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Someday I will make it better (or not :-p )

My journey

this must be better

57. Forlasport

On the next day we bid farewell to reception girl and left the inn. I spend some time on the market to buy some merchandise.

And slightly later we sailed.

Brer was delighted. It didn’t saw sea for almost one week.

‘Boss! You should buy the revealing swimsuit for that gal.’

Hm. That might be good idea, but I never saw anything like that here. Wait… Where have I seen something like that?

Brainy, where have you seen something like that?

‘Dunno. I just… No… I dunno.’

Strange. We have similar memories with unknown origin.

Maybe I should make it myself? I have a little monster frog skin left.

So I started production of unseen before sexy piece of goddess finery.

By the way Anna finished 4th ranked spells of all known to me magics and is charging 5th ranked. But still to waste three hour on one spell… So I didn’t make more than ten copies of one spell card of 5th rank, even though I made more than one hundred for 4th ranked spells even not really useful for me area of effect spells.

And after few hours.

I made for her two bando type pieces. The top isn’t really needed, but if I tell it to her she would be sad.

Underwater panties of camouflage
Rare quality
<Bearer obtains the ability to breath with the help of the skin>
<Bearer body obtain the ability to disguise itself under environment>
Excellent quality

But next one is kind of strange.

Nipshot brassiere of swimmer
Rare quality
<Can shoot similar to frog tongue>
<Increase bearer’s swimming speed>
Excellent quality

There isn’t any description about what is “can shoot”.

And while I am at it I also made

Underwater trunks of swimmer
Rare quality
<Bearer obtains the ability to breath with the help of the skin>
<Increase bearer’s swimming speed>
Excellent condition

Hopefully there aren’t any “can shoot”.

“Oh! So nice, teacher. To make a rare gear even for underwear. As expected from teacher.”

No. It’s not underwear. And what with as expected?

We were checking our swimwear for half a day before got tired from swimming and stopped for the night. We didn’t cover even the half of what I planned.

But there are no reasons to hurry.

To obtain immortality (or something similar) I need to raise my level. I shouldn’t push on this matter. It can end tragically.

To understand the truth behind my memory and origin I must collect all this strange stones. I need just visit as many places as I can for this.

I don’t think I have any more serious problems.

‘You need get laid with that gal, Boss!’

Don’t peek in my head, dammit!

And I have Miregalwen, so it’s not really…

‘Not persuasively. Besides you can have both, my Lord.’

Oy! Why have you activated? I can rarely hear you even in the most dangerous situations. But now you consider participating in discussion.

‘This is very important matter, my Lord!’

‘For serious? Looks jibber jabber to me. What is the problem with having more chicks? Aren’t you some big shot, Boss?’

My defense will fell with these guys.

And Anna in that swimsuit is very charming…

After a few days of hesitations we finally came to the Forlasport. That was some hell trip. We need to find some companion so that he or she holds me back when I will decide to attack Anna.

Forlasport is the city of contrasts. Glorious fashionable mansions on the one street and dark malodorous slums on the other.

Too many rich merchants. Too many poor scroungers. Too many people with weapons. And too few average citizens that you can see in any other normal city.

This city’s special product is undead.

There are only two cities that located on the boundary with Undead Kingdom. Sekva and Forlasport. And because only Forlasport has big enough port to receive large ships almost all merchant work here.

Almost all warriors here work as defenders against stray undeads. Warrior’s branch of the Guild here always has work.

There are towers each five hundred meters from spring of the Big East River to the South Sea. There are few warriors in each tower.

All of them are exterminating all undeads that have the courage to come close. Then they collect undead remains and sold them to merchants.

Undead remains are important ingredients in alchemic transformations. Because of strange nature of undeads and reversed nature of the mana that is injected in dead bodies they have unique properties that can be very useful in potion and pill production.

That’s why this city only has merchants, warriors and third category people. This third category consists mostly from people who once were a warrior, but can’t fight anymore because of some various reasons. Those who are more lucky or skilled became craftsmans or servants. Those who not are beggars and prostitutes.

Majority of males is heavy warriors. Majority of women is archers. There also light warriors, scouts, mages, priests, but they are in minority.

