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Shinsetsu Nobu-san Isekai Ki Chapter 44

Chapter 44 Drink Drink Yeah


"Nobu-ku~n, we boughta whole lotsa booze~. Uffuffuffu, I'm gonna drink till I drop~."

"...Nee-san. Just remember when to stop, okay."

"Eeh, it's fine it's fine, I'm gonna drink myself to sleep today anyway. We've got Kagura around too, she's gonna carry me if I went down."

"I do not mind. However, I too plan to cut loose today, so I cannot make any promise. Oooh, but still, it really does smell good."

"Welcome back, I've prepared lots today, look forward to them."

The three came into the room carrying booze... but aren't those too much?
There's like 20 bottles at least. Sefi-san said she was going to bring some too, how much booze are we gonna have again?

"Pardon my intrusion, Nobusada-san. Thank you for the invitation. I got these from the madams, I'd be happy if you could share them."

"Ou, enjoy yourself, Bell."

Bell showed up and brought a package with him. The content... Various bread huh. I'll cut and put them on the table. His complexion has gotten quite brighter compared to that period of time. Still bit too thin though.

"Well well, what a gathering of beautiful ladies you have here Nobusada. If Eleanor doesn't get her act tog..."


With a dull sound, Eleanor-san's heel sunk onto the ankle of Master who had just arrived. And then she proceeded to step on his foot.
OH, Master has a pained look on his face. That musta hurt. I got a chill just from looking.

"Nobusada-san, thank you for inviting me and father. Please use these for those who don't drink alcohol."

Eleanor-san handed over an assortment of fruit juice. Besides peach, there are grape, apple and other flavors here. Ooh, thankies. From me especially! I'll say it again, I can't drink.

"Oh my my, there's so many~. Nobu-chan, I'm here~. Ufufu, okay, here you go, 『Flavor of Waist』 and 『Chief <<DON>> Perry』. I'll get the rest out later kay~."

Futsuno-san, Kagura-san and Master jumped out the moment they heard the brands.

"『Flavor of Waist』 ya say!? Ain't that mom's hometown's sake. Uwaa, the stuff I always wanted to have before I die is right in front of me."

"Mwuu, it has been awhile since my last taste of 『Flavor of Waist』. I can never get enough of that dryness."

"I'm going with 『Chief <<DON>> Perry』. That stuff is always the best whenever the duke treated me to a drink at his place."

"Ufufuu, I've brought many other stuff with me, so you must-not-rush okay~"

While the four heavy drinkers are flaring up, Bell and Mitama are looking at the food with sparkly eyes.

"Uwaaa, uwaa, soo many tasty looking unknown food everywhere. Is it really okay for me eat all these."


Mitama, please stop looking like a carnivore that has found a weakened prey. I've prepared a lot more, so please wait a bit more.

I ask everyone to have a seat once they've all come together. Well, it's technically a party, I guess I'll open it with a light speech. Mitama, hold on a bit, this won't take long. Wipe your waterfall-like drool please.

"Err, I'd like to give my appreciations for coming here today. It's been a bit over a month since I came to this city. It's only thanks to everyone's help that I've been able to continue working as an adventurer this far. It would be my honor if you could enjoy this little party. ...But I'll spare you the longwinded talk, let's get on to it, chee---rs"


With that signal, everyone began to enjoy the drink and the food.

"...hamu hamu hamu hamu. Hofuu, yummm."

"Hamuu, oo niife."

Mitama and Bell stuffing their mouths like squirrels. The relatively expressionless Mitama looks very happy during these times. I like it when she puts on that face.
Ah, Bell, you're gonna choke yourself, slow down. I pour the fruit juice Eleanor-san brought into a cup and put it before Bell. Bell gulped it down while sounding his throat. The food won't go anywhere, eat them slowly.

"Kuuuuh, it's permeating my inside noja. Irresistible."

"Good food, good sake. This might be even grander than your average noble's party. Ever since Nobusada came, I've been looking forward to his growth, and his cook don't fall behind that."

"Hmm, this minced meat goes nicely with 『Flavor of Waist』. No choice but eat it together with the sake then."

"Nfuu, drinking really is better when you're having fun. Ufufu, so good."

While everyone is enjoying themselves, I act as a waiter along with Eleanor-san. Initially she was taking the food sparsely, but it apparently seeing me looking restless made her take the initiative to help.

"I'm truly sorry Eleanor-san. You ended up helping."

"Please think of it as thanks for the food. They're really tasty. And I'm not really good with liquor either, don't worry about me."

Eleanor-san smiled, and then the huge amount of food she'd gathered close by disappeared in an instant. Oh right, this girl could eat really fast. Yet, her suppleness never go away.
I've got to taste the Flame Dog's dishes too before they all disappear.


Mm------, yummy! There's no extraneous flavor in order to bring out the ingredient flavor. And due to the exquisite salt work, it doesn't feel flavorless either. Unlike my cooking that's bordering on overdone, this superb balance is a proof genuine skills. Storm-san's mother-san is pretty good!

Some chew bite and nibble later, I was getting full before I knew it. However, that didn't stop the guests from feasting, even that much food, only 30% remained. Amaze...
I added more dishes from the magic rucksack while cleaning out the plates. I would have retorted about taking dishes from a rucksack just a little awhile ago, but this is my common sense now, so I don't think of it anymore.

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That battlefield was entering the closing act.
Master suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Sefi-san in a drinking bout. Bell was loitering around, seemingly satisfied with full stomach.

"Iyaan, who woulda though the War Fist would fall like this here. Sefi-han, so strong nyaa. I thought I was kinda good at it, but yer' on a whole 'nother level."

"Hey now, Futsuno, aah jeez, you're already tottering on your feet. Nobusada. Pardon me, I will be taking my leave here. We'll never know what mess this girl will perpetrate if we leave her alone now. It was quite a treat. I will be sure to pay you back in kind."

"Imma keep drinking nyao. Muffuu, aa, wait, iyan. Kagura, put ma down."

Kagura-san lifted up the flailing Futsuno-san and brought her back to her room. She had drunk a lot herself, so she was going back to hers too afterward. Yup, Futsuno-san and her sexy disordered kimono felt like she was going to take them off if it kept up, so it was the correct choice. I do feel a tinge of disappointment though!

"Then, I too will be excusing myself. I still have to carry my father after all."

"Would you like me to help you carry him then?"

"I'm used to this much, please don't worry. Thank you for the feast today. Considering his state, my father will probably have a hangover tomorrow, so Nobusada-san, you can pick a date to continue the training at your own convenience."

"Right then. But I would have never thought that Master could drink himself to dead like this."

"As do I. Sefi-san must be quite strong. Or maybe the party today was just that fun to him. I haven't seen my father having that much fun in a long time. Well then, see you later."

"Be careful on your way back. Good night."

Eleanor-san smiled and easily carried Master's huge body on her back. Yup, it felt like my eyeballs were going to pop out when I saw it for the first time too, Eleanor-san's strength is unbelievable. How's that possible with those slender arms of hers I wonder. Maybe it's to do with muscle density or something.
As for Mitama and Bell... Ah, no, the two are already fast asleep. Mitama is sleeping on the sofa so she's fine, but Bell's keeled over with his face on a plate. The two have a really blissful sleeping faces.
I can't bring myself to wake them up, let's put some warm blanket on them.

