One of the main things about 【Flames of the Fire Dragon Mountain】 is that there’s no safety zone.
Of course I don’t need to mention the fact that the dungeon monsters are attacking day and night, and it’s also annoying that the terrain features change from time to time.
If you get careless for a moment at a smooth spot with no lava around, it will suddenly gush out from under your feet. There are also the natural, fatal volcano gasses that come in out of nowhere.
Actually, the moment you let your guard down and take a rest, you’re dead.
In other words, it’s hard for challengers to rest. In our case, I transform the skeleton centipede into a temporary base. Compared to anyone else, this makes taking a rest possible, which makes our lives considerably easier.
I easily make the base and let Kanami-chan and the others take some rest in the skeleton centipede because she seemed to have become considerably fatigued from yesterday. I took up guard duty for the entire night because I have 【Round-the-clock】.
I slaughtered a lot of dungeon monsters by myself. It would be more beneficial if everyone was there as well, but it can’t be helped.
Since we spent all day yesterday memorizing the map, making it quite favorable.
Though my clones couldn’t go very far ahead because the dungeon monsters were stronger a lot than them, I created as many as I could, and let them carry 【Parasites】. Combined with the wide area search from Kugime-chan. We were already able to map out 40% through this.
In addition, we were able to discover quite a few field bosses because of it. I’d say our conquering attempt is going well so far.
However, 【Flames of the Fire Dragon Mountain】 is even larger than I expected. We were able avoid continuously battling the dungeon heroes as well as the terrain effects. We finished our rotation of the outer edge that we started yesterday by noon today, a little ahead of schedule.
That aside, because it ended up well, we took a break to go for lunch. Judging from our previous fights, I feel that we can continue challenging the dungeon; so I decided to hunt a field boss this time around.
The real conquering starts here.
With 【Job ・ Sentinel】 on top off 【Phased Radar Array】, the rough direction of the field boss that is further off is shown to me. Kugime-chan is able to pinpoint its position with her abilities.
Like this we are able to make a beeline for it without wasting any time.
We’re still facing a large amount of dungeon monsters when going through the area with the field boss, though less because we’re going in a straight line instead of roaming around --
- ”Cursed Flame Skull Legion”, skulls freely floating in midair, covered in a black curse flame.
- ”Flying Killer Butterflies”, carnivorous butterflies that’re as big as a man. They hide themselves in the shadow and hunt for prey with sharp tentacles. Their scales hold a high glamor effect that spread around flame illusions.
- ”Bursting Bom Bats” fly at high speed by using their fire wings. They attack challengers from their blind spot and blow themselves up one after another.
- ”Great Lava Licking Slimes” have the habit of mimicking lava, waiting to ambush targets passing by. They are capable of high speed movement, can generate volcanic gasses and shoots out acid body fluids.
- "Vulcan Crimson Lizard Lords” live in the lava and magma. They have a big frame and burning dorsal fins. They wield a pair of red hot swords
And so on.
-- We’re intercepting them while covering each other, and are progressing smoothly.
While the dungeon monsters we’re are encountering here are surely stronger than outside the dungeon, as long as we can sense their existence beforehand, we can prepare to take them on. No critical situations occurred.
Like that, we trudged on and reached our destination. *thud thud (sfx)*
Countless of lava pillars are standing closely together, each one as thick as the bottom of a big tree trunk.
Because of these lava pillars, there are a lot of blind spots and it’s hard for everyone to cooperate with each other because of how close the pillars are to each other.
In between the lava pillars, there’s a place where the ground is subtly indented. Looks like it’s filled with poisonous fumes because they’re heavier than air. I can spot it leaking from delicate cracks at the bottom of the lava pillars.
The lava pillars seem to retain a high temperature though, they’re hot. If you took measures, you won’t take damage, but it’s still too hot.
At first, I judged that it wasn’t a good battlefield. I spotted the field boss at a distance, albeit a bit late.
The moment the field boss noticed our existence, he came at us at high speed.
Though we could temporarily withdraw for now, but we assumed that it’d be easier to fight in the pit than in the forest of lava pillars. His subordinates appeared from in between the lava pillars.
Its entire muscular body are covered by red, hard, magic metal spikes. Its four thick, tough, strong arms are tightly gripping a club made out of lava. Six golden eyes are looking at while skittering around restlessly.
Six very long tails are growing from its behind and are skillfully moving back and forth. *zig zag (sfx)* Its big, thick legs are straddling a lava pillar of about 5 meter high with its strong toes creating a foothold with its strong grip.
The name of this first field boss is “Volcanic Ape General”, it’s a large monkey that has made the forest of lava pillars his territory.
The four-armed Volcanic Ape General leads a lot of two-armed Volcanic Apes that are about half its size. Its strong presence is able stop overwhelm and stop anyone in the neighborhood in its track.
