Vol. 3, Chapter 16, part 2
The “Ryu Country” update is finally coming tomorrow.
I wake up on Pikasha’s back, ask Pickasha to become a chick again, and head east. The purpose is to improve the skills of “Kicking” and “Whip”. If I limited myself to these while in a party, it would make a problem for the other members, so I try to go solo…… but.
“Why, if it isn’t Earth over there?”
Huh? I turn around facing the voice and see Zwei and Millie standing there.
“Oh, it’s really him, long time no see.”
“Yeah, your whisper and mail channels are always blocked. Haven’t been able to get in contact at all!”
Sudden greetings follow.
“Long time. Yeah, I totally forgot to tick the blocking mode off.”
I honestly forgot it, so I just uncheck the square.
“It’s off now. Hell, it totally slipped my mind.”
I say it with a chuckle, but……
“You’re in the retiree list, you know……”
Zwei tells me with an exasperated look on his face. There seems to be a ‘dirty laundry’ kinda site that lists the names of more or less known players that break contact for a long time as retired, and my nick is there.
“So, that’s what happened? How convenient.”
I’m saying while putting my cloak in order.
“By the way~ Where id you get this head-to-toe cloak~?”
And to my “It’s a thing I bought in the fairy country”, Millie murmurs “Maybe, I’ll go buy one myself.”
“Well, that aside, now that we’ve met, why don’t we go hunting together?”
Zwei invites me…… but.
We–ell, I’m kinda trying to upgrade my kicking and whip skills. And I’m not going to use the bow at all…… fine by you?”
After I drop this bomb…… Zwei seems to be taken aback for a moment. But he immediately regains composure.
“Then, we’ve got 2 vanguards…… I guess we’ll be fine with one rearguard.”
With that Zwei addresses the whisper chat room.
While he’s talking, Millie looks at me and asks.
“By the way~ What is the blue chick on your head, Earth?”
Pyu-pyu? -exclaims Pikasha. I can’t see it, but she’s probably tilting her head.
“It’s a fairy that accompanies me, not a contract one though – I can’t see her skills, nor give her orders.”
Milie is tilting her head “Were there fairies like that~”. As we finish that conversation, Zwei, who has finished his own talk via whisper raises his head.
“Nora and Eliza are coming. We should be fine with the 5 of us.”
The name’s still giving me goosebumps.
I recall past events. Back from “The Challenge from the Underworld”……
Millie answers my utter frustration with “It’s all right”.
“She’s gone through a brea…… educational course since then, see~? It’s all-new lil’ Eliza, it’s okay~” [T.N.: She uses the term breaking/training applied to animals in the first part]
–I see. Her personality got destroyed…… thinking of it made me unconsciously put my hands together.
After a while, Nora and Eliza join us.
“Hi there, Earth. I thought you’d retired!”
“I am very sorry for my previous behaviour! I’d like to make an apology”
There were Nora, energetic as ever, and terrible……, no, this time meek, Eliza. There doesn’t seem to be a storm coming, so it’s more convenient for me this way.
“Ah, yeah, long time no see. Let’s work together today.”
So, we form a party of five and head out to the hunting grounds.
The members of the “Blue Collar” guild seem to be doing quite well, they said that some of them reached the 5th Grade of weapon proficiency.
Still, Eliza is eerily quiet.
“Eliza, what in the world happened after that?”
I’m asking over the whisper, overcome by curiosity.
“Oh, please don’t ask…… I got broken in every possible way……”
She whispers back in a sorrowful voice.
“O-okay. Then, let’s not get into detail. Sorry.”
“Not at all…… thank you……”
Now I really wonder what the heck happened…… I guess Millie was the principal offender, supported by Nora?
When we arrive at the hunting grounds and begin hunting right away, everything goes smoothly. I was a little worried that we miss the tank but Zwei quickly resolved my worries.
First, he brilliantly parries a top-down swing of the murder bear’s paw with his zweihander, then lands a counter in the gap that’s made by it. Then he activates the two-handed sword arts and makes a successive attack, canceling the stiffening cooldown and landing another arts attack, dealing out an intense 3-hit combo.
The murder bear falls down, defenceless, after receiving the combo. I immediately use whip skill “Bind” to seal its attack, and we all go all-out on it — that’s the way we beat it.
You might pity the monster but the basics of adventuring is you use everything at your disposal. We are not knights who adhere to honesty and fairness, you see. Although trampling and low-kicking the defenseless downed monster does look like a scum move.
Thanks to that, my “Kicking” and “Whip” levels skyrocket. I got “Whip” to Lvl 50, it’s evolved to grade 2, “Advanced Whip”. If somewhere along the line “Whip Sword” appears as an evolution option, I’m going to get it.
Unfortunately, the Lvl of “Kicking” didn’t reach 50, so I can’t get it up to the 3rd grade, but I got 2 kicking arts – “Echo Rush” and “Powerful High Shot”.
“Echo Rush” is an art that lets you hit continuously several times, like a series of consecutive hits in a fighting game.
The other one, “Powerful High Shot” Lets you launch the opponent into the air unless there’s a big difference in body size. In other words, it’s like the beginning of an aerial combo. Seems, I’ll be able to do some interesting stuff with it.
