The Spearmaster and the Black Cat

Chapter 7: Mortal Combat the Black Beasts Roar

Chapter 6: Conversing in a Different World

Walking in this place full of bones, I wonder how many days have passed……

Well, since I can walk without food or drink for days like this, Im surely not human.

After all its a race whose name includes the characters for light and demon. (TN: When in Japanese)

However, ……my throat is dry, Im hungry, and my body feels kind of worn out.

For the time being, Ill check my condition.

Stopping my feet,

Status Window

Name: Shuya Kagari Title: Different World Castaway

Age: 20 Race: Lucivault

Battle Occupation: Chain User Condition: Abnormal: Blood Plasma Deficiency Death Illness 15%

Attributes

Physical Strength 1.5 Agility 2.5

Stamina 1.5 Mana 2.5

Dexterity 3.5 Spirit 2.5

Luck 1.5

Such was displayed.

Hmm, this heavy feeling must be the illness.

“Abnormal” is attached as an entry under condition.

Furthermore, what is 15% plasma deficiency?

I touch Blood Plasma Deficiency Death Illness.

※Blood Plasma Deficiency Death Illness※

→Blood is depleted. Early symptom of mummification.

All ability values reduced by half, Starvation state 5?30 initial state of hunger.

In this condition blood continues being lost abnormally fast. This state is isnt affected by an Abnormal Status Invalidation skill. However, when starvation state reaches 100% mummification a loss of spirit causes the consciousness to be forcibly stolen away and one will enter a rampaging state.

Due to starvation frenzy, any abnormal state undermining the body will be canceled. Also if blood is not consumed within a few hours after it begins, final mummification will occur.

I feel like I want water.

My body seems to want blood.

This is early mummification.

Abilities are reduced by half, and Ill rampage if I bleed?

Scary. However, its true my body has gotten heavy.

I think its because my stamina was reduced to half according to the number.

So I close out the status display.

My hunger decreased too. Im thirsty and my lips are dry.

I can endure pain, but honestly, this dry throat is hard.

However, I cannot do anything but to keep walking.

The sounds of the bones rolling to the ground and being crushed echo.

I walk so as to forget time.

Theres no fatigue in my steps but they are heavy.

To the right side, the vertical cave is broken. The triangle-ish rock cave was narrow across but tall vertically. (TN: Wut)[ED:Fixed]

Is it a good omen? I stop advancing through the bone sea for a moment, and advance ahead to the hole.

If its damp there may be water.

I go into the dark cave without hesitating.

Inside is dark.

But, without minding it I advance.

A narrow rock passage…… The rocks feel somewhat damp.

I go ahead through such a cave for a few days.

Honestly, theres no sense of time anymore and I think several days have passed.

Day after day, slowly rambling, everyday life continues.

The narrow rock passage continues on.

Am I destined to die here? Is it the end for me?

Oh? It doesnt seem to be the end.

The moss shining on the ceiling begins to stand out.

When my eyes grew accustomed to such faint light–

Mm? this is…it feels like cold water, humid air.

I smell a grassy-smell that reminds me of a forest.

Oootsu, its soft, or rather, the ground is not dirt, grass?

Its the feeling of stepping on grass.

–Its grass. Its grass.

Grass in such darkness.

Furthermore, this leaf, emits fluorescent light.

Starting from the veins the faint light extends out continuing through the small veins on the surface of the leaf.

The outside edge of the leaf emits a faint light.

This leaf, is it a substitute for proper light?

I touch the black leaf grass, and tore off a piece.

Using the light, I can decrease my hunger now, can I eat it?

Already, its good. Anything is good. I need to satisfy my appetite.

It may cause my diarrhea to be colored, but I dont care.

Yeah, I put the leaf in my mouth.

I bit the leaf, chewing. I keep eating the grass to satisfy my hunger.

Tsu, gu, its taste is terrible……

Its gross, but I continued eating until my hunger was satisfied.

Then……power overflows from the bottom of my stomach, theres still no taste, yet I feel oddly exhilarated.

Theres no stomach pain. Im lucky.

I grabbed the black grass which grew on the ground and put it in my mouth.

While numbly chewing, I advance forward. The moment I casually put my hand on the rock wall–tsutsu, cold!

Ooooooo–Water. Water.

I can feel the water.

Barely from between the rocks, but water is flowing.

Putting my face on the damp rock, I pressed my dry lips to the cracks the water flowed from.

With a *buchu* I suck the water.

I desperately sip the trickling water.

Without looking. I dont look, I just quench my thirst.

When my heart has been satisfied, suddenly, a pain ran through my foot.

“It hurts–“

Painful.

