It’s still pitch dark when I wake up .
I went to sleep quite early last night .
It was probably around 7:00pm when I went to sleep .
Yesterday I woke up extremely early at the chiefs house so I could travel to Vale, and I was busy all day so I became very tired .
When it gets dark there is nothing to do in this world .
There’s no consoles, no TVs, no PCs, no internet, no anime, there isn’t even any books .
Thinking about it, I could probably go to a bar for information gathering .
But that might be troublesome .
To begin with, I was a bullied child .
If I was good at speaking to other people I probably wouldn’t have been bullied .
Secondly, I should not be wandering around strange places with 33 gold coins .
With 500 gold coins one could live their whole life in this inn .
If I estimate the value of 500 gold coins is equivalent to 100 million yen then 33 gold coins in 6 . 6 million yen .
Even in Japan there would be few people drinking with that much cash on them .
Third, I’m not sure how much alcohol I can drink .
If I want to collect information in a bar, I need to drink .
It wouldn’t be information gathering if I was the one who got drunk first .
Getting drunk and talking about earth may cause some unwanted attention too .
How much alcohol can I drink?
Alcohol might not be the same as it was on earth, and my constitution may have changed after coming to this world as well . The intelligence card comes out of my hand now too .
Fourth, information on money-making is what I need at the moment .
Other information like what is common sense here I can just ask Roxanne about after I buy her .
Are there really money-making ideas in a bar?
More likely there would be honey traps and people trying to swindle me .
Someone like me who doesn’t know the common sense of this world would be an easy target, especially since I’m carrying 33 gold coins .
Gathering information might be too dangerous .
Maybe having an early night is much better .
I held the scimitar like a hug pillow as I slept .
There are stories in Japan of master swordsman who sleep holding their swords .
I don’t know if it’s safe though .
I feel quite refreshed .
But outside if it still dark .
If I slept for eight hours it is probably 3:00am now .
My room does not have a toilet, so I have to go down through the lobby to get to the toilet .
There is a lantern hanging on the stairs, but it’s light is very dim and it doesn’t light up much .
“Are you going to the Labyrinth?”
When I get to the lobby I hear a voice behind me .
“oh… . er . ”
I was startled, it felt like my heart nearly stopped .
When I turn around, the Lv28 Hotel man is standing at the front desk .
“Be careful . ”
“Can I go out during the night?”
“Yes, there are plenty of guys who go to Labyrinths in the middle of the night . Maybe not in our Labyrinth though because it isn’t very crowded . ”
I see .
There isn’t any difference between day & night in the Labyrinth .
Plenty of people would enter during the night, and an inn which caters towards people entering the Labyrinth would need to accommodate to that .
“You must be busy until midnight . ”
“We are part of the Emaro tribe . The Emaro tribe is special . We don’t need much sleep, It’s always difficult to explain to people from other races but it’s possible for us to sleep in halves . ”
“Half, like right and left side?”
I learnt about a different species .
I remember a type of dolphin has it’s right brain and left brain take turns sleeping . If both slept at the same time it would drown .
“Do you understand?”
“I have a bit of an idea . ”
“Wow, that’s the first time someone’s understood . ”
He is pleased .
The people who know there is a right and left side to the brain in this world are probably quite few .
Possibly the Emaro tribe evolved in the sea .
He has two legs though .
“People from the Emaro tribe dislike settling down . Most will take up strange jobs like working with hotels that the guild manages . The work suits us because it allows us to transfer all over the place . ”
“I see . ”
If they evolved in the sea, the custom of settling down would be quite strange to them .
I hand him the hotel key .
I go to the restroom with my rucksack over my shoulder .
There is nothing to do, so heading out to the Labyrinth now might be a good idea .
“Don’t you need a lantern?”
“I’ll be fine . ”
I tried to look cool, and then went outside .
It’s pitch-dark .
I can’t see even a meter in front of me .
It’s completely dark .
Isn’t there a moon in this world?
The whole sky is lit up with stars .
The light from the stars is too weak to light up where I’m walking .
Being from Tokyo, I find this darkness to be quite a shock .
Should I borrow the lantern now?
Because of the darkness it might be scary to head to the Labyrinth even with a lantern .
A ghost might blow it out .
I don’t really believe in ghosts, but I don’t yet know what mysteries there are in this world .
What should I do?
I don’t have the job of adventurer, so I can’t use field walk .
Oh, there was a warp incantation in the bonus skills .
Guessing from the name, it might be some kind of movement magic .
Meteor crash was beyond my abilities because I don’t have enough MP, but what about warp?
The amount of MP used for movement magic might be less than attack magic . Also, I’ve leveled up to Hero Lv3 now, and my MP is probably full because I had a good sleep .
