Slave Harem 25

Honestly I planned to get this done a lot sooner but works been a pain & I just haven’t felt like doing anything when I got home so I’ve been catching up on Legendary Moonlight Sculptor.

I know there’s a lot of little fixes people have suggested that I’ve missed because I haven’t had time when I saw them, or some that were on other posters chapters so I haven’t gotten the notification, so I plan on adding a page up next to the About, Help, etc links that is just “Work for Cyro”.

I’ll leave anything there until it’s fixed and then delete the requests to keep it neat.

Shopping

I saw something unpleasant.
Three thieves using violence against a young woman.
This is the darker side of the world.
Can’t the world just be full of beautiful things?

I don’t want to get involved.
I turn my back on it and use warp on the wall nearby.

For now I’ve at least confirmed where the thieves come from.
I need to be cautious for now and leave.

I head for the third floor of the Labyrinth.

In the Labyrinth, violence is everything.
Only in the Labyrinth does violence solve every situation.

That makes it easy to understand.
You don’t need to think about anything here. The strong win and the weak are destroyed.
How straightforward things are can feel relaxing.

I leave the third floor immediately.
I need to check if I can go straight to the third floor from outside the labyrinth.

Outside it is pitch dark and there isn’t anyone.
I re-enter immediately.
As I enter I focus my mind on the third floor.

I appear in the small entrance room.
Since they all look the same I’m not sure which floor it is.

I take the copper sword and wand from the item box, and put away the scimitar.

Kobold Lv3

A Kobold Lv3 appears.
It seems I really am on the third floor.
I defeat the demon with a single fireball.

It seems you really can choose which floor you wish to go to as you enter the Labyrinth.

For now I’ll hunt on the third floor.
The Mino on the fourth floor is still a bit scary.
That horn is dangerous.

It will probably be fine when I become more familiar with it, but until then it will be rather bad.

My current options are either going to the fourth floor using Durandal until I get used to it, or raising my level here.
Is it too soon to move on?
The horn on the Lv4 Mino will be a real threat until I can defeat it with just three spells.

I also found the thieves in the slums, so it’s no longer necessary to hurry making money in the Labyrinth.
It’s hard to make money on the third floor, but dangerous to move on.

After hunting some more and consuming MP I return the the small room at the entrance and pull out Durandal.
I want to test where I can go when I leave.
I step into the black wall and focus on the fourth floor, and then appear in a small entrance room.

Is it a success? Probably.
I head further into the Labyrinth.

Green Caterpillar Lv4

It’s a success, it’s possible to use the entrance to skip floors.
I charge in and swing Durandal.
The sword splits the Green Caterpillar in two.
A single blow on a Lv4.

Mino Lv4

Mino Lv4

Kobold Lv4

A group appears next. There’s three of them.

Will group size increase as floors increase?
I can’t be sure since I’ve only pushed through three floors, but I haven’t encountered a group of three before.

Will I end up with a group of 20 on the 20th floor, and 30 on the 30th?
Hopefully that isn’t the case.
I’m not sure how many floors there are but I’d be dead before the tenth.
At some stage there may be enemies that aren’t affected by magic too.

A party size has a limit of six here, so I’d like to think there is a cap on the size of monster groups.

To start I use the sand storm.
The Mino might have a resistance to fire magic.
A storm of sand attacks the demons.

None of them were defeated though.
Even the kobolds are stronger, is a second spell necessary?

I tried to finish it quick and failed, so I’ll need to be more cautious.
I use the sand storm again and this time the kobold is defeated.

There are 2 Mino’s remaining.
One charges forward and I stab it with Durandal. The saint sword penetrates it easily.
The Mino becomes smoke and disappears.

At the same time the second Mino charges in and attacks with it’s horn.
I hurry to avoid it but the horn grazes my arm.

AAAAAAAAhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
DANGER!
It grazed me!

I madly swing Durandal around, and it lops off the Mino’s head.
The demon becomes smoke and vanishes.

Hide.

It dropped hide.
That was dangerous.
Fighting in the Labyrinth is risking my life.
There’s always the chance it could become fatal in an instant.

Did the two sand storms effect the Mino’s?
They seemed scratched, but I’m not sure if it was much.
Maybe wind will be more effective.

The fourth floor is quite dangerous.
The danger of being hit by that horn is huge.
If there is just one I can handle it if I remain calm, but what would happen if I get surrounded?

Even if I don’t come across a room full of demons, just running into three Mino’s could be fatal.
I can’t even imagine how bad it would be if I ran into four.

Should I retreat? Yes, retreat.
I decided to go back to the third floor.
It’s a strategic retreat.
The third floor is better for now.

After that I continued to hunt on the third floor.
When I finally decided to leave the Labyrinth and went outside the morning sun had already risen.

Oops.
I wanted to warp back to town while it was still dark.

I wanted to check on the brothel again.
People should be walking around there again at this time and I wanted to mix in and go past.

Since I was wandering around with the lantern last night I probably went to sleep a bit later, so maybe I woke up a bit later too?
I probably went to the labyrinth later because of the trip to the slums.

Using Warp after it has become light stands out too much.
Well, I guess it can’t be helped this time.

Today will be a busy day for the city.
After returning to the hotel, having breakfast, and having a short break in my room, I then walk around the city.

There are various kinds of things I’d like to buy.
First I looked around the cloths shops for a black mantle with a black hood that could hide my face.
If I want to hunt thieves at night without standing out then I’ll need to wear something like that.

Are there a lot of people who wear mantles? I found them rather quickly.
It’s in a cloths stall which is right in front of the hotel.
There’s a lot of cloths neatly folded and on display.

I have a feeling the price might be a bit high.
Maybe it’s classified as a high quality item here?

“How much is this?”

I asked the shop owner.

“It’s 4,000 nars.”

It seems high.
A day’s income in that Labyrinth would totally disappear.

“Really?”
“The cloak is a fine article that uses flannel.”

So it’s not a mantle, it’s a cloak?
Even after the merchants recommendation I return the cloak.
It probably is fine quality, but I don’t really need a fine quality item.

Off to the side there are some green dyed pants.
It seems to be soft material that might be usable as underwear.
It has a drawstring to close it, so it probably is this worlds underwear.

