A Brief Respite
I entered the tent and saw that Virgil and Angelica were there.
“You came. I am sure that you are quite tired from that raid, and I apologize, but let me just talk about the direction we will be going in.”
“I don’t mind. I guess, judging by the fact that Angelica is here, that we are going to go search for their settlement?”
“Ah, yes. Well, things have been going so well up until now, that we could hardly do anything else.”
The fortress had not fallen and seven of the strongest Adventurers, including myself, had been let loose in the forest. The orcs were annihilated there, and the others were driven back. So many orcs had fled. There should be a very visible path leading straight to their base.
“To be perfectly honest, I hardly believe that there is a need for me to go along with the search. These orcs are practically paving a road for us.”
Angelica said with a sigh. It was true. We had forced them to retreat with our inferior numbers. Of course, this could also cause us to let our guard down.
“There could be traps. I think we should search for it carefully. If we aren’t careful, they may retaliate in an unexpected and most painful way.”
“Well, you needn’t worry about that. ‘Tighten the strings of your helmet after winning.’ Those were the words of a Hero who lived long ago.”
So someone from Japan had been summoned a long time ago… It was interesting, but not something to discuss now. We needed to focus on eliminating the orcs.
“And so Angelica, I want your valley team to search for the settlement. Asagi, you and the others can rest.”
Ahh, I can finally relax. I had killed quite a lot of orcs and was honestly exhausted. I would not be surprised if I gained a level. I will even allow my hopes to get high.
“Hmm… Very interested.”
I entered one of the resting tents and lay down before taking the status card out of my pocket. I didn’t think I would be able to sleep until I saw it.
I said the usual words and my current status was displayed.
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Name: Asagi Kamiyashiro
Job: Adventurer(Rank: C)
STR: 340 VIT: 336
AGI: 724 DEX: 361
INT: 334 LUK: 30
Skills: ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’, Legs of the Forest Wolf, Single-handed Sword(7/10), Short sword(6/10), Spear(2/10), Archer(2/10), Greatsword(5/10), Presence Detection(6/10), Nighteyes(5/10)
Magic: Ice(8/10), Water(7/10), Fire(2/10)
Quest: Investigating the Southern Valley
Party: Daniela Villesilf
Torso: Ice Dragon Light Armor
Arms: Ice Dragon Gauntlets
Legs: Ice Dragon Leg Guards
Feet: Accel Panther Boots
– Schwarz Tempest
Clothes: Wind Dragon Poncho
– Wind Dragon Waist Mantle
– Wind Dragon Trousers
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“Not a dramatic difference…”
Up until now, it felt like the numbers were bumped up greatly every time I checked, but progress was slower this time. I guess gaining a lot of experience from enemies of lower ranks did not result in gaining levels. Daniela had also said that the pace in which you gain levels drops significantly at a certain point… Thinking of it like that, maybe it’s impressive that I gained 4 levels.
On close inspection, I see that Greatsword and Nighteyes have improved. I’ve used them both quite a lot… It would be horrible if they hadn’t. I think I might try my hand at the shortsword once I feel really confident with my skills with the greatsword… Well, that wouldn’t be for a while.
I’m not sure if it was the relief of knowing what my status was or if it was pure exhaustion, but I quickly fell asleep after that. It was with a short prayer that the orcs would not attack us again, that I allowed my consciousness to drift away.
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Well, where should I begin? I am currently in the orc settlement. There is an orc in front of me. An abnormally evolved being. He calls himself the King of Orcs. His name is Arthur. He is inside of an underground prison cell that is located in a passage that connects the settlement to the valley depths.
“Help me! Release me from this place!”
Explaining the encounter with this suspicious person would require me to go back. I should start at the point where we Adventurers left our fortress and headed for the orc settlement.
Let me go back to what happened this morning.