The New Gate Volume 13 Chapter 1 Part1

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In the hidden underground dungeon, s.h.i.+n had successfully defeated the evil deity Adetropos.

While he managed to safely rescue Schnee as well, the teleport magic circle in the room had also been activated. s.h.i.+n and Schnee were thus separated from their comrades, transported away to an unknown location…

The first thing s.h.i.+n felt after being transported was a very soft sensation in his arms. Then, he sensed someone's breath and body temperature. Next, a smell tickled his nostrils.

"Looks like we weren't separated at least."

After checking the surroundings for any hostile presences, s.h.i.+n spoke to Schnee, who he was holding in his arms. If he hadn't found her next to him after the teleport, he would have been beside himself with worry.

"Yes…are we…inside a cave?"

"So it would seem. I just checked quickly, but there are paths going both up and down. There are also presences moving, but not anywhere close."

s.h.i.+n had scanned their current location with 【Magic Sonar】 and detected some responses moving in a group. One response was moving by itself, while the other was a a group of six, packed close together.

"Could those be monsters?"

"If this is a different dungeon, they might also be adventurers. Six is the max number of people you can have in a party, after all."

Monsters like goblins and kobolds moved in packs, so he couldn't say for sure yet. Schnee had just regained her consciousness, so s.h.i.+n had her drink an 『Elixir』 and rest a bit, just in case. In the meantime, he kept checking the surroundings.

"Are you all right already? Do you feel weird anywhere?"

"I'm perfectly fine. My memories were just sealed, so I didn't suffer any damage. Aren't you worrying a bit too much?"

"Well, of course I do. Our relations.h.i.+p is a bit different than before."

"Yes…that's right."

Schnee probably remembered s.h.i.+n's confession: her sentence ended in a whisper. Her cheeks flushed too.

"….I'm sorry. Please give me five more minutes to settle down."

"Got it."

While thinking how lovely Schnee looked with her hands covering her face, s.h.i.+n returned to scanning the location for threats. Five minutes pa.s.sed, without anything noteworthy happening, and Schnee stood up.

"I'm sorry for the wait. I'm okay now."

"I see. By the way, you don't need to keep that formal tone anymore."

"Well, it's become a habit."

Schnee spoke the same to everyone, usually, so it wasn't like she was being polite.

"But…I agree with you. Sometimes it would be nice to speak in a more familiar way."

"Well, take your time. For now, let's find out where we ended up."

s.h.i.+n and Schnee switched their focus to their current situation. Their stats and equipment were unchanged: the magic circle that whisked them away was just teleport magic, so it shouldn't have had any other effects.

"(s.h.i.+n, where are you?)"

"Hm?"

Just as s.h.i.+n was thinking of contacting the others, Yuzuha's voice resounded in his head.

"(We were transported to some cave-looking place. The evil deity's defeated and Schnee turned back too. What about you guys?)"

"(Tiera, Kagerou, and s.h.i.+baid are here too.)"

After the events at the 『Castle of the Depths』, Yuzuha seemed to have become more familiar with Tiera too.

According to Yuzuha, they had been transported to some kind of forest. They all emerged unscathed from the fights in the secret dungeon, so they were not in danger.

"(I see, I'm glad you're all safe. Let's communicate again once we understand where exactly we are. s.h.i.+baid can use Mind Chat too, so do you want to come over here, Yuzuha?)"

"(Not now. s.h.i.+n and Schnee, you can stay on your own for a while. Yuzuha's a fox that can read a situation.)"

s.h.i.+n very easily pictured the smug look Yuzuha had to be sporting when she said that.

Respecting her wishes, s.h.i.+n didn't summon Yuzuha to his side.

"Did you receive a Mind Chat?"

"Yes, looks like s.h.i.+baid, Tiera, Yuzuha, and Kagerou are all together. I'll try contacting Filma and Sety now."

"(h.e.l.lo there. I guess this means you defeated the evil deity? )"

"(Yeah, Schnee's all right too, we're together. Is Sety with you?)"

