Volume 2 Chapter 27 part1

“Is everyone ready?” [Jill]

“Yes!” [Elialia and Ryouma]

As soon as we got to the mines, we started our investigation.

We were currently standing before the entrance of one tunnel, but judging from how tall the weeds were – they were almost as tall as me! – and the unrestrained ivies that covered the rocks around the tunnel, it would appear that no one has visited this place in quite some time.

Accompanying me and the ojousama were Jill and Co. There were also other guards, but they went into a different tunnel to hunt monsters.

As for Reinhart-san and the madam, they went into a tunnel together, while Reinbach-sama went into one alone.

I asked if that was alright, and Jill-san and Co. said this in response.

“Dont worry. The three of them all once traveled as adventurers. In fact, Reinbach-samas achievements were so great that the neighboring countries caught wind of them. People like them wont get a scratch from the sort of monsters youd expect from a mine like this.” [Hyuzu]

“Actually, they dont really need us guards. They could just walk by themselves around town. They could take care of themselves, And so long as Sebasu-san is around, theyll never lack anything.

We never showed our face when you were at town, right?” [Jill]

“Unlike the other nobles, the 4 members of the Jamil Household dont enjoy the pompous lifestyle. They even told an uncouth guy like me to talk as I normally do.” [Hyuzu]

Looks like the three of them were quite renowned in the arts of magic and the sword.

I kinda thought that would be the case, but I guess its fine, right? Letting them go like that. Yep, its probably fine.

“Lets do our best too, Ryouma-san!”

The ojousama normally wore a simple dress made from high-quality cloth that was so high-quality even I could tell it with a glance, but today, shes wearing nothing more than a shirt and a pair of pants, on top of which was leather armor.

Huh, she sure is lively today, isnt she?

I guess this means shes gotten over her nerves then?

While we were talking like that, the madam waved goodbye to us from the entrance of another tunnel.

Did she hear the ojousama?

We waved back at her, and she waved back more forcefully for a moment before she finally turned around and entered the tunnel with Reinhart-san.

After they entered their tunnel, we entered ours. AT the lead were Zeff-san, Jill-san, and Hyuzu-san. In the middle were me and the ojousama. And behind were Camil-san and the slimes.

We walked orderly in a line, but the tunnel was dark. Just a few steps in and the light could barely reach us anymore.

“Tch, I guess there really arent any lamps here.” [Hyuzu]

“Werent they taken to the eastern mines?” [Ryouma]

“Well, the lamps shouldve still been maintained until it was officially declared as abandoned, but from how bad the tunnel looked outside, Im guessing the management just didnt care. Besides, if they took the lamps from here and put them in the eastern mine ahead of steeled, then they would be able to reduce expenses temporarily.” [Hyuzu]

“Theyre the sort who likes easy money, I guess.” [Ryouma]

“They certainly give the impression…” [Elialia]

“True or not, after what theyve done, its hard to trust them anymore. Thats the curse that will follow those whove betrayed the trust of others. Please remember that, Ojousama.Light” [Jill]

As Jill wrapped our short conversation up, he casted the beginner light spell, Light, to shoot out a ball of light.

The ball of light floated above our heads and illuminated the surroundings.

The light couldnt reach deeper into the passage, but it was enough to show us our surroundings.

“Ojousama, young master, please watch your step. People used to work in these tunnels, so there arent any traps, but if this were a labyrinth, there definitely would be.

Finding those is the job of a scout like me.

Were just training today, but please do your best not to move ahead needlessly.” [Camil]

“Yes!” [Elialia]

“Alright.” [Ryouma]

We continued walking like that for some time when Zeff-san suddenly stopped.

When we looked up ahead…

“A bug?” [Ryouma]

Volume 2 Chapter 27 part2

For some reason there was a bug just like the praying mantis before us. Unlike the praying mantises I knew, however, this one was as big as me with scythes fit for its size. Its definitely a monster.

