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Okami wa Nemuranai 45.4

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"So, how'd you like it. It may be an open establishment. But the food here's pretty good. With cheap booze to boot. And now, a toast. Jo Jood."

"Jo Jood."

"Jo Jood."

"Jo Jood."

Lecan left all the ordering to Tolda and enjoyed whatever came his way.

"Ooh, this is really yummy."

"It is tasty. The flavor is very thick and yet there is no aftertaste."

Eda and Julius seemed to fancy the store too.

"Tolda. I didn't see a lot of Grace Gear in the wand store we visited today."

"That particular store sells the shopkeeper's handmade wands. Some stores do sell Grace Gear Wands, but the really good ones all get bought by the Magic Research Institute, so the Grace Gear you can buy in some random stores here are not really of high level ones."

"What's this Magic Research Institute gonna do buying all the Grace Gear Wands?"

"They research on them. And once they're done, they sell those back. A lot even sell modified ones. They're researching on all kind of Grace Gear, not just wands."

"Modified? Is it even possible to modify Grace Gear?"

"No, I don't think they fiddle with the inner working of Grace Gear. That would erase the Graces. That's not it, they combine multiple Grace Gear to add ancillary functions."

"Ancillary functions?"

"Yeap. One example of this is <Necklace of Intuador>. It's a Grace Gear that automatically puts up an anti magic barrier, they combine it with a jewel that can relay mana from a magic stone into the necklace then sell the finished products. Without that, it'll take too long to restore mana."

"Hou."
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In fact, a <Necklace of Intuador> is hanging on Lecan's neck right about now but it's not visible to Tolda.

"Now that you mention it, heard from a certain mage that it's odd how <Necklace of Intuador> could block offensive magic but not <Recovery>."

"Eh? You mean <Recovery> doesn't get blocked? No that can't be right. No magic can get past if you put that on."

"Hou. I was told that the necklace also has a function that lets its wearer supply mana to it."

"No no, that's not true at all. Maybe they're confusing it with another Grace Gear? Even just having <Necklace of Intuador> equipped makes it easier for its user to run out of mana. Most people don't have that large of mana pool after all. Getting its wearer to supply mana to it is like putting the cart before the horse."

(Yeah, somethings' off.)

(Perhaps the necklace I got.)

(Is a special one.)

"Can you buy <Necklaces of Intuador> at the equipment store you showed us earlier."

"No. You can only find those at the direct order store. By the way, Lecan. Mind if I ask you some questions myself?"

"Go ahead."

"Yours and Eda's <Free Box> seem to have unusually large capacities, where did you get them? Even the low capacity <Free Boxes> are only sold at the direct order store. And such large capacity boxes could only be bought by senior researchers of Magic Research Institute. It's been bugging me, you see."

"Hm? So you can buy those low capacity <Free Box> even if you're not some senior researcher thing then?"

"You can. However those low capacity boxes don't get called <Free Box>. Hence it's become common knowledge that only senior researchers can buy <Free Box>."

"I see. Some sort of open secret huh. Eda's <Free Box> was a belonging of a noble by name Solusgia Indole. I beat the guy in a duel and made the box my property as the reward."

"Indole? Sounds kind of familiar."

"He's the eldest son of Marquis of Gido."

"Ah, I see now. Marquis of Gido could likely buy one. They've been making business deals with that region after all. Hold it. You can't be telling me that eldest son fought in the duel himself."

"In the flesh."

"You really do the unbelievable, don't you. And you must have gone and beat the living out of the poor chap."

"Well, yeah close enough. By the way, your <Free Box> seems quite large itself. Are you a senior researcher at the institute?"

<Kwantor> members would go and gather magic wolves fur during their expedition. As it doesn't protect against physical attacks, it's good as raw material for anti-magic protectors, so it can be sold at high price. But as Lecan hurried them up, they couldn't skin the wolves whole, they would instead carve the part around the magic stone and took it whole along with the flesh. Doing so allowed them to get both fur, and magic stone. Those magic stone and flesh-attached fur portions were all handed to Tolda. That wouldn't be possible without a large box.

"No, not me. The shopkeeper at that wand store is a former senior researcher. I was given my <Free Box> by Guide Jiza."

"Hou?"

"There was this one time when Guide Jiza came up with a project to improve <Magic Arrow Pipes>. She requested my assistance then. And as a reward, I got this <Free Box>."

<Magic Arrow Pipes> were invented by Guide Jiza in her younger days. She must have thought up points of improvements later in her life. But considering how there are supposed to be many other <Magic Arrow Pipe> stores around, Guide Jiza picking Tolda must be a testament to Tolda's status as the best craftsman in this town.