Now then... There she is. I couldn't see Sefi-san anywhere, turned out she fell over in the king-size bed. Good grief, how much did she drink anyway. Right when I approached her, thinking of piggybacking her back to her store.



My body got forcefully taken into the bed. W-what's happening?
There's bewitching face of Sefi-san right in front of me. I'm being hugged tightly, I can't move my body.
What the heck is this blissful softness hell.

"Wai-, Sefi-san, what just...."

I couldn't speak until the end as my mouth got blocked and something flowed inside. T-this is, alcohol!?
A hot liquid passes down my throat. When Sefi-san separated her lips, I breathed out a slightly steamy breath.

"Nnfufufuu. Baad Nobu-chaan. You can't be the only one sober~"

No wait, what are you saying. I still have to put these stuff away. Wait, Sefi-san. Don't press your breasts on me! I'm getting pinned down by her surprising strength, I really can't move at all. I'm getting dizzier all the while, probably from the alcohol. What kind of strong alcohol did these heavy drinkers have.

"...Thank you. I've never been in such a fun party. Although there were many hectic days, I'm really happy to have met you Nobu-chan.... Zzzzz."

After whispering so, Sefi-san fell into slumber in the position. Of course, while she's still tightly holding me. However, I cannot help but forgive this act of forcefulness after seeing such a blissful sleeping face.
Ah well, might as well go to sleep like this. I'm getting dizzy anyway... And thus I parted ways with my consciousness.

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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 179

Chapter 179 Strongest Sage, Goes Deeper Into the Prairie


"...More incoming monsters."

"Looks... like it!"

Alma shot an arrow at a boar monster coming from afar while saying that.
The arrow accurately pierced the monster's heart, killing it instantly.

Burrowing snakes aren't the only monster that pop up here.
There are of course flying and ground monsters around, and all of them have turned gigantic without exceptions.

Against these powered monsters, even Alma's arrow that usually pierced five monsters in one shot could only manage to kill one with an exact vital shot.
Since arrows don't work well against burrowing monsters, Alma is mostly in charge of flying and on-ground monsters.

"Umm... Over there!"

On the other hands, Ruli is beating these monsters with magic tools.
Normally Ruli would be in charge of creating arrows for Alma most of the time, but since a high powered arrow can't manage to beat two monsters at once this time around, they're acting independently now.

Ruli's strategy is similar to the strategy I used on that snake earlier on.
Whenever snake monsters come out of the ground, she hardens the soil to stop their movements.

One thing that's different is my strategy has myself as the decoy, while Ruli is using magic tools for both roles.
Thus, it's not as efficient as my way, but it enables her to safely beat monsters from a distance.

Even though she'd need to stock magic stones for this tactic, such is one of the strong points of Glory Crest.
Even the past me used a variety of schemes to fight monsters.

"Don't tell me, I'm the only one who can't locate monsters here?"

The examiner asked me in the heat of battle.
Indeed, this fight has us fully making use of Passive Detection.
Especially for monsters below the ground, you can't rely on most of your senses against them.

However... it's not like all of us can do it.

"I don't think Iris knows when underground monsters are going to attack either.... Well, not like there's any need to be on guard in Iris case though."

Iris got blown away while I was speaking.
The snake monster powered up by the parasite monster made a surprise attack on Iris from below.

Due to the damage on her magic circuit, Iris's mana control and detection are unreliable.
She can roughly know the location of monsters above grounds, but those under are just too much for the current Iris.

"Alright, got another one!"

However, Iris doesn't seem fazed at all by the ambush.
Rather, it feel more like 『Prey found!』 to her.

And she's not mistaken.
In fact, she didn't even have a scratch on her from the burrowing snake monster's ambush.

So long as Iris is impervious to its fang, the snake's mana-powered neurotoxin is useless against her, and even if the fang did go through her defense, mana-powered toxin would dilute itself inside Iris's enormous mana pool, it probably won't have any effect.
There's too large of a gap between a dragon and a snake, regardless of how powered it is.


While still being blown away, Iris readied her spear mid-air and threw it at the snake monster.

It's just a simple throw without magically enhanced strength or anything... but with Iris's brute strength, the thrown spear had practically turned into an iron stake for the snake.
The snake didn't get staked, it got torn asunder, crushed by the spear.

"What is that? Some kinda ace buff magician or something? I haven't seen her chanting even once though..."

"Nope, Iris is just awfully sturdy, she can't use magic."

Iris killed another monster while we were conversing.

Although it may not compare to [Enforced Detection], her simply moving around would flaunt her mana around to act as a bait to the surrounding monsters.
As a result, Iris beat the most monsters after me.

"...Can't use magic? Yer' kidddin' me?"

"It's true. ...Also, you don't need chanting to use magic. The reason why monsters have been appearing in front of me since awhile ago is thanks to a chantless spell too."

I took a half step back as I said that.
And then, a snake came out of the ground I was standing on, so I made use of its momentum to cut it in half with my sword.

I'm not using magic to converse my mana.
I only draw monsters here with [Passive Detection], and then kill them with the lowest amount of effort.

"Are there nothing but monsters in this party...."

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We got close to the center of the prairie as we battled on.
The incessant monster attacks suddenly stopped midway through.

"They're not attacking anymore."

"I don't detect mana reactions either, think it's finished?"

"...You really did it. Those monsters were ridiculous, but Mathias's party is beyond even them..."

Iris, Alma and the examiner spoke.
Indeed, there's no easy-to-detect mana reaction from monsters in the vicinity.

"Normally you'd think so... but I feel something odd in the surrounding mana... And that boss Mathias-san mentioned didn't come out either."

However, Ruli objected to the opinion that the subjugation was over.
Unfortunately enough for the examiner who looks really eager to go home... she's right.

"Ruli is correct, the boss hasn't shown itself up yet... Well then, which way do you think it is?"

"Unn, judging from the state of mana... Over there?"

Ruli pointed right.
Hmm, she managed to notice the oddness in the mana reaction, but I guess she still cannot grasp the mechanism behind it yet.

Well, just the fact that she could see through this camouflage without prior knowledge means that she's got quite the talent in mana detection.
It took the past me around 30 years to even notice it after all.

"Close but no cigar. The correct answer is over there."

I pointed left.
The exact opposite of Ruli's guess.

"It's not close at all! It's totally the opposite direction!"

"Nah, don't sell yourself short... How does the mana reaction over there feel to you?"

I pointed at the direction Ruli pointed at first.

"Unn, I don't see mana reaction that feels like of monsters... There's some really really small reactions though, but I think that's just bugs or something like that."

"Then how about over there?"

I pointed at the place where the boss is.
Ruli looked over there... and seemingly noticed the camouflage.

"Ah, there's a place without a single reaction, not even from bug!"

"That's the area where the boss monster lurks. It has set up a kind of barrier to stop its mana from leaking to the surroundings."

Some parasite type monsters remake the environment around them to suit themselves better.
The camouflage that prevents mana from leaking is a part of that.
For those monsters, the reason is probably not to prevent their mana from leaking, but simply because a place with dense mana is more comfortable to them.

"A mere monster constructing barrier...."

"Their barrier differs from the barrier we create with magic though."

We're heading to the barrier the monster put up.
Suddenly someone said halt.

