Well, after we had arrived back to the settlement, we were quite amazed to see the changes made to the settlement. The Mine had become a Fortress. When we moved closer to investigate, we saw the numerous changes that had been made to the old base.
I personally decided to make changes to the prison after we returned, but I also wanted to a.n.a.lyze the current situation and make changes to other areas as needed.
First, I suppose I’ll describe the changes in personnel that have occurred as of late.
Before our departure, the members of Parabellum, referring to those members, which had joined willingly and had either evolved or partic.i.p.ated in some form.
Those who evolved const.i.tuted at least a [Rank-up] such as myself and Minokichi-kun. That also includes our pets, such as k.u.majirou and Kurosaburou.
The members of the community from back then included:
Vampire n.o.ble: 
Ogre Mages: 
Hobgoblin Mages: 
Hobgoblin Clerics: 
Hobgoblin Shaman: 
Old Goblins: 
Kobold Samurai: 
Kobold Footmen: 
Kobold Ninja: 
Elder Kobolds: 
Triple Horned Horses: 
Crimson Horned Horse: 
Hind Bear: 
Black Wolves: 
It was more or less around 229 individuals by my last count. There was the case of Fire Lord-kun and the Dragonewts that desired to return home after they had been freed from the human slave army, so they haven’t joined us officially yet. I’ll count them as part of the pending set.
Redcaps (Gnomes): 
The total is roughly 50 people, for a total of 279 people before we had left the base.
There was the situation with Fire Lord-kun and some of the others, though I've decided to not remove them from the formal number just yet. Therefore, although there are some serious changes to the overall order of the community, the issues can be dealt with in time.
The strong are obviously what makes up our hierarchy, it’s a perfect set up because if the lower ranks hold an issue to how I do things, I can put them back in their place.
It’s also useful to just have a system to determine the ranks and status of anyone and everyone at any given time.
With the large amount of people present at the fortress though, we might need to rearrange the ranks again.
The main issue is that the official count of members.h.i.+p is not actually 279 due to the children being born, evolved, or arrived after we had left.
High Ogre: 
Hobgoblin Mages: 
Hobgoblin Clerics: 
Hobgoblin Shamans: 
Hobgoblin Riders: 
Kobold Footmen: 
Battle Insectoids: 
Stickbug Insectoids: 
Mika Atamaon’na: 
Plant Men: 
Cat Fairies: 
Nail Cats: 
Black Skeleton Commanders: 
Black Undead Knight: 
Falaise Eagles: 
Stamp Boars: 
Triple Horned Horses: 
Hind Bear: 
The added members totaled at 167 which brought up the original population to an amazing number of 446 members.
Though given that not all of them are combat-ready a.s.sets, this number fairly equals a force of one or two complete infantry units, if not more.
I suppose I’ll need to explain step by step how and why the number of members has increased besides those already mentioned.
The increase in births is mostly coming from the human women. Aside from the girls that I saved back at the Orc’s mine, we now also have the humans, Avenger, Nicola, as well as six other human children as well. That makes for quite a few humans. Some of them have even given birth twice now!
Among those that gave birth to a child, all of them apparently received [Job - Demon Child’s Holy Mother].
I would expect that in the future the number of women who bear this [Job] will undoubtedly increase. Their children will be blessed with powerful abilities, strength and other qualities because of it as well.
However, if the current birth rate continues as it is, the future generations will face various complications. The most possible would be food shortages, insufficient tools and living s.p.a.ce are also possible. These are just a few of the most prominent that I can think of, however, there will probably be more facing us if countermeasures are not put in place.
On the other hand, there hasn't been a single birth from the elves yet. This really does show that the elvish pregnancy rate is very low.
I think that this is a special characteristic that they’re born with that contributes to preventing a major population boom when they hold such long life spans.
With this at least, I can have some peace of mind. After all, the elves are quite popular with the ma.s.ses in certain regards.
Now, I suppose I’ll move onto the Dragotaurs and the Insectoids.
These are people who were among the previous human slave army. Once they were freed, they had left to return to their own tribes. This, however, was not to be, because they had discovered that their homes had already been destroyed or had been moved to another location that they are unaware of.
Due to this, they returned here because they had no where else to go.
Losing their homes is the main reason why many people have come to join us, but there are other reasons as well.
In particular, there is the case with the Cat Fairy tribe. They still actually have their own home somewhere in the mountains.
Their reasoning, however, is that the humans still view them as simple animals, something cute, and are in danger of being captured and being made into slaves for some n.o.ble’s daughter. Since the risk is very high, they choose to bring their tribes here to seek protection.
In actuality, only the two Nail Cats had belonged to the Human slave army, just a small portion compared to the Cat Fairy tribe that had arrived here. For that reason, I’m not certain about their combat potential.
> is a mercenary troop anyway, so I decided to draft and train all 25 of them to find out more about their combat potential for war.
As it would turn out, the base rank of the Cat Fairy is roughly the same as a Goblin, while the Nail Cat is roughly equal to a hobgoblin.
Because of that, they are not able to join our main combat forces.
After some more observation, I discovered that they are quite good with their hands. Especially when they are doing their ch.o.r.es around the settlement.
As such, I designated them as the caretakers of our base. Their tasks generally including cleaning, organization, light labor and so on.
Then there is a beautiful flower headed woman (Dorian), she’s actually ‘that’ Dryad.
When I had left the base, I had left behind one of my clones to keep her company and keep her safe while I was out.
It turns out that she kept on absorbing his life energy and the clone had become mummified. But, because of that, she had ranked up.
She now belongs to the [Dorian] race, which unlike the tree-bound [Dryad], she is able to move freely. The appearance of the Dorian race is similar to what the name implies; the Dorians look different than the Dryads as they have flowers growing on their heads.
The Dorian’s flower is similar to that of a hibiscus with pink petals.
As she was no longer tree-bound, she came to seek me out after my clone had perished. When she appeared at the base, I gave permission for her to remain there. Rather, I had to take responsibility and take her with us. With her gaining the t.i.tle of [Consort of Demon ■■], it was rather that she had come to stay with me.
Since it cannot be helped, I’ll accept her decision.
Next is explaining why the Black Skeleton Commander and the Black Undead Knight were mentioned in the current population.
These are the results of my little experiment into the history and potency of the Black Skeletons using the [Kodoku] method. Basically it’s an ancient practice of necromancers since ancient times wherein I’m allowing the Black Skeletons to [Rank-Up].
