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Okami wa Nemuranai 38.5_6

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Someone asked to see <Comet Cutter>, thus Lecan generated the magic blade in front of everyone. They got really excited.

All of them were thrilled when they found out <Skeleton Ogre Zoltan> had reached floor 121. They started boasting about Zoltan as if he was their father.

"No no no. Ain't no telling if he stopped at floor 121. We're talking 'bout Zoltan here. Man might even got to floor 150. Don't you think so, Lecan-san?"

"Right, yeah. I've no idea how far Zoltan got either."

"See, Zoltan is great. Ain't it, y'all! Tell me so!"

'He is, he is', they shouted.

"Cheers for the great adventurer <Skeleton Ogre Zoltan>!"

They never got tired cheering for Zoltan.

They would go on to narrate heroic tales of Zoltan Lecan was unaware of.

(Zoltan.)

(So many people looked up to you.)

None blamed Lecan for killing Zoltan. Lecan believed that it was because there's no point to it.

All of a sudden Nark stood up and shouted.

"Guys, listen! This Lecan here hails from the same land as Zoltan!"

"What? Is that true?"

"Of course it is. Ain't it, Lecan?"

"Yea."

"Where'd Zoltan come from anyway?"

"Both me and Zoltan are <Descenders>. We descended from the same world."

"I knew it."

"Is that world full of adventurers like you and Zoltan?"

"No. Zoltan is a special case."

"Damn, that's awesome! Zoltan really is someone special!"

"Oy, hold it! Zoltan's been in this town since my father's days. He sometimes went off somewhere though. How long ago has he been in this world?"

"He told me he got here more than 50 years ago."

"More than 50 years ago?"

"He'd been away from his homeland for so long."

"And then, he encountered an adventurer from that same world after 50 long years."

"Damn."

"He must be ecstatic. He must be nostalgic."

"Lecan, Lecan. Did Zoltan enjoy the fight with you?"

"Yea. Said that was most fun he had in a fight."

"Guys! Cheers for Zoltan's final fight!"

Lecan kept drinking his booze without feeling tired about it mysteriously enough.

Arios quietly listened to everyone else.

Nark, Nell and even dining customers easily accepted how Lecan fought Zoltan and how he cut down knight Torog. Which surprised Lecan, but thinking again these people live in a dungeon city. Their sense of things differ from Vouka's populace.

The feast continued on tirelessly.



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The morning after, Lecan took his time getting up.

"Arios."

"Yes."

"Got a plan to go out today?"

"No. I'll be staying here all day long."

Lecan mounted an attack on General Dungeon Administrative office yesterday. Pretty much a declaration of war to the townlord. The other party won't stay silent.

That's fine with him. Doesn't matter what kind of tricks they're going to employ, he's just going to respond in kind.

That's fine and all, but he's worried about Nark and Nell. He must keep an eye on them for the time being.

"Yeah? I'm heading for the workshop to ask if they're done with our armor."

"Yes."

They weren't done yet.

The three <Grindam> members were also loitering around in the inn that day.

These guys and Arios have heard the circumstances from Lecan yesterday. Thus they're staying in the inn to keep a watch on Nark and Nell.

"You guys don't have to take days off the dungeon."

"Come on now, Lecan. Nark and Nell are like family to us. Besides, you're going to head out if knight Baiad asks for your presence right?"

"Yea, I would. Do you guys know this Baiad guy? What's he like?"

"We don't know him that well, but I think he's a decent one. Both Baiad and Haydent."

"Who's Haydent."

"He's the younger brother of Marquis of Tsubolt, Giluent Notz, and a townlord's aide. Father of lady Eliza, see."

"What's this Haydent guy like."

"He's a good guy. Despite his high standing, he doesn't lord people around. I think he's a prideful man in a good sense. Deals with everything impartially. Pretty skilled too."

"Yeah, he's strong."

"Yup, a good man."

"Fumu. What's the marquis like."

"I know nothing about someone as high up as the marquis. I've ever seen his face thrice."

"I have never seen the marquis myself."

"Same here."

"You never met the marquis yet know the younger brother well?"

"Lady Eliza is responsible for General Dungeon Administrative office, and these aides are above even her, they receive direct orders from the marquis to decide on how to manage the dungeon. So naturally they come to the dungeon. Though they don't actually dive inside in person."

"No. I heard he often delved in the dungeon in his younger days."

"Apparently he even got to floor 81."

"Eh? He's a depth-walker then! That's a shocker all right."

"Why'd the aides go in the dungeon when the marquis doesn't?"

"Listen now, Lecan. Is there a noble who owns a mine that works as a miner themselves? They might come visit workshops that process ores into commodity, but most would hire workers instead. Nobles' jobs are to manage things so to make them profitable and to use those profits. Some might want to control how to process ores into finished products, or try to sell those products to other nobles though."

"I see."