"Can anyone enter this direct order store and buy stuff there?"

"No. You can't get in that area without a pass. But I'm sure you can get one from Guide Jiza if you just ask her."

Lecan is interested in that direct order store thing, but not enough to get himself inside a place with such a stringent magical defensive system.

 

 

 

 

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"What?"

Realizing how he just spoke while still holding the wand, Lecan put it down on the counter.

The shopkeeper spoke.

"It's full already. Ain't got no capacity left for mana."

"What? I haven't even put one <Flame Spear> worth of mana in."

"What kinda crazy <Flame Spear> needs that much mana! Anyway, that's far enough. Too much in fact. Could be dangerous like this, gotta take the mana out."

"Want me to do that?"

"What'd you say. You saying you could take the filled mana out on yer' own?"

"Yea,"

"Intriguing. Go ahead."

Lecan grabbed the medium wand, absorbed the mana inside and put it down again.

The shopkeeper re-examined the wand.

"The mana's came off. <Absorption> is it? No, didn't hear no casting. Ain't no way <Absorption> can be done without spellcasting. Who the heck are ya?"

Lecan's <Mana Absorption> has always been a skill, not a magic. Same with <Storage>, <Mana Detection>, <Life Detection>, <3D Perceptions>, <Mana Absorption>, and <Mana Bestowal>, none needed spellcasting in his original world. Thinking again, even just that fact alone gives him the edge over the mages in this world.

However, explaining that would necessitate disclosing his identity as a Descender as well as his abilities. Lecan doesn't really care about keeping his Descender status a secret anymore, but not his abilities. Hence, he didn't answer that question.

Afterward, the shopkeeper showed them all kinds of wands.

As a result, one thing is clear.

First of all, wands that boost particular attributes like firepower, casting speed, or accuracy will have reduced mana capacity and the user will have a hard time performing beyond that particular wand's capability.

In short, a user with a higher casting speed than a wand that boosts casting speed will end up casting slower with the wand equipped.

As such, you usually start with a wand that raises the attribute you wish to temper and then continuously switch to a better wand as you grow.

Besides offensive wands, the store also had wands that could boost support-type magic, so they took a look. They tried a wand that could only help <Recovery>. When Lecan gave it a try, he cast <Recovery> faster, yet the opposite happened to Eda which got slower instead. Same with <Purification>.

"Well dang. Never seen a <Purification> in real life before."

"So, I see these wands you showed could boost specific magic, but is there one that can boost casting speed and firepower of multiple magic like <Recovery>, <Flame Spear>, and <Lightning> altogether."

"Yeah sure we do have those, but their performance ain't that different from these wands here. Those kinds of all-purpose wands don't got elemental magic stones embedded, they rely on the maker's skill. You'd only find those wands in the direct order store. There's also, Grace Wands. Like <Wands of Cordishie>."

"What's a direct order store."
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"It's a store managed directly under the Magic Research Institute. The one on top of the hill."

Lecan knew about that place. It's a section of the town guarded by extremely rigid magical defense system. Layers upon layers of magic barriers have been put up there. It's also teeming with owners of monstrous mana pools. Lecan has no intention to ever step his foot there.

He also got wands for <Appraisal> shown, but they were of no use. The shopkeeper and Tolda were dumbfounded when they found out Lecan could also cast <Appraisal>. Lecan showed the wand he got from Shira and asked the shopkeeper if he got anything better.

The shopkeeper examined that wand for a while before letting out a sigh like he was overwhelmed by emotions.

"This wand is simply superb. Very utilitarian-made. It got not eyecatching functions, yet at the same time it doesn't bind the user in the slightest. Those who know, know how this is the best wand. I dunno if even the direct order store got any that coulda one up this wand of this type. If there is, it'd be wands made by the guides themselves for their own personal use."

"I see. By the way, are all the wands shown so far your creations then."

"Yea."

"Don't you have a Grace Gear wand."

"We got <Wands of Cordishie> if ya want Grace Gear."

<Wands of Cordishie> are Grace Gear that can stock magic spells in them after which you only need to recite the activation spells to shoot them.

"I've seen those in Tsubolt. So they get dropped in this dungeon too huh."

"Yea. They get dropped anywhere from floor 30 to 90. Don't think I ever heard news of any getting dropped in Tsubolt. Those probably came from here."

"Now that you mentioned it, heard they were sold at Tsubolt's stores, but not a thing about them being dropped there. Apparently the good quality ones can hold many shots of magic."

"Whaddya mean?"