Creating them is actually quite simple.
First, I dig several big holes in the ground, then I put in several Black Skeleton Knights and Black Skeleton Axemen that I’ve been creating since long before I left the base.
For each hole, I put in a total of twenty or so Black Skeletons of any type I feel like and lastly throw in a Black Skeleton Summoner.
The last part is actually quite troublesome to generate.
Then, I put a lid on the hole so they don’t escape and I order them to destroy one another.
The total number of Black Skeletons sealed in each hole is a total of twenty one. To arise as the victor, not only does the Skeleton need to defeat the other twenty Black Skeletons, but also the [Grey Skeletons] that the Black Skeleton Summoner can create.
In actuality, the Grey Skeletons are quite weaker than any version of the Black Skeletons, but since they are continuously spewing forth, there will be quite a few of them and as such they produce quite a fair deal of experience for any of the Black Skeletons that manage to destroy them.
Well, this scheme won’t work as well in the case that the Summoner is destroyed early on, so I ordered that the summoner cannot be killed until there are no other Black Skeletons remaining at the very end of the fight.
The efficiency of this scheme is actually pretty good. As an added bonus, the remains of the Grey Skeletons that are being destroyed en ma.s.se are quite delicious to me.
Through this method, Black Skeleton Commanders and Black Undead Knights emerged.
To briefly describe their capacity, the Black Skeleton Commanders are able to use the ability [Summon Lesser Skeleton] which grants them the ability to call forth Black Skeleton Elites as their own servants. This allows them to create Black Skeletons for use in their own group tactics without my a.s.sistance.
The Black Skeleton Commander is quite valuable in that sense. Even if you strip away the ability to summon, they still have the combat potential equal to that of at least three average Black Skeletons. This makes me wonder if, by any chance, the Black Skeleton Commander is actually a combination of the Black Skeleton Knight and the Black Skeleton Summoner.
Unlike the Commander version, the Black Undead Knight doesn’t have any summoning type ability. But on their own, they display quite the astounding combat capability. The Black Undead Knight stands taller than any common Ogre at about three meters tall. It has eight arms. The usual pair at the shoulders and then another set below them. The other two sets are behind the previous two sets. Its eye sockets are empty with the usual luminous...o...b.. in the place of its eyes, colored a deep red similar to blood. From its joints emanates a black sinister aura that wraps around its entire body.
Summoned Skeletons are basically just bones. They have gaps between their bones to allow facilitated movements, but unlike the normal joints of the living, their joints are just empty gaps. They are moved magically, this structure is responsible for their inhuman defensive capabilities. Since their bones are rigid and lack flesh, the Skeletons are quite resistant to slas.h.i.+ng and piercing attacks, but they are quite brittle. If they are hit by something with plenty of force, especially when directed towards their joints, they can be made to crumble.
This, however, is no longer the case with the Black Undead Knight. Each of them have something like skin that fills in the gaps of its joints. Moreover, it has muscles and its bones are quite thick, making it far more resistant to smas.h.i.+ng. As if its corporeal cus.h.i.+on is not enough, there is still another layer of defense in the form of a dark aura that is shrouded over its entire body.
This aura also serves as its specific defense against the sunlight. Common Skeletons and Undead are especially vulnerable against the sunlight and often weaken and perish when exposed to sunlight or attacks of the same attribute. But, with the dark aura, the Black Undead Knight is no longer destroyed by the sunlight alone. Of course it is still weakened by the sunlight, but it won’t ever perish from it.
In the category of strength, the Black Undead Knight can take on five of my created Ogres at the same time. If it’s pitted against the average Black Skeletons, even a dozen of them don’t seem to be able to match its might.
This is mostly due to a special feature of its body. The Black Undead Knight has two well-supported skulls that provides it with a very wide field of view, negating most of the usual blind spots.
Furthermore, its skillful handling of its own biological weaponry makes it even more deadly. In seven of its eight hands, the Black Undead Knight wields various weaponry.
[Right Tower s.h.i.+eld]
[Left Tower s.h.i.+eld]
All in all, the Black Undead Knights are powerful ent.i.ties in both offensive and defensive capabilities. It... really makes me want to eat it.
If I was still in my old Ogre body, I’m certain that I would have secured one or two abilities just by eating one of them. That’s how powerful it is.
Though, since the [Rank-Up], securing new abilities is quite difficult. I would need to eat quite a few of them before I gain even one ability.
On the other hand, I can create it even more easily given my current body’s capacity. That pretty much means that I only need to wait a little bit, so I plan on doing just that.
Ah right, by the way, because the Black Undead Knight is basically an elite Black Skeleton Knight, they lack the training to serve in an officer’s role. Their usability is rather good because the intelligence that they have is slowly increased the longer they are active. With two skulls instead of just one, the level of combat awareness is quite high. These Black Undead Knights are certainly what Minokichi-kun will be training with when I’m not present.
Those with higher intelligence are given marks on their skulls and are given the nickname [Scarface].
It’s always great when you gain a powerful and obedient new p.a.w.n.
In the end it’s greatly useful to be able to produce these new Skeletons.
The last group to mention is the new Hobgoblin Riders that seem to have gained the ability to successfully tame a monster and turn it into their pet.
Now, for the base there are several things worth mentioning.
The current base, in addition to the > which has since become a residential area, there are 6 new facilities:
Each of these has been expanded and put to use in their own ways. I’ll briefly go over their purposes.
Due to the vast increase in the number of members, I had already generated a vast s.p.a.ce for the purpose of large-scale combat drills and other purposes. I had created nearly a [200 x 200 x 300] s.p.a.ce for the purpose, though while we were gone it has been equipped far more efficiently. The rest of the room had been flattened, and rough terrain had been placed in certain areas. The reason I had created this room had been previously for the sake of bad weather, but now more intricate training scenarios can be implemented.
The lands around the settlement had been cleared for the purpose of growing vegetables. This is Mika’s preferred residence. As a Dorian, she is quite well suited for farming and working with nature. As a matter of fact, plenty of other races, such as the Plant Men, and many humans with [Job - Farmer] have set themselves up working the farmland. With them working as they have, they aid in supporting the current food supply for the rest of the settlement. At the same time agriculture techniques have been developing quite nicely to work in line with Mika’s nature abilities. Some of these are creating fine, mineral rich soil where various crops can be planted and grown in a very short period of time.
