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Okami wa Nemuranai 30.1

 
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The Mediation Office is located inside General Information Desk building. General Information Desk is the building right in front of the dungeon.

This building consists of four buildings conjoined together.

The innermost building is the main office of General Dungeon Administration. It's a department that governs over all institutions here, holding enormous authority.

It's a massive stone building, and while the two front buildings are only one-story, it's got two or three floors as a whole. The General Dungeon Administration office is in the center back, an intimidating three story tall building with its second and third floor having a clear view on the dungeon's entrance as well as the row of buildings surrounding it.

Among the three front buildings, the center one is the Information Desk. It's where you get permits to enter the dungeon, purchase floor maps, send letters and items, store baggage, buy and sell information relevant to adventurers, and even look for an inn that suits your budget. Put simply, this is the place to go if you need to ask anything at all, so they were told in the first day.

The building to the left is the Dungeon Management Office. A department in charge of managing and maintaining order inside the dungeon, arbitrating fights between adventurers and sometime convicting them, the department also posts item or magic stone search quests. They sometimes even put up quests to maintain public order. This is also the place to deliver articles of the deceased you find in the dungeon yet don't want to claim.

And the building to the right is the Mediation Office. We're they're heading to.

They went in the center entrance and got greeted by a row of receptionist counters.

Due to the fact that it's early in the morning, there are uninterrupted lines of adventurers in front of every counter.

<Rats (Chirlan)> with watchful eyes are crowding around those lines. The age range of these rats start from 15 to 50s.

One of the officials in the counter raised his hand and shouted out loud.

"Looking for a guide! Floor 15 to 18!"

Around ten <Rats> raised their hands at once.

The official stared at all those <Rats> and called out a name.

"Kogusun!"

The picked man went to the counter and greeted the official and the adventurers. His income would not be much considering it's shallow floors, but no matter so long as he can get a job. How much more he can get depends on the man himself.

Behind the numerous counters are many desks with officials working on it. Shelves with piled up boxes are placed here and there around them with a huge amount of documents inside.

And further beyond them, on top of a three step stairway, there's a huge luxurious desk, with a young woman wearing an outfit that just screams obvious authority sitting on it. You can overlook the entirety of Dungeon Management Office and the Mediation Office from there. A knight is standing by diagonally behind the woman. Behind them is a shut door that leads to the General Dungeon Administration.

The building may look like it's situated behind the dungeon, but this is the terminus of the huge road leading from this city's main gate, the west gate, so from the main gate's point of view, General Dungeon Administration building looks like it's got this aura of overwhelming dignity. And only nobles are allowed to make use of General Dungeon Administration.

Lecan and Arios walked to the right while taking a sidelong glance at the receptionists.

They passed through a row of stone pillars, and a gigantic arch located between Information Desk building and the Mediation Office's entrance.

They arrived at the Mediation Office.

Many adventurers hang around here. Most of which are solo adventurers. You can recruit people quickly here. However, solo adventurers tend to be a hit or miss. If you're looking for people you can trust, you want a party with good track records. Parties who apply for mediations put their request here and then either go back to their lodgings or go finish other businesses. Sometimes it could take several days to find a party that meets your criteria.

Lecan saw an open counter far in the back, so he headed there.
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He sat on a chair in front of the counter and spoke.

"We're looking for additional party members. Don't care if they're solo or a party, just need someone who can dive in right away."

"This counter is reserved for the depths just so you know. So, which floor?"

"Starts from floor 82's giant variant room."

"Hou."

The male clerk raised his face to see Lecan. It's an elderly thin sinewy man. Due to Lecan's tall stature, he had to look up.

"State your party name, number, and composition."

"Party name's <Willard>. There's two of us. What do you mean by composition?"

"Your class, weapons and skills."

"Both swordsmen. I can use <Recovery>."

"Hou, that's a rare one. I have eight profitable jobs I can offer to a <Recovery> user who can get to floor 80s."

"I'm not looking to get hired. I'm hiring."

"Hiring? Hired arms, not cooperative diving then?"

"What's the difference?"

"All members in a cooperative diving are treated equally. You discuss between yourselves to decide where to go, when to fall back, how to split the loot. We won't interfere with that stuff. Since you guys're a two-person party, you're gonna have to apply for a five to ten-person party request. Probably won't have any say though."

"And hired arms?"

"You gotta pay for hired arms daily. Don't matter you earned much or nothing. We set the daily fee. You're gonna have to discuss among yourselves for the loot split, and to report to us about loot, but naturally the hiring side holds the initiative."

"Hired arms it is."

"Got you. Tell me the party name you guys been working together with."

"We haven't worked with anyone in this dungeon yet."

"Tell me names of adventurers you've worked together with, just names you can remember's fine."

"I'm telling you we haven't worked with anyone in this dungeon."

The official man put down his pen and looked up, staring at Lecan.

"Are you saying you've delved in floor 82 with just two people?"

"Yeah."

The man looked enraged.

"Get out!"

"What?"

The official stood up and yelled out while pointing at the exit.

"This ain't no place for your kind! Get the hell out!"

(Ah, I see.)

(This man thinks I'm lying.)

(Even though dungeons like this one should've no shortage of capable adventurers.)

(Two of those guys would have no problem conquering floor 82s.)

Lecan wondered if there's a way to prove just the two of them have gone on floor 82 here, but he concluded that would be difficult. They can have their Grace Gear drops appraised and proved that those are floor 80s goods. But there's no way to prove that they've gotten them on their own. Let alone proving that it was done by just the two of them.

Lecan quietly stood up.

"Sorry for bothering you."

He turned around and walked off toward the exit.

The official who drove Lecan away went to speak to a knight before walking with that knight toward the woman sitting in the luxurious chair in the back. <3D Perceptions> saw that much.

(The past me.)

(Would have totally blown my lid here.)

(Wonder if I've gotten any closer to this Strong Sword Shira told me.)

 

 

 

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They reached floor 66 that day. No other weapon besides <Curse Mark Sword> was dropped.

The day after, 16th of Month 1, they reached floor 71.

They got in three other rooms besides boss rooms.

At the end of the day, they had entered eight rooms, defeated 57 White Spectres and got 12 treasure chests.

There were four Grace Gear, <Curse Dark Sword (Zomedscylla)>, <Seclusion Sword (Kanscurrscylla)>, <Cross Pierce Spear (Niarwid)>, <Crushing Hammer (Gwadburg)>, and one Graceless long sword. From a brief test swing, the Graceless long sword seemed to have the best balance among them. Though it's still not quite up there quality wise.

<Curse Dark Sword> has the effect of blinding those it cuts.

<Seclusion Sword> makes its bearer's shape and presence become harder to detect.

<Cross Pierce Spear> reduces the effect of defensive Grace when it's used to stab them. It's not particularly effective on equipped Grace Gear.

<Crushing Hammer> is a grace that adds an explosion on every strike. It's pretty powerful offensively speaking, but the hammer itself is awfully heavy, there's probably not many who can wield it.

They've gotten quite a lot of Grace Gear so far, but Lecan personally has no desire to wield most of them. Nevertheless he'd still like to find out these weapon's traits in preparation for battles with opponents who may wield them. Hence he has no plan of selling them for the time being.

Arios has given his consent too.

Both Lecan and Arios have earned a lot at Dungeon Ninae.

He doesn't know the exact amount, but Lecan should have around ten pieces of Platinum Coins. Not to mention many items that would sell for quite a lot of money in his possession.

Hence there's no rush to sell all these dropped items. Same with Arios. But they plan to at least assess what they can get from all those items at the trading facility in order to settle the split later.

By the way, he hasn't seen any more success at <Appraisal> on gear held by magic beasts now. The one time it worked was because that magic beast was not moving. Thus it can be concluded that <Appraisal> won't work any more from here on.

As they got back to the inn after the expedition, they were dead tired.

"Arios. Tomorrow is a rest day."

"Thank you."

They have had a smooth sailing thus far, but the battle has also been growing fiercer as they further go down. Lecan believes that things won't go as they were from here on.

The following day, Lecan spent all of it sleeping.

Then on the 19th they progressed to floor 74, and 77 the day after.

They got eight treasure chests during these two days, with three Grace Gear among those.

<Super Strength Sword (Ganzonscylla)>, has <Strength Boost> Grace that raises offensive power as well as strengthens all the muscles used to swing a sword. Having this in a blade lock should afford one to blow away foes bigger than them.

Lecan got carried away and cut a White Spectre in half when it broke.

Those with a great natural strength like Lecan will see an intense recoil when they use this <Super Strength Sword> to cut down a <Black Body>. The sword couldn't withstand the sheer magnitude of that recoil.

On top of that, the load his muscles and joints suffered was very huge. Lecan is fine since he's got <Recovery>, but ordinary men would have to take a few days rest were they fought wielding this sword.

Another problem is the fact that the sword is too light. No, the sword itself is heavy in reality, but it feels very light to swing, which is toiling to the body.

(Yeah this sword gonna go straight to bargain bin if we got another.)

<Recovery Sword (Crimscylla)> was a surprising one. Getting cut by this sword doesn't wound you, it heals your wound instead.

"Why'd dungeon magic beasts carry around an item that heals their opponents?"

"That's not it. The healing effect cannot catch up if it slashes deep into your body, eventually killing them. But if you use it to lightly scratch yourself, it will heal your wounds and fatigue. It should be able to heal serious injury if you make a lot of small scratches. This sword will surely sells for a lot of money."

<Chill Sword (Raktorscylla)> is furnished with a Grace that freeze their victim, but trying it out on White Spectres, it only froze the area around where it cut, not the whole body. Lecan doesn't get what's this Grace even for, but it might prove highly effective against fire elemental magic beasts if this world even has one.