"(Bingo. Me and Sety were transported to a beach somewhere.)"

Filma said that she hadn't found any landmarks that could provide hints about their location yet. s.h.i.+n told her that s.h.i.+baid and the others were safe and to let them know when she understood where they were, then cut the Mind Chat for the moment. He then let Schnee know about the rest of the party's safety too.

"So everyone's safe, I'm glad."

"There's no way any of them would go down easily, after all…so, what shall we do now?"

s.h.i.+n and Schnee could teleport themselves, but the location the evil deity had transported them to also intrigued them. s.h.i.+n then proposed to Filma and Yuzuha to research a bit about each of their locations before meeting again. They agreed, and Filma and Yuzuha then informed the other members.

"Okay, let's start by finding out where we are."

"Yes. I suppose we'll go up first then."

The cave was made of earth and rocks. Normally, the exit would be above.

"Oh, monsters spotted."

s.h.i.+n's 【Magic Sonar】 picked up monster responses in front, while scanning the cave as precisely as possible. The number was just one.

"A Hobgoblin, I see. Could this be their nest?"

"This might very well be a dungeon. By the way, do monsters go into dungeons from the outside in this world?"

In one of the game events, dungeon monsters poured out in the open, but the opposite — monsters going inside dungeons from outside — never happened.

"It does. Sometimes powerful monsters happen to be near newly generated dungeons and take over as bosses."

"Monsters can take over dungeons too!?"

Dungeons generated suddenly had random monsters as a boss, so it was apparently possible. Schnee didn't know exactly the rules behind it either.

"The Hobgoblin is level 51…nothing unusual here."

s.h.i.+n closed in on the monster from the front, without the slightest hesitation. He didn't even bother hiding the sound of his footsteps, so the Hobgoblin spotted him quickly.

"Akdobun!! Seeeurrralsa!!"

The Hobgoblin charged at s.h.i.+n while shouting gibberish. The iron sword it held with both hands shone faintly, probably because of a skill.

"….all too normal. The skill is just 【Slash】 too…I guess this is just a normal dungeon?"

s.h.i.+n grabbed the monster's sword with one hand and planted his other fist in its defenseless stomach. He only planned to punch it lightly, but the monster was blown away, vanis.h.i.+ng soon after groaning a bit.

"Hey? This way of disappearing…"

Looking at the vanis.h.i.+ng monster, s.h.i.+n was suddenly reminded of something.

In this world, monsters defeated in a dungeon would disappear after a set time. The Hobgoblin s.h.i.+n just defeated, however, turned into smoke as soon as its HP reached zero. This was typical of a certain dungeon in the game, one that s.h.i.+n had made good use of too.

"This could be a training dungeon"

"One of those easily approachable by beginners too?"

"Yeah, that particular way of disappearing is typical of training dungeon monsters. I used them a lot to practice new skills, so I shouldn't be wrong."

Training dungeons had been installed for players not used to operating VR avatars or who wanted to test new skills.

Monsters were as strong as normal, but players would receive only little damage and experience points.

Such dungeons were often quite populated, as they could be used to practice exploring in relative safety.

"If so, we might be in Erkunt."

"Erkunt?"

"A country devoted to the diffusion of study and research, which gathers students and scholars from all over the world. If I remember well, it's located slightly northwest of the center of the continent. It's the only country where the presence of a training dungeon was confirmed, so I believe it is highly likely that's where we are now. Of course, there might be undiscovered training dungeons too."

"I see. There's still a lot I don't know about stuff like that, so you're really a big help."

s.h.i.+n thanked Schnee, then looked ahead.

"….now that I think about it, my limiters are still all off."

After a few steps, s.h.i.+n remembered how the Hobgoblin had been blown away. In the fight with the evil deity he had removed each 【Limiter】, so even if he meant to go easy on the monster, the power he unleashed was still ma.s.sive. (T/N: 【Limit】 has been changed to 【Limiter】)

He had started getting the hang of controlling his strength, but to avoid any unexpected occurrences, s.h.i.+n decided to cast 【Limiter】 again on his stats.

