I ran like hell through the forest. A group of goblins was chasing me from behind.
“This is mine!”
My arms are full of fruit. These are from their territory.
They don’t need them, they can eat meat all the time, right?
I’m going to eat these fruits. So let it go.
The goblins are not slowing down.
It’s alright, if I can make it to the coast, I'll be fine. They can’t go near the sea, right?
Once on the beach, the goblins stopped at the edge of the forest.
Hahaha, it’s a shame! It’s a pity you couldn’t catch me.
I’m going to show them what I can do with this fruit.
“Stop, or I’ll kill you!”
The globins threw stones at me.
Thud. A large tree fell to the ground.
I picked up the dropped fruit and ran away.
I have been here for a week. I look at the sea from my hut on the beach.
The sea is very strong.
It 's so cold.
If only I had a good level, I could get as much meat as I wanted.
All of the monsters here are stronger than me. And by an abysmal difference.
Even the slime attacked me as if I were prey.
Of course, I’ve been steadily raising my level. If it’s just a slime, even the current me can defeat it if I try hard enough.
Thanks to this, my level is now 170.
But it's not enough.
I need to get to 200 at least. If I can get to 200, I should be able to handle the goblins.
I roll over and over.
Suddenly, I notice something unfamiliar in the corner of the room.
It’s a mushroom.
It’s light brown and shiny.
A quick appraisal tells me that it’s edible.
I decided to roast it over a fire and eat it.
“It’s good, isn’t it…? Yeah.”
The mushroom tasted good, even just roasted. The texture is not bad either.
Maybe I’ll have some more.
There are still a few mushrooms growing. If I look closely, there are numerous small mushrooms.
If I can grow and harvest them… I can eat them too.
I pull two of them and roast them over the fire.
Hmmm… this is darker than the others. Well, let’s just eat it.
My stomach hurts like hell. My bowels are churning and moving.
Why? It was an edible mushroom.
Or was it the rotten fruit I ate before?
When I looked at the mushroom with Appraisal.
Edible mushrooms and poisonous mushrooms grow all together.
You’ve fooled me! You’ve got to be kidding me, you’re just a mushroom!
It’s disgusting. I think I’m going to leak.
I stood up and went to the beach, trying to decide whether to do it in the sea or in the woods.
It’s indeed embarrassing to do it on the beach. Even if you don’t see any other people watching, it’s a bit…
And I'll likely be attacked in the forest. Well, it’ll have to be the sea.
I can’t walk with my legs wide open, I’m nearing my limit.
As I reach the edge of the waves, a thought occurs to me.
I’m going to get my clothes wet. But I can’t afford to take them off.
What should I do? What should I do?
I’m not going to do it. Let’s go to the forest.
I turned back and went into the forest.
I cut down a goblin. The remaining three goblins retreated.
I finally got my level up to the point where I could kill them.
Now that I’m in the 200s, I can kill goblins without problems.
Hahaha, it’s a shame. I’m sure you’re disappointed that I killed your friend.
I thought he was going to run away, but one of the goblins took advantage of the situation and jumped on me.
He choked me and I couldn’t breathe.
This… is bad.
The distant consciousness returned at once.
Ah... damn, I'm so dizzy. My vision was blurred, and I didn't know what was going on.
The blurred outline began to clear up and I could tell there was still a goblin in front of me.
But the goblin is pale and twitching, with black tentacles clinging to his body and countless tube-like objects stuck in the end.
The tentacles were coming out of the Usurper’s Armor, and seemed to be sucking something.
《Notice: Six Petals of Resurrection has been activated. Four petals left. 》
The text appeared in front of me.
I’ve been strangled to death. I died for nothing, huh.
But, what’s happening?
A few minutes later, the tubes were removed from the goblin, and the black tentacles pulled back inside the armor.
“I leveled up!?”
I looked at my status, and saw that my level had increased. Maybe the tentacle was taking the experience?
The Usurper’s Armor is the best, isn’t it?
From this day forward, I am the top predator in this forest.
It was a while since I was searching for my prey in the forest.
I felt a strange presence and then, I hid myself behind a tree.
“This is a good place to level up, since there are strong fishes and no behemoths like in the Dead Forest.”
“Nice spot, I didn’t know there was such a place.”
I heard a voice and quietly looked ahead.
Two men were walking through the grass.
Perhaps they're adventurers. One is wearing light leather equipment and the other is wearing full black armor.
I immediately recognized one of them as an elf, but the other had a full face helmet, and I couldn't make out his appearance.
They look like adventurers, but I'm not sure exactly what they are. For now, let’s just go with that.
This is a great way to get information. I hope I catch them alive, somehow.
“Is someone there?”
The elf twitched his long ears and spoke in my direction.
Elf’s ears don't lie, huh. Their hearing skills have no match.
I guess I’ll have to show myself, quietly.
“Sorry, I thought you were a demon.”
“What? A human? Hmph, you scared us for nothing.”
The two men relaxed slightly, perhaps relieved.
I’ll use my appraisal skill to check them out.
Ehh, the elf is level 202 and the black-clad one is 312, huh.
I'm level 330. I think I can win easily without raising the bottom level with my sword and armor.
Job's skills are nothing to be worried about, but what about equipment?
… Normal. Well, I think they aren’t my enemy.
“This guy has a good face, maybe we can get a lot of money if we catch him and sell him to a slave dealer.”
“Is that so? I don’t think we'd get more than 10 gold coins.”
“10 golds is a lot! Get him!”
The elf grinned and drew his sword. At that moment, a strong wind blew.
So he’s using a spirit, that’s why the wind blew.
I've seen high elves using spirit magic before. The feeling of discomfort filled me in an instant.
I also drew my sword.
“You can’t fight spirits properly. Right, Human?”
Whoo! There was a sharp wind!
But… faster than that, I was kicking off the ground to narrow the distance.
“It’s a bad idea to try to fool this Sain.”
My sword cut the enemy's throat.
“That can’t be...”
In that instant, the full armoured man was pierced through the gap in his armour by one of my black tentacles.
Once the tentacle gets you, the body relaxes so much that even strong demons are unable to move.
The moment he approached me, his defeat was decided.
Mmmm, yummy. Your status is delicious~
I only know that
I can only absorb experience and skills. The absorption rate of the status varies depending on the number of tubes inserted. If it’s just a scratch, it’ll heal without a trace during absorption.
Of course, there are drawbacks.
You can only absorb about half the experience. The maximum number of tentacles you can produce is ten. Absorption takes a lot of energy (if you just move the tentacles, it's fine), and It takes a while to digest and absorb the stats.
However, this is a small price to pay for the great benefits you will gain.
Thud. The man with that full face helmet falls to the ground.
“You are an elf too?”
“P-Please, let me go…!”
“There is no doubt that this is a different continent, but it seems that it is a difficult place for humans to live. For the time being, I'll have to keep my race hidden.”
I picked up his full face helmet and put it on.
I guess I should keep the name 'Sain' under wraps too. I'll have to think of an alternative name.
“Who are you?”
“I'll call you that. From now on, you'll call me Aide”
Okay, elf. Let's have a little chat about your status, shall we?
And let's talk about your country, too.