“All right! First of all, let’s train on fighting huge monsters! Vanguards form a line, and the rear guards form a line behind them.” (Huge Man)
As the man gave these instructions, the 30 or so adventurers gathered around him shouted, “This training is exhausting…” and “Yeah! We get to fight Gordo-san! Their faces were painted with either joy or sorrow.
As I glanced at them, I looked at Mimi-san, not knowing whether I should join them or not.
“Please stay here, Rook-san. You’ll be treating the injured people who are about to leave. That’s what this test is all about.” (Mimi)
“…Injured people? Is the training really that dangerous?”
I feel uncomfortable while responding reflexively. For a few moments, I let my thoughts wander and remembered that I had not yet told anyone in this clan that I could use recovery magic.
How would they know about it? The possibilities are that Grandma Ulke leaked it to them or that it was written in Borok-san’s letter, but I think it’s more likely that it was written in Borok-san’s letter because of the timing. This test is when we first met. I mean, it would have been decided when they read that letter.
Hmmm, should I have stopped Borok-san?
But if I tried to stop him from talking, it would be like declaring that I didn’t want him to find out about it.
It would have been a complete disaster if I went out of my way to talk about something I didn’t want to tell someone who didn’t think anything of me, and they became suspicious of me.
Besides, I didn’t expect to get so involved with Borok-san’s associates.
If it had been to turn out that way, I would have raised my adventurer rank to E after handing over the letter, and as soon as I had gathered enough information, I would have headed for the next town.
Well, if this happened, it was inevitable, but the question was whether I could get through it with just [Heal].
I don’t know what was written in Borok-san’s letter, but if it said that I had cured Borok-san, that would mean that I had been able to “cure the symptoms caused by the death powder,” which was thought to be untreatable.
If so, it would be a lot of trouble.
I listened to Mimi-san’s story while thinking about it.
“Yes, that’s right. This training is for defeating large, high-ranked monsters. We use an A-rank adventurer, Gordo, as the Huge monster, and we fight him seriously. It’s simple but effective training.” (Mimi)
So, he’s an A-rank adventurer… He sure looks imposing.
But fighting seriously, is that okay?
I looked toward the adventurers, who were all lined up, side-by-side with the swords and spears they had brought with them. The adventurers at the rear of the line were also carrying bows, and the one with a bow had pulled an arrow from the quiver on his back, attached to his bow with a sharp arrowhead.
Normally, when engaging in a mock battle, they would use drawn blades or wooden weapons. It was the same when I had a mock battle with Borok-san. But they were going to use serious weapons.
However, the big guy who seemed to be playing the role of the giant monster—Gordo-san—was carrying a huge sword on his back, but he showed no sign of pulling it out. He just stood there with his arms crossed.
As I continued my observation, Gordo-san barked loudly.
“OK! Then I’ll start!” (Huge Man => Gordo)
And the moment the adventurers replied, “Yeah!”, Gordo-san jumped into the vanguards lined up adventurers with an exploding boom.
Unfortunately, the adventurers in the line directly in front of Gordo-san were hit by his fist, and they were blown several meters, rolling over and over.
“Don’t be lazy! Don’t break the formation! Don’t let any gaps form! If I was a real monster, I’d have attacked the rearguard! Surround it!” (Gordo)
To which the vanguard adventurers responded, “YEAH!” The vanguard adventurers responded, moving in a semicircle around Gordo-san, each with a weapon in front of him ready to launch any minute. All of them trying to narrow the encirclement.
“Okay! That’s fine, but if you don’t attack, you won’t be able to beat it!” (Gordo)
Gordo-san provoked them.
Perhaps carried away by his words, an adventurer beside Gordo-san thrust a spear into the enemy’s direction with all his might.
“Take this!” (Spearman)
Gordo-san grabbed the spear thrust towards him and pulled the adventurer, slamming his fist into the adventurer’s face.
The adventurer was blown away, crying with a “Guh…” From Gordo-san, an adventurer equipped with a sword slashed at him with his full force shouting, “Here!”
“Still naive.” (Gordo)
The voice of the adventurer and mine overlapped.
Gordo-san neither dodged nor parried the sword, but simply grabbed it with his left hand and halted it.
He then struck a blow to the adventurer’s stomach and blew him away.
The sword the adventurer was using was not a wooden sword, nor was it a practice sword with a dulled blade. But he grabbed it as if it was a stick with his bare hands.
He could have also done that if he pinched it with his fingers so as not to touch the blade, but he just caught the blade in the palm of his hand as he grabbed it.
In other words, I don’t understand the absurdity!
I don’t understand what kind of trick would make such a crazy thing happen. But after that, as I watched the not-quite-one-on-thirty battle going on in front of me, I somehow remembered something.
It was the conversation with Borok-san.
Borok-san once said that my fighting style was too cautious. He also said that in some cases I did not need to avoid attacks.
I think this is what he meant by that.
There can be a huge difference in ability. This is due to the difference in the number of Goddess’ Blessings. That’s the source of the difference in ability. In this world, I now see and understand such a simple concept.
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