Shatei Kyokufuri – 76

Data.69 – Old Bowman, An Unexpected Companion

And so I chased after the monkey’s red buttocks and climbed up the cliff.
I felt that I was actually moving at a good pace, but a human could not match the physical abilities of an animal.
Especially when it comes to mountain climbing. And so the gap between us continued to widen.
Not only that, but we were soon surrounded by fog. I would lose sight of it…

It was just as I started to give up, that the monkey’s red butt disappeared suddenly.
And it…wasn’t because of the fog.
It had likely reached the top.

“Floating Cloud!”

I created a cloud under my feet and moved from the cliff to it.
And then I unleashed Warp Arrow so that it created a mountain-like arch.
Like this, it should land on the ground above.

After a brief pause, my body warped away.
And then I felt solid ground below my feet.
Apparently, my plan had succeeded.

The monkey was moving on ahead while still carrying the boy with silver hair.
There was a sign here as well, and it instructed visitors to go straight ahead.
The path here was just well-trodden dirt, but it was still easier to walk over than places with grass and rocks.

Still, the monkey continued to move at an impressive speed.
Well, I suppose it was in its ideal habitat, so it was no surprise.
If I wanted to catch up, I would have to use Warp Arrow.
While it sounded like I was cheating, this wasn’t an actual race.
I just wanted to talk…!

“Warp Arrow!”

Once the cooldown time was over, I shot Warp Arrow so that it would land ahead of the monkey.
After warping, I stepped aside so that I wouldn’t look like I was obstructing its path while calling out to it.
If it ignored me, I would think of something else.

“Um…”

The monkey stopped.
So, what should I ask first?
There were so many things I wanted to know… But then the monkey opened its mouth.

“That warp skill…sure is useful. It’s no wonder you got the MVP during the turf war. No, it was actually banned during the turf war. So that’s unrelated.”

The boy with silver hair woke up and then stood on his own feet on the ground.
So he really was a player.
Then the monkey…

“As you’ve already guessed, the monkey is a Unison. Gochu, the Magic Monkey.”

Well…it’s not quite a ripoff name, but it’s close.

“Ukya!”

The monkey called Gochu bowed its head. It no longer talked.
In fact, the way it had talked earlier was exactly like how the boy talked. So he must have been using some method to have the monkey talk for him.

“And I am Satomi. A Unison trainer. In spite of the name, I am male.”

This name was also a little too similar to a certain trainer…

“And I am…”

“I know. You’re Mister Kyuji, a 2nd Archer. The MVP of the last turf war. And you had the most kills with 158 during the Under X battle royale.”

“Well, ahahaha…”

“Your style involves putting everything into Range. You have incredible accuracy and can easily take down enemies at a great distance. People say that you are making good progress on this event as well. You are quite well-known.”

I was known to that degree then…
It was tough being famous. Those were words I never thought that I’d say.

“Besides, I fought in the same event as you.”

“The same event? Was it the turf war? But there were so many people, and I don’t remember every face…”

“Well, I was there, but we didn’t meet. However, I was talking about the battle royale. You were 3rd and I was 2nd. And Necoco was 1st.”

“Ah…!”

While I didn’t remember the name, I did remember the player.
Because I had gotten 158 kills and was 3rd, and yet someone with 0 kills had been 2nd.
And that person was right in front of me now…

“That time, I just decided to run and hide. I told myself that I would only fight when there were two other people left. And so I gathered chips and used my skill to hide. Of course, in the end, Necoco ambushed me and slit my throat.”

Satomi made a cutting gesture over his neck.
I see. So he had died just like me.

“Some time after, Necoco made a certain proposition to me. She wanted to make a guild for people who are a little different. A Ghost Guild.”

“Ah, she talked to me about that as well.

“And did you accept?”

“Yeah, I did. She is right about there being quests and events that we won’t be able to do alone, and I thought it would be interesting to have a guild with relaxed connections for such a time.”

“I see. That is a logical decision. I’m sure it will be easier than having to work with a guild you know nothing about. However, I am still undecided.”

Satomi looked at me as if he really wanted me to ask, ‘Why is that?’

“Uh, so what’s stopping you…”

“Because I am worried that I will not be able to keep up with her passion for games, that runs deep inside of her. You can say that my style is to put all my points into ‘Raku(Ease)’.”

