New chapter for today.
Chapter 14 – Training
I swung Black Mist sideways and split the level 120 Ogre King’s body in two, killing it on the spot. The Ogre-type monsters in my surroundings began to split into small groups to flee. I waved Black Mist at those Ogres as well, and a vacuum blade was released from the tip of the sword which cut them apart. It’s not a skill or anything, it’s just a side effect of waving Black Mist around. It sliced up those level 80 to 100 Ogres like paper.
“Heh, you’re getting better.”
“Of course, I’m good enough now that I can even beat that Emperor Dragon with just my sword!”
Black mist laughed. “Since when did you become so confident in front of an honored Sword Saint like me, huh?”
“I survived your training, after all. Isn’t it only natural that I’d become more confident?”
“You’re right; now that I’ve trained you, there’s nothing in this world that can stand against your swordsmanship!”
I had obtained a lot of skills after defeating the Emperor Dragon, not only by leveling up but also from the meat. The [Equivalent Exchange] skill from the dungeon’s clear bonus gacha also turned out to be a mind-blowing cheat.
I had stayed in the forest for a few more months. Black Mist suggested I gain more experience and train in the sword by taking advantage of a special characteristic of the Emperor Dragon, from the fact it was the dungeon boss.
You see, dungeon bosses respawn after three days. I’d fight and kill the Emperor Dragon after it respawned, then wait another three days for it to respawn and do it all over again. Black Mist said she’d train me if my level exceeded 290, which it did after I killed the Emperor Dragon about three more times.
When I asked Black Mist for instruction, the first thing she wanted me to do was create muscle memory through repetitive practice swings. By doing nothing but swing my blade around, I would memorize the shape and reach of the weapon.
The first time the Emperor Dragon respawned, I fought it using Black Mist, and almost died several times in the ensuing battle. I managed to win by making full use of my other skills, such as [Absolute Defense], [Iron Wall], [Fighting God], and others that I obtained from the first Emperor Dragon’s meat.
I even lost an arm during the fight, but it was completely restored with the recovery meat, paired with the brand new [Super Regeneration] that I also got from the dragon. It was back to sword training for another three days, then repeat the death battle with the boss, more of the same training, and another death battle.
Thanks to that, I grew so familiar with the sword that it was like an extension of myself… and then I exceeded level 300. At level 301, Black Mist was flabbergasted.
“H-h-h-h-he-hey, why’s your level suddenly 301!?”
“Why, you ask? Isn’t it obvious? It’s because I cleared the third stage condition for limit break, isn’t it?”
Black Mist had practically lost her mind. To think that this was something so abnormal! I was sorry for keeping quiet about it, but I thought this would be a good time to reveal it, so I explained the story about how I cleared the third stage condition for limit break.
Name : Tsukuru Sumeragi
Job : Chef, Level 310
Skills I : [Ultimate Cooking] [Ignition] [Dismantling] [Detailed Appraisal] [Material Storage] [Spring Water] [Tool Maintenance] [Food Ingredient Detection]
Skills II : [Night vision] [Acceleration] [Throwing] [Presence Detection] [Sense of Smell Enhancement] [Wild Intuition] [Cooperation] [Mass Mobilization] [Whispering] [Monstrous Strength] [Strong Body] [Strong Arm] [Sturdy] [Iron Wall] [Martial Art] [Intuition] [Swordsmanship] [Mask Presence] [Camouflage] [Flee] [Absolute Defense] [Fighting God] [Supremacy] [Super Regeneration] [Physical Attack Resistance] [Magic Attack Resistance]
Skills III : [Plant Magic] [Wind Magic] [Shadow Sewing] [Dark Magic] [Summoning Undead] [Earth Magic]
Unique Skills : [Equivalent Exchange]
Attributes : HP [S] | MP [S] | STR [S] | INT [S] | AGI [S] | DEX [EX] | LUK [EX]
Titles : Weird Person, Devil’s Nest Conqueror, Sword Saint
Mask Presence ⇒ Erase your presence, and maybe sneak into the women’s bath ♪
Camouflage ⇒ You can camouflage anything, such as appearance or status! You’re officially a scammer from today onwards!
