Tap tap tap tap
We ran up the long staircase.
After defeating the Skeleton Dragon, we had reached the fifth floor.
Rosuke eliminates the demons that appear one after another.
This is a dangerous place where countless demons roam.
Moreover, I have the impression that many of them are generally high-level and problematic.
Kaede's magic freezes the 'Poison Moth' and the 'Fiery Ghost'.
Frau quickly smashes them with her hammer.
Panda, strengthened by the Mega Boost, hits a Minotaur.
The enemy was thrown against the wall and fainted from the impact.
He is not as strong as Rosuke, but Panda seems to be able to fight if he puts his mind to it.
However, he can only take on one at a time, so I can't leave him exposed for too long.
Our current level is this;
Toru 305 → 310
Kaede 315 → 335
Frau 300 → 328
I was completely outclassed.
However, thanks to my jobs and skills, I don't feel much difference.
I also have the swordsmanship technique I obtained from Mugen's grandfather.
Overall, I am still stronger.
We continued down the hallway, trusting the map, and came out into a large dome-shaped room.
There was a large monster in the center of the room.
It was five meters tall, with bulging musculature and attention-grabbing red hair.
On its head was a set of thick horns and in its right hand hung an iron ball with a chain.
Great Minotaur - a superior species of minotaur.
When it saw us, it roared furiously.
"The iron ball is coming towards us, dodge it!
The Great Minotaur throws the iron ball lightly.
We managed to dodge it quickly, and split into three different directions in the room to confuse the Great Minotaur's aim.
The iron ball is yanked back by the chain at a great speed, and as it swung in the air, it aimed at the place where Kaede was.
Frau hits the enemy with her hammer from the side.
The Great Minotaur coughed blood as it was slammed backwards against the wall.
Immediately, Kaede cut off its right arm with a wind blade.
Still, the enemy roared with exposed fangs, dripping blood.
I then buried my sword in its heart.
The terrifying-looking Great Minotaur extends its left arm toward my head.
After piercing its chest with my sword, I cut its head in half.
"Master, you have blood on your face."
Kaede wipes my face with a handkerchief.
I am not tired yet.
I would like to aim for the surface as quickly as possible, but I don't know what kind of condition Kaede and Frau are in.
'Kaede, Frau, how are you?"
''I can still move forward.''
"We've been fighting for a long time, but I still don't feel tired."
When you reach level 300, your physical endurance increases abruptly.
Also, the enemies that have appeared are only small fry, so there is little mental exhaustion.
Let's take a short break here.
Then we reached the third floor.
We stopped abruptly.
The road we had to follow was full of water.
I looked at the map and confirmed it.
"It looks like we'll have to follow the channel for some distance from here."
"Is there no way around it?"
"That's what I was thinking, but it's the only way up."
"Hey, so do we have to go in the water? There must be a monster in there."
I'm sure there is.
This path is too long.
Besides, it is the only place that is connected to the surface, it would be crazy not to place a powerful demon here.
Then the last guardian is here.
"Panda, Rosuke, can you keep up?"
The two beasts shake their heads in disgust.
Apparently, water is not their forte.
Well, it's the perfect time for Sharkboy to get in on the action.
I had Panda and Rosuke re-enter the seal and brought out Sharkboy.
"Little friend, there's a mighty monster in these waters, so I'd like to ask for your help."
"Can you do it?"
Sharkboy turned his face toward us after going a little further, as if to say, "Leave it to me."
The water was light green.
We swim while following Sharkboy.
Thanks to Kaede's magic, we can see underwater, but visibility is not very good.
For the moment, there is no need to worry about breathing as we have the underwater breathing scroll, but since our movements are not optimal underwater, we will not be able to react as fast as usual under a dangerous situation.
Kaede tapped me on the arm.
There seems to be an enemy ahead.
Sharkboy also noticed and became alert.
A large object is approaching ahead.
It moved very slowly and wriggled his body like a fish.
I know what it is.
I saw it once.
It was covered in blue scales, and there were membranes on it's arms and legs.
It had a dorsal fin from head to tail and a catfish-like beard around the mouth.
It is a true born species of blue dragon.
Its roar made the water tremble.
It is a very dangerous dragon.
Both Kaede and Frau showed concern on their faces.
However, Sharkboy is trying to challenge the blue dragon that has stopped moving from the front without flinching.
Countless thorns shoot out from Sharkboy's body, and pierced the blue dragon.
I want to try something....
I used the Mega Boost on Sharkboy.
His body began to swell, rapidly growing stronger.
His pink body turned reddish and eight eye-like protrusions appeared on his back.
In the next moment, a line of red light radiates from his back and penetrates the blue dragon.
What kind of attack is that?!
Sharkboy has terrifying power.
The shark-beast shoves the blue dragon's carcass with its caudal fin, then flaps his mouth and waits for us to arrive.
Panda, I'm glad you didn't see this.
I'm sure you would be very jealous.
We landed, and I had Sharkboy return to the seal.
At the same time, I took Rosuke out. On the other hand, Panda comes out on his own, as usual.
"Ugh, it's so cold."
"I'll dry you right away."
Kaede used magic to dry my clothes in an instant.
I checked the surroundings, but there were no enemies.
There was only one staircase leading to a door upstairs, that must be the surface.
We climbed the stairs and opened the door.
The dreary corridor led back to the rear.
It was unclear how long it had been since we had arrived here.
It was impossible to distinguish day from night.
The only thing I know for sure is that I'm getting closer to the ground where Lisa is.
My mind boggles.
I'm about to fight with Lisa, my ex-fiancée.
This fact is inexplicably sad.
Even now that I know I have been betrayed, I still suspect there is a truth I do not know.
But maybe that's just my own selfish hope.
Just my weak heart trying to believe only what I want to believe.
Kaede hugged me from behind.
"No matter what choice you make, Master, I will follow you wherever you go."
"Thank you. Kaede."
Let's move forward.
I reached the first basement level.
I opened the big door.
"I was waiting for you, Toru."
We appeared in a large lobby with a staircase leading to the surface.
More than a hundred demons were waiting for me there.
And a smiling Sain who looked at me with his arms crossed.
He looks a little different, wearing jet black armor.
I have a bad feeling about that armor.
There is a frightening air of evil in the air.
"I'm not the same person I was before. I have overwhelming power now. You are no match for me."
"If that's the case, why did you prepare an army of demons? Why didn't you wait for me alone?"
"I've been putting you down too much. I never thought a nuisance like you would level up so fast. So this time I'll do my best to deal with it- Huh? Level 310?"
Sain steps back.
Oh, are you still in the habit of not evaluating your opponent's stats?
When we worked together, I was always in charge of assessing the level of our enemies, and I acted very carefully.
Come to think of it, you have always underestimated your opponents.
"Men, hold them off for a while! Whoever defeats him will be made a general!"
The demons raised their weapons and cheered.
Sain ran through the soldiers and up the stairs.
I think he's heading to where Lisa is.
That's a good thing.
"Kaede, Frau, Panda, and Rosuke. I'll take care of them."
I drew the sword I carried on my back.