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Okami wa Nemuranai 46.19

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Jiza was the first to use up her mana.

Activating and maintaining the binding chains ate up an enormous amount of mana. To top it off, she even unleashed <Seven Headed Blue Wand> at full power. Of course she wouldn't be able to keep it up for long.

The four metallic orbs lost their floating capability and fell down. The chains broke apart as well.

Jiza stopped her offensive. She has no more strength left to cast magic.

Argent Flame Wolf glared at the remains of the chains, and then those chains evaporated away.

With its freedom regained, the wolf glared at Jiza.

Then one of the magic circles shot out a blue-colored offensive spell.

The magic crawled along the ground toward Jiza.

Ui jumped out on reflex and tanked the attack head-on. With her right hand still gripping her sword.

Magic barrier generated by <Necklace of Intuador> clashed with the blue colored spell, creating an explosion.

It was not due to the barrier blocking the attack, but the barrier being blown away. Ui's <Necklace of Intuador> seemed to have exhausted all its mana.

Argent Flame Wolf attempted to lunge at Jiza.

Lecan struck its forehead with a great sword.

<Sword of Agost>. Also known as Dragon Destroying Blade. A special sword blessed by the temples, forged by a human mastersmith for the sake of destroying dragons.

Argent Flame Wolf's forehead cracked open.

A terrifying wave of hatred assailed Lecan.

However, Arios wouldn't let this chance go away. He cut at the wolf's left hindleg from behind.

Argent Flame Wolf yelped. Looks like that attack worked.

Julius also slid in and slashed at Argent Flame Wolf's abdomen from below with his <Gale Sword>, but the wolf twisted its body to dodge that attack.

Lecan did something unusual at this point. He can't explain why he did what he did then even at a later date.

Lecan turned around and loudly gave an order to Ui.
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"Thrusttt!"

Almost at the same time as his shout, Argent Flame Wolf jumped toward Jiza and disappeared.

Ui thrust her sword at an empty space.

Argent Flame Wolf emerged there and her sword pierced into its right eye.

The wolf mowed Ui down while yelping. Ui got slammed hard on the ground.

The wolf ended up leaping over Jiza and made a u-turn after landing, it then launched itself at Jiza who still couldn't move well.

But Arios rushed in and cut at the root of its left foreleg. Terrific mobility as always.

"<Flame Spear>!"

This moment of flinching afforded a Flame Spear landing directly on the wolf's face.

Magic arrows let loose by <Bow of Yelvitz> hit the other side.

"<Wind>!"

Lecan utilized the power of <Gale> to make a mad dash toward the Argent Flame Wolf's face.

With his sword lifted overhead, Lecan ran past Ui and Jiza's sides, straight toward the Argent Flame Wolf.

The wolf did a short leap at Lecan. Lecan swung his sword down aiming at its head.

Several things occurred in this exact moment.

First of all, Argent Flame Wolf kicked at empty air and changed its course.

Arios's slash went at the head of this course-changed wolf.

The wolf very narrowly dodged this slash.

This maneuver put itself directly in Lecan's sword trajectory. The sword struck Argent Flame Wolf's head.

The boulder-crushing power of the <Sword of Agost> knocked the Argent Flame Wolf down.

The crashed wolf lifted its face up and looked at Lecan.

Mysteriously enough, there was no shred of anger in those eyes.

Arios drove his sword into Argent Flame Wolf's neck.

But the instance that sword touched its body, the wolf vanished.

One piece of pelt remained in its place.

Lecan willed himself to stand despite his extreme fatigue and spoke to Arios.

"Arios. Good work. Managed to land a hit on that thing's head thanks to your assist."

"Yes well, I just felt like you were asking me that."

"You're a great help."

Arios is reliable as ever.

Lecan fell on his knees.

Then he laid down on the ground, all limbs sprawling.

"Phewwww."

"It's over huh."

"Yea."

"<Purification><Purification><Purification><Purification><Purification>."

Eda healed the group with her <Purification>.

Lecan laid down for quite sometime before getting back on his feet and spoke to the group.

"Arios, that was well done. Eda, and Julius, you performed your roles well. And, Ui. Obaba's life would have forfeited if not for you. Splendid job."

Ui's metal armor has been torn up badly. There's traces of blood in her mouth. She might not have lived through it without <Purification>.

"It is all thanks to Lecan-dono."

"And, Obaba."

Lecan was taken aback as he turned at Jiza.

There was no longer a figure of an ambitious looking elderly lady, instead there sat a decrepit husk of an old woman that had lost her zeal.

"Lecan-chan. Thanks so much."

Her voice had no springiness to it either.

"You seem quite worn down there."

"I'm feeling my life's greatest sense of fulfillment right now. I've no more regret left in this world. Lecan-chan. Arios-dono. Eda-chan. Julius-chan. And Ui. Thank you, thank you all."

"Don't say it like you're gonna croak here. Let's talk about the future instead."

"What does the future hold now?"

"Have you gone senile. A task force assembled by board of director guys must be waiting for us outside."

"Ah, right that. I don't really care about that now. But I suppose we ought to split the reward now."

"I'd like to check one thing first."

Lecan took a thin wand, carefully weaved preliminary casting and cast <Appraisal> on the pelt left behind by the Argent Flame Wolf.

It's a pelt of Argent Flame Wolf. It really was one then.

(Do Divine Beasts spawn in dungeons? The heck this is all about.)

It's got unimaginable magical and defensive properties. Lecan isn't used to appraising pelts, but there's no doubt turning this pelt into armor will result in a protector with defensive property far beyond Petitfire Dragon's and flexibility that allows for highly mobile acrobatics.

(I was planning to give everything we got in this expedition to Obaba.)

(But I want this.)

(Really want this.)

"You've got a face saying, 'I want this', Lecan-chan."

"Ah, no."

"Feel free to take it as yours Lecan-chan. That's the only way I could repay my debt to you."

"You sure."

"Sure am. But in exchange, it would please me if you could yield <Chaotic Magic Wolf>'s body to me."

"I don't mind. What about you guys."

None of the members objected.

But that was sure on extremely close call of a fight.

They might have prevailed, but it didn't feel like they truly finished it off. To Lecan, it feels as if the Argent Flame Wolf decided to end the battle as a commendation for their show of valor.

Still, making use of <Genesiac Grace Gear> proved difficult. He might have been able to seal Argent Flame Wolf's movement with <Talisman of Darkness Demon>, but so will the other members. There was no time or place to use <Ring of Undying King>. That said, it's still reassuring to have these aces up sleeves for when push comes to shove.

 

 

 

 

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Okami wa Nemuranai 46.18

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Lecan lost his bearing for a moment.

Lecan is someone who never flinches no matter how monstrous an opponent he's up against.

But dignity. This enemy has an air of dignity to it. Such that it even awed Lecan.

The Argent Flame Wolf calmly put its right foreleg forward while lording over the uninvited guests.

A moment later, its figure emerged in the center of the room.

(<Teleportation>?)

It's the same ability the Queen Spider of Dungeon Ninae possesses.

However, considering it instantly jumped to the center of this vast room in one go, Argent Flame Wolf is evidently a far more adept user.

(Such a high level teleportation and that distance, gonna be a tough one.)

"Barifordia."

Jiza's spell resounded.

The wand in her hand floated up and went straight at Argent Flame Wolf.

The wolf stared at the wand as if it was fathoming the object.

Lecan charged ahead. Arios followed in the same breath, while Julius was late by a breath.

The wand stopped above the wolf. Then the four metallic orbs separated themselves from the wand and moved in four directions. Argent Flame Wolf bent its body forward to meet Lecan's charge.

"Padracio!"

Jiza resolutely recited a spell.

The Argent Flame Wolf twisted over and vanished. It had teleported away.

But then, a snapping sound like something got bounced back echoed, and the wolf showed itself up again. An ashen-colored chain is coiling around its right foreleg. Then in a blink of an eye, its left hindleg got captured by a red chain, left foreleg by a colorless chain and right hindleg by an aqua chain.

Looking again, those four chains came out of four metallic orbs floating in mid air.

These chains are by no means thick. Yet, Lecan's <3D Perceptions> tell him those chains are physical objects, while <Mana Detection> shows they're magical objects.

(She's sure made something real handy.)

Lecan unleashed his slash at the wolf as that thought crossed his mind.

The bent over Argent Flame Wolf glared at him while baring its fang as Lecan struck its crown of head with the <Demon Wolf Cutter>.

(What?)

That was a weird feedback. No, the feedback was there, his slash simply didn't go through.

Lecan has fought many Black and Pure Black Magic Wolves so far. Thus he knows. This is no Physical Immunity. His attack did hit. And yet it dealt no damage.

Lecan is familiar with this sensation. It was from none other than <Overking Bear>. Its pelt has turned into Lecan's overcoat now, but <Overking Bear> was a tough magic beast highly resistant to both magical and physical attacks.

Lecan lifted his sword once again and slashed at the wolf's neck. The wolf growled threateningly. However, it dealt no damage.

It's clear now. <Demon Wolf Cutter>'s trait doesn't work on it. He couldn't feel its effect at all. If the Grace that makes it deals multifolds damage against Demon Wolf beasts doesn't work, this sword is no different than an ordinary sword.

"Dio."

Jiza recited a short spell. She's activating <Seven Headed Blue Wand>.

"Vento."

Swiftly and resolutely, she continued on.

The Argent Flame Wolf opened its jaws and lunged at Lecan while still chained.

Magic arrows landed on its head. Eda's attack.

"Padora."
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"Katz."

Arios and Julius went around Argent Flame Wolf's back and slashed at it.

"Shanta."

"Sarika."

"Iriento."

Lecan saw how Arios's slash managed to wound the Argent Flame Wolf's rear.

That was when he noticed a presence of enormous magic behind him so he jumped out of the way.

An enormous white heat ray landed on the Argent Flame Wolf before dispersing. It's Jiza's.

An unparalleled form of magic attack that far surpasses even Lecan's strongest <Flame Spear>.

That magic attack hit Argent Flame Wolf squarely, filling the room with an intense light.

The light slightly subsided afterward as the wolf got pushed back with its silvery white fur showed signs of clear damage.

