Overlimit Skill Holder - v1c16
I tried to give Dantes-san the pocket money he gave me earlier, but he wouldn’t take it. Patting me on my head, he just said “It’s good that you found what you wanted. You go buy yourself some sweets with the rest of the money.”
It kind of reminded me of my father back in Japan, a man I rarely remembered. He was more than ten years older than Dantes-san, and yet he was so unreliable. He would always lounge around on his days off, in which my mother would kick him away, calling him a typical useless salaryman for being a hindrance when she’s cleaning. I knew that I would also probably be a salaryman like him in the future, but I had a faint idea that I shouldn’t be like father.
……And yet, even though he’s that useless, I still unbearably missed him.
Our lunch was noodles. They used dried fish as broth—- but they made it really roughly, so it had turned into a salty soup with a fishy stench, with noodles of uneven shapes drifting about in it.
However, even if it looked like that, it was still very tasty and I ate it like crazy. When I finished eating, I saw Mimino-san, Dantes-san, and Norn-san looking at me with smiles on their faces that I felt embarrassed from their stares……
[W- Well then, could we go to the training grounds now?]
[I think it’s fine. I guess Reiji is a boy after all, wanting to see something like that.]
Dantes-san said such a thing with a complete papa-like face, but in fact, my purpose was different.
After watching those adventurers fight, I decided to turn their power into my own with my <World Ruler>.
The training ground was the same as the warehouse, it was very large and the floor was just bare soil. I could also see that there are some caved ins in some places and it was being intensely used.
There’s a scarecrow-like doll standing nearby and at the back was a space where you could fight freely.
[Your coordination is off! Brandish the full potential of your skills!]
A muscular skinhead-san is standing around again four people. They are wearing simple leather protectors and training with wooden swords.
The four attackers are young and appear to be in their mid-teens.
There were boys and girls by the wall as well, and whenever one of the teens was struck by Skinhead-san’s wooden sword, they would look blue and shivering on their corners.
[That’s Raikira-san, right?]
I noticed a tall beastman watching over the training. With his hood pulled up over his head, he doesn’t look like a beastman at first glance.
Mimino-san and Norn-san had gone out to buy the necessary supplies—– Because of the fiasco with the reikon, Norn-san and Mimino-san had to stop their purchase halfway earlier—- and I had come to this training ground with Dantes-san.
[Hmm. ……What the, it’s the old man and Reiji huh.]
[I thought you were going to sleep.]
[……Ah, well, how should I say this. I’m just curious about the level of this guild. They were training the new chicks right now, but I heard that the veterans will be training next.]
I knew that there was something wrong with Raikira-san….. Is he not well?
Well, fine. It’s not like he’d tell me what’s wrong even if I asked.
Standing side by side with Raikira-san and Dantes-san, we watched the training.
(<Physical Strength Reinforcement>, <Leg Strength Reinforcement>, <Swordsmanship>, <Spearsmanship>…… Moreover, is that <Support Magic>?)
A boy, who seems to be their support, is casting a spell on the girl in the vanguard.
[Good, that’s good! Keep that magic going! With this, you’ll quickly get accustomed to real combat! However, you’re not allowed to use any of the eight types of magic! If you destroy this warehouse, I’ll make sure you’ll pay for it!]
When Skinhead-san raised his voice, the boy who was apparently about to use offensive magic freaked out and stopped concentrating on his spell.
[You have to figure out when to put power and when to release it when using any of the eight types of magic! You won’t be able to use them if there are allies in between you and your enemies if all you can do is use your magic in a straight line! Think of that the most whenever you’re in battles!]
I see. Unlike in games, attack magic can hit your allies……
(Is that <Hearing Reinforcement>? …… Mhmm, certainly. I’m starting to hear what they’re saying to a greater extent now.)
I watch the boys and girls fight one after another as I take in a few of their Skills inside my body.
Ahhh~~~ I want to try fighting too. I want to test out how strong the <Swordsmanship> I’ve copied.
[Kuku. I thought you were just watching earnestly, but it seems like the little guy wants to move his hand.]
Raikira-san laughed at me and I felt my body heating up. How embarrassing. I felt like I was shadowboxing against a stickman hanging around in front of a light bulb within a room……
[……Isn’t that instructor a Gold-rank adventurer? I think we met once before……]
Dantes-san said something like that.
[Yeah, I haven’t told you about it before huh.]
