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Shinsetsu Nobu-san Isekai Ki Chapter 48


Chapter 48 Break the Wall in Your Way

 

I noticed something a bit odd when I woke up. There's some kind of presences outside the wall.
I silently get close to the wall and put my ear on it.

"Weird. It's been three days since the target entered the dungeon. If everything went well, we should have bumped into him by now."

"Fumu. He was acting alone after all, maybe he got done in along the way?"

"Nah, the guy's said to have a tamed monster with him. I don't think he'd go down that easily. Maybe he's already ahead of us even."

"So, what are we gonna do. The target is only a 15 year old kid, we can't exactly go back empty handed now, can we?"

Looks like there's four of them. Three men, one woman. From the tamed monster part, they're most likely coming for me. They're probably planning a stakeout before the boss room here. Never in their wildest dream that their target was already hiding himself here. Now then, what I'd do depend on what they'd do.


"Jamito-sama said it's ok to give the boy a good shaking. Naina, how 'bout we keep a lookout on him here?"

"Let's see, we were rushing here without resting, so that might be a good idea."

"Then we should get ready, Waina. Well, it's just the same as always though. Gramp Kakkuriko, are your waist all right?"

"Sigh, getting old sure is tough. Been awhile since I last stayed inside a dungeon."


OK, got their confession. That Jamito guy sure acts fast, I expect nothing less from a big merchant. I'd love to strike first and end it quick, but they're humans and of the same trade as me. If I don't do this right, I'll be the one at a disadvantage instead.
I should look over again what hands and magic I can play here.

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"Phew, I'm stuffed. Now time to decide on the shift and get some rest... Wha, oy. The hell yer' sleepin' before me."

"Sorry Waina, looks like the fatigue caught up to me. I'll change with you later, Jelind, you go firss~"

""Zzzzzzzz""

"Dammit, I'm getting real sleepy too. Weird, why am I so drows... Gusupii."


Behind the four adventurers who're sleeping like a log, a wall disappeared.

Alright, it went well.
For this, I used fine powder from the first of poisonous mushroom series, 『Sleepshroom』. I opened a vent and scattered the fine powder outside using wind magic. The result is just as you can see.
Now then, gotta get these guys...

I put magic on each of them. It's a modified version of dark magic's Curse. Curse, just like the name suggest, is a curse magic, I've weakened its binding force to turn into into a a kind of pledge magic. It's a one-sided pledge though! Truly barbaric indeed. Well, I'm not capable of giving extreme orders though.

By this magic, if any of them attempts to cause harm to us, they would feel like they're trying to harm each of their most important person or thing. With this, they would falter even for an instant when it came down to it. Looking at their Status, their States are shown as Healthy. Aw yeah, just as I guessed, Curses don't get displayed on it.

You've got to go the extra mile it can't be traced back, this is important.

By the way, I asked Master to be a guinea pig of this magic, it made him to be reminded of his late wife when he saw me, prompting him to hug me with all his strength. With Master's crazy strength! I thought my spine was breaking that time.

I can't bring myself to kill these four, so I'm leaving them inside a stone wall-made room that'd disappear in six hours. They'll sleep for two hours, so please enjoy getting locked in for the remaining four hours. I ain't gonna take responsibility if you contracted claustrophobia 'k.

I should beat the boss in the meantime.

Apparently, Floor Boos exists on every five floor of a dungeon. However, what will spawn out is randomized, those with bad luck sometimes encounter monsters that normally don't appear on shallow floor. Alas, with what I said just now, felt like I just set myself a flag.

I buff myself with magic and step inside the boss room. I've confirmed by sight that the entrance is now covered in red haze, I can no longer escape. Now then, wonder what's gonna show up.


Orc Shielder Lv22
HP:180/180 MP:48/48
A big pig faced monster. Even though it can't move quickly, its strength is enormous, each of its hit is dangerous.
Like Goblins, Orcs breed by impregnating female of other races, so they are extremely shunned. Shielder is a class that only special orcs can become, they host relatively upper class ability.


Knew it---. Its infamy is authentic, mom. Outwardly it looks exactly like Ha*-sama though... Bet it's gonna swing around some lethal blunt instrument anytime now.

I won't get anywhere complaining, so I unsheathe Lunar Cat and observe the orc's movements. Tama-chan is on the lookout slightly away from me. I instructed Tama-chan to move on her own judgment while I looked at the orc.
On the opposite side, the Orc Shielder is observing us after taking some kind of martial-art stance.
We're squaring off for a while but it doesn't seem like the orc is gonna make a move. To begin with, it's called Shielder yet doesn't even carry a shield. Creepy.

Nothing will come out of this stand-off, I'll take the first move.

"<<Icicle Bullet>>!"

The instant I cast the magic, a huge ice bullet appeared at the tip of my finger and shot out toward the Orc Shielder at high speed.

CLAAAANK

However, it was erased midair before it could even reach the Orc Shielder.
What!?

"<<Icicle Magnum>>"

A sharper spinning bullet bigger than the one before shot out toward the Orc Shielder, but it too disappeared midair.
I saw that they both disappeared at exactly the same place. Shielder... You mean it's more like a barrier!?
Then how about physical attacks. I take out an iron spear and throw it with all my might.

FWOSH

Since my Throwing skill has leveled up, its force has also increased by one rank.
Something like barrier should be broken if it's hit by a force stronger than it! I mean even that certain lab gets constantly cracked. Break like a cracking rice cracker would!

CLAAAANK

With a high-pitched noise, the spear was repelled and fell down slightly away. Looking closer, the spear's tip is chipped. Is the barrier itself has a repelling force on it or something?
It might be bad for me if I carelessly shot out a big move and it got reflected back on me. Ok, what to do now.
How about Lunar Cat, it will restore itself immediately even if it's chipped, wonder if the barrier will hit its limit if I keep slashing at it?

I immediately act on it after thinking so. From Attack Form, I run toward the location where the spear was repelled earlier.
I swung down Lunar Cat with all my might, the blade felt like it hit something really hard and got repelled back with a high pitched noise. What I learned from hitting it myself was that there were some kind of vibrations transmitted to me, my hand that was holding Lunar Cat felt numb.
I kept at it and tried to slash upward, but that was when the Orc Shielder made its move. It thrust up its palm from below, something invisible shot out of it, and turned into a shockwave that blew my abdomen.

"Gaha"

What!? I took some distance away while enduring a pain that felt like it was from a body blow. Apparently, its invisible attack can't reach that far. But, that hit just passed through my Stone Skin.
Analyzing while healing myself, perhaps it made use barrier-like force as a mean to attack? My inside felt like it was getting rocked. I figure that Orc Shielder most likely cannot unleash that attack without taking that stance. I should be able to resume my attack as long as I watch out for it.
Very well, let's resume then!


My side slash was blocked by something invisible too. However, I put more strength into both my arms to push through it this time.

CLIIIIINK

It sounded like something got scraped off. Looking closely, Lunar Cat's blade has many chips that are gradually getting restored on it.
Orc Shielder whose face was looking composed up until just now is glaring at me loathfully. And then it tried to thrust out its palm to redo the attack earlier.
I match its movements and dodge the attack. Per my calculation, I got away from that palm-attack trajectory as it missed me. It seems to be a technique to shoot out its barrier upward from its palm.
I continue to slash at the barrier while watching out for the palm attacks.

