This series… it differ in how long each ch is..
Anyway, this is the start point of the story. And also the ch that make me interested more in this series.
2. Keigo Yoshimura, Near Aoyamaguchi, New National Stadium 9/27 (Thu)
“Tsk, it’s raining.”
I muttered as I sat in the driver’s seat of the car that I stopped on the side of the road and watched the rain start hitting the windscreen of the car.
『 So did you do it well? 』
A moody voice can be heard from the other side of the hands-free phone. The voice is from Yoshitake Enoki, hmm, you could say he is my boss.
This time too, The client got angry because of his mistake, but he make me, his underling to go to apologize….. it can’t be helped if our sincerity will be doubted.
First of all, although I am always conveniently can be used in various departments, I am still a researcher. This, is a job for the marketing department.
“No … the transaction will be terminated.”
『 “What?! What kind of apology did you do!” 』
It’s a serious incident, and you sent me, your underling, of course it will end like this. Are you stupid?
I want to say that. I really want to say it.
『 “Sorry? In other words, it’s your mistake. Really, you’re so useless. Enough. I’ve lost an important business partner, so think that the salary cut is certain and the bonus is zero.” 』
Huh? Isn’t this mistake irrelevant in the first place? Isn’t it your bad management!?
When I tried to complain, the connection was cut off from the other side.
It’s kind of crazy. Salary reduction? No bonus? Is he has a screw loose on his head?
If you succeed, you will say it’s your power. If you fail, it’s my mistake. Why is such a guy in a higher position?
“…tsk, is it because he is that kind of guy, so he could climb higher?”
If you look only at his profile, sure, you will find a great career history.
“Oh. I feel like dying. I don’t want to go back to work …”
The sound of rain hitting the roof becomes stronger. So, I started the car engine and turned on the wiper.
At the same time, the music that started playing on the car radio suddenly stopped.
『 “Breaking news. It seems that a medium-depth Dungeon was finally captured in the United States.” 』
『 “Oooh!” 』
The people at studio is screaming at the news. Apparently, breaking news is being reported.
“Medium-depth dungeon, huh? I’m sure there was something amazing there.”
It’s already been three years since the Dungeon appeared in the world. The initial turmoil is already end, and dungeon exploration was like fishing in a slightly more dangerous place.
When it comes to defeating monsters, it feels like doing something dangerous, but the act itself is not much different from fishing or hunting. More or less, all of them is life-threatening.
I wonder if I can dive into the Dungeon and release the stress with an adventure. While thinking about it, I started the car.
Around this area —around Meijijingu Gaien— there were many Olympic-related buildings, and some large buildings were still being built.
The rain becoming even more harder, and the sound of water hitting the roof of the car echoed inside the car.
『 “It’s been three years since the Dungeon spread, and it feels so fast. Today, we will welcome a dungeon researcher, Haruki Yoshida. Mr. Yoshida, Nice to meet you.” 』
Haruki Yoshida, hmm.
It’s a name I often hear these days, but researchers are suspicious. Their D-rank (Dungeon rank) is not clear. Are they diving in properly?
『 “Nice to meet you.” 』
『 “First, the place of the Dungeon, it’s in area 36. It is a so-called Evans Dungeon found at Summit Lake in Mount Evans, Denver, Colorado, and has 31 levels. How was it, Mr. Yoshida?” 』
『 “Even in low-depth Dungeons up to 20 layers, there are only a few that have been traversed, so this could be called a feat.” 』
『 “I see. By the way, what is a medium-depth dungeon? 』
『 “Hmm. There are about 80 dungeons discovered so far in the world, but for convenience, they are classified into three types: low-depth / medium-depth / deep-depth.” 』
『 “I’ve heard of the great depth, but it’s that just a rumor?.” 』
『 “Yes. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, said that it is great-depth underground, and the term used for underground was not suitable for dungeon classification. That’s why a new term was created to avoid misunderstandings.” 』
『 “I see” 』
『 “They are defined by the number of layers, less than 21 layers are called low-depth, less than 80 layers are called medium-depth, and more are called deep-depth Dungeon.” 』
Rumor has it that as a result of the diving of the armies of each country, the firearms were decided at the boundary where they became useless.