Dantes-san told me about the ranks of adventurers.
The first rank is “Bronze”, then “Copper”, then “Iron”, next is “Silver”, and after that is “Gold”.
It is said that when you reach Gold-rank, you would become a top ranker for each guild branch. This ranking isn’t just limited to adventurers, the Pharmacy Guild and Merchant Guild also use the same ranking.
Mimino-san and Dantes-san are Silver-rank, so they can be considered high ranking. Norn-san and Raikira-san joined the guild after joining the “Silver Balance”, so they were still Bronze-rank.
The most famous adventurer among the Gold-rank had their ranks raised to “Platinum” and the highest quality of among the adventurers, “Mythril”.
When I heard the word “Mythril”, Raikira-san seemed to react with a twitch, but he didn’t say anything.
[Oh? Isn’t that the “The Great Shield of Silver” over there?]
Skinhead-san seems to have noticed Dantes-san and called out to him.
[……I knew it was you “The Sword of Unextinguishable Light”, Joseph.]
[Long time no see! I think the last time is when eradicated that goblin horde?]
[I think you were the top of kill marks at that time, right?]
[Dear me, good thing I had the “Great Shield” to protect the rearguard.]
Dantes-san was about to walk over when he was called, but Raikira-san, who was watching over held his hand over his mouth while his shoulders trembled.
I had a bad feeling about it, so I asked him.
[Pfft, Un- Unextinguishable Light…… You’re talking about that baldy with a head so smooth……? Kuku…]
I knew it! He’s laughing just thinking about that!
[How about it, “Great Shield”? How about you come and join in training the newbies?]
[No. As you can see, I’m half-petrified.]
[Having such a handicap is just perfect for them! Hahahahahaha!]
Smoothhe—– No, that’s rude! He’s named Joseph-san! Geez, I’m ended up saying something weird, this is totally your fault, Raikira-san!
Joseph-san didn’t care about his petrification, and he and Dantes-san began to train them.
However, some of the newcomers were clearly freaked out when they heard about his “petrification”, in which Joseph-san would run towards them and kicked their asses.
The screams ringing out increased.
(……Wow, Dantes-san is amazing.)
Despite being called the “Great Shield”, he didn’t carry a shield, and uses a sword instead, which he doesn’t usually use, to defend himself against their attacks. Dantes-san hasn’t even moved an inch from where he stood. The attacker tried approaching from the left side, from his petrified side, but even that is easily defended by Dantes-san.
[As expected, Old man Dantes is awesome. He’s god a second name after all.]
[……All those people with second names would be awesome as expected?]
[Well yeah. You can get a higher rank by doing your job, but you won’t get a second name until you accomplish something great. There are a lot of people who call themselves that, but it’s quite amazing if you’re known in another city for that.]
Raikira-san’s dark mood from earlier was gone, and he began to speak about many things, as if his mouth has become lighter.
[See that blue-haired guy who’s attacking him? That guy probably has the <Sprint Technique>. However, it doesn’t seem like he had mastered it.]
[It’s a technique that consumes your stamina, but temporarily allows you to dash faster and move faster, even making you remove the sound of your steps.]
[ ! ]
Remove the sound of your steps? That means……
[I also have that skill but—–]
I knew it! That’s the special skill that made Raikira-san be able to move quietly!
[—–If you don’t combine this with the <Stamina Reinforcement>, you’ll be quickly exhausted. The <Stamina Reinforcement> is a very convenient skill. You won’t be exhausted even after walking for a long amount of time. ……and, oi, what’s the matter?]
[……N- No, it’s nothing……]
[No, anyone would think something’s happening if you’re suddenly crouching there with your hands on your head, won’t it?]
I should have noticed it. That Raikira-san would surely have <Stamina Reinforcement> as well.
And that I had also learned Raikira-san’s <Stamina Reinforcement> without even realizing it…… In other words, the fact that I was no longer getting exhausted even after moving through the forest wasn’t because my body had been growing either!
Ah, geez! I’m really embarrassed saying things like “I’m growing up too!” with a smug smile on my face! Well, I should have known, right!? You can’t just suddenly gain strength just by walking for a day or two, can you!?
[Oi. Oi, brat.]
[Ah, eh, yeah?]
[They’re calling you.]
Looking towards them, I saw Dantes-san beckoning me to come over and Joseph-san staring at me with his arms folded beside him.
[……I have a very bad feeling about this.]