Its golden eyes are observing us in detail. If we show any openings in our defense, it’ll probably attack immediately.
The surrounding Volcanic Apes have already standing ready and can spring into action at any time. They’re waiting on the orders of its leader.
It’s indeed a 【God】 rank boss. It looks to be very tough, not only individually, but as leader of the pack as well.
The battle didn’t start immediately, as we just stared at each other for a while. A strange silence spreads around the area.
You could hear the earth shaking, the lava gushing out and the cries and screams of the dungeon monsters far away.
Aside from our breathing, there’s only a small sound of metal rustling.
We’re glaring at each other for several dozen seconds. It’s the Volcanic Ape General that becomes impatient and acts first.
The Volcanic Ape General’s first attack is an overwhelming roar that breaks a lot of lava pillars in the area.
Even a wyvern would be frozen for a moment if it was standing in short range, it surely had an effect on us.
Though it’s not like we couldn’t move completely, but our bodies are moving slower than we want.
Not missing a beat, the Volcanic Ape General jumps up high.
Raising the lava club that he holds with all four hands, he aims to attack while falling with full power.
Using 【Gravity Law】 I held him back slightly by holding him in the air for an instant. Right before that, as planned, Minokichi-kun and the others took advantage of that opening to shoot 【Eight Demon Annihilation Formation ・Destructive Shot】.
Combination attack 【Eight Demon Annihilation Formation ・Destructive Shot】 is the attack of all eight demons bundled up by a mysterious power and transformed into something like a black flash. The Volcano Ape General tried to defend against the attack with his club because he couldn’t avoid in midair. However it was to no avail, as everything except for its head fully disintegrated. Right after that it falls down from the sky like a brick. *spinning (sfx)*
The destructive power of the combo attack doesn’t just stop with killing the Volcanic Ape General; a countless amount of lava pillars and unlucky Volcanic Apes were caught up and vanished without a trace. It also opened up a gap in the dark clouds.
Sunlight breaks through the hole that just opened up and illuminated the wake of destruction.
The spectacle petrified the surviving Volcanic Apes that stood in the back.
Of course, we didn’t give the rest of the Volcanic Apes any chance to escape. Shot down from a distance with 【Pressurized Lightning Cannon】, limbs cut off with 【Paralyzing Fiery Adamantine Claws】; they were cleaned up with several abilities.
No time was wasted chasing the dungeon monster as they basically didn’t run away. There was no point as the hunt was finished up in a matter of minutes.
After the battle was over, I threw the corpses of the Volcanic Apes into my 【Item Box】.
【Field Boss ［Volcanic Ape General］ successfully eliminated 】
【Achiever Yatendouji has been Awarded the 【Flame Ape General’s Coffin】 as a first time subjugation bonus】
And like that, the battle against the first field boss ended, though I was a bit disappointed.
However, as a result of using all energy in that opening combo attack, all eight demons were exhausted.
Even Minokichi-kun’s breath was disordered. He lay down on the ground to rest.
Seiji-kun was lying down like a frail child who fainted half a minute ago. Looks like he is not able to move because his body was burnt by the geothermal heat.
Improved from the previous time I tried it, I put everyone in a simple, temporary resting station made from the skeleton centipede. After that, I took the large treasure chest that had appeared. I decided to hang on to it for now and took a slightly long rest.
A little bit later, I decided to eat the head of the Volcanic Ape General that had rolled in front of my feet. It was pleasantly burnt by the geothermal heat and gave off a fragrant smell.
A gulp resounded from my throat.
I gave in to my appetite and swallowed it in one bite.
【Ability learned 【Earthquake Club Smash】】
【Ability learned 【Herculean Strength】】
【Ability learned 【Blazing Body】】
The strength and satisfying feeling that filled my body the moment I ate it, was the best ever.
It probably caused a glow to come out of my mouth and eyes.
|Champsy||Round-a-clock means he can do everything without sleep need. Named it that for shits and giggles because I can’t trust the translation at day 60|
|Champsy||Opting for Volcano Lizards instead of Vulcan. More logical translation imo. Does imply that I’m assuming there’s a typo in the raw.|
|Champsy||Lava pillars being hot? No shit, author.|
|Editor||The Insane Fox, Akioni|
ps, gonna work on something...special/ shorter /not-mandatory-to-the-main-storyline-but-still-fun-to-read-stuff after this day. Phew, it's a long day btw, both for me and Rou. ~Akioni
By default, there are no such things as [Safe Zones] within the [Flames of Fire Dragon Mountain].
Naturally there are the dungeon monsters relentlessly attacking you day and night, but there is also the ever-changing landscape of the mountains that you need to be occasionally wary of.
Just when you think you're on flat-lands where there is no lava nearby, it suddenly gushes out from right under your feet. Naturally, you also have to be cautious about the toxic volcanic fumes coming out of nowhere.