“How much is this?”
“40 nars.”
“I’ll take two thanks.”

Now I have some cloths to change into.
It might be expensive, but my sense of value was based on it being 1/100th of the price of the cloak.

“Thank you, that will be 56 nars.”

The 30% discount works.
I pull out 56 copper coins to pay, and put the underwear away in the rucksack.

It seemed like the discount didn’t apply when I was just asking about one item, but then it worked when I bought two.
The same thing seemed to happen with the hot water in the Vale Pavilion.
Maybe the discount doesn’t work on single items?
I’ll try it.

I head over to the armor merchants shop.
It’s the same armor merchant I was at 5 days ago. I sold multiple items and the 30% bonus seemed to work.
Things might be different buying than selling though.

“Hello, Can I help you?”
“I’m looking for a gauntlet.”

When I’m defending against an attack with my sword or wand it will be easy for my fingers to be injured.
It’s questionable whether HP absorption can replace a severed finger.
I should equip something on my hands.

“Here.”

The armor merchant guides me to a place with a lot of gauntlets made of iron are lined up.
I’d prefer one with high defense, but the price for that probably isn’t good.

Leather Mittens.

This seems to be the cheapest.
It seems like the gear I used for Kendo.
It only covers as far as the wrist though, and the upper arm is still exposed.

“How much for these Leather Mittens?”
“80 nars.”

Is that good?
I don’t really know.

“How about these Leather Gloves?”
“Those are 120 nars.”

So the Leather MIttens are the cheapest.
The difference between the mittens and the gloves is, the gloves have all fingers properly made, but the mittens just have a thumb and two divisions for fingers.

The mittens should be similar in convenience to the gauntlets for Kendo, so they should be fine for using the wand and Durandal.

Leather mitten: empty skill slot.

“Can I buy this?”

I looked for one with an empty skill slot and presented it to the armor merchant.

“Sure.”

It doesn’t seem like the discount works on the single item. Two or more items mush have to be bought or sold for benefits.

I hand over 80 copper coins and obtain the Leather mittens.

After that I bought two pairs of socks, two washcloths, a hooded cloak, a small and medium wooden tub, two ropes, and a candle.
The small tub can be used as a cup, and the spare rope is for laundry. The medium tub, spare washcloth and candle were things I grabbed in case I needed them.
The small candle was 10 nars. I’m not sure how long it would last but I don’t think it could replace borrowing the lantern.

The cloak with the hood was a bit worn, but found rather quickly.
It can hide the face quite well because it’s a big hood.
I could not find soap, toothpaste, or a toothbrush.

It’s starting to become evening when I finish shopping and return to the hotel.

“I’ll have another nights stay with dinner, and order some hot water for after dinner.”

I speak to the hotel man.
If I ask like this the hot water should be discounted as well.

I could have dinner somewhere else, but this is convenient and the rate of payment feels advantageous.

Or maybe not?
For a guest who goes to the Labyrinth, you never know when he might die.
After paying for a day, you might die in a ditch somewhere.
Maybe people don’t normally pay days in advance?
Maybe some classes don’t have enough money for a night?

Nobody knows when I’ll die in this world.

“238 nars is fine since you’re a regular customer.”
“Thank you.”

I was starting to think about something unpleasant, but I shake off the thoughts.
I pass over 2 sliver coins and 38 copper coins and receive the key to room 311.
I take my luggage to the room before the meal.

Since I am staying at the hotel I’ve only grabbed the bare necessities, but what would I need to settle down in this world?

That night I decided to start exploring the fourth floor.
My Wizard job had reached level 21 and I wanted to test how much magic was needed to defeat a Mino.
After having a quick look in the slums I headed straight for the fourth floor.

Kaga Michio: 17 year old male. Wizard Lv 21, Hero Lv19, Explorer Lv 22, Merchant Lv1, Herbalist Lv1.
Equipment: Sandals, Leather Mittens, Leather Armor, Durandal.

It will be different this time.
First of all I put Wizard in the first job position.

There may be no difference if it’s third, but I don’t know for sure.
While fighting with magic it may be best to make it first.
It seemed that I couldn’t move explorer while there was something in the item box so I had to unload it onto the bed.

I stopped using 10x decrease in required experience til next level and equipped a fifth job.
Merchant and Herbalist have the effects of a small increase in Intellect so they were set as the fourth and fifth job.
The stat related to magic is probably Intellect.
Magic damage may go up if I increase my Intellect.
The effect might be small since I haven’t raised those levels.

I want to use the additional offensive power of the wand, but I use Durandal instead for safety.

Mino Lv4

Needle Wood Lv4

Since a group of two appeared straight away I quickly used Fire Storm.
I used a second and third shot as soon as the fire went out.

The Mino approaches.
It’s movement appears to be faster than the Needle Wood.
I blocked a thrust from it’s horn with Durandal.
Neither enemy is defeated in the three shots.

I dodge another strike from the horn.
The Needle Wood catches up.
I’m struck with a branch while paying attention to the Needle Wood.
It’s painful but couldn’t be avoided.

I use a fourth fire storm.
Sparks attacked the two demons.
While I’m being cautious of the Mino’s horn it collapses.
The Needle Wood collapses at the same time too.

Hide.

Branch.

Four spells.
It’s the first time I’ve defeated a Mino Lv4 and a Needle Wood Lv4 so I’m not sure how effective my changes were.
It will probably be dangerous to fight om the fourth floor while I can’t defeat things with just three spells.

I put the Hide & Branch into the item box and warp back to the third floor.

Slave Harem 24

I’m sorry about the two day delay.  I had some stuff I needed to do, so here you go.

The Search for Thieves

The thieves that were kicked out of town seem to have come back for revenge.

It was information I just happened to overhear, but I couldn’t throw it away.

It seems the thieves, who attacked the village and were killed by me, were originally based in the slums of this town.

Would those thieves that were evicted from town be their companions?
If that’s so, who is the other party they’re getting revenge on?

I felt a chill.

Ok think calmly, the chances of me being their revenge target is small.

First, if this was the town they were expelled from, they would want revenge on the town.

Second, they had the tables turned on them because they attacked the village, so it would be unjustified resentment.