They got to floor 80 on the 20th. Meaning they've conquered 79 floors. Since the magic beasts had gotten much tougher as of late, they figured floor 80's ones would be quite a challenge and decided to rest up first before going up against them. They obtained no Grace Gear that day.

They slept in the dungeon.

It was the 21st when they woke up.
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They had a relaxing meal and went to floor 80's boss room.

There should be nine of these magic beasts now.

Lecan fixed his breathing in front of the room and kneaded his mana.

Then he opened his right eye wide before immediately charging into the room and unleashing his magic at full power.

"<Lightning>!"

Lightning flooded everywhere, wrapping all nine magic beasts. Five <Black Body> stopped moving for a moment. However, the four <Red Body> were completely unperturbed, one of them immediately growled. Lecan quickly moved toward a space in the right interior. Arios had charged in the room as well, but the magic beasts' attentions were focused on Lecan. That full powered <Lightning> wasn't wasted in the end.

Lecan made a sudden turn.

A spear of light shot out by a <Red Body> exploded on the back of a <Black Body> standing before Lecan. However the <Black Body> raised its sword overhead without even flinching and then swung it down. Lecan dodged the attack and struck at the <Black Body>'s sword-holding wrist with his <Sword of Rusk>.

It won't cut.

Lecan was a bit shocked at this.

If that hit didn't work, that means this floor's <Black Body> possess an awfully high defensive power.

Lecan swung his sword horizontally in an effort to cut its head. However, the <Black Body> got a pointy armored rind covering the area around its neck, which repelled Lecan's sword back.

Two different <Black Body> came charging in next to the current <Black Body>'s flanks.

Lecan pulled his sword back and stabbed at the center <Black Body>. <Puncture> skill automatically activated. The two <Black Body> in the flanks hit at Lecan's sword, but the attack went through regardless. <Sword of Rusk> pierced through the <Black Body>'s throat, coming out of the back. Lecan quickly pulled his sword to the side. The <Black Body>'s head got torn and flew upward.

"<Flame Spear (Bandroux)>!"

He blew away the left <Black Body> with a <Flame Spear> unleashed from his left hand, and swung down his <Sword of Rusk> at the right <Black Body>'s crown of head. The right <Black Body> struck at Lecan's left shoulder, but Lecan paid it no heed and kept swinging <Sword of Rusk> down fiercely. The <Black Body> got its head burst open and stopped moving.

<Necklace of Intuador> reacted and blocked a magic attack. Lecan ignored the caster and went at the <Black Body> that had gotten up and charged at him.

It's fast.

Both its mobility and downward swing are like that of a top swordsman. Swung from high above, the sword's got enough momentum behind it.

Lecan timed his strike to parry away the sword's diagonally, and penetrated through his opponent's throat with a thrust.

Another <Black Body> jumped at him from behind. This one crashed with the <Black Body> that got blown away earlier, but it seems to have regained its balance.

Lecan calmly let out a thrust and cut off its head.

At that point, the fifth <Black Body> that had been paralyzed by the initial <Lightning> attempted to get up. Arios swung his sword, beheading the magic beast.

The battle ended. A battle far more intense than anything they have experienced so far.

"We luckily got one of the <Black Body> paralyzed by <Lightning> this time around, could have been a struggle otherwise."

"It appears to me <Lightning> can only stop them momentarily now that we have gotten to this floor. Although that brief moment is decisive enough."

"Couldn't even flinch those <Red Body> though."

The tactic that carried them all the way here is gradually getting ineffectual.

Still, Arios's sword techniques are for sure incredible. He lured three <Red Body> and skilfully moved into their blind spots before disposing them all, Lecan saw it all in his <3D Perceptions>. And his sword skills that severed the black body's head while completely ignoring the neck guard-like needles were terrific. His sword seemingly being quite an article also helped.

Frankly speaking, the <Black Body> around these floors are a bit too much for Lecan's swordsmanship and <Sword of Rusk> to handle.

But it's still too early to take out the <Guardian Jewel of Zana>. Floor 100 and beyond would be a pipe dream if he had to resort to the jewel on this floor. Lecan decided to rely on <Puncture> while also using this opportunity to hone the skill. But it's clear now that they can't afford to play around in combat any longer.

Perhaps it's time to find more party members.

These new members simply need to keep these White Spectres at bay for a bit.

They don't have to beat them. All they have to do is help create a situation where Lecan and Arios can have a one-on-one with those beasts, or at least a one-on-two.

Lecan began flirting with the idea of visiting the Mediation Office.

They finished their expedition on floor 82 that day and went back to the inn.

Tomorrow is a rest day.

Besides eating, Lecan spent his whole time sleeping.

(We're gonna hit a roadblock soon at this rate.)

(Nothing we can't beat with enough time for now though.)

The problem is Grace Gear.

This dungeon spawns magic beasts that carry Grace Gear.

With no way of knowing when and in which rooms will they show up.

Fortunately, Arios is capable of correctly guessing which beasts bear Grace Gear.

However, he's clueless as to what kind of Grace those are.

Lecan managed to use <Appraisal> on a magic beast in floor 62's boss room, but that was only because the opponent happened to be unmoving then, he could never replicate that thereafter. Moreover, the time it takes to cast <Appraisal> could have been used to cast <Flame Spear> instead, failing that means wasting precious time.

Fighting against Grace Gear bearers is tricky.

Parrying or blocking their attack with your weapon can be dangerous, even blocking with a shield is risky.

They might shoot out ranged attacks.

Even just one magic beast with that kind of Grace Gear being around will make the fight harder by an order of magnitude.

On top of that, there can be more than one Grace Gear-bearing magic beast in a room.

It's nothing to worry about in a one-on-one fight. He could just dodge their attacks before cutting them down.

But nine on two is tough, very much so.

And if there's ten of them, perfectly dodging everything will be infeasible.

Starting from floor 80, the <Black Body> move far swifter than before. Lecan can no longer lops their head off in one hit due to that fact. Not to mention their sturdier armor.

As for the <Red Body>, as long as one of them manages to let out a growl, the rest can shoot out magic in rapid succession.

Lecan carries <Necklace of Intuador> to block those attacks, but Arios has to rely on dodging everything. Yet that won't be easy in a confused melee. He's been managing to stave it off with his light armor for now.

A well-kneaded <Flame Spear> can kill a <Black Body>. But Lecan has found himself unable to find time to shoot out <Flame Spears> on later floors. Even though his casting time has been hugely shortened, kneading a <Flame Spear> still requires a slight delay. And the White Spectres around these floors won't afford him that time. He could have taken some distance if the rooms were a bit bigger, but not when it's that cramped, they're too closely packed with the enemy.

He could also knead a <Flame Spear> before entering a room. However, the first strike is reserved for <Lightning>, to buy them a short period of time. <Fire Arrows> can be shoot faster, but it barely deals any damage to those spectres.

Floor 100s would prove difficult with just the two of them. That's for certain.

(Fumu.)

(Guess I'll go take a peek at Mediation Office.)




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Okami wa Nemuranai 29.15

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All four of the treasure chests that got dropped contained Large Red Potions curiously enough, all of which were given to Arios.

They got down to floor 63.

Lecan charged into some nearby room and tried <Curse Mark Sword> in it.

The sword is effective on both <Red Body> and <Black Body>.

An ancient script-like object that emits light would surface up on the wounded parts. Then after some time, the victim died.

"Confirmed the effect and all. But this thing's ill suited for dungeon combat with how long it takes."

"It appears to me the <Red Body> died faster. The <Black Body> moved around like usual though."

"Humans might have their strength gradually get sapped out. Hmm. Would be great if a test subject conveniently shows up here."

"Are you aware just how sinister you sound right now?"

"Guess I'll take on some bandit sweeping job in another town or something."

"Ah, you mean that way."

"Or if someone would try raiding us here in this dungeon, even better."

"Let's not joke about that stuff, okay?"

"Besides, against magic beasts, can't test if it's got any effect when it grazes armor or clothes. Ah."

"What's the matter?"

"We're heading to another room."

"Ok?"

They rushed in the next room. Then they defeated three <Red Body>, two <Black Body> and cut at the remaining two <Black Body> with the <Curse Mark Sword>.

The Curse Marks lit up.

Lecan kept dodging the enemies' attacks for a while before cutting one of them with the <Dagger of Harut>. The curse mark disappeared from the cut up magic beast. Lecan cut that same magic beast with the <Curse Mark Sword> once again and then cut it again with <Dagger of Harut> after observing it for a while.

"Fumu. I see. Go ahead and beat them."

"Got it."

After the two magic beasts were defeated, Lecan handed over the <Curse Mark Sword> to Arios, took <Dagger of Harut> off his belt and put it on the ground, then he presented his left hand to Arios.

"Cut it."

Arios stared in amazement like he couldn't believe what he just heard, but then he sighed out in resignation and lightly cut at Lecan's left arm.

Bwosh, the curse mark surfaced up.

Lecan fell down to his knees. He can't muster up power into his abdomen. The malaise keeps getting worse.

(This is quite a powerful curse.)
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(Human who suffers this.)

(Can only afford to exert a fraction of their strength.)

He picked up <Dagger of Harut> and lightly grazed his left arm with it, the curse mark disappeared.

He put the dagger on the floor once again.

"<Recovery>. Cut at this overcoat now."

"Yes yes."

"No effect huh. Next, cut this armor."

"Yes yes."

"Fumu. No effect either eh. I think that covers about everything for now. Just gotta check more things out once we're out of the dungeon later."

"I sure am getting hungry."

They've taken quite a long time. It's way past noon now.

The two had a meal in a vacant room nearby.

"Lecan-dono, where did you learn how to fight in dungeons?"

"Hm? In dungeons."

"Did someone teach you the know-how?"

"Got nobody like that. I was a starving orphaned kid who recklessly ran headlong in a dungeon in search for food, got lucky and survived, got some pocket change too. Then after a few more strokes of luck, I learned how to fight. Everything after that was taught by dungeons. Well, there were times I used longtime adventurers' fights as a reference. I knew nothing 'bout nothing after all."

