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Jiro Tanaka: 28 years old – Has Girlfriends
Girlfriend(s): Suela Handelberg & Memoria Tris
Occupation: Dungeon Tester (Regular Employee)
Magical Aptitude: Eight (General Class)
“What are we going to do?” (Jiro)
“What do we do now?” (Memoria)
A few hours after making our escape from the demonic beasts, we were moving to a riverside campsite as it was getting close to nightfall.
In Ithar, where the sun never sets, there is no such thing as night, so it seems that this cloudy sky, which is gradually beginning to hide the sun, is a substitute for the night.
Frankly speaking, I felt nothing but discomfort.
But before I had time to get used to the discomfort, Memoria and I were in trouble again.
“They are being attacked.” (Jiro)
“Yes they are being attacked.” (Memoria)
“By the way, do you know them?” (Jiro)
“It’s the first time I saw them.” (Memoria)
Even during the escape from the demonic beast, Memoria still knew our location, so it was a situation where we just need to gain some distance.
In that case, it can be said that our escape plan was worth the effort and worked perfectly.
I was a little tired, but we were able to cover more distance than we had originally set out for, and we were able to get some rest. I thought we would be able to rest today with a little time to spare.
But then something happened.
Memoria detected an unknown group saying, “Someone is coming,” and we took shelter on top of a big tree to avoid unnecessary trouble.
We tried to stay out of the way, but we could feel the presence of the approaching group and waited for a few minutes.
This time, a group of five human beings, not a bunch of demonic beasts, appeared and tried to pass by our feet.
I was just about to take a rest when we were interrupted by a group of five humans.
Maybe it was a bad idea, or maybe it was just a flag, but they didn’t pass by.
They were attacked by a forest bear that appeared with a roar.
The troubles that have been happening one after the other since we arrived here as if they were a preordained event, made me feel as if they might happen in the future, which I had not yet imagined. I was almost sick to my stomach, then I looked at Memoria sitting next to me then to my feet again and looked at them.
“Did you not notice it?” (Jiro)
“No, it’s smaller than the previous presence, so it seems to be a different individual. And that’s a Forest Bear, a demonic beast that doesn’t move while the sun is still up, so it must have just woken up.” (Memoria)
“The reason you didn’t notice it is because it was asleep and its presence was faint…” (Jiro)
“That’s right. I can only say that the timing was bad. It seems that the knights stepped into the territory of the Forest Bear who was in a terrible mood after just waking up, considering the direction in which the demon beast came out.” (Memoria)
“Knights, huh.” (Jiro)
Memoria identifies the profession of those below from the equipment they wear.
Well, their equipment also looks excellent.
From my point of view, the metallic armor covering the whole body matches the image of a knight I often hear in novels.
One person is lightly dressed, is their job different?
“It will take us five days to get to the city from here, right?” (Jiro)
“That’s about right, but that’s if we traveled normally, but there are plenty of ways to shorten the trip.” (Memoria)
“So it is possible to come here in one day? Did they react to our magic and come here to investigate?” (Jiro)
“It is possible but unlikely. The concealment function was also working. Unless there are saints and heroes in the vicinity, it is more reasonable to assume that it is very unlikely.” (Memoria)
“Is there a possibility that a hero will struggle with that demonic beast?” (Jiro)
“Maybe, if it’s their initial battle, or something like that.” (Memoria)
The possibility that they have come to investigate us is extremely low.
The question is still why the knight came to this place and which organization he belongs to.
In a situation like this, I would like to gather information…
The knights are fighting a huge-armed forest bear with deep green fur at our feet.
We were outnumbered five to one, but as time went on, I could see that the knights were gradually becoming overpowered.
The only way to gather information other than observation is to help them and fight with them…
“The only thing left to do, then, is to wait for the storm to pass. All we can do is ignore them.” (Memoria)
“Yes, there is a risk but no benefit in initiating contact with the knights from our standpoint.” (Jiro)
The choice is to remain silent and wait in the trees.