After many slashes, the resistance feels weaker than before. Would it get completely shaved down if I kept this up?









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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 187


Chapter 187 Strongest Sage, Getting Tailed

 

A few hours after we departed the first checkpoint.
We arrived at the second checkpoint.

『How is it? Think there's a demon here?』

『Nah, every one of them is a human... There's some slightly suspicious response beneath the ground though.』

『Suspicious response?』

『Yea. They're undoubtedly humans, but they have body reinforcement magic tools equipped on them. Stuff that couldn't have possibly been made with chant magic.』

Of course, if there were someone who could use chantless magic besides us, these magic tools could possibly have been created by that someone.
I saw myself how Giruas developed his own version of chantless magic and fought using it.

However... These magic tools are too refined.
They're not really something special in the past era, but body reinforcement magic tools aren't something a self-taught amateur could just randomly make.

...Probably a good idea not to beat myself over the source of these magic tools.

『Wait, so you're saying there's magic tools for body reinforcement... Would we get stronger in fight if we used one?』

『You'd better not. All the minute adjustments are too complicated, and when they're changed, it makes fighting harder. It has its use if you want to bulldoze through things with brute force, but the load on your body is high.』

Judging from the mana reaction, the magic tools equipped on the people underground are the type that bulldoze things through brute force.
Most likely with a severe side effect.

『From what the code in this board said, we have no choice but to pass through this checkpoint, don't we...?』

『Yea. That's a good idea... Don't worry. We will simply attack back if they try to pull a fast one on us.』

I probe mana reaction on the checkpoint once again.
Yup. They're all spectacularly small fry. No demon either.
At this level, Iris alone can take them all.

As a matter of fact, I've already figured out a short cut that won't be found out by checkpoints, but we're not gonna use it.
We should go with the flow if it doesn't alert the other party, yet on the other hand, finding out whether Folkia Territory is hostile towards us or not is better for us.

The move we're taking when we enter the city will differ depending on that knowledge.
After all, if Folkia Territory turns out to be an ally of demons, we must not apply for permission to enter Eteris Steppe.

They'd know our destination if we did.
The demons probably have no idea what's in Eteris Steppe, but that still won't stop them from bolstering the defense there.

While thinking and walking on the road, we're stopped by a guard, similar with the first checkpoint.

"Halt. Show me your pass."

It'd be nice if we could smoothly pass through this one too...
We show him our passes while thinking so.

"...This is..."

The guard slid our passes through a machine.
And then he tells us.

"Sorry, it's gonna take half a day to ask for the approval. You'll have to wait here till then."

"...Got it."

Looks like it won't go like the first checkpoint.
Well, it's only half a day anyway, might as well wait.
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『I wonder where they're getting the approval from? It doesn't look like they're doing anything resembling that though...』

At a place slightly apart from the checkpoint, Ruli asked me.
...Looks like she was attentive enough.

『You noticed huh. They're probably not asking for approval or anything.』

『...Then what is it about?』

『They're stalling for time. When our passes were slid through the machine, mana that resembled comm magic was emitted out of it. It probably takes half a day for the people at the receiving end of the magic to finish their preparations.』

『Receiving end... Who?』

『Ah. If the territory lord is our enemy, it's probably their underlings disguised as bandits or something along the line. Some demons might even pop up depending on the situation.』

『Disguised as bandits... You mean they're going to raid us?』

『Yea. The missing people that Giruas mentioned were probably their victims.』

Giruas said that there were a lot of adventurers that went missing near Folkia.
If they're really getting attacked by fake bandits, it explains a lot.

Ordinarily, they don't have any reason to attack adventurers who came to the territory... but the term 『Ordinary』 does not apply to people who employ magic tools demons made.

『What should we do if we get attacked?』

『We'll just turn the tables on them. While pretending not to notice anything.』



A few hours later.
They finally 『Got the Approval』 and we were allowed to pass the checkpoint.

『I guess we're gonna meet some bandits soon?』

Alma asked me after we were far away from the checkpoint.

『I'm not sure if it's going to be bandits, but something is definitely there... Look.』

I deciphered the pass content and showed it to the two.
『Warning. High rank adventurers. Deploy B-class Disposal.』
There were codes written inside the passes.

『B-class Disposal...?』

『Yea. I'm not sure what that means, but it's definitely not good... I mean,We've got ourselves some guests tailing us already after all.』

I look far away.
Some place away from us, someone is tailing us.

The other party is relatively skilled at it, but even though their figure is hidden from sight, their mana response is completely bare laid open.
Behind the pursuer, there's around 30 bandits... or, people disguised as bandits, lurking.
Judging from the mana reaction, all of them have been equipped with physical reinforcement magic tools.

Now then... Where to begin.









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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 16-43


16-43. The Four Heroes (1)

 

※This is not from Satou's perspective. Third person point of view.


"Oh my? I thought it was unusual for Sera to ask me a favor, so it was your doing?"

At the room in the royal castle's villa given to Saga Empire's imperial princess Maryest, as her friend, the [Skyshredding Witch] Ringrande greeted the guests.

"My apologies if it looks like I'm sneaking on you."
"Satou-san, there is no need to apologize. I have no doubt that Ane-sama had noticed it the moment I asked to meet her."

Beside the apologizing [Demon Lord Slayer] Earl Satou Pendragon, [Oracle Miko] of Tenion Temple and also the little sister of Ringrande spoke out in irritation.
Sera's complex towards her older sister is as strong as always.

"And so Satou, since you want to meet Mary, that means you've made up your mind to marry me and Mary?"
"No--"
"Wrong!"

Before Satou could finish, Sera strongly denied her elder sister's joke.

Ringrande doesn't look offended at all by her little sister's attitudes, or rather she looks so unfeelingly unperturbed. That is in order to irritate Sera.
In truth, Ringrande's inner thought was filled with, "Jealous Sera is soo cute."

"So, Earl Pendragon, did you need me for something?"

Maryest who was watching the sisterly fight with a tired look asked Satou to move the conversation forward.

"I'd like to inquire you about the heroes who were summoned  here after Hayato-sama went home."
"Is that so important that you, who should have been out at the western part of the continent, came back here to ask me about it?"

Princess Maryest asked back as if she was probing Satou's true intention.

"Yes, I ran into Hero Seigi-dono in one of the countries I visited and heard about the other heroes from him, thus I couldn't help but wanting to inquire Maryest-sama about them."
"Did you not ask Seigi-dono?"
"Of course I did, but his information was a bit too subjective..."
"Well, I guess it would. What about his attendants?"
"It appears that they were cautions against me."

Satou scratches his head bashfully.
When he makes these gestures, he looks his age unlike his usual adult atmosphere, so Princess Maryest thought.

"I have my duty as a princess of Saga Empire. Are you aware of that?"
"Yes of course, I am. I wouldn't ask things like their Unique Skills or such. I merely wanted to hear what Maryest-sama thinks about their personality each and your impression on them."

