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~3rd Person Perspective~
April 1st. Finally, the dungeons open to the public. A total of nine dungeons were opened to the public, and the Chiba dungeon, with the Tokyo dungeon nearby, was placed under the control of the newly created Ministry of Dungeons, which was created by the government to protect the safety of explorers. There was strong opposition from the governor of Chiba Prefecture, but it was successfully resolved and the Chiba dungeon was closed down.
In order to explore the dungeon, a [Dungeon Exploration License] is now required. The exam was held on the fourth Monday of March. Students were required to take classes in the morning, and in the afternoon they were given an exam on the content of the morning classes and a practical exam.
The practical test is not a test of physical strength or athletic ability, but rather a test of distance running, taking a break when your physical condition is not at its best, recovering, and then running again. They repeat this three times. Those who were sloppy from the start or used too much energy and showed signs of fatigue failed the test.
The minimum requirement for obtaining this license is the completion of compulsory education, and there are various restrictions after that.
The minimum requirement to obtain the license is the completion of compulsory education, but there are various restrictions after that.
Incidentally, as for the question of why people are allowed to explore dungeons at such a young age, some have found that young people are more flexible and adapt easily and that dungeons themselves are not that dangerous as long as they maintain a sufficient measure of safety.
In fact, no one was injured beyond a cut during the Test Dungeon Exploration. However, the Dungeon Explorer’s License for dungeon explorers under the age of 18 can be suspended at the will of their guardians.
The exam failed a large number of people who were good at sports for aspects of the exam that they did not use much in their daily lives, and many of those who passed were those who enjoyed team sports such as soccer or had experience in long-distance running.
However, as the test was designed to allow amateurs to pass, a significant number of people with no experience in sports also passed. Currently, the passing rate for the Dungeon Exploration Test is about 70%, which shows the importance of putting one’s life on the line.
Those who pass the test can purchase a Dungeon Exploration License, the mark of a dungeon explorer. If you have a Dungeon Exploration License, you are allowed to enter dungeons and carry weapons.
However, weapons must be carefully managed so that they are not immediately accessible, and any suspicious activity such as going to a place that has nothing to do with the dungeon while carrying a weapon may result in being detained for violating the Firearms and Weapons Act.
If you wish to use a weapon, you must apply for one, and you will not be allowed to possess a weapon unless you have done so. However, in dungeons, it is difficult to deal with unforeseen circumstances if people around you know the characteristics of your weapon, so only the type of weapon is self-reported.
Today, dungeon exploration is not yet open to the public, but in the preliminary trial dungeon openings, five parties that explored dungeons.
[Hero Party] [Yamato Nadeshiko] [Grapevine Association] [The Biceps] [893 (PacSun)]
These parties defeated the bosses of the fifth level, and are now the strongest explorers in Japan among those who can fight, having lost the strongest party of the Self-Defense Forces due to an accident in the dungeon.
“Hmm. We’re not even allowed to take the test due to the limited number of people anyway, so there’s no point in reading this stuff.” (Kei)
“Brother, you’re forgetful, so I will pay attention and remember. Now I know the name of the strongest person in the party.” (Haru)
“Everyone has a weird name. If we get a dungeon exploration license, we’ll be registering a party. What’s our party name, Haru?.” (Kei)
“Anything is fine. As long as it’s not lame.” (Haru)
“I guess. It’s just the two of us anyway. So, are we going to the dungeon today?” (Kei)
“Yeah. The enemies aren’t that strong anyway. It’s been a while, so I’m looking forward to it.” (Haru)
We hadn’t really explored the dungeon much after we defeated the Minotaur because we didn’t have any weapons and we needed to test new skills and magic.
Today, it’s been two weeks. We’ve been able to make weapons using our newly acquired skills, so we’re planning to start some serious exploration using them today.
However, since we don’t have any money, to begin with, we can’t find anything that looks good for a weapon. Even so, the cost of getting a license to explore dungeons is high. This time, we had no choice but to cut into our precious savings.
Unfortunately, you can’t enter a public dungeon in plain clothes. We had to make sure we had the right equipment, and even if it was just the cheapest stuff, it would cost 200,000 yen for the two of us.
In addition to that, there are no item drops from the first to the fifth level of the dungeon. Even if you are able to dive into the dungeon, you can’t immediately sell items to make money. At least not for the first month or so.