When I touched my foot blood was flowing. Theres a cut.

Why? –Ouch.

Again. Why?

I look at the underside, but it was covered with grass and I couldnt tell.

Then, an animal like a rabbit breaks out from the base of some grass giving off a slightly florescent color, but I saw it.

Teeth are bared.

But, its a rabbit.

A small black rabbit bit my foot.

Ite, my foot was cut.

Mm, the pain is sore, but its a rabbit, and this, is it meat? Its food. Meat is meat. Meat aaah, hiyatsuha–Ill accept the meat. I wont let it escape. (TN: Goin all scary vamp on us.)

I must catch it–

Also Im trying to pull out my rusty sword to thrust while aiming at the feet, but this black rabbit. It moves fast.

It ends in failure many times.

Its fast. I will catch it.

As the rabbit jumps up and down many times, I stretch my foot out on purpose like bait and invited it.

–It takes the bait.

It throws itself of on my foot like pole-and-line fishing.

I lean forward and caught the black rabbit.

That way, I twist the head of the black rabbit, killing it.

Eh, its already completely barbaric.

Parasite like, for a moment, it passes over my head but I dont know.

Of course, I would like to cook and eat it, but I have no tools to create a fire here.

So, I carry the black rabbit I killed to the entrance.

I ate it raw.

The blood in the meat is the first in a long time… the blood soaks into my body.

Yumyum, I was able to replenish my supply of blood……

The meat is a valuable source of protein.

For now, Ill check it.

Status Window

Name: Shuya KagariTitle: Different World Castaway

Age: 20Race: Lucivault

Battle Occupation: Chain UserCondition: Healthy

Attributes

Physical Strength3.6Agility4.5

Stamina3.5Magic7.4

Dexterity5.1Spirit7.4

Luck3.0

I did it. The blood sickness was cured.

Fuu……Im relieved to eat meat after such a long time.

I start to confirm the pale light in the area again.

The black leaves grow everywhere in the cave. The sound of black rabbits hopping around in the thick grass can be heard.

How the black rabbits are here too is a question, the meat of the black rabbit is important, there must be a lot inhabiting this area.

For the time being, Ill live in this area with food……

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Im examining the range of where the strange black grass that emits light grows, I enlarge my living area little by little.

The range of where the black grass grows is oddly large.

Its divided into many layers which branch to numerous caves, I continue deeper into the darkness.

Since I dont continue going in the depths too much, I return to the cave I originally entered from the bone cave. A relatively large amount of black rabbits live here.

As I want meat, I decided to make this place my base.

I frantically catch the black rabbits for their meat.

However, as the black rabbits are quick and I often miss. So I earnestly sip the water flowing from the rock, and the standard becomes living off of black grass.

Since my hunger is strangely satisfied eating just this leafy black grass, it became rare that I felt hungry.

Even if time passes for a while I have a hard time catching the black rabbits, I was able to substitute food for bait and was able to catch one somehow.

The dismantling of the black rabbit is smooth too. I drink the blood first, and then after I drain the blood I use the rusty sword on it. I used the skin as a substitute for a cushion and loincloth.

That reminds me, theres no stomach pain.

I live mainly on black leaf and black rabbit, but theres never diarrhea. (TN: I dont think its supposed to be translated as diarrhea but I find the image of our OP main character having diarrhea all the time kinda funny.)

Saying so, number-one comes out, but feces dont appear.

Is it the help of the skill?

If so thats an amazing skill.

By the way, the sexual urge is vigorous. The bulging thing emerges. (TN: Hes talking about his dick.)

Black leaves are always tissue substitutes.

If there was a , Im confident Id be able to acquire it.

Continuing living underground like this, when I thought I had completely adapted myself to the darkness–

※Pikon※ ※ Skill Acquired※

※Pikon※ ※ Permanent Skill Acquired※

skill was acquired.

When I use it, there is a feeling of my sight suddenly expanding out, I begin to see a clear image.

This is amazing. I can catch a black rabbit easily.

I checked my status for .

※Night Crawler Adaptation※

A skill which is only fit for races adapted to dark worlds in obtained. Various abilities improve only in darkness. The effect of the

Darkness completely becomes my home after I acquired these two skills.

As expected its possible to easily catch black rabbits, I can eat meat everyday.

Its not altogether bad to live in this underground world.

And, time is money, I who forgot the words of opportunity cost.

My thoughts completely became those of a primitive man.

To catch a black rabbit today, while stepping on the mixed fluorescent colored black grass. I advanced deeper into the dark cave.

Such a time, a dazzling light illuminated a corner, taking away my sight that was accustomed to darkness.

–Hiee, what? Its dazzling, a torch?

