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The Principle of a Philosopher by Eternal FoolAsley CH 280

Author:Hifumi Category:urban Update time:2022-12-03 06:13:50

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“Uh, so… Irene”

“What”

“Now that I know that were hunting Zombies… how many of them do we need”

“If Im not mistaken… three of them.”

Truly a quest for beginner adventurers.

Require more than ten, and itll be classified as an E-ranked quest instead, but the rewards will still be time-inefficient.

Still, its times like this that remind us to never forget the basics.

A mere Rank F quest it may be, if it is for the sake of the world, I will accept it without complaint.

In a way, maybe it was dictated by fate that we met Irene at that place and time, too.

“And where can we find those Zombies”

“Oh, I remember, of course — north!”

Strange… she just dragged us out of town through the south gate.

“Arent we going the opposite way, sir!”

Pochi suddenly shouted.

Now lets look at our little lady — hmm, utterly unfazed.

Seems like being so… oblivious does have its perks. 

She kinda reminds me of Ferris… Well, no, that kid was her own set of chaos, so I suppose Irene here is still better.

“Pochi, gigantify.”

“All right, sir, I get it!”

Seeing Pochi multiply in size, Irenes eyes sparkled.

“W-what did she just do! And how! Teach me!”

“Ah–! It hurts, Miss Irene! Dont pull on my fur, please!”

“Irene, the ability to gigantify is typically exclusive to Familiars — and even then, its usable only by ones with skillful control of the arcane energy in their bodies.”

With that, Irene promptly stopped her hands.

Huh, I didnt expect my explanation to be so effective…

“Well, thats a shame.”

Whatd she mean bythat

Pochi whispered into my ear,

“Do you remember how Miss Irene is conscious of her height, Master Thats probably why she was interested in gigantification…”

Oh, I see…

Seems like Pochi does know a thing or two about themaidens heart thing.

I slapped my hands together, then picked Irene up to put her on Pochis back–

“Eek–! Wait! What are you doing!”

“Huh Well…… Im carrying you up Would you prefer that I yeeted you instead”

“Y-you shouldve told me before doing that! Pervert!”

Strange… The way Pochis looking at me now kinda… hurts.

Oh come on, shouldnt you be on MY side!

“And I dont need your help! I can do this myself! Hmph! ……Hng–! Hah! Ngh… Hup! Bah… Hngggggg…!”

Irene tried grabbing on to Pochis fur, but she still fell off.

Whered her monstrous strength go

“Ugh, fine…”

I walked behind Irene and held my Drynium Rod under her feet as she jumped up.

With it as a platform of sorts, she finally managed to get herself on Pochis back.

“Hmph! See! I told you I could do it!”

She doesnt even notice that I helped.

Great.

Maybe my mission is to be Irenes instructor… I sure hope not.

If possible, Id like to know the real reason weve been sent to this era… Well, not that we can just leave her alone, so we might as well spend some time seeing how things go.

“Hup–!”

“Hwah–! Youre riding, too!”

So high-maintenance… Man.

And so Pochi ran, taking care not to shake Irene off, and I ran along beside her.

……Yeah.

“Whew… now were at the north gate.

Were on an F-ranked monster hunt, so we shouldnt have to go too far from town, Miss Irene.”

“……–of.”

“Hmm What was that, again”

“…Cant get off…”

……Guess I shouldnt have expected every baby to be as well-behaved as Leon.

With a signal of my eyes, I told Pochi to disengage her gigantification.

“Wait, why didnt you have her stay on this size from the beginning”

Yeah, I totally saw this coming… Pochis normal size is just right for Irene to ride on.

“Ahahaha… because my Master was also going to ride as well, thats why!”

Welp, Pochis already in her entertainer mode.

A very Pochi response when she knows shes interacting with someone with a difficult personality.

…Which means I cant expect her to actually help out.

And now that we cant rely on her sense of smell, well have to look for our targets the old-fashioned way.

