Thursday, 10 September 2015

Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka? Chapter S23

Shun 23.

S23 Entering the Elro Great Labyrinth 

We ride on the Light Drake for a whole day.
We arrived near to the Elro Great Labyrinth.
Because we pass over the forest and the mountain in a straight line, we arrive considerably faster than walking.
We look at the entrance of the Elro Great Labyrinth at a distance with "Clairvoyance".

「As expected, the empire soldiers are there」

At the entrance of the Elro Great Labyrinth, countless empire soldiers are in the fort built there.
The Elro Great Labyrinth is almost the only way that connects the continents.
Therefore, if the Demons invade, they need to pass through this Great Labyrinth.
The fort that can be seen with "Clairvoyance" at the front is the final defense when the Demons pass through the Elro Great Labyrinth.

However, it's almost impossible for the Demons to pass through the Elro Great Labyrinth.
The Elro Great Labyrinth has a complicated structured labyrinth and has the wideness that a person will take a whole lifetime to escape from the labyrinth without guides.
On top of that, numerous troublesome monsters inhabit in there, and the degree of difficulty is too high to invade with an army.

In the first place, the situation that the Demons invaded to the entrance of the Elro Great Labyrinth means that Kasanagara continent is almost in the Demons' control, so at that point, the Humans will be made to stand in a considerable crisis.
In the current long history, there's no era when the Demons raged to that extent.
Although I don't know what will happen in the future, I don't think that the Demons will rage immediately, so it's unlikely that the Demons will pass through the Elro Great Labyrinth.

Therefore, the fort's main role is to deal with the monsters that came out of the Great Labyrinth.
In the Great Labyrinth, there are a lot of special monsters that inhabit only in there.
It's the present fort's role to prevent the monsters to be free in the outside world.

There are the empire soldiers of another country that shouldn't be in the fort normally.
There's only one meaning.
It's the lookout to not let us enter the Elro Great Labyrinth.

「What should we do?」

I'm troubled to Katia's words.
Front breakthrough is not impossible.
But, that is the final means.
If possible, I don't want to do it.

「Can't we sneak in and get pass them somehow?」

Sensei proposes it while looking at me.
She must be expecting my skill, "Concealment" effect.

The "Concealment" skill is the evolved skill of "Camouflage".
The effect is literally concealing something.
Although the "Camouflage" skill is the same as well, the appearance don't change even if I use this skill.
However, there's an effect that it becomes difficult to be perceived by the five senses of other living things.
If I use it with "Stealth", it becomes even more difficult to be found.

And, the excellent point of this skill is I can choose the target to apply this skill.
Not only myself, but I can apply it on other people and things.
Furthermore, even the skills.
I always apply the "Concealment" skill on a certain thing.
That's the "Taboo" skill.
With this, it becomes difficult to know that I have the "Taboo" skill even if I'm appraised suddenly.
Although when it's found out, it will be found out, it's definitely better than nothing.

I shake my head to Sensei's plan, and deny it.
The "Concealment" will be found out when it's found.
If there's an opponent that has a higher perception ability than my "Concealment" skill, we will be found out easily.
The elderly magician that we fought at the royal capital is a good example.
That elderly person perceived our concealed figure that was far up in the sky.
As expected, I don't think that there are so many of such people, but if Yuugo thinks that he seriously wants to obstruct our actions, it's not strange that such people are stationed in the fort.
I thought that the simple infiltration that relies only on the power of skill was dangerous.

「I have an idea. Follow me」

We who became cornered, Hyrinth-san gives a new proposal.
We can't think of other methods, so we follow Hyrinth-san's directions silently.

Hyrinth-san led us to a small village at the place close to the entrance of the Great Labyrinth.
It seems that this village is a village made by the merchants and inns that deal with the people who enters the Great Labyrinth according to Hyrinth-san's teaching along the way.
If I look from the outside of the village, there are certainly shops that sell necessary preserved foods and antidotes.
I can also see big inns where even a large family can stay in this small village.

We move stealthily at the outer circumference of the village so that we don't attract public attention.
There might be a person who's connected with the empire soldiers in the village, and above all, we are wanted people.

The place that we arrived after moving stealthily was one house that's at the outskirts of the village.
It's quite large compared with the other houses.
Hyrinth-san knocks the house door modestly.

「Coming. Who is it?」

The appearing prime of life has a surprised look when Hyrinth-san's appearance is seen.