Not only that, but it has also been found that through the use of several abilities, the growth potential can be greatly changed. There is a growth factor for vegetables of this world, though there are some similar to my world, such as potatoes that are planted in the >. The Spirit Stones that aren't of much use to the dwarves and blacksmiths can be used as domestic water now in the form of the Water Stones. In various ways, it has made life far easier. I think this many times, but I seriously cannot help but feel inspired when thinking of what an amazing individual Velvet must have been for his Dungeon to create such a diversity of Spirit Stones. I cannot even begin to be grateful.
With that, I offered a silent prayer.
Though, with the number of people that require food increasing, it would be a little c.u.mbersome if there weren’t any spirit stones.At least for me, Spirit Stones have become a universal elite dinner.
With the growing number of familiars and pets we required a place to allow them to stay outside of the living quarters. Since it was already meant for storage of the combat animals, it seems that it wasn’t that much more effort to expand it slightly for the sake of free-ranging edible monsters that are captured. Since hunting requires substantial quant.i.ties of time as well as the possibility of thinning populations, this is undoubtedly a necessary source of food in the future.
Ah yes, k.u.majirou and Kurosaburou, my personal pets, quite enjoy running around here.
This is the result of the constant expansion of the Dwarves and Leprechauns who have significant work focus. Since the Leprechauns are quite adept at making things such as superior armor and clothing made of leather, they have created an entire area for the sole purpose of the task. The other side of the > is where the great noise of the Dwarves in the smithy can be heard. Here the Dwarves have already installed great dwarven furnaces where ore and other materials are refined. The Dwarves have already taken safety precautions beforehand and properly installed the furnaces, so there shouldn’t be any future complications from it, though the size is a bit excessive.
By the way, the furnaces use a large amount of Fire Spirit Stones to function. The Dwarves seem to have a way of maintaining the Spirits by creating a natural dwelling place of nature for the Fire Spirits. It’s quite unexpected, but convenient in itself.
Injuries are a constant through our rigorous training sessions and illness is an always constant threat to any settlement. As such the medical unit «Prière» decided to centralize its workings. «Prière», led by Seiji-kun, is a necessary existence for the future of this settlement and > as a whole.
Since there is a tendency for differences to arise between the different divisions, each division has its own dedicated rooms for their personal use. The labor requirements for the task was quite large, but there wasn’t anyone lamenting over the great level of labor generated to expand the base. It helped with dealing with management and organization anyway.
Finally, there are the Hot Springs.
This is more or less a major money generator from the elves. I mean, it’s more or less an inn for the enjoyment of personnel and tourists.
There have been great improvements to it using the funds generated from the elves. There are now sources of entertainment and all manners of luxury.
When I visited the hot springs, I found myself bathed in luxury and relaxation. I have to mention that, when I arrived there, I found a host of elves going to and from the hot springs.
The sheer success of the hot springs is certainly higher than expected. There is probably a possibility to expand the advertis.e.m.e.nt to other races, but for the moment there are no other targets besides the elves in this forest.
The great Oaks served as building materials for all of the projects. There was surely no shortage in this regard.
Oh yes, quite a few major changes have presented themselves to us on returning indeed.
Today I went around inspecting the new facility with Kanami-chan. It was around noon when I observed the training bouts of the members for the first time in quite some time.
I watched over the new recruits and gave instructions when necessary, though a good portion of my time was invested in watching over Redhead’s bout with the Rusty Iron Knight, who was serving as an instructor.
I had several bouts with the new members, then tested old veterans of the group who had shown good growth since I had left.
I listened in on several good stories and spilled out a little smile at the overall changes I've observed.
After the training was over and I had inspected several other things, I went over to the location of the > where the personal workshops of Blacksmith-san and Alchemist-san were located. There were children playing who had been allowed to partic.i.p.ate in the training, with a certain little baby earning a hug, a certain Nicola.
The Kitchen had increased greatly in both scale and human resources with the Sisters serving as the ones standing at the helm.
After eating dinner, I observed the extensive makeover that had been done to my personal quarters.
I took several items out of my item box to decorate and personalize slightly, but overall the work done was impressive.
Well, you can certainly say that it was a meaningful day indeed.
Before going to bed, I wanted to enjoy the pure night sky overshadowing the settlement. For this purpose I went on a date with Kanami-chan and enjoyed many things...
Today’s Synthesis results:
【Wrought Iron Sh.e.l.l Armor】 + 【Indestructible Castle Sh.e.l.l】 = 【Indestructible Armored Castle Sh.e.l.l】
【Rapid Recovery】 + 【High Speed Regeneration】 + 【Strong Vitality】 + 【Vitality of the Mysterious Giant】 = 【Hyper Speed Regeneration】
【Familicide】 + 【Demon Slaying】 = 【Tyrant of the Demon Slaying Demon Army】
【Lord of the Mountain’s Piercing Roar】 + 【Black Ogre's Roar】 = 【Black Demon's Roar】
【Bristle Guard】 + 【Strong Body】 + 【Lord of the Mountain's Stout Hide】 + 【Giant King's Flesh and Blood】 + 【Giant King's Body】 + 【Black Ogre's Strong Body】 = 【Illogical Adamantine Strength】
It was another cold morning.
I equipped the exoskeleton [Jade Eagle King's Flight] version, made of the same material the Jade Eagle was made of.
Alone, I set off into the sky heading towards the current position of our second group led by Minokichi-kun.
As it would seem, Minokichi-kun had finished his boss hunting in the deepest parts of the dungeon he was in. According to him, he was heading out towards the exit of the dungeon, but ended up running into the 'Boss' of another party of adventurers.
It would seem that a Minotaur was not particularly common in that dungeon and it ended up resulting in Minokichi-kun being mistaken for a Boss. Given his size and status as a subspecies of the species Minotaur, I can't say I blame the adventurers that much. Needless to say, Minokichi-kun had caused something not so easily considered as 'just' an uproar. It would also seem that I was inadvertently forgotten initially during this situation.
This would seem to be due to Asue-chan believing that there wouldn't be an issue, but it seemed to be that the adventurers, especially the Adventurers of Nigeas.h.i.+, were far more persistent in the complex structure than expected.