"We come to believe those aides are decent men cause they visit us on site despite their high standings. They even listen to us adventurers."

In the end, nothing happened that day.

Lecan used <Ring of Undying King> before he went to sleep and verified its duration. The effect expired after 13 beats of Lecan's heart.

Meaning the <Ten inner heart beats of the user> doesn't correspond to the user's heartbeats at the time of usage. It's probably unrelated to how fast or slow the user's heartbeats at the time, but there's some kind of criteria to it.

Meaning he ought to make his body remember the exact duration.

 

 

 

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Okami wa Nemuranai 38.4

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The knight is accompanied by two soldiers behind him. There's also many staff members nearby, but they're all hiding behind covers while watching the situation.

(Hou.)

(These three are pretty good.)

The knight spoke.

"I am an aide of the town lord, Knight Baiad Rengra."

"Lecan."

"Could you tell us what you're doing here."

"Knight Torog Benchara kidnapped innkeeper couple of <Rafin's Rock Terrace>, Nark and his wife Nell. Then he blackmailed adventurer Zoltan with them as hostages to kill me and steal the <Comet Cutter> I obtained in the dungeon. I came here after defeating Zoltan. After which I killed Torog and rescued Nark and Nell."

A rustle broke out. They must be surprised to hear Lecan beating Zoltan.

"Is that right. I was too late."

"Hm?"

"However, we cannot let you get away now that you have killed Torog-dono. Would you come with us to the townlord's mansion."

"I refuse."

"Hmu."

"I am fed up with this town's knights and town lord. I'm not gonna follow orders from a townlord who turned a blind eye to this outrageous act."

The two soldiers behind the knight let out their bloodlust and put their hands on their swords' grips.

Knight Baiad raised both his hands to stop the two.

"Quit it. You two cannot hope to compete with him. Never mess with depth walking adventurers, I've always been reminding you just that. Adventurer Lecan."

"What."

"Will you take those two to <Rafin's Rock Terrace Inn> then."

"Yea."
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"Will you stay at that inn for the foreseeable future then."

"Yea."

"We shall inquire the circumstances at a later date. Where is Zoltan-dono now?"

"He's dead."

Lecan passed next to knight Baiad after saying that.

He saw the expression Baiad had at the time. However, Lecan was unable to tell what emotion did that signify.

As Lecan walked off, Nark and Nell followed.

The three left the building.

A large crowd has formed around the building, the commotion inside seems to be circulated.

The crowd opened a path as Lecan walked.

Nobody else got in their way afterward.

The three didn't say anything until they reached the inn.

They walked in silent.

They arrived at <Rafin's Rock Terrace Inn>.

Bruska was inside when they opened the door.

"Nark! Nell! You're all right! Lecan, so you've gone and rescued them."

"Yea."

"You marched right into the General Dungeon Administration office?"

"Yea."

"Man, you're really unbelievable. Knew that already though."

Bruska who listened to the rough flow of events from Lecan looked regretful when he heard Zoltan's death, but he pumped his fist and laughed when he found out Torog's demise.

Nark and Nell went to lavatory first before they made something to eat and listened while eating, they never made any fuss or got mad.

Lecan thought Nark and Bruska would grieve and blame Lecan after knowing he had killed Zoltan, so their reaction took him by surprise.

Before long, Tsuinga and Yoana also came back.

Yesterday evening the three <Grindam> members were puzzled when they found Nark and Nell absent coming back here, so they went to ask the neighbors. The three concluded that it must be knight Torog's handiwork when the neighbors testified they saw the two getting taken away by General Dungeon Administration's soldiers.

They went to the General Dungeon Administrative office today to ask about it but since they couldn't get a satisfactory answer, they went and asked around instead.

As adventurers who have reached floor 100, they're acquainted with adventurers who have reached floor 90s. Depth-walking adventurers get special treatments in dungeon cities, and these three are more well connected than Lecan imagined.

Surprisingly enough, Nark and Nell went out shopping to prepare dinner. <Grindam> heated the bath themselves and went in.

While Nark and Nell were busy preparing dinner, Arios came back.

He left the town on the 15th, so it's only been five days since then. Though it's not like he ever said he'd be absent the whole ten days it'd take to repair their armor.

"I have returned. Eh?"

Arios froze up when he saw Lecan quietly sipping fermented liquor on his table.

"Did something happen?"

Lecan asked back since Arios was acting oddly.

"What are you surprised for?"

"Do you even have to ask? Have you defeated a dungeon boss or something?"

"What are you going on about."

"I see you haven't realized yourself then. Oh well, I suppose it doesn't matter."

"Weird guy."

Dinner was ready at last, <Grindam> joined Lecan and Arios's table. Nark and Nell have also joined today. The neighboring folks also came to check on Nark and Nell after finding out they're fine, along with dining customers, it turned into a festive dinner.

