~~Nine Oclock in the Afternoon, Thirty-First Day of the Seventh Month, Hundred and Twentieth Year of the Sacred Calendar~~
Finally… At long last…!
“Fwaha! Fwahahahaha! Hows that! Did you see that, Pochi!”
“I sure did! I saw it with my own two eyes, sir!”
“More! Keep the praises coming, doggo!!”
Getting a sense of déjà vu here…
“In all seriousness, I never expected to get a whopping 10,000 EXP from just an E-ranked Trent, sir!”
“The amount is shared half-half between us, remember.
The Lana Trent normally gives out about 200 EXP, which means Ive successfully tampered with the value to get a hundred times the experience.!”
“I was worried when Id heard you were doing alchemy, but… Is keeping this on all I have to do, sir”
Pochi held out the orange scarf around his neck with her paws.
It couldnt be done with Spell Circles and Craft Circles, but with this Artifact… the XP-Booster, we can train up a lot faster.
Its practically a forbidden shortcut!”
The one Pochi had was a scarf, while I had applied the effect onto my mantle.
Having reached the conclusion that it wouldnt be achievable with Circles, I had moved on to try out the Artifacts.
Ive had to use the monster eyeball I had obtained in Brunnera, too.
The eyes of high-ranking monsters were similar to Evil Eyes in their components.
I had used the one I had as a specialized component for information disclosure and analysis, like my Appraisal Glasses.
Made into a fixed-position type Spell Circle, it had been placed on top of another magic formula.
Then, I had used a property-absorption formula to apply the effect onto a scarf.
And, well, I only had so much material on hand, so they had been used up in making two of the Artifacts.
“This will really make a difference when we start taking down strong monsters, wont it”
The multiplier wont change, but… hmm, guess its easier to write it out than saying them all.”
I wrote some brief descriptions on the ground with the handle of my knife, just like I had done when explaining the Archetype Changer.
MONSTER RANKS: SIMPLIFIED EXP YIELD BREAKDOWN
Rank G: 1-10
Rank F: 10-200
Rank E: 200-400
Rank D: 400-1000
Rank C: 1,000-2,500
Rank B: 2,500-5,000
Rank A: 5,000-10,000
Rank SS: 50,000
Apostles of Despair: Unknown!
“Well, that pretty much sums it up.
Generally speaking, of course.
I know of an E-ranked monsters that give only 10 EXP, at least.”
“…Its incredible, sir.”
Pochi said, her voice trembling – quite a rare sight from her.
But her reaction was only natural.
The XP-Boosters beneficial effect was indeed incredible.
“We could get as much as a million, or at least half that, from things we can easily take down like the A-rankers, sir.”
Isnt that awesome”
Hyped up by Pochis words, I pointed at the Blazing Dragons mountain.
“All right then, Pochi! Go kill those Blazing Dragons by yourself!”
“Why not! You should already be strong enough to take them without dying yourself, right!”
“You cant just assume that I will or will not die like that, sir!”
Tsk, shes not so easily fooled.
Her personality really hasnt changed one bit.
I had been closely observing Pochi, who had become a Violet Phoenix of the Heavenly Beasts, over the past month.
The transformation had been a great success, as far as results were concerned.
The growth of her powers had been much greater than even the Dragon archetype modifier that I had previously recommended.
Although her levels hadnt gone up yet, her power and speed had increased dramatically – so much so that Pochi herself had been rendered speechless; normally she would start bragging immediately.
I reckon shes able to overpower Dīnō by now.
To be honest, it had taken me all I had to keep myself on her back each time she ran.
Now, this is concerning… is the ability difference between me and my Familiar becoming too apparent
“…But you have some ideas, dont you, Master”
“Whoa-! Since when were you there!”
“800 years ago and then some, I guess!”
“Look, you cant just read my mind like that, you know.
But I DO have some ideas, though.”
“Huh… so, what ideas, sir”
Pochi asked, showing interest.
“Hahahaha, try reading my thoughts this time!”
“H-hey, you cant throw a tantrum now! Do you have any idea how much disaster your power will cause! Hey, you idiot! STOP!”
Pochi sentenced me to be dragged out of the village; she blew away all monsters in her path on the way back to the Adams residence.
“I-it seems that youve been playing hard, young Poer.
You look like youve swum under the earth!”
“W-well, that analogy isnt so far off from reality, sir.
I did take quite a few dips… ack.
Oh Leaving at this late hour, Sir Polco”
One carriage was at the ready in front of the mansion.
A few convoy guards were gathering here, too.
“Right, sorry for the lack of notice.
Its urgent – well be leaving for Regalia immediately.
Feel free to usethat as often as you want – I dont mind at all.
Also, if theres any problem, just report it directly to Guile.”
Saying all this, Polco then pointed at fav- I mean Guile, who was leaning against the gatepost in front of the guardhouse.
His forehead was shiny as ever – at night, no less.
“Ive told Ferris to behave herself and listen to you, too.”
Best wishes on your mission, sir!”
“Mm-hm, well then! Time to go!”
The carriage left the village, its guards in a formation around it; the lights from their lanterns gradually disappeared from sight
It was worth considering how the mansion was now short-staffed, considering the timing of his departure.
Well have to be more careful and focused than ever before.
“What did you just say!”
“Lady Ferris is…”
“Yeah! We didnt detect any intruders, so she probably walked off by herself!”
After lunch the next day, Pochi and I heard from Guile that Ferris had gone missing; we immediately headed to see Bright at the reception house.
There, we met Jetta, who came running to us down the corridor, her face gave out a panicked look.
“What did you just say!”
“Master Bright is…”
“Yes! He was in the room just now, but then I went away briefly to prepare tea – and he was gone when I was back! The window was open, so perhaps hed snuck out there…!”
Pochi was practically seized with a fit of hysterics; I left her alone and tried to figure out where they might have gone.
Pochi was no wolf now, which meant her nose could no longer be used for reliable tracking.
Since he had left through the window, could those two have exited via the residences back gate
Bright is a smart kid; no way hed have such a foolish initiative.
So it was likely Ferris, then What could she be after
Huh Could it be the-
“HYAAAHHH! What should we do, Master! What should we do!”
“Calm down, Shiro.
Try to recall – what class did we have this morning”
“Well, if I remember correctly… it was Ferris… final examination for intermediate magic, sir.”
Thats right – although Bright had started training earlier, he was now a step behind Ferris as far as examination progress went.
“And what did I say to her then”
“Hmm…If used correctly, even intermediate-level magic spells can defeat A-ranked monsters, sir.”
“I did correct myself right after that, though –but of course, if your level is not up to par, then youd be dead in seconds, you know.”
Right, I had immediately corrected myself, having realized seconds later how I shouldnt have said that, what with young Ferris tendency to run amok.
“Yes, thats what you said!”
“But whats important is after that, Shiro! You said something to Ferris, didnt you! What did you tell her!”
“H-huh… Well,my Master has been killing A-ranked monsters since he was level 29! …I think…”
What a damn braggart!
“Well, what are their levels now!”
“…They just got to 30, according to yesterdays reports…”
“And what A-ranked monsters are living in this region!”
“Now you know – so hurry it up, you damn furball!”
Our destination: the northwest mountain… territory of the Blazing Dragons.
“IM SO SORRY, SIR!!”