265 – Time to Decide on Our Next Stop– Or Not



Translator: SFBaka

Editor: Thor’s Stone

“And so, I want to discuss our next destination with you guys now.”


After I confidently announced my plan, Mimi generously gave a round of applause while displaying her sunny smile. I told our hosts we needed to discuss some mercenary-related business so we’d have an excuse to return to Black Lotus. Man, I really feel calmer and more secure in the Lotus. Although staying in a classy hotel or traditional inn does have its good points as well.

“You guys are really gonna let this slide just like that?”

“It’s the same as usual, Big Sis. Don’t think about it too much.”

Thank you for clapping even though you have a sour look on your face, Elma. You really are a good woman.

“Would it be alright for me to state my opinion about all this?”

“Of course. If you have any good suggestions, then go right ahead and share them.”

Of course, we’ll decide on whether or not to accept the suggestion depending on how the discussion goes from here, but the more options on the table, the better.

“First, I have a rough idea about what our possible next course of action should be. To put it simply, I want to upgrade our overall combat capabilities.”

“Combat capability upgrades huh…… What do you have in mind specifically, Hiro?”

“Honestly, I think upgrading Krishna itself would be difficult. There are a lot of unknown technological black boxes crammed into it after all.”

“That’s true. We checked it out, but even the heavy laser cannons are unique, so we’d face compatibility issues if we attempt to upgrade them with parts currently available on the market. The only stuff we can possibly upgrade would be the shard cannons and the reactive torpedoes.”

“We can only do stuff like replacin’ the torpedo launcher on the lower weapon bay to a seeker missile pod. Improvements to the shard cannons depends on Boss’s preferences. Upgradin’ stuff like the shield generator and chassis is a bit of a tall order fer us right now though.”

“I don’t think it’s necessary to replace the torpedo launch tubes. There would definitely be times where they’d be really useful after all.”

We wouldn’t be using them often, but those torpedoes are our ace in the hole for going up against large-class ships after all. A seeker missile pod would be pretty effective against small and medium-class targets, but I can just deal with those using the shot cannons and heavy laser cannons.

“So I guess it’s better to focus on upgrading the Black Lotus?”

“It would be difficult to find a better model to replace its EML, but I want to at least upgrade the laser cannons and the shield generator to military-grade ones.”

“That really would increase Black Lotus’s overall firepower. The power generator’s output can still take it anyway, so we can probably make it work, Boss.”

“It’s all well and good to upgrade our mothership’s firepower, but…… don’t you guys think you’d be overspeccing it already if you did all of that?”

“Eh? What did you say? Sorry, but I couldn’t hear you.”

So what if my ship’s overspec’d? That’s just how we gamers are, okay. Well, I’m in reality instead of a game right now, but it’s only natural for a guy to want the best for his ship, right? Upgrade maniac? Sorry, but those words aren’t in my dictionary.

“Sure, it might be overspec’d against pirates, but it’s not like our opponents are limited to pirates.”

“Well, I guess that’s true. I’d had enough of fighting crystal lifeforms though.”

“We won’t just be going up against space monsters you know. We might also participate in conflicts with other nations.”

“Will we?”

“It depends on the circumstances.”

In fact, we already went up against the neighboring Vereverem Federation in the Termaine system where I first met with Mimi and Elma. We could have chosen to escape, of course. But at that time, we were pretty desperate for cash. Now though…… Well, if the star system we find ourselves in is right in the middle of the conflict zone, it would be quite dicey if we choose to escape on our own. I’m a Gold Star recipient after all.

“Also, I’d like to buy a lightweight power armor that would allow me to swing my swords around freely even while wearing it.”

“……I thought you said you didn’t want to fight in person anymore.”

“I don’t like it. But I’d probably die otherwise. I still don’t like it one bit, okay!”

This point was important, so I had to say it twice. There’s been a rising trend of me fighting in person lately. I absolutely don’t wish for these situations to happen, but they’re happening anyway, so I had no choice but to prepare countermeasures.

