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Okami wa Nemuranai 17.12

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"Two users of <High Recovery> eh. <Willard> is quite a blessed party."

Swordsman Kagaru, <Jaira>'s leader told Lecan so.

<High Recovery> is the advanced form of <Recovery>.

Some people interpret elementary level <Recovery> as <Heal>, intermediate as <Recovery> and advanced as <High Recovery>, or so Shira told him once before.

"Kagaru. We healed Veta at her behest, then we got another request from her and you to defeat the magic beast and fix you guys up."

"Yeah. We owe you a huge one. You really saved our hide there. I mean, you even healed up those horrible wounds. Not even temple coulda handled that."

"We can expect suitable rewards for this, no?"

"Of course. Which inn you guys're staying at."

"The inn is just for sleeping, just come to <Jade's Restaurant>. We often have dinner there while in town."

"Got it. You guys are pretty loaded eh. No surprise there though."

This floor is indeed popular with adventurers, there's eight other parties besides <Jaira> and <Pezan Toorzam> exploring this floor right now. One of those parties was fighting nearby and Lecan's group happened to pass by them on their way back to the entrance, that party asked about what had occurred then.

Since they couldn't lie about it, Kagaru told them about the gist of things.

Rumors of <Jaira>'s failure completing a quest would spread through the grapevine in no time now.

"Hey so, Lecan. I've got something to ask you."

"I'll lend an ear at least."

"Can you guys create this floor's <Mark> for our <Pezan Toorzan> folks here? You get three gold coins for this quest. I'll pay for it."

"I refuse."

"Don't say that, at least hear me out."
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"I don't need to."

"<Pezan Toorzam> had the <Mark> of floor 19. We went straight to this floor from that floor in order to create the <Mark> here. It should have been finished by now if not for that accident."

"I don't care about your circumstances."

"We've used up all our potions, poison and food you see, we can't continue this expedition."

"You guys must have the Mark on this floor. Let <Pezan Toorzam> stand by outside this floor while you guys, or some of you go buy supplies outside."

"Lecan. I'm sure you understand. Our party just got a thorough beating. We're in no condition to 'fite right now."

"Not my problem."

"I'll pay ya five big gold coins."

"I refuse."

"But you guys just got to this floor yourselves. Meaning you're gonna travel through this floor anyway, yeah? You just gotta take <Pezan Toorzam> with you. Then you're gonna get five big gold coins just like that. Ain't that easy money."

"I don't think so."

"Heles. Won'tcha speak for us. Hold it. I see now. Lecan, Heles must have hired ya with money. She must be. Then, Heles. I'm asking you. Five big gold coins. Take these four adventurers with you. Ya got nothin' to lose anyway."

"Kagaru. I have paid nary a penny to Lecan. Neither am I Lecan's client. Lecan is in this dungeon out of his own will, and I'm permitted to temporarily join them in exchange for providing information about this dungeon. Lecan is in charge of deciding everything about the expedition. That's what we've agreed upon."

"Lecan. I beg of you."

"I refuse."

"Kagaru-san. Sorry for going so far for us. No one would have died if not for my reckless action, and we would have this quest wrapped up without problem."

"Toris."

"This whole mess was all caused by us, so it's only natural that Lecan-san is unwilling to take us with them. Besides, now that our party is down to four, we can't do much even if we get a <Mark>. Since this accident was caused by our, the client's, inability to follow orders, the reward money we have left at the association is your party to take."

"We can't accept that."

"We will be taking a break for a while before starting afresh. Kagaru-san. We're truly in your debt. The fact that <Jaira> suffered no casualty was the silver lining in this cloud."

"Hold it, Toris."

"We shall head back above ground. Please don't worry about seeing us off since this place is right by the entrance. If you'd excuse us."

The four surviving members of <Pezan Toorzan> left floor 31 like they were fleeing.
<TLN: Mistranslated a line in previous chapter. There were two deaths.>

Swordsman Kagaru was glaring hard at Lecan with eyes full of grudge, but Lecan left the place while pretending he didn't notice. Eda, Arios and Heles followed after him.

Kagaru didn't didn't say a parting word as they left.

Nor did glaive wielder Takuto and shield user Mazz.

Veta the mage raised her hand to salute at them.

Leaving the spot was Lecan's way of showing sympathy. Once Lecan's group is gone, <Jaira> can gather materials from the dead Octocular Great Spider's body.

Lecan understood Kagaru's position.

<Jaira> holds the track record as a triple conqueror of Dungeon Ninae, they have a reputation to uphold.

Yet, they have let two of their clients die and even failed the quest, regardless of the circumstances. Their reputation will crash down at this rate. With them currently lacking manpower, this is exactly the crucial time to defend their reputation.

Thus why they tried to push the quest to Lecan by paying him a large sum. If Lecan got this floor's <Mark> for <Pezan Toorzam>, their quest would be considered a success. They would get rewards from <Pezan Toorzam> as well. Would be short of two big gold coins ultimately, but that's far better than completely losing face.

Lecan understood their position well. He understood and yet refused their plea.

Kagaru was quite persistent, but that was not for the sake of <Pezan Toorzam>, it was for <Jaira>'s, it was for his own sake.

Lecan declined the request since he didn't want his ability exposed. He may have reluctantly allowed Eda's <Recovery>, but Lecan absolutely has no intention to show off his ability.

(I was aware of Kagaru's circumstances.)

(I declined his request in spite of that.)

(Kagaru knew that I comprehended their circumstances.)

(He knew that I refused despite being aware of it.)

(They'll hold a grudge for sure.)

But he couldn't come up with an answer when he asked himself if there was a way out that would leave no grudge.

As such, Lecan stopped thinking about this matter.

He's got other things he needs to attend to right now.






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Okami wa Nemuranai 17.10_11

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It's not just smell of blood.

There's also sounds of ongoing battle.

Right next to where they are.

The three who got on the floor after Lecan also immediately sensed it and got on their guard.

A lone adventurer unsteadily ran out of a gap between pointy rocks.

They approached Lecan's party when they noticed them before finally tumbling down.

Their body is full of wounds and blood.

"Veta?"

Looks like it's someone Heles knows.

