This part is huge. Probably making up 2 parts normally, so I haven't had any time to edit it.
After quelling the wolf’s rampage, I examined the corridor. Despite everything, I felt strangely calm. I gathered up whatever was left around the area. The wolf had probably killed a few travelers before encountering me as I found a set of corpses.
The corpses were armed and armored, and so I decided to loot them. I didn’t feel much guilt. Probably because I was too shell-shocked to feel anything and besides, it was a necessity.
some leather gloves into my hands, put on a cloak, and tied a leather
bag around my waist. I tucked an oddly shaped knife into the belt of
my jeans, in a sort of makeshift sheath, and took ahold of a
I decide to pray for the corpses before leaving, maybe feeling a morsel of guilt, and put my hands together while closing my eyes.
As I got ready to leave,
I noticed the greatsword again. I would have liked to use it, but
it’s too heavy to practically carry around. It probably weighed
twice as much as the one-handed sword on my person. But something
much more interesting was the emerald-green stone left behind.
There were many stones similar to
this among the many
corpses. All I knew about them was that they
were heavy. I didn't put ‘em in my leather
bag because storing something so heavy and
potentially useless was a loss.
Though it was possible that these
a remnant of the dead, these
stones. It might
have been sentimentality, maybe
I felt a strange kinship with the people who had been attacked by the
wolf, but I picked up the stones and stuffed
in my pocket.
What now? If some hostile creature
appears, I have the means to intercept it. The next decision was
whether to wait here or move. The cut on my thigh was shallower than
I thought. Probably
because the wolf didn’t react quickly enough to put all his
strength into the slash. However, though the
bleeding had slowed, if I
moved, the bleeding would increase. Losing strength here was a direct
threat to my life. Such
were the risks of moving.
However, waiting for the bleeding
to stop was also risky.
was unlikely any help would come. The monster
had left a deep impression on me, but the fact that I was cut down by
a person whom I had asked for help from made a bigger impression. If
I waited here for someone to show up, I doubt that they would help
So I decide to move. I decide to use my sword as a sort of walking stick so as not to apply too much pressure on my thigh. I notice the sword is pretty shabby.
“I wish I had a better sword, I seriously lack any good tools...”
catches my eyes as I say this.
I seemed to have forgotten it,
despite the fact that it had appeared a short time ago. Upon further
I realized I hadn’t thought much on how I got into this ‘world’
in the first place. I was extremely confused.
A dry, laughing voice came out of
my throat. It was like a piece of trash stuck to my retina, clearly
'displayed' at arm's length. No matter how much I move my vision, the
disappear from my sight.
There’s no doubt about it.
"Haha, it's like—it's like a game.”
labyrinth. The monsters.
Giant insects. Giant wolves. Adventurers. Swordsmen. Archers. Wizard
fire. Jewels. Post-battle messages. The "display". Items.
All of them are frequent occurrences in games.
so I tried something.
“Please show me the ‘display’.”
Status Name: Kanami Aikawa
Class: Level 1
Str: 1.11 Vit: 1.03 Dex: 1.01 Agi: 2.02 Int: 4.00
“Wow, that's confusing. Can't it be more readable?”
Class: Level 11
Strength: 1.11 Fitness:
1.03 Skill: 1.01 Speed: 2.02 Wisdom: 4.00 Magic: 2.00 Qualities: 7.00
Condition: Confusion 1.01, Bleeding 0.52
Cursed Throwing Knife
"Oh, it's Japanese now. It's
a bit clunky compared to English, but at
least I can read it.”
I read the "status" in Japanese. I was particularly interested in the "[Item] Empty" mentioned earlier. Hmmm. I've got some dried meat and water hanging around. I suppose they mean special items.
“Show me my possessions.”
Maybe it meant items stored away somewhere. An idea came to my mind. I took out a slice of dried meat and held it in the air and wished for it to be ‘stored’, without saying a thing.
was half-kidding, but
the slice suddenly disappeared.
I quickly pulled my hand away.
"...Okay, show me my
"Haha. Yeah, it's a
I was half happy, and half
terrified. But now I understood the rules of "possessions".
things a lot easier.
I started searching
left a lot of minor stuff that I couldn’t carry.
I tossed things into the air one by one. I also tried to ‘possess’
a human corpse and an insect. Both were ‘rejected’ for some
that note, my lighter and my
smartphone were in the jeans I was wearing. I tried to mess
with the smart phone as soon as I found it, but of course it didn't
connect to anything. The
time was off by a couple of years, possibly due to some shock.
