Chapter 125


Translator: Charlotte Editor: Weasalopes


I decided to go back to the portal.
Just in case, there was something I wanted to confirm.
In the morning on the way to the portal, I ran into two pairs of Gozu and Mezu.
But I didn’t encounter them this time.
Maybe it was because I had only just defeated them. Maybe they would come back after a few
days.
I was still pretty sure I would get to fight them again someday.
The fact that I was in a mine was pretty odd.
Wouldn’t carrying things out of the tunnels be difficult?
Speaking of which, I hadn’t run into any ores.
It might have just been me being careless.
Anyway…
I wanted to try fighting another pair of Higher Gozus and Higher Mezus.
Although if I was looking for strong enemies, I would probably have to go for the Deva King.
I still had about half of my MP bar left.
There was a portal nearby, too.
It wouldn’t be a bad idea to try one more fight.

I started looking for another Deva King.
The first time I fought them, they had fire and earth attributes.
Of course, I started by using physical enchant spells on everyone except myself.
Then I touched the statue.

《Would you like to challenge the Deva King?》
《Yes》   《No》

I chose 《Yes》 and put some distance between myself and the statue.
「Practiced Spirit!」
I strengthened myself.
So, would it be the same guy as last time?

Deva King – A-Gyo Lv.3

Heavenly Commander Active
Battle Position: Ground Fire Attribute
Deva King – Un-Gyo Lv.3
Heavenly Commander Active
Battle position: Earth Earth Attribute

They weren’t exactly the same…
I had a feeling their levels were higher.
「Resist Fire!」
I cast a spell on myself.
I decided to take on the A-Gyo Deva King on my own.
In any case…
I wasn’t confident in the possibility that the attributes might remain the same.
But I knew then that casting resist spells before the fight was the safer option.
I’m sorry for doubting you.
Senki jumped on the Um-form
I hadn’t used 【Resist Earth】 on Senki yet, but he was still doing fine.
A creepy, obsidian-like blade protruded from the Un-Gyo Deva King.
The blade got a direct hit on Senki.
But Senki remained unhurt.
Rig completely stopped the blade.
Nice.
I knew that Rig could do it.
I trusted in Rig and it paid off.
I was still a bit anxious, though.
「Resist Earth!」
I cast a resist spell on Jericho.
Great.
I concentrated on the A-Gyo.
I was grateful for Obsidian’s support.
The A-Gyo was pierced by multiple water needles.
Oops.
It wouldn’t do to just sit and watch.

I was confident.
I had both 【Practiced Spirit】 and 【Enchanted Weapon】 .
I delivered a kick.
It didn’t do that much damage.
The blade of fire that the A-Gyo pulled out was scarier the closer I looked at it.
It was hot.
And I did have 【Heat Resistance】 …
It must’ve been incredibly hot.
「Lower DEF!」
I used it on the A-Gyo.
If I had to guess, I would say I could take care of the A-Gyo first.
Well, it didn’t really matter.
I had Obsidian with me.
With Obsidian keeping the Deva King at bay, I could take my time casting spells.
I dashed in with my tonfas and twisted its wrist, before throwing it to the ground.
It went well.
After a few more throws, the A-Gyo let go of its blade.
Good.
Now what?
A sumo battle, just as expected.

But in any case, I couldn’t go head-to-head against it.
I used a crab pinch attack to trip it as it was charging at me.
Obsidian took the opportunity to get an attack in.
I straddled it, and started hitting it while it was down.
I only got a few strikes in before I had to back up.
The A-Gyo stood up like nothing had happened.
It crouched.
The next moment, it clapped loudly.
It spread out both its arms horizontally, and then quickly stood up.
Followed by a leg stomp.
one to the right, and one to the left.
I was too surprised to even move.
And with both hands stretched outwards it walked closer to me.
What is this? A formal sumo match?