Lecan explained what happened while replying to questions. He disclosed how they reached floor 121, and how they got their hands on a <Comet Cutter>. How the number of magic beasts correspond to the number of people entering a room starting from floor 100, and how you must defeat floor 120's <Guardian> alone to open the path to floor 121. However, he said nothing about <Ring of Undying King>.

All three of <Grindam> were dumbfounded as they listened.

They were surprised about the discovery of floors beyond 120, but what shocked them most is the fact that the feat was accomplished by mere two people.

"You two are really not your ordinary adventurers."

"Indeed so. You two might end up leaving your marks in legend."

"What are you guys saying now. Ain't it obvious these two ain't no your everyday adventurers way back then."

 

 

 

 

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Okami wa Nemuranai 38.3

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Knight Torog recited a spell.

"<Wall of Magic (Zak Do Boa)>"

A wall made of magic emerged out of the small shield on his left hand. It's likely invisible to ordinary humans, but Lecan can see it.

Lecan raised his left hand and turned his palm toward Torog.

"<Flame Spear>."

A <Flame Spear> with a weak output he shot got repelled with a dazzling light when it hit the magic wall. It's an anti-magic barrier.

At the other side, Knight Torog is looking smug.

(Feels like I could break through it.)

(If I put just a bit more power.)

Knight Torog drew a sword on his left waist with his right hand. A beautiful white blade showed itself. Torog poured his mana into it. A magic blade wrapped the physical portion of the blade at once.

Knights and soldiers around are looking at Torog with admiration. Some even voiced out 'ooh' loud.

(A magic sword eh.)

(Oh yeah, wouldn't be odd if this guy had one.)

Torog took a stance with the sword. A solid stance.

(Intriguing.)

Lecan drew <Comet Cutter>.

And put mana into it. Just enough to manifest a blade at twice its length.

But he ended up putting too much mana and generated a blade thrice its length instead.

Knight Torog opened his eyes wide.

Lecan lunged forward. He instantly closed in the ten step distance at speed that surprised even himself.

Lecan swung the <Comet Cutter>.

<Comet Cutter>'s magic blade tore through the magic wall, and decapitated Torog.

The shield's barrier vanished, Torog's body fell down on the floor.

Torog also made an attempt to swing his sword but he was far too slow.

Lecan found it surprising.

(Thought he'd give a tougher challenge.)

(Felt like cutting a log there.)

(Guy must have been wallowing in self-conceit.)

People who are born in a good house, spoiled in their upbringings and put on a position where they can get all the best gear all they want are incapable of measuring up their own power, and then are led to believe they can defeat foes beyond their reach.

The knights and soldiers around them froze up at the unexpected turn of event.

Lecan recited a spell.

"<Lightning>!"

He shot a strong-ish one.

The ten soldiers got knocked out of their feet, but the two knights stood their ground despite stumbling down.
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(Hou.)

(Nice equipment.)

"<Lightning>!"

The two knights couldn't stand up against the second <Lightning> and fell down the ground.

Lecan walked between the fallen knights and soldiers, and stood in front of the door to conference room.

Two soldiers are holding their swords up high on the other side.

"<Lightning>."

He managed to cast <Lightning> beyond the door and knocked the two soldiers out.

He opened the door.

There they are.

Nark and Nell.

They've been laid further in the room.

Lecan got to them and shook them up but they wouldn't wake up.

(Were they made to sleep?)

Can't tell the state of these two at. However, their complexions don't look bad, their bodies are still warm and they're breathing fine. They must have been made to sleep with drug or magic.

"<Recovery><Recovery>."

The two woke up.

They were just fainted, Lecan's <Recovery> managed to rouse them.

He was going to use <Dagger of Harut> if that didn't work, there was no need it seemed.

"Lecan!"

Nark shouted when he realized Lecan in front of him.

"I'm here for you. Let's go back."

He cut off the rope tying the two.

"<Recovery><Recovery>."

He cast another set of <Recovery> on them just in case.

The two were clearly looking better afterward.

"Can't believe you managed to get this far."

"Yea. Let's go back to your inn."

"Can we?"

"It's your home, why can't you."

"Haha. You got a point."

Lecan took a step out of the room.

To the left is the administrator's office. Then further left of that room is a room with many magic tools inside. Lecan could feel three people with strong mana in that room but they don't seem like they're going to get out of that room. Yet he cannot be negligent here. They might come at him when he showed them his back.

As Lecan left the room, the two followed.

"Uwaa..."

Nark stared in amazement at the swooned and some convulsing knights and soldiers.

"Uu."

Then his face grimaced when he saw Torog's dead body.

"Ya gone and done it eh. Ain't that Torog-sama?"

"Yea."

"Kyaa!"

Nell screamed when she saw the headless corpse and clung to Nark.

"Let's go."

As Lecan walked off, the two followed.

Their steps are firm. Nell didn't complain even once.

These two are mentally tough, as expected of innkeepers in a dungeon town. Thinking again, Nark was a former adventurer even.

