retsu, in Europe and America). As Lina uses that as a reason to explain her coming here to study, Erika asks if she did not come here of her own volition. Lina’s nervousness and anxiety over this question, is not missed by Tatsuya (or is observed by Tatsuya).
|Toshikazu is grumbling at his job and gets reprimanded by Inagaki, when Inagaki gets a call and is informed about another crime. 5 dead bodies are found and the cause of the death is similar to that of their earlier mysteries case – no external injuries and loss of blood.
Since the arrival of Lina at First High, Miyuki’s title of “Queen” (given by the combined consensus of the upperclassmen and female student body) has now morphed into “Twin Beauties” as they are always together and so are also compared. Her beauty equal to and rivaling Miyuki’s is yet diametrically opposite in appearance.
Apart from just her beauty, she also has Magic Power that rivals Miyuki as well. During their practical skills class they are competing to take control of the metal ball placed between them. They attract the attention of all their classmates as well as some of the third year students (who possess the freedom to select their course schedule) including Mayumi & Mari.
Miyuki since last month has reached a level that her peers cannot hope to reach and the instructors have already deemed continued practice with other students as meaningless. Not even the newly recruited Student Council members and Public Moral Committee members, who came to challenge Miyuki, were any match to her.
Some of the observers, who have not mastered the suppression magic interference techniques, are pressing their temples and cannot stop shaking their heads, due to the strength of Miyuki & Lina’s magic.
In this neck-to-neck competition, Miyuki is ahead in wins by 2 rounds. And after four more rounds, the competition ends with the result split as 2-2 wins for each side, with Miyuki winning the overall competition.
In terms of Activation speed, Lina is faster, but Miyuki wins in Interference Strength and so seizes control before her opponent’s magic is finished. Initiative vs Power, a tactical Victory. In Mayumi and Mari's eyes, in terms of single systematic processes, the two of them possess equal Magic Power.
After a week of interacting with other groups, Lina again has joined them today. After being praised for popularity by Erika and skills by Mikihiko, she tells them that she used to be undefeated in high level competitions, yet cannot beat Miyuki, and against Honoka she may win in overall skills but loses in complexity of design.
At Miyuki’s gentle reminder of practical exercises not being competitions, Lina rejects it by saying competitions are a way to improve ourselves. Tatsuya while agreeing to it add that, there is no need to carry that beyond the event itself, with practice being different than exams and also telling that Miyuki rises in motivation due to Lina’s excitement. Lina agrees but calls Tatsuya a sis-con.
Tatsuya inquires Lina about “Angie” being the usual nickname for “Angelina”, a simple question for those around them but Lina seems to falter for a moment (Hint at Lina being Angie Sirius). She explains it to also being used as a nickname for “Angela”.
Trivia - First High doesn’t have any student dorms. Only a few specialized boarding schools have them.
At home, Lina is visited by Michaela Hongo (Mia or Mina), (Lina’s subordinate and also her neighbor), who like Lina has Japanese-American heritage but due to her slightly darker skin color can easily blend in here. She is one of the the spies sent by the USNA (before Lina's group) recently and has infiltrated (under a guise of mutual research) the magic university under the identity of a salesperson and engineer from the Japanese branch of Maximilian Industries, "Mia Honda".
Her true identity - a magic researcher attached to the Department of Defense who specialized in Release-Systematic Magic. She is a talented woman who participated in last November's black hole experiment in Dallas. She has volunteered for this mission in search of an alternate breakthrough for "annihilation reaction energy conversion" after the debacle at the Dallas Research Center.
Lina, Silvie & Mia have gathered to exchange intelligence but Silvie & Mia currently haven't yet found any new data. Lina mentions that she isn't cut out for the job and adds that the targets seem to have seen through her disguise. She talks about how he questioned her nickname being Lina and not Angie (she is publicly known as Angie Sirius), and that she was very nervous when he asked.Seeing the worried looks around her, Lina tries to rally her and their spirit with empty enthusiasm.