Furthermore, a strange sound throbs in my ear.

The sound of dry hands clapping in prayer roared repeatedly.

What, what is it, I run in the cave where the black leaves grow thick–approaching the origin of the light and the mysterious sound.

Ah, is that a person? Uwa, theyre awfully short……

Approaching closer, trying to see.

While rubbing my eyes, I move with

I stoop down to hide myself in the dark cave where the grass grows thick.

I slowly approach the source of the brilliant light.

There is one of the short race.

Their height is about 120 cm. They are short and stout and a beard connect to the hair on its head, but the muscle quality.

Holding a torch in one hand, their head is moving looking for something.

Oh, by any chance, are they a member of the dwarf race?

The race which often appears in fantasy works.

The dwarf put the lantern which continued emitting a strange purple light on his hip. Dead black rabbits also hang there.

Now, if I reveal myself hell be frightened……

How to do it……

I think thats a dwarf, but its an intellectual race in a different world.

This rusted sword shouldnt last……

Before I could come out, the Dwarf opens his mouth.

“Fuhhahahahahahaha. Thank you “Paddock-sama,” Im revived with this. A blessing came at last, both here and there was enough to grow. Hiyatsuhiyatsuhiyatsu, a bitter experience was caused by the【Second King Meeting】, on the contrary, exile–Its that worth of celebration? No, Im glad. At this rate……the whole area where black kotokubi grass grows, goes to the bone sea.”

He says a soliloquy with heavy tension.

The first word, can be understood.

He has a weapon……Eeei, however.

I yell with spirit, and jumped out of the grass.

When the Dwarf sees my figure, he comes to a complete stop with a dumbfounded expression.

“–Oh, oh, excuse me, zu,”

Ah, a voice but……

“Hiiaa, Nannayiaaaaa, This is my yiaaaaaa”

–The Dwarfs eyes become bloodshot and showers me with threats, pulling a mace and axe out of his waste.

I am struck first.

Dual wielding specializing in fear–

“–Jiyo, w-w-w-wait, stop, I, dont intend to do anything.”

While retreating back, banzai, I put up both hands. (TL: In Japan when people go “Banzai!” they raise their arms up)

As it had been a long time since I last spoke words, my tongue was dry and I stuttered.

“Nuo, the words of a Dwarf with the accent? Theres no feathers on the back either……you arent a “Guranpa?”

He seems to have listened to my words.

Is it thank to the Language Comprehension skill? The dwarf hears me with the proper accent.

Simply, it may be the result of my having stuttered.

But what is “Guranpa?”

In the Dwarfs right hand is a mace, holding an axe in his left hand, the eyes are still scary.

I talk politely trying to be aware of my mouth and tongue.

“…That, whats a Guranpa?”

“Nu? You can talk normally. A gurnepa is a monter. The monster that appears in the bone sea. Its said that black grass grows around the area of 【Great Guranpa Hallway】spreading out towards the sea of bones. The “Ancient Black Ring” exists there, its said that it appears around that area.”

That sea of bones.

But, its my own explanation time.

Aimu, I speak to the short dwarf in a friendly manner.

“Its a monster……does the monster talk in this way?”

While repeating a gesture where I carefully raise and lower both arms, I loosen up and smile.

“…….Humu, the monster doesnt do such a thing. It seems there isnt a *ryogoru* sound in the realm of the dead, the face and theres no feathers on the back, possibly……Maguru? But, Ive seen it for the first time. Impossible……you dont have the appearance of either and wear strange dirty clothes? Dont Gnomes and Dark Elves use magic to disguise themselves?”

Ryogoru is the sound of hell? What is Maguru?

Gnome and Dark Elf are other races.

Well, apart from that……

“That Maguru, I dont understand, but I think Im a person. So, together with you……”

“After all, on the cover, Maguru. As for me, Im a dwarf. Because I was separated, I dont give the whole family name. The name is Loirr”

The word Maguru means a person.

“Stray dwarf……Loirr-san. My name is Shuya Kagari. Please call me Kagari or Shuya, whatever way you favor.”

“Loirr is fine. So, Shuya. You who are a Maguru, why are you underground? Also, where this raw “Black Kotobuki Grass” grows, why are you here?”

Asking, Loirrs eyes were glaring.

Extremely cautious.

Are Magurus dangerous to dwarves?

“That is……”

I have no choice but to make up a suitable story.

“I have no memories. I fell from a huge hole in the ceiling into the sea of bones, but I managed to escape unharmed.”

“When its that……did you fall from the cover at the top? And youre safe? Well, aside from that, did you walk through the dangerous sea of bones? The territory of Guranpa without the sound of Ryogoru……”

Are Guranpa and Ryogoru monsters in the sea of bones?