They got down the stairway to floor 2. There were a lot of people on the second floor, but they all quickly scampered away when they saw the three.

Lecan kept his guard up while going down the stairs.

The ceiling is packed with magic tools set up there. No telling what kind of functions they have. Yet Lecan can't exactly destroy them all as they walk.

(No wait.)

(Might as well wreck them all up.)

As he got down the stairs onto floor 1 with that dangerous idea in mind, a well dressed knight stood in their path.

 

 

 

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The sun was high in the sky.

(Well damn.)

(It's noon already.)

(How long did I sleep anyway?)

His duel with Zoltan may have been very dense but it shouldn't have taken that long.

Lecan went back to <Rafin's Rock Terrace Inn> right after lunch yesterday. After which he headed straight for the dungeon. The duel should be over before nightfall and then Lecan went to sleep. And yet it's noon now. He's way overslept.

(Now then.)

(Let's go.)

Lecan made his way to General Dungeon Administrative office.

The office's front entrance is situated directly to the opposite of the dungeon. Lecan went around several buildings and stood before the front entrance. There are other entrances on the building's sides, but going through the front would net the shortest route to his destination room.

Lecan searched the building's third floor with <3D Perceptions>.

Chubby told him that the two are in a room next to the chief administrator's room.

That administrator's room was probably the room he had a discussion with Eliza the other day. With that guess in mind, Lecan searched the rooms neighboring administrator's room.

(There it is.)

(This must be it.)

There are two people laying on the floor in a room to the right of the administrator's room. He can't tell in details at this distance, but they seem to be tied.

(Don't tell me they've been kept like this.)

(Since they were taken yesterday?)

Someone is sitting in the back of administrator's room. It's probably Torog.

Lecan probed the surroundings, but there's nothing especially threatening personnel strength-wise. They probably never imagined someone would launch an attack here.

Then he looked for the route to get to the third floor from where he is.

(Now then.)

(Let's do this.)

Lecan got up the three step stairs and went for the door.

"State your business here."

One of the soldiers standing guard asked.

"I'm here to fetch my acquaintances on floor three. Passing through."

"Hold it."

"<Lightning>."

The soldier was about to catch Lecan's shoulder when he got hit by <Lightning> and crumbled down on the spot. The <Lightning> was supposed to only be a diversion, but Lecan poured a bit too much mana into it and cast a quite strong one instead. But he's probably not dead.

Lecan kept walking ahead.

'We're under attack', the soldiers made a huge fuss.

Lecan nonchalantly passed by the spacious lobby on the first floor.

As he was about to enter a narrow stairway connected straight to the third floor, a knight came slashing at his back.

"<Lightning>."

Lecan didn't even turn around as the knight got fell down collapsing.

On the second floor, one knight and five soldiers were already waiting to ambush him.

"<Lightning>."

He managed to knock out all six at once.

Lecan kept walking up the stairs.

Then he reached the third floor at the end.

As he left the stairway, he was met with a partition wall completely blocking his path. This wall wasn't here earlier. Lecan could feel mana involved, some sort of magic tool must have been used to create a partition wall this huge.

Lecan raised his right hand with its palm facing the wall.
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"<Flame Spear>."

He lightly shot out a <Flame Spear>.

He was going easy, yet the <Flame Spear> came out stronger and bigger than he anticipated, and opened a huge hole on the partition wall.

"Fumu. <Flame Spear><Flame Spear><Flame Spear><Flame Spear>."

Lecan shaved down the wall with five <Flame Spear> and left it behind.

His magic is doing really well today. Abnormally so. Almost even feels like he could shoot out 100 <Flame Spears>.

Lecan kept walking ahead in the unmanned corridor.

There were supposed to be some people in the corridor earlier, but they're now hiding in the rooms, holding their breaths while watching the situation.

Lecan's footsteps echoed in the eerily quiet corridor.

At the other side of the corridor, two knights and ten soldiers came out of some rooms, blocking his path. Knight Torog Benchara showed up behind them.

The room where Nark and Nell are held is right behind Torog.

Lecan kept walking ahead.

Two knights and ten soldiers drew their swords. The two knights had shields on their left hands.

Lecan stopped walking ten steps ahead of them.

"I'm getting Nark and Nell back. Get out of the way."

The knights and soldiers just kept glaring at Lecan without moving their mouths or bodies.

Just as Lecan was about to take a step forward, the soldiers made way for Torog to come out ahead of them. His sword is still sheathed. He's got a small shield on his left hand.

He's wearing different equipment than his usual ones. Heavy armor. And yet he's able to move around unhindered, shows how much strength this knight Torog has.

(Nice stuff he got there.)

(All Grace Gear, I see.)

(And some miscellaneous magic tools.)

(I can smell danger from that dagger on his right waist.)

"I heard a report of you going in the dungeon. Did you turn back on your way there?"

