What the hell are these people? ....... They're not people. They're too small to be people. It's a humanoid creature with a gaping mouth and rugged skin. There's three of them. Only one of them was as tall as me.
And they're all holding rusty swords and looking at me.
The Goddess' letter said that this world was infested with demons... but I hadn't realized it yet. I was still thinking in terms of the world I came from.
Didn't you realize that when you saw the dragon statue earlier?
Demons and dragons do exist in this world (・・・・・・).
I'll kill you... and eat you.
I'm sure you've heard of it.
You've got to be kidding me.
I can't deal with this thing. .......
What do we do? Run? Can you outrun it? No, we can't. ......
We don't know how far it is to the village. If we use up all our strength running and get stuck, we're done. You won't even be able to resist.
You can't even fight ....... I was a businessman until yesterday and I don't know anything about fighting.
The only way to get rid of it is to ...... intimidate it.
There is a sword that the goddess gave me. I took it out of the King's Vessel and held it up.
"Okay, now ......
"What? GIGA GAGA!
The demons opened their mouths and laughed.
"'Gee! GIGA GIGA GIGA! Giggle!
They're shouting and waving their weapons around.
They're not intimidated. They're being intimidated by .......
Calm down. ...... Calm down. .......
There's three of them. I'm alone. If we're surrounded, it's over.
What can we do now? What can we use to get out of here? Skills?
But the goddess only gave me storage and translation skills.
Why didn't she give me combat skills? The letter said that she would give skills to other summoners, but why was I the only one discriminated against? Why did he drop me in a place like this with demons if I don't have any combat skills? I don't know. d*mn it.
I don't know.
The demon was slowly approaching.
I keep my sword at the ready and back away.
What do we do? Is there anything in the King's Vessel that I can use? What other skills do I have?
I check the skills in my head.
The skills displayed are ──── two?
When did it increase?
What the hell is this? What kind of skill is this?
What kind of skill is this?
A skill activated by the confirmation of the dragon's existence.
You can use the dragon's athletic ability, defense, and skills.
Is this another skill that the goddess gave me?
A skill that can be used by being convinced of the dragon's existence... is that too hard to use? It's a good thing I found the dragon statue earlier, otherwise I'd be stuck.
Well, now's not the time to worry about that.
I'll use what I can.
"Giggles! Lord's Domain. Eliminate the ravagers!
"Activate... 'Dragon Seed Awakening'!
The moment the demon jumped at me, I activated my skill.
The enemy has no respect for me. It doesn't even show any signs of dodging. If you swing your sword you'll hit it!
I swung my sword... and just as I thought I was swinging my long sword.
The demon couldn't react.
The sword gouged the demon's torso.
The black demon spurted blood and fell to the ground.
The other one attacked, stomping on the one it had killed. It's the biggest one. It moves fast.
Before you know it, he's raising his sword. I can't... I can't avoid it.
The black goblin-like demon's sword struck me in the left arm.
Clank. There's a hard sound.
The scales on my arm repelled the rusty blade...is this dragon power too?
"Get the hell out of here!
I'm not sure what to say.
I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not.
"G-Gah! I'm not sure what to do.
The goblin-like demon jumps back. He glared at me with red eyes and then turned his back on me.
"GIGIGI! You're a monster, you're a monster!
I don't want to hear about it from you guys.
The demons ran on. The demons ran away and disappeared through the trees.
They escaped. .......
The next thing I know, I'm sitting on the ground.
I had no time to chase it. And the sword the goddess gave me is on the edge.
That's because I slashed with all my might. That demon was pretty tough.
"Awakening of the dragon species: ............?
There's still a blue scale on my left arm.
It blocked the goblin-like demon's sword.
And the power you just gave me was amazing.
Normally, there's no way I could cut off a demon's arm while I was working at my desk. So I guess that means that while I'm using this "Dragon Seed Awakening", my power will also become stronger.
In other words, the effects of the "Dragon Seed Awakening" are defense by scales and an increase in athletic ability.
...... I think there's more to it than that, though.
I'm sure you'll be able to find something that will work for you.
So now that I'm convinced of the existence of goblins, I wonder if I can use "Goblin Species Awakening".
I focused my attention on it...
"...... hasn't changed?