“In that case, shouldn’t you have accepted Miriam-san’s offer, Hiro-sama?”

“Magic training huh. Now, look here, Mimi. Just try picturing this.”

Mimi inclined her head toward me.

“Fine. Let’s suppose I learned and mastered how to use magic. She said I had the potential to blow away an entire mountain, you know.”


“What would happen if that fact gets spread to the public?”

“Eh? Umm……”

Mimi pondered my question with wrinkled brows.

“If that happens, it’s possible that the imperial military would go after you?”

“Not just the military, Mimi. It’s possible that the entire empire itself would come after me. They might classify me as an extremely dangerous element, and who knows what kind of shady stuff they’d pull off to get me. Right now, they might recognize my combat capabilities as extraordinary, but it’s still within the range of common sense. Emphasis on the ‘still’. But what if I’m now able to blow away entire mountains with my own power? In other words, I can actually blow up a colony on my own if I wanted to. That’s clearly way too abnormal already, right?”

If I demonstrated a power that rivals an anti-ship reactive torpedo using my magic, then that would mean it was even possible for me to take down a starship on my own, without using any weapons except my mysterious powers. That means I could even sneak inside the imperial palace to blow it up as well. I’m sure the empire would never allow such a dangerous existence to drift around its territories like a stray dog. If I was one of the empire’s higher-ups, I’d use means to place a tight leash on the said individual, and if that wasn’t possible, I’d make sure to finish him off no matter the cost.

“It does sound quite dangerous.”

“That’s the fate that’s gonna befall me if I accept that special-grade cursed item. That’s why I’m desperately rejecting the thing.”

While saying so, I glanced at the said special-grade cursed item that was shining in a corner of the dining hall where we were currently having a meeting. Could you stop flashing like crazy already? It’s annoying.

“The power to blow away an entire mountain is too crazy, but lightweight power armor’s still within the bounds of common sense. At the very least, it’s an additional layer of safety whenever I fight in person. I don’t really wanna personally fight with unknown biological weapons again though.”

“But didn’t you come out of that uninjured, Boss?”

“I didn’t want to die and didn’t even want to get injured, so I desperately avoided their attacks. If I ever ate one attack from those things, I’d get turned to minced meat.”

I really wanna give myself a pat on the back for surviving that hellish place. I really don’t wanna go through something like that again.

“Well, that’s how it is. Anyway, what I’m trying to get at is us heading to a star system with highly developed tech next; preferably somewhere specialized in military tech or a commercial hub where we can more easily get our hands on cutting edge stuff.”

“I see. Well, the nearest one would be the Garei system. It’s exactly a system with highly developed tech and specializes in military technology. As for a commercial hub…… It’s a bit far from here, but there’s the Mira system.”

“What if we used a gateway?”

If you made use of a gateway, you can move to a pretty distant star system in practically an instant. The Graccan empire has built a highly developed gateway network using a large number of gateways in their vast territory. So if we use that, we’ll be able to quickly reach distant star system that normally require long travel times using hyperlanes.

“Ah, that’s right. Um, in that case……”

In the middle of operating her tablet terminal, Mimi displayed a bitter smile. What? What’s wrong?

“In that case, what?”

“Um, if that’s the case, then the imperial capital is the best choice.”

“Absolutely no way!”

I don’t wanna even come close to the imperial capital since I’d probably get involved in something troublesome again if I do. Maybe I’d get caught up in an assassination attempt on the emperor. Or maybe Princess Luciada would get kidnapped and I’d be ordered to rescue her or something. Anyway, I definitely don’t want to get involved in troublesome stuff like that.

“In that case, the Garei and Mira systems are the closest to us.”

“I see. So we have two possible destinations now. Any other suggestions?”

“We could head for a border conflict zone or a star system with rampant pirate activity to earn more Enels, but we can do that after upgrading our equipment first.”