Given the situation, they had to flee before much could be described. As it would turn out, they did end up pa.s.sing quite a few other groups on their way out, though nearly all of them fled the moment they saw his figure. For the moment there aren't any groups giving chase, but it's unknown whether or not a greater situation will arise as the story reaches the numerous adventurers on the outside.
It certainly is a dangerous situation in the current state, so they decided to contact me before attempting anything else. Minokichi-kun was certainly not helpless in this situation and planned to simply use force to solve the issue and leave the city.
Of course I ordered a drastically different behavior for the group through the cuffs by ordering the group to wait. It was decided that I would be necessary to solve the problem without causing a diplomatic incident.
While this was going on, Asue-chan had already left to explain the current situation to the guild and other adventurer parties that she came across. It's highly unlikely that it will solve the situation, however, and I'm convinced that there is an even lower chance of anyone believing the story.
Since I'm currently carrying the [Proof of Belonging to Royal Authority] that was received from the Tomboy Princess, I'm hoping this problem can be solved without further complication. Nevertheless, whether the [Proof of Belonging to Royal Authority] can be useful in this city remains to be determined.
As it stands, the Labyrinth city is not in an area I'm too familiar with. If it were closer to the Royal Capital, I'd be more certain, but the Sternbild Kingdom's borders do have limits.
If the situation goes sour, I should just be prepared to destroy the entire city with one of my most devastating methods, [Pandemonic of the Black Apostle].
In all honesty, it's surprisingly not that bad of an idea...
There are a great many adventurers who would be decent for eating because it's a Labyrinth city. It's also even a possible base that is surrounded by high walls that could become a training area.
Though, I'm preferring the idea of keeping that to a last resort for the time being.
Since Minokichi-kun wants to be out of the city by noon today, it's best to clarify things before that point. There are limits to a berserker's patience, something I'm keeping in mind as I increase my current speed.
After only a short period of time, I arrive at the Labyrinth city where Minokichi-kun's team is present.
I managed to arrive there within an hour due to the sheer speed I was traveling at. Since it would probably cause trouble if I flew in over the walls, I knew that I would simply have to enter officially through the front.
After I showed the middle-aged gatekeeper the [Proof of Belonging to Royal Authority] the gate was raised without wasting a second.
Once I entered the Labyrinth city, the figures of the rest of the individuals within Minokichi's party who were split off of Minokichi-kun's main party. These were the ones that were ordered to wait at the entrance of this particular Labyrinth city the moment they arrived to wait for me.
It's still morning, so given that it's a vibrant-ish Labyrinth city, there is quite the dark atmosphere drifting around currently. When I used [Wiretapping] to catch the topic of the situation, it was none other than Minokichi-kun.
Hearing this, my speed increased considerably.
After a few short minutes, the three hotels of the > came into view. Currently, there was a turmoil of people hurriedly taking measures and scurrying to and from the building.
Well, now that we've arrived at the building, I enter through the front door and trigger [Black Demon's Dignity], in only a moment, only the sound of flies could be heard.
The galvanized clas.h.i.+ng of iron armor disappeared.
Taking a short look around, a great number of people had collapsed and fainted, the few still conscious had pointed their full attention on me. I chose to just ignore the staring eyes of the few remaining and call for the guild's employees.
The one who approached was a cat-eared middle-aged man who trembled with a blue face. I asked him to call the guild master, the highest authority of the >.
Even though the man before me was middle-aged, he ran with lightning speed through a door and I chose a chair to sit down and chat with the other members of Minokichi-kun's party. After a short while, the man returned and I was asked to follow him into a back room.
The room was quite luxurious, decorated with items most likely brought back from the labyrinth. It was quite the expensive looking room.
As I waited, I was presented and drank a coffee-like beverage as a tiny man with a jolly belly entered the room.
He was younger than I expected, only around forty years of age. With him came a woman with gla.s.ses that looked to be his secretary.
The plump little man sat down on the sofa across from me with the secretary women standing silently behind him.
After a brief self-introduction, it would seem that this plumb man is the Guild Master. The previous guild I had met with, [Purgatory Guild Branch], the Guild Master had been an old man. It was because of that I had created the a.s.sumption that most Guild Masters are old men.
Since this was the case, I was a bit surprised, but what really matters is a person's ability and wisdom.
In the conversation with the Guild Master, I explained to him the matter which had brought me to the city.
I explained that the Minotaur that had created quite the disturbance was in fact, my companion and that there was no need to be so vigilant.
At first, they had doubted the story a bit, but they soon began to understand.
Though, I seem to have been slightly late in my arrival...
Eighteen people from three of the more highly skilled adventurer parties within the city had banded together and formed a [Raid Party] in order to subdue the inbound Minokichi-kun and his team.
The misunderstanding that had arisen about Minokichi-kun's team had been more or less half settled with the Guild Master-- the other half has to be proven-- but things will become troublesome if the Raid Party ends up murdered by Minokichi-kun and his team.
Basically, inside the labyrinth, killing non-monsters is a pretty major taboo. If the homicide is discovered, an appropriate punishment is dealt.
All in all, this is a pretty delicate situation, especially with the Raid Party seeing them as monsters.
In any case, if Minokichi-kun and his team kill the Raid Party, a penalty will be demanded.
The penalty for those who are found guilty are generally such things as the collection of materials within dangerous locations, through various means, and of course without any payment for a predetermined period of service.
Even though this was not set into law, it was commonly agreed upon by all publicly.
On the other hand, this penalty would not occur for the Raid Party, even if they manage to kill Minokichi-kun and his team.
It's downright unreasonable, but according to the Guild Master, the problem more or less rests with recognizing Minokichi-kun.
Naturally, I seriously wanted to complain, but there is no helping it due to how unreasonable the world itself is.
I would like to kill the adventurers and take their equipment, but given the circ.u.mstances and the impossibility to avoid blame, I contacted Minokichi-kun and the others to inform them to not kill the Raid Party.
He was stunned to hear he wasn't allowed to kill them and that he had to surrender a portion of the equipment.
Because the whole situation was an accident, some of the equipment could be taken and there was no helping it. Regardless I set up precautions.
I killed some time doing some minor business with the Guild Master, the material that we produce in the forest sells for quite the high price, something that I did not expect. Then, after completing various procedures and doc.u.mentation, I contacted Minokichi-kun again and told him that they will be able to depart at noon as planned. Because we were waiting at the entrance of the Labyrinth, we managed to meet Minokichi-kun and his team as they came out.