Third, it’s hard to identify my face, since this world likely doesn’t have photographs.

Although, it doesn’t give me peace of mind.

Even if it’s to get revenge for being driven out of town, I think it would be difficult if the knights were the other party.

Even if it’s unjustified resentment, there’s no reason to stop if the other side doesn’t think so.

And if you get the information from the knight or the villagers, it’s possible to arrive at me.

No matter what the thief’s objectives are, I can’t deny the possibility of being targeted.

Until the thieves that were kicked out of town are killed, I can’t sleep without worries.(TLN: the original Japanese is 枕を高くしては寝られない which roughly translates to “can’t sleep with a higher pillow” which refers to a saying that if you are expecting an attack to sleep with a shorter pillow so you can hear it coming)

Without any response from me, I hunted the thieves and was forced to receive the reward money.

That day I searched the town until the evening.

I didn’t go into the slums.

I couldn’t find any thieves, but I grasped the rough features of the town.

Because I have warp, it’s important to know the terrain of the town.

I’ve found the reason the slums are in the north.

Two rivers flow through the town of Vale.
Both flow from the south and exit through the north.

There was also a well in the back of the inn and such around, so I’m not sure to what extent it’s used for drinking water.
However, sewage is probably discharged into the river.

The water that flows into the city from the south is clean and becomes cloudier as it heads downstream.

When it arrives at the slums, it stinks.

No one wants to live is such a place.

In turn, the rich and powerful build their houses in the south.

The remaining north side in turn becomes slums.

I haven’t seen any thieves, is it because I’m being too careful?

I don’t think humans that can use judgment often appear, but if you were in this town since the olden days, it might be known.

Or perhaps thieves are only active at night.

I may not be able to meet them unless I enter the deepest parts of the slums.

There’s the possibility they’re outside of town, too.

While thinking of various things, I arrived at the labyrinth.

“How far can you take me?”

I equip my discount and ask the explorer at the labyrinth’s entrance.

“Seven floors.”
“Can you take me to the fourth floor.”
“Ok.”

There isn’t any money in the third floor.

I should get him to take me to the lower floors.

Kobolds die in a single shot of magic, also they die with a single blow from durandal.

The entrance explorer disappears at midnight.

I should get him to take me along tonight.

“…….How much?”

I asked because the other side wasn’t saying anything.

“Pay the level of floor you want to go to in silver coins.”
“Understood.”

It’s an easy to understand pricing plan.

It might have been common sense.

I took four silver coins from the rucksack.

I can’t cheat the item box spell in front of the professional.

The operation time might be weird.

When I passed over the coins, he took out his item box.

Oh.
It’s that spell.

Now that I think about it, if I remove Incantation Omission, will I have to talk to finish?

Without Incantation Omission or Incantation Reduction, the correct spell and timing are needed to invoke magic.

The explorer cast the spell of party formation.

I selected “Yes” for the admission confirmation, and the explored entered the labyrinth.

I entered inside as well.

“This is the fourth floor.”
“Eh?”

As soon as I entered , the explorer said that.

So suddenly, I couldn’t even react.

Ahead of the wall I just passed through, was the labyrinth entrance.

A black wall behind and a small room with three paths extending to the left, right, and front.

It’s very predictable.

“Party Released” comes to mind.

The explorer left through the wall behind the bewildered me.

Once you leave the entrance of the first floor, don’t you have to transfer using dungeon walk?

I thought that was the case.

The explorer didn’t cast anything, but I came here directly.

Incantation Omission?
I have no idea why.

Apparently, you can specify the designation when entering.

Or is it fraud?
Though always doing business in the labyrinth’s entrance, probably means it isn’t fraud.

Anyway, I took out durandal and advanced.

Mino Lv 4

There’s no doubt that it seems to be the fourth floor.

A level four monster appeared.

It’s a cow.

A brown buffalo.
However, it’s body isn’t that long and gives a kind of cramped feeling.

From its head, two horns extend.

It doesn’t have a single speck of adorableness.

The cow ferociously glared this way.

I’ll try to shoot “Fireballs” at it.

The Mino was beginning to charge.

Because it didn’t try to avoid it, the fireball hits it en route.

Although temporarily pressed back, it shook off the fire and started to charge again.

I sent the second shot.

The Mino was hit in the front again.

I wonder if it’s resistant to fire.
Though that feeling isn’t there.

But isn’t it kind of stupid to keep charging?
Just straight at me.

It’s not a wild boar damn it, it’s a cow.

I prepared Durandal, and the Mino stopped right in front of my eyes.
I released the third shot.

Its horn was swung.
It seems I can’t defeat it with three shots of “Fireball.”

Even though I received it with the sword, it’s power is considerable.
It would be a dangerous to be hit by that horn.

This is nothing but a bad situation.

I drove Durandal into it’s torso.

Hide

All that remains is its hide.

I made sure there was no one around and put it away in my item box.

I got scared and reflexively used Durandal.

It’s the fear that the monster will come and stab me with the horn.
This is scary.

It’s because it has horns.

If it was something like human skin, wouldn’t it pierce right through?

Even if you wear leather armor, it doesn’t mean your whole body is covered.

I could counter the Mino’s horn by getting the rank 5 or 6 full body armor, but it’s a waste of points.

Incidentally, the foot armor rank 3, Boots of Acceleration, as the name suggest, have increased movement speed. I thought it would increase the rate at which I explored the dungeon, but it only becomes fast in a battle.

The equipment level 5, Fragarach, doesn’t have MP absorption.

So, durandal must be out for MP recovery.

Surprisingly , the bonus equipment wasn’t useful.

Though plate armor may be sold, given the difficulty of movement and heaviness of the armor, it isn’t practical.

Given what I now know, the Green Caterpillar was great.

Even though it hurt, the ramming attack is just its body.

As for the Needle Wood, it just swings branches.

Branch arms.

Although the Kobolds’ were also scary, kobolds were weak.

Even a single shot of magic was enough.

Now that I think about it, was it bad I abandoned leveling up on the third floor?

If the level 4 Mino could be defeated in three shots of magic, it wouldn’t be a problem.

