43 Spirit Possession
The cold night breeze hitting my body slowly cooled me down.
That stupid girl is probably still fighting her way among the golems. If that’s the case, then I just need to get to her and, while pulling her by the cheek, force her to come back. The problem is, if she reaches the boss.
The Proline Dungeon’s boss, 『Mithril Golem』, was famously known as the “First timers’ killer”.
When you finally arrive at the boss’ room, after going through tough and fierce battles against golems, standing there is a huge monster even bigger than the other golems. Everybody then thinks―― “Oh, I guess physical attacks won’t work on this guy either”.
And that’s a huge mistake. Physical attacks are certainly ineffective against the golems. It’s a legitimate strategy to attack them with Attack Magic or overwhelmingly powerful physical attacks. But the Mithril Golem is different. Neither physical attacks nor Magic seem to be effective.
Players who faced against the Mithril Golem for the first time without any information easily thought, “Let’s fight it using magic”, and try to overwhelm it firing a large amount of 《Fire Attribute・Third Form》 magic. Afterwards, obviously no damage goes through. Then, the player’s target, the Mithril Golem comes attacking. And, since they suffer from rigidity after using that much magic they can’t move, and they have no choice but to die while being crushed by the boss.
It’s almost certain that you will be killed if the first thing you do is fire magic at the boss.
Then, what should be done?
Quite easy. Don’t enter the Proline Dungeon until you get to a level where your physical attacks can damage the Mithril Golem.
Now, the question is whether Chérie has high physical attack power?
The answer is, probably no. She’s a Spirit User who fights truly inefficiently using a Spirit. She’s more of a back-row type.
Even if she defeats the golems in the dungeon, there’s no way for her to defeat the Mithril Golem. That’s an inevitable outcome as long as she’s a Spirit User.
Just the other day, the “Proline Capture Group” was organized by the Adventurers Guild, but it seems like it ended up in failure. The reason for that is obvious. That is, no adventurer whom physical attacks could damage the Mithril Golem was participating. And, probably the information that Magic attacks are ineffective against the Mithril Golem hasn’t been spread out yet.
Of course, Chérie most likely doesn’t know this information either.
……It’s a race against time. Every second counts.
“Let’s hurry up.”
As soon as I reached the Proline Dungeon, I unmounted Seventh Teiō and dashed.
“（Leave the guiding to me.）“
It seems that apparently Angolmois is able to follow the signs of Gnomides. Then that means, Chérie is still alive.
I continued to mow down golems using 《Rook Swordsmanship》 while being guided in my mind. I moved forward focusing on speed and trying to minimize battles as much as possible in order to reach my target.
“Fu-hahaha, so such small fries can’t even be your opponents!? “
Seeing the battles ending up too one-sidedly, Angolmois spoke in a good mood.
“It’s been a long time since I last fought! This is exactly what you’d call having your blood boiling! “
Laughing so loud, I can no longer see Angolmois as anything other than a real Demon King.
“I will probably have you work later, so prepare yourself.”
While thinking why I had to come so desperately for that woman in the middle of the night, I hurried ahead while destroying golems.
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I’ve had no friends since I was little.
I know the cause. My character.
Nobody wants to get close to an Earl’s daughter who says nothing but cruel things.
It can’t be helped. I got this personality because I am the Earl’s daughter. Even if I could fix it, I didn’t want to fix it.
But, to tell the truth, I felt lonely.
Being all by myself was, lonely. It felt natural to be that way while I was a child, then I realized I couldn’t change my character.
It was for such a shameful reason that I decided to learn using spirits.
My one and only friend. To get an existence that absolutely will never leave me. That is, the Great Spirit of Earth, Terra.
I used her to fill that loneliness.
In hindsight, that was something that I should’ve never done.
If I couldn’t stand the loneliness, it might’ve been easier to reach for other people. But I had Terra. That’s why I was able to endure it.
I spent my childhood like that, my pride getting bigger, my character even more twisted, more stubborn and high-handed. Getting jealous of everything and everyone, with an unfiltered mouth, making an enemy out of everyone, and holing myself up in my own shell…… every single day I hid myself in the world of me and Terra. It became a habit.
It’s too late to change now, I can no longer change this habit of mine.
Maybe you could call me a “person unfit for society” now, right?
Well, I’m a genius Spirit User and the Earl’s daughter. I’m also good-looking, and my adventurer’s rank is A, so it no longer matters if I’m a misfit. I can live by myself now. I’ve been living alone so far.
Yes, I’ve been living alone.
That’s why…… I never knew how comfortable this was.
How pleasant it was to talk to someone who could accept my crude character.
This is nice.
……This is nice!
I’ve always wanted a human friend!
And I finally was able to meet one, for the first time in 16 years!
I will absolutely, never give up! I’ll leave him speechless! I’ll make him acknowledge me!
“Terra! One more coming from the right! “
Following my instructions, Terra fired Earth Attribute magic. The earth magic collides against the incoming golem with a great force, shattering its body.
As expected of my Terra. She’s the strongest spirit.
“Well then, let’s keep going…… Oh? “
What came ahead of us was a huge, dome-shaped room.
And at the center of it, a pale rock so huge that I had to look up.
“――Master! Step back! “
Terra shouted. I felt unable to move after hearing Terra’s panicked voice for the first time.
“Wh-what is wrong……!? “
The huge rock began to move, making a thunderous sound.
The rock then grew about three times its size―― No, I realized IT was standing up.
A golem this big!? I’ve never heard of it!?