"I wonder if we were sent here for some special purpose?"

"No idea. I heard that secret dungeons sent you to random places, so it might be just a coincidence."

s.h.i.+n could not tell what the evil deity might have been thinking. Even if they mulled over it they might never find the truth, so he decided to stop thinking about it.

"Well, now we know that this isn't a dangerous place and there shouldn't be restrictions for leaving either. Let's take it easy."

Judging from the monsters and traps, s.h.i.+n concluded that they were in one of the higher floors of the training dungeon. Following one of the typical dungeon rules, strong monsters wouldn't appear in such a floor.

Different monsters appeared in dungeons, depending on what the suggested level to explore them was, of course. Monsters of the same type also appeared at different levels. In a dungeon for players with levels at two-digits, however, nothing that could pose a threat to s.h.i.+n and Schnee could happen.

"Let's keep our guard up just in case, and head for the exit. Let's use the shortest path."

Thanks to 【Magic Sonar】, he had pinpointed where the exit was 'supposed' to be located. He couldn't be completely sure because 【Magic Sonar】 wasn't best suited to go above ground from underground: the skill was most useful when going underground from above or exploring locations that were only above or underground.

In the chance they met a dead end, the mapping function was automatic, so they would never get lost.

"….there's someone fighting up ahead."

After walking for a while, without finding any actual obstacles, s.h.i.+n detected several responses ahead. Judging from the markers, there seemed to be three people surrounded by monsters. The players had probably triggered a "monster house"-type trap, which in turn caused a train.

Monster houses where traps activated when the player entered small rooms inside dungeons: the exit would be blocked and great numbers of monsters appeared. Depending on the player's skill, they could be good sources of experience, but in most cases the monsters' numbers overwhelmed the player.

Trains were caused when players, chased by monsters, ended up causing other monsters they encountered to join the chasing group, ultimately forming a large pack of pursuers. If the players failed to lose the monsters, they could end up being overwhelmed in this case too.

The battle situation was difficult to judge from just the markers, but it did not seem to be favorable to the people involved.

"Looks like the frontline is doing everything they can to attract aggro. Wait, it's not front or rear, though…but it looks like they're handling themselves. If they're adventurers we could cause trouble by interrupting, so let's make sure they don't notice us for now."

"Yes. If the situation turns dangerous, should we help them?"

"If it's dangerous, we'll help.But if things look suspicious, we might have to reconsider that too."

It might sound cold, but in the worst case there was the option of abandoning the party engaging the monsters.

Causing a train on purpose, making it target others, then killing them. That was one of the strategies adopted by the so-called MPK, monster player killers.

This world was rife with turmoil within royal families, n.o.bles, or among privileged cla.s.ses. Such troubles were something s.h.i.+n wanted to stay as far away from as possible.

Thus, in case there were a.s.sa.s.sins in the shadows, waiting for a chance to finish their targets, he planned to leave without interfering.

If they were really in a training dungeon, even if the explorers' HP reached zero the probability of their life being saved was high.

"This is not good."

s.h.i.+n and Schnee proceeded, concealed by 【Hiding】, when he spotted the scene of the monsters and adventurers fighting. The monsters were superior versions of Goblins, Red Caps.

The large, two-mel tall monster wore a tattered hat with red spatters. The axe it wielded missed chunks of its blade and was dirty with blood.

As a category, it belonged to the Goblins, but it was more powerful than Ogres. Its level averaged at about 200, with the one s.h.i.+n was looking at being level 222, slightly higher than the average.

"It's my first time seeing one since the Dusk of Majesty, but it seems like they still fight the same way."

Red Caps tended to play with their prey. Many players had been traumatized by them, so it was often said to never get close to one.

Facing against the pack of Red Caps, standing in a clearing over the wall, were still very young children.

Their equipment seemed decent enough, but if they were ordinary children their chances of victory were close to zero. They would be quickly crushed by the enemies' numbers.

The three children, however, were in a different situation.

