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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 145

Chapter 145 Strongest Sage, Explains the Situation

 

We immediately went to the guild after leaving the dungeon.
I put our baggage in the Storage magic since I knew that I didn't really need the mana right now, but my mana won't recover if I keep this on.
Fortunately, the guild is close by the dungeon.

"We'd like to sell some materials."

"...You guys went inside the dungeon at a time like this?"

The receptionist girl looked at us like she couldn't believe it.
I guess entering the dungeon after so many people fell victims makes us look rash.

The dungeon cities in my past life got it even worse at their worst though.... Well, I shouldn't judge this world using the same standard considering the current technology is underdeveloped.
And since we've returned safely, there should be no problem here.

"Yes. That said, we didn't encounter any strong monster though."

"Oh right, it shouldn't be that dangerous in the upper floors... You don't have a lot with you either."

Looks like she got it.
The part about not having a lot is a mistake on her part though.
Guess it's faster if I just show it.

"We don't have a lot because of Storage magic. ...See."

I took out the materials we brought.
Seeing that... the receptionist girl's expression froze halfway through.

"Anything wrong?"

"E-err.... What are those materials?"

The receptionist girl pointed at the materials we brought.
We only picked up the relatively better materials with us as we descended through the dungeon.... but the ones that remain in the end are the materials from that bird.
Even though it was beaten into a mess, the materials are still in a whole different class compared to other monsters, which were just too weak.

"They're from a bird monster we defeated in the dungeon. ...I didn't partake in the subjugation though, these three were the ones who did it."

I pointed at Ruli and the others.

"It was Mathi-kun who made that magic circle though...."

"I mean, I feel that Iris-san did most of the work."

While saying that, Ruli and the others brought the materials so they could be better looked at.
The receptionist girl had a perplexed look when she saw the materials... then she turns around and shouts out.

"Branch Head! Big news!"
<TLN: If you're reading this novel at any other site than Sousetsuka .com you might be reading an unedited, uncorrected version of the novel.>
"What's wrong!"

"It's materials from the monster from yesterday!"

A middle aged man rushed out of the back to hear the receptionist's voice.
He's probably the branch head.
I don't remember us doing anything worth getting fussed over though....

Or rather... What does she mean by the monster from yesterday? This bird monster?
We delved into the dungeon for the sake of defeating the monster who annihilated adventurer joint party... but we couldn't find that monster y'know?

I wait for their reaction next while carrying that doubt.
And the branch head... Asks this question.

"Where did you get these materials?"

"It should be from floor 11."

"...Why did you go to floor 11 at this day?"

It kinda feels like he's suspecting us in his confusion.
Yeah, I guess going to floor 11 without any reason is suspicious.
As I'd also like to report about our failure in finding any strong monster, I should tell them the truth here.

"We heard that there was a strong monster in the dungeon, so we went to see how it was. Well, we didn't find that monster even after getting to floor 18 though."

"In the end, this guy was the strongest!"

"Right, most other monsters were done in one hit...."

Iris and Alma gave their own impressions after I explained the situation.
Seeing that, the branch head... put his hands on his head while looking like he wanted to say, 『The hell they're going on about』.
And then he muttered.

"W-what's with these guys... I heard that the Second Academy was bad news this year, but these kids are just too weird..."

What? Am I imagining things or did he just suddenly bad mouthed us.
I don't get what's going on, I should ask his story.

"...Is there any problem?"

"No, not problem, I mean... That thing is that monster..."

The branch head pointed at the bird materials we brought as he said that.
...Eh? This thing is?












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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 16-14


16-14. End of the Assailants (2)

 

Satou here. There's this saying, "The mountains have brought forth a mouse", but I think it's better than them bringing forth a major volcanic eruption. I mean, going on a pleasure trip in peaceful times is more fun.
<TLN: The saying means approximately like 'much ado about nothing'.>





"Arisa!"

I went with Tama using Unit Arrangement and jumped into the place she led me to.

"Master... I'm, sorry..."
"Pull yourself together."

I take Arisa's small hand as she muttered weakly and put my forehead on hers.

--Hot.

"You're burning."

According to AR, it's not influenza, but a cold--looks like she's gotten a common cold.

"Geez, why'd you bath under the waterfall until you got a cold..."
"I'm sowwy."

Lulu who came carrying a rice gruel scolded Arisa.
I see, I get the reason Arisa caught the cold.

"Yaay, rice gruel with sweet potatoes."