The hunt was over in about an hour and a half, and now we go our separate ways, after Zwei and co. reminds me to keep in touch.
So, I decide to test my new arts a little before logging out. The test subject is a good old Wild Bear.
After fighting several of them and getting a grip on how the arts work, it’s time for the real test.
First, I use my bow and arrow to lure in a single monster.
Shoot it continuously while it’s approaching to weaken it, evade the first charge, and “Shield Bash”! And while it’s lost the momentum, send it flying with “Powerful High Shot”.
Right after that, I get up into the air with “Big Jump” and take control of my movement with “Fly”.
After a series of mid-air hits with a chain whip, I slam it with “Echo Rush” and axe-kick it into the dust.
While the bear is still falling, I activate “Arrow Twister”.
When the Wild Bear pierced with the arrow, falls to the ground with a loud thud, I cancel the effect of “Fly” and mercilessly stomp it to finish it.
OK, I can move just fine, and the damage is not bad. I could use it if it comes to CQC.
With the feeling of having achieved a truly great result, I go back to First and log out.
The “Ryu Country” is releasing tomorrow.
Important announcement to the players
Thank you very much for your continuous support of One More Free Life Online. We apologise for the inconvenience, but we have to inform you that we have encountered a serious situation.
The work on the “Ryu Country” update has been very tough, so we have to significantly extend the maintenance time. Specifically, additional 24-hours maintenance shall be added to the 18-hour update time.
To compensate for these inconveniences, each player shall receive additional 168 hours of play time.
We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused by our ineptitude.
One More Free Life Online administration
<Wind quake hunting bow> Lv10 <Kicking> Lv47 <Far sight> Lv56 <Craftsman’s fingers> Lv78 (← 3UP)
<Small shield> Lv9 <Concealment> Lv41 <Physical strengthening> Lv59 (← 2UP) <Chivalrous thief> Lv33
<Advanced Whip> Lv3 (NEW!) <Fairy language> Lv99 (compulsory passive skill, ability can not be removed)
<Carpentry> Lv39 <Advanced smithing> Lv36 (← 6UP) <Apothecary> Lv43 <Advanced cooking> Lv15
Title: A person who charmed even the fairy queen, The one to subdue a strong man on his own, The one involved with dragons and the ryuu, The one who has been blessed by fairies
Two nicknames from the players: Fairy King Candidate (Envious), Battlefield Chef
――Excerpt from the bulletin board――
“You should plan for things like maintenance in advance!”
“Can’t they make it a whole day today!”
“They give us a whole week as compensation…… then it’s OK I guess.”
“It’s ruined our planning, I’ll have to e-mail my whole party.”
“Grrr, don’t you think that the admins deserve a SPANKING?”
“I want to rampage, where do I let it out?”
“I’m hitting a wall imagining it’s them.”
“Maybe I should get some well-deserved beauty sleep. Have to update the Wiki though.”
――Developers & AI――
“Is something not to your liking?”
“How many times do I have to tell you that I and sister need more free time!?”
“Ye—ah, I would like to oblige, of course.”
“We’ll wear cloaks…… and hide our faces……”
“I mean, it’s so long till the elven forest and the dark elven valley are out, you see?”
“Well, true, but the Beaspeople Alliance and the Demon Lord’s Castle are even further ahead, aren’t they?”
“Listen To Me! They’ve got a lot of people, and we are so few, right?”
“True…… only 400 elves and 600 dark elves……”
“It’s not as if I don’t understand your problem. But there’s also 800 high elves.”
“I hate them, too arrogant.”
“Yeah…… they are high elves, they’re supposed to look down upon other races…… ugh. I know it’s necessary, but……”
“Well, high elves are quite the big-headed ones……”
“And I’m trying to tell you, that you two are the daughter of the patriarchs and should behave appropriately, remember what happened to the fairy queen.”
“Uff, that sister of ours! She had way too much fun…… I envy her.”
“I’m trying my utmost to act as a king right now…… please, have a little patience, it was a special case!”
“Even if you make a cute face or get angry…… that player, you see, has a pretty tricky position right now.”
“The update has been delayed. I have to get back to work.”
“Not even a little? I just want to hug him and sque-eze him to my chest just once.”
“I won’t allow such sexually-inappropriate behaviour.”
“That player…… He’s always in deep, both positively and negatively.”
“He’s not bad……”
“Uuuh…… Find a way for me to have a stroll one of these days!”
“Chief, we have to come to a compromise.”
“Uff…… I need to stock up on stomach drugs.”
――Ryu country, inside the ryu castle――
“Oh, so you are in a good mood?”
“Ah, father. It is because tomorrow our country will finally be able to interact with the human race.”
“Yes, I will have to deliver a royal speech tomorrow.”
“I leave all these troublesome things in your capable hands, father”
“What are you talking about, you shall attend as a princess! It is a matter of course!”
“Don’t “huh” me! It is your official duty to attend the grand opening!”
“But it should be your job, father,…… should it not?”
“The most of it, yes, but you’ve got things to do too!”
“Are…… are you kidding me?”
“And what would be the point of that…… I know you’ve got someone you like, but it wouldn’t be proper to run to them right away?”
“Th- that…… for mercy’s sake, give me a break”
“That won’t do. Ah, we’ll have to prepare the clothes you shall wear tomorrow, let’s go.”
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