Princess Maryest contemplates for a bit after hearing Satou's reply.

"Very well. It's a request by someone who might become my future husband after all. If you are fine with only info that won't put Saga Empire in disadvantages, I don't mind telling you."
"Thank you very much, Maryest-sama."

Princess Maryest offers Satou a seat.
While leaving the two sisters who are still quarrelling standing.

"What would you like to know?"
"Then let's start from your impression about the heroes."
"That's quite a vague question. Well, all right."

Maryest crosses her nicely shaped legs.
Unfortunately, there is no one in this room who could admire the beauty of her ankle.

"My impressions on the four heroes is that their immatureness really shows due to their young age, but generally they are『Existences that love justice』."

Her remark is seemingly unexpected to Satou as he stares at Princess Maryest's eyes as if probing her.
Sera who was quarrelling with her elder sister was seemingly alarmed by that as she left her sister and sat down next to Satou.
She's getting unusually close to him, but Satou himself doesn't seem to notice that.

"You don't believe it?"
"No, the hero whom I met, Seigi, was a boy that exactly fits Maryest-sama's description."

Princess Maryest burst into laughter at Satou's serious response.
She probably found it funny that he said that like an adult would even though the two of them are only around two years apart.

"I'm sorry, I didn't mean to mock Sir Pendragon."

Princess Maryest quickly apologized at Sera who was growing angry.

"Did you know that there were four heroes who were summoned this time?"
"Yes, apparently it was a group summoning or something along that line."

Satou affirmed Princess Maryest's question.

"So you knew. Group summoning is quite an extraordinary phenomenon, but there were records about it in the past. In most cases, there's only one hero while the other people are merely innocent bystanders, but the summoning this time was unusual in that all four were heroes."
"There was one who didn't act like a hero at all though."
"Rin, the person in question is yet an adult. Even that Hayato was a little kid with flippant attitudes when he was first summoned."

Princess Maryest should have been as young as Hero Hayato was when he was summoned, but Satou didn't point that out and quietly listened to her reminiscence.
Before long, she was done with it and went back to the topic.

"I'm sorry, I made you listen to all these irrelevant stories--"
"No, it was quite an interesting topic."

Satou replied the apologizing Princess Maryest without looking like he was offended at all.

"The first one, Hero Meiko. You have met her before yourself haven't you? As you might know, she's a problem child. Her combat aptitude is very high despite growing up in a peaceful country. Her initial level was high too. I can assert that she was stronger than Hayato was when they were first summoned."

Satou carefully listens to Princess Maryest.


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Let's turn back the time a bit--when the Gods' Divine Punishment had just started.

"--I can't believe the 『Northern End Magic Beast』 sealed by the hero hundreds years ago has been revived!"
"Quit yappin' and prepare for defense! Fortress-Eating Elephant is gonna cross that mountain soon!"
"So even the Mountain Wall of the First Emperor that could prevent Great Monstrous Fish (Tovekezeera)'s invasion is meaningless against the Fortress-Eating Elephant..."

At one of the fortress protecting the city at Saga Empire's northern outskirts, a young officer was yelled at for his grumbling.
The defiant young officer's line of sight was fixed at the towering mountain range to the north.

"Your excellency General, Great Monstrous Fish (Tovekezeera) from the northern sea won't invade through the barrier the Fortress-Eating Elephant broke through, will they?"
"No need to fret, was it Third Princess Porikest? That person has gone on her way to restore the barrier, leading a magic division. Nothing to worry about if we leave it to the Witch of Ice, said to rival the attendant of previous Hero, Princess Maryest."

The general heartily nods while stroking his white beard.

Before long, a ripple of light that looks like an aurora appears above the mountain range and settles down.

"Here it is..."
"It appears that her royal highness succeeded in restoring the barrier."
"Yea, it'd be real helpful if she killed the beast while she was at it tho'..."
"There's a legend saying that Fortress-Eating Elephant is protected by a sturdy rock body and powerful magic walls. Not even her royal highness could hope to defeat such a thing by herself."

The General gazes at a black haired girl standing upright on top of a rampant tower.

"Unless they're a hero, huh?"
"Yes--"

The staff officers nodded at the general while looking worried at their trust in the being called hero and the young girl Meiko.
While no one denied his words, the Fortress-Eating Elephant showed up from beyond the mountain, broke through the defense line of Saga Empire and approached the north city.

"--That's the Fortress-Eating Elephant huh."

The Fortress-Eating Elephant boasting rocks as its outer skin is advancing on while easily mowing down nine-meter class golems left and right.
Its outer skin is clad in glittering blue light, not unlike hero's armor.

"It's entering the firing range soon. The magicians and large magic artillery should fire their volley."

Advanced level fire and wind magic shot by royal court magicians dispatched from the Imperial Capital, and the large magic artillery cannons got dispersed once they got past the Fortress-Eating Elephant's magic walls.

"What's happening?"

The general had no way of knowing that the adamantite crystals on the Fortress-Eating Elephant's skin dispersed the already reduced power of the magic from its magic walls.

The seemingly unstoppable Fortress-Eating Elephant's advance came to a halt.

"It's the hero! Hero Meiko-sama is fightin'!"

Neither strikes from the elephant's trunk nor its blizzard breath could manage to graze Hero Meiko.
It's the power of her Unique Skill, [Unrivaled Agility (Never Get Hit)].

And by another power given by the God Parion, [Strongest Katana (Nothing cannot be cut)], she cut one of the Fortress-Eating Elephant's legs, however, the damage seemed to have been reduced due to the difference in sizes.

"W-what the hell is that?"

Hero Meiko took some distance away and began to shine blue.
And then the blue light is focused into her sword.

"OOOOOOOOHHHHH"

The scene observed by the general and the others is that of a huge blue sword slashing at the Fortress-Eating Elephant, dealing massive damage.
Hero Meiko didn't manage to cut it in two, but she continued to slash at it without stopping, and eventually defeated the Fortress-Eating Elephant.

"So this is the powers of heroes..."
"Previous hero Hayato-sama was quite powerful himself, but I do not think Hero Meiko-dono is in any way inferior. Saga Empire will stay peaceful so long as we have Heroes-sama bestowed by God Parion on our side."

The general's words were mixed among the cheers for hero.
As he watched Hero Meiko who fainted from overusing her powers getting nursed by her attendants.

Looks like she pushed herself too much.
This was right before she was given oracle that led her to the Weasel Empire.


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"The part where she doesn't know her own limit is troubling, but I think Hero Meiko's powers are a cut above the rest."
"Unlike Hayato, she's the type that rushes through enemy one after another without stopping, perhaps the fact that there is no attendants that could keep up with her on the battlefield is the drawbacks here."

To compensate for such drawbacks, Lady Ringrande was temporarily enlisted in her campaign to the Weasel Empire.

"Rusus and Fifi would be perfect, but those two went and left Saga Empire before they could meet Hero Meiko."

Hero Hayato's attendants who left Saga Empire, Rusus and Fifi, are apparently going around the stormy countries on the western part of the continent.

"Would that sums it up for Hero Meiko?"
"Right. If you'd please tell me about Hero Seigi."

Princess Maryest sips the cup to quench her thirst.

