Chapter 7:

Soldier Chapter 1: Abyth Exploration


Soldier Chapter 1Bookmark here

Abyth ExplorationBookmark here

Abyth dungeon is a dark cave dungeon that has been in Veronia’s control for centuries.Bookmark here

It’s a dungeon that the city maintains for being the leveling spot for beginners.Bookmark here

It has 3 levels.Bookmark here

The first level which is called the surface level has really weak monsters in it, from Evolution Level 1 to Evolution Level 2.Bookmark here

The second level which is called the lower level has Evolution Level: 2 to Evolution Level: 3 Monsters. The guardian that protects the city from the strong monsters from the lowest level resides in this area.Bookmark here

The third level which is called the lowest level has Evolution Level: 4 and Evolution Level: 5 monsters. The population of Evolution Level: 5 monsters are trimmed by Elite soldiers or adventurers from Veronia yearly.Bookmark here

Recently, there have been reports of weird activities happening in the lowest level. There are also reports that the guardian that resides on the second level is missing.Bookmark here

In order to analyze the situation, the military sent a group of soldiers down to the third level.Bookmark here

The party consists of soldiers above Class Level: 4 except for one person.Bookmark here

The party consists of an offensive mage, a support mage, an archer, two tanks, and one scout.Bookmark here

I’m the one of the scout class, and the leader of the party. My name is Soldier.Bookmark here

“Why did they send Class Level: 4s down to this level. We can take on a single Evolution Level: 5 with our numbers, but fighting against two or more will result in deaths… do they want us to die?”Bookmark here

Seriously. I don’t see the reason of sending us here instead of sending the Royal Knights or the S Class adventurers.Bookmark here

“What are you saying, Soldier? Isn’t it because they trust you very much? I can’t say I’m not nervous, but with you on our side… I feel really confident!” the female mage named Leia said.Bookmark here

She’s 21 years old, has short red hair and green eyes. She’s a year older than me. We live together.Bookmark here

“Hahaha! Being with the genius mage and the wise soldier, I can’t feel but feel relieved!” the big guy wearing heavy armor with brown hair walking in front named Mark said with a confident face.Bookmark here

Leia is a genius having reached Class Level: 4 only at age 21.Bookmark here

As for me, I’m only Class Level: 3 and is the lowest in the party. But for some reason, they had made me their leader.Bookmark here

I’m a Class Level: 3 from the scout class tree. I specialize in sneaking and detection. My weapon of choice is the crossbow, but I don’t really use it for anything aside for self-defense.Bookmark here

“We’ve been through situations like this in the past, I’m sure we’ll be able to overcome it!” the male archer with green hair whose name was Kyle said with a cheerful face.Bookmark here

“The guild chose our party because they know we can handle it. They know our party can handle even those monsters above our Class Levels.” The male support mage with blue hair named Evans said with a calm face.Bookmark here

“Soldier, we’re about to reach the lowest level.” The female tank with waist length black hair and a serious expression named Akasha said with a serious tone.Bookmark here

“Everyone, focus and get in formation.”Bookmark here

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So far, we had avoided battle.Bookmark here

Our mission is not to hunt monsters. It’s to find the guardian.Bookmark here

That means as long as we find it, it will be mission complete.Bookmark here

Our group is quiet as possible when moving around. This is because there’s a monster here named [Abyth Manticore]. That monster is able to sense further than most monsters.Bookmark here

The reason we’re safe now is due to my <Skill Sharing, <Sneak>, and <Night Vision>.Bookmark here

I see something laying on the ground a few meters away. It doesn’t seem to be alive.Bookmark here

I signaled to my party to move forward and we headed to the direction.Bookmark here

It’s a corpse. I know it’s a monster corpse, but I cannot see what kind of monster it is.Bookmark here

“Evans, use light magic. Leia, use dark magic to stop the light from being seen by monsters.”Bookmark here

“<Dark Shroud>.”Bookmark here

“<Light Ball>.”Bookmark here

Leia used dark magic to surround us with dark magic. Evans used light magic to illuminate the area within the dark magic.Bookmark here

“What? An [Abyth Manticore]? Shouldn’t it be the strongest one in this level? Why is it dead?” Kyle asked with a curious expression.Bookmark here

“Look at its back. It’s been pierced by something. It looks like a lance wound…” Akasha said while investigating the body.Bookmark here