“I didnt encounter any “Guranpa.” Though I met a corpse that moved like a person.”

“It is probably so. If you met them youd “be eaten” and “die.”

I dont understand, so Ill agree.

“Eeh, yes.”

Loirr wracks his head, while scratching his beard with a dirty hand he opens his mouth.

“Chi, Ill check, but 【Langur Empire】is the biggest city, 【Underground City Sauzantomaunten】and 【Underground City Rindo】or the Dark Poison capitol 【Underground City Daumerazan 】, do any of the cities ring a bell?”

Like that, I have no way of knowing.

“What are those? Are there underground cities and countries?”

“……As expected. You dont seem to know about other underground communities where dwarves live in this world. In that case “Being Separated”, you dont know the meaning either.”

The dwarf guesses, and falls silent.

“Eeh, what is it to be separated?”

“Its when a dwarf is thrown out like me. Labeled as a criminal. I was exiled from Langur empire. Its a breakdown in the power struggle by Ririumu in the 【Second King Society】. Being exiled outside the wall, Ive been traveling as a nomad for months. Because I had the divine protection from Ryogoru, I was able to survive in this underground world.”

Becoming separated?

Wandering……if required, was this oyaji dwarf destroyed in a power struggle?

Even if hes called a criminal because Loirrs eyes are sharp Im convinced.

The beard has grown untidily into his hair, his hair is full and disheveled……

“I see……”

“Haha, be relieved. Its okay if you dont put yourself on guard. Theres no worry and I feel like eating. I dont know if youre starved? But, fortunately, the whole area where black kotobuki grass grows spreads out from here. This “Jiji” has been eating black kotobuki grass in large quantities.”

The black kotobuki grass, it seems to be the black leafy grass growing below.

The jiji probably means a black rabbit.

“Is that so. I also want to eat, jiji.”

“Haha, I see, our mutual luck may be bad, I understand.”

The old dwarf, with a smile on his wrinkle filled face, charming.

Next, Im interested in what Loirr said about “Ryogoru” just now, Ill try to hear about it.

“Eh, indeed. And, its sudden, but what is Ryogoru?”

My expectation, it is the lantern attached to the waist.

The item which produced a purple and bluish white light.

“Haha, its this wonderful light. It caught your eye. Indeed. “This” is Ryogoru. Its a special magic tool. Its an old legendary item.”

Mm, a special magic tool.

“What kind of effect does it have?”

“When its slapped on top it releases a sound into the area, it produces a special musical field. This sound is effective at keeping away monsters living underground. As I said earlier, I was able to survive and arrive here thanks to it.”

Ah, so just now, that strange dry sound.

“I see. Its an amazing item.”

“Thats right. I dont do it, if Im going to touch it, I do it myself with this axe head……” (TN: Threatened to chop MC.)

Loirr doesnt seem to have liked my eyes.

If that the case I want to say “dont show it so proudly”, but Ill try to be friendly.

“I wont do such a thing.”

“Okay. Is that so, ah, dont be sorry. Its a thing where I havent encountered a friendly person in a long time, so.”

“……It would be like that in an underground world. Well, does such an item exist elsewhere?”

“What do you think? It seems there were scores of them in the city I came from. At any rate, its said that a part of Ryogoru is sealed living in hades.”

Ryogoru is living in hades?

Is there such a monster-ish thing in this world?

“However my luck is certainly improving. …….Because I finally found it. The place where black kotobuki grass grows all around……. I have to hurry tomorrow or it will escape.”

What.

“Leave here?”

“Ah, return to Langur empire. If theres a bunch and the black grass is harvested by the Ririumu upstart, Ill become rich. On the contrary the 【Second King Society】will be crushed. Bribing the guards and members of parliament becomes easy. Besides, its not just that……hyuhyuhyu.”

Dirty teeth were bared with a laugh.

The charming face has become a creepy smiling face.

However……do I go.

I came to this world with great efforts, for the first time Ive been able to communicate, although in passing……an unpleasant person……

“……Will you take me?”

“Its no good.”

Hayatsu.

“Eh? Why is that?”

“Langur is the country of dwarves. Maguru arent seen there. In fact this is my first time seeing one too. The people of Langur are prejudiced to Maguru and the world of Maguru, if I take you, theres no chance of even bribing the guards if Im caught.”

Eeh, also alone.

Mm, its unpleasant. Once again, Ill try asking……

“Is it really useless?”

“Ah, its no use.”

I become crestfallen.

This fellow wont hesitate to attack if I try to follow either, his face says it.

Theres no helping it……

Ill only hear terminology and get information.