Rather than the sweet potato she knows, it's a local product of Seryuu Earldom.

"Master, feed me."

Arisa is acting spoiled, perhaps the fever got her hard.
Well, I guess I can at least spoil her when she's down with a cold.

"Aan, so good. It tastes like Master's love."

Arisa's jokes don't stop even while she's coughing.
It makes me worry that she's getting delirious from her fever.

When I reflexively turned my gaze around, I saw the youth troupe assembled on Arisa's bedside.

"Aan."
"Aan, nanodesu."
"Tama too~?"

That reminds me, my little sister also demanded for the "Aan" from our mom when I was down with a fever before I went to school.

"I'm feeding Arisa right now, so later--"

I noticed something halfway through.
I look around the room.

--Thought so.

"Arisa, you didn't take the magic medicine for treating illness did you?"

I forgot about it since cold was a common illness in the former world.
With the magic medicines and magic available in this world, it can be cured in an instant.

"Eh? Err, I only had elixirs with me, so I thought it would be too wasteful to use one."

Arisa replied me while coughing.
The coughing timing somewhat feels suspicious.

"Then how about Mia's water magic?"
"Was refused."

I turned to Mia, and she shook her head while making an x sign with her arms.

"I mean, you know! Mia came back way after I got down with the cold, and I thought I would get better if I just drank water, ate rice gruel and slept--"
"Even the brownies in this room could use magic to heal a simple cold right?"
"Ugwuu."

Arisa faltered in the middle of her excuse.
Why would she go to sleep while still afflicted with the cold anyway?

"D-dat's..."
"It will be easier if you just confess nodesu."

Pochi urged Arisa while imitating a veteran detective who pressed someone to confession.

"I just wanted to have a nursing play with masteeeeeeeeer"
"Play?"
"Arisa..."

Next to Arisa who shouted with all her soul, Mia who couldn't understand it tilted her head to the side, and Lulu who understood it muttered her little sister's name while blushing.

"Rejected."

When I rejected her, Arisa muttered, "And it was the perfect chance to have a nursing play with the too healthy Master too"

Yup, Arisa should reflect on it a bit.

"Private Pochi."
"Aye!"
"Administer the household medicine used in the orphanages to private Arisa."
"Yes nanodesu. This one nodesu?"
"Yes, that one."

I gave the confirmation to Pochi who took the medicine out of her magic bag.

"--Suppository!"

Arisa screamed when she saw the thing Pochi took out.

"I'd like to refrain from that thank you."
"It's okay nanodesu. It won't hurt nodesu."
"No no, it's not about whether it hurts or not."
"Don't worry nodesu. Pochi is a suppository pro nanodesu."
"You'll break a maiden's heart!"

Arisa inched back in the bed while Pochi was approaching with an evil look on her face.

"A-at least, I'd like Master to be the one putting it in--"
"Arisa, you shouldn't act spoiled nanodesu."
"Uoo, I can't teleport? Master sealing teleportation is--"

I went out of the room with Mia while hearing Arisa's scream behind us.
I'll let Lulu handle the rest.





"Satou-san!"
"Satou, welcome back."

Zena-san and princess Sistina greeted me when I returned to the living room in the solitary island palace.

I have to tell the passing of her brother of different mother, third prince Sharlick, to princess Sistina, but let's put off that for later.
It felt like she was indifferent toward the third prince after all.

"It appears there was an accident in the Holy Shell Mobile Armor's hangar, did anyone get hurt?"
"N-no. We aren't hurt anywhere. But, err--"

Zena-san who stammered her words awkwardly sent her gaze to the corner of the room.
There's Lady Karina who turns her face away while looking small there.

She probably messed up at something again.

"Would you tell me what happened?"
"Yes, allow me."

Princess Sistina begins to narrate what happened.

"It all happened when we were visiting the hangar--"

Someone stole the Holy Shell Mobile Armor's pilot suit, the mobile armor, and tried to hijack [General].
The fairly successful hijacker who boarded the Holy Shell Mobile Armor, swung the already booted-up armor's arm, and destroyed the scaffold and supporting frames around it, causing panic in the hangar.

The researchers who were about to be crushed under the collapsing scaffold were saved by Lady Karina's intense actions, but since Zena-san and princess Sistina seemed like they had forced smiles when they talked about it, I should take it with a grain of salt.
Her saving them is probably true, but she must have messed up at something.

"『Bizarre humanoids made of wreckage and steel beams』?"

Golems made of rubble that rose up from the wreckage and cloud of dust gathered and beat the researchers to death.