With me there to confirm the story was the plump little Guild Master, the secretary woman, the Raid party, and more than thirty guards that were under the employ of the Guild.
It could probably be said that the number of people that came to confront the present Minokichi-kun was far too low in both number and skill.
As soon as they saw him come out of the Labyrinth, all of them took a step back unconsciously.
I can more or less understand it, before such an imposing figure standing before them, even the tough-looking and robust men took such an action.
By the way, the townspeople looked at Minokichi-kun from a distance as he left the Labyrinth. There's a bit of confusion amongst the people as expected, but there was no panic breaking out within the Labyrinth city.
Even though I knew, it was really quite something to actually see Minokichi-kun in person.
He. Is. HUGE!!
As of now, Minokichi-kun is more than twice my current size. He stands five meters in height and I need to look up just to see his face. The ma.s.sive figure that I'm seeing is intimidating just by itself. It's not just the size, but each part of his body is pretty flashy. Each time he takes a breath, thunder and flames come out of his big mouth. His lower body is completely covered in a golden fur that emits a crackling sound similar to thunder. The color of the upper masculine body was brown and didn't really change too much from before. His tattoos resembled mine and were both black and gold in color. He had a new [Divine Protection] which drew quite a bit of attention, but it's not something that can be helped. On his shoulders were the Raid Party members, groaning in pain.
Yeah... it's a pretty surreal sight to behold. Next to him stood Asue-chan who also played as another factor to this unique atmosphere.
It's such a great feeling.
All of the Raid Party members were injured. Most of them were heavily injured, though a few were gravely injured and one only had some minor burns. Some of them had complex fractures or missing limbs, but none of them had died nor were they in danger of such.
As such, no penalty followed the situation.
I even decided to heal them. As I was healing them, some of the party members looked as if they wanted to say something, but I cast them a serious look and they shut up real quick.
There weren't any further problems due to the intermediation of the Guild Master himself, but if the Raid party intends to attempt a night raid on us, I will gladly partake in devouring them.
Since there was no further business to be taken care of, I informed Minokichi-kun to return to the base as soon as he saw fit. Afterwards, I departed quickly after collecting almost all of the items that Minokichi-kun had gained.
Even though I had the [Proof of Belonging to Royal Authority], it was quite the troublesome and time consuming process to get them out of the city. Minokichi-kun even acquired a [[[Spirit StonesSpirit Stone]]]. Ah, he is such a good guy. Hmm... Still, I wonder how to best use this [Spirit Stone]...
It's a real problem, would it be best to synthesize it with my silver arm or just eat it? Is it good to use it as material for a magical item?
Ahh, I don't understand them well enough so I decided to keep it in my Item Box until I collect some more information about them.
Today's Synthesis results:
【Left Arm of Penetrating Rain (Parjanya)】 + 【Right Arm of Roaring Thunder (Illatici)】 = 【Echoing Arms of the Thunderstorm (Nuhualpilli)】
【Peerless Heavy Strike】 + 【Consecutive Raging Strikes】 + 【Wild Dance of Heavy Blows】 = 【Surging Destructive Fists of Flesh Crus.h.i.+ng】
【Grand Cross】 + 【Cross Slash】 = 【Grand Cross Smash】
【Silent Stab】 + 【Stab】 + 【Armor Pierce】 = 【Silent Pierce】
【Storm Wind】 + 【Slicing Wind】 = 【Heavy Storm Wind】
【Aura Slash】 + 【Heavy Slash】 = 【Heavy Aura Slash】
Day 122 Sidestory Guild Master's POV
Oh, Good morning Ririchia-san! There's something tight under my waist today. It sure does look funny with my belly sticking out.
What? s.e.xual harrra.s.sment? You don't hate it though. This is just skins.h.i.+p between a superior and his subordinate. It's just a simple physical contact. Nothing malicious about it.
How about you resheathe the knife you got there. Dont you have a duty to protect me? What a shame, you're just nice to look at. Is that knife coated with poison? Please don't come close to me with that. Since I'm low level, a small cut will kill me instantly.
Ah there we go thank you for putting that away. Ok, so it might have been slight s.e.xual harra.s.sment, but you frowning is such a shame. I like it better if you smile. You're a lot cuter when you smile. You really should laugh more as well; you're beautiful when you smile.
Oh, are you blus.h.i.+ng? Or are you just tired? If you think you're going to catch a cold, try and rest today. After all, the situation with the Minotaur has been a stressful and unsual circ.u.mstance for you Ririchia-san. Rest well okay. In order to slay the Minotaur, I sent a Raid party in the morning, if I sent them in the afternoon, people would just make more unnecessary commotion.
What? You're not tired? Well, okay then, I guess we need to finish our work. I sure hope I survive you forcing me to work. So what do we have to do today? What? Acc.u.mulated paperwork? This sure is hard work.
Someone wants to see me? Well, I need to show that I'm a good Guildmaster. My intuition has served me well over the years of being a Guildmaster, and I've never felt anything like this before. As I greeted this demonic creature before me, I tried apprasing him and could not even begin to comprehend such a creature. He seems like a very high level creature, I don't know if he's concealing his strength, but there are a lot of factors to this.
Well, this situation just became a lot more complicated. Hearing the details about this Minotaur who's not a Dungeon boss, but a creature who leveled up to a minotaur. If this Aporou is telling the truth, then this has really become a ha.s.sle. To be truthful about it, I did not even consider the possibiity that it was a Rank Up (Evolution) rather than a dungeon boss. I forgot that it was even possible since such an occurence was so rare. This blunder will land the blame on me.
I don't know how he found out about this incident so quickly, according to my information network, Aporou did not stay in this city yesterday. He just got here. But now there is someone who cares about this minotaur. This information saying that it did not come from the dungeon but from outside the city is an apparent problem I have to deal with. It seems that he is telling the truth about the matter.
The real problem is what happened to the Raid party sent to subdue the minotaur. Maybe some of them survived, though I doubt it. Processing the deaths will be a ha.s.sle.
