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It’s been almost six weeks since we first entered the dungeon, and in two weeks the dungeon will be open to the public.
And today, we finally finished exploring the 14th level. Using our magic, which had been boosted since the day we started using magic circles, we proceeded to explore the dungeon one after another.
As we did so, our weapons naturally wore out. Finally, while we were exploring the twelfth layer, the handle of my hoe snapped off. We had no choice but to stop exploring that day and go buy a new hoe, but in the end, I never did. When I touched the blade, it felt unreliable.
I decided to trust my baseless hunch that it would be fine for fighting enemies in the shallow layers, but if I took it to the levels I was currently exploring, my attacks would not be able to penetrate and I would be instantly crushed.
But then I would have no weapon. The boss of the tenth level was a huge black wolf about three meters tall with a magnificent horn on its head, but I defeated it without difficulty with a barrage of Hal’s bombs and my attacks on its vital points.
Incidentally, the black wolf dropped two metal cards and a pitch-black knife. I used the knife as my sub-weapon.
Finally, the eleventh level. From that point on, the variety of drops increased. There was an abnormally hard one that dropped strong, heat-resistant ore, and a self-destructing golem that dropped something like coal. The stove in the garden now has grown much more than the first one we built. The coal from the dungeon can easily reach a high temperature.
Then, I plunged a pitch-black claw into the fire. This is a drop from the black wolf. I mentioned earlier that the drops were a metal card and a knife, but it seems that you can defeat the dungeon boss multiple times, and the drops are different the first time and the other times. We happened to notice this and went around the boss as if it were a game.
In total, we attacked the boss 20 times, but only 11 claws and 9 small pelts were dropped. Two obsidian-like gems and two metal cards. And one huge claw. The claw could be used as a metal, just like the boar’s tusks, so I asked Haru’s permission and am currently turning the black wolf’s claw into a hoe handle.
The handle of the hoe is removed by burning, and a rod made of black wolf’s claw is inserted into the hoe and welded by beating it from the stove again. However, the iron is still barely molten at this temperature, so the melted black wolf’s claw enters the gap between the iron and hardens to connect them.
Just to be safe, I wrapped the handle and the part between the blade and handle with wire and fixed it with heat to make it stronger. Incidentally, Haru’s crowbar has been strengthened with boar tusks and now looks like a nail bat. I’m very scared as a big brother, yep.
While I was working on it, Haru made a kind of slim wristband out of black wolf fur.
There was a card attached to it made from a bit of black wolf claw that I had leftover from fixing the hoe, with a magic circle engraved on it.
Wearing it around my hand, I could use the boosted magic with my bare hands. After we had finished strengthening our weapons, we took a day off to rest before heading back to explore the dungeon.
“And we are now exploring the fourteenth floor.” (Kei)
“Brother, how noisy. Don’t escape from reality by being weird. Clean up. [Bomb] [Triple]” (Haru)
When Haru shoots a number of magical attacks that she can immediately do before she even thought of it, the blasts blow a considerable number of monsters.
“Yes, yes. I understand. [Speed]”
Holding the black wolf’s knife and a machete in both hands, I ran through the sea of monsters, and before I knew it, the heads of the monsters were cut off, and they died into mist without even knowing it. Perhaps it was from the time I was circling the Black Wolf that my senses had become incredibly heightened, and I was able to work more closely with Haru than ever before.
I was able to run around and the monsters’ heads flying off, and when I suddenly stop moving, Haru’s magic flew right across my skin.
“Brother, I’m about to run out of magic, so I’ll charge in.” (Haru)
“Oh, then do you want to finish it all at once? [Speed] [Chain].” (Kei)
Holding a crowbar, that looks like a nail bat, she plunged into the horde of monsters, and I used two spells on both of us.
The only magic I could use was speed, but one day an unusually strong skeleton came out. The skeleton itself is a small fry that appears in the 12th layer, but I have far surpassed its strength, its body was lightly dyed gold, and it attacked me with magic.
