228-204 Carrithm Area

Well, I don't know what Lord Adversus wants, so that's okay. What do you think? There's still a few days left, but should we move on?

 Toya points to the stairs with a gesture of 'leave it here'.

 If we're going to return home, there's a magic circle for us to return to, but it hasn't been a week since we left home.

 I've already told Mary and the others that it's going to be a little longer, so there's still time to spare. .......

I think the enemies in this area are good training partners,.......

 It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're going to be doing and how you're going to do it.

 This way, if they become dangerous, you can remove the restrictions and deal with them, so there is less danger.

But the problem is that there's not much left.
That's true. Basically, they're coming down in annihilation.

 Considering the Tyrant Pickau, it will probably repop within a month, but even if we go back up now, there won't be much left.

So we just keep going, right? Let's go, let's go.
Yeah, that's what I thought. But wait a minute. I'll set up a transfer point.
Oh, right. All right, let's do this again.

 Just like last time, Toya and I will remove the cobblestones and install the transfer point.
 Put it back in place, check it out, and ...... will be fine.

 Also, check the one you set up last time and you'll be fine.
 I'm relieved to see that it didn't become unusable in a few days.

 Then we started walking again, with Toya in the lead, and descended the stairs to the ninth level, where we found the same stone dungeon as the eighth level.

...... Doesn't look much different, does it?
I guess so. If you don't tell me, I can't even tell the difference.

 Yuki was right, the scene was unchanging and a bit boring.
 But Toya was a little different, and opened his mouth with a frown.

"No, it's stinky in here. Do you guys smell that?
...... Now that you mention it, what is that smell?
I don't know, it's like undead, man.

 There's a faint smell of it, if you ask me. ......?

Is that so? I don't know. I'm not sure. ......
I don't know about that either. ......

 Natsuki and Yuki, who are human, can't smell it at all.
 I don't know, but I don't think so.

I'm not sure what to say. It's a bit of a hassle,......, but it sure smells good.

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

 It's a good idea to take a look at the website and see if you can find any useful information.

 Yuki and Natsuki, on the other hand, can't seem to feel it yet, and are twisting their heads.

I think it's a bit unfair, but why don't we use light magic aggressively on this level and move on as quickly as possible? It's pretty hard to smell the undead.

Depending on our magic and the amount of undead, I see no reason to disagree.

I'm with you. As long as we don't have to go near them. ......

 Toya, who had a good sense of smell, and Natsuki, who often fought in front of him, must have been bothered by the smell of the undead.

 Well, zombies are rotten, aren't they?

 Even when I fought them outside the dungeon or on the first level, I used magic to kill them in preference to zombies.

 Skeletons are more troublesome in terms of strength, but they don't smell, so in a way they are easier to deal with.

Yeah. That's what we're going to do for this level.

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"Boss room.

 Layer 9 and 10 were fast. ...... No, I finished it fast.

 There are basically only mook zombies and skeletons.
 Not even the skeleton knights that appeared in the first level appeared.

 If you're an adventurer encountering the undead for the first time, this might be a good opportunity to learn how to deal with them, but for us, we're already used to them.

 We even have steel weapons that can kill them with physical attacks. There's nothing to learn now.

 So, with Haruka and Natsuki's Purify mercilessly buying us drinks, and Yuki and I interspersing our magic in between, we proceeded with our search with priority on speed.

 Fortunately, the undead level seemed to be short, and we reached the boss room in just two levels, but the question was, what kind of boss?

The question is, what kind of boss? I hope it's not a zombie type. ......

It's a fragile hope, isn't it? I mean, there's so many zombies out there.

I don't know. ...... I'd like to throw up.

I'm not going to throw up! Don't make me give you a hard time!

 --No, I want to throw up, I agree with you.

 The zombie smell is too much.

I'll give Toya the right to open the door to the boss's room for her wonderful pun.

No, she doesn't have to open the door. She does it all the time. I don't mind.

 Toya laughed at Haruka's words, but honestly put his hand on the door and opened it.

 At the same time, the sight of a huge reptile jumped out at him.

 And of course, it's rotting.

"No way, a dragon zombie?

 I shouted that there was too much of a difference in level, but Toya was silent for a moment and then continued.

"No, don't worry. It's a Lizard Zombie.
I'd like to say, but I'm not sure. --I'd say so, but I'm relieved.

 I've never seen or heard of it before, so normally there's nothing to worry about, but it's no way it's stronger than a dragon zombie.

 It's about six meters tall and looks like a rather ugly western dragon, but it's not a dragon but a lizard.

 Its decay is so severe that it looks like a lizard zombie might change its class into a lizard skeleton while fighting.

I don't want to go near it. ......

 As Toya retreated from the doorway, holding her nose, Yuki nodded in agreement and gave up her spot.

I agree! I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to do this, but I'm going to try.
"Yes. Purify!

 The two of them cast a spell on the lizard-zombie that slowly begins to move towards us as we open the door.

 In the dungeons of this world, there is no mysterious system that says you can't attack unless you're inside the boss's room, so as long as you have the means to attack, you can attack freely from outside the door.

 Instead, it seems that there is no restriction on the boss's movement, but with the size of this lizard zombie, it would be difficult to pass through the door.

 In the event you're not sure what you're looking for, there are a number of things you can do.

It's pretty exhausting.
"Yes. It's a little hard on the magic, but ...... we'll take it in stride.

 In the event you're not sure what you're looking for, there are a number of things you can do.

 If you're not sure what you're looking for, you can always ask your doctor. If you put twice as much magic into it, it will make your laundry amazingly white.

 And it's the same when used on undead.

 If you use it on a small zombie, it will disappear in an instant, but if you use it on a slightly stronger undead, it will take longer to disappear unless you use more magic.