「It has been a long time」

Hyrinth-san lowers his head.
The prime of life look at Hyrinth-san's state, and look around the surroundings restlessly.

「For the time being, please enter inside」

We walk into the house as we are invited by the prime of life.

「This one here is the labyrinth guide, Goief-dono. It's a person who Julius and the others are indebted several times」
「I'm Goief. Nice to meet you」
「Goief-dono, this is Julius's younger brother, Shurein」
「I'm Shurein. Nice to meet you」

Everyone greets in accordance with Hyrinth-san's directions.
Although Goief-san hears it while having a gentle smile, I can't make light of this person.
Although it's hard to tell because it's hidden by the clothes, the body is considerably trained, and in the interior of the gentle eyes are narrowed like appraising us.
I agree that Hyrinth-san be in such polite manner.
It's a person who seems to be difficult to deal with.

「Then, Goief-dono. I will tell our matter without beating about the bush. We are accused of a false charge now, and we are in a position being chased by the empire. In order to put an end to this, we want to pass through the Elro Great Labyrinth and head to the Kasanagara continent, but the entrance is surrounded by the empire soldiers, so it can't be done. Can Goief-dono somehow make us enter the Great Labyrinth with your power?」

Goief-san ponders for a while to Hyrinth-san's words.

「I understand your circumstances to some extent. Because I thought that it was strange since I heard the story that Hyrinth-sama is planning a national overturn」

All of us are relieved to Goief-san's words.
Apparently, Goief-san don't have the intention to oppose us.

「However, unfortunately, I can't help」

We are dejected by Goief-san's following words.

「Do something about there」
「I am sorry. Because my life and my living suffer from this. I can't help you all and get marked down by the empire. Even if it's fine for me, when thinking that the danger will reach my family」
「Is that so?」

Although the appearance is not seen, I realize that there are several presence including the child in this house.
Goief-san also has a family.
He can't be our ally to the extent that his family is involved.
Although I understand, when I confront on the spot like this, I'm aware that the label called the national rebel plated on us is a serious thing.
No, it should be better just by hearing our story like this.
The worst, it's not strange that he will point a weapon at us when he saw us.

「What. If the coward don't want to guide, should I guide you all?」

An elderly person appeared while kicking the door, and says it to us who are depressed.

「Good grief. You coward. I wonder why are you scared of the empire when you have reached an appropriate age」

The elderly person who appeared with a sake bottle enters between us.

「I'm this coward's father, Basgas. I can be the guide in place of this guy, you know?」
「Wait, Father!」
「Shut up」

It's not loud at all, but Goief-san can't help but to fall silent to the powered voice.
Basgas-san has a splendid body that can't be thought as a elderly person, and he wears a Haki that can be understood at a glance.
I felt the strength that I want to appraise his status instinctively.

「If you okay with such a retired old man, I will guide you, but what do you want to do?」

Although Hyrinth-san is troubled, my intuition thinks that it's fine to entrust it to this person.
I tell that briefly with Telepathy.
On this occasion, I didn't miss that Basgas-san slightly reacted.
This person can eavesdrop the Telepathy.

「Please help us」
「Leave it to me. Even if I say that, I can't do any great things」

That's a lie.

「Then, let's have a specific talk」

By Hyrinth-san's proposal, we discussed about the plans for the future after that.
Goief-san seemed to give up on the way, and seems to back us up.

The preparations took one day, and we came to the coast.
According to Basgas's information, there's a cave at the bottom of the sea that's connected to the Great Labyrinth nearby.
It's not used because it's near the Water Dragons' habitat, so it seems to be a secret path that only a small portion among the guides know.

「Listen. Don't even try to fight when a Water Dragon appears. You will only be killed. The basic is to run away. The entrance of the cave is near after we dive, and once we enter the cave, the Water Dragon can't enter the cave because it's narrow. Head into the cave immediately after diving. Understood?」

We nod to Basgas-san's words.
We who changed into swimsuits hardly have luggage.
All the luggage are inside Basgas-san's space storage bag.
It's a magic tool that has the power of the skill called Space Storage that can store things in a different space.
Although it's uneasy to entrust everything we owned including the equipment to another person, now that it's decided to trust him, it's decided to trust Basgas-san to the end by entrusting everything.