Flee ⇒ You can temporarily raise [AGI] by two ranks, but do you really want to escape?
Absolute Defense ⇒ Perfectly block damage, but only for a moment. Feel like chasing skirts yet?
Equivalent Exchange ⇒ You can create anything by consuming materials and magic! Nevertheless, take care of your life ♪
Fighting God ⇒ A godly fighting technique, making use of all weapons! It’s not the same as martial arts ♪
Supremacy ⇒ Releases a supreme burst of energy! That golden light seems almost divine, doesn’t it?
Super Regeneration ⇒ Even if part of you gets cut off, it will grow back like a lizard’s tail ♪
Physical Attack Resistance ⇒ Oh, this is perfect for someone like you who enjoys getting beaten up ♡
Magic Attack Resistance ⇒ The pain of being burned by magic might change into pleasure, you know?
The [Equivalent Exchange] skill from the clear bonus gacha was allocated as a unique skill. [Detailed Appraisal] informed me that this was the only unique skill that existed in this world. In other words, it’s an incredibly powerful skill.
I kept fighting the Emperor Dragon until I reached Level 310. I didn’t particularly target level 310, that’s just where I ended up over the course of training my swordsmanship.
I also got the title of [Sword Saint] for some reason, and [Devil’s Nest Conqueror] from killing the first Emperor Dragon. However, having this title doesn’t seem to mean anything; it doesn’t improve any of my attributes or skills. Maybe there’s some small effect, but there’s nothing right now that I can tell.
Oh, by the way, Black Mist evolved. Its appearance hardly changed, but the length of the sword increased by a few centimeters. What I was really happy about was that she also learned new skills from the evolution.
Name : Black Mist (Second Form)
Skills : [Unbreakable] [Sharpness] [Purification] [Evolution] [Special Move (2)] [Doubled Experience Points]
Attributes : HP [EX] | MP [S] | STR [G] | INT [S] | AGI [G] | DEX [G] | LUK [S]
Titles: Fighting God Sword
Doubled Experience Points ⇒ Experience gained by the holder will be doubled.
Fighting God Sword ⇒ A divine sword suitable for transcendent masters of swordsmanship.
As a matter of fact, the effect of [Doubled Experience Points] is particularly ideal since my level has exceeded 300. The Emperor Dragon’s level was still at 300 no matter how many times it respawned, so killing it no longer gives me such a tasty amount of experience points. Nonetheless, he still contained enough that I could somewhat notice the effect of [Doubled Experience Points].
Well, leveling up wasn’t the point of fighting it anyway, I was just training with the sword.
Finally, when the title [Sword Saint] was added to my stats, I decided to stop hunting the Emperor Dragon; it felt like I was bullying the weak. I instead started on a new journey to leave the forest and reach a human town.
On my way out, every monster that got in my way was killed mercilessly. The Ogres that swarm around the borders of the Great Borf Forest challenged me to a fight, and I had just finished slaughtering the lot of them. The snow all around me was trampled and dyed red with Ogre blood, and the air smelled of rusty iron.
With fight over with, I could finally leave the Great Borf Forest. Before me now was an open plain, like a meadow covered with snow, and several monsters wandered in the area. As soon as those monsters saw me, they turned their tails and ran away. Apparently, the highest level of monsters in this meadow was around level 80, and I got the impression I was overwhelmingly strong based on that.
I basked in the feeling of finally leaving the Great Borf Forest, but it was time to move on to the town. I took my first triumphant step.
“Hey, are you really going to show up like that?”
“Just look at yourself.”
I look… oh yeah, now that I think about it, I’ve been living in the forest for months already… My hair was wild and messy, and my only article of clothing was the Hermit’s Coat. If I went to town with this appearance, I’d definitely be stopped by the guards.
“…I guess I should take a bath and clean up my hair first, shouldn’t I?”