"Lecan-dono is a prodigy."

"You're the prodigy."

"I managed to fight my way only after learning Forms. Lecan-dono's style is formless. There are times when Lecan-dono used the <Black Body> on the front lines as shields and times where you charge right at the <Red Body> in the back."

"Yea. It wasn't always like that early on, but around these floors, <Black Body> would always be leading while <Red Body> would always be in the back. They always form up like that."

"Lecan-dono's fighting styles are ever changing. Sometimes I would wonder why you did some things. But not long after you would make it obvious how optimal that course of action was. How do you figure out how to make the right move from the very start?"

"I just do, guess it's instincts."

"It's almost as if you can foresee what move the opponent is going to take next when you move like such and such."

"It's easier to predict how the enemies will move when there are multiple of them than when there's only one."

"I knew it."

"Besides, no matter how alike they are to humans, these White Spectres are ultimately magic beasts. Their thought process, or more like the impetuses for their actions are that of magic beasts."

"White Spectres act like magic beasts they are. I see."

"You sometimes acted like things didn't go as planned."

"Yes. I only realized after Lecan-dono pointed that out just now. I seem to have been relying too much on my preconceived notions on what human hostiles would do."

"Employ every usable techniques you got at your disposal. If you don't find it usable, come up with a way to make it."

"I see."

"Besides. The most frightening thing in dungeons are humans. That's what I believe."

"Are you referring to people like <Pointed Rocks (Jaira)> who raided us in Dungeon Ninae?"

"I am. But those guys are still the more decent ones. Among adventurers who have been delving in dungeon depths for an extended period of time, some have got the chain that binds them as human broken. Or more like, you can't fight enemies found in dungeon depths if you don't discard that sense of value."

"Do you mean to say that they have gone mad?"

"Take for instance, this person suddenly got the urge to test out how your sword feel in their hands, so they attack you in the back when you're not looking and snatch away your sword. Someone who never shows any sign of doing that, and has just been talking with you like normal a second ago, kills you with no ill will behind their action. Casually at that."

"That's really scary. By the way, Lecan-dono, you're also one of adventurers who delve in dungeon depths aren't you?"

"Do not believe in me."

"Eh"

"Likewise, I'm not entirely trusting of you."

Lecan said that despite having been saved by Arios when he passed out in the heat of combat just three days ago. Lecan is saying here that he cannot trust Arios unconditionally just because he's saved his life.

"I see."

"However, I will entrust my back to you if that's what needed to be done in a battle. You decide what you want to do yourself."

"I shall take it to heart, Master."

 

 

 

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Lecan got out of the stairway and recited a spell.

"<Graph Make (Coznitt)>!"

Floor 56's map surfaced up in his mind.

The boss rooms are occupied.

"Alright. Let's get in some room near here and give this <Thunder Sword> a go. I'm going in ahead. Gonna be swinging the <Thunder Sword> around, keep your distance."

"Understood."

Lecan got in a nearby room, and once he confirmed Arios was in as well, he swung the <Thunder Sword>.

The attack hit all six magic beasts. They're a size smaller than giant variants. The magic beasts that were about to rush at Lecan stopped at their tracks and backed off a bit.

But, that's it. A moment later, the three <Black Body> started charging forward.

Lecan swung <Thunder Sword> once again. It hit all six again. But it couldn't kill even one of them.

Afterward, it just turned into a scuffle. Lecan wielded the <Thunder Sword> the entire fight, but it was just utterly maddening since flashes of lights and lightning would fly off whenever he swung it. He even got hit a few times. Though they beat the <Red Body> before they could cast magic.

"Yeah it's busted. This <Thunder Sword>."

"I don't think so. It all depends on the opponents. As it does possess sufficient firepower in itself. A single swing should be capable of annihilating tens of Red Apes and Spider Monkeys outside. Not to mention your average bandits. And I'm certain it would have been quite effective on higher floors in this dungeon."

"I guess you're right. This things gives swordsmen ranged attack. Rookie swordsmen can take on swarms of magic beasts or bandit gangs if they got this."

"I'm sure it will fetch for a good price."

"You wanna?"

"I'm good."

The boss rooms are both still occupied.

They traversed to a spot near one of the two.

"Lecan-san. Will you reconsider running in dungeon passageways?"

"Why?"

"Everyone we passed by looked startled."

Lecan would always try to find a path without other party around using <Graph Make> but there are times when that just isn't feasible.

"What about it?"

"Won't it make them unnecessarily wary of us?"

"Fumu. Then I'm gonna slow down if someone is in the way."

"Slow down, you mean we're still running in the end?"

"Yeah. All right. Let's get in this room."

"That's not a boss room, is it?"

"Yea. Got a little experiment to test out."

Lecan tried using <Life Drain Sword> in that room. It was a good chance since he had been slightly injured. He cut off the heads of the magic beasts inside with <Life Drain Sword> then his wounds got healed, pain went away from the bruised parts too. It also felt like his fatigue was healed.

"Ah damn. Should have lightly wounded them instead of killing outright."

However White Spectres that aren't beheaded would keep coming at you no matter how badly they are hurt. These magic beasts are incapable of feeling pain or flinching. Just lightly wounding them is simply out of question in a fight.

They reached floor 61 at the end of the day.

There was no Grace Gear drop, but they got two spears and four swords. All of which are good gear.

(Weapons dropped around these floors are all mighty fine eh.)

(And in terms of performance and perfectness.)

(The Graceless weapons are better.)

The Graced ones likely fetch much higher prices.

But if someone asked Lecan which one would he use himself, he'd pick the Graceless weapons.

(Either way, can't believe how many kinds of swords and spears get dropped here.)

(Glad I came to this dungeon.)

At this point of time, the thought of how Eda is doing didn't cross Lecan's mind. Let alone about Boudo, he had completely forgotten him.



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After their expedition, they got back to the <Rafin's Rock Terrace Inn>, back to a small and crowded dining hall. Though it's only got four tables to begin with.

Just as he was about to go back to his room and had meals later, a group of adventurers who booked long term rooms in the inn opened up seats for Lecan and Arios.

They were a pleasant group of people.

Three person party <Good for Nothing (Grindam)>.

Short spearsman, Tsuinga.

Twin axeman, Bruska.

And mage, Yoana.

Every one of them was born in this town.

And since the dine-in guests were also mostly townspeople who live nearby, <Grindam> readily chatted with them.





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It's the 15th of Month 1. Lecan made Arios who insisted on having an off day resign to his fate and off they went in the dungeon.

They defeated the floor boss on floor 61, then as they got in the boss room on floor 62, Arios shouted out loud.

"The black one second from the left!"

At this moment, Lecan cast a spell almost reflexively. His instinct told him that <Appraisal> would work here since the target was not moving.

"<Appraisal>!"

"Eh?"

"<Curse Mark Sword>! Your life gradually depletes if it wounds you."

"Uwaaa. That sounds scary."

Arios nonchalantly reacted while rushing into melee. The <Curse Mark Sword>'s bearer naturally fell to Arios to deal with.

(Will he be all right?)

Lecan has been hit a few times by the White Spectres they encountered so far, but Arios has never let any attack hit him except during the one time Lecan got knocked out by the <Exploding Sword>. Although, even if this curse sword somehow grazed him, it shouldn't work on his armor anyway.

(Hold it.)

(Venom won't get through his armor.)

(But that might not apply to that sword's curse.)

(It's gonna be a hectic fight.)

(He'd be hard pressed to perfectly dodge every hit.)

Lecan's got Silver Ring on, as well as <Dagger of Harut>. Even if he gets hit by the <Curse Mark Sword>, it won't be fatal. But that's likely not the case with Arios. It could get dangerous if the <Curse Mark Sword> works just from grazing his mantle.

"Arios!"

"Anything I can help you? Currently got my hand's full if you haven't noticed."

"Will <Curse Mark Sword> affect you if it hits your coat or armor?"

"Eh? I'm unsure. But it might work."

Lecan decided on it immediately.

"Arios, we're swapping opponents!"

"Got it."

Lecan and Arios lured their opponents toward the center of the room before swapping positions.

Lecan is bad at not letting his opponent even as much as graze his equipment. That's Arios's forte. That said, even Arios has done away with trying to dodge every attack after coming this far. Especially against magic, he'd block it with the harder part of his armor instead.

They eventually defeated all seven magic beasts and got their hands on the <Curse Mark Sword>.

Lecan cast <Recovery> on Arios and himself.

 

 

 

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The following day, Lecan got up, took a small bag from <Storage>, and put the content in his palm.

<Rainbow Pebbles of Happiness (Willard)>.

They're pebbles Eda's father presented to her mother which then got passed along to Eda, an unusual set of rainbow colored pebbles in white, red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple colors.

They're not exactly valuable, but to Eda, these are truly important pebbles she believes to bring happiness to those who carry them, they're her parents' memento.

Eda handed these over to Lecan on their way back from Goncourt Mansion after he saved her there.

"Cause I think you're gonna need them."

So she said.

Lecan tried to give them back before he left Vouka, but Eda wouldn't accept them.

"You can keep it with you until we meet again, Lecan."

Hence why he's got them with him now.

"Aren't those Eda-san's <Willard>?"

"Yea."

Arios asked about the meaning of their party name <Willard> before they went in Dungeon Ninae, and Eda explained. As such, Arios knows about these pebbles.

"I'm really blessed."

His fortune feels very real to Lecan.

Living in Zaidmahl Household after falling in this world.

Meeting Chaney and Eda.

Meeting Shira.

Meeting Norma.

Meeting Arios.

Lecan conquered Dungeon Ninae. Even came with an extra serving of 10,000 Spotted Spiders. Resulting in a huge power boost for him.