It seems to me that if you ever decide to take a rest while your guard is lowered in this place, you're as good as dead.
For adventurers that choose to challenge this place, even taking a rest is a challenging task. However, compared to them we have a much easier time since we can build a temporary base by changing the shape of the skeleton centipede. I wonder, can the other adventurers even take a rest in this place... After easily building our base Kanami-chan, who seemed very tired after the day was over, took her rest at ease while I stood guard overnight with my ability [Tireless].
ED Note:ゆっくりalso means at ease, not just slowly.
But I had to slaughter a large number of dungeon monsters who came to attack the camp on my own. Since it's for the sake of everyone, it can't be helped.
I'm not doing this just to fill my belly, that's not the situation here.
I spent the entirety of yesterday filling my mental map, that went well.
However, things didn't go as smoothly as usual. The reason for this is due to the fact that the local monsters are far stronger than my clones. Thus, I instead summoned some Black Fomorians, infected them with my parasite clones, and sent them out to explore the area. Combining that with Kugime-chan's perception abilities, we covered 4/10ths of the site. In addition, we also found a few field bosses, so in that aspect I can say it went well.
However, the "Fire Dragon Mountain" was larger than expected. Due to constant battle with the local monsters, as well as the terrain itself, we only managed to finish our exploration along the border area in the late morning of today, which was outside of what I planned.
Putting that aside, after taking a lunch break, and exchanging our thoughts and experiences with fighting in the local area, we have decided that we will continue the conquest of this dungeon, and our current course of action will be to hunt down the dungeon bosses.
The real conquest begins now.
[Job: Sentinel] and [Phased Radar Array] indicated the general direction of distant field bosses. Kugime-chan was able to identify a more detailed position of the boss with her abilities.
With this, it is now possible to walk straight towards our destination without getting lost.
We proceed without hesitation since we know we're taking the shortest path, however on our way we were attacked by a large horde of monsters who came flocking over.
- Cloaked in black azure flames, an aggregation of skulls that floated freely in the air: the [Skull Legion of Cursed Flames].
- Man-sized carnivorous butterflies that scatter strong hallucinogenic scales and phantom fire, while hunting their prey with sharp proboscis whilst hiding in the shadows: [Frey John's Killer Butterfly]
ED Note: If anyone has a better name "フレイジョン・キラーバタフライ", be my guest. Tried looking up who Frey John was, couldn't find any solid references. P.s. I changed tentacles to proboscis, since that's the proper name for the suckers of a butterfly. Ed Zak: maybe it is not about a man but about type of men? As in Frail John? As in Nutterfly that kills frail men?
- Flying at high speed using wings of fire, performing kamikaze attacks by exploding in the blind spots of adventurers: [Explosive Bomb Bird].
ED Note: Yes I'm aware the Google translate said "Blaster Bombardment, but ブラスターボンバード is read as something like "Blasta Bomm bado" (Bomm bado does sound a bit like bombard), and バード means bird.
- Preying on unsuspecting victims by acting as a puddle of lava, they generate volcanic gas and acidic fluids while bouncing with great speed: [Greater lava Slime].
- Adapting to living in hot lava and magma, their main characteristics are the red hot blades they duel wield and flaming dorsal fins on their huge body: [Volcanic Crimson Lizard Lords].
We backed each other up while fending off the attackers, and proceeded smoothly.
However, these dungeon monsters are clearly much stronger than the monsters we previously encountered outside. If we didn't detect their presence in advance, this would have became a critical situation.
Smoothly proceeding forward, we arrived at our destination.
Countless columns of lava rose like tall trees crowding together, this is going to be a dreadful place to fight.
The countless giant columns of lava generate a lot of blind spots, and due to our delicate spacing, coordination with everyone else is going to be hard.
Moreover, there seems to be a slight indentation filled with accumulated toxic gases heavier than air where the pillar connects to the ground. Upon closer inspection, it seems like the gas is leaking out of cracks on the pillar.
On top of that, the lava pillars were extremely hot. Even if we've taken action against them, we'll still feel the extreme heat despite not taking damage. What's hot is hot I guess.
With a quick glance, we've determined that this is not a suitable battlefield for us and decided to lure him out to a remote location instead. But we were a little too late.
The field boss has already noticed our presence and is approaching here at high speed.
We could certainly retreat since we haven't entered deep into the forest of lava pillars, however I've determined it would be easier for us to fight here and thus formed ranks. Then, he appeared atop of the pillars, along with his underlings.
ED Note:Dunno if it's a male or female (yet), but currently, I'm calling it a he.
A muscular body covered in red pelts boasting a level of hardness higher than magic metal, four brawny arms thicker than an ace pitchers' with clubs forged of lava on each hand, six bustling golden eyes constantly staring at us, 6 lengthy tails flickering dexterously and sinuously, thick legs supporting his 5 meter body while trampling over the pillars, and strong toes that gripped firmly onto the scaffolding.