The A-Gyo charged at me.
Oh no.
It thrust its right hand at me, aiming for under my armpits.
An armpit push, huh.
I used my left arm to push up its wrist, and used my right arm to grab its exposed elbow.
And just like that, I moved around to behind it.
An arm bend.
It was a judo skill, but because it was considered a dangerous skill, it’s rarely taught to young
fighters.
Except in my case.
Why?
Because I wanted to learn all the good techniques.
As expected, it didn’t completely break its arm.
But I managed to get a decent throw out of it.
Having a weapon would actually make throws more difficult to pull off.
I rushed to where it fell and quickly did a triangle choke.
I used my tonfas to keep its right elbow in place.
My form was perfect, but its enormous strength was making it difficult for me to keep the choke
going.
Without Obsidian, I would’ve failed the choke for sure.
Its free left arm was trying to grab at my legs, but Obsidian didn’t allow it.
With multiple pecking attacks, Obsidian kept it in place.
It didn’t show any signs of pain.
But its HP bar was steadily decreasing.
It wasn’t a feeling I was fond of.
But I didn’t have any other choices.
I kept choking it.
What about the Un-Gyo?
It looked like the fight on that end was going well too.
Actually, it was already over.
It was lying on the ground in front of Jericho.
Senki was watching me fight.
There was no doubt in my mind that Senki wanted to join in.
No!
This guy is mine.
Although you could help me keep its left arm in place.
Senki took hold of the A-Gyo’s left arm.

He pinched the wrist, and held up the elbow joint.
Hey.
That’s a joint lock, isn’t it?
Jericho walked up and stepped on the A-Gyo’s torso.
With the arm now taken care of, Obsidian moved to attack its forehead.
There was no chance of escape.

《【Joint Lock】 Level Up!》
《【Throw】 Level Up!》
《【Evade】 Level Up!》
《Summon Monster 『Rig』 Level Up!》
《Please put one point into a desired stat.》

Rig levelled up.
Nice.
I was glad that everyone was growing nicely.
The stat that went up with the level-up was VIT.
I put another point into INT.

Rig Slime Lv5→Lv6 (↑ 1)
DEX 13
AGI 7
INT 7 (↑1)
STR 7
VIT 9 (↑1)
SPI 6
Skills:
Dissolve Shapeshift Viscosity Surface Tension Nullify Physical

Rig was pretty weak if you just looked at the stats.
But there was no underestimating Rig.
The fact that Rig could nullify all physical damage was quite a feat.
Although I could really only make proper use of that by pairing Rig up with Senki.
I wanted to try pairing Rig with my other Summon Monsters, but I didn’t know which one.
Jericho would be alright, but Jericho already had a high DEF stat to begin with.
Maybe Tigris?

Well, as a last resort I suppose.
The Deva Kings didn’t leave anything behind.
I would be fine with just about anything…
Ah, I didn’t have 【Disassembly】 on.
How dumb of me…
I decided to set 【Disassembly】 back to active.

I then made my way to the portal to relax.
When I arrived, I got a message.

《Your friend has sent you a message.》

Ooh, it was Saki.
I immediately opened it.
『Your set of armour is done. Would the Wind Spirit Village do as a pick-up point?』
Ooh, now that was a top priority.
Yes please.
I immediately used 【Telepathy】 .
『Sorry, are you free right now?』
『Wait, what? Whispers?』
『Oh, yes, this is Keith. I’m quite some distance away though.』
『I see… I was a bit surprised. Yeah, right now would be fine.』
Sorry.
Sorry to scare you.
『I saw the message you sent me. Can I go to pick up the armour right now?』
『Sure, I’m logging out in about 30 minutes though?』
『That’s alright. I can make it to the Wind Spirit Village in time.』

『Huh… Ooh, you have that teleport skill, right? How convenient.』
『Yeah, I agree. Well, see you there.』
『Roger that. I’ll be waiting.』
Great.
It’s not like I was asking her out on a date or anything, but I felt a strange sense of fulfillment.
I had to hurry.
I exit the portal and left the hall.
As soon as I left the hall, I used 【Return Home】 .

I arrived at the Wind Spirit Village.
Very convenient.
The time was a little past 2 pm.
I was excited about my new equipment.

『Hi, sorry to keep you waiting.』
『I didn’t wait at all, you know?』
Both Saki and Fiona looked at me with shocked faces.
Well, I did take less than five minutes to arrive.
「So, how did it go?」
「Ah, I think it’d be best to just show you.」
I took a look at the complete set of armour on the desk.
It was certainly a beautiful product.
I used 【Appraise】 on it.

【Armour: Leather Armour】 Fighting Bull Leather Armour+ Grade C+ Rarity 4
Def+16 Weight 12 Durability 250 Power Reduction -1
Leather armour made from Fighting Bull leather. A little heavy, but it has a high durability, and
can reduce the Power of a weapon.
[Custom]

Snow Ape Skin is used to pad the left shoulder.
The surface of the armour is covered in Evil Ant Shells, giving it higher defensive capabilities
and durability.