The boy wielding a spear charged into the approaching pack of Red Caps, blowing away several of them in one strike. The girl armed with gauntlets jumped down in the opened s.p.a.ce, damaging them further. She would then quickly back away, leaving room for the other boy with a wand to cast his magic.

When s.h.i.+n spotted them, the three children were surrounded, fighting with the cave walls at their back, but they attacked in a specific direction while moving.

"Their strategy isn't bad at all…it doesn't look there's anyone else nearby. Let's do it, then. Schnee, heal the boy with the spear. He seems pretty spent. I'll take care of the Red Caps."

"Understood."

The boy with the spear had probably acted as the tank, drawing in the enemies' attacks: his HP was one-third of the total. s.h.i.+n asked Schnee to take care of him, then made his move towards the Red Caps.

Before s.h.i.+n, the girl armed with gauntlets had been caught by a Red Cap, which was about to lower its broken down axe on her. She struggled desperately to break free, but several Red Caps pinned her down.

Even in such a situation, she managed to kick several Red Caps away, so she surely wasn't an average girl. In a normal situation, they would probably have never been surrounded like that.

"I don't really care for gore."

s.h.i.+n materialized his broadsword 『Kakura』 and rushed into the Red Cap mob threatening the girl. Making sure not to hit her by accident, s.h.i.+n swung his blade.

The corridor was packed with Red Caps both to the left and to the right. One swing of the blade and more than 10 Red Caps were blown away.

"……heh?"

Seeing the Red Caps pinning her down get launched in midair, the girl let out a lame comment in disbelief. If the pack of Red Caps could be compared to a red stream of turbid water, s.h.i.+n was a black gust of wind.

The Red Caps blown in midair and disappearing were like branches knocked about by a strong wind.

"I'm not an enemy, so don't attack, okay?"

s.h.i.+n warned the girl, who was trying to pull herself up, then strengthened his grip on 『Kakura』.

One, two, three slashes.

The Red Caps crowding the corridor decreased in the blink of an eye.

s.h.i.+n glanced in Schnee's direction and saw her slash the Red Caps with graceful, dance-like movements, while protecting the two boys.

She didn't blow them away like s.h.i.+n, but froze them to seal their movements and keep them away from the children, then finished them off.

Just as s.h.i.+n did with 『Kakura』, Schnee also used a weapon of lower level than the usual, it was the Ice-elemental short katana 『Ice Flower』.

Frozen flowers sprouted along the path of the blade. The sight of Schnee gleaming as she dispatched the Red Caps was eerily beautiful, it was difficult to believe she was actually fighting.

"You're the last one!"

s.h.i.+n closed in on the last remaining Red Cap and once again swung 『Kakura』. The monster tried s.h.i.+elding itself with the hand axe it wielded, but before a heavy weapon such as 『Kakura』 it was simply futile.

Even without a sharp blade, 『Kakura』's slash — boosted by s.h.i.+n's muscular power — crushed the hand axe and sliced through the Red Cap like a knife through b.u.t.ter.

The monster was cut diagonally, its upper body slowly sliding down. Before its organs could spill out, the Red Cap vanished.

"Okay, we're done."

"E-excuse me!"

"Hm?"

s.h.i.+n checked to make sure they had taken care of all the monsters, then declared the fighting over. As he did, a hesitating voice called out to him. He turned around and saw the little girl that the Red Caps had surrounded. Her equipment was partly damaged, but she didn't seem to have suffered much damage herself: she still had over 80% HP.

The girl had shoulder length red hair and wore an iron headband, karate uniform-like armor, and spats. Her weapons were probably arm and leg guards. Her job was 『Fist Fighter』.

Judging from the crystal-like horns protruding at the sides of her head and her red scaled tail, it was clear that she was a Dragnil.

"Thank you for saving us from that dangerous situation!"

"We had our reasons, don't worry about it."

The girl bowed energetically to s.h.i.+n, who replied while putting 『Kakura』 away.

s.h.i.+n and Schnee had instantly pulverized the enemies that were giving the children a hard time, so the girl's orange eyes were br.i.m.m.i.n.g with admiration.

