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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 17-12

17-12. Changing World

 

Satou here. It's hard to notice when you live in it, but even my home town which I thought was unchanging, surprised me when I compared photographs in the span of 10 years. A series of small changes is hard to notice, isn't it.







"It's so peaceful~"
"Yes, peace is best."

I'm enjoying a tea time together with Aze-san while gazing upon a beautiful meadow of blooming flowers.
High elf of Boruenan Forest, my sweet Aialize-san is as lovely as ever today, I'm healed by just being next to her.

"The hectic times a few months ago feel like a dream now."

Half a year has passed by since I visited the Realm of Gods the second time.

I finished testing anti-god barrier-generating devices and all kind of countermeasures in half the first month then successfully mass produced and installed those devices near Purple Towers all over the world in the latter half of the month, yet peaceful days continued on without any critical moment occurring afterward.

The towers I had destroyed were restored back as mounds when I got back from my second visit to Realm of Gods. They've grown as big as other towers now.
Even the tower that ended on floor 30 the last time we conquered has gained additional floors up to 50 now.

"Satou, here, for candy."
"Candy, tasty."

Winged Fairies came flying in, demanding candy.

I took out a pile of candy I had stocked and made good use of it to veer these mood crushers' attention away.

"Huh huh? Nana, not here?"
"Nana, where?"
"Nana is currently away on training, so she can't come here today."
"Huum."
"'Kay then."

Looks like even the winged fairies who usually acted annoyed at Nana's excessive attention felt lonely when she stopped dropping by.

"Are Mia and the girls going to the tower again today? Aren't they pushing themselves a bit much?"
"Oh don't worry about that. I've made sure they get some rest as well."

I told the kind Aze-san not to worry.

The golden members are in charge of culling out monsters on upper floors which also serves as their training, while the silver members are taking care of the middle floors.

At first, without the support of Sera's holy magic every battle was exhausting and not really worth it, but then about a month later, the Purple Towers' God's Gauges were unnaturally filled up and battles got easier, making the towers a more efficient spot to level up than labyrinths.
Now that I think about it, that initial stage was probably a tutorial stage by demon god used to elevate God's Gauges exponentially.

At first, we went in and out the towers with the help of my or Arisa's teleportations, but two months later, the towers got a new teleportation device called Elevators, which anyone could use as a shortcut by obtaining an item called [Crest of Purple-Blue] from defeating bosses found on every ten floors.
And now, all I need to do is regularly checking on the girls' status and send out some support on some occasions.

"It will be fine, Aze-sama. They all come by here every ten days, don't they."

Miko Lua-san said so while bringing in more tea.

Unlike with labyrinths, the monsters in those towers won't die out even if you keep hunting them up, hence Liza and Arisa would have continued raising their levels without a pause if I left them to their own devices, in order to counter that, I have them take a stroll in the forest regularly as a refreshment.

"You'd better let them rest more. Those girls work too hard."
"Ooh, isn't it fine, Shiya. Gotta get to the limit while they're young, would be good for their growth."
"Poa's just too sloppy."

The elven masters were here enjoying tea before I knew it.

"So, have Pochi and the girls reached level 99?"
"Hahaha, of course no, not yet."

The golden members have reached the latter half of level 90 while the silver members are around 70 after half a year worth of training.

Fwoon, with that sound, a teleport gate appeared, and the girls in question came out of it.

"We're back!"
"Backie~"
"Back we are, nanodesu!"

"Welcome back", Aze-san gently welcomed the lively return of the girls.

"Master, look look! Look at Liza-san and Hikaru-cchi!"

--Oooh.

"Congratulations on reaching level 99!"
"Thank you very much, Master."
"Ehehe, thanks."

All other golden members besides Mia who's at level 96 have reached level 98 as well.

"Just so you know, we didn't do anything crazy okay. The tower in the neighborhood of Saga Empire's Capital got additional floors up to 70, you see. Thanks to that, there were more strong monsters we could fight for even better leveling."
"We thought the limit was floor 50, but at the rate it's going, those towers would get to floor 99 or 100."

Arisa explained the reason for their rapid level up, and Hikaru added her expectations.
Checking with Space magic, no other tower even had floor 51.

"We've brought back some super nice souvenirs today! The A5-grade marbled beef of Bahamut Mammoth!"

I have no idea whether it's a dragon or a mammoth from its name, but the meat that Arisa took out from her [Garage] looked so good my drool almost fell out just looking at it.
Gotta put my back into cooking this one here.

"There's Burning Pig amengugugu meat too nodesu!"
"And also Bear Shrimp~?"

Tama and Pochi went inside the Garage and brought back their recommended drop items.
Apparently, this meat was dropped 10kg each, we've got enough on hand.

I think Pochi mistook [Amazing] for [Amengugugu]?

All the meat had miasma seeped inside, so I unleashed the full power of my Spirit Light to disperse it away.
This trait is shared with meat found in labyrinths, so it's not a problem unique to Purple Towers.

"I'll go prepare our meal with Nea-san."
"Lulu-sama, we shall lend a hand as well."
"Thank you. I really appreciate everyone's help."

House Fairies (Brownies) gathered around Lulu.

Lulu lifted up the ingredients with force magic [<<Floating Board>>] and brought them to the kitchen. There's so much of it, but with Nea-san the elven cook and brownies helping, it should be no problem.

"Master, there were lots of treasure chests too, so I inform."
"Musical instruments."
"Hee, that's new."

Mia fetched all kinds of musical instruments from inside treasure chests Nana carried out.
So far, the stuff we found in treasure chests found in towers were equipment that would help in exploring the towers, or simply money or jewels, this would be the first time they found musical instruments in an exploration.

"That seems to be a sort of equipment. It's got 『Raise the effect of Curse Tunes or Curse Songs by 10%』 on its item info."

Hikaru taught us the result of analyze.

"Curse songs, they exist?"
"Yup, I once met a minstrel who could use Musical Magic before I ascended the throne back then, apparently, this musical magic cast curse tunes by playing instruments."

Looks like it's a tune and song version of chanting.
Looking at Map search, there's no one with Musical Magic skill.
It's probably some kind of a lost skill.

"Should I ask Core to make a skill orb for it?"
"Don't need. Music is to be enjoyed."

Mia shook her head left and right.
Her whip-like twin tail hair hit Nana's chest.

"Mia, twin tail attack is plainly painful, so I protest."
"Nn, bad my."

Mia apologized while holding her hair in both hands.

"Master, what should we do about these equipment? They're too weak for us or Karina's group, should we sell them to Shiga Kingdom's knights by way of Echigoya Firm?"
"Right. Let's purify the dangerous looking arms and tools and sell the unproblematic ones."