【Armour: Helmet】 Fighting Bull Leather Helmet+ Grade C+ Rarity 4
Def+8 AP +3 Weight 3 Durability 200 Power Reduction -1
A leather helmet made from Fighting Bull leather.
The leather overlaps in multiple places, increasing its defensive capabilities.
[Custom] The forehead area is reinforced with obsidian, making headbutt attacks more effective.

【Armour: Armguard】 Fighting Bull Leather Armguard+ Grade C+ Rarity 4
Def+4 Weight 1+ Durability 110 Power Reduction
Leather armguards made from Fighting Bull leather.
The skin is thick but does not restrict movement.

[Armor item: Thigh Guard] Fighting Bull Thigh Guard+ Grade C+ Rarity 4
Def+7 Weight 3+ Durability 170 Power Reduction -1
Leather thigh guards made from Fighting Bull leather. It is very sturdily made.
[Custom] The flaps covering the thighs are reinforced with Evil Ant Shells, giving it slightly higher
defensive capabilities and durability.
The Evil Ant Shells can be easily replaced.

[Armor item: Boots] Fighting Bull Boots+ Grade C+ Rarity 4
AP+5 Def+5 Weight 2 Durability 150 Power Reduction -1
Leather boots made from Fighting Bull leather. It is very sturdily made.
The sole is non-slippery and very suitable to exercise.
[Custom] The tips and heels are reinforced with Obsidian Stones and Evil Ant Shells, causing kick and
stomp attacks to do more damage.

[Armor item: Elbow Pads] Fighting Bull Elbow Pads+ Grade C+ Rarity 4
AP+5 Def+4 Weight 1+ Durability 110 Power Reduction -1
Elbow Pads made from Fighting Bull leather. It is very sturdily made.
[Custom] The tips are reinforced with Obsidian Stones and Evil Ant Shells, causing elbow strike attacks to
do more damage.

[Armor item: Knee Pads] Fighting Bull Knee Pads+ Grade C+ Rarity 4
AP+5 Def+4 Weight 1+ Durability 110 Power Reduction -1
Knee Pads made from Fighting Bull leather. It is very sturdily made.
[Custom] The tips are reinforced with Obsidian Stones and Evil Ant Shells, causing knee strike attacks to
do more damage.

[Armor item: Gloves] Fighting Bull Gloves+ Grade C+ Rarity 4
AP+4 Def+3 Weight 1+ Durability 110
Open-finger gloves made from Fighting Bull leather. It is very sturdily made.
It protects the hands while not restricting movement.
[Custom] The knuckles are reinforced with Evil Ant Shells, causing punch attacks to do more damage.

Ooh.
Every part was taken care of.
I was very happy with how the leather armour looked.
「I think it looks very nice.」
「Right? It was difficult, but worth it.」
Saki looked at Jericho and Senki who were staring at me with jealous eyes.
Rig stood still on Senki’s shoulder.
Jericho still looked noble, but Senki looked like he was about to explode, which wasn’t really his
own fault either.
Oh yeah.
I could just commission some for them.
「Hey Saki, could I talk to you about something.」
「Ooh, there was still some more?」
「Yes.」
I pulled out more skins from my 《Item Box》 .
This time, it was Sturmtiger skins.

「Have you seen this before, Fiona?」
「No, this is my first time. It looks like a pretty good item. Nice fur.」
「Yeah, I agree, but Sturmtigers? I thought they were in the map next over, are they being
hunted often?」
「Well, I don’t know about that, but I’ve been having some trouble fighting them.」
「In any case, what do you want to make out of this?」
「I want to strengthen this guy. Can you do it?」
I pointed to Senki behind me.
Saki put on a strange expression.
「I don’t really see a need though.」
「I really do need it!」
I insisted.
Please.
I had to keep going here.
I had to be a bit forceful to convince her to do it.

「Fine… I’ll measure the sizes, alright.」
「Thanks.I have a feeling he’ll grow a lot soon.」
Yes.
The amount of muscle Senki had was clearly a lot more than what he had at Lv.1.
Senki was slightly taller too.
Thinking about it that way, it would be nice to account for my Summon Monster’s growth too
when commissioning armour for them.
Well, I was already doing it.