"That's weird. I've put the function to create servant golems like the original in the fake, yes, however I've programmed it so that they are forbidden to kill..."

Servant golems was a function relevant during the wars, so I had programmed them with Three Laws of Robotics built-in.

"Yes, Mito-sama also hypothesized that they might be familiars created by a lesser demon."

Looks like the one behind the incident here were demons too.
The root is probably the same as the one from Duchy Capital.

"Now that you mention it, where's Mito?"
"She said that something else might happen there, so she's on stand by along with Liza-san in the capital."

Then I'll go see how they're doing later.

"May I continue?"
"Yes, if you please."

The rubble golems were dealt with by princess Sistina's golems, while Zena-san was dealing with the Holy Shell Mobile Armor's hijacker.
As Zena-san was chanting advanced magic after her lower class ones proved ineffective, apparently, that was when Lady Karina blew away the steel frames and re-joined the frontline.

"So it was surprised by Lady Karina and tumbled over?"

The hijacker seemed to be a dullard.

Well, even if he made a run with the armor, without the [Real Activation Key] I gave to the king, it wouldn't be able to enter flight mode or high-mobility mode, nor could it fire any weapons, he probably would have ended up getting caught by the Shiga Eight Swords and Hikaru in the end.

"So, did you manage to catch that hijacker?"
"Yes, my golems dragged out the mobile armor and Zena-san arrested the man who tried to run away."

The hijacker seemed to be the page fired by the first prince back then, who was also a former employee of the third prince.
Well, they were probably trying to cause something in the capital while that man created a diversion as a throwaway piece.
Hikaru is probably staying with Liza in the capital because she came to the same conclusion.

"You two did great."

When I praised the two, Lady Karina's mood got even gloomier in the corner of the room.
Apparently, she feels bad for being the only one who did nothing great.

I walk to Lady Karina.

"Karina-sama."
"....Satou"

When I called to her, she buried her face into her own breast after a slight reaction.

--As expected of demonic breasts.

"Looks like you saved the researchers."
"That's all I did desuwa..."

Looks like the optimistic Lady Karina is currently in a rare self-loathing phase.

"That's not true at all, or are you dissatisfied that you 'only' saved people's life?"

Lady Karina raised her face with a startled look.
Her reaction resembled Pochi somehow.

"Moreover, we were only able to recapture the Holy Shell Mobile Armor without breaking it thanks to Lady Karina's actions."

Regardless of who the other party was, the fact is the matter was able to be concluded quickly thanks to her actions.

"Satou"

Lady Karina is looking up at me with moist eyes.
She looks like a girl in love, so I'm not sure how to react here.

"Mission complete~?"
"Suppository complete nanodesu."

Tama and Pochi appeared from the door.
Arisa's punishment--administering is done it seems.

Alright, I'll let Pochi who's close to Lady Karina to take care of her.
I beckoned Pochi and entrusted her care to her.

Lady Karina whose arms were wide open was frozen with a taken aback look on her face, but I left the place while pretending not to notice that.


<TLN: If you're reading this novel at any other site than Sousetsuka .com you might be reading an unedited, uncorrected version of the novel.>

"Hikaru."
"Ichirou-nii."

I teleported next to Hikaru who was sitting on top of a Royal Castle's spire.
From what I gather on the Map, I don't see anyone like demons, or reincarnated people nor unknown high level people.
The sage mice, Chuu Fat and his colony hasn't reported any abnormality either.

Liza is standing with one leg on top of another spire, doing a quiet stance training like a master martial artist.

"I found Dynast in the Duchy Capital."
"You did?"

Hikaru stood up suddenly with a serious look on her face.

"That one is different from General. It's an absurd armor that could fight against a demon lord if it could keep its distance. We've got to think up a plan to--"

Hikaru spoke vehemently without listening to me.

It got quiet after I smashed its defensive barrier, shot out the magic circuit on its core and drained its mana.
Fighting it at close proximity was probably a wise decision.

"Everything's fine, Hikaru."
"Un, I believe in Ichirou-nii. But, Dynast's 『Damnation Cannon』 is--"
"I've neutralized and retrieved it with me here."
"--Eh?"

Hikaru froze still with a serious look and then she quickly sighed in relief.

"I'm so glad. I expected nothing less from Ichirou-nii."
"Let's contact Yuika, and then offer him a proper burial like with General on the right day."
"Un, please."

