170-154 Is Dahl's Bear a Horse?

 Our vacation ended up lasting about a week.

 It seems that it takes a lot of time to make a custom-made gauntlet, and that's how long it took Mr. Gantz to make it.

 In fact, he wanted to use Dahl's Bear's leather to make new armor, but apparently tanning is not an easy process.

 Since I didn't have any particular contacts, I asked a company contracted by the guild through Diora, but it would take at least a month before the leather could be used for armor. I was told that it would take at least one month before it could be used as armor material, and that it would take at least two months if the work was done carefully.

 This is a very expensive material that I have acquired. We decided to take our time and restart the project when Toya's armor was completed.

    I'm not sure what to say.

I'm not sure if we'll be able to continue where we left off today. Or do we need to rehabilitate after a long vacation?

I'm not skipping any training, so I don't think I need rehab. ...... As you can see, Dahl's Bear is a no thank you for a while.

 I'm not sure what to say, but I'm sure you'll understand what I mean.

 I agree with you.
 It's been a while since I've felt threatened by an enemy.

I don't think an enemy of that level is going to be a common occurrence. In game terms, Darl's Bear is an area boss.

"Right? If they were regular MOBs, I'd die.

 It's a ...... nightmare when several of them show up at once.
 A few of them should only appear in sets of orc-sized enemies.

 My main concern is that this is real life, and they don't care about game balance.

I'm not sure about the territory of demons, but considering their size, I'd like to think that we won't be encountering them ...... for a while.

 Haruka's wishful thinking.
 I'm not sure what to make of that.

I'm not sure what to make of it. It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for.

Yes. I'm sure you'll be able to understand why.

 I'm not sure what to make of this.

 But if that's the case, the math doesn't add up.

 Orcs, for example.

 If they were to feed on hunting and gathering without agriculture, they would need a very large feeding ground, and it would be difficult for hundreds of them to survive, at least in a forest the size of the North.

 But the reality is that they do exist, and the forest is not completely devoured and bare.

 As for how they survive, the most popular hypothesis is that they are powered by magic.

 Demons live by eating magic power, not haze.

 This is complemented by the fact that there are many demons in places that are said to have a high level of magical power, that there are skeletons and ghosts that do not eat at all, and that demons exist even in environments without food, such as dungeons.

 But there is still a limit to how much you can take, and if you exceed that limit, you'll find yourself in a different area than usual, like the orc nest we eradicated.

It's hard when the area bosses are ...... repopulating.

I'm sure you'll be able to find something that works for you. You'll be able to avoid them by using the [Search] function, unlike the ogre, so it shouldn't be a problem.

"Right. Then let's get ready and go to the north forest.

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

I'm not sure. But first, why don't we go to the temple? I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that.

"Oh, you're right! After killing such a strong enemy, we can expect a little more. Let's go now!

 "Let's go right now!" Toya said happily, and I had no reason to disagree.

 Besides, I feel a little hesitant to go to the temple without my weapons and armor on.

 So, before heading out of town, we decided to head to the temple together.

    I'm not sure what to say.

 When we visited the temple of Adversus, we were greeted by the usual female priestess.

 We had already been here many times, so she seemed to remember our faces, smiled and bowed to us, saying "Thank you for everything.

 We also returned the bow and proceeded to the altar.

 Then, we threw in a large silver coin and clasped our hands together.

 At the same time, you hear a voice.

"Nao is now level 17. You will need 11,190 experience points for the next level up.

 Whoa! He's gone up two levels at once!

 The last time I came to ...... was a few days before the vacations, after I killed the first ogre.

 If you think about the fact that the level at that time was 15 and the next required experience was less than 20,000, then the ogre, dahl's bear, skeletons, zombies, etc. that I killed after that would give me about 50,000 to 60,000 experience.

 As expected of such a powerful enemy, it seems to be quite a tasty catch in terms of experience - or even monetary income.

 If I can kill another one, I'll be able to level up again. ...... I might seriously want to request a repop.

 You'll be able to find a lot more than just a few of these in the marketplace.

 But I have enough sense not to mention it here.
 There is ...... something about the way Toya's mouth is twitching in a happy way.

 I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that.
 The priest behind you is going to think you're weird.

 After bowing to the priest again and leaving the temple, it was Toya who first spoke up, as if to explode.

I'm 17 now! I'm up 3! Isn't that awesome? Hey! Hey!

Calm down. They're probably all the same.

I'm four. I'm 17. I'm catching up, I guess.