Let’s just fix that; it’s something worth doing, after all. I immediately dug up the ground in two separate spots with [Earth Magic], and layered each hollow with stones to make them solid. I put a stone that had been heating up with [Ignition] right in the middle. There were a lot of them to put down, so it’s pretty hot already.
“I guess it’s about time. [Spring Water].”
Sizzling steam rose up as I filled each hollow with water. I tested the temperature with my hand and concluded it was nice and toasty before taking off my Hermit’s Coat to jump into the newly made bathtub with a splash.
“Ah, that feels nice.”
Bathing in hot water is the best thing to heal a tired body! When the water started to cool down, I added more heated stones to maintain the temperature. After warming up sufficiently, I took out some soap from [Material Storage].
This wasn’t my first time taking a bath like this, so that’s why I made soap. The only material I needed to make it was oil, obtained from monster fat, and the production was taken care of with [Equivalent Exchange]. That skill pretty much lets me make anything I want, even if I don’t have the proper materials.
I lathered the soap onto a washcloth I’d also created with [Equivalent Exchange] and scrubbed my body clean. Technically, washing while inside the hot bath is not good manners, but it’s fine in this case. I’m in the middle of a snow-covered meadow, it’s too cold to get out of the tub!
I washed myself from head to toe, then used clean water from the other bathtub to rinse the soap off, wiping myself dry with a clean towel. Then I took out a hair dryer from [Material Storage] and flowed magic through it. The fan spun quickly in response to my magic, and with its low magic conductivity wires exchanged for adamantite wire, the heat blown out of the dryer was generated efficiently. This entire device was made from [Equivalent Exchange] to begin with.
I tidied my dry hair into a ponytail and felt a little better. All that was left was clothes and shoes. I hadn’t made any clothes until now because I didn’t feel the need to, but times had changed.
I took out some white wool from a monster called Sleeping Sheep and turned it into underwear with [Equivalent Exchange]. I could feel a lot of my magic getting absorbed, and the Sleeping Sheep’s wool turned into good underwear with a very fine texture.
The next thing I took out from [Material Storage] was Hyena Wolf fur. They might sound like small fry, but they’re still level 150 monsters, so I used the fur of such a strong monster to make a shirt and a pair of pants. Of course, that monster only seems strong outside the Great Borf Forest. These clothes didn’t turn out to have hair-like fur, and were more like leather.
For the last step, I turned the Hell Bear’s fur into a coat and boots. The coat still kept the texture of the Hell Bear’s fur, but the boots were more like shoe leather. I went ahead and put on all these nice clothes that I’d just made.
“All right, now let’s go!”
“Wait a minute!”
“Your status; it’s not good to just leave it like that.”
“O-oh yeah, that’s right. Well then, I’ll disguise it with [Camouflage].”
Name : Tsukuru Sumeragi
Job : Chef, Level 20
Skills : [Cooking] [Ignition] [Dismantling] [Appraisal] [Material Storage]
Sleeping Sheep Underwear (Top and Bottom) ⇒ Undergarments that are so pleasant to touch you can’t even compare them with silk. Why are you wearing it like this?
Hyena Shirt ⇒ A jet-black shirt that enhances [STR] (Large). It’s black ♪
Hyena Jeans ⇒ A jet black pair of jeans that enhances [AGI] (Large). Even though it’s made of leather, it’s still being called jeans?
Death Bear Coat ⇒ Made from black bear fur, it has temperature control, physical attack resistance and magic attack resistance. The hood is fashioned after a bear’s head and gives off an extraordinary presence, so be careful not to get shot accidentally ♪
Death Bear Boots ⇒ Black boots that are super durable, water-proof, and increase kick attack damage (Large). It’s perfect for your smelly feet ♪
Still, I wanted the Hyena Shirt and Hyena Jeans to be named Wolf Shirt and Wolf Jeans if possible. Naming it Hyena makes it seem like newbie gear… and that last part of the Death Bear Coat’s description seems dangerous, doesn’t it? Well, as I understand things based on Black Mist’s explanation, there’s not many people that can exceed level 100 anyway, so it should be fine.
This is the end of the first arc~