New chapter for today.
Chapter 9 – Alert
The death match with the Hellbear has changed me. My level has increased, and my [HP] and [STR] have increased as well. Because I gained the skill [Monstrous Strength], [Strong Body] and [Strong Arm], my chance of survival had sharply increased. Not only that, but I also gained a lot of skills that would give me an advantage in battle, so I’d become one of the strongest existences in the Great Borf Forest.
The only thing I apparently didn’t have was the intimidating presence of a powerful being like the Hellbear, because I still kept getting attacked by some of the weaker monsters. That said, even when I encountered a pack of Hyena Wolves or a herd of Boagnons, which I struggled to defeat before my life and death battle with the Hellbear, I could beat them with plenty of breathing room.
And so, on the fifth day after I went to the river, I faced that cat monster again.
Race : Musk Leopard, Level 230
Skills : [Acceleration] [Night Vision] [Presence Detection] [Wild Intuition] [Shadow Sewing] [Dark Magic]
Attributes : HP [B] | MP [A] | STR [A] | INT [C] | AGI [S] | DEX [B] | LUK [E]
Hmm, it has [Dark Magic]… cool! This is my chance, right? Isn’t this a heaven-sent opportunity for me to learn [Dark Magic]? However, this creature’s [AGI] is [S], and it’s better to treat it like it can become [EX] at any moment, because it also has [Acceleration] in its skill list.
Hehehe, there’s a considerable difference in our levels, but the only difference in our skills is [Dark Magic]! And so, it came over and smacked me while I was busy gloating.
Gah, I’m in so much pain right now. How many times have I experienced this in this world?
I completely couldn’t keep up with the Musk Leopard’s speed; it’s like fate really wanted to torment me with these countless critical situations that I’d experienced so far. My limbs were twisted and bent in all the wrong places, and I was bleeding profusely, no longer capable of moving on my own.
The Musk Leopard looked down at me triumphantly and stepped on my face with its front paw.
With a splatter, the monster cat’s neatly dismantled body parts fell into the mud. Sigh, I really want to find a smarter way to beat these things. The familiar scroll of level-up notifications showed up again.
Why do I always have to prepare myself to be on the verge of death like this? Is that just the stupid nature of Japanese pacifists? Or is it because I subconsciously wanted to be in a reversal situation, like in a common light novel story? Somehow I survived another near-death experience, but I really want to be spared from doing this again.
I took some meat out of [Material Storage] and chewed it. I can’t help but admire how incredible [Ultimate Cooking] is, which can make grilled meat that completely recovers you from only eating four slices.
I collected the cat monster parts and cooked the meat with [Ultimate Cooking]. The skill on the first meat was something I already have, [Acceleration], so I just put it in [Material Storage]. The next meat could give [Shadow Sewing], the next one could raise [AGI], and the next was [Presence Detection]… oh jeez, are you telling me [Dark Magic] isn’t that easy to get…? There’s only one piece left… please let it be [Dark Magic]!
Grilled cheek meat of the large civet cat ⇒ You can learn the [Dark Magic] skill, and recover from sickness, injury, and abnormal conditions!
I make a guts pose after reading that, and ate the cheek meat immediately.
You have learned the [Dark Magic] skill.
I even started dancing, still in the guts pose. It was like one of those lantern festival dances, I was too happy to care if anyone saw me. Just look at this joyful movement!
You have been granted the [Weird Person] title.
I froze mid-dance when I read that. If you looked at me from the side, with my right leg and both hands raised up, I’d look like a weird statue. But that’s not important, what the hell is this title!? [Pervert]? No, [Weird Person], huh? What’s that supposed to mean?
Name : Tsukuru Sumeragi
Job : Chef, Level 205
Skills : [Ultimate Cooking] [Ignition] [Dismantling] [Detailed Appraisal] [Material Storage] [Spring Water] [Tool Maintenance] [Ingredient Detection]
Skill II : [Night Vision] [Acceleration] [Throwing] [Presence Detection] [Sense of Smell Enhancement] [Wild Intuition] [Cooperation] [Mass Mobilization] [Whispering] [Monstrous Strength] [Strong Body] [Strong Arm]
Skill III : [Plant Magic] [Wind Magic] [Shadow Sewing] [Dark Magic]
Attributes : HP [B] | MP [B] | STR [A] | INT [A] | AGI [A] | DEX [EX] | LUK [EX]
Title : Weird Person
Dark Magic ⇒ Magic that can only be given to those who control darkness. You there, don’t go sullying your hands with crime.
Weird Person ⇒ Since you don’t want to hide your important bits, let’s give you this title! When you wear clothes, you become almost inconspicuous, like a rock on the side of the road.
Sigh, I’m just trying my hardest to live, it’s the monsters that made me wear these tattered clothes! I wouldn’t do it if I had a choice!
I cried out. I screamed a cry of sorrow and anger that came from deep within my soul.
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It took me a few days to erase it from my mind. What did I erase? I don’t know, I erased it!
