No chapters were skipped. I continued from where the previous translation stopped. I simply altered chapter numbers
Defense Specialization and Dedicated Affection.
Five days had now passed since Maple asked Izu to make a full set of gear for her.
Just as Maple finished logging in and appeared in the guild home, Izu came walking out of her workshop.
“Maple, your gear…it’s ready.”
“Yes. Here, I’ll show it you.”
So saying, Izu pulled out a full set of white armor, a large shield, a short sword and a platinum tiara.
Each piece of gear was set with precious blue stones in different places.
Overall, it had the look of a holy knight, minus the tiara.
“Have I become a knight now?”
Maple put on all of the new gear and then checked her stats.
(Arcangel Tiara X)
HP + 250
(Archangel White Shield IX)
HP + 300
(Archangel Holy Sword VIII)
HP + 200
(Archangel Holy Armor IX)
HP + 350
“What are these numbers like X and IX…?”
“Those are numbers you get from the ‘reinforcement’ which can only be used with gear made with the ‘forging’ skill. Gear made with ‘forging’ cannot use skills like other gear used in other events, so it’s a merit that makes up for it.”
“Oh, I see…”
“The success rate of ‘reinforcement’ changes depending on the ‘forging’ skill… It takes a lot of luck to reach the biggest number that is X.”
Izu had somehow made a top-class set of armor without compromising.
After that, she spilled that it was two levels stronger than the set she had made for Chrome, but Maple was too busy checking her gear to notice her say this.
As Maple continued with her inspection, the rest of the remaining four guild members arrived at the guild home.
“Hm? …Oh! So that’s the gear Izu has been making. It really suits you. It makes me want some new gear too…”
“It makes me scared just thinking of what caused Maple to want new gear…”
“Ah, that’s it…”
“Maple, you look really good in white!”
Chrome, Sally, Kasumi, and Kanade all said.
“So… Do you all want to go and fight? I’ll explain just why I had a new set of gear made on the way.”
Everyone agreed, as long as they could see the reason behind all of this.
Even Izu said she would go, as she wanted to see the gear do ‘it.’
“Is this a good spot?”
Maple put everyone on board the Syrup and flew towards an area that was known to have monsters in large packs.
“Well…here I go! ‘Dedicated Affection’!”
A red damage effect burst from Maple’s body.
As soon as it cleared, a circular area around Maple that was ten meters in diameter began to glow.
And that wasn’t the only thing that happened.
Two wings that were pure white grew from Maple’s back and a white, glowing ring appeared above her head.
Her hair had turned into a brilliant gold, her eyes were now a deep blue.
“I was surprised too, at first.”
“Ahaha… My appearance changes… Ah, here come some monsters.”
For a moment the other four were too stunned to move, but then they realized that anything could happen when it came to Maple, and so they changed their mode of thinking.
They had gotten quite used to her by now.
“Everyone! You will be able to block any attack now!”
“I’ll do it… The others won’t know how, yet…”
Izu said as she started to walk towards the monsters herself. A blow struck her body.
However, her HP did not move an inch.
“Huh? What does this mean?”
“It’s Maple’s skill… Apparently, everyone who is in this circle will constantly have ‘cover’ activated for them…”
“Though it will cost you a little HP at first.”
Izu had made the set of gear to offset the HP cost.
Just like ‘Hydra’, ‘Dedicated Affection’ was a skill that came with several other skills. This meant that even now, there were other skills that Maple hadn’t shown yet.
And she had to pay the cost of each of those with HP.
Maple’s previous set of gear did not have enough HP to offset the cost of all of them.
Furthermore, the new gear was completely forward compatible with ‘Philanthropy Knight’.
The extra quests were not just for show.
“…So in other words, everyone had the same defensive capabilities as Maple… Woah..”
As long as they were in the area, no one could hurt the other members unless they defeated Maple first.
But it would be incredibly difficult to defeat Maple.
It won’t even be a fair fight unless you could do piercing attacks repeatedly on everyone.
And you would have to actually be hitting all of your targets.
There was no way you could hit Sally, and Chrome would block the attack with his great shield, and Kasumi was great at evading.
Kanade was the only fighter who could possibly be hit.