Due to the close proximity of an efficient leveling ground in the form of Purple Tower near the capital, many of capital knights have been challenging the middle floors of the tower in a shift system.
Lots of the knights lack the kind of equipment on the level of magic swords and such, I'm sure they'd be ecstatic to obtain upper floors' drop items that Arisa and the girls gathered.

"--Whoa, got a Pick-up signal from Karina-tan and the others, gotta go."
"Should I go instead?"
"Hmm, it was me who received the request, so I should be the one going."

For some reason, the silver members never asked me to fetch them even though it would have been easy with my Unit Arrangement. They're fine when I'm sending them though, so weird.

"It's not a matter of efficiency, but delicacy you know."

Hikaru told me an easy to understand hint when she saw me looking confused.
I see, they don't want an opposite sex see them while they're still unclean from their time in the dungeon.

Since Zena-san and Sera can use life magic, I believe they could easily do personal grooming even inside a dungeon, but I have a feeling that Hikaru would be amazed if I said that out loud, so I refrained.

"Come to think of it, have Ringrande and the others who have gone to Saga Empire area contacted you yet?"
"Yea, I got some letters."

Lady Ringrande and Emperor Sister Maryest--since the next Saga Empire's empress is supposed to be Lady Maryest's aunt, I probably should call her Empress Niece from now on--are currently exploring towers in Saga Empire.
Of course, they're not alone, they're in a group consisting of former attendants of Hero Hayato; light warriors Rusus and Fifi, Archer Wiyaryi, and priestess Loreiya.
Besides the two, other members have also joined my Bridal Knights publicly in order to dodge the ardent invitations to be reinstated by Saga Empire's bigwigs.

Additionally, I've sent silver member-level equipment to those girls through Echigoya Firm.

"Hmm, so they got a new vanguard huh. Ringrande-san had a really high opinion on her."
"Ah, you mean Brume-san."

Brume-san is an old lady who's also the mother of Shiga Eight Swords' leader, Julberg-shi.
She was a former attendant of a great hero of the past, a level 53 magic swordswoman when I first met her in Kubooku Kingdom's dungeon ruins back then.

"Those hero boys look to be doing fine huh."

Lady Ringrande sometimes wrote about the recent states of Hero Yuuki and Hero Seigi in her letters.
Both of them are helping with reconstruction efforts in the cities they visited while exploring towers in the outskirts of the empire.

"Oh and what about the remaining members of Bridal Knights?"
"Princess Menea is learning the basics at Selbira's Explorer School, while the rest are all non-combatants, so they're currently standing by at the Knights Garrison."

Princess Menea has Erina and newbie-chan as her escorts.

Sometimes they went on an expedition to the capital along with [Pendora] guys and explorer school's kids who wish to enter Bridal Knights and had a joint training on the tower's lower floors.
Transient members like Miss Rina who's working as an acting governor of Brighton City at Muno Marquisdom are members in name only, so they don't participate in the training.
Oh right, the hammer woman I saw last time was really Princess Awayuki herself.
I remember being surprised to see her among explorer school members for some reason.

From a letter Princess Menea sent me, apparently she's been getting along well with Princess Awayuki lately.
I'm a bit intrigued as to how those two of opposite personalities would end up becoming friends. I'll ask about it the next time we meet.


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"I'm back."

Arisa's voice resounded from the speaking tube while I was cooking with Lulu in the kitchen.
She must have brought the silver members back with her.

I asked Lulu to give the finishing touches to the dishes I have cooked and went back to the living room to meet the silver members.

"Aialize-sama, if you would please accept my apologies for visiting by with nary a prior engagement."
"Oh, please don't be so formal, okay?"

The dressed up princess Sistina greeted Aze-san.
Princess Sistina is dressed like she's going to a country-wide party or ceremony.

Next to her, Sera is donning an extravagantly elegant yet prim and proper dress, her impeccable natural make-up brings out the best of her beauty.
Zena-sand and Lady Karina are wearing tamer attires than the two, but they're still more well dressed than their usual attires in Solitary Island Palace.

"Everyone is firing all the cylinders."
"Well, of course. I mean they're facing off against their biggest rival. Since they know they'll be compared with, they might as well unload everything they have."

Hikaru and Arisa had that conversation in low voices.

I've never compared Aze-san to other girls in my life before, but perhaps it shows in my behavior and glances. I've got to be careful about that.

"Which tower were you girls exploring today?"
"It's the one that's close by Trade City Tartmina desuwa."
"We ran across Shiga Eight Swords-sama and their entourage along the way."

Lady Karina and Zena-san narrated the events unfolded there.
Those Shiga Eight Swords were culling out monsters on the middle to upper floors while also training the holy knights.

"Great teacher Heim was there too nodesu?"
"Yes, he was. His brilliant commanding helped defeated those monsters safely desuwa."

Pochi jumped onto Lady Karina's shoulder and asked.
She had been sampling food in kitchen until a while ago, she must have gotten a whiff of her favorite Lady Karina and ran here to meet her.

"Only commands~?"
"Of course not! His martial arts were wonderful as well!"

When Tama jumped on her other shoulder and asked, Lady Karina narrated about Heim-shi's tale with exaggerated gestures.
Each time, her demonic-infested breasts were--.

"Guil--"

Before she could finish it, I held Mia, who appeared out of nowhere next to me, up in my arm.

Whoops, that was close.
My line of sight was almost locked on to Lady Karina's chest.

"Satou-san."

Zena-san called me.
I thought she was mad about me glancing at Lady Karina's chest, but turned out it was for something else.

"I'd like to ask you something--"

Zena-san asked if she could talk with elven wind mages for the sake of her study.

"That's fine by me, but isn't it about time for Zena-san to choose your second magic?"

Since she's reached level 70 and all, her wind magic skill and one-handed sword skill must have been maxed out already, hence I think she should choose another magic skill that would complement wind magic before her skill points ended up getting allocated to some weird skills instead.

"About that, I've already made my choice after consulting to Arisa-chan and Mia-sama."
"So what did you choose?"
"It's Summoning Magic and Lightning Magic."
"Two of them?"

I can understand Lightning Magic since it's got a good affinity with wind magic, but I don't get the reason for her choosing summoning magic.

"Yes, I'm thinking of employing summoning magic for communication and reconnaissance use."
"Can't Sistina-sama's golems fill that role already?"
"Her highness's golems are for advance guard."

According to Zena-san, she would always react too late when they received surprise attacks while she was out scouting, some monsters even succeeded breaking through golems' line of defense.
Wind magic can also be used to scout, but there are locations inside the towers that mess with wind magic, so she can't rely on it alone.

"I understand. In that case, I'll go get Summoning Magic orb and Lightning Magic orb before today's end."

The diligent Zena-san was going to learn them from nothing, but at her level, doing that would be pretty tough without the help of skills, as such I got her to understand the usage of orbs.







