As soon as I left the Forest Maze, I changed to a completely mobility-oriented Summoned Monster team.
I left Nias and Obsidian in my team.
I recalled Volff, Tigris, and Loewe.
I summoned Zangetsu, Helix and Rig.
I could have gone for a dream team right then and there.
But there was a higher ambition I was striving for.
A higher dream I wouldn’t throw away!
Without Rig, Nias would have some real trouble riding with me on Zangetsu.
In the forest, I used Forest Walk to pass through very quickly.
As much as possible, I tried to leave the Polka Dot Foxes and the female Wild Pheasants to Nias.
They were easy to take care of with just a single thrust from horseback.
It looked like it was an easy task for Nias too.
But without Rig, Nias would definitely have fallen off at least once or twice.
Her spear was quite light, so if she wanted to, she could have thrusted with only one hand, but that would mean a large decrease in force.
Nope. It wasn’t going to be enough.
I had no choice but to keep Rig with me for a bit longer.
After crossing past the watchtower at the edge of the forest, I ran out into the plains.
As usual, there were a lot of players.
But because of them, encounters with monsters were quite minimal.
It made it a lot easier for me to move around without any interruptions.
By sticking to the road, I could get Zangetsu to run even faster.
How long would it take for me to get to the port towns?
I put my estimate at around noon.
I had a feeling it was a reasonable goal.
I started distributing strengthening spells.
I started by raising my own DEX, AGI, STR, and VIT.
After taking care of myself, I cast a DEX strengthening spell on Nias and Rig too.
Zangetsu’s speed increased by quite a bit.
We were going very fast.
And yet, there was no shortness of breath in Zangetsu.
I took a short break in Remut.
I let my Summoned Monsters drink some water, and we were soon off again.
There were almost no monsters on the way.
Even for the few monsters that I did have to take care of, I didn’t bother collecting the item drops.
It wasn’t going to be worth the time.
As if running parallel to the sun’s movement in the sky, Zangetsu ran with great speed eastward.
The time was 11:10 AM.
I managed to meet my goal.
It was some wonderful running on Zangetsu’s part.
I used Liquid: Water to fill up an empty bucket that used to be full of Power Water.
I used it to wash Zangetsu’s body and wiped it clean with a cloth.
I was very grateful to have Nias helping me out,
Although I noticed her eyes would often fleet to the rest of the water in the bucket?
It’s all leftover stuff anyway… You can do with it whatever you want.
As soon as I said those words, Nias took off her sandals and put her feet into the bucket.
Yeah… I suppose she is a mermaid after all.
After all that time in the west, I suppose it was normal for her to start missing water.
I visited some of the player-run stalls and got myself some food to fill my stomach.
Afterwards, I got myself some sandals and beach clothes at a store near the beach.
What was I planning on doing?
I wanted to do some hunting in the shallow water.
I took off my leather armour and put on some lighter clothes.
According to Guren’s report, I had to make sure I was always in a position to swim. It was still possible to drown in the shallow water.
But what about the monster attacks?
Guren’s report recommended using a shield.
I suppose I had no choice but to substitute my tonfa for a shield.
Although I had a feeling that it wasn’t going to make for a very good substitute.
On the beach were, of course, monsters.
Among them were some monsters I hadn’t seen in a very long time.
Sand Isopod Lv2
Demon Enemy Target Active
Battle Position: Sand, Ground
There were monsters like this too, though:
Flying Fish Lv2
Demon Enemy Target Active
Battle Position: Underwater, Air
There were naturally a lot of players around too.
A lot of them were new players who had just started a new game.
In some ways, I was very much a beginner too.
At least when it came to the sea.
Very soon, I ran into a problem.
I was going to have to do most of my hunting in the sea.
And because of that, the rules were different.
I wasn’t likely to drown, simply because the water wasn’t deep enough for that, and the enemies weren’t especially tough either…
But still, the place could get quite scary at night.
So, what did my Summoned Monster team look like?
Zangetsu had no peers on the beach.
Even the Flying Fish flying out of the water weren’t an issue.
Zangetsu just trampled or knocked them aside.
But when it came to the shallow water…
Movement immediately became a lot more difficult.
Zangetsu was alright as long as the water was below the knee…
In the past, even rivers were no problem for Zangetsu to run through.
But if the water got deeper than that, things got a lot more complicated.
It was a very noticeable drop in speed.
And on top of that, Zangetsu couldn’t trample over any underwater monsters.
It was a fatal predicament.
What about Rig?
It looked like Rig had no issues, even in the water.
I let Rig go, and he happily crawled along the bottom of the shallow water.
Was it just my imagination, or did Rig get a bit bigger?
Was Rig capable of sucking up moisture from the water around him?
He definitely looked like some kind of dangerous jellyfish!
If the enemy was near the face of the water, it would be possible for Helix or Obsidian to dive down and attack.
But any monsters could easily dive deeper to avoid their attacks.
Well, that made sense.
So, what about Nias?
Leaving her poncho and sandals on Zangetsu’s saddle, I saw that Nias was already swimming in the sea.
Of course, she turned back into her original mermaid form.
Her bikini figure was quite nice too!
She was swimming around with a look of happiness I had never seen on her before.
It was a wonderful sight.
It was really great.
A blessing to my eyes.
Even during the day, the report said it was going to be possible to hunt fish in the shallow water.
Although in that case, those fish wouldn’t be monsters, and they wouldn’t be enemy targets.
The report also encouraged using the Earth Magic spell Dowsing whenever one could, no matter where in the sea.
The odds were low, but the items hidden in the sea floor would be quite worth the effort.
It seemed impossible in this kind of shallow water, but there were clams with pearls in them in the sea too.
I suppose for those, I would really need that 【Dive】 skill.
It was the perfect goal for me!
