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Chapter 51: Tenma Labyrinth Primal Forest



Author: Ryuusen Hirotsugu Original Source: Syosetu Word Count: 2707 characters
Translator: Nomad English Source: Re:Library Word Count: 1368 words
Editor(s): Fire

With Cait Sith’s guidance, Mira was able to gather half the quota of Founding seeds in a shorter span of time than she expected. Seeing she would finish faster than scheduled, she was in a good mood as she jumped from branch to branch with light steps.

「Danger. I sense someowthing dangerous…」

After he had sniffed out the sixth Founding Seed and they headed to where it was hidden, they appeared from above them. Cait Sith glared at it with a watchful glare as if trying to fend it off with that alone, hiding further inside between Mira’s neck and shoulder.

「So it came.」

Mira muttered as she looked at the monster blocking their way. There was a type of monster known as treemen that appeared in large forests. Their bodies were entirely made of wood but in a humanoid shape. On top of that, since this was a Tenma Labyrinth, the monsters that appeared there were all of a different subspecies.

The monsters in front of Mira were a part of a subspecies of treemen, with skin of bark and a skeleton of wood, covered in ligaments and muscles made by intertwined ivy and vines, forming a rather burly silhouette. That subspecies was known as Niltreant, monsters with a far more unsightly appearance compared to any regular treemen.

The vines visible through some gaps in the bark covering them moved and wriggled without effort, moving the creatures closer to their prey. Every movement they made was accompanied by cracking sounds as they raised their hands pointy and sharp like spears against Mira.

「Stay still for a while.」

Saying that, Mira held the scruff of Cait Sith, picking him up and then dropping him inside the bosom of her dress.

「Roger that, chief!」

Inside Mira’s dress, Cait Sith moved around to find a comfortable spot before peeking out with his head and saluting, his tail up and straight as well.

「Mm… you don’t have to reply like that, and don’t move your tail so much, it tickles.」

Saying that, Mira twisted her body in an attempt to push his head down again while his tail continued brushing against her soft skin.

「Copy that.」

With that response, Cait Sith pulled his tail curling it against his body, but the situation around them also changed at the same time. There were three Niltreants in front of them, one of which had just leaped forward to attack Mira.
Noticing the incoming attack, Mira held her arms around Cait Sith who still had not hidden inside her dress yet, protecting him as she jumped back. At the same time, the Niltreant followed her movements and adjusted the trajectory of its spear-like arms in an attempt to follow the shortest path to its prey, ending up piercing into the ground.

Its first attack being evaded, the monster turned its head trying to find Mira again, but its arm would not be able to move again. A multitude of black arms appeared like a mirage on its back, each and every one of them swinging a black sword onto it.

The attack shattered the bark, wood and vines, sending a green liquid splashing away.

(Their strength seems to remain the same in that state.)

Those were proper Dark Knight attacks. Mira’s first practical test of Partial Summoning in battle had worked flawlessly.

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But Mira did not have much time to relish her victory, as the remaining two Niltreants saw their fallen comrade and began running with somewhat human but also awkward movements, crackling noises coming from their limbs. One of them leaped high into the air with all its limbs dangling around.

But that attack ended the same way as the previous one. They were trying to attack Mira from up and down at the same time, but before the one in the air could enter an offensive stance, a large white shield appeared in front of it and destroyed its momentum.

[Sage Art – Earth: Crimson Grasp] 

The remaining Niltreant was forced to fight a hopeless battle without aid from its comrades. All of its attacks were aimed carefully, but they could only hit air or were stopped by a small white hand, slowly pulling the Niltreant down into a scorching hell.

That humanoid monster eventually turned into black ashes, collapsing in front of Mira. The remaining Niltreant, the one who collided with the Holy Knight’s shield, clumsily stood up before it was cut in half, from the top of its head straight down, collapsing like a puppet that was cut off from its threads and staining the ground green. The black arm that made that cut vanished before its body hit the ground.

(This is actually very useful…)

They would only appear for an instant, but the multiple ways a partial summoning could be used made Mira’s experimenting heart stir. However, their short lifespan also added some limits to that. Still, she found they would be perfect for similar situations to her current one where there was not much space to move around.

「I expected no less from you, chief!」

Sensing the danger was gone, Cait Sith jumped out from Mira’s bosom. The sign also read 「This was needed to survive」.