He sounds composed.

He's full of confidence in his own safety.

"I'm here for Nark and Nell."

"I would like to confirm one thing first. You really are not a magic knight of Palcimo then?"

"Told you. I'm an adventurer."

"Then there is no need to hold back. Oh one more thing. Where did you get your <Free Box>?"

Lecan had no idea what he was talking about for a moment there, but then he remembered.

Eliza believed that Lecan's <Storage> is this <Free Box> developed at Palcimo.

"If this <Free Box> you're talking about refers to newly developed <Box> at Palcimo, I don't have one."

"Oho? Has someplace else developed them then? Fumu. In any case, we can simply investigate it once it's in our hands. You shall meet your end here."

 

 

 

 

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Lecan woke up and raised his body's upper half.

Zoltan's body is lying next to him.

There should have been a pool of blood, yet there's little traces of it left on the darkened dungeon floor.

Zoltan looks like he's sleeping despite his missing right arm, cut throat and a hole in his chest. Lecan cannot see a hint of dread and sadness that come with death from Zoltan's body.

The hole on his armor is mostly repaired. It was cut on the right side and a hole was opened in the chest area, yet there's only a small tear and a little hole left on it now.

(He put Self-Repair on the Phantasmal Verdant Hornet armor huh.)

Something caught Lecan's eye. <Shield of Wolkan>.

The other half of the cut <Shield of Wolkan> was lying on the ground a bit further away.

(There's probably no way to fix a Grace Gear.)

Despite thinking that, Lecan picked up the remnant nonetheless.

As he stood up, he realized how he was no longer fatigued and felt weirdly energetic.

He briskly walked, picked up the broken piece and put it in <Storage>.

He also picked up the broken splinter of Zoltan's Solid Sacred Silver sword and put it in <Storage>.

His body feels awfully light.

To run at full speed and jump around right away. It feels like his body is demanding him that.

Lecan feels a sense of omnipotence like he's capable of doing any kind of maneuver the way he is now.

(Haha.)

(Looks like my body is still itching to go at it.)

The fatigue and lethargy he had before going to sleep are completely gone.

He took <Ring of Undying King> from <Storage> and stared at it.

"<Appraisal>."




<Name: Ring of Undying King>

<Type: Ring>

<Spawn Spot: Dungeon Daina Floor 100>

<Depth: 100>

<Grace: Invincible>

※Invincible: Receive no damage from any and all kinds of attacks for a duration of ten inner heart beats. Activation spell is <Tiri Warda Roa>. This Grace can only be activated once a day.

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This ability is simply unbelievable no matter how many times he read it. He doesn't really get the meaning of <Receive no damage from any and all kinds of attacks>. Does that mean physical and magical attacks. How about stuff like paralyze and sleep. How does it recognize something as an <Attack>.

He simply needs to put it into practice if he wants to know the answer.

Lecan gets all giddy when he thinks about it.

He realized he's starving.

Bodily and magically speaking.

(Hm?)

(I should have gotten my mana refilled by <Guardian Jewel of Mana> before I went to sleep.)

(The Mana Restorative pill should still be effective too.)

The mana flowing from <Guardian Jewel of Zana> back then did stave off his mana starvation. Yet he's feeling hungry for mana now. But it's not a hunger from being tired, it's more like a healthy appetite.

He took a large magic stone and absorbed mana off it.

Yet his mana starvation wouldn't cease even after that. This is odd. Two magic stones this size should completely fill Lecan's mana pool.

He took another magic stone and absorbed mana off it while finding it weird. Surprisingly, he also completely sucked out the entire mana of the second large magic stone. And yet it didn't fill him full.

Feels like he could take in another one.

Lecan realized his senses weren't working right at this point.

When you're drunk and feeling too excited, you're led to believe that you can keep eating more and more food. That's because your senses have been numbed, trying to stuff yourself full when you're like that is a fool's errand.

Lecan went to the floor entrance. He turned around and bowed before entering the stairway. A very long bow. Then he warped to floor 50.

As he stepped on floor 50 from the stairway, a party of eight adventurers were having a discussion near the entrance. He passed by them.

The eight were looking at Lecan weirdly as he was walking alone deeper into the floor.

Lecan arrived at a deserted place, then he put <Ring of Undying King> in his left ring finger. He tried loosening and gripping his left hand into fist.

(No good.)

(It's hitting the Silver Ring.)

He took off <Ring of Undying King>, changed the Silver Ring's spot from his middle finger to ring finger, and put <Ring of Undying King> in his index finger.

(Would've preferred not having that many ring in my index finger.)

(But this ring's quite thin and doesn't get in the way.)

(Should be fine.)

He took <Necklace of Intuador> off and put it in <Storage>.