However, he could overcome that battle only because Arios, Heles and Eda were there with him. Looking back, you could even say it was actually Lecan's side that was saved by Heles in their Dungeon Ninae's adventure, not the other way around.

And how he could leisurely stroll around Dungeon Tsubolt right now is all due to the strength he gained at Dungeon Ninae. It was also thanks to the Octocular Great Spider's light armor Lecan and Arios wore that they managed to get through <Exploding Sword>'s crisis.

"Yes. And so am I."

Arios's words had sincerity to them.

Lecan took <Necklace of Intuador> out of <Storage>, and put it around his neck before shoving it behind the light armor. Another thing he gained at Ninae. He believed he would need its assistance from this floor on.



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The two took their time having a meal before entering floor 55's boss room.

"Lecan-dono. Allow me to enter the room first this time."

"Hou."

By going after Arios into the room, Lecan managed to calmly assess the magic beasts thanks to Arios attracting their attentions.

Three <Black Body> and three <Red Body>.

Magic beasts starting around these floors move too fast he couldn't afford to observe them calmly anymore, but Arios leading the way has made it easier for Lecan.

"Left end!"

Arios shouted out briefly.

The <Black Body> on the left end must be holding a Grace sword.

Lecan cut off the center <Black Body>'s head.

Arios reaped the right end <Red Body>'s head.

Lecan went around to the right side of the right <Black Body>. Effectively using the Grace Geared White Spectre as a shield.

Lecan lightly dodged the right <Black Body>'s diagonal down slash and sliced at the sword-side hand's wrist. However, that blackened arm was surprisingly sturdy, <Sword of Rusk> slid off the wrist as a sound of metal clashing echoed.

That was when a crackling sound and a light shone bright, lightning assaulted Lecan.

<Necklace of Intuador>'s grace got activated, an invisible wall stopped that lightning right before it hit Lecan, letting out a dazzling light.

Lecan swung his sword from left to right horizontally, cutting off the <Black Body> in front of him.

Then he went around before rushing toward the <Black Body> in the back, cutting its head off.

Arios has retreated diagonally behind Lecan.

Two <Red Bodies> stood around in the back, not attempting to chase after Arios.

"<Flame Spear (Bandroux)>!"

The <Flame Spear> landed on one of the <Red Bodies> and blew it away. However, that wasn't enough to kill it despite the damage it received. Starting around these floors, these <Red Bodies> get to be highly resistant to magic.

The other one started to howl.

BOOOOOOOOOOU.

A pale blue light dwelt in its open mouth before explosively flying off toward Lecan.

<Necklace of Intuador> stopped the attack. Lecan just watched the two magic beasts and their attacks without moving an inch.

The other <Red Body> got up and opened its mouth to shoot out a pale red spear of light, but it also got dispersed off by <Necklace of Intuador>.

The first <Red Body> shoots out pale blue spears.

The second <Red Body> shoots out light red spears.

After the eighth attack, Lecan suddenly rushed forward and lopped the left <Red Body>'s head off.

Arios took care of the right <Red Body> at the same time.

All hostiles have been eliminated.

A treasure chest popped up.

Lecan took out the sword inside and appraised it.





<Name: Thunder Sword (Gwintyrscylla)>

<Type: Sword>

<Grace: Thunder>

※ Send thunder and lightning forward when swung above a certain speed





"Hou."

Sounds like a really nice Grace. Seems pretty powerful too.

Lecan explained what the Grace is about to Arios.

"Oh that should let one goes up against multiple magic beasts. I think swinging it horizontally should widen up the scope too. But that dazzling light will surely get in the way."

"Right. Either way, time to take it for a spin."

Bwosh, Lecan swung the <Thunder Sword>.

Thunder and lightning flew off, gouging out the rock wall.

He swung it again, faster this time.

Thunder and lightning flew off, gouging out the rock wall.

"Its power remains the same regardless of how forceful or fast you swing it huh. But man, that stuff is really bright up close."

"Although it may serve as a blind to the enemy, it will also dazzle friendlies like that."

Forget friendlies, it's a hindrance to the user themselves.

Having that dazzling light shone right into your eyeballs will make you lose sight of what's in front for a moment. It's an ideal weapon for the eye-less White Spectres though.

"Let's just get to floor 56 for now... It's floor 56, right?"

"I believe so, yes. More importantly, what was that thing that blocked the magic attack earlier?"

"Hm? It's <Necklace of Intuador>'s work."

"You mean that necklace. You got that at Ninae, didn't you?"

"Yeah. You didn't know how this necklace work eh?"

"I have no idea."

"This thing automatically repels magic attacks. It's also usable as a Mana Cellar."

The two fetched magic stones and went into the floor below. Then Lecan got back into the stairway and recited a spell.

"<Floor (Sijmel)>!"

They really are on floor 56. No doubt.

 

 

 

 

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Lecan went in floor 53's boss room, followed by Arios.

"Lecan-dono. That <Black Body> ahead bears a Grace Gear!"

(Hou.)

The said <Black Body> is holding a plain unassuming short sword.

(Let's see how a strike feels).

Lecan had barely clashed swords with the enemy they came across so far.

That's how he's always done it even against human. Clashing weapons would just nick his sword. He won't hesitate if the need truly calls for it, but even then he would adjust his timing and angle to minimize the blade chipping.

But this is a rare chance to have a taste of a grace gear's strength.

So Lecan thought as he attempted to parry the down swung sword sideway.

In that exact moment, there was an explosion.

Lecan reflexively shielded his eyes with his left arm, but his whole body took a huge blow, his face got injured.

Then he passed out on the spot.

"Lecan-dono. Please wake up."

Lecan opened his eyes as he lay in a passageway. No magic beast anywhere in sight.

He got up and spoke to Arios.

"Where are we?"

There's something inside his mouth. It's Stamina Restorative.

"We're somewhere close by the stairway to floor 54."

He's right. This place is right outside the boss room.

"Did you carry me out. My bad."

"Please don't mention it."

"Did you beat all the magic beasts?"

"Yes. It was pretty tough facing off against six on my lonesome, you know."

Arios had barely been ever got hit in this dungeon, his light armor made of Octocular Giant Spider's mats from Dungeon Ninae was pretty much brand new until earlier. Yet it's gotten damaged and dirtied all over now. Signifying just how intense the battle was.

Lecan could only count his luck having Arios as a companion.

Anyone else would never be able to beat six magic beasts while protecting Lecan. Or worse, they would leave Lecan behind which is understandable.

Nevertheless, he's quite something to beat those beasts while keeping Lecan safe.

(This guy is hiding his trump cards.)

(Though well that's no surprise.)

"Sorry. I'm in your debt. Did you get me take the Stamina Restorative too?"

"Yes. I sprinkled a Red Potion on Lecan-dono's face and also make you take the Stamina Restorative you gave me."

His face did get damaged when that sword exploded. Felt like his lips got shredded to pieces too. The guy administered red potion and restorative right away, nothing less to expect from Arios.

The Stamina Restorative is something Lecan made himself. He gave ten pills to Arios, telling him to use it when the needs arise.

Lecan touched along his face and found nothing wrong with it. <3D Perceptions> showed no oddity either. No pain either.

"Just what was that anyway?"

"Oh it's this thing."

Arios took a familiar short sword from his <Box>. The same sword the magic beast earlier carried.

"<Appraisal>. Fumu. It's called, <Exploding Sword (Gopsuscylla)>. Grace is <Explosion> Small. The sword produces a forward facing explosion when it receives an impact of certain intensity. Use rate is 100. It's got limited use huh, what a letdown."

It didn't feel magical when the sword exploded. Meaning Grace Sword's explosions are caused by some sort of non-magic means. This was not unusual even in his previous world. Though it's weird how the <Exploding Sword> itself is completely undamaged from the explosion.

"I have heard stories about this grace. But if small can produces that much explosion, medium and large must be tremendous."

"This Grace Gear doesn't sound really usable."

"Oh not at all. Please think about it. Even a small fry managed to deal such damage to Lecan-dono."

"Mwu."

He speaks the truth here. The user's skill doesn't matter to the scale of the explosion. If anyone can produce that much firepower just by equipping one, even a not-so-strong adventurer can defeat powerful magic beasts in one shot, and ten of this thing can form a group with a very high breakthrough potential.

"Let's do a little experiment. For now we go down. <Concealment><Concealment>."

The two ran down the stairs. There was no other adventurer along the way.

Once they were on floor 54, Lecan went in a nearby vacant room.

Then he struck the wall with the <Exploding Sword>. A loud booming sound echoed, the wall's splinters flew off everywhere. Some of which hit Lecan's face.

"Arios. Throw a pebble at me."

"Yes."

Lecan hit the thrown pebble with the <Exploding Sword> horizontally. An explosion occurred, the pebble got blown away while disintegrating.

"Do it again."

"Yes."

This time Lecan hit it with the side of the blade. The explosion faced not the pebble, but toward the edge of the blade out, to the ground.

"Arios. Try slashing at its back."

"Yes."

Lecan turned the <Exploding Sword>'s edge to the left. It's a double edged sword, but that edge is obviously the front considering its blade and handle's constructions. Lecan told Arios to slash at the blade's back, meaning the impact will hit the right side from Lecan's point of view.

Arios slashed at the sword as instructed, and the explosion didn't occur at the side where it was hit, but at the other side.

Next Lecan put the <Exploding Sword> on the ground and hit its side with <Sword of Rusk>. An explosion occurred and while the <Exploding Sword> got blown away to back, it didn't fly far.

This time he put the sword in its scabbard and hit the wall with it.

No explosion.

He hit even harder but still no explosion.

He drew the <Exploding Sword> out of its scabbard and weakly hit the wall.

No explosion.

He hit a bit harder.

Still no explosion.
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He hit even harder.

It exploded.