「Well then, I will distribute the wind balls. Please don't crunch it even by mistake」

Sensei distribute the small balls at the size of putting on the palm.
This is the ball that confined the air compressed by "Wind Magic".
If this is held in the mouth, there's no need to worry about the air.
It's something like a micro oxygen cylinder.
However, like what Sensei said, when it's crunched by mistake, the compressed air that was confined will explode at that moment.
While it's convenient, it's a very dangerous thing.

「Then, I will lead everyone, so follow me」

Basgas-san holds the wind ball in his mouth, and dives into the sea.
Following the sequence, I dive at the end.
When I enter the sea, there's little shoal, and it became deep suddenly.
Is it because of the skills? I can see the underwater state clearly even without googles.
I saw a calm and huge approaching figure at the end of the view.

Water Dragon Krag.

The level is 8.
It has a figure like the Nessie which I saw in the dinosaur picture book.
I shudder when I see its status.
All the numerical value exceeded 3000.
On top of that, the skills are improved that can't be compared with the monsters that I have seen so far.

This is bad.
As for us, only Basgas-san who led just arrived at the entrance of the cave.
The others still haven't notice the existence of the Water Dragon.

The Water Dragon stands ready.
That's the preliminary movement of the breath!?

I move to the front of everyone immediately, and activate a magic.
"Holy Light Magic".
The magic obtained together with the Hero title.

My magic collides with the Water Dragon's breath, and a water current is generated by the aftermath.
I'm sucked into the cave as I was wash away by it.
I continue to be washed away while being careful not to bite the wind ball in my mouth while my body strikes many places.

A feeling of floating for an instant.
And, I struck the ground in the next moment.
Apparently, I have arrived at the end of the cave after being washed away.

「Is everyone all right?」

I take out the wind ball from my mouth, and look around the surroundings.
Comrades who were grazed all over with the completely exhausted state are on the ground.
It seems that no one is in danger.

However, leaving aside Sensei's loli figure, the swimsuits of Katia and Anna are torn in several places, and the exposure of skin has increased.
In addition, the hair sticks to the body, and there's a slight sex appeal.
It's very tempting.

「Ka! If it's like this from the very beginning, this is going to be hard!」

I agree to Basgas-san's shout in my heart.
For the time being, I must treat the place that's grazed.

「Well, we were able to enter safely. Welcome to the world's hell, the Elro Great Labyrinth」

I started the everyone's treatment while feeling tired with the Basgas-san's exaggerated talk.


  1. He doesn't know how to use ruler authority to block appraisal so he uses concealment to hide his taboo skill?

    What a noob.

    1. Is he a Ruler? I thinks he doesn't have one of the ruler skill.

    2. Ruler of mercy.
      It's the one that gave him the ability to resurrect people

    3. he has the [Mercy] skill which is certainly a Ruler skill

    4. If he used that every time to everyone that appraised him he would lose his Divinity area fast. In a sense it's brilliant, unlike Kumoko there wasting her area

    5. first he doesn't even know what divinity area is.
      Second you really have no idea what's going on in the world and how to use ruler skills
      Third his divinity areas probably low anyway
      And forth she only use her divinity area once and that's the permanently block appraisal which is actually smart

    6. Actually what he's doing seems more intelligent to me. Him suddenly blocking appraisal is suspicious. Unable to appraise tells immediately tells people who know about ruler skills that he has one and taboo. Concealing abilities he doesn't want people to know about gives a false sense of security.

    7. I didn't know it prematurely blocked all appraisals. Maybe it did tho the guide got his blocked and the mage at the same time. I just thought it caused an obstruction that was only temp.

    8. First I'm pretty sure he doesn't even know how to use ruler authority..
      Second not a lot of people can use the present level 10
      And just because he has a ruler authority does not mean he has the divinity area expansion

      And also the appraisal block is permanent until taking down

    9. What part of kumo is not suspicious...? She is a big ass spider with an aura of death...

    10. We're obviously talking about Shun doing it not Kumoko.

    11. ... Keep in mind that hiding one skill is less suspicious than hiding all of your skills. The other entity that we saw do that before Kumo was Oka, who introduced the idea of a human blocking Appraisal. Keep in mind that Katia and Shun were suspicious of Oka because she kept that block up and clearly had things to hide.

      Hiding one skill is whispering "Nothing to see here" into the night while refusing Appraisal is shouting "F*** OFF" at what's supposed to have a reputation of a troublesome skill. Divine area and ability to manipulate it, aside.