"Hero Seigi isn't really suited for battle. If I had to say, I suppose he's a type that can only show his true worth by getting paired with Hero Meiko or Hero Yuuki, perhaps?"


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It was about the time when Satou and the girls visited Sania Kingdom for the trial--

"Found it! There's a nest to the south-southwest. A huge group of underground monsters, numbering in four digits at least."
"That's a lot.... It's close by Sania Kingdom too, it's likely a nest of Sand Scorpions."

The civil official attendant made a guess from Hero Seigi's report while looking at the map.

His enemy search capability is as amazing as always, so the official thought.
Even a combination of high level wind and earth magicians can't detect this far.

"South-southwest, you mean around that sandstorm over there?"
"Sandstorm? I don't see any tho'?"
"Jema has a good sight after all. You should be able to see it too with Distant View."

The civil official attendant tells the bridge about the course through the speaking tube, to check Hero Seigi's investigation with their own eyes.

"You're amazing, Seigi. To think you found a nest of monsters hidden underground from this distance."
"Chellis, looks like Moryu has something to say."

Rabbitkin attendant, Jema, said so to the civil official attendant, Chellis.
Attendant Moryu who's wearing the royal court magician robe drops her hood even lower as she looks at the civil official attendant while behaving like a suspicious individual.

"What's the matter, Moryu?"
"Err, umm, i-it's nothing big, umm--"
"I don't mind even if it's nothing. Even if it's about how you think the desert sand has different color, or how the cloud looks like the bread we had this afternoon."

Even though she's hard to handle, civil official attendant fully trusts attendant Moryu's magical knowledge.

"T-the barrier, i-is, opened. O-other parts are tattered too, but there's one with a neatly made hole over there."

Attendant Moryu sorted out her report in her head while stammering as she gave it.

"Perhaps, someone has broken in? According to the legend, there should be a powerful monster sealed inside since the age of myth, the 『Land King』... Seigi, do you remember the presence of the Fortress-Eating Elephant that Hero Meiko killed before?"
"Yeah, I do, and?"
"Try looking for something stronger than that."
"Nothing like that y'know?"

She requests the hero Seigi who instantly talked back to, "give it another try" with a scary smile on her face.

"I-I got it--"

Blue light circulates on Hero Seigi's body.

"Hmm, there's really nothing--ah, wait. Something's there. It's like super hot spicy curry inside a retort pouch. I don't really get it, but it's probs super dangerous."
"I wonder if it's the sealed 『Land King』?"
"Chellis, report from the bridge, they saw a Sania Kingdom's sand ship behind a rock."

After thinking a bit, the civil official attendant came to a conclusion that it was probably a regular check by Sania Kingdom's personnels.

"We should not needlessly involve ourselves in Sania Kingdom's matter. Let's just report what Seigi found to Sania Kingdom."
"Eeh, we're not gonna kill it? I can beat it with the 『Sword of Condemnation (Justice Wins)』 I got from Parion, I tell you. Let's farm some exp, c'mon."

Ever since he defeated a mid-class demon in a single blow, Hero Seigi has developed a tendency to overestimate his Unique Skill.

"That might be a good idea if there is only one enemy and without Sania Kingdom's people around, but the location is not ideal."

And even before that, the civil official attendant figured that hero Seigi alone probably couldn't win against a legendary class monster from the age of myth.

"Lots of Sand Scorpions have positioned themselves around it too."
"Yes, Hero Meiko and Hero Yuuki should be able to handle them, but it's impossible for Seigi."
"You saying I'm weaker than those two?"

Hero Seigi pouted to hear the attendants' talk.

"You've got it mistaken. It's a matter of compatibility."

The civil official made a follow up.

"I'm sure that Seigi can beat a powerful enemy easier than Hero Yuuki would if it's alone. However, there is too many of them in this case."

The civil official attendant was correct not to mention Hero Meiko here.

"Let us ask Hero Yuuki to deal with the Land King and also the monster clean-up while he's at it."

The civil official attendant doesn't think that Hero Yuuki could defeat the legendary class monster though he should be able to handle the small fry.
Hero Yuuki would probably fail, and then the four heroes would be forced to combine their powers.

By the civil official attendant's calculations, Seigi who's not good at fighting should start groping for a way to profit from something without doing much.

"Boo, it's always about Yuuki."
"Seigi, your powers aren't for defeating small fry. Yours is for the sake of exterminating demon lords."

She tightly hugs the complaining hero Seigi to make him waver.
As a youth in puberty with no experience about women, he absolutely has no way to resist the softness.


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"Well, the guy can't read the mood and all, but he was the most helpful hero during the Divine Punishment uproar."

Thanks to him, they didn't have to dispatch scouts too far in dangerous missions, and since they could pin down the exact force needed to stop a stampede, they were able to efficiently deploy neither too many nor too few troops.

"Yuuki is also unusual for a hero, though not as much as Seigi."
"Unusual?"
"Yes, he's a magician type hero."

When Lady Ringrande and Princess Maryest were about to talk about the third hero, maids bringing in trays that let out sweet scent came into the room.

"They're presents from Sir Pendragon."

The maids set up tea and sweets on the table after Princess Maryest's personal maid said so.

"It's sweets especially made by Satou and all. Let's talk about heroes after having a taste."
"My? Didn't onee-sama like liquor more than sweets?"

Sera made a sarcastic remark at the humming Lady Ringrande.

"Sweets that Satou brought aren't like those all-about-sweet confectionery, I love it you know?"

Lady Ringrande teased her little sister by putting a meaningful intonation on the 'love' part.

"With all these sweets, it would feel too dull to only talk about the immature heroes. We have this occasion after all, would you be willing to tell us the story about Sera-dono's and Sir Pendragon's beginning of love?"

Seeking for more sweet stories, princess Maryest who had stuffed her mouth with a spoonful of cake brought up the subject about Sera and Satou.
Behind his calm face supported by Poker Face skill, Satou is gearing up his gray brain cells to get him out of this predicament.

However, the excited eyes of three people informed him that there was no escaping this.


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Shinsetsu Nobu-san Isekai Ki Chapter 47


Chapter 47 Don't Think, Feel… Sometimes That Won't Work

 

"Seeeeeeeryaaaaaaaaa"

BWOSH

With a single stroke by Lunar Cat, the goblin was cut in two and fell down.

Presently, I'm progressing through dungeon 5F. While exterminating every enemy I came across to. Truly <<Search and Destroy>>!
Levels of the Classes I set, Fighter and Otherworlder, have gone up by two too.

However, it's still not enough.
I also experimented trying to develop a magic to neutralize a group of people at a range, but it's not going well. One of the magic that I hadn't used since I learned it, Graviton, was comparatively usable, but everything within its range with me at the center gets swallowed up in it. I'd like to make the magic only target people I specified, but this is hard too.
Since it's not something that can be finished shortly, currently I'm experimenting a lot.

And there's lots of goblins on this 5F. It sure is depressing to only ever see goblins everywhere. They can be tough as they're coming at me with weapons such as swords, arrows and other stuff. Some of those are even smeared with poison, pesky little. And yet, their weapons always disappear with them so it never ends. Are those treated as parts of their body or something?