I stayed here for a while, and then went back to the Duchy capital alone.
I can tell my conversation with God Tenion to everyone once Arisa is cured from her cold.





"Satou-san, is it over?"
"Yes, without problem."

When I got to Tenion Temple entranceway, the former head miko, currently miko apprentice Lily was waiting for me.

--Oh?

A blue dot on my Radar is coming here from the Duchy Castle area.
Ga Hou the orc has returned to his base through the sewer, so this one's probably Lady Ringrande.

Since she's with white dots, maybe they're going around to see the Duchy capital's state?

"They look to be quite in a hurry."
"--Yes."

A group of cavalry knights who rushed in like they were jousting stopped at the entrance of Tenion Temple.
The horses that have stopped upright look quite imposing.

"The miko over there! Call the temple head and Sera-sama!"

One of the knights haughtily gave an order to miko apprentice Lily.

"Yes."

Miko apprentice Lily obediently run into the temple to call the two.

Behind him, Lady Ringrande who didn't look well was helped by the other knights to get down from the horse.

"Ringrande-sama?"
"Sa-Satou."

Lady Ringrande is in critical condition for some reason.
But she seemed fine when she was chasing the Holy Shell Mobile Armor [Dynast] earlier, wonder what happened?

"Are you alright?"
"I'm running out of time. Take me to Sera."
"I understand."

I receive Lady Ringrande from the knights who looked dissatisfied and head to Sera's resting room.
She's in [State: Weakened (Serious)] according to AR reading, her health gauge has almost run out.

"Did something happen?"
"Yep, I used a little something I shouldn't have used."

I saw Ringrande's gaze turned toward her left ring finger for an instant.

It seems to be a type of [Cursed Ring] according to AR reading.
Apparently, it's an artifact from a dungeon that will continue to convert your life force into mana even after it's full.
According to the detailed info on it, recovery magic and health recovery magic potion won't work while it's in effect.

"Ringrande-sama, Sera-sama is currently resting inside this room."

I could only hear a very faint sound from Lady Ringrande, probably because her health had been exhausted.
The other knights were going to come too, but I kept them away by telling them that I couldn't let Sera, an unmarried woman, in her nightdress be exposed.

I close the door with a thud.

The sleeping Sera is the only one in this room, so let's do this.

"--Fracture."

I touched Lady Ringrande's cursed ring and then it crumbled away like a rusted ring.
This saves time from dealing with a cursed item, no complain please.

The health reduction has stopped after the ring is destroyed, but she's been terribly weakened already.

"Ringrande-sama, please drink this."

I push an elixir bottle on her mouth, but she's already lost consciousness and can't drink it.

I put the elixir in my mouth and make Lady Ringrande drink it mouth-to-mouth.
It's just a treatment and the impregnable fortress pairs shouting [Guilty] aren't looking, so this should be fine.

The AR reading indicates that Lady Ringrande's health gauge has been safely refilled.

"...Satou-san?"

I heard a half-asleep voice of Sera from the bed.

"--Ane-sama!"

I used [Magic Hand] to catch Sera who tried to get up from the bed and almost fell from her anemia.
Since it didn't look like she saw me giving the mouth-to-mouth, I told her about the attack on Duchy Capital, and how Lady Ringrande used a cursed item to avert the crisis, resulting in her critical state.

"Ane-sama is always like that. She always goes straight forward with only the goal in mind....."

Sera is brushing Lady Ringrande's hair who's still unconscious.
Even though she sounded like she couldn't believe her, it seems like she doesn't truly hate her.

"I was able to converse with God Tenion thanks to Sera-san. I'll tell you the details along with the other girls once we get back to the Solitary Island Palace."
"Yes, I'm glad to be of service."

I told Sera what needs to be told while Lady Ringrande was still unconscious.

"We will leave the duchy capital tomorrow morning. You should get some rest in Tenion Temple today."
"Yes."

Since I won't have anything to do tonight, let's go to Ga Bou's place and have some drink there.

"--Satou-san."

Sera beckons me as I stand up.
That's a rare gesture from Sera.

"Please do the mouth-to-mouth to me too when I'm injured okay."

Surprised, I look at Sera's face and she looks back at me like a child who's succeeded in her prank.

It was really scary since her eyes weren't laughing.







※ Next update is scheduled for 9/24
The journey to the western part of the continent will begin next time.











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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 144


Chapter 144 Strongest Sage, Gives Up

 

"Ruli, next arrow!"

"Yes!"