I open the character settings and move the points from my bonus job skill and discount over to durandal and the warp incantation .
I face a wall of the Vale Pavilion, and think about warping . I imagine the small room with the doorway in the Labyrinth .
There should have been a wall in front of me, but when I reached out with my hand I didn’t hit it .
It’s a success .
Even though it’s a success, I start feeling depressed .
Instead of the joy of success I get the sorrow of success .
Thoughts of “why did I bother coming here?” enter my head when I walk into the small room .
It’s the small room with the doorway exiting the Labyrinth and the paths leading in three directions .
The small room was lit up, even though it’s night .
Here is fine, despite the pitch darkness outside .
I don’t want to use the warp ever again .
The MP it uses is probably even higher than Overwhelming .
Well, I should have expected this from a bonus incantation .
My mood feels like hell .
The only way I can get out of this depression is if I use the MP absorption from Durandal .
Suppressing feeling of not wanting to fight, I start heading down a path .
If I go right I can probably get to the second floor, but I head straight .
I don’t want to go to the second floor . I don’t really want to do anything .
Finally I see a Needle Wood .
I want to run away, but I hold back that desire and swing the Durandal .
A thought entered my head that I could never win, but of course I defeated it in a single blow .
When the smoke disappears a branch is left behind .
“Ah… that’s it . ”
Feelings of relief go through my mind .
I let out a relieved sigh .
That was quite hard .
Using MP in large quantities is quite difficult .
I’d like to try to avoid it .
Kaga Michio . 17 year old male . Explorer Lv4, Hero Lv3, Soldier Lv1
Equipment: Durandal, Leather armor, Sandals .
After hunting another one, I checked my stats .
The jobs I had set are still shown even though I removed my bonus job skill .
The reason for having the third job as Soldier is because I might be able to get the Bounty Hunter job if I level it .
Also, after hunting two more demons I try the Soldiers skill Rush .
I’m not entirely sure what it did, but it felt like Durandal cut deeper .
It must be an attack skill .
It’s hard to know how useful it is since I defeat demons in one swing with Durandal .
Sometimes it feels like ten minutes before I find another demon .
Are all the Labyrinths in this world like this? Or is this just a characteristic of the first floor?
This is faster than hunting Slow Rabbit’s in the forest near the village though .
It’s fast, but it doesn’t feel like demons are appearing one after the other .
I probably came to the Labyrinth around 3:00am, so is sunrise in three hours?
Assuming I meet a demon once every ten minutes, I can hunt 18 of them in 180 minutes . I’m probably hunting more than that though .
Considering that, I decided to leave the Labyrinth after I found two leaves .
I didn’t want to use the warp skill, so I used dungeon walk and then went home on foot .
The sun had just come up, so the timing was perfect .
I returned to the inn and had breakfast, then went to my room .
I use the crude drug creation on the two remaining leaves from yesterday, and the two from today, then I climb into bed for a quick nap .
The sale price in the adventurers guild is 1,878 nars .
Sale price for the antidote is 25 nars, I leave some in the item box instead of selling them all off .
So the guilds purchase price is a quarter of the sale price?
After nearly buying antidotes yesterday, and then selling them today, I wonder what the sales woman must be thinking .
Even if she thought it was strange, she didn’t show it on her face .
She probably doesn’t specifically remember what each person buys .
After that, I go to the Labyrinth again during the morning, and again during the afternoon .
The amount of money I made in the morning is 487 nars . I didn’t sell any antidotes because I didn’t return to my room, so that’s just from selling branches .
I hunted until I got three leaves, and I had 25 branches to sell . It’s better than the early morning because that was just two leaves and 23 branches .
25 branches is 15 nars each, plus 30% sale bonus end up at 487 nars .
The calc skill is not wrong .
In the morning, and the afternoon, I start searching the right side of the Labyrinth .
The dungeon walk seems to not only go to the room with the doorway, but to similar rooms as well .
I was able to go to the room that had the knight party in it yesterday .
The small room that had the large number of demons looked similar, but I’m unable to dungeon walk to there .
I’m not sure what the difference is .
There is a small room that I discovered along the right hand path that I can dungeon walk too, so I use that in the afternoon to search deeper from there .
I continue on while defeating Needle Woods .
I got lost a bit, and then found the small room that the two leaves appeared in .
A wall slides down with a nice sound, and another small room appears .
There were two parties waiting inside .
It looks like they are waiting in line .
I sit down at the end of the line .
I’m not sure why they are lined up, or if it is actually a line .
After a while, another party comes in behind me .
Six people with explorers and soldiers of reasonably low level .