There are many holy shops here that sell holy arrows, swords and another holy attribute gear that can give more damage to undead.

There also big team of priests near the port that casts purification magic on the water all the time so that no undead can pass.

Extraordinary city. In many ways.

Oh! There even dwarf there!

Madawc
142 y.o.
Dwarf craftsman

Strength 160
Agility 140
Vitality 120
Charisma 100
Intelligence 90
Wisdom 90
Danger 35

I saw some dwarves in Rigardas Arbaro, but never in any other place. They don’t like to contact with other races except for beastkin tribe. Or so I read in elves books.

It’s strange.

‘Hm… Some fellows seek for prey and it seems to me that dwarf looks very lovely to them, Boss.’

Hm? Yeah. There are five guys following that dwarf.

Let’s trace them.

56. New pet

On the next day when we descended to the first floor of the inn we were greeted by the reception girl. Looks like she was crying all night. She has red eyes and eye bags. News about Riot’s marriage really shook her. She threw  glances of hatred on Anna, but that dimwit couldn’t care less. Anna can’t read atmosphere absolutely.

We went to the market to sell some remaining merchandise. Being a Riot is useful in such occasions. There was a queue in the front of my rented stall.

Profession “Merchant” 2%.

I sold all in less than an hour.

After the market I went to library, but there wasn’t anything useful. Good magic books are rarely seen in normal libraries.

Then I went to the inn to train with Brer. Anna joined my training.

But after some time we heard that somebody is knocking to the door.  When I opened a door with there was reception girl with a blushed face.

“I-I-I am sorry. But you are disturbing neighbors with yours n-noise.”

Huddling breath. Top without shirt. Even if she can’t see my reddened face because of mask I believe she thought up something strange.

“I am sorry. We will be quiet from now on.”

“Y-yes. Thank you.”

At this moment Anna came while heavy breathing with a wide excited smile.

“What is it?”

“It is nothing. She is just…”

“What? She wants to join us?”

“?!”

“…”

Girl opened her eyes like never before in her life I believe and started convulsively swallow air.

“Then come in!”

“Ah? N-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-no-o-o!!!!! ”

“Stop it!”

Anna earned flick to the forehead.

“Aw! Teacher! Why?”

“T-teacher?”

“Yes! She is my apprentice. We are training right now. We want to find good place for it. Do you know some?”

“S-so? She isn’t your wife?”

“Ah… No!”

Her expression brightened.

“I understand! I will show you good location.”

She brought us behind the inn. There was some space with few trees and ground was covered with grass.

This will do.

I took Brer from the sack and tied it to the tree.

“W-w-what? Is that a monster?”

“Yeah. I caught it few days ago for workout purposes.”

“Monster… for workout… Incredible!”

Her eyes lit with admiration and adoration.

Ok-ok. But go already before you saw that Anna is better in this than me. Don’t you have some work?

After reception girl went to the inn I began my routine.

Profession “Monster slayer” 24%.

I saw spellbound glances from inn window on the first floor all the time.

Like that I spend few days before Scully finally came back.

Let me guess, Scully. There is nothing new there.

‘Except for new created water magic spell of the 3rd rank there isn’t, Master.’

Oh! Elves sometimes can impress.

Scully, what do you think how can I absorb this?

‘Brain? Hm… Were its abilities related to mind process, Master?’

Yeah!

‘Then you should try just thought about absorbing it, Master. Just imagine this scene.’

Hm… That might work. This guy is useful.

‘Thank you, Master.’

… You shouldn’t hear that, but looks like I can’t hide any thoughts from you.

‘We are part of you, Master. We don’t have any thoughts except your thoughts. We exist just to solve your problems. We are you, Master.’

Um… ok.

But let’s test it. I closed my eyes and thought than I put brain in my head. And it vanished from my hand!

‘Yo, Boss!’

Oh! Cool! It worked!

Tell me… um your name will be Brainy… so, Brainy, tell me about your abilities.

‘There are three. Intention perceiver. I can feel that somebody is straight trippin’ to you. Mind pressure. I can add some pressure on opponent to show that you diss him, Boss. You know like in some duels or so. And memory reader, but I can use it only if target is chillin’.