"The <Wand of Cordishie> I saw could stock up five shots of magic. The higher quality ones must hold more than that."

"Ha, ya got a stupid amount of mana and usable magic, yet yer' mindset's that of an amateur."

"What."

"What's the most effective use of <Wand of Cordishie>, ya think?"

"Well, depends on the individual."

"Then what's the use of <Wands of Cordishie> to a mage of a certain caliber that can't be replicated by other magic tools?"

"No clue."

"You use 'em as finishers."

"Finishers?"

"Damn right. Use 'em to shoot the finishing blow. Listen now. Ain't no need for a <Wand of Cordishie> if yer' just shooting some piddling spells, just cast them on yer' own. Or with some sorta magic tools. That ain't it, what you wanna stock up in a <Wand of Cordishie> is a spell that requires enormous concentration, preliminary casting and lotsa mana. The more spells you can put in a wand, the lesser each of those spells' firepower be. So the best <Wand of Cordishie> is one that can only hold one, two or at most three spells yet got a bigger overall capacity."

He's exactly correct. Lecan was amazed. Afterward, he learned about all kinds of stuff regarding wands from the shopkeeper.

It was night already by the time they left the store. Tolda guided them to his recommended equipment store, introduced them to the shopkeeper and then treated Lecan's group to dinner.

 

 

 

 

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Okami wa Nemuranai 45.2

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Lecan has come across a few other mages that give off similar feelings before. Jiza was one, the chief mage of Tsubolt was another.

Lecan is capable of discerning those who know their ways around swords with a glance. How they walk, their presence and their reactions toward their surroundings can be used as a reference for that particular individual's strength.

And now that he's gone through his magic training regime as well as honing his mana perceptions, he's also able to discern mages to a degree.

This old man's doesn't have that large of a mana pool, but the mana clad around him is that of a very well honed one.

(Reminds me of Elder Termin.)

Their builds are the complete opposite. Termin is skinny and tall, while the man before him got a short and stout stature. His frame is well defined. You'd believe it if someone told you he's a shield warrior. And yet something about them just feels alike.

"What the. What's with the crowd."

"I'm telling you they're customers."

"Hmph."

The shopkeeper turned his sight at Lecan while complaining. He must have sensed something.

"This big man is Lecan. He's a skilled swordsman who's also a user of amazingly powerful <Flame Spear>."

"Magic swordsman?"

The shopkeeper's face distorted loathsomely. He might have a prejudice on magic swordsmen.

"Do you have a wand that boosts magic firepower."

"Hmph. Just sit tight there."
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The shopkeeper went in the back.

Lecan stared at the counter. It has some sort of magic imbued on it. Several wands have been placed behind the counter invisible to customers, each of which has been imbued with magic.

Lecan can't tell what kind of effects they have, but he marvels at the way they're all interconnected. Transparently beautiful without a hint of distortion. The shopkeeper's quite an expert of magic.

(Now I can't wait for the wands.)

The shopkeeper came out after a little while.

"Here ya go. Let's start with these."

Three wands got put on the counter. All of them have a fist-sized head and an adult arm-long medium-sized body. They have three magic stones embedded on them.

"All three of these boost your flame magic firepower. The rightmost for power, middle for speed and leftmost for accuracy."

"What? They only boost flame magic?"

"Tolda. Yer' sure this big thing don't got some screws missing?"

"Lecan. It's because they have fire elemental magic stones on them."

"What's fire elemental magic stones."

"Now this is surprising. Haven't you seen one yet? See here, magic beasts in this dungeon drop elemental magic stones. Some boost flame elemental magic power, some lightning elemental magic, some move type magic."

"That kind of stuff exists huh. I had no idea."

"Well, those elemental magic stones are no different than ordinary magic stones in their raw forms. But the craftsmen in this town make use of them in all kinds of stuff such as wands, rings, and necklaces. Even armor with embedded magic stones that can lower magic effects."

"Hou."

He'll ask for more details later, and deal with the wands before him first. Lecan took the rightmost wand in his hand. It's the power-focused wand.

It got this weird feel to it. There's some sort of mana veil around the wand, which feels like it's repulsing Lecan as he grabs the wand.

"Are you allowed to do a trial run."

"Ya daft or somethin'? Like hell any wand stores gonna allow trial runs. Besides direct order ones that is. I'll get the seal undone if ya wanna try putting mana in 'em."

"Please."

"Put that wand on the counter."

Lecan put the medium wand on the counter, then the shopkeeper took out a thin wand and converged his mana on the tip of that wand directed at the medium wand.

