Chapter 2 – Robbery in an Instant ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ (Part 1)
The owl’s cries, it echoes through the trees.
A full moon in the sky. Within the cool air surrounding, Junpei did not falter to the darkness of the forest, he sew through the trees as if it was afternoon, moving ahead with fast feet while going through the bushes.
Suddenlyーーhe turned around to the mountain terrain that connects to the Interstice Labyrinth that is already far behind.
It might be good to make a fire where he is right now and stay for the night, but he did not stop his feet.
The condition that he would be forcefully taken back there after half a year.
That only means, that he has only half a year to freely spend outside, but from the physiological ill feeling and fear, he did not have a leeway at all.
ーーthere wasn’t an easy fight at all.
The fierce battles up until now went through his mind.
He was always at the bottom of the food pyramid inside the labyrinth.
He looked back to his miserable self, and was pushed by the feeling of wanting to get away from that labyrinth as soon as possible.
That is why, he did not take any breaks, and moved forward through the animal trails while swinging the hatched that is full of red rust that he took from the cannibal’s village.
And on top of that, Junpei started to organize the current situation in his head.
ーーin the item box, there is food and water……this is okay. It should be possible to easily travel for months.
“If, that is so……”, he told himself.
「If I literally move forward like this, I should be able to reach a river sometime. And if I tread towards downriver from there……the possibility that it connects to human civilization is high」
At worst, even if he did not meet with any human civilization and reach the sea through this river, if he treads the beaches, he should be able to reach fishing villages or ports. Unless this is an uninhabited island.
The possibility of not meeting anybody within the limit of half a year came to his mind, but he immediately shook his head sidewards.
Even if he continues to think endlessly about things that he has no control to……there would be no improvement to the situation.
「That’s right, the important thing is……move forward whatever happens. And to take steps」
And furthermore, he continued to check his current situation.
Next is the equipments he has.
- Magic Beast’s Canine (Mythological class)
- S&W M57 Forty-one caliber Magnum (National Treasure Class)
- Sword Saint’s Light Armor (Rare : Rank S)
- Aegis Shield (Legendary Class)
- Cloak of Evasion (Rare : Rank A)
- Tenma no Tabi (National Treasure Class)
Normally, the difficulty of gaining rare items are classified from S – E.
However, in Junpei’s case, most of his equipments has a higher rank that rarity rate S, Mythological class, Legendary class, and National Treasure class.
Explaining it roughly, including S-Rank adventurers, the possible realistic chance that an individual can get an item is only up to rare rank S.
There might be a possibility for someone who is strong enough or lucky enough to get a National Treasure classed item, but it is literally an item that is on the level that it is a treasure of a country, and since it would be treated as a strategic weapon if it was an equipment, their overall number itself is small.
And the Legendary class or Mythological class that is above that, it is already something that only appears in fairy tales.
Orihalcons and Excalibur are treated as a fantastical item in games in modern Japan, but it is not that different in this world. It is something that its existence itself is doubtful.
Including each one of Junpei’s equipments.
They are equipments that would make a supervisor of a treasury in a palace immediately lose their minds.
「As I’ve thought……it’s flashy right? Well, that’s the reason why I took that skill though」
Next, Junpei confirmed the skills that he owns.
- Appraisal Eyes (Super-Class)
- All Status Ailments Resistance
- Butcher (Super-Class)
- Monster Tame (Beginner Class)
- Mimicry (Super-Class)
He nodded like that, and when Junpei closed his eyes, his body lit white for an instant.
He stopped at a stand, and took out a mirror from his item box.
He nodded once again, and Junpei started to walk at a fast pace again.
His appearance right now, is a blue-eyed golden-haired boy in the middle of his teens.
Wearing a tattered cloak, wearing used old equipments, he really looked like it……like a poor apprentice adventurer young man.
「……when I encountered Kido, Noriko, and the rest……it would be hard to get revenge if they instantly knew it was me after all……」
And, at the same time as he whispered that, he’s finally out of the animal trail that is covered by brushes.
He came out to a huge tree.
Strong wind blows, *GasaGasa*, the sound of the leaves and branches rubbing. Several wild birds fluttered their wings to the sky.
Ahead where Junpei’s sight is, was a forked road to the left and the right.
「Should I move to the left, or to the right……I wonder, what would come out」
Junpei took a deep breath once, and let it out.
He sharpened his senses. He used his ears to listen to the every information in the surroundings, and felt them with his skin.
And when it started to even reach the level of a sixth sense, a far away scenery that he should not be able to see appeared in his mind, and voices and smell that he should not have felt reached his ears and nose.
ーー4300 evasion efficiency.
That status that is aberrant is not for show.
It is a status that already had exceeded the limits of a race called human.
And as the result of forcefully teaching that to his body, Junpei gained an ability that is similar to a skill.
More specifically, predicting the future several seconds ahead during combat, and an ability that is similar to clairvoyance.
And most of all, right now, it is now possible or him to grasp rough terrain in a radius of a few hundred meters and activity of living things if he focused his senses.
ーーit’s pretty much like an esper.
Junpei smiled deprecatingly, and chose the left path.
ーーcome to think of it, there was an ability of grasping all and everything within a certain distance in the manga that I like…… Well, although I did it myself……the result of leveling up in a crazy pace……I think that it is already so ridiculous……
“Level up……”, and there, he remembered the group of S-Rank adventures that he met inside the labyrinth, and simulated in his mind what would happen if they were to fight right now.
His level has increased from that time, and his equipments are also substantially better.
Even without relying on his poison, he would probably overwhelm them head-on.
“If that is so……”, Junpei continued to think.
What if it’s against the highest level even within the S-Rank class.
ーーSword Saint Henry who was an ex-member of a brave party that I met in the Kraken’s floor……even if that Ossan was in his peak level……if it’s one on one, I would probably win. However, if you told me it’s against the brave party as a whole, I probably can’t win head on.
“However……”, the corner of Junpei’s lips raised.
ーーIf I use poison……even if it’s against a brave party who had defeated a demon king, even if I fight head on, and without doing tricks, I would probably win.
ーーthat only means, my power, in this world, it is……
And the trees that were aligned on the sides paused, and the view opened.
An open space that is probably 30 meters in radius. Erected as if to surround the bon fire in the middle, five huts are standing.
He had grasped the situation using the clairvoyance-like ability that was mentioned earlier, and as expected. While looking at the structures that are doubtful if you can call it as a settlement, Junpei told himself with a sigh.
「It is the suitable opponents to test my strength right now. Travel expenses, I mean, living expenses for the time being……I can also rob them the information about towns」
Ahead of Junpei who slowly walked, that rows of structure isーーa thieves’ hideout.
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