Any other time that he saw people looking at him like this, he would have assumed that they were being racist against his Fanalis heritage. In fact, there was a strong part of him that wanted to believe that was the case, since the alternative was actually somehow worse. But, these were Magnostadt mages, and mages from this country had something rather horrifically unique about them; they hated gois. Alek was not a magician by birth, he was a Fanalis, one of the few races on the planet that were physically incapable of performing any sort of magic whatsoever. That meant that he was a natural born enemy of the people who were anti-goi. He represented everything that they fought against, and whilst they were akin in the fact that they both fought against repression and abuse, that clearly wasn't enough for the men in charge.
So, as he stood in front of the two boys that were training to become part of the academy, he couldn't help but crack a slight smile. Maybe if he could prove that he was stronger than them, he'd be able to make them more humble. that was his main wish, and the fact that he was being paid for something like this was just icing on that cake.
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