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“So did you come to complain to me that the recruitment wasn’t going well?” (Memoria)
“No matter how you look at it, I’m here to buy something Memoria.”
Today is Saturday, and while I’m getting ready to tackle the dungeon in the morning to make up for yesterday’s delay, if I tell her about yesterday’s recruitment, this vampire girl will give me the same deadpan response as always.
The familiar counter is lined with a variety of consumables such as recovery consumables and bandages.
“the new recruit in question is not with you, is he?” (Memoria)
“Because his training is not over yet, there is a limit to him being able to subconsciously defending himself. I’m sure he’ll be able to defend himself at least once he’s up to speed. Fortunately, little by little, his status is definitely improving. I’m sure he will be at this facility before too long.”
“I’ve heard that he’s quite the ladies’ man, and I have a feeling he’s going to end up in the deepest section of the compound.” (Memoria)
The innermost facilities, I guess you mean the pink cluster of facilities that are off-limits to new recruits.
“It’s probably too late to be looking for a negative to this, but I’ll keep that in mind.”
As usual, she’s well-informed. It’s not uncommon for a certain amount of gossip to come from within the organization. However, most of the stories that Memoria comes across are quite reliable information.
Kaido’s actions to find a beautiful woman by squeezing the very last of his physical strength after training will be out of the question.
“…Are you going to challenge another dungeon?” (Memoria)
“Yeah, I’m going to form a party now. I can’t just challenge the same dungeon forever. I’ll try it all after some preparations.”
Well, in the case of Memoria, her observations are very accurate, so it may be because she actually saw it.
This time, too, she foresaw that I would change the dungeon when I saw the antidote, which I usually do not buy.
“If that’s the case, it would be useful to buy an odor remover as well. Machine King’s dungeon, which is full of inorganic materials, lags behind other dungeons in terms of sense of smell. In other words, the demons in the other dungeons may be able to find you in ways you haven’t experienced before.”
How about it? At an ordinary store, I only have to look at the shelves once then pay for what I pick up after exchanging a greeting. So, I don’t know if this vampire girl has a salesman’s spirit.
“Well… That’s a pretty steep price.”
But when she recommends it, it means that there are times when it is useful, but not necessarily necessary.
In fact, the inorganic golems responded to sound and sight, but never to smell.
Considering the fact that I would be dealing with living creatures in the future, it would be a good thing to have.
A colorless liquid in a perfume-like container, The price is 4,980 yen,
Which cannot be considered a small expense at about 5,000 yen.
“How long is the effect?”
“One spritz lasts about thirty minutes. It looks like a liquid, but it’s a kind of magic, it’s called Simplified Magic, and it works for a certain amount of time.” (Memoria)
Simplified Magic, is a consumable item that can be easily activated if you have magical power instead of learning one type of magic.
According to the explanation at the time of my training, at least in theory, it seems that you can do this from basic magic to wide-area annihilation magic used for war. However, the higher the rank, the more time and money it takes to make it portable.
In addition, there are various forms of magic that have become Simplified Magic. Such magic is in the form of a wand or a perfume bottle and has also been known as Magic Items.
However, high-ranked ones have astronomical costs that are not worth the use, and Simplified Magic that exceeds a certain line has become useless.
There is no end to the examples, but to give one example, in order to make the annihilation magic that I mentioned earlier into a Simplified Magic, it seems that you need to use magic power equivalent to the potential magic power of the Demon King.
It’s better to shoot a dozen annihilation magic with that amount than to make a Simplified Magic of it.
“How many times can it be used?”
“There are about fifty uses in that bottle. Estimating the remaining amount is easy because the liquid level decreases, got it?” (Memoria)
“If I’m going to use it, it’s going to be for escape, since there will definitely be some types who can track me by smell.”
Thirty minutes is surprisingly short.
If I walk around in the dungeon, time passes quickly, 30 minutes is not that long.
It would be troublesome to use it every time.
In addition, if you take into account that you probably won’t be able to use it during combat when your hands are often full, its usage will be even more limited.
“I’ve already finished this one, would you like to buy that one?” (Memoria)
“Do people ever say you’re actually very tough?”
“At least as far as I can remember, you’re the first to tell me.” (Memoria)
The only thing that bothered me was the effect, the use, and the price, which, to my disgust, would pay for itself since it could be used a certain number of times.
But the fact that she’s saying this means that I’ll need it.
“I understand.” (Memoria)
In the end, I decided to add a new item.
I don’t know whether this will be a good thing or a bad thing.
If I don’t need it, I can just not buy it next time.
“Well, see you.”
“Come again.” (Memoria)
After all the preparations were done, the unassuming voice sent me on my way, carrying the backpack that had become my partner, I left the store and headed for the dungeon.
I think the Magic Crest is really convenient.
