Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Idle Talk 9 - Tondemo Skill de Isekai Hourou Meshi (post Ch 121)

Idle Talk 9 -- 3 Heroes, Clouds on the Horizon


Kanon and Rio and I along with our knight companions went into the dungeon again and again to level up and eventually we reached the 25th floor. We had gotten to the point where any of us could easily defeat a single ogre we encountered within the dungeon. It was then that our knight companions suggested we try facing monsters outside the dungeon as Adventurers normally did.

As the three knights explained, the monsters found in a dungeon and the monsters found outside were different and we needed to learn the methods of fighting and subjugating such monsters. Of course the only way to learn was to actually do it. The dungeon was like fighting in a game and it was fun but I expect fighting monsters out in the real world will be more challenging.

As for my Status, it now looks like this:

[Name]  Kaito  .  Saitou
[Age] 17
[Type] A Hero from another world
[Level] 10
[Fitness] 1010
[Magical Power] 978
[Attack power] 988
[Defense force] 961
[Agility] 953
[Skill] Appraisal, Item Box, Holy Swordsman, Fire Magic, Water Magic, Earth Magic, Wind Magic, Light Magic, Lightning Magic, Ice magic

Amazingly my physical fitness exceeds 1000. I had been told that normally any Status value cannot exceed 1000 except for extraordinary capable individuals so seeing that figure in my Status gave me a very good feeling. Right now only I have such a high rating but both Kanon and Rio have been levelling up too so I expect, since they're Heroes like me their own fitness stats will soon also exceed 1000.

It was becoming harder to raise my level though, each increase was taking more effort than the earlier steps. Still it hadn't even been a month since I came to this world and I was already level 10! My Status declared me to be a Hero so maybe that's why I had done so well so quickly. I still get embarrassed when people call me "Hero" but it is nice too, in a way.

Tomorrow we will finally fight monsters outside the dungeon. We accepted a request from the Adventurers Guild for the annihilation of a pack of Kobolds. That's normally a C-rank request and we're still D-ranked Adventurers but our knight companions are C-ranked so we've formed a six-person party with them to qualify for the subjugation. I want to show off how much I've improved to Louise... I'll exterminate those Kobolds, just you wait and see!

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We were in the forest to the south of the Royal Capital, carefully approaching the cave where the pack of Kobolds had made its home. Because Kobolds have a very good sense of smell, like dogs, we had to be cautious and stay well downwind of the entrance.

"There are two Kobolds on guard at the entrance of the cave." Leonard explained in a low whisper as we peered through the undergrowth at the target area. "That's as we expected so we'll proceed as planned." He looked at Louise who nodded. "Two of us will deal with the guards then you drastically reduce the number of enemies by shooting Fire magic into the cave. The survivors will come charging out the entrance and you'll cut them down as they try to escape. Sounds okay?" We all nodded in agreement.

"Right then Louise, come with me and help me dispose with the lookouts." Aaron said. "After we've done that we're relying on you three Heroes to fill the cave with Fire magic." We nodded again. Aaron and Lousie moved off and disappeared from sight. We watched and watched, unable to spot them and then suddenly they stood up behind the two guard Kobolds and...

Slash. Stab. Aaron swung his sword and the Kobold's head leapt from its neck as the body collapsed. The Kobold Louise was standing behind was stabbed through the heart by her rapier and it too collapsed, killed instantly before it could raise the alarm. Watching the skills of two accomplished swordsmen took my breath away. Leonard, who had been teaching me the sword was similarly amazing. I put my hand on the hilt of my own sword, promising myself that someday I would be as skilled, possibly even more skilled than the three knights. I'd work hard to learn such skills from them, I swore to myself. Later though, we had our own job to do now the guards had been eliminated.

Kanon and Rio and myself immediately positioned ourselves in front of the cave and prepared to shoot Fire magic into the entrance together.

"Blazing orb of fire, burn our enemies to ash! Fireball!" chanted Kanon and Rio while I chanted, "Fierce-flaming arrow, pierce my enemy. Fire Arrow!"

Our combined Fireball and Fire Arrow magic punched into the cave followed by a terrific explosion.