(Hou. That should do the trick.)

But he was too naive.

The Argent Flame Wolf howled once, then a magic circle manifested overhead its figure.

Then an invisible barrier stopped Jiza's red hot heat ray before it could touch Argent Flame Wolf.

An anti-magic barrier.

The wolf kept howling in succession, creating a magic circle above itself with every howl. Five in total. Four of the circles shot out different kinds of magic that flew off toward Jiza.

Her <Necklace of Intuador> created a barrier that blocked those magic at once.

Jiza kept her offensive without minding the attack launched at her.

It turned into a fierce magical clash between Argent Flame Wolf and Jiza.

Eda started cover firing with <Bow of Yelvitz>.

Lecan turned <Shield of Wolkan> into its gauntlet state and began firing <Flame Spears>.

Any barrier can be broken down once it took on attacks beyond its limit. Jiza's magic will eventually break through the Argent Flame Wolf's barrier. That moment should come sooner with Lecan's help. A continuous barrage of highly dense magic attacks should also help to hinder Argent Flame Wolf.

In the meantime, Arios and Julius would occasionally choose the right timings to let out slashes at the wolf.

Argent Flame Wolf's body is clearly bleeding, full of wounds.

(Should I cease my magic attack and go with my sword now.)

(But <Demon Wolf Cutter> is useless against this thing.)

(Should I wield <Comet Cutter> here?)

Glancing back, he could see Ui taking up the perfect position. She could block Argent Flame Wolf's magic attack while being completely out of Jiza's magic attack in that spot.

Just when Lecan believed that they had a chance at winning if they kept this up, he quickly discovered how wrong he was.

Argent Flame Wolf howled once. The sixth magic circle manifested above it, from there a soft green light emerged and healed the wounds suffered by the wolf.

(This thing's even capable of recovery magic!)

A second later, the chains floating above Argent Flame Wolf broke into pieces.

 

 

 

 

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Okami wa Nemuranai 46.17

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Lecan stood up and bowed at the battlefield. Arios, Julius, and Eda mimicked him.

Ui bowed too. Though not to the magic wolf but to Boruk.

"The stairway really showed up."

"Yeah, it did. Let's get down there and take a break."

A passage that leads down manifested at the opposite end of the room.

Floor 150 to floor 151 is the only instance where two floors are connected by a stairway instead of <Warp>.

The group got down to floor 151.

Arriving at a small room.

"Alright, we're having early lunch here. Use up all ingredients we got left."

"Oh, just right before the veggies go bad."

"We have no more hard baked bread left after this too."

"Well, I'll be. We didn't have to resort to preserved food in the end."

"Obaba-sama. I've truly become a captive of Dungeon meals now."

"Hyohyohyohyohyohyo. Well it's all thanks to these members here."

"This exploration will reach its end with this one last battle, I somehow feel reluctant to. What a weird feeling."

"It's not weird at all. You could say the same to me. In all my long years in this world, this very moment is the most fulfilling and fun I've ever felt."

"Ui-san."

"Yes?"

"Umm, is Ui-san's uncle doing well nowadays?"

"Eda-dono, how do you know about that?"

"Ah, no umm. I heard from Guide-sama."

"Is that right. I do not know how my uncle is doing now. As he has been exiled from this town."

"Eh."

"So many evidence of his corruptions came out, see. Guy was put under a trial, and got all his assets forfeited on top of getting banished." <Jiza>

"Hee."

Lecan didn't ask who was the individual that found all that evidence. It's obvious.

It was a fun meal time. The campfire was comforting. And once they had enough rest, the group stood up.

"Lecan-chan."

"Hm?"
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"I am presently at a loss."

"What about."

"I am unsure what will we find on the last floor. Will it be a <Chaotic Magic Wolf>. Or will it be a different wolf. What do you have to say?"

"You fine with my intuition?"

"That's it. I'd like to know this intuition of yours."

"I don't think it's a <Chaotic Magic Wolf>."

"Oho. How come?"

"A <Chaotic Magic Wolf> spawned on floor 150. The final floor won't be fun unless it's got an even tougher challenge waiting."

"Hyo, hyo, hyo. You really are the best, Lecan-chan. I see. Yes, I suppose that's the right idea. All right. I am no longer wavering. Come now, let us proceed."

The group stood side by side before the shaft entrance, readying themselves.

Standing in the center right, Lecan put on <Shield of Wolkan> on his left hand, and <Demon Wolf Cutter> in his right hand.

Julius to the right of Lecan drew his <Gale Sword>.

And to his right, Eda filled her magic bow with mana.

Standing in the center left was Arios. He drew <Void Cutter>. <Magic Vacuum Cutter> is inside <Free Box>. As there are already several members capable of powerful offensive spells, he must be focusing on physical attacks.

Ui stood to Arios's left. The sword in her hand emitted a dazzling light. Must be quite an article.

To her left, Jiza started doing something weird.

First of all, she produced a long wand, tap the tip and recited a spell. After which she let go of the wand, yet instead of falling down, the wand floated in the air.

It's an oddly shaped wand. It's slightly longer than Jiza's stature, its body is rugged with a thin head yet a malformed thick tip. The thick tip is shaped like an open palm with fingers stretching in all directions.

Then she took out a fist-sized orb from <Free Box>. It's a metallic orb carved with a complex pattern. She had a thin wand in his right hand, the orb in his left palm and then she recited a spell. The metallic orb eventually floated up and inserted itself in the wand's palm-shaped tip.

Jiza took another metallic orb and repeated what she did. Four metallic orbs got inserted in the wand tip by the end. The four orbs were of ashen, aqua, and red colors with the fourth being colorless.

Lecan could feel enormous mana from the wand and the four orbs.

"Thanks for waiting."

"Yea. Now then, guys."

Lecan focused his strength in his right eye and glared at the fog covering the entrance.

"Let's go."

The group charged into the final boss room of Dungeon Palcimo.

It's a spacious room. Different from what he's been told. The boss room should have been 50 steps in diameter at most. Yet this room is many times that size.

The enemy was there. But unlike other wolves, it didn't attempt to charge at them on the get go. It's standing composedly at the opposite of the room.

It's not big. Very small even in comparison to the gigantic <Chaotic Magic Wolf> they fought on floor 150 even. It's hard to tell for sure as they're far apart, but its height seems to be at most Lecan's chest level. Still bigger than ordinary wolves, but considering it's an enemy found on the final floor of <Dungeon of Wolves>, it's really small.

However the sheer presence emanating from it is overwhelming.

Its eyes shine dazzlingly in golden colors.

Its fur emits a beautiful and mystical silvery white luster.

An unimaginable amount of mana is overflowing out of its entire body shrouded in a blue flame.

Lecan found out the identity of this being from Jiza's dumbfounded utterance.

"A-Argent Flame Wolf (Srubanje)."

The name of a Divine Beast told only in legends.

 

 

 

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"Carcassmarfolienna."

Jiza's spell resounded.

Seven colored flames gushed out of her long wand, but they didn't go and fill the entire room full of flames. Because Jiza controlled it so that wouldn't happen. That was the arrangement they made in order to make her work with the other members in combat.

But even if she did attempt to set the whole room ablaze, it would probably be a fruitless attempt due to its size.

Yes. This room is spacious. Far more than any rooms thus far. This differs from what Lecan has been informed of previously.

"Boruk, Commence Combat! Boruk, Commence Decoy!"

But thanks to its vastness, Ui squeezed out time to give out two commands before the magic wolf reached the group. Looking back later, this was when the line between victory and defeat was drawn.

Lecan ran to the right, Arios ran to the left.

Seven colored dragons of flames assaulted the charging wolf thunderously.

Despite its humongous size, the magic wolf managed to dodge most of those magic Jiza cast. It still got doused in a bit of flames, but that did nothing to even slow its charge and dealt zero damage.

Just before the magic wolf reached them, Lecan changed his course to the left, so did Arios to the right. They crossed over in the wolf's face.

By doing thus, they dodged the wolf's assault while simultaneously slashed at its neck from both sides. Arios attacked using both the swords in his hands.

However, it was futile. Their attacks didn't go through.

The magic wolf ignored the two and kept charging ahead. The two made a u-turn and gave a chase.

Boruk was at the end of the magic wolf's charge. Boruk had been producing high pitched metallic sounds from a while ago, the wolf appeared to be bothered by the sounds and prioritized eliminating the source.

The wolf jumped at Boruk. Its body several times larger than Boruk's.

They both collided, resulting in Boruk's head getting torn off.

That was when Ui slashed at the wolf.

The magic wolf was still in mid-air, there was no way it could dodge Ui's attack. Her sword scooped out its abdomen. It should give no damage, but the wolf slowed down a bit.

Jiza shot her magic at this moment. Some kind of blade of light magic. But it was nulled.

Suddenly, the magic wolf stopped moving.

The headless Boruk grabbed both of the wolf's hind legs when Ui managed to slow it down.

"<Purification>!"

Eda cast <Purification>, a big blue sphere of light wrapped the magic wolf's head.

Arios ran up and slashed at the wolf's rear. His slash cut the wolf's rear.

Lecan also dashed in and sliced at the wolf. <Demon Wolf Cutter> cut deep into the wolf's back.

Jiza recited some sort of spell, then the a black mist enveloped the magic wolf's head outside the blue sphere of light, robbing it of its vision.

The magic wolf writhed around fiercely, shaking off Boruk's hands, sending it flying.

It ran up the wall near the entrance to break through the encirclement. But Arios was already waiting at its landing point and cut off its right fore leg at the base. This slash also cut deep.

The magic wolf shook off the black mist enveloping its head, but the blue sphere of light remained.

Then some sort of barrage flew out of nowhere, piercing the magic wolf's body.

<Magic Quivers>. They're metal arrows shot out of <Magic Quivers>. The arrows are very short but heavy and highly penetrative.

A hail of <Magic Quivers> arrows assailed the wolf.

Due to its swiftness, there were many arrows that missed but there was no way to dodge every single arrows in such a fierce hail. Still, how did physical attacks suddenly become effective.

Lecan finally noticed it here.
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It's <Purification>.