"Master, I brought the orbs you requested."
"Thank you, Core Two."

Core Two in her adult form handed over the orbs.
She's the terminal body of Dejima Island's [Phantasmal Labyrinth]'s Dungeon Core found in the lowest floor there.

"Master, the Main Core is sulking, please come visit 『<<Dungeon Master Room>>』 every once in a while if you could."
"Isn't it connected to Core Two?"
"It does. However, she has developed an ego of her own."
"I got it. I'll drop by after dinner later."
"I'm very much obliged for Master's consideration."

Core Two bowed.

"Master, meal is ready--oh my, if it isn't Core Two. Care to join us?"
"Yes, Arisa. Main Core is probably going to sulk, but I shall put priority to Lulu's meal."

I headed to the dining room together with the two.

"Satou, Shizuka isn't coming she said."
"Got it."

Demon Lord Shizuka who lives in one of the sub-spaces I own prefers not to go to Boruenan Forest.
For a shut-in type like her, the free elves and the lack of privacy atmosphere here must be stressful to her.

"Satou."
"Master~?"
"Over here nanodesu!"

Mia, Tama, and Pochi grandly waved at me.

On top of a round table enclosed by everyone, dishes such as Bahamut Mammoth-made beef stew, steak, hamburg steak and even fresh Jingisukan are ready to be consumed.
Some of the Hamburg steak is made from [Burning Pig] meat.
We sliced this meat thin and fried it to make sweet-and-sour pork.

As a side dish, we made [Bear Shrimps] into stir-fry in chilly sauce and fried prawns, and also deep-fried batter as requested by Tama and Liza.

"Okay then, time to dig in."

After confirming that everyone has taken their seats and gotten their bowl of beef stew, I give a signal to Arisa.

"Itadakimasu!"
"""Itadakimasu"""

With Arisa leading, everyone said [Itadakimasu] in unison.
I fetched meat for Tama and Pochi whose hands couldn't reach, but then Arisa and Mia came along saying that I shouldn't discriminate, so I fetched them meat and vegetable dishes as well.

"Delissass~?"
"Beef stew is good and all, but Hamburg sensei is still the strongest nodesu."
"Pochi, cease with your tunnel vision. Jingisukan and sweet-and-sour pork are not to be underestimated as well."
"Deep-fried shelled-shrimps with batter is stronk too~?"
"Of course nanodesu. Meat has no highs and lows nodesu. Pochi just wanted to say that Hamburg-sensei is the strongest nanodesu."

The beastkin girls are having their usual lessons of meat in harmony.

"Curry really is too good desuwa."
『Karina-dono, holding your spoon in such a way will drip the curry down your clothes.』
"I'm sorry, Raka-san."

[Intelligent Item] Raka warned the delighted Lady Karina.
Even him and his impregnable defense loathe to protect Lady Karina's clothes from curry drips.

"Don't you think the meat in this beef stew will taste good in curry?"
"Umu, meat that goes well with beef stew will surely do well with curry as well."
"Alrighty, I'm gonna go ask Nea-san."

The two elven masters approved of Lady Karina's idea, Pochi's master, Miss Portomea ran to the kitchen where elven cook Nea-san was.

"The meat is nice, but these vegetable dishes are fine themselves."
"Nn, agreed."

Mia approved Princess Sistina's impression.

"That reminds me, the priests here are allowed to eat meat dish huh."
"Is there a temple that forbids consumption of meat?"

Sera tilted her head at Arisa's remark.
Looks like Sera found her favorite dish in the beef stew.

"Chilly stir-fried shrimps are good, so I report."
"It's a bit hot, but I agree, this sweet and spicy flavors are addicting."

Nana and Miko Lua-san are into the stir-fried shrimps in chilly sauce.
The winged fairies who had been latching onto Nana had their bodies dyed in orange color from the shrimps they got from Nana's plate.

"Zena-san, would you like a bite of this hamburg steak? Master grilled this himself."
"By Sa-Satou-san?! By all means!"
"I'll have some myself."

Lulu, Zena-san, Core Two went to fetch from a mountain of Hamburg steak right in front of Pochi.
I've sliced into small sizes, hope they enjoy the various flavors.

"Aze, gimme, that."
"I prefer, this one."
"Meat, for me."
"P-please don't talk all at once. Wait for your turn, okay."

Aze-san who's sitting next to me hasn't eaten any herself since she's full attending to winged fairies.

"Aze-san, aan."
"Aan."

Aze-san obediently opened her mouth as I carried a spoon of beef stew into it.

"Nn,ngugugu"

Seemingly surprised by me feeding her, Aze-san choked on her food.

"My bad, did I surprise you?"

I asked while rubbing Aze-san's back.

"I-I'm fine. Thanks, Satou."

Seeing Aze-san's sweet smile, I was lured into smiling myself.

Peace really is the best.








※ Next update is planned for 4/28.



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Okami wa Nemuranai 7.7

7



Floor 14 magic beasts are third rank Demon Bear magic beasts, Brown Furball (Goedig).

They look like giant brown furballs lying on the floor, but when you get close to one, it will reveal its true form. With arms raised high up, their height rivals that of Lecan.

Moreover, these magic beasts have an eerily huge face. So does their mouth. To rookie adventurers, the sight of these beasts leaping at you with their huge mouth wide open full of drools is the embodiment of fear itself.

However, these magic beasts would lie dormant until you get to a certain distance from it.

In other words, adventurers capable of ranged attacks will always get the first strike.

In addition, although the speed of their attack when they first come out of their camouflage may be fast, consequent attacks are sluggish, so long as you watch out for their bites, these magic beasts are not really a menace.

Lecan stops 20 step away from one, points his right forefinger forward, and kneads his mana.

"<Flame Spear (Bandroux)>!"

A flame spear flew off, gouged a third of the Brown Furball and landed on the ground behind it, scooping weed and soil there.

Lecan kept his arm raised.

A crawly sensation remains in his right forefinger.

--It felt like the magic flew straight forward thanks to this forefinger, and it also felt like this finger restricted mana that flowed through it. Fumu...

As he went on his way toward the stairway, he encountered another Brown Furball.

Lecan stops 20 step away from it, this time he grips all his right fingers and thrusts his fist towards the magic beast.

"<Flame Spear>!"

The spell didn't activate right away. A mass of spherical flame was generated in front of his fist, growing bigger while rotating in place before flying straight at the target.

An intense explosive sound echoed, the Brown Furball had been blown into bits.

Quite some power that was.

But could this really be called <Flame Spear>. It's probably a kind of modified <Flame Spear>.

He met another Brown Furball right before the stairway.

This time Lecan formed his hand like the shape of a blade and thrust it forward toward the magic beast.

"<Flame Spear>!"
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A wide flat flame destroyed the enemy this time.