"It's too much! Get out of the way!" Aaron's loud voice made us leap to the side as flame spewed back out of the cave's entrance with a loud roar. It seemed that we'd overdone our Fire magic by quite a lot. I rolled back onto my feet as the flames died down.

"Everyone OK?" I asked, but Rio and Kanon were already getting up, seemingly unharmed. I looked into the cave entrance, now burnt black but as expected I couldn't see any signs of surviving Kobolds. Leonard and Aaron and Louise came to us and peered into the cave as well.

"It looks like you've completed the subjugation request." Leonard said with satisfaction.

"Well, that level of Fire magic isn't going to leave any survivors, is it?" Aaron smiled.

"Yes, I can't detect any signs of life. I agree that the Kobolds have been exterminated." Louise finished.

"All three of you did really well." Leonard complimented us. "The Kobold pack was completely obliterated in one hit." Kanon and Rio cheered at Leonard's words.

"Well, we're all Heroes after all." I said deprecatingly. "Something like this should be easy for the likes of us." I tried to present a cool facade but inwardly I was delighted. Fighting real monsters outside a dungeon had done wonders for my confidence. Bring on the next challenge!

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The next day we were headed towards the Adventurers Guild to take another subjugation request when I glimpsed a bracelet on Rio's wrist that I hadn't see before.

"Rio, what's with that?" I asked. Rio noticed where I was looking and smiled happily.

"Eh, what are you talking about?" Kanon inquired. "Let me see!"

Rio held up her arm, showing the bracelet off to Kanon and me.

"Actually, I got it from Leonard..." Rio said, blushing.

"Eeeeh, that's great!" Kanon squealed, hugging Rio.

"Yup." Rio agreed shyly.

"Wonderful. I'm soooo envious."

"It's okay." Rio said, fiddling with the bracelet. "I see Aaron's always looking at you, Kanon and, well..." Kanon wasn't averse to casting looks at the knight in question either, I knew. The two girls chattered on about their love interests while I considered the situation. Rio was calling Leonard-san "Leonard" now and he had given her this gift. I wished them both well, and wondered if gifting such accessories was a common mark of affection between men and women in this world. Maybe if I offered a similar bracelet to Louise...

The bracelet was made of a thin strip of silvery metal, about a centimetre in width with a translucent purple stone in the centre. It seemed to fit closely on Rio's wrist with no obvious catch or closure. It looked quite pretty. Rio explained that it was a magical tool, raising her physical abilities a little.

"I told Leonard that I was worried that I had less physical strength than Kaito and Kanon and he gave me this." Rio explained with a smile. Such a magical accessory would be expensive, I surmised. Leonard must really care for Rio.


(Knights' Conversation)

"Leonard, did you get her to accept that item?"

"Of course. When I told her it was a magic tool that would increase her physical abilities she was more than happy to put it on."

"Oh, so you sweet-talked her into wearing it?"

"No point denying it. But you're going to do the same with your Hero, aren't you?"

"Well, I don't know. The Heroes can use the Appraisal skill after all. If I try and get him to wear the same sort of thing as his companion he's likely to get suspicious and check it out. I'll just have to bide my time and take my chance when it presents itself."

"I simply whispered the right words in Rio's ear and got her to put that bracelet on her wrist herself. Surely you can find a way to assuage his doubts and get him to do the same?"

"You really are a bad man."

"Totally disreputable. A deep-dyed villain, just like Aaron and yourself, of course."

"You had it easy though, didn't you? Your target was a woman. A man giving such an accessory as a gift to a woman is not strange. Me, on the other hand, it's going to be a struggle to get Kaito to accept it willingly."

"Come now, you're a woman renowned for your ability to seduce any man you set your eye on. The boy's smitten with you, how difficult would it be for you to succeed in your assigned task?"

"Maybe you're right, I should really make an effort. The lad's easy to flatter and not too smart, after all..."

"Yeah, I think so too. Persuade your Hero to wear a Bracelet of Slavery like I did with Rio and we've nearly achieved our mission. That means promotion is guaranteed for the three of us."