By noontime, everyone was waiting around the exit of the Labyrinth. This is because not a lot of people have ever seen a minotaur before. I have heard that these things were huge. And according to the report, this creature was bigger than expected. Expecting this creature to be a product of a rank-up does not fit the normal common sense. This is not considered to be standard. This is very intimidating. I hope we won't have to fight this creature with the escort squad we've gathered here. Even the strongest Richia-san wouldn't be a match. Everyone was surprised. The Raid party was composed of 16 skilled adventurers. The way they lost was incredibly discouraging. It was really surprising that no one died. Though they all had some very serious injuries. This has been a rather exciting day. Well, regarding me and Aporou, we seem to have built a friendly relations.h.i.+p. I feel that it's in our best interest to keep this relations.h.i.+p...friendly.
After morning training, I had asked for an increase in the production of Ghouls generated by Kanami-chan, but the process has been quite slow.
The production through the ability [Intermediate Summoning: Undead] produces higher quality products compared to [Lesser Summoning: Undead].
Although there are some control issues with Ghouls, with Kanami-chan, absolute obedience is displayed to the extent they would commit suicide if ordered.
I decided to invest some time into working with reinforcing the production of Black Skeletons. I ended up working without any rest for roughly seven hours and ended up generating nearly three thousand Black Skeletons. The result produced thirteen Black Skeleton Commanders, four Black Undead Knights, and a new creation of six Black Skeleton Horse Soldiers that represented something similar to a Skeleton Centaur.
Though, the process was only really to produce the thirteen Black Skeleton Commanders and the Black Undead Knights. Out of the Black Skeleton Horse Soldiers, I decided to eat four of them.
Ability unlocked [Soul Eater (Ghost Bite)]
Ability unlocked [Stench Tolerance]
Ability unlocked [Black Undead Knight's Cloth]
Ability unlocked [Black Bone Army Commander]
Ability unlocked [Undead Knight's Lineage]
The [Soul Eater] seemed like a useful ability that i'll need to test out later.
Then after I had eaten them, I tried to modify two of the Black Undead Knights that were [Scarfaces] and the remaining Black Skeleton Horse Soldiers using [Synthesis] and [Bone Union].
I changed the upper body that was like that of a human being of the Black Skeleton Horse Soldier into a form that imitated a dragon-head type gargoyle.
There were a few gaps in the black bone that was like the splendid horse.
With the Scarface, I removed the lower half of the body and performed further remodeling of the splendid horse using the black bones of the lower body though there weren't enough to finish the product so I had to sc.r.a.p a few things for the parts. I then began connecting the splendid horse and the Scarface together.
The natural weapons such as the spear types began to develop from the four pairs of arms coming from the body. The Black aura armor began to cover the body and it began to grow a bit stiff.
Currently, the Scarface gives off the feel of being something like a [Black Undead Dragoon Knight].
The upper body is that of the Black Undead Knight and the lower body is that of the splendid horse-like centaur. It's pretty intense, and above all else, it's huge.
It's height is at least four meters, maybe more and it also has excellent mobility with the lower body of the splendid horse. The eight-armed upper body and the lower body of a horse offered a large variety of attack possibilities.
The [Scarface] seemed to be far stronger.
Hmm, this might be beneficial in the long run. Since the remodeling of the Black Skeletons was more enjoyable than I thought, I think I'll give working with the Giants a try. Come to think of it, [Lesser Summoning: Undead] and [Lesser Summoning: Giant] are both summoning type abilities, I wonder if I might be able to combine them. I wonder if I might be able to create Giant Skeletons.
I'm anxious, but I decided to go to bed because I was pretty sleepy today.
After the morning training and lunch, Minokichi and his group returned home.
Immediately upon his return, Minokichi-kun requested to spar and since I was highly interested in Minokichi-kun’s growth, I simply couldn’t reject it.
I quickly set up a special arena and we’ll be able to have our first match in a long time.
Sternbild Kingdom has the Four Symbolic Heroes, and the Kirika Empire has the Eight Great Knights. This forest existed on the edge of the border between these two nations.
1200 years ago, the G.o.dly existence n.o.boru Rank Up into a DemiG.o.d of Deep Green where he met the Fairy King Gufusuto.
Genaha was born within the temple where he lived and died.
After 1200 years had pa.s.sed since the G.o.dly existence of n.o.buru had Rank Up, the emission of the [Divine Power] of the event was still present within the Kuuderun Great Forest.
The Elves who had their bodies far more in tune with nature than humans understood that the forest was far different compared to others and lived within it peacefully.
Because of certain circ.u.mstances of the allied forces of the Empire and the Kingdom, they invaded the forest of the Elves. But these forces were repelled by the help of the mighty and wise Ogres living deep within the Mysterious forest and peace was regained once more.
But the scars of war remained deeply carved unto several places of Kuuderun Great Forest.
Due to the presence of the DemiG.o.d of Deep Green’s remnant [Divine Power], the growth of the trees and forest material was far faster than normal. The scars of war would be healed within several months.
In one part of this mysterious forest, the ironclad stronghold of the Mercenary Company Parabellum existed.
When the sun reached the highest point, the construction of a flat External Training Field had been formed. With walls nearly twenty meters in height and a cylindrical hole within the ground with a diameter of nearly 130 meters, the zone looked quite similar to that of the Colosseum of the Ancient Roman Empire.
It was here that two great beasts would face each other.
One of these two demons was holding the red spear [Starving Impaler of a Thousand Thorns] upon his shoulder.
There, Aporou stood with his mighty silver arm, three horns upon his head, a deep black aura exuding from his presence, true to his name as Yatendouji.
Before him stood a creature of ghastly vigor and strength. In one hand was the mightly spirit axe [Scorching Acquittal Axe] and the spirit forged tower s.h.i.+eld [Minotaur’s Thunder Flame s.h.i.+eld].
Before Aporou stood the mighty Minokichi-kun who stood as a new species of the Minotaur. Lightning crackled from his breath as he stood towering over his opponant, true to his name as the [Lightning Bull Emperor Keraunos].
Both of them were letting out an obvious feeling of anxiety and excitement, betraying their excitement were two awfully belligerent smiles.
“It’s been quite some time since we last fought, hasn’t it, Minokichi-kun? However, it seems just as always, you have once again become very strong.”
“That is right, I fight alone in the bottom of the labyrinth for increasing power and skill. In comparison, I see before me someone stronger. All I am in order to become equal to you, Aporou, and to beat you.”
“Oh? Equal to me?”
“That is so. That I become equal to Aporou, my true lifelong friend. Therefore, need much power.”
They exchanged words.
There were no lies from Minokichi-kun’s words, they were powerful words that let those people who heard them understand his true intentions.
