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“Don’t show your skills if possible.” (Memoria)
Following Memoria’s order, I set up the battle with a restriction of neither using [Intimidating Mokey Scream] nor [Slash].
The other party is about the same level of strength as someone who mastered the third level, so we have to be careful.
“No problem.” (Jiro)
“Going head-on is reckless!” (Ashley)
I ignored the conclusion that was the exact opposite of my judgment and ran to Forest Bear.
I don’t want to spend as much time as possible here.
I don’t think we can collaborate from the very beginning.
If that’s the case, it’s better to go solo from the beginning to avoid any unnecessary hassle.
On the current battlefield, the distribution of forces is one to two to five.
In terms of numbers, we are the second-best, and in terms of combat, we are probably the first.
I rushed out and shifted my gaze behind me, for a moment after about ten steps, but the five people seem to be mortified.
It seemed unlikely that they were hiding their abilities, but it was also possible that the battle with Forest Bear earlier was an act.
It would be safer to not let my guard down.
After shifting my gaze for a moment, when I turned back to face it, I saw that the Forest Bear, which seemed to have finally finished warming up, was gathering strength in its legs, and planning to bite me with all its might.
Two more steps readying my Mineral Tree, before the Forest Bear attack comes.
I swung the Mineral Tree in perfect timing.
Along with the sound of metal colliding with each other, a force reacting to the force I dealt is also transmitted to me.
I am slightly stronger than the beast.
However, its claws are tough and sharp, as if they have been strengthened by magic power. I am one step behind it in the number of attacks because I am using only my Mineral Tree to counter the two attacks of both arms that it can use.
However, I will not be defeated.
We continued to exchange blows for several minutes, but there was no way I could be defeated by just forceful attacks, and when I began to push it back rather than remaining in a stalemate, the Forest Bear moved away.
Is it trying to get its bearing?
The way it stared at me and stamped its foot on the ground showed no sign of giving up.
Without a pause, it attacked me faster than before.
It raised a bestial roar, then its next step was a swing of its right front leg using inertia while running, and finally, fangs to catch its prey, the three-stage attack is a move for its bestial abilities. It was a jam-packed move.
“What a beast.” (Jiro)
I, on the other hand, was not intimidated by the yelp, but on the contrary, I broke the rhythm of my opponent by feinting to make it look like I was going to run, and by stomping my left leg before the forest bear’s arm was about to swing down, I completely stopped my movement.
This alone neutralized the other side’s two moves of the three-step strategy and minimized my work with just one move.
“Oh, blinding me with sand, how clever.” (Jiro)
The Forest Bear’s arm movement switched from a downward swing to a swipe, as if it instinctively sensed my movement and wanted to throw me off my rhythm.
The sand is rolled up along with the fallen leaves, and if this continues, the sand will get in my eyes.
If my field of vision is robbed, my fighting ability will decrease.
The forest bear, which had performed the entire process up to this point on instinct, is a formidable opponent.
“Well, if I just rely only on my eyes, that would be the case.” (Jiro)
But I was raised by instructors who excluded the word “mercy” from their minds.
Even if they block out one of my five senses.
“I know your timing, by the way, the air flows.” (Jiro)
The other senses are enough to support me.
My ears catch the sound of footsteps and inform me of the timing, my skin tells me of the pressure that pushes out with the feel of sand and tells me the direction.
My nose tells me of the smell of the beast, which becomes thicker and thicker, informing me of the distance.
I swing down the mineral tree on my shoulder in time with the timing, feeling the forest bear fly by me, and feeling the tips of my blade cut its left arm.
“I landed the first hit.” (Jiro)
I open my eyes through the sanding influence and turn around to follow up, relying on the sound of the huge body behind me, repositioning and sliding to the ground.
“I see.” (Jiro)
If possible, I wanted it crawling on the ground with my attack, but it is indeed a beast.
It instinctively understands that if it is in agony because of pain, it will die.
It was so enraged that it gathered its magic power in its remaining right arm and attacked me.
Its balance was off, but that blow would have damaged me as well.
