We ended up moving out of the forest after that.
We were all tired, not only physically but also mentally, and we all agreed that we wanted to rest in a safe place.
We sat down on the grass outside the forest and breathed together.
"Well, we survived, but we were stronger than we thought, weren't we?
"Yes, it was. Fighting an orc leader alone, at least in the forest, is a bit tough.
The orc leader's movement was also restricted, but if anything, Natsuki seemed to have more difficulty moving.
"You got hurt pretty bad this time, didn't you, Nao? It's fortunate that no one else was hurt.
"Ugh! --No, I'm the number one destroyer, right? Three of them are certain, and two more are half dead. Personally, I don't think Toya is doing enough! She's only taken on two of them.
No, you can't deny that.
You can't deny that, but if Toya had taken on three of them, there would have been a little more room, and if she had killed two of them quickly, she would have been able to get to Natsuki's aid faster.
That's what I was thinking too. "I thought so too," he said. "With your skill, you could have killed them a little faster.
I'm not used to doing that. I'm not used to it.
I'm not used to it." "Maybe next time you train, you can simulate a fight with more than one. We couldn't do it in the yard of the inn, but we've already bought some land.
In the past, we had fought each other in training, but as Yuki said, we hadn't trained one against another due to the location problem. Now, however, there is land at our disposal just a short distance away. It would be perfect for training.
How did Nao get hurt?
Oh, most likely a broken spear, I guess.
You don't have a spear, do you?
I'm sorry! I was using an expensive spear, so--
I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that.
No, no, that's not a problem at all. I'm not sure what to make of it, but I'm sure it's a good idea.
It doesn't sting much even against Orcs. If it had been against an orc leader, there's a good chance it wouldn't have done any damage at all.
And I think I handled it a little poorly after it was broken. But you might want to get a better spear and a replacement weapon. Not just me.
That's right. Maybe you should buy something as good as what Natsuki is using now. The magic bag will help you carry around replacement weapons. I should also practice with weapons other than the bow. I'm in a bit of trouble this time.
Haruka, you used your bow to draw one orc in what was almost a close combat.
He was able to do this because of his speed and skill with the bow, but it looked pretty dangerous. If there had been a vanguard that could have stopped the orc, he could have easily killed it from a distance, but he needed to think about what would happen if it got close to him like this.
I'm not sure there's anything special to say about Natsuki ....... I think she did her best.
Is that so? In the end, without your support, we could not have inflicted the fatal wound. ......
You're in the wrong place this time. I think that's enough for a frontal challenge with no way to go around.
Rather, I think you have the guts to do that.
Standing in front of that huge body, dodging a huge club that was coming down at great speed, and attacking with a spear.
You can act calmly in a situation where you can be blown away even by a graze.
I've been blown up a tree by an orc's club and not by a downward swing, so I know how powerful it is.
By the way, Yuki did a good job of fending off the orc's attack, didn't she?
I'm not sure. That's definitely thanks to the [Strengthening]. Even in situations where you would normally be outmatched, you managed to do so. Fortunately, there was no situation where the iron wall came into play, but it seems to be quite effective, strengthening the body with magical power.
"If I had remembered, would I have been able to avoid breaking my bones?
No, I don't know if I could have done it in that situation. I don't know if I could do it on level one or something.
I see. But I'll try to remember. It was pretty painful.
But injuries are dangerous, aren't they? In game terms, it might be described as '20% HP reduction', but if I'm like Nao and one of my arms is broken, my attack power is reduced to zero. If I get hit right after I'm injured and scared, I could die. ...... Nao, how did you stay alive?
"Yeah, I was pretty lucky .......
I'm not sure what to make of it.
If I hadn't been lucky enough to catch that branch, I might have been in a lot of danger, seriously.
In conclusion, we need a little more training to be able to take on 10 Orcs, right?
"I think we can handle just orcs. If Natsuki hadn't gone for the orc leader, he wouldn't have been hurt.
I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I just said I was going to fight. ......
I'm sorry, I just said I was going to fight.
It's not that it's your fault, it's just that I was prepared for you to get hurt. It's not that I'm not a good person, but I'm not a good person.
You're right, if we'd done well we could have gotten through this without getting hurt.
I can't deny that.
If I had retreated a moment earlier when the spear broke, and in hindsight, if I had used my space-time magic better, I might have been able to deal with it more skillfully.
It's the magic I'm best at.
I'm sure Nao's magic is great at killing orcs with a single blow, but it lacks the power of annihilation. Can't you use two of them at once?
"That's pretty outrageous!
You're being very reckless! It took me a lot of effort to go from my first lousy Fire Arrow to blowing the heads off orcs.
But when you make a magic bag, you're using three different spells at the same time, right? If you think about it, isn't it as easy as using two of the same magic at the same time?
"......, that's what I think.
In the case of the Fire Arrow, imagine the power and speed, put in the necessary magic power, check the target, and fire it to hit it.