Because of those good willed feelings, Aporou became embarra.s.sed of the situation and changed his expression. Scratching his cheek with his silver arm’s finger that made a crunching sound as he did so.
“Is that right? Hmmm… Well, I’m fully motivated at this point, so let’s stop our reminiscence here and begin.”
Aporou fixed his breathing and reinforced his will, pointing his red spear towards the direction of Minokichi-kun’s heart.
On the other hand, Minokichi-kun’s axe and s.h.i.+eld were set into motion, as the response to Aporou’s question.
“Nevertheless, as always, an admirable posture… But…”
“This time, it shall be my victory!!”
“Ha ha! How very interesting. Then, I shall use my full power from the very start, prepare yourself!”
The two mutually reliant friends exchanged a grand and warm smile.
Then, as if the tension itself had been severed, the fight began with a great roar from Minokichi.
It was an aggressive roar like that of an explosion.
It held an extraordinarily powerful roar that caused ripples within the very earth surrounding the two. This caused weaker earth and stones to rumble and life from the ground from the tremors. The sheer intensity of the roar caused those of weaker minds to faint from just the impact of the roar, even Aporou’s movements had been dulled for the briefest of seconds.
One could have perhaps even died from fear if the difference between the two had been too great, that was the effect of the roar of such a level.
It was just then that Aporou selected the very same type of roar as the necessary counterattack.
From the various abilities that he had obtained, dozens were floating around in his brain, and the one that was selected was [Black Demon's Roar].
Normally, Minokichi-kun, who was basically a Minotaur, should have won in the roar confrontation easily.
As there is a limit to the volume in which Aporou’s body is capable of producing as a member of the Ogre race, the [Roar] which was treated as an attack should not have been able to defeat a Minotaur’s.
However, as it is an ability known to Aporou as [Black Demon's Roar], such common sense is shattered, and the volume that would originally have never been possible for Aporou was attained.
His roar was such that as Thunder itself.
The roars of both sides collide, negating each other and the energy escaping from both Aporou and Minokichi-kun created earth shattering crevices forming exactly at the halfway point between the two.
[Paralyze] and [Fear] are two abilities that have an abnormal invisible attack that gives a person who encounters it a bad status condition that violates the mind and body.
For the members who were watching the battle between Aporou and Minokichi-kun from a great distance, the percentage of those who fainted due to the after effects were 50%, with another 40% no longer capable of movement and were frozen on the spot.
But, a simple judgement from Minokichi-kun and Aporou suggested that such a roar was merely a greeting for them.
Aporou and Minokichi-kun did not experience any bad statuses due to both attacks having counterbalanced each other.
The two roars stop, and Minokichi-kun was once again the one who made his move.
While achieving a courageous shout of war and spirit, Minokichi-kun drove himself forward, placing his momentum upon his s.h.i.+eld that dawned the head of a golden cow. His axe raised above his shoulder, he rushed full tilt towards Aporou.
The attack Minokichi-kun used, however, was an attack that Aporou was highly familiar with. The path of the attack was clear and the skill was all too well known.
The attack that Minokichi-kun was using was a simple, yet strong attack. It was a technique that Aporou taught Minokichi-kun who often chose to use it.
It was a technique that was used to rush in to close the distance between oneself and the opponent, preventing enemy attacks with a ma.s.sive s.h.i.+eld and driving one’s own body into the enemy’s s.p.a.ce to break their stance and disrupt their posture. In the final moment, the axe is lowered and a devastating strike with all of one’s strength is delivered.
It’s a basic attack that anyone who uses a s.h.i.+eld and axe would train to use commonly.
Therefore, Aporou was well informed of the actions required to defeat the attack presented to him.
Though, the speed of the attack was different to what Aporou had known Minokichi-kun commonly used. The weight was different, the power output was off and the scale was changed.
There were various incidents that occurred before Aporou.
Out of the Golden wool-like lower part of Minokichi-kun came a crackling sound and a golden thunderbolt with each step that crushes the ground.
Hoof by hoof, he pressed his ma.s.sive figure forward, the situation that developed was just like a bombardment.
From the head of the axe that was still perched upon his shoulder, white flames began to surge forth and his advance drastically increased in speed.
Quite similar to that of a booster, Minokichi's speed accelerated explosively.
The atmosphere was torn up by Minokichi-kun, a shockwave occurred. It stood the proof that his speed had exceeded the very speed of sound. A destructive storm scattered the surroundings, a shaking tail of light that was ever expanding, the trace of golden thunder and white flames erupting from the center.
Minokichi-kun’s speed had long since exceeded the speed of sound, after that point, only the sound is left as it approached Aporou.
Because he had become a Minotaur and gained great power and the divine protection of several G.o.ds. Minokichi-kun’s attack reached the point where it was no longer visible.
“That is certainly fast!”
Currently, Aporou as an Apostle Lord has excellent perceptual abilities and with his ability [Speed Parallel Thinking] combined with Aporou’s perception and experience, the movements of the causal world was as if everything was moving in slow motion.
In Aporou’s world, if a bullet were fired out of a high powered rifle, to him, it would be the same as if it had stopped the moment Aporou got serious.
Even then, Minokichi-kun moved at an abnormal speed.
The twenty meters of s.p.a.ce that stood between the two of them would be closed in only several steps, the ma.s.sive figure ever closing the gap.
The axe was swung, lowered vigorously with a great roar. Everything would be felled before the mighty strike, anything touched would be annihilated instantly.
It was like a ma.s.sive rock feel down.
Aporou used his red spear [Starving Impaler of a Thousand Thorns] to receive it while deflecting the momentum of the strike. The result succeeded in blocking the approaching overhead blow.
The axe collided with the red spear and a harsh, abnormal sound was heard, sparks scattered all across the battlefield and the glorious white flames raged out of the head as it crashed into the red spear.
Aporou’s head was instantly covered with a torrent of white flames, though this was only for an instant. While Aporou had parried the axe from where it would have normally hit the body, his head was burned from the white flames. His flesh and blood creaked from the shock of the axe creating an impact.
Though the pressure of the strike in no way managed to cut him, the hit still sunk him roughly ankle deep into the soil.
If Aporou was not equipped with the red spear but instead of the halberd created by Blacksmith-san, he would not have been able to block the strike and would have been cut.
But, since it was the red spear, the power was able to be diverted to the side without being broken.