He hit really really hard.

Explosion.

Thus how they tested out all kinds of things. By the end, Lecan even tried throwing it which caused an explosion and throwing it at Arios who flung it away.

The use rate eventually went over 100, stopping the sword from exploding any more.

"<Appraisal>. Hm. Its use rate got down to zero."

Afterward, Lecan put the <Exploding Sword> in its scabbard and left it on the ground.

"The explosion only manifests a certain distance away from the sword, or more like, right in front of it. The strength of explosion does not vary regardless of how strong or weak it's hit. It explodes regardless of whether someone holds it or not. It even explodes when you throw the sword. Weirdly enough, the explosion does not push the sword back. Which indicates all the force generated by the explosion is concentrated forward. It doesn't explode in its scabbard. That's about all of it."

"Any countermeasures?"

"For the time being, avoid facing the sword's front when we're fighting White Spectres bearing unknown swords. Especially when you're clashing swords."

"That sounds like a really high hurdle to vault over."

"The explosion is only lethal around a step away at most. There is no danger when you're two steps away. Even at one step, you can still defend against it if you let your body armor take it. Only a tiny portion of the explosion possesses high firepower, so you should avoid fatal injury if you can dodge the core."

"Ah, I see. Then there's nothing to worry about. As expected of Lecan-dono."

It seems like he was knocked out for quite some time. Lecan's inner clock told him that it's evening already.

"No one's in the boss room right now. We're going."

"Yes."

As they walked, Lecan murmured.

"I'm really fortunate."

"Is it because I'm with you?"

"That too, but had I was up against more powerful foes in deeper floor, or had the <Explosion> not Small, I could have died. "

"I see. You've got a point."

They got to floor 55 that day. Besides potions, they also got a sword with <Sleep> and a dagger with <Weaken>. Both inflicts their respective effect when they're used to deal wounds. Testing them on White Spectres, it worked. However, <Sleep> only has 30% success rate and is also affected by the target's resistance. Useless. <Weaken> is a Grace that debilitate the target's speed and strength, and the effect seems to be guaranteed as far as their testing goes. It might come in handy against formidable foes.

They slept in the dungeon that day.

 

 

 

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Once again, the two stairway rooms on the floor were occupied.

The closest room got eight people inside and five outside.

The farthest one got ten inside and none outside.

They decided to head for the farthest room.

But then, on their way there, Lecan sensed another party coming closer to that room, then one of that party's members got inside alone before immediately coming out. That party then stopped moving in front of the room.

(Must be waiting for their turn.)

Change of plan, Lecan and Arios went for the closest room instead.

As they arrived in front of the room, the five dots there turned out to be knights. All of them are standing upright, none is sitting.

The knights glanced at the approaching Lecan and Arios, an uncomfortable kind of glance.

As Lecan sat at a distance away from them, one of the knights called out to him.

"This room is currently in use by us, the Knights of Gido."

"Hm? You guys aren't waiting for your turn?"

"Watch your tongue."

"Lecan-dono. Let's just go."

That was when two knights rushed out of the room.

Then two other knights standing by near the entrance got in the room in their stead.

The two knights that just got out took up positions in the back of the line, and drank some small red potions.

A knight peeked out of the room.

"All hands, go forth in!"

All the five knights who were standing by outside went in the room in a hurry, but Lecan could tell with his <Life Detection> that the blue enemy dots inside the room had disappeared. Lecan stopped walking and decided to observe the situation.

Afterward, those knights made a weird movement.

11 out of 13 of them got in the stairway before immediately getting right back out into the room. Then all 13 of them went out of the room.

"Hm? You. You're still here?"

The knight who was telling them off earlier looked at Lecan and Arios like they were dirt.

Since Arios was tugging his sleeve, Lecan silently left walking toward the farther giant variant room.

"What was that all about?"

"Oh they're dungeon knights. Good for nothing bunch."

"Dungeon knights?"

That sounded familiar to Lecan and then it hit him. Norma explained to him about them once. Dungeon knights are knights serving regional lords who have obtained strength in dungeons.

"They don't look that strong though."

"Oh those bunch are not the kind people who would make an effort at bettering their swordsmanship."

Arios was being unusually harsh.

"Those bunch you see. They brute force their way to take on dungeons relying fully on good equipment and an abundance of consumables. After all you enjoy a boost on your physical strength by exploring dungeons with others, no need to actually attack correctly or even partake in combat."

"Ah, I see."

Even if they don't have the combat skill, having a huge number of knights with enormous life forces and extraordinary raw strength will be quite a force to be reckoned in a defensive battle. And they can polish on their combat skill later on since they're harder to die.

(Guess that works in a way.)

However, it seems Arios has antipathy against those who only participate in a dungeon exploration to gain power without honing their skills. Perhaps he's had experience fighting someone like that.

(There might have been a story behind.)
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(Why this guy never went inside a dungeon before.)

(Fumu.)

(There's some diverging points from what Norma told me.)

(I guess it's understandable seeing Norma is ignorant of this topic.)

"Ah, I see now."

"What's the matter?"

"Those knights earlier got in the stairway leading down after beating the magic beasts. Yet they left two people in the room. And the guys who got in the stairway came back out instead of kept going down. After which they left the room."

"What's the significance of those actions?"

"If all of them got in the stairway, a new batch of magic beasts would pop back up. Six White Spectres at full health. They left two people behind to prevent that. You get the <Mark> from entering the stairway, so they must be making <Marks> for those who didn't have them."

The innkeeper of <Rafin's Rock Terrace> said that you get the <Mark> of a floor once you step on that floor. But Lecan got the floor 51's <Mark> when he tried stepping in the stairway on floor 50 leading to floor 51.

Lecan thought, 'Nice'. Because that should mean using <Warp> from this dungeon's ground floor should put them at the end of the stairway.

In short, if they just <Warp> back to ground floor first, then <Warp> to floor 51, they should arrive at the end of the stairway without traversing through the long way down on foot. Or so he believed.

Yet when he actually gave it a try, they got warped to the starting point of the stairway, not the end. Then he thought that they would probably get warped to the end point once they had actually set foot on the floor 51, and sure enough he was right.

In other word, Nark's explanation wasn't wrong, but it wasn't the whole picture either.

"That must be it. And they must not attempt to get down below, and instead take on the same room again. In order to strengthen themselves quick and easy."

"Monopolizing giant variant rooms huh. What a bother."

"Those knights might not even fight on their own, they could be making knights dispatched by the lord here or adventurers do all the heavy lifting."

"Damn that's crappy. Do they really go that far?"

"That's just how those dungeon knights are all like."

Quite a harsh assessment.

"Ah, hold on a bit."

"What's the matter?"

"Got something to test out. Wait here a bit."

Then Lecan rushed into a nearby room.

Six White Spectres inside.

"<Lightning>!"

Lecan paralyzed the incoming White Spectres, halting them.

Since the foremost spectre was a <Red Body>, he cut off its right arm. Then he left the room.

"Huh? Are you done with your testing already?"

"No. I'm going in again."

Lecan got in again.

"<Lightning>!"

The <Red Body> whose hand Lecan cut off earlier was still without right hand. This time he lopped that <Red Body>'s head off.

Then he left the room.

<Life Detection> displays five blue dots.

By activating <3D Perceptions>, he found out that the magic beast's body he killed earlier was still lying on the ground.

"Kept you waiting. Let's go."

"What did you do?"

"The magic beast I wounded was still wounded after I left the room once. And leaving the room after killing one out of six magic beasts did not put their number back to six."

"Ah, a verification work is it. Never swallow what other tell you whole huh. As expected of Lecan-dono. By the way, shouldn't it be about time for us to have a meal?"

"Yeah let's."

They got in a vacant room and had a meal there.

Whenever he's in a dungeon, Lecan would take his time consuming his food and restoring his physical condition.

The giant variant room emptied up in the meantime.

 

 

 

 

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"Lecan-dono."

"Hm?"

"Lecan-dono can tell what's going on inside a room, but that's not the case for other. What will happen if another party enters a room that has people inside fighting?"

"We got an unspoken rule in my world, those who intrude in a fight between adventurers and magic beasts shall not complain if they get killed in the process. And those who instead butt in the fight get branded as <Sideswiping Bastards>."

"Hee. Then I guess nobody does that there."

"Those who do, do."

"What's the point then."

"At the end of the day, it's every man for himself. Adventurers who steal someone else's fight risk getting jumped on anytime themselves. Besides, those who can't deal with that stuff aren't gonna last long in dungeons."

"I see."

"If you hate to see your target getting swiped right under your nose, then just get strong enough to shut that out. If you got killed in an ambush, that means you simply lacked either the ability or vigilance necessary."

"I suppose that's just how it's like with dungeons huh."

"Not sure about the ins and outs in this world, but if you find yourself in a scene of combat involving another party by mistake, you want to get away asap."

"And what if someone else intruded while we were fighting?"

"Gonna depend on them. Just don't let your guard down. Okay, the last party's got down the floor, a new batch of magic beasts' respawned. We're going in. Don't kill the <Red Body>."

"Yes."

Lecan got in, followed by Arios.

"<Lightning>!"

Crackle, crackle, lightning ran through six magic beasts.

Lecan cut off the head of a <Black Body> leading the pack.

Arios took care of a <Black Body> that was at the farthest right.

Only two <Black Body> and two <Red Body> left now.

"<Deploy (Parshoot)>!"
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Lecan unfold <Shield of Wolkan> on his left hand.

The four magic beasts started moving again. One of the <Black Body> went for Lecan. <Shield of Wolkan> blocked the down swung axe.

Another <Black Body> is headed for Arios. BWOON, the greatsword swung with enough speed to produce that sound was easily dodged by Arios.

The two <Red Body> slowly fall behind.

Lecan kept blocking the barrage of axe swings.

Arios kept dodging the greatsword slashes.