Alma shot the arrows Ruli augmented one after another, hitting the bird monster.
However, those arrows didn't have much, if any, power.

"KISHAAA!"

And the undamaged bird monster charges toward Ruli and the others.
However, Alma didn't loosen her attacks.

She steadily let loose more arrows while being ready to evade anytime.
Ruli also continued to make arrows and augment them.

Instead of creating arrows beforehand, doing it in the heat of battle will lessen the payload on the arrow maker and maintain constant quality.
Thus, besides the pre-made arrows you put aside in Storage magic used for the first strike, you always want to bring the raw materials with you.

And the monster's attack was--

"SOI!"

Blocked by the spear in Iris's hands.
Her foothold has been magically reinforced by Ruli beforehand, so it won't collapse easily.

"GII!?"

The monster regained its posture even while looking bewildered to have been flung back by Iris who was far smaller than it.
And it's also been slightly damaged. Were Iris could handle her spear better, it might have lost one of its legs already... but well, Iris has only started to adapt to human body after all.

Alma kept shooting arrows one after another while Iris was buying time.
...They're doing pretty good.
The flight inhibition should works its magic right about now.

Right when I thought that, the magic showed its effect.
The bird monster couldn't gain altitude no matter how much it flapped its wing.
This signals for Iris's turn now.

"I'm going!"

"Yes!"

"Un!"

Once Iris declared that, Alma and Ruli retreated from the frontline and hid behind a nearby cover, peeking with only their faces showing.
They're avoiding getting rolled up while also being ready to support Iris if anything happens.
...However, that worry seems to be unwarranted.

"SOI!"

Iris thrust her spear on the monster's body along with that shout.

"GYAAAAAA!"

The stake-sized spear pierced deep into the monster as if there was no resistance.
Normally, you have to pull a pierced spear right away to prevent it from getting stuck, but.... That's meaningless before Iris's power.

Iris swung the spear along with the pierced monster with both her hands and flung it onto the wall.
Being the center of gravity, Iris also ended up hitting the wall on the opposite side. Faster than the monster's crashing speed.

"Au! ....Ei!"
<TLN: If you're reading this novel at any other site than Sousetsuka .com you might be reading an unedited, uncorrected version of the novel.>
However, Iris was mostly undamaged.

And then, Iris pierced the heart of the monster, ending the battle.
Or to be more exact, her pierce was slightly off from the heart, but since the power of Iris's spear thrust blew away all the surrounding parts, there was no particular problem.

One unfortunate point is that most of the monster materials have turned into a mess... but we can get this level of monster materials anytime we want anyway, guess it's fine.
I'll gather the usable-looking parts at least.

"You three really managed to defeat it without me."

"Rather than us three, it was mostly Iris-san..."

"Un. The two of us only brought that thing down to the ground..."

Alma points at the tragic remain of the monster.

"No, I alone, wouldn't be able to hit it, it wouldn't have worked! ...Mathias-san, could you make this spear a bit longer?"

Iris asked me.
However, unfortunately, it can't be made longer than that.

"That's the maximum possible length for now. A long spear is hard to manage if you just swing it around, it's too heavy, and you'll just end up getting swung around by it instead."

"That's true... I also got swung to the wall when I was swinging that monster earlier... It hurt a bit..."

Iris looks at a narrow passage with reproachful eyes.
She doesn't seem to be hurt anywhere in particular, but I guess she did get swung with a force that would have turned an ordinary human to pieces.
It ended with just 『Hurt a bit』 because it was Iris.

"Once you get used to spear more, you can do many things even with that length. Your current way of fighting relies too much on brute force.... Also, I think Alma and Ruli's fighting style are fine the way you are. When you're with Iris, it's best to leave the main offensive to her and create a situation that allows her to strike the enemy."

In actuality, there are ways for them to put out serious firepower too.
I should teach them about it to protect themselves when they're not with me or Iris, but an archer grows faster if you let them experiment with arrows in a variety of ways as a support at first.
A style that only relies on high-powered arrows is hard to put into application after all.

--We delved deeper in the dungeon afterward.
Unfortunately we never found the monster we were looking for.
Let alone finding one, there wasn't even any sign or traces of it.
The least bad one was the monster the three fought against... but there's no way they needed to form a subjugation party just for that weak monster.

"Hmm... Wonder if it disappeared?"

"Disappeared.... Can monsters suddenly disappear just like that?"

"It's unusual, but such cases happen sometimes. ...Guess we should turn back for today."