None of their attacks, be it from swords or magic, worked until Eda cast <Purification> on it. Sword slashes went through once <Purification> was on.

By continuously casting <Purification> on the wolf, its property is fixed to magical defense now. Hence, physical attacks are permanently effective on it.

Jiza suddenly stopped her barrage. Looking at her, four massive <Magic Quivers> were floating above Jiza. Those must be the points of launching, she must have run out of arrows.

Arios stopped the wolf as it broke into a rush toward Lecan.

Lecan's Perforation pierced deep into the wolf's throat.

Julius slid in and cut off its left foreleg's tip.

Arios switched with Julius and pierced <Void Cutter> into the magic wolf's right eye.

The magic wolf violently struggled still, so Lecan put more strength into <Demon Wolf Cutter> and tore off its neck completely, that was when it finally stopped moving and slowly tumbled down.

As Lecan, Arios and Julius caught up with their breathing in front of the magic wolf's body, Jiza came up to them.

"Forgive me. Seeing <Chaotic Magic Wolf> on this floor took me by surprise and left me slow to react."

"Nah. Your offensive cover was superb. Those were some incredible <Magic Quivers>."

"It's a work of art that can instantly shoot out eight magic arrows all at once by directly pouring mana into it instead of deploying magic stones. And I've got four of them. Shooting 320 magic arrows all at the same time burns through your mana like nothing else."

"Figures. By the way, so you got a big enough <Free Box> to store those gigantic things huh."

"I sure do. An especially made one just for those."

"Really huh. Hold on a bit. Eda, <Purification> please."

"Un. <Purification><Purification><Purification><Purification>."

Eda cast <Purification> on Jiza, Lecan, Arios and Julius. Then she turned around.

Ui was kneeling down next to the fallen Boruk.

The other members walked up to them.

"<Purification>."

"Ah. Much obliged, Eda-dono."

Boruk has got its head torn off and both arms twisted. Its body is full of damage too.

"This is terrible."

"That damaged body is mostly done in by your magic though."

"Obaba-sama. What will become of Boruk now?"

"Hmn. There might be no saving it with all this damage. Hold on a moment."

Jiza put away the <Seven Headed Blue Wand> and took a thin wand.

"By the names Mazara Wedepasha and Yacklubend Tomato, Jiza Morfes command you. Clay Doll Boruk, by my decree, go back to your fleeting slumber."

But nothing happened. Boruk lay sideways, still broken.

"It's not coming back. I suppose that means this is the end of the road for Boruk-chan."

"End of the road, is it."

"Leaving it here is our only option. He was one hardworking Artificial Wrinkle Man that had served our household for many years. Thank you for everything, Boruk-chan."

They could bring back Boruk's wreckage if they put it in Lecan's <Storage>. Lecan thought of suggesting that for a moment, but stopped short. There's no place more apt to be Boruk's grave than Dungeon Palcimo. Jiza probably thought the same thing.

Lecan went back to the magic wolf. He gotta retrieve this precious material before it's gone for good.

He put away <Demon Wolf Cutter> and took out a Solid Sacred Silver sword, then he made a huge cut on its abdomen and picked out a huge chunk, flesh and entrails included, around the magic stone. The body didn't disappear. Success. Then he took the magic stone out of its flesh. It's a huge magic stone hiding extraordinary amount of mana. The flesh crumbled into ash.

"Obaba. Feel free to collect the magic wolf's body."

"Yea. I'll be keeping it."

Jiza put away the body in a <Free Box> and the magic stone in another <Free Box>.

"Still, I couldn't help but be surprised by Eda-san's quick wit."

"Same with me. I was wondering why would she do something stupid as casting <Purification> on a magic beast."

"I was gobsmacked by that too. To think one would use <Purification> to force Chaotic Magic Wolf into its anti-magic mode."

"Ehehe. Like, didn't Guide Jiza-sama said it too. My <Purification> is versatile."

"So that was the impetus. Doesn't matter the kind of magic used, Chaotic Magic Wolf changes its property when it is hit by magic. Nevertheless, who would even come up with that. And both <Recovery> as well as <Purification> will stick on the target no matter how violent they get struggling about."

Neither <Recovery> nor <Purification> heals magic beasts. They deal damage on a few types of magic beasts even. Especially Apparition type.

"Guess we discovered a way to defeat <Chaotic Magic Wolf> huh."

"No, no. That is not so, Lecan-chan. You won't find a <Recovery> user who can come to such a deep floor. Besides, I have never seen a mage capable of casting <Recovery> and <Purification> from a distance like Eda-chan. To top it off, her accuracy and speed. It's as if they've been honed as offensive spells."

"Ehehehe."

"But who'd think a <Chaotic Magic Wolf> would spawn on floor 150."

"Dungeons are where the unexpected occurs. It's what makes them so interesting."

"Oh, I see. Is that how it works."

"That's how it works. By the way, Obaba. Seeing it's you, you must have other means to defeat <Chaotic Magic Wolf> prepared."

"Of course I do. But I could not find the right timing to take out anything other than the special <Magic Quivers> there."

 

 

 

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"Okay guys, all hands together. Let's go. <Warp>."

The scenery before their eyes blurred before they got warped away.

At a first glance, it looks like the same room.

However, reciting <Floor> spell shows that it's undoubtedly floor 150.

"L-Lecan. Floor 150 right off the bat is a bit..."

"Give it up, Eda. Our only choice is to conquer this floor now that it's what got displayed. Yeah, we could wait for four days and warp to another floor, but doing that'll probably bar us from ever getting here again. This is our destination."

"U-un."

Lecan gave Stamina Restoratives to Arios and Julius, and Stamina and Mana Restoratives to other members.

"Now then, see you guys again at the exit."

Lecan got in a shaft after saying that.

A pure Black Magic Wolf is ferociously rushing at him.

"<Flame Spear>!"

Lecan unleashed his sure fire magic spear. However, the magic wolf managed to narrowly dodge it. By that point it had already arrived right before Lecan.

Lecan twisted his body sliding low toward the ground and swung <Demon Wolf Cutter>. The sword hit the wolf's face, slightly shifting its course.

The magic wolf's giant jaws went past diagonally above his face.

"<Flame Spear>!"

The magic spear pierced through the wolf's abdomen and came out of its spine.

The wolf boasted extraordinary speed as befitting of floor 150. But it was still at a manageable level so long as Lecan is ready for it. Besides, all the experience in all his battles against magic wolves so far taught him how to attack and how to dodge to a point.

As Lecan stood up and turned around, a treasure chest awaited.

One after quite a long time. Opening it revealed a familiarly shaped short and thick wand.

"<Appraisal>!"

It's a <Wand of Cordysie>. It can store a huge amount of spells at 20. And each individual spell that can be stored is quite significant. The wand shop's storekeeper said these things drop on floor 30 to 90, turned out it could drop on such a deep floor as well.

"Ah."

As Lecan gazed at the appraisal result, it hit him, a way to make use of this wand.

He should just store anti-physical barriers in it.

Presently, Lecan needs to reserve some time for concentrating if he wants to cast the barrier, he hasn't reached a level where it's usable in a real combat. But storing them inside this wand will allow him to instantly cast one.

This wand's optimal usage pattern as narrated by that storekeeper is likely the correct one to Palcimo mages. However, the conditions differ when it comes to Lecan's. The other answer is correct to him.

As Lecan left his shaft, there was still no one around.

Arios eventually came out with a severely damaged light armor.

"What happened, Arios."

"I let my guard down. I had <Void Cutter> on me as I got into my shaft, but it was a Pure Black Magic Wolf that awaited inside. It took me a bit of time to switch to <Magic Vacuum Cutter> and generated its magic blade, and I suffered an attack in the meantime. That was the first Red Potion I used in a long while."

"Really."

Afterward was Jiza, then Ui.

Eda and Julius were last.

Lecan sighed out in relief. However, Julius's armor has been completely wrecked.

"What happened inside?"

"A Pure Black Magic Wolf spawned, see. But I kept missing with my magic bow. So Julius-kun had to lure it and got hurt really bad while he did that."

Julius might have died if not for Eda and her <Purification>.

"I see. Good thing we got our hands on a dragon leather armor huh."

As it turned out, Jiza and Ui also dealt with Pure Black Magic Wolves. However, both the wolves went at Jiza and Ui with magic attacks. Hence they managed to defeat their opponents while being protected by <Necklace of Intuador>. And since Ui had Boruk to bait her enemy, she didn't have a hard time.

Now then, it's finally time for Floor 150 boss. If they manage to beat it, they can go down to floor 151, where the Dungeon Boss is waiting alone. There is no more quint shafts.

"Jiza. Should we go with just us three from here on?"

"Us three, which are."

"You, me, and Arios."

"I see, I see. Us three can keep going ahead. Can't let young ones waste their lives here after all."

"Obaba-sama!"

Ui looked exasperated.

"I can't, I cannot turn tail and run here, not after coming this far. Please take me along! Isn't that what you promised me! Didn't you said to me, we will conquer this dungeon together?!"

Despite what Ui said, that was something Jiza said to give her a goal. In reality, Lecan doesn't believe Ui could get through the upcoming fight in one piece after watching her thus far. Lecan was going to make her understand that when.

"Ui. You're--"

"Lecan-dono."

Arios interrupted Lecan, unusually enough.

"Isn't Ui-san a comrade in arm who has gone through a lot with us to get here? Her being around is what makes it possible for us to arrive at this point. If she herself wishes to keep going, then we should honor that wish and take her along. She shall be responsible for her own action."

Lecan glared at Arios for a while.

Ui herself gazed at Arios from the side with a look of surprise.

Lecan turned at Ui.

"Ui. You might die. Are you going."

"I'm going."
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Ui gave a resolute answer.

"Julius. You're--"

"I'm going too."

"And me too of course."

Julius followed by Eda made their decisions known.

From what Lecan saw of Julius thus far, the precision and quick-witted-ness of his attacks during critical moments may be first-rate but he's still lacking experience and roundness. His dodging skill still needs polishing as well. His defensive power is low. It's too dangerous for him to take on floor 150's boss. And while Eda fights as a rear guard and has excellent evasion, a stray claw or fang hit from the boss will spell her doom. Hence why Lecan wanted to let the two go outside, but that doesn't seem possible.