"Hey, Myu! Just because they saved us, you're being too careless!"

Just as s.h.i.+n opened his mouth to explain their circ.u.mstances, the boy healed by Schnee shouted to the girl, while keeping his guard up.

Deep blue hair, red eyes, metal armor, and a kite s.h.i.+eld. His hands held an iron spear. Both his s.h.i.+eld and armor, however, were partly shattered, as was his spear's tip.

When he looked at s.h.i.+n, his eyes glowed strangely: he probably used a magic eye-type of skill. He appeared to be a Dragnil, just like the girl called Myu.

Raising his voice to attract attention and then use the skill was a good strategy, but it would be of little use before s.h.i.+n and Schnee's resistance. There was too large of a level gap between them.

"You too, Lecus! These people don't have the teacher's armband, they aren't instructors from the inst.i.tute!"

Unlike Myu and the boy called Lecus, the blue haired boy was wary of s.h.i.+n and Schnee.

s.h.i.+n and Schnee did save them, but he quickly spotted that they did not belong to the inst.i.tute and decided not to lower his guard. Another good judgement.

From his words, it was clear that the dungeon was part of the inst.i.tute's grounds.

"I can't fight against someone who saved my life!"

"What are you getting all smug for! There's no guarantee that they're on our side!"

"You're getting too heated up, both of you! Calm down."

Forgetting s.h.i.+n and Schnee, the boy and the girl started fighting, as Lecus tried to appease them. He was probably a mage: he carried a brown wooden wand wrapped with rope. His long ears signaled that he was likely an elf.

"I don't feel any hostility from them. Besides, even if we fought, we wouldn't stand a chance. I don't think we could even run for 10 mel. You've seen him fight too, right Gian? The lady is an incredible fighter too."

Lecus seemed to be a different type than the blue-haired boy, Gian, but judged the situation calmly too. After he finished talking, Myu put her hands on her hips and flashed a big smile.

"Right, right!! I thought of helping too, but there just wasn't anything I could do!"

It wasn't clear why Myu looked so happy, but the reason why Lecus said not to resist was simple.

s.h.i.+n and Schnee abundantly proved that they could easily eliminate the monsters on their own, without the slightest sign of exhaustion. There was a large difference in fighting power between them.

"First of all, we have no intention of causing you guys any harm. I'll explain our circ.u.mstances, so would you please listen?"

When s.h.i.+n turned 『Kakura』 back to card form, Gian reluctantly walked closer. His expression clearly showed how dissatisfied he was with the situation.

"First, please let us thank you for saving us. My name is Lecus Alvein, the leader of this party. The Dragnil girl is Myu Hamill and the rude boy is Gian Ermelt."

"Nice to meet you!!"

"…hmpf."

Myu greeted s.h.i.+n and Schnee energetically, while Gian was still sulking a bit.

"I'm s.h.i.+n, she's Yuki. We have other companions too, but we got separated when we were teleported away after defeating a dungeon boss. We were just transported here, and honestly we have no idea where we are."

Using the name "Schnee" could have proved troublesome, so s.h.i.+n used her alias. He warned her in advance via Mind Chat and had her transform to her golden haired, red eyed figure.

Schnee smiled at the children to rea.s.sure them, and Lecus and the other two gazed at her, mesmerized.

s.h.i.+n laughed wryly before talking again, and they snapped back to reality. Lecus, blus.h.i.+ng fiercely, apologized profusely. s.h.i.+n calmed him down and continued to explain their situation.

"Teleportation, is it. A trap that activated after defeating a dungeon boss…so there are things like that out there too."

"You can even defeat a dungeon boss!? You're too strong, Mr. s.h.i.+n!!"

"…………."

Lecus and Myu were very interested in what s.h.i.+n said, though one because of intellectual interest and the other because of the admiration towards the strong. They didn't seem to doubt his words, in any case.

s.h.i.+n expected Gian to say something too, but the boy kept an ironclad silence.