Eda ran up to the fallen adventurer and looked at Lecan.

She must be asking if she could cast <Recovery>.

Lecan shook his head.

"H-help."

Half of their face has melted with smoke rising out of it. Their body is full of wounds and blood. It's a woman. Right half of her long hair has been tragically melted down. Remains of a hat are sticking to it. She would have been worse off had not for the hat.

Lecan swiftly took a large red potion and sprinkled it over the woman's face.

Her wounds slightly healed but that was it.

This woman most likely had used red potions already. And not just one piece, but two or even three. Red potions cannot help her anymore in this state.

"Eda. Cast <Recovery> on her."

"Yes. <Recovery>!"

Eda is capable of casting <Recovery> without preliminary casting time. Even Lecan cannot do that. Eda's <Recovery> casting speed rivals that of Lecan's <Flame Spear>.

The woman's face gradually gets restored. As for her hair, even though the intact part returned to its former beauty, the lost part didn't get back completely.

"What amazing Recovery power."

Heles was astounded.

Arios didn't say a word. Perhaps he recalled the time she saved his life as he was watching.

That Arios turned toward Lecan.

"Shall we go?"

"No. We won't come uninvited to where another party is engaged in a fight."

"E-everyone's, at, their limit. Can't fight anymore. Help. Save them."

Veta seemed to have overheard Lecan, she spoke thus. The woman possesses quite powerful mana.

"We've got a request. Let's go see how it looks there and help if the situation permits. If not we're withdrawing."

This spot is right near to the entrance, shaking off a pursuing magic beast would be simple.

Lecan proceeded through the gaps between pointed rocks.

The three followed behind him.

"<Deploy (Parshoot)>"

Lecan turned the <Shield of Wolkan> on his left hand back to its shield state.

The sounds of combat is becoming quieter.

They went further and reached a wide sand pit.

There's a gigantic Octocular Great Spider in the center of the sand pit.

It's a total mess.

Its right eye is gone, it's lost two of its left legs and one right leg.

Its abdomen has been gouged out as well.

However, it's still moving around.

Still brimming with battle lust, it's growling menacingly at the new intruders.

"Do you need a hand!"

Lecan shouted out loud.

A big male swordsman that was barely standing on his knees turned around and spoke to Lecan.

"Save us!"

"Got it."

Lecan rushed straight at the magic beast.

The magic beast spat out dissolving liquid at Lecan.

Lecan blocked that with his shield, jumped into the magic beast's bosom a moment later and strike down its head.

Its head that was supposed to be immune to blades was squashed flat, the joint on its head got half-torn apart.

The magic beast cried out as it crumbled down with liquid spraying out of the wound on its head.

"Eda. <Recovery> on these guys!"

"Yes!"

There were nine adventurers.

Two of them are clearly beyond saving.

As for the remaining seven, Eda took care of two who suffered grievous injuries while Lecan cast <Recovery> on those with minor injuries.

Minor injuries that would reap their lives if left unattended.

Both Lecan and Eda cast <Recovery> with the thin wands Shira gave them.

Fortunately, the seven surviving people managed to escape death.



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The female mage they met first was a member of <Pointed Rocks (Jaira)>.

<Jaira> was one of the top parties that has conquered Dungeon Ninae thrice, but they lost their <Recovery> user in their last expedition.

And yet they thought they were more than capable of taking on a quest to create <Mark> on floor 31 and undertook one from a six-man party, <Lost Dragons (Pezan Toorzam)>.

It should have gone without a hitch.

<Jaira> immediately engaged a spider they encountered right next to floor 31's entrance. While telling <Pezan Toorzam> members not to enter the sand pit beforehand.

<Jaira> steadily made a good progress in the battle, smashing one of the spider's eyes, cut down three of its legs, and got to a point where landing a finishing blow was all left to do.

The leader, shield fencer Kagaru dodged a venom spit the spider shot in desperation.

That venom flew past him and hit the leg of <Pezan Toorzam>'s leader, swordsman Toris.

They have no idea why Toris was in the sand pit.

Perhaps he thought he could be of some help.

Perhaps he wanted to take a good look on the magic beast his party would hunt from then on.

The reason was a mystery, but his action was unnecessary, the one thing he shouldn't have done.

The remaining five members of <Pezan Toorzam> rushed into the sand pit in order to help the screaming Toris.

Due to the sudden influx of intruders, the magic beast turned its target toward their party.

During their attempt to save the six young adventurers from their impending doom, the four members of <Jaira> broke their coordination.

Magic beasts boast offensive powers that far outstrip the defensive powers of a human adventurer party, the only reason a human-formed party could defeat magic beasts without suffering a huge loss is because they all work together following the proper protocol that prevents a magic beast from making full use of their power.

They were thrust straight into hell the instance that coordination and protocol were thrown out of the window.

Along, with <Pezan Toorzam> naturally.

They crawled out of that hell as Lecan's group entered the fray.








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Okami wa Nemuranai 17.9

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Everyone took it easy as they slept and woke up.

And then they lit up a campfire and took their time having breakfast.

They're finally entering floor 31.

From here on is the real Dungeon Ninae, according to Heles.

Even if the magic beasts they will encounter look the same as the ones they have seen up until this point, those should be regarded as altogether different things.

"Floor 31 to floor 35 have lesser Octocular Great Spiders, floor 36 to 40 have regular Octocular Great Spiders, and from below there to floor 44 have greater Octocular Great Spiders."

"You mean like those Octocular Great Spiders on floor tens?"

"They look similar, but their size belies their similarities. Right. I believe they're around three to five steps tall."

Floor 31 is structured like a sandpit with rocks sticking out of the ground, the view is not good.

As you slowly trek the paths between rocks, you'll occasionally come across spacious sand pits, with one Octocular Great Spider occupying each pit.

The spiders on floor 31 onward are very territorial, even though they don't invade other spiders' territories, they will persistently chase down all invaders that run away in the middle of a fight. As you will end up going into other spiders' sand pits by running away, you're practically left with nowhere to run.

