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“What is this?” (Kei)
I picked up the white mass that remained after the wolf died.
“Isn’t it a claw? I’m sure it’s not the part of the body that was used in battle earlier because it hasn’t deteriorated.” (Haru)
Haru looked at it and confirmed. If you take a closer look, it definitely looks like a claw. As Haru said, there’s no wear from hitting the ground or my weapons, and it’s as white as if it has never stepped on the ground.
“Does that mean the drop has nothing to do with the individual? Hmm? But it’s a wolf, so it must have claws, right?” (Kei)
“Maybe, but I think it’s more like when you kill a monster, the corresponding item is left as a reward. It’s a wolf’s claw because you killed a wolf, but it’s not the claw that the wolf used.” (Haru)
Haru gives me a short explanation of the confusing issue.
“In other words, when you defeat one, you would get a reward related to the monster.” (Kei)
“It still can’t be verified. It’s probable the drops were destroyed from our previous kills.” (Haru)
“Well, that’s right. Okay, then Haru, do you want to verify?” (Kei)
“No problem. First we need to find enemies other than wolves. So far, the claws have dropped from two of the three enemies we’ve killed, so the probability is 66%. I need to do some more tests.” (Haru)
I picked up the fallen hoe and returned the machete to Haru. The hoe is more comfortable in my hand because I had used it for a long time. I’m not sure if the thickness of the handle suits me, to be honest. However, this feeling of having the center of gravity towards the tip is just right.
As we walked, we met more wolves. As for the skill, we knew it existed, so I was able to deal with it without being taken by surprise. Haru beat them by hitting their claws with her crowbar whenever they used their skills. I could see that forcing it with brute strength was a bad idea. The handle of my hoe might be metal, but it was hollowed out to make it lighter. So, if I used it like Haru, it would break.
I also noticed that the wolves were basically working in groups of three. We saw three wolves three times after that, for a total of four times. It was too many times for it to be a coincidence. I don’t think they naturally do this, so I guess this is the dungeon system. We managed to get nine claws and five stones as drops.
Sometimes a single wolf would drop both of them in succession as a matter of course. The stones looked completely like obsidian. Lumpy and shiny black. However, there were vague purple lines in some places. If it were obsidian, it would be completely black, or it would contain white parts, so I could tell that this was not obsidian. Incidentally, the strength of the stone was about the same as that of a normal stone. When Haru swung the crowbar down with her full strength, it shattered easily.
Incidentally, the strength of the claws was very weak. They were indeed hard, but with our increased status, we could break them with our bare hands if we wanted to. If these were just claws, it would be difficult to put them to practical use. It seems difficult to use them as accessories.
“Well, that’s about right.” (Haru)
“It’s not funny if the first drop is beyond human comprehension.” (Kei)
Haru agrees with my words. Well, there you have it. It’s a good thing I didn’t get my hopes up too high.
“Well, good news. There seems to be a monster approaching us from afar. I don’t think it’s a wolf because there is only one.” (Kei)
“Oh, something different has finally arrived. I was beginning to wonder if there were only wolves on this level. So what’s it like?” (Haru)
“It’s walking as it came here by chance, so its ability to detect enemies isn’t high.” (Kei)
“When you think about it this way, there are many things you can unexpectedly suddenly understand.” (Haru)
Hmmm, while thinking, I concentrate on detecting enemies along the wall.
“Ah, that’s right. It’s certainly much stronger than a wolf, it’s quadrupedal and its hooves look hard. It’s also pretty big.” (Kei)
“So, I’m going to send a surprise [Bomb] and you’re going to take it by surprise? Oh, here it comes.” (Haru)
“We’ve been noticed. Then let’s make the first attack.” (Kei)
A powerful presence is coming at us from the other side at a considerable speed. That’s right, there’s no way they’re running as fast as they can when they haven’t even found their enemy. Even monsters are naturally slow when they are strolling.
If that’s the case, it’s no wonder they’re so fast. When I was alone and convinced of the discrepancy with Haru’s words earlier, the presence behind me became stronger. Well, it’s Haru’s sign I detect whenever she concentrates.
So it’s time.
At the same time as the bomb hits the nose of the monster that rushed in, I kick the wall and move above the enemy. Then I swing the hoe down towards the neck. On where it should be.
“Where is the neck?” (Kei)
I don’t know the exact location of the neck, so I attacked the face for now.
It was so round that I couldn’t tell where the neck was. It has brown hair and tusks, and I don’t know if it’s a fact, but it only moves forward at an unusual speed and charges straight ahead. When the bomb hit, it screamed and rushed towards Haru without slowing down.
As a result, I didn’t understand the meaning of what Haru said. She smashed it with her crowbar. Maybe it had a slight concussion. Since, after passing Haru without slowing down, it crashed into the wall with all its might.
“Wow, it hurts. I’m sure this boar is more damaged now, compared to when we attacked.” (Kei)
“It’s like a hit and runs, right? My hand hurts because it was stronger than I thought.” (Haru)
Yes, it was a wild boar that rushed into us. However, it was a round boar that doesn’t seem to have a neck, it is deformed like a caricature. As an image, it feels like it’s made fearsome by making it a meter and a half tall.
By the way, the boar is still laying at our feet, probably because it ran into the wall. It hasn’t disappeared, which means it’s not dead, but it won’t be able to get up for a while. Well, this time I had no part I could be proud of.
“So, I’ll at least finish him off.” (Kei)
“I don’t know what you’re thinking about, but it’s okay. There’s no need for ‘last hits’.” (Haru)
“That’s right? Then what about the distribution of experience points? If the occasional change in status is to raise the level by accumulating experience points. Did you notice anything, Haru?” (Kei)
“It is not based on the percentage of damage done, but the percentage of contribution during combat. This is based on the enemies we’ve hunted so far.” (Haru)
“Well, is that so?” (Kei)
Yep, Haru is too good that I feel like I have nothing to contribute. Or rather, the leveling-up system was decided that way. Certainly, when Haru is the one assisting, both Haru and I leveled up, but when I am the one buffing and assisting, it was faster for Haru to level up.
So, the percentage that is contributed by “Enchant” during battles is low. In other words, even if I stab the boar, I will still not get many experience points. Well, I’ll stab it anyway.
I swung my machete at what I thought was the boar’s neck, and although there was a lot of resistance, I was able to pierce it firmly. After a few seconds or so, it disappeared into a mist.
And all that was left was a lump of meat.
“Meat? Meat!?” (Kei)
While I was surprised, Haru raised her hands and rejoiced, and at an unbelievable speed I put the meat in the plastic bag I had brought and put it in my backpack. The size of the meat is not humongous.
At best, it’s the size of a steak. But thinking about it. A piece of meat, as huge as a steak, for poor siblings who couldn’t eat meat at all. Isn’t this the pinnacle of luxury?
“Okay, Haru.” (Kei)
“Let’s hunt.” (Haru)
This is the start of our fearsome Steak Hunt.
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