~3rd Person Perspective~
At present, Shuu has mastered
thirteen Fungal Skills.
The sixth Fungal Skill, [Hypha
It is now his main weapon
along with the mycelium sword, as it was used in the battle with the Ogre.
The seventh Fungal Skill, [Electric
It is a yellow version of the
burning ball, and when it shatters, an electric current shoots around it. It is
a bit like lightning magic.
The eighth Fungal Skill, [Hypha
Unlike the [Hypha Shield],
which is a small round shield, this is a large rectangular shield that looks
like something riot police would carry. It is slightly inferior to the [Hypha Shield]
in terms of durability, but it is light for its size and it can protect a wider
area. It is a useful ability to protect oneself from flying objects.
The ninth Fungal Skill, [Enhanced
It can temporarily increase
the strength of the leg muscles (or the strength of the mycelium?). The effect
lasts only for a single jump, and continuous use requires a lag time of about
three seconds. There is also a side effect of slight muscle pain if overdone.
The tenth Fungal Skill, [Sensory
The spores are spread and can
detect everything in three dimensions within a radius of 50 meters. Once the
spores have been sprayed, they stop feeding back to the brain after about three
minutes. The spores are also physically draining, even if in small increments.
Although it has some limitations, it is still a cheat ability that sets it
apart from other Fungal Skills.
The eleventh Fungal Skill is
the Mysterious Mycelial Ball.
It is green with a white cross
pattern. The effect is unknown; throwing it, breaking it, or eating it does not
change it in any way. Animal experiments, including those on Shuu and Tamiko,
have revealed only that “it is not poisonous when eaten” and “that it has a
medicinal, soothing taste”. Since it is similar to the [Healing Ball] that also
has a cross-shaped pattern, it is assumed that it has some medicinal
The twelfth Fungal Skill, [Smoke
When broken, this ball of
mycelium disperses gray smoke. It is useful for escape and distraction, but
disaster ensued when it was tested in our hideout.
Thirteenth Fungal Skill, [Beast
You can feel the minuscule
spores being scattered around like [Sensory Spores]. At that time, Ghost Wolves
and Goblins Stopped approaching. Since it had no effect on Ogres and Orthrus,
it is assumed that the effect is to “scare away Metro Beasts with lower
“I’m not trying to be
egotistical, but I’ve gotten pretty strong too, and I’ve learned a lot of
fungal abilities. I’ve also achieved my goal of surpassing your mother’s partner’s
level. Even if I can’t beat the boss now, I feel I can fight a little, gather information,
and run away if things get dangerous.” (Shuu)
“Mother’s partner is
level 53, squeak, and he still couldn’t beat it, squeak. Abeshuu is surely as
strong as he is, squeak, but you could probably beat it if you are a bit
stronger, squeak…” (Tamiko)
“That’s the case… I
think it’s better to experience battling it once and check patterns and devise countermeasures
for the future. Since I have defensive hyphae and [Regenerative Mycelium], I
will not die even in the worst-case scenario.” (Shuu)
I’ve been living in this metro
for three years already. I’m not in a hurry now, but I’m more than equal to the
Metro Beasts on this floor. It is not inappropriate to set a new goal of aiming
for the boss.
Still, Tamiko seems uneasy.
For her, it is a nightmarish opponent who took away her beloved mother before
she met me. It was natural that she is still traumatized.
So I rubbed her belly, and she
says, “I’m being serious, squeak! Don’t toy with me, squeak! Stop, stop…
So, Tamiko had only one order
to give before I challenge the boss.
“If you can beat the boss
of this floor, squeak.” (Tamiko)
“There is a boss on this
floor? I’ve never heard of it.” (Shuu)
“Not really a boss, more
like a stray monster of a Metro Beast, squeak.” (Tamiko)
“Stray Metro Beast?”
According to Tamiko’s mother,
it was a Metro Beast that was originally located on a higher floor. It somehow
wandered onto this floor, and when it tried to return to its original home, the
boss on the 49th floor prevented it from doing so, leaving it alone on this
floor. It survived and grew stronger, and now wanders around alone as a
so-called “Evolved Individual” – an individual that has acquired
outstanding strength over the years.
“That… It feels
Somehow I feel sympathy
welling up. Like we should be comrades rather than enemies.
“The only thing that I
can say is that it’s a good test, squeak. It would be safer to kill it first,
“I see.” (Shuu)
Then, the story is different.
The risk of being attacked by a powerful enemy on the way to the boss challenge
should be eliminated in advance.
“So what kind of beast is
“Oh, that sounds familiar.”
You see them all the time in
video games and manga. It is a so-called moving demon statue.
“It’s a big fat bat with
a stone arm, squeak. It flies through the air and is very scary, squeak.”
“Bats… In the past I
often saw them in the countryside.” (Shuu)
It reminds me of the evening
sky in Gyoda. It was somewhat nostalgic. [T/N: Gyoda or Gyouda is a city in
the Saitama Prefecture famous for the Oshi and Gyouda Caste.]
“I’ve hardly fought any
flying creatures so far. I’ll have to be careful.” (Shuu)
I think I need to hunt it down
in order to challenge the boss without any regrets, or at least to get a head
start in preparing for the battle.
