The dungeon in the royal capital, how do I say it…really feels like an abandoned mine.
Wooden pillars and beams were placed at equal distances apart within the wide passage.
Occasionally, there were ores that seemed to protrude from the walls, but those were the dungeon’s treasures. There also seemed to be a treasure chest left somewhere unnoticed, but its source hasn’t been investigated.
It’s futile to ponder seriously about this game-like reasoning.
There’s no point in thinking hard about it.
Olivia was taking the ores that were buried in the wall.
She’s come across iron ores or something like that. To begin with, it’s odd that the iron coming out already seems refined.
“Eheheh, I found one.”
Olivia looked delighted, but was so absorbed in it that when she wiped her sweat with her hand, the tip of her nose would get dirt on it.
“Congrats. That one’s definitely one hundred dia.”
I took the heavy lump of metal and tossed it into my luggage.
The monetary currency here consists of “dia” and “dil”.
One dia is…well, in terms of my previous world, I suppose it’s worth about one hundred yen?
Gold and silver pieces also exist as money, but they’re aren’t seen very much due to there being bills and coins.
Olivia looked at her surroundings.
“Well, you see…I’m wondering why a phenomenon like this is happening in the dungeon. I’ve even heard about there being a treasure chest, and it’s a little strange. It’s almost like someone arranged this.”
There’s no purpose in having feelings of unease about that.
After all, the dungeon is the kingdom’s treasury of materials and funds that help support it.
In the first place, there’s no point in asking for an explanation since this is the result of the game’s setting, a lackluster setting at that.
“How strange. Alright, let’s keep going.”
“W, wait a moment! Leon, are you not concerned about it?”
Olivia’s spirits waned.
“You’re cold, Leon.”
She’s opened up quite a bit, but…unfortunately, this girl descends from commoners. Eventually, she’ll be recognized as a saint and become an untouchable presence.
I shouldn’t get married to such a partner, so I’m going to limit it at just being friends.
It’s really regrettable.
If Olivia were a noble, people would get a little pushy in trying to confess to her. The reason being that she’s a person with a kind heart among other things, but most importantly, she’s practically the ideal partner.
She’s from the countryside of an isolated island. She seems to be thinking about returning to her home in the future, though I wouldn’t mind if she stayed over at my house.
…Really regrettable. If she wasn’t both the protagonist and a commoner, I would’ve given her a marriage proposal.
“I shouldn’t get depressed so quickly──whoops, perhaps it’s better to end things here.”
She’s an honor student who will rise to power.
We didn’t get along well with the other group members, so us two had gone on ahead.
I moved behind Olivia and drew out my sword from my waist. Perhaps it’d be more accurate to call it a broad katana.
Luxon talked about how a katana would be better for someone with a Japanese soul. It seems that Luxon is the kind that wants to try something out if it can.
…I’m neither a descendant of a samurai, nor do I practice kendo, but I took it with pleasure.
However, the Japanese sword it created was a fantasy sword.
It’s something that resembles it.
Olivia trembled from behind.
A giant ant had appeared. It was a giant insect that spanned about seventy to eighty centimeters in length.
However, things will turn grave if one gets bitten by its large jaws.
Once it came out, several more appeared within the dungeon.
They could be called the cleaners of the dungeon since there are rumors that they carry away dead adventurers and whatnot.
“I can’t use the rifle in a passage like this, so this is going to be troublesome.”
Even though I was raised in the country, my father trained me.
I remember my father saying that I would probably have to earn money through dungeons in the future, so he would train me in fighting.
It seems my father also went through hardships in the dungeon.
The giant ants noticed us and headed in our direction, one after the other.
There were five of them.
I slashed the neck of the first enemy right in front of me.
I moved around, swung my sword down, and had aimed at its relatively thin neck.
Once its neck separated, black smoke appeared from the giant ant as it vanished, but I didn’t pay attention to that and started my attack on the next one.
Giant ants are nuisances, but the joints connecting their head and torso is pretty fragile.
Their chin and head are more or less sturdy, they’ll withstand an unskillful slash of a sword.
For that reason, I made sure to slash at its weak point.
“Alright, that’s two! Now for the third!”
The katana I held tore through and killed one after another.
Being careful about their strong jaws, I took a roundabout path while continuing to swing down my blade, and then the battle finished once I sliced the neck of the last giant ant.
In the game, the turn-based combat meant that one would have to receive the enemy’s attacks, but in reality, one can avoid them if they made good use of their positioning.
However, it goes to say that the opponent can do the same.
It’s really hard to deal with them when one is surrounded. Death is likely.
I placed the katana over my shoulder as Olivia approached. Seeing the monsters, which had now let out black smoke and vanished, scared her a bit.
“You’re strong, Leon. One by one, you were able to defeat those frightening monsters.”
Indeed, a girl would hate the appearance of a giant ant.
Anyone can shoot a gun. The important part was hitting the right spot.
If you know the right way to kill them, they’re easier to deal with.
“That’s because I know their weak points. Once you get experience, you’ll be able to defeat them with ease as well.”
While looking Olivia, who made a troubled expression, I sheathed my katana and suggested that we move forward.
“Leon, you’re reliable.”
“It’s just that this place is easy enough. There’s only small fries that appear. Ah, gotta watch out for traps. Al~right, let’s hurry and go!”
I was concerned about the mixed feelings Olivia was showing.
“If you don’t feel like it, then there’s──”
I then quickly draw out my katana, pushed down Olivia from behind, and held out my left arm. There was plating on the back of my hand to protect it, and a monkey-like monster that had jumped at us then bit at it.
“Shoot! I got careless.”
I stabbed the monkey with the katana, but it kept strongly biting at my arm until it disappeared. It turned into black smoke and vanished, but when I looked at my arm, its teeth had broken through the plating and reached my flesh, causing blood to appear.
Olivia, who was sitting on the ground, sprung up and got into a panic when seeing my arm.
“I, I’m sorry. It’s because you were protecting me──”
Seeing Olivia getting teary-eyed and worried about me made me think about how a guy would probably protect this child when seeing her like this.
In the game, I thought that the protagonist had deceived those five guys and made them meat shields who would sacrifice themselves, but…I don’t feel anything ill now.
“I got negligent as well, so it’s fine. An injury of just this much is fine, so──”
“N, no! We need to treat it right away!”
Olivia took off the plating covering the back of my hand, rolled up my sleeve, and held her hand over the location of injury.
A faint, white light came from her palm, and it felt very warm.
There’s lots of people who can use magic, but only a few can use healing magic.
I recall the protagonist being one of the special ones who can do it.
Olivia smiled while looking at my arm.
“That’s a relief. The wound closed.”
“Th, th, thanks.”
This is a fantasy world with magic, but the rarely seen healing magic gave me a bit of a surprise. Olivia’s smile then turned towards me.
“This has been my strong point for a long time. After a traveling scholar taught me a lot as a teacher, I’ve been doing self-study.”
Was there such a setting? I can only remember the part about healing magic being the protagonist’s pride.
“I’m glad that I was useful for you, Leon”
I had a single thought when seeing Olivia delighted like that.
There really is something special about this child.