quest that filled in a large part of the map gave you information about places you’ve never been to, which expands the places you could adventure in.

In cases like this, where it was the opposite, the town appeared on the map as a symbol where you could fast travel.
It would be no good if you unlocked fast travel to a town, but it was surrounded in black because the rest of the map wasn’t filled in.
You would be like, ‘what town was it?’ and it would be simply inconvenient.

The Hidden Windcloud Settlement was also in an area where the map wasn’t finished, and so it looked like a tall mountain was in the center of black terrain.
However, you could still tell at a glance where it was and what kind of place it was.

As it’s a little confusing, in short…
Large towns had NPCs who would fill in a large part of the map.
And you also get to unlock fast travel as a bonus.
Small towns and villages allowed you to unlock fast travel, and as a bonus, filled in a small part of the surrounding area on your map.

In fact, the area this time was very small.
There was barely any information once you reached the foot of the mountain range.
So, I would really have to go on this adventure without any information.
Well…from tomorrow.

That panda…took up so much time.
But it was so cute.
And so I didn’t really care if it felt like a waste of time.

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That being said, I had finished the Libra trial, fought Zeus, been advised by Charin, and came all the way to this town in a day.
Had I not been distracted by the pandas, I might have entered the mountains and it would have been night time.
So in a way, it was likely a good thing.

“You should never rush.
I have plenty of time.”

I muttered to myself.
I would take on the mountain in the morning.

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Early the next morning, I made good on my word, and started my climb of the mountain.
At first, it was just an ordinary mountain path.
Actually, why was there a path if it was uncharted land…?

Well, I knew the answer to that question already.
But I hadn’t thought about it until I saw a sign near a cliff.
The sign read:

When visiting my workshop, climb up this cliff.
—Yu Shanyu.

That’s right.
While he only accepted jobs from people who came up the mountain, it would not do if no one came at all.
He could not make money without any work.
Realizing this obvious fact, I started to climb up the cliff as directed.

It might have been easier to use skills like Warp Arrow or Floating Cloud, but from where I was, I couldn’t see the top of the cliff.
And so I would just climb as much as I could, and use a skill to cover the final stretch.

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I didn’t have fancy hobbies like bouldering, so I was a complete amateur.
However, it was doable with the average player’s physical abilities.

However, Cloudpiercer Archer’s Gloves were not very flexible.
And weren’t really good for movement outside of drawing a bow.
Since I was in the mountains, I suppose it would be best to switch to the gorilla’s Fists of the Forest Sage.
Yes, these were much better.
And they were very furry, which helped keep my fingers warm.

“Very nice.
Those gorilla gloves.
I think you wore them during the battle royale as well.”

“Uh, yeah… Huh!?”

Before I knew it, there was a monkey-type monster right next to me.
Not only that, but it was carrying a silver-haired boy with damaged armor on its back.
The boy was completely still, almost as if he was dead.

This was all so unexpected that my brain almost stopped working.
Which nearly made me fall off, but I somehow managed to regain my posture.

“I suppose this isn’t a good place to talk.
We’ll do that once we reach the top of the mountain.”

And then the monkey went ahead of me and climbed up the cliff.
Monkeys sure are fast… Wait, this is not time to be impressed!
What was even happening here… And how cruel to make me wait until I reached the top.
No, I would catch up with that guy and get an explanation for all of this…!

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