“Line up . ”
The six people tried to pass and are shouted at by a man in the front .
It is .
I was right when I saw the arrangement .
It’s that kind of mood .
I’m glad I understood .
I wasn’t sure if I’d be fine reading the mood as a Japanese person in this world, but looks like I’m alright .
A door in the front opens up, and the party at the front head in .
Is this what you were waiting for?
“Is this your first time in the Labyrinth?”
“Yes . ”
The female explorer sitting in front of me starts to speak .
“There’s a room ahead the leads to the second floor . There’s a boss there . If you defeat the boss you can get to the second floor . ”
“Ah, Thank you . ”
So that’s why we are lined up?
I listened well to what the kind woman was saying .
I will call her Nee-san . [TN: Older sister, I try to avoid these things where possible since they don’t translate well to English . ]
“When the previous party is defeated, the equipment they had is left behind . That’s fate . ”
Nee-san looked at me and grinned .
I take back my previous thought .
The kindness was a lie .
When I die in there, my equipment, Durandal, will go to the party behind me .
Oh, if Nee-san’s party is defeated, their gear will become mine .
“I see . ”
“The bosses are a lot stronger than the Needle Woods . If your not confident then you should go back . ”
“No, it’s fine . ”
She’s an explorer Lv5, and she seems quite confident .
Despite being Lv5 .
Before long the previous door opens, and Nee-san’s party enters .
The level of Nee-san’s party is higher than the party behind me, so I don’t think they’ll be annihilated .
Will I be alright?
Well, there’s Rush, and Overwhelming, as well as Durandal .
On the first floor I probably can’t earn one gold piece a day, so I need to make this decision .
I have to go down .
Did Nee-san win? The door opens again .
I hold Durandal and enter .
After I enter, the door closes .
It’s a normal square room of about 4-5 meters .
Nee-san, didn’t lose .
She seems to have passed by safely .
Smoke gathers in the back of the room, and a demon appears .
Udo Wood Lv1
It’s a demon that looks like a larger version of the Needle Wood .
It’s taller than me, it’s got a green trunk, and has long branches sticking out instead of hands and feet .
While observing the Udo Wood, a blue light appears near it’s feet .
A magic formation .
That’s bad .
Seeing the blue shine, it looks like it will be effective .
It’s the first time I’ve seen it so I don’t know what it does, but it definitely seems dangerous .
Is it a magic attack?
There’s also the possibility of support magic or defense magic, though it’s better if they don’t use it .
There’s no time to watch it .
I raise Durandal as it charges in .
I drive the sword into it’s shoulder using Rush . Durandal stops several millimeters into it’s shoulder . Even if I use Rush it seems I can’t win in one blow .
However, the magic formation disappears .
Is this the incantation interruption skill that Durandal has?
The demon can’t speak, it can’t use incantations and has to instead use magic formations . The magic formation is taking the place of the incantation, so the interruption spell works on it?
The Udo Wood swings the branch that was on the magic formation .
Durandal is still stuck in the demons shoulder so I can’t block .
I manage to pull Durandal from his shoulder as he swings, but I’m struck by the attack .
The blow hits me, and causes some shock .
Udo Wood’s attack power seems to be higher than the Needle Wood and Slow Rabbit .
The Needle Wood’s attacks were already quite heavy .
He swings the branch again, and I hear the sound of it cutting through the air .
I blocked it with Durandal .
He continuously attacks with the right branch, and I avoid it by moving my body .
After the exchange I saw an opening and drove Durandal into it .
A return comes from the left, but I avoid it .
If I can clearly see his movement then it’s not an enemy I can’t fight .
Udo Wood cuts the distance between us .
I blocked a branch from the right with the sword .
A branch is swung from the left as well .
Was the branch from the right a feint?
I can’t avoid it this time .
I use Overwhelming and charge into motion with Durandal .
The demons branches move slowly, there is little room for me to escape and I swing with Durandal as I dodge .
The branch whistles past a millimeter from me .
Udo Wood collapses to the ground .
Somehow I’ve managed to defeat it .
The body shakes wildly, becomes smoke, and disappears .
Wand Cane . [TN: Wand was in english, maybe I should have used Magic Cane to sound better . ]
There is a branch remaining .
Should I call this a stick? It’s bigger than a branch .
It seems to be a cane, so it’s some kind of weapon .
There is nothing else .
Even though it’s a boss room there is no treasure chest .
So the only things left behind would be from the previous party?
A door on the far side opens up because the boss has been defeated .
I put the cane in the item box .
I double check the area for items, and then look for the way to the next floor .
TN: The author is alternating between calling it a wand and a cane .