Shatei Kyokufuri – 100

Data.93 – Old Bowman, Virgo Trial

Before heading towards the Virgo trial, I checked to see what Eyes of the Lion King was for.
Hmm. Apparently, it was an item that I could ‘Use.’
And so I selected ‘Use.’

—Beep! Your skill, Intimidating Eyes has evolved into ‘Eyes of the Beast King.’

Th-the skill evolved…!?
So it wasn’t like Bow Arts where the number at the end just went up. The name of the skill had changed!
And this was the skill that the lion king had!
I had to check the effect right away…!

[Eyes of the Beast King.]
Intimidate those who meet your eyes with the power of a lion, temporarily freezing their movement.
It is more effective when activated while standing still.
It is less effective the farther away you are from your opponent.

While the effect was generally the same, it sure sounded more cool.
Also, the part about being stronger while standing still was new.
The king of the beasts was intimidating because he stayed still without moving around.
The way that boss lions lived was reflected in this skill.

It was great that I had acquired a superior version of a skill that could be used in mostly the same way.
While it was not likely to work on dungeon bosses or anything stronger than me, I was grateful to have something that could stop weaker monsters, as I fought at a distance.
And so I will continue to use it.

Now that I thought about it, what would happen if I used it against a player?
Did it work on players who had a lower level than you, but not on those who were higher?
But as this wasn’t a PvP event, there was no way for me to find out.
Perhaps I should visit the Colosseum when I have time, as you could casually enjoy PvP over there.

Now, I had finished checking it out.
It was time to head to the final trial.

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There was no proper order to tackle the labyrinths.
I had done the Aquarius trial first, but it would be the last for some. And this Virgo trial would have been the first trial for others.
However, the setting for the Virgo trial, the Four Season Phantom Tree, certainly had the atmosphere of a ‘final trial.’
While the giant tree with branches stretching out in all directions looked very fantastical, what was growing on the branches was different on each side.

One side had the cherry blossoms of Spring.
One side had the green leaves of Summer.
One side had the red leaves of Autumn that fell endlessly.
And one side was covered in the white snow of Winter.

So each side represented one of the seasons.
You would never see such a sight as this in real life.
I had come here once to find out if there were any combat elements, but was still impressed with it.
After taking it in for several minutes, I finally felt like listening to what Charin had to say.

Like I said before, I already heard about the trial…but it was quite complicated, and so I didn’t remember everything.
In order to check again, I would listen to Charin one more time.

Here, Charin was dressed like a goddess.
Pure white wings sprouted from her back, and she was wearing a light pink dress.
No matter the trial, her golden hair was always the same, but it now cascaded in gentle waves.
She was always pretty, but was even more so than usual now.

Furthermore, she held a sword in her right hand and a stalk of wheat in her left.
There were two theories about the goddess from the Virgo constellation. The sword likely represented the goddess of justice, Astrea. And the wheat was for the goddess of harvest, Demeter.
In other words, this trial would take elements from both.

‘Welcome to the Virgo trial-nyon! This trial may seem complicated, but it’s actually very simple-nyon! From here, all of you will go inside of the Four Seasons Phantom Tree! There are dungeons inside! And just like the outside, they are based on the four seasons-nyon!’

So the last trial was a dungeon.
That was better than ending on a mini game.

‘As there are four, each dungeon is not very long-nyon! However, you will have to clear all four in order to acquire the medal-nyon! Each dungeon has its own boss. And you cannot leave unless you clear it or declare defeat! And then you will have to start again from the first dungeon-nyon!’

So you couldn’t clear one and then rest before tackling the next one.
In order to acquire the medal, you had to go through and finish all four at once, and defeat four bosses.

‘The requirements for the special reward are quite tough-nyon! Every boss drops a ‘seasonal flower’ upon dying. If you pick it up, then a flower will grow on your head-nyon! So if you defeat all four bosses and pick up the flowers, you will have four flowers-nyon! In order to receive the special rewards, you have to keep all those flowers blooming on your head and return to the central floor-nyon!’

Blooming. That would suggest that after the flowers bloomed, they could die.
As I suspected, Charin started to talk about how the flowers could be damaged.

‘The seasonal flowers will die if attacked by the enemy-nyon! So the petals won’t fall off if you shake your head or bash it against the wall-nyon! Furthermore, it will be able to withstand being grazed a little! However, it will die without mercy if the attack hits it directly-nyon! And there is no way to revive it, so be very careful when defeating the bosses-nyon!’

That meant that players who wanted the special rewards would have to redo the dungeons if the flowers were damaged…
While this depended on the length of the dungeons and strength of the bosses and enemies, just hearing about it sounded tiring.
However, I had acquired every special reward up until now. So there was no way that I could change that on the last trial.
I would show them and clear every trial and receive every special reward…!

The dungeon entrance was a great door in the trunk of the tree.
There was something very fantastical about a man-made door in a tree, which was the product of nature.
The players were then swallowed up by the open door.
I was one of them. And like that, the challenge of the Four Seasons Phantom Tree dungeon began.

As it was a dungeon, players were separated in their own dungeons.
The only one here with me was Garbow.
I climbed the spiral staircase made with the roots of the tree, and then I reached the center floor that Charin had talked about.
The floor was shaped like a circle, and there were four doors in each direction.

The pink door for Spring, the green for Summer, the red for Autumn, and the white for Winter.
I had to defeat the boss that was at the end of the dungeon so that a flower would bloom.
Once I had all four, then I was to return to this floor.

It was different from the dungeon where I would receive the medal as soon as I defeated the boss.
Yes, this seemed like it would be very difficult…
My final trial. So, which season should I start with…!

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5 Comments Leave a comment

  1. So the lion eyes did upgrade his skill.

    So basically the Virgo trial is a boss rush marathon battle. Also I think Kyuji might have an advantage here to get the special reward since he has super long range so he’d be able to kill most enemies before they get close enough to even damage his flowers.

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