Luckily, most other features functioned well. Most important was the
Suddenly, I heard the roar of a
beast in the corridor. I'd been so busy messing around that I forgot
about the other beast.
was in no way safe. For the time being, I used
the hemostatic potion (I didn't know how to use it, so I applied it
to the wound that I had washed with water) and started walking away
from the roar, using my sword as a stick. I walked down the corridor,
only looking back once in a while to avoid straining my thigh. When I
checked my status, I saw that my bleeding had eased and my HP had
recovered naturally. I
felt relieved, I could finally run. With my life
not that badly at threat, I decided to experiment with my ‘power’.
I walked around muttering every
word that came
to mind. Status, help, map, save, log, chat, logout, login, skills. I
mumbled ‘game words’ at random, hoping to find something new to
"show". There was no response to "help", the most
important one currently. Neither
was there any
response at all to the "log" and "chat" that you
can find in online games. The only thing that responded was "Skills".
Ancestral Skills: Swordsmanship 1.01, Ice Magic 2.00
The new menu confused me a bit. There were two ‘skills’ displayed, but no information or help on how to use them. The guy who invented all this was probably having tons of fun laughing at me.
I was surprised to see "magic" on the
seem to have become a wizard. I
excitedly thought of ‘magic’. [TN: It seems
the only way to activate these ‘game screens’ and magic is by
thinking of them. I thought he had to say it out loud. I’ll avoid
making this mistake again]
Freeze 1.00 Ice 1.00
[TN: Just ‘dimension’
is a weird name for a magic spell, but it’s written in katakana so
I’m sure its supposed to be this way.]
I was prepared for nothing. But,
thankfully, there were three kinds of magic present. The fact that I
could use magic made me quite
didn’t know why I could use it, but I’d think on that another
day. From a ‘game’ perspective, it's not
strange to have a few initial skills.
With a shout, I held up my hand. I
thought of ice. After casting the spell, I felt something slip out of
my hand. My palm felt cold and my and I felt something ‘gathering’.
was definitely ‘gathering’ but far too
slowly. Perhaps it was gathering moisture in the air.
took 10 seconds to form ice the size of my palm.
It didn’t fly away, it just materialized
into a block of ice. Nothing flashy, and definitely nothing to be
used for defense. Unless snowballs were an effective form of defense.
However, since I was able to make
ice, I took out some
clothes from my "belongings" and cut out the clean parts to
make an ice pack. I'm not sure what to do with it. It
was of no use whatsoever, but whatever.
, I tried out the Freeze
ended with similar results. It was a subtle magic effect that slowly
lowered the temperature around me. I had a lot of trouble with the
last spell, Dimension. I think the word "dimension" means
something like dimensions or dimensionality. I'm not sure.
by how things went with the last spell, I
that something would materialize. I thought that
maybe a warp zone could appear and get me
out of this labyrinth. But I didn’t know what to think exactly, and
ominously, nothing happened, so I decided to
avoid using this magic. Something dangerous could happen, after all.
If I wasn’t careful, a black hole might appear.
While I was at it, I thought of
magics that weren’t on the screen too. Recovery magic, white magic,
magic acquisition, healing.
Unfortunately, I didn't get any
hits at all. I wanted a spell that would heal me somehow, but I
wasn't provided with such a thing, unfortunately. However,
an interesting display
Skill Point Allocation:
Swordsmanship 1.01, Ice Magic 2.00, Dimensional Magic 5.00
Your current skill points are zero.
to be zero. Perhaps
it’ll increase as I level up.
Level Up Menu 805/100
You have met the requirements to level up.
Thinking about my
level, I saw this display."You
have met the requirements". This
is probably an optional level-up, not an automatic one.
I was a bit skeptical, but I decided to ‘level-up’.
“If you can, please level me
Suddenly, my right arm lit up with
heat, causing me to scream. As
I examined it I saw that my upper arm was torn
did this come from?”
As I looked around, I caught
something moving in the corner of my eye. It was a ‘distortion’.
A "distortion" the size of a basketball was floating in the
air, flapping its small ‘wings’. It
looked like an insect.
I immediately turned my mind ‘on’.
The thoughts I had when I was going about my daily life were now
filling in with the thoughts I had when I was playing these
types of games. My paralyzed senses were
re-awakening. I aimed at the distortion and
slashed up the sword in my hand from below. However, it narrowly
As soon as I confirmed that it had
I immediately ditched
ran back from where I came, distancing myself from the distortion.
the path I had taken here.
