Welcome to the Guild of the Exiled - Chapter 2
Translated by Lunadia
Proofread by SunnyMay
“NOOOO!! PLEASE DON’T LEAVE MEE BEHIIIIND!”
The blond girl, Virine, clung to the knightly-looking man sobbingly.
“You’re so annoying! You’re the Ever-in-Bottom, Virine. It’s not your place to touch this Salvio-sama!”
“BUT WHYYYYY?! I, EVEN THOUGH I’VE ALWAYS DONE MY BEST!”
“Why, you ask….? Of course, it’s because your stats are low, what else could it be?!”
Then the knightly-looking adventurer, Salvio, kicked Virine mercilessly.
Aaaah…. Here we go again…
Having witnessed such a scene, I sighed as I could feel my mood grew even gloomier.
Just how many times have I seen a scene like this already?
Every time I step into a guild, I would always witness someone being banished from their party.
No—- the act of banishment had itself become a daily routine for adventurers.
As the words imply, the recently trending “expulsion boom”, is a boom of adventurers expelling their friends, and thus many among the adventurers had come to utter it. It’s a bit discomforting for the word ‘boom’ to be included in the vogue phrase but such were the facts.
I’d say the root cause of this boom had to be the “Status Scouter”.
The appearance of “Status Scouter” was certainly groundbreaking, however it brought both light and darkness to the world of adventuring. As individual abilities were now quantifiable, high-ranked parties have come to seek those with higher stats. And in order to make room for the adventurers with the higher stats, they would kick the party member with the lowest stat among them out…… such would repeat again and again.
Salvio stared down at Virine, who fell down to the floor.
“Listen well, kay? Our party—– ‘The Silver Wolf’, has finally ranked up to S. In order to improve our achievements, we would have to invite someone with even higher stats. So we would have to vacate one seat……………….. So, you tell me, who among us sits on the bottom when it comes to stats?”
“It…. it’s me…”
“Hyahahaha! So, you understand well! As expected from Virine of the Bottom, yea?!”
“Good for you. You finally get on with the trend. Kukuku.”
“Finally, our load is gone. A swordsman who can only avoid traps, huh, what a bother.”
Salvio and his companions laughed out loud contemptuously.
—- I’ll just say this clearly, what a shitty trend this had been.
Adventurers with high stats are strong. Adventurer parties with high stats produce excellent results.
While these statements may be factual————- every single one of these people just couldn’t grasp the true value of those with low-stats beyond their numbers.
Right, take for example————- their hidden skill.
I closed my eyes for a moment.
“….. ‘Appraisal Eye’”
I activated my skill, and reopened my eyes.
Then, I could see the letters floating on the chests of both Virine and Salvio
As for what the words told me———– it was the sole innate skill of these adventurers, their unique hidden skill.
This was the reason why I insist that the value of an adventurer could not be determined solely by their numbers.
My eyes have the ability to see the skills of others.
Or perhaps, it would be more apt to call it a skill to detect hidden skills?
I took notice of this ability when I was a kid.
Back then I used to think that these letters being displayed on others were something that everyone could see, but when I asked my mother, I was told, “as far as I can see, there’s no such letter”.
By the time I enrolled in the Guild Master Academy, I was able to consciously switch between seeing and not seeing them, and I was able to understand the meaning of these letters.
Unfortunately, everyone in the academy didn’t believe me. “No way you can see such a thing”, they said.
Well then, first of all, let’s see what this big-talking adventurer Salvio has got as his hidden skill.
Skill: [ATK/DEF x1.4]
Boosts ATK and DEF by 1.4x of its base value.
Oh, so it’s a skill that improves his base stats.
Actually, it’s not only him—- those with high stats often have this kind of hidden skill. The kind that would increase their base stats.
The skill is simply powerful in it itself, and his 1.4x augmentation isn’t bad at all.
But, when I see Virine’s hidden skill—-
Skill: [Enhanced Sixth Sense]
Excelling intuition to predict and avoid traps, and determine where monsters would appear.
Monster’s attack may be predicted. Their weakness may also be identified.
————- See, just like I thought.
She has got a preposterously powerful skill.
“Enhanced Sixth Sense”…. In other words, it’s like super sixth sense, perhaps?
I don’t even have to think about it too deeply, it’s definitely a top tier ability.
It couldn’t even be compared to what that all high and mighty Salvio has got.
Despite having such a valuable skill, she was about to be kicked out of the party. Probably because she wasn’t aware of her own abilities.
Everyone has got one of these hidden skills, but only a few were mindful of them.
Most people activate their skills unknowingly, others never use them at all.
There’s no doubt that Virine, with her low stats and her terrible party, has managed to survive this far because she had been activating her “Enhanced Sixth Sense” unconsciously.
Judging from the remarks of one of the party members that she had been avoiding traps, it was possible that she was the party’s spearhead, or vanguard———- or to put it terribly, she must’ve been treated as their meat shield.
Unknowingly but surely, she must’ve bailed her party out from various dangerous situations.
And even if she could see through a monster’s weakness, the reason why she couldn’t play an active role was probably because the other member kept stealing her credit.
Even though you people have managed to avoid danger so far thanks to her. You didn’t even notice that and now you’ve banished her…
How did these incompetent lot become a S-ranked party….?
Is this really okay?
Is this what adventurers, and the guild that supports them should be?
Being distracted by the visible numbers called status, they didn’t even bother trying to look at one’s true value.
And for absurd reasons, talented people would be banished away.
I had been pretending to look the other way with a guilty conscience, but now I have had enough.
The guild would never reach out to the exiles anyway.
They couldn’t understand my views, neither could they believe in the “Appraisal Eye”.
———– Alright, fine.
I steeled myself and walked my way to “the Silver Wolf”.
“Hm…….? What the fuck do you want?”
“Are you kicking her out of your party? Then you wouldn’t mind it if I take her in, yes?”
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