The future of the Three Heroes is darkening...

31 comments:

  1. Meatbun Delivery~
    Thank you for the chapter ( ●w●)

    RIP hero's freedom

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  2. well seriously naive teenager

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  3. Well kinda expect it when I read that the hero got bracelet.
    If you think about it, only our MC is cool enough to realize the strange things after being summoned.

    Thank you for the chapter.

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    1. Yeah typical enslaved heroes story with separate MC

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    2. The MC in this case was a salaryman I believe. The others ? Teenaged students.

      Most of the summoned heroes in any novels which are... gullible and believe everything they're told and go 'WE MUST HELP THEM' without doing background checks to check if they're actually telling the truth?

      Teenagers / Young Adults / Students.

      Anything younger than that is too young to be common and anything older is more wise in the ways of the world and don't believe everything they're told so easily.

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  4. Welll good thing our mc is sharp

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    1. aniki stalking story about food ? o_o) it must be my imagination since aniki only stalk lolies...

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  6. Will our MC rescue them in the future?

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    1. Well considering that those guys aren't friends with our MC, most likely only when that greedy king order them to attack the country the MC is, I wonder if sui's blacksimith divine protection will allow her to break those bracelets

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  7. To think that MC's slime is even stronger than this heroes.

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  8. "Later though, we had our own job" {though, since we had}
    Ah, those side stories, with the first part seemingly nice, but then the PoV changes, and the dark truth is shown. Those younglings really should think about the MC, and why he wanted to leave so fast.

    Thanks for the chapter! God bless you, and take care!

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  9. Note just if i send to isekai:dont use anything stranger give to you,if you want use it,use skill analysis first

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    1. what if you're given the hero cypress stick ? its a premium item tho

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    2. You never know if it is a cursed stick or weapon. You are given that gift so that you'll test it out by equipping that sword or stick. The curse will affect and weaken you, and then the people (or even the crooked shopkeeper) will kill you now that the curse rendered you weak and helpless. Time to loot your body of valuables. Rinse and repeat with the next victims after they toss your stripped body into the slime pit to be disappeared.

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  10. Each follower's saliva of gods MC contract to be enough drown this kingdom

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  11. Thanks 4 the chapter!

    I was hoping they'll hear rumors about the MC. Still this was predictable. Never accept an accessory in a world with magic unless you have high ranking appraisal like skills!

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    1. You would think they would at least appraise it first to see the full description of its effects.
      I guess these teens are not gamers.

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  12. Friendship bracelet of slavery!

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  13. Can't say I surprise at what happen with "heroes", rip "heroes"'s freedom

    Thank you for the chapter

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  14. Slavery :D

    Thx for the chapter ^^

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  15. Wait they didn't even appraise it even out of curiosity to see what it is or what it means?

    At least use the skills at your disposal to protect yourself idiots...

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    1. It's quite believable they won't appraise it. Just look at today's population that thinks emotionally and believes riots are self defense actions and illegal immigration as being totally justified as it has no cost or problems. People thinking emotionally will not use logic or data and may even say that using data is a bad and discriminatory way of thinking. So, it's quite believable the girls would wear the bracelets. Using appraisal would be using factual data, and that is bad and discriminatory.

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  16. Gets a bracelet she is told makes her stronger yet does not check it out using the appraisal magic she can use at a whim for free instantaneously even out of curiosity to see what strength she'd gain? My how convenient. Hack writer of a garbage toilet paper story using the most inept development devices to have ever been thought of. I feel shame even reading this chapter. The author surely must have cut off his own hands out of sheer embarrassment for the BS he just spewed.

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    1. chill out u shithead. reading this shitty story. not everyone are actually intelligent and the MC are intelligent enough to leave. u expect the dumbs teen with ego are smarter enough to refuse and fall easy to the scam. they are dumb. this is as realistic as ever than any other isekai..

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    2. Yep. They're not too smart, plus this dude says he's only read a few novels from his sister, or something like that. He's definitely not read novels where the protagonist gets betrayed, etc.

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    3. then you don't know how vapid/ignorant some girls can be

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