Meanwhile, one of the <Red Body> who had retreated back opened its mouth wide and howled out.

BOOOOOOOOO.

Then a light dwelt in its mouth.

Its dull white skin got dyed in a pale red color.

The light exploded inside its mouth, turning into a spear of light that flew off toward Lecan.

"Mwu."

Lecan blocked that spear of light with <Shield of Wolkan>.

BOOM, his shield shook along with that booming sound.

A moment later, the other <Red Body> also opened its mouth and spewed out a spear of light. The spear landed on Arios's belly before bursting open.

The <Black Body> in front of Lecan immediately swung down its axe.

Lecan took a half step backward to dodge the axe, then he trod powerfully forward as he swung his sword horizontally, beheading the magic beast, afterward he rushed ahead while going around the lifeless body in front of him, before stopping and slashing the <Red Body>'s head off.

Arios has already taken care of both the <Black Body> and the <Red Body> by then.

"You okay?"

"Yes. This armor is quite impressive."

Looks like Arios is completely unharmed.

It's an armor made from shell of the Greater Octocular Giant Spiders in Dungeon Ninae's depths as well as the Queen's. It has proven itself highly resistant against magic.

"Didn't see any sign of that one."

"Yes. Oddly enough. The magic beast that attacked Lecan-dono howled, and yet the one who went for me shot its magic without warning."

"Not sure, but perhaps the second beast can omit prep time if the first one already got it done."

"Or perhaps they can unleash that attack without actually howling first."

"There might be other signs besides those howls. We should keep an eye out next time."

The second <Red Body> cast its magic without any warning.

Nevertheless, Arios should have been more than capable enough to dodge it. He likely let it hit a thicker part of his armor on purpose to check out its sturdiness.

"Yes. But still, that was quite some firepower."

"Yea. The impact was something else, and it can probably tear through things easily. Kind of feels similar to <Flame Spear>, this attack."

They got one treasure chest which contained an axe.

Appraising it revealed that it got <Lightening> and <Strength Boost> Graces. Looks to fetch a high price.

"Wonder if the White Spectres outside this dungeon shoot out magic."

"No no, that is not a thing at all. They do not shoot magic. The White Spectres in this dungeon are simply special."

"Yeah."

"If you think about it, these magic beasts are quite a tricky one."

"Yeah?"

"Both mine and Lecan-dono's swords have both power and speed. Our aim is precise as well. It's the reason why we are able to drop their heads like flies. But that doesn't apply to ordinary adventurers. These <Black Body> are very sturdy after all."

"I guess so."

"<Red Body> shoot out magic from behind the line while you're busy dealing with the tough <Black Body>. That should prove to be quite a menace."

<Black Body> on later floor 50s boast sturdiness which rivals that of knights' armor. Some parts of this armor are pointed out, covering their head, their weakness. Lecan and Arios can deal with these pointy parts while still being on the offensive, but the magic beasts move really quick once you've gotten to this floor, the average adventurers are unlikely to imitate them.

After taking magic stones out of the beasts' bodies, Lecan and Arios went down to floor 53.




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It's the 13th of month 1.

As they started exploring dungeon Tsubolt on the 9th, they would have been exploring for four days yesterday. Getting to floor 51 of a dungeon in just four days was the first for Lecan.

They reached floor 50 yesterday, but the giant variants on floor 51 were tougher than anything they came across thus far. And there were six of those beasts. That said, this was the moment Arios truly showed his worth.

White Spectres are humanoid type magic beasts. And they only attack with spears or swords. Despite their brute strength and resistance to strikes, their head is their weakness and they can't move fast.

On the other hand, Arios is a master of antipersonnel combat. He knows techniques to deal with many against one. Arios demonstrated strength far beyond what he showed at Dungeon Ninae.

And he's had enough practice working together with Lecan at Ninae.

In other word, Dungeon Tsubolt is really well suited for <Willard>.

Lecan and Arios arrived at the dungeon and waited in line with other people wanting to enter.

They showed their permit at the guard waiting in front of the entrance and got let in.

Before long, the two were inside and then they got down to floor 51.

"<Graph Make>."

This floor's rough map came up in Lecan's mind once he recited the spell.

There are two rooms with stairways, both are empty.

They're headed for the closest room.

"Arios. This time I'm going in first."

"Yes."

Lecan barged in the giant variant room and immediately cast a magic.

"<Lightning>!"

It's a horizontally spread <Lightning> that entangles all the enemies.

The six magic beasts stopped moving at once. But none is dead.

Lecan sliced off the head of the leading White Spectre.

Arios followed after Lecan into the room and went around behind the six magic beasts. At exceptional speed. Then he lopped the furthest magic beast's head off.

By the time Lecan cut down his second's magic beast, the three remaining magic beasts started moving.

"<Lightning>!"

Another <Lightning> nicely missed Arios while wrapping up the three magic beasts.

They all lost their heads while they were still paralyzed.

"This end result is simply amazing. I'm wondering if there's even anything that can stand up against this tactic."

"Yea. <Lightning> goes well with you and me. Usable."

"And here I thought we would face some challenge on this floor, this looks to be a cinch."

"Just gotta press further below."

"But should I really not lead the front?"

"No. Two people lining up is dangerous. Better spreading out in either four directions. I can't move as swift as you nor can I slip past those beasts as easily. You just get somewhere with enough room and lure the enemies there."

The insides of these rooms aren't too spacious. It would severely hamper their mobility if they ever get cornered in a cramped spot. Lecan intends for Arios's role to expand the battle space.

"Understood."

They got down floor 52.

"Not good. Both rooms have people."

"What should we do?"

"We wait."

They got to the nearest room and sat down near the entrance.

"Oh. They got two of them."

Magic beasts' reactions disappear from <Life Detection> when they die. Lecan can tell the situation inside a room to a degree using this ability.

"Which means, there's four left."
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"Right."

Adventurers rushed out of the room while he had that conversation with Arios.

The one leading the way is a man holding a wand, though he's not exactly an elderly, he's quite old.

After him is a young man holding a bow, equipped with a metal chestplate and a metal headband.

Followed by a swordswoman, a swordsman, a spearsman, a shieldman, and lastly a solidly built man holding a sword.

"Uwaaa, that was close."

The archer young man sat down near Lecan.

"You guys waiting for your turn? Sorry 'bout this. Hold on for a bit."

"Yea. No worries."

"I made a mess and missed sealing up one of the <Red Body>, see. The thing ended up managing to cast its magic, so we were forced to make a run for it."

"Hou. Magic eh."

Lecan has never seen a White Spectre casting magic in this dungeon.

Or any White Spectre anywhere for that matter.

Just what's going on, thought Lecan.

"Yup, yup. Took too long to notice."

"Missing sealing up, as is?"

"Well. Those things will stop casting magic if you hit their throat with an arrow right? I managed to seal up one of 'em. But I missed the other one's throat by a teensy bit, you see. Like around here."

The young archer pointed at the lower left section of his own throat.

"I was sure I hit it right, but then it went and started howling like boooo when our front liners were dealing with the <Black Body>. Can you imagine my surprise?"

"Yeah I can imagine."

"Leader shouted out really loud, like 'RUN'. Got our withdrawal plan sorted out beforehand and we were fighting right next to the exit. So all of us managed to get away safely."

The shield man cut into the conversation.

"Nikos. We got out of this mess thanks to the fact that the attack hit my shield just right, but that was really cutting it close."

The young man seems to be called Nikos.

"My bad, my bad."

The burly man also joined the conversation.

"Once they start shooting, you can expect the barrage coming next after all. Running away then was the surefire decision. Come now, we're giving it another try."

"Yup."

The burly man turned toward Lecan.

"Out of six, we got two of the <Black Body> down, and the remaining two were wounded. This'll end quick."

"Yea. Godspeed."

"Thanks man."

The seven people entered the room in reverse order of when they came out one by one.

Lecan and Arios gazed at the entrance those people vanished into for a while.

"Arios."

"Yes."

"Did you know. The White Spectres in this dungeon can shoot out magic."

"Yes. It's the <Red Body> type of White Spectres that does that, isn't it. I suppose the <Black Body> would be the physical-focused type then."

"Wonder why we've never seen this elusive magic."

"I believe it's likely due to us beating them too fast."

 

 

 

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"<Flash (Liriom)>!"

Lecan cast <Flash> magic toward three magic beasts approaching him.

However, it had no effect on them.

"Lecan-dono, what are you trying to achieve exactly?"

"Thought it would work on them."

"No of course it won't. White Spectres do not have eyes in the first place."

"Heard it's effective on Soul Ogres, figured it might work on White Spectres as well."

When Lecan heard that only White Spectres spawn in this dungeon, he thought to himself that he should have brought Eda along. If he's not wrong, Shira mentioned how <Purification> is super effective against White Spectre magic beasts. But there's no point crying over spilt milk now.

"Well, I agree that it pays to do trial and error."

The two kept swinging their swords around while conversing, defeating the three magic beasts. Then they got down to floor 27.

"Is there something wrong, Lecan-dono. Why are you staring at your sword?"

"This sword, it handles badly."

By this sword he means, <Acceleration Sword>. A sword with <Sword Speed Increase> that raises sword speed by about 20 to 30 percent.

Lecan has been using it since they got it.

He found its effect which makes it swing faster with little effort put into amusing and wielded it for fun, but it just doesn't feel right.

Your sword swinging faster than you intend to turns out to be quite a huge liability. At first he thought he'd get used to it after a while, but the sense of discomfort never went away.

The issue with speed aside, how the feedback it deals on the opponent ends up turning out differently than what your body expects is another huge problem.

You get feedback when your sword hits something. In the form of impact, load recoiling on your wrist, elbow and shoulder. The timing of it comes sooner than anticipated, and bigger here. It only comes up as a slight discomfort right now since he's not swinging the sword as fast and forceful as he could, but Lecan will do just that once he's found a formidable foe to fight, which might hurt his wrist and elbow in the process.

