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Having gathered almost all the information I wanted, we spent the rest of yesterday preparing for our hunt. We shopped for magic items that reduced the damage from the intense heat that’s a terrain effect. Starting early in the morning, we went on to challenge the dungeon we chose for this trip, 【Flames of the Fire Dragon Mountain】.
【Flames of the Fire Dragon Mountain】 is a dungeon near the labyrinth city ≪ Rada lo Dara ≫. It’s located around 30 minutes away by carriage. Unfortunately, we can’t savor its magnificence today due to the bad weather.
During the night, it gave off a red shine because of lava that is continuously being spit out. Added to that are thick, black clouds enshrined in the sky with lightning shooting through it frequently. It’s a spectacular sight.
We left labyrinth city ≪ Rada lo Dara ≫ by riding the skeleton centipede. In a rumbling fashion, it advanced by kicking up the snow, creating a ditch.
And after around ten minutes, I’d say?
While I was having a small talk with the other nine demons, we arrive at the Boundary Place that encloses the 【Flames of the Fire Dragon Mountain】.
If anyone went through the information that I collected, they’d understand it at first sight. We didn’t only hear it, but we could actually see it. This certainly was the place.
The world of white we have been in up until now, transformed into one big wasteland filled only with barren rocks.
And as if the world changed, there’s was not a single trace of the snow that kept on falling.
It’s divided so clearly, that if someone ends up here by mistake, he must be quite the fool.
The temperature within the 【Boundary Range】 is also different. Outside, it’s numbingly cold, inside it’s hot and humid.
I’m thoroughly admiring one of the many mysteries in this world, safely outside of the 【Boundary Range】. After that, we officially started to climb the 【Flames of the Fire Dragon Mountain】.
As soon as we started to climb the mountain, the temperature shot up.
It goes past the stage of just being hot and humid, to the stage where feels like you’re totally standing near the flames of hell.
Even the saliva inside my mouth has evaporated, making it hard to breathe. I began to feel a pain like my whole body is gradually being roasted.
Surely this is a terrain damage effect.
If you don’t prepare for it, your physical strength is being reduced over time *grinding sound (sfx)*. You might even be dead before you notice it.
The main cause of this can easily be seen; it’s no doubt the lava that gushing forth everywhere. Even the radiant heat that’s being emitted from the lava is no joke. Because of it, the skeleton centipede that’s covered with my clones is gradually being burnt by the terrestrial heat that’s not insignificant as well. *slowly happening (sfx)*
If it rolls over carelessly, it will certainly be burned.
It really is 【God】 rank.
While we’re not even close to encountering dungeon monsters, the motivation and physical strength of the challengers is constantly being gnawed at from the moment they entered.
If I didn’t collect the information beforehand, Irofu-chan, who was vulnerable to fire, would have been whining incessantly 『I want to go back, I want to go back, I want to go back, I want to go back!!』.
At any rate, through 【Fireproof Slime Secretion】 and 【Complete Heat Resistance】, I was able to almost completely nullify the terrain effects.
While I could feel the heat to a certain extent, there don’t seem to be any particular problems.
Minokichi-kun seems to be comfortable as his 【Demigod of Fire’s Divine Protection】 seems to nullify the terrain damage. His condition looks a lot better.
While Asue-chan is not able to endure it completely, an 【Earth Lord ・Subspecies】 is naturally able to mine in volcanos. Her natural tolerance is the highest of our group.
There don’t seem to be any problems for her as I prepared some heat resistant equipment as well.
For the other six demons that don’t have the same benefits as us, I prepared the magic items 【 Ice-cooled Underwear】 and 【 Cooling Long Coats 】for them to wear. I also had them drink the magic medicine 【Cool Liquid】 that creates an external cooling slime membrane.
The heat seems to have weakened considerably for them.
Though Irufo-chan is still weary, she’ll just have to do her best.
Since all preparations are finished, shall we go on? We got off the skeleton centipede and advanced several meters. We got ambushed immediately.
The dungeon monsters “Male Lava Army Fish” suddenly jumped out of the ground and attacked.
It can swim freely through the lava and magma. It looks like a shell fish of around one meter, wearing a red heavy armor glowing red because of the heat. Its charge has tremendous destructive power. On top, its solid, heavy, lava armor isn’t even dented by an attack.
There are basically dozens of them. With only so many, they are able attack a large crowd of a several hundred people. They’re known as the most difficult dungeon monsters of the upper layer of 【Flames of the Fire Dragon Mountain】.
I’ve heard mentions that around 30% of the deaths in the upper layer are caused by these fellows.
Of course, they all were delicious.
As expected, there was a difference in the amount of experience divided amongst the nine members, but as the “Male Lava Army Fish” are coming in a dozen at a time, it’s quite efficient. They were delicious in a lot of ways for our party.
Grilled fish is naturally still the best.
【Ability learned 【Magma Migration】】
Due to this ability, I can now able to swim in lava.
Looks like I can even use this in a place where lava doesn’t exist. Obtaining this might be a lucky omen.