I've got no choice but treat this as a training in group battles. I wipe off the bodily fluid on Lunar Cat and progress deeper.



It's been two days since I'm staying here.
No problem with food supply as I've brought 10 days worth with me and I've also got lotsa meat from exterminating several Louiv Pig along the way. I've also modified Light Arrow to circle in one place in order to fulfill Tama-chan's need of light source.

Tama-chan's level has been going up steadily too. She's level 26 now. She ain't comparable to yer' average Moss-ball, yea. She's been beating down goblins alongside me.


I've gotten quite a bit of Soul Stones. Nothing else besides those though... Oy, goblins. Gimme your weapons at least!
I take another step forward toward the boss room while feeling like a mountain bandit as I exterminate the enemy. The goblins here have average level of around 12. They tend to come in groups, though not as many as the ants, there's no end to them spawning no matter how many I beat. This wave tactic is what becomes the first gate to success for parties of adventurers. That's right, this floor is normally braved by a party of 4-6 adventurers of average levels.

Oops, no time to get lost in thought. Around 10 goblins are lurking at the end of this spacious passage. Guess they're a barrier before the boss room. It'd be easy to annihilate them all with magic, but I'll take care of them in a close quarter combat. Realizing how unreasonable I am being, I clad Lunar Cat with thick mana and charge in.


CLINK, CLANK, FWOSH

I block the incoming hatchet with mana clad gauntlet, and cut the goblin's body with the Lunar Cat in my other hand. I caught another goblin and used it to shield me from the incoming arrows. Then I threw the shrieking goblin in my hand at the Goblin Archer that was readying its bow.

THUD

The two goblins fell down grandly from the heavy crash.
Right as I confirmed that, two goblins were coming at me from behind. I cut the Goblin Fighter that was bending itself. While the Goblin Swordsman that was going to swing its sword from above got knocked away by a green object. The goblin flew in the air by the momentum of that force. Good job, Tama-chan.
I cut the mid-air goblin into two, made a somersault back and put the finishing thrust on the other goblin below.
Then I took two iron spears from the pouch on my waist, designed to be easy to reach, and threw them at the two goblins that were still laying on the ground. The spears that flew like a ballista shot pierced and skewered the two goblins.
Six remaining. Four vanguards, two rear guards. Their formation is like that of an adventurer party.
First, I use throwing knifes as a diversion for the rear guards. Reacting to that, the four vanguards made their move. Judging from their weapons, they're Fighter, Grappler, Thief and Lancer huh. Tama-chan, slip pass them and take care of the ones in the back okay.

『All in accordance to your wish, Master. Leave it ta' me.』

That's what I felt she said. Yup, not gonna retort anymore.

Then the vanguard goblins formed a straight line and charged at us. You think you're three black stars or something! When the leading lancer thrust its lance, the thief jumped out at the same time.
I step on the lancer to go upward, and punch down the thief's face with all my might with my left fist. The thief seemingly never imagined that I would jump up using the lancer as a stool, it didn't even manage to swing the knife in its hand as it got knocked away toward the fighter behind it. The fighter that should have been their next ammo couldn't do anything but crashed with the thief.
I myself threw a yakuza kick at the dumbfounded grappler, sending it flying. Then I cut the fallen two goblins into two and continue toward the lancer. The remaining lancer
was staggering since I used its head as a stool, but it readied its lance even while looking shaken by its friends' demise, and made a charge. I calmly made use of the goblin's momentum with Counter Form and lop its head off.

Only the Grappler remains.

I sheathe my katana and grasp my gauntlet. The grappler has seemingly given up running away as it makes a reckless rush toward me. When I blocked the claw in its hand with my gauntlet, it tried to push the claw down my gauntlet. However, I nullified it by straddling with all my might, exposing the grappler's wide open instead.

"ROCK HAND SMAAAAAAASH!!!"

Thanks to my training, I am now able to employ this technique momentously. One huge rock stake pierced the grappler, and it let out "Guruu" voice.

"Judgment!"

BOOOOOOM

Next come the rock pile bunkers, driving out inside the goblin. Its body got torn off into two.

Now then, how about the rear guards? Peeking there, I see Tama-chan taking a victory pose, or rather she's bouncing around like trampling on their bodies.

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Afterward, several more groups of goblis spawned. I think that's it for today. So I thought while picking up the fallen Soul Stones.
And then, I make preparations for our bed room at the end of a passage near the boss room.

"Stone Wall!"

With a thud, walls of stone were produced in the passage. Four of this make for one room. Of course, I've made sure to put an air hole above. It's a form of camp I've come up with in order to safely stay inside a dungeon.
The stone walls have been put with enough mana to persist until tomorrow morning, so there's no worry of getting raided. The thickness is around 50cm. Thanks to this, I've been able to sleep well. This is the answer I arrived at after desperately searching a way to cope with the huge problem of taking a rest alone.


Morning, I'm thinking about my future plans while having a largish portion breakfast and taking it easy. For now, I should focus on conquering 5F and reach level 20.

How am I staying in dungeon acts as a diversion, you ask.
First of all, they're focusing their attention on me since it's been revealed that I'm the one who made the ingredients. They will surely come after me once they know I'm staying in the dungeon. They have almost nothing to gain messing with the store, surely. If they're taking the rough way, it's easier to do it in a dungeon after all. And being in a dungeon, the opponents I have to be cautious with are only adventurers. There's also no need to worry about collateral damage inside a dungeon, so I can go all out with ranged magic.
Everything won't necessarily turn out like so because they're ultimately what I think might happen. It'd be nice if nothing happened.

And, I'm ashamed to admit this, but it's also so I won't drag Sefi-san down.
Frankly speaking, that person should be far stronger than I am. From the presence I felt from her at times, though not at the level of Master, she should be at least stronger than Eleanor-san. It should be a simple matter for Sefi-san to flee to the Adventurer Guild or Master's mansion if she's alone.

Discerning Magic Eye might be capable of seeing through status, but there's no guarantee that it's all correct. Even now it doesn't get one of Tama-chan's skills. And with level system around, there's a possibility of disguise after all. I don't get why Lamia Kin is shown either. I've been made fully aware that even though I can rely on Discerning Magic Eye, the information from it is not everything.

That said, I can't afford to stay here forever either.
Perhaps, I should ask for help from one of Sefi-san's noble clients? I immediately brushed off the thought. There is no guarantee for them to not be a second Jamito. A noble's lust of power might match that of Jamito after all.


It feels like I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Won't a good idea please show up. For now, I should practice my magic while continuing to hunt goblins. It pains me to say, but I've gotten quite used to group battles thanks to those goblins.
I should heal my fatigue by lying in a bedding that would have been normally impossible in a dungeon. Good night, Tama-chan.











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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 186


Chapter 186 Strongest Sage, Receives the Pass

 

An hour later.
We were going to left Frejia after our Guild Cards got rewritten to Rank A without a hitch.

"Oy, you sure you don't want to be Rank S? Mathias, there's no doubt yer' the strongest in this country. If the guild's higher ups are against it, I'm gonna make 'em--"

"I respectfully decline. Rank A is enough... We only need it to enter the Category 1 Restricted-Entry Zone after all."