After descending to a certain floor, we had a discussion and decided to make our way out of the dungeon.
And we arrived at the exit safely.
Now then.... We should sell our spoils today at the guild for now.




















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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 143


Chapter 143 Strongest Sage, Revises Magic Circle

 

"Uum... Since it's a bird monster... Fighting it will be hard if it takes flight..."

Ruli points at the monster's wings.
By the way, we haven't been found thanks to the effect of concealment barrier.

"Then what if we go about this while preventing it from flying? Like shooting arrows at its wings?"

"...I don't think arrows will be enough to break its wings considering its size... Iris-san, how damaged wings could be before they lose the ability to fly?"

"Hmm... For us dragons, we can fly even if most of our wings are destroyed as long as our mana is in perfect state, to begin with, our wings rarely ever get damaged... but I think ordinary monsters aren't that tough! I think it won't be able to freely fly if half of its wing is broken!"

Looks like Iris understands stuff about wings well since she can fly herself.
Just as she's said, that level of monster won't be able to fly if you smash half of its wing.

"Then if we destroy it with a bow...."

Ruli said that and looked at the monster again.
And then she mutters.

"How many times should we attack to break a wing of that size...?"

"We will long run out of arrows first for sure...."

"Breaking it won't be hard if my spear can reach it...."

"Iris-san's spear... Ah!"

Due to its size, the bird monster's wings are located quite high up.
Since this floor has a high ceiling, Iris's spear won't be able to even reach the monster's feet once it flies.
Ruli sounded like she hit upon an idea.... And began to draw something on the ground.

"If we do this.... I think we can drop it down!"
<TLN: If you're reading this novel at any other site than Sousetsuka .com you might be reading an unedited, uncorrected version of the novel.>
Ruli has drawn a magic circle that combines a spell to inhibit flight and a spell that increase attack power against big monsters.
Looks like she's planning to drop the monster down to the ground since it's not possible to break the wings by normal means and make use of Iris's offensive power.
The plan itself is good.
This kind of tricks works well when a bow user join hands with a Glory Crest.
Looks like my teaching of magic circle drawing has started to bear its fruits on Ruli.

However... There's a slight unfortunate part.

"Your idea of combining these two spells are nice... but the power increase and flight inhibition will work separately if you do it like this. We don't really need the arrow power in this situation, and rather reinforce the flight inhibition effect, so... This is how you should combine them."

I erased several lines on the magic circle Ruli drew and added some.
With this drawing, the arrow won't have any power, but the flight inhibition effect will be raised to maximum.
A few arrows of this should be enough to drop down that level of monster.

"This combination... I understand! You two, do you have any objection about this plan?"

Ruli looked at Iris and Alma.

"I think this will work!"

"Yes! Leave the monster to me once it fell!"

Normally, you also should discuss how you are going to retreat in case of failure... but I guess I should teach them about it after we leave the dungeon.
I'm with them this time, and even without me, this party has Iris.

Even if they failed, they should have no problem dealing with it as long as they kept their calm.
The ability to keep calm and devise a plan in cases of sudden unexpected turn of events are ones of the important abilities to have.

Thus they finished the strategy meeting, Ruli augmented the arrows they had in hands--and then Ruli declares the start of the operation.

"Then, let's do it! Iris-san, please guard us until the monster fell down!"

"Understood!"

"Let's go!"

As she said that, Alma pulled her bow and shot an arrow at the monster.
The monster immediately noticed the arrow and attempted to evade it, but Alma guided the arrow and made it hit right on its wing.

Now, the battle begins.













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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 142


Chapter 142 Strongest Sage, Looks for Monster

 

A few minutes after we parted ways with the adventurers who warned us.
We entered the ninth floor of the dungeon.
So far, I didn't sense any reaction from a strong monster at all.

"Well, guess it's not on this floor."

"Looks like it hasn't gone up here...."

I shot magic at a nearby monster, defeating it.
Right now, Iris and of course Alma too, could easily defeat monsters in this area.

Ruli is acting as Alma's support like the usual, but since there wasn't much need of arrows, her role didn't come up much.
The ninth floor is already nothing for them.

"I'd prefer if it stays like this and the monster doesn't show up...."

"In that case... We'll keep going down until the monster does show up."

"Eeh! Then, monster-san, please come out quick!"

We've got enough leeway to have such conversations while fighting.
The fact that Ruli and Alma are watching the surrounding mana reaction even during that might be a testament of them getting used to fighting.
Iris's detection is very poor.... but that's due to the injury on her wings, and it's not like she'd get a scratch from surprise attacks anyway, thus it's not really a problem.

