Silvergreen’s Rush Through The Passage
I noticed it just as the walls of the settlement came into view. There was something like excitement in the air. Daniela and I looked at each other for a moment before we started to run back in a hurry. The Adventurers were talking loudly and running around with weapons in hand.
“Maybe…we were too late.”
“Let us hurry.”
I nodded towards Daniela and went to look for Virgil. I would grab a random person and ask where he was.
“Hey, is Virgil here?”
“He’d be right by the hole we discovered!”
“You found a hole then. Were there any orcs?”
“Aye, lots of them! It would be a great help if you went. We’re counting on you!”
“Alright. I’ll go immediately!”
So they had found it after all. But it seemed like they hadn’t reached Mordred yet, so there was still time. And so Daniela and I headed for the hole after receiving directions. It was within the largest wooden building in the settlement. Under it, anyway.
We entered through the open door and went down the steps to the underground floor. The walls were all made of dirt here. Everything from this point on appeared to be the work of the hole moles. Hanging lanterns were attached to the ceiling. We continued to walk as covetous thoughts concerning the lanterns went through my head, until finally, a wooden door appeared in front of us.
And just as I was about to touch it, it loudly burst open from the other side.
“We have been waiting for you.”
“Angelica. You scared the hell out of me.”
“Hehehe. Consider it a punishment for being late.”
She had clearly been waiting with Presence Detection activated. Ahh, that scared me. I turned around, feeling a little ashamed of my self. Daniela was looking at me with an exasperated expression.
“Well, I was aware of it. That Angelica was waiting on the other side, that is.”
“You could have told me then?”
“You would have known if you were careful and always using Presence Detection.”
Daniela said with a mischievous laugh. It was true, I had deactivated it… I guess I would have to be more careful in the future. Especially since I wanted to raise my proficiency.
“Now, there is no time for idle talk! There are many orcs hiding beyond this tunnel. Virgil has been saying that you may be able to do something about it, Asagi.”
“Well, I’ll do what I can…but I’ll have to see what it’s like first.”
There should be even more orcs there…well, Angelica was in a hurry so it would be best to rush to the scene as soon as possible.
The path continued for a while after the door, and then another door appeared. I used Presence Detection just in case, and saw that there were several people on the other side. And so I opened the door slowly. Inside, Virgil, Ness, Gardo and the rest of the valley team were standing with grim expressions.
“…Hm? Ah, Asagi. You’re late. Where were you?”
Virgil turned around as he noticed us.
“Uh, we were searching in the wrong direction…Ahaha.”
“You’re a strange one sometimes…”
He said in exasperation. But Arthur was to be kept a secret. And so he could be as exasperated as he wanted.
“So, the rest of you brilliant folks found the orcs then?”
I said sarcastically, as I was still a little annoyed. Gardo chuckled and answered my question.
“Well, it seemed obvious to check the largest building.”
“We were looking for a tunnel leading to the valley, so we checked the basement…”
Lauria continued. Olive and Oregano nodded.
I looked at the hole. The floor here was made of wood. And in the center was a rectangular hole with a staircase made of planks of wood leading down. There was also dirt on top of it. It looked like footprints, probably because orcs had traveled down here.
“Did anyone go down there?”
Daniela looked at everyone and asked. Virgil said, ‘We all did,’ in a weak voice.
“There is a wide empty space that was likely a base if you go down there. Of course, going down there would mean certain death.”
“They are waiting down there with arrows. It’s too dangerous to get any closer…”
Gardo muttered with folded arms. I see. There would be a rain of arrows as soon as they caught sight of you.
Hmm… It was frightening to think that this was a strategy taken by an orc who wasn’t even an abnormally evolved being.
“Asagi. Surely you can break through their defenses somehow?”
“Uhhh…if there was enough space to run, maybe. Daniela, could you make a path with earth magic?”
Master Daniela replied confidently. So reliable.