Shatei Kyokufuri – 36

Data.33 – Old Bowman, Can’t Help It

The last battle…was even more desperate than I imagined.

Green Butterfly had sent their entire fighting force to go and attack Red Boar’s main base.
And they had started doing this very early on…

I learned about this later, but the parrot-type monsters that had flown off after we took the fortress were indeed monsters who sent messages to the other fortresses.
Blue Deer had sent these parrots not to just their own fortresses, but also their enemy, Green Butterfly as well.
It was easy to assume that upon hearing the messages, Green Butterfly would think that Red Boar would take down Blue Deer’s fortress.

This turf war was supposed to last for a week, and the team who had the most fortresses at the end of the event would win.
However, if one team took a main base and then took possession of all of that team’s fortresses, it would then become incredibly difficult for the remaining team to catch up.
And so Green Butterfly attacked Red Boar’s main base in order to lure away the army that was attacking Blue Deer’s main base.
If their own base was being attacked, they could not spare time to attack the other ones…

However, Blue Deer’s main base was taken down by just Hatake’s guild and me and my monsters and AI warriors.
Ultimately, Green Butterfly now had no way of winning unless they took down our main base.
On the other hand, it meant that we just had to survive their attack, and then we would win.

And so the two powers clashed head on.

Due to a delayed reaction, Red Boar started with a disadvantage, but unlike Green Butterfly, who had to march towards the base, we just had to defend.
We just had to prevent our main base from falling.
And so small groups were sent to launch guerrilla attacks in order to delay the march, and in the meantime, we gathered our forces to the main base.
Green Butterfly started to lose their momentum, and fell apart completely in the battle at Red Boar’s base.

As I felt that the only thing I needed to do was protect the main base, I headed straight for it on the Mach Horse.
And during the final battle, I spammed arrows over the enemy and contributed to their demise.
While it wasn’t some dramatic appearance where I swept in and saved my comrades in the nick of time, it wasn’t bad. I was able to rack up kills while sniping from behind a powerful advance guard. This was the way I was supposed to fight.
And so I didn’t stick out. At that time, anyway…

After that, we attacked Green Butterfly’s main base, now that they had lost their primary fighting force. And the event ended with Red Boar’s victory.

The problem was what happened after that.
Once the event was finished, the players who were killed were allowed to return to the map.
It was so that everyone who participated could see the final results together, and find out which players did the best.

It sounded fun, right?
Like a peaceful moment before the curtains fall.
Once it was over, no one held any grudges and we all got along… Well, that’s not what happened.
VRMMOs were not a gentleman’s sport.
It was a beastly sport where the latest technology was used to bring out the most base of instincts.

Well, at least I had fun…
But not everyone did…
And so screenshots of the final results were spread everywhere online as proof of how badly balanced the event had been.
And the screenshot that got the most attention, in a bad way…was a screenshot of the event MVP. A big picture of my face, name and job were projected onto the sky.
Of course, it was my face, name and job within the game.

Well, it wasn’t as if the backlash was directed at me personally.
In fact, the players of Red Boar were very happy when they saw the announcement.
However, a lot was still said about how a 2nd had stolen the spotlight in an event that was expected to center around 3rds.

Furthermore, a 2nd had also taken the title for most kills.
As for that player, no image was shown, but it wasn’t hard to guess after seeing the name.
‘Nekoko Strange.’ …Only a cat lover would use a name like that. So it must be her.

She had won during the battle royale. In other words, she had gotten the MVP, while I had the most kills.
This time it was reversed.
Well, I suppose that worked as a revenge?

It seemed like we were advancing through the game at a similar speed, and if there was another large event, we would likely clash again.
Though, I didn’t know when there would be another one…

This was because NSO had done two in a short span already.
And given how much backlash there was this time, management had announced that they would take more time to balance and plan the events.

In the first place, there were rumors that the next NSO update would add lots of new features for solo players. And so it was already obvious that events would not be coming as regularly.
Still, it was important to look like you were listening.

During this great age of VR games, it was like there were at least five different controversies happening at all times.
If anything, there were people who said that it was best that people were passionate.
That kind of fire could attract more players.
And so it was seen as a chance to increase your playerbase.
Depending on how management handled things, they would overcome the danger.

But as for me…I wanted things to settle down as soon as possible.
This was because the screenshot was reposted so many times, that even searching for ‘Next Stage Online’ or ‘NSO’ started to bring up my character’s face…!

And so I was now quite famous.
People would point at me when walking around in towns in the game. And they would approach me and ask to take photos.

Being the center of attention. The talk of the town… I had never experienced such a thing before.
But well, I suppose that it didn’t feel bad to have people who were happy to see you.
That being said, I still had to reject a lot of offers to join guilds and pro gamer teams.

I intended to continue enjoying this game while staying solo.
It wasn’t that I would never get involved with others.
I just wanted the freedom to go in any direction that felt fun. Like a cloud in the wind.

Now, the next update would have a great effect on the fate of this game. So what kind of new features would they implement?
I had a feeling that NSO would continue to excite me for quite some time.

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Shatei Kyokufuri Yumi-Ojisan

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