“Is that so. Its regrettable……however, please tell me. What are theMaguru?”

“……Youre asking a question? Well its fine. The world of Maguru is the surface. It refers to people living on the surface world. As for us dwarves there seems to have been a foothold on the surface long ago. But, probably because war continued for a long time, our ancestors cut off exchange with the surface. Nowadays for a long time the Maguru, interchange with surface races including humans like you is prohibited.”

Loirr pointed a finger to the ceiling and explained.

“Mm, in underground Langur, theres no humans.”

“Of course.”

Theres no humans underground.

“Then do you know a way to the surface?”

“I get it, I get it. There are some stone pipes called “God Towers” which seem to lead directly to the surface. Its said they were made by the ancestors of dwarves.”

Wao, theres such a stone pipe.

With this, I may be able to get to the surface!

“Theres such a thing…where?”

“For example, it think it wont be usable even if its found, but……”

“Please. Please tell me.”

The dwarf looks at my desperate face, and opens his mouth while scratching the hair on his cheek.

“……Well. Although a Maguru, having met in such an absurdly remote underground place, it must be fate. It may be discovered with the guidance ofPaddock-sama. ’” Ill tell you.”

“Oh, thank you.”

I have a smile floating on my face, and when I hear it extends ear to ear.

“What I know is theres aGod Tower in 【Underground City Sauzantomaunten】 which is in the center of 【Langur Empire】. Its said that its broken after several thousands of years have passed. Other than that……it seems theyre scattered about in the distant far away parts of the underground world. But, even if you find a God Tower, theres a particular way to use it. I think it wont work because its broken. In the first place the technology used to make it has already been lost. Great Paddock, the great ancestor-samas know the way to open the path, just, for what sake was it made……”

Gahn.

Knowing the location of the dwarf country.

Ma, if its broken theres no point.

Well, the god tower, I imagine it as a stone pipe, is it a box thing like an elevator?

Its surprising that there was such technology.

“…….I see.”

“Ou. Then, as for those two, three of them, this jiji will part here and hunt. I dont know in how many months, but I think that a hired mercenary sentry may come here. At that time, because you may be found, will you escape? Oh, well, Ill part here. Maguru Shuya.”

After how many months. I dont understand how to count calendars in this world.

The Gregorian calendar, five lines, dont divide the zodiac cycle.

“…….Yeah.”

Loirr the dwarf disappeared into the depths of the cave with the torch in one hand.

Lonely……

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I followed Loirr.

I was warned not to, but I ignored it.

I followed him.

Well, the dwarf was the first precious person I was able to talk to……

Also, Loirr is going towards the underground city with the broken god tower, is it there?

I might be able to use it.

If I follow him, I may be able to find the quickest way to the surface.

If I sneak into the underground city, it should be possible to protect myself in a corner of the slums.

I want another person to speak with a little.

Pursuing Loirr with such one-sided thinking, several weeks passed.

In the meantime Loirr advances while making the *ryugoro* sound.

When Loirr feels the presence of monsters, they used *ryugoro* every time. Then because my presence was hidden, I was able to travel without fighting any monsters.

But, the areas Im traveling through may be affected by the sound, a beast type monster, a hairy caterpillar like monster with multiple big eyeballs, and many monsters where bears and crabs are combined into big monsters, I see them around me.

Persistently, only looking.

Thanks to and I was able to at easily observe them.

My figure wasnt discovered by monsters.

And, pursuing for a long time, Loirr finally stops moving.

At the same time, I discover the dazzling lights of the underground city before me.

The size of the cave isnt natural, huge artificial stones cut into cubes increased.

At last, I seem to have arrived at the underground city.

An underground city……

A country where cities are built from giant stones emitting light, its certainly a man-made brightness.

But, my stupid pursuit drama was to that extent.

–Tsu, is that an arrow?

Although

“An unknown magic reaction is over there. –Theres an enemy there!”

“Is it a Dark Elf? Pursue it.”

Several dwarves murmur such things amongst themselves.

Dwarf soldiers dressed in small black armor appear in sequence.

Their movements are completely different from Loirr.

I move like a ninja moving from place to place.

When they get to the place Im hiding, they point in my direction.

Again an arrow flew.

-Shit, the only thing I can do is escape.

Luckily, I remember the way I came.

Theres no helping it, lets give up following Loirr.

I ran away and escaped.

I shortly shake off the pursuing dwarves.

Dwarves are short-legged, even if they move quickly, it seems theyre slow on their feet.

I might just be fast.

By the way, in addition, I return straight back to where the black grass grew.

I often encounter monsters in the caves while returning, but I avoid them all without fighting.