「Could you tell it not to move?」
「Ah, yeah, sure.」

「Geheh!」
Senki let out a small sound and Saki took a step back.
「Don’t threaten me!」
「Ah, of course. I’m sorry」
Hey, Senki.
Don’t you move, alright?
Saki cautiously finished measuring Senki.
Great.
I changed into my new equipment.
Anyway…
I felt like selling my old equipment would be a bit of a waste…
For the time being, I recalled Senki and summoned Bunraku.
Bunraku’s physique wasn’t that different to mine.
If it was a little thinner, Bunraku could probably wear it.
「Could you adjust my old equipment a bit?」
「Sure. Although I don’t think there’s much room to adjust.」
「Just a little is fine, thanks.」
The leather was a little warped in some places, but Saki managed to adjust it for me.
After that, Saki got to work on tightening the boots and the belt, which wasn’t as much trouble.
There was no need to adjust the helmet and thigh guards.
The problem was now with the elbow pads, knee pads, and gloves.
They would hinder Bunraku’s movements for sure.
I didn’t want to affect Bunraku’s dexterity, so I gave up there.
I sold the rest to Fiona.

「So, what’s the total?」
「Just make it zero. All the stuff that you’ve been bringing in should count for it.」
「What?」

「Ah, and there was Margrid’s stuff too right? And the farming work you’ve been doing, too.I
think we can call it even with that.」
「Huh…」
Well, I suppose I could leave it to them.
I took the opportunity to put on my new armour.

I looked over the plains from the edge of the village.
There were, as usual, a lot of players walking to and fro and some parties returning from
hunting.
There were a lot more of them…
I decided to go on a little trip.
I switched Summon Monsters.
It would be a good idea to level-up Tigris too.
I switched out my entire team.
My new team was Zangetsu, Helix, Ninetails, and Tigris.
I suppose I could take it easy from time to time too.
Anyway.
Tigris is strong!
No, I knew that from before.
While wolves are good at both searching and battle, tigers are very good at just battling.
Tigris in particular was very aggressive.
But maybe because of that, we were having a bit of a hard time searching out monsters.
Raptors were especially elusive.
Of course, any monsters in the sky were taken out pretty easily by Helix.
Both Float Eyes and Enraged Cranes were no problem.
Tigris only had a chance to contribute if Helix managed to knock them to the ground.
Oh no.
I realised I had almost no opportunities to contribute.
All I could do was fight the occasional Raptor.
I didn’t get any chances to use spells either.
My MP bar was actually recovering while I was hunting.
Wait, Ninetails wasn’t doing anything whatsoever.

This is bad…
I headed towards the forest.
I was aiming for Wild Pheasants.

I arrived in the forest.
Evening was approaching, so I recalled Zangetsu and Helix.
I summoned Jean and Mumyo.
Great.
I wanted to have Ninetails play a more active role, but I didn’t know how.
I soon found a runaway female Wild Pheasant, but it was already starting to form small groups
with other pheasants.
I had to take them out before a male Wild Pheasant joined them.

Wild Pheasant (Female) Lv.2
Monster Enemy Target Passive
Battle Position: Ground, Low Air

Low Air, huh…
Well, I had never seen a Wild Pheasant properly flying in the sky.
Anyway.
Let’s get hunting.

There were no signs of other parties.
I enjoyed myself hunting.
I also got more Pheasant Wings than I needed to make arrows.
The real fight would only start after sundown.
I aimed for the pheasants that escaped up the trees.
Wait, no.
I was more aiming for the eggs in their nests.
I was a robber.
I threw the parent pheasants to the ground, where they were quickly finished off by my Summon
Monsters.
In the meantime, I took the opportunity to hunt Polka Dot Foxes.
While taking some damage, Tigris could handle one of them on his own.
The future was bright.

I used 【Instant Portal】 and took a break.
I felt guilt towards Bunraku, but I ate Portable Food for dinner.
I was worried it might rot if I left it for too long.

I resumed my search for pheasant eggs, and soon, a long-awaited info screen appeared.

《【Jump】 Level Up!》
《【Climb】 Level Up!》
《Summon Monster 『Tigris』 Level Up!》
《Please put one point into a desired stat.》

Well, Tigris got some experience the night before too.
Maybe that was why the level-up happened so early.
I didn’t know how many experience points each Summon Monster needed to advance, so there
was nothing I could really do.
The stat that went up with the level-up was AGI.
I put another point into DEX.