『 “Then, the Evans dungeon is not so deep, even if it is called medium-depth, is that right?” 』
『 “No, it’s just a classification for convenience, so I can’t say that clearly. In the first place, the deep-depth Dungeon as defined, has not been confirmed yet.” 』
『 “what do you mean?” 』
『 “For example, in Tokyo, the SDF’s countermeasures have reached the 21st floor of the Yoyogi Dungeon. Therefore, it is certain that Yoyogi is above the middle depth…..” 』
『 “So, you can’t tell the actual number of layers without going down?” 』
『 “That’s right. When you actually get off, you can see that it is a medium-depth if there are 21 layers or more, but there are not so many dungeons that have conquered to that extent in the first place. When it comes to 80 layers, no one has reached it, so I don’t know if that layer even exists.” 』
『 “I see. Then, the fact that the Dungeon has only 31 layers is not confirmed too?” 』
『 “Yeah, It’s possible until someone reaches the 32nd layer.” 』
『 “However, domestic dungeons have been announced with a low depth of 5 layers and others are 4 layers. Do you why? 』
『 “It’s just an estimate. Nowadays, by observing a special tremor called a Dungeon-quake that occurs when a Dungeon is formed, the underground depth occupied by that Dungeon—in JDA, it is called the dungeon depth and is expressed in meters—. So, it is possible to do some estimation.” 』
『 “It is amazing.” 』
『 “In Japan, which was an earthquake-prone country, Hi-net and GEONET had already been prepared since the Dungeon appeared, so by comparing them with those records, it is estimated with the dungeon that already known and make a rough estimation.” 』
『 “However, it seems that the inside of the Dungeon is like a mysterious space, and it is not really known whether there is a strict relationship between the depth occupied and the number of layers. So it’s just a perception that if the Dungeon is deep, there may be many layers.” 』
『 “Is that so? I see.” 』
『 “The Dungeon depth obtained there is compared with the layers of the two low-depth dungeon traversed in Japan, and the number of layers of the other dungeons is estimated based on that, which is the estimation mentioned earlier.” 』
『 “I understand. By the way, at the bottom of the Evans Dungeon, some Skill Orbs have dropped. Unfortunately the content has not been announced.” 』
『 “When someone asked what you want to get from a dungeon, It’s the number one answer, the dream item to get from a dungeon.” 』
“Skill Orb, huh…”
When the dungeon appeared, the world was in a fuss. After all, monsters just like the fantasy world were wandering around.
But that just means a small increase in dangerous places like Taiga (boreal forest) and Rainforests, where dangerous carnivores lie for human society since a long time.
What really shook the world were the three items that came from it—cards, potions, and skill orbs.
The first Dungeon Card to be discovered-commonly known as the D-Card, was a fuss within the scientists because of its over-technology.
However, it did not have a big impact on our lives directly.
When the monster was defeated for the first time, a card with the human name and various information was dropped.
The phenomenon was just that, no more or less.
Even now, it is only used to check the skills of the Explorer, but at that time I had the impression that it was even more mysterious than that.
The strange characters used in the small 14-character string engraved on the upper part of the back side was talked in the philology area, but it could not be deciphered and only the types of characters were collected until now.
It was only talked again when the string was later found to match the string found on the surface of the changing tablet board found in The Ring.
However, the potion that was discovered next is different.
The potion that was dropped for the first time was dropped on a dying soldier whose lower body was amputated, and it was causing a sensation in the world.
The effect was as if it ridicule modern medicine. It connected his lower body that was amputated and that person survive the inevitable “death” itself.
That fact alone has led world-renowned companies, let alone governments and the military, to take the lead in sending people into Dungeons.
Due to the various items discovered since then, the Dungeon was recognized as a Mine of Special Resources.
And when the world, the first Skill Orb is discovered.
To sum it up, it was such an item that would take humanity to the next rank.
The person who used it became able to use magic.
Make the fantasy world a reality. That was the Skill Orb.
It is now being seriously debated whether it will be inherited or not.
It seems that military personnel at the forefront have registered their genetic map before searching. Probably for comparison with before and after using the Orb.