……How many weeks, on foot, I was able to return to the place where the black light giving grass grew.

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In this way, again, life in this dark cave began.

Not able to understand day and night.

Sleeping dozens of times, repeated several hundred times……

By chance, suddenly, I, have nothing to do.

And, it leads to talking to myself.

Being used to the life at the level of primitive man here, the rabbit meat is a reward, how about it? Like this, continuing to live in such a state, doing such a thing……

What point was there to transmigrating?

I feel like the time I was unemployed, paying the cost of laziness.

After all the surface, a human being, lets go to the place of Maguru.

I can only search for clues to the god tower.

Im scared of the monster Loirr talked about, but there should surely be something in that wide bone sea.

Which reminds me, Loirr said something about the effects of war causing the dwarves to return to the underground.

Either way, I can only go to the bone sea.

Hence I get ready for that purpose.

I wind the black grass called black kotobuki grass around many places on my body.

Im going to live mainly on this.

Just in case the jiji harvests, I collected about five of them.

If theres only this, I think I can last to an extent.

Because it rots I cant expect it to store long, but……at worst, I understand I can survive without eating and drinking.

Humans, going to the surface where humans are.

Find a “god tower,” find the way leading to the surface.

I, who strengthened my determination, left the area where the black grass grew.

I start traveling the underground world.

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Passing through the cave where black grass grows, I arrive at the bone sea.

After five days, I think the sixth has probably passed.

Because my sense of time is completely out of order, I dont know.

Theres only a small amount of black Kotobuki grass remaining.

Theres already no more black rabbit meat.

With such a feeling, I trod on the endless bones and continued walking.

–Buuun, buuuuuuuun I heard a vibrating sound echo.

It steadily grows louder.

When I look up at the sky, is that a white human shape? Oh, what is that?

White armor? It looks like a monster.

It looked down at me.

The weird white monster drifts in the sky.

Pure white armor, its a mechanical-type armor. There are four arms and all of them are black. Something like a red gasmask covering only the eyes of the face.

Many pipes extended from the gasmask and lead to the chest armor.

Attached to the back are long feathers, making a transparent membrane. The long transparent wings are like a hummingbird, they vibrate intensely and seem to allow it to fly.

The vibrating sound is to the extent that I imagine the huge feathers as insects.

The skin of the face is white.

Also, for some reason only half the face has lips, its grandly exposed.

That mouth, its a monster after all.

It must be the guranpa monster the dwarf Loirr mentioned.

The mouth which is exposed, the mouth of the monster.

Inside and outside of the square mouth, theres two.

The teeth growing outside the mouth are lined up like a shark, its the feeling that it wont separate if Im caught once.

Another small mouth on the inside, more fine fangs grow spread out, its disgusting, and ghastly.

If compared to a movie, if feels like a mix of alien and predator……

The monster with the gasmask attached to the white armor suddenly comes down, and stops in front of me.

『I chased the thick smell of demon origin blood, but to come across a living human……』

Now, direct……was it in my head?

“Eh? Demon Origin? The smell of blood.”

Can communication be done?

『Ho……you can read and understand my ? Youre a strange, are you really human?』

The moment I heard his, unpleasant, final words.

–A sudden gust is generated in my stomach.

At the same time–a shock and an acute pain run through my left side.

–When I look at whats producing the acute pain,

“Eh?”

Part of my left side disappeared–

“–Ugwaaaa”

There was a delayed scream.

When I turn my eyes to the black right arm of the monster, the piece of meat which is part of my stomach is grasped.

My blood dripped from the palm of the monster. (TN: Well shit)

The monster carries the piece of my flesh to its square mouth.

Then, a snake tongue splits from inside the monsters disgusting mouth.

It changed into two tongues.

The tongue moves like a snake, focusing on licking my flesh, firmly eating together.

『Humu…….the taste of this blood is similar to the taste of human……』

Shit, my flesh is being eaten.

But,

“Oow……”

……Too much pain! That guys attack, I didnt see it. Dangerous…….

I shivered unintentionally.

The hair on the nape of my neck stands on end, goosebumps cover my whole body.

『Well, Ill take more.』

The moment the words entered my brain.

I–activated .

Increasing speed–I urgently ran along the slope.

Scattered bone dust dances around the ground where I was, the black arm of the monster pierced the ground.

I hurl the rusted sword at the monster.

It hits the white armor of the monster, but it was easily repelled. I see that, and immediately run away.

–At any rate, run!

I avoid bone mountain and quickly begin to run.

Blood overflows from the left side with intense pain, but I ignore it.

I jump earnestly and run to escape.

I thought bone mountain continued on endlessly, but……I saw a decayed fort-like building coming up in front of me.