In the underground facility, Tatsuya after measuring Miyuki's data for CAD adjustment, informs her that the CAD is now unable keep up with Miyuki's Magic Power due to her growth being faster than expectations. At home (coming from the underground facility), Miyuki’s revealing clothes confuse Tatsuya of her true intent, but soon again reopen Lina’s topic, trying to understand the intent of sending USNA’s trump card Sirius over here. Understanding Lina’s failure to hide her identity, they realize her strengths don’t lie in intelligence work but her mission maybe something else and hence the disguise. Tatsuya after trying to figure out the situation and Lina’s mission, tells Miyuki to compete freely with Lina as the USNA has provided her a rare opportunity.
Trivia – CADs are tools that shorten the time needed to activate the Four Systematic Magics. It is only of limited use to other magic, such as Outer-Systematic Magic, Non-Systematic Magic, Ancient Magic, and especially if Non-Systematic Magic is only releasing Psions to the point that the lack of a CAD would not seem unnatural at all.
Tatsuya on his way to the committee, to collect the committee CADs, sees Lina and later Kanon asks him to let Lina accompany and observe him. (How Japanese high-schools govern themselves.) Tatsuya wonders about Lina’s intentions and also the probability of troublesome events happening due to jealousy by male upperclassmen. Tatsuya agrees.
During the round, Tatsuya is more troubled by the sneaky inquisitive looks sent by Lina towards him. Tatsuya asks if she was unaware of this system. Sensing the cornered Lina due to his strong words (and feeling somewhat guilty for it), he gives her a lifeline by stating that, a 1st year might now be much aware about this. Lina uses this lifeline properly (Tatsuya thinks Lina is smarter in this aspect than Miyuki) to ask why he as a Course 2 student was selected.
Lina stops near one end of the building near the Research labs and asks why he is a Course 2 student (pretending to be), informing that she has already asked this to Miyuki and Kanon (she called Kanon as cannon), Miyuki got pissed at that and Kanon informed Lina that Tatsuya stands at the top among First High Magicians. Tatsuya informs that he indeed is a poor student as per the general standards of evaluation, but in live combat victory depends on a lot of variables. He informs he can hold his own in a fight, and is greatly supported by his physical prowess.
Lina then suddenly attacks Tatsuya. After neutralizing her attack, they end up in a position that seems like Tatsuya is forcing a kiss. Lina complains but realizes there are no lingering after-effects. After apologizing, Tatsuya comments that the refinement doesn’t suit Lina’s character, Lina to this counter-attacks by stating that she has been invited by the President for tea, which actually is a blow to Lina (as she needs to keep her identity secret. Here, it is mentioned that Magicians, when meeting a few special people in power, need to take periodical antidotes to defuse the Psions in their bodies before meeting them. The statement – Why’d a high school girl be invited for tea with the President unless she is “Sirius” – lurks behind those words.) Tatsuya does not pursue much in that regard as well and changes to the reason for attacking him. It is explained by Lina as to check Tatsuya’s capability, and offers him to come to USNA. She informs him, that USNA also follows the international standards generally, but in some places this is not the case and he will be properly recognized for his true potential. Tatsuya suggests that place be Arlington, which Lina answers in affirmative adding that there are other places as well. Tatsuya comments that merit based assessment is for selecting tools, while comparing USNA military (Arlington) and National Defense Force as 2 sides of the same coin with little differences, and then drops the topic completely. Lina asks if isn’t going to ask her anything else (regarding her identity), he informs “that some stones are better left untouched”, which leaves Lina irritated.
|14th January, 2096, 11 PM, Shibuya.
The town of Shibuya is described in modern times and its uniqueness. Shibuya as a result of being the first town to expel the foreigners has been spared the absolute total destruction. The town is very much lawless at night. Leo is strolling here with no clear destination in mind (his habit of roaming).
Leo is the 3rd generation of the “Burg Folge (Fortress Series)”, developed in Germany through gene/genetic manipulation. The Burg Folge is a body tuning technique developed to emphasise on improving the body’s durability. At that time, close quarter combat, a magicians’ weakness, was focused and the physical abilities were strengthened rather than magical abilities to create a breed of “Super soldiers using magic” or “Enhanced Human simultaneously using both superhuman physical abilities and magic technical abilities”. It was done by raising the performance of the physical body rather than removing the body’s limiter with external means, but the subjects often went insane and died due to the nature of their modifications. As such, he fears that the same thing might happen to him some day, which is why he tries to follow his impulses like his grandfather, who lived a natural life span. Leo has similar fear of “going mad one day”.