If you keep the power and speed the same, you should have no problem with that part. What's the problem with flying to different targets and hitting them?
I stand up and make two marks about 10 meters apart with a gap of about 2 meters between them.
"Mmmm ...... 'Fire Arrow'!
The two activations are okay, the hits are ...... slightly off!
"Oh, Nao, great! "Oh, Nao, you did it in one shot.
I didn't think you could do it. I didn't think you could do it all at once.
Yuki and Toya clapped their hands and praised me openly.
But you're a little off the mark, aren't you?
It takes a little longer to activate and is a little less powerful? Nao, try to hit one in the middle of that mark.
"Oh. "Fire Arrow.
I'm not sure what to do, but I'm going to do it.
I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not, but it's a good idea.
I'm not sure if it's 70 or 80 percent of the power. I'm pretty sure it's getting weaker.
Can't you make it a little more powerful?
It can be done, but it will take time.
The Fire Arrow I'm using on the Orcs right now is based on the maximum power that can be reliably triggered within three seconds.
The speed of magic, its power, and its activation time.
These three are trade-offs: if you increase the power, the activation time will decrease, if you don't increase the activation time, the speed will decrease. You can get used to it, but this is the current maximum value.
By the way, how about three?
You're right, Toya, that's absurd. ...... 'Fire Arrow'!
It worked. But the aim is way off.
I aimed at the first two markers and the center hole that I fired at later, but none of them hit exactly. The closest one was about 20 centimeters away, and the farthest one was about 50 centimeters away.
The closest one missed by about 20 centimeters, and the farthest one missed by about 50 centimeters. It might be useful if the enemy is crowded or for checking them out.
I'm not sure what to make of that.
It is true that this is a bit dangerous to use in combat. I'm not sure what to make of it.
I'm going to try to practice so that I can hit two of them with certainty. ......
If you can use it, you'll have a big advantage.
If there are 10 orcs, I alone can thwart 4 of them before they get close.
Aside from Nao's magic, we may all need to train. Weapons and Magic: ...... Shall we buy a grimoire? I've got enough in reserve to pay for the house.
The cash itself has not yet reached 600 gold coins, but the orcs in the magic bag have more than that. Even if I spent a few hundred thousand rares, I wouldn't have any trouble paying for it.
Do I want to buy a weapon too? This iron rod is strong, but it won't work against Orcs, and it doesn't really fit my appearance, does it?
No, appearance doesn't matter, does it?
Besides, you did a good job of fending off the Orcs' attacks, so I think it fits you better than you think.
No, no, no. With my appearance, don't you think I'd look better with a dagger or something, bandit style? You know, I'm small.
I don't deny it, but I think Natsuki has the skills for that position.
If you want to buy a new weapon for Nao, Yuki will be the only one without a proper weapon, so if you want to buy one, it's fine.
What, Haruka doesn't agree?
It's not that I'm against it, it's that there's no one who can teach you how to use it. Can you use a dagger with no skills?
There you have it!
Our weapon skills are level 2 to 4, except for Yuki's.
Yuki copied it from Toya and was able to use it at level 1, but if she wanted to use the dagger, she had no one to copy it from and would have to start from scratch or find someone else to teach her.
But you know, it was easier than I thought to learn stick fighting. I'm sure it's because I had [sword fighting], but why don't you start with [sword fighting] and then train to get [dagger fighting]?
I'm not sure if I'll be able to do that. If possible, it would be good to have someone teach you how to fight with a dagger.
As for me, I don't think I need to be limited to daggers. I don't think you need to be stuck with a dagger. An axe, a battle hammer, or a flail might be a good choice.
Oh, that's not pretty!
...... Is it?
I'm not going to argue that axes and hammers are cute, but can you put knives in the cute category? I'm not going to argue that axes and hammers are cute, but can knives be considered cute?
"Well, since Yuki wants to do it, let's let her. I know a little bit of dagger fighting, so I might be able to teach her.
It is a kind of martial art that uses a small sword, and she has been taught it, but only briefly.
He said he couldn't do much with it because he was concentrating on his naginata, but it was impressive enough for me, who had never had any experience with it.
As expected of Natsuki, he's very versatile.
"Thank you very much.
I'm grateful." Natsuki smiled, but the contents of her story were very disturbing.
Now, it's only mid-morning, who wants to go back into the forest?
Haruka looks around at us, but we both shake our heads.
We'll just go to ...... today.
That's right. Nao's weapon is gone.
I've got magic, but there's no need to overdo it.
I'm a little tired too, aren't I? I'm a little tired too. Even if I have muscle strength, facing orcs one on one is quite mentally exhausting.
I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that.
It's still a little early, but let's have lunch here today and head back to town.
It's been a long time since we've been able to eat lunch in a safe place, so we built a fire, drank some tea, and took a breather.
After finishing our early lunch, we headed back to the city.