  2. Shun is an idiot, Basgas wasn't exaggerating.

  3. Shun is an idiot, Basgas wasn't exaggerating.

  4. i would laugh my ass off if they met kumo [even though in the past she left, nothing states she cant visit her old home for a BITE to eat]

  5. he shudders at stats that exceeds 3000 .... ahahahah

    what would happen if he see kumoko's 15000 magic and resistance plus that skill list that would almost take a third of the whole chapter (text wise) alone

  6. Shun's intimidated by stats around 3000? Christ, I wonder how he's going to react if (and hopefully when) he meets Kumo-chan

    1. Plus since this is years after that point she probably doesn't have a single stat below 6 digits.

    2. "This just in, humans are much weaker than the entities they classify as S rank and above!"

      Naw, really? Almost like Kumo mentioned every human she's run across not having a stat quite at 1,000. If he wasn't intimidated by a /dragon/ in its home field, he would be more of an idiot than people are claiming he is.

  7. Ohey, this old man!
    Looks like Hyrinth and Basgas have had an encounter with Kumoko in the past. I'm 90% certain Hyrinth was one of the noble knights who first went to investigate the dungeon (before she maxxed out Taboo)

  8. Makes me wonder how much the ecology changed since Kumo. i mean before, it was mostly the aggressive musclehead prominent at the higher end of the food chain. the dragon slaying led to a power vacuum, but the floor wide extermination campaigns mean that there's not necessarily Anything to fill it. Actually, what are the producers in this light forsaken place? is it something like the bacteria in hydrothermal vents?

    1. probably, it's the weakest slug thing that tastes really bad.
      maybe it absorb ambient mana or something, it's fantasy after all.

    2. i think you forgot that noone eats the slug,cause it has corrosion attribute. It´s suicide eating the slug xD
      I bet producers are thing like mushrooms and moss and animals or monseters that eat those, like the centipede :p And Kumos Mom, throwing thousands of little spiders into the labyrinth from time to time xD

    3. The lower class drakes probably evolved into new dragons.

    4. Her hunts should reduce a major number of skill-up-by-age monster. There might be new high level monsters to fill the vacuum left, but they will be the level up, not the age up, so they wont be as dangerous as when she hunted them.

    5. You remember that when she kill dragon Alabama (or something) new dragon was born and he was like Alaba "jack of all trades" so maybe dungeon has programs that fill that hole or something?

    6. Alabama? Kek. It's araba

  9. I look at the upcoming chapter names and.....

    [Ch 163 Worship me, praise me]

    Oh this is going to be good

  10. Great.. anoher ss about this ballless d!ck -_-

  11. Thanks for the chapter.
    You really have impressive translation speed.

  12. the dragon probably only attack since it felt him peeping...

  13. Lol, these father and son guides are the ones who came with the first subjugation group right? Lol

    These side stories keep forcing the difference between kumoko answer shun farther and farther lol

    Wonder if they'll avoid any and all webs that they see lol

  14. Is it possible that the dragon attack because it get appraised.
    Same for Kumoko when she get attack by the Earth dragon.

    1. some chapters after S11, Oka-chan explained about it give you some weird feelings when being appraised

  15. Thanks for the chapter!

  16. exaggerated talk my butt. Although Kumoko-chan nearly achieved genocide, that was over 15 years ago so the monsters should be back

  17. Hmm is this the same guide she marked on his previous visit?

  18. thanks for the chapters
    imo "haki" should be translated as "aura"

  19. The old man was weak so Shun must be pretty weak to since he was detected by him....this father person was the guide for the knights last time? Will they know about our Kumo

  20. If you want your ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend to come crawling back to you on their knees (no matter why you broke up) you must watch this video
    right away...

    (VIDEO) Why your ex will NEVER get back...

  21. Its too bad that it looks like our kumo will never really meet the others that reincarnated, if the time gap is to considered anything...

  22. However, leaving aside Sensei's loli figure, the swimsuits of Katia and Anna are torn in several places, and the exposure of skin has increased.
    In addition, the hair sticks to the body, and there's a slight sex appeal.
    It's very tempting.


  23. Why do i feel like the water dragons' lvl is too low... Maybe the original water dragon was caught by kumoko, in her advent in looking for seafoods...

  24. hahaha, isn't this good for you, Katia? Your crush sees you as a woman! Physically at least :x

  25. Swimsuits in a sword&magic world set in the Middle Ages?