Leo who is in Shibuya by coincidence is called by Inspector Toshikazu (Erika’s eldest brother) and Inagaki. He follows them to the upper level of a small bar. Leo inquires if he has interrupted an investigation and Toshikazu informs that they were just trying to conceal their presence while investigating the strange murders. Upon Leo’s questioning his being here and not in Yokohoma, he tells that as part of Police Department they are always transferred. Leo is questioned of his reason for being here today and if he regularly travels here which he informs is occasional and was also here on New Year’s Eve. Toshikazu then leaks information about the murders to Leo, informing him about the unnatural deaths with loss of about 10% of blood without any trace of any external injury (like a supernatural phenomenon). They are trying to find any occult angled reasoning to this strange murders, especially from foreigners. Toshikazu then enlists Leo’s help and asks him to report him anyone suspicious he thinks of.
January 14, 2096, USNA Washington D.C. 11:30 local time. January 15, 01:30 Japan time – Midnight. Lina is woken up by Silvie for an urgent communication from Maj. Canopus. It is about the desertion-incident of Stars, a great shock to Stars and to USNA executives. Almost 7 magicians and magic factory masters had escaped from the USNA forces, included among them were also members of Stars of Satellite-class (the lowest rank). Canopus informs that the fugitives after landing in Yokohoma are currently in Tokyo. He informs that this is a secret mission (that the Japanese govt. doesn’t know about). He passes on the instructions from the General Staff HQ about the changes in priorities and the new mission to hunt down the fugitives.
Next week, the strange murders event is discussed as the hot topic in the classroom. Erika also starts talking about the news to Tatsuya. Both discuss about the cause of death and reason for the crime, and they are joined by Mizuki. Tatsuya after hearing a headline from the news – Homicide by occult means, Tatsuya feels that if creatures such as vampires and hobgoblins really existed then, they would have been disclosed at the same time as the wizards. Thinking this, he asks if Youkai, or demons, or those sorts of beings are involved. Tatsuya over hearing occult, remarks that until a 100 years ago, magic was a prime example of occult. Tatsuya in the end refrains from judgement due to lack of information. Mizuki is worried about the rise of Humanism/Humanist movement. (“Magic isn’t a power permitted to humans” essence of cult ideology for a sub-sect of Christianity. Have and are expanding influence in central east coast of America.) During such conversation, Leo arrives, who is unusually late.
Lina is absent from school, due to business related to family and the like. Mizuki was worried & Erika was curious about this. Erika asks Honoka about Shizuku, and is informed that she seems well and the lessons are not that difficult. Change is class discussion forums including teachers still remain there, is surprising & interesting. When Mizuki inquires that Lina should be in a similarly perplexed situation, Miyuki flatly rejects – hinting that it is as though Lina only attended Japanese High School from the beginning.
Then Honoka’s next announcement surprises them that a similar Vampire Incident has also happened in America, in central area in southern Dallas. Tatsuya is also surprised at this news as he regularly checks USNA-related news. Honoka informs that there is information restriction about this incident in USNA as well but Shizuku stated to Honoka that the source is a well-informed student who was a former exchange student. Honoka after saying is rather happy as she has drawn Tatsuya’s attention to herself.
Lina is at the USNA embassy in a secret meeting where she is being reported and educated about the changes in First Lt. Alfred Fomalhaut’s brain as compared to the normal brain found during the autopsy. She is informed that previously unseen neuronal structure is found in Fomalhaut’s cerebral (pre-frontal) cortex. This newly found organ is thought to be linked to unknown mental functions. She asks if Fomalhaut’s mind was altered or if he was being manipulated. She is informed that even if one could interact with someone else’s mind the brain’s structure couldn’t be affected & “magic which alters the mind’s very structure does not exist”. At the last phrase she recalls the legend of one such magician but who had already died after 20 years of hospitalization without getting married or having children.
