Shatei Kyokufuri – 87

Data.80 – Old Bowman, Taurus Trial

The next day…
I had calmed down after a night of sleep and would no longer begrudge having to give away the medal.
I had my photos and memories anyway.

‘Yes-yes! I see you have the gold medal-nyon! You can take it off now-nyon!’

There was no need to give her the gold medal. You just needed to equip it so that it was visible.
Apparently, you did have to give it to her at first, but there were so many players asking to keep it that they changed it.
In fact, they even returned the medals to players who already submitted theirs.
This would have been tremendous work if humans had to do it, but it was simple with an AI.

‘Here is your medal!’

She gave me the Aries medal.
It had the constellation on the front and a wooly sheep on the back.
This one was more cute than cool.

‘And here is the special reward! ‘Cloud Sheep Wool’-nyon!’

So the reward was wool from the cloud sheep.
No matter how many times I touched it, it felt amazingly soft.
Also, since it’s related to clouds, does that mean…?
I would have to go to Mr. Yu’s workshop.

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I showed the heavenly maiden at the front desk the wool, and its uses appeared in a window in front of me.
…I see.
So this was material that allowed you to evolve the Cloudcrossing Tabi!

Currently, it was the third day after I had requested that my windcloud equipment be repaired and evolved.
So I would actually be able to take them now. But I prefered to get everything at once when it was all finished.
If I asked them to evolve the Cloudcrossing Tabi now, I would have to wait an extra day…but that was fine. It’s not like there was any other option for me.

“Please do it.”

And so I made the request.
I was to come back two days later during the afternoon.

“Certainly! Ah, we give this to customers who make lots of requests. The ‘Peach of Immortality’!”

She pulled out the shining peach as if just remembering this.

“Our master is very fond of them. If you give him one, then one of your requests will be finished in an instant! The power of the peach gives him energy and drive!”

In other words, it was a time-saving item, huh?
It was used in a lot in games that involved making something.
While it was useful, they were usually difficult to acquire. So, should I really use it here…?

No, I think that I’ll save it.
There might be another trial without combat. And I might take a few days to clear it.
In that case, there would be no point in having rushed.

If the remaining trials were all about combat, then I would use it.
Now that I had more than half of the medals, I was starting to think of the final battle.
However, I still didn’t know anything about the Serpent Palace.
Though there was no need to rush, it would not be a bad idea to try and do things swiftly.

Now, I had finished what I needed to do, so it was time to head to the next trial.
It was the closest one from the Aries labyrinth, which was the Taurus labyrinth.
This was one that I didn’t know anything about.
And so…I was looking forward to finding out.

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I expected Taurus labyrinth Charin to be dressed as an American cowgirl or in cow print clothes.
However, she was wearing a flashy costume with lots of gold accessories. There was a sword in one hand and a red cloth in the other.
At this point, I had an idea of what the trial would be.

‘Welcome to the Taurus labyrinth! Here, you will be bullfighting-nyon! But not ordinary bullfighting-nyon!’

Matador Charin said exactly what I was thinking.

‘First, you cannot defeat your opponent, Mister Bull! It’s not because he’s invincible, you just can’t defeat him-nyon! You will receive a medal if you can survive for three minutes battling him! Survive for five minutes and you will receive a reward-nyon!’

In other words, run around for five minutes.
If it wasn’t completely invincible, maybe I could stop it with skills.
However…there was a simpler method as well.
It wasn’t something that all players could do. But I and some others had a way…
Stay in the air.

The bullfight would take place in a field surrounded by fences, but there was also a dome-shaped barrier so you couldn’t escape into the sky.
The ceiling of the barrier was not too high, but high enough for a bull that could barely jump.
If I stayed up high enough, then I should be safe.

“If only I had my Cloudcrossing Tabi…”

The weapon skill ‘Floating Cloud’ allowed you to make cloud platforms in the air.
One cloud lasted for five minutes, so you would be able to clear the trial easily.