I refused Giruas's suggestion.
He insisted that I should become rank S after the test.

But it's not like I've come to this country to raise my adventurer rank.
A is enough for the rank.

"I see. I ain't gonna force you if you don't want to... By the way, which restricted entry zone you're going to?"

"It was, right... Eteris Steppe at Folkia Territory. If I'm not mistaken, you can get into it if your rank is A and higher right? How long does it take for the permission to be issued?"

I don't really understand the system in Raginia, but a rank S adventurer Giruas would know.
I asked him with that in mind... But Giruas had a complicated look on his face after I said Folkia.

"It's gonna take five days at most for the permission... Still, Folkia huh..."

"Something's wrong with Folkia?"

"I've just got a bad feeling about the place, though not like I got a basis for it. But I heard the mood in that city had changed recently. The checkpoints on the roads around the area got stricter all of a sudden."

Afterward, Giruas pondered for a bit.
And then he speaks to me.

"Well, just talk to me if ya don't get yer' permission. I'mma do something 'bout it."

"...You can get the permission if you're Rank S?"

"Yea. Most things would go smoothly if ya just talk to 'em directly. If not, just tell 'em yer' gonna storm their higher ups, y'know, standard negotiation tricks and stuff."

"That kinda sounds like how Mathi-kun does negotiation..."

"Isn't that more like threatening than negotiating..."

I see, that's reassuring.
As Alma mentioned, this negotiation sounds kind of forceful, but well, it seems effective anyway.

"We may need your help if it comes to that."

"Ou, leave it to me."

We left the city while talking.

"Err... Folkia was 50 kilometers away from here, wasn't it?"

"Yeah. It should be around that far."

"I think we'll be entering Folkia 20 kilometers before that... Do you think there's a checkpoint around there?"

"That sounds likely... We should put our luggage inside storage magic just in case."

Checkpoints mean there's a high possibility of belonging check.
We're carrying some of our luggage normally as I'm preserving my mana in case of emergency, but it might be a good idea to store them all into the magic.

"Those checkpoints are probably only along the highways no? Can't we just not use the highways and go around through forests instead?"

Iris pointed at an off the beaten track as she said that.
She has a point indeed.

It's not like there are walls that separates territories after all.
We probably won't encounter any checkpoints if we don't use the highways.

However...

"No, let's pass through a checkpoint normally once, we'll use the chance to also check on the situation."

"Check the situation?"

"What Giruas said may not necessarily be true in reality. They might even let us pass easily without any check if we do it normally."

Besides, going off the highways because we believe in rumors would make us look like we're going against the territory.

Rather than doing that, purposely passing the checkpoint will let us get into the territory without alerting anyone.
And even if we end up fighting, settling it quickly while they're still not alert of us would make things easier.

"I guess we won't know how to deal with someone until we see how they act... Alright, let's go at it the honest way!"

Once we've decided on the plan, we step onward the highway.
Several hours later.

Several knights are standing, blocking the highway.
There's a building that looks to be recently been built nearby.

"Err... Is that the rumored checkpoint?"

"Seems so... It doesn't seem suspicious for now."

I tried to probe the inside of the building for mana reaction and stuff, but I didn't see anything that stood out much.
At most, there were just some magic tools inside.
Judging from the mana reaction, they're probably not intended for assaults.

We kept treading on the road while thinking so.

"Halt. Show me your IDs."

And as expected, the guards stopped us.
Looks like the rumor about stricter checks was true.

"Got it."
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We obediently showed our IDs.
The guard asks me while taking them.

"What's your purpose coming here?"

"We're looking for works as adventurers."

We're still not sure whether this territory can be trusted or not.
Thus, I'm hiding our real objective for now.

"...I see."

After hearing that, the guard operated a device with buttons in his hand.
And then, four boards written with 『Pass』 came out of it.

"Take these with you. One per person... These passes will be annulled if you go out of the highways, so keep that in mind."

The guard gave us the boards and made a "go along now" gesture to us.
It appears they're not going to check our belongings.


"We passed through without a hitch."

Alma said that in relief once the checkpoint was out of sight.

"Even if the checks are stricter than usual, it seems they let you pass without problem if you go about it normally."

"There was nothing to worry about!"

Ruli and Iris were relieved too.
However....

"It's too soon to let your guard down. These passes have magic codes carved within."

I cast a spell to decipher the magic code.
Deciphering it is simple since I've seen this type before in my past life.

"Code?"

"Yeah. I've deciphered it, and it reads... like this."

I put the content of the code on the paper in my hand.

『Take caution. A party of four high level adventurers. Some doubtful part on motives. 174517 First Checkpoint.』

"Caution... It's like they're suspicious of us..."

"Maybe it's unusual for adventurers to work at this city?"

Alma looked confused as she said that.
But her expression quickly turned bright.

"Ah but, just getting suspected should be easy to deal with later right? Just got to work on some quests to make us look like the real deal!"

True, the code itself doesn't sound urgent.
I don't know what the number 174517 means, but judging from the location, it's probably the time of our arrival there or something.

However, unfortunately, we can't relax just yet.
There's a bigger problem about this pass.

"The problem isn't the content of the code."

"Not the content... What do you mean?"

"This code, you see... is done in the same method the demons employed in the past... The technique used to carve the code in the pass is also not something possible with chant magic."

I show the pass to the girls.
Ruli asks me in surprise.

"But that... You mean the one who gave us these passes was a demon?"

"Nah, I've made sure that there were no demons at that checkpoint. I knew about the code the moment I saw the passes, so I went and analyzed their mana."

Demons who excel at camouflage magic can escape 『Passive Detection』's long distance detection.
However, the farthest person at the checkpoint back then was only 50 meter away from us.

That little distance would still have shown me all the unnatural part.
They might be able to slip through the detection if they concentrate, but doing so would be as good as exposing themselves.

"Oh that's good then... Wait, is it really?"

"It's not. The opposite even."

I look at the magic code again.
Yup. The composition of this magic is good enough that I don't think anyone is capable of reproducing it in this era where magic has declined so much.

"Think about it. You need to hold the authority of the entire territory to give orders to checkpoints. And since those checkpoints are equipped with these things..."

"No way, you mean this entire Folkia territory is controlled by demons!?"

Alma raised her voice in surprise.

"...That possibility exists. It's also possible that humans received only the tools from the demons, so we can't say for sure yet."

For the time being, let's see who we're going to meet at the second checkpoint.
Depending on the situation, we might need to do something about Folkia before we could accomplish our objective.

Especially in this case, if this is really the demon's doing, there's a high chance we're up against a very unique type of demon.
Or rather, that's probably it.

Would be nice if it's the pattern that's easy to handle...







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Shinsetsu Nobu-san Isekai Ki Chapter 46


Chapter 46 Uninvited Guest

 

Today I'm preparing various pre-made materials at the 『Shut-in Lamia』 as I plan to break through dungeon's 5F soon. I made Sefi-san to take her work as a shopkeeper seriously. She looked like she was sulking a bit though...
Right at then.

"Hello there, Sefirot-kun. Sorry for intruding in."