"Hold it, you guys have already passed the test. There's no need for you to defeat that thing."

The examiner stopped us.
Looks like we've passed the Rank B Qualification Test.
It's nice that we were able to pass it easily, but...

"Didn't the quest I took ask for Testra Prairie Subjugation? It won't count as one if we don't defeat that."

I point at the barrier.
The barrier seems to be covered in grass and soil, it only looks like a mound from over here, but judging from the mana reaction, it's apparently a dome-shaped barrier.
Monsters that are shutting themselves inside the barrier are harmless, but in reality, those monsters probably dug underground where the barrier didn't reach and went outside the prairie.

"You're right, the quest is about Testra Prairie Subjugation... but the content was [Subjugating monsters, especially those that could become a threat, in the outbreak at Testra Prairie.]. The quest should be considered as complete even without you defeating monsters that shut themselves inside a barrier."

I see.
At the time being, that might be right.
Not like the monster inside is going to come out anytime soon after all.

Personally, I'd like to raise our rank as fast as possible, so it's easier if we don't have to beat that.
Ordinarily I would have gone to beat the monster regardless of quests or such, but I'd be wasting time to recover my mana then.

...However, since we've taken up on this quest, I can't exactly do that.

"If we leave that alone, that thing would break out of the barrier and attack towns. Time left until that happens... about two weeks I reckon."

Hearing that, the face of the examiner who looked like he was going back turned serious.
To the point that I doubted he was the same person.

"...Are you telling the truth?"


"...Is Frejia included in those towns?"

"It's really hard to believe... But if Mathias says so, it's practically guaranteed..."

Saying that, the examiner ponders.
Afterward, he bowed deeply toward me.

"I ask you. Could you please defeat that monster? I don't wanna expose that town to danger. Of course, I'm gonna fight too."

...I see.
He'd like to avoid endangering himself, but he'll fight for real if the town is in danger huh.

Looks like this examiner isn't just a coward.
Well, I guess an adventurer that would run away at the prospect of going to a dangerous location wouldn't be entrusted to be a rank up test examiner.

"Got it. ...Are you fine with that, you three?"

That's always been my intention since we took this quest.
And I couldn't possibly forsake a territory friendly to Eis Kingdom.
It was one of the reasons we could took this quest so quickly after all.

...It might stand to reason if it were a hostile territory though.

"Of course! That's what we come here for!"

"Yes! ...I'm a bit curious about that monster-made barrier too!"

"I'm not really sure, but I just need to beat up monsters right?"

Looks like the three are in agreement.
Let's get on to the kill... is what I'd like to say, but I have something to ask them first.

Our moves would slightly change depending on the answers.

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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 16-39

16-39. [Judicial Nation] Sheriffald (3)


Rumors about plausible-sounding underworld of society and illegal websites circulating among people might have the same appeals as a certain urban legend. The thing that piqued curiosity isn't whether it exist or not, but that it really might exist.

"Tried inputting Doujii or Dudii?"
"Got no hit on either."

I've searched those before Arisa suggested.
From the results of my search on criminal background, just like in other towns, there's a lot of criminals lurking around.

However, there's no Crime Syndicate Dujii to be found anywhere.

"Wonder if it's its street name?"
"Might be."

Map Search would have found it even if it were concealed, but things get tricky if the case here is where the real organization name and the well-known name differs.

"If Master is thinking of using some special searching method, maybe Sera and I'd better go back to base?"

Arisa whispered in my ear.
She's probably being considerate since both of them may have god's back doors on them.

"Nah, there's no need for that."

I don't think we'll get to the point of needing to use cheat skills this time.

Besides, I've got no response from the equipment to trace back the back door the two are wearing.
Looks like gods don't have the time to frequently peek at this world either.

As for these backdoor re-tracer, the mechanism works by indirectly measuring Divinity from the change in Miasma and Magic Power.
The tool doesn't react to my [Unit Arrangement] and Sera's holy magic, but I've confirmed that it did react to Divinity back when I received the [God's Trial] earlier, so it should work properly.

"I'll be heading to Echigoya Firm to collect information, everyone, could you do the same at the inn and other local stores?"

The girls agreed to my suggestion.
I changed into Kuro in a back alley and went to the inn where the advance party of Echigoya Firm is staying.


The advance party was a noble girl working directly under Echigoya Firm's manager, Elterina.
She can use summoning magic, hence she's got a variety of ways to secretly gather info and get in touch with someone.

I immediately got down to business.

"--Crime Syndicate Dujii? Oh that's a famous name."

Apparently their operations extend to many things like distilling liquor, to smuggling salt and stuff.

"I've tried using my summon rats to look for them, but--"

Apparently they couldn't even find a single member, let alone their base.

"Rumors going around that their headquarters is at the neighboring corrupt city Dodobu, but merchants coming from that city denied the rumors, you see~"

Corrupt City is the alias, officially it's known as Commercial City Dodobu.
It's one of city states, and a place where you can procure grey zone commodity and get some services.

"I see, then I should pay a visit to Dodobu City."

After showing my appreciations to the noble girl, I asked her to continue gathering more info about Crime Syndicate Dujii.

『Apparently, Crime Syndicate Dujii's hq is at the Commercial City Dodobu, I'll be going there for a bit.』
『I gotcha--but don't think of going to some lewd onee-san's store just because you're heading alone to the Corrupt City Dodobu, okay.』

Looks like Arisa and the girls knew about Dodobu City from their own network of information.

『Yeah, of course.』

I replied instantly while making sure that my voice wasn't shaking from the guilty consciences with the help of Poker Face skill.

No choice.
Let's postpone the visit to the pretty onee-san establishment for later.

"--I'm back."
""Welcome home, Satou-san.""
"That was quick."

After returning back to the inn from Corrupt City Dodobu with Unit Arrangement, I met up with Arisa and the others by relying on my Map.

"In vain?"
"Yea, both ordinary people and criminals know the name Crime Syndicate Dujii itself, but I couldn't find anyone who knows how to get in contact with them at all."

Since I couldn't find them with Map Search, I marched into the headquarters of a largish Crime Guild and made use of [Interrogation] and [Negotiation] skills, but the results were nil.

"I see, we don't have new info either."

Arisa said so with a gloomy face.

Right then, sounds of building collapsing and noises could be heard from deep inside a back alley.


Afterward, ruffian looking men rushed out of the alley while screaming.

"Satou-san, stand back."

Zena-san steps forward with a Wind Crystal furnished wand in hand.
However, she probably won't get her turn.

Bandages-like things stretching out from behind the men pulled down and bound those men one after another.

『Don't think you can run away from [Hero's Attendant] Jema-sama's Flexible Bandage--wait, Demon Lord Slayer?』

A bunny eared beauty is looking at me.
Unfortunately, she's not wearing a bunny suit, just ordinary leather armor instead.

The gauntlets furnished with small shields equipped on both her arms must be the magic tools to control the bandages that bound the men.

『Aren't you going to catch bad people too? Seigi-sama would catch 'em all if you play around.』

The bunny eared beauty talks in Saga Empire Language.
I suppose she only knows how to speak her native language without a translation ring.

『Are these guys members of Crime Syndicate Dujii?』
『Who knows? I dunno.』

Well, they're not.