“A lance wound? I remember that the guardian is an armor monster using a lance. This might be done by it.” Leia said.Bookmark here

“This confirms that the guardian is down here…” said Mark.Bookmark here

“Something is wrong in this dungeon…”Bookmark here

I looked around the area.Bookmark here

“If I remember clearly, there should be many Evolution Level: 4 called “Stinger Ant” on the lowest level. I haven’t seen one yet.”Bookmark here

“Now that you mention it…”Bookmark here

There’s not even a single speck of monster in this area, only this corpse.Bookmark here

I have a bad feeling about this.Bookmark here

“…Let’s get moving.”Bookmark here

We moved around the area as careful as possible. For a while, we have not seen even one monster.Bookmark here

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We heard footsteps that sounded like metal.Bookmark here

It was an armor monster.Bookmark here

There was no need to use night vision to see it. Inside the full body armor, a blue light shone.Bookmark here

The armor was colored white. It’s holding a lance on its left hand and a shield on its right arm.Bookmark here

No matter how you look at it, it’s the guardian.Bookmark here

“It really is here… what is it doing?” Leia wondered.Bookmark here

“It’s just roaming around… should we try and approach it!?” Kyle said with an excited look.Bookmark here

No, I’ve got a bad feeling about this…Bookmark here

“Our mission has been completed, we shouldn’t approach it. Let’s just go back.”Bookmark here

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While we were going back, I felt the presence of a Abyth Manticore. It’s sleeping next to the pathway to the second level.Bookmark here

I signaled to everybody that it’s an emergency, and nobody should make a sound. Talk once, and it will detect us.Bookmark here

Since it’s sleeping on the pathway, we have no choice but to wait until it wakes up and leave.Bookmark here

Staying down here is dangerous, but there is a place to wait safely.Bookmark here

There is a different second level on this dungeon. That second level doesn’t have a path to the surface and only leads to a dead end. We can rest there and camp safely until that manticore goes out of the way.Bookmark here

We slowly moved away from the Manticore and headed for the different second level.Bookmark here

It’s an area of a dungeon no one goes to that much.Bookmark here

We reached the slope heading towards the second level. We walked up the slope.Bookmark here

After walking up…Bookmark here

“It’s okay now everyone, this is the second level. It doesn’t have a path to the surface, but we’re safe here. We’ll camp here until that manticore leaves.”Bookmark here

“Sigh…”Bookmark here

When the tension lessned, everyone breathed out in relief.Bookmark here

“I can’t believe just staying down there made me this tired…” Leia said while slouching.Bookmark here

“It was a good experience…” Akasha said with a motivated face.Bookmark here

“It’s only good for you!” Kyle shouted.Bookmark here

“Hahaha! I’ll make some dinner, is it okay to make a campfire, soldier?” Mark asked while taking out our supplies.Bookmark here

“It’s fine…” I said as I looked around the area…Bookmark here

I noticed something with my <Night Vision>…Bookmark here

“Hey, do you see that?”Bookmark here

“See what?”Bookmark here

“Evans, can you illuminate that wall?”Bookmark here

“<Light Ball>.”Bookmark here

Evans used light magic to illuminate the wall.Bookmark here

“What the heck?”Bookmark here

“Fruits!? Looks delicious!”Bookmark here

Fruits.Bookmark here

There are fruits laying on the ground, and some are sticking to the wall.Bookmark here

Looking closely at it, there are vines on walls around us.Bookmark here

“Was this dungeon always like this?”Bookmark here

“No, there were no reports like this… what are these fruits?”Bookmark here

“I’ll take a bite!” Mark said with confidence.Bookmark here

Well, he’s used to getting poisoned. I guess he’s okay…Bookmark here

Mark took a fruit and chewed on it.Bookmark here

“What does it taste like?”Bookmark here

“…There’s no taste.”Bookmark here

“What?”Bookmark here

“There really is no taste. Its juice taste like water and the fruit itself has no taste. The texture is similar to an apple.”Bookmark here

“Let me try.”Bookmark here

I picked up a fruit and tasted it. It really did taste like nothing.Bookmark here

“What kind of fruit is this…”Bookmark here

I looked at the vines and it goes in deeper into the area.Bookmark here

“Soldier, what should we do? Should we go deeper inside?” Akasha asked with as serious look.Bookmark here

There were no reports of plants or plant monsters residing inside this dungeon. The monsters around this area are just Evolution Level 2 and Evolution Level 3…Bookmark here