"Attacks just don't work on them. Their head and legs are so tough, bladed instruments cannot cut through them. Their abdomen is jelly-like, you can use blades on that part, but it would either deal absolutely no damage or worse, your weapon could get stuck inside it."

"Fumu? You're saying there's no point attacking their abdomen?"

"Indeed. It might be possible to deal damage if only we had <Yacklubend Explosive Arrows>."
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"How about magic attacks."

"Their head and legs repel light and heat magic. It does work on their abdomen, but they can move around just fine even with half of their abdomen missing. They'd die if an attack gets to the heart however."

"What's stopping you from hitting that heart with non-magic."

"Their heart is their weak point. But it's located high up so hitting it is a tall order. Their legs defend their flanks, while their long abdomen hinders an attack from the rear."

"How do parties who get here defeat them?"

"Most seem to employ the strategy of having someone lure a spider head-on, then another cut off one or two of its legs, and then someone with a long reaching weapon, like spears or glaives, go for its heart. Many also opt to shoot curse and poison arrows at those spiders' abdomen to slow them down."

"Weren't their legs tough?"

"There are slight gaps on the joints where blades can pass through. This applies to their neck too, you can find joints where blades work."

"I see."

"However, facing them head-on means dealing with their biting attacks, full body slams and their legs coming from the flanks. They even have deadly venom and dissolving liquid attack to add."

"What kind of dissolving liquid."

"It melts everything but metal. Even metal get slightly dissolved by it. Unless it's of very high quality metal. There is just no way to defend against this. Hence why red potions are indispensable to explore these floors. At any rate, only a shield warrior with good equipment should face those spiders head-on."

"Hou."

"And of course, if you stare at the four eyes on each of their sides, you'd suffer from headaches before succumbing to confusion."

"What's the carveable parts?"

"There's virtually no part of the spiders here that don't sell high. First of all, their eyes are the best catalyst for curse enchants. The head's exoskeleton works as a material for all kind of things including armor. The abdomen leather and legs also fetch for good prices. And most importantly, their venom. The <Deadly Venom> spewed by the spiders on floors below negates most poison resistances. If you could collect the venom sac way below their heart, or at least gather the spewed out venom, you would get some really nice return. Ah, and also."

"Hum?"

"There were barely any adventurers around up until this point, not the case from here on."

"Figured."

"Even though the enemies get progressively stronger as you go down, there's no huge difference in material quality up to floor 35. It's said that the rates of treasure chest spawning get better the lower the floor, but most people down here aren't here for treasure chests. By default, people flock on floor 31."

"Got it. We're going down now. Wear your armor."

Eda skillfully cleaned up the pan and plates.

Lecan put those as well as the still-burning firewood in his <Storage>.

"Really, just what's going on with that <Box>."

"Told you to quit asking that."

The party waited until Heles finished putting on her armor before going down the stairway.

The scenery on floor 31 came into view as they descended the stairs.

However, sounds nor smell don't get transmitted to where they are even if the scenery does.

Thus how Lecan failed to notice the abnormal situation occurring in the area near floor 31 entrance.

Lecan took <Sword of Agost> from <Storage> and put the scabbard back in. Then he set foot on floor 31.

At that exact moment, he detected a thick smell of blood drifting from somewhere nearby.








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Shinsetsu Nobu-san Isekai Ki Chapter 103

Chapter 103 Sea Vacation (3)

 

NYAAAAAAN

They avariciously run after the prey that has escaped their clutch. Relying on the faint smell of that prey as they run on the sea.
The smell suddenly disappeared just as it was getting weaker.
Unforgivable. Anyone who snatch their prey.
The glint in their eyes grew sharper as they looked at the direction of that smell, then they dashed out.







I went back to the beach, wiped Lunar Cat with magic water and began dismantling the tuna. I know how to roughly do it but no idea about the inside, so I'm groping around in the dark.
First of all, I cut off the gills and entrails. Since I have no clue what to use them for, I'm putting them in a stone bucket to mix up as fertilizer later.
Next I cut apart the joints and the head somehow.
Then I went for the dorsal fin, which was very hard. I managed to cut it off with some damage on the body.
I then cut it into two along the backbone and filleted the pieces, but it's so big and tough. I mean it even filled the entire kitchen table I made from stone to dismantle this thing.
Think I'll scrape off the meat on these bones and make some nakaochi donburi (raw meat on rice).
And now I just need to slice and dice it up. Oh ho, this one's quality piece, this one's medium-fatty piece. Nice~ it'll make for some good lard. Can't make sushi since I haven't been able to make rice vinegar, but this will do as a side dish. Aah, wish I had some wasabi.

As I was frantically handling the tuna, the girls had banded together watching me work with a serious look on their face.

"Wanna have a little taste?"

Can I really!? Everyone had that look on their faces.

"Try to dip a piece in soy sauce. Yup, it's good raw too."

They timidly carry their pieces to their mouth. You girls aren't eating carpaccio there, you know.
Once the red meat got in their mouth, "Nn~~~~~~", they started shaking with indescribable looks. I see it's to their liking. I can't even imagine just how much this kind of bluefin tuna would go for in Japan. Since I've got quite a lot, I'll share some for master and Boss-san.

"Let's all eat this together tonight, okay."

The girls looked dissatisfied for once. No err, didn't you girls just stuff yourself full you couldn't move. They finally relented after I told them that this would taste even better on an empty stomach.




Our vacation resumed after I was done with the time-consuming dismantling.

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"Ahaha, ufufu, you're a hundred years too early to win against me in water~"

The usually sluggish Sefi-san made her swift assault in the water.

"Kuh, who knew Sefi-san had this kind of hidden skill. 'K then you're asking 'fer it, I'm not gonna lose m'self."

