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Chapter 2 Part 5
The power-leveling also progressed, with Goliath being the highest among the trainees at level 92. The problem was the magic-based rear-guard. Spiritualist Oburi had succeeded in activating his [Spirit Magic] without chanting, as expected from an Elf. However, Akramakan and Jamaran still hadn’t been able to do it.
“Look, if you can’t use your magic without chanting, your friends will die! It depends on your imagination – form a solid mental image and activate it!”
They’re trying to motivate themselves, but their expressions are dark.
Today, we’d be aiming for a group of Red Ogres, which were a high-ranked variant of Ogre. Red Ogres had red skin and wielded an ax in combat. It’s a higher level and more powerful than the Ogre, so it arguably has slightly better stats than Goliath and the others.
I’m glad we could find a pair of Red Ogres so quickly.
“Team Goliath, go!”
Goliath and Bulga, who were tired and wounded from the battle yesterday, ran toward the Red Ogre. Goliath’s team hadn’t been able to recover because the Healer, Akramakan, still couldn’t use his magic without chanting. It would have been easy to cure their wounds with my cooking, but that wouldn’t be any fun. Despite being wounded all over, you could tell they were full of energy. I think they actually felt invigorated because their level had gone up.
Goliath’s moves were sharper than yesterday; even though his opponent was a Red Ogre, he could fight it skillfully, and the extermination of the Red Ogres was soon complete.
“Goliath, the battle just now was excellent! This is your reward! Eat up!”
I gave Goliath a slice of grilled meat.
“Muh!? Instructor! I learned the [Intimidation] skill!”
“If you use [Intimidation] properly, the battle will be easier. You should be capable of that.”
“Thank you very much.”
Who wants to see this old gorilla dude smile?
Dancer Flynn was always dancing to buff his party members. He didn’t fight directly, but his job was probably the hardest. That much is obvious since he continues to dance even though his physical strength is not very high. That’s why I’m instructing Flynn to do a lot of dances that could reinforce and recover stamina for himself and his party. It’s kinda funny to see a kid dancing in the air, shaking his hips around.
Edel got attacked by a large number of ogres, and he activated [Anger Lock]. That skill would increase the hostility of enemies within a certain range. Once he was surrounded, he activated [Sturdy].
Needless to say, [Sturdy] has the effect of increasing physical strength, so even if the ogres concentrate their attacks on him, he will have several minutes to hold them off. In the meantime, Goliath the Strong-Arm Swordsman, Rotten the Dual-Swordsman, and Spear Fighter Bulga attacked the ogres relentlessly. There are around fifty ogres in this swarm, so Goliath and Rotten’s teams were fighting together.
Schwarz provided cover fire by sending arrows piercing through ogres. Falken, who’s becoming more like a full-fledged Stealth Dagger, jumped at the enemies’ heads from a large tree branch and cut through their thick, robustly muscular necks.
Edel’s exhaustion was about to reach its limits after about ten ogres had been killed. As expected, he’d have a hard time getting ganged up on ogres the same level as him. However, Akramakan, the healer, still hadn’t been able to activate his magic without chanting. Edel grunted with effort.
“Edel, hold on.”
At Goliath’s urging, Edel responded with a roar as he activated [Iron Wall] to nullify incoming damage. Unlike [Sturdy] that continues for a dozen minutes if activated, the effect of [Iron Wall] is only about two minutes. The problem is he can’t expect to recover if they don’t defeat as many ogres as possible before the effect of [Iron Wall] expires. The situation would stabilize if Akramakan could cast his recovery magic.
There were 30 ogres remaining. Flynn danced close to the front lines to restore Edel’s strength, but the dance’s effects weren’t instantaneous. Dancing near the front line was also very risky because getting hit by an ogre could be fatal to him. I respect his courage.
Akramakan was sweating bullets watching Edel fighting to his limit. Jamaran, the Magic Guider, couldn’t shoot his magic attacks, either. Oburi’s [Spirit Magic] knocked down another ogre. The fact Oburi can do things Akramakan and Jamaran can’t may be making them more impatient.
