Vol. 4, Chapter 2, part 3
After having some soba, I’m going to the play zone inside the Ryu country.
The first ones to welcome me are cows lazily mooing as they’re eating the grass just outside the town. They blissfully close their eyes when you stroke them. This peaceful landscape is spreading all around, but I bet it looked like hell in the evening after its implementation……
To begin with, someone tried to hit one of these lazy cows. Cow->Meat->Steak! They seemed to think that way and tried to bring the meat to a cook.
That player tried to slash at it using their specialty weapon – a one-handed sword. They chased after the mooing cow, that was running away, to deliver the final blow, when “thud!” – rang a shock across their back. They turned around to see what it was to find several enraged cows.
Some other players come to support the attacked player -> The supporting players also got attacked->The cows wouldn’t go down no matter how much they hit them -> Out of nowhere the number of the cows chasing them was increasing, that seemed to be the development. Eventually, the zone was filled with cows, chasing the player and their supporters till they tumbled. Just like the princess’s name that couldn’t be revealed, this also seems to have been become an in-game legend. They escaped by leaving the area that way.
Anyway, I’ve spotted a forest ahead. I’ve got info that there’re monsters there. In addition to common goblins, there seem to be orcs and chameleon lizards, that I’m yet to meet. I should be especially on guard against the chameleon lizards, that, as the name implies, have an ability to camouflage to hide in their surroundings.
(It’s not as if they can hide from “Danger Detection” though)
The usefulness of the “Danger Detection” ability of the “Thief” branch is getting wide recognition, so including a person with this skill in a party is now a given. It is also widely known that vast amounts of experience are needed to learn and develop the “Thief” branch skills, so the possessors of those are valued. In Zwei’s “Blue Collar” guild, Nora has the “Thief” skills.
I proceed slowly, there is 1 signal in front. I get my bow ready and carefully observe the area the signal is coming from with my “Far Sight” skill.
……There. It is melting into the scenery, but you can see an out-of-place object crawling along the tree trunk, rustling through the leaves. It is, unmistakably, a chameleon lizard. IT’s overall length is about 2.5 metres. I quietly pull the string…… and fire the arrow.
The special ability has activated, the arrow transforms into a dragon phantom and bites the chameleon lizard. The lizard, that seems to have taken the blow head-on, plops down from the tree. I don’t want to miss the chance, so I fire another arrow. When the fifth arrow lands, the life force of the lizard is completely exhausted. I guess, as an exchange for their hiding ability, their vitality and defense are on the weaker side. Also, maybe because the offensive ability of the “Dragon Bow” is pretty high, it was defeated instantly.
Immediately after, I check out the surrounding area with “Danger Detection”. As far as I play solo, and lowering my guard can lead to me being knocked down instantly, I’ve made a habit of carefully surveying the surroundings.
Fortunately, there are no figures approaching this location. So, I’m collecting materials like leather from the chameleon lizard.
I walked a little further into the forest but never fought a single fight. Because all the monsters I found were united in groups.
The goblins, naturally, formed parties with armor, shields, sticks, and spears, and the orcs didn’t only have huge bodies, but also huge weapons, making their reach and strength pretty intimidating. I wouldn’t try to pick a fight with those guys solo. I was grateful to my “Far Sight” that allowed me to observe my enemies from a safe distance.
I’m realizing that it might put an end to my solo playstyle. At the same time, I don’t want to use Pikasha, that’s accompanying me, as a shield…… I’m in a binder.
Now, that I’ve seen the orcs in this game, I understand that they are opponents that can’t be taken lightly. It is common in games to make orcs pretty weak, but in this game, I’ll do good to forget that habit. From the party composition to the condition of their weapons and armor, it would be safe to assume that they are not inferior to the players. The war goblins I’ve encountered in the Fairy country were troublesome, these guys may be even more so.
(I’ve done the scouting, I’ll probably withdraw…… No surprise that the party recruiting is at its most active now.)
Actually, recently there has been an increasing amount of posts about recruiting constant party members to gather at scheduled times. It is probably not only to hunt the pre-update Murder series monsters, but there also might’ve been a leak that the Ryu country will prioritize playing in a party.
I activate my “Thief Walk” to leave the forest without being noticed by the monsters. This “Thief” branch skill is convenient for such occasions. I’m glad that I didn’t invest in it for nothing.
When I come back to Ichigatake, I see lots of people busy recruiting party members. Well, if you want to be able to fight through that forest, a party seems to be a must. I suppose, I’ll try joining one myself and try it from tomorrow on.
Before logging out, I’m going around the shops at Ichigatake. I’m procuring seasonings like soy sauce, miso, and mirin. I bought some rice at a grocery stall. Also, bought bowls in bulk to make don(rice bowls) in them. And chopsticks. But let’s leave the experiments for tomorrow on – if I start now, I’ll get too absorbed and definitely forget the time.
Finally, I buy some street food and share it with Pikasha. Today, I chose oden. The dashi(soup) was made with great care, such a treat. Pikasha seems to like it as well.
After finishing my meal, I head to the inn. The inns in the Ryu country are pretty exquisite with futons instead of beds and floors padded with tatami mats. I wonder if it is a purely Japanese trait to relax sitting atop of a tatami mat?
I logged out, looking as Pikasha is plunging herself into my futon
<Wind quake hunting bow> Lv11 (← 1UP) <Kicking> Lv48 <Far sight> Lv59 (← 3UP) <Craftsman’s fingers> Lv78
<Small shield> Lv14 <Concealment> Lv41 <Physical strengthening> Lv62 (← 1UP) <Chivalrous thief> Lv35 (← 2UP)
<Advanced Whip> Lv5 <Fairy language> Lv99 (compulsory passive skill, ability can not be removed)
<Carpentry> Lv39 <Advanced smithing> Lv36 <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
Companion: Blue Pikasha (Aqua) <Flying> <Riding> <Combat> <Magic possession>
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