「Anyway, where did you say the next one was?」

They had been attacked while searching for the Founding Seeds, and they were still surrounded by a very irregular forest of branches. Cait Sith had been guiding her around until then, so she asked him for the location of the sixth seed again, to which the first lieutenant responded by jumping onto the remains of a Niltrant and searching through it.

When Mira was about to ask what he was trying to do, Cait Sith nimbly took out something from inside the remains.

「Found it!」

Exclaiming that, Cait Sith held his hands up, holding something that looked like a bundle of ivy and vines in them.

「Ohh, you’re also good at looting.」

That item Cait Sith held was the drops from Niltreants, also known as Nilt Cores. Basically the Niltreant’s heart, they held all the magic power needed to make the Niltreant move, as well as the sap that regulated that. They could be used to craft other items as well.

Cait Sith handed the Nilt Core to Mira like some form of offering before he ran off to the other remains.

In the end, Mira obtained two Nilt Cores, since it was impossible to retrieve one from the Niltreant that burned to ashes. Next, Mira let the unexpectedly hardworking Cait Sith1 climb on her shoulder as they headed to the location with the next Founding Seed.

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Around one hour later after they entered the Tenma Labyrinth Primal Forest, and by the time Mira’s stomach began feeling somewhat empty, she had already gathered the ten Founding Seeds Solomon had requested. All thanks to Cait Sith’s great efforts.

By the time Mira defeated the umpteenth Niltreant, she began getting the hang of using partial summoning out of something akin to muscle memory. Around them there were many black stains everywhere as well, the remains of the poisonous fruits some Niltreants would throw.

While Niltreants were a subspecies of treemen, they too were divided into three types. Those who had arms like spears, others that threw poisonous fruits, and lastly those who could throw poisonous fruits as well as conifer leaves.

Mira had also gotten used to Cait Sith running to their bodies to scavenge Cores.

So far, Mira had remained in the outer edge of the Tenma Labyrinth Primal Forest. As one headed towards the center, even more valuable items could be found, but the monsters would also grow proportionally stronger. The very center was home to powerful foes that could make even someone as strong as the Nine Wisemen struggle, at least if it was someone alone. But even then, Founding Seeds could be found in every area of the forest, so there was no need to go that deep inside.

「I’m pretty much done here, so it’s about time I go back.」
「Roger that.」

Author: Ryuusen Hirotsugu Original Source: Syosetu Word Count: 3093 characters
Translator: Nomad English Source: Re:Library Word Count: 1582 words
Editor(s): Fire

Cait Sith climbed back on Mira’s shoulder to his usual spot. Since the entrance and exit were in different locations, they had to search for their way out now, but since the place was like a very irregular forest, any regular person would lose their bearings almost instantly, making justice to the labyrinth part of the location’s name.

But since Mira had been there many times before, she knew how to find the exit. She narrowed her eyes and looked around, trying to find a landmark.

「Hmmm… I can’t find it. First lieutenant, can you see a blue flower anywhere?」
「A blue flower? I’ll try searching for it.」

Since she was unable to find it herself, she asked Cait Sith for assistance. He accepted the request, the sign changing to 「Searching…」 and his eyes turning round as he looked around, carefully examining every branch, every leaf, anything that hid under the vines, everywhere he could.

「I meownd it. It’s over there!」

Atop Mira’s head, he signaled with the light of his eyes to a certain location. 「Good job,」 she said, lightly caressing his chin before leaping towards that direction.

After crossing over a couple of large branches, she saw the blue flowers as well. They sprouted from a thick vine, with four blue petals as large as a hand. As long as she could find those flowers, it would not take her much longer to find the exit. There was a peculiarly sweet scent surrounding those flowers, which bloomed in regular intervals as if signaling a path. And if she followed them, she would arrive at the exit.

Mira looked around for a bit and quickly found the direction she had to follow. When seen from above, one would notice that the blue flowers were arranged in the shape of a teardrop. The pointy end faced the exit, so no matter which side she followed them she would eventually get out, though depending on where she started following one side could take much less time than the other.

(Well, I guess it doesn’t really matter which in the end.)

At first, she debated on which way would be faster, but since she had no way to determine where in the teardrop shape she was, it was impossible to know. So the fastest way was simply to start moving. Stopping her thoughts, she decided to follow to the left like she always did.

As Mira moved forward, following the flowers, she would encounter more Niltreants, which she used as test subjects for partial summoning practice. After crossing a few dozen branches, she found an old-looking chest.