If the first Orb user had a child shortly thereafter, that child should be born soon, but no such news has been reported.
There were rumors that artificial insemination was used for mass production of it in less democratic countries.
In any case, if such items are on the market and used for crimes, the order of the world may be destroyed.
So, fearing that, the rulers quickly set up the World Dungeon Association (WDA) to manage items from the Dungeon.
But in the end, the Skill Orb itself couldn’t be managed.
There was an incident in which the Skill Orbs that were first collected from all over the world disappeared from the warehouse, even though they were stored strictly.
It was suspected that the staff made a mistake, But even though the Orbs just in small numbers, the fact that kind of thing happening around the world, it was difficult to just blame it as human error.
And, the result from the observation of the Orbs, it confirmed that the Skill Orb disappears exactly in 23 hours 56 minutes 4 seconds after appearing in the world.
That means, to distribute it outside the Dungeons was extremely difficult.
Even the law about the handling of Skill Orbs was confusing.
It is so rare that its economic value can’t be decided, and the value will always be zero after 24 hours. Whether or not such a Skill Orb could be called a property was controversial.
Various interpretations have been attempted, but now it is settled that the Skill Orb is not a movable property due to perfectly control it is hard, So, even if it is free to use, it can’t used as a gift.
Let’s say, Skill Orbs is considered to be something with value. In the first place, all Skill Orbs are natural products. Means, it’s movables when it still without owners.
For example, ‘A’ gets it, if he does not claim its possession, it remains as an unowned movable property. When ‘A’ gave it to ‘B’, it just mean that ‘A’ gave it as an unowned movable property, and ‘A’ is just a means to physically move the property.
No matter what route you take, if all the people in the middle do not declare ownership, you can only consider it as the property of the person who finally used it.
Of course, if it’s a trade, a Dungeon tax will be imposed.
It just that The world failed to manage the Skill Orbs, but in the end, the world’s order did not collapse.
The number of Skill Orbs was extremely small, and even fewer Orb users were unknown to the administrator.
Of course, crimes that used the power of the Orbs may not have been recognized as crimes, anyway it simply did not appear yet, but such crimes happened, they would say that crimes have existed even before the appearance of the Orbs, and as a result nothing will changed.
Still, an Orb couldn’t be used by humans who didn’t have the card. If you want to benefit from the Orb, you have to defeat the monster at least once.
As a result, tours to defeat weak monsters have become more frequent.
No matter how low your chances of getting a Skill Orb, you may happen to get a chance one day, so it’s better to be prepared in advance.
There were quite a lot of people who thought so. Especially in the one in developed countries.
At the beginning of the Dungeon, all the governments were always have a late response, but within a year, the law and management system were put in place, and each Dungeon was managed by the government and WDA. ..
“If you discover it, becoming rich is just not a dream, but it doesn’t circulate to the general public.”
There were rumors on the net that an item box was discovered or that there was a Transfer Magic, but the information of the Orb users tended to be hidden, so the credibility of that was low.
However, concealment is not stipulated by law, and if the person himself publishes it, it is their freedom to do that. As a result, even if that person becomes a little inconvenient, their skill will surely be noticed.
Then, in the entertainment world, even a group called ‘Dg48’ was born. If you provide a Skill Orb to “Your Favorite Member”, it seems that you date her until the time when the Skill Orb disappears.
Speaking of no moderation at all, people ridicule that the handshake ticket business (Fans Meeting) had come to this point, but this is probably what it means to live boldly.
“I hope that I could live that way too, sigh. Oops.”
The traffic light turned green, but when I started the car, I felt that the tires were coming off, and the car bounced.
“What, What just happened?!”
The cars at intersection was bumping around.
When I forcibly turned the steering wheel and plunged into some construction site from the road, the front wheel was taken off and the car spun.
There was a deep crack in the ground, and it seems that the tire was taken off there. If it’s like this, I have to release the accelerator and just wait for it to stop.
I felt that a small shadow appeared next to the car that made a clean turn, but the car is already out of control. The moment a loud bang was heard on the belly of the car, my cold sweat blew out at once. Then, just before the car hit a big trailer full of iron bar, the car finally stopped.