By the way, for now, we’re currently standing around to see if there are any gaps in my brain map that I need to fill. Let’s go rotate clockwise around the 【Boundary Range】?
|Champsy||Honestly, I prefer Fire Dragon’s Flame Mountain a lot more. It sounds more like a dungeon name...|
|Champsy||That dude. Keeps on. Repeating. The same shit (names). Over. And over. And over. And over.|
|Champsy||What is it with these SFXs, author. FYI, I get them from thejadednetwork.|
|Champsy||Raw says Heat Cooling Long Coats. Kind of a pleonasm.|
|Champsy||Gel membrane might be better than slime membrane? Not so in a fantasy setting though.|
|Champsy||Not sure if it’s 30% of deaths happen in upper level by these fellows, or 30% of deaths IN upper level are caused by these fish. Kinda hinging on the first because of their danger level, but I think the raw indicates otherwise. I don’t agree with the author :p|
|Champsy||Went for Magma Migration, as it just sounded catch. Official skill description is the ability to swim through magma and lava without any problem. Literal translation is Lava Earth Migration.|
Thanks for putting up with my not-so-fast/slow paced editing without raging. Really appreciate it guys :).
Yesterday, after collecting the desired information, we went shopping/hunting for magic items that would help reduce the terrain effect damage caused by the intense heat of the volcano. Because in the morning, we will venture forth to challenge the [Flames of Fire Dragon Mountain] dungeon, the main objective of our trip.
The dungeon is located in a remote region about 30 minutes away from the city by horse carriage. Unfortunately, we wouldn't be able to admire it's majesty today due to bad weather.
Glowing red lava spews forth, bubbling out of the ground everywhere even during the night. Lightning bolts crackle constantly within the thick black clouds. First day of the challenge looks like quite a sloppy day, but I guess it's inevitable...
I think about 10 minutes have passed by now.
Chatting on the way, we finally arrived at the border zone of the barrier that surrounds the [Flames of Fire Dragon Mountain] dungeon.
As mentioned in the information gathered, the transition can be recognized at a glance. The silvery white world that looked like a painting was suddenly peeled off, revealing bare rocks and a barren waste land.
No snow piled up in here unlike outside in the wilderness. With the boundaries this clearly divided up, if anyone wandered in here by mistake, they'd have to be a complete idiot. Even the climate is completely different, the previous freezing cold disappeared, and now I'm sweating all over due to the heat and humidity.
While enjoying one of the wonders of the world, we entered into the border zone and have officially arrived at the [Flames of Fire Dragon Mountain].
The moment we entered the mountains, the temperature spiked. The temperature increased so drastically, it feels like I'm right next to a fire.
Moisture began to escape from my mouth, and breathing became difficult. Slowly, my body began to feel like it was gradually being burned.
This must be the terrain effect damage.
If nothing is done about this, your physical strength will begin to diminish until death is imminent.
The main cause of this damage is all around us. No doubt it's because of the heat radiating from the lava. My clone that's currently enveloping the Skeleton Centipede] is slowly being roasted into a crisp by the geothermal heat. This is no laughing matter.
ED Note:馬鹿 not only means idiot, but also trivial matter.
If you don't react to this accordingly, you'll be nicely cooked.
As expected from a [God] class dungeon.
ED Note: I think he means the temperature in the dungeon is just right for cooking meatloafs/adventurers :P...
By the time you encounter a dungeon monster, you would already be shaved of both strength and motivation.
If we didn't collect information and prepare before, Irofu-chan, who is vulnerable to heat, would have already thrown a mighty temper tantrum and said "LET'S GO BACK HOME, GO BACK HOME, GO BACK HOME, GO BACK HOME!"
At any rate, I can activate [Fireproof Mucus Resistance] and [Complete Fire Resistance], almost completely negating the terrain effect on me. I still feel a little hot, but nothing serious.
Minokichi-kun's [Demigod of Fire's Blessing] nullifies the damage that the [Terrain Damage] would have normally dealt to him, even more it wasn't making him feel uncomfortable; actually he is looking better here than usual.
While Asue-chan doesn't have any special abilities like us, however since [Earth Lord - Variant's] often mine in areas such as volcanoes, her race has the highest base heat resistance among us all.
Give her a few heat resistant pieces of equipment, and she will be fine.
Since the rest didn't have any abilities or high heat resistance they'll have to use magic items. They wore [Ice-cold Underwear], [Cooling Long Cape], [Heat Proof Combat Boots], and used a magic potion [Cooling Liquid] that envelops their body in a thin liquid of mucus.
This seemed to substantially reduce the heat.
But even with all this, Irofu-chan still looks rather lifeless. She'll have no choice but to give it her best shot.
After finishing our preparations, we got off the Skeleton Centipede and only managed to advance a few meters before we were attacked. The attackers that suddenly jumped out of the ground are known as [Lava Dungeon Army Fish].
Freely swimming in lava and magma, this fish is a species of Armored Fish, reaching lengths of 1 meter and is clad in heavy armor composed of red hot magma. Even without its rush attack, it has fearsome destructive capabilities. Its armor is hard enough to deflect any half-hearted attack while also dealing damage itself. Furthermore, if dozens of them were killed, hundreds more will rush in. Within the outer layers of [Flames of Fire Dragon Mountain], it's known as the most obnoxious monster.
We heard that about a third of the deaths in the early levels of Fire Dragon Mountain were caused by this monster.
Naturally we had a wonderful time.
Due to the fact there were 9 demons here, the usually abundant experience was distributed among us. But since they came by the dozens, they make leveling very efficient. Furthermore, they were also very tasty.
Yum, grilled fish is the best.
Ability learned: [Traverse Lava]
With this ability, I can now swim in lava. In addition, this ability can also be used in various other locations where there is no lava. I have to say, this is quite a good start.
Now then, in order to fill in the blanks of my mental map, why don't we travel in a clockwise direction along the [Border Area]?