「Chief, treasure!」
「Yes, that’s a treasure chest indeed.」

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Cait Sith’s eyes twinkled as he held the sign high up, a suspenseful line written on it: 「Will the treasure chest they found in the uncharted territory bring them hope or despair…?!」

On the other hand, Mira recalled what the chief of the Spellcasters’ Union told her. The reason why the entrance to the Tenma Labyrinth Primal Forest had been restricted and banned.

The reason was that chest in front of her. Even if the contents were taken, the chest would reappear after some time. A respawning chest was nothing out of the ordinary for a game, but it was considered a very strange phenomenon now that the world had become reality.

Mira slowly held her palm towards the chest.

[Sage Art – Heaven: Shockwave] 

When she activated her Sage Art, a gust of wind bellowed from her hand, hitting the chest an instant later and carving countless cuts into the front of it.

「It looks safe.」
「That was quite rowdy, chief.」

While Mira looked more relaxed around the chest, Cait Sith jumped down to the ground, his legs giving under him from the impact and making him collapse.

「You should let me check if chests are safe…」

He barely managed to lift his upper body, looking at the chest while a red light came from his eyes. He used the sign as a cane to support his body, 「Time to prove my worth」 written on it.

「It seems to be safe!」
「I know. I just tested it earlier.」

He somehow recovered his liveliness as he turned around and announced to Mira, but fell down again when he heard her reply. The sign had something written on it again, reflecting his current mood.

「I see…」
「But well, I guess that means you can also investigate chests now. I don’t remember you having that skill before, so that’s pretty amazing.」
「It’s the fruits of thirty years of training!」

Cait Sith hung his head in dejection, but when he heard Mira’s compliment, he sprung on his legs and ran to the chest, 「Training will never end」 written on the sign.

There were two types of chests that spawned in Tenma Labyrinths, treasure chests and monsters. It was extremely easy to tell them apart, one simply had to attack them like Mira had done. If it was a treasure chest, nothing would happen, but a monster would change into its true form and attack back. There was no reaction this time, so it was safe to assume it was a treasure chest.

「Hmm, these look like some sort of wood shavings.」

The moment they opened the chest to check what it had, its contents turned to sand and vanished without a trace. Mira did not seem bothered by that, instead picking up a handful of some wood shavings and examining them in her hand.

「Meoweoweoweow… this… this looks like a fragment from the World Tree.」

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Cait Sith climbed up Mira’s shoulder and said that after staring at the shavings.

「Ohh, you can tell?」
「I’ve seen pictures of them in books before.」

When Cait Sith mentioned that, Mira also remembered seeing something similar.

Shavings from the World Tree, they were mostly used as an ingredient for strong healing potions, but it could also be used as material for equipment, which would increase its healing attributes, as well as producing items that had a strong resistance against poison, paralysis or curses. Because of that, they were highly valued amongst high level adventurers.

(The World Tree… huh. That reminds me, Luminaria wanted some ash of that for a catalyst or whatever. I wonder if I can get some by burning these…)

Mira had been asked to find catalysts for magic knowledge by Luminaria in the past, as part of a trade for the Encyclopedia of Skills. One of those items was World Tree’s Ash. The item itself was exactly what its name suggested, but Mira had never tried burning the shavings to get it, so she was unsure on whether she should try.

(Well, I guess it’s best if I show her first.)

In the end, she decided to show her the shavings and see if she wanted to try burning them, so she stored the shavings in her Item Box. There was a good chance it would work, but she did not want to recklessly try it without proof, so she stored them aside for the moment.

After that they did not encounter any more chests, only fighting against more Niltreants before arriving at the exit.

「It’s rare to see people here. Are you looking for something?」
「Meow! It spoke!」

The place they arrived at following the blue flowers was a rocky wall with a large hole in it. Passing through it led to a space covered in mud walls, with those shining vines covering the ceiling and making it as bright as daylight. There was also a small lake to the side, covered with leaves similar to lily pads. There was no trace of the large trees that appeared everywhere in the labyrinth, replaced by flowers of a multitude of colors filling the space.

In the middle of that place was the way out of the Tenma Labyrinth Primal Forest.

「We want to go out.」

Mira replied that way, looking up at the guide that would take them out, towering in front of them. Cait Sith remained on Mira’s shoulder, his mouth open wide in shock.

There was a giant blue flower in front of them. Its petals larger than a house looked more vibrant than the blue sky, while a mellow herb-like scent filled the air. Bathed under the light from the vines overhead, that flower looked both beautiful and imposing.