"We'd like to go outside, first of all, so could you show us the way? We might cause trouble if we went out on our own, and I don't think you want to go on with your equipment in that state, right?"

Rather than Lecus and Myu, Gian's equipment required repairs, or maybe even to be replaced. s.h.i.+n thought that they wouldn't proceed like that, so he made his proposal. He also told them that they would take care of any monsters that appeared on the way back.

"I see. It is true that we are not in our best condition, and we also have to report about the teleportation trap. Let us go together. We will have to take you to the security patrol, though. It is one of our rules, so you will have to accept it. Of course, we will duly let them know that you saved us. The patrol guards are rational people, I am sure they will do you no wrong."

Even if the dungeon was meant for training, monsters still resided in it, so they had skilled guards posted at its entrance.

Lecus continued that, based on the situation, s.h.i.+n and Schnee wouldn't just end up being accused of trespa.s.sing.

"There's no other way, I suppose. Hopefully things will be resolved quickly."

They could have gone out while using 【Hiding】, but it was too late now that they met Lecus' party. If they didn't talk with the inst.i.tute, their future movements could meet unneeded obstacles.

"Let's go then. Can you walk, Gian?"

"….I'm okay. She healed me."

Gian had been struck hard, though over his armor, so he was wobbling a little, but could still stand firmly on his legs. Schnee's recovery abilities were enough to even restore severed limbs, after all.

"You're tough, even though you just got beat up a lot."

"I attracted the enemies' attention! Besides, those d.a.m.n monsters went easy on us. And Yuki's…Ms. Yuki's 【Heal】 is a lot more powerful than what I'm used to."

Gian replied to Myu without hiding his frustration.

The Red Caps often played with enemies weaker than them. They targeted the unit with the most HP and toyed with it even when they could defeat them in one blow.

It was possible to make use of such a strategy to make the monsters fall in a trap, but Lecus and the others did not seem to have figured out how to yet.

"Mr. s.h.i.+n, Ms. Yuki, are you high-ranked adventurers?"

s.h.i.+n answered Myu's question by showing his adventurer card.

"I'm ranked A, even though I haven't taken any guild requests since I got to this rank."

"Wow, rank A…that's why you're so strong!!"

s.h.i.+n explained with a chuckle, but Myu was completely convinced. Lecus, however, couldn't help but point out how weird that exchange was.

"No way Myu, how do you get convinced like that?"

"What's so strange? The stronger an adventurer is, the higher rank they have, right?"

"That only works until rank B. To get to rank A and above, they take into account your contributions to the country, to the guild, your personality…things unrelated to how strong you are, basically. If you're strong but just violent, you can't get to rank A."

"This means that Mr. s.h.i.+n is a strong and good person!"

"….well, that's probably right."

Maybe because she didn't think too hard about it, Myu quickly nodded in acceptance. The glow in her eyes when looking at s.h.i.+n was even brighter than before. It probably happened often, because Lecus just nodded with a small laugh.

In this atmosphere, it would be hard for s.h.i.+n to say that in Balmel he just charged smack dab in to the middle of the monsters' swarm and let loose.

"Let's go straight to level one, then. Please step on this magic circle."

In the game's training dungeons, there were normal magic circles ready to travel to the farthest traveled floor from level one: that was probably what Lecus mentioned.

"Then, I'll go first and explain the situation."

After the group teleported to level one, Lecus ran ahead towards the light pouring in from the exit.

Left behind, Myu started talking to s.h.i.+n, full of enthusiasm. She was like a fan who finally met her favorite athlete.

On the other hand, Gian was mostly silent. His eyes often wandered towards Schnee, however.

Outside, Lecus and three armored men were waiting for s.h.i.+n's group. The men's armor had similar designs and were also enchanted. Their level was over 200, high enough to understand why they were in charge of security.

"Are you the people who were transported by accident?"

"Yes, it was a trap that activated as soon as the boss was defeated, so our comrades were transported somewhere else. We were close when the trap activated, so we ended up in the same location, I suppose."