『Jema, you got them too huh--A-Arisa-san!』

Seigi came out of the back alley.
Looks like he's been working hard, his armor and mantle are dirty.

The hero brushed off the dirt from his mantle and armor and then, with a flushed face, he trotted and stopped in front of Arisa.

"H-how have you been? Faring? We have crushed six crime syndicates already, and caught more than 100 criminals ourselves."

Hero Seigi is looking at Arisa with a face hoping for her praises.

"Hee, amazing. How'd you do it? With human-wave tactics using Sage Empire soldiers?"
"No no not that, I found them with one of the three Unique Skills I got from Parion-sama, 『Evil Search (Where's the Bad People)』."

A woman wearing a civil official attire rushed from behind him and blocked his mouth in panic.

"Didn't I just tell you not to reveal your Unique Skills after that trial!"
"I-I know that! Your eyes, you don't have to get so mad!"

Hero Seigi protested at the attendant like a child at his rebellious phase.

Come to think of it, he also announced his unique skill 『Justice Mind's Eye (There is Only One Truth)』 during the trial.
Judging from what he said, looks like he still has one last Unique Skill left.
Considering the other two Unique Skills are Search and Examination types, I guess the last one is an Enforcement type?

They're pretty useful if you're going to work as a policeman or a detective, but I can't help but wonder if that's alright for a hero expected to slay demon lords.

"Seigi, is there a top member among these people Jema caught?"
"Wait a minute--"

Asked by the civil official attendant, Hero Seigi glared at the bandaged men for several seconds.
I think it's the initial [Appraise] skill given to Heroes by the god, but he sure takes time to perform it.

"--No. Looks like it was only the bald guy knocked out at that room over there, and the beard guy who tried to escape until the end."
"Thank you very much--please call Saga Empire soldiers to bring those two to our base Moryu and interrogate them."

After telling that to hero Seigi, the official turns around toward the bunny eared attendant and instructs her.

『Jema, hand over those bunch to this country's soldiers.』

Meanwhile, Hero Seigi was talking to Arisa, "Did you know that you're prohibited from drinking liquor in this country, that's why you don't see drunkards around."

Wait, this country has prohibition law?

Come to think of it, I don't think there was a bar at that diner too.
I displayed the Tourism Ministry document on the AR display.

The document states, [Local Product: Nothing in particular], [Choice Liquor: None].
Skimming through, the fact that it's [None] instead of [Nothing in particular] must mean it really is prohibited.
Would have liked if it was written clearly on a footnote instead of this confusing text.

Well, since this is a country where Shiga Kingdom absolutely has no diplomatic relations with, forget embassy, there's not even any spy situated here, I guess it's only natural.

"Seigi, can you still go on?"
"Yea, no problem. I can still use 『Evil Search (Where's the Bad People)』 a few more times."

The official attendant made a sour look to hear hero Seigi who completely didn't get what she just admonished him earlier.
Looks like she's got quite the work cut out for her.

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"What should we do? Master?"

Maybe it was due to the fact that Hero Seigi's skills has a surprisingly good compatibility with criminal search, Arisa's voice was mixed with fluster.

"Satou-san, should we split up and search too?"
"Let me help the search with wind magic! The miasma around criminals' bases of operations is usually quite thick, I could narrow them down with advanced level wind magic."
"I will lend a hand too. As it is possible to distinguish criminals with holy magic, 『Evil Detection』."

Sera and Zena-san made an appeal to help.
The roundup would probably not fall behind Hero Seigi's party with these two's magic.

Well, if we're simply looking for criminals, searching with my Map is faster and the correct choice.

However, it couldn't find the Crime Syndicate Dujii hero Seigi mentioned.
Might be a good idea to continue arresting criminals while interrogating them.

『Expose wrongdoings, pass down righteous judgement』

『Right the injustice, you who challenge the trial』

Orders from God Urion flashed on my mind.

"...Expose wrongdoings? Right the injustice...?"

Something bothered me somehow, so I uttered them.

"Aren't those God Urion's order?"

I affirmed Arisa's question.

"Something is not right..."

Sera muttered.
Looks like she caught on something like me.

Together with Arisa, she spaced out with furrowed brows.

"--Is it?"

Zena-san tilted her head.
Unfortunately, I can't articulate it enough to answer Zena-san.

"Even at Seryuu City, we often expose injustice done by the territorial army and civil officials and punish them properly, you know?"

The moment Zena-san said that, Arisa and Sera suddenly raised their faces.

"I got it!"

Arisa and Sera shouted out at the same time.

"It's the expose part!"

Then, as if that explains everything, the two look at me with cheerful faces.

"Umm? What do you mean?"

Zena-san asked the two before I could.

"It's normal for criminals to do wrongdoings right?"
"You won't say 'right the injustice' for criminals. Normally it'd be 『Judge the criminals』 wouldn't it?"

I see, I get what the two are trying to say.

"You mean the people who are committing those crimes aren't part of a crime syndicates?"

I confirmed what the two wanted to say.

In other words, the ones carrying out wrongdoings are people that belong to the authority and judicial organ huh.
Even though I think exposing wrongdoings are also the correct words to use on villains, that's probably what the two mean.

"At the very least."
"That should be what God Urion meant by expose."

Arisa and Sera asserted.

"Perhaps, Crime Syndicate Dujii itself never actually exists."
"Is it like a cover used by the people belonging to the authority and the judicial organ for when they're doing something unlawful?"

Zena-san said her guess at Arisa's remark.
No wonder my Map search couldn't get a hit if it was a fictitious organization created by people who are in charge of punishing evils to hide their wrongdoings.

"Arisa, Zena-san, and Sera, please arrest the criminals at the places I point you at."
"--A diversion huh."

Arisa struck a snapping finger pose that didn't actually make a sound.


Even if we know that it's the authority and judicial organ, the number of people is too big, thus I intend to cause them unrest by randomly arresting criminals who are likely connected to them.

"Besieging them would be troublesome with just you three alone, take the living doll unit from the airship with you."

The heroes should have been enough to act as a diversion, but either his Unique Skill has a limited range, or they carry prejudice on the downtown, they've been ignoring the crime syndicates at the high streets.

"Will Master watch over through magic?"
"I can't possibly do it all alone, I'll be relying on reinforcements, you see."

After seeing off Arisa and the others running off toward the airship, I went behind a shadow and summoned a reliable reinforcement from the capital with Unit Arrangement.


Sage Mouse ChuuFat cried on my palm.
The king-like outfit and crown I gave to him as a present suit him very well.

"Sorry to call you on a short notice, ChuuFat."


ChuuFat cried, like he's saying "Don't worry about it."

"I'd like to investigate crimes done by the bigwigs of this country, could you lend me the Intelligence Bureau of Mouse Empire?"

--Chuii, Chuiiiiiiii.

ChuuFat cried out loud while beating his chest with his small hand, as if saying, leave it to me.

"I'll be counting on you then. I'll send you back, would you gather personnels needed at the Mouse Square then."


I sent back the nodding ChuuFat to Shiga Kingdom's subterranean tunnel with Unit Arrangement.
With ChuuFat at the top, the Sage Mice have exerted a huge influence under Shiga Kingdom's capital, they've been helping to elevate hygiene level and curb criminal activity at the capital.
We may not be able to exchange words, but they understand our words, and can operate simple magic tools.