Lecan spoke after sighing out loud.

"Fine, we're all going. But a short break before that is in order. Eda, <Purification> for all of us please."

All of them laid down on the spot.

Eda's <Purification> permeated into their bodies.

"Aah. It's real purdy nice indeed. I'm in heavens. Is there anything Eda-chan's <Purification> can't do."

"It's so comforting. This kind of extravagant dungeon diving is too good."

"It really is. Ui-oneesan."

Ui smiled pleasantly.

They all took it easy.

Their necklaces are fully charged.

Before long, all of them found themselves standing before the entrance.

Boruk stood in the middle, with Ui's left hand touching its shoulder and her right hand gripping a drawn sword.

Lecan to the right of Ui and Arios to her left. Then to the right of Lecan are Eda and Julius, with Jiza with <Seven Headed Blue Wand> to Arios's left side.

Lecan has <Demon Wolf Cutter> in his right hand and <Shield of Wolkan> on his left. <Necklace of Intuador> and <Guardian Jewel of Zana> as well as <Ring of Undying King> and <Talisman of Darkness Demon> all present.

Arios has <Void Cutter> in his right hand and magic blade generated <Magic Vacuum Cutter> in his left.

Eda has <Bow of Yelvitz> drawn and filled with mana.

Jiza recited the spell to light up the Seven Heads, scattering sparks everywhere. Her torrent of mana is as impressive as ever. They're all prepped up.

"Alright. Let's go."

"Boruk, Commence Advance."

As Lecan got in the room a bit after Boruk, the magic wolf inside had already been charging in their direction.

A gigantic running figure.

Its right half is jet black, while its left half is beaming white.

<Chaotic Magic Wolf>.

The strongest Magic Beast in Dungeon Palcimo that's supposed to be waiting on the final floor.

 

 

 

 

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The group is relaxing after lunch break on the seventh day.

"Lecan-dono. You were quite vehement on checking the effects of your attacks on both Pure White and Pure Black Magic Wolves back then. Did you do that in order to prepare for the depths?"

"More specifically for the final fight. Ah right, haven't run you a lowdown on this dungeon's boss yet huh, Arios."

"By that, you are referring to the magic beast on floor 151, correct?"

"Yeah. It goes by the name <Chaotic Magic Wolf>."

"<Chaotic Magic Wolf>."

"This thing's apparently become immune to magic when you attack it with magic and to physical when it's hit by physical attacks."

"That sounds quite troublesome. But then, can't one simply attack it with both magic and physical at once?"

"Yeah, but apparently it's not easy. If the timing is even slightly off, the attacks don't count as landing on the exact same time. Our opponent can instantaneously switch its property to deal with either. Remember, the wolf spawns 50 floors down from here. Its size, ferocity, speed and destructive power must be beyond anything we've faced thus far. Perfectly syncing attacks against such an opponent should prove highly difficult."

"The act of aiming must be what makes it difficult. If you shower it with long ranged physical attacks like javelins, arrows and the likes while also having a group of mages attack it with magic, surely there would be some that hit at the same exact time."

"Arios-dono. In practice, you simply must not allow a huge group of people crowd around a <Chaotic Magic Wolf>. The more crowded it is the more openings there are for the wolf. However, your idea is close to the ideal."

"How should we approach it then."

"Launch an offensive with swords and spears while the wolf is getting continuously bombarded by magic attacks. And these days we have <Magic Quivers> as well."

"<Magic Quivers> is it?"

Jiza explained to Arios what those are.

"While <Chaotic Magic Wolf> can attack with magic and with its claws and fangs, it often opts to go with the latter."

"How often do people attempt to challenge this last floor's magic beast?"

"There were people who went up against it 62 years ago. That was also the last time anyone did."
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"Eh?"

"However, there have been three parties who managed to grab the ticket to floor 150 during these last 62 years. Conquering floor 150 will open the path to floor 151. Every single one of those parties were adventurers from outside. Strength-wise, they were completely unprepared to take on such deep floors, but their feat afforded them huge gains. They sold the right to the Magic Research Insitute's Board of Directors."

"Sold the right? How so."

"If even one person managed to get floor 150 displayed, the entire party is then able to go to floor 150 as well. The displayed number persists for four to five days. They can just act as a guide there before heading back outside."

"Ah, I see."

"However, not even the Magic Research Institute have those capable of taking on the depths always be available at all time. They could dispatch at most one or two party of them. I took part in all three attempt myself, but never once did I manage to get to the final floor, either our party lacked strength to clear floor 150, or they exhausted themselves after conquering floor 150."

"Does that mean, you can't get to floor 151 even after you've conquered floor 150 once you've gone back to the surface?"

"Indeed. Floor 150 and floor 151 are connected as one floor."

"What happens if there's another person with a different displayed number in the same party?"

"Neither can warp."

"How many parties are currently exploring floor 101?"

"There are currently three parties tackling the depths over the course of several years. This Ui here is one among those challengers."

"And yet, none has managed to reach the last floor."

"They could pretty much reliably warp to floor 101 to 149. Only floor 150 has a very low rate of appearing for some reason."

"Only floor 150 is it. Fumu."

"Arios-dono."

As Arios got lost in thought, Ui spoke to him. Her gaze was shockingly gentle.

"Yes?"

"Arios-dono, your swordsmanship truly oozes elegance. Your sword strokes are also so much more masterful than any instructors I have studied under. Your thought process and actions are very composed as well. I find it hard to believe that Arios-dono is Julius's father even now. And you look so young too."

"I'm actually 40 this year."

"Eh. You're kidding."

"I belong to a clan of Longlifer, see. Please keep this matter a secret if you would."

"Y-yes."

Lecan was awfully surprised by this.

Arios's Longlifer status should have been a strictly confidential matter. And yet he so easily divulged it to Ui. She wasn't even pressing for it. Lecan couldn't figure out what Arios was thinking.

"Ui-san. Your swordsmanship was quite a sight to behold as well."

"Eh. W-what are you saying. You haven't even seen me swinging a sword--"

"No. I have. It was when Guide Jiza-sama instructed you to cut at Lecan-dono's barrier."

"Ah."

That's true.

Lecan thought the same thing as well back then. This magic knight's swordsmanship is surprisingly refined.

"After witnessing that, I'm convinced that you have truly sublimated the heart of our swordschool in your body and mind."

"I-is that true?"

"You have the potential to become a first rate swordsman."

That came out of the left field it appeared. Ui couldn't even muster up a reply.

"Now then, time to get a move on."

And with that one line from Lecan, the atmosphere shifted.

They are heading into the depths. The floor they step onto could be anywhere from 101 to 149. The closer it is to the last floor, the more ferocious the magic beasts will be. They must resolve themselves to that fact.

"We're aiming for floor 150. No telling how many days it's gonna take to get there. Regardless, we will absolutely put our feet firmly on floor 150 even if it takes us 100 days. Brace yourself."

Strong lights dwelt in everybody's eyes. This is where the real thing begins. It even feels like Boruk's emerald green eyes emitted lights.

"Now then. Link hands together. Are you ready? <Floor>."

All floors in Dungeon Palcimo turned in Lecan's head.

Starting from the highest floor, 1 to 2 to 3 and below are connected by a line. He focused and looked down further below. 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, and then 100.

Lecan was at a loss for words when he saw the floor number below 100.





Floor 150.





"I-It cannot be."

Jiza groaned.

The door she has bet her whole life on to arrive at is finally open.

 

 

 

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They got down to floor 85 and began preparing for lunch there.

Lecan took out firewood, Eda lighted them up.

"<Ignition>."

"There is no preliminary casting. It comes out so quick. And yet it's so precise and accurate."

"Eh? Ah, I wasn't taught how to do preliminary casting when I studied magic under my teach. So I'm clueless on any magic's preliminary casting."

"I see. All members of Magic Research Institute are capable of Cast Omission. I am unable to."

"Eh, is that true."

"I was supposed to be taught that in earnest once I get formally accepted as Obaba-sama's pupil. But I had been prohibited from learning most magic after I got accepted into Magic Knights. I believed that was for the best. Magic Knights are shields that protect the mages, and swords that defeat the White Magic Wolves. But one day, a mage said this to me. 'What a waste of such a large pool of mana'. But it's not like I didn't want to study more magic. I am unable to."

Eda couldn't reply to that.

After a moment of silence, Jiza spoke.

"And that's why Lecan-chan is frustrating you."

"...Yes."

"Frustrating?"

"That she is, Eda-chan. An adventurer who never trained in magic despite having guide-class pool of mana."

"Eh? Eh? But Lecan trained really really hard on magic, you know. Or rather, I've seen him training magic here and there but never with a sword."

"That's just how it looked to Ui, Eda-chan. Lecan-chan is dressed like a bona fide swordsman with nary a wand on him, isn't he?"

"Well, I guess he is."

"And yet, the <Flame Spears> Lecan-chan cast with Cast Omission boast incredible power and speed. He could even make those spears meander after shooting, a feat only Guides capable of. And that <Move> he showed to fetch that magic stone was truly something else. Even I have never seen anything like that before. Ui completely lost her confident after seeing that."

Silence ruled once again.

Arios was the one breaking that.

"Ui-san."

"Eh, what can I help you with, Arios-dono."

"Do you still wish to learn magic if you are given the chance to?"

Ui looked downcast. But after a while, she spoke with a resolute tone.

"I wish to."

Lecan pondered Jiza's style of combat while listening to this conversation in the background.

Starting from floor 81, Warp Room's Magic Wolves boast offensive power and speed incomparable to any wolf that comes before it. Mages with their reaction speed would be easy preys to them. Hence she uses up her mana to activate her magic before entering the room and unleashes the most powerful attack the instance she's inside. Considering all that, her tactic is actually quite sensible.

"Obaba."
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"Hoi?"

"What's your move when you're up against Pure White Magic Wolf?"

From floor 81, Pure White Magic Wolves that are immune to magic could spawn. Not even Jiza and her powerful magic can defeat those.

"I whip out my specially made <Magic Quivers>. I developed those things for one such moment after all."
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"Hou. I see. Oh yeah, Eda."