--Not good. It got way weaker and lacked control.

Floor 14 magic beasts are fourth rank Sky Fish, Eyeball Redfish (Enuruch).

Lecan was a bit shocked when he first saw this magic beast, a giant eyeball floating in the air.

These magic beasts possess an exceptional detection ability able to detect faraway enemies unhindered by the dense formation of twisted pillars found here. Then it will patiently wait until the enemy comes within 30 steps from it before using <Petrification> on it.

Last time he encountered one, Lecan's entire body felt numb when he received an attack from this magic beast, but he immediately got free of the binding thanks to his ring and moved on to cut it down. Afterward, he defeated all other Eyeball Redfish before they could attack him by approaching them while hiding behind pillars. As such, he had no idea what they would do after using <Petrification>.

According to the handbook, it would latch its feelers into the petrified enemy and suck their body fluid dry.

This time, Lecan has a mean to attack from a distance as well. He also probably holds the upper hand in range, but thanks to the pillars scattered all over the place, he won't be able to see most targets within 30 step away either.

In other words, their chances are about even.

--Let's go with battle of speed.

In short, it's a match of cast time, whether his enemy would cast <Petrification> first or his <Flame Spear> first.

In the end, Lecan encountered two Eyeball Redfish before arriving at the stairway.

Lecan won both battle of speed.

However Lecan felt something amiss as he turned around before the stairway and said his thanks toward the magic beasts.






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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 270


Chapter 270 Strongest Sage, Fights Against Old Swordstyle

 



About an hour later.
Just as the waves of monsters have stopped coming, [Mira of Swords Extremers] speaks.

"Looks like it's over."

"Yea."

I move to a spot free of monsters' corpses.
We can finally fight now.

"Do you have enough mana? I can wait if you need to recover yours."

[Mira of Swords Extremers] asked me while readying his sword.
Of course, I've got enough mana.

...Since I barely used any in the battle just now.

"Yea. How about you, is your body holding up?"

"No problem... or not really, but this is good enough. This body won't heal just by resting."

[Mira of Swords Extremers] took a stance with his sword.
His eyes are bloodshot and breathing rough--but I could feel a wealth of experience in his stance.

『Umm... Why's Mathi-kun worrying about your opponent?』

『He'd be more obedient if he fought me with all his strength... We want this guy to lead us to other [Swords Extremers], can't let him die just like that.』

It's not like I'm being courteous here because I'm looking forward to fighting this guy.
There's a chance [Mira of Swords Extremers] won't tell the other guys in [Swords Extremers] about me if he loses in a way that doesn't satisfy him.

Let him fight with everything he has and crush him.
That's the only reason why I culled out all the monsters and created a situation that enabled a 1-on-1 fight.
Combatants are a creature that holds respect to an opponent they lost to in a fight they gave everything to.

"...Fight!"

[Mira of Swords Extremers] is closing the distance between us while moving like he's sliding around.
--A peculiar walking style.
As if he's moving left and right, making it hard for his opponent to discern.

I'm familiar with this move.
『Ias Swordstyle』。
It was a swordsmanship that competed to and lost against the prevalent [Loita Swordstyle] in the past era.

Of course, there's a reason why it went into a decline.
It's hard to discern movement of 『Ias Swordstyle』 users, fighting them could prove difficult if it's your first time against the style.
However, once you've seen through these movements, [Ias Swordstyle] is nothing more than an inefficient sword style full of wasted movements.

With that in mind--I took the [Ias-Style Swordmanship] stance myself.
Then I step forward into [Mira of Swords Extremers]'s range while swaying left and right.
I'm employing the same swordsmanship to show him the gap in strengths.

--Right at that moment, [Mira of Swords Extremers] swung his sword.
A swing without any wasted movements, going straight to cut my neck off.
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This one swing is not that of [Ias Swordstyle].
No wasted moves, tracing the most efficient track to kill enemy, this is a swing of [Loita Swordstyle].

A fusion between [Ias Swordstyle]'s bewitchment, and [Loita Swordstyle]'s killing power huh.
Anyone could come up with this idea--but one needs a considerable skill to actually use it at a high level.
This [Mira of Swords Extremers] must have been quite strong in his past life.

I brushed away his sword while thinking that.
And then--the sword flew off [Mira of Swords Extremers]' hand just like that.

"Wha..."

I thrust my sword before his neck while he had a look of shock on his face.
What happened just now is not because of the difference in physical strength due to this guy's incomplete resurrection.

My pure skill with swords is simply better than him.
That's all.

Outwardly, it may look like [Mira of Swords Extremers] just lost grip of his sword--but surely, the guy himself understands the most about the gap in our strength.

"Want another go?"

I asked the aghast [Mira of Swords Extremers].
But he shook his head.

"It's my loss... To think there's a combatant such as you in this era."

"So will you keep your promise on this fight's term?"

"...The losers have no right to refuse."

[Mira of Swords Extremers] cast a comm magic as he said that.
It's not like the one we're usually using, but a type that let other people in the area to hear the content.

"Can you hear me?"

"Ou, what's up?"

"Comm magic from you of all people, that's rare!"

We could hear those voices from the receiver side.
Looks like this spell is connected to other [Swords Extremers].






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Okami wa Nemuranai 7.4_5_6

4



Captain Doug made an exaggerated bow when he went into the room.

"I have brought adventurer Lecan with me!"

"Henjit-sama has granted his permission for that person to enter this room."

"Sir! Lecan-dono, if you would."

Lecan hesitated whether to get in the room or not for a bit.

After all, there are one knight with needlessly pompous equipment, two knights that aren't, and two men who wear exaggerated attires like that of officials occupying the majority of spaces inside not the relatively small room.

Captain Doug even had to get close enough to a soldier in the corner of the room that their shoulders touched to make enough room for Lecan to enter.

"Show your respect to Henjit-sama!"

One of the knights shouted, but Lecan just kept standing there silently.

"It's fine, it's fine. He must have forgotten himself being in the present of a high ranking knight all of a sudden. I forgive you. Lecan or something."

Lecan silently looks down at Henjit.

Henjit has the lowest stature in this room. Compared to Lecan, it's like comparing an adult to a child.

"I hear you have dedicated dungeon items found in the lower stratum to our household. Very admirable. Keep up your good work. Be sure to put up articles with Graces in this town's auction. You hear me. You may leave if you do."

Lecan left the room without bowing even once. He could hear Henjit shouting behind him.

"Captain. Has my elder brother not come out of the dungeon yet?"

"Yes, he hasn't come out yet."

"Departing for lower stratum himself in a quest for Grace items, truly he is the model man of a military family. Employs everything you have to make sure that nothing happens to elder brother."

"Sir!"

Lecan left the guard station while thinking that safety is the last thing you expect in a dungeon.