“But Maple, you changed your gear, right? Are you sure that you have enough defensive power to nullify attacks towards us…?”
“Don’t worry! Even if I wasn’t wearing anything, my vitality is over 1,000!”
Kasumi and Chrome thought that this was so crazy that they could only laugh.
The two of them decided that they would just stop trying to think about it.
As they rode Syrup on their way back, Chrome began to talk.
“I, I’ve been talking about Maple and Sally on the message boards, do you think that I should stop?”
“Hmmm… I don’t really mind. Everything that I’ve told you can be told to anyone else.”
“I agree with Sally, after all…”
“It won’t change what we do just because someone knows about it.”
Even if Chrome shared what he knew on the message boards, Sally’s ability to evade wouldn’t be affected, neither would Maple’s defenses.
Chrome didn’t know how to acquire the skills, so he couldn’t write anything too important.
It was not a big issue for either of them.
126 Name: Anonymous Shield User
127 Name: Anonymous Spear User
So you joined Maple’s guild…
I hate you! I’m so jealous!
128 Name: Anonymous Great Sword User
That’s so nice
I asked Sally to help me get close, but I don’t think it’s going to happen
129 Name: Anonymous Bow User
Give us information
You must have something
But I won’t ask for anything that you aren’t supposed to say
130 Name: Anonymous Spear User
It’s probably harder to give information now that they work together
Just tell us what you can
131 Name: Anonymous Magic User
132 Name: Anonymous Great Shield User
First, about Sally
Sally is a PS non-human
From what I saw, she doesn’t seem to be using any skills
She fought with quite a lot of monsters, but I didn’t see her taking any damage
Also, there was some kind aura added
133 Name: Anonymous Bow User
I guess that thing for the event will be Sally after all
134 Name: Anonymous Great Sword User
She’s even evolved
An aura he says
135 Name: Anonymous Spear User
Sally does seem like she’d have some unknown skills
But not as much as Maple
136 Name: Anonymous Great Shield User
Next, about Maple
For the past few days, Maple has been off somewhere all alone
And when she got back
137 Name: Anonymous Great Sword User
138 Name: Anonymous Spear User
139 Name: Anonymous Magic User
140 Name: Anonymous Great Shield User
She was an angel
141 Name: Anonymous Bow User
We already know that Maple is an angel
142 Name: Anonymous Magic User
You’re late with that one
143 Name: Anonymous Great Sword User
Maple is always angelic, right?
144 Name: Anonymous Spear User
Of course, she is
145 Name: Anonymous Great Shield User
Ah, well, alright
I will rephrase that
Maple returned with a skill that gave her an angel’s halo, wings and blonde hair and blue eyes.
146 Name: Anonymous Spear User
147 Name: Anonymous Magic User
This is what happens when you leave her alone
148 Name: Anonymous Great Sword User
Why? Where did she get such a skill?
149 Name: Anonymous Great Shield User
I don’t know
The skill name is ‘Dedicated Affection’
It apparently has a skill that uses your HP to constantly ‘cover’ your party members
When Maple uses this
All the party members within the circle will become invincible unless she is defeated
150 Name: Anonymous Great Sword User
So she finally got her second form
She should become the last boss, don’t you think?
151 Name: Anonymous Spear User
A scene of hell will seem lukewarm
If you leave her alone
Eventually, it will happen
She will return with a third form
152 Name: Anonymous Great Shield User
On top of that, I found out that Maple still has over 1,000 VIT when she removes all of her gear
153 Name: Anonymous Bow User
I don’t even understand anymore
154 Name: Anonymous Spear User
1,000 without gear is crazy
Is her body made of steel?
Is she an orichalcum?
155 Name: Anonymous Great Sword User
But, it hasn’t even been that long since Maple first started
We weren’t even at the second level when rumors about Maple started to surface
There must be something on the first level
156 Name: Anonymous Great Shield User
I thought so too
But if that were the case, then there would have been a second and third Maple by now
157 Name: Anonymous Magic User
That’s just it
I don’t know why Maple is the only one who can do it
After that, everyone thought long and hard about it. But they could not discover the reason that Maple was able to gain those skills.