Splash, splash, Futsuno-san pushed her way forward in the water.
They're having a huge water fight between adult team consisting of Eleanor-san and Sefi-san versus young team of Mitama, Futsuno-san and Kagura-san. All five are wearing paper target on their head as they engage in a confused melee.
As for me, I've been put on the prize stand, bound for some reason.
The victorious team is to be awarded dessert made by me.
That's the plan at least... but I was supposed to join in that kyakya ufufufu festival! They wrapped me up real good I can't even move an inch!!
I tried to flail around for a while before eventually giving up.
Yeah, I'd rather not miss everyone's charming figures.
Their healthy physiques flicking away sprays of waters are a sight for sore eyes.
Magic use is prohibited. Five beauties playing with water, splashing around. One of them is in lil' girl mode though.
They scoop out water shooting at each other's upper part. The adult team is lacking in manpower, but since Kagura-san is like that, they're perfectly balanced. Or not really, I thought they'd be in disadvantage, but Sefi-san's unexpected nimbleness proved highly challenging for the young team. I wonder if it's because Lamias are strong with water.
Though the young team have lots of levels under their belt, they were no match against Eleanor-san's physical prowess, she and Sefi-san worked together to snatch victory from the young team. Even though she didn't show any sign of using water magic, I'd overlook how it looked like she was controlling water.

I hadn't mention to the girls that Sefi-san had also liberated her second class. Since it would require divulging many things about her, it's presently a secret between me and Sefi-san.

Sefirot
Alchemist - Geomancer
『Alchemist - Water Mage - Wind Mage - Geomancer - Assassin - Doorkeeper (Home)』

That last one! That last one in particular!! Isn't that just a neet!?
No no, there's no way such an unworthy class exist in a fantasy world, right?
Geomancer isn't really a well known Class, it apparently lets you control stuff like water by possessing the mindset of 'feel, don't think'. In a sense, it's the perfect class for Sefi-san, won't say that out loud of course.

The secret prize, my body was presented to the adult team.
Since I felt bad if they didn't get the dessert, I made some grade-up stuff for the victorious team.






ScrapeScrapeScrapeScrapeScrapeScrapeScrapeScrape

What? Feels like I'm hearing sound of claws scraping against a pillar. But the girls don't seem to hear nor notice it. Which means something's up with the barrier?

Searching the surroundings with Space Grasp, I saw something small in the direction where I beat the tuna. Small things I've never seen before, can't make it out from here. There's quite a lot of them despite their size.


Slash Slash

Nuna!? The barrier got cut apart and those somethings invaded inside. How'd they cut it open so easily!?
That's weird, I mean this barrier even easily stopped Kagura-san's spear....

"All hands, attention please. Get away from the sea at once. Something has invaded the barrier. I'll meet them head on here, you girls go get your weapons."

"...I got it. We'll be back quick, don't push yourself."

I nodded and faced the sea ahead.
With just my trunks and Lunar Cat. I've raised my defense with Full Protection and Mana Clad. It's better than having water sticking to my clothes. 'Gan gon gan gon' I raised stone walls on the seashore to prevent them running past me.

Come now, show yourself up you unknown somethings!?


DODODODODODODODODODODODO

What then jumped into my view was.
A group of cats running on the sea surface.

""""""NYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN""""""

There's like more than 30 of them. Why are cats running on water anyway!

Chief Umineko <TLN: Read as sea cat, means seagull.>
HP: 128/128 - MP: 42/48
A type of monster that dashes on water. Despite their small size, they make full use of their swiftness to overwhelm enemy. The mana they emit on their paws repel water enabling them to run on water surface. They mainly fight using their claws, but the older ones can also employ magic. These cats wander around all over the places, but they also have a habit of staying inside a dungeon rarely.

Umineko x 34
HP: 68/68 - MP: 23/36
A type of monster that dashes on water. Etc.


Oh I see, so it's that kind of monsters, I see. I can only accept this stuff by this point. Like hell. Umineko are birds, you dummy!


I'm having a stand off with a huge number of kitten-sized cat that are supposed to be monsters on the seashore. This situation must be unbearable for cat lovers. Naturally, that applies to me too!

35 of them huh... I could annihilate them all at once... But I can't bear to attack with those round eyes looking at me. As I was searching for ways out of this, I recalled something, rummaged my Dimensional Storage for that thing I was gonna use on Mitama and secretly let it ride on some reallllly weak breeze.


UNYAAAAAAAAAAAAN

Splash splash, one after another the cats dropped down the seashore. As expected of the chief, it hasn't let up its guard even while staggering. These Umineko are currently drunk. Indeed, it was silver vine I just sprinkled. It works even on monsters huh. I actually brought it with me to nyanyan with the drunk Mitama, wicked thought, good thing it found its use elsewhere.

FUSHAAAAAAA (I'm not gonna let this stuff beat me!)

Chief Umineko jumped out in an attempt to claw me. I blocked it with Lunar Cat, producing a CLINK sound of metal clashing. Looking closer, it seems to have clad its claws with mana. This cat must have cut the barrier.

CLANK CLINK CLANKK

Chief Umineko kept coming at me even while staggering. I kinda look like the baddie here.

UNYAAAAAAAAAA (OH NOOOOOOOOOOO)

I grabbed hold of it just when it jumped.

Funya! Funyaaaaaaaaaan (Kuh! Just kill meeeeeee)

NYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN ((((B-BIG SISSSSSSSSS))))

INYAAAAAAAAN (How dare you put me, chief of umineko in this shameful state)

Behold! This fingerwork of mine! This power of mofumofu that brought even Mitama and Futsuno-san to their knees!
As I rubbed its throat and brushed its stomach, Chief Umineko's eyes started to loosen in rapture.

WANYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN (No not there, stop, nyoooooooooo)

NYANYAAAAAAAAAAAAN ((((B-BIG SISSSSSSSSSS!!??))))

With a shrill cry, Chief Umineko got knocked out. Oh and those voice overs you heard were narrated by Nobusada at his own's discretion.


Phew, good grief. That was a tough opponent?

For now, gotta pull those cats out of the seashore lest they drown. The girl's eyes were wide open when they got back fully armed only to be greeted with a huge band of cats.


In the end, all the cats prostrated themselves before me who had prevailed against Chief Umineko. Since their stomaches cutely rumbled all together then, I gave them leftover small fish which they ate in great relish.
Chief Umineko is currently sitting meekly next to me. The other cats also let the girls hug all over them after seeing their chief in that state.
Now then, wonder why these cats are even here anyway. Ah man, I can't bring myself to desert these cats and their different feels of mofumofu compared to Mitama's.