Regardless, it was an attack far superior compared to before. Aporou was both astonished and excited about it.
“Ha ha! Excellent Minokichi-kun, as expected, you certainly are the best!”
The axe that was blocked from it’s initial target met the ground with a crash.
It crushed the ground and the surrounding shock sent rocks at the speed of bullets.
The rocks collided with his skin, but didn’t do anything in particular, Aporou simply didn’t feel any pain.
Aporou, who didn’t suffer any damage, turned to counter attack immediately, but the white flames and the golden thunder that erupted from the head of the axe burned the surroundings and the range of destruction greatly expanded.
Aporou’s movements had dulled slightly from the surprise of this instant.
Minokichi-kun now had three [Divine Protections]: [Divine Protection of the DemiG.o.d of Fire], [Divine Protection of the DemiG.o.d of War], and [Divine Protection of the G.o.d of TLightning], these were the golden thunder and white flames from the DemiG.o.d of Fire and G.o.d of Lightning which granted Minokichi-kun their power.
But because Aporou ate the Red Bear, he also received the [Divine Protection of the DemiG.o.d of Fire], though even with this, receiving such a strong flame with a [Divine Protection] alone would be difficult, even with his overlapping abilities would have caused trouble.
Of course there was a reason why Minokichi-kun was able to use such strong thunderous flames.
When he became the new variant of the Minotaur species, he obtained a factor that greatly raised the power of his axe strikes.
It was an ability unique to him and the effect was great, it was called [One who becomes an Axe] and another ability he had gained was called [Thunder Flames of the G.o.d of Murder] that greatly increases the power of his thunder flame attacks.
Minokichi-kun loves to use his [Scorching Acquittal Axe] which holds a unique ability [Fire that Burns the Sinful].
Though, the factor that aided him the most would certainly be his high affinity with the fire attribute.
The power that Minokichi-kun has obtained was something that could even equal Aporou’s strength. It was something clearly visible from that situation.
Normally, with just a single blow the battle would have been settled.
Even if one were to be able to avoid the strong swing, the combined powers of the great white flames and the golden thunder released after the mighty blow would have been enough to slay any normal enemy.
In the first place, just the strike from the great axe would have been enough to make just about any opponent pa.s.s out.
To be able to either block, or even dodge the attacks from the current Minokichi-kun, there could be no member in all of Parabellum besides Aporou himself capable of such a feat.
Even if one were to prevent being hit by the axe itself, what awaits you afterwards are the brutal white flames and golden thunder.
However, because Aporou had [Null Electric Damage] his body was not burned by the golden thunder that surged upon him. No matter how strong the golden thunder was, the [Thunder and Lightning] strike could not and would not affect the great Aporou.
But that was not to say that he was invincible. Even with the [Divine Protection of the DemiG.o.d of Fire] and [Complete Fire Resistance] the damage of the white flames of an unnaturally super-high temperature was not nullified completely.
It’s only natural since Aporou lacked any ability to fully nullify it, thus even by reducing the damage, he would still take some damage.
Aporou’s hair was burnt by the strong white flames as well as part of his cheek and forehead were severely burnt. There was the smell of burning and the sound of his left eyeball splitting from being completely burnt was heard.
Aporou’s face was in a great deal of pain from having his left eye crushed and so instinctively used [Hyper Speed Regeneration]. The skin which had festered and burnt away had been cured as if time itself were reversed.
The burnt skin and eyeball regenerated in the blink of an eye and any damage that had been dealt was negated.
But in this briefest of instances, not only did Aporou prevent the attack, but also went on the counterattack.
“Don’t just focus down on the opponent, consider the entire battlefield.”
While giving advice was his everyday habit, Aporou had started to form both water and earth spears behind Minokichi-kun.
At the same time, his silver hand collides with Minokichi-kun’s s.h.i.+eld. The dull sound that occurred as the s.h.i.+eld intercepted the approaching strike.
Both combatants felt the shock throughout their entire body.
Just at that moment, Aporou executes the water and earth attacks with the spears.
While considering that Minokichi-kun would be focusing on the front, Aporou’s standard attacking method was to attack at the same time with both attacks from the front, back and blind-spots to break his opponent’s posture.
It is very difficult to prevent or fight effectivily against this form of attack as it is near impossible for Minokichi-kun to see behind himself, especially considering his opponent at his front.
If it had been the former Minokichi-kun, his posture would have been quite easily broken, however, Minokichi-kun had become far stronger than he had been before.
The sheer increase of power and skill had even slighly escaped Aporou’s expectations, if even only a small margin.
Golden thunder and white flames blew up from Minokichi-kun’s entire body.
From behind, the white flames and golden thunder burnt and evaporated the water and earth spears. The pieces blown into the air and at the same time that the silver arm was touching the s.h.i.+eld the head of the golden bull had began to s.h.i.+ne.
Aporou jumped back instantly to gain some distance, but Minokichi-kun’s advance was even faster than Aporou could retreat. He was caught as he could not generate the necessary distance as an illusion-like figure of the golden cow’s head was made to as if it was jumping out of the s.h.i.+eld.
The illusion of the golden cow pierced, with it’s sharp horns, into Aporou’s flesh.
The damage was so fierce that it would gouge out one’s guts, and because Aporou, who had jumped and was now in the air, could not easily evade it to either the left or the right.
Evading would be very difficult and the hands Aporou had put out to meet the attack was quite limited in their defence.
Even so, Aporou chose to grab it, the illusion, with his silver arm.
As his flesh arm was holding to the red spear, he could not yield such a weapon during this battle.
Although one might say to just simply grab it, that would not be so easy as the sheer speed of Minokichi-kun was exceeding the very speed of sound. The distance between the two only being mere 5 meters, total point blank range.
It would be quite normal to say that one would be killed instantly getting run over by such an attack, even if you were to catch it. The power from it hitting your body would pierce it easily.
However, Aporou had managed in catching it, if only because of his previous experiences with the mighty Minokichi-kun, and the fact that the silver arm which he had used to catch it didn’t even move a millimeter from the spot.
With this, Aporou had managed to barely prevent the attack.
But, because it is difficult to keep one’s overall balance onto a single point, Aporou pushed the lower end of the right spear into the s.h.i.+eld. The silver arm and the red spear, which are on two different points, prevent the horns of the golden cow from reaching Aporou.
However, Aporou is still floating in mid-
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