…If not, then I feel sorry for all the bug-hating people. This world must be hell for them…

“Do you see that, young master? Thats a bug-type monster known as the Cave Mantis. It uses the scythes it has for hands to dig holes. It likes to live in caves or tunnels.” [Camil]

“Tch! Looks like an annoying ones taken root here…” [Hyuzu]

“Is it strong?” [Ryouma]

“Not really. Its scythes arent sharp and its carapace is soft, so miners are actually able to deal with them with just their pickaxes.

The problem is that they reproduce really fast, so theres a chance the more advanced variant, the blade mantis, might show up when theyre around. Unfortunately, blade mantises look just like their lesser variant, so its hard to tell them apart.” [Zeff]

“Unlike cave mantises, blade mantises actually have sharp scythes, so if you let your guard down, it could be fatal. Please be careful.” [Jill]

“How do you tell them apart?” [Ryouma]

“Blade mantises are just a little bigger, but the difference isnt obvious, so some experience is needed to tell them apart. That one over there is cave mantis. Ill lure it here, so make sure to get a good look.” [Zeff]

As Zeff-san said that, he approached the cave mantis alone and led it here.

Elia and I watched as he easily received the attacks of the cave mantis with his small buckler.

“Thats a cave mantis. Those scythes are pretty fast, so please be careful.” [Jill]

“Ojou, please take out the cave mantis while Zeff has its attention.” [Hyuzu]

“No fire magic, though. The smoke wont have anywhere to go.” [Jill]

“Alright…” [Elialia]

“Im ready whenever!” [Zeff]

“Then…Ice Arrow! Tsk!Ice Arrow!” [Elialia]

The first Ice Arrow the ojousama casted was dodged, but the second one she casted immediately successfully took down the cave mantis.

“Theres no problem with your casting speed, but you should aim more carefully.” [Jill]

“I understand.” [Elialia]

After that we continued walking for another two minutes before we happened onto another cave mantis. This time, however, there were 4 of them.

“Now what? The ojousama took care of the one before, so I thought we could let Ryouma have a go next, but 4 right out of the blue?” [Hyuzu]

When I heard that, I told them that I wanted to try.

“Be careful.” [Hyuzu]

Nodding to him, I drew the two short swords sheathed by my waist and invoked Body Reinforcement, then I ran for the cave mantises.

One of the cave mantises raised up its right scythe when it noticed me, but I sent a kick flying toward its right leg before it could attack.

As its left leg was broken under the might of my kick, the cave mantis lost its balance and fell to the ground, then as my right foot descended onto its head, a nice crunchy sound resounded.

At that, two more noticed me and headed my way.

Matching the timing of the second cave mantis as it lifted up its scythe, I turned my body counterclockwise 90 degrees, barely dodging its attack, as I cut off its joint with my short sword. Then as my body swung back into place, I lopped off its head with my left short sword that was held in a reverse grip.

Behind the second cave mantis was the third one.

Shifting grip on my left hand from a reverse grip to a proper grip, I turned my body counterclockwise and parried its attack, then I claimed its head with my left sword.

The fourth cave mantis swung its left scythe in hopes of claiming my neck, but I dodged it, received its attack with my right sword, and cut its joint with my left.

It swung its right scythe next from the side, but I received it with my left and cut its joint with my right. With both arms gone, the cave mantis no longer had any cards left to play.

It could only helplessly watch as I lopped off its head.

…Doesnt look like Ill be having any problems here. My swords are doing well too, not a single crack on them.

“Good job. Looks like you can handle yourself in close combat too.

Ojousama, bug-type monsters are tough, so make sure you dont attempt what Ryouma did and try to lop their heads off.” [Zeff]

“I understand.” [Elialia]

“You played it smart invoking a hardening spell there. With that it wouldnt have mattered even if one of the cave mantis had landed a hit.” [Hyuzu]

“As expected of Ryouma-san.” [Elialia]

Its because Im already used to bug-type monsters. After all those years living in Gana Forest and hunting those tenacious critters to feed to the slimes, its only natural Id get used to them.