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Okami wa Nemuranai 17.8

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"The catalog's got <Webs> proviso on the next floors. What's that?"

"Floor 26 to floor 30 have the same structure as these floors but the spiders are laying in wait on their webs. Each web has one spider living on it. Most of those spiders stay put above the web, but they will come down if an intruder touches their web."

"Umu."

"These webs are problematic. Since the spiders won't come out if you don't touch their web, you can proceed ahead without engaging a fight so long you don't touch one. But there are some spots where you're left with no choice but to touch a web in order to proceed."

"Are those webs not sticky."

"They are. Carelessly touching them will get you bound, and tormented to death. Hitting a web with a stone will call the spider down, and the stickiness is gone once the spider is defeated then you gather the web. After which, you're free to proceed."

"I see. Are these spiders as strong as the ones before them?"

"No. From here on, the spiders get slightly bigger and stronger as we go deeper. They will shoot <Confusion>, <Paralysis>, <Venom> at you."

"Ah. Time to use that huh."

By that Lecan means tools to collect venom. A Sfarko fruit is attached to the tip of one such tool which sucks in venom, then you put it inside a bag intended for storing them. Per Heles's advice, they each bought a set of five.

"You can use them if you want, but if we're heading for floor 31 during this expedition, I'd suggest we wait until then. The venom there is more than ten times pricier."

From floor 31 below, the enemies are the lesser variant of Octular Great Spider. Their venom commands a higher price than that of giant variant of Spotted Spiders.

"<Confusion> is a magic attack. Its range is about 10 to 15 steps. The spider has to have a view on us to put us under <Confusion> but our side doesn't have to see them for the attack to work."

"What happens when you're put under <Confusion>."

"It varies by person, but most go wild slashing at their comrades while screaming incorrigible words."

"That sounds bothersome."

"It is. You suffer from <Paralysis> if you get hit by their claws. This one is apparently a type of curse. Thus, it's indispensable to have curse resistant equipment equipped. Or putting on hard protectors that prevent their claws reaching your skin."

Eda has got a curse resistant bracelet on her wrist. Not clear how effective it is, but it should suffice for the time being, and Lecan's got <Dagger of Harut> if push comes to shove anyway.

The deeper you go below in this dungeon, the stronger the curse assailing you. Obtaining <Dagger of Harut> before coming here was truly a windfall.

"<Venom> is spit out of their mouth, this reaches about 20 steps away."

"Quite far."

"Their slanted upper part swells up when they're shooting from afar. The venom is black, the same color as the ceiling and rocks hanging down it, so it's very hard to distinguish. Not to mention we're in a dimly lit area. And sometimes the venom would hit rock creases and splash back at us. There is no way to avoid this."

"I see. Guess that about covers it. Let's get in."
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Those spiders turned out to be nothing.

They would come down when Lecan threw firewood on their web. Since they were showing their back as they did that, they made for easy targets for Eda's arrows and Lecan's <Flame Arrows>.

Their venom is indeed problematic, but dodging it is a simple matter to Lecan and those spiders don't shoot it often anyway, he had let one shoot it once before the march begun anew.

Since the spiders won't come to the edge of their web, swords cannot reach them. Going within a sword range would get you entangled in their web.

(I see now.)

(Would be handy with a spear.)

(The longer the better.)

(And you can block the venom with a shield.)

Lecan tried shooting a <Flame Arrow> at a web.

It cut off a thread but that's it.

He tried <Flame Spear> as well, but it only created a hole on the hit spot, and nothing else.

The procedure on this floor was Lecan throwing firewood at the web and Eda shooting down the descending spiders. <Shield of Wolkan> came into picture when the spiders were especially agile or shot their venom. The spiders are swift, but they don't move as erratically when they're coming down at the start. Lecan let Eda take care of them as practice. Fortunately the abdomen of these spiders are soft, thus all of her arrows pierced through it.

Some spiders also shot out <Confusion> from time to time, but none of Lecan's party suffered the curse.

Using the same procedure, they traversed through floor 27, 28, 29, and 30 before making a camp near the exit.

"We're running late. Should have made camp sooner."

"It's at Yellow Forg (Touza) moment now."

"What is that thing?"

"It's a <Yacklubend Time Notifier>. This is the small portable version. It shows time when you pour mana in it. It's a very handy tool."

"That's an equipment issued to the royal knights, isn't it. Are you sure you could bring it with you?"

"Ah. Well, uh. Since I'm not a member of the royal knights, it should be all right."

Lecan had an interest in tools that could show time.

In his former world, every town has a bell hall that rings the bell on times measured by a machine.

But this world has sunrise split by three periods of Ring Snake (Muruja), sunset by three periods of Water Buffalo (Shootran), night by ten periods, and noon by ten periods. And naturally, these periods change by season.

In other word, time in his former world is unchanging regardless of seasons or regions, while it's relative in this world.

"Fumu. Is that Time Notifier adjusted by sunrise and sunset. Or does it show a fixed time unaffected by seasons and regions?

"Now this is a surprise. So Lecan-dono is also a scholar."

"At the place I come from, we have a Bell Hall in every town that rings the bell on times measured by machines."

"There's a country like that? But really, bells huh. I see, bells. That's interesting. But, Lecan-dono. How would that tell which time period it's at. Or perhaps, they ring different-sounding bells for each time period?"

"The numbers of ringing differ. The bell rings twice at Lesser Turtle (Fengel) moment, thrice at Halfbeak (Chichi) moment, essentially, just ring different numbers at every moment. Then you only ring the bell once at 2nd, 3rd, and 4th periods."

"What? But then... No, that's right. However... Umu. That's interesting. Lecan-dono. Truly interesting. Thanks for this story. I'll be sure to discuss this with my uncle once I get back to the capital. We've been trying to get machine-based time notification work at the capital with less than satisfying results, you see."

Which means, this world also has machine-based time measurements. Lecan simply didn't know. That said, it doesn't seem to be well known.

In reality, people start their daily lives as lights pour downs from heavens. As for works that can only start at night, establishing the rule <Ring Snake at Three, work starts> has prevented quarrels between employers and employees from breaking out. Sunrise and sunset are made into periods to conform people's daily lives.

