Data.166 – Old Bowman, Sticky Connection

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“So our first opponent is the party that my younger brother is in.
That’s unfortunate.
He’ll start hating me all over again!”

The man had spiky blonde hair and wore chain-like accesories over a small leather jacket.
It was like some kind of outdated delinquent style, but he did seem familiar… Wait, did he say younger brother!?

“I told you already.
We shouldn’t talk about real life family relationships within online games.”

So he is Satomi’s brother!
It wasn’t that he was suddenly treating me as an underling, or that Necoco and Anne were actually men!

“I don’t see the problem! It’s not like people will know our true identities!”

“But there were a couple of times when you neary called me by my real name! You still don’t know how to separate VR and real life completely!”

“Shut up… Ah! Look, if I accidentally expose your real name, then you can do the same to me.
Do we have a deal?”

“Then we’ll just sink together! And think of the trouble you’ll cause for our parents!”

“Ah, that’s right… I wouldn’t want to trouble mom and dad… Fine then.
Here, you are Satomi! And I’m Core!”


“So, what about you, underling? Doing well? Actually, you seem to be doing amazing!”

Ah, he was treating me like an underling!
But I’ve never even met him…

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“No, we have met before.”

He read my mind…!

“While I’ve changed my appearance quite a lot, I intended for there to be some traces left… You know, when you first started out.
We were in a party together once.”


I remembered!
He had insulted my play style and pushed me to the brink mentally before suggesting that I try being an archer!
So he was Satomi’s brother!
While it was a small world, why was it always the strange ones I seemed to be connected with…

“And look where being an archer has got you! Aren’t you glad that you didn’t quit!?”


There is no need to thank me.
To be honest, I was just in a bad mood that day and took it out on you.
I regretted it later, and so I made that suggestion as a way of looking a little concerned.”

Was he just honest or a ruffian…
Probably both!

“And so… Everything you have now you acquired by yourself.
You don’t need to thank anyone! It’s because of you! If you’re a man, then you should have a more haughty attitude about it all!”

“I-I see.”

“Yes! Yes! Alright, see ya! I’m leaving! …Oh! That’s right! I came here to do some reconnaissance! To gather some information on the Ghost Guild, who is our first opponent!”

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“First… So you’re a member of Mad Slime CORE?”

“Exactly! I’m Core, the leader of the pro gamer group Mad Slime! So just call me Core!”

“Alright, Mr.
Do you know Slime Man?”

“Of course, I do.
He’s a squad leader in our guild!”

“Squad leader?”

“We have quite a lot of members, so we separate everyone into squads.
And we have leaders for the squads, and they have the authority to choose which direction they will be active in.
But since Slime Man has become more famous, there are people who assume that he’s the real leader.
But they are wrong! Because I, Lord Core, am the real leader of Mad Slime!”

Slime Man was just a squad leader!?
The others had called him that, but I had assumed that they were just going or something.
But given that he appeared to dislike being called that, perhaps he enjoyed having people think that he was the leader of Mad Slime…
Really, he was an amusing person…

“Well, I suppose it’s because of my personality.
I don’t post regular videos or play on any fixed schedule.
So I’m not very famous as a pro gamer… Even with tournaments, I tend to forget to enter, so I was pretty lucky to get into this one.”

He was certainly very careless for someone important…
In any case, one thing was clear now.
While Core and Satomi were related, their personalities were completely different.
They probably fought a lot as kids.
No, maybe even now…

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“…Ah!? I’m the one who is sharing information! Damn it! Tell me something, Satomi!”

“There is nothing that I can tell you.
I have no intention of revealing information about myself, and I don’t know much about my comrades.
We don’t share any information about skills or charge attacks with each other.”

“Ahh… That seems like a strange way to fight, considering how paranoid you are.
What made you change?”

“I don’t think you know me well enough to actually recognize if I’ve changed.”

The atmosphere suddenly became awkward.
Clearly, they did not have the best relationship.

“Oh, fine then.
You always liked to keep your little secrets.
I never expected to learn anything from you… I’ll ask the other members!”

Core pointed at Anne.

“Wh-what is it!? Do I look like someone with loose lips!?”

“No, it’s just that no one really knows anything about you, so I’m curious.
Am I wrong? Everyone else in the finals is at least well-known to some degree, for better or worse.”

“This is my first time playing an online game.
And so I am not famous like those other pros.”

“A beginner who plays like that… Is your character based on how you really look?”

“I have obviously changed my face! But my body is similar.
I heard that it’s harder to move if you change your physique.”

“B-but…you seem very, uh, tall?”

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“Yes, I am this tall in real life.
Ah, but perhaps my chest is a little smaller.
I read that it will get in the way if it’s too big or heavy.”

“I see..
Thank you for the good information…!”

What was wrong with this brother…

“Alright! That’s enough information gathering! I’m leaving! Goodbye! You better be ready to face me later!”

Core left.
Without getting any useful information.
But perhaps he didn’t care about that to begin with.
And his real motive was…

You sure have an interesting brother.”

But right now, we’re just enemies… We will meet on the battlefield next time.
And I won’t hold back.”

He didn’t even try to hide his hostility.
I had never seen Satomi like this before.
The relationship between real siblings who lived together since birth, was much different and deeper than relationships in games.

“The first battle will start soon.
Let’s all go and watch.”

We were surrounded by relationships and grudges.
And one had just been created between Gaming Crocks and VRHAR.
It was a battle between two strong guilds.
So how would it end?
And who would take the glory of victory…

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