5



Lecan went past the first ten floors without engaging in a fight.

However, if he neglected magic beasts who chased after him, a crowd of them would have formed in the area right before the stairway down, hence he cut off legs of said monsters to keep them from moving.

He didn't run at full speed like last time in the stairways. Yet, Lecan leaped over two stairsteps with each step of his, thus his pace still exceeds that of other adventurers.

He found absolutely no challenge up to the tenth floor, he had no plan to ever set foot on those floors again.

He took a short break and had a meal in the area before the stairways that led to floor 11.

He took out the silver ring and equipped it in his left middle finger.

Then he took out the handbook he got from Captain Doug last time and skimmed over it.

On the list of magic beasts that appear on each floors of this dungeon, there are simple explanations detailing about those magic beasts.

There's an explanation about the dungeon's traits at the beginning.

"Golbul dungone is a medium sized 30-floor dungeon, however this dungeon houses a huge variety of magic beasts, and we have confirmed that all kinds of magic beasts could spawn inside except for Merfolks and Dragons. Anyone can choose which magic beasts to hunt to match their fighting style in this dungeon. Floor 1 to 10 are cave shaped, floor 11 to 20 are infinite fulcrum shaped, floor 21 to 30 are consecutive stone hut shaped."

Upper stratum, or in other words, floor 1 to floor 10, are suited for beginners, either solo or in a small group. Middle stratum, floor 11 to floor 20 are suited for a group of intermediate level explorers.

However, lower stratum, floor 21 to 30, host magic beasts that are too strong to fight alone yet too narrow of spaces for a group of people to fight in. As such, the lower stratum is unpopular among adventurers.

And that's exactly where Lecan is going for.


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He got down on floor 11.

The plan is to pass through all the floors up to floor 20, but he's going to fight magic beasts that stand in his way.

Lecan feels relieved now that he's got this far. After all, the first ten floors were dim, narrow, with lots of adventurers prowling around, he can't choose his courses freely.

The magic beasts on floor 11 are Bent Nose (Bamboo).

Bent Nose is a third rank Boar Demon magic beast, it's the first magic beast that Lecan encountered when he came to this world, and what brought him to meet Rubianafale.

Lecan walked briskly before arriving at the stairway down without a fight.

Floor 12 magic beasts are Longarm Apes (Zanbald). That said, they're quite smaller than Parade and only about half as big as Jericho even though they're of the same species.

He didn't engage in a fight on this floor either.

Floor 13 magic beasts are fourth rank of Evil Snake magic beasts, Flat White Snake (Uraslin).

Lecan felt sick when he saw these magic beasts. His body remembered the time he was made to drink the snake's venom and suffered from it.

Lecan raised his right arm, gripped his fingers except for index finger which he pointed out, slowly converged mana in his body and chanted a spell.

"<Flame Spear (Bandroux)>!"

A small flame was generated on the tip of his finger, then it formed into a long big spear of flame in a blink of an eye and flew off toward the magic beast.

Flat White Snakes are a magic beast that's sensitive to heat. It must have sensed a sign of this magic. It quickly dodged to the right and jumped toward Lecan.

Lecan took his sword out of <Storage> with his right hand and cut the incoming Flat White Head in half.

--The cast time is too slow.

No matter how powerful it is, it's useless in battle when there's this much time lag between chanting and casting.

Lecan pointed his right index finger at one of countless withered tree-like pillars inside the dungeon.

"<Flame Spear>!"

This time the spell activated in half the time compared to last time.

Just as he thought, imagining the spell quickly and firmly inside his mind resulted in a faster cast time.

This time he loosely raised his right arm and pointed at a different pillar.

"<Flame Spear>!"

Nothing happened.

Lecan realized the reason for this failure. He neglected to converge his mana before chanting the spell. Of course the magic wouldn't get cast.

Converge mana.

Point finger.

Chant the spell.

He has to follow these procedures down to a T without any mistake.

--In the end, there's no difference between swordsmanship and magic huh.

Once you've learned a sword technique, you cannot skip having to gain a certain amount of experience on it before it could be deployed in an actual combat. Furthermore, in order to employ such a technique momentously at the right timing with the most efficient way possible during a series of battle, you need an accumulation of ingenuity and practices beforehand.

Even a low powered plain-looking technique could make a surprising result depending on expertise.

More so for a swordsman like Lecan, getting his hand on powerful ranged means of attack like <Flame Spear> carries a significant meaning.

He's got to diligently polish it up from now on.






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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 269


Chapter 269 Strongest Sage, Pushes Term

 

"What was that sword just now!?"

"Wonder if that sword has been augmented with a powerful enchant?"

"No... The sword itself is just an ordinary sword. You can do that much with an ordinary sword if you have the skill."

I look at the sword of 『Mira of Swords Extremers』.

His movements look dull, most likely due to his imperfect resurrection--but his swordsmanship is pretty up there.
He would have been quite a force to be reckoned with had the resurrection been perfect.

While thinking that, I faced [Mira of Swords Extremers] and shouted.

"Very well. I accept your challenge! --But you have to agree on my term!"

"...Let me hear this term of yours. Just so you know, no point in begging for your life. I kill anyone I fight without fail. I kill anyone who refuses to fight me. And of course I kill those who try to run away."

In other words, anyone who fought and lost to this guy would be killed.

Well, I don't have any problem with that.
There's no point in pondering about if I lose when I'm going to win anyway.

"It's not about if I lose. But when I win."

"Simply kill me then... I'll just take my own life if you won't."

I see.
『Death to the losers』 applies to himself as well.

I don't get why this guy is so fixated in dying... Since all members of [Swords Extremers] kill the loser in a fight, they share a commonality on this.
As there is no way for us to come to an understanding on this point, there's no meaning in talking about this.

"I don't care if you want to die... But I'd like you to tell other [Swords Extremers] about me before you do."

I said that to [Mira of Swords Extremers] while cutting up all the incoming monsters.

"...About you?"

"Yeah. I wish to have a bout with other [Swords Extremers], you see."

Hearing that [Mira of Swords Extremers]--grinned.
And then he asks me.
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"Are you perhaps... a bird of a feather?"

"...I won't deny being a battle maniac, but please don't liken me with you lot. I don't pick a fight with innocent people nor I kill them."

[Mira of Swords Extremers] looked unamused when he heard me.
Then he asks me with a serious look.

"What is there to gain in a fight without death?"

"You're going to lose here because you cannot understand that... So are you going to agree on my term or what?"

"...Fine. I'm going to win anyway... Guh."

[Mira of Swords Extremers] fell on his knee as he replied me while slashing a monster.
He didn't suffer an attack in particular.

It's just that his body is just in too bad of a shape.
His life force is very low as well.
...This guy's probably gonna die in a month even if we leave him alone.

"Can you really fight in that state?"