"Jiraad."

Then the veil disappeared.

"What was that spell?"

"Lecan!"

Tolda spoke out in a sharp tone, Lecan looked at him. Tolda shook his head.

"That's a no go. You can't ask that."

Looks like he's touched on some sort of custom in this town.

"So it is. My bad."

The shopkeeper said nothing while maintaining a sour look.

Lecan grabbed the unsealed medium wand. It feels familiar in his hand. Or more like, to his mana.

(I see. The seal earlier was there to isolate mana.)

"Lecan. Just a friendly warning. When you wish to pour mana into the wand, first put the wand down and ask for the shopkeeper's permission. By doing so, you will be given the permission to in most cases. Absolutely don't try to recite a spell. No matter if it's preliminary casting or activation spell. Or rather, saying any word when you're holding an unsealed wand is a breach of etiquette. Got it?"

Lecan nodded and put the wand on the counter.

"Shopkeeper. Mind if I try pouring mana into this wand."

"Yea. How else yer' gonna find out if a wand is for ya."

Lecan grabbed the medium wand and poured his mana into it.

Where the user's mana gets into the wand and the route it takes seems to be pre-established, Lecan's mana rushes into it. But the response feels a bit sluggish. Then it soon became difficult to put more mana in. Lecan quizzically stared at the wand and the mana inside before raising his mana output and rate even further.

The shopkeeper who had been observing Lecan with his thin wand held up raised his voice to stop him.

"H-hold it. That's enough."

 

 

 

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After exiting the dungeon, Lecan took Eda and Julius to the dungeon receptionist. Along with <Kwantor>.

"You're on floor 42 already?"

"We're annulling our contract with <Kwantor>. So now we're looking for new people. They're to get us through at least five floors starting from floor 43. The reward is two gold coins per floor conquered. Us three can deal with two shafts, so they only need to handle three shafts."

"Very well. Where can we contact you?"

"We'll be staying in this inn presently. Might be out in town during free days in daytime, but we should be back at night."

"Then we will leave the message at the inn."

"Yes please."

Afterward, <Kwantor>'s leader, Tolda informed the male receptionist that Eda is a <Healing Hand of Herb Saint> as well as a powerful magic archer and a dungeon conqueror.

"So she is. That's incredible. As Guide Jiza's letter did not mention Eda-san, we were actually a bit worried about it, but this should make looking for a potential party easier now."

"Oh?"

Lecan noticed a poster on the wall. It's for recruiting parties. Their target is conquering floor 60 to 63. On the fifth of month eight. Looking for 25 people.

"Hou. Something like this got put up too huh."

"Yes. You see them often. They usually get filled up right away however."

"One month recruitment period huh, quite lax."

"It's because everybody has their day job. This kind of quest spreads by words of mouth. Though often time they have all the member accounted already before the poster is up."

"I don't see any reward."

"There is no reward. It's not a Quest after all. Getting to deeper floors is the reward in itself."

"Ah, I see. Make sense."

Lecan could have traversed the dungeon without wasting money if he just put up these posters. But that'd take too long. He'd rather pay money to get down faster.

They walked around in town with <Kwantor> that day and had a slightly late lunch together. Lecan was going to pay but <Kwantor> insisted it to be their treat.

Afterward, Lecan's group went to visit Tolda's shop.

It's quite a big shop with three clerks tending, the walls are full of <Magic Arrow Pipes> of various sizes on display.

There are also trial <Magic Arrow Pipes> one can test out by paying for the magic stones used. Lecan and Eda played around with them. Julius was unable to shoot <Magic Arrow Pipes>. Simply having mana isn't enough to shoot them.

"You only really needs to know how to cast <Ignition> to use them though. Julius's mana pool is more than enough, you could just learn <Ignition>."

So Tolda spoke, Lecan asked Julius.

"Julius. Want me to teach you <Ignition>?"

"No, master. I have been told not to attempt learning magic for now."

"Hou? Hold on, if I recall right, Arios's grandmother was a mage."

He forgot the name, but Arios's grandmother was supposedly a pupil of Mazara Wedepasha, aka Shira. Which naturally means a pupil in magic study.

"Yes."
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"So neither you nor Arios studied under her."

"Yes. I expressed my intention to learn once but I was told no."

"Wait, didn't you say for now?"

"I will eventually be imparted with ways to wield magic swords once father has granted his permission. Whether I am to learn magic or not will be decided then."

"Got it."

Dunno why that's the rule. But there must be a reason that makes Arios forbid Julius to learn magic. Lecan can't just ignore that and teach him magic.

