Beyond the top of the stairs was a dimly lit stone passage.
Some of the walls were crumbling and the debris was evident.
The air was humid and stale.
Marianne pulled out a map, and Kaede quickly created an orb of light.
"Most of the first and second floors have already been explored. So the place to go is the third floor onwards. There are also a few danger zones, so please be careful.
"How dangerous are these places?"
"To be exact, there are two areas that are very deteriorated and are inhabited by demons. We have not yet been able to explore them."
Hmm, I see. If we go to the next few floors, there's a good chance we'll find demons lurking around.
We'd better ignore those and hurry down the stairs.
That doesn't mean we have to limit ourselves, though.
The chances of finding treasure should be greater if we explore this place for several days.
It is decided.
"Today we explore the danger zones. But to ensure Marianne's safety, I will be the only one who goes in there."
"I'm sure I can put up a good fight.”
I wonder what The Count would think about what you just said.
"Ugh... I understand."
Marianne bowed her head and nodded. Urara felt relieved and placed her hand on her chest.
We started walking and decided to head to the nearest danger zone first.
"By the way, what's the name of the group?
"Fufu, I can tell Toru-Sama made it up."
I bowed my head, wondering what that meant.
Kaede walks up and stands beside me.
"Master, there's a strong smell of demons ahead."
"Can you evaluate them from here?
"...They're a group of mushroom-type demons."
Their evaluation ability is very surprising.
It can be used to search for enemies, and even detect the true identity of targets.
We continue along the corridor and reach the danger zone.
There, more than a hundred walking mushrooms were crowded together, and newly grown ones were sticking their tops out of the walls and the floor.
The spores of the walking mushrooms are poisonous, so we cannot approach them without care.
Maybe it'd be better to leave this place and go to another area?
No, I think I can do this now.
After all, I am level 300. I should be able to resist most poisons.
"You three stay here. I'll go alone from behind."
Kaede shook her fluffy tail. Her hands were crossed in front of her chest, making her breasts rise.
This sight seems to work better than any mushroom poison.
Calm down, calm down, calm down.
“Don't take too many risks, Toru-Sama. I know you're strong, but you shouldn't be too confident because of that.”
Marianne says those words to me as she grabs my arm.
Her plentiful breasts rested on either side of my arm, their soft sensation making my brain stop thinking.
Madam, you are right.
Thank you very much.
I rushed to kill all the mushrooms. Except for the poison, they are weak demons and are no match for me.
If you step on them, they will be crushed.
In a matter of minutes, all the walking mushrooms were eliminated.
It seems that the poison has no effect on me. Perhaps Dragonoids are a strong race after all.
I went to the back and found a stone door. Upon pushing it open, it gave way to a small room.
There were bottles, boxes and lots of garbage inside.
"Is it all rotten? No, it looks like it can still be used."
I pick up a bottle and rub it's surface with my fingers.
The liquid inside is crystalline and does not smell rotten.
But what is it? Some kind of medicine? It is said that restorative medicines of great purity can be found in ruins, even if rarely, so I guess it is the same kind of medicine.
It would be great if it was a healing elixir for all kinds.
Well, maybe it's nothing special, not everything can be good.
When I went back, the girls were happy to see me.
"How was it, Master? was there something in the back?"
"I found some things. There's this bottle, it seems to be some sort of elixir. There was also a locked box that seems to be promising."
"I didn't know there were still objects on this floor! Well done, Toru-Sama!"
"Marianne-San, you are standing a bit too close to my Master!"
Kaede pulls Marianne away from me by pulling her arms. I can't help but feel disappointed, the feeling of softness and warmth has disappeared.
Suddenly, I feel a sharp look and my consciousness returns.
Kaede looked at me with a scowl.
"My master is mine."
Is she angry?
Well, I don't really understand a woman's feelings.
"Toru-Sama, you need to show some male discipline."
"Umm, I suppose..."
Urara looked at me with narrowed eyes.
What the hell is going on?
There are three danger zones on the second floor, one of which we have already completed.
We went down to the second floor and opened the map again to know where to go.
"There are danger zones here and here. And here is an area that hasn't been investigated yet.”
"Hmmm, I guess this area is not much bigger than the second floor. I was wondering, does this place belong to the old race?"
"According to one theory, it was a subterranean fortress. It is not clear what kind of enemies they were fighting, but a lithograph has been found that describes the defense at this site".
Kaede and I said "Wow" in unison, as we were impressed.
If it is a subterranean fortress that resembles a dungeon, then what exactly is a dungeon?
So far I've immersed myself in them as a matter of course, but when I think about it, those structures are full of mystery, aren't they?
The other day, the dungeon we explored simply disappeared.
I wonder where it went.
"By the way, Toru-Sama, it's about time you taught me how to fight."
Not only I, but also Kaede and Urara were surprised.
I looked to Urara for confirmation, but she shook her head vigorously.
“The agreement was that we would come if you would join us, but you didn't say anything about teaching you to fight.”
"Just a little bit, please. I am tired of being protected by Urara and rescued by Toru-Sama. I am tired of being a weak girl."
She hugged me and pressed her chest against mine.
I managed to keep my mind from turning to mush at the feel of her breasts against mine and focused on what I should do.
If you want to get stronger, I can do it with my skills. But the problem is that you could get hurt.
If something were to happen, it would be irreparable.
The story would be different if there was at least one way to heal the wound.
"It can't be helped. Since master is in this situation, I will make an effort to heal Marianne's wounds if she gets hurt.
"Can you heal wounds?"
"Yes, my healing waves can easily remove even the toughest wounds."
So there would be no problem?
"As a servant of the Crown, I strongly oppose it. If anything should happen to the young lady..."
“I'm glad you feel that way, Urara. But this decision was made with the future in mind. There is no guarantee that the demons will not attack again, and I have to become stronger in order to help my father.”
She is certainly right. If you have great physical strength, you are less likely to be caught by the enemy, and if you have a high level, you will not be hurt easily. You can even avoid situations like this.
"Let's train you, Marianne."
A sound interrupted my words.
《Notice: Since the Lvl of labor savings has reached the upper limit, it will be paid when you move up the rank》
《Notice: payment has been updated due to the effect of the skill effect UP》
《Notice: You have acquired the job title Dragon Knight.》
《Notice: You have acquired the job title Master Tamer.》
《Notice: You have acquired the job title Imitator.》
《Notice: You have acquired the job title Great Thief.》