While waiting for the ChuuFat and other Mice, guess I'll go and support Arisa and the girls, and keep track on hero Seigi's movements?

Spacing out in a back alley would get me reported, thus I decided to move to a nearby bridge.
Gazing at the surface of water on top of a bridge shouldn't look that suspicious.


There was already a preceding visitor on the bridge.

It's the 100-man platoon commander who was deemed a stalker at the trial yesterday.

His face looks serious, like he's going to attempt suicide anytime now--.


While I was looking, the armored commander had put his feet on top of the bridge rail.

"Hold it right there!"

I immediately rushed out and pull the commander back.

"Unhand me! No point in me living anymore! No point in living a life where I can't see Yowa-chan's smiles!"

Yowa-chan must be the bakery girl's name.

"I was just watching over her, what's so wrong about that! Look at Dujii, no one arrest them no matter what shitty thing they did! This world ain't fair!"

He's at the absolute end of his wits.

"If I have to say, it's the way you're doing it that's wrong."

Oh crap, I went and said it out loud.


The 100-man platoon commander is glaring at me resentfully.
Can't be helped, I'll accompany this guy till ChuuFat is done preparing.

"Yep. Should have directly confessed your love to Yowa-chan or something like that instead."
"Like I could do something so embarrassing!"

He declared something so weak with a manly expression.
No well, I think that's the starting point.

"Then what about utilizing a go-between?"
"Enlist your superior's help to ask her parents for her hands in marriage."

I'm not sure how much the average wage of this country's servicemen, but a 100-man platoon commander should be able to support a family.

The commander has a look like everything has ended in this world.

"I did that already. Her parent said 『I'm never giving my daughter to soldiers and guards.』"

They refused both soldiers that could die in a battlefield, and guards too?
Is it because they don't want a groom who can't continue the bakery or something?

"I see, I'm sorry to hear that. Here, eat these and try to cheer up."

Liquor is apparently banned in this city, so I gave him some donuts taken from my bag.

"This is good... Really good..."

Please don't eat while crying.

In addition, I used mind magic [Calm Field], [<<Inconstancy Regret>>], and [Mind Recovery] to sweep away his regret.

--Oh right.

"Can I ask you one thing?"
"What is it?"

I confirm one thing that's caught my interest earlier while supplying additional donuts to the commander who had done eating.

"You mentioned Crime Syndicate Dujii earlier--"

Earlier he said, "Look at Dujii, no one arrest them no matter what shitty thing they did!", didn't he.

"Yeah, guards who usually went to arrest criminals with zeal only do so haphazardly when it involves them, even the supposed watchmen of justice, Judicial Bureau won't dispatch their investigators for them."

I see, looks like I've narrowed down the places where ChuuFat should probe around.

"Do you know somewhere I can check records about cases that had happened and stuff?"
"Why dontcha look at either Judicial Bureau or the Guard Bureau?"

Looks like he's not detailed in this too.
Servicemen and guards have different jurisdictions after all.

Well, I'll likely find out what kind of crimes the Crime Syndicate Dujii has done if I check on Judicial Bureau and Guard Bureau records, then by investigating people who profited off of those crimes, seizing evidences should be possible.

Map Search is way too convenient I even forgot to check on such basic places.

I parted ways with the commander who looked like he had been liberated off of an evil spirit after binge eating donuts, and I decided to look for places where they keep the records of Judicial Bureau and Guard Bureau with space magic.

"Think it's about time they're ready?"

Looking at the Map, they seem to have done preparing, so I moved to a back alley and Unit Arranged ChuuFat and the other Mice all at once.

They've come together with crows for some reason.
Apparently, these crows are tamed animals of the Sage Mice.

Maybe I should call them Raven Riders?

"Now then, I'm counting on you."


After seeing off Sage Mice who had signal transmitter magic tools with them, I went to prepare stuff for when we found the culprits.

Villains acting like good people huh, they should learn when it's time to give up.

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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 178

Chapter 178 Strongest Sage, Finds Traces


"...We should arrive at Testra Prairie soon."

A while after we left the town.
We reached the vicinity of Testra Prairie's entrance.

"It's really quiet here..."

"Yeah, so quiet it's creeping me out..."

There is indeed something abnormal at Testra Prairie.
We would have heard sounds from various monsters and small animals at an ordinary plain, but there's barely any sound here.

"...Do you recognize that?"

I point at the thing on the ground.
A long sword made of mithril.

The sword is broken at the base, but it doesn't look old.
It's probably been there less than a month.

"That's... Blue Blade Jin's sword!"

"Is he an adventurer?"

"Yeah! He's one of the adventurers who never came back from Testra Prairie!"

I see.
He got ambushed right after he arrived at the prairie.

Equipment that appear to be of adventurers are scattered around the area.
There's no body to be found, but there's no doubt that they've been wiped out.

"Looks like the last adventurer party was attacked here."

"...Yea. I don't see any monster that could do that... but it might be a good idea to watch your surroundings."

The examiner surveys the vicinity as he says that.

Fortunately the visibility is good thanks to this place being a prairie.
You can see quite far away as there's not a lot of tall grass.

We won't get easily ambushed as long as we're alert of our surroundings... is probably what the last adventurer party had in mind.
And the reason for their demise.

"Alma, have you noticed?"

I tried asking Alma here since Ruli must have noticed the monster's mana reaction, no doubt.
Alma replies while looking unsure.

"Ground... I think?"

"Correct. ...Everyone, stay where you are!"

I took some distance away from the four and activated 【Enforced Detection】.
A few seconds later.
The ground below me began to vibrate.

"Over here!"

I've expected this.
The shaking is turning more violence, and right when the ground cracks, I jump slightly backward.

The next moment, a huge head of a six meter long snake jumped out of the ground.
I evaded that by a hair's breadth.


The snake angrily hissed to have its attack evaded.

However, the serpent seems to be fully aware that its forte is burrowing in the ground.
It didn't pursue me, instead it immediately turned around and tried to get inside the ground.

"I won't let you!"

I activated a magic to harden the soil as I trample the ground.
The serpent couldn't burrow well into the hardened soil and slowed down.

I swung my sword right there.
The magically reinforced sword easily slice off the serpent.

...Befitting of a creature with strong life force, the snake still moved about for a while, but it ceased before long as it could do nothing after getting cleanly cut in half.

"This monster was most likely the one that wiped out the adventurer party."

I pointed at the dead monster.

The most troublesome aspect of this monster was that you only had about a few seconds chance before getting attacked from the moment you realized its sign.
For those experienced in fighting, those few seconds should be good enough to take proper countermeasures... But for adventurers who never fought anything like this before, they will eat the ambush for sure.

"Aah. Doesn't matter how experienced of an adventurer you are, no way you could do anything when such a monster suddenly sprung out of the ground.... Heck, how were you guys able to perceive this monster's attack anyway?"

"We just detected its mana. Once you've gotten used to it, you can even detect monsters lurking in the ground."

"Monster mana...? Is that even detectable?"

"Yeah. Identifying the type of monster and stuff is quite hard, but simply finding them is simple. So long the opponents aren't concealing their mana, you won't get ambushed, almost guaranteed."

How well mana transmit over the soil changes depending on the places... and you can detect up to 100 meter below with the soil here.
Plenty enough distance to cope with ambushes.