Katsuto and Mayumi meet (as representatives of their respective Houses) in an empty club-room, it is more of a ‘secret meeting’ than a ‘date’. There is an ongoing Cold War between the Saegusa & the Yotsuba since a month instigated by Kouichi's secret meddling in a certain section of Defense Military Intelligence under the Yotsuba's patronage. Katsuto then understands the reason for the firm stance in this case of the Yotsuba (the Yotsuba had rarely hardened their attitude until now). Mayumi asks Juumonji Clans for a united-front. She informs him about the details of the Vampire incident - the victims being exactly 3 times than reported (24 victims); the victims belong to the Saegusa clan or their supporters; and all the victims are magicians such as students of Magic University, etc. The police not being informed, Katsuto thinks, it would have been better for Saegusa to cooperate with the Yotsuba.
The chronological events are- the Vampire attacks on Magic University Students & Staff, Saegusa clan members investigating the murders are killed, and then further deaths in avenging the deceased victims. Suspecting the foreigners, Katsuto points that there are a lot of foreign magicians transferred as students and engineers recently arrived including Lina. Katsuto says that she is suspicious but probably not the culprit but even so not completely unrelated. Katsuto finally agrees with the united front.
|During the night in Shibuya in one of the parks, two people, one completely covered and concealing their gender and the other lying on a bench was a female corpse. Another person comes there and talks to the completely covered individual with the corpse using telepathy. They discuss the lack of compatibility for transferring the replica. The process involves connecting to the body and then absorbing Psions from blood before the replica becomes stable in the new host, but the body cannot become the host without the presence of strong individual desires even though they may have physical compatibility and also other conditions. Just when they decide to have more samples, they feel that 3 people are coming near and have broken through their spiritual barrier. They decide to handle 2 of them first (the 3rd being separated from the 2) as they are strong enough to break the barrier.
Tonight Leo, having received the details of suspicious individuals from a close friend, is in Shibuya to verify the truth of the eyewitnesses. He hears a broken series of noise like the sound of insects flapping their wings (not within the audible spectrum), but the sound reaches deep within his consciousness and feels like it is a conversation using the magic calculation area within the depths of consciousness to speak.
Details of the 3 Strategic-Class Magicians officially registered with the USNA – Only Angie Sirius is affiliated with Stars, the other two are currently split between an Alaskan base and a base in Gibraltar.
The desertion of Alfred Fomalhaut, a planet class magician has caused a huge blow to the high command in the USNA and so they have decided to execute every deserter as a warning to the rest. Stardust, like the Stars are also under the direct command of the Joint Chief of Staff, but are only remnants that couldn’t become Stars, but have specific talents well-honed to the level of the Stars with considerable combat prowess. The current hunters are specialized in pursuit and identifying Psion waves and traces of magic (previously inactive assets). Their current target is Stars Planet-Class Specialist, Charles Sullivan, aka “Demus Second”.
Sullivan considers that he has been underestimated as they have sent only 2 Stardust members, and is reminded by the other that this is based on his previous capabilities. He is now able to use magic without the need of a CAD. He decides to handle this alone and his vampire companion vanishes. He is unable to hide anything from the other vampire companions but he doesn’t mind it. He has a new sensory organ and focusing between his brows he can figure out what his companions are thinking and also they all can reach a consensus. The entity Charles Sullivan is also part of “them”.
Splitting to Sullivan’s left and right and use the Cast Jammer. Device developed by the USNA R&D; doesn’t use Antinite. Targets CADs and creates additional Psion waves that interfere with Activation Sequence’s processing. Has limited usage, cannot be used by anyone; requires high level of Non-Systematic Magic to release Psion waves; effective range less than 5 m.
Sullivan calls out their call-signs Q and R (hunters from the Stardust unit), which surprises the 2 for an instant but then they start attacking. They fail to attack him but his “Trajectory Alteration” Magic makes it a friendly fire, which makes the 2 wonder if their Cast Jamming failed. He informs the 2 women that he doesn’t need a CAD now to cast magic, implying the Cast Jamming was effective. They then switch to their Stilettos and attack again but he is still dodging them fluidly while using his magic (“Trajectory Alteration”). Just when his attack is about to land on R’s back, he is blocked by Angie Sirius’s strong Inertia Reversal. After Sirius’s arrival he has to defend and runs away, Sirius follow him.