"Eh? What is it? Lecan."

"You didn't use <Sleep> when you fought floor 81's boss."

"Ah. I forgot."

She would have a much easier time in the expedition had she remembered sooner. However, thanks to her not using it, the experience should prove as a good training regime for both Eda and Julius. Hence it's not exactly a bad thing she forgot.

"Give it a try next time."

"Un!"

After a relaxed lunch, they got in floor 85 shafts and fought Warp Room's Magic Wolf. Eda <Sleep> was effective, turning the fight into a complete joke. Ui was shocked to witness the range of magic Eda afforded.

Afterward, they kept going until floor 90. Thus ended day 5's expedition.

On the sixth day.

A Pure White Magic Wolf spawned in floor 92's warp room.

Naturally, Eda's <Sleep> wouldn't work. Lecan shot a barrage of <Flame Spears> to check out how his magic would do against it.

It's completely immune to the magic spears but the heat and impact produced by them still have some effects. The heat from <Flame Spears> would slightly burn the wolf's fur, and the impact force would knock it back.

Lecan knew this was how it would turn out. However, he couldn't get a good grasp on it before seeing it in person.

(Fumu.)

(It's not repelling nor absorbing magic.)

(Like it's undoing the magic itself while leaving the destructive force alone.)

Once he had enough, Lecan defeated the wolf with <Demon Wolf Cutter>.

A Pure Black Magic Wolf spawned on floor 98. Even though they're only supposed to start spawning on floor 101, this would be a good opportunity to test out its physical immunity.

It was a weird sensation. Slashing at it with a sword didn't give back the right feedback. Some sort of fluffy invisible film enveloped the Magic Wolf, this film would absorb all forces of impact it seems.

However, sword slashes aren't completely useless as it's possible to stop their charge or change its course with one. Lecan gave <Shield of Wolkan> a go, and it was surprisingly effective.

Hence they reached floor 100 that day.

Eda's <Sleep> was no longer effective from floor 90 down.

The Magic Wolves are getting tougher. At the same time the group's coordination is also getting better.

Ui would order Boruk to attract Magic Wolf's attention. Lecan stopped the wolf with <Shield of Wolkan> and Arios would hinder it with a swift barrage of attacks. They would deploy <Demon Wolf Cutter> against White Wolves, and Jiza's magic against Black Wolves. Eda crushes their eyeballs, Julius is in charge of assists, and Ui guards Jiza. <Purification> would fly off anytime anyone got hurt.

They should be able to fight on much lower floors considering these results.

Tomorrow would be the seventh day. They're finally going to take a step into the depths.

The depths, floor 101 and below can only be accessed from floor 100.

From floor 100 and below, reciting <Floor> spell would display floor 1-100 as well as one floor from 101-150. This displayed floor is completely randomized. Once a floor has been displayed, you must either conquer that floor or wait several days before you can warp to another depths' floor besides the displayed floor.

If members in the same party aren't joining hands when each of them recites the spell <Floor>, they each will be shown different floors from one another. As such, it's theorized that the destination floor is only selected when one recites the <Floor> spell.

 

 

 

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The room had a giant white Magic Wolf inside.

A moment after that wolf came into view, the entire scenery was engulfed in seven colored flames of conflagration.

Lecan's body also got engulfed in the raging flames. <Necklace of Intuador> reacted at once, putting up a magical barrier.

It's not just Lecan. Arios, Eda, Julius and Ui are being protected by their necklaces.

The barriers continuously protect them from the assailing brutal all-consuming flames. Hence their views are completely obstructed. Lecan has <3D Perceptions> to check on the surroundings, but Eda, Julius and Ui are likely clueless as to what's going down in this room right now.

The White Magic Wolf shot a magic attack the instance it saw Jiza. However, the rushing torrents of seven-colored flames unleashed by Jiza erased that magic and blew the magic wolf to the wall at very end of the room.

The flames raged on even fiercer.

They look like incarnations of seven colored dragons. The seven dragons rampaged around with pure unbridled rage. The tornado-like flames kept on hitting every corners of the room while roaring loudly.

These dreadfully powerful flames also constantly assaulted Lecan's group. It's so bright that it hurts to open your eyes. The noise is unbearable as well.

And it's hot. Despite the flames being stopped by their barriers, the heat wave would wrap around their bodies, making it hard to even breathe.

As for the magic wolf, it's being pushed hard onto the wall at the end of the room as its entire existence is getting eroded away while being utterly helpless about it.

Someone screamed out. However, the tremendous noises produced by the flames quickly drowned that scream.

Lecan calmly analyzed everything occurring within the room using deep <3D Perceptions> while letting his bare eye feasted on the show of popping colors flying everywhere.

The flames suddenly subsided.

Their barriers vanished.

Blazing winds assailed them at once.

"Uu."

"Gya."

"Kyaa."

"Uwaa."

"<Cold Wave (Raktor)>!"

As Jiza recited that spell, a cold comforting wind blew across the room. It eventually cleared away the heat, bringing the temperature back to normal.

Silence visited.

As their ears had just had some good beating, they can't hear anything yet. More silent than silence. Lacking any sound at all put pressure on one's ears instead.

There remains a faint stain on the wall where the magic wolf was being pushed onto. There is absolutely no trace of there ever been a fearsome magic beast existing in this room. It was a white Magic Wolf yet Jiza's magic utterly erased it.

Lecan and Arios kept staring at Jiza. Eda, Julius and Ui just stood there in blank amazement.

Jiza took three large magic stones out of <Free Box>.

"<Absorption (Mepoza)>,<Absorption (Mepoza)>,<Absorption (Mepoza)>."

Afterward, Jiza trotted up to Ui and pulled the <Necklace of Intuador> from her bosom pocket.

"Oh, it's lost quite a bit. <Grant (Teruor)>"

Lecan came back to his sense and checked on his own necklace as well. It's lost quite a lot of mana. Lecan refilled his necklace as well as Arios's. Jiza refilled Eda's and Julius's after Ui's. During which Jiza absorbed another large magic stone's mana, and Lecan two medium magic stones.

Afterward, Jiza took another large magic stone and absorbed its mana.

"Lecan-chan's mana restoratives work so well. Dare I say, it's much better than Panta's even. Lecan-chan, do you still have more of these pills?"

"Yea. Just got done making enough to last me years."

"Uhyohyo. Just what I wanted to hear."

"Obaba."

"Hm? What is the matter?"

"Was this how you always fought from floor 11 down?"

"It wasn't always like this back in the day. I would coordinate with my companions and made sure I got their back while they got mine. But that resulted in me having to give up on seeing the last floor when my companions couldn't go on anymore. Hence, I came up with ways to fight on my own, I tempered myself for it."

"So it seems you've been barred from going down below floor 80."

"Don't you think that's unreasonable?"

"I thought it was to keep the last Ancient Word Magic user from dying, but that's probably not all there is to it."

"What else would it be for?"

"To keep your companions from meeting their early death."

"That's nonsense. That was the very reason I developed <Necklaces of Intuador>. And I've made doubly sure to give those necklaces to those who will accompany me."

It does sound logical and all, but there's just something fundamentally wrong about it.

"Can't you put Boruk away when you fight?"

Boruk doesn't have <Necklace of Intuador> on. It likely wouldn't activate even if it did. Boruk's entire body is full of damages from receiving the full brunt of Jiza's blazing magic.

"Boruk-chan cannot be restarted for quite some time once it has been put away."

Eda spoke here.
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"Um, may I guide-sama?"

"Oh sure, what is it, Eda-chan."

"You just used five large magic stones, didn't you?"

"I sure did. Only five of them. It's all thanks to Lecan-chan's mana restoratives."

"Won't you suffer a deficit then?"

"Say what?"

"If you need to use up five large magic stones to clear a room, I can't imagine you would get the cost back even if you acquired a really good item from a treasure chest, won't you be in the red if the room only drops ordinary magic stones?"

"Hyo, hyo, hyo. Deficit is correct. Let's see now. I do incur a loss indeed. However, being able to proceed to the next floor at the end of the battle is a huge win in itself."

<Seven Headed Blue Wand> appears to be unusable unless it's been activated by pouring a huge quantity of mana into it. In exchange, it's capable of instantly casting its attack from its activated state. However, maintaining its activated state consumes a stupid amount of mana. And Eda hasn't realized it, but the wand had four slots with medium magic stones inserted which Jiza had replaced after the battle earlier.

In short, deploying this wand demands one to consume a massive quantity of magic stones each time. Jiza probably has many other Grace Gear and magic tools with similar property on her, thus Lecan suspects.

"Obaba. Can the used magic stones be recycled if you refill their mana?"

"They cannot. Recycling magic stones degrades their capacity. There have been cases where they break apart when you try to absorb mana off recycled ones. I usually donate used magic stones to the institute. See now. I use all my income from my research on the dungeon. Besides, both my grandmother and mother had left me with enormous wealth. There is absolutely nothing to worry about."

It seems this elderly witch fights by burying magic beasts that stand in her way with sheer amount of gold coins. Jiza actually possesses enough overwhelming power without resorting to such trick, but she ultimately opts to exhausting her wealth if it means more speed and firepower. Lecan isn't one to deny her of her style.

"Anyway, let's just get to the next floor. Then it's mealtime. I'm tired."

 

 

 

 

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They had a short break on floor 84.

Lecan gave everyone their share of Stamina Restoratives, and for Jiza, Ui and Eda also Mana Restoratives. He took them as well, believing these pills would be necessary in the coming battles.

"Speaking of, Arios."

"Yes."

"Julius is barred from learning magic, why's that."

"It is because it would throw his Psyche into disarray. To Lecan-dono, attacking your opponents with a sword and with magic are entirely separate matters, are they not."

"Of course."

"Yet when one treads the path of swordsmanship, they will come across segments that are not unlike magic control during their time of learning."

"What?"

"One swings a sword by means of their muscle strength, however one cannot unleash sword moves lest they control their muscles and bring about strength beyond the limit."

"Hmph?"

"By controlling your breathing, you draw strength from deep within your body, circulating this power in your body will reinforce and amplify it and granting your sword sharpness beyond what it's capable of."