"...I see, now I get the reason why Branch Head-sama said Mathias Party was monstrous. I woulda let you guys pass the test if it weren't for the standards."

The examiner looked at the monster I beat as he said that.
And naturally, Rank B Promotion Test has standards for passing, it can't be decided by the examiner alone.

Well, since the quest is about Testra Prairie Subjugation, let's do so.
For that, first we need to understand the situations here.

"Do you recognize this monster?"

I pointed at the dead serpent.
If my hypothesis is correct, this monster did not originally live here at Testra Prairie....

"No, never seen a monster like that."

Just as I thought.
This is the first time I've seen this monster too.
However, I could somehow guess how this monster came into being from the aura of its mana.

"Then have you ever seen a monster that looks similar to this, but smaller?"

"...Now that you mention it, it does look similar to a Venom Serpent."

The examiner pointed at the dead serpent.

"Venom Serpent... What kind of monster is that?"

"Right... Outwardly it looks pretty similar to this thing, but it doesn't burrow in the ground, and at most it's only 2 meter long. Oh and its poison is also effective on monsters."

...Poison that's effective on monsters huh.
Monsters don't tend to fight against other monsters, so there's only a few species that have that kind of poison.

And the serpent I just beat most likely had that poison.
There's no mistake about it judging from the mana.

"Let's have a small test."

I pulled off the fang of the dead serpent while luring a nearby wolf monster with 【Enforced Detection】.
And then I threw that fang on the wolf monster.

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The fang shallowly graze the wolf and fell down on the ground.
Normally, such scratch would pose no problem to a monster.

However, the wolf plopped down and began to convulse.
The poison works as expected.
...There's no doubt.

"This thing is most likely a Venom Serpent."

I pointed at the dead serpent.
The examiner sent me a quizzical look when he heard that.

"Like I said before, Venom Serpents don't burrow, nor grow this big. It's clearly a different monster."

"Yeah. If they aren't strengthened."


There exist monsters that can strengthen other monsters.
Monsters strengthened by such monster may get bigger, or transform into something else.

"Umm... It kinda feels like there's a magic circle inside this monster... Maybe, that's the reason?"

"Well, that's the rough answer.... This is it."

I took out a magic stone from the serpent monster.

The magic stone is too small to be inside this huge serpent.
Magic stones this size are normally found on monsters that are just 1-2 meter big.

And something resembling a magic circle is carved inside the magic stone.
Unlike the magic circles humans used to create magic tools, the fact that this one made use of mana flow to alter the monster's state means that it's a type of natural magic circles.

"It really does look like a magic circle... But the formation is unlike anything we've been using, I can't read what it does..."

"Well, naturally occurring magic circles have peculiar constructions after all. I'll teach you about it if you're interested later.... From what I can gather, its effects are monster strengthening and behavioral pattern shift."

This magic circle seems to have overloaded the magic stone, it's been darkened with spreading cracks.
The serpent was probably going to die soon even without me doing anything.

"Behavioral pattern shift...?"

"Yeah. Like making monsters that don't ordinarily burrow to do so."

Monsters that's merely been strengthened should still be manageable with brute force.
But they could be hard to handle depending on the change of their behavioral pattern.

And the biggest problem of this kind of monsters is....

"This monster had a magic circle inside it, right? But then who put it inside?"

Iris muttered so before I could say it.
Yes. That's the problem here.

"The one who put a magic circle inside was... a monster. And most likely a parasite type at that."

"Parasite type?"

"Yea. Among parasite monsters, there are those who strengthen its host and the surrounding monsters to protect itself."

"Surrounding monsters, you mean the one just now wasn't the boss..."

"Yeah. It's just a small fry. These kinds of monsters should be crawling all over this prairie right now."

The monster I killed earlier was just the very tip of an iceberg.
For even a mere ordinary snake monster to turn this big.
Since the parasite monster must have latched itself onto the strongest monster among them.... Seems like I could enjoy fighting the boss here.

"Monsters like this, crawling all over..."

"Sorry but can I go home now?"

The examiner attempted to go back after hearing what I said.
Being able to quickly decide when to escape is an important quality for adventurers, and running away here is the correct answer for an adventurer who cannot use 『Passive Detection』, but please try a bit harder for the sake of our rank up.

Let's try to amicably and peacefully persuade him here.

"I don't mind if you go back alone, but we can't save you if you get attacked along the way, yeah? By the way, there's another five serpent monsters like the one earlier around this area."

"...Okay. Let's push on."

Looks like he understands now.
Thus, we went deeper into the prairie.

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Shinsetsu Nobu-san Isekai Ki Chapter 43

Chapter 43 Your Lovely Pecs


Hello, ma'am, you knew right? Izumi Nobusada here.
Oy, eat yer' bread!

Whoops, not good I was panicking there. Yes, I failed my cooking which doesn't happen often.
I've just identified the culprit. I had left that thing I got yesterday set.

That thing → 【Mold Destroyer】

Ha ha ha, I thought it was strange how the dough didn't rise no matter how long I waited, gawddamn.
It's my fault for neglecting it since the dungeon though. Fortunately it stopped being effective the moment I changed my title.
I was worried about other ingredients in the kitchen for a sec, but since its effective range is seemingly only on stuff I touch, they're fine. This title could be a terrifying weapon in a sense. Sealed, it's sealed!

Now then, let's pull myself together and resume cooking.
I'm thinking of these to be the menu.

・Louivu Pork Tonkatsu (fillet, shoulder sirloin), Pork Cutlet Sandwich
・Louivu Pork L-sized Hamburger, with cheese
・Louivu Pork Rib Meat Skewer
・Roast Louivu Pork, with herbs
・Meat Pie
・Flame Broiled Eggplant Mushroom and Matsutake
・Tempura Combination Platter (Shrimp, Mushroom, Vegetable)
・Minced Bonito
・Vegetable Stick, Salad

I'll leave the rest of the menu to the Flame Dog's cooking. Apparently, they have a lot of heavy dish, so I'm making stuff that goes down easy. I can't wait to try simple fried eggplant mushroom myself. By the way, I got the bonito from Kumahat-san.

I was done with the preparation in the afternoon so I shared some of them with Boss-san.
Come to think of it, I lost my spare clothes since I used them for Kagura-san. Guess I'll stock some since I have time and all.
I still can't get used to it no matter how many times I went there, but I'm still going there, for the cheap yet good quality stuff they have.


The moment I opened the door, countless huge light brown thingy stuffed the place.


Okay, I saw nothing at all. Now then, let's head to Sefi-san's store.
Right when I thought that I stood still instead of escaping, like I should not open the door. Wonder why, my instinct and intuition as a living being warn me not to open this door.
But my resistance was fruitless as the door cracked open with a FUNNU yell.

"Oh no no bad, Mineia. You shouldn't break the furnitures here, you hear me."

"Forgive me, Anija (elder brother, formal). But, this boy, he's..."

"That is that, him is him. Long time no see, Nobusada-chan. What's the occasion?"

My path to escape has been blocked off... No choice but to brace myself. So I won't get eaten, in many senses.

"My clothes got all tattered up in an excursion during a quest. I was planning to get replacements here, but since you seem to be busy, maybe I should visit by later."