Or, since it’s my first time seeing it, it’s scary and is just a matter of getting used to it?

At any rate, there’s no doubt this is the fourth floor.

The explorer didn’t cast a spell.

If you choose which floor you want to go to when you enter the labyrinth, you should be able to go there.

Should I try and see?

Although I think it’s bad to enter and immediately exit, I can’t deal with the fourth floor.

I returned to the adventurers guild using warp and decided to do the experiment another day.

“After dinner, give me the hot water and lantern.”
“Thank you for your patronage.
Hot water and a lantern, as a special service will be 21 nars.

I returned to the Vale Pavilion and received the key.
When I ordered it, I was told the price.

The hot water is 20 nars and I’m certain the rent for the lantern was supposed to be 10 nars.

For some reason the 30% discount worked.

It’s my victory for consistently applying my discount skills.

Even though it won’t change that hot water has been 20 nars, was there some change in the way he treats me.

I wonder if I’m treated as a regular customer from today on?

No.
There was only one time where hot water wasn’t 20 nar.

It’s the day I paid with the inn bill.

One item is 20 nar, though I wonder if the 30% discount applies to multiple items.

Hot water is 20 nar but with a lantern it’s 21? I feel this is strange but pay gratefully nonetheless.

After, I confirmed the “2” character during dinner, wiped my body down with the hot water, and went outside with the lantern.

Already the sun is setting and it’s growing dark.

The lantern doesn’t burn brightly either.
It must be difficult to work with this light during the night.

It can’t be compared with a fluorescent lamp.

It’s only to the extent of being better than nothing.

It reminds me of the standing gas lamps during the Westernization movement of the Meiji period.

Even though a gas lamp can’t be compared to a fluorescent light, I think this darkness belongs only to this lantern.

I walked while illuminating the area near my feet.

But while it’s dark out, walking with a light is extremely noticeable.

Though there were few, now and then were people carrying lights, too.

There is light wherever someone is, so I know when to use judgment.
This is my limit with the judgment skill.

I can’t tell how many people are walking without a light

I used judgment at random but didn’t get a hit.

I walked towards the north.

I thought of asking the guy at the hotel if there was a bar somewhere, but decided not to do it.

If I enter a bar without the intention to drink alcohol, it’ll be exposed when I come back and receive the key.

The guy may know of a seedy bar, but may worry about losing a customer, but I want to go to a seedy bar.

It’s troublesome to ignore the recommendation to a safe bar.

As I was heading north, there was a brightly lit street.

Many adjoining buildings facing the street have their doors flung open.

It’s a brothel.

A woman is being displayed in a shop window, another woman on the first floor calls out to the man walking down the street, and the man chooses a woman.

It creates a very festive atmosphere.

It might just be festive compared to the night.

Or, possibly because I’m horny.

Yeah…..
I have no intention of entering.

Although I have no intention of entering, what I see is making my heart throb.

My heart is pounding.

Wait.

Calm down.

I need to think about this calmly.

There’s also diseases.

There’s the risk of being ripped off, too.

Not entering is the correct choice.

In the first place, I don’t think they could compare to Roxanne’s beauty.

Even if there was one, it wouldn’t be picked for a first time customer.

Having decided not to enter, I gazed at the brothel calmly.

I hear the buzz of the brothel district.

It’s kind of fun.

Though,……I can’t understand the words.

From what I hear from the brothel, it probably a good thing I don’t understand the language.

The women, guests, and pimps were all talking in a language other than Brahim.

I don’t mind, since the hotel and guild speak it, but it seems many people don’t speak Brahim.

It’s the same as the first village.

The local language isn’t Brahim.

The brothel will cater to the local population.

Somewhere out there, there may be a prostitute that understands Brahim.

I took in the atmosphere for a while from the street, then walked off.

Even though I can’t understand the words, there is no reason to enter.

I’m considered an outsider and could get dragged into strange problems.

Since I’m not entering and only listening from the outside, I don’t know how I appear to the surroundings.

Since there is light, there is the possibility of attracting attention.

Although, I wonder if there aren’t many timid men who don’t enter after coming in front of the brothel.

I kept with my wishful thinking, but it didn’t change much.

After that, I wandered the town until the lantern’s light ran out and then, warped back to the Vale Pavilion.

Because it’s bad to come out the inner wall, I came out of the entrance outside wall.

I didn’t see any adventurers use field walk in the town.

It might be bad manners to use it however they please.

Even if there wasn’t privacy.

Since it’s the middle of the night, it should be fine to transfer to the outside wall of the Vale Pavilion.

Returning to the inn, I gave back the lantern, went to my room, and slept.

I awoke in the middle of the night, left the key, and used warp to appear at the slums.

Success!
It’s dark and I can’t see anything, but this should be the place I came a while ago.

I think I see the brothel in that direction, but it seems to be closed.

Just in case, I used judgment.

Information for one person came to mind.

Seems like there is someone here.

Although I know from using it in the labyrinth, apparently judgment doesn’t depend on the presence of light.

27-years old, Villager Woman

The other party is pretty.

In this darkness, the other side won’t be able to see me.

What are you doing in such a place?

When I had that thought, it suddenly became bright around the corner of the road and out came a man with a torch.

There were three men.
The three of them were thieves.

It’s the first time I found thieves in this town.

However, their level is low.
Every one of them was in the single digits.

Among the thieves that attacked the village, only two were worth money.

The Lv 19 was worth money but not the Lv 11, that might be the point.

If they’re level isn’t even in the double-digits, I think they’re a bit half-baked as thieves.

The three people have begun to move separately while lighting up their surroundings.

Is it bad to be here?

When I was thinking about leaving with warp, I heard a sound from the other person.

The three men headed towards the noise.

The figure of the woman is lit up by the torches of the men.

The woman tried to rush away but tripped.

The thieves rushed at the woman.

She said some words I couldn’t understand, while the men surrounded her.

One man kicked the woman’s stomach.

“Stop at the face.
body, body”

Do you really have to say such a thing?

It’s just that kind of feeling.

The three men beat the s*** out of her.

The woman tried to appeal, but was ignored.

Before long, a man grabbed her by the hair and dragged her away.

Four people went around the corner and disappeared.

Silence returned to the vicinity.