“Raku… Do you mean Luck?”

“Very amusing, but no. I…just want to play with ease!”

“Huh…!?”

The conversation had suddenly shifted in a strange direction…!
Satomi continued with a smug expression.

“Playing with ease is a wonderful thing. If the results are the same, then you should take the easy route. It’s common sense.”

“Well, perhaps.”

“For instance, during the battle royale. I hid without fighting and still got 2nd place. I can take it easy and still get great results. Look, I’m not saying that your playstyle is wrong, Mister Kyuji. In fact, deep down, we probably think in the same way.”

Indeed, my style of putting everything into Range was due to wanting to kill enemies without moving too much, or not wanting to be hit by counter attacks. So you could say that I just wanted to take things easy.

“However, taking it easy isn’t always easy. Well, it was simple enough with the rules during the battle royale, but the basics of MMOs involve getting stronger over time. And so I couldn’t do much during the turf war. However…I have found my savior!”

Satomi petted Mister Monkey…I mean, Gochu.

“It was the implementation of the Unisons! I was lucky enough to encounter Gochu, and tamed him. And became a Unison Trainer, which is a special job! My fighting style involves leaving everything to him. All I have to do is give orders and support with skill and items. That is what a Unison Trainer does!”

Satomi said all of this in one breath.

“That being said, it is still not easy to take things easy. Monster battles here are not like a sport. In NSO, it’s more like a battle to the death. And if a Unison dies, then the trainer will be dead meat. It won’t go like the anime I’m inspired by.”

He straight up admitted it…!
Well, if it was a job that involved letting your Unison do all the fighting, then his own combat abilities would be very low.
And so if they died, your fate would be to follow them…
It was like you were one mind and body.

In any case, the Unisons were implemented after the turf war, so this new job, ‘Unison Trainer’ would have been implemented at the same time.
That was quite recent. And yet he has already changed classes and seemed to be using it well.
He must really hate fighting his own battle.
Those who were able to persevere with their own style tended to be strong.

“As it is a recent job, there are more special systems and skills than the beginner ones. Since I have the utmost respect for you, Mister Kyuji, I do want to give you some information… But I suppose now is not the time.”

“Yeah, it would seem like it…”

We had been surrounded by some thick fog.
And it wasn’t just fog.
I could hear the growling of beasts from within.

“Monster Scan.”

Something like a light was unleashed from Satomi’s hand, and he moved it through the fog.
Once this was done, a window opened up in front of him.

“These are Mist Tigers. As they have the special ability of being able to turn into mist, magic would be more effective than physical attacks.”

So it was a skill like my Letter Arrow, which allowed you to learn about monsters.
But as Unison Trainer was a job that specializes in dealing with Unison Monsters, perhaps his was much better in terms of ability.
In any case, while we could see the mist, we couldn’t see the tigers.
He was able to learn about monsters that were in range, even if he couldn’t see them…

“Sorry, but I’m not really good with magic… But I do have exploding arrows.”

“Yes, that’s right. In that case…”

Satomi closed his eyes and became silent.
And then, his body…became transparent!
At the same time, Gochu’s eyes opened wide.

“I’ll be the main fighter then. Gochu is a monster known as a Magic Monkey. And as the name would suggest, he’s good with magic attacks.”

Satomi’s voice came from Gochu.

“Is this some kind of possession skill?”

“No, I’m just erasing my body and hitbox with a charge attack called ‘Unmoving Invisible Stance.’ It used to be treated as a skill, but it was nerfed, as it was too powerful during PvP. The effect wears off if you move or the time limit is up.”

So he had also experienced being nerfed…
Well, it made sense. Such a skill would be too powerful.

“I control Gochu by using a different skill, but I’ll tell you about that later. Right now, I have to hunt down these tigers. I want to kill all of them before the invisibility wears off.”

Through Gochu, Satomi wielded a long club-like staff.
I suppose it was like a magic staff.

“Flame Lotus!”

Flames rose up explosively in the shape of a lotus flower.
The beautiful red flowers of fire blazed through and erased the fog. And then the Mist Tigers appeared.

“Can you get them now?”

“Yeah, leave it to me!”

And like this, I fought alongside the odd pair that was this player and his monkey.

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