Besides when you're slashing at the enemy, the moment the sword hits their body, you pull out your hand then push the blade forward to make it dig deeper into them. You can't use that technique with this sword. It's also unfit for parrying the enemy's sword and counterattacking.

"Lecan-dono. People who wield swords with <Sword Speed Increase> are people who fight purely relying on brute force alone."

"Sounds about right."

"They strike and slash at their foes without taking their own ability, or the sword's weight and speed into account. Never putting any thought into putting just the right amount of strength or speed into the sword, or what's their next move be once it hits, they just put everything into each and every swing."

"I see."

"This sword holds a tremendous value to those who employ such a style of combat. But for swordsmen who make use of advanced sword techniques like Lecan-dono, I'd suggest against using it too much. It will mess up with your techniques."

"Does your swordschool not use this kind of speed boosting sword?"

"We only deploy one in an attack that will surely end a match. To end it in a single swift stroke of sword when we're faced with an opponent that cannot be beaten by clashing techniques alone. At that exact moment, we swing our sword with every last bit of our ability and speed."

Lecan never considers himself as practicing the usage of advanced sword techniques. He thought he was just swinging his sword around in his own style. But looking again, he actually makes use of techniques. Lecan makes conscious decisions and efforts to chain his slashes just as much as he power swings. He's loathe to part with any of those.

"Fumu. I'm putting this away for a while."

He put <Acceleration Sword> away and grabbed <Sword of Rusk> out. The sense of safety of having this sword on his waist is just unlike any other. Lecan has grown fully accustomed to this sword before he realized.

Lecan and Arios had lunch and dinner in the dungeon, exploring until late at night, then they slept on floor 36 of the dungeon.
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Lecan tested all kinds of magic that day.

<Fire Arrows (Veyart)> can kill magic beasts on late floor 20s. The magic can't instantly kill enemies on late floor 30s as you'd expect, but it still showed enough stopping power to grievously injure four magic beasts in an instant.

One cast of strongish <Lightning (Gwinbar)> was enough to turn four late floor 30s magic beasts into corpses at once.

He tried using <Concealment> in the fight, but it doesn't seem to have any effect on White Spectres.

Shira told him that <Concealment> works best on humans, but it's also not completely ineffective against magic beasts. The fact that it doesn't work on White Spectres might be due to the difference in sensory organs.

<Water Blade (Scutopinel)> can be used to slice off heads and limbs, but as losing limbs doesn't slow these magic beasts down, it wasn't worth preparing the water to use the magic. It's probably going to be useless as they go deeper down.

Same with <Ice Bullet (Siljin)>. It's got a good penetrating power sure, but unfortunately, White Spectres don't possess a vital organ that will kill them when pierced. Blowing their heads off kills them, but casting <Flame Spear (Bandroux)> with the same amount of mana will give off a much better result.

In the end, <Flame Spear> remains the most reliable, and <Lightning> can be very useful depending on applications. Lecan decided to focus on honing the quick casting and precision of those two magic.

During his magic testing escapade, they found out that <Red Body> has an obviously higher magic resistance than <Black Body>. Thus, magic that directly attacks with mana like <Lightning> suffers reduced damage. On the other hand, magic that uses mana to produce flaming bolts of flames that explodes upon impact, instead of being composed of mana itself, like <Flame Spear> deals good damage.

And it's finally been made clear to Lecan that the White Spectres move faster and more focused the deeper they go. They eventually reached a floor Lecan and Arios cannot easily break through.

They arrived at floor 51 the day after.

Something auspicious happened.

They got their hands on a <Life Drain Sword (Vudscylla)> from beating the giant variants on floor 50.

This sword has a <Stamina Drain> Grace. It's a Grace that turns around 10% of damage you deal to magic beasts back as heal and stamina.

Lecan has <Recovery> as well as Stamina Restoratives. Hence he probably won't need the sword.

Nevertheless, he's still got to test it out to see just what kind of Grace and how handy it might be.

Anyway, there sure is a lot of people here. He's been constantly surprised by the amount of people on the floors they passed through, but floor 50 is a whole other thing. He'd likely believe if someone told him there were more than a thousand people here. Due to that, the passageways were relatively packed, he had a hard time picking a route with no one around.

Arios has stopped complaining and follows him obediently now. Good going.

Floor 51 had fewer people than floor 50, but still far more than floor 40s.

(Well, we should see less people on tougher floors.)

Lecan couldn't wait to conquer more floors and go even deeper below.

 

 

 

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"Oh."

"What's wrong?"

"Well. Another magic beast spawned immediately after those three beat the previous one."

"Is there anything weird about that?"

"In my former world, magic beasts inside dungeons take some time to respawn once they've been defeated. Same with Dungeon Golbul. Same with Dungeon Ninae. But this dungeon is different. Proof that dungeons in this world can have differing types and mechanisms."

"You look like you're having so much fun, Lecan-dono."

(Me, having fun?)

(Of course I am.)

Immersing himself in dungeon explorations like this is Lecan's greatest pleasure in life. And he hadn't been inside a decent dungeon for a while, which made this expedition more exciting.

Lecan grinned and laughed.

"We're entering."

"Yes. That's fine and all."

"What's up."

"Please let me fight for once."

"Haven't you been all this time."

"Not at all. I haven't swung my sword even once. Lecan-dono took care all of the magic beasts."

He's right.

"Alright. I won't lift a finger this time around. Suit yourself."

The two went in the room.

A <Black Body> White Spectre holding a halberd stood inside.

Arios didn't go straight to defeating it, he instead observed its reactions while dodging its attacks. Then, he slowly dealt damage on the enemy over time, not to defeat it but to confirm the black armored rind's traits and weaknesses.

Just when Lecan was about to call him out of irritation, Arios swiftly killed the enemy.

"Found out anything?"

"Its overall defensive power was just too weak I couldn't really grasps its weakness. I just know that it didn't slow down much even while suffering damage. That aside, I'm getting hungry."

Right, they haven't had lunch.

Each and every floors in Dungeon Tsubolt are gigantic, just moving around takes a lot of time. It's evening already.

"We'll have a meal in an empty room on the next floor."

Every floors have many people on it. Sitting down on the passageways to have meals could get in the way of other people.

Lecan and Arios went down to floor 8.

By this point, sprinting down the stairways with <Concealment> on is already a routine to them.

"Lecan-dono. Those adventurers walking on the stairs looked really confused."

"No worries. I've got us <Conceal>ed."

"It looks to me <Concealment> won't completely hide our presence if we move around too much."

"That's cause I'm not adept enough at the spell. Just right, I'll take this opportunity to hone <Concealment> in stairways."

"You're putting your effort in the wrong direction. No wait, I guess it's the right direction?"

They got in a vacant room, had meal, defeated floor 8's giant variant and went downstairs.

Both rooms on the floor were occupied once again, but it soon cleared up when they waited in front of a room.

Lecan noticed one thing as he set foot on floor 10 after defeating the giant variant on floor 9.

"Hou. This floor's got two magic beasts in each room."

"Is that so."

There's also two rooms that lead to floor 11 here.

Fortunately, one of them is close by.

The two went straight to the stairway room and defeated the magic beasts there.

"Ordinary adventurers must find it challenging going up against two of these beasts after getting used to dealing with only one."

"Yeah?"

The White Spectres around this floors can be easily beaten with swords or <Flame Spear (Bandroux)>.

Lecan doesn't see how a group of competent enough three or four adventurers can find them hard.

"And besides, they move so much faster than all the Zagg before."

"Yeah?"

"Oh just forget it."

It was late at night already, around midnight.

"Let's go back to the inn, Lecan-dono. I'm tired."

"No. We're staying in the dungeon tonight."

"We can sleep tight if we just get back to <Rafin's Rock Terrace Inn>."

"One cannot explore dungeons without mastering the ability to sleep tight inside a dungeon."

"That's not true, not for this dungeon at least."

"Besides, there's no telling when the boss rooms are vacant."
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"Boss rooms?"

"Rooms with giant variants."

"Huh? You mean to say they're occupied right now?"

"One of the rooms have people inside. They're likely engaged in a fight already. The other room got eight guys idling in front of it."

"Could it be, Lecan-dono. You planned to keep going had not for the preceding visitors at those two rooms?"

"Of course."

Arios let out a long sigh.

"Let's just get to resting."

They went in a vacant room and slept.

The following morning, they took it easy waking up and having breakfast, resuming the exploration around two of Small Turtle period.

They went straight to the boss rooms on floors 11-17. The enemy gradually got even stronger, but not enough to cause trouble for Lecan and Arios yet. The two had meals in a vacant room and resumed the expedition.

They got through floor 18 and 19, then on floor 20, the enemy number turned to three per room. They beat the three giant variants no problem and reached floor 21.

"Looks like there will be one additional enemy every ten floors."

"Sounds right."

"Does that mean there will be ten of them on floor 90s?"

"We don't know yet, but that's likely."

"It's been bothering me, all the rooms from floor 1 to this floor have the same size, right?"

"Hm? I suppose."

"Ten enemies in this space would make it hard to move around, don't you think?"

"You'll be fine."

"I will. But I'm talking in general terms here."

"Can't say it's spacious, yeah."

"I'm guessing that the adventurers can only get ten people in at most as well. More than that and they won't be able to move well. No, even ten would be a struggle for those with heavy weapons and mages."

"What about it."

"Well. I just think this is one nasty dungeon."

"That's what makes it fun."

Arios turned at Lecan, looking slightly troubled.

"I suppose you just have to practice with your party members to the point you can coordinate together well in a cramped place."

"Damn right."

"Why do you sound like you're bragging."

They explored up to floor 26 that day. Four swords got dropped, one of them had <Power Increase> grace.