Magic swords are usable by non-mages, but one must know how to control mana. Though it's only a matter of pouring your mana into the sword, so learning it shouldn't be difficult at all, but it appears magic swords are out of question to Julius for the time being.

<Magic Arrow Pipes> were interesting. But Lecan quickly grew tired of them.

There's only a slight lag before it shoots out the arrow after reciting the required spell, but from Lecan's point of view, the thing is just irritatingly sluggish. The arrow speed is also slower than his expectations. Low firepower too. He's told that the more expensive models would have bigger firepower and faster projectile speed than the cheap trial ones, but he didn't feel like trying them out.

Afterward, Tolda guided them to a wand store.

It was a surprisingly small store.

"The products in this store are all pretty great. It's got lots of hidden treasures too. The trick to find the right wand for you is to be particular with your requests."

"Hou. Sounds fun."

"Agreed, I can't wait!"

"I've never been to a store like this before."

"Let's go then."

Opening the hinged front door revealed a counter across the door inside the store. As they got in and closed the door, the four of them occupied most of the store's space already.

"Old man. You have guests."

Nondescript groans could be heard from the back of the store, then a small elderly man with a moody expression on his face came out.

He's not your ordinary old man. Lecan looked at him as he squinted his right eye.

 

 

 

 

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The morning after, <Kwantor> and <Willard> renewed their contract at the dungeon receptionist. That is for them to continue helping beyond floor 30 as their schedule allows. The term is the same, one gold coin for every floor conquered.

Lecan actually suggested this during their dinner the day before, which <Kwantor> members agreed to. He was originally going to increase their pay to three gold coins per floor after floor 30, but they instead said this, 'The pay can stay the same, but we'd like to have dragon's meat during lunch if you could.' Of course Lecan agreed to that.

"Lecan. You'd better off not disclosing this additional term to the dungeon receptionist. It's just gonna make untoward people flock to you."

"That's fine by me if you're fine with it."

They broke through floor 30 early on the third day and had lunch on floor 33. As Lecan's Mana Restorative pills have an astonishing effective duration, <Kwantor> members took them as soon as they started. Hence, they were doing well.

"Ah, Tolda-san. Looks like you're hurt there."

"Hm? Ah. It's just a scratch. Using up a red potion for this would be a waste."

"Mind if I heal it with magic?"

"Oh right, you could use <Recovery>, Eda. If it's all right with you, go ahead."

"Yes. <Purification>."

"EEEEEEEEH?"

"Eeeh?"

"What."

"It can't be."

"That blue-tinted mana light."

Eda produced a big light of <Purification> on the tip of her finger without a wand. That big ball of blue light poured down Tolda over his head. It slowly soaked up Tolda's whole body.

"Aah. This feels... so pleasant."

Everybody watched this miracle in silent for a while.

"No way. Such a big ball of light."

"W-without the help of a wand."

"That color is definitely <Purification>."

"First I've seen a <Purification> in person."

Tolda looked content with eyes closed, but then they suddenly opened up like he was taken aback.

"I got this dull muscular pain in my abdomen for years, and it's completely gone now. My wound healed, but that's not all, my entire being feels like it's been reborn. So this is <Purification>. I see, it's truly unlike <Recovery> that's for sure."

During their stay at Vouka, Lecan and Norma had a discussion and decided that Eda would use <Purification> without hiding from public eye from then on.

To begin with, there's simply no way to hide the fact of Eda being a <Purification> user anymore. Then might as well announce to the world that Eda is also a depth-walking dungeon adventurers on top of that, to deter people from messing with her.

And besides, Eda has been frequently using <Purification> on Lecan and Julius when they're conquering dungeons together. Since <Purification> and <Recovery> both consume the same amount of mana, might as well use the more effective one. Of course, she's been casting <Purification> on Lecan twice before bedtime as well. Thanks to that, Eda's mastery in <Purification> is steadily making a large stride.

Though from Lecan's point of view, the level of her <Purification> is not quite there yet. If Skalabel's <Purification> is advanced level, then Eda's is still around intermediate level.

"Wait, could it be, Eda-san, you're the <Healing Hand of Herb Saint>?"

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"Eh? No way."

"Right, now that you mention it, <Healing Hand of Herb Saint> is called Eda too."

"That can't be, she's the real one?"

"No no, that's impossible. Why'd someone like that dive into a dungeon?"

"Fumu. Eda did cast <Purification> on Guide Skalabel and helped improve his condition."

"I knew it, it's true then! But I can't believe a <Purification> user would dive into dungeons."

