99-golden ordeal

 In the end, it took about 20 minutes for Rin to get back on track and recover her MP, and finally it was time for the Golden Invitation.

'I'm a little nervous, aren't I?

'Yes, it is. Let's see what happens when we use it ...... and brace ourselves.

 Lin-chan, who has regained her dignified expression after her weak appearance a while ago, cut the seal of the golden invitation.
 I followed suit and cut the seal of my own invitation.



 The envelope overflowed with a golden light that was more dazzling than we had imagined, causing us to scream.
 When the light, so intense that I could not keep my eyes open, subsided, I found myself standing in front of a mysterious altar.
 It was an unnaturally unadorned altar, except for a sword sticking up out of nowhere.

'......? Rin-chan?'

 I opened the door almost simultaneously, but Rin-chan was gone.
 I looked around, but still no sign of Rin.

'Where am I?
"What do you call this?
That's a shame. The altar.
Rinne, get lost.
"Linnea's not here.

'Where did she go? I'd like to see a warp zone in every town if that's possible.

 As well as falling into the dungeon I mentioned earlier, this labyrinth itself requires you to come through a warp gate.
 It seems to be a big bargain for warp, with a system that interferes with you as a matter of course.
 I haven't thought about moving to another city yet, so that's fine, but I do wish there was something to be done about this system that makes it difficult for players who have moved on to the next city to return to the previous one, as Kittenmaru did when he spent four hours in the beginning.

I understand.
I get it.
I understand.
I'm not sure what to do with it.
I know.

It's not just me after all. I'm not sure if I'm the only one. I'm not sure if I'm the only one.

"I'm getting there.
"I've got the Stardust series.
I'm not sure what to make of it.
I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to do that, but I'm sure I'll be able to do it.
"↑I'm sorry.
"You can collect quite a bit in the city of beginnings.

"I beat the metal rabbi!

'Metal Rabi? Like Metasura?'

 It's a kind of concept that metal slimes have a lot of experience, but in any game, there are monsters that are used to gain experience.
 Most of them are too fast for you to escape, or too defensive for you to defeat.
 I've never seen anything like that in WLO. Mysteria Rabi is a little closer, but that's money.

 By the way, Monster House gives you some experience when you clear it. Thanks to that, I've made a lot of progress in leveling over the past few days.
 I'm at level 70, which is well above the 50 required to complete the Drunkard's Quest, and I'm also quite close to the level 90 goal that I was told I needed to reach in order to take the Doji to a new stage.
 After the event, it might be a good idea to go to the City of Beginnings and look for the Shrine of the End.

'For now, I guess I should just pull out this sword that's sticking out of .......'

"Master Saw: ......
"Sealed swords are romantic.
I know.
'It's a beautiful, glittering sword.

'Let's pull it out for now.

 It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for.
 It's so light that you'd think it was made of plastic, but the air resistance makes it incredibly difficult to swing.
 I wondered if it was a type of metal like light steel. Looking at the sharpness of the blade, the sharpness seems to be quite good.
 At any rate, it didn't seem to have been acquired by me, since it didn't enter my inventory.

'Hmmm ......, nothing is happening'.

 I thought the walls and ground would move when I pulled out my sword, but they didn't.
 I'm not sure what to make of it, but I think it's a good idea.

I thought, "That place looks like it's going to set me up.

 As I was standing there thinking, "Oh no," I received a few comments like that.

'What, where?

'Diagonally to the right, between 2 and 3 o'clock.

'Isn't that diagonally right, or almost right?

 I'm not going to talk about the definition of diagonally right, but you should apologize to me for trying to point diagonally right.
 All joking aside, there was indeed an indentation between 2 and 3 o'clock where a sword could be fitted.
 I'm sure Lin-chan can find something like this easily. I had seen it, but I hadn't thought of it that way.


 I plunged my sword into the hollow, and the wall in front of the altar opened up.
 Why did he have to change the position of the door and the place where he fitted the sword? I really hope you don't mind.

'Now, let's go.

"Let's go, demon girl!


'No, you guys are really excited.

 The tension between me and the listeners is too high.

'Is Rin-chan going to be here? Or is it an ordeal for a single person?

"I don't know.
"I thought you were streaming too.
'I have two windows, but Rinne is in a similar place.
'She got through the gimmick without hesitation.

I want to join you, but I'm alone. I'd like to join you, but it might be for a single person.

 We walked through the golden ordeal, talking with the listeners along the glittering passage.
 The path seems to be winding, and I can't tell how far it goes by looking at the reflections on the walls.
 From the comments, it seems that Rin-chan is in the same situation, so what should we do?

'I guess I'll just have to walk for now.

 Maybe it's just a winding road, and the distance itself is not that long.

'No, it's too long!

'The grass is growing.
"Even Skuna can't believe how long it is.
I thought I was going crazy watching it.

 It took almost half an hour. Finally, after nearly three kilometers of walking, I arrived at the golden door.
 The scenery didn't change, the path was always winding, and I wouldn't have lasted if I hadn't had the comments and conversations.

'I'm a little stressed, I think I'll kick it down.

"Don't do it.
Stop it!
Don't do it!
Let's do it.

'Hmm, majority rules. Zarya!

 Looking at the amount of comments, I thought there were probably a lot of "let's do it" type comments, so I raised my voice and kicked the door as hard as I could.
 Gong! The golden door blew open with a roar, made a sound as if it had hit some metal, changed its trajectory, and plunged straight into the back left corner, creating a pile of rubble.

 Beyond the door was a large room.
 It looked like an amphitheater like a coliseum.
 There was no sign of Rin in the room, but instead a golden knight was sitting in the center of the room.
 The door changed its trajectory, probably because it had been hit by something. Her head is pointing in a slightly strange direction.

"What the hell ...... are you doing? What the hell do you think you're doing?

'Oh, I'm sorry. I kicked you in the nuts to relieve stress.

'Oh, I'm sorry. No, I'm not! That really hurt! d*mn, all the challengers this time are like this?

'Well, look, it's your fault for being in the position where the door hit you.

 I apologized honestly, but unfortunately he didn't agree with me. I say "he" because the voice I heard was clearly a male voice.
 He was angry, but did not attack me. Maybe he's not a monster, or maybe it's just an event.
 Either way, it was clear that the golden knight was involved in this ordeal.

"Hmm, okay. So which route did you take to get the invitation?

'It's okay. ....... It's a reward for the monster house.

'Oh, you made it through that? That's not bad. I'd say it's on the hard side.

'I didn't do a lot of work, though.

 I'm not sure if it's his simple personality, but the golden knight changes the subject immediately.
 It is possible that there are other ways to obtain the golden invitation besides the Monster House Clear, as far as he is concerned.
 But that didn't matter for now.

'Hey, I thought I had a friend who opened the invitations with me when I came here.

'Because this ordeal is imposed on the individual who challenges the labyrinth. Your friends are probably meeting me right now, right?'

'Hmm, ...... is fine.'

 It seems that this ordeal is for one person only.
 In other words, there's no way I'll be meeting up with Rin in the future.
 At least, not until you complete it.

'By the way, what's your name?

'It's Sukuna.

'Oh? ...... Sukuna?

 The moment I heard the name, which I thought was just an extension of small talk, the atmosphere of the golden knight changed.