In other words, there is no way to make money for a while. That’s why,
“There is no choice but to secretly release dungeon items to society.” (Kei)
“You mean make money? I think it would be difficult. They’ll find out soon enough and identify us.” (Haru)
“That’s right. Making money by using the dungeon. Any ideas?” (Kei)
“Hmm, selling metal from the dungeon. There’s iron, isn’t there?” (Haru)
“I have steel, but basically iron can’t be sold at a great price. I haven’t seen precious metals yet, and there is a problem whether gold can be sold only by children in the first place.” (Kei)
“Hmm, that means we’re out of options.” (Haru)
“Well, I’m ready. Then, let’s go and spar.” (Kei)
We go out to the garden and start sparring as usual. Our bodies, do not move as well when compared to times when inside the dungeon, so we can understand our shortcomings well. There is a lot of wasted movements.
We waste time running and dodging. We meaninglessly receive an opponent’s attack or parry it. It’s also easier to understand the influence of passive skills. After learning what skills I remember, I realized that the compatibility between the [Perception] and [Acceleration] passives skills is very good.
The spar finishes smoothly as usual and we enter the dungeon.
“First of all, have you gotten used to everything?” (Haru)
“Yes, I guess so. I’ve been waiting too long to go to a new level, and I’m too scared. We’ll jump to the entrance of the fifteenth level and explore the fourteenth level from there.” (Kei)
“I’m worried because we have different weapons.” (Haru)
The weapons we have now are a combination of me with a machete and Haru with a shovel. Moreover, it has been remodeled by [Crafting] and [Alchemy] that we studied for two weeks, and it is stronger than what we used in the Minotaur battle before.
Naturally, the clothes and shoes have also been improved. As for shoes, if we improve them poorly, it will be difficult to walk, so we have not modified them. At best, it was reinforced with threads dropped by spider monsters.
[Crafting] and [Alchemy] skills have been extraordinarily useful when it comes to modifying weapons. Using Haru’s [Analysis] in the descriptions of [Crafting] and [Alchemy], and after a lot of experimentation, I discovered that these skills were quite powerful.
First, the Crafting. As expected, this was a skill that allowed you to process things with magic power. In addition to that, when a person with the Crafting skill tries to process a drop item, it feels pliable and becomes easier to process.
On the other hand, when she held a drop item that was too soft, she felt as if it had become stiffer. The Magic Circle which Haru had written using this skill could be analyzed, unlike the previous ones.
The name was more difficult than I thought, so I’ll call it a Magic Circle. The power of the Magic Circle has been verified, and compared to the Magic Circle that was made when she didn’t have any crafting skills, the power remained the same, but the magic power used per spell was reduced. I’m genuinely happy about this because it allows us to fight for longer periods of time and use more magic.
Next was my alchemy skill, and to be honest, it was a bit subtle. It seems to be a skill that allows you to replace materials. I found out from further analysis of the skill’s description that it can transfer materials from one thing to another, and I guess that’s what it does.
To explain it in simple terms, the weapons we use are made of metal and wood from the earth, of course. And we have Black Wolf Claws in the dungeon to replace those tougher metals.
That’s why we want to make the iron part of our weapons out of Black Wolf Claws. So I used [Alchemy] on the Black Wolf Claws so that it goes to the metal part of the machetes. Then the metal part of the machetes became a little darker. And even though it was originally from outside the dungeon, only the metal part of the machetes could be analyzed.
It’s a simple explanation. I’ve always understood that the Black Wolf’s claws are strong. And the good news is that the now obsolete knife I used was a Black Wolf drop.
Haru brought it back with her after the previous Minotaur battle, and when she analyzed it, she found that it was a “Black Wolf Iron Knife”. In other words, my machete is just like that.
Haru’s shovel had a metal handle, so the entire surface was metal, and I strengthened the handheld part of my machete by using [Alchemy] on the wood dropped from another monster. Unfortunately, I found out that I couldn’t use [Alchemy] on the wood part to combine it with a metal or vice versa.
And so, with both of us helping each other out, we were able to create a weapon that was incomparably stronger than anything we had ever made before. The only thing I have to complain about is,
“I thought about our previous crowbar and hoe, and those are not weapons made for fighting, they are farm tools. But these don’t fit in my hand at all.” (Kei)
“Brother, stop complaining since we can’t help it now.” (Haru)
We dive into the dungeon, skipping slightly, even though we took some days off from diving.
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