Chapter 28: Defense Specialized and Midnight Exploration
The two’s appearance emerged from the magic circle.
Even though she had no【Akujiki】, Maple was making a stance with her large shield for surprise attacks.
「It looks okay……huh?」
The two confirmed the surroundings.
Surrounding them were ruins that had spread. There was plenty of marks of buildings being destroyed.
Guessing from the mountainous area’s position, it looks like their location is on the opposite location of their starting point.
「For the mean time, we got to a good direction huh?」
「But, somebody might’ve already explored it」
「It’s only the second day… the hidden ones shouldn’t be found yet… here, there’s probably nothing. It’s right in front of the magic circle after all」
Nevertheless, there’s no way that the management would place a medal right in front of the destination point.
While searching for a safe place, the two walked around the ruins, they decided to at least search too.
「… there’s three players. What do think?」
「If possible, I don’t want to fight……there’s no【Akujiki】too… it’s bad if we lost」
「I got it. The, let’s go here」
The two passed through the ruins, and entered inside the forest quietly.
The monsters that were coming out were spiders and owls.
If you look at them after the monster bird, whatever monster it is, it looks like a small fry.
Their movements are slow, they also have no attack powers, and their HP is low too.
「Easy win, easy win」
They moved forward inside the forest. What they are searching for is a place that they can spend the night. They took plenty of time climbing, so the sun is already setting.
The two continued to explore the forest while defeating monsters.
As Maple had said, surrounding them was only a forest that was spreading, and there seems to be no special buildings or caves.
「For the meantime, let’s climb on top of a higher tree. I think it’s better than being on the ground」
Sally chose a tree that only had branches in high places and jumped using【Leap】.
Maple followed her and reached the top of the tree.
There would probably no players that would prefer climbing one without branches on the lower places appearing.
The two rested their backs on the trunk of the tree and took a breath.
After doing that, the fatigue from the battle against the monster birds suddenly came.
「Sally… after 12, 【Akujiki】would recover though. What do you think?」
It means, what Maple wants to say is, after taking a break for a while until 12, if she would like to explore in the middle of the night or not.
There was also the thing with the jungle in the other day, so there should be and event that is set to appear by during time periods.
The two’s goal is 20 medals.
For that, they need to test many things, and there is a need for them to explore the places that they can explore.
On top of that, they need to find it before other players.
Rushing to explore during the last stage of the event is not good.
「If it’s good with Maple」
「Un, then… let’s continue exploring after 12 had passed!」
The two decided to use the status point that they gained from leveling up.
「Let me see〜… AGI and STR huh?」
「One vote for VIT!」
MP 12/12 〈＋10〉
Body【Armor of Black Roses】
Right hand【Shingetsu : Hydra(Poison Dragon)】
Left Hand【Mirror of the Dark Night : Bizarre Eater(Akujiki)】
Legs【Armor of Black Roses】
Shoes【Armor of Black Roses】
Accessories【Ring of the Forest Queen Bee】
【Ring of Life】
【Absolute Defense】【Giant Killing (OomonoKurai)】【Hydra Eater (DokuryuuKurai)】【Bomb Eater (BakudanKurai)】【Meditation】【Provoke】【Abominable (Gokuaku Hidō】【Knowledge of Large Shield IV】【Body Manipulation】【Attack Diversion】 【Shield Attack】
【HP Strengthening (Small)】【MP Strengthening (Small)】
【Cover Move I】【Cover】
Head【Muffler of the Surface Water (Minamo no Mafura) : Mirage(Shinkirō)】
Body【Coat of the Ocean (Taikai no Kōto) : Ocean(Taikai)】
Right Hand【Dagger of the Deep Sea (Shinkai no Dagā)】
Left Hand【Dagger of the Bottom of the Water (Minasoko no Dagā)】
Legs【Leggings of the Ocean】
【Status Debuff Attack III】【Slash】【Double Slash】【Gale Slash (HayateGiri)】【Muscle Strengthening (Small)】
【Consecutive Attack Strengthening (Small)】【Double Attack】【Powered Attack】【Switch Attack】【Body Arts I】
【Knowledge of Short Swords II】【Jack of All Trades】【Defense Break】【Super Acceleration】
【Fire Magic I】【Water Magic II】【Wind Magic II】
【Earth Magic I】【Dark Magic I】【Light Magic II】
【Fire Ball】【Water Ball】
【Wind Cutter】【Wind Wall】
【MP Strengthening (Small)】【MP Cut (Small)】
【MP Recovery Speed Strengthening (Small)】【Knowledge of Magic II】
【Fishing】【Swimming X】【Diving X】【Cooking I】
【Mining Speed Strengthening (Small)】【Sensory Blocking II】
【Sensory Awareness II】【Stealth Move I】【Leap I】
【Poison Resistance (Small)】
In Maple’s status【VIT+5】and【Destruction Growth】, with both of those it’s 【VIT +60】.