“By the way, how high is
its level?” (Shuu)
“Mother said it is about level
53, squeak.” (Tamiko)
Almost equal to my current
level. Still, I can’t make a simple comparison, but in terms of ability, it’s
at least below the Boss Slime but above Ogres and Orthruses.
Okay, I slapped my knee and
“Let’s go tomorrow. If we
can hunt that one, the next one will be the Boss Slime.”
The right side of the main
street is the domain of goblins and ogres, while the left side is the domain of
ghost wolves and Orthrus-wolves with two heads. The main corridor is one of
countless connecting paths between both of them.
The wolf army and the ape
army. Except for the goblins, there seems to be little camaraderie between the
two species, but the two camps often clash with each other, as if they are
still dogs and monkeys.
It seems that the stairs to
the 49th floor can be reached from either side, but we decided to go from the
wolf side, which is less troublesome. They are more cautious than the “Ora,
ora” apes, and they have some intuition to gauge the strength of their
opponents. In addition, we have the 13th fungal skill, the [Beast Repellent Spores].
At the very least, the Ghost Wolves are unlikely to attack us.
Tamiko had only been there
once four years ago, so she did not seem to remember the way perfectly. We went
in a familiar-looking direction and turned around when we came to a dead end.
We wandered through rooms
strewn with stalactites, narrow passages by waterways, and the nests of insect-type
Metro Beasts. We wandered around for more than three hours, landing in all
kinds of places. We bump into a few enemies who are immune to [Beast Repellent
Spores], but we reach today’s destination unscathed.
It is a deserted space. The
ceiling is high.
There is a small puddle of
water under our feet. And there are huge columns at equal intervals. They are
The sound of water dripping
from somewhere. The air is cool and pleasant. It is dim and musty but has a
solemn atmosphere like an underground temple. It reminds me of the underground
drainage canal in Saitama.
“I didn’t know such a
place existed…” (Shuu)
Once again, I am reminded of
the insanity of “Metro Flood”.
“It’s supposed to be
somewhere in this area, squeak.” (Tamiko)
I walk forward, avoiding the
puddles of water, sending out [Sensory Spores].
Nothing moves within a
fifty-meter radius. I looked deeper into the room and at the ceiling, but could
not see anything that looked like a creature.
Maybe it is not at home right
now. Or perhaps it is somewhere, breathing quietly, watching for an opportunity
to attack any intruder.
I swallow my spit and wipe the
sweat from my hands. Hiding behind a pillar, I look around and listen
carefully. I brace myself for anything unusual.
The opponent is almost equal
in terms of level. But if I underestimate them, the fight is over before I can
take on the boss.
Large rocks are randomly lying
Some look like the wreckage of
a collapsed pillar, while others are rugged chunks of rock that seem to have
been brought in from somewhere else.
There was a faint creaking
“Tamiko, hide until I’m
The deafening sound is hard to
discern its direction due to the echoes. However, I can tell that it is coming
from very close by.
(……it’s here.) (Shuu)
Shuu dodges something that came
diagonally from behind without even looking back. At the same time as the sound
of the wind passed by, he spun around and threw a [Burning Ball] from his fingertips.
Boom! A small explosion echoed.
The creature that jumped up and dodged it was the creature that had been
mimicking a rock lump until a moment ago.
“…Damn, that’s huge.”
It was larger than I had
expected. It was not as tall as an ogre, but with its flapping wings spread
out, it could have been seven or eight meters tall. It looks hard to raise its
huge body, as it moves its wings up and down.
It looks more like a bat or a
dog with a pointed nose like a Doberman. Its arms are joined to its wings, and
its feet are full of sharp, stiletto-like claws.
Although it is too dark to see
clearly, the surface of its body is gray, reminiscent of stone. Only the
tongue, which peeks out from the tip of the mouth, is reddish in color. The
right eye and ear are covered with scar tissue from a burn-like injury. They
might be the scars of a battle it once faced.
(Uh, it’s scary…!) (Shuu)
(This guy is really strong too…!)
I don’t have Tamiko’s [Risk
Counter]. However, I have gained the experience of battling to the death with
countless Metro Beasts over the past three years.
My intuition, based on that
experience, tells me that this guy is strong. If I underestimate it, it will
easily eat me.
I hold out my [Hypha Great Shield]
in my left hand and my [Hypha Sword] in my right. The terror that sits in the
pit of my stomach is replaced by the pain of it cramping.
“…No hard feelings.”
Summary of Shuu’s Fungal
Skills (level 54)
01: Regenerative Mycelium
02: Hypha Sword
03: Burning Ball
04: Hypha Shield
05: Healing Ball
06: Hypha Hammer
07: Electric Ball
08: Hypha Great Shield
09: Enhanced Leaping Ability
10: Sensory Spores
11: Mysterious Mycelial Ball
12: Smoke Screen Ball
13: Beast Repellent Spores
Summary of Tamiko’s Fungal
Skills (level 28)
01: Enhanced Hearing
02: Hypha Shell
03: Risk Counter