112 Part 1

Let’s be an Adventurer! ~Defeating Dungeons with a Skill Board~ 112

 

Arc 4 Epilogue – αρχη

 

 

Haruki glanced at Karen after she had said that.

He had been fed up with that troublesome spirit.

She may have been troublesome, but now that she was gone, even he wondered…

“Hmm…?”

Haruki’s eyes opened up wide when he saw the place where Chep would have been.

A pattern, which wasn’t a magic circle for a change, was written there.

[Thank you for for everything up until now]

They were words of farewell.

The one who wrote them… was Chep.

[It was a short life, but my memories of the time I’ve spent with you all shine radiantly in my mind. Particularly, the best memory I have was when I first met with Lady Rhea. Oh, Lady Rhea…

Ah, yes, by the way, Lady Rhea wakes up at 5 AM, so make sure to wake up at 4 AM to fetch water for her, and to sing as song at her in order to encourage a refreshing awakening before the rising sun for her–]

“It’s so long!”

Stopping halfway, Haruki complained at the length of her letter.

She was supposed to have been laying dead all this time, and yet she had the time to write such a lengthy message.

Rhea, who was reading behind Haruki, hung her leaves feebly.

— Yeah, it’s a long read.

Haruki laughed as he imagined just what kind of torture Rhea would have had to endure in the few days that Chep had spent with them.

“Then, make sure to wipe Rhea’s leaves one by one every day. Try to give her some water from the hot springs from time to time. Umm, what else…?”

“Hey.”

Haruki pushed his temples hard to endure his headache.

At the end of the lengthy message, there was someone still writing on the ground with their fingers. A Fishwoman.

She was about half the size she had before, but… There was no mistaking her.

“Chep!”

“How come you’re still alive!?”

“Huh!?”

As soon as he called out to her, Chep’s body disappeared.

The light that floated from the place where her body had disappeared was absorbed by Karen’s bracelet.

“…”

“…”

Haruki and Karen stared at the bracelet, completely at a loss for words.

Then, the light emerged from the bracelet and flew to the shadow of the weeds that grew from the place where the rock had been split into two.

Chep’s body appeared from the shadow of those weeds.

“(shakes?)”

“…”

“…”

That Fishwoman emerged from the tall grass.

Does she want to make friends?

“I’ll throw her off the cliff right now.”

“Yes.”

“W-Wait a moment, please!!”

Chep approached Karen and clung to her leg with tears in her eyes.

Karen smiled awkwardly at Chep, who looked at her with puppy eyes as if begging to not be thrown off the cliff.

“What should we do? Should we throw her off?”

“P-Please refrain from doing such a thing!”

Haruki puffed up his lips in discontent.

Of course, he had no complaints about her having survived.

Chep, who they thought had died, was alive.

The surviving Fishwoman had been writing an absurdly long list.

Emotions mixed and swirled around her stupid self after considering her feelings a little.

“No matter what we do, but…”

— We have no choice but to throw her off the cliff, right?

Haruki, who was about to complete his sentence, stopped talking after he saw the reaction on Karen’s bracelet.

A small light-blue jewel had appeared in Karen’s bracelet, which had had no decoration at all up until that point.

It fit perfectly inside a hole on the bracelet.

There was one possible theory.

Before Chep’s soul was lost, Karen’s bracelet took it in.

And that light-blue jewel was created as a result.

Haruki thought his theory should be close enough to the correct answer as Chep had already shown to turn into light and jump into the bracelet.

Was it because the bracelet was able to capture Chep’s soul since she was the “spirit” created by the dungeon?

In any case, Karen’s bracelet had changed from an useful magical tool that enhanced her defensive power to an annoying magical tool that housed an even more annoying Fishwoman.

“I’m glad you’ve obtained such a rare piece of equipment.”

“I-It’s just like you, Karaboshi!”

Karen smiled, though her face seemed to be about to cry.

It was a painful smile that would pierce into anyone’s heart.

— Why does she look like that if she’s saying that it’s “just like me”?

Haruki was a bit embarrassed, but still sympathized with her feelings.

<< Successfully subdued the Lesser God “αρχη” (Arche) >>

<< Special quest cleared >>

<< Quest reward: 10 Skill Points >>

<< Obtained Skill: Divine Energy>>

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[Asahikawa] Let’s talk about Kamuikotan 56 [Sacred Place]

623 Name: Anonymous who waits for salmon at the river banks

So yeah, Kamui Rock was a dungeon

Looks like an adventurer I know was investigating the place and found that out

624 Name: Anonymous who waits for salmon at the river banks

So it wasn’t the entrance to the dungeon but a dungeon itself?

How did they find out?

625 Name: Anonymous who waits for salmon at the river banks

It’s a trade secret

Take a guess

626 Name: Anonymous who waits for salmon at the river banks

Ah, you used a secret “Skill”, got it

627 Name: Anonymous who waits for salmon at the river banks

Come on lol

628 Name: Anonymous who waits for salmon at the river banks

Anyway, there was something big inside, huh?

That Dungeon Lord…

Did it go inactive?

629 Name: Anonymous who waits for salmon at the river banks

Did that guy beat us to it already?

630 Name: Anonymous who waits for salmon at the river banks

I’m sure it has only been beaten once before

It was Masatsugu who defeated it, right? It’s been so long ago…

I’ve heard that some raid teams have been organized recently, but still…

Really, if it wasn’t a raid team, who could be that strong to defeat that thing? They’d need to be at Masatsugu’s level or something

631 Name: Anonymous who waits for salmon at the river banks

Even if you could collect its materials

I don’t think there’s anyone who could be that strong to not fight it as part of a raid team or something

Are you sure your info is legit?

632 Name: Anonymous who waits for salmon at the river banks

Maybe something else happened that caused it to go dormant…

But in any case, it looked like it had been defeated

633 Name: Anonymous who waits for salmon at the river banks

Who could have defeated it other than Masatsugu…?

634 Name: Anonymous who waits for salmon at the river banks

Well, Kagemitsu recently hosted an event in Kamuikotan

Some strong adventurers gathered in Hokkaido, right?

Maybe one of those adventurers did it

635 Name: Anonymous who waits for salmon at the river banks

Ah

Maybe all of them just went after the event and took it down?

636 Name: Anonymous who waits for salmon at the river banks

It would have been quite the news in the forums if everyone joined forces to defeat it, don’t you think?

637 Name: Anonymous who waits for salmon at the river banks

But then, who would have been able to defeat the Dungeon Lord?

Maybe Team Dandy, who are led by Guts?

638 Name: Anonymous who waits for salmon at the river banks

Team Dandy is on par with Team Aerial’s level

It wouldn’t be weird if they took it down

639 Name: Anonymous who waits for salmon at the river banks

But the blogs are rather silent about it

If someone posted about it, they would be standing out a lot, and they’ll probably be approached by companies

If it had been me who defeated the Dungeon Lord, there would be no way I won’t post it on my blog about it

640 Name: Anonymous who waits for salmon at the river banks

Then who else is out there?

641 Name: Anonymous who waits for salmon at the river banks

Our boy Mr. Masked Man of course

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