"I hope that each one of you can help me to hunt some criminals hiding in the city."
The club leaders gathered on the second floor of the Mission Hall were surprised after hearing the words of the headmistress.
"Criminals?" Isabella's expression turned grim. "What do you mean, Headmistress?"
Headmistress Wave paused for a moment before moving her gaze through each one of the people on the second floor.
"The words I'm going to say now are confidential. Regardless of if you accept the mission or not, you can't talk about it to anyone. Otherwise, you will be punished."
The club leaders nodded in understanding.
"Very well. I'll start to explain the details about the mission then." Headmistress Wave nodded. "We have information that some criminals have infiltrated Academy City and they are planning to do something during the War of Clubs. We are not sure about how many criminals are in the city or what they are planning, but we know that it won't be good for the city or the students in it.
"The identities of the criminals are unclear, so we can't give you too much information about them. However, they are very dangerous, and even demigods could be involved."
"What demigod is so crazy as to act against Academy City."
"Wait a moment, does it mean that we could meet enemy demigods during the mission!?"
Several of the people on the second floor gasped in shock and became nervous after hearing the headmistress's words.
In this world, demigods were at the top of the world. They represented power and status, and it was common knowledge that only a demigod could kill another, with almost no exceptions.
The mere thought of facing a demigod made many of the club leaders here uneasy.
"Quiet down." Headmistress Wave said with a frown when she saw their reaction. "Don't worry, you won't need to face them. Academy City doesn't lack demigods of its own."
"Then, what is the mission?"
The elf, Selha Deena, leader of the fifth-ranked club in the city, Crystal Beauty, furrowed her brows and asked.
Headmistress Wave looked at her and explained it.
"You only need to send some of your club members to patrol the city and keep an eye on suspicious people. If you think that one of them can be a criminal, then you must report it to the city, and we will take care of it. Of course, you can choose to catch them by yourselves, I don't mind it. As for the reward…"
Headmistress Wave paused at that moment, looking at each club leader before opening her mouth.
"Just for keeping an eye on the situation, each club will receive one thousand points weekly; and the points will increase if any of the clubs discover or capture a criminal."
As soon as the words of the headmistress fell on the ears of the club leaders, their eyes opened wide.
Some of them gasped in shock, others were stunned, and others looked at the headmistress in surprise.
But one second later, each one of them put on a pensive expression.
"Headmistress, this reward…"
"It's too big." Mu Quan finished Isabella's words. "Forgive me for being blunt, but with such an easy mission and such a huge reward, we can't help but think that there is something fishy here."
The headmistress looked at Mu Quan and Isabella and nodded.
"As expected, you noticed it. Certainly, I'm not here to give you free points. The reason the rewards are so high is that this mission has a very harsh requirement."
Wave then narrowed her caramel-colored eyes and put on an ice-cold look.
"This mission is strictly confidential. Nobody, not even your club members, are allowed to know about it. You will have to find a way to fool your club members into doing the mission without revealing the contents of it. If I learn that any of you revealed information, I will deduct ten times the number of points that person got from the mission from the club of that person."
Several of the club leaders immediately changed their expressions when they heard that.
Just like Headmistress Wave said, this requirement was very harsh. It was obvious that the club members would want to know the reason why they are searching for suspicious people, so the club leaders would have to be very careful to not reveal it.
As for the punishment for revealing the mission, it was equally harsh.
Deducting ten times the number of points meant deducting ten thousand points at the very least.
It was the same as making their clubs lose their position as one of the top 100 clubs.
Seeing the change in their expressions, Wave spoke up again.
"Don't worry, I know that you will need the help of some people from your clubs for this mission. Thus, if you think it's absolutely necessary to reveal this information to one of your club members, you can consult it with me, and I'll determine if it's necessary. But even so, the number of people you can reveal it to won't exceed five."
"What if someone discovers about the mission accidentally?" One of the club leaders asked.
"I'll then judge the situation and decide on the appropriate punishment. Now, choose, are you going to accept this mission or not?"
The club leaders looked at each other and frowned. But before long, one of them spoke up.
"Our club will take this mission."
And after the first club accepted the mission, the rest of the club leaders spoke up one after another.
In the end, each one of the fifteen club leaders gathered on the second floor accepted the mission.
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