Since the thieves are gone, I’m not worried about being found here.

Although I’m no longer worried……

I saw something unpleasant.

Because it’s unnatural for a young woman to be in such a place, I wonder if she wasn’t a whore.

Were you trying to escape……..did you need to pull the tea……….were you trying for new clients?

It might be where thieves use violence as punishment.

Thieves certainly exist in this slum and seem to be responsible for the violence.

Slave Harem 23

Hey, Listen! This is evilairy just saying this is my first time translating anything, so I hope you enjoy. Does anyone else feel like most of the monsters he faces are Pokemon?

Red Light

The next labyrinth exploration will start in a small room in the middle of the second level where many monsters wouldn’t appear.
It’s doubtful whether I’d be able to earn the money for Roxanne by locking myself into the dungeon, but since it’s late at night there isn’t anything else to do.
I exited the hotel and immediately warped to the labyrinth using the wall next to the entrance way.
Finally, I made good progress on the exploration of the second level.
As soon as I entered the labyrinth, I came across a small room that should be next to the boss room.
Perhaps because it’s late at night, there aren’t any people waiting for their turn.

When fighting the boss, I think I should use Durandal.
I took out Durandal, replaced “Mp recovery rate x5″ with a fifth job, and approached the room in the back.
My equipped jobs are Warrior and Swordsman.
If I only equipped three jobs, I could equip “10x decease in required exp tnl”, but I gave up on it.
Because it’s a boss battle, it’s better to focus on safety than the experience value.
Magic or Rush might be useful for something.

The back door immediately opened.
I braced myself and entered the neighboring room.
Smoke gathered and a demon appeared.
White Caterpillar Lv 2
As the name suggests, it’s a white species of green caterpillar. Just one size larger.
The first floor’s Udo Wood was the same. I wonder if variants of the monsters that appear on the level become the boss?
While I was thinking, an orange magic formation appeared underneath the caterpillar’s chest.
Crap. It’s going to spit out thread.
Since it’s a different type of demon from the Green Caterpillar, it might have a different special attack, but it’s likely going to spit something out of its mouth since it’s a similar caterpillar.
While watching the demon’s mouth, I prepared my firewall.

White Caterpillar has used String Shot.(TN: lit. spit out string) It’s still just string.
Immediately after the caterpillar spit out its string, I created a wall of fire in front.
The string that was supposed to cover me was burned in the fire wall.
The sound of burning string echoed faintly.
Magic was already useful.
If I switched out the third job, Wizard, for Warrior, what would have happened?

I moved to the side and attacked using Durandal.
Even with pursuing with Rush, another magic formation appeared.
I take a step back and prepare my fire wall while watching the demon’s movements.
Stupid. How many times is it going to repeat the same actions?

Though, I am just one person.
Because it’s a boss battle, it’ll probably become a drawn out battle.
The enemy’s aim is to spit out thread and seal my movements, which is a good strategy.
Conversely, it would be terrible for me if I got constricted.
I’d likely be bashed, if I was unable to move satisfactorily.
I’ll defeat it before that happens.
I moved to the side and swung Durandal.
With my sword overhead, I used Rush and slashed at the monster.
Durandal struck against the monster’s head.

It hasn’t died, yet?
As expected, is it because the boss is lv 2?

It pulls back at once, and a magic formation can be observed at its feet.
However, the White Caterpillar tries to ram me instead of shooting its string.
I hurriedly tried to avoid it, but my right elbow got hit.
Enduring the pain, I swung Durandal through the monster’s flank.
Finally, my sword tears through the monster. The White Caterpillar lay defeated.

Silk Thread
The demon disappears into smoke and only a shiny thread remains.
This thread might just be a luxury item.

The White Caterpillar seemed to be quite intelligent.
It first carried out a strategy of trying to seal my movement and switched to direct attacks when it lost room.
Is it intelligent?
However, it’s likely to be just a simple program.
It’s difficult to understand with Durandal, but the Green Caterpillar might have a similar behavioral pattern.
Can you even call that intelligence?
Also, the special attack, which I nullified with the firewall, was done twice.
Or after using it twice, it realized it was useless and switched to physical attacks?

I looked around the room.
There is nothing in particular.
The party that passed through before me managed to avoid being destroyed.
I went into the next room and moved to the third floor.
The small room that is the entrance to the third floor is almost the same as on the first and second floors.
There is a black wall behind and the path extends in three directions.
The second floor’s boss room had a shortcut back to the entrance, after all.
The first floor was on the right and the second was in front.
Then, the third floor should be on the left.
With Durandal in hand, decided on three jobs and entered the left passageway.

Needle Wood Lv 3
The first monster that appeared was a Needle Wood.
Is the third floor level 3?
I rush over and throw out Durandal.
With Durandal, even a Lv 3 only takes a hit.
Assuming the level 3 monsters are stronger, because I’ve been raising my own level this much isn’t a problem.

Kobold Lv 3
Next, a kobold appeared and seems to be the monster of the floor.
It’s a dark blue midget. It has big eyes, pointed ears, and fangs sprouting up. Its face is huge. It’s two heads tall and its face is about half its body.
It has a knife in its right hand. Isn’t that a weapon?
I’m afraid of the knife.
Although the damage from the monsters bash attacks disappeared from Durandal’s HP Absorption, would cuts disappear as well?
It might be alright to be cut, but what about how I’m cut?
Losing an arm would be terrible, but a finger might be alright.
Or, if my organs were gouged out?
If a nerve is cut?
Is the lost blood replenished by the HP absorption?
These various questions made me anxious.
Of course, I don’t want to try and see what happens.

The victory goes to the one who makes the first move against an enemy with a weapon.
I prepared Fireball.
A ball of fire appeared overhead.

Slow.

The movements of the kobold were sluggish.
It wasn’t even able to take three steps till the ball of fire closed the distance.
The confused monster was caught in the fireball.
The kobold is wrapped in flames and collapsed.

Weak!
The kobold went under with a single Fire Ball
So weak. Kobolds are weak.
I thought one hit of Fireball wouldn’t be enough.
In comparison, the Green Caterpillar Lv 2 took two hits and the Needle Wood Lv 2 took three.