I'm the same! I'm so happy!

 Hmm? My level is the same now, but I think it's gone up too fast.
 I'm not sure if you're here to check your level or not.

I'm not sure if you've been to the temple much. I was level 15 when I killed my first ogre.

 Am I the only one who goes at least once a week?

 Isn't Toya the only one who seems to care about levels and experience?

"I'm that guy. I like to save up and level up all at once! That's what I like to do. Well, he's probably just leveling up because he's not checking.

 Well, I can understand your feeling.
 It feels good when you get a big boost, doesn't it?

I come here on my days off when I have time, I guess.
I'm the same. It's expensive.
When do you come here, Nao? You don't go out much, do you?
Me? I'm on a jog. It's open early in the morning.

 I go jogging every morning to build up my strength.

 As each of them ran at their own pace and distance, they probably didn't notice if they strayed from the path.

 It was not that they were keeping it a secret, it was just that the time of jogging was convenient for them to go to the temple which was far from their house.

I see. Is that why I couldn't see you sometimes when I was jogging?

"It's too much trouble to come all the way here just for this. It's not too much trouble to come here just for this.

 The location of the temple is on the outskirts of the town, in a strange place, or ...... to put it simply, in a place where land prices are low.

 If not in the middle of town, it could be in a better location. ...... Could it be that the Adverstices are not very popular?

I'll stop by from time to time. I'll stop by from time to time too. If I could see the status, I'd be more motivated.

"That's true. I'd like to be able to check my status, even if it's not a number, but just a scale from A to F.

 That's right.

 It's interesting to know the level, or rather, it motivates me, but it doesn't answer the fundamental question, "Is this level strong? But it doesn't answer the fundamental question, "Is this level strong?

 In the first place, ordinary people don't have (or can't check?) levels. Therefore, we cannot compare them, and we do not know how strong the current level 17 is.

 Since we don't know the maximum level, an absolute comparison is impossible. 17 at the maximum level of 100 is completely different from 17 at the maximum level of 1,000.

If I ever meet God, I'd like to ask him about that.

"Meeting God, huh? If I said that in Japan, I'd be recommended to see a psychotherapist.

Nao has seen God, and we have heard God's voice, so it's not impossible.

Well, if we can meet someone, we'll tell them we're hoping for the best and head for the forest ...... for today. We spent a lot of time there.

Well... It's a long way from here.

 Now, you can enter the forest directly from the north of Laffan, but you've already explored quite a distance to the northwest, so even if you want to 'pick up where you left off', you'll have to walk quite a distance to get there.

 My current concern is that I may not be able to continue my search properly unless I stay overnight.

    ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ Fortunately, I should say.

 Fortunately, there was no replacement when we reached the place where we fought to the death with Dahl's Bear last time.

 It's a bit of a shame in terms of experience and earning, but I suppose we should consider ourselves lucky, since we wouldn't have been able to deal with them if they were operating in packs.

But you know what? I'd like to have some kind of demon book.
That's right. There are a lot of enemies outside the guild's scope of research.

 In the archives of Raffan's guild, there was even an ogre. There was no mention of skeletons or zombies, not to mention Dahl's Bear, so I'd have to say there was a lack of information.

What about that demolition book you have, Toya?

What about that demolition book Toya has? And there's no Dahl's Bear in it, so it's a bit sketchy.

The bookstore in Raffan didn't have it. ...... They can order it for you, but it's difficult to check the contents. I don't even know the price.

It's true. There is no guarantee of quality, you know.

 Haruka also nodded deeply at Natsuki, who sighed with a troubled expression.

 In addition to the fact that the books sold in bookstores are basically used books, there is no proper publisher, so the quality of the contents varies.

 When we order a copy of "The Demon Book", we don't even know if it contains the information we need.

 It's not cheap, and the risk is too high.

"Do you have any at SearleStat ......?
"There have been bargains, but that town is smaller than ...... Rafan.

 The bargain was a three-volume set of grimoires on space-time magic.

 Well, there's no chance, and it's possible to make a day trip if you run. You might want to take a look.

Then there's Kerg. Let's see if we can find it next time we're there. I don't think we'll run into many new demons, though.


 We fell silent at Toya's words.

 If I had to put my feelings into words, I'd say, "This guy set a flag! That's how I feel.

 Did he forget the last time a zombie came out?

 And then, as if he was waiting for me to say that, he responded to my [search for enemies].

 As promised, it was a reaction that I had never detected before.