He took <Wand of Harvos> from his <Storage> and grabbed it with his left hand. It's the wand Shira gave him when he was learning <Dash Flare>. It played a vital role in the fight against Dungeon Ninae's boss. An exceedingly superior wand at mana control and mana convergence. He's got <Sword of Rusk> on his waist.

Lecan kneaded mana and stepped in a room.

"<Barrier>."

He put up an anti-physical <Barrier>. There's four <Black Body> and two <Red Body>, they look like they're moving in slow motion to the Lecan now.

He waited for the four <Black Body> trudged toward him.

All four of them have axes for some reason.

They finally launched their offensive.

His <Barrier> was exceptionally well put, it blocked their attacks without any problem. This might be the first time he's ever put up such an unwavering <Barrier> like this.

Lecan took a step forward.

The <Barrier> is looking good. It's stable.

He took another three steps forward.

It's not wavering at all. His <Barrier> is extremely stable. Looks like he can move around quite freely at this rate.

The <Barrier> kept easily blocking <Black Body>'s attacks.

Then the <Red Body> opened its mouth, and started howling 'BOAAA.'

(Alright.)

Lecan timed undoing <Barrier> right before the magic attack hit him.

"<Tiri Warda Roa>!"

His whole body turned slightly dull white.

<Black Body>'s axes and <Red Body>'s magic came flying at Lecan.

However, he felt no pain nor even an itch.

There was an impact when the axes hit his body, but it's minuscule compared to what an impact from such attack should have been like.

It's working far better than he imagined.

Lecan drew <Sword of Rusk> with his right hand and cut down all six enemies with his left hand still holding the wand.

The ring's effect expired.

(Feels like it lasted longer than ten beats of my heart.)

(Gotta check that out in the next test.)

And now this ring is unusable for a day.

Lecan went back to the stairway, warped to the ground floor and exited the dungeon.

 

 

 

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"No fair."

Lecan came back to his sense when he heard Zoltan's voice. He was in a light daze after straining out all his mental power.

He got up and got closer to Zoltan. His body feels awfully heavy.

Still lying down facing the rocky ground, Zoltan muttered once again.

"You're, no fair, man."

The cut on his throat isn't completely closed. The effect of red potion seemed to have lapsed, its recovery had been stopped. The big hole on his chest also only closed a bit, not getting healed further. Yet it seems he still can talk in whisper.

"<3D Perceptions>, <Gust>, <Concealment>, <Flash>, <Fire Arrow>, <Recovery>, and also <Flame Spear> and <Lightning> eh? That thrust must have been some sort of skill too, no?"

Zoltan spoke feebly while breathing heavily, and yet his tone sounded somewhat peaceful. It even almost sounds like he's having fun.

The thought of giving him a Greater Restorative he brought from the old world never even crossed Lecan's mind.

The loser dies. This was that kind of match.

Besides, looking at Zoltan now, it's obvious that his age is catching up to him fast. Even if he used a Greater Restorative, it would only be a temporary stopgap. And most importantly, that will likely go against this man's wish.

"To top it off, an item that generates magic barrier, Overking Bear overcoat, <Shield of Wolkan>, and <Comet Cutter>. Shield that gives you crazy strength. You're way unfair."

'I could say the same to you.' thus Lecan tried saying, but he couldn't put power in his belly and no word came out.

No, it's far from same. <Gale>, <Shadow Blade>, <Colossal Strength>, <3D Perceptions>. Then Phantasmal Verdant Hornet armor and that magic sword. Lecan wants to tell him you're the unfair one here.

(Haha.)

Lecan thought Zoltan was no fair for holding too much advantage. Yet, Zoltan thought it was Lecan who was unfair. It's all so funny when you think about it. But that's just how the world works sometimes.

"That was fun."

Zoltan smiled as he said that.

"Yea."

Lecan managed to squeeze out a word this time. An awfully hoarse voice.

"That was the most fun fight I've ever had in my life."

It hit Lecan then.

(Could it be.)

(A chance to fight me.)

(Was this man's goal all along?)

While his body can still move like he wants to nearing the end of his life, to die in the highest form of battle against the most fearsome adversary.

That must be Zoltan's wish all along.

Hostages and stuff were all nothing but pretexts.

Had he been told that his opponent wasn't Lecan, Zoltan would probably cut Torog down on the spot.

That possibility crossed Lecan's mind.

But that doesn't matter anymore.

It was a terrific fight.

Lecan would never forget this fight for decades to come.

A fight he could always look back to in satisfaction no matter how old he becomes.

That's everything.

And now that it's over, even who the winner is is but a trifling matter.

"There is a ring around my neck. Take it as yours."

"Ring?"

Zoltan closed his eyes. His candle of life is about to go out.

"J-just another sip of that booze..."

Zoltan died after muttering that.

Lecan sat down next to Zoltan.

And he just kept sitting there without thinking or doing anything.

His mana is gradually recovering thanks to ingesting mana restorative pill.

Just how much time has passed.