"It's because of the magic that revived me. Wish it had revived me in my heyday... But I've died once already. Can't complain."

"...Was it really magic that revived you?"

The resurrection done by [Broken Star] is not magic.
To begin with, reviving the dead cannot be done with principle of magic.

In my past life, there were a few examples of [phenomenon that cannot be explained with magic] done by space monsters.
It's called [Suprarational Deeds], and it's distinctly different than magic.

[Suprarational Deeds] are easily mistaken with magic to those who aren't familiar with magic--but it's hard to believe that a high level magic combatant of the past era would mistake revivals by way of [Broken Star] for magic.

"That's--"

As [Mira of Swords Extremers] was going to answer me, he suddenly shut his mouth and grimaced.
Then he speaks to me.

"It appears that I have been barred to utter that... Would have liked to be given the liberty to at least speak whatever I want to those facing their death."

Magical gag huh.

...These low-level revivals of the dead really are the work of a human, not [Broken Star] then.
I don't see why an already dead [Broken Star] would went out of its way to put a gag on those it revived.

That said, revival of the dead is impossible with pure magic, so someone must have formulated a spell art that makes use of [Broken Star] to perform these revivals.
We might have to defeat that spellcaster once we're done dealing with [Swords Extremers].

We beat more and more monsters while thinking that.

『T-these two guys of opposing sides are just talking like it's normal...』

『And they're even cooperating together nicely to deal with these monsters... It's a world I can never hope to understand.』

『It's probably a world where only battle maniacs can comprehend...』

The girls sounded like they couldn't believe us when they saw us conversing.
Looks like they can't understand the feeling of enjoying a fight nice and slowly free of nuisance.








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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 17-11


17-11. Realm of Gods Revisited

 

Satou here. I couldn't deal with allegories that teach moral lessons well. I think it's partly because of the strict limit on number of characters, but man, you just lose interest fast when it's laid out so plainly before the climax.







"""Human, come forth."""

After receiving a summon to the realm of gods from god Tenion through Sera, I dropped by the place once again.

"""Human, to the Ring of Audience."""

I went forward and stopped before the gods.

"""Offer your prayers."""

I was planning to give my thanks for the matter with Aze-san which I missed last time, but then I caught a sight of a twinkling green light coming from god Tenion in the corner of my vision.
I could somehow tell that she was warning me to, "take it easy", so I offered my prayers reasonably.

It was mostly the same as last time, but there's one big difference compared to before.

And that's--.

"Heya there, sorry 'bout this. Calling you here without consulting first and all."

The one who amicably sent thoughts was a small purple structure that was half as big as other gods size-wise.
It's got weak lights and a simple design to it, shaped like a wire puzzle in the shape of two entwined triangles.

"Stay back, demon god."

God Heraruon divulged the purple structure's identity just like that.

It really seems to be the demon god.
But his friendly attitude kind of strays from my image of him.

"Hear hear Heraruon! You thief god--"
"Silence, Zaikuon. Why don't you realize that the lower world people are losing their faiths precisely because there's someone like you who would scorn anyone out of mischief here."
"Shut up, Garleon!"
"Zaikuon, Garleon, you two keep it down. Karion said so."
"I didn't. Urion, stop with your delusions."

These gods are so noisy. Unlike their supernatural forms, their mental capacities are like that of gods in Greek myth; human-like in nature.
From what god Zaikuon said, apparently thief god is a derogatory term for demon god.

No wait, that doesn't matter.
There are more important things to think about.

To begin with, why is a god that should have been sealed away here in this place, and why is he acting friendly toward the seven pillar gods, I've got more questions now.

"Oh, please excuse my discourtesy. This clown will stay behind the line, if you will top seat-sama."

The self-mocking demon god stepped back while god Heraruon who shined like the sun stepped forward.

I saw a pale blue light coming closer toward the purple light behind god Heraruon.
She kind of looks like a spoiled puppy.

Wonder if god Parion is attached to the demon god?







"We forbid the destruction of 『Towers』."

The old structure, Laluloluliluheaph conveyed god Heraruon's words to me.

"Don't forget about printing."
"I know. You clown stay in the corner."

When the demon god interrupted, god Heraruon scattered around irritated-looking ripples of orange lights.
The nymph and apostle structures nearby curled up in fear, while the demon god himself twinkled jokingly, "Ooh, scary."

"Get away from him, Parion!"
"You must not get close to demon god. Parion's pure lights would be defiled by demon god's miasma."
"--No"

God Zaikuon's yellow light and god Garleon's blue light pulled apart the peevish god Parion from demon god.

"Chief-sama has given his command. You shall not do this printing thing in the lower world."

God Heraruon told me that through the old structure.
From the way this old structure is speaking, looks like printing press doesn't exist in this realm of gods.

"I got the permission last time though?"
"A mere low class human objecting the command of great god, know your place!"

The old structure flew into rage when I indirectly expressed my objection at the inconsistent order.

While ignoring the phantom torrent of flames sent by the old structure, I observed the gods towering behind him.
Most of the gods seem apathetic, only two who had different reactions, god Tenion who seemed sorry and demon god who was observing me in delight.

From the flow of conversation, it must be demon god who seeks to ban printing press.

"Could I inquire the reason for the ban on printing press?"

"Y-you, know your--"
"Now now, Lalilulelo-cchi. Don't get so worked up."
"Who the heck's Lalilulelo! This name Laluloluliluheaph has been honored to me by the great god-sama!!"

Demon god who had warped in front of me before I knew it tried to calm the enraged old structure only to get the opposite result.

"Sorry, sorry. As an apology, I'll take it upon myself to explain instead. That okay with you, top seat-sama?"

Demon god nonchalantly brushed off the old structure's anger and asked god Heraruon.

"Looks good--"

Demon god deciphered god Heraruon's silent as an affirmative and started explaining.

"Printing press is bad news. Promoting the proliferation of technology and communication means is bad enough in itself, but the real bad news is the concept of idea. --We've got no book culture in god's realm, so these great gods here have no idea about the danger of that."

The demon god got close to me and said the last part in whisper.

"And you're familiar with book culture?"
"I spent a long time in the lower world, you see."

Demon god affirmed it.

"However--"
"No objection is permitted."

Demon god curtly refused.

"Well then, demon god--sama. Could you honor me with your name?"
"I've long abandoned my old name. It's demon god now. A god who rules over magic, monsters, and demons. Nothing less, nothing more."

That's one curious way to explain.

"Then, Demon God-sama."
"No need for 『sama』. Just call me demon god."

Is it because that would have made it sound like Tenion-sama?
Calling him [Demon God] is kind of like calling him by first name, kinda awkward.

"Would you be willing to tell me the reason for the ban on destroying 『Towers』 near locations with crowded populations?"

