Translated by: “GM_Rusaku” of “Nepustation”


Part 6 – The First Dungeon

Seven days have passed since the mock battle. After my glasses broke, the eyes looking around me have somewhat became different. Perhaps because I taught Marcus-san the skill that I tried out on the mock battle. Marcus-san as well as everyone at the knight brigade was praising me. What I tried out was a totally new skill and I was well pleased that we can even cope when a high ranked evil race comes. To be honest, it surprised me. All what I did was manipulate the magical energy on my body and collect them to my hands, feet, and weapons, then it will increase the attack and defense power of that part temporarily, at that state it is a technique that will decrease on the parts that not clad making it dangerous. But if you succeeded then you’ll gain an attack and defense power five folds of normal although temporarily. The last technique is to accumulate the magical energy within the body and wrap the accumulated portion in the whole body at once in one breath, and although it is temporarily, it can gain defensive power two to three folds as usual.

But, Storm Barrett[TN#1] was still dangerous. It looks like Kaneko-san herself is still inexperienced in using magic. I told Marcus-san the demerit of using this technique but Marcus-san just said,

「It is definitely dangerous if you’re a Rank D adventurer. However, if you are at Rank C or higher then everyone will have a high enough magical energy manipulation so it will be all OK. It was really a complete blind-spot. While there are magical energy manipulation skills, using that until now we had enhanced magical energy for weapons such as canes and swords and armors, and because I possess the skill 【Physical Enhancement】 I myself had neglected it. So if you master this technique and combine it with 【Physical Enhancement】 skill, then the skill level will easily rise, and even in it’s current state it will be stronger by several folds. Akane has developed that skill to such extent. It is by no means useless」

I was really glad. There were no other people who praised me directly asides from both my parents and Kenichi. In a sense, i have to thank Kaneko-san for this. Speaking of Kaneko-san, her reputation has really fallen for the people of this world. Well naturally, we really meant to kill be back then. Nevertheless, why is her hostility pointed on to me? Well then, we’re going to hold a meeting now so I should head to the room this instant. When I arrived to the room, there’s a heated discussion for some reason. It was Sakuragi-kun and Ryuzaki-kun. That was an unusual combination.

「Mika, has the meeting started yet. What’s wrong?」
「Akane, etto, you see—-」

「Oh, perfect timing. The person in question just came. Shimizu, I have some small argument with Sakuragi regarding with you」
「Eh, an argument because of me, what is it about?」

「To summarize it. We cannot decide on whether we would take you to the dungeon tomorrow. And the decision is completely split in half. Incidentally, I’m in support of it and Sakuragi is against it」

I’m going to the dungeon! If this was before the mock battle then I would have turned it down. But in the current situation, I want to be useful to everyone. I don’t want to be a burden.

「I, —–want to go to the dungeon. But looking at my abilities I can just mostly be able to fight goblins, will that be ok with you?」

「Hey Sakuragi, give it up. The person in question herself is saying that she want to go. In my opinion, we should just beat the opponent at the brink of death and make Shimizu have the final strike. In that case, her level should rise and her attributes will slightly be a little better」

「But, I actually went and had realized that it’s dangerous in the dungeon. Even the starting levels are dangerous. Shimizu’s ability attribute is extremely low. If anything might happen, Shimizu might not able to cope with it」

Uh…. Sakuragi-kun said it too clearly. Certainly, Gallot-san clearly said that even in the starting levels he doesn’t know what could happen. But, even if I close myself inside the castle I won’t progress no matter how long time passes. I have to risk it all here.

「I want to join in. I want to also raise my level even just a little so i can deal with various things even when alone」

From here Mika gave me a helping hand.

「Fuuー, it can’t be helped then. When it comes to this things Akane can e quite stubborn. Maa, We’ll manage because I’ll be coming with all of them」

Eventually Sakuragi-kun gave up and in the end I was included to go to the dungeon.

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Dungeon, the details on how it was constructed was an unknown detail until the present. There is something called a dungeon core in the lowest level that is producing these evil race. Even if you destroy the dungeon, a new dungeon will just be born. However, since no one know where or when a new dungeon will pop out, anyone who discovers a new dungeon will be rewarded by the Kingdom themselves. A dungeon is a detestable place, firstly nothing except for the evil race will appear within it. But there are different kinds of of valuable treasures within the dungeon that is why many adventurers out there are willingly entering it. And thanks to those adventurers a rank was established for all discovered dungeons that can be classified from S, A, B, C, and D. These ranks are also related to the adventurer rank that literally equates to their skills and abilities. So far, there are some people who manage to clear some dungeons. However, under each nation’s laws no one is permitted to remove the dungeon core from any of the lowest rank to the the highest rank on any nation.