I could hear the sound of wings
chasing me. As the distortion approached closer, I took out a leather
bag filled with water from my belongings and sprayed the entire
contents backwards. The sound of wings ruffling and screeching
echoed. The strategy seemed to be working. The creature with wings
would most likely be vulnerable to water, so I
chose to attack with water. The water droplets began to reveal the
outline of the distortion, and also slowed it down.
After taking in the sight briefly,
I unleashed my magic. Freeze magic. It
lowered the temperature. I was betting on the
distortion being affected somehow.
In a last-ditch ‘offensive’, it goes straight for me, at a considerably slowed speed. I ready myself and focus my eyes on the insect, not underestimating the thing for a second.
[Monster] Darkling Fly: Rank 2
display is generated, holding information on the monster.
The "display" points to the "distortion" and
notes its information.
“This is terrible. Perhaps this Darkling Fly is a monster that uses disappearance as a weapon.”
Still, this one seems over. As
time goes by, the fly moves slower and slower. I
aim for it and knock it down with my sword. This
one left a dull, black stone. I check the change
in my experience. I
didn’t gain much XP, it must’ve been low-ranked.
"Was it a waste to spend tools and MP on a rank 2 monster?”
remaining MP was at 68. I still had some left, but I didn’t
have any means of ‘regenerating’ it. I went
back the way I came and walked through the uncharted corridor. As I
walked, I reconsidered the level-up process I had been forced to
suspend earlier. After a lot of trial and error, I was unable to
level up and remained at level 1. It seems that I needed to meet some
special conditions in order to level up. The only thing I’ve
accumulated is an excess amount of experience.
As I walked along, I heard a noise
in the distance. A huge insect was waiting for me at the end of the
path. It was the monster I encountered before
arriving here. The
giant insect monster with two oddly shaped horns.
[Monster] Ripper Beadle: Rank 3
The name made its method of attack
clear, but I decided to still be cautious. I stood
in the middle of the corridor, my posture readied. The
ripper beadle slowly and cautiously closes the
distance between us. He's a rank 3, but I don't know how much danger
he's hiding. Quite
suddenly, he lunged at me.
However, it was much slower than
the giant wolf wolf from earlier. I swung out my sword as he
The sound of steel striking steel echoed, and the sword was flicked away. I clearly struck its most fortified body-part.
I took out a tool from my
"belongings" to execute another plan I had in the corner of
my head. The ripper beadle rushed
me in the meanwhile. I had enough time to avoid
it, thankfully. The first time I dodged, I sprayed the ripper beetle
with oil, and the second time I used my lighter to light it on fire.
I thought it would take a few tries to light it, but luckily it
worked the first time.
The ripper beadle turned into a fireball and began to flail around. It was quite a horrible scene. The high temperature caused the ripper beadle to lose its joints and limbs. It soon stopped moving, so I tried poking it in various places with my sword. After a few pokes, the ripper beadle turned into light and disappeared. At the same time, a black stone fell. The fallen black stone was "displayed" as a "black polystone". It looked a little special, different from the previous "magic stones".
Unlike normal magic stones, this magic stone is made up of magic power of the insect attribute. It can be dropped from any monster if it is from an insect monster.
A help power? I try to use the ‘help’ power
on my current equipment.
The Elven Cloak protects you from high and low temperatures, while the Aurelian Greatsword is more effective when you're fighting an opponent who's superior to you. Then, I looked at the details of the magic I was most curious about.
Dimension Consumes 1 MP - The foundation of dimensional magic. Aids in grasping space, depending on the power of the magician.
It seems to be just a ‘support’
holes and intradimensional portals are more appealing, but I suppose
that’s too convenient.
For now, I can test it.”
As soon as I said the name of the
magic, my five senses sharpened. In addition, something that I would
call a sixth sense spread to the surroundings. I was able to clearly
analyze everything within a 10-mile radius.
This is great. I've gained a lot of advantages from the display, but
I instantly understand that this magic is the most wonderful.
I can feel the danger of death
dropping drastically. I measure the duration of the effect of the
Dimension, and use my uncanny ability to avoid monsters as I make my
way. Sometimes I walk around picking up things, sometimes I walk
around trying out new displays.
I was never caught off guard when Dimension was at work. I was never
going to miss a monster when it was within the area of effect. He
moved through the labyrinth many times faster than before. My
steps became lighter, my expression brighter.
But I grew complacent. I had completely
subscribed to the idea that this was gonna be as easy as a game.
The situation worsened about thirty minutes into the walk.