He arrives near the bench where he finds the dead woman. He informs Toshikazu that “the Vampire is here” sees that the woman is dead and then sends an emergency distress signal to the ambulance. He is then attacked by a police baton and his terminal gets shattered in it by a completely covered person who Leo assign a female gender as during their fight the fist are the size of a woman’s. Leo doesn’t sense any signs of magic activation and so doesn’t have any time to react and use Fortification Magic. He uses his left hand to block the baton which hurts him (not fractured but limp for some time because of the pain/blow) but he manages to strike the opponent but the opponent is wearing Carbon armor beneath the coat while Leo regrets not having any weapon. Then later during their battle, the vampire manages to get a hold of Leo’s arm and Leo’s strength gives away. He still fights back realizing that if he lost consciousness he might just die here. Leo catches a glimpse of Lina as Sirius and the other vampire she’s pursuing. Lina sees Leo’s crumpled figure and wavers but then continues her pursuit.
Lina check the pursuit conditions with Silvie (there is a lot of background noise), while still having visual on her target she finally loses the target in a park due to background noise not due to cast jamming. While she is able to recognize her target’s Psion waves in an area with less people around, the reverse is also true and the background noise is a type of long distance magic and to use this the target brought her to this remote location. Lina then withdraws.
Erika rises early in the morning (5:30) for her daily training, until April she did it out of habit, but ever since meeting Tatsuya, she did it for her own will/wish to become stronger. She notices new messages on her terminal and due to some premonition checks them. Her brother has informed her about Leo’s encounter with the vampire and also that he is in a police hospital in Nagano now and out of danger. Cursing her brother she changes her clothes to visit Leo and sends a message to Tatsuya. She takes the day off from School also notifying Mizuki and Mikihiko.
Tatsuya conveys the message to Miyuki (who is shocked) decides that they can visit him after school. Erika, in the name of care-taking, is watching Leo’s sickroom and meets Mayumi and Katsuto outside Leo’s room. Erika isn’t there to take care of Leo but to watch out for him/guarding him from ‘uninvited guests’. When Mayumi and Katsuto enter, she goes to the admin room where Toshikazu and Inagaki are watching Leo’s visit.
Erika had hit Toshikazu with a fist (swelling and redness on his face has disappeared) and now regrets not hitting him harder when she had the chance. She doesn’t have a lot of chances that he lets her beat him without resistance, and she wants to release at least a little bit of her pent up resentment still left from her adolescent years. When questioned about Erika’s plans for further violence by Inagaki, he gets overcome by Erika’s sharp gaze/glare. Despite her father’s cold shoulder, she has the largest number of supporters among the disciples because of her looks and skills (Secret Arte - Yamatsunami) like an idol. Her glare makes many disciples cave in and Inagaki as a sparring partner is compared to a toy for Erika to play with. In Chiba style, only her brothers and her can become worthy opponents for her, because of her original outstanding ability along with the meteoric rise in the past half year (her older sister being mundane in swordsmanship and talent).
Toshikazu informs that the last night’s victim Leo encountered is from Saegusa family and the region, Sakuradamon is not within Toshikazu’s current jurisdiction (Kasumiseki) even though it is within Chiba family’s territory. They are not able to find anything about this visit as wiretapping is disabled by Elfin Princess, Mayumi (she has used Multi-scope to find it) and they cannot setup devices outside as they will be useless due to Katsuto’s sound barrier of Phalanx. Toshikazu and Erika then discuss about the reason for Saegusa Clan’s intervention and secrecy in this matter (crime).
After school Tatsuya and group visits Leo and find Erika. Tatsuya asks if she was here all day, as they are all aware that Leo was asked for assistance by Toshikazu investigating the vampire case and got dragged into this. Erika informs that she went back home but returned an hour before waiting for Tatsuya and group. Everyone understood that she was lying. Upon entering Leo’s room, they meet Kaya-san, Leo’s older sister (4-5 years older and having blonde hair, accounting for their gender difference she and Leo look similar) who is sitting beside the bed. Kaya leaves to give them privacy. Mizuki comments behind her that she seems a gentle older sister, but the ensuing reaction reminds Tatsuya that every family has its dirty laundry. Leo expresses that he didn’t want to be seen like this. At Tatsuya inquiring where he was hit, he replies that he doesn’t understand that part but tells that he lost all strength at contact. Similar to the vampire murders, he has no external wounds, no sign of laceration, no puncture on body, or any foreign elements in his blood. He describes the features of the vampire, the armor and tells them that he thinks it was woman. Mikihiko is the most surprised at this, but Erika says that even an elementary school girl can strangle an adult male with the right medication. Mikihiko suggests that it might be something inhuman and is shot down by Erika but upon Tatsuya’s questioning Mikihiko says that it might be a “Paranormal Parasite” aka Parasite. He goes on in a lecturing fashion about how the Ancient Magic has also globalized and International conferences have been hosted in London (England) with the aim to standardize terms and concepts and refine them.
