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Day 221

“Day 221”

Right now, the Female Samurai is the shop manager, working as hard as she can managing the headquarters in the Royal Capital when I’m not around. Even if something unexpected were to happen that the Female Samurai wouldn’t be able to handle, she would still be able to communicate with me through the ear cuff, making it possible for her to receive instructions even from far away.

With ≪Solitude≫’s helping hands functioning as the manpower, they’re likely to be able to deal with it as long as it’s nothing major.

Therefore, it isn’t necessary for me to stay in the Royal Capital.

Because it became clear to me that, everything I’ve done up until now, can be considered as the actions of a simple ogre, my place of activity will, sooner or later, gradually steer away from the Kingdom.

Though there are several reasons, the biggest one is the regrettable fact that the only 【Age of the Gods dungeons】 in the Kingdom are of 【Demigod】 rank, and there are only a few of them.

I think that from now on I’ll strengthen my main force by conquering an 【Age of the Gods dungeon】 not by myself but with Kanami-chan and the 【8 Demon Generals】 as well. I’m planning to do a 【God】 rank, which is a rank higher than 【Demigod】 rank. I did think about challenging a 【Great God】 rank, but there are only 5 of them in the world. Regardless, I will need to leave the Kingdom whatever I do.

Of course, I am still able to enjoy a 【Demigod】 rank, but seeing as there are so few around here, we’d finish capturing them in no time.

That’s why I decided to go to an 【Age of the Gods dungeon】 outside the Kingdom. I considered first diving a 【Demigod】 rank dungeon and then switch to a higher difficulty 【God】 rank one.

I felt that it would be too early for the group, aside from me, to challenge a 【God】 rank dungeon. But I already challenged a 【Demigod】 rank dungeon and because Minokichi-kun and the others knew that, they were set on conquering a 【God】 rank dungeon without fail. And as I wanted to challenge one myself, I didn’t plan on changing the difficulty for the moment.

We agreed that if we are unable to go through the early levels of the dungeon the way we want, we would immediately change to a different dungeon.

Because the lower levels of a 【God】 rank are somewhat similar to the depths of the middle layer of a 【Demigod】 rank. It’s pretty difficult to stay alive.

Still, we’re only considering going into a 【God】 rank dungeon. Considering the most prominent out of all the potential places, it’ll likely be the Demon Empire.

The Demon Empire is on very bad terms with the Holy Kingdom. The 【Age of the Gods dungeon】 there is called 【Flames of the Fire Dragon Mountain】.

Even if the national relations are bad, it won't turn into a large-scale war that easily. The current situation is more like that off a cat-and-mouse game between spies and some small skirmishes.

The 【Flames of the Fire Dragon Mountain】 has a structure that is different from the underground of a conventional dungeon. It’s one of the dungeons classified as a natural enclosure, which I haven’t challenged before.

The natural enclosure model can be easily explained as a dungeon that has its exterior and interior separated by a special area called a 【Border Place】, turning it into a huge 【Boundary Range】 of which the entire interior became a dungeon.

A natural enclosure model can come in different shapes and sizes, such as a large valley or a great forest. This time around, the 【Flames of the Fire Dragon Mountain】 is a volcano type that is classified as a natural enclose with a particular high degree of difficulty.

It’s a rising spiral-shaped volcano with the dungeon boss’ lair in the center. On top, it’s a place where harmful volcano gasses gush out, a place where countless rivers of lava flow around, a place with a cruel environment that resembled a forest of blazing trees, including plants-like dungeon monsters that adapted to it.

The many dungeon monsters that frequently appear here are formidable adversaries. Their types are aligned to rock and flames. The path of an adventurer conquering the dungeon is being blocked every step of the way by heinous traps everywhere. The special characteristic of these traps comes from the area they’re set up in: they’re related to lava.

On top, the dungeon boss here is a high-ranking 【Wisdom Dragon】. It’s an uncaptured dungeon with a long history. No one has been able to fully go through it yet.

It’s still unconquered because it’s packed with frequently appearing field bosses ―― which are of the same rank as the floor bosses that appear in a conventional underground dungeon. On top, anyone that arrives at the center of the spiral-shaped volcano, is slaughtered. That means that nobody has been able to beat the powerful dungeon boss.

Because there aren’t a lot of people challenging this dungeon, it’s only natural that the accumulated information on this dungeon is scarce.

Its location is on the border of the Devil Empire and the Holy Kingdom, causing adventurers of both countries to try and challenge it. It’s considerably more difficult than any other 【God】 rank natural enclosures.