“Let’s do it. But if we see something unknown, we’ll leave.”Bookmark here

We entered deeper into the auxiliary second level.Bookmark here

We noticed that there are almost no monsters here. Not even corpses. As we go in, I get more nervous.Bookmark here

While walking, I saw someone…Bookmark here

I didn’t even feel her presences.Bookmark here

“Who is that?”Bookmark here

There is someone who has her hands on one of the vines.Bookmark here

It’s a female. She looks like a teenager.Bookmark here

She has neck-length straight green neck length bobbed hair. The irises on her eyes are green. She’s wearing a green knee length long coat opened from the hip downwards. For her lower body, she’s wearing a dark green skirt. For footwear, she’s wearing dark green boots.Bookmark here

“…?”Bookmark here

The girl noticed us and looked at us. Upon changing her position, the hand that was holding the vines were revealed.Bookmark here

She was not holding the vines. The vines are growing from her arm!Bookmark here

“What the, a dryad!?”Bookmark here

“No, dryads are less human. She looks like a human.”Bookmark here

The vine stopped growing from her hands. The edges of her hand turned from vines to normal human fingers.Bookmark here

“…Is it one of them?”Bookmark here

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The girl was talking to herself?Bookmark here

“…Forgot that your body’s not here.”Bookmark here

She talked in a monotone voice void of emotions.Bookmark here

Body? Is she talking to something?Bookmark here

She nodded then looked at us.Bookmark here

“Go away.”Bookmark here

Go away…?Bookmark here

“Sorry, we can’t do that. What are you doing in this place? And what are you?”Bookmark here

“Me…?”Bookmark here

She spaced out for a second, then continued talking.Bookmark here

“…Don’t show them everything.”Bookmark here

Show? Show us what?Bookmark here

A panel suddenly appeared in front of me…Bookmark here

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Name: Tegariara
Being Category: [Person]
Race: [Human]
Racial Classification: [Plant]
Title: ‡Empress of Greed‡
Class: True Horizon Magus
Class Level: 10Bookmark here

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“C-Class level: 10!?!?” Leia shouted in surprise.Bookmark here

It seems that I’m not the only one who can see this absurdity…Bookmark here

How can she just show us panels like that!?Bookmark here

The girl pointed her hand then threatened us.Bookmark here

“…Leave or die.”Bookmark here

Everyone’s faces paled.Bookmark here

We don’t have a chance here, we should run!Bookmark here

“O-Okay, we’re going to leave! everyone. Retreat!”Bookmark here

We ran as fast as we could.Bookmark here

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We ran away until we got to the slope heading down to the third level.Bookmark here

Everyone breathed out heavily.Bookmark here

W-What the heck was that!? How can there be a class level 10!? And she’s also our enemy!?Bookmark here

Not only that, this is the first time I saw someone else’s panel without the evaluation crystals.Bookmark here

Her race said that she was human but his racial classification is plant, not beast.... Is that how she was she able to make branches out of her hands?Bookmark here

She also has that ‡Empress of Greed‡ title. This is the first time I saw something like that.Bookmark here

“S-Soldier, I think we need to report this as fast as possible.” Akasha said with a voice that’s trying hard to retain composure.Bookmark here

Her uneasiness is understandable. We have a class level 7 back in the capital, and she’s already out of this world. A monster that cannot be compared to anyone.Bookmark here

Now we have an enemy with class level 10.Bookmark here

Level might not be everything, but you cannot compare a class level 7 to a class level 10.Bookmark here

There have rumors that long living elves from the elven continent have reached class level 8. But in theory, it was said to take more than 300 years to achieve, but level 10 is outright impossible. There are no records of someone reaching class level 10.Bookmark here

That person didn’t look old at all, she’s human, and she’s class level 10.Bookmark here

Such a being… no one will be able to stand up to it.Bookmark here

The best course of action is to report it immediately, for the military to be prepared.Bookmark here

We had fought monsters with higher evolution levels than our class levels, but we had succeeded by using our numbers and using strategies.Bookmark here

There is a possibility of winning if we use the military of the whole country.Bookmark here

“Everyone, our next mission is to go back to the surface level. Our next objective is to get through the manticore blocking the entrance.”Bookmark here

After regaining composure, we headed for the manticore…Bookmark here

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…And this decision was the greatest regret of my life...Bookmark here

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