That said, from my observation, we probably can only descend this calmly until the floor 18.
Beyond that, we probably have to raise our battle experience and magical capability first.
Well, those stuff should go up by themselves as long as we keep fighting in the dungeon.

We kept descending the dungeon while I was thinking that, but....

"No strong monster in sight...."

"It's not showing up... I don't sense any through mana detection either."

The monster in question isn't showing itself.
Even if there are cases of monsters climbing up the floors, they rarely ever go down.

I thought there was 90% chance the monster was in floor 11 or 10... But I don't sense any presence that points to that at all even after coming to floor 11.
Of course there are differences in the mana size of each monsters... But there's no mana reaction strong enough to warrant a subjugation quest by the entire adventurers of the dungeon city.
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Ruli speaks up in that situation.

"Mathi-kun, don't you think the monster reaction over there seems big?"

Ruli pointed diagonally after saying that.
The direction where she pointed at... True, that mana reaction is the strongest on this floor.

However, it's not at a level that warrants a large-scale subjugation effort.
They should be able to defeat it without much preparation.

"True, it's the most decent monster around here. I don't think it's our target, but... wanna have a go at it?"

"Can we, don't we need to preserve our mana?"

Ruli asked a question.
However... It should be fine.
Not like we need to consume much mana nor prepare to fight this monster.

"No problem. We can beat a monster of this level with our usual style. That said, you still cannot let your guard down."

I calculate the dungeon structure with detection magic and proceed toward the monster through the shortest route.
And the one waiting there was... A huge bird monster two times larger than the monsters on this floor.

"I-it's huge...."

"It's about as big as a smallish dragon!"

"Huge... Can we really fight it?"

The girls gave their impressions of the monster.
However, the fact that none of them tried to run from it must mean that they knew by intuition that this monster isn't that strong.

"Hmm... It's big alright... but it doesn't look that strong."

It's on the bigger side of a monster.
However, judging from its mana reaction, it's neither sturdy or agile.
I should be able to kill it in one hit if I fight seriously.

....Okay, let's use this guy as a practice stand.

"Alright then, you three, try defeating this monster without me!"

"Without Mathi-kun!?"

"That's impossible... or not, I think. I kinda feel like we could if we gave it our all! Mind if we think up a plan for a bit?"

"How about we try punching it once!"

The three began their strategy meeting (Iris isn't really helping though).
...Now then. Show me what you've got, girls.














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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 141


Chapter 141 Strongest Sage, Follows Advice

 

The day after we sent the letter to the principal.
The four of us went into the dungeon.

To begin with, we came to the dungeon city to explore the dungeon.
It's going to take some time before the letter reaches the king anyway, we should wait for it while we engage in the dungeon exploring.

"So this is the dungeon's gate...."

"I've heard about the rumor, but this door looks really huge in person...."

Alma sounded astonished when we arrived at the closed gate that led to the dungeon.
True, the door installed on this gate is huge.

Besides being tall and wide, it seems to be more than one meter thick.
It probably weights several tons at least.

Looks like it's installed here to stop monsters from coming out of the dungeon in an emergency.
However....

"Huh? Is this door made of ordinary iron?"

"Yeah. It's just an ordinary iron. It breaks easily."

I replied to Iris.
Yes. This door is just a hunk of iron.

Dungeon Rampage isn't simple enough to be stopped by this stuff.
Iris in her dragon form could easily break it with a kick.
Thus, we went inside the dungeon while worrying more about the dungeon city.

"It's bigger than the dungeon in the academy... but you know, it's kinda ordinary..."

"Apparently, there should have been more people on the floors above...."

The inside of the dungeon really was ordinary.
The monsters aren't particularly strong and there aren't that many people around.

There are traces of many people having hunted here, however... looks like there's not a lot of them today.
It might have to do with people having been injured in the battle yesterday.
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Several adventurers show up as we advance on.
There are cases of adventurers attacking other party to plunder money and stuff in a dungeon, but.... Looks like there's no need to be wary here.
I don't feel any hostility from them.

"Ou, that's some young party you have there. What are you guys doing in the dungeon?"

The adventurers stopped slightly away from us and talked.

"Just as you can see, we're exploring the dungeon."

"...You'd better not and turn around today. That monster from before might have gone up the floor."

The monster from before.... He's talking about the monster the ruler failed to defeat huh.
It's a great news for me if that monster is still alive though.