Chillin’?

‘Weakened or sleeping. And it’s quite messy ability. I can’t filter what I get.’

Cool. I think I almost understand. Then tell me when somebody has ill intentions towards me or my party.

‘Gotcha, Boss!’

I spend few days training.

Profession “Monster slayer” 72%.

With such percentage Brer doesn’t have even a slightest change to hit me. That’s why I lately train with Anna while evading from Brer’s tongue shots.

She isn’t using any agility gear in the training. But even without it I have hard times.

And one more.

‘Yes! Right now, Boss. You can smack her ass!’

Brainy is slightly annoying.

But I smacked her rear nevertheless. I could not resist. Sorry.

I lately fight with Anna using harassments like that one. I have fun and she is learning.

I even see Brer copies our strike locations. It appears he can learn. Our indecent martial techniques spread in the world.

‘Wow! That hit was da bomb, Boss!’

What’s with your speech?

‘Donnow? When I woke up it was like that. My bad, Boss.’

Whatever. Tell me all you remember from previous life.

‘Nah, Boss. I don’t really remember anything. No kidding. I woke up half a year ago somewhere in the slums. And at that time I already can read people thoughts. It was tight, Boss. I blackmailed some chicks to not tell some black stories to their husbands. I got some fun and money. And yadda, yadda, yadda I became a slave trader. And then Boss came and.. Boyya! killed me.’

Majestic story.

Can I slap you?

‘Don’ diss me,Boss!’

Tell me about Arc Gilb.

‘Ah… That story… I searched for fine mansion. Gentleman like me can’t just live anywhere. And whoop, there it is! The dopest house in this hole. So I took it. And you know what? This guy was some bigshot. It aiiight! So I used his grody guys to make a living while I myself was chillin’ near the pool. But I heard that Riot came to the city. I thought at that time “That dude is gnarly, like totally!” and wanted to get him as my henchman. You know the rest.’

So… From what I understand it’s you ordered Scully.

‘I dunno. I just told my people to get rid of all pain in the ass.’

… Quite the story.

‘There are many people, Boss. They’re frickin’ me out. They don’t diss you though, Boss.’

There are more than one reception girl watch our training session. In every window in the neighborhood there is a face or two who looked at our non-human movements in the inn’s back yard.

Tomorrow I will live this city so today I can show them some good spectacle.

55. Rescue operation

The first thing I should do is clear.

I took virgin-checker glasses and looked at Anna. Huh! She is still safe.

Ok-ok! I am joking! Now isn’t time for this.

I use mimicry and tried to steal up closer. I must somehow get umbrella from Anna’s hands. Hopefully Anna was the last in the row.

If I were the criminal I’d put Anna before myself. Firstly because like that is safer. And secondary and more importantly I could see her magnificent body from behind.

But at this moment I got strong kick to the face.

I forgot about danger perception earring.

“Enemy!”

Anna says like a robot. No. Wait… What is a robot? This strange thoughts appear in my head every now and then.

All of the group turned around and took their weapons.

But my luck isn’t something that can be ignored.

Anna took her weapons too. Scimitar and gladius. And dropped umbrella to the side. By the way her gauntlets were rented items. So after the Arena Challenge she returned them to that stubborn smith. Is it right to call person stubborn even if you never meet him? Whatever!

And now is my time! Sleeveshot! Yeap! Umbrella is in my hand!

Three  A-ranks warrior, one A-ranks thief and Anna. It sounds tough.

But hopefully we are on some back alley. There are walls from the sides. I activated two cards of “Air strike” and threw it to their back. All guys except for boss flew in my direction. I leaped over them with the help of my frog boots. And four cards of “Earth wall”. There is four-meter wall behind me now.

“Ok! It’s one on one now.”

He smiled and looked straight at me. But at the next second became confused.

“Oh! Your tricks don’t work on me, you see.”

He showed serious expression.

“How?”

“Who knows? Maybe because I am special or maybe because of this anti-mind magic headband.”

He greeted his teeth.

“You shouldn’t be so agitated. I just want to…”

But at the next moment he took smoking pipe and lit it. I just thought that he wanted to speak, but then saw it.