To give a rough example: It began by a reckless, strong adventurer seeking a way to conquer it and assembling a party mixed out of good and bad people. If you trace back history, this mighty warrior that could match a thousand belonged to either the Holy Kingdom or the Demon Empire. His reputation even surpassed 6 【Legendary Heroes】. He challenged the dungeon with a great number of associates.

During the time they challenged the dungeon, they displayed an overwhelming power as a unit. It was thought that their time needed to conquer the dungeon would be short.

All of their members had experience in conquering at least a 【Demigod】 ranked dungeon. The one leading them even succeeded in conquering a 【God】 ranked dungeon.

However, that was the last anyone heard of these 【Legendary Heroes】.

Not one person of the party that included 【Legendary Heroes】 had returned. It’s not clear what happened.

However, violent battle noises resounded at the foot of the mountain during the time the 【Legendary Heroes】 were challenging the dungeon and a 【Wisdom Dragon】 was seen flying high in the sky. Moreover, the sounds didn’t subside for several days. Looks like it was possible to reach the dungeon boss’ lair, but it’s very likely they were defeated.

From the bottom of my heart, I personally wanted to eat the 【Legendary Hero】 that was said to be so strong. If only he would be around in the present.

However even with a 【Legendary Hero】 challenging it, there wasn’t anyone that has conquered this dungeon. The main reason looks to be the fact that the dungeon boss is a not a Lesser Dragon, but a genuine one.

At any rate, unlike an underground structure where space is restricted to some degree, the dungeon boss of this natural enclosure was a 【Wisdom Dragon】. They are able to freely soar through the sky, with the exception of a Water Dragon. The characteristics of this kind of dragon include its high intelligence and its ability to draw from a huge amount of magic power. It uses an incredible magic air attack that far surpasses any human one. This makes the degree of difficulty jump up.

Even in the best circumstance, it would be difficult to get past its huge body and super-hard scales. On top, there’s its saturation attack[1] that causes a downpour that restricts any kind of counterattack. Even for someone like a 【Legendary Hero】, a hard fight would be inevitable.

Moreover, because it’s a 【God】 rank, could it be that the companions of the 【Legendary Hero】 wouldn’t be able to resist a lot of blows and were murdered before long?

The 【Legendary Heroes】 might not have been able to develop the techniques that would have prevented them from being trampled. I give a silent prayer in tribute.

How would it taste? I decided to keep this deep desire for myself.

By the way, there were precious minerals here that were appropriate to the overall level of difficulty. And because the rare item drops from the dungeon monsters will become featured products hereafter, there’s merit to trying to conquer the dungeon, even if it’s not possible to go after the dungeon boss.

And while I also examined the other prospects, and they each had their own merits, the 【Flames of the Fire Dragon Mountain】 is the one that kept popping in my head.

If you really want to attempt one, it’s best to try here.

However, 2 of my 8 Demon Generals complained 『Hey! It’s unreasonably hot in there. Nevertheless, it might be a feast for my eyes when the men are battling in that atmosphere and breaking a sweat… …whether they like it or not… … *slurp slurp (sfx)*』『Hey! The current me might be a burden just a little......』It might not be something positive to say before entering the labyrinth, but it looks like it’s necessary for me to get them motivated.

I could have decided that it would be better for the two demons that weren’t motivated ―― Irofu-chan and Dodome-chan that became Kugime-chan ―― to leave. But seeing as the objective is to confirm the battle formation effect that forms when the 8 Demon Generals are together, and to see it in actual combat, I will take them along no matter what it takes.

Though I can order them to forcibly come along, at this point, I want to understand the reason behind why these two didn’t want to come along.

The undead Irufo-chan is susceptible to flames, and Kugime-chan’s afraid that big flaws in her battle abilities might make everyone anxious and less dependable when inside the labyrinth.

Because they both had a valid reason and because it’s their first time, I’m going to gently persuade the both of them.

As for tomorrow.

I will perform the traditional mock battles that I normally have with Minokichi-kun for the entire day.

We haven’t been using our special weapons recently, as the damage to the environment will become too big. Even if we didn’t use our special weapons, the martial arts he learned from me still proved useful. Now Minokichi-kun is able to perfectly handle his superior physique and his strength has surely increased.

His unleashes fast fists continuously and they hit so hard that it can break bone. He adequately aims at my vital parts to destroy me.

Warding off all attacks, I increase my offense to break Minokichi-kun’s posture and make him collapse, but because of his excellent physical ability, he was able to force himself to rally.

The Minokichi-kun from the past would have dropped to the ground from this for sure, ending the fight, but the current Minokichi-kun didn’t seem to be phased by such attacks anymore.

His rapid growth felt reliable, and I spontaneously smiled. Without taking a rest, I started to fight more seriously.