When I draw near, there are some thin black pillars at the entrance. Its–I run into the gate like place.

I run with every effort in the fortress building. Theres no door.

The inside is dark but I dont mind it, I go through the darkness.

While going into a narrow snake like passage way and rubbing against the wall, I walk.

I walk, but the fear of a while ago revives and I shudder.

Scary……the usable for emergencies is already removed, it can be used. I should have taken great distance.

Seeing the few good things, I looked back.

……Fuu, it didnt come.

My stomach hurts, theres no particular fatigue but I put my hand on the wall, and take a little break.

For the time being, I use

But what is it, that enemy… The words of the dwarf Loirr “Youd be eaten if you met” were true.

Honestly, it licked my flesh.

–Gutsu.

The abdominal wound I received before I “escaped” begins to ache and then begins to throb.

I endured the pain in my stomach, to run.

I start running. Advance, jumping while I run.

This is the end of the fortress like ruins, I continue feeling through the darkness in the rubble.

Again coming to the sea of bones, I feel the sensation of crushing a bone with a step.

I went forward through the bone sea in front of me earnestly. The darkness suddenly ends, and a bright dazzling light appears in front of me.

Is it fog rather than light? Is fog shining?

The bright fog is thick and dense.

The fog is heavy in the air, it fills my lungs.

“Cough*”

Unintentionally, It was enough for me to choke.

Running through the thick dense fog. Its a little painful but I ignore it.

I continue forward inside the thick fog.

Before, its hard to see in the fog, but–Huh!? A building?

I stop running, and looked at the huge building.

That is, it was part of an incredibly large circular structure.

A water film is stretched inside, the circular edge is decorated with various characters and marks. (TN: Oi oi, this is a fantasy novel, whats the stargate doing here.)

“Oioi, Is this a gate?”

Doesnt it look just like the thing that was in a SF movie?

Around the circular edge, letters are written dancing around like a strange snake.

『Zararapu is close to far away things.』It seems.

I could easily read it. Thanks to the extra skill language comprehension.

The characteristic round emblem.

The circular mark divided like the yin and yang origin of the universe is displayed on top. Theres also a symbol resembling the sun, there may be some meaning to it…

Then, the sound of *buuuuun* and feathers behind me.

Ugh, not again. Escape!

I might be suffering from trauma.

Just hearing the sound, I grimaced.

I active . And again I start running.

A huge building besides the rotating circular ring, I move forward.

Well, I thought about entering the gate, but since I have a bad feeling I dont.

The dense fog continued for a while as I ran, getting away from the black ring structure, the light of the dense fog disappeared all too soon.

Again the dark space spreads out.

I keep running in the dark without hesitation.

Dark. I cant see the ground.

I forgot to activate .

Im desperate. I think I look desperate.

That is, I dont want to meet that white alien!

While holding such a complaint, the sound of the rib I stepped on cracking resounds.

Im using , but my stomach is thrown into a sharp wall.

Theres a sharp pain as my regenerating side is scraped off. But, I endure the pain, running unconcerned.

Then, with a stupid “nuo” sound, my foot slipped and I nearly fell down.

The ground became wet and moist.

There seems to be water near here……

“……Its water, I want some.”

My throat is dry.

Its no good for my body unless its actual blood, but……

I cant ask for luxury.

I touch the damp ground, and get that feeling.

The ground is similar to a limestone cave, thin moss grows on the wet surface, I can tell theres a little flow of water.

At the same time, I heard a distinct sound in front of me.

I thought it was the blood pumping in my ears at first, but the sound seems to be coming from in front of me.

*Goootsu*, far away a low bass sound vibrates in the ground.

It reverberates in the regenerating wound on my side.

Standing up, I start running in the direction of the sound while putting pressure on the wound in my side.

The sound becomes louder.

Eh? Its bright, the source of the sound might be a river in an underground water vein.

Thats perfect.

–A blue light floats in the darkness.

The pale blue light shines from the river and I rush up to the mysterious river.

“Ooh.”

I spontaneously raised my voice in admiration.

I can see a fast flowing underground river.

If I wasnt being chased, I would have been more impressed.

I gently scoop up the water from the fast flowing river with my hand.

The water which overflows and drips down my palm doesnt shine.

It seems to be a stone on the river bed thats making the river shine.

Making a bowl with my palms I scoop up the water and carry it to my mouth. I gulped down the water.

“Puhaaaa.”

Its water after a long absence.

Yummy, its delicious. It tastes slightly hard.

As it was the first taste of water after a long time, Im energized.

Well really, I dont change much, but I go ahead walking along the underground riverside at a brisk pace.