Healing pipe of home-lover
Rare quality
<Upon use can heal up to moderate severity wounds>
<Upon use teleport bearer to set place>
Good condition

And he disappeared. Crap!

That’s cheating!

I leaped to the top of the earth wall. All guys were unconscious. And I am sure they don’t know anything.

After all of them woke up I interrogated them, but it looks like I was right. Nobody remembers anything.

By the way these guys are from investigation team that came in Deksport to resolve kidnapping incident. So this guy was behind that.

It appear all strings lead to this city. There were similar kidnappings in the Forlasport too. I asked them about anti-mind magic defense, but they all have it and it turned up useless.

So this guy is one of us. Your thoughts Chronny.

‘You must defeat it alone, my Lord. And few “Sleep” spells will be useful.’

Yeah. I thought so too, but we don’t have so much time. To make one “Sleep” I need at least three hours. I can’t waste so much time.

I need to make some sabotage. And I thought of something.

That guy can manipulate people. He can manipulate even monsters. Then what about golems?

I was roaming around town until I found some group of strange people. They were moving as if some zombies.

They were going in the direction of my inn. There is Anna, so if these guys wanted to cause havoc I have bad news for them. That’s why I took a scent trace in the direction from where they came.

In the ten minutes I came to some big mansion in the rich area of the city.

There were some guards. I rendered them useless in a few seconds. But when I came closer to the mansion there were two B-rank mages. And with good magic resistant gear in addition.

I summoned metal golem from my gauntlet. It looks impressively. Two-meter tall wide humanoid figure made from steel. It rushed to mages. Both of them spoke up some enchantment and two similar to mine golems appeared. But one was made from earth and another from air. I heard somewhere that “Golem creation” is 5th ranked spell. And after creation in manipulated by the maker’s mana.

Earth golem clashed with mine and air one flew in my direction. Golem can’t be destroyed by physical attacks. But if I make something with those mages I would manage.

Air golem wanted to strike me, but I deployed energy shield from gauntlet.

I leaped over the fighting golems and made a shot with my sleeve. Neck of one of the mages was tied by my sleeve and I drew him to me. Then two heavy blows to the chin and he unconscious.

Close-handed combat mastery 21%.

Air one stopped moving. I threw two cards of “High pressure” behind remain mage and send him in knockout after he meet my fist in the flight.

Earth golem stopped. Metal golem went to the entrance and I used camouflage and went to the backdoor.

There was commotion in the mansion, but I managed to reach second floor before they sensed me. I beat up two thieves and came to the big room.

There was only one person in the room.

Arc Gilb
36 y.o.
Minister of Internal Affairs
S-rank Merchant branch
“Port ruler”

Strength 81
Agility 81
Vitality 81
Charisma 81
Intelligence 149
Wisdom 148
Danger 31

He was holding a knife with both hands and it was directed under his chin.

“I will kill him if you wouldn’t talk.”

“Hm? Oh! So you somewhere near and are manipulating this guy. I understand. But I don’t really want to save this guy’s life. My friend was killed because of him.”

Well. I killed Scully, but that was because of misunderstanding that was caused by Arc Gilb’s Guild request.

“Your bluff wouldn’t work!”

I started to search for location of that puppet master.

“Aren’t I said that I’ll kill him.”

“Ah! Do it!”

“…”

He tried to startle me by piercing Arc Gilb’s chin from below, but I pay no heed to his little drama.

“Hah! Found!”

There was secret passage in the wall. I broke the wall with “Earth lance” and went through it.

Downstairs. Passageway. Door. “Earth lance”. Small room.

Nobody inside, huh?

He run outside through another secret passage. I went after him.

But when I came out from the underground corridor. I was greeted with big company of more than twenty guys. And I saw running figure in the fifty meters away.

Puppets moved in my way. Sorry, guys. Not gonna happen.

I threw poisoning dagger.

But that person didn’t get poisoned.

Because dagger pierced his heart from behind.

Crowd of former puppets fell to the ground. They were restlessly looking around.

After few hours and with the help of Guild’s investigation team we resolved this case.