Therefore, the kingdom of Thermaia now currently owns six of these dungeons. This kingdom has two of each D and B class dungeons.[TN#2] And now I’m at the entrance of the D class. Originally, it requires one to have an adventurer rank of D or above but it seems that this was an exception. Okay, now that I came here, I’m quite nervous now. Marcus-san then goes through with our plan.

「For now split yourselves into three groups. The leader of the first group that consist of eight members will be Sakuragi, the second group of seven members will be lead by Ryuuzaki, and the third group of seven people will be lead by Kakei

—–Fumufumu, all are appropriate leaders. Kakie-kun is about the might as Ryuuzaki-kun. I’m with Ryuuzaki’s group, it was disappointing that I was separated from Sakuragi-kun and Mika. But it was also fortunate because I’m separated from Kaneko-san too. Kaneko-san hasn’t bantered with me within this past week. That is very weird indeed. Maybe they’re cooking something up? Opps, the first group will soon depart.

「Are? What is it Sakuragi-kun?」

「Shimizu, if something happens, do rely on Ryuuzaki」

「Eh, un, understood」

It will be our turn next. It’s time to depart.So this is the first level. Judging from its appearance, the passage is relatively large and also have good visibility. If this is the case then I can somehow manage. Then Shibaya芝屋-kun who was next to me spoke.

「Shimizu-san, do not rush before us okay. Be sure to position yourself always at the center of the group. Only goblins are in the first level so you should only go for the final attack」

「I understand. I’m sorry for being a nuisance」

「I can’t be helped. Everything in this world are determined by ones ability value」

After a while, an unusual voice can be heard. Is this what a goblin’s voice sounds like? When we made a turn in the passageway, we saw three of them. All of them charged all the the same time. Ah, I was petrified that I was late to react. Everyone quickly dealt with it with haste.

「Yoshi, Shimizu come here. Give the final blow on these guys. If you stab them at their necks then you can kill then with one strike」

Ryuuzaki-kun was calling me. Though I understand it, my hands were still trembling. Even though they’re an evil race, it’s just natural because it’s my first time to take a life. I have to ready myself of this burden.

「I know」

I readied my sword at the goblin in front of me. I suck up some courage and stabbed it. Uu, it was such an unpleasant feeling. Must I have to get use to this?

「Yoshi, we finished all three of them. How’s your level?」

「Ah, I’ll take a look at it. Alright, my level was raised to 2. my ability value also slightly increased」

Name:
Shimizu Akane
Age:
16
Level:
2
Attack:
85→90
Defense:
65→70
Agility:
82→85
Luck:
0
Magic:
120→130
Skill:
Incompetence
Unique Skill:
Free Dream
Title:
The One Disliked By The Goddess

「Let’s grind like this for a while. It will be slightly better if we reach to level 5」

Uu, the great sense of guilt is increasing. But it’s a joyride for everybody. Sorry…

—-An hour later, I now intensely hate this goddess. That woman, I know what the hell you’re doing. It was going well when my level was raised to 2. But it started from there. Every time my level goes up, all my status except for luck was only raised by 1. My standard ability value is like this.

Name:
Shimizu Akane
Age:
16
Level:
6
Attack:
94
Defense:
74
Agility:
89
Luck:
0
Magic:
134
Skill:
Incompetence
Unique Skill:
Free Dream
Title:
The One Disliked By The Goddess

When I told it to everyone, all of them was astounded.

「No way」「It’s like a curse」—

「Sorry, I am so useless. Even if I raise my level by one, all my ability value only increases by one excluding my luck. I’m really sorry」

From here, Ryuuzaki started to speak.

「It can’t be helped, lets go ahead. Listen Shimizu, you will be in the center. Don’t ever go before or after us. We are going to down to 5 levels today. I’ll say this clearly, everybody feels bad for you. Rather I sympathize with you. The probability of your death is the highest among us. Don’t fret, we’ll definitely return above ground」

—–Ryuuzaki, you’re such a nice guy. I totally misunderstand you.

「—Thank you. I’ll absolutely do as you ordered, everyone for my first day here, best regards」

And then we went on. If I think about it, this was the turning point. If we had turned back, it will be the usual every day. But, we advanced that time.

From this here on, as far as I’m concern, the tragedy begins here.

Translator’s Note

1.) Author previously used Storm Palletストームパレット at the last chapters but it was changed in this chapter and Barrett is much more fitting than Pallet so I’m going to go with this.

2.) Don’t ask me, 2 D class and 2 B class equals to four but they told that there are six….

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