Kobold Salt
When the kobold dissolved into smoke, it left behind a white fang.
White fang sounds nice, but isn’t it just ordinary salt like the name suggests?
Since my level rose, I can afford to stick it into the item box.
I took out the item box while making sure no one was around.
Now, there are 33 gold coins and 21 silver coins put in the item box.
Putting it in my item box should be safer than the rucksack on my back.
Because it’s troublesome to cast the spell in front of people, I might not be able to use the silver coins.
I want to think there isn’t magic to steal the contents of my item box.

Before dealing with the enemies of the third floor, I thought I would need Durandal, but if these weak kobolds are the opponent, it won’t be necessary.
I put Durandal away.
I kept the third job and equipped 5x Mp recovery speed.

Green Caterpillar Lv 3
Kobold Lv 3
Next ones to come out were companions. That’s convenient.
The same time I discovered them I cast Fire Storm. Sparks attacked the two monsters.
The kobold fell with that alone.
I threw a Fireball at the remaining Green Caterpillar.
The monster endured the inferno.
The level two caterpillar died with two shots, but that doesn’t seem to be enough for a level 3.
As expected, it seems to get stronger from Lv 2 to 3.
I sent a third one to the approaching caterpillar.
If the first blow that attracted it wasn’t Firestorm, I could have fired three shots with room to spare.
The Green Caterpillar falls. Leaving behind thread, it disappeared into smoke.

Kobolds are weak.
They’re weaker than the caterpillars on the second floor.
It might be that I shoot strong magic, but even the knights and hotel guy, treated it as a disappointing monster.
Isn’t it a monster for beginners that should normally appear on the first floor?
Although I don’t know whether there is a reason it appeared on the lower floors, since it’s so weak.
Because there isn’t a reason for them to appear, there might be no reason.
The reality might be that.

And speaking of my limited experience, I think it’s fine for kobolds to be on the third floor.
Even though kobolds have big blue face, it leaves a bad taste since they’re similar to humans.
If you had a demon-like human in your party from the beginning, you might have lost your composure.
Needle Woods are clearly plants and Green Caterpillars are caterpillars.
Gradually you become accustomed to the difference, would they then be unable to cope with the kobolds?
Also, kobolds are holding knives.
When facing an enemy holding a knife, after all it will create a sense of fear.
Only after being gradually accustomed to the labyrinth, monsters, and leveling up, was I able to shake off that fear.
If kobolds were the first floor monsters, I don’t know what would happen.
When the time came, I might have been fine.

Kobold Lv 3
It’s also possible that the fire element is its weakness. Next, I tried using water magic to see.
But it only took a single hit with Water Ball as well.
Since they’re so weak, the experience gain will be less as well.
There’s a problem of efficiency.

Jackknife – One-handed Sword
When the kobold fell, it dropped the knife it was holding this time.
It seems to be a folding knife.
I feel frightened when an enemy holds it, but it is a small knife.
I put away the folded blade.

While fighting, kobolds would often drop the jackknife.
Needle woods’ probability to drop the leaf is about a tenth and the jackknife’s probability of dropping is a third.
It seems the probability of the item dropped depends upon the monster. Green Caterpillars only leave behind thread.

I don’t know how much the jackknife will sell for.
It shouldn’t be too high.
It’s just a common knife, as well as a drop from a kobold.
If drop item from a weak monster was worth a lot, it wouldn’t be a disappointing monster.

It turned out as I thought when I went to the adventurers’ guild.
After returning to the inn and eating breakfast, I went towards the adventurers’ guild.

“Do you buy kobold salt?”
I tried to ask the older woman at the counter.

However, if you look at the items I come here to sell, the progress of my labyrinth exploration is leaked to the guild.
At present, I’m not particularly troubled by it.

“Yes, I can do it. Out of the items purchased by the guild, it has the lowest sale price.”
“Specifically?”
“Four nars for one.”
Cheap.
Upon seeing the depressed me, the woman smiled.
That smile’s priceless.

“Yeah.”
Since, there isn’t any use for it, all of the kobold salt was put on the tray.
If I sold it in units of five, I could gain a profit of 1 nar with the 30% discount, but still it’s only a nar.
I don’t have enough energy to do that.

“The guild also purchases jackknives.”
The guild woman told me.
Is my situation being leaked?
There might be many adventurers, who bring kobold salt and jackknives together.
“I’ve heard it’s worthless equipment.”
“Among equipment, I’m only allowed to handle jackknives. Because there are so many, they are melted down and used as an ingredient in copper coins.”
Jack Knifes are usually not brown but a silver color. I wonder if it’s made out of copper?

“By the way, the price is?”
“Ten nars for one.”
Cheap!
Well, they’re small, but even 100 or 200 copper coins could be made from a single jackknife.
Is the price really like that?

“I understand. 800 *mumbles* Item Box Open”
So the woman wouldn’t hear me, I pretended to turn to the side and cast the spell in a low voice.
Rather than the 800 coins, I’d like easy ways to make money.
I took out the jackknives and place them on the tray.
“Then, please wait a moment.”
After a little bit of time, the woman returned with 808 nars.
Is it really just 800?

As expected of their weakness, kobolds won’t make me money.
Its three characteristics are being slow, weak, and cheap.
At the same time, a red light was lit on my ability to prepare the money to buy Roxanne.
I judge that it’s impossible to acquire the funds for Roxanne from the dungeon.
It’s obvious the main monster of third floor, kobolds, won’t make money.
If you should say I should advance to the lower floor, it isn’t that promising.
Though half of the third floor is kobolds, Needle Woods and Green Caterpillars show up also.
If the first floor’s Needle Wood appeared on the third floor, the third floor’s kobold should appear on the fourth and fifth floors.
Even if I cleared a floor every two days, I’d only advance to the sixth floor by the deadline.
And kobolds are certainly there to stand in my way.
It’s hopeless to make easy money in the labyrinth.