"Oh it's fine you know? Everyone here are all kindhearted sworn fighting school brothers of mine after all. Right right, I should introduce them to you. They're a Rank A adventurer party, 『Muscle Brothers』. Which makes them Nobusada-chan's great senpai."


Four men and women (?) struck out striking poses as Maniwa-san introduced them.  Kein, Sige, Otto, and Moriko, a party of four brothers. Besides Moriko, three of them are half naked with yellow bikini on. As for Moriko, it's pink micro bikini on top of Afro head. One thing they all have in common are their huge bulking muscles. It's a poison for sore eyes.
They were striking poses silently without a word while being introduced. According to Maniwa they're extremely bad with words. How are they even able to take quests then?
They don't have specialized weapons, apparently they fight with bare fists. I can feel quite an intense pressure from them, though not quite the same level as Master.

"And this one's my younger brother, Mineia. He's working as a fortune teller now, but he was in an adventurer party together with me back in the days, you know. Monbarabara Siblings was quite famous just so you know. Well, we disbanded when my dream of opening this store came true though."

"I am Mineia. I am but a humble fortune teller."

"I'm rank D Nobusada. I'm just a weakling that has only started recently as an adventurer for a month, nice to meet you."

"Oh my, Nobusada-chan, you're already rank D? You're so quick."

"I've improved a lot compared to last month thanks to Master's intensive training and managed to smoothly finish many quests."


"Yes, the Captain Commander of Gramada Guard, Matda-shi. I still have quite a long way to go, but I'm currently striving hard to not shame Master if I were to call myself his 10th pupil."

"What! You're War Fist-dono's pupil!?"

Mineia-san pressed on me vigorously. This person has bulking light brown muscles just like the others. Am I too hasty to consider that he has common senses for wearing clothes unlike the other members here.

"I cannot state how much I envy you. I too aspired to become his disciple, however I was refused, 『I don't have anything else to teach to someone who's mastered another school of fighting』 he said. Oh if only I could have the opportunity to closely inspect those elderly muscles!"

Yup, I was too hasty. He's completely the same kind as them.

"Oh you never change Mineia, still like your rigid elderly men. I prefer young supple muscles myself you know. Right, Nobusada-chan."

Please don't turn it on me. And you Muscle Brothers, I saw you nodding to both.

"I'm sorry, I have to go soon, could I purchase two tunics like the one I had before?"

"My, that's too bad. It was black wasn't it. It'll be 60 mani."

"Here you go. Please excuse me then. I will work hard so we could someday work together in a quest."

The Muscle Brothers gave their thumbs up while displaying their white teeth. Are they giving me encouragement? Excluding their weirder side, they might not be bad people... I think??
I quickly left the store while waving my hands. Phew, this store really is thick.
I wasted my time on some really unbelievable things, but at least I got what I wanted, let's head to the 『Flame Dog』.
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I immediately rented a room at the Flame Dog. I ended up splurging 380 mani including the dish for the party. It all added up to be quite an expense, but this is fine once in a while.
I got into the room and rearranged the king-size bed, sofa and tables inside. I moved the unnecessary furnitures out of the way to make the room suitable for party.
The sun was already set when I was done arranging tables, so it's time to set up dishes next. The waiter came to check on me, and began to bring the dishes in.

・Minestrone-like soup with lots of vegetable
・Frico-like dish with potato and cheese
・Gnocchi-like with potato
・Asparagus rolled meat
・Chicken Sautee

They were surprise Italian-like menu. The names are different, but they look exactly the same as the dishes mentioned above to me. Where did they get these stuff anyway? And how do cuisines in this world even work? Most of the menu are quite filling to your stomach, I guess I'll keep half of what I prepared and take them out whenever needed.
Once I'm mostly done with setting the dishes, I only need to wait for everyone. Can't wait to see how they react.

Ah, I'm letting Tama-chan soak in even thicker than usual Magic Water earlier. She seems really delighted, yay.

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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 177

Chapter 177 Strongest Sage, Takes Armor Off


An hour after we took on the quest.
We've gathered near the gate, ready to depart to Testra Prairie.
But one problem occurred here.

"...What are you wearing."

I muttered so when I took a look at the examiner who came last.
He's wearing heavy iron armor.

"Do ya even have to ask... They're armor."

"No, that's gonna have the opposite effect... I think you'd better off not wearing them."

You could indeed gain considerable defensive power if you have armor reinforced with magic metal and the like.
But the ones this examiner is wearing are just plain iron armor.

He's not getting more protection with these.
On the contrary, he'd be an easy target due to the reduced mobility, it'd have the opposite effect.
And most importantly, thanks to the clank clank sounds these armor produce when he walks, we'll be immediately get found by the monsters.

"Where we're heading off to is a place that has claimed many casualties. I can't possibly survive with some half-assed equipment."

Aah, the type that thinks more defense means it's safer huh.
There's absolutely no point in poorly put together armor in a situation where high ranking parties found themselves wiped out.... but it's gonna be hard to convince him.
Guess I should suggest stronger and lighter equipment for this guy.

"Aa... Ruli, make some random armor reinforcement magic tool. Make it a type that can be attached to existing clothes."

"Erm... Like this?"

Ruli immediately got what I was trying to do.
After pondering for a few seconds, Ruli carved a magic circle on the magic stone in her palm.

The magic circle she carved was more nicely made than I expected.
I see, Ruli can do this level of magic circles herself already.

"I did it!"

"Ah yeah. Well done."
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I received the magic stone turned magic tool from Ruli, and activated it on some cloth I got nearby.

"Alma, try to shoot at some random tree over there."

"Gotcha! ...Wew, it's been a while since I last shot a magic-less arrow."

Alma shot at the tree while saying that.
The arrow pierced deeply into the trunk.

"What a powerful arrow... I can see why they call you lot monstrous."

The examiner looked at the stuck arrow as he said that.
I coiled the magic tool-enhanced cloth on another tree while taking a sidelong glance at that.


Alma shot out another arrow with the same level of power as earlier to the cloth-coiled tree.
This time the arrow didn't get stuck in the tree.
It only managed to slightly damage the cloth before getting flicked away.

"Wha... Did she hold back just now?"

The examiner sounded surprised when he saw that.

"Did it look like she did?"

"...No, it didn't."

The examiner replied instantly.
He might be a bit cowardly, but he's still someone qualified to be an examiner of the guild's promotion test, seems like he's good enough to distinguish the arrows' power at least.

"Even ordinary clothes could be reinforced to that extent by using this magic tool here... with that in mind, I ask you this, is there any point in wearing those heavy armor now?"

"...There's none."

The examiner took off his armor.
Clothes reinforced with this defensive magic may be weaker than the protectors Ruli and Arma are wearing, but they're still far better than some plain iron armor.

There's no way a few millimeter thick iron could win against magic.
...Well it still doesn't change the fact that Alma's magically enhanced arrows would easily penetrate this level of protection, and I can make something far more durable than this if the aim were 『Make something durable, doesn't matter if it's heavy』.
I reinforced the examiner's clothes with the magic tool Ruli made while thinking that.

"Alright, let's head off."

--Thus we departed to Testra Prairie.

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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 176

Chapter 176 Strongest Sage, Picks Quest


"So this is Frejia..."

The day after we were qualified to take on the Rank B promotion test.
We've arrived at the main city of Fredia territory, Frejia.