"It's the opposite, she was a dungeon-delving adventurer who awakened to her <Purification> potential. Eda has conquered Dungeon Ninae, Dungeon Kozuin, Dungeon Rakash and Dungeon Rotor."

"Eeeeeh?"

"You can't be serious. She's conquered four dungeons?"

"S-she's actually an ace adventurer with that cute face of hers?"

"That's not all. She's gone to Dungeon Tsubolt's floor 120."

"Tsubolt! Oh, I get it now! Lecan, I've heard your name before. You must be the Lecan who conquered Dungeon Tsubolt, made it known that it wasn't actually a <Sleepless Dungeon> and got his hands on a <Comet Cutter>."

Everybody looked at Lecan in shock. <Kwantor> members don't have that much interest in other dungeons, but even they know about the major event of Dungeon Tsubolt going dormant. After knowing that Lecan is the person in question, they look at him with awe and respect.

(Good, go on and spread rumors about us.)

(That'll make it easier to get people later.)

They got to floor 39 that day.

They reached floor 40 on the third day, but starting from the floor, the Magic Wolves spawn in a group of three. This appears to be beyond <Kwantor>'s capability. The five of them took on three shafts like always, but it took them quite some time before they came to the exit on floor 40.

Floor 41's conquest took even longer and they suffered more wounds.

As they got to floor 42, Lecan spoke.

"Tolda. Let's end the quest here."

"Yeah I think that's for the best. Sorry about it, Lecan. I thought we could keep going a little bit more, but we really underestimated these floors."

"Nah. Considering the enemy's numbers, it's understandable. We owe you guys."

Lecan paid them the agreed upon gold coins and a huge lump of meat wrapped in a preservative cloth.

"It's Petitfire Dragon's meat. Share it with everyone."

"All this?! No. This is too much Lecan."

"To tell you the truth, we conquered Dungeon Rotor twice."

"Eh?"

"I shared half of the dragon's meat with my acquaintances, but I've still got lots remaining. And that's not accounting another entire dragon's worth of meat from the second conquest."

"Man, you're really such a. Heck, you might just conquer this dungeon even."

"That's the plan. With any luck that is."






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At the end of the day, they managed to reach floor 12. Lecan paid Tolda two big gold coins and four gold coins.

During their expedition, Lecan asked Tolda this.

"You're all mages, huh."

"Yep, that's right."

"What are you gonna do when you run into near white Magic Wolves? Or are shallower floors doable with just magic?"

"You can manage with just magic up to floor 30 here, sure. But you're just gonna waste mana trying to defeat near white Magic Wolves with magic. So you attack them with physical attacks."

"You got bows or something stashed away?"

"Bows were the norm back in the days. But mages who lacked strength couldn't shoot arrows with enough power even equipped with a bow. There were explorers who specialized in bow, but hiring them fetched a huge sum. Thus, many mages opted to learn <Water Blade> and <Steel Ball>."

"What's this <Steel Ball> magic."

"It's just a magic that shoots out a steel ball. It can't cover that much range, but it's got some nice firepower if you do it right."

"I see."

"But then, one day, the Magic Research Institute invented <Magic Arrow Pipes>."

"<Magic Arrow Pipes>?"

"This one's here."

Tolda took out a three-step long thin pipe out of his <Free Box>.

"You put in a specific arrow in this then a small magic stone in the base part. Then by reciting a spell, the magic stone will explode and shoot the arrow out. Today, most mages going into this dungeon carry <Magic Arrow Pipes> with them."

"Hou, I see."

(That's it.)

(I couldn't come up with a way to fight Dungeon Tsubolt's boss with magic.)

(But <Water Blade> and <Steel Ball> might just work.)

"These <Magic Arrow Pipes> were invented by Guide Jiza, y'see. She's also responsible for many more accomplishments. All explorers in Palcimo look up to her."

"Hou. Am I allowed to purchase this <Magic Arrow Pipe>?"

"I'm running a <Magic Arrow Pipe> shop. Feel free to buy them when we're open."

"Does any small magic stone work."

"No. That won't do. The types of arrows differ by the types of pipes, so the magic stones and mana used have to be adjusted right otherwise it poses a risk. Hence, you must only use magic stones you buy from the store."

Meaning one must stay at Palcimo if they wish to keep using <Magic Arrow Pipes>. Lecan lost interest in the weapon.

"There are <Magic Arrow Pipes> using bigger magic stones that shoot out bigger arrows. They're pretty powerful weapon once you master them."


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On the second day, <Kwantor> and <Willard> bought packed lunch at the food stall before going in the dungeon.