“Just now, don’t say that it was a kid…..”
The accident was pretty serious, and if it was involved, it wouldn’t be just end with a scratch, right? Every time after I complain about the company, misfortune always comes.
Anyway, I hurriedly opened the door, jumped out into the rain, and looked for something I bumped into.
The rain were getting stronger and I couldn’t see well in the smoke, but something black was lying a little further away from the side of the trailer .
“Hey, are you okay!?”
In a hurry, I rushed to the shadow and tried to reach out with my hand, but I noticed something strange.
I’ve seen it many times in the video, but it’s the first time I’ve seen it live. It wasn’t a person by any means.
In front of me who muttered that, what seemed to be a goblin was reduced to black particles.
Then there was a dull silver card left behind.
Area 12 / Keigo Yoshimura
Dungeon Card—-It’s a card that people always get as a drop when they first defeat a monster.
It was a card full of mystery, like about how it get the owner’s name, and what was written on it, and there’s a time where it was rumored that the card was made with a rare metal, but it seems that it was just a common material after all.
The area represents the place where the Dungeon Card appears.
As a result of inductive estimation from the information on the Dungeon Card, the area 1 was set around 110-120 degrees west longitude, and thereafter, the area number increased with a width of 10 degrees longitude in the direction of rotation of the earth, So, once it increased until the area 36. It can be said that you just made a one rotation.
However, it is said that the polar region may have been set as Area 0 due to the recent acquisition of an Area 0 card by an Inuit man at Pond Inlet in Canada.
In any case, Tokyo at 139 degrees east longitude is the eastern end of Area 12.
“Rank 99,726,438, huh?”
The rank is said to be the rank in which all human beings are lined up based by something obtained from the defeated Monster—–for convenience, it was called “Experience Value” just like the game.
Since I’ve defeated a Goblin for the first time, there are more than 99 million people in the world who have defeated more than one Goblin.
The fact that 1/70 of humankind is already in contact with Monsters I don’t know at all whether this number is low or high.
Thinking about that, I exhaled deeply and muttered.
“Anyway, I’m glad that it wasn’t a kid.”
As I picked up the card and looked at it, I relaxed and leaned against the trailer behind me.
There is a voice of confusion and smoke coming from the intersection. Apparently, there was a big earthquake just now.
“Is my apartment okay?”
After all, it is a two-story rundown apartment that is looked like it was built 50 years old ago. So, it’s not strange that it might crushed by a big earthquake.
My whole body is already soaked in rain. Even if I go back to work, I don’t have any change of clothes there, maybe I should go home once…
When I thought about it, I slipped and my butt was on the ground.
“Ouch! What is it this time?”
As I said that, I looked back, and I saw the trailer full of iron bars going down.
It went down, and the place it going to fall, a large and deep crack spread there. Probably due to the previous earthquake.
Apparently, I just added the final push to the trailer, which had stopped closely near the crack.
Fortunately, the trailer stopped halfway through a crack in the ground, but the large amount of iron bars that had been piled up (all of it was very thick and long) slipped into the hole.
“No, this was naturally the cracks’ fault, right? It’s not my fault, right? I have not enough money to compensate it….”
I was watching it with a cold sweat.
Anyway, the rain drops over my body, from the top of my head to the tip of my feet. I was thinking that it might be not my cold sweat… While I keep thinking something that even I couldn’t understand, and even though I keep waiting, I couldn’t hear the sound of the iron bars hitting the bottom ground.
When I approached to the side of the crack, thinking that there’s something wrong with the fall, something like an eerie voice echoed from the bottom of the ground, and suddenly an afterquake attack violently.
Then, the feeling of being pushed up by something from inside of my body occurs continuously, and when that is over, a beautiful rainbow colored Orb appeared in front of me.
When I saw it, I instinctively calculated the fall distance in my head and escaped the reality. If iron with a diameter of 4 cm and about 10 m fell freely, it would have been about 15 seconds…… It must be over 1000 m.
“If the iron bars falls vertically, it’s still unlikely to reach terminal velocity.”
In front of me who muttered so meaninglessly, an Orb was still floating.