Hm? That voice sounded familiar somehow. The voice of an invited guest.
I peek at the storefront from the back, and saw a man nearing old age leading his henchmen. He looks like an elderly gentleman outwardly, but I know I cannot judge a book by its cover in this case just by looking at the sharp glint in his eyes. This guy is Jamito. The manager of the most prosperous alchemy store in this city.

"Oh my, Jamito-san. What brings you here today?"

"Huhu, oh it's nothing much, I'm just here to inspect how a store that's among the most popular in Alchemy Guild is doing."

"Oh no, you're giving us too much credit~. We're the same always."

"No no, aren't your new products getting pretty popular. They're highly regarded among the adventurers who use them."

"My, we're honored to receive such praise from this city's best alchemy shop's manager."

Then suddenly, Jamito's eyes turned sharper than ever. Here comes the real thing.

"As a matter of fact, I'd like to discuss that with you, would you like to mass produce those for my store? If we work together, monopolizing the entire market in the dukedom won't merely be a dream."

Look, here it is. But really, this guy doesn't even bother to hide his ambition. And yet, he's raring to use Sefi-san. It's pretty obvious he's going to dump her once he's done with her.

"I'm truly sorry, but my answer has not changed~. The only one who can mass produce those is our only partner. I cannot do it."

"That's unfortunate. Then I guess I'll go and appeal to that partner of yours. I'll be expecting positive answers. It's that adventurer boy who's been coming here a lot isn't it? Someone of that age should be easy to tempt with either money, liquor, or women."

Sefi-san must have glared at Jamito-san after hearing that. Yet Jamito didn't flinch at all. Not even a trace of it.
Well, since it doesn't seem like he's going to bow out here, I should make my entrance.

"Sefi-san, it's pretty noisy here, is there something wrong?"

"Nobu-chan..."

"Hou, so you're the rumored developer. Nice to meet you, my name's Jamito. I manage the alchemy store 『Giant of Gryphios』 in this city."

"Oh, I've heard, quite a lot, things about you. The name's Nobusada. I am but a humble adventurer."

"Fumu, no need to beat around the bush then. How about it, interested in working at our store? I'll prepare anything you want, be it women, money or anything."

"I decline. I don't think you can provide the things I want."

"Haahaahaa, prompt answer huh. I see that you're quite infatuated with Sefirot-kun... Well, I'd advise you to change your mind quick. And I recommend you do so while we're still acting in modesty."

He came here in haste to either recruit or remove us because we launched new products huh. I decreased the effectiveness to avoid all this, but I guess this guy didn't get the memo. Now that they're threatening us, I've got no choice but to prepare some measures to defend ourselves.

"I'm the only one who can make that, so there's a limit to how many you can produce, it's not possible to manufacture. I'd prefer if you give it up."

In actuality, it is possible in times. But there's no way I'm telling this guy.

"I have no idea what kind of method you're using, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. I hate the words 'give up', you see. I will be excusing myself today. Let us meet again somewhere."

Jamito left after saying that.
I don't want to see you again though. He had six people guarding him. Averaging at level 23 huh. Looks like I need immediate improvements on my level and techniques. I need to obtain either power or techniques to easily neutralize those guys at least. I'm extremely lacking experience in group battle after all.
Looking at Sefi-san, she's biting her lips like she's enduring something.

"Sefi-san. Forgive me for getting you involved in all this weird stuff because of my creations."

"Uun, I couldn't do anything myself. I'm sorry Nobu-chan.... But the fortitude you showed against that guy made me fall for you all over again."

Please don't say such embarrassing stuff head-on. You're making me blush.
That aside, I should hasten the pace and go to dungeon today. I've made quite a lot already anyway, it should manage.

"Sefi-san. I'm going to move my schedule and go to the dungeon today."

"Nobu-chan..."

"I've split pre-made materials in each rucksacks, make sure to use them okay. Oh and I'd like to buy a magic pouch. I think I'm gonna bring a lot of foodstuff with me. Those guys should shift their attention away from here if I show myself going into the dungeon."

"You can use this magic pouch. Don't worry about the money, just come back safely okay, Nobu-chan."

"I'll take up on your kind offer. I'm going with Tama-chan, so everything will be alright. You too Sefi-san, please immediately run to Adventurer Guild if anything happens. I'll tell Master about this through Eleanor-san. Well then, I'm off."

I left the store while being sent off by Sefi-san who gave the pouch.
Let's head to Boss-san's store first. Think it's about time he's done with the Iron Ant Queen's armor?

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"Boss-san, you inside? How's the progress with the armor?"

"Ou, Nobusada. It's all done. Take a look! I put my all into 'em!"

Boss-san who greatly resembled a certain famous bearded plumber put the finished equipment on the table while showing off his white teeth. Looking at his face, seems like he's got to make something he's fully satisfied with.

Iron Ant Queen Set (Breastplate, Gauntlet, Legging, Headband)
Quality: High - Enclosed Mana: 11/11
Material: Iron Ant Queen's Shell - Iront Ant Queen's Feeler
『Set of Iron Ant Queen Armor』 made by Maurio. The gauntlets are both armor and a weapon. Better mana conductivity than Iron Ant Series and improved physical and magical defend. Yet the weight hasn't changed, thus it's a pure performance increase.
Gift: 【Acid-proof】

They're more jet black than the dark blue Iron Ant set was. I mean, my inner clothing is black too, so I'm covered in complete black now, haa haa haa... Let's get other color when I'm buying clothes next time.

I tried wearing them, and hardly felt a change in weight. However, when I tried to activate Mana Clad, I felt that it was multiple time more momentous than before. I got something good indeed.
Moreover, it has a Gift. I rarely ever saw acid-spewing enemies, but it's better than nothing. Wonder if Boss-san has blessing of some sort too? Seems like my current Discerning Magic Eye can't see that deep yet.

"Thanks so much, Boss-san. I'm going to the dungeon now, so these will really help."

"Mu, why so sudden. Something happened?"

I'm hesitant to get Boss-san involved, but I should at least tell him about the circumstances. Coming to that conclusion, I explained what happened earlier.

"Hoo I see. I've met that guys before at the market, he's one stubborn fool. Watch your back."

"Yes, I'll be sure to."

"As for that lady, I'll take care of it. Just focus on coming back home safely."

"Boss-san... I will definitely come back and report to you about these equipment. See ya!"

Keep it a secret that I was actually tearing up to Boss-san's chivalry, okay. Wonder why, feels like I've been blessed with nice people ever since I got here.




Afterward, I explained the situations to Eleanor-san at the adventurer guild and made arrangements so that Sefi-san could seek refuge with Master if worst comes to the worst. I also told her that by going to the dungeon, I would act as a diversion to them.
She was worried about me, really sorry for that. I gotta get even stronger to break through this situation.











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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 185

Chapter 185 Strongest Sage, Hand Over Book

 

"Ok then, are you ready?"

Giruas drew out his sword as he said that.
However... We probably should at least establish the rule considering this is a test.

"What about the rule?"

"The fight is decided when either side gets knocked out or gives up. I won't use magic, but you aren't disallowed to yerself."

"...You won't use magic? Are you going easy on me?"