Personally, I'd like to press more about printing press, but this one is higher in the priority list.

"Ah, that huh. Humm, I've gone out of my way to create those with the little of divinity I got, can't have ya just go around destroying them, do we. Well, those things were not supposed to be destructible though. No seriously, you know?"

Those purple towers are demon god's creations, just as I thought.

But, for what--.

"You wanna know why I made those 『Towers』?"
"Yes."

I nodded to demon god who almost looked like he had read my mind.

"The conventional threat system by way of monsters and demons was nearing its limit, see. Even though fear and repugnance toward me soared up, the amount of prayers toward gods didn't increase as much as predicted."

He went and confessed that they were a match pump to collect faiths to gods from people. <TLN: Match Pump, a phrase for 'stirring up trouble to get credit from the solution.'>

"It was good enough as a deterrent for wars between men, but it didn't work as well as dungeons for collecting and purifying miasma. It's not exactly a failure, neither it's a success though."

Fumu, the part about it being a war deterrent seemed to be the truth.

"『Towers』 are the upgraded version of that function. They're a kind of labyrinths, but the monsters inside would get weaker the more prayers and gratitudes people collectively offered to gods. I don't mind you informing that fact to people, but since we've arranged hints about it already, they'll find out soon enough anyway, I think? I had a hard time trying to visualize faith toward gods, but the self-serving people of the lower world would get desperate to offer their prayers so long as they've got a carrot dangled right in front of them."

Contrary to his jeering tone, I could feel loneliness and sadness coming from demon god.

"In other words, those towers were created for the benefit of gods?"
"Yep. They benefit people too, indirectly that is. Of course, I gain something myself as well."

Getting the leftover divinity is an attractive deal, the demon god boasted.
Got a feeling that he doesn't actually care about the divinity itself.

"In other words, am I correct to assume 『Towers』 as a device to stimulate people to offer prayers to gods?"
"Yep you got that right. And it's not an exploitative relationship, those towers also act as a device that helps promote growth on people by giving them chances to obtain magic cores and treasures."

Demon god answered my question.

I think, those towers also function as a blade pointed before your neck.
Divine punishments in the form of [Monster Stampedes] could happen anytime if people violate the taboo.

"Just so you know, gods are not enemy of the people."

Demon god seemed to have guessed my mind and declared that.

"It was the gods who transformed the lands to be inhabitable for people to live in, and it was also the gods who created men. Watching over people to grow up correctly and scolding and correcting the error of a rebellious child are part of gods' duties."

The way he said it sounded sarcastic somewhat, but I've heard something similar to the later part from Aze-san before.

"Suppose people as sheep, and gods as ranch owners, I think? Faith is like the wool, and in return gods provide them with a pasture and a proper environment to grow up in. Truly an ideal Win-Win relationship, don'tcha think."

I could sense a bit of sneers in Demon god's words.
He's on the side of gods, but it feels like his goal differs a bit than them.

"Well, I think that covers it? Got any more question? I don't mind giving you answers to questions I can answer, you know?
"Are the reincarnated and you--"

My words disappeared midway through.
I was going to ask his purpose for granting fragments to the reincarnated people, but a restraining thought wave the demon god blew at me halted me.
I could brush aside the restraint if I just fired myself up, but he's most likely not gonna give me an answer even if I succeed saying the whole question.
In fact, this response of his is a form of answer in a way.

"You are supposed to be sealed off by gods in legends handed down in the lower world, would it be fine to inquire you about that?"
"Seal? Oh I am sealed."

What's going on?
Are there two demon gods or something?

"What have been sealed are the other half of my body, claws and fangs--it's my fighting spirit and insanity that are sealed off."

Looks like this demon god is the part that governs his reasoning power.
Apparently both are like split spirits (mitama).

"--Pshaw. It's like a black spot in my history, so try to not get too close to the moon. It should be fine since it's been sealed in a dimensionally shifted location, but you could get yourself swallowed up if you carelessly approach it."

I see, that explains how nothing happened when I went to the moon.
If I had taken just one wrong step, it could have resulted in the advent of demon god Satou.

"Keep the stuff about me off-record, okay. Especially to the demons and demon lords. Those guys' gonna make more mischief if they knew that I'm not sealed off."

Looks like the fact that the sensible side of demon god being outside of the seal is kept secret from demons.

"Does that mean, the one who stopped goblin demon lord from trying to undo the moon seal was--"
"Yep yep. It was me. Although that seal wouldn't have come off with such a rough treatment anyway, there was a chance it would loosened up in a half-baked state."

Looks like he was the man Arisa and the girls saw.

"Well, that's that. Don't destroy the purple towers and don't propagate printing press, make sure to adhere to these two things. Of course, keep this one off the record too."

Demon god gave a warning once again.

"I'd feel bad if we just prohibit everything, so we'll give you permission to create printing press and copy machines in secret. That's okay right, top seat-sama?"

God Heraruon sent out light waves that signified approval to demon god.

"And that's an OK. Oh right, I don't mind if you publish guides on how to conquer the 『Towers』--I can simply deploy update patches if I see real bad exploits, so go on and spread those guides worry free."

Demon god added something that sounded like it was coming from a game developer.

"Good work. Fall back, human."

With god Heraruon's words conveyed through the old structure telling me to exit, I couldn't ask any more question and was forced to leave the realm of gods.


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"Eh~, ban on printing~"
"Every temple got oracles regarding the purple towers."

After returning to the solitary island palace, I called only Arisa, Liza and Hikaru inside a completely isolated barrier made by goblin princess Yuika to discuss about our future plan.

"Master, are you sure it's okay to tell us that?"
"It's fine. The stuff we talk about here won't leak outside, so don't worry about it."

The [Demon God Fragment] inside Arisa potentially contains a back door, but the gods seemed indifferent about it anyway, and I got the feeling the demon god himself had no intention to seriously act upon it.

Or rather--.

"Spread it around and lower faiths toward gods, won't surprise me if he actually had that goal in mind."
"Un, I think so too. I mean, that demon god didn't need to go out of his way and talk about his alliance with the gods and the stuff about match pump to Satou, they could just prohibit the destruction of purple towers and let you be on your way."
"True enough."

Liza nodded to Arisa and Hikaru's words.

"It's probably a good idea to take what the demon god said with a grain of salt."
"Un, I think that's a good idea too."

At Arisa's statement, Hikaru, I and Liza agreed to it.

"And what was the oracle about?"
"It was like, 『Go and seal towers of demon trickery with the power of gods. O brave faithful ones, challenge the towers and crush demons' ploy. O powerless ones, pray piously, as that shall empower the brave ones』 or something like that."

According to Hikaru, the content differed a bit depending on the temple.
With this oracle, there was a huge rush of people attempting to enter the towers, to the point that even the king's decree couldn't contain them.