It looks like marionette master has been using Arc Gilb’s mansion for a four month. And with the help of Arc Gilb’s Company relations and capabilities he creates big slave trading company. Not too long ago he even bought all ships on the market to transport those slaves. His slaves were popular because they were submissive and never caused any troubles.

By the way I took the stone and the brain that left behind after body disappeared. Stone was absorbed and brain was put in the spatial storage for now.

Let’s return to the inn and get good sleep.

54. Enport

This city is considerably better than Deksport. Not as good as Rigardas Arbaro, but better than Castellum.

This city doesn’t have one definite style and its buildings vary in sizes and colors. But it’s well-maintained and clear. Some shady people are seen here and there though.

Its dock is bigger that any I saw before. No wonder. This is the biggest commercial city of Republic. It is located between two port cities and has well-maintained roads to Rigardas Arbaro and Cefurbo.

In the transportation of incredibly important goods nobody uses Big East River, because it has international status and can’t be well protected from pirates. Sometimes even Empires agents pretend to be pirates to carry out some missions. That’s why in Republic roads to Enport mostly used for important delivery.

In this way this city became big trade domain.

The most influential person here is Arc Gilb aka port ruler. He resides in this city. The one who ordered Scully.

If I would have a chance I will spoil his serene life.

But let’s find some good inn first.

Port worker came to me to take fee for boat place rent, but I took it to spatial storage.

There were also few suspicious guys near docs.

“Did you see that? His boat disappeared. He must have some good items. Let’s check him.”

“Are you stupid? Do you know who wear that mask?”

“Ah? Who?”

“From what hole are you came from? Every kid in this country knows Alan Riot’s mask.”

“Ah? Really? So it’s that guy. I want to check him even more.”

“Ok-ok! But don’t attract attention.”

Second guy took some item and put to the eyes.

Identification pince-nez
Unusual quality
<Can identify all magic items up to legendary quality>
Good condition

I took some pebble from the ground and throw it. Pince-nez broke.

““Ah!””

“Guys! You better not do silly deeds.”

They run away. They must be some thugs that seek an easy profit for their boss. I better find their base latter.

It would be bad if somebody saw my umbrella. Such a unique thing can cause a disaster in wrong hands.

“What was that, teacher?”

“Ah. Don’t mind them. Let’s find an inn.”

By the way Anna is charging 4th rank elemental spells now. It is almost twenty minutes for one spell. And five minutes to carve them. The higher rank the more complicated magic circle.

We found good tavern combined with inn and ordered a room. Behind the corner was pretty girl and looks like she is my fan. I mean Riot’s fan.

“Your order one room with two beds. This is the key.”

Girl sighed with relief. She must be concerned about certain woman behind my back. And she became cheerful after I choose room with two beds.

“Um… Mr.Riot! May I tell you something?”

““What?””

This dimwit completely forgot about our conspiracy. But girl was shaken beyond expectation.

“Wh-Wh-What? Y-y-y-your surname is R-r-r-riot too?”

There is some misunderstanding here. All people in the country know about death of Riot’s sister. So the only one who will have the same surname must be Riot’s wife. Still nonexistent.

“Yes.”

Oh my! Somebody, please, stop her!

“I-I-I-I just w-w-wanted to tell that even if you lost you w-w-will be our hero f-f-forever.”

She is about to cry.

“Thank you! I appreciate your support.”

I thanked her and went to the room before somebody said something unnesesary again.

“Hm… Such a strange girl.”

“Lady-killer.”

“Ah? What? I don’t understand.”

“Now you have a wife. Congratulations!”

“What? Why? Why a wife?”

This girl conquered many girls’ hearts in this country and even doesn’t realize it.

In the room I continue to train with Brer. Yes I gave my monster frog a name. Why not?

Profession “Monster slayer” 16%.

On the next day I left Anna with charging task and went to the docs alone. I found the scent of those thugs and went on it.

After ten minutes I came to some wretched building. There were at least twenty people inside. There is no way I can charge right in. Even with my skills I am not invincible. Beside if there are few A-ranks I would be in a pinch.

Then I will back to the hotel and take umbrella for test fight.

But when I came to the inn umbrella as well as Anna was missing. And Brer was in strange state. He didn’t move and stood completely still as if he wasn’t some monster, but a plush toy.