Goliath’s big sword blew over two ogres. Rotten bounced off another ogre’s neck with a sword in his right hand. Schwarz’s arrow pierced an ogre’s throat, but it was still alive, so Falken gave the finishing blow.
They tried to mow down the remaining 30 ogres.
The effect of Edel’s [Iron Wall] expired at this moment. Flynn’s dancing had restored his stamina, but not by much. However, Edel was tough enough to recover with even that small amount of energy and endure more attacks.
“Edel! Don’t get caught up in common sense if you want to be strong! Move more cunningly, swiftly, powerfully, and unnoticed by the enemy! Do you understand?!”
I got a little fired up for some reason, and called out to Edel without realizing it. Uh, that’s not like me at all… Canaan, stop laughing.
While I was watching the vanguard battle, Akramakan and Jamaran came over to me.
Akramakan prostrated himself with both knees on the ground while weeping. Jamaran was doing the same, but unlike Akramakan, he didn’t cry.
“I-I can’t do it!” He wailed.
“It’s too difficult to activate magic without chanting!”
They both seemed pretty depressed. Akramakan’s face looked terrible, covered in tears and dripping snot, and while Jamaran wasn’t in tears, his nose was still dripping while he bit his lower lip.
I squatted down and looked back and forth between them, before speaking up and giving them a slap, with a flick to the forehead like earlier. The two groaned in pain while gripping their foreheads.
“Who said you could talk? I don’t want to hear any excuses!”
I jeered at them mercilessly.
“If you have time to whine, why aren’t you training to use magic without a chant? While you’re loafing around, Goliath and the others are fighting for their lives!”
I pointed my fingers at Goliath and the others, they grit their teeth with teary-eyed.
“If you’re frustrated, don’t chant. That’s your only job.”
That’s all there is to it. Put your fighting spirit into it and try to activate your magic without chanting.
In the end, Goliath and the others defeated 50 ogres without the help of any of their magic. The men were quite exhausted.
“Edel, you did well. This is your reward, eat it.”
I gave him a slice of grilled meat, and he ate it ravenously. Like last time, he was trembling in shock. “Regene… ration… I learned [Regeneration], Instructor!” The trainees shouted victoriously.
“Just like with Goliath before, I reward those who do their best! Flynn, eat this.”
Flynn looked quite surprised. Perhaps he didn’t think he would be given a reward.
“You’re doing well. Don’t hesitate, eat up.”
The grilled meat I gave Flynn could grant the [Decreased Presence] skill. Not only did this skill make it difficult for the enemy to notice you, it also suppressed aggro from monsters. It wasn’t a good fit for me since it would make it harder for monsters to notice me, and negate some of the advantage from my bloodthirst, but it’s a useful skill that can increase Flynn’s chances of surviving.
“Okay, let’s have lunch!”
Today’s lunch is Chanko Nabe , made by adding a miso base to soup stewed in kelp broth. Throw in some thinly sliced Hellbear meat and lots of vegetables, and voila: it’s bear meat Chanko Nabe.
This is Chanko poured with plenty of love from me, it’s delicious! Let’s eat! However, take note that the love I poured in here wasn’t for these wounded men, you see! Even if one of them looks like a child, it’s not for him, either. I don’t care about him at all! This is simply my love for cooking!
“This is too delicious!”
Goliath shouted after he had a bite. What a noisy guy.
“It’s true. The richness of meat and vegetables within this thick soup give it such a soft and pleasant aroma! How does the stock taste… hmm, I see, now what about the vegetables?”
He was eating it almost like a food critic, but as a dog-beastman, Bulga had a good nose, so he seemed to have sniffed out the secret of the soup’s umami. The pot was emptied even though there was enough for 40 ordinary people. I’m glad they liked it, but how much do these guys eat!? I thought that as one’s level increased, the capacity of the stomach would be increased as well, but it doesn’t seem to matter to me since the amount of food I ate hadn’t changed at all.
 – Chanko Nabe or Sumo Stew is a robust soup brimming with mixed vegetables and lots of protein in a rich dashi broth. Although this one-pot stew is eaten by Japanese sumo wrestlers in training, it is hearty without being heavy.