The name of the first field boss was [Volcanic Ape General], and this forest of volcanic lava pillars was his territory. The [Volcanic Ape General], leading a dozen of his kind that are about half his size and have 2 arms instead of 4, was emitting pressure from his statue. With his golden eyes observing our every move, he was ready to commence attack as soon as we show any sign of weakness.
Around the Ape General were his underlings the [Volcanic Apes], all in their respective positions, awaiting orders from their herd leader.
As expected of a field boss of a [God] class dungeon, not only is he powerful on his own, he even has the capabilities to lead his own kind. He's going to be a very difficult opponent.
We didn't have an immediate confrontation, instead we had a stand off, a strange silence dominated the surroundings.
All that was heard was the noise of air jets, the sound of lava not unlike earth tremors and the howls of the dungeon monsters in the distance.
Amidst each other's breathing, there's only a slight metallic sound and the rustling of clothes.
This stand off only lasted a dozen seconds at most, and the first one to break it was the [Volcanic Ape General].
He started the fight with a roar of overwhelming power; cracks formed on the huge lava pillars around him. If he roared at close distance, it would even immobilize a dragon variant. It would naturally also be effective against us. We weren't immobilized, but that's not the problem. It's not something related to our physical body. It seems like our mental processing ability had slowed.
Not about to miss this opening, the [Volcanic Ape General] jumped up high. Swinging his four clubs at us with his brawny hands while falling, I determined that this is going to be a powerful attack.
Thus, I used [Gravity Manipulation] and suspended him in midair as soon as he was about to strike. At this moment, Minokichi-kun and the others had come to an understanding, and activated the full extent of their union attack, and unleashed the [Destructive strike - Annihilation Trigram of the 8 Demons].
ED Note: once again, if anyone has a better name, be my guest :合体攻撃【滅撃・八鬼殲陣】 Ed Zak: Taking Japan and Chinese correlation into account it makes roughly this [United Assault [Flashing/Extinguishing attack of 8 Demonic War Generals]], or more according to Chinese [United Assault [Extinguishing attack - 8 Wrights/Spirits Devastating Waves]]. Btw: 嵌合体 means chimera in Chinese.
The union attack [Destructive strike - Annihilation Trigram of the 8 Demons] bundles and fuses the mysterious powers of the eight demons and converts it into a black flash. The [Volcanic Ape General] who was floating in the air attempted to defend himself using his clubs but to no avail. The next moment all that was left of him was his head, spinning elegantly in the air.
The Union attack's destructive power not only killed the [Volcanic Ape General], but demolished countless lava columns and several unlucky [Volcanic Apes] without a trace, and even penetrated the black clouds in the sky, leaving behind a hole in the clouds.
Sunlight poured in from the hole, illuminating the trail of destruction.
Witnessing this scene, the remaining [Volcanic apes] froze in their positions, ceasing all movement.
Of course, we took the chance to close the distance while they stood there befuddled. Repeatedly using [Pressurized Thunder Cannon] from a distance, or [Blazing Adamantine Paralysis Claw] to cut off the limbs, we began to hunt down the remnants using a variety of ways.
After the start of the battle, there is no escape for the monsters in the dungeon. It didn't even take us a few minutes to capture them all.
After all that, their corpses were safely stored using Item Box
[Dungeon Boss [Volcanic Monkey General] successfully removed]
[As a bonus for the elimination of the boss, a treasure box [The Fiery Ape General's Coffin] will be sent.]
It was a disappointing conclusion, however this is the result of our first field boss battle. It was our complete victory.
However, the eight demons are now suffering the after-effects of using the union attack, and are all exhausted.
Even the muscle idiot Minokichi-kun is now panting as he's lying down on the ground.
The one with the weakest body, the beansprout Seiji-kun is now half stunned on the ground. It seems that not even being roasted by the hot ground is going to make him move.
This was a test to see if we would need to do this with moderation the next time. I made a simple resting camp with a [Skeleton centipede] and brought everyone inside, as well as the huge treasure box that appeared, and decided to take a long rest that served as treatment.
I was thinking about leaving the head of the [Volcanic Ape General for later, but the fragrance emitting from the meat being burnt by the geothermal heat is just too alluring.
A sound of hunger came from me though. Eating ripped off meat satiated my appetite.
[Ability learned: [Earth-Shaking Wrecking Staff]]
[Ability learned: [Herculean Strength]]
[Ability learned: [Body of Flames]]
My whole body was filled with strength and satisfaction. This was the best feeling I have ever felt.
I might even have just experienced a phenomenon where light shot out of my eyes and mouth.
ED Note: You all probably know this, but it seems like whenever anime characters get a power boost (especially the old-styled ones), light shoots out of the character's eyes and mouth.