"Kinda looks like the capital doesn't it."

"It's rare to see a city this big..."

Frejia was more like a capital of a small country than just a city in a territory.
There's a huge castle in the center of the city, and the streets are well maintained too.
Lots of people around, overflowing with vigor.

Well, in a country without a king like Raginia here, the territory lord is practically one of the country' top echelons.
It shouldn't come as a surprise for the place where one of those lords resides to turn into a city resembling the capital.

We passed through the city and headed to the guild.
I'm not really sure how to proceed with the test but... I probably will find out at the counter.

"Is it possible to take the Rank B promotion test here?"

I submitted my guild card at the counter while saying that.

"This is... Please wait for a moment."

The receptionist took my guild card and then she compared the text written there with some kind of paper in her hand.
Afterward, she went inside the guild, taking my guild card with her.

A few minutes later.
The receptionist came back with a middle aged man.
The man has a tag written with 『Branch Head Eirus』 on his chest.

"So you guys are the Mathias Party I heard about."

"...Heard about?"

"The lord here asked me to help you raise your rank to A ASAP, y'see."

It already got circulated to the guild eh.
They probably used some kind of magical means of communication, but those stuff should be quite valuable with the current level of technology.
Guess that goes to show how strong the relationship between Eis Kingdom and Fredia Territory is.

"To that effect, we had prepared quests that would raise your rank to C in about 10 days so long you have skills to back.... but that seems to be unnecessary. Dunno what kinda tricks you used, but the rumors about you guys having monstrous strength might have some truth in it."

The branch head look over our guild cards.
There's 『Rank C (eligible for promotion test)』 on the ranking column.

"So can we take the Rank B promotion test now?"

"Yeah. We're constantly running Rank B promotion test here. For the test, you will need to finish a quest while being accompanied by an overseer, though... a relatively safe but time-consuming quest, or a dangerous quest that can be done quickly, which one you fancy?"

"...You're not gonna tell me that we aren't allowed to withdraw for the dangerous but quick quest, are you?"

"Of course you can withdraw. It will be treated like you've failed the quest, but depending on the situations for the withdrawal and the overseer's judgment, you may be able to take the test again."

Even if the quest is dangerous, as long as you are able to withdraw, the actual danger level isn't that high.
In truth, there aren't many situations where it's not possible to withdraw.

I've thoroughly drilled Alma and Ruli how to escape in an emergency as the most important subject anyway.
Also, we could fly away with Iris in the truest sense of emergency, there should be no problem if I just buy them time to take off.

Of course I'll never let my guard down in the first place, there's a very low probability of finding ourselves in a dangerous situation.

"Got it. The shorter one please. ...Any objection?"

"Nope! ...I'm gonna run with all I've got if it looks real dangerous tho'!"

Ruli and Iris nodded to Alma's words.
The three seem to be in agreement.

"...You're exactly like what I heard from Eis Kingdom. Seem like I can leave it to you easy."

...Just what did the principal and the king told them.
Well, it does make things easier at least.

"Are you gonna take the test today? Or do you need to prepare first?"

"That depends on the quest."

"Here's the quest tag."

The branch head hands over the quest tag to me.

Special Quest - Rank B
Subjugation of Testra Prairie

Presently, there is an abnormal outbreak of monsters at Testra Prairie.
Sightings of dangerous monsters have been confirmed, damage may extend to the surrounding towns.
Thus, we wish to dispatch adventurers who are capable of subjugating monsters, especially those that could become a threat, in the outbreak at Testra Prairie.

"...I don't see specific number for the subjugation."

"Nothing written about the reward either."

"...First I've seen a quest written like this...."

The quest doesn't have completion condition or reward.
This is... Can you even call this a quest.

"True, you're right to call it a peculiar quest. It's probably on top of the already difficult rank B quests there are. However, among the current quests for rank B promotion test, this one is undoubtedly the fastest to finish."

"...Are you sure this won't take long? Even if the targets are defined, annihilating monsters in the whole prairie sounds like it won't be quick."

We may be able to annihilate a huge amount of monsters if we use the trick we employed back then.
However, that's only applicable if the monsters are weak and there is no towns in their path. We can't always rely on the trick.

Although 『Enforced Detection』 makes monsters concentrate on us, in cases of strong monsters, them just passing through means a disaster.

"No worries about that. After all, Testra Prairie is quite small. If the information about the strength of your group from Eis Kingdom is to be believed, it should not even take three days to finish."

"Three days are short?"

"Yeah. Ordinarily, a Rank B promotion quest takes about half a month to finish. Thus, hunting monsters within the range of this much area should be done in three days.... For those with monstrous strength that is."

The Branch Head took out a map and pointed at Testra Prairie's location.
Testra Prairie is right next to this city.

It really is quite small. Depending on the monster number, I don't think this would even take three days.
Or rather, this shouldn't even take a day.

"And the condition for quest completion? Subjugation targets are monsters that could become a threat sure, but there are many standards to that."

"Those monsters are specifically... Rank B monsters. Like say Blade Shrimps, or Huge Horn Turtles. You're permitted to withdraw if you meet monsters that are stronger than those, and depending on the number of rank B monsters you beat, you might even still pass the test."

Huge Horn Turtles huh...
Well now, don't think there's any problem gathering them with 『Enforced Detection』 then.
I should not though, considering the possibility of monsters stronger than that at the prairie.

"Got it. We'll take it."

For the time being, we found out that Testra Prairie is small and close by to this city.
That this is a relatively short quest seems to be the truth.

"You will huh, thank you."

The Branch Head sounded like he was relieved to hear my reply.
Why are you thanking us for just taking the test.

...Don't tell me they pushed on us a quest that no one would take for the test?

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A few tens of minutes later.
My guess was proven correct.

We'll be accompanied by an examiner dispatched by the guild for the quest that doubles as Rank B promotion test, however...
This examiner obviously looks like he really doesn't want to do it.

"You sure you're taking this quest? Won't you take this one instead? I really don't want to go there you know."

He even advised me to take a different quest.

The examiner is a man at his prime, he looks well experienced in battle.
Even compared to the guild adventurers, he's definitely strong.
A quest that makes even such examiner to be this hesitant.

There's obviously something behind this.
...Let's ask him.

"Is there a problem with this quest?"

"Problem, problem huh... You didn't know?"

"...What is?"

"There's already been three strong parties that tried to take on Testra Prairie Subjugation Quest, but no one ever comes back! I heard the rumor about Team Mathias being strong, but taking on this quest is just mad! You should pick other quest!"

I see.
This is how quests no one's able to finish get around huh.

"By the way, when was the last party took this quest?"

"10 days ago."

"...I see, total annihilation huh."

This place isn't that far from Testra Prairie, so there's almost no doubt that the earlier party was annihilated if they took that long.
Opponents that not even one member of a high ranking party was able to escape from huh...

"I got it."

"Are you going to reconsider then?"

The examiner looked relieved to hear me.
But of course, the answer is nay.

"No, of course we'll take it. No reason not to."

I handed over the quest tag to the examiner as I said that.
And then he received it while looking like he had resigned himself.

"...I'm gonna run away at the first hint of danger, you hear me?"

"We're doing the same if it looks dangerous."

Ruli and the girls nodded at my words.
Thus, we took on the Testra Prairie Subjugation Quest.

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