There is the option of paying an explorer to take me deeper into the labyrinth.
However, even if I went to a lower floor, there isn’t any guarantee I’ll be able to earn enough money to buy Roxanne.
First, the expectation that you’ll earn more money the deeper the floor level collapsed with the appearance of the kobold.
Second, when I think about the danger I can’t just take a leap of faith.
Because the Green Caterpillar became stronger from level two to three, it’s pretty much certain the monsters will get stronger the deeper I go.
I may lose my advantage in the fourth or fifth floors.
Third, as of three days ago the exploration only covered up to the fourth floor, so even if I advance, I would only be able to go that deep.
I better think of methods outside the labyrinth to make money.
I should concentrate my efforts on that.

I thought about a method using the leaf, but it’s probably impossible.
Antidotes sell for 25 nars and ten would be 325 nars with the 30% increase in sale price.
The price of the leaf at the guild is 80 nars and the woman told me the market price is double the amount, so I can buy it for 160 nars. Since 10 antidotes are generated from one leaf, it becomes a profit of 165 nars.
If more than a hundred are collected in a day, it’s easily possible to earn no less than a gold coin.

But from what I heard from the guild woman, it seems you can’t buy the leaves at the guild.
Not only from the adventurers and explorers guild, it isn’t possible to even put up a purchase request.
It seems they made a contract with the pharmacists’ guild to send them medical ingredients.
And then, the pharmacist guild will distribute to its members.

So, it’s worthless.
Even if I join some guild, I won’t be distributed 100 items in one day.
If the herbalists were distributed 100 per day, every one of them would be rich.
Well even if I become a herbalist guild member and put out a purchase request, I lose control over the situation.
By creating barriers to enter, newcomers won’t be able to profit.
The world is well-made.

It seems impossible to make money using the leaf.
If it’s not possible to earn money using the labyrinth or leaf, what should be done?
The choice was there from the beginning.
It was bounty hunting.

In the morning, I decided to walk through Vale instead of entering the labyrinth.
I checked the job of everyone I saw.
Using judgment makes this so easy.
Because, I can tell who’s a thief by looking at them.

Honestly, I’m not interested in bounty hunting.
I don’t want to do it, but I have no doubt the judgment skill is a huge benefit in this business.

From those leaving the town, there weren’t any thieves.
They don’t seem to be walking downtown in the morning.
But what should I do if I find a thief?
I have some resistance to killing a person.
I’ve gotten accustomed to killing demon, but they only disappear into smoke and this is different.
Of course, I have to do it if I want the reward money.

I’ll move to the slums in the north and look there.
The south and central parts of the city are lined with large, clean buildings, but the farther north you go, the buildings become worn down.
It smells of poverty.
I don’t see any difference from the slums and here.

No………
I found out by taking one step inside.
It’s clearly different.
From here on, it’s the slums.

The smell is different.
The people are different.
The air is different.
The building got even dirtier and an oppressive air hung around the area.
There are even homeless people.
A child is standing in the street.
It isn’t doing anything, looking at any place, just standing there blankly.
Rather than playing in the street, they’re more like a kind of street child.

This place is horrible.
I may just think so because it’s my first time, but my sixth sense is sounding the alarm bells.
This atmosphere is perilous.
It is absolutely dangerous.
An older guy, squatting alone in a convenience store parking lot, smoking, is adorable compared to here.
I turn right around and leave the slums.
I quickly took refuge in a place I considered safe.

I turn back a little and go around to the east side.
There seems to be a brothel in the east.
Although it’s a brothel in the slums, it wouldn’t be strange for a guy to exit.

On the way there, there was a crowd.
A lot of people were assembled on the street.
What’s going on?
I joined the group as well while using judgment.
Why do I want to line up whenever I see a line?
People are lined up along the road.
There was a vacant lot across the road and someone lay fallen.

Leather Chest Armor
When I use judgment, instead of their name and job, it was their equipment.
……….In other words, they seem to be dead.
I can’t appraise a dead body.

“That’s a thief, right?
“Why do you think that?”
Within the left crown, an older adventurer and merchant were having a talk in the Brahim language.
“The left hand was cut off. It hasn’t come out after 30 minutes.”
I don’t feel like seeing it, but it appears the fallen person has no left hand.
Was the intelligence card the mark?
Intelligence cards are naturally expunged thirty minutes after death.
I also thought it could be used to hide the victim’s identity, but that probably goes without saying.

“Please let me through.”
I think someone said. An order of knights arrived there.
A beautiful knight and an apprentice were there.
It seems the knights are tasked with maintaining public security.
“Is it a thief? You, take the corpse to the mortuary.”
“Yes!”
The beautiful knight ordered after taking one glance at the corpse.
Even though it’s a murder case, is that all you’re going to do?
That’s way too careless.
“It’s a thief. Everyone dismissed.”

The beautiful knight told the onlookers while raising and shaking her left hand.
The onlookers scattered, but a large amount returned.
Do they know the drill?
When the pretty knight left, the hustle and bustle returned to the noisy onlookers.
“Is it a bounty hunter?”
“I wonder. Oh, couldn’t it be a falling out?”
The merchant and older adventurer resumed their conversation.

Even if a thief takes an intelligence card it can’t be converted into money, and you need a story if you ask someone else.
If it’s the homeless people in the slums, they would be glad to work with you.

“The thieves that were kicked out of town seem to have come back for revenge.”
While listening to the conversation of the merchants, I heard someone speaking in the back.

Hachi-nan Chapter 2

Translated by Rhinz
Edited by Cyrogen

Edit : I’d be posting my unedited chapters in my own blog. I’ll still be posting the edited version here.

I think I’m in a trance.

“A boy again… This is the 8th one.”

“Dear, He’s such healthy boy. Give him a suitable name.”

“You’re right. Maybe Wendelin? His chance to succeed Baumeister house is almost zero though.”

I fell into the dream world again because of sudden drowsiness, I see a strange sight in that dream.
Like my consciousness has shifted, I see a scene of a baby boy that looked like it was just born appeared like a scene from a movie.

I apparently have been born as the eighth son in this Baumeister house.
Or is it more accurate to say that I took over his existence?

As the story advances, this Baumeister house is a lower class noble family that governs about three villages on the frontier with two to three hundreds population.
Arthur von Benno Baumeister is the current family head, for better or worse he is a mediocre man in his forties, similar lower class noble as legal wife and local village chief daughter as a mistress.

The two wives had eight boys, including me, Wendelin.

