164-148 New demon (3)

 We started to move towards the hypothetical zombie group for a while.
 About halfway there, Toya frowned and opened his mouth.

There's a bad smell in the air. I'm pretty sure that's it.
Can you smell it already? I don't know what it is. What about you?
I don't either.
Yeah. You're a beast, aren't you?

 Of course, so am I.
 If you compare it to the response of the spotters, it's definitely downwind from the wind direction. .......

Is that the smell of rot?
Yeah. It's possible that the demon's carcass is rotting. ......

 It's very rare, but you can find the carcass of a demon or beast in the woods. So it is unlikely that Toya would mistake the smell of decay, but decay does not necessarily mean zombies.

 By the way, it is quite smelly, so I usually try to avoid it as soon as Toya senses it. It's really annoying.

 --Well, we were partly responsible for that.

 These days, though, we take it all home and turn it into fertilizer.

Well, we have to keep going. You have to be patient.
I know. I really need a pair of clothespins or something.

 After a while of listening to Toya's complaints, I could smell the rotten smell in my nose. When I looked at Haruka and Yuki, they were frowning, so I guess they could sense it too.

 And then the enemy came into view.

"...... is what I thought it was.

I'd be surprised if it wasn't a zombie. But it looks like a classic zombie. It's just that it looks like a classic zombie, because it's walking around like it's dragging.

 What I saw was a nauseating sight.

 I don't want to go into detail, but it was a corpse with its entire body rotting, dripping some kind of liquid, its arms hanging limply at its sides, and its legs dragging.

 Seven of them. The smell was bad, but so were the looks.
 The only saving grace is that, perhaps because they are demons, there are no insects around.

 If there had been maggots, I would not have gone near them, and would have burned them from a distance, even if it would have been a waste of magic power.

I can't. I can't get close enough to it to fight it. My life depends on it.

I agree. Toya, can you fight?

Not if you can help it. I don't care how much they clean me up afterwards, I don't want to be exposed to its rotten juice.

It'll definitely splatter if I hit that thing with Toya's sword.

 I'm not sure what to do, but I'm sure I'll be able to do it.

 It's good if our weapons die easily, but considering the possibility of them crawling up to us even if we cut off their heads or legs, we want to avoid close combat if possible.

 If you think about fighting skeletons, you might be able to kill them relatively easily with a weapon that uses light attribute steel,......, but I don't want to try that too much.

I'm sure you'll be able to find something that will help you out.
Oh. You're not aware of it at this distance.

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 It's probably inferior to goblins, not to mention ogres and orcs.

I'd like to take a look at their physical resistance, .......

 Haruka slurred her words as she said this.

 It seems that it's hard to say, "Go ahead and attack me," to that thing.
 I'm sure you all don't want to get too close.

 Haruka's bow doesn't need to be close, but its effect is a bit subtle.
 It's rotten, so it's likely to go straight through.

I'm sure you're right. ...... Would you like to throw a stone? I'm not really using it much, but I do have a throwing skill.

I'm sure you've got that skill, by the way.

 It's a great way to make sure you're getting the most out of your money.

 In the event that you're not sure what to do, you'll be able to find out how to do it.

 Considering that I haven't even bought a throwing knife, you can see how I've been treating it.

 Incidentally, I've never seen anyone practicing throwing knives in their daily training, although three other people besides me and Toya have acquired them.

It might be useful in a battle against other people, such as a battle in the city or taking down bandits. ......
We don't get a chance to do that.

 I've only been to a bandit strike once, but it was from the other side, and the raid on the hideaway was empty, so there wasn't even a battle.

 Nevertheless, it is beneficial to have more moves, and I might as well practice it. It's kind of cool to throw a knife.

Well, that's a story for when I get home. --Nice to meet you.

 I picked up a reasonable stone that I saw and handed it to Yuki, who hadn't found it yet.

Oh, thank you.
I'll throw them at the same time. Three, two, one...!

 Natsuki counted down and the stone flew away at the same time.