Tigris Tiger Lv1→Lv2 (↑ 1)
DEX 9 (↑1)
AGI 17 (↑1)
INT 10
STR 18
VIT 18
SPI 10
Skills:
Bite Threaten Sense Danger Night Vision Conceal

And then it really became night-time.
Welcome to the world of the Antmen.
We were dealing with Antmen, but Tigris did just fine.
A bite between the segments of their bodies.
Tigris could take them out at a rate even Volff would have difficulty matching.
Scary…

Looked like tigers really were masters of the hunt.
On top of that, Tigris could hide himself and ambush unsuspecting monsters.
Tigris could almost act as a substitute for Jean for detecting monsters at night.
There was an especially large number of Antmen that night.
I got a feel for my new armour too.
It certainly felt a little heavier.
But it didn’t impair my movement.
I was satisfied.
I tried taking an attack from an Antman.
Just once, though.
It was killed by Tigris in the next moment.

Alright, new plan.
I decided to put exploration of the southern caves on hold for a while to level up Tigris.
I could explore the Antman caves in the area too.
I could go on expeditions to N1W2 too.
Various plans popped up in my head.
Too many choices of Summon Monsters.
I wanted to gradually strengthen all of them.
At the moment, not all of my Summon Monsters were capable of fighting a Gozu, a Mezu, or a
Deva King.
I wanted to have more options.
I had to kill some more time until Margrid’s work was done anyway.
I didn’t have to focus all my attention to the southern caves.

Protagonist Keith
Race Human Male Racial Lv14
Job Summoner Lv14
Bonus Points Remaining: 17
Skill Sets:
Staff Lv11 Punch Lv9 Kick Lv9 Joint Lock Lv9 (↑1)  Throw Lv9 (↑1)  Evade Lv9 (↑1)
Block Lv9 Summon Magic Lv14 Spacetime Magic Lv7
Light Magic Lv8 Wind Magic Lv8 Earth Magic Lv8 Water Magic Lv8 Fire Magic
Lv8  Dark Magic Lv8 Ice Magic Lv6 Lightning Magic Lv6 Tree Magic Lv6 Dust Magic
Lv6 Lava Magic Lv6 Steam Magic Lv6
Alchemy Lv6 Pharmacy Lv5 Glassmaking Lv3 Woodworking Lv5

Synergy Lv10 Appraise Lv10 Identify Lv10 Discern Lv3 Cold Resistance Lv5 Grab
Lv8 Horsemanship Lv8 Precise Manipulation Lv10 Jump Lv5 (↑1)  Heat Resistance
Lv5 Climb Lv5 (↑1)  Dual Wield Lv8 Disassembly Lv6
Physical Reinforcement Lv6 Mental Reinforcement Lv7 Speedcasting Lv9 Spell Effect
Amplification Lv5 Spell Range Amplification Lv5
Equipment:
Staff of Guilt ×1 Tonfas of Guilt ×2 Fork of Guilt ×1 Enraged Pickaxe+ ×2 Silver
Necklace+  Snow Leopard Push Dagger ×1 Sturmtiger Push Dagger ×2 Snow Leopard
Bagh Nakh ×1
Fighting Bull Leather Armour+ Set (New!)  Rabid Horse Belt+ Rucksack Item Box ×2
Items:
Survival Knife Woodworking Set
Titles:
Old Summoner’s Pupil
Guardian of the Forest
Knower of the Middle Path
Spell Glossary
Martial Arts Fighter
Monster Summons:
Volff Grey Wolf Lv3
Zangetsu White Horse Lv1
Helix Fighting Falcon Lv1
Obsidian Mystic Owl Lv2
Jean Black Bat Lv1
Jericho Wood Golem Lv7
Goki Demon Lv7
Senki Beast Ape Lv7
Rig Slime Lv5→Lv6 (↑ 1)
DEX 13
AGI 7
INT 7 (↑1)
STR 7
VIT 9 (↑1)
SPI 6
Skills:
Dissolve Shapeshift Viscosity Surface Tension Nullify Physical

Bunraku Wood Puppet Lv5
Mumyo Skeleton Lv5
Ninetails Red Fox Lv4
Heather Fairy Lv4
Tigris Tiger Lv1→Lv2 (↑ 1)
DEX 9 (↑1)
AGI 17 (↑1)
INT 10
STR 18
VIT 18
SPI 10
Skills:
Bite Threaten Sense Danger Night Vision Conceal


4 Comments

  1. Error??
    Summon Monster Helix Fighting Falcon Lv1 -> Helix Fighting Falcon Lv1

    Thanks.

  2. The name of the boots shouldn’t be “thigh guard”

    Thanks for the chapter

  3. Thanks for the chapter.

  4. Oy.

    Thank you, sfcipher and pokeperson1000.
    How those slipped past me…
    I must have been too tired, or something.

    Good calls, both of them.

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