e result.
The better swordsman swings, and a life is taken.
Right now, you should just focus on being the best swordsman.”

“Ohh!”
Clap-clap.

Acting master Simmons gave further advice as he passed by.

“If your murderous intent is too strong, your opponent will be able to guess at your movement.
It’s very obvious with you, Ajifu.
You could use feints, but there is no point if you can’t hide that rage in your sword.”

“I see why you are the acting master.”

“Uh, but I’m an acting master too?”

Jirido said, but I ignored him.

There were two acting masters at the school.
Simmons of the sword, and Jirido of the spear.
The master was Raynard Terelhi.
Though he could wield any weapon, he was best with the two-handed sword.
I had seen him demonstrate once, but it felt like watching something in fast-forward, and I couldn’t understand what was happening.

There were times when his sword would separate, disappear, or even catch on fire.

As I had been given some homework, I started with the drill.

First, I looked for the best sword.

I tried to think about the way they moved in Chinese martial arts and modern sports.

My feet pressed into the earth, the power amplified by the muscles in my legs, the feeling of my joints turning, like a screw, the sword that is an extension of my hand, the impact, and…

“ARRGGHHHH!!”
Crash.

“He’s wild.”
“Definitely.
“Wild.”

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“Ajifu.
Stick with the drill for now.”

“Why!”

But I couldn’t just train.
I had to complete quests in order to live.

E-Rank quests were very different from doing fixed F-Rank quests, where you could make money by hunting a lot of the same thing.
Unless you could somehow hunt a lot of monsters with low spawn rate and rare materials.

And so I just finished them one by one.
I got through nine quests in three months.
But it was also low because I prioritize my sword training.

In general, E-Rank quests could be summed up as,

Quests with a lot of F-Rank monsters.
A few F-Rank monsters.
Rare cases.

In cases where there were a lot of F-Rank monsters, there were often some E-Rank monsters mixed in, and so the reward was set quite high.
And though it was usually recommended that you go as a party, I currently boasted a 100% quest completion rate, and was confident in my ability.
That being said, it was not unusual for E-Rankers to have a 100% completion rate.
Because things truly became difficult at D-Rank.

Regardless, the quest I chose this time was this.

Annihilate the Goblin Settlement.
Rank: E
Crush the new settlement in the forest.
Goblin settlement: 2 gold.
Can keep the magic stones.
Client will confirm that the job has been completed.
Jiden Village.
Chief Achis.

I chose a quest that would allow me to swing my sword without thinking.

It took me two days to go there by horse.
I got to work on the following day.
On the first day, I crushed any goblins that came out of the settlement, and confirmed its location.
On the second day, I charged in.
If I waited too long, they would realize and run away.

Thanks to my increased DEX, my accuracy with the bow had gone up, allowing me to take them down with precision as I attacked the settlement from the back.

“Gugya?”
“…”

“Gya!”

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“…”

This time, I held back any emotion, and focused on swinging my sword.

The goblins were cut down without even realizing that I was there.
Normally, there would have been quite a commotion by now.

“Gugugya!”

But every time a goblin noticed me, that goblin was opened up by my sword…

“Gya…”

Killing was just the result.

Buhaa!

I hid in the shadows to catch my breath.
What was this feeling? Was I a killing machine? An assassin? Is that what I am now?
That doesn’t suit me at all!

I knew that I was still premature, but I was starting to think I had gone in the wrong direction.
That being said, I was on the field of battle.
I could think about this later.

“Gya-gyaaaga!”

After I had killed about ten of them, the settlement was finally aware of my presence.
But I charged straight into the throng of goblins that gathered.
If anything, I prefer it this way!

That being said, I had no time to correct my sword’s image.
And so I plunged the best sword I could into the paths of the goblins.

“Sha!”
“Gya!”

“Ha!”
Clang.

I put my shield in the path of the goblin’s weapon, and it was swept aside and right into another goblin.

“Gya-gya!”
“Hah!”

Huh!? Things are starting to click into place?

I could easily see the magician’s fireballs.
I could keep other goblins in front of me when I was targeted by an archer.
I kept moving so they couldn’t aim.

Before I knew it, there were hardly any moving goblins remaining.

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