On the entrance to floor 13's shafts, Lecan produced five Mana Restorative pills.

"I'm giving one of these to each of you."

"Don't tell me, those are Mana Restorative?"

"Yeah."

"Well I'll be."

"You're familiar with them huh."

"Well yeah, a direct pupil of Herb Saint lives in Town of Palcimo where they open a store that sells Mana Restorative. I've bought and used one before myself."

"Hou."

"We can't accept such valuable items."

"I made them myself."

"What."

"Giving you guys five pills of Mana Restorative today and tomorrow cost me little. Yet, having our expedition progress better would be a huge boon to me. So do take these."

The five received the pills in the end. And Tolda alone drank it.

At the exit of floor 13, Tolda reported excitedly.

"This Mana Restorative is real amazing stuff alright. It's even better than Panta's in terms of immediate effect and restored amount."

Panta is the apothecary that runs the medicine store in Palcimo who claims to be a direct pupil of Herb Saint.

"It feels like my mana just keep surging up. No really, this is incredible. Guys, you should take them after lunch too."

They decided to have lunch on the exit of floor 18.

Lecan lit up firewood, grilled meat and Eda made a soup.

"Lecan. We brought packed lunch with us, you didn't have to grill our share too. But that sure is a nice smell. What meat is that?"

"Well, just give it a bite."

After eating the meat, <Kwantor> members were all taken aback with the taste.

"Lecan. You can't be telling me, this meat's."

"Petitfire Dragon's."

"Petitfire Dragon! Dungeon-borne?"

"Yeah. Dungeon Rotor."

"Petitfire Dragon in Dungeon Rotor? Ain't that the boss!"

"It is."

"And it's been bugging me since yesterday, those armor of yours and Julius, could it be."

"Made from the dragon's mats."

"I knew it! You're just full of surprises. To think we could have a taste of floor 80's Fire Dragon's meat. This alone would be more than enough reward."

"Worth it if that gets you guys motivated."

"Taking this quest was a huge win, really."

After lunch, the other four took the Mana Restorative pills as well.

After which their expedition progressed extremely well, they reached floor 28 on the second day.

Tolda offered to treat them dinner in the town that day.

He spoke of many interesting things.

Tolda runs a store that deals in <Magic Arrow Pipes>, his store also sells physical bows, and Tolda himself is capable of using one.

All other members of <Kwantor> are either shopkeepers or employees of stores in the town as well, they usually go into the dungeon to gather materials required for their job.

One thing became clear to Lecan that night. He was wondering how would <Kwantor>'s team composition even conquer a new floor, turned out they don't. They would get additional members whenever they want to break through a new floor.

Tolda himself could get to floor 61. Meaning he could get to any floor up to 61. As their main goal is usually not breaking a new floor, they don't have to go into all five shafts. The five members will go in one or two shafts together until they reach the exit, then they go back to the surface before challenging the same floor again. They gather materials by repeating this pattern.

Thinking again, most parties Lecan caught sight above ground had five or six members with all of them being mages. Yet he would occasionally see a party with 20 or more members. That explains those.

 

 

 

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They didn't have to wait long before they got called again.

"This party here is <Cowards (Kwantor)>. They usually explore around floor 50s, and they'd like to hear more about this quest from <Rainbow Pebbles (Willard)>."

Five explorers stand there.

Two of them are men, wearing light armor.

All of them are mages. With respectable amounts of mana.

The light armored men look like physical type at a glance, but it's obvious to Lecan that they're not. They don't have the presence of someones who know their ways around swords or spears.

As a matter of fact, the majority of explorer parties in this dungeon have a similar composition. Lecan couldn't help but wonder if they could even really fight like that. In addition, it's odd how the women dressed in mage attires have wands, yet the men don't seem to visibly carry any weapon.

One of the men spoke to Lecan.

"Are you Lecan?"

"Yea."

"I'm Tolda, an explorer. I'm the leader of this party, <Kwantor>. We originally planned to have a five day long expedition but changed our mind when we found out about your quest. Guide Jiza's letter also came as a surprise."

"Yeah?"

"The look on your face says it all. And those incredible equipment. You're a magic swordsman to boot, aren't you?"

"Yeah."

"H-h-hold on, Tolda."

"Hm? What's wrong, Fina."

"This Lecan man's got a real huge pool of mana. It's pretty much Guides-sama's level even."

"What'd you say? Hoo, that's impressive."

"I'll introduce our members. This is Eda. She employs a magic bow. She can cast <Recovery> also. Her mana pool's pretty large."

"Hello, I'm Eda. Nice to meet you."