"Did you contact your companions?"

"We used an item we found in the dungeon, that lets you send messages to people far away. We know that they are all safe. The item was one use only, so we only have a few left though."

"I see, we understand the situation. We would like to inquire further, so please follow us."

One of the guards went off with Lecus' party, while the other two walked ahead of s.h.i.+n and Schnee.

Lecus' party did not seem to have noticed, but other than the two guards who led s.h.i.+n and Schnee, there were several other responses surrounding them. The guards were clearly very wary of them.

s.h.i.+n and Schnee were first led to the guards' station. The building itself was reinforced, so it would not be damaged even if fighting broke out inside. It had a bas.e.m.e.nt too, where s.h.i.+n and Schnee would probably be s.h.i.+pped to if they were found "guilty".

In one of the rooms of the station, s.h.i.+n and Schnee explained their circ.u.mstances further. The guard asking the questions was the one who had first talked to s.h.i.+n, a man named Bermann.

"—-thank you for your cooperation. Being transported from dungeon to dungeon must be a bizarre experience, that's for sure."

"I guess we were lucky enough not to get stuck in the ground somewhere"

"They say that luck is a part of skill, after all. Let me confirm one last thing: where is the dungeon you said you were? If, like you, other people might end up being transported here, we should make the necessary countermeasures."

"Well, I don't think you need to worry about that."

"And why would that be?"

Bermann's eyes narrowed because of s.h.i.+n's confident reply.

"That dungeon self-destructed right before we were transported. We saw it starting to crumble and our comrades confirmed that it is no more."

This was something that s.h.i.+n learned by also contacting Tzaobath, after he talked with Filma. He didn't know if it was possible to contact monsters remotely via cards, so he tried sending one just in case, and it unexpectedly worked.

According to Tzaobath, it had annihilated the dungeon together with the evil deity, which had crawled out. That's when s.h.i.+n learned that the final self-destruction was a last resort the boss monster used to try to escape.

s.h.i.+n said that the dungeon "crumbled" because he was sure that no one would believe him if he said that a dragon had blown it to nothingness with a breath attack.

"Is that so. I thought it was used to trespa.s.s into our country, but if it's disappeared, then our problem has too."

"Do you believe us?"

"If you were trespa.s.sers, you would have no reason to help the students. I doubt there would be foreign agents who attracted attention to themselves on purpose like this."

"Well, that's true."

s.h.i.+n was not so naive as to fully believe Bermann's words, but there was no point in further pressing him whether he really believed them or not.

After the questioning, s.h.i.+n and Schnee were led in a waiting room with a sofa and a table. They were asked to stay there until a response arrived from the inst.i.tute's authorities. s.h.i.+n and Schnee did not have any particular objections, so they accepted.

"(They're pretty wary of us.)"

"(It doesn't look like they fully trust us. But they don't seem to have strong suspicions either.)"

s.h.i.+n looked all around himself while talking to Schnee via Mind Chat. Around the room there were even more responses than when they left the dungeon.

s.h.i.+n and Schnee's actions were not what someone that sneaked into the inst.i.tute to perform evil deeds would do. They did not tell any lies either, so it might be difficult for the authorities to make a decision.

After about one hour of waiting, Bermann and a group of people with different uniforms came into the room.

"Oh?"

s.h.i.+n felt like he had seen the person leading the group before. He might be mistaken, though, so to be sure he used 【a.n.a.lyze】.

—–Hilamee  Level 255 Mage

"It's really you, Hilamee!?"

"!! C-could you really be Mr. s.h.i.+n?"

The female pixie leading the group, surprised, answered s.h.i.+n's question.

"Yes, it's been a long time. So you came over here too."

They had met a few times during the death game; in the end, Hilamee had pa.s.sed while protecting children with levels lower than theirs. That's the female player that s.h.i.+n knew, Hilamee.

A pixie with emerald green eyes, s.h.i.+n remembered that she was in a party with a dragnil boy called Masakado.

The Hilamee now standing before s.h.i.+n was a fully grown adult woman.

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