Lecan cast Recovery on himself, stood up and searched around Zoltan's neck.

There's a ring tied to a thin chain around it.

He took the ring off the chain and put it in his left palm.

It's an old-fashioned ring.

It's got no jewel attached to it.

Doesn't look like something valuable. Just an ordinary ring.

"<Appraisal>. What?"

<Appraisal> didn't work on it.

Lecan took his light brown wand, calmed himself down and recited the spell after preliminary casting.

"<Appraisal>."

The result came up inside his head.


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<Name: Ring of Undying King>

<Type: Ring>

<Spawn Spot: Dungeon Daina Floor 100>

<Depth: 100>

<Grace: Invincible>

※Invincible: Receive no damage from any and all kinds of attacks for a duration of ten inner heart beats. Activation spell is <Tiri Warda Roa>. This Grace can only be activated once a day.





"What! No way!"

What came out beggars belief. He appraised it once again. Same result.

(Receive no damage from any and all kinds of attacks for a duration of ten inner heart beats?)

(What in the hell.)

Ten inner heart beats are pretty much all the time needed for a high speed swordsman like Lecan to annihilate his foes. And Zoltan was also a swordsman capable of terrifyingly swift movements.

(Why?)

Why didn't Zoltan use this ring in his fight against Lecan.

Of course, that's because that wouldn't be fun.

It's highly likely he would have prevailed against Lecan had he used this ring at the right moment.

However, it would turn into a fight where he unilaterally cut down his foe all while ignoring their attacks.

He loathed to have such a boring victory in his final fight in life.

Hence he didn't use it.

(You damn skeleton bastard!)

In other word, Lecan didn't grasp his victory. It was given to him.

Lecan looked at late Zoltan's face.

He's got a peaceful satisfied look on his face.

(Up until the very end.)

(You're really something else.)

Thud, Lecan lay down on the spot.

He's got no drive to do anything now.

So he's going to sleep.

Once he gets up, he's gotta pay a visit to General Dungeon Administrative office, save Nark and Nell, and kill knight Torog. Just taking a gift like this wouldn't sit well with Lecan, he's obliged to save those two if he wants the ring for himself.

(Was this all within your calculations too?)

It's not just this ring.

It's difficult to even imagine just what kind and how many treasures this unusual adventurer had amassed. But there's no doubt that he must possess all kinds of objects with extraordinary ability. It wouldn't even be surprising if he actually got several items that rivaled <Ring of Undying King>.

<Boxes> in this world remain even after the owner's death, and anyone can take the content out but <Storage> from their old world can only have its content put and taken by its owner, and it will vanish when the owner dies.

Thus, with Zoltan's death, troves of treasures will be gone forever from this world.

And that's just another page in an adventurer's life.

(I'd love to breathe my last in a dungeon too.)

Lecan fell into sleep as he thought that.




[Episode 37 Death Match Floor 121] End/Next [Episode 38 The Fall of Benchara House]

 

 

 

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Lecan went in the crossroad through the right corridor and turned left.

Zoltan is standing 100 steps ahead of him.

Lecan's blood is seething.

He's never been in a fight where he keeps his fighting spirit flame burning at peak intensity this long. But it's not pain he's feeling. It's joy. His feeling of wanting to end this fight right away is mirrored with the feeling of wanting to keep this fight going on forever.

Lecan stepped toward his foe as his boots made rock hitting sounds.

Without a shadow of doubt, this man is his life's greatest adversary yet.

Zoltan has his usual magic sword in his right hand and a shield on his left. By a strange twist of fate, they ended up choosing the same equipment.

Lecan's breath is fiery. Like it's burning.

He grits his teeth to pin down his fighting spirit trying to escape out of his body. This is yet time to unleash it.

Zoltan lurched his neck to the right. Lecan saw that gesture as him saying, 'Let's end this with the next one.'

Lecan let out a subdued breath. His reply, 'That's the plan.'

Zoltan's expression had an abrupt change.

He opened both his eyes wide.

His usual buoyant aura vanished, replaced with a demonic face. Ghastly bloodlust overflowed out of his entire being. The bloodlust blew against Lecan like a storm.

Lecan was scared.

Which then turned into euphoria welling up from within.

The last time he felt fear to the point of wanting to run away was in his youth.

He will soon exchange blows with a foe capable of instilling him with fear.

The two adventurers take a step forward at the exact moment like they were in complete sync, then another, and lastly the third step which broke into a charge.



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Had there been spectators in this fight, none of them would be able to catch these two's figures in this instance. Their speed was such that it's just not doable.

Lecan charged straight at Zoltan.

Zoltan charged straight at Lecan.

The distance between two became zero in an instant as two storms clashed against one another.

Zoltan swung down the magic sword in his right hand as that clash erupted.

Against that, Lecan pulled away the <Comet Cutter> he had raised.

Zoltan's magic sword that should have hit <Comet Cutter> got stopped by Lecan's necklace's barrier, creating a bluish light outline mid air.