“I don’t really have anythin’ for ya Boss. How ’bout you, Whee?”

“Un, I also don’t have any place in mind. And we can get to see plenty of stuff if we head to a system specialized in high-end military tech.”

It looks like Elma and the mechanic sisters didn’t have any other suggestions.

“Um, I’m kind of interested in going to a commercial hub…… We can probably find a lot of rare foodstuffs there after all.”

“Fumu, that’s true.”

There’s also a possibility of finding carbonated drinks if we head to a commercial hub where various goods from all over the galaxy are gathered and sold. Since we were able to find some carbonated stuff in the Sierra system last time, it doesn’t seem like they aren’t being distributed in the market at all. I’m not counting on finding some too much though.

“Well then, I wonder where we should head over to.”

We’d probably be able to get stuff for a cheaper price in the Garei system since it specializes in developing and producing military tech. We would find more options in the commercial hub, but the shipping costs would increase the prices of the products accordingly. However, we probably won’t be able to find a lot of military-grade stuff in a commercial hub. Individual merchants rarely get their hands on military-grade products since companies sell them off to the military directly.

“So if we want quality and reasonable prices, the Garei system would be best. And if we want a wider selection, we should head for the Mira system instead.”

“Wouldn’t it be fine if we just headed for the Mira system after finishing our business in the Garei system?”

“Hm, that’s true. It would be more efficient if we looked for things that weren’t available in the Garei system in the Mira system. It would also be easier to gather some useful info in a commercial hub.”

“Wow. You really sound like a mercenary operator now, Mimi.”

“I’m constantly developing myself after all.”

Mimi proudly stuck out her chest. Yep. They certainly are developing well alright.

“Alright then. It looks like our next stop would be the Garei system–”

The moment I started wrapping the meeting up, my data terminal’s ringtone went off. Deden! It was a ringtone reminiscent of someone eating a full-body kick or being hit with a baseball bat.

“T-This ringtone……”

I took out my data terminal from my jacket pocket and looked at the screen in trepidation.

Yes. A name I absolutely didn’t want to see was displayed on it.

“What’s wrong, Hiro-sama?”

“Rather, what’s up with that weird ringtone anyway……? Who is it?”

Since Elma asked, I held up my data terminal so everyone could have a good look at the screen.


The moment Elma saw the name displayed on the screen, her expression turned blatantly disgusted. Mimi also displayed a complex expression. You couldn’t tell what emotion she was feeling just by looking at her face. The mechanic sisters made bitter smiles as they looked up at the ceiling.

Yeah. Of course, she’d be here. A large-scale pirate group was currently rampaging around these parts after all. I almost decided to ignore the call altogether, but I was afraid of what she’d do if I did, so I gave up all resistance and pressed the ‘accept call’ icon.

When I did so, the holo-display installed in the dining hall was activated, and a hologram of a blonde beauty in a crisp, white military uniform was projected from it. The ornate sword strapped to her dainty waist clearly displayed her status as an imperial noble.

『Why, hello there, Captain Hiro. It’s lovely to see you again.』

She displayed a beaming smile as she gave her greeting.

“……Ah, yes, right. Hello, Commander Serena.”

This is gonna be something troublesome again. I’m sure of it. There’s no mistake.



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Comments (5)

  1. 88898

    Setting ringtone specifically for someone is a fun thought but never try one for me. I remember the movie I saw years ago, when the male lead put his girlfriend’s ringtone as “march of the empire” from starwar. Funny stuff that.

  2. Xangam

    Oh, Hiro made the same point I thought of just a chapter ago =D

  3. Citizen27

    This is dirty but i wish he slept with her already. Shes beautiful and looks at him favourably. Once he crosses with chris this is bound to happen too imo

  4. realgunners

    Serena: I’m sorry, but I need you to acquire the power to blow up mountains ASAP. It will be make you be a useful tool… I mean it will help you kill pirates more easily.

  5. G0emi

    *Rofl* @ all of their reactions to Serena x’D

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