Anyway, what about the monsters in the shallow water?
The monsters in the shallow water looked quite tough, but 【Identify】 still worked nicely on them.
But among all of my Summoned Monsters, it was really only Nias and Rig who were suited to fighting them.
I had a feeling it was going to be a tough fight, even for myself.
Assault Mullet Lv1
Demon Enemy Target Active
Battle Position: Underwater
According to Guren’s report…
It didn’t look like I could get mullet roe as an item.
What a shame…
But there was something else on my mind.
The only one from my team fast enough to catch up to them was Nias.
The sea was really just a place for her to show off.
Even when waiting for the opportunity to do an ambush, it was difficult for Rig to attach himself to any of the monsters.
So, what about me?
Aiming for them from above the water was definitely very difficult.
And if I had to put my face underwater, then I wouldn’t be able to counter any attacks coming from above water.
I didn’t even have any weapon besides my Tokkosho to thrust at those fish!
I tried wildly swinging around my Tokkosho, but…
Yeah, there was no way I was going to hit any of them flailing around like that.
Starfish Mine Lv2
Demon Enemy Target Active
Battle Position: Sea Floor, Ground
It was a monster, more specifically, a starfish.
It attacked by using ambushes.
Even from underwater, using 【Identify】 on them was quite tough.
I was grateful to see that there weren’t many of them.
And as long as I could find them, attacking and taking care of them was quite easy too. They weren’t as big a threat as those Assault Mullets.
Looking at Rig slowly swallowing one of them was nice too.
The Starfish Mines couldn’t exactly run away, so they could only sit in place while Rig swallowed them.
What did they leave behind?
The Flying Fish left behind Flying Fish Scales…
The Starfish Mines dropped only pebbles.
What about the Assault Mullets?
According to Guren’s report, it didn’t look like they were going to drop anything.
What a shame.
I kept going, swimming and hunting along the water close to the beach.
【Dive】 was still unavailable for me to learn as a skill.
But I was very grateful for the idea to use Dowsing. I got an item for it.
【Material】 Red Coral Grade C Rarity 2 Weight 1
A crimson-coloured coral
It is said to have VIT-enhancing effects.
But it also does not function well together with other gems.
Oh well, it looked like a good enough item to have on hand.
Even Nias came over to show me some of the results of her hunt.
She had some sillago fish…
They were all skewered onto her spear.
Yep, I knew what I was having for dinner.
Honestly speaking, it wasn’t a very efficient hunt.
There were a lot of challenges still ahead.
Come to me, 【Dive】!
《【Swim】 Level Up! 》
《You may learn the following Support Skill: 【Dive】》
It was after 5pm that I finally became able to learn the Support Skill 【Dive】.
I immediately learnt 【Dive】 and activated it.
It cost me 6 Bonus Points to learn…
But I didn’t mind. I learnt it anyway.
In any case, fighting in the sea was unlike anything I expected.
I realised I would have to review my strategy a bit.
My equipment and weapons weren’t exactly helping either.
I had to think about what Summoned Monsters would be good for fighting in the water too.
There were lots of things to think about, so I decided to retreat to the port towns for the time being.
Race Human Male Racial Lv19
Job Grand Summoner Lv5 (↑1)
Bonus Points Remaining: 14
Sword Lv5 Rope Artes Lv4 Staff Lv15 Punch Lv12 Kick Lv12
Joint Lock Lv12 Throw Lv12 Evade Lv12 Block Lv12
Summon Magic Lv19 Spacetime Magic Lv10
Light Magic Lv11 Wind Magic Lv11 Earth Magic Lv11 Water Magic Lv11
Fire Magic Lv11 Dark Magic Lv11 Ice Magic Lv9 Lightning Magic Lv8
Tree Magic Lv9 Dust Magic Lv9 Lava Magic Lv8 Steam Magic Lv9
Alchemy Lv8 Pharmacy Lv7 Glassmaking Lv6 Woodworking Lv7
Synergy Lv14 Appraisal Lv14 Identify Lv14 Discern Lv4 Cold Resistance Lv7
Grab Lv11 Horsemanship Lv10 Precise Manipulation Lv13 Ropework Lv5
Jump Lv7 Acrobatics Lv5 Heat Resistance Lv8 Climb Lv7 Balance Lv4
Dual Wield Lv12 Disassembly Lv9
Swim Lv2 (↑1 New!) Dive Lv1 (New!)
Physical Reinforcement Lv10 Mental Reinforcement Lv11 Speedcasting Lv12
Magic Effect Amplification Lv10 Magic Range Expansion Lv10
Tokkosho ×2 Staff of Torture ×2 Tonfas of Torture ×2 (↓1)
Capture Rod of Torture ×1 Enraged Pickaxe+ ×2 Silver Necklace+ ×1
Snow Leopard Push Dagger ×1 Gale Tiger Push Dagger ×1 (↓1) Snow Leopard Bagh Nakh ×1
Plains Lion Bagh Nakh ×1 Fighting Bull Leather Armour+ Set
Bracelet of Torture ×2 Anklet of Torture+ ×2 Prison Guard’s Black Rope ×1
Rampage Horse Belt+ Rucksack Item Box ×2
Survival Knife Woodworking Set
Old Summoner’s Younger Brother Guardian of the Forest Knower of the Middle Path
Guardian of Lapis Lazuli Light Spell Glossary Martial Arts Fighter
Loewe Lion Lv5→Lv6 (↑1)
DEX 11 (↑1)
AGI 15 (↑1)
Bite Threaten Sense Danger Night Vision Hide
Nias Mermaid Lv2→Lv3 (↑1)
STR 18 (↑1)
INT 6 (↑1)
Two-handed Spear Aquatic Shapeshift Night Vision Cursed Song Water Attribute