「I see, I see. Then I might be of help to you. If you bring me a source of energy, I’ll take you back to the surface.」

The flower supported by a stalk many times thicker than Mira replied as such, its petals swaying in sync with its words. Its voice penetrated deep into the ground, resounding all around them. That source of energy it mentioned was another particular feature of Tenma Labyrinths.

Not only were the entrance and exit different, but there was always a particular item needed to go out, though it was not particularly hard to find that item. As long as one was strong enough to fight the creatures of the labyrinth, one would easily find it.

「Would this be enough?」

Mira took out a Nilt Core and offered it. Items dropped by monsters of a Tenma Labyrinth also counted as the item needed to exit it.

「That’s plenty. Drop it inside the lake, I’ll lead you to the exit afterward.」

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Mira brought Catsith back into her dress and threw the treant’s heart into the lake as she was told. The ripple spread and the heart shone faintly as it slowly sunk.

「Certainly, I received it. Now, we shall proceed.」(Blue Flower Guide)

After that, the large blue flower ate Mira with its petals.

「Nyan desu ~nya!」(Catsith)

(T.N: a cat version of “Nan desu” which means “What is this?”)

「You don’t have to worry, it just takes us to the exit」(Mira)

Catsith panicked with a sudden darkness and struggled. As he struggled he got tangled in Mira’s brassiere. As for Mira, she had already experienced exiting from a Demonic Maze several times when it was still just the game, so she just kept calm. During their travel, she got an uncomfortable feeling of incongruity. After some thought, she came to a conclusion that her chest is being clawed and touched. As their ‘travel’ would take some time, it would be impossible to remove Catsith from that place any time soon, so she had to endure it.

The whole room shook with a rumbling noise. The surface of the lake got rough due to vibrations. The Blue Flower Guide that gripped Mira slid into the hole.

No, actually that was what the flower tried to do.{that would … indicate that it failed, but as we can read further ahead it succeeded without trouble … so this sentence is a bit .. pointless ?} The Blue Flower Guide went through the hole while enclosing Mira. Then, after round of tremendous shaking and sudden centrifugal force, the flower finally stopped moving.

[ED: so she had shaky travel… em while her cat was entangled in her bosom and tried to get out? …i guess Luminaria would pay much for some photos. Considering that type of flower is rarely …em.. dry and she probably got properly chewed out .. em … … +1 vote for R15]

Mira was spat out and her butt hit the hard rocky ground.

「Could you have treated me a little gentler?」(Mira)

Mira complained while rubbing her butt. But of course, the Blue Flower Guide couldn’t care less.

「Follow that river and you will find yourself outside. Well then, farewell rare guest」(Blue Flower Guide)

Blue Flower Guide slowly returned to its former place.

The place where Mira was brought was a small cavern. Said river flew through its center. Light barely seeped from far ahead. Source of said light turned out to be glowing moss which was growing in small bunches barely illuminating the dark cavern.

Catsith jumped out of Mira’s chest and began to examine the river.

「Is this the end of the adventure too ~nya? Regrettable ~nya」(Catsith)

The placards held in his hands is said 『Adventure until returning』.

「There will be another opportunity. At that time, I will summon you again」(Mira)

「Yes ~nya!」(Catsith)

Catsith jumped around and rejoiced at Mira’s declaration. The placard on his hand is said 『adventure, a way to go to the ideal village』

[ED: so now we know how he calls Mira’s bosom]

While savoring such a cute appearance of Catsith, Mira began to undress.

She unfastened her coat, then took off one piece, underwear, and stored them all together in the item box. Mira exposed her white birthday suit. [ED: as we can see on illustration later on it’s not that white… i mean i have seen paler]

「Well then, let’s go. First member」(Mira)

「Where are your clothes ~nya」(Catsith)

Mira took hold of Catsith and jumped into the river.

「This is cat-a-strophe ~nya … I can’t swim ~nya…」(Catsith)

The river ended with a small waterfall which led into the lake located near the maze entrance. Mira swam with the current and fell into the lake. Catsith clung to the placard wretchedly. The placard said『rescuer needed asap.』.

The lake itself wasn’t deep, hence Mira could manage somehow. (T.N: It’s from Raw, I think the Author means Mira only need to swim a little to the shore and she can reach the bottom and starts walking)

「Hush, don’t panic.」(Mira)

Mira grabbed Catsith and put him on her hard. Afterwards, she started swimming leisurely to the shore.

The sunset was coming near. Darkness was slowly spreading over the forest. A naked girl stood on a shore of the lake. She was squeezing water out of her wet hair. That figure was somewhat uncommon and fantastic.

