Chapter 39: Terminal
"I didn't expect you to have such a skill. Not bad."
Looking at how I skillful I was handling the school's terminal control panel, Aliyah, who was beside me, casually commented.
"The person who designed this system comes from the same world as ours, so this system is similar to the Window's system. Using the same hacking method, it's possible to obtain the administrative rights. This world is different from ours. Not all the machines are supervised by administrators, so naturally, they wouldn't be able to notice what I'm doing. However, the person who gave me the ability to hack into the system was Falan, who gave me her 'Momiji' terminal interference equipment. When I used it for the first time, I realized it bypasses the administrative access procedures and directly access the main communication platform. Hence, using this point, I referred to the information available, enlarged the process, so that it encompasses all the administrative functions. Fortunately, the system does not make use of magical formations to process. Otherwise, as someone who is at the borderline of failing my magical theory tests, would have a hard time. Alright, I connected into the system."
Pressing the Enter key, and when the progress bar was filled, a window filled with several folders appeared in front of us.
"It's really the same as the Windows system!"
Aliyah sighed in amazement.
"This is the early Windows system, hence it has freaking lots of loopholes, and it's really not that hard to set one up. Although most of the places with this equipment set up do not have all of the information stored, but, almost every piece of information has been digitalized."
"So you plan to use this terminal to search?"
"Of course. Although I'm unsure of which of our otherworldly companion developed this technology in this world, but, he will definitely wish that we will be able to obtain the information we want through this method, right?"
"But it would require someone with sufficient hacking abilities. If it was me, I wouldn't be able to use this method at all."
Aliyah sighed, but she still approached me.
"Then, the thing you're looking for..."
"Of course, we're going to search for it directly."
After saying that, I immediately typed 'human body modification' into the search box.
But, the searching speed was really terribly slow. I'm not sure what was used to make this terminal. No, it's definitely not optic fibers. It's basically impossible for something like that to exist here.
Hence, currently, I could only stare blankly at the progress bar.
"This speed is really slow, urgh. I can't stand it anymore."
"Try to endure for a little bit more. Although I understand that waiting is a very difficult task for you, but, even if you slice this terminal into pieces, the loading speed won't increase."
"I know, I was just bored, that's all. Speaking of which, are you planning to stay in this academy? It's impossible for you to continue raising your level here, right?"
"True, but I don't have any other choice. There's nowhere I can learn skills outside the academy. I will only be able to learn skills that I'm interested in in this academy."
"Are you an idiot? Are you seriously following this academy's system? Raising your levels slowly and then learning the skills?"
Aliyah looked at me as if I was an idiot.
"Eh? Aren't you doing the same?"
"Aren't all the skills in this world recorded in skill books? Won't it be fine as long as you find a way to obtain them?"
"Easier said than done."
I glared at her in the eye.
"If I was able to take the books myself, I won't be here listening to you, right?"
"Then let me pose you a question. Where are the books?"
"Where are what books?"
Aliyah knocked at me in the head.
"Ouch! Couldn't you have knocked me without attacking me? Why don't we form a party before you knock me again?"
Aliyah joined your party.
And then, I was smacked in the head again.
Alright, since my HP did not drop at all, I will just forget what just happened.
Alright, let's get right back on topic. Since you know that the books are in the library, why don't you go and steal them?"
"You think I have not tried it out yet? The school library is surrounded with main different magical traps. Unless you have advanced-grade trap dismantling and inspection skills, no one will be able to get pass them."
"I'm able to, though."
Aliyah pointed at herself.
"I learnt a lot of trap dismantling and unlocking methods from a guy in my school who loves infiltrations. Of course, I did not learn them by the system's skill learning method, rather, I truly learnt them."
She took out something like a stack of keys, but it was actually a big stack of wires of various thickness and size.
"At the same time, I learnt how to use a Magical Trap Inspection Glasses, and a Magic Perception Radar. No matter what traps there are, I'm able to dismantle them."
Looking at the equipment in front of me, I directly held onto Aliyah's hands out of excitement.
"Why didn't you tell me you had such useful things on hand earlier!? Quick, teach me how to use them! And where did you buy all these things!?"
"Ah ah, alright, alright! You... First, release my hands."
I released Aliyah, and then continued with my inquiry.
"Tell me, where do you buy all these tools?"
"The black market. Black market. As long as you're in a bigger city, you will be able to find a black market. Then, you will be able to whatever you want, as long as you have the money."
"Is that so? Looks like I really have to take a look outside the academy. But for now, let's go steal some books."
"Calm down, your information downloading is about to be done."
"Oh, you're right."
Looking towards the terminal, there were already several information regarding human body modifications.
"Although they are password protected, but someone like me who have administrative rights is unbeatable."
Opening a folder, I furrowed my eyebrows.
"What the hell is this? Rebuilding of human body's internal organs to include a self-recovery effect? From the Church's information center? Oh my god. They actually conduct these kinds of experiments?"
"Well, they do have their authentic healing magic. It's normal for them to think of adding it into their own bodies, so that they could regenerate infinitely."
"Then how about this? Skin Gold-ification Modification. And it's impossible to revert back? That will basically be heart-breaking."
"Alright, enough, this isn't our main objective, right?"
On the search bar, I added the word 'Smuu', and only a single folder was left on the terminal screen.
"Looks like our target is really obvious. This is..."
When I opened the folder, I was once again stunned.
"What... What is this?"
There was only a single document in the folder. And when I opened it, there was only a title and an address.
"Unrestricting Life-Substituting Doll? Ice Empire's Jirandur City 19th North Street? What is this?"
"I guess this is a hint for our next target. Isn't it?"
"They made it look like a mystery game. This is really irritating."
"But isn't it interesting this way?"
"But, it looks like our only way to look for clues is to search in this stack of documents."
Under Aliyah's suspicious gaze, I threw out a bunch of paper documents.
"I stole all these from their house. And here I was thinking I could immediately search for the information I wanted. But, I didn't expect that we actually had to flip through these papers in the end."
Aliyah pursed her lips.
"I guess we should head out and steal some books then."