As our first battle concluded, we continued along the tunnel.

10 minutes later, I was walking in front while the ojousama followed from behind. Somehow, it was decided that we would be taking care of the monsters we happened across.

There were nothing but cave mantises along the way, and the fights were really closer to pest cleaning than a fight, but their numbers were gradually increasing. At one point, we had to deal with 4 or 5 of them at the same time. Whats worse was that the intervals between each battle was getting shorter and shorter.

Of course, that meant nothing to me.

“Heave… ho.” [Ryouma]

But not for the ojousama. Shes been casting one ice spell after another at the enemies weve encountered to weaken them and reduce their numbers.

Im grateful to have her support, but all that casting has left her exhausted.

Shes also using more and more mana with every spell casted.

I know the four guards following us will step in when things turn for the worse, but…

“‘Playing Clay” [Ryouma]


I caught the leg of an attacking cave mantis with earth magic and broke its balance, then I finished it off in a single hit.

“Why dont we rest for a bit?” [Ryouma]

After that I suggested we take a breather.

“Here, dried meat. Youll feel much better once youve eaten.” [Hyuzu]

“Thank you.” [Ryouma]

And so, a breather we took.

Although we were still deep inside the tunnel and couldnt let our guard down, we sat ourselves on the ground and rested.

We had the Light spell for our light, so the area was well lit. There also seemed to be a vent connected somewhere, so it wasnt hard to breathe.

“Are you alright, Ojousama?” [Jill]

“Thank you for worrying about me, but I still have strength to spare. Mana too. Its just that for some reason, I feel like I get tired more easily.” [Elialia]

“Thats normal when fighting in a place youre not used to. Especially, places like these where we cant tell the passage of time. Anyway, theres nothing else to it but to get used to it. Its that sort of training after all.

How about you, Ryouma-kun? Are you alright?” [Camil]

Camil-san turned to me after advising Elialia, but unlike her, Im actually used to places like these.

“Its just like my house, so Im ok.” [Ryouma]

“Ahh, right. Now that you mention it…” [Camil]

“Hey, Ryouma. What spell did you use on that cave mantis just now? I know its an earth spell, but I dont recognize it.” [Hyuzu]

“You mean Playing Clay? Its a spell that temporarily turns soil and stone into clay.” [Ryouma]

Like Create Rock, which I used back during the landslide, Playing Clay is also a spell made from the combination of Rock and Break Rock. Its a spell that continuously uses Break Rock to break down the soil to keep the particles connected.

Its also one of the games I used to play back when I had difficulties using magic. Its literally playing clay.

“Its a spell I created back when I had difficulties using Rock to help myself learn it. You get stones and stuff like this and use magic to knead them into clay. Eventually, youll get used to it and youll be able to use Rock.” [Ryouma]

The clay form will only last as long as theres mana. Once the mana used to invoke the spell is exhausted, the spell will wear off, and the object will go back to its original form. If it used to be soil, then itll go back to being soil. If it used to be rock, then itll go back to being rock.

Because of that it can also be used to fill in gaps between walls or to fill cracks. It can also be used to repaint walls. Of course, I didnt think all that when I first came up the spell.

After explaining the spell, the ojousama and the 4 guards looked at me, dumbfounded.

“Oi, Camil, Jill. What do you think? Youre the magic guys from our group.” [Hyuzu]

“Coming up with a new spell because you cant use a beginner spell? Ryouma-kun, the things you do are really… different.” [Jill]

“I wont say its impossible, but its definitely a hassle. I mean its one thing if someone else had taught you, but coming up with a new spell just to learn a beginner spell? Usually, itd be a lot easier to just train normally.” [Camil]

Like that we chatted and relaxed.

While we were doing that, the slimes were behind us eating all the monsters we defeated.

Were not doing anything out of the ordinary, but were making great progress in cleaning up the path.

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