We wait at the entrance of the lodge for our new guide.
According to the king, they should arrive soon.
I could not believe my eyes.
For some reason, Luna runs towards us waving her hand.
Funny, that's not what was agreed upon yesterday.
The king told me he would send someone else.
Or does Luna not know that someone else is supposed to be our guide?
"Nice to see you again, now let's go to Berserker Valley!"
"Didn't the king tell you someone else was going to be our guide?"
"Yes, he told me, but don't worry, I convinced my father to let me be your guide."
"That's right, I don't lie."
I don't think the princess would be able to mess with something like that.
The king rated Luna as capable of fighting on her own.
No, I have to go check it out directly, I want to make sure.
"I'm going to see the king."
"Wait! It's okay, I've convinced him!"
"Can I believe in you?"
"Of course. My father trusts me a lot."
I guess I have no choice.
Honestly, I have my doubts.
"Oh right, look at this!"
Luna handed me a letter.
When I received it and looked inside, there was a note from the king that said, 'Take care of my daughter.'
"If you had shown me this first, I wouldn't have had to hesitate."
"Heh, well it's just that there's also something else."
What do you mean by "something else"?
I resent being kept in the dark.
But if you are given permission to be here, I shouldn't mind.
"As of now, I, Luna, am a member of the Manyu Brigade."
"Don't worry, I'm a temporary member! But if Toru decides I can stay permanently, I'd be of great use to you."
What's wrong with this princess?
As expected, I can't take the princess to the dark realm, so I'll have to gently decline her request later.
There is a large and deep valley that suddenly appears in the vast grasslands.
In this country with many ancient battlefields, it seems that corpses have been thrown into this valley since long ago.
Because of that, many undead and ghosts began to haunt the depths of the valley.
"It's too dark to see."
"I sense a dangerous atmosphere."
Looking down the valley, it is dark and you can't see the bottom.
I don't know if it's the wind blowing or the ghosts crying, but it's a strange sound.
"How do we get down there?"
"There are some stairs over here, though they're cut off halfway down, and to continue you have to go down using a long chain until you get to the bottom."
"So once you're down there, there's no easy way out."
I have to be the first one down.
The bottom is probably crawling with undead, so it's probably best if I take care of some of them and then wait for the girls to come down.
"I'll go down first, then when it's safe, Frau, Luna and Kaede, you'll come down behind me, in that exact order."
"You need to stay safe."
Since Panda is no good for fighting, I returned him to the seal, after which I took Rosuke out to escort Luna.
I'm not sure why the king would want Luna to come with us.
But I can only assume it is for guidance.
Perhaps there is the possibility of appealing to her confidence.
I'm too stupid to think about these details.
But since she came with me, I will have to protect her.
"It 's narrow..."
The stairs were built into the walls, and are very narrow.
An adult can barely walk on them.
If you look down, you will see pebbles falling in the dark.
Hmm, that's just plain scary.
Even a level 300 like me can die here.
"You don't have to go through all this, you can always fly with Frau's fairy dust."
"It's not a good idea. We are not used to aerial combat. If we are attacked in the air, it will be difficult to stop the attacks."
"I don't think there are monsters that can fly here."
Even if they do not exist, there is still the possibility that they can use magic and attack us from the ground.
Many forms of undead use magic.
Some types of ghosts even specialize in magic.
If we fly right over them, it's like telling them to attack us.
Fairy dust is convenient, but you need to think about the time and place.
Devilish looking crows fly over the rock wall.
They stood on a dead branch sticking out, staring at us.
I wonder if they are thinking we are their food.
It is not pleasant to be observed from afar.
《Notice: Job saving has been restored.》
The only thing left is skill savings.
The stairs cut off abruptly. At the bottom, there was a metal chain dangling.
"Okay, from here I'll go down first, I'll signal you when I reach the end."
"Be careful, master."
I nodded my head and carefully slid down the chain.
The darkness of the surroundings gradually increased, and I began to feel a gloomy air around me.
I firmly put my feet on the ground.
I then quickly pulled my sword from my back and looked around.
Skeletons and zombies welcomed me.
There were about 100.
Although it's common knowledge that they are weak, that a large number of them came out from the very beginning is bad enough.
I don't think I can do a proper investigation now.
With a single blow, I cut all the undead in half at once.
Those I couldn't reach with my sword I set ablaze with heat magic.
Within seconds, a pile of undead corpses formed.
"Wow, that's so many!"
"Toru-Kun, you're amazing! You beat them all!"
Frau and Luna arrived after they had finished with everyone.
Soon, however, another round of skeletons and zombies arrives.
The number is incomparable to the previous one.
Hundreds of undead were coming.
Kaede uses her magic as soon as she lands.
A powerful gust of wind was generated that swallowed the undead and crushed them.
A shock wave is generated from Frau's hammer as she swings downwards.
The ground collapsed and the enemies were shattered.
The enemies that were there disappeared in the blink of an eye.
"The Manyu Brigade is... more powerful than I imagined! It's understandable why my father told me to keep a close eye on you to see your tricks!"
Oh yes, that's exactly what I thought.
I was thinking about how strangely close we are.
The King of Grayfield is a very careful man.
"Ah, I guess the cat's out of the bag."
"I'll pretend I didn't hear it. Stay close to us."
"All right. We'll pretend this never happened."
When Luna approached me, Kaede stepped between us as if she was annoyed.
"Luna-san, I will protect you."
"Hiii! Kaede, did I make you mad!!?"
"No, not at all. I'm not angry."
"But your eyes!"
Kaede grabs Luna by the arm and slyly pulls her away from me.
"I'm sorry, Kaede-chan!"
"I'm not upset."
Well, if Kaede sticks by her side, there won't be any problems.
For the time being, Rosuke will also continue to act as an escort.
Let 's move on.
"It's been pretty calm."
A mountain of undead has accumulated.
The total number is probably around 5,000.
It's not like I counted every undead we killed, so it's not an exact number.
"I'm very tired."
"Well done, Frau! You even scared me half to death!"
"Yes, you are so cute and strong!"
Frau smiles in awe at the praise.
However, Luna also struggled and is active in her own way.
She used her one-handed sword to take down the skeletons and zombies one by one without batting an eyelid.
Even if her level is lower than ours, she contributes perfectly to the party.
"What the-!? My level has gone up to a number I've never seen before!"
Luna, who checked her stats, began to get excited.
Oh no, the experience was flowing into her too.
Explaining this to her is somewhat problematic, now what do I do?
"Look at that! I used to be level 53, now I'm level 172!"
"Thank the gods of the forest."
"The Gods of the forest?"
Luna didn't try to find out more about why this happened to her, although she seemed a little confused.
The god of the forest is impressive.
It will be the solution to all my problems.
We reached the center of the valley.
There, Kaede found something.
A square hole in the wall.
There was a staircase leading to the bottom.
"It has always been rumored that there is a dungeon in Berserker Valley. But no one has ever witnessed it, because of the undead. Try as we might, we couldn't properly investigate."
"So it's a dungeon that's been abandoned for a long time?"
I am intrigued.
Now, how difficult will this dungeon be?
If possible, I want it to be a good place to level up.
After all, my level is only 303 even after defeating all of them.
Though I know why this is happening. My energy saving ability is hindering my growth.
We walked down the stairs with me in the lead.
There was a ghost coming towards us.
It could barely be seen with the naked eye.
I instantly activated the [Dragon Eyes].
The ghost approached, attempting to possess me.
"If you are reborn again, have a good life."
I had exorcised the ghost with my sword.