Chapter 2 – I was able to dig a lot!
<<You possess a tool that makes mining possible.>>
I looked around me.
However, there was no one there.
Well, maybe there was. But they were all dead.
Besides, it hadn’t echoed throughout the cave.
It was like I had heard it inside of my head, rather than through my ears.
And so without saying it out loud, I willed it in my head.
…Say it again.
<<You possess a tool that makes mining possible. Do you want to start mining?>>
I knew it. There was something talking to me inside of my head.
…Who the hell are you?
<<This is the advice feature for the crest, ‘Cave King.’ Not a lifeform.>>
‘Cave King’…it was the crest that I had been born with.
As I had stayed in the royal palace most of the time, I had never gone to any caves. To think that it had such an effect all along…
I wonder what else Cave King could do…
As if reading my mind, the advisor answered.
<<Currently, aside from the advice feature, there is the raising of mining skills and support effects. Furthermore, abilities and skill ranks used in caves will be boosted.>>
I wasn’t able to catch all of that…
But, in other words, it was an advanced ‘mining’ skill?
So anyone who had a mining crest would have their mining ability raised.
But as I was Cave King, I also became stronger inside of caves. Something like that.
In any case, it was clear that I was specialized in mining.
As there was not enough room to sleep here, I decided to start digging a little.
…So, if I said that I wanted to start mining?
<<Understood. Mining optimization will begin through the mining support effect.>>
I then noticed that there were numerous white lights floating on the cavern walls.
Why were they glowing?
<<The white lights are recommendations for where you should hit with your pickaxe. It is calculated to be the easiest way to dig without causing a cave-in.>>
“Huh. Well, guess I’ll try it out then.”
And so I tried hitting the spot with the pickaxe.
And then, in one strike, I was able to dig out a rock that was about the size of a person’s head.
I didn’t feel any of the impact in my arms, so the advice had been true after all.
“Also, it seems strangely bright in here in spite of it being a cave…is that also a support effect?”
<<Yes. It is the Night Vision effect.>>
“I see. Well, I’ll be able to keep going then… I’ll just make some space to sleep for now.”
And so I struck the wall again with the pickaxe.
As I knew where to hit, I was able to make good progress really easily.
Besides, there was something comforting about the sounds of the rocks breaking.
“This…is sort of fun…”
Before I knew it, I was very engrossed in my work.
I had forgotten my plans to just make an area to sleep in, and I kept digging much farther.
There was now a lot of rocks around my feet.
Hmm… Was it just me, or was I able to dig out more with every hit now?
The rocks that came out seemed to be getting bigger.