"But I still cannot believe how we managed to traverse through floor 21 to 30 in just one day. Just wow. And neither me or Arios-dono fought for real even. We merely had to pick up fallen magic stones."

Heles grilled salted jerky over the campfire as she said that.

"Ah, it's so nice. This is really nice. This so-called campfire. I can't go on without one now that I've seen the light."

She sipped down the soup Eda made.

"To think warm soup could be this sublime. This soup is far more delicious than the soup made by my family's head chef."

Naturally that's not the case, she's probably saying it as a way to express her excitement and gratitude for having these kinds of food inside a dungeon. Lecan refrained from telling her that didn't really work.

"We can enjoy this cuz we're staying the night inside the dungeon. Peeps who keep coming back outside can stay in an inn and all, but I'm wondering if the round trips alone don't tire them out."

"Eda."

"Un? Yes?"

"I usually took five days of break before I would go back to a dungeon after coming back from a dungeon expedition."

"You're really taking your sweet time."

"Your body and soul get extremely tense inside a dungeon. Doesn't matter if you fight or not. One or two days aren't enough to truly heal those tensions."

"So that's how it works."

"The folks here have their own ways of doing things, I won't question that. Just remember that. And when you're camping inside a dungeon, you've got to relax your body well all while never letting up."

"Un! I got you."

"Lecan-dono, you truly cherish Eda-dono, don't you. It's like I'm looking at father and daughter."

"Ehehe. I've got Lecan as my master for this entire year, you see."

"This entire year?"

"Un. I'll think about then when that time comes."

"Eda-dono, aren't you going to continue exploring dungeons after this?"

"Unn. Dungeons are fun, but I don't really feel like exploring one without Lecan around."

"Is that so."

This day they defeated a bit more than 90 magic beasts.

Six treasure chests popped up. Four had potions, two were shields.

They got some nice Graces, should fetch handsomely.

They also gathered some spider threads. Lecan didn't have the slightest idea just how much would it fetch.






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Since these spiders can't hear, they most likely act by relying on visual cues.

After an observation with that in mind, Lecan found out that they would only spring into action when any part, like legs and such, of an intruder comes into their view.

Lecan judged that they were done confirming characteristics of magic beasts on these floors.

Afterward, it was quick.

Lecan kept shooting <Flame Spear> overhead where magic beasts were hiding as he advanced ahead.

Then he pulled magic stones out of the bodies with <Move>.

Eda, Arios and Heles would go collect the falling magic stones in turn.

They proceeded ahead in that fashion.

Floor 22.

Floor 23.

Floor 24.

And floor 25, they were near the exit already.

"Halt. We're taking a break here. You can sit down."

"No err. Why are we resting in a danger zone."

"What I just defeated was a giant variant. We'll wait for the next spawn and create a <Mark>."

"Is that how it is. Heave-ho. Good grief. This is supposed to be called <Nightmare Stratum>. Yet it's as if we're strolling in an uninhabited wasteland with Lecan-dono around."

"I don't see an adventurer anywhere."

"That's because middle stratum is not profitable. Everyone attempts to speed through these floors and begin hunting on floor 31. As such, there's a lot of quests for hunting the giant variant on floor 31."

"Quests?"

"The spawned magic beasts get stronger each time you go down a floor. A party that can barely reach floor 30 simply cannot handle floor 31 magic beasts. Asking them to beat giant variant twice in a row is virtually impossible."

"Ah, I see where you're going."

"As such, Adventurer Association post quests for creating <Mark> on floor 31. It costs three big gold coins."

"Three big gold coins! A~ah. I was once a rich woman with five big gold coins in me stash too."

After buying her bow, arrows and protectors, the fifty gold coins, or five big gold coins, Eda got from their last expedition have been greatly decreased.

"Eda-dono. You will surely get your hands on many more big gold coins with this party soon. Cheer up."

"Un. Thank you Heles-san."

"Eda-dono, what positive mind you posses. That's a rare nature to have. What were we talking about again? Ah right, quests for creating <Mark>. As a condition, the clients have to have the <Mark> on floor 30 before they can post this quest."

When you teleport from floors above the floor you're teleporting to, you get brought near the entrance. Conversely, teleporting from below get you near the exit. Meaning a party with floor 30's <Mark> has to go through floor 30 if they want to get to floor 31.

Giant variants do not tend to spawn near entrances, this dungeon's map also shows that floor 31's giant variant spawns near the exit.

In other words, accepting this quest means you need to traverse through floor 30 and 31 and defeat a giant variant twice in a row, and yet three big gold coins are still a huge sum. Even a six-person party would readily accept that if it means getting five gold coin each for a half day work.

"Naturally, magic stones, materials and treasure chests obtained during the quest belong to the party who takes on the quest. And the clients are expected to help carry luggage and carved materials as one of the conditions. Since the mats on floor 30s fetch for good prices, you could even profit as much as the quest rewards from selling them if you take your time."

Meaning one big gold coin for a day's work for each. It's an undeniably juicy job.

"Well it does take two days to finish, and the quest takers have to prepare for curses and poisons themselves. It takes toll on equipment as well. Nevertheless, it's a highly profitable job all the same."

"Two days?"

"That's the part you find puzzling? Please don't use your standards on everybody else, Lecan-dono."

"<Flame Spear>!"

Lecan suddenly raised his right hand and shot out an offensive spell.

The giant variant had respawned.

"<Move>!"

His left hand took the falling magic stone and put it in <Storage>.

As Lecan silently walked forward, the three followed behind him.

After walking a bit, Lecan stopped and sat down.

"We're having our meal here."

"Are you sure we'll be okay here?"

"There's no spider above. I'll give you a call if one spawns."
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"Really."

Lecan put out firewood, a hot pot, water and ingredients.

Eda ignited the firewood with magic and skillfully made soup.

Everyone relaxed while enjoying warm soup.

"Being able to enjoy such warm food inside a dungeon like this, truly a luxury we have."

"Eating warm food heals your body and brings out energy. It doubles your strength in battles. I strive to eat warm food inside dungeons whenever I could."

