and Hatake are in the same guild?”


“But you’re here.
Is that because you also failed the Scorpio trial?”

“No, I cleared it on my first try.
But he cried and begged me to come.”

Petta said, pointing at Mister Hatake.
I could imagine that.
At the same time, it told me that she wasn’t the type of person to ignore those in need.

“But I was worried if it was just her.
After all, she…”

“Hey! Keep your mouth shut!”

“Why? He’ll find out as soon as we enter the dungeon anyway.”

“Then you can wait until then!”

“Fine… Alright, old man! Let’s go to the Scorpio dungeon!”

The conversation ended just as something concerning had been brought up…
Yes, perhaps Hatake really was a force of nature that threw me into harsh situations.

◆ ◆ ◆

The Scorpio Labyrinth was in the desert.
As the scorching sun shone over our heads, we slowly made our way over the sand.

“Old man! I’ll explain the special rules to you so we can enter as soon as we arrive!”


“First, the entrance is a pyramid.
It’s a wonderful sight, you’ll want to take plenty of screenshots.”

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I wished he hadn’t said that…
Now the surprise was sort of ruined…

“As for what Charin looks like…”

“Ne-nevermind that.
Tell me about the dungeon.”

“Oh, really?”

I would be really annoyed if he told me that much.
After all, I was actually looking forward to seeing how she would be dressed in each area.

“As I keep saying, it’s limited to a party of 4.
And Unisons count as one player.
I didn’t know that you had one…put it’s perfect! Now there are four of us!”

“Uh, great…”

Garbow wasn’t out right now.
I felt bad about making him swim over a desert with the sun shining down.

“Now, the requirement for getting the medal is that you’re alive after killing the boss at the end.”

“That’s very simple.”

“All of it is relatively simple.
That’s what makes it so dangerous.
As for the special reward, there are monsters called ‘Hell Stingers’ in the dungeon.
And you have to kill 5 of them before clearing the dungeon.
And players who are killed by Hell Stingers…cannot come back to life.
In other words, you won’t receive any medals at that point.
Even if the rest of the party finishes the trial!”

“Ah, so that’s how you…”

“I was stung…! It was quite impressive, really… And it was straight to hell in one shot… No, that was a figurative expression.
They can’t actually oneshot you, so don’t worry.
However, it’s true that they are much stronger than the other monsters.”

So…you received a reward for killing a lot of strong monsters.
Yes, they were very simple rules for an rpg.

“Oh, there’s the pyramid.”

Petta pointed.
And there it was, just like the spoilers said.
Well, it was still an impressive sight even if you knew what to expect.

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After all, it’s not like I had ever seen a pyramid in real life.

As for Charin…she had tanned skin, and revealing clothes with golden accessories inspired by Egypt.
But even with a different hairstyle, she had the same golden hair, which looked odd.
These kinds of clothes suited black hair, in my opinion.

‘The rules here are simple! Be alive during the moment that the boss falls-nyon! Kill 5 Hell Stingers and you’ll also get a special reward! Now, off you go to the pyramid-nyon!’

“You heard her.
It’s off to the pyramid!”

Hatake said as he pulled me inside.
Just like the exterior, the inside was made up of stone walls, forming an expansive labyrinth that stretched out before us.
If this was an old action movie, the floor would fall out and we’d be in danger of falling into a pit of sharp stakes.
And there might be hidden passages and long corridors where we’d be chased by boulders…
In any case, there was no time limit, so we might as well take it slowly.

“It’s this way, old man! We went this way last time, so we know it’s safe!”

“I-I see…”

But was it really?
What if the shape of this dungeon changed randomly?
As if in answer to this doubt, the wall near Hatake suddenly crumbled.
And what appeared from the other side…was a giant red and black scorpion.

“Ah, look! This is a Hell Stinger! You’ll fail if it kills you! And so…please help me!”

I knew…that this would happen.
And well, I was prepared to deal with it.

“Petta, can you cast some buffs? The scorpion looks very tough…and…”

“Ahhh! I just hate these bug monsters…! Don’t you know? Scorpions are related to spiders…! They’re so gross…! I shouldn’t have come back, no matter how sorry I felt for him…! I don’t want to have to fight them again…! I-I’m not ready…”


Now…this, I had not expected.

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