Even now, my strategy was being used in one of the bullfighting rings.
A woman who looked like a witch was riding on a broom that was suspended in the air.
If she could also stay there for five minutes, then all she needed to do was wait.
It seems like they hadn’t really thought this trial out…or not.

MOooooooooo!!!

The bull trampled the dirt with its front legs with fury. Then it pierced the ground with its horns before lifting them into the air. A part of the ground came out and shot through upwards like a bullet.
Caught completely off guard, the witch was not able to dodge it.
And just like that, she fell down and was pierced by the horns of the waiting bull.

“Gah…!”

Came the final cry as she turned into light and disappeared.
Of course, even though she died, it didn’t mean that being pierced was painful.
She had probably resurrected somewhere and was stomping her foot in the dirt with frustration.

Still, it was a good thing that I didn’t bring the Cloudcrossing Tabi…!
If I had them, I would have been over confident and immediately started the trial, which would have resulted in me meeting the same fate as her.

First, I would watch other players and put together a strategy.
Perhaps I’ll find something that will give me a hint.
There was one ring in particular that had a lot of players watching.
Surely that meant there was something impressive going on.

“Ah…”

In the center of the ring, there was a man who stood steadfast and without dodging, blocked all of the bull’s charges with his shield.
It was Buckler, a 3rd from the Straight Knights guild…!
He was able to maintain this for the full five minutes, and won the medal and the reward.
The spectators showered him with applause and praise.

His shield and armor were different from before.
They looked thicker and more durable.
However, I would never forget the face. It was Buckler.

“It’s been a while, Kyuji.”

Buckler said as he walked towards me.
So he hadn’t forgotten about me.

“Yeah. I haven’t seen you since the turf war, Mister Buckler. I’m honored that you remember my name.”

I just said what I felt, but perhaps it came off as sarcastic…?
I was a little worried, but Buckler just laughed and replied.

“Of course, I remember it! You are a top player and one of the faces of this game. If anyone doesn’t know you, they must live in a hole.”

“Uhahaha… Well, uh, thank you.”

I couldn’t be too modest here.
After all, I had defeated him once.
So to lower myself would mean to take him down as well.

“Oh, I see that you knew that half-assed armor would only get in the way of this trial, and so you came in your light beginner gear! Especially since there is a risk of destroying your main set! I’d expect no less from the man who beat me!”

After being praised this much, I couldn’t say that it was a coincidence or that I had been regretting not bringing my other equipment a moment ago…

“And I hear that you’ve collected a lot of medals too! I’m sure you’ll reach the final battle soon, but I might get there first!”

“Well, I’m really no match for a professional. Are you trying to be the first to reach the Serpent Palace?”

“Of course, I am! However, there are a lot of other strong players! So there is no guarantee that I can do it! Hahaha!”

A lot of other strong players…huh.
It was a good thing that this event didn’t have PvP.

“Well, in any case, you’ll have a chance to meet those players eventually! After all, it’s the battles between people that are the most exciting! If I ever have the opportunity of fighting you again, I will not lose! And so you better be ready!”

Buckler said before leaving.
As always, he had a tremendous presence…
If I fought him now, could I win, even with the Windcloud set?
During the turf war, I had just been helped by the event system, and could not say that I won based on my own ability.
So if I were to face players like Buckler in the future, and the conditions were completely fair…

Yes, I did need to become stronger. And that was a good thing.
The desire to move forward becomes a great motivation to play the game.
Well, not that I lacked motivation right now…
If anything, recently I had spent a whole day on one trial, so perhaps I was getting too absorbed.

This time, it was a bullfight where you didn’t defeat the bull.
I’d keep it cool and continue to dodge the danger and clear it.
Well, I too could make no guarantees…

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Shatei Kyokufuri Yumi-Ojisan

3 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Couldn’t he also just spam his spider web bow and the special web arrows and his monkey poop flinging gloves to keep the bull from moving?

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