"No uh. That might be feasible in other dungeons, but we can't gather firewood in this dungeon. I really can't wrap my head around the mechanism behind Lecan-dono's <Box>. Perhaps, that's a special-made item by Sir Yacklubend Tomato?"

"Yacklubend? That name sounds familiar, who is it?"

"I've decided to stop getting surprised by Lecan-dono's words, but that one came out of the left field. How have you been living in this country if you don't know about Yacklubend-dono and Tomato Company?"

"I hail from afar. Was at a rural countryside when I first entered this country. Only been living in town recently."

"But you have seen Nocturnal Lights, Ward Lights and Mana Brushes haven't you. Have you never heard of Stun Sticks, Long Soaring Bow, Burst Arrows or Piercing Spear? All of that was invented by Yacklubend-dono, sold by Tomato Company."

"I know about Stun Stick. I've probably seen Nocturnal Lights and Ward Lights before."

"You must be. It's inconceivable that you haven't. On top of that, there's <Bell of Truth (Saradona)>, <Twin Mirror (Naata)>, <Celestial Wings (Kaires)>, <Web of Purity (Halvos)>, <Saint Light Paradise (Agzubares)>, <Scale of Trial (Trientel)>, countless magic tools indispensable to this country, all of that was made by Yacklubend-dono."

"Heles-san."

"Yes, what is it."

"<Bell of Truth> is a holy tool of the temples, you should not thoughtlessly speak about it. Also, the existence of <Twin Mirror>, <Celestial Wings>, and <Web of Purity> is a military secret concealed by the royalty, only high ranking nobles are in the know of what those are. <Saint Light Paradise> and <Scale of Trial> are kept by the royal knights and royal mages respectively who do not make the information public. While <Yacklubend Stun Sticks> are only allowed to be carried by the royal capital's guards and the royal knights."

"Ah."

"Besides, only nobles and big merchants are familiar with Tomato Company's products. They mean nothing to the masses. Lecan-san, Eda-san. Please forget what you just heard."

"Got it. "

"Un! I'm pretty good at forgetting things."

"And also, just so you don't get it wrong, the name Yacklubend is a passed down name, the present Yacklubend-dono did not make every magic tool there is."

"Really?"

"Heles-san. How long do you think <Twin Mirror> has been around for? That's an item that first showed up during the infancy stage of this country's founding. The southern half of this country would have belonged to Dresta Kingdom had that not existed then."

"I had no idea. And how would you be privy about all that, Arios-dono?"

"It's my fighting school's secrets."

"No, that's definitely a lie."






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"Well then, I will now give an explanation regarding magic beasts spawns. Floor 21 to floor 30 are the so-called middle stratum of this dungeon. The magic beasts present are giant variants of Spotted Spiders. They're about as tall as my waist. You must forget everything you experienced on floor 1 to 20 when you tread on these new floors."

"Forget? What do you mean."

"On floor 11 to 20, we have cavities, with lesser Octoular Great Spiders inside each one. You end up thinking that's how it will also be on successive floors. However, that's a straight path to ruin."

"Why."

"First of all, the terrain is different. There's no cavities on floor 21, no spiders below. They're above you. There are creases of rocks hanging on the ceilings of these floors, spiders hide between those creases and descend on you."

"Hou."

"The best method to deal with them is by killing them as they descend, but since there is no sign telling where they're coming down, that is hard to achieve. Those spiders will move right away without any prompt the moment they come into contact with their target, at abnormal speed. They're smaller yet incomparably faster than the spiders on floors before this, many parties meet their end on this floor."

"Only one magic beast per encounter?"

"Not necessarily. Once you get close enough to the spot right below one, it will start descending. If there are more than one spider near that spot, they all will go down together."

"I see."

"On top of that, if you come across other spots with spiders above while trying to run from a spider or going around to attack a spider, those spiders will come down as well."

"So you're saying we can haul up lots of them in one go."

"Okay, I'm a bit worried about your train of thought. Ah, almost forgot, the grounds don't have a good view. There's walls of rocks randomly thrust out of grounds all over the place. You can't just go straight ahead."

"How do the enemies attack?"

"They use their legs. Their claws are far harder and sharper than all spiders before them. They also shoot out <Sleep>. The range of which about 20 steps, I believe. Its effects are so much more immediate and strong than any <Sleep> on all floors before it. Rudimentary <Sleep> resistance cannot block it."

"There's <Flame> as this spider's characteristic written on the catalog."

"I was about to get to that. They spit out small syrupy burning rock-like lumps at you. Its range is about, right..."

Everyone quietly waited as Heles tried to recall.

"I believe it's around ten steps. They can move their head in most directions and swiftly, so there are times when you get hit even when you're taking precautions."

"Is it instant death if you're hit?"

"It is not, but having syrupy flames sticking on your clothes and armor result in a quick and serious scald. And since there's only hard rock-like grounds below you, you cannot rub it away with soil or sand either."

"Sounds like a bother."

"As such, you would want to be ready with equipment with high fire resistant on that floor through floor 25."

Heles was looking at Lecan with a troubled look in her eyes.

"My overcoat highly resists fire. Eda, how about your clothes."

"We bought fire resistant web armor thanks to Heles-san's info. It's got some resistance against dissolving liquid and venom too."

Eda's new equipment is a light brown skin-tight web armor. She's got a fluffy hat-like thing on her head that can be pulled down to protect her head except eye area. Her new light brown boots also look pretty elastic and sturdy.

"Next is of course, their bites. They possess small jaws that's just really swift and nasty."

"How about webs?"

"Since the spiders here use up their thread to go down the tall ceilings, they don't seem to shoot out web from their rear."

"How do they detect things?"

"Wha?"

"I'm asking how do these magic beasts here detect intruders."

"Well, err. That'd be with their eyes, ears and instinct, I suppose."

"Is that confirmed?"

"There is no concrete research on it, but they're clearly capable of detecting intruders and grasp their movement."

"Got it. Let's go then."

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Floor 21 has a hard rocky surface as the ground and walls of rocks thrusting out of the ground all over the place. The walls are as short as one step and as tall as three steps high, obstructing Lecan's vision.