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

 But it's not enough to repel Haruka's magic.

 Haruka and her team must have put some more magic into it, because the speed of its disappearance increased dramatically, and the lizard-zombie ended up vanishing without being able to move more than two meters from its original location.

 In the end, the lizard zombie disappeared without moving more than two meters from its original location, leaving only a slightly larger magical stone lying on the ground.

"Hmm ......, that's a bit tiring, an undead of that size.
I'm not sure if it's a good idea, but it's a good idea.

 I'm not sure what to make of that.

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At that level, it's impossible to fight continuously.

"You can only deal with two of them cleanly, I guess. If you work hard, you should be able to handle them alone.

"I see. If there are more than three of them, Toya will be covered in carrion. Good luck!

 As Yuki smiles and gives a thumbs up, Toya points at him with a shocked expression.

"Just me? Yuki, you can handle it too!

You can't use a small sword against it, it's that big. I'm sure if you use a fireball or something like that, rotting flesh and juices will splatter all over you.

"Ugh. ......

 It's not just Toya, but Haruka and the others as well, who frowned at the thought of that scene.

 The fireball explodes after it hits the target, so Yuki's point is not entirely wrong.

 The Fire Arrow doesn't have that problem, but on the other hand, its penetrating power is too high, and with those lizard zombies, I wonder how effective it will be even if it leaves a few holes in their bodies.

 In addition, zombies stink when burned.

 So, in this area, the zombies were basically handled by Haruka and her team's Purify, while the skeletons were handled by me, Yuki and sometimes Toya.

It's the same for me. "I'm the same way. Until I can use Holy Fire, do I have to rely on Toya?

"No, your weapon is a spear! Of course you can help me!

 He grabbed me by the shoulders and I smiled at him.

"Whoa, Toya. There's a magic stone on the floor. We have to get it back.
"No, what's with the fake smile?

 He slips past Toya, retrieves the magic stone from the floor, and heads for the door that appears in the back.

I'm glad you're here. I'm sure this is the end of the undead area.
"Answer, answer!

 I think I hear a voice behind me, but it's probably just my imagination.
 I opened the door and peeked inside to find the room I had expected to find.

"You did it, Toya. A treasure chest!

"You did it. You followed the pattern! ......... That's enough. I'll let you get into it when the time comes.

 Oops, Toya's saying something disturbing.
 We'll have to watch our backs when the big zombies come out.

"Well, Toya. We'll take care of you then. Right? Nao, you're kidding, right?

"Oh. I'll do my best.

That's good, but... But it's gonna be tough. Beastly.

 He couldn't say much more after being appeased by Natsuki, but he sighed and dropped his shoulders.

 Well, I was joking too.

 But it's true that I don't want to get into close combat with zombies, so I'm going to try to use Holy Fire as soon as possible.

I'll try to use Holy Fire as soon as possible.
"Hmm? Is there such a thing?

 I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not, but it's a good idea.

I'm sure there was ......, right?

Yes. Yes, there is. It's not a sealed type like a gas mask, it's more like a normal mask, so I don't know how effective it is.

 I don't know how effective it is, but it doesn't seem to be a big enough thing to be a magic tool, but it's in the book.

 In reality, it's more like a deodorant spray than a mask, and you soak a mask or cloth with it and cover your mouth with it.

I want to make one! By all means, by all means! If you make it, I'll pay for the materials with my own money!

"I'll pay for it with the common money. ...... Okay. I'll make one soon.

Thank you! I love you, Haruka!

Yes, yes, thank you.

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"Natsuki, what was in it?

A lamp, I think. I hope this is expensive,......, but I don't think it's just a lamp.

 It looks like an ordinary lamp, but if you think it's a reward for the first kill, you should expect a little more.

 I'm sure you'll be able to find something that will work for you.

"This area was out of the way.

"This area was an outlier, so it's not very profitable. The only thing you can get is magic rocks. It's not that expensive.

 This is in contrast to the area above where you could get meat and furs in addition to magic stones.

"Treasure chests, too. I can't find much.

 There were three treasure chests found in layers 9 and 10.

 There were only three treasure chests found in layers 9 and 10, but this was due to the fact that I prioritized moving forward rather than filling the map.

 There may be more chests to be found if you look hard enough, but we all agree that we don't want to kill the undead for chests that don't hold much promise.

Now, should we head back? We've got a few more days to spare, but we don't have any transfer points left.

 So far, the method of burying ourselves under the cobblestone seemed to be effective, and we could see the transition points of the eighth and fifth layers from here.

 Normally, I would like to bury them here as well, but unfortunately I don't have any.

 I guess I should go back and get some more transfer points.

That didn't work. If we had one more, we could have skipped the undead area.
That can't be helped. We've made more progress than expected.

 Specifically, the undead area.

 If it hadn't been for the undead in the 9th and 10th layers, we would have slowly filled the map and returned at the magic circle in the 8th layer.

It's okay to go back, but let's take a look at layer 11 first, okay?
"Yeah. It seems that the trap was only at the beginning.

 Since then, we've crossed several levels, but fortunately, we haven't encountered any traps that would cause the passage to collapse.

 And even if we were to get trapped, there is now a transfer point on the eighth level where we can transfer to, so there won't be much of a problem.

 Following Toya's lead, we also descended the stairs.

 However, the stairs leading to the eleventh level were slightly different from the previous ones.

 The previous staircase was straight down and not very long, but the new staircase was slightly curved and a bit long.

 If the previous staircase was like going down one floor of a department store, the new one is like going up a shrine. If you were to climb these stairs with your old physical strength, you would be a little out of breath.

...... Oh?

 Eventually, I saw a light shining from the end of the stairs.

 We proceeded as if guided by that light.

 And what lay beyond the light was a meadow.