Lecan had wildly swung the shield on his left hand toward Zoltan the moment Zoltan raised his magic sword overhead.

Zoltan attempted to stop it with the shield on his left hand.

Up until this point, Zoltan had demonstrated how much his strength and burst of power outclassed Lecan. Which is why Zoltan must think that his imperfect stance would be more than enough to stop Lecan's shield.

However, the shield Lecan swung beat down Zoltan's shield, sending it flying into pieces.

By way of <Guardian Jewel of Zana>'s Grace.

In its current full mana state, any kind of weapon no matter if it's a club or a shield, gets an enormous boost in physical power just once.

Even Zoltan was taken aback at this and greatly lost his balance. His left hand got blown away backward, his legs also almost gave out.

Lecan gulped down a large blue potion he had in his mouth.

Zoltan swung his magic sword ignoring his balance loss. It was going to cut off Lecan's left wrist. Due to Lecan swinging his shield greatly, his left hand had come out of the necklace barrier's area of effect. Zoltan has fully grasped the barrier's range from all their previous clashes.

Lecan swiftly pulled his left hand, but he failed to completely dodge the swing as the magic sword hit his shield. The shield instantly broke into pieces.

"<Fire Arrow>!"

"<Blade>!"

The two recited spells at the same time.

Two point-blank <Fire Arrows> went at Zoltan's eyes.

<Shadow Blade> got stopped by Lecan's barrier, producing a light outline.

Zoltan lightly shook his face. As a result, the two <Fire Arrows> hit his face but missed his eyes. His face got gouged out by the <Fire Arrows> but Zoltan paid it no heed and recited another spell.

"<Devour>!"

The blue light outlined part of the barrier eroded away.

Then a slash came flying.

Zoltan performed the slash as he was falling down yet it accurately went through the eroded part.

However, Zoltan's slash missed its target as Lecan swiftly twisted his body to the left.

Zoltan dexterously twisted his body to regain his balance all while keeping his barrage of slashes.

However, a momentary opening was created then. Which is exactly what Lecan has been waiting for.

"<Lightning>!"

He used up a huge portion of his mana to shoot <Lightning> all around Zoltan's face. Of course Lecan would suffer some damage too casting <Lightning> this close. But he paid it no mind.

Lecan filled <Comet Cutter> with converged mana he had finished kneading.

"<Puncture>!"

Even if Zoltan possess a highly precise <3D Perception>, having <Lightning> wrapped around his face should still disorientate him for a moment. In that instance, Lecan unleashed <Puncture> skill at Zoltan's throat while expanding <Comet Cutter> to its maximum length.

Unbelievably enough, even in this situation, Zoltan swung his own magic sword at <Comet Cutter>. However, <Comet Cutter> which expanded out at terrifying speed and loaded with Puncture tore that magic sword into pieces, and pierced through Zoltan's throat.

Lecan immediately swung <Comet Cutter> to the left.

Even after having his throat cut, Zoltan still attempted to slash at Lecan with a third of his remaining magic sword.

Lecan's barrier didn't stop the magic sword. Since the sword has lost its magic.

But due to Lecan raising his left elbow as he took a step forward to hit Zoltan's right sword hand, the remain of magic sword never reached Lecan.

Zoltan's throat is recovering itself. He must have swallowed the second large red potion. However, its healing effect was diminished. Zoltan suddenly slowed down.

Lecan slashed <Comet Cutter> cutting off Zoltan's right arm from the elbow down.

A moment later, <Comet Cutter>'s magic blade vanished. Lecan hadn't mastered the magic sword enough to maintain its maximum length, and his mana pool was nearing its bottom.

Zoltan's left leg made a wind sweeping sound as it went at Lecan. However, that kick was far from sharp. Lecan easily dodged it by stepping backward.

Thud, Zoltan tumbled down.

Lecan lunged close to Zoltan and pushed his left palm against Zoltan's chest.

"<Flame Spear>!"

Lecan poured every last bit of mana he had left into this magic attack.

Even the Phantasmal Verdant Hornet armor and its high magic resistance was incapable of defending against <Flame Spear> with so much firepower at such a close distance.

The last resort <Flame Spear> pierced through Zoltan's chest, and hit dungeon wall behind him before exploding.

With a huge hole opened in its chest, Zoltan's body slowly fell backward.

Lecan also knelt down as dizziness assaulted him.

Then he could feel his emptied mana pool getting refilled back.

<Guardian Jewel of Zana>'s Grace.

This jewel has <Refill User Mana> Grace. At Ninae, the jewel also refilled Lecan's mana after it had been loaded full with mana and activated its <Physical Boost Boost> Grace.

Lecan was hit by a sense of despondency from exhausting stamina and willpower beyond his limit, and relief from mana soaking his body as he relived the fact that the death match is over.

 

 

 

 

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