 The palm-sized stone strikes three zombies, crushing one's head, puncturing one's torso, and removing one's legs.

Wow, that's pretty powerful.

 I'm not sure what to say, but I'm going to say it.

"Nice control...?

 The head is the target, right? The torso and legs are on ......?

Sorry. I was aiming for the torso too.

 Yuki said.
 I didn't know who hit where, but it was probably Yuki's stone that hit the leg.

No, there's no problem in terms of verification.

 It's more unusual for Natsuki or Haruka to hit the head so accurately.

 The distance between you and the zombie is farther than a baseball pitcher's mound, and hitting the zombie in the head with an unshaped stone at that distance with high power and accuracy is amazing, even with the benefit of ...... skills.

 If you are a pitcher, you will be able to pitch perfectly straight.

You do seem to react to attacks.
Yes, it does.

 The zombies that had been moving in the direction of the day after tomorrow changed course toward us and began to creep toward us, but their progress was very slow.

 In the event you're not sure what you're looking for, you'll be able to find a lot more information on the web.

It's the same as the ...... skeleton.

The head is the same as the skeleton's. "The magic stone must be in that position. The torso is useless. The body is useless, unless you break the spine.

In terms of impeding movement, the legs seem to be effective.

 The speed is fast enough to be able to examine it at leisure like this.
 If you just want to kill them, you can crush all of their heads as long as you have the right stones.

 It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for.

...... Let's purify it for now. I'm sure you can kill it with physics, but if you're thinking about recovering the magic stone, you'll have to go to .......

I'm sure. I'm not sure if I can pick it up from that carrion. ....... Then Purify.

 Natsuki's magic is activated, bringing the entire zombie into its sphere of influence.

 Immediately, the zombie's corpse (?), which was missing its head, turned to dust. The corpse of the zombie with the missing head turned to dust, and the zombie with the hole in its torso and the zombie with the missing leg followed suit.

 But the four zombies that hadn't been attacked were still writhing around, their bodies crumbling.
 Natsuki frowned at them.


 But that lump of carrion quickly disappeared with Haruka's magic, which was cast for good measure.

 All that remains is the magic stone. It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for.

It seems to be stronger than skeletons in a way. That was the result for the same amount of power.

"Is it because there are so many parts to be cleansed? Bones plus carrion.

Maybe. Anyway, here's what I think: ......
What do you think?
Keep up the good work!

 Toya smiles and pats Haruka and Natsuki on the shoulder.
 He doesn't want to fight.
 Well, I can understand that.

 I'm not sure what to make of it, but I'm sure it's a good idea.

It's okay, though. In fact, even if you do kill it in close combat, you'll probably need to purify it. Both for those who fought and for the remaining carrion.

"Yes. Then it's better to purify them from the start.

We'll have to pick up the demon stones. Yes, seven in all. I've got them. How much do you think they cost?

 The magic stones Yuki picked up were about the same size as a skeleton.

 However, they were slightly stronger than skeletons in terms of search response, and according to Natsuki, they were a little more difficult to purify, so they should be worth more.

[Appraisal]. --I'm sure you'll be able to figure out what you need to do. This is also a benefit of going to the temple and praying? This stone is 1,900 rare each.

I don't know. I'm not sure. [Appraisal] is a skill that has a level. ......

 The skill may mutate. It is possible that the skill may mutate, but is it more natural to think of it as a benefit from leveling up?

It's useful, so I'm grateful. A little over 13 gold coins in total. The benefit to time spent fighting is good, undead. The fights aren't very exciting.

"Only if you have Purify.

 "Only if you have Purify," Haruka adds with a wry smile.

 Purify is great because it clears up the mess in an instant and you don't have to feel dirty.

It would be a nightmare without it. But rejoice, Toya. I'm sure the other one will be just as crunchy.

 Judging by the response of the spotters.

"Hmm. Well, we'll have to fight some stronger enemies to level up. Okay, I got it.

 Toya said and slammed her chest.
 He didn't even know what was in store for him. .......

 --No, it's not that serious, but...