"Should I tell Sete about the ban on tower destroying?"
"Well we can't keep silent about it forever."

"Are you saying that we should instead encourage people to conquer those towers? Isn't that exactly what the demon god wants to happen?"

Arisa's worry is reasonable.

"--Arisa."
"Yes, Liza-san?"

Liza who had been listening to us quietly turned toward Arisa.

"What makes a trap frightening is being caught in one without prior knowledge. No matter how ingenious it's hidden, no matter how dangerous it is, there is no need to be afraid of a trap that has lost its secrecy. All you have to do is to step on it and break through as it activates."

That sounds like Liza alright.

Hikaru and Arisa looked at each other and then burst out laughing without a prompt.

"Un, that's exactly right."
"I mean, we've got our cheat master with us after all."

I can destroy all the purple towers in the world within hours of trap activation if I just set teleport points to enable Unit Arrangement near them and cast anti-god magic outside the range of human habitations.
Next, I just need to think up a way to save explorers wandering inside those towers all at once, I guess?

"Ah, he's gone into meditation mode."
"It's going to be fine judging from that face."
"Okay then, I should go tell Sete about the ban on tower destroying."
"Then I will be going to inform everyone that conquering the purple towers may be a trap set by demon god."

When I snapped out of the sea of thoughts, I found Tama curling up on my lap, and Pochi and Mia leaning against me while sleeping.
I'm getting sleepy just looking at these three peaceful slumbers.

It's not like the few solutions I came up with could be done in one or two days anyway, let's take a short break here.

Nighty night--ZZZzzz.






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Okami wa Nemuranai 7.3

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"Sorry! Forgive me! Truly I am."

Lecan was brought to the Guard Station, in the same room as last time.

Doug bowed his head after he took a seat.

"I don't recall doing anything that warrants your apologies."

"No, well! You were treated like a suspicious individual back then. A guy with not enough prudence decided on that. And that guy was me. My bad!"

"Fumu. I don't really get it, explain how you came to that conclusion."

"It started with old man Braba. He's a mage who was relatively famous in the past, and lately he's been going in the dungeon to earn pocket money for his grandchildren. That old man Braba caught sight of you. On the stairway down on the third floor. Heard you were paying respect to the magic beasts you defeated and the dungeon itself. Old man Braba had a serious look during his testimony. That person was not the usual run-off-the-mill, he said."

That reminds Lecan, he did feel like he saw an old man when he was heading down on the third floor.

"And also, a particular rumor was spread a while after you went in the dungeon. That there were tons of dead magic beasts with their magic gems intact laying around on shallow floors. And that turned out to be true. Thanks to that, huge crowds were formed on shallow floors for several days."

Last time, Lecan was eager to get down to deeper floors. He had no interest in magic gems on those shallow floors, while taking them out was too much trouble, hence he went on without bothering with the dead bodies.

"I also heard from John and Solis. Ah, guess you're not familiar with their names. It's the young swordsman and female mage pair. John's father was someone who earned distinguished services in the war, owed the guy some debts myself. John told me. The two of them would have died were the Black Clothed Overlord didn't come to their rescue. Moreover, you even shared a red potion to cure the wound on Solis's face, didn't you. And that's not all. You even taught John the way of dungeons. He was truly grateful for that."

"I never teach anything. You got the wrong person."

"Wrong person? Hahahaha. Bet I am. If there's another person like you around that is. Hahahahahaha."

Captain Doug seemed to find it funny somehow as he laughed out loud, he bent forward over the table and beat Lecan's shoulder repeteadly.

"John was deeply remorseful. You've got to bring potions into dungeon with you no matter how pricey they are. Both of them almost paid it with their lives just cause they didn't pay heed to something so obvious, and even if they had survived, Solis would have shouldered a scar her entire life. Of course it would be no problem if they didn't encounter a large individual by chance. But a dungeon is a place where anything can happen anytime. You profoundly taught him that, the boy told me."

There's no doubt that they've got it mistaken at some point. But trying to clear the misunderstanding would take time. Lecan couldn't wait to go in the dungeon any longer.

"Good for him. I'll be on my way now."

"Ah, hold on a bit. The town lord's been informed of your arrival here. Someone from the knights should be here any time."

"I've got no business with the lord's knights."

"Don't say that. Those big shots have heard about how you sold lotsa stuff from the mid and deep parts of the dungeon here. They want to express their thank in person."

"Don't need it."

Lecan stood up as he said that, but then he recalled something that bothered him.

"Doug."
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"Ou, what is it."

"Feels like potions' market prices are kinda high. That'd limit people who can afford them. Also, considering what you just said, do stuff from middle part of the dungeon and below rarely show up in the market?"

Captain Doug had a pained look on his face.

"Would be nice if those potions could go down to a price where farmers, workers and the city populace could afford. But that can't be done."

"Why"

"It's cause adventurers buy them. Potions are indispensable if you want to explore a dungeon. Moreover, adventurers are a highly profitable field of work. As such, they will stock up potions before going in a dungeon regardless of price. Then they obtain treasures and earn money. Which they use to buy potions and better equipment. Adventurers with money to spare would scramble for dungeon stuff from mid and deeper floors. The rest of those stuff circulate to auctions and become the possession of noblemen and the wealthy. If potions' market price fell, adventurers would buy up every last bit. There are some adventurers who are willing sell potions precisely because the market prices are high, as a result, some people other than adventurers are able to buy those potions."

Now that he mentions it, Lecan himself will stop at nothing to get his hand on nice swords and protectors no matter how much they cost. His current equipment is the terminus of that creed.

"Come to think of it, I know a merchant at Vouka Town, I hear stuff from dungeons rarely circulate in the market there."

"Yeah we ain't selling any to Vouka. You know about the current circumstances... no, I guess not. You see, the father of Crimus Ulban, the Vouka town lord, was the first who got in touch with dungeon administrators during the time the dungeon was first discovered here, and was being bought from the discoverer by the royalty. But he was declined. And then the father of Gaionis Douga-sama took the position as a dungeon administrator and was conferred the Earldom peerage. More than 30 years have passed since then, and even though the family heads have changed, these two towns are still not in good terms."

"So that was the case."

"That's right. Just so you know, the amounts of yearly tax paid to the royal family, and the tax for the earl's treasury come out as eye-popping numbers. The earl gotta earn all that money no matter what. However, adventurers who managed to get to floor 20 left this town."

"Captain!"

A soldier rushed in and reported something to Captain Doug.

"And you brought them to the First Reception Room, huh? Alright."

"I see that you've got a guest. I'm going to the dungeon."

"Now now, hang on. Keep me company for a bit more. The town lord's second son, Henjit-sama's here. Said he wanted to see you. Good grief. Who woulda thought the second son would come in person. Would rather the knights under him than the second son himself, geez."







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