Shatei Kyokufuri – 125

Data.117 – Old Bowman, Bone Ruins

The stamp card, or Grow Card that I was given was (Exorcism Bow Art – Unmarked).
It could be equipped like an ordinary Grow Card, but there was no effect yet.
The skills would be unlocked as I traveled around the Ghost Float and got the card stamped.
Fast Travel would be unlocked once I completed the card.

Completion was when I had all four stamps and returned to the fortune teller.
Until that happened, the effect of the card could not be used outside of the Ghost Float.
Furthermore, if the player is killed in the Ghost Float before completion, the item would be destroyed.
In other words…you had to go back to the fortune teller and get a new card that would have to be stamped all over again.

So that’s why not many people had not unlocked Fast Travel.
You had to travel through dangerous areas where players were killing each other, and then gather all four stamps.
Unlocking Fast Travel meant exploring the entire Ghost Float.
Well, there were games that didn’t allow you to warp until you did everything in the field, so it wasn’t really strange…but it was still difficult.

“No, perhaps I should say…that it is worth playing.”

I was able to wake up early today.
I would finish what I needed to do and start my morning adventure.

◆ ◆ ◆

“It really is always night time here.”

It was night at the Ghost Float, just as it was when I logged out yesterday.
While NSO was synced with real time, this place was special.
Was it cut off from the rest of the field we were usually in?
I then met up with Anne, who knew the answer to this question.

“Yes, this is a separate space. And so this island cannot be seen from the ground. You can only reach it after getting onto the Ghost Airship. There are several places like this in the great sky, and they are called Celestial Worlds.”

“I had a feeling that might be the case. I once flew up really high, but didn’t see any islands like this.”

“During the final battle! I saw that in the video that Necoco uploaded!”

Both Necoco and Satomi had uploaded videos of the fight.
I had watched them myself… It was hard to believe that it was really me in them.
And so I ended up watching the videos as if I were watching someone else.
However, it did mean that it was a fight that others would find entertaining.

Due to that fight and the list of people that beat Charin, which appeared on the official website, the name of the Ghost Guild had spread, causing more players to want to join.
Another thing that had spread was knowledge of Miracle Effects.
This was because the difficulty had dropped, and more people were able to beat Charin.

When there weren’t so many of us, we tended to hide it. But that was just a decision individuals made, thinking that keeping it a secret would be more exciting.
Necoco and Satomi had edited the rewards out of their videos, but at this point, players were likely just showing everything. It was understandable to want to show it after fighting so hard.

And so many players know about the Miracle Effect now.
It was public knowledge that I could use it.
However…it wasn’t like eventually everyone would be able to use it as well.

While the Charin fight’s difficulty had been lowered, it had been ridiculously difficult to begin with!
Only top players were able to get the ME medals, and they would continue to be difficult to acquire.
On the other hand, it meant the strong would continue to get stronger.
And so while I wanted to play at a leisurely pace, I could not be idle.

First, I had to get these ‘four marks’ and acquire a new Grow Card.

“Let’s form a party before going out into the field.”

“Yes!”

If we were in a party together, then we wouldn’t take damage when hitting each other while out on the field.
While it wasn’t something I was very concerned with, it would at least eliminate any worry about Anne betraying me.
From here on, I could trust only Garbow and Anne.

“Alright, let’s go.”

And like that, the horror stamp rally began…

“There you are, Kyuji! Fight me!”
“No, fight me! Come on!”
“Get out of the way, you bottom of the barrel gamers! I’m more famous than you!”
“You’re just a small fry! I’ve been doing this for 3 years!”
“That’s nothing! I’ve been playing for 5 years!”

…The place felt even more lawless than I thought.
This was what happened the moment you stepped out of the town.
Yesterday, when I had just arrived, hardly anyone knew that I had come here. And I’m sure that they also stayed away because they were afraid of that Slime Man…

In any case, here, power was the only thing that mattered.
And when in Rome… I would follow that old saying.

“Let’s take them down then. It will be very annoying if they follow us.”

“Gar! Gar!”

“If we kill them all, they won’t be able to return to the Ghost Float for quite some time!”

As they were arguing with each other, now was the perfect time!
I’d send them to their graves with a sudden charge attack!

“Burning Arrow Storm!”

◆ ◆ ◆

“Ha… Ha… We finally made it…!”

A giant western style mansion loomed over us!
It was made of bones, so it was clearly the Bone-ted Mansion!
While it was supposed to be a terrifying place, the exterior wasn’t so bad.
If anything, it reminded me of a theme park attraction…

Still, there really were too many of these player killers…
We were even attacked by players who seemed like they didn’t usually do such things.
Perhaps for people who just played as a minor hobby, being able to fight a famous player for a bit was something worth suffering the penalty for dying.
Of course, there was also something creepy about all their excited talking as they attacked me.
Because they charged without any fear of dying…

Regardless, we were all able to reach our destination safely.
But we would have to move like this three more times… No, I wouldn’t think about that right now.

“Let’s go inside then.”

“The inside of the building is also a versus field, so we will have to be careful!”

The mansion looked like it was built for giants.
If it was this big, I could make use of my Range, even if we were indoors.
The first floor we came into was the entrance.
Like the exterior, it looked like a classical western mansion.
It was perfect for a horror game.

“Huh? There is a table in the middle…”

A note had been left on the table that Anne found.
It read, ‘The mark is on the top floor.’
I picked it up and turned it over, but there was nothing else written on it.
So that was our only hint…

“In any case, let’s go up the stairs and try to reach the top.”

“No, wait a minute! There is something like an elevator over there! It will be so much easier!”

Indeed, the thing that she was pointing at did look like an elevator.
There were △▽ buttons, and it seemed to be working.
However, the elevator didn’t really match the house…

For a second I wondered if it was a trap, but after remembering how huge the house had looked from the outside, I dreaded the idea of going up by using the stairs alone.
I had never seen an instant death trap in NSO, so it was probably alright. I decided to agree with Anne’s suggestion.

Gata…gata-gata-gata…!

In conclusion, it was a trap.
I pushed the △ button and got in the elevator. But there were no buttons inside.
The door closed in an instant. And right when I feared that we were locked in, the elevator began to descend.
But the rattling was just because the elevator was shabby, and not because we were falling quickly.
Still, the sound made me feel more anxious as we descended.

“I-I’m sorry… If I didn’t suggest that we take the easy route…”

“No, I wanted to as well, so I have no right to blame you.”

Climbing stairs did more damage to the body than other types of exercise…
Your knees and lower back would hurt, and you would become out of breath.
So of course we would use the elevator.
It’s management’s fault for exploiting the instincts of an old man.

“…Miss Anne.”

“Just call me Anne!”

“I think you should ready your weapon.”

“What!?”

I had misunderstood as well. This was not a dungeon.
Because if it was, there wouldn’t be any other players here as well.
The whole party would be warped to a different area…
It wouldn’t be a ‘versus field.’

However, this was a ‘versus field.’
And so when the elevator doors opened…

“Bound Arrow Storm!”

“Bound Speed Star!”

As the doors opened, a player practically clawed their way in through the gap, before being destroyed by the numerous arrows and iron balls.
And then the group that was waiting on the floor was assaulted by the bounding arrows and iron ball as well.
So they had been waiting here, knowing that we would come down… How very sly of them!

“Little Garbow and I will move to the front! You stay near the elevator and support us, Mr. Kyuji!”

“Got it!”

Two advance guards… How wonderful.
Now, it was time to make our way up to the highest floor from the lowest floor!

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