"I don't get it."

"We call paths where such power flows 'Psyche Veins'."

"Hou."

"But the paths your mana take when you're amplifying and releasing it within your body are very much alike to these Veins. The way you concentrate Psyche and Mana are also quite similar."

"I'm getting it."

"When a swordsman who has yet to master Psyche Veins attempt to wield a magic sword, they will end up trying to pass their mana through Psyche Veins. However, these Veins and mana paths are not perfectly in line with one another. As a result, their sword moves will be thrown into disarray."

"Not sure if I get it, but got it. So you're saying, you'll have no problem wielding magic swords so long as you've mastered those Psyche Vein things."

"That's about the gist of it. In fact, one of our clan's secret arts involves learning the way to wield magic swords. One cannot take up the mantle of Clan Chief if they have not perfected their controls of Psyche Veins and Mana."

"What about Julius."

"Julius is currently in a period of explosive growth. All thanks to Lecan-dono. We must not add any superfluous components during this period until it has settled down."

"I see now. Just like how you can use magic swords but not magic."

"Yes. It is the same reason. Learning magic can potentially disturb one's sword moves. As such, I may have learned how to control my mana enough to wield magic swords, but I do not dabble in magic itself."

"Umm, Arios-kun?"

"Yes. How can I help you, Eda-san."

"Iris Clan is a clan of swordsmanship, right?"

"Yes. That is correct."

"But then, you need mana to learn the clan's secret arts?"
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"Yes."

"But like, can you really ensure all newborns born with mana?"

"Eda-san, you're quite sharp."

"Am I really. Ehehe."

"That is correct. Hence, the spouse of clan's chief is expected to be a woman with an abundance of mana."

"Ah, right, Arios-kun's grandma was this really amazing mage, wasn't she?"

"Yes."

"So, Julius-kun's mom is an incredible mage too?"

"She wasn't exactly incredible as a mage, but she did have a plentiful of mana."

"Was?"

"She has since passed away."

"Ah, I'm sorry."

"Oh no, please don't worry about it."

"Now then, break's over. Let's go."

The group stood up and entered their own allotted shaft.

Then they gathered again at the exit of the shafts. The floor boss room is right in front of them.

"Well now. Time to go I suppose."

After muttering that, Jiza surveyed all members present.

"Arios-dono."

"Yes."

"Here, take this with you."

"This is, a <Necklace of Intuador>."

"That it is. You will need that."

"I understand. I will be borrowing it."

After ascertaining that Arios had the necklace equipped, Jiza took a wand out of her <Free Box>.

It's a very long wand. About twice as tall as the small Jiza herself.

The tip is curved with seven thorns protruding out of the curved part.

No, they're more horns than thorns. They look like knives.

"T-that's the Artifact of Morfes, the <Seven Headed Blue Wand>!"

Ui gazed at Jiza's wand with a deeply emotional look.

"Lecan-chan. Make sure you get in the room with me. Otherwise you might just miss the show."

"Got it."

"Dio."

Once Jiza recited that short spell, one of the horns on <Seven Headed Blue Wand> produced a sound and shined red.

"Vento."

The next horn emitted a faint pink light with the next word.

"Padora."

"Katz."

"Shanta."

"Sarika."

"Iriento."

With each Jiza's words, the horns came alight one after another; yellow, green, light blue, blue, and purple. And once all the horns unleashed their lights, a thunderbolt came down in the spot, releasing intense sparks everywhere.

They're reacting. Each of the horns is repulsing and amplifying each other's power. Eventually the entire wand got clad in a blue light.

An unimaginably enormous amount of mana is flowing into the wand. The rushing torrent of mana unleashed by the small elderly lady almost looked like it would blow everything around her away. Lecan who was standing next to her was overwhelmed by this torrent of mana, it felt like his body would get swept up in it.

Jiza's clothes fluttered uncontrollably as her hair swayed wildly as if it were alive.

Jiza took a step inside the shaft.

Lecan followed her.

The other members entered at the same time as well so they won't miss a thing.

Jiza's activation spell resounded the moment they were inside.

"Carcassmarfolienna."

Thus, hell advent.

 

 

 

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Floor 82's boss was a white Magic Wolf.

Lecan blew away that wolf's head with a shot of <Flame Spear>.

"I heard no preliminary casting. Was it Cast Omission? And just what is up with that absurd firepower. And why did he attack a white Magic Wolf with magic. That's just weird. To begin with, how could a <Flame Spear> even manage to wound it? It's all wrong. There's just no way."

Ui kept muttering about something but Lecan paid her no heed.

He fetched another big magic stone from the wolf. It seemed to be of a very high quality. He handed this magic stone to Jiza as well. After all, she so generously provided them with multiple <Necklaces of Intuador> and <Free Boxes>. Lecan intends to give all the loot to Jiza.

On floor 83, Lecan told Eda and Julius to take on the floor boss.

"Arios and I will be standing by ready to take action anytime, don't worry and give it your all."

"Got it."

"I understand, Master!"

"No you can't! It's too dangerous! I'll take the lead and attract the enemy's attention, so Eda-dono and Julius can launch their offensive from a safe spot."

"Don't butt in, Ui."

"I won't back down. This is a group battle. Why should we put the two at risk on their own."

"Ui. Lecan-chan has got his own ways of doing things. Leaving your emotion to deny that is a no no."

"Obaba-sama. However."

"Ui-san. See here, Lecan-dono wishes to ascertain just how well Eda-sana and Julius would do against enemies on this floor. It is necessary for the sake of our combat in deeper floors."

"Arios-dono."

Ui settled down once Arios talked to her.

(Hou. She listens to Arios huh.)

(Are these two a good match?)

"Alright. Go."

Lecan gave the command to Eda and Julius. Behind him, Arios was looking at Lecan with a troubled expression. Lecan noticed what Arios thought of him on this matter, but Lecan is unwilling to spend his focus reserved for combat to explain the reason behind every single action he takes to a supposed ally.

It was a white magic wolf. It shot out a fiery breath the instance Eda and Julius stepped inside. Eda attacked with <Bow of Yelvitz>. She had already drawn the bow the moment she was inside, letting loose of magic arrows in no time at all.

The breath and magic arrows clashed in mid-air.

The magic wolf spewed another breath attack as it rushed headlong.

Julius who had also broken into run took this attack on purpose. A barrier generated by <Necklace of Intuador> blocked the breath.

Five magic arrows landed on the magic wolf's mouth just as it was about to shoot a third breath attack. Thanks to Julius tanking the attack earlier, Eda got more than enough room to go on the offensive. Of course, magic attacks don't work on a white magic wolf. However, it was more than sufficient as a distraction.

Julius rushed out in a low posture with his sword grazing the ground.

A moment later, the cut tip of the wolf's right foreleg flew in the air.

Another volley of magic arrows hit the magic wolf's face as it lost its balance.
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<Gale Sword> sharply cut deep into the wolf's neck.

The magic wolf swiftly twisted its neck and opened its giant jaws, baring its fangs at Julius.

However, Julius already dodged away and sliced off the tip of the wolf's right hind leg.

Still pursuing Julius with its jaws, the magic wolf tumbled down.

Julius's sword cut into the magic wolf's throat.

In desperation, the magic wolf attacked with its left fore leg, gouging Julius's chest.

Julius ignored it and continued to completely cut off the magic wolf's neck.

It was a decisive blow, the fight was over.

"<Purification>!"

Eda's magic healed Julius. That said, his extremely sturdy Petitfire Dragon's leather armor should keep the wolf's claws from reaching Julius's flesh. That should give him a light bruise at most, but better to get it healed regardless.

"Julius! Well done."

Arios spoke out.

"That was a splendid starting step. And that magnificent stroke of sword. Truly an exceptional level of precision despite the difficulty in maintaining continuous flows of sword swings in practice."

"Father."

"Entrusting you to Lecan-dono has been definitely for the best. I had may suspicion that you were on the verge of breaking out of your shell the last time you showed me your swordsmanship at the village, but your growth is truly a nice surprise to behold."

"F-father. Thank you very much!"

"Eda. You did well yourself. That was some precise cover fire. And your handling of <Bow of Yelvitz>'s seen some remarkable progress. Must be thanks to your diligent training."

"Ehehe. Thanks, Lecan."

"N-no way, these two defeated a warp room magic wolf by themselves? I cannot believe it."

"Alright. Got a good grasp on you two's mobility and offensive power now."

Lecan took the magic stone out and gave it to Jiza.

"Obaba."

"What is it."

"I'd like to see you fight on the next floor."

"Hyo, hyo, hyo. Sure thing, sure thing. I will show you some real good time."

"We'll take a short break once we warp to the next floor. Let's join hands."

Lecan to Jiza to Arios to Eda to Julius to Ui to Boruk joined hands.

"<Floor><Warp>."

The group vanished from the floor once Lecan recited the spells.

 

 

 

 

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"I cannot believe it. Floor 80 in just four days? We broke through 80 whole floors from day one to four? Unbelievable."

"Ui-san. You've said that already."

"Eda-dono. This is one deed that will go down in history."

"Ui. Come get your meat."

"Thank you, Lecan-dono."

Ui got her spirit back. The way she sees Lecan is also adorned with respect now.

That's fine and all, but she's getting a bit too enthusiastic.

Although now that they've gotten this far, things should get easier now.

Lecan himself has never stepped on floor 81 and below, but Jiza and Ui have filled him on the details.

Starting from floor 81, each shaft will only have one enemy spawning. These Magic Wolves are order of magnitude stronger than all before them, but these members should be able to deal with them no problem. At the very least, it's definitely much easier than having to deal with five to six wolves at once.

The difficulty of floors 81 and below comes from what comes after exiting the initial five shafts. Unlike before, the shaft exit leads to another shaft where all members join in together to defeat a common enemy before they can warp to the next floor. In other word, the boss of the whole floor.

And from this floor onward, pure white Magic Wolves will start appearing. Magic Wolves that null magic attacks. The floor bosses tend to be one in particular. However, Lecan, Arios and Julius are swordsmen. And Jiza can deal with wolves that are weak to magic. Hence, there's nothing to fear really. The problematic ones will be enemies on floor 100 down.

