Sounds like a hoot.
Hey, at least you don't have to run the mile every week.
Sunshine, Rainbows and Candy! Most definitely not a horrible messy death for using magic!
That's a motivational speech, if I've ever heard one. Garth could learn from her.
No witnesses. The dropouts disappear.
Woo threatening murder always fun
Immediate cessation of chocolate rations?
Seriously though, it looks like the whole dealy with Felix was intended to encourage Noah to use his power, which she's obviously very interested in. She's making this threat having already given him an out.
Anyway, presuming she's telling the truth(and this being an elaborate attempt to scare Noah into using his power is still compatible with such a scenario), who'll live?
Leaving aside Noah, Cherry and Havel are already in the high thirties point wise, they should be okay. Alita is all ready in the high twenties, with six days to go, so she has good odds. Gazz the grass is in the low thirties, but is showing bad judgement that could cost him dearly. Still, he'll probably be alright. Natalie has nothing, but does have a pandemonium power that should save her.
But Princess/Loren only has 20 points. Unless he ups his game, he's in serious trouble. While Felix has to somehow make 28 points to live. And he's Felix. I'm not rating his chances frankly.
Yep, saw this comin
it means good things
Ejected from the project...
a) Killing them because then they count as illegal Magic Users or
b) Taking their Powers, Killing them, and giving the Powers to other people e.g. like how Moe the Shifter probably got his suddenly.
Oh Natalie ... you will be missed. Like that Rock over there which does as much as you do.
We'll arrest you for illegal magic use? Earlier in the comic it was stated that you can't execute minors.
So I guess Felix getting those 15 points is appropriate, since it measures worth and not spirit aptitude. And if Felix can get successfully complete missions with his powers rather than with mastery of Spirit, the superiors aren't going to complain. Results are results.
Black ships will take him away to be sacrificed to the golden throne?
Prosecuted as a mage due to lacking the project's protection?
So updated point count (based on page 1019 and previous)
Blonde Guy Whose Name I Forgot: 20
Pink Girl: 0
So... presuming this is true and applies to all the pupils... why on Io are they making a decision like that after just two weeks of training? Is Lady Vader behind on her evil quota or something? Is this just so she can twirl her moustache?
So, what can Noah do about this? He could try harder, but that really doesn't seem like him. His lethargy isn't an act, it's who he is.
Now he could use his power, as Miss Vader probably intends. But he doesn't need to use it the way she intends, big obvious and flashy.
He can be subtle. He was weakened when he probed the cow and Ciel theorised probing one of his classmates would make him stronger than before. Even if that doesn't influence his spirit, he could use his wish to become stronger, to gain more capabilities, more understanding, to win more points.
There's no denying the risks, but one use of his power could solve this problem, without and this is important, requiring any additional effort in class. He could save his skin while simultaneously trolling Miss Vader. Two birds, one stone, four in the bush.
Motivation through blackmailing, what a wonderful approach!
It's never been explicitly stated in the comic iirc, but being a proven magic user in the Empire essentially equates to not having human rights; as you're not seen as "a normal human".
When Mable mentioned the sate not being able to execute minors that was still in the context of them just being regular kids getting threatened over something insignificant.
There's a notable list of exceptions, e.g. magic users/elves & kids who aren't actually Empire citizens can be executed by the state.
Maybe they send delinquents to fight in the pits, to Lorg. This way they can at least recover the costs of training (if they bet correctly).
Well im kinda shocked, the Empire had only seemed slightly evil so far, not downright malicious.
But it still does seem like a massive waste of valuable resources to dispose of magical kids just because they learn slowly.
And for that matter i think its straight up retarded as well. Whats the cost of not murdering kids? close to none. Whats the cost of actually murdering them? That the magical human weapon you spend a fortune developing ends up running away the first time he/she is close to the border, because what he/she remembers you for is being the asshole who executed his/her best friend.
@Tor: I agree it's very harsh and cruel. Unfortunately, it makes sense that they'd do this.
Because the cost of leaving the kids alone could be the Empire falling under the control of magic users. These kids are harmless and murdering them would be inhumane.
But those evildoers over in "hero"land who stole lands and imprisoned popular kings have made them look like a threat to the Emperor's power. And so children die. At the hands of imperial executioners yes, but driven by fear of the many land hungry wizards like the so called Judge.
They might exile or imprison the children instead, but the former risks strengthening their enemies while the latter went very badly for the Judge and his cronies. So they take the quick and easy path.
I strongly suspect Vader is the driving force here however. She's the one pushing for a mission after barely any training, over the protestation of their teacher, for whom it came as a surprise.
And the rest, the arbitrary 50p survival rating, combat or nothing, no other occupation possible, no research into powers that can't be understood at a glance (for example, Blondie's syringe power may actually be really powerful if he worked out what it was for) is likely her as well.
They should have started training the children years ago, found useful work even for the weaklings and only be arresting bona fide evil doers. But would Noah have much of a story in that case?