I continued down the river again. The demon that came out this time was turned into experience points with my [Dark Magic]. This skill is seriously so useful! At night, I can do whatever I want, and even during the day, as long as there’s shadows, I can still use it quite a bit.
When I don’t want to meet a monster, I can just hide in the darkness or shadows and move through that. Since my presence becomes like a ghost, I can avoid the monster’s senses, and paired with the increase in movement speed from being in the shadows, I can perform the strongest battle combo by approaching while hidden and assassinating the target with [Dismantling] in the darkness.
[Dismantling] can’t be done without touching the target, so in the event the monster reacts the instant part of my body leaves the darkness, such as my hands or feet, I can substitute [Ignition] for [Dismantling].
[Ignition] can be activated even if my whole body is still within the darkness, so even if a monster notices me, I can wrap it in fire immediately. For that reason, I haven’t gone through any other near-death experiences lately. If I’m always diving in the dark, they won’t find me. Eating, sleeping, relieving myself, all of it’s possible in the darkness. I only need to come out if I want to take a bath…
Oh yeah, I’ve also killed some brand new monsters that I encountered during this time.
Race : Sand Armadillo, Level 150
Skills : [Sturdy] [Rolling] [Iron Wall] [Earth Magic]
Attributes : HP [B] | MP [C] | STR [C] | INT [D] | AGI [B] | DEX [D] | LUK [E]
As the race name suggests, it’s an armadillo monster.
At first, I was afraid of the impact from the armadillo’s [Rolling] skill, which was about the size of an elephant. Would I get smashed as flat as a piece of paper if that thing landed on me? Probably.
The armadillo was able to maintain its composure when I set its hard scales on fire with [Ignition], but it was quite bothered and panicked when I tried to damage it with a large volume of [Spring Water]. It didn’t fall down in one go, but three shots of [Spring Water] was enough to drown it.
So, depending on the monster, even [Ignition] might not do much. That battle prompted me to think more about skill compatibility based on the type of enemy. I was just glad I could get its three skills: [Sturdy], [Iron Wall], and [Earth Magic], despite only getting a tiny amount of meat from its abdomen.
Race : Soul Eater, Level 170
Skill : [Soul Eating] [Phantom Body] [Summoning Undead]
Attributes : HP [C] | MP [A] | STR [D] | INT [B] | AGI [B] | DEX [D] | LUK [E]
As you could guess from the race, this monster eats souls, and actually has the [Soul Eating] skill. Moreover, because of the [Phantom Body] skill, or maybe from a characteristic of being a ghost-type monster with a transparent body, physical attacks were ineffective.
It’s also pretty annoying to fight because it always summons undead type monsters in the surrounding area. However, it seems weak to fire, so it was easy to defeat when I burn it with [Ignition].
Because it’s a ghost-type monster, I didn’t even expect [Dismantling] to yield anything edible, but surprisingly, its eyeball returned as an ingredient. I cooked it with [Ultimate Cooking], but it took me another two hours to actually put it in my mouth. I was hesitant to eat it because of its grotesque appearance.
However, once I did, it was surprisingly delicious, tasting like a rich, sweet dessert with refreshing complementary acidity, and I also got the [Summoning Undead] skill.
Race : Wood Doll, Level 160
Skills : [Photosynthesis] [Martial Art] [Intuition] [Plant Magic]
Attributes : HP [B] | MP [C] | STR [B] | INT [B] | AGI [B] | DEX [C] | LUK [E]
This one… was an instant kill with [Ignition]. It’s literally a tree, after all. It was a man-shaped doll only a little larger than me, about 175 centimeters tall, and for some reason it had two fruits on its head resembling an apple and an orange.
[Dismantling] returned no meat, just the fruit attached to its head. When that fruit was cooked with [Ultimate Cooking], it gained a nice candy-like appearance, and tasted delicious. I’d only been eating meat until now, so I hunted them for a while.
The Soul Eater’s eye was also delicious, but I didn’t want to actively hunt for those because it looked so unappetizing; that’s why I only hunted the Wood Dolls. Of course, I also got the [Martial Art] and [Intuition] skills from it.
Race : Sword Reaper, Level 200
Skills : [Swordsmanship] [Soul Eating] [Spiritual Body] [Summoning Undead] [Corrosion Magic] [Transition Technique]
Attributes : HP [A] | MP [A] | STR [A] | INT [B] | AGI [B] | DEX [B] | LUK [E]
It looks just like a grim reaper, with a black cloak, a skeleton’s face, and a… sword. I know what you’re thinking, I’d also expect a grim reaper to have a scythe, but for some reason it wields a sword. The sword itself also feels very creepy due to the red lines running across the black blade like blood vessels.
Unfortunately, the Sword Reaper is too fast to kill. Even though it didn’t have skills like [Intuition] or [Presence Detection], it could sense the darkness when I approached and kept its distance no matter how fast I moved. I gave up and left it alone, because it would become a game of tag if I insisted on pursuing it.