I am grateful having a partner that’s close to my level, who I don’t need to go easy on.

Day 220 == Day 221 == Day 222

Translation Notes

Writer Note
Champsy Long ass chapters are the hardest 

Day 221

Russian --> English

Back from the dead (might as well be), and here to help out with the editing again! As usual, I'm also referring to Google translate, so don't accuse me of adding new information. ~Akioni

Day 221

Currently, the store in the Royal Capital will do just fine even if I'm not here, the Female Samurai is able to manage the store on my behalf. If some unexpected problem beyond her abilities to solve happens, it is always possible to contact me through the ear cuffs.

Since Solitude make up the work force there, they should be able to cope to a certain extent. Thus, there isn't any actual need for me to remain in the Royal Capital.

That is my single journey, and it became clear that for the sake of our future, we need to expand our operation range beyond Sternbild Kingdom.

There are several reasons for this, but the major one is due to the fact the kingdom only has a handful of [Age of the Gods] dungeons, and the highest level amongst the bunch is only [Demigod]. 

ED: "Age of the Gods Dungeons" is the Set containing all Demigod, God, and Great God dungeons. Demigod is the weakest of the three types in this set.

For the sake of increasing our combat potential, I will not act alone this time. For the sake of conquering high level dungeons, I'm bringing along Kanami-chan and the other [8 Demonic Generals]. Among the [Age of the Gods] dungeons, there are [Demigod] class, [God] class, and the highest: [Great God] class dungeons. Apparently, there are only 5 [Great God] dungeons in the world, and just thinking about it gets me all pumped up.

But in order to enter [God] and [Great God] class dungeons, we'll need to go beyond this country.

Of course we can simply enjoy the [Demigod] class dungeons, but we'll conquer them in no time since there simply aren't enough.

Thus I decided to conquer the [Age of the Gods] dungeons beyond the Sternbild Kingdom. While I was thinking that we should start with a [Demigod] dungeon instead of a [God] class, they wanted the latter. I thought: "Isn't challenging a [God] class dungeon a little too early for them?" But apparently, the fact that I was able to conquer a  [Demigod] alone egged Minokichi-kun and company to immediately start with the [God] class, I personally would like to try it, so I guess it's decided.

Moreover, if, during the conquest, we realize that it's simply too hard, we can simply change the dungeon, that's the gist of things.

Fortunately, in the early levels of a [God] class dungeon, there shouldn't be that much of a difference in difficulty compared to the upper floors of a [Demigod] class dungeon, so surviving shouldn't be a problem.

Although we have decided on challenging a [God] class dungeon, where exactly is still unclear.

We have some choices, but the most likely amongst the candidates would be the Demonic Empire.

On the borders between the [Demonic Empire] and the [Holy Kingdom], there is an [Age of Gods] dungeon known as the [Flames of Fire Dragon Mountain]. As a result, even if the relations between the countries is poor, a large scale war is nearly impossible, limiting everything to small skirmishes and secret wars. Well, leave us out of it.

[Flames of Fire Dragon Mountain] is fundamentally different from the previous dungeons we've been to, where you go into underground basements. This is classified as a Natural barrier type, one that has never been conquered before, until now that is.

To briefly explain what a Natural Barrier type dungeon is, they are separated into two areas: areas inside the [Border zone], and areas outside the [Border Zone]. Areas inside the [Border zone] is where the actual dungeon is.

Natural Barrier type dungeons are usually places like great forests, expansive valleys and whatnot, but in this case amongst the Natural Barrier types, [Flames of Fire Dragon Mountain] is a volcanic type, known for its high difficulty.

The dungeon boss makes its nest at the center of the volcano, and the whole place is filled with toxic fumes, countless lava flows, and even plants that adapted to the harsh environment such as a forest with flaming trees, housing monsters.

Flame type and death type monsters lurk in every corner of this scorching earth. Traps such as lava-spots are formed by the treacherous terrain and is used to impede conquerors and cheaters alike.

Furthermore, there isn't a single person throughout history who has managed to conquer this dungeon, ruled by a high-level [Wisdom Dragon].

ED Note: I'm changing [wisdom of the serpent carrier / Dragon] to [Wisdom Dragon], much less of a mouth full. Feel free to change it to something else or simply revert it.

On top of that, no one has even managed to kill all the field bosses, and successfully reach the center of the crater to slay the dungeon boss, let alone conquer it. This resulted in the declining number of challengers due to the fact there isn't enough credible information.

Thanks to this however, challengers from both the Demonic Empire and the Holy Kingdom tend to choose this dungeon over other [God] class Natural Barrier type dungeons.