【Unyielding Guardian】 is added in her skills.
In Sally’s status its 【AGI +5】and【STR +5】
Maple ate the food that she received from Sally.
They needed to rest their body before 12.
In the middle of the night where even the sounds of the monsters moving got quiet, the to climbed down from the tree.
Since【Akujiki】had also recovered, their battle preparations are perfect.
And with that, Maple changed her shield to Snow White. It’s to avoid wasting them.
「The forest, or the ruins. Which one?」
「U〜n… the forest! There were also players in the ruins earlier so it probably got explored」
「Un. The forest then」
The two advanced deeper and deeper into the forest.
From time to time, owls were charging without sounds, but Sally easily dodged with her own dodging skills, and Maple was ignoring them since there would be no damage after all.
And, after an hour and a half walking around the forest.
「Ne〜, Sally? There… isn’t it shining?」
Being told by Maple, Sally looked at it carefully.
As Maple had said, far ahead of them, she saw a faint light.
「It might be a player, so… cautiously」
「I got it」
The two hold their breaths and approached.
In Sally’s case, she even made sure and used【Sensory Blocking】.
What was there, was a bamboo forest.
And one part of one of them was shining faintly.
「W-What do you think…? Should we split it into two」
Maple asked Sally.
「If there was a person inside, it would be very troublesome though……」
Bamboo that shines in the middle.
Whoever it is, they should imagine Kaguya-Hime. In fact, Sally was also like that.
「But… there might be a medal… there is also medals that can be gained from exploring right?」
After the two talked for a while, in the end, they decided to split it into two.
Sally swung her dagger.
*Supa*, the bamboo got cut and increased its shine.
Nothing that they feared of had happened.
What’s inside, was one medal that was shining with a silver color
「Yay! Nothing troublesome happened, and we also get a medal!」
「Yosh! With this, only 12 pieces left!」
The two got happy, but it was wrong that there wasn’t a troublesome thing.
*GasaGasa*, after the bushes around sounded, rabbits that had long horns jumped out one next to the other.
「Is it the moon’s Usagi-san?」
「Maybe……that horn, it might be piercing damage. Be careful」
The two prepared for battle.
Maple, compared to the time when she just started the game, she really became like a normal player.
Even that is said, it is only about the things other than her status.
Comparing something like a rabbit to the monster bird, it’s only very cute.
The two started the battle against the rabbits that had jumped towards them.
After a while when the battle had finished, the place where the bamboo forest was changed to a sea of poison, and the bamboos that grew straight upwards were cut in the middle, it was that kind of a terrible situation.
Each one of the rabbits wasn’t that much, but their numbers were tremendous.
「T-There’s too many…」
「A hundred?… two hundred? I’m tired…」
Defeating all the rabbits that were jumping within the bamboo forest as if it was their own garden took them plenty of difficulties.
「Let’s rest on the top of some tree……」
「Un… I agree」
In exchange for one medal, they got really exhausted.
The third day of the event, it had just started