"Lecan-dono. It seems like something is troubling you."

"Ah, Arios. Yeah, just got something on my mind."

"Would you care for a drink?"

"Right. I'll have some."

The booze tasted especially good. Sipping on strong liquor while chewing on dragon's meat. The throat burning booze heals one's weary body from combat. The soup was extra tasty as well. Eda didn't hold back on ingredients she threw in the soup to celebrate for breaking floor 80.

Boruk stood behind everybody without making any sound. Only its emerald eyes reflected mystical glimmers under the light of campfire.

On the fifth day.

Lecan, Jiza, Arios, Ui and Boruk, Eda and Julius each took a shaft.

The moment Lecan stepped inside his shaft, a giant white Magic Wolf in the back unleashed a freezing breath.

"<Flame Spear>!"

The cold breath and <Flame Spear> clashed mid air, creating an explosion that scattered white fog in the surroundings. Lecan charged forward. Beyond the mist lied the remaining mess of the giant white Magic Wolf, dead. The Flame Spear Lecan shot was only slightly bigger than the freezing breath, but its power overwhelmingly surpassed it, erasing the breath before landing on the magic beast itself, blowing it into smithereens.

Up to floor 80, black mist would only emerge once you entered a room, then magic beasts would spawn from the mist. But from floor 81, magic beasts are already spawned before one enters a shaft, they will immediately attack once you've stepped inside. Its attack speed and power severely outclasses Magic Wolves up to this point.

But that's it. It's not a threat at all to Lecan. He instinctively cast magic since the opponent was a white Magic Wolf. He wanted to check out just how resistant they are to magic. Yet the enemy did not completely null magic despite being white.

Lecan ran out of the exit.

Followed by Arios, Eda and Julius, Ui and Boruk and then Jiza.

Ahead of them is a big entrance covered in mist. Big enough to let six people go in at once. It's finally time for a group battle.

"Alright. Let's go."

"Please wait a minute, Lecan-dono. I shall go in first."
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"What?"

"That is my duty as a Magic Knight."

Mages risk getting themselves instantly killed by abrupt ambush coming their ways. Hence, magic knights are expected to get into a room first to lure the boss's attention and buy time for the mages to launch their attack. And if the wolf is a pure white one, the mages would launch magic attacks that dazzle it and give chances for Magic Knights to close in and defeat the wolf with swords.

"Ah, right it was. But this is gonna be our first time fighting this enemy. I'll just have a quick look."

Lecan casually walked in the shaft.

It's more a room than a shaft. A round room, around 50 steps in diameter. And a giant black Magic Wolf lurking deep inside made a sudden rush at him.

Lecan also leaped forward. He drew a sword that commands absolute supremacy over wolf-type magic beasts, <Demon Wolf Cutter>.

Lecan's right eye shot out a light as if it was piercing his enemy, and just when his slash was about to land on the wolf's neck, the wolf twisted its body and dodged Lecan's attack.

A moment after his sword hit empty space, Lecan who realized the enemy's intention kicked the ground and twisted his body just as the magic wolf leaped at him from above. Timing-wise, he shouldn't have made it in time. However, Arios who had broken into run behind Lecan sliced the Magic Wofl's right foreleg, stopping it short. As such, the sword Lecan swung down reaped the giant Magic Wolf's head with that one slash.

"Whoa there."

Blood gushed out of the fallen wolf like a waterfall. Arios twisted his body to dodge it.

"Arios, you saved my skin there."

"Please think nothing of it. But, that Wolf sure was quick. And also, big."

"Yeah, it was. Slightly exceeded my expectations. Size-wise too."

Floor 81's boss was on a whole different level than all other magic wolves so far. Standing tall with extremely swift movement and attack speed. Even Lecan wouldn't leave unscathed had he been hit by a ramming attack from one. It dodged a slash Lecan swung the same way he did up to this point. Its reaction speed was also outstanding.

Near the entrance, Julius and Eda stopped moving just as they were about to run, with Ui and Boruk behind them and Jiza even further back.

"I-it can't be. The Magic Wolf in Floor 81's Warp Room, a Black one at that, in one slash. There's no way."

The room was silent enough to make Ui's whisper be heard by all.

"Lecan-dono. Your sword, it's that, right?"

"Yea, that."

<Demon Wolf Cutter> surpasses even <Void Cutter> in this dungeon. Lecan was in an awfully good mood.

Lecan cut up the magic beast's chest with his sword and took the magic stone out with <Move> magic like he always did.

Witnessing that, Ui's eyes popped open as she froze over.

Lecan put his right hand to his left chest and bowed at the battlefield like always. Arios, Julius and Eda did the same.

Jiza and Ui stared at the four of them wonderingly.

 

 

 

 

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"Now then, high time to resume our expedition."

As Lecan said that, Jiza spoke.

"Ui. Take Boruk-chan with you."

"Eh."

Ui stared at Jiza with a look of surprise on her face.

"By Boruk-chan, do you mean the artificial Wrinkle Man, Obaba-sama?"

"It sure is. Haven't you seen it already?"

"I have not. The ban on Obaba-sama dungeon diving activity was instated before I was accepted into Magic Knights."

"Was it really now. Hold on a bit there."

Jiza produced a tiny doll from her <Free Box>.

It's a doll made of some sort of white metal.

Jiza held up her thin wand and recited a spell.

"By the names of Mazara Wedepasha and Yacklubend Tomato, Jiza Morfes commands you. O Clay Doll Boruk, on my decree, awaken from your transient slumber."

The doll emitted a dazzling light. Which gradually got more intense and bigger.

Jiza kept pouring in her mana.

A humongous amount of mana flowed unimpeded into the doll.

Jiza eventually stopped and just as the light subsided, a giant doll with a slightly bigger build than Lecan's stood there.

Its figure is that of a humanoid man with burly muscles. However, the entirety of its body is smooth and looks unmistakably not human.

Two emerald jewels are embedded on where the eyes should be.

It's got a nose and ears, but no holes on them.

The mouth part is modeled like a wide grin to instill a sense of ferocity.

"So that thing is the artificial Wrinkle Man."

Ui muttered.

"Now then, Ui. First, you have to learn the commands to order Boruk-chan around. Repeat after me now. Understand?"

"Y-yes."

"<Boruk, Commence Advance>."

"Boruk, Commence Advance."

"<Boruk, Terminate Advance>."

"Boruk, Terminate Advance."

Afterward, Jiza would teach Ui more commands such as Commence Retreat, Terminate Retreat, Commence Combat, Terminate Combat, Commence Decoy, Terminate Decoy, Commence Defense, Terminate Defense, Commence Offense, Terminate Offense, Commence Restrain, Terminate Restrain.

"That about covers it. Commence and Terminate commands basically come in pair, but if you command Boruk-chan to Commence Combat while it's in Commence Advance mode, Boruk-chan will terminate the Advance command on its own first. And yet if you command it to Advance while it's engaged in battle, it will advance forward while still in combat mode. Well, you'll figure it out as you go."

"Guide Jiza-sama, can I ask you something?"

"Oh my, Eda-chan. What do you wanna know."

"What's the differences between Commence Combat and Commence Offense?"

"Commence Offense will prompt Boruk-chan to definitely attack. However, Commence Combat may prompt it to wait for an opening, or defend allies instead. Boruk-chan is installed with advanced decision making functionality, you see."

"Hee."

"Commands like Commence Advance doesn't mean Boruk-chan will do nothing else but march forward. If the shaft is located diagonally to the right, it'll head there instead, and if there are humans or magic beasts straight ahead, it'll go there."

"What does decoy do?"

"Lures out and draws attention of magic beasts. Now then, Ui."

"Yes, Obaba-sama."

"Once you two are inside a shaft, give Commence Combat and Commence Decoy right away. Do that, and all the magic beasts inside will be focused to Boruk-chan. That's your chance to strike at them."

"Y-yes. But."

"But, what?"

"Is it really all right for me to use Boruk-chan?"

"Ui. How many people you were with when you conquered this floor per shaft?"

"Five in total."

"And that's the norm. Matching the number of people to the number of spawned magic beasts around these floors works nicely. Not even you can prevail alone."

"H-however, both Lecan-dono and Arios-dono did it."

"These two specialize in high speed combat. Which can also be said to Julius-chan and Eda-chan. Neither your equipment nor the fighting style you studied is suited for high speed combat."

"Y-yes."
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(Hou. Good observations, Jiza.)

(Still, saying Ui isn't suited to high speed combat is something that mustn't come from us.)

(It coming from Jiza should appease Ui now.)

"Ui. Take Boruk-chan's hand."

"Yes."

Ui gripped Boruk's hand, then Jiza held her thin wand toward Boruk and poured mana into it.

She continued that for a while.

"All right. You've been registered as its Handler now, Ui."

"Handler, is it."

"Yep. And now Boruk-chan will only listen to your commands until its next reboot."

"Eh."

"Come now, command it to march into a shaft. Also, don't ever forget to keep your hand anywhere on Boruk-chan as you pass through the shaft. Do so and Boruk-chan will be recognized as your equipment, allowing you two to enter the shaft together."

"Yes."

Ui pointed at a shaft.

"Boruk, Commence Advance."

Boruk turned around and walked up toward the shaft. Its speed is slow yet powerful. Boruk and Ui went in their shaft.

As they saw them off, Lecan spoke to Jiza.

"By the way, there's no shred of resemblance to a Wrinkle Man, what part of that thing is a Wrinkle Man?"

"Eh? Doesn't it look like one?"

"Haven't you seen a Wrinkle Man before?"

"Well, Wrinkle Man does not spawn in this dungeon, so."

This elderly mage should have seen pictures of Wrinkle Man, no doubt. No, she probably saw one already and feigned ignorance here.

"Also, that thing's more metal than clay."

"I wasn't the one who came up with that. Go lodge a complaint to Yacklubend-shi if you have a problem with it."

"Got it. Forget I asked."

They got to floor 70 despite taking a long break this day. Ui would grip Boruk's hand whenever they <Warp> to next floors.

They arrived at floor 80 on the fourth day.

Ui has gained her footing in combat. Eda and Julius would often fall behind instead, and their armor would get new scratches and damage.