Teddy, equip anti-mind magic headband.

I get Anna scent. And in five minutes found them. Anna was going behind them without any struggles. But her state was like in trance. All of the guys there were in such a state. Except for the one guy.

This isn’t mind magic.

I can’t see his status…

53. Magic systems

Profession “Monster slayer” 8%.

I tied monster frog down on the bow and tried evading from its tongue. I don’t need to kill monsters to progress my profession after all. But it’s too late. We need to stop for the night.

Monsters didn’t need any sleep by the way. They keep their conscious in the mana field around them or something like that. Those elves books are quite exaggerated. They use too many hyperbolic turnovers.

So I put it to sleep with recently carved especially for this occasion mind magic 5th ranked spell “Sleep”. I wasted almost three hours to charge it. And half an hour to draw magic circle from the book to the card.

By the way I have plenty magic books already. I bought many in Rigardas Arbaro and Cefurbo, not to mention books from the auction.

I have six books with elemental magic spells. Like fire, water, earth, air, ice and lighting. One with mind magic spells. Two books about light and darkness attributes with few insignificant spells. And tons of books about magic theory.

From what I understood there were four attributes that were at the time of the world creation. Space, time, light and darkness. Known as four Gods.

Then they created four dragons which reign over elemental magic. Magic like ice, explosion or lighting was made from combination of normal elemental magic.

Ice made from combination of earth and water. At first you create some water and then convert it to earth attribute. Ice created as a result.

Explosion magic uses the ability of liquid substance to increase in the volume when converted to gaseous. This operation creates explosion. All clear.

Slightly harder with lighting. If look at the fire as a plasma, that can be considered as ionized gas, and comprehend its nature talented magician can made one interesting trick. To divide positive from negative ions and inject air between them. Lighting created as a result.

Combined magic performed only on phase boundary. Normal mage can’t possibly use earth and fire combined magic because of its unbelievable mana consumption.

But when demons and fairies were created they established their own magic. Mind, transformation, summoning, strengthening, perception and many others. In few words their magic manipulate directly with living beings. Or something that was once a living being. Or something that is the result of activity of living being. Or even can create a living being.

magics

By the way there are tons of magics that are created from four first attribute.

For example, from light there are illusion magic, holy magic, barrier magic etc. From darkness there are shadow magic, forbidden magic, curse magic etc. There are also gravity and destruction for space magic and  clairvoyance and divination for time magic.

There isn’t any logic actually. You can gave new meaning to all attributes and create new magic. Of course you must be competent enough to create your own model of the Universe that is ruled by your new rules.

It is said that Great Lich created his own model and made necromancy magic. There were undeads before, but there wasn’t necromancy. And nobody except for Gods have ever creates undead.

And you understood it, right?

If a person knows more than one system of magic, he can be considered talented. Because to keep in his head two or more models of Universe is incredibly hard.

And because of that I am very cool person who can use all magic systems.

I can’t make myself to stop smiling.

That doesn’t apply on elemental magic though. All basic four have a good consistency. That’s why most of the people learn it. And precisely because of that there are so few chaos-nature magicians between humans.

But let’s forget about this tedious talk and have a dinner.

There wasn’t anything special on that night. With the exception of my insomnia because of beautiful defenseless body that slept near.

On the next day we reached Enport.

 

 

52. Training partner

Upon closer examination I made a conclusion that killed monster has its first evolution. That is because he has some distinguish from normal monster frogs. Mimicry. Normally monsters get some special ability upon reaching evolution.

I butchered frog’s body. Skin of monster is valuable material. I will make some leather armor with it. Other remains will go for alchemic experiments.

There some trick with monster evolution actually. Body isn’t subjected to changes, but only organs. This frog’s altered organ was skin. Meaning that only skin is useful to production of magic items.

Besides magic gear that is made from those monster’s organs will have some of the monsters abilities. Abilities came out absolutely by random. That’s why monster’s parts are so popular among guilders.

Equipment that made from metals, normal animals skin or wood can obtain the abilities that depend from craftsman, luck and many other uncontrolled things.