(T.N: Thank you very much, dbm reader for the picture link)

Mira took out a large bag from the item box.
It’s a bag with her clothes packed.
When Mira was taking a towel out, she noticed a faint noise.
Mira double checked the rocky mountain with her biological sensing.
There were countless reactions that were from animals of the forest.
Only one of them was a human who was trying to hide.

「Who’s there?」(Mira)

When Mira glared at the top of the rocky mountain, that person jumped off wielding a pair of daggers.
There was a man, who wore a black cloak that perfectly blended with the darkness of the night.

His arms were covered with a cloth.
Similar black cloths were wound several times around his hands.
His lower half of the face was covered with a mask.
At first sight, he might have been mistaken for a ninja.
The man held something behind him and looked at Mira with sharp eyes, like a predator looking at its prey.
Then he noticed her being in birthday suit and turned his eyes to the bag Mira had put beside her.

「… You are not a spirit …」 (Assassin-like Man)

「Spirit? Where have you seen one?」(Mira)

「That’s right ~nya, Ringmaster is Ringmaster ~nya!」(Catsith)

The man still kept his vigilance. He scrutinized Catsith, who was looking at his face from ground level.

「Is this a cat fairy …?」(Assassin-like Man)

「Well, I’m a summoner.」(Mira)

「That’s right ~nya, the Ringmaster is a very strong summoner ~nya!」(Catsith)

Heard both Mira and Catsith ‘s words, the man lowered his stance.

「I’m sorry, you are as beautiful as a spirit that’s why I have mistaken you for one」(Assassin-like Man)

Being praised to be as beautiful as a spirit pleased Mira very much and made her happy that others found her attractive.

Mira felt something suspicious about this man and asked further.

「Hou, I see. But then, even if you mistook me for a spirit, why did you keep your guard up? They are harmless existences」(Mira)

「That’s right ~nya, unlike the Ringmaster, the spirit girls are very gentle ~nya!」(Catsith)

As she was praised as beautiful like a spirit, Mira was a little happy about the attractiveness of this body in other eyes, but then Mira felt something suspicious from this man and asked more.

She raised her eyebrow for a moment but then instantly made poker face fast enough for the man not to notice her expression.

「No, I have been in a territory of an anxious spirit before, so I’ve been cautioned against spirits ever since」(Assassin-like Man)

Hearing so, Mira struck a serious pose and nodded.

She opened the bag and took out the towel.

「Fumu, is that so. Then it can’t be helped」(Mira)

「That’s right ~nya, you are a stupid one ~nya!」(Catsith)

「Be quiet for a moment」(Mira)

「Okay ~nya …」(Catsith)

Mira lightly wiped her body with the towel.

Then she handed the towel over to Catsith.

(Spirits are free … They have no territory. Maybe he considered me a child? Then that would be an appropriate excuse. All in all, what is he hiding?)

「What were you doing in this kind of place?」(Mira)

「I was just gathering medicinal plants and tree nuts. It was almost time for me to return home」(Assassin-like Man)

The man answered so and gently tapped the bag on his waist that contained something.

「Fumu, I see. If you entered this far, you should be able to gather a lot of stuff」(Mira)

「yeah yeah, I have many different things. Have you seen any spirit in the vicinity?」(Assassin-like Man)

「No, I haven’t. But why do you ask?」(Mira)

「If there was spirit in the vicinity, I must avoid it」(Assassin-like Man)

As a matter of course the man said. From his behavior, Mira could see how much he cared for spirits.

「Well, I shall return to the nearby village」(Assassin-like Man)

As soon as they reached conclusion, the man turned around and ran into the forest. At the man’s back was a short sword with a strange pattern strapped behind his belt.

Everything about that man was suspicious. Not only his appearance, but also his sorry imitation of an excuse about his being alert against spirits. And above all …

「Fumu, I may as well investigate this man.」(Mira)

Mira tried to check that man with her biometric sensing. Man suddenly turned to a different direction and started speeding up. After Mira confirmed it, she terminated Catsith’s summon, his placard said『Okay, see you again』.

Catsith’s sad voice echoed while he still being wrapped in the towel.

(T.N: Also in Raw, my guess is “Mira handed over the towel to Catsith before, but the towel is big for him, it must cover his body, as he dries himself with towel, his body must be wrapped in the towel somehow” = clumsy character)



References

  1. Silva: how nice, a pet that auto-loot for you. I also want that

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