 

 

 

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"<Purification>!"

A big blue sphere of light emerged and engulfed Ui's body.

"Now that's quite something. I have never seen such a wholesome <Purification>."

Ui's entire body is full of wounds. Wounds from fangs and claws, and even wounds from what seem like flame breaths.

Ui has her own <Necklace of Intuador>. The necklace is an amazing Grace Gear capable of putting up a magical barrier automatically, but it's not perfect.

Its biggest weakness is how it doesn't block magic attacks at close proximity. If she was hit by a flame breath while her limbs were being bitten, the necklace wouldn't generate a barrier. Hence, you must not get too close to an opponent that shoots magic.

Of course, Ui is definitely well aware of that herself. And yet, she still couldn't prevent a situation where her opponents got within that range. Proof of just how fast and numerous her opponents must be.

Lecan has grasped Magic Wolves' quirks and traits after facing them this far.

Doesn't matter if they're colored white or black, these Magic Wolves all have sharp fangs and powerful magic attack. But some individuals can specialize in magic attack while others in physical attacks regardless of their color. And individuals that specialize in physical attacks are fleet footed. You gotta focus defeating these swift individuals asap if you want an easier time.

Wonder if Ui is aware of that. She must be. Yet that knowledge was useless against her opponents this time.

"Ui. How many wolves were there."

"Five of them. All white. They all jumped at me at once and drove me into a corner."

Meaning all five of those wolves specialize in physical attacks and highly mobile. She somehow managed to defeat them all despite getting cornered.

"It was all thanks to the Mana and Stamina Restoratives Lecan-dono gave me. Those are truly superb. My mana is recovering even as we speak now."

"Yeah? Just get some rest now. We're having lunch here."

Eda lit fire on firewood Lecan took out, the place was filled with campfire's warmth at once.

Eda cut vegetables for soup, Lecan went to skewer meat. Julius went around handing cut-up hard-baked bread. Dipping this in the soup enhance its flavor on top of being filling.

"This is so good isn't it, Julius-kun."

"It really is, Eda-neesan."

Ui looked at Julius warmly as he chewed on his bread with smiles.

"Oh right, Obaba."

"What's up, Lecan-chan."

"I know <Necklace of Intuador> blocks magic attacks, but is there a Grace Gear that can block physical attacks."

"Nope. Never even heard of one either. No magic tools, no magic. There are some that can raise the defensive property of shields and armors. I've heard about Grace Gear that can do that too, but I've yet to witness one in person."

Then the shield that generates physical barrier he got from his duel at Golbul was quite rare. But there's a more shocking tidbit with what Jiza said.

"What? You sure there's no magic for that?"

"Sure am. So there's this magic known as <Barrier>, and there existed a physical version of it back in the past. Era Morfes could wield it. However, only the anti-magic type of <Barrier> is passed down today, the physical barrier one has been lost in time."

"A lost art huh."

Jiza's eyes glimmered.

"Could it be, Lecan-chan. You know about anti-physical <Barrier>. No, you've made it your own."

Lecan thought of dodging the question for a moment. But, he's working together with Jiza. Better not lying here.

"Yea."

"Will you show it to me?"
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"Got it. After meal."

Once they were done, Lecan put up a demonstration of anti-physical <Barrier>.

"So this is anti-physical <Barrier>"

Jiza stared at the barrier with glimmering eyes. Ui was looking wide eyed behind her. Lecan spoke to Ui.

"Ui. Slash at it."

"Eh? Ah, yes all right."

Ui drew her sword and walked up to Lecan. Elegant steps.

Ui gracefully made a circle with her sword before swinging it down but the barrier flicked away that sword.

"Not even budging huh."

"This thing blocks most attacks. Though just once, a very skilled swordsman managed to destroy this barrier."

"I could imagine. Any barrier breaks if its capacity is exceeded. That applies to <Necklace of Intuador> as well. But this barrier of yours' got some serious strength. Alright, undo that and generate it again."

Afterward, Lecan generated <Barrier> six times  following Jiza's wish. Ui would attack every time. Jiza would observe every little bit of the barrier and even cast <Analysis> on it.

"All right. Much appreciated. I got the rough gist of it. Watch this."

Jiza took a long wand out of her <Free Box>, and closed her eyes as she concentrated on kneading mana.

After kneading for quite a long time, she recited the activation spell.

"<Barrier>."

A barrier emerged. An anti-physical barrier.

Jiza managed to cast a magic she's just seen seen simply through observations in just one try. When it took Lecan many days under Shira's tutelage.

(No. Looking back, it was anti-magic Barrier I had a tough time with.)

(It was not long after I succeeded in anti-magic barrier, I managed anti-physical one.)

"Never in my dream I imagined myself managing to cast this magic. You have my thanks, Lecan-chan."

Ui muttered.

"Lecan-dono doesn't need preliminary casting to cast such a high level magic, does he."

Lecan found it odd when he heard that. From all the stuff Tolda talked about the Magic Research Institute, he was sure the members there would cast magic without preliminary casting like it's normal. Of course that only happens when the mages prioritize speed, they still do preliminary casting for power. Hence, he's sure that Ui must have seen enough magic without preliminary casting to last a lifetime.

The art to shorten preliminary casting is called Cast Omission or Chant Omission, and entirely omitting preliminary casting or even activation spell is called Chantless. However, according to Tolda, there is no one alive who has ever attained Chantless magic, they exist only in fairy-tales.

 

 

 

 

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Noon on the third day.

In the exit point of floor 65's shafts, Lecan, Jiza Arios, Eda and Julius are standing by. They're waiting for Ui to leave her allotted shaft. It's been quite some time and yet she's still nowhere to be seen.

Lecan can cast <Graph Make> but it cannot be used to search the insides of a shaft from outside. It doesn't work despite being on the same floor. The layout created by <Graph Make> before entering a shaft even disappears once you're inside. It's as if he's moved to another floor.

(The small rooms situated before those shafts are probably treated like stairways in other dungeons.)

"Oh dear, letting her grab Lecan-chan's Stamina and Mana Restoratives was the right choice it seems."

Jiza seems to think Ui is having a difficult time inside. Grace Gear that speed up stamina recovery exist, but they don't work as drastic as Stamina Restoratives. Getting your stamina back in the midst of a battle can only be helped by such restoratives.

"Is Ui your student, Obaba."

"Hyo, hyo. What makes you think so?"

"Just feels like it hearing you two talk to one another."

"Hyo, hyo. That's correct. Ui was a magic student of mine."

"Was?"

"She's one talented girl. She and her little brother lost their parents when they were of tender age and so they were made to live with an uncle from their mother's side, that uncle went to me asking to teach Ui in magic."

"Hm? Aren't you a Guide. Can't anyone study under you?"

"I am prohibited from taking a pupil on my own volition. Moreso taking a child who hasn't even awakened to magic. However, her uncle was one of the institute's board of directors, see. He got the permission to let me take her under my wings."

"I see. And then?"

"Ui has outstanding talents. Her mana pool is uncommonly large as well. She learned magic like sands siphoning water. Then once she turned 15, I had her take the entrance exam to Magic Research Institute. Ui had the aptitude to become a researcher there. Once she is one, I could formally accept her as my pupil."

"And that didn't come to pass?"

"Her uncle made her take the exam for Magic Knights. Then it was found out that she had an unusually high aptitude as one. Magic Knights have seen a sharp decline as of late, you see. Recruiting promising new members was one if the board's longstanding issues. Her uncle ordered her to become a Magic Knight. That would be counted as his achievement."

"And Ui-san agreed to that?"

"She did, Eda-chan."

"Because she's indebted to her uncle?"

"No, that's not it. Ui's little brother was afflicted by an illness that gradually immobilize him, I was in the dark about that matter then. One condition to get a <Purification> user heal him was for Ui to agree on entering the Magic Knights."

"So that's how it went. That means her little brother is fine now right?"

"He has left this world."

"Eeh."

"They didn't make it in time. Later on, I found out that her uncle deliberately postponed calling a <Purification> user. He was likely afraid that Ui would change her mind on entering the Magic Knights if her little brother got cured too soon. As identities of <Purification> users are not made public, it took Ui quite some time until she could get one to check on her brother. Ui would be assigned a post in Magic Knights the day she passed the exam to the institute. And just as they finally decided on the day for the <Purification> user's check up after the exam was over, her brother passed away before the end of that day."

"That's awful."

That explains it.

The gentle looks Ui directed at Julius were curious.

She must have seen her late brother in Julius. And since she thought Lecan was trying to use and throw away Julius like a disposable, her harsh treatment was understandable.

"Guide Morfes."
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"What is it, Arios-dono."

"Can't one resign from Magic Knights?"

"You cannot take back an oath under gods names, it's troublesome and frowned upon. However, it is possible to resign."

"And Ui-san did not choose that path."

"That she did not. I cannot understand why myself."

The expression Arios showed here bothered Lecan, so he threw a question.

"Arios. You got an idea huh."

"I feel like I do."

"Hou. So why didn't Ui resign."

"I believe it's a matter of pride. It feels to me that Ui-san's disposition is more that of a martial artist than a mage."

"Pride, is it?"

Jiza got lost in thought with her eyes closed.

"I see now. Perhaps that is the truth. But to think Arios-dono would see through that right away when I failed to figure it out the past 14 years of knowing her."

"14 years?"

Julius sounded that surprise.

"Guide-sama. That is to say, how old is Ui-neesan now?"

"It should be around 26."

"Eh, no way. I thought Ui-san's only 20."

"Eda-neesan. And here I was sure she was 18 or so."

"That kid's always looked younger than she really is since a long time ago, mysteriously enough."

Arios made an unusual expression here. He was laughing yet not, nodding yet not, a really weird kind of expression. That came up on his face only for a split second.

"Couldn't Ui-san, like, still learn from Guide Jiza-sama once she got in Magic Knights?"

"So long as the Magic Knights' side doesn't formally request for a teaching from me, my hands are tied, Eda-chan. And besides, Ui herself stated that she had enough magic training and immersed herself in swordsmanship and stamina training."

That was when Ui left the shaft exit.

With injuries all over her body.

 

 

 

 

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