The bones in its body seemed to have a strong resistance to magic, so Haru’s [Bomb] didn’t work at all, and its physical resistance was also quite high, making it difficult to attack. The skeleton’s magic can be easily avoided, so you won’t take any damage, but our attacks won’t work either.
So I steadily hit the joints with multiple attacks, and by the time the skeleton died, it had been almost an hour. It was so tough that if the black wolf and that skeleton fought, the skeleton would definitely win.
And the drop items of the skeleton were a large jar and a golden card.
Perhaps because I was tired from fighting for a long time, it was too late when I touched the golden card without thinking.
The field of vision stops moving and letters are displayed in the head. The situation where you cannot consult with others, the same as when you first entered the dungeon. There, I am stunned to understand the characters displayed in my head.
Type: Enchant Magic (Unique Magic)
Attribute: Please set
Name: Please set
Well, that meant that I could create new magic. Since I didn’t know how many restrictions there would be, I decided to go with a skill that didn’t seem to be bound by any restrictions. A skill that would allow me to use wherever I wanted as long as I had a lot of freedom. The result is [Chain] that I just used earlier.
Type: Grant Magic (Unique Magic)
This magic was much stronger and more restrictive than I expected. It also consumes a lot of magic power, but not so much that you don’t care about it. This time, I added [Chain] to Haru’s attacks. What would happen if I did that?
The result is that the damage is transmitted.
That is to say, the damage will be transmitted to other monsters in the vicinity of the attacked monster. Every time Hal waved her weapon with a flick of her hand, several monsters would turn into lumps of flesh, and the next moment they would disappear into mist. I don’t have the courage to join the fight, which is dangerous to even get near as usual, but I have to fight too, otherwise, it won’t end and I won’t gain any experience.
“So I should probably join too?” (Kei)
I fasten my knife and machete to my waist and take out my hoe.
“[Speed] [Chain]” (Chain)
I used as much of my remaining magic power as I could spare and started fighting a little further away from Haru If I dare to say, I am overwhelmingly better at controlling [Chain].
I swing my hoe towards a monster’s neck and slashed its neck. The effect is transmitted to the surroundings. By transmitting only a single attack on a vital point, I can kill a wide area of enemies without wasting power. Also, the attack range is the same as Haru. Because our way of fighting is different, we may be incompatible.
From that point on, it was a blur. I guess that’s the way it is. Compared to [Bomb], which only has the power to blow things up, physical attacks are much more powerful, and they are now like ranged attacks.
Our level has already grown to the point where we can easily defeat small fries with a single blow. I don’t know our level. And in a blink of an eye, the hundred-plus monsters disappeared, leaving behind numerous drop items.
Well, why did we fall into this situation? To be honest, I don’t know. Neither I nor Haru has any idea. That would be what I saw in a fantasy novel before. The one where all the monsters run out of control and attack at once.
“A [Stampede]? I guess.” (Haru)
“Ah, yeah, that’s right. I’ve never seen such a large number of them before.” (Kei)
We have experienced many massive assaults from monsters. However, the number of monsters then was small, just more than a dozen. But it never did exceed fifty at the most.
However, this time I feel that it has slightly exceeded a hundred. If [Chain] cannot be used, the interception will not be in time and withdraw. In the worst-case scenario, we might have been swallowed up by the sheer numbers and died. I sprayed the wounds that had appeared in some places with the potion that I had put in the water sprayer.
Incidentally, the potion was dropped by a green slime in the thirteenth layer. It was in a bottle. But when the bottle was empty or no longer contained the potion, it suddenly began to deteriorate, cracking within five minutes and shattering within ten minutes.
While thinking about such unimportant things, I picked up only the necessary items dropped by monsters and packed them in my backpack.
No matter how many enemies we fight, we can only bring back two backpacks. I stuffed only the important items into my backpack and finally made my way down to the fifteenth level. Of course, we wouldn’t be challenging the boss today.
We rode the transfer magic circle to our house, secretly worrying about a [Stampede].
Hopefully, we’ll be able to defeat the boss without any problems.
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