Quote by Mikihiko on Parasites can be found here Category:Ancient Magic#Parasites.
After hearing about this Honoka is surprised monsters and djinns do exist and Tatsuya places a hand on her shoulder, telling her that magic was also not believed to exist, but it is used now and that there is no reason to fear their existence just because of ignorance. He was aware of what impact his touch and his words would have on her and it would dispel her blind unease. Even so he is aware that ignorance can compound the threat. Mikihiko then examines Leo’s spectral form with his permission.
Quote by Mikihiko on Spectral Form can be found here Category:Ancient Magic#Spectral Form.
Mikihiko used bona fide talismans and traditional mediums that even Tatsuya had never seen before for the examination of Leo’s spectral form. After the check, Mikihiko is astounded and says that he is surprised to see Leo sitting and talking (credit to his physical abilities). He thinks that Tatsuya is in a league of his own and is followed by Leo in that regard. Tatsuya sets the question about “Life Force” aside for now and asks the level in Leo’s body. At the current level of Leo’s life force, an average person wouldn’t remain conscious. After this Mikihiko questions that why the blood is being sucked wasting their additional time and energy on this, for which even Tatsuya has no answer.
After leaving Leo’s room, except Erika who says she has to meet her brother, the rest walk back. Tatsuya, as though he just remembered to ask (actually Tatsuya intentionally did not ask for concern of listening devices), asked Mikihiko if creatures like demons and parasites occur frequently. Mikihiko answers in the negative (rare) and it would occur about once in 10 generations, last being the nine-tailed fox around 900 years ago.
After leaving Leo, Erika joins her brother, who has been listening up to their conversation. She then informs with a cold line of reasoning that Leo is her disciple (Leo being directly instructed from her) and user of the Chiba style and says that no master would just stand by while their disciple gets beaten.
At the same time as Tatsuya’s visit, Lina visits the Tokyo branch for Maximilian Devices, where Michaela Honda works under the alias Mia Honda and it is also a secret meeting grounds for the unit hunting for deserters. It’s rare for high school students to visit CAD manufacturing sites but she is passed through security due to a letter from embassy and Fist High’s uniform. She as Sirius meets yesterday’s Stardust members, that she had rescued. They update her about the events occurred during their encounter with Charles Sullivan. She then orders then to not engage any deserters but to wait for her to arrive. Silvie waiting for Sirius, takes her to a changing room, where she turns of her ‘Parade’ and changes. Discussing the meeting, Silvie questions why the deserters are attacking the Japanese, because when being pursued, normally they would try to hide their presence as much as possible. Lina has no answer for that but Silvie feels that it is connected to the deserters/vampires new powers (of removing blood externally). Just then Silvie spots Lina striking a few poses before the mirror and upon asking Lina recovers and leaves with her head dropped and blushing.
- In the morning, at the station near school, they are usually joined by their friends, but today Mayumi is waiting and when the siblings go to her just leaves after telling to come to second Cross-Field Club room after school. Katsuto was a member of this club (a club for magic combat survival games), before becoming the Group Leader of Club Management Committee; he still uses this room privately even after leaving the club, which is an open secret. - Katsuto and Mayumi are waiting for Tatsuya there. Tatsuya arrives there alone surprising Mayumi, who even though wanted to talk only with Tatsuya didn’t expect it. On the other hand, Tatsuya had to coax Miyuki into cooperation, who was insistent, by promising to accompany and treat her to a cake buffet. Mayumi immediately broaches the topic by asking Tatsuya’s whereabouts the previous night. He answers that he did go out by bike and also tells her that he was called by Mikihiko who was engaging the vampire. His voluntarily providing the info surprises Mayumi. He then tells them that he was only involved yesterday, and they (Erika and Mikihiko) were tracking the vampires because Leo got hurt from the vampires.
