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Jiro Tanaka: 28 years old – Unmarried – Suela Handelberg
Occupation: Dungeon Tester (Regular Employee) + Recruiter
Magical Aptitude: Eight (General Class)
“If you look only at our outfit, people would think we’re going to a cosplay venue, so I wonder if it’s, truly?” (Minami)
“I want to no, but I really can’t disapprove of Minami’s words.”
“But this is our work uniform.” (Kaido)
“We’ll we need them.”
The first time I took on a dungeon, I was so nervous I choked up.
The weight of the armor over my body adds a sense of security keeping me in the proper level of tension.
With Minami’s green robes fluttering in the air, the group certainly looked like a group of people on their way to a cosplay venue.
“Minami looks like a magician adventurer.” (Masaru)
“I’ll hit you if you until you apologize. Moreover, you are just a plain monk, that you are.” (Minami)
Underneath her green robe, Minami wore armor made of dark brown monster leather, from an armadillo-like monster. She carried a wooden staff in one hand that was engraved with mithril. And forehead protector with magical letters sewn into the forehead plate.
She was dressed more like a magician belonging to an Adventurer’s Guild than a Court Magician.
And Masaru, who is checking the fit of his leather gloves, looks like a priest, as Minami said.
However, you can sense that he is prepared to physically fight back.
He is wearing a gray cassock, leather gloves reinforced with metal, and magic stones on the back of his hands, that help with casting magic.
In addition, he wears combat boots with steel plates in the toes.
No matter how you look at it, he doesn’t look like a healer in the rearguard.
“Compared to them, you seem like a common soldier.”
“I don’t want to be told that by senpai. What’s with that mid-boss-like armored warrior outfit?” (Kaido)
On the other hand, Kaido and I can be said to be the opposite.
Kaido’s equipment is light iron armor and a helmet. He looked like a slightly high-ranking NPC soldier that you might find in RPGs.
He is equipped with a spear, a one-handed sword, and a shield, just like an orthodox soldier.
And I’m an armored warrior with some Japanese inspiration, blending into a more western-style fantasy look.
The black base with a splash of red here and there looks like something out of the Sengoku period.
As expected, there are no horn ornaments on my helmet, still, I am also wearing a faceplate.
It would have been perfect if I had been armed with a sword or a katana, instead of my great sword, Mineral Tree.
“Now, we’re finally ready.”
The time is 9 o’clock in the morning.
The location was in front of the dungeon entrance.
After checking everyone’s equipment, I called out to them.
“It’s been a long time, truly. The training period was particularly long, that it has become an absurdly long tutorial.” (Minami)
“Minami is still good. I did it longer and I was fighting ‘those two’.” (Kaido)
“Tadashi-san, though you did hit the wall many times, that you do.” (Minami)
“I’m sure each of you has your own thoughts, but just listen to what I have to say.”
I took out a well-worn notepad.
It’s a thick notebook with a leather cover to protect it, which I bring with me when I enter dungeons.
I opened it and looked for information that I could share.
“The dungeon we’re going to tackle is the Dungeon of the Machine King, a dungeon where golems are the main fighting force.”
“Oh, I’m raring for a revenge match.” (Kaido)
“Unfortunately, we have to get to the 15th floor before we can fight him, so that’s when we’ll give him a good beating.”
“So you’ve decided to hit him.” (Kaido)
“It’s obvious… Back to the point. If you’re looking for the best way to get the most out of every dive, you’ll want to take a look at the following tips.”
As I said, the purpose is to get used to the dungeon, but a picture is worth a thousand words.
So, it’s easier to learn if I let them go at it than if I teach them.
“Okay, I’m going to tell you the characteristics of the monsters, so you’d better keep it inside your head.”
“””Yes””” (Kaido, Minami & Masaru)
I’ve already given you the outline, but I’m going to give you a little more detail to review.
While flipping through the notes, explain the characteristics of the golems and the types of monsters that might appear. I close the memo pad after explaining about the boss of the first layer. I close the memo pad after finishing the explanation of the pinball golem.
“What I told you is what I know, but this is just a guide, and I think that the monsters in the dungeon have been upgraded, so don’t be overconfidence.”
“”What?”” (Kaido, Minami, & Masaru)
“To be more specific, the bosses are probably only the only ones that explode or release spikes, but they can also release a combination of smoke screens, poisons, and stun grenades. Probably the monsters that are roaming around have been upgraded as well.”
“”Eh?”” (Kaido, Minami, & Masaru)
I know exactly how the three of you feel as you stare at me, wondering what I’m talking about.
“It’s no matter. We’ll attack it, pinpoint the problem, and come up with an improvement plan. That’s our job.”
“In other words, the more we conquer, the more the difficulty of the dungeon will increase, that it will?” (Minami)
“To put it bluntly, yes.”
“So it is a masochistic game, that it is?” (Minami)
“Work is a masochistic game you do most of your life, right?”
I think I made a good point.
What we’re doing is just an expression of that in the extreme.
Every job, big or small, is the same.
But I can’t help but understand Minami’s reaction.
“Well, there is an end to it.”
“How does it end?” (Masaru)
“Until we can’t take it anymore and our president is satisfied.”
“Senpai, it’s the same as never-ending.” (Kaido)
“A job is something that never ends. You know that, don’t you?”
It never ends as long as it can be conquered, and even if it can’t be conquered, it will continue if the boss is not satisfied.
Even if they know that sales will not increase any further, the top management of the company will seek profit.
Even if there is a break, there is no end in sight.
“By the way, how far have you gotten?” (Masaru)
“I’ve only been able to conquer the second floor, beyond that there are so many traps that I don’t even know the whole scheme. Hahahahahahaha!”
“Why are you laughing?” (Masaru)
“If you don’t laugh, you’ll end up in a depression and your work will be done in one hit. Besides, what you think is impossible to do alone can be done in a flash with two people. We’re still better than me alone.”
“Is that so?” (Masaru)
“That’s the way it is.”
It’s getting harder and harder, and the end is invisible, but it’s not without end.
In addition, as I mentioned to Masaru, the traps that prevented us from moving forward have been observed by [Scouts], thanks to Minami’s magic.
At least we don’t have to worry about traps as much as before.
There’s nothing worse than a stagnant project, but a job that moves forward in leaps is much easier.
“Well, the arrangement is as decided in the briefing. It’s a tentative arrangement, with me as the vanguard, Kaido as the attacker, and Minami as the rear guard. I’ll adjust it as needed to fit the situation better. But I’ll tell you one thing. Don’t think about what’s best for yourself. Those who think only of themselves will be cut off from those around them. It may sound like a hassle, but you have to understand that this is a necessary action. Always pay attention to your surroundings. This will help you in turn, OK?”
This may sound like an unpleasant line to say, but it’s no joke, it’s a job that requires a lot of physical effort, so if I don’t say it, it will come back to bite us.
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