The sound of flowing water is intense, a roaring sound beats directly against my ear-drums.

I dont mind it, and run in the direction of the sound.

There was a subterranean waterfall slapping down from above.

The cascading water flows vigorously from the top of the cave. The water cascades to the bottom from 20 meters.

The spray flew into my face.

Its cold. A thin fog wraps around the area, it seems to be creating the mist.

Because a faint light shines from the bottom, it was a fantasy scene.

“Beautiful–“

While I was immersed in such a fleeting fantasy–

『Found you』

Again I heard a strange voice in my head.

『Nevertheless, you, dont use that “Mysterious Skill” so suddenly? 』

Hey–its that monster!

When I turn around, the white monster is flying, floating in the sky.

The sound of wings, it looks like I didnt hear it over the sound of the water……

Again Ill escape. I activate immediately.

Theres no diving board, but–I throw my body into the underground stream.

Its like a high jump competition in the Olympics. I do a nose dive into the waterfall.

When I collide with the water, a plunging sound echoes.

Surely, a spray of water went up.

Its a good mark for the monster, but theres no helping it.

The waterfall is considerably deep.

I crawl up from the deep water and reach the surface, and swim with the current.

Luckily, Im good at swimming.

I went to a medium and high-level swimming club.

However, dirt loosens and floats. Im dirty I say so myself.

But, I dont worry about such a thing.

I swim faster than I run. I increase my speed and swim.

Going along with the current Im considerably fast.

I drift steadily. When the river calms down, the 20 second burst expired.

I swim using a breast stroke to move in the quiet water, I change from a breast stroke to a crawl and swim.

After a few minutes, I saw a cave like the limestone cave.

A cave with a low ceiling, nothing organic, I go there.

Im determined and plunge underwater. I dive deep underwater.

The temperature of the water became colder.

I swim paddling with both hands, and continued diving.

Oh? Breathing……can I go without doing it?

Its strange, but I seem to be okay without breathing.

My left side is regenerating. The blood is flowing but… I swim without minding it.

Blue stones shined at the bottom of the river, but they disappeared and it became dark.

It became complete darkness. I activate

I continued advancing through the dark water.

As I advanced considerably, for now, once, I lifted my face up from under the water.

“Puhhaaa.”

I inhale deeply. While air fills my lungs, I understand there is a artificial stone building when I look around, the stone building is worn here and there.

I observe the stone building while swimming slowly.

Theres ruins here. Above theres bright lights visible all around.

Mm? Theres a stairway in front of me, stairs spread out inside the water……

I crawl out of the water, seeing the light source I go up the stone stairs with soaking wet feet. On the stone, an iron pan is hanging in the air.

The orange flames illuminated a shrine.

As the undulating flames can be seen from underneath, I assume the flames in the pan are burning vigorously.

It resembles the illumination that was in the sea of bones but it seems slightly different.

When I finish climbing the stone steps, it becomes a passage resembling a character 卜.

The stairs dropdown then spread out into the water. The stairs continuing to the right seem to spread out up to the ruins.

I chose the right hand stairs.

There may be “something” enshrined in a part of the shrine.

I climb up.

After all the stairs led to the central part. When I turn to the side to go up the smaller stairs……

“……a plaza, mm, dead gray statues are decaying, a black animal statue……”

A big staircase continues rising inside.

In the cobblestone circular plaza, was the top.

There are stairs, and something manmade is at the top, possibly.

But, for the time being, Ill look at the stone statues.

On the circular dais are statues; A human figure without arms or a head, an elf missing a leg, a dwarf with one arm and a statue reduced to a body and face with a horn growing from it. There are other sculptures with fantasy features I havent seen before. The statues are lined up like broken ancient Greek sculptures.

But, the old statues stoop in a circle, I was worried about the black beast statue that stood in the middle.

Theres no damage and it almost looks new.

The shape clearly remains.

On top of a huge orange stone pedestal was the “Black Beast Statue,” but it had a presence like it was the master of these shrine ruins.

A mural is carved on the pedestal too.

Several candles placed as offerings were shriveled up under the mural.

Here, someone has come.

Did they come to pray to the black beast?

And, I stare at the black beast statue.

This statue…… clearly, is different from the others.

A dark colored haze appears floating on the surface.

“Unpleasant, aura? Its like a black flame, but……”

The black flame spreads over the entire body of the black statue showing the border of the form.

Is the beast a leopard, tiger, or a lion?

I can see it some type of animal, but the face, has several feeler like things growing from under the neck.

What on earth is it……

“The eyes of the statue are red……”

Furthermore, I approach the statue.

Then, from behind, again, the voice “Inside my head.”

『You wont escape again.』

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