“This is the boss, Master. We can’t win! Let’s run away! “
I see, this guy is the boss.
“…………Terra, let’s do this.”
If I beat this guy…… I have a feeling that I will be able to change.
You can scream at me and call me an idiot. But I’ve already decided it.
“Terra! Earth Attribute・Fifth Form, prepare it! “
I forced Terra to obey. To use the strongest magic that I just learned recently. It’s the strongest attack that I can do now.
“Shoot it!! “
Terra prepared to shoot the 《Earth Attribute・Fifth Form》 magic at the golem who apparently still hasn’t noticed us yet.
Immediately after, a magic array spread, amplifying the magic using the power of the great spirit, then―― the earth cracked. A large chunk of rock, almost like a mountain, came out from the ground, and after wrapping itself above the huge golem, it was compressed. Then as if being drawn to it, the stone came raining down like a meteor. After receiving a hit from this, it doesn’t matter how big that golem is!
“Did we do it!? “
I involuntarily cried while the dust danced in the air, blocking my view.
I defeated the Proline Dungeon’s Boss. I captured the Proline Dungeon before Second! With this, with this……!
――Or so I thought.
Coming out from the dust and dirt, the giant golem walked towards us.
It was unharmed.
Terra is suffering from after-magic rigidity. I am completely defenseless.
……So big. Incredibly so. I might not be as big as the arm of that rock.
I was kicked. Probably.
I can’t breathe.
I can’t even hear.
My body doesn’t move.
It hurts so much.
……Eh? How many seconds have passed?
What was I doing?
I tried opening my eyes.
A huge golem is coming.
“――! ――――! “
Terra is shouting something.
And then, she stood in front of me with a sorrowful face.
She is…… trying to protect me?
It’s impossible. I mean, isn’t that thing unscathed? There’s no way to win. What the heck is this?
Ahh, I was so stupid. An incredible fool. A helpless idiot. The worst.
……Oh, it seems I have no time to indulge myself in sentimentality.
I can’t properly move my mouth, but…… My thoughts were properly transmitted.
Thank you for being together with this stupid and foolish good-for-nothing loner, and helping me.
Bye bye, Terra
- HP Hit Points
- MP Magic Points
- SP Stamina Points
- STR Short range attack skill power, strength, physical power.
- DEX Long range attack skill power, dexterity, hit rate.
- AGI Quickness, avoidance rate.
- INT Attack Magic skill power.
- LUK Good luck, critical rate.
- VIT Simple defense.
- MGR Magic defense.
Types of combat skills
Named after shogi pieces (The word in bold is the one being used in this translation). From easier to acquire to harder.
- Pawn/Soldier (Fuhyou)
- Knight (Keima)
- Silver General (Ginshou)
- Gold General (Kinshou)
- Bishop (Kakugyou)
- Rook (Hisha)
- Promoted Bishop/Dragon Horse(Ryuuma)
- Promoted Rook/Dragon King (Ryuuou).
List of Swordsmanship skills
- 《Soldier Swordsmanship》 Normal attack.
- 《Lance Swordsmanship》 Piercing attack.
- 《Knight Swordsmanship》 Precision attack.
- 《Silver Swordsmanship》 Strong single-target attack.
- 《Gold Swordsmanship》 Small-range attack to all directions.
- 《Bishop Swordsmanship》 ???
- 《Rook Swordsmanship》 ???
- 《Dragon Horse Swordsmanship》 ???
- 《Dragon King Swordsmanship》 ???
List of Shieldmanship skills
- 《Soldier Shieldmanship》 Normal defense.
- 《Lance Shieldmanship》 Piercing deflection.
- 《Knight Shieldmanship》 Defense + knockback.
- 《Silver Shieldmanship》 ???
- 《Gold Shieldmanship》 Ranged guided defense + knockback.
- 《Bishop Shieldmanship》 Reinforced defense (Temporarily boosts VIT and MGR)
- 《Rook Shieldmanship》 ???
- 《Dragon Horse Shieldmanship》 ???
- 《Dragon King Shieldmanship》 ???
List of Archery skills
- 《Soldier Archery》 Normal range attack.
- 《Lance Archery》 Piercing range attack.
- 《Knight Archery》 Precise sniping range attack.
- 《Silver Archery》 Strong single-target range attack.
- 《Gold Archery》 Weaker range attack with added knockback.
- 《Bishop Archery》 Strong piercing range attack.
- 《Rook Archery》 Very strong single-target range attack with scaling % damage.
- 《Dragon Horse Archery》 Powerful piercing range attack.
- 《Dragon King Archery》 Powerful on-impact range attack.
Types of Magic skills
They use the “Form” or “step” system of martial arts. From lower to higher.
- First Form Regular attack
- Second Form Extended range attack
- Third Form Strong single target attack
- Fourth Form Strong extended range attack
- Fifth Form Extremely powerful extended range attack
- Their cast time becomes longer in this order First→Third→Second→Fourth→Fifth.
Ranking of the skills
From lower to higher, then it changes to the “Dan” system of martial arts, which means Grade.
- 16th class
- 15th class
- 14th class
- 13th class
- 12h class
- 11th class
- 10th class
- 9th class
- 8th class
- 7th class
- 6th class
- 5th class
- 4th class
- 3rd class
- 2nd class
- 1st class
- Grade 1
- Grade 2
- Grade 3
- Grade 4
- Grade 5
- Grade 6
- Grade 7
- Grade 8
- Grade 9