The best part of it is the ceiling. You can't even tell how high up it is. Furthermore, curtains of rocks are hanging down here and there, completely hiding the upper side away. The distance to ground from some of the rock curtains are about four, five steps away for the shorter ones so there should be cases of descending magic beasts appearing out of nowhere in front of you.

"There's two adventurer parties on this floor right now."

"What?"

"One deeper to the left. Near the exit. Another is along wall to the right. They're engaged in a fight against three magic beasts."

"Lecan-dono. Are you, telling the truth?"

"It's my ability. Lots of magic beasts hiding out in the ceilings. Around here, over there, there, and there. Let's see. Just how close you've got to make them come down. Ah, right. Heles."

"Yes."

"Same weak spots?"

"Indeed. You either crush their head or aim for their heart."

"Got it."

Lecan took <Sword of Agost> out <Storage> drew it out of its scabbard and returned the scabbard into <Storage>.

"That's a really big sword. I can't believe how you just so easily hold it in one hand."

Lecan ignored Heles's murmur and slowly walked forward one big step at a time.

"It's coming down. Everyone, stay put."

He raised his pace as he said that and stopped at a spot.

A huge Spotted Spider suddenly came out without a sound from behind a crease in the rock curtain, but Lecan had anticipated that already and swiftly cut off its head.

"Fumu. Everyone, come here. Heles."

"What."

"What's the carve-able mats of this magic beast?"

"None."

"What?"

"The highest priced part of Spotted Spider is their thread. However, unless you can fly, you can't collect that dangling thread. Next is their eyes, I think. The leather on its abdomen can be sold too, but it's cheap considering the place they show up, so most people don't bother with it."

"I guess we're mainly aiming for magic stones and treasure chests for a while then."

"That we are."

Afterward, Lecan killed two more.

(Fumu.)

(These spiders sense their enemies.)

(Only when you're about five steps away from the spot below them.)

(They don't react until you get within that range.)

"Lecan-dono. The ceiling here is awfully tall and dim, thus it's easy to overlook spiders lurking above. We risk getting our party annihilated if we caught ourselves unaware of drawing multiple spiders toward us. Therefore, I propose we all should be slowly and carefully as we proceed ahead on this floor."

"Fumu. They really don't seem to attack until they get down on the ground. Alright. I'll let it down on next. Everyone, don't move from there."

Lecan walked 20 steps ahead, then a magic beast came down right in front of him. Which then immediately plunged out once it got on ground. Lecan made a mincemeat out of the magic beast's head directly in front of him.

"Eda."

"Yes."

"A spider will come down five step ahead of the spot I'm stopping next. Aim for its heart with your bow."

"I gotcha."

Lecan walked ahead and stopped, then a magic beast came down after waiting a bit. Eda landed a clean hit on the magic beast's heart with her brand new bow.

"Nicely done. The sensations of pulling that bow should not unlike that of a magic bow, same with the arrow."

"Really? I don't really get it. This bow you picked feels really nice to use, Lecan."

The way you aim with a magic bow is wholly different from a normal bow, and yet Eda has unconsciously adjusted to that difference, it seems.

"That arrow might be usable still. Go fetch it."

"Un."

"Heles. Arios. Come with me. Eda, follow us once you're done."

Heles and Arios walked with LEcan.

"Alright. A spider will come down here. Heles, kill it."

"Ah? Yeah."

"Arios, you're next."

"Yes."

"Alright. A spider will come down here."

"Understood."

Eda caught up to them in the meantime.

Behind them, Heles had just beheaded her spider.

"Over here, Eda."

"Yes."

Heles isn't done taking out the magic stone yet.

Arios stabbed through the spider's heart. Since these spiders shows their back as they comes down, their hearts are exposed during that momentary instance. As long as you know where they're coming down and it's a one-on-one fight, these spiders are nothing for swordsmen on the level of Heles and Arios.

As Lecan was waiting for the next spider to come down, his <3D Perceptions> caught the spider that was hit by Eda's arrow getting down the ground and trying to move. Eda has missed its vital.

"<Flame Spear>!"

Lecan blew his target spider's head with the magic, turned around and commanded Eda.

"Dodge to the left!"

The moment Eda jumped to the left, the spider she failed to kill lunged at the spot she was at. Lecan cut down the spider's abdomen and heart as it tried to turn around.

(The spider didn't react at all to my voice.)

(Perhaps.)

Heles and Arios came back.

"Are you all right?"

"Are you hurt anywhere?"

"Ehehe. I made a mistake."

"It's fine. You miss sometimes. Anyway, I found something to test. Arios."

"Yes."

"I'll stand in front of the next spider and attract its attention. You make some noise behind it and try to attract its attention. Do not attack."

"Yes? I understand."

Lecan kept the next spider company without killing it. It spat out lumps of flames at him which he flicked away with the side of his sword.

Arios was making racket behind the spider, but it paid no attention to him at all.

Once Lecan deemed the test enough, he cut down the spider's heart. He can directly aim for its heart frontally thanks to his new sword's length.

"Everyone, listen up. It's been made clear with the test just now. These spiders don't have an aural sense."

"Aural?"

"They're deaf."

"Eh? But earlier, Heles-san said."

"Eda."

"Yes."

"Gathering information is an important part of dungeon explorations. They're worth paying for."

"Un."

"But don't believe it."

"Eh?"

"Mistakes happen even without ill will behind the intent. Sometimes conveyed things can miss a word. Some people believe in misunderstandings or their own prejudice. What others consider safe may not be so to me. You alone are the judge for the significance behind a piece of information."

"But how could you doubt what people say."

"If we die due to wrong information, the ones who gave that information won't atone for their mistake, nor will that bring anything. You only have yourself to protect yourself. So use what people say as a reference. That's important. However, do not swallow them whole."

"I won't swallow them whole."

"Right. Information is just that, information. Keep exploring while making sure yourself whether something is true or not."

"Yes. I understand."

"Lecan-dono. Forgive me. Now I'm reminded of a certain party that would have a shield user luring spiders from the front while another member finish them off from behind with a spear. So this is the reason for that."

"No. Your information serves as a reference. Don't worry about it. Now then, let's get down the floor."







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