- Mayumi requests for his help, intending to share info if he agrees to cooperate which he immediately does. She asks him why he is joining now and not before when the notice was released (which he should not have known about, obtaining non-classified info wasn’t hard). Tatsuya answers that the notice was sent to the 10 MC, 18 auxiliary houses and 100 families, not even being from any of them, he tells them that it was none of his business. But being directly asked is a different thing. His disclosing info even before them surprises Mayumi, but he tells her that if she can back out then even he can back out easily. She tells him that his personality is very terrible.
- Tatsuya from the given info understands the scale of damage, the possibility of multiple vampires and the presence of a third force (other than Erika and Mikihiko) interfering with the efforts. The Last 2 points bugging him the most. He asks their intentions after catching one of the Vampires, it will be interrogation (find out their identity and purpose) and then dispose them. When Mayumi asks him to join their search parties, Katsuto overturns her and tells him to work independently thinking it would be better. Revealing nothing from his side he leaves. Mayumi says to Katsuto that he might just go and join the Chiba group which he agrees will probably happen but says that if they keep faith in Tatsuya, then he won’t betray them (that’s his personality).
- It is Saturday noon, but the school has ended. Tatsuya realizes that he is still missing several crucial pieces, in other words he has enough information to know that he is missing something definitive, but it is still a satisfactory result. Tatsuya rushes to the Student Council Room using his physical abilities knowing Miyuki will be waiting for lunch. He meets Lina at the door and both try to get out of the way. Tatsuya enters and calls out to Lina while patting her on the shoulder, without crying out ‘Sexual harassment’ she simply smiles while replying and returns his pat twice. - Tatsuya while waiting to be served by Honoka and Miyuki asks why Lina came. Miyuki answers that the school has suggested making her a special SC member during study periods. This is because she was unable to decide on what clubs to join and was troubled. Honoka adds that the soliciting behind the scenes became intense and so President Hattori came up with this idea. Miyuki says that the clubs all had ulterior motives since she’s studying for only 3 months and so won’t be able to participate in any events. Also the Art Department’s photography team (Tatsuya doesn’t remember there being a Photography Club), wanted Lina to join the light Gymnastics club to take pictures and make photo albums of Lina to sell off. Tatsuya comments that - it would make for quite the picture but wouldn’t be sure of selling them, which makes Honoka & Miyuki angry and jealous. This makes the mood between them delicate and Honoka tries to cool it off. They discuss Lina’s lack of enthusiasm and Tatsuya concludes that she isn’t keen on spending any time after school and so had been undecided on Clubs.
- After Tatsuya leaves, Miyuki switches on the display terminal with the tracking system and watches even though the scroll speed is fast for her. She is able to do this because of her extraordinary memory, although she does not have a vast memory capacity like Tatsuya (a side effect of Tatsuya’s mental remodelling). She decides to go against her brother’s wishes, even though she would be scolded by him, she thinks it is better than able to doing nothing when he gets hurt. She realizes his opponents would probably be the Stars. Miyuki is having one of the highest levels of power in the country and also the world at the age of 15. She is aware of her short-comings – her ability isn’t farsightedness or clairvoyance, nor the power to mobilise the Yotsuba nor a personally built-up network (like her brother), nor the hacking skills like Fujibayashi either. - She hugs herself trying to feel Tatsuya through the limiter (of which the lock, chains and key is she herself). Tatsuya can always know her situation no matter how far he is from her. Tatsuya’s vision is said to analyse existential information, and the whereabouts and conditions are always known to him in the form of data, giving her no privacy against her brother. She doesn’t care about that though and instead wants even the unsaid feelings within her heart to be known to him, but his powers do not extend to the mental realm. She has Mental Interference magic and can ‘sense’ the ‘location’ of the mind and when the Limiter on Tatsuya is released (also freeing her own abilities), she can ‘Touch’ the minds of others and may even be able to touch the spirits drifting in the world. The limitations for her are, unlike Tatsuya she cannot use it to find something that she doesn’t already know the location of. Yakumo visits her then.
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