The sight to see in dimly lit places, the legs, and feet to leap around even on uneven terrain, and,
“Goblins are really persistent!”
It gives you the brute strength to swing a Mineral Tree with one arm and slash through someone’s torso.
A Mineral Tree is not like a golem, it’s different, it’s alive, and if I swing it in time with the movement of a creature, the upper and lower halves of its body will be separated.
“They are like cockroaches!”
The endless appearance of these goblins no matter how many times they are killed is reminiscent of cockroaches in the kitchen.
And unlike the goblins you see in the office, they have eyes that are devoid of reason, and madness in them that threatens to annihilate any intruder.
Each one of them is definitely weaker than the golem, but if they keep swarming around me like this, I’ll eventually be crushed by their numbers.
The numbers didn’t seem to be able to escape the premise that they were living beings either.
With a burst of vigor, I shouted from left to right and cleaved them apart.
Unlike golems, goblins with varying emotions seem to find Monkey Screaming effective.
Some of them stopped moving, some of them backed away, and some of them behaved in different ways, but they all had one thing in common: they were being overwhelmed by my guts.
These enemies are easy to defeat.
There are so many gaps in their attacks and defenses that I could take out multiple goblins with a single swing.
Also, the distance between my Mineral Tree and the goblin’s slightly elongated dagger is different.
In the Sengoku period, the spear was the mainstream weapon because it could be used to attack from a distance.
In a sense, it was a natural order of things that they were replaced by guns with even greater range.
I’ll just keep on cutting off the goblins together with their daggers and turn them into particles of magical power, but the reinforcements kept coming from behind the others that it’s so hard to count.
“Hmm, I thought it would be a challenge for my first party, but aren’t I really suitable for this?”
It may be that I’m attracting them with my strange yelling, but what I felt when I actually faced them was that the purpose of this dungeon was to take advantage of the cave’s geographical location to overwhelm them with goblins, or in this case, to wear them down.
Unlike the Machine King Dungeon, which immediately sends you to a battle of attrition from the beginning. This dungeon crushes you using individuals with overwhelmingly inferior individuals, but their numbers make up for it.
This is because I have a track record of breaking through the floors solo.
It’s impossible to ask a beginner to breakthrough here, and I’ve been taken by surprise several times.
In addition to the cave where visibility is poor, the advantage of being able to exploit your small size and narrow path, there must have been several testers who quit the company after being wiped out by surprise attacks.
This is a good example of how a small fry on a flatland can become a nuisance if they take advantage of their location.
“Well, this is not the time to be impressed.”
But still, it’s not without its weaknesses.
“I have to break through and map it out.”
One of the weaknesses I noticed was that they were only equipped with melee weapons.
One of the weaknesses I noticed was that they were only equipped with melee weapons. I thought it was because it was the first level and only goblins like that existed. There are four types of monsters in the Machine King’s dungeon. If I include the boss in front of the stairs, there are five types of monsters.
This dungeon, however, was nasty in numbers, but the equipment and attacks were simple, and once you get used to it, you can deal with it in as many ways as you like.
In fact, I was able to get out of the encirclement in no time at all by cutting through one direction.
“I’m sure I’ll find something to improve upon like in the Machine King’s Dungeon.”
It’s not for beginners, but it’s a good place to get used to dungeons.
I ran away from the goblins and mapped it out in my notepad.
“Is it about to round them up?”
I closed my notepad and looked at my watch, five hours had already passed.
What I was doing here was the same as what some of the last days of the Tokugawa Shogunate were doing, but it worked here. [T/N: The Tokugawa shogunate, also known as the Edo shogunate, was the feudal military government of Japan during the Edo period from 1603 to 1868. This is from Wikipedia-sensei]
When the enemy gathered, they would flee, and when their numbers decreased, they would attack like a Tsujigiri. [T/N: Tsujigiri is a Japanese term for a practice when a samurai, after receiving a new katana or developing a new fighting style or weapon, tests its effectiveness by attacking a human opponent, usually a random defenseless passer-by, in many cases during nighttime. The practitioners themselves are also referred to as tsujigiri. This is Again from Wikipedia-sensei]
In short, I just cut and run endlessly, but I was able to defeat more enemies than I could even count, and I was able to do some mapping while the enemies were not coming.
With my notebook in my hand, which I had carefully filled out, I puffed on a cigarette and kept an eye on my surroundings.
“I’m getting used to it.”
The map on the notepad looked much better than the first.
It was completed by writing down the key elements and areas for improvement before I forgot them, but I’m not going to skimp when I think about using it myself.
Even if I have to make compromises, I’ll set a minimum line, so I can finish in a reasonable way.
In this way, at the end of the day, I was able to create something that would allow me to escape safely and comfortably.
I put a little effort into going through the Escape Device Gate, thinking that once I get out of here, there will be a beer waiting for me for dinner.
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