Data.92 – Old Bowman, King of the Beasts

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In any case, I had to be able to move my body if I was going to do anything.
If this was similar to my skill, Intimidating Eyes, then the effect should wear off in a few seconds…


My body was suddenly able to move again.
At the same time, the arrow I had nocked was unleashed.
It shot towards the boss lion on the rock.


Out of nowhere, an elephant monster appeared and shot the arrow down with water from its trunk.
The water pressure must have been tremendous, as while it was an ordinary arrow, it was currently strengthened with an aura of light.

Also, its savanna friends had increased a little too much.
It wasn’t just female lions that the boss lion could call.
But it was even calling lions, giraffes and zebras as well.
Had they all looked like cute animals, I might have felt bad about killing them.
But they were all designed as frightening monsters.
While there were some exceptions, most of the enemies in NSO were made to look vicious and something you would want to defeat.

Now, there were two ways to deal with a boss that called its friends.
Ignore the others and kill the boss, or kill the friends first and then take on the boss…
If the boss is weak and can be defeated quickly, or the allies are weak, and you could ignore them, then you might pick the first option.

As I hadn’t attacked the boss lion yet, I didn’t know if its friends could heal it, but I already knew that a lot of them were able to attack.
Not only the female lions, but rhinoceroses and hippopotamuses were charging at me as well.
Thankfully, their movements were simple, and I had Garbow, so they weren’t a threat.
As they were based on animals of the savannah, there were a lot of physical attacks, which meant that Metal Body was able to reduce a lot of the damage.

Perhaps it would be best to let Garbow handle them, and I could take on the boss lion.
I looked at the boss lion and aimed… Wait, I won’t be able to move if I look at its eyes!
But it was difficult to aim at the lion without meeting its eyes, because it was staring at me.

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Apparently, I was quite gifted with the bow, but even I couldn’t hit a target without looking at it properly.
Then what about I’m Arrow?
Our eyes wouldn’t meet if I was spinning, but I would still have to look at the enemy before shooting it.
It was still an arrow, after all…

Alright, how about this.
I would also stop it with Intimidating Eyes!
Glare back with my sharp, intense eyes!

…Hmm, no.
The boss lion just yawned, so it could clearly still move.
On the other hand, I couldn’t move at all.
Either it was because the lion was stronger than me, or had a superior skill…
Well, it was really a matter of what was scarier.
Being stared at by a lion or some old man.

I’m sure being stared at by a strange old man is scary in its own way, but it’s still better than being stared at by a lion.
You could at least talk to humans… No, this was no time to be thinking about such things.
In the end, that lion was the dungeon’s boss.
This would never end unless I defeated it…

In order to shoot it without meeting its eyes…I will have to curve the trajectory.
Instead of looking at the lion, I’ll look at a space close to it and shoot.

Kiririri… Shu!

I didn’t hear anything.
Did I miss?
That’s right, I just don’t have to see its eyes.
So I can look at the lion’s butt instead.
This should be easy…


The lion turned its body and our eyes met.

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I see.
Even though it doesn’t attack, it makes an effort to make our eyes meet…
Every time my body froze, the lion would roar and the number of friends would increase.

Should I kill them first…?
No, Garbow was doing just fine.
I had to target the boss.
This time I unleashed the arrow so that I wasn’t looking at the lion’s body.

Kiriri…Shu! Chi…!

I heard the sound of it grazing something.
Alright, I was slowly getting the hang of it.
Once I was able to hit it consistently, I would use a skill or charge attack…!

Kiririri… Shu! Zhunk!

I was now able to hit while changing the trajectory of the arrow.

“Burning Arrow!”

That being said, if I used an Arrow Storm fused charge attack, I would not be able to resist if the enemy suddenly got close to me.
And so I would chip away at its HP with an ordinary skill.
And so I decided to use Letter Arrow.
Perhaps I would find its weakness.

“Letter Arrow!”

◆ King Lion
Attribute: Wild Beast
Skill: Eyes of the Beast King, Bond Roar
King of the beasts who lives in the savannah.

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While he is strong and tough, he does not usually fight.
He will show his true strength when many of his friends are hurt.

Eyes of the Beast King definitely sounded like a stronger version of Intimidating Eyes.
And Bond Roar must be a skill to call its friends.
As far as any other information…there was ‘He will show his true strength when many of his friends are hurt.’
In other words, the lion wouldn’t move until a certain number of the others were destroyed.
And so I should deal as much damage as I could before that happens.


The boss lion roared and then jumped down from its rock.
So, Garbow had already defeated that many…!
Reliable as always!

I would have to ensure that his efforts did not go to waste.
Once the king was on the ground, it was just an ordinary beast.
I’ll hit it right as it lands…!
And so I aimed at the ground under it and closed my eyes.

“Burning Arrow Storm!”

The king of the beasts didn’t have wings.
It could not move in mid air.
And so I heard the moment that the boss lion fell to the ground and was exposed to the storm of arrows.
When the chain of arrows died down, I opened my eyes.
The boss lion and all of its friends were gone.

While I had said there were two ways to deal with these kinds of bosses, there was actually a 3rd way.
Attack all of them at the same time…
Getting rid of its friends while racking up damage on the boss.
It was the easiest way.

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‘Congratulations on defeating the boss-nyon! Hey, the savannah is burning!?’

Charin appeared and then looked surprised.
My Burning Arrow Storm had caused it to catch on fire.
Now I look like the villain…

‘Well, I can easily erase fire-nyon.’

Charin snapped her fingers and the fire disappeared and the trees and grass returned.
I didn’t want to accept the medal in a burning wasteland, so I was thankful.

‘Now that things are back to normal, here is your medal-nyon!’

The Leo medal had the coolest design of any of the medals I had acquired up until now.
The constellation was on the front, and there was a realistic lion depicted on the back.
It was no wonder that it was called the king of the beasts.
Among all wild animals, there was something regal about lions.

‘And your reward is ‘Eyes of the Lion King’-nyon!’

What she handed to me…was two eyeballs.
Well, I had an idea of what it was.
Getting parts from monsters that you defeated was normal in games, but it felt a little grim in VR games.
Don’t worry.
This is just a game.
Nothing sad happened to an animal in real life.
These eyeballs would surely help make me stronger…

‘Now, you will be warped out of the dungeon! Good work-nyon!’

The first thing I did when I was outside of the cave was stretch my back and arms.
While I had been bathed in plenty of sunlight during the boss fight, it had not been relaxing due to a certain lion staring at me.

Now, there was only one trial left! It was time for the Virgo labyrinth!

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