The only things that remain are the King's Vessel and Dragon Awakening.
I'll check the ...... skills when we get to the village.
I'm not sure what to do. Let's hurry up.
I kicked the ground and started running.
My body feels light.
The goddess said my physical strength is like middle school, but it's even more than that.
I guess my inability to run as fast as I can is a remnant of when I was in Alaska in the other world. Sometimes when I ran seriously, I was seriously out of breath.
I'm going down the beastly road at the same speed.
Little by little, the road gets wider. It's hard-packed and easy to run on.
But the sun is going down.
...... This is not good.
We'll have to camp out in the woods.
I don't know how long I can use this "dragon seed awakening". Even if I can use it until morning, I don't have any combat experience, and if the demon from earlier attacks with his friends, I'm done.
It's too much to come to another world and die on the same day.
...... I don't see any houses yet.
As I was running, I heard something in my head that sounded like a warning.
I check my skills and see that I'm nearing the end of my "Dragon Seed Awakening".
Somehow, I can tell. There's a meter of magic power inside me, and it's getting smaller and smaller. When it reaches zero, the Dragon Seed Awakening is over.
I need to find a place to hide.
It could be in a cave or under a big tree.
We're surrounded by trees. There's no rocky ground, no big trees to hide behind.
I'm running along a beast path, but I'm not sure if I'm moving in a straight line.
But ...... if I get lost, my skills will wear off. All I can do now is move forward.
So I decided to keep going and came to a fork in the road.
There are no signs to help you. But if you go left you come to a wide road.
To the right is a path and at the end of it is a stone building.
Take the right for now.
To the left is probably a human settlement, but I don't know how far it is.
I don't know what time it is, so I'll just use the nearest building.
I knocked on the door of the building.
Is anyone there? I'm from ....... I'm a traveler. I'm lost...
I called out, but there was no answer.
The building is square with a double door in the middle.
On the roof is a statue. It's the same as the dragon sculpture I saw earlier.
No answer. ...... There's no one here. I wonder what this place is. It can't be a tomb.
I knocked again. Still no answer.
I wonder if ...... trespassing would be a problem in another world.
With that in mind, I pulled the handle on the door and it opened.
It was easy.
I peeked inside...
I knew there was no one there.
Inside the door was a stone room. No one was there. Nothing that could be used.
There's just a big sign on the wall near the ceiling.
There are words on it. It's dim, but I can read it.
It says, "The Dragon Emperor's Temple" - that seems to be the name of this building.
I lost my strength.
I'm not sure what to do. The scales that covered my arms are gone too.
If you imagine the contents of the skill, you'll see that the magic gauge next to the "Dragon Seed Awakening" is empty. I guess that means I can't reboot until this gauge is full.
...... Let's just rest.
I stood up on wobbly legs and closed the door of the hall.
I'll make sure I can open it from the inside. Yeah, it's fine.
The air inside the hall was clean, as if there was a small air intake somewhere.
There was moonlight coming in through the window. I didn't know it was night. I was so frantic that I didn't notice.
"............I can't move anymore......
I'm too tired to eat anything.
I'll save the convenience store rice balls in the "King's bowl".
I don't know. ...... I'm tired.
I've been told that my physical strength has returned to my teenage years, so I think this fatigue is mental.
I can't believe I'm able to cope with the situation. I've been thrown into a strange world, left for dead, fighting demons, .......
I'm sure you'll be able to understand why I'm here.
The rest is .......
What did the goddess say? .......
Let's see: .......
Next thing I know, I'm lying on the floor of the temple. I'm sleepy. I can't think straight.
That goddess said ...... "I don't have any skills to give you"... But I do have skills. Storage skills and the ability to use dragon power. If the goddess didn't give them to me, what are they? What's this ...... about me waking up when I'm "sure" a dragon exists?
I'm sure you're not the only one. I'm sleepy.
It's warm in the hall.
I took off my jacket, rolled it up and put it under my head. I can't be bothered with the wrinkles in my clothes anymore.
"It's supposed to be ...... the day of unemployment, but how did ...... this happen?
As soon as I closed my eyes, sleepiness came over me.
I fell straight to sleep...
"He who has the vessel of a king...
So it would be a long time before I remembered the voice I had heard.