"Well well, aren't you a sweety. Eda-san. Good to know you."

"This is Julius. A swordsman."

"I'm Julius."

"Hi there. All right then, Lecan. For now why don't we give the first floor a go. So in short, we're taking your quest for one floor. We'll decide what to do next afterward. What do you think?"

"That's fine."

"Nice, then Lecan and I will enter a shaft together. Eda, and Julius, please stay in one group."

"Got it."

The group went to the dungeon, warped to the first floor and entered the shafts.

Lecan eradicated the enemy with a <Flame Spear> right off the bat.

Once everyone met up at the end of the shafts, Tolda spoke to the members of <Kwantor>.

"Lecan was just monstrous. He shot out a <Flame Spear> without preliminary casting right after we got inside and erased the magic beast. That <Flame Spear> had a blue color, thicker than my arm and flew at speed my eyes couldn't follow."

"Eh? He shot near the entrance and the magic wolf didn't dodge it? Or rather, could a <Flame Spear> even reach it from that distance?"

"Fina. Nothing can dodge that thing. You'll know when you see it."

"Hmmph."

They continued on to floor 2. Tolda went in the same shaft as Eda.

Then onto floor 3. Tolda went with Julius.

"All three of you are definitely up to the task. <Kwantor> will formally accept the quest to carry <Willard> to floor 30. As for the team composition, Lecan you go alone, Eda is with Julius, while us five will take on three shafts, is that fine with you?"

"That's fine."

"We can only explore for five days. Please regard the quest is over by the floor we reach on the fifth day."

"Got it."

"Well then, let's do our best for these five days."





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Once they all met up at the end of floor 5, Tolda spoke.

"Well then, time to get out for now."

"Out? What do you need outside."

"Lunch of course. We're having a meal at the rest area."

"Ah, I see. Guess that's how it goes for you guys usually. I have a suggestion. What about taking the meal in the dungeon today?"

"Well, we hadn't bought food here."

"No worries. We'll take care of everything."

"Y-yeah. Are you guys all right with that?"

<Kwantor> members agreed to it despite looking puzzled.

Lecan took out firewood from <Storage>, and swiftly lit them up before proceeding to grill meat and vegetables over the fire.

Eda also took a pot from <Free Box>, then vegetables even Lecan is unfamiliar with, and dexterously went to make a soup. It's a big pot new to Lecan. Looks like she bought it without him knowing. She even brought enough bowls for everyone.

(Ain't she prepared.)

"Come now. Have a bite."

"Y-yeah. Well I'll be. Is this how everyone does things in other dungeons?"

"Yeah, that's right."

"Lecan, don't lie now. Tolda-san, don't take him seriously."

They all take a spoon.

"So good!"

"Yummy!"

"This is superb!"

"What a nice flavor."

The soup Eda made was really good.

"Eda."

"What is it, Lecan."

"Where'd you learn to make this soup."

"Ehehe. At the capital."

Which means she must have learned from Rainzats's cooks. Eda likely anticipated this kind of camping situations and learned to make quick yet tasty dishes.

(I see now.)

(Heles wanted to instruct Eda on those kinds of stuff.)

(She must have taught her speech and mannerism too.)

(But what good are those for anyway.)

(Learning to cook is good though.)

Tolda spoke to Lecan as he chewed on the grilled meat.

"Still, the way you lit up the firewood earlier was truly well done."

"Hm?"

"I've done that before myself, and it's easy to cast too strong an <Ignition> and burn down the outer part of the firewood. Yet you managed to light up lots of firewood at once. It was truly an exquisite show of mana control."

"Really."

"By the way, us five can't fight over a long period. We'll probably hit our limit on floor 7 today."

"Fumu. Can you go farther if you have Blue Potions?"

"Well, we do carry some Blue Potions on us, but they're for emergency. Can't earn much if we use those things regularly."

"Well then, these are for you."

Lecan presented five Medium Blue Potions

"Oy, you serious?"

"Of course. Will you take them."

"Medium potions are too much. Small ones will do."

"Sold all those off, small ones don't do me any good."

"...I've finally gotten a good picture of just the kind of adventurer you are. These Blue Potions are free of charge yeah?"

"Of course."

"We're not gonna go over our limit just because we take them, just you know."

"Naturally. Our expedition will end when you think it's over for today. I won't complain even if that happens on floor 7. I trust your judgment."

"Is that okay with you guys?"

After confirming his companions' nods, Tolda took the five Medium Blue Potions and gave them to the mage members. They put them away without drinking. They would likely drink the small potions they have on hands when the need arises.

 

 

 

 

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