Other than that, there were two small red potions, one medium red potion, and one small blue potion.

They entered 15 rooms and defeated 36 magic beasts that day, with four treasure chests dropped. The drop rate isn't too bad at this point. And most were swords.

Along with the <Acceleration Sword> they got yesterday, two Grace Gear got dropped in two days. Another thing to look forward to as they delve deeper below.

Arios got the potions.

While Lecan kept the magic stones.

For the time being, all the swords were left to Lecan.

Arios correctly guessed that an enemy held a <Power Increase> sword when they first encountered it. Later Lecan asked him if that was some sort of skill, but he denied it. Arios seems to possess insight that enables him to tell special swords apart.

But Lecan was clueless about that. It's just impossible for him to tell whether a weapon is a grace gear or not when it's still being wielded by a magic beast.

The two went back to <Rafin's Rock Terrace Inn>.

"Tomorrow is an off day right?"

"No. We're going in the dungeon."

"Won't you please make it an off day?"

"I won't."

 

 

 

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The stairway was once again long. Can it really be that all the stairways are this long?

They finally got to floor 2.

Lecan walked inside for a few steps before stopping.

"I've fought White Spectres outside before, they were far stronger and moved around a bit faster."

"Well now what are the odds. I was thinking exactly the same thing myself. But I also realized one thing afterward."

"Hou?"

"It's not that that Zagg wasn't strong, I believe it's because we have gotten stronger."

"Fumu."

"I believe our conquest of Dungeon Ninae played a big role here. My strength has all clearly gone up fundamentally. As do my reflex and attack speed. Dungeons are really amazing."

"They are. Dungeons are nice."

Arios looked back at Lecan with a troubled look on his face.

"I'm afraid of what comes after if I agree with that."

"Hmpfh. Let's go on ahead."

Lecan urged them to move on partly because he wanted to proceed, and partly because there were adventurers coming behind them. They got in floor 2 from the stairway one after another.

There's quite a lot of them.

They're still coming out.

Piqued by the amount of people, Lecan glanced back and found out they weren't adventurers at all.

They're knights.

There were 20 of them in the end.

"Hmm?"

He found it curious yet nothing of interest.

"Alright. We're going in."

"Yes."

They entered a stairway-less room.

They wanted to see what a non-Giant White Spectre liked.

There was one White Spectre inside.

It's small.

A size smaller than Lecan.

Slightly larger than Arios.

It's holding an iron-like sword once again.

Lecan observed it for a while before lopping its head off.

As he turned around, ready to leave the room, Arios asked him.

"Aren't you going to take the magic stone out?"

"What? Don't White Spectres not leave magic stones behind."

"Huh? Isn't it different when they're inside a dungeon?"

That sounds plausible, and sure enough <Mana Detection> nets a reaction.

Lecan slit the chest area and recited a spell.

"<Move (Torim)>."

A magic stone came out. It's quite big for a magic stone found on floor 2.

Either way, apparently White Spectres inside dungeons drop magic stones even though the ones above ground don't. Even Arios who had no prior experience going in a dungeon knew that.

(I lack this world's common sense.)

(Gotta be careful about that.)

"This one seems to have been normal sized."

"What? Was the last White Spectre bigger than average then?"

"Yes. I believe so."

Well damn. Then that means the Zagg Lecan encountered in his journey and another in Dungeon Golbul were two especially large specimens.

"Wait a minute. Lecan-dono. Nark-san mentioned something about this. White Spectres that spawn in Dungeon Tsubolt are unique types, they're far stronger than the average White Spectres."

"Oh yeah, he did."

"It seems like both of us have to reassess our ideas on a few things, Lecan-dono."

They got in a room with a stairway afterward.

The Giant Variant was indeed a size larger than average befitting of its namesake. But compared to Golbul and Nina, there doesn't seem much differences between normal and giant variants here.

They got in the room, Lecan decapitated the magic beast.

Then the two went in the stairway.

"We're climbing down."

"Yes let's."

"Run."

"Eh?"

Fortunately, these stairways aren't too winding. It's a bit dim but you can see ahead of you just fine. Lecan dashed off like he was flying.

As he arrived at the bottom, Arios followed slightly later while gasping for breath.

"You need to practice more."

"I actually have experiences running on walls or climbing down cliffs. But, can you really call leaping between walls running?"

"I'm not here to walk down stairs. I'm here to fight magic beasts."

"So am I, but I'm going to run out of stamina just from traversing at this rate."

"<Recovery>."

"Thank you. I mean, no that's not what I'm talking about."

Fortunately, one of the rooms with a stairway, a giant variant room was close by.

They got in the room and beat the floor 3's giant variant. Then they entered the stairway to floor 4.

"It's so long."

"It is really long. I can't see the end."

"We're running."

"Umm, we jumped over the heads of a few adventurers along the way. Isn't that bad?"

"Fumu. There's no rookie adventurers here, so I don't think they'd cause a ruckus just from getting jumped over, but I'd still like to avoid what happened at Dungeon Golbul."

"What trouble did you cause at Dungeon Golbul, Lecan-dono?"

"<Concealment (Nirzum)>."

"Eh?"

"<Concealment>."

Lecan cast <Concealment> on himself and Arios. Then they dashed down the long stairway.

<Concealment> effect lasts shorter if you move around. The effect was completely gone by the time they arrived at the bottom.

"Alright. Let's get to floor 4."

"This is the wrong way to use magic. No wait, I guess it's the right way? Anyway, when did you even learn it?"

"When you were away from Vouka. Ah, right, you know a skill to hide your presence."

"No way I can maintain <Secluded Step (Svada)> while noisily running around all over the place at that speed."

"We're heading for giant variant's room."

"Are we running again?"

"Of course."

"We're going to shock other adventurers."

"I'll find us a path devoid of other adventurers with <Graph Make>."

"That's the wrong way to use magic. No wait, I guess it's the right way?"

They quickly took care of floor 4's giant variant and went down.

They dealt only with giant variants on floor 5 and 6, and quickly got to the next floor. That was also the plan for floor 7 but since both rooms with stairways were had adventurers inside, they went in a normal room on floor 7.

"Oh."

"This must be a <Black Body>."

The White Spectre inside the room was clad in a black rind on its chest, abdomen, arms and legs. It'd be bad if <Sword of Rusk> got chipped, so Lecan took a spare sword from <Storage> and slashed at it. He split the Zagg in two from left shoulder to right waist, but he could feel a slight resistance to his slash.

"A bit sturdy, but nothing really of note. Mwu."

The White Spectre's didn't sprawl out on the floor, instead it turned into a treasure chest. It's obvious at a glance that there's a sword inside.

Lecan grabbed the content, which was a sword.

(Oh.)

(a Grace Gear.)

A little bit of mana dwells in Grace Gear. That's how Lecan found out.

But this sword didn't feel like this when the magic beast was swinging it around.

It's probably due to the magic beast's mana overlapping the sword's.





"<Appraisal (Avel)>."


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Name: Acceleration Sword (Mora Schiller)

Type: Sword

Grace: Increase Sword Speed (Small)





"It's a Grace Gear."

"I knew it."

"Hm? You could tell?"

"I figured the sword must have a Grace that raises its speed looking at the magic beast swinging it around."

"Good guess. It's called <Acceleration Sword>. A speed Grace."

Lecan tried to swing the <Acceleration Sword>.

His swing speed feels 20% to 30% faster than he originally intended to.

"Fumu. Interesting. Want to give a swing?"

"Sure."

Arios tried brandishing the sword.

"I get it. Here, you can have it back."

Arios probably had chances to use a Gear with a similar Grace.

No. He's probably used an even higher class of the thing.

Lecan got that feeling somehow.

Lecan decided to equip <Acceleration Sword> for a little while.

"The giant variant room is empty. Let's go."

"This <Graph Make> is really handy, isn't it. I can't imagine going in a dungeon without Lecan-dono anymore."

"You've never gone in one before running across me to begin with."

"Yes. I held a prejudice then. But now I can't help but getting excited for the prospect."

Three adventurers were sitting in front of the Giant Variant's room.

Just as Lecan and Arios were about to enter, a shield-bearing man with a black beard called out to them.

"Sorry, but we're in the middle of battling the thing. Can you go to the other room instead?"

"The other room's got people fighting."

There's no one inside the room now. Yet these men  said they're battling. Meaning they must have retreated after engaging in a fight. They plan to have another go after a break. Naturally the magic beast inside will be renewed, but nothing you can do about that.

"We've dealt a lot of damage to the thing during our previous two attempts. The next one ain't gonna take that long before we beat it for real. Feel free to wait here."

"Yea. We'll do that."

Lecan was baffled despite his reply.

(Dealt a lot of damage in two attempts?)

(The next one won't take long?)

Meaning the magic beast inside doesn't get renewed even with all of the adventurers leaving the room, it's the same individual as the last time.

At first Lecan thought this dungeon had the same familiar structure as the ones in his world, but the rules of dungeons in this world are still unlike his world it seems.

The three appear to suffer some wounds themselves.

"<Recovery>."

"<Recovery>."

"<Recovery>."

"Ah."

"Uwoo."

"W-what?"

The three sounded surprised.

"Ah, my wound's gone. My fatigue too. That was your <Recovery> huh."

"Whoa this is amazing. It's workin' real nice."

"Oh, can't believe ya just cast <Recovery> thrice. And not a wand in sight? I've been humbled. You must be an ace who has braved the depths of foreign dungeons."

"Sorry for doing that without asking first."

"Oh not at all. Must be telling us to get in quick and move the line eh. Thanks to ya, I can get to fighting right away. How about you guys."

"I'mma be fine."

"Me too."

"All right. Let us do this then. Much appreciated, ace-san."

"Good luck."

"Same to you."

The three adventurers went in the room.

 

 

 

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