"Are you talking about the monster from the failed subjugation?"

"Yeah. Last we checked, it was on floor 11. However, that type of monsters is hard to read. It's impossible to beat that thing in the first place anyway, so you'd better give up exploring the dungeon today."

Dungeon monsters usually don't move between floors.
However, special kind of monsters that are sometimes spawned can do it.
True, if you're not confident enough, you probably should not go into the dungeon today.

"...Thank you for your advice. We'll hunt for a bit on some shallow floor and go back early today."

"T-thank you very much!"

"Take care!"

We advance through the dungeon.
Let's follow their advice and go fight on shallow floors.
Or more specifically.... Until we got to a floor with strong monsters on it.















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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 140

Chapter 140 Strongest Sage, Sends Letter

 

"He wasn't able to even leave a will.... Isn't that too quick?"

"Yeah. I thought it was strange that he was unable to speak considering his wounds and physical conditions at the time.... But he really couldn't speak a word."

"Couldn't he just write then?"

"Yeah. We tried that.... But when ruler-sama was going to write a will, his hand suddenly stopped moving. We tried all other possible means too... However, it was all in vain. I'm thinking that he might have contracted a different disease in addition to his wounds...."

Yup. He was being completely silenced alright.
There's no doubt that it was someone's handiworks to weaken the dungeon city.

Judging from the level of magic used, the perpetrator is probably a low class demon.
Since I don't sense any reaction from demons around the vicinity, the culprit is probably long gone.

If the current ruler is joining forces with demons, we might be able to squeeze their location from him, but.... It's very unlikely to be the case.
The current management of dungeon city is just too crude no matter how you slice it.

If the demons were behind it, they'd either adopt a swifter and more effective strategy or gradually sap the dungeon city's strength to prevent them from getting found out.
They could probably destroy this unstable city in 10 days if they were serious after all.

It's too half-baked for either short-term or long-term plan.
Which leads to the conclusion--the current ruler has nothing to do with demons, and is simply an idiot.
The demons probably can't stop laughing at how stupid the management of the dungeon city has become after only killing the previous ruler.

"I have never heard a disease with those symptoms either. Well, I am not that well versed as a healer."

I think about what to do with the current ruler.
We need to do something about the guy for now.
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Evening of that day.
We've gathered in an inn room.

"This territory is really awful...."

"The mood of this city is far gloomier than what I heard...."

"Or rather, won't this city be in danger if we leave the current ruler alone?"

Looks like the three are well aware of this city's ruler's dreadfulness.
Alma is right, we can't let the guy run around free.

"Yeah. Thus, I'm going to send principal a letter."

I took a paper out of Storage magic.
The easiest way out of this is by secretly assassinating the guy but.... that will cause a chaos, so it'll be the last resort.

"Principal... Ah! Are you going to convey the situations to the king through the principal?"

"That's right. And here's the content..."

I write a message to the principal on the paper.
The letter was done in less than one minute.

『We have arrived at the dungeon city, but we still don't understand what our homework is about even after coming here. Would it be acceptable for us to be exempted from the homework along with classes?』

The three speak out when they see the sentences written on the letter.

"...What is this?"

"It reads like... a completely trivial letter...."

"What's a homework? Is that human's culture?"

Putting Iris aside, I've anticipated the two's reactions.
But that is fine.

"That's how it looks outwardly, this letter is a dummy, here's the real one."

I take another letter after saying that.
It details about the current ruler's behavior and that there's a high possibility of demon's intervention in the previous ruler's passing.
I put that letter and the dummy letter in a box that has a secret compartment in the bottom.

This secret compartment can't be easily opened as I've assimilated the material together using magic, the box is very good in being undetected.
It won't get find out unless the other party is a specialist. I've told the principal about this method, I'm sure he will notice.

"...Is it a countermeasure for inspections?"

"Yeah. There's no doubt that the letter will go through inspections. Otherwise, the royal capital would have been informed of this terrible situation long ago. We could go there ourselves, but a round trip takes more time than expected."

That said, there is a limit to information blockade, it's only a matter of time before this situation leaks out even without me doing anything.
The royal capital was probably late in their correspondence because they were busy dealing with demons.

"I see.... So you can use production magic like this too...."

We sent the letter to the royal capital and went to take a rest in preparation for tomorrow.
Now we just need to wait for the king's response while exploring the dungeon.
The king is usually quick to act when it's about a matter related to demons, so it shouldn't take long.

















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