It would take several blows to be fatal, but there was no need to take unnecessary damage.
I tried to cut off its right arm with the Mineral Tree, but contrary to my expectations, the blade did not bite, as the fur on its skin one by one became hard like needles and the attack slid over them.
I’m not impressed that it was hiding such a skill, but I can’t help but react to its ability.
However, my body moves in parallel with my mouth, and I use the force flowing sideways to fire a roundhouse kick at Forest Bear’s nose, stunning and spooking it.
It doesn’t do much damage, but it at least buys me time to get into position.
“If a slash doesn’t work, then a thrust might.” (Jiro)
As soon as I landed, I ran clockwise around my opponent.
If I can’t crush its arms, I will attack its legs this time.
Forest Bear, who can no longer walk on all four legs, dexterously stands up and tries to catch me in front of it, dexterously moving its legs to keep me from slipping past.
The difference in height and weight is obvious, and an attack from above is certainly a threat, but only with some support.
It is no use talking if your feet are not there.
Whether it is an instinct or an understanding of this, the hairs on its legs are as stiff as needles, just as they were earlier.
But it is not without gaps.
With a click, I increase my running speed by one more step.
From the outside, it would have looked like I suddenly turned at a right angle, sharply stepped low, less than a meter off the ground, and thrust the Mineral Tree under the joint of Forest Bear’s knee.
To my senses, it might have been similar to the action of a billiard player thrusting out his cue.
I put my left hand on the flat of the Mineral Tree and pushed my right hand out to thrust it in.
My body, strengthened by the Magic Crest, reproduces the movement accurately.
“Yeah, got your left foot too.” (Jiro)
As a result, he made the decisive move to cut off the left leg from the knee down, a technique that is similar to a slash, but I don’t know if it can be called a thrust.
“It’s over, don’t feel bad.” (Jiro)
After losing the limbs on its left side, Forest Bear’s, had no choice but to rampage, I jumped up and cut off its proud arm from the top.
“It’s done.” (Jiro)
“Thank you for your hard work. Are you injured?” (Memoria)
“It’s just sand. Did you get to talk to them?” (Jiro)
“No, we’re just getting started, but before we do, let’s move to another place. If we don’t, another demonic beast will come.” (Memoria)
“What about this?” (Jiro)
As a result, even if there is the fact that I helped him with an unscathed victory, it must be a kill steal.
So, I’ll make a confirmation.
“Our purpose is different. Besides, this is their prey, so let’s meekly step aside.” (Memoria)
“Of course.” (Jiro)
Separate objectives, huh?
We are not lying.
Our objective is to get to the city, not to defeat the demonic beast.
Then why did Memoria choose her words as if she had a business in this mountain?
I glanced at the five people who have been out of earshot since a while ago.
It’s probably just to create a reason.
If things continue as they are, the question will be why we are here in the mountains.
The other side would say the same thing, but for the time being, it would be a good excuse if we could make it look like we are not here for the demonic beasts, but for something else.
Negotiations are the domain of Memoria, so I’ll be careful not to say anything unnecessary.
“So, what do you think? Since we have not reached our goal and our cooperation is over, how about parting at this point?” (Memoria)
“I would like to, but may I ask what your objectives are? I’ve seen him and he is capable of defeating Forest Bear singlehandedly. He must be a famous swordsman. Who are you to be able to hire him?” (Ashley)
Do we reveal our identity?
She had told us her name before the battle, but we did not tell them our name yet.
It would seem suspicious to leave without giving a name.
If we have already said that we have business in this mountain, it would be suspicious to not tell the purpose of your visit unless you have some sinister plot.
So, what will happen now?
Jiro Tanaka: 28 years old – Has Girlfriends
Girlfriend(s): Suela Handelberg (Dark Elf) & Memoria Tris (Vampire)
Occupation: Dungeon Tester (Regular Employee)
Magical Aptitude: Eight (General Class)
Job Title: Warrior
Note for the Day
Fix the problem while the damage is still superficial. Putting off work problems until later will lead to a catastrophe.
Force it if necessary!
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