Should a lower class noble who governs population of around eight hundreds really have that many children though?
In this era, I seriously don’t think they understand about family planning.

From the information I’ve learned up until now, I understand that this world really resembles the Middle Ages in Europe.
Even if a child is born, there is no guarantee that all of them will grow up safely either.

They can’t afford only one child, there’s no security for the legal wife to give birth without fail so I can agree about the mistress matter.

But this is definitely too many.
In the worst-case scenario, it can also cause a family feud.

I feel sorry for the mistress’s children but that’s probably not something I need to worry about.
I actually still haven’t seen her face yet, she is the mother of two boys and two girls if the memory of this body is right, the first boy will be the village headman’s heir and the second will be the son-in-law to a wealthy farmer with only daughters.

The girls also seems to have already had their marriages decided.

Enough about them.
Because their futures have been decided.

The legal wife has mainly given birth to the remaining six sons.
I though that I must be the mistress child but I was given birth by the legal wife that near 40 ages.

Honestly I don’t think a woman of her age should be getting pregnant.
This is a poor territory so it should be impossible to have a new young mistress mainly from financial aspects.
To put it the other way around, I’m glad that their relationship as married couple were excellent.

“Dear, perhaps Wendelin might have the talent for the sword or magic.”

“It’s possible for him to be independent if that’s the case.”

From the small child memories I’ve taken over, I gradually come to understand about my current condition.

First of all, I am Wendelin, the son of this shameless poor noble, a 5 year old or you can say 6 year old when you count it from the new year.

I was born in a noble family but because there are so many children, it’s a matter of fact that I can’t inherit the territories.
The worst case is that there is no hope of me being able to live as a noble.

The eldest son normally takes over the house, the second son is considered a spare and the third son onward have to seek their own lives.
Apart from great noble family with vast territory or a noble family with important position for generations in the capital city, for this poor lower class noble with only merit is having child, the third son onward needs to make plans about their own future or else they will risk their life.

That’s mean.
What will happen to me who should be sleeping at home in his apartment? I don’t have time to be happy after hearing the key word of “Magic” a little while ago.

I don’t know how the adults grow up in this world but I must find my own way to live until that time.

“(It won’t be good to panic, but I have no idea how to live as a child who is just playing around…)”

Afterwards, I confirmed Wendelin past life by digesting it through this third party view, I’ve hastily collected information since I woke up so that I won’t be suspected in my new family.

Hachi-nan Chapter 1

Hi Rhinz here, I am the new author in this site.

I would be translating Hachi-nan tte, Sore wa nai Deshou! aka 八男って、それはないでしょう!from now on.

I did this with MT so the translation could be too formal or literal.
I have editor checking my translation but do tell if there some awkward sentences or mistake.

Special thanks to WT for helping editing this chapter.

                                                           When I wake up…

“Eh? Where is this?”

I woke up as usual at 6 am, to the sound of my alarm clock, and started to prepare for work in a hurry.

Stopped by the convenience store and bought breakfast, onigiri and some oolong tea. I ate them whilst heading to work.

I am Shingo Ichinomiya, 25 years old, a graduate from a decent university. I entered a trading company upon graduation, just like how everyone plans to.

I am currently in my third year and have subordinates who are younger than me. However, I am constantly pulled into dilemmas between them and the boss.

But it was something that somewhat applied to everyone, so I never really felt like quitting.

Though for ordinary members of society, it should not be strange to think about quitting at least once.

However, they will only end up thinking that they are not brave enough or lack the financial resources to actually quit.

Continue living alone in an apartment within a ten minutes walk from the company. No wife or girlfriend. Most meals are taken outside.

Barely asleep because of fatigue from working until morning, spending the remainder of holiday doing household chores such as cleaning and laundry.
I can said that this also ordinary.

There many people like me in Japan.

I am not really that dissatisfied. As long as I keep working in the company, sooner or later, I might get a girlfriend, then get married and have a child.

You could say it was a pretty ordinary life.

And so I would like to think, but…

I woke up as always, not remembering the contents of my dream; never heard the sound of my alarm clock that was always noisy.

I did not know what time it was but it was dark outside.
The room was pitch-dark but I still decided to get up and investigate my surroundings, as my eyes began to gradually get used to the dark.

Then I began noticing many unfamiliar things, one after another.

This was supposed to be the apartment room that I am living in, but I don’t see the familiar wallpaper or any recognizable furniture. Three similar beds had been placed near me.

Then I noticed that including myself there are four figure sleeping in similar beds like mine.
And as I strained my eyes on the bulges on the other beds, I could see there were human-like figures on it.

So this place is a quadruple room.

When did I become a freeloader?

To shake the confusion from the sudden change in environments, I decide to check my own condition.

Just as I expected, my condition was quite different from before I went to bed.

First, was my bed itself, which should have been a high quality product by Nitori, was now an old-fashioned bed which was not all that comfortable.
Even the blanket I was using was worn out and a little smelly.

Then I thought about something trivial “I just bought that a week ago, it was a new blanket too…”.
After which, I steeled my mind and began to confirm the condition of my own body.

(Eh? Did my body become smaller?)

Sure, I am not that tall but my body should have been the average height a Japanese male.
However, right now, no matter how I looked at it, my body had shrunk down to that of a child’s height.

(Eh? This is?)

This was something I been reading lately in net novel, the idea of reincarnated into another world come to my mind at once.
And as for not becoming a baby, there is a possibility that my consciousness is now possessing another human being in another world.

(That’s mean…)

It is dark now and the other people sleeping near me might think I went mad if I made a noise now.

First of all, I do not even know the relationship between the owner of this small body and the remaining three bed owners.
However, it is more likely a big family though I don’t know who they are.

(I must behave myself till I can confirm my situation. So another nap for now…)

I was overcome with sleepiness as I thought about that and I fell back to sleep.

Update

Just thought I should leave an update.

There IS a reason Saffar hasn’t put up 21 yet, he can share it if he wants.

I’ve left him a message. I’ll finish the chap for him if he needs, and If I don’t hear from him soon I’ll hurry through translating the whole chapter 21 myself in which case I’ll get it up by Saturday morning at the latest but probably earlier.