There are numerous examples in the past such as a hopeless group of adventurers and fearless truth-seekers, eager to challenge the dungeon until they found something from the demonic empire and the Holy Kingdom. Apparently, 6 [legendary heroes], whose strength rival the hundreds, and even the thousands, were sent there along with a large number of subordinates.

Individually and together, the group exhibited overwhelming strength during the conquering process. Everyone here had experience conquering [Demigod] class dungeons, and even other [God] class dungeons.

And yet all 6 [Legendary Heroes] were never heard of again.

No one knew exactly what happened, since no one has ever returned alive from the boss battle.

All they heard from the foot of the mountains were the sounds of battle, and there were even eye-witnesses of a [Wisdom Dragon] flying in the sky. A few days later, when the sounds of battle had died down, the boss was still alive. They lost.

ED Note: From what I gathered, it seems like a group of adventurers saw the hero army from a distance, but didn't actually participated in the fight.

Personally, I wouldn't mind eating a [Legendary Hero], who are considerably strong, well let's leave that for later.

If the [Legendary Heroes] failed, the reason was probably because the dungeon boss is not a drake, but an actual dragon.

If this had been a kind of underground dungeon, this area would be a closed space to an extent. But since it's a natural type Dungeon, the boss could fly freely in the sky it has to be a dragon (excepting water dragons). All [Wisdom Dragons] share the characteristic of being highly intellectual and possessing immeasurable magic power, allowing them to bombard enemies below with magic spells so strong humans could never possibly hope to beat them.

On top of having a huge body lined with durable carbide-like scales, and bombarding attacks from the skies, countermeasures are limited. It's no wonder even [Legendary Heroes] would face difficulties when challenging them.

Moreover, even if it is [God] class, [legendary heroes] would hold out for a while, but their comrades very likely died from a single strike without actually doing anything.

I silently prayed for the [Legendary Heroes] that not having enough skills were driven into the ground. I wondered what they tasted like, I was tormented by the thought.

Incidentally, the main purpose of our conquest will be rare minerals, as well as materials extracted from the monsters. Wwe can easily bailout halfway.

Of course we had other choices, but [Flames of Fire Dragon Mountain], for various reasons seemed the best choice. So if we're gonna go somewhere, this place would be the best idea.

However, of the eight demons, two complained: "Ah, isn't it hot there? the heat is a little too much for me, but a banquet of sweaty men"

ED Note: Irofu-chan's reply has been updated...oh dear...

"But I'm only gonna end up being a burden for you all..." That's not a very positive thing to say about our expedition, it seems I'll have to motivate them one way or another.

The demons who lacked zeal (Irofu-chan and Dodome-chan, who is now Kugime-chan), think it's better for us to leave them here. but the verification of the 8 demon general's formation on the battlefield is one of the goals of our trip, so this time, I've gotta take them with me no matter what.

Of course I can order them with force, but I understand the reason behind their lack of motivation.

Belonging to the undead species, Irofu-chan is very weak to fire damage. As for Kugime-chan, she isn't very suited to battles in the open field. I wasn't even sure she would be any help.

Both have their own reasons, so I'll try to convince them gently.

But I'll do all of this tomorrow.

Today will be a day of practice, so Minokichi-kun and I will have a spar.

ED Note: The original text said dogfight, but I'm pretty sure Minokichi doesn't know how to fly, unless he's a descendant of the legendary Moon-Jumping Cow. Bad reference I know.

In order not to damage our surrounding we will not use weapons. But even without them, with outstanding physical abilities and martial arts mastery taught by me, Minokichi-kun had enormous power.

His fists were fast and heavy, to the point that it seemed he might have broken a few bones, he was even aiming at my vital organs.

Parrying all his attacks, I applied force to break Minokichi-kun's stance. But as he was starting to fall, He used his incredible physical abilities to rebuild his stance.

If it was the old Minokichi-kun, he would have definitely fallen to the ground. It seems like this level of attack wouldn't be enough for Minokichi-kun anymore.

Feeling his rapid growth, I naturally started to laugh, and we had a more committed spar without holding back.

Since there are enemies with whom you can't pull your punches, this level of training is welcome.

The dungeon 【フレムス炎竜山】 which translates as [Furemusu Fire Dragon Mountain] became [Flames of Fire Dragon Mountain] since the katakana is a little used way of writing flames and the rest translates as Flame Dragon and Mountain. 炎 means flame and 火 means fire, however the convention on this website for translating 炎 is to use Fire instead. ~Phantom.
To read the full explanation from Caudyr, use this link: Talk:Day 241-250/Day 245/@comment-PhantasmicGhost-20151020030517

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