It was currently the end of our morning sparring practice, and some individuals seemed to be having a hard time. So far, no one (who has attended my practice) has died during a hunt; although some did get hurt. This being the case, I felt relieved knowing that my training hasn’t been squandered.
They were a pack of wolves with black fur that almost looked as if it was made of metal. Without making it complicated, I decided to temporarily call them “Black Wolves” and, for the time being, I decided to quietly observe them.
It seems that the pack consists of sixteen Black Wolves who currently seem to be engrossed in eating. Luckily, we are standing leeward, so they have yet to notice us; however, were that to change, we could end up like the Kobolds the Black Wolves are currently eating.
If we went at them from the front, we’d probably suffer a great deal of damage. Because they had greater numbers, the advantage was heavily stacked in their favor. But even though that’s true, an advantage can be turned by using a surprise attack.
Gobumi-chan let loose an arrow from her crossbow which pierced the body of the wolf leader who was still in a daze from eating the Kobold meat. At the same time, an arrow from Gobue-chan went through the neck of a nearby wolf.
The Black Wolf Leader wouldn’t instantly die from an ordinary arrow through the body; but because the arrowhead had been painted with my venom, the wolf staggered unsteadily after several seconds and then collapsed while convulsing and foaming at the mouth.
Even so, the Black Wolf Leader didn’t immediately die. It was barely hanging on with its life slowly slipping away. By the way, without resistance against the fast-acting poison, the ordinary wolf that got shot through the neck quickly died.
With this, we were able to prevent the wolves’ quick teamwork. Considerable time is needed to decide who is going to replace the top member in a pack. You could see the panic in the wolves’ figures when it suddenly happened.
Making full use of the mess we created, Gobukichi-kun and I moved closer and attacked.
Though it was the first time since I was reincarnated that I fought a wolf-type monster, I was sure that I could easily deal with it so long as it didn’t have any special abilities. When I approached it, the wolf bared its sharp fangs at me so it could strike me with its most powerful move “Bite”; in response, I thrust my estoc dripping with venom towards its mouth. With the force of the charge from both sides combined, I easily tore through flesh, drilled through bone, and destroyed the wolf’s brain.
I caught a glimpse of a wolf trying to escape the confusion, so I charged a high pressure water blade with electricity and slashed at its feet.
The battle axe-wielding Gobukichi-kun couldn’t hack through the stiff-furred Black Wolves, but his attack forcibly broke its spine and ribs and, by using his running momentum, forcibly broke the neck of the Black Wolf that collided head on with his shield.
After a while, the pack of Black Wolves had lost the teamwork that was their greatest weapon and the effectiveness of their bites had been nullified. Not even one wolf was spared.
Once finished, the three of us went to work on cutting up the wolves’ bodies. The wolves’ fur, for later use, had to be kept in the most pristine of condition, both for function and aesthetics. Incidentally, Gobukichi-kun had to be excluded since he was incredibly clumsy and therefore couldn’t be entrusted with such a task.
Because of this, I placed Gobukichi-kun on lookout duty. Due to my 【Sense Presence】 ability, having Gobukichi-kun on lookout was unnecessary. However, in this world where one is constantly engaged in a violent struggle, the experience of such a task is vital; especially for one’s own survival.
After that, we gathered the fur and ate the meat, four to each Goblin.
Ability [Pack Leadership] learned.
Ability [Pack Hunting Proficiency] learned.
Ability [Steel Hide] learned.
As I expected, the Black Wolf Leader had superior abilities befitting its status.
[Pack Leadership] and [Pack Hunting Proficiency] were a huge bonus for group operations.
[Pack Leadership] allows me to quickly identify who can contribute the most aside as well as being able to give them instructions. It enhances the ability of the group as a whole.
[Pack Hunting Proficiency] all allies will move efficiently to obey my commands as if I were repeating them to each member individually.
[Steel Hide] the ability increase the defense of fur and leather-based armor in addition to one’s own skin and hair. It definitely doesn’t hurt to have the ability to increase defense at will. I’m certain it will come in handy in the future.
I hunted some Demon Spiders and Green Slimes before going back. After having dinner, I went to bed.