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“So, the final blow. Why did you avoid it?” (Borok)
With that, Borok-san raised his wooden sword above his head.
“Why… Why… because there was an attack…?”
I think that’s the only way to describe it. An attack came and I could avoid it, so I avoided it. That’s all I can say… You will get hit if you get attacked and do not avoid it, right?
“Your combat style is both offensive and defensive… It’s wonderful. You almost calmly move after closely observing your opponent’s movements. Your technique will be useful will someday. However—” (Borok)
Borok-san swung down his wooden sword from above like before. The wooden sword cuts through the air before stopping. The movement is so sharp that it’s quite far from a goblin’s but not as powerful as an orc. I knew that Borok-san was taking it easy on me.
“I’m not sure if I need to avoid this attack. Even if this was serious, you’re dealing with a goblin. Even if it hits you, it’s unlikely to hurt you. Besides, your weapon is a spear and mine is a sword. Even if we were to collide head-on, you’d still have the advantage.” (Borok)
What? You don’t have to avoid the attack? Is there such a reason? I feel that there is a fundamental misunderstanding.
“I’m not sure how you came up with your technique, but it looks as if it’s only intended for people of similar to your own strength or higher. It looks as if even a single blow from your enemy can kill you.” (Borok)
Well, you will die if you are struck, right?
…Isn’t it? Maybe my perception is different?
“Um… will I be okay if I receive a serious attack from a goblin…?”
I thought I should ask, even if it seemed a little weird. I think this conversation is very important.
“How many times have you received the Goddess’ Blessing?” (Borok)
“Well… around fourteen times?”
A few days ago, I defeated a giant black slime and received my fourteenth goddess blessing—a level up. In other words, I would probably be at level 15. That’s all I can remember.
“Hmm… less than I expected… well, I think you’re pretty talented. If you can fight that well with that number of Goddess’ Blessing. If you can fight that well, even if you’re not careful, a goblin’s attack will probably only be a scratch or something at that level.” (Borok)
“……Is that so.”
I may have fundamentally misunderstood things.
There are these game-like statuses such as STR and DEX in this world. Unfortunately, I can’t see them, and I haven’t met anyone who can see those, but it must be there, just as I’ve seen in that white world.
So, when you get the Goddess’ Blessing, your physical ability will improve. Perhaps, even your stats increase, but anyway, I’m already much more physically fit than the humans on Earth. If I jump seriously, I can reach a few meters high.
My body has hardly changed at all, but my physical abilities have been enhanced by a mysterious power. In other words, I’ve been strengthened by a power that defies physical common sense such as muscles and the like.
In short, the Goddess’ Blessing has strengthened not only simple physical and magical abilities but also something like defensive capabilities?
“Hmm… everyone should know this by themselves… You’ve hardly ever been attacked before, have you?” (Borok)
“Ah… yeah, that’s right.”
It’s true that I’ve never been attacked by an enemy before, partly because I didn’t have any armor. It’s not that I don’t like it, but it’s that I can’t afford to. My first priority is always to avoid being attacked by the enemy, and the second priority was to attack. That’s the way it was in all the swordsmanship and spearmanship I’ve learned… No, that’s the norm for the martial arts on Earth.
“You don’t have to take every attack seriously. You can use your offensive and defensive martial arts skills as a weapon, but you can also create unnecessary gaps if you are too defensive.” (Borok)
Borok-san carried a wooden sword on his shoulder and left the square, saying, “I’ll let you think about it for a while.”
“No… hmm, you’re right…”
While looking at his back, I put my fingers on my chin and ponder.
“Kyu, kyu?” (Shion)
Shion comes running from the edge of the square, climbs over my body, and stands on my shoulder. I felt as if he was worried about me.
“It’s okay, it’s nothing. I’ll just have to think about things.”
Shion screamed “Kyu” and went into my robe’s hood.
So, I don’t have to think about being defensive that much.
I remembered that in the game when you were up against a lower-level opponent, you could just hit the enemy without thinking about it. The difference in status meant that even if you were attacked, the damage was minimal. I guess that’s what it’s all about.
“I wonder if everyone is doing well…”
Thinking back to the game, I remembered everyone I had come to this world with, playing ListAge with.
Well, they’re doing well, somehow.
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