But equipment made from monsters can have only monsters’ abilities. In this way guilders can narrow the circle of needed skills.

I spend my time stitching leather while Anna was running around in search of other monsters.

I asked her only to locate them and to not engage in the fight. It’s not like I afraid of her. But I have some plans for these monsters.

My first product turned out not bad.

Leaping boots of camouflage
Rare quality
<Grants the ability to leap thrice the normal>
<Bearers body obtains the ability to disguise itself under environment>
Excellent condition

But another two somewhat creepy.

Sleeveshot shirt of camouflage
Rare quality
<Sleeves can be used similarly to frog’s tongue shot>
<Bearers body obtains the ability to disguise itself under environment>
Excellent condition

Sleeveshot jacket of skinbreathing
Rare quality
<Sleeves can be used similarly to frog’s tongue shot>
<Bearer obtains the ability to breath with the help of his skin>
Excellent condition

I tried to test that eerie sleeveshot when Anna came back. I wanted to smack her rear, but she evaded it. I regret that I gave her danger perception earring.

“Sorry. I just wanted to test it.”

“R-really?”

“Did you find anything?”

“No. There is nothing nearby.”

Hm. From what I read before frog monsters never live alone. There must be dozens of them around. Or maybe…

“I’ll go to swim a little. Take this shirt. It is yours from now on. It can shot its sleeves like I did before and have camouflage abilities.”

She was dumbfounded.

“But aren’t you made it, teacher?”

“Yes. What is it?”

“But only S-ranks craftsmen can make a rare gear.”

“Reveal ID.”

S-ranks appeared at my hand in the place where Guild receptionist put craftsman’s mark.

“How could this be? I never heard about anyone reaching S-rank in two branches at the same time.”

“Ah. There were actually few guys. One even reached in the three branches.”

“Ah? Really?”

“I’ve read about it in Castellum library. That unique guy is Great Lich though. He obtained S-ranks in magic, alchemy and craftsmanship. Trully a genius.”

Besides in one book from elves library stated that he created and used few times the spell of eighth ranks. Elves elders sensed it, but nobody knows what it was, because there weren’t any visible changes in the world. And any known to elves spells of eighth ranks doesn’t have similar mana dispersion. That’s why I can tell that that being far surpassed any S-ranks in terms of magic.

“I want to fight him someday.”

Did she just say something outrageous?

“Fight who?”

“Great Lich of course.”

Before I thought that I just misheard, but she really did say it.

“Aren’t you have bad compatibility with undead?”

“Really?”

Oh! Please spare me.

“Look, if you want to fight undead there should be priest or holy warrior. Or at least fire mage.”

“My family was just crashing them until they can’t move though.”

“Well… You can fight them like that too, but it’s too inefficient. Besides Great Lich is on another level. If I could I’d choose to never meet him.”

I didn’t raise any flag again, right?

I went to the water and dived.

My suspicions were right. Around one hundred meters from the bank I found something like an underwater cave. I lay down near it.

After ten minutes of waiting I finally saw some motion. That’s my client!

A frog monster with the size twice smaller than killed before was caught by my sleeve. I know how stupid it sounds.

I tied it with my sash and swam to the beach.

When I emerged from water I saw Anna’s face in tears.

“Ah? Something happened?”

“U-u-u! Uwa-a-a-a-a! Teacher, you just dived and didn’t show up for a long time. I thought that I lost you too! Uwa-a-a-a-a!”

Oy-oy-oy! Don’t act so out of character!

“E-e-eh… I forget to tell you. This jacket gives the ability to breath underwater.”

“Uwa-a-a-a-a! Teac-ua-aa!”

I tried to console her, but was hugged with great force instead. She didn’t use “Strength boost”, right? Well… Not a bad feeling.

“What is this?”

After she calmed down she inquired about tied frog.

“This is my training partner.”

“But I want to be teacher’s partner.”

Did you unintentionally forget to add “training” or it was on purpose? Even before when we were hugging my solid defense was breached. But now I almost fell. This was insinuation, right? Right? Tell more clearly, please!

“No. This is something like training device. I will train my monster sla… reaction speed.”

“Oh! It’s clear now! So clever.”

After some time we took our belongings and sailed.