……Huh

“Now then! Lets get to the killing!”

“By the way, Irene… You do have a weapon, right”

I dont see her carrying anything, but hey, asking just in case.

“Heh, I DO have weapons… THESE!”

…Her fists.

Great.

Just great.

Lets have Pochi help–

“Ah– ah! Its a butterfly! So cute!”

Nope, shes too distracted.

Fine, Ill have to try and help her myself.

While Irene wasnt looking, I opened my Storeroom and searched through it… And then I realized that I never really used conventional weapons in the first place.

Of course theres nothing.

“Here — it might be a bit too big for you, but try using this.”

“What an ugly color.

Its better than nothing, I guess.”

Yes, little lady, a Holy Warriors Drynium Rod isbetter than nothing.

Which reminds me, I forgot to ask another important thing.

“Oh, and do you know how to cast magic spells”

“Why would I Im training to be a warrior.”

……Oh, I see.

So thats it — I have to steer her toward her path of dedication to magic.

If not… well, the rest of history aside, she wont be there in the future to teach me the Arcane Energy Circulation Optimizer, and the Teleportation Spell wouldnt be revealed to the world.

But is that the ONLY mission If so, it feels… disappointingly small-scale.

What am I REALLY in this era for

“Master, I see one Zombie up ahead.”

Pochi whispered to me… which Irene heard as well, as apparent from her twitch reaction.

…And she looks so spooked that I almost laughed.

“…Irene, have you ever fought against monsters before”

“O-o-o-of course I have!”

So she hasnt.

“Wielded any weapons”

“Y-yes!”

Nope, not even that.

Its good that she chose Zombies as her first target, I suppose.

Theyre slow and weak.

Ghouls may be quite similar, but theyre faster, and are capable of doing her in at this point in time.

“Listen, Irene, Ill run you through the basics of CQC.

Please do as I instruct you.”

“What, so NOW I have to listen to your orders”

“Please.”

“…Okay, just this once.”

Hmm, so thats how I should handle her.

Good thing shes more… girly than Ferris.

Im guessing that shes currently about the same age as Ferris during the final battle, but hey, personality makes all the difference, I guess

“A Zombie sways from side to side, depending on the force generated to slowlywalk forward.

Its said that this is to limit damage to its already-decomposing bodies, and also avoid stimulating its sense of pain.”

“And how do I kill it”

“Its weakness is the head, but since its hunch-backed, head-on strikes will not only fail to knock off its head but also give it an opportunity to strike back.

The right approaches are either to decapitate it by smashing its neck from above, or swinging up at its neck from below.”

“G-got it…”

Shes got the energy, so I think shell be just fine… but lets see how she actually fares, hmm

“Hmph!”

“Good! Lure it close enough, calm down, and strike up!”

“Hah!”

Shes got the concept of kiting down, so thats good.

Still, if the world wasnt in this state, she wouldnt even need to be fighting monsters at thing young age in the first place…

Well, no point in thinking hypotheticals now, I suppose.

“Next, next! Lets go!”

“How about you try casting some spells Theyre good, you know.”

“No, that splatter just now was fun! I want to do it again! And magic sounds like a hassle, anyway!”

That doesnt sound right.

Is there something keeping magic away from her

She has a huge arcane energy capacity, and shes fully aware of it — which means she clearly is very suitable for being a mage.

Something is missing.

But what

“Lord Sagans only recently ascended to the throne, but hes already showing off some sick moves! I cant let myself fall behind!”

Sagan, huh Have I heard that name from somewhere before

Wait, ascended Throne …Lord Sagan

“AHHHHHHHHH!”

“W-why are you suddenly yelling!”

“Did you see another butterfly, sir!”

I really want to call out Pochis joke, but now isnt the time to do that.

I mean, shes always been cracking jokes at the most inappropriate moments!

Wait, no, now isnt the time to think about that, either!

Now I know what were in this era for!

“War Demon Emperor… Sagan…!”

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