Giruas's mana reaction is definitely that of a magic fighter.
If he's not fighting with magic, there is no other explanation than him going easy.

There's no point in this match as a test if he fights like such, but...

"Yeah nah, I've never used magic in my life. This guy is the only thing I use."

Giruas took a stance with his sword.
He also activated body reinforcement magic right at the same time.

Yet... It doesn't seem like Giruas is telling a lie at all.
Or to be more precise, he has no intention to lie.

--I understand the source of the odd feelings I got now.

"...I see, he did it unconsciously huh."

It appears that Giruas is not aware that he's using magic.
He's simply controlling his inner mana through his senses and reinforces his body through that.

Of course, it's not possible for an ordinary human to use magic without being aware of it.
However, geniuses can be found every now and then.

"Unconsciously... What are you talking about? Meh whatever. Let's get it on already."

Giruas readied his sword.

I too drew mine out while checking the surroundings.
Several guild staff including the branch head have already positioned themselves around the training ground, observing us.

They're probably acting as the witnesses of this test.
I wonder if I should show a fight that's easy to digest for them.

"I'm ready. Come at me anytime."

"Gotcha, ya asked for it."

Giruas rushed up and thrust his sword at me.
His sword was buffed with a half-baked version of 『Toughening』 and 『Steel Slash』 as he thrust it.

I make a counter attack while parrying his sword to the wayside.
Frankly speaking, I could have ended the fight right here and now if I wanted to.

...And honestly, Giruas's way of fighting can't really be called that of magic fighter.
He's just fighting randomly while relying on his talent.
Alma is far better at technical level than him.

Well since Giruas never learned magic training in earnest, this should come as no surprise.
Rather I'm impressed that he could reach this level despite the fact he isn't even aware that he could use magic.

While thinking so, I swing my sword at Giruas, with just enough force not to end the match.
Seems like it took Giruas everything just to block the attack though... What surprises me is how he's quickly improvising mid battle.

This guy probably has never fought with someone stronger than him before.
After all, simply swinging a magically enhanced sword around would afford you victory unless the opponent is powerful.

And he used this opportunity of fighting someone that can't be beaten with brute force alone to learn how to fight against one such opponents.
Still, this is the first I've met someone who could improvise this quick.

"Oy, don't tell me, yer' holding back on me, aintcha?"

...I was being careful not to let him notice that, he's got good intuition.
Is this also thanks to his overwhelming talent that prevail over technique.

Trying to deceive this kind of opponents would net the opposite result.

"Yeah. I was... if you want to make me fight seriously, try doing it yourself first."

I kicked off a barrier I put mid-air and slashed at Giruas.
Giruas shouts out loud while guarding against my sword.

"...You said it! I ain't gonna hold back no more!"

His body reinforcement got strengthened with that shout.

"Eat this!"

Giruas slashed at me.
I was going to parry the sword like I did before--but this time Giruas took on a different path.

He jumped up right before our sword clashed.

Of course, jumping up is the height of folly for a fighter who can't use magic.
You're fully exposing yourself to attacks the moment you jump until you've landed.
The reason why part of the way of the sword puts importance on moving around with your legs on the ground is to shave off even a bit of instances you find yourself in such a situation.

And that also applies to Giruas who cannot use other magic besides body reinforcement.
At least that should have been at the beginning of this match.
--However, the current Giruas is not the same as before.

The jumping Giruas emitted mana from the sole of his feet, and then he made an air-kick-like move through the force generated from that.
Amateurish, technically speaking, but it's undoubtedly magic.

It's as if he was mimicking the maneuver I did before with a spell he made on the spot.

And Giruas swings down his sword at me while I'm taken aback.
It's a blow that takes advantage of gravity alongside body reinforcement.
An ideal sword art to push down your opponent with brute force.

--I face that sword from the front, and cut it down.
I'm not using any kind of special technique.
It's just a straight sword swing with body reinforcement magic.

Giruas was blown away without barely any resistance.
He probably never imagined that he would lose in a battle of brute force.
Since Giruas had always won through brute force up until now, he tried to create a situation where the clash would revolve around brute force.

I step forward toward him and put my sword on his neck.

"Now then... Still wanna go?"

"I give."
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Giruas muttered while looking vexed when he saw the sword pointed at him.

"Tch, my first lose since I was born. From the beginning to the end, it never felt like I could win... It's more frustrating than I thought."

Giruas stood up after saying that.
And then he asks me.

"Please tell me. How do you get so strong?"

I considered inviting Giruas to our party for an instant, but I immediately threw away the idea.
This type of person will grow better if you leave them to their own devices.

...That said, I guess I can at least give him some pointers.
I've got just the right thing with me after all.

"Read this book. Whether you could get stronger than me or not, it all depends on you... But I can guarantee that you have the talent."

I hand over a thick book to Giruas.
The title 『Second Royal Academy Textbook - Magic Volume - Complete Version』 is written on the cover.

This book may have second academy on its title, but it's not like it can't be used by anyone other than second academy's students.
Rather, it's better if the book is spread out in the entire country to fight off demons.

Though the one being employed at Second Royal Academy of Eis Kingdom is the 『Simple Version』, a greatly simplified version of this 『Complete Version』.
Apparently, the complete version is too complicated, only a few researchers were able to even read it.

"...You makin' fool outta me?"

"I'm dead serious."

"This is a magic book no? No way you can fight while making yerself full of openings by chanting and stuff... Even you Mathias can't use magic right?"

"I can. I even used some in our fight just now... True magic need not chanting."

I light up a flame on the tip of my finger without a chant.
Giruas opened his eye wide when he saw that.

"Giruas, you too casted body reinforcement magic on yourself unconsciously... Once you're able to master it consciously, you should get far stronger than you are now."

"...And the way to do that is written in this textbook thingy?"

"That's right."

Giruas opened the book when he heard that.
And immediately frowned.

"What the crap with this stupidly hard book. I feel depressed just looking at it... Is this thing seriously used as textbook?"

"Unfortunately, that book was rejected because it was too difficult. I've got a simpler version of the book with me here, do you want that instead?"

I took out the 『Simple Version』 as I said that.

"...This book ain't difficult just for the sake of it yea?"

"Yeah. The simpler version could get you stronger, but if you want to truly get strong, it's the complete version."

"Got it. I'm taking this book."

Giruas put the complete version into his pocket.
And then he asks me with a slightly hopeful face.

"...By the way, d'ya know a spell that makes you good at reading? I'm bad with studying y'see. I got headache every time I tried reading a book."

"Unfortunately, nope... By the way, the healing spell written on page 132 is effective for headache just so you know."

"I wanted to read this without getting one in the first place..."

Giruas opened the book while muttering... He grimaced in 10 seconds flat, and folded the book.
Yup. Looks like it'd take some time before this guy read through the entire book.

However, there is no doubt that he'd get stronger.
The desire to get stronger, fondness of battle, and most of all, talent.

There's no future where such a person doesn't get stronger when they're given the right magic theory.

"Oh yea, I forgot. You passed the test... Don't think anyone would complain after watching the fight just now."

Giruas looks at the branch head.
The branch head nodded like he consented.

This means we've ranked up to Rank A now.















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