Memoria is right, and it is not the kind of information we are willing to risk to get.
If we fight, we will win, but then it will be a hassle.
If the promised trouble continues so far, I’m afraid the next time we’ll get into some kind of interpersonal trouble.
“Priestess, please run away!” (Knight)
“Probably that magician behind them? Then that equipment and coat of arms…” (Memoria)
“From the atmosphere, I’d say she’s a big shot. I can only smell trouble.” (Jiro)
The last part was inaudible, but if you look at the place where Memoria points out, there is only one person wearing a white robe.
It’s a job similar to a healer and magician based on her behavior.
However, it seems that the firepower is not enough against Forest Bear, and finally one of the knights fell.
This triggered the battle, and the flow of the battle was completely taken over by the Forest Bear.
The knight who has fallen was not dead, but it would take some time for him to return to the front line.
The rest is just a matter of time.
It would be bad enough to leave them to die, but I’d hate to get into trouble by sticking my neck out.
I have no hesitation in choosing to keep my head down and let it slide.
“Huh? ……! Memoria hold on!” (Jiro)
However, it seems that the shout of the knight who seemed to be the captain earlier was a bad move.
The Forest Bear’s movements changed a little, and it turned from dealing with the knight to leaping at the priestess who was trying to move backward.
From the beast’s point of view, it was probably trying to keep its prey from escaping.
And it is not wrong for a human being to try to avoid the huge arm that is clad in magic power that is clearly saying that it is a special move.
Even I would understand since I saw it too.
It would have been fine if there had not been a large tree in the direction of its attack that we were using as a foothold.
“You’re too calm!” (Jiro)
It seems that the forest bear is more powerful than we thought, and the arm that swung through the tree gouged and snapped the big tree.
As a result
“Who is that!?” (Knight)
“We’re just refugees!” (Jiro)
We were forced to follow gravity and fall.
We were forced into battle, despite the fact that we had gone to great lengths to hide.
I held Memoria in my arms and reached out to jump to another tree, but I couldn’t reach it just a little and fell to the ground.
Fortunately, I had no problem landing, but it was not good that I landed in a position where I was sandwiched between the forest bear and the knight.
In addition, thanks to my sudden appearance from above, the knight, who seemed to be the captain, seemed to be wary of me. I guess that means I can’t escape from the event, right?
For the time being, I hid Memoria behind my back and pulled out my Mineral Tree, and readied myself for both Forest Bear and the knight.
“You’re an adventurer!” (Knight)
“You said you were a refugee!?” (Knight)
“Well, if you’re in a place like this and dressed like Jiro, it’s no wonder they would make a mistake.” (Memoria)
I identified myself as a refugee in the sense that I had fled to the tree tops, but the other side didn’t seem to hear me.
Memoria was certainly right since we were still dressed in the same way we were taking on the dungeon.
From the point of view of the knights, who were already in desperate need of a little strength in an already desperate situation, such as my attempt to avoid battle by reacting to the female voice coming from inside the hood of my robe, it was literally falling on them, so they wouldn’t be able to reach me with their ears open.
I can feel the atmosphere that there is no way not to get involved.
“I am Ashley Ria Micardo, a traveling shrine maiden who belongs to the Theocracy Thoris. Please let us join forces here to survive this disaster.” (Ashley)
In addition, I didn’t realize she belonged to a large religious group.
It seemed that she was the last person we wanted to meet if possible.
The odds were one in three, but after this incident, I think it would be safe for me to stay away from gambling for a while.
“…what will you do.” (Memoria)
“It can’t be helped since this happened. I’ll wrap things up, but for now, let’s get rid of the danger. The other one can’t wait.” (Jiro)
“That’s right.” (Memoria)
The person with whom we might be able to share a conversation will be put off for now.
Now, let’s deal with the ones who are likely to target us and attack us, the ones who we can’t share a conversation with.
“Don’t show your skills if possible.” (Memoria)
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