Chapter 103 – The usual half
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Featured Image Credited: It’s to show what ????? meant
In the morning, inside the living room of the three-story home.
After having a delicious breakfast made by Emily, I looked at the passbook that was just made not too long ago.
[What are you looking at?] (Celeste)
[Oh this, this is a passbook, Celeste. I just made one yesterday.] (Ryouta)
[You never had one before…….eh, why is there only 12 Piro inside? Usually one would deposit around 1k or 10k, wouldn’t that be a more appropriate amount?] (Celeste)
Celeste tilted her head curiously.
That is certainly true, when I made the account there wasn’t any particular reason so one would at least put 1 bank note first, but some people would even put 1 Piro(Yen) inside just for fun.
This half-ass amount, but for now I’ll put it inside my pocket, though I hardly have anything inside.
But I did that.
[This is the account’s balance.] (Ryouta)
[This amount?] (Celeste)
Celeste was still tilting her head in confusion, but ignoring her I continued.
[It’s the end of the month. Since my account has 912 Yen, I deposited another 100 Yen inside the ATM and then taking out 1k Yen. Thus, this was the remainder. Because it is about three more days until payday, so I guess you could call it a margin.] (Ryouta)
[Etto…..3 days and 1000…..Yen? It’s Piro right, and you spent them all?] (Celeste)
Since the value of Yen and Piro were almost the same.
[And that was the margin?] (Celeste)
[It’s the margin nanodesu, I could go without it for about two weeks desu.] (Emily)
Emily said while bringing food from the kitchen.
I guarantee that she would be able to do it, because if she doesn’t have enough money, she could just survive in the dungeon.
[Emily, tottado 1 , try saying that.] (Ryouta)
[Yes desu?] (Emily)
[Try saying it.] (Ryouta)
[Un, it suits you.] (Ryouta)
Emily had a [?] floating above her head, same goes for Celeste.
I looked at the passbook once more.
My remaining balance, as if showing the last digit of my health bar blinking in red.
If I have to say, it matches the number, thus I wanted to make a new start right now.
[I’ll focus on earning money for today.] (Ryouta)
[This early in the morning nanodesu?] (Emily)
[It’s what I plan to do.] (Ryouta)
[I understand desu. So during lunch you wanna bring a bento to eat desu?] (Emily)
[But, today might be a bad day.] (Celeste)
Celeste looked out the window while saying those words.
[What do you mean by the day might be bad?] (Ryouta)
[Today the sun increases.] (Celeste)
[You meant an eclipse?] (Ryouta)
[Yes, [Nisshoku].] (Celeste) (TLN: ??)
Celeste nodded, and looked out the window again.
What’s the meaning of this? I thought as I stood up and looked out into the bright sun from the window.
Shikuro is as lively as ever. No wait, isn’t it livelier than usual?
The stores that usually only open during noon has already opened up, and there were already adventurers drinking at 3 open-air bars.
This scene….I’ve seen it somewhere before.
[It’s similar to a Magical Storm day where most people won’t be earning money, and instead sit down relax and enjoy themselves for the rest of the day.] (Ryouta)
[It’s because of that.] (Celeste)
Standing beside Celeste, I looked at the sky where she pointed.
Following the direction she was pointing…..I was amazed.
I can’t believe there were 2 suns on the sky.
Teruru Dungeon, first floor.
The amount of adventurers were few, and there were fewer monsters compared to usual.
Inside the dungeon, I was pushing the Magic Cart while going around the dungeon.
Monsters were scarce, I can’t seem to find any.
[That is [The Sun Increase], every year it would happen quite a few times where the sun increases, and because of that phenomenon the drop rates of monsters would decrease.] (Celeste)
Celeste who tagged along with me explained along the way.
[I could see that the monsters are scarce, but even the drop rate is affected?] (Ryouta)
[Yeah, apparently your entire drop rate would go down by 1 rank.] (Celeste)
That being said, Celeste went to a nearby K-I-A board and operated it.
|Special Item||F (-1)|
[This is what happens.] (Celeste)
[Now I understand.] (Ryouta)
[Toppled with the fact that the monster is scarce and your drop rate being lowered, most adventurers would give up on adventuring and spent their rest of the day doing something else.] (Celeste)
[Hence why the city had the same atmosphere as when the Magic Storm hit the city.] (Ryouta)
I operated the K-I-A board and flipped to the drop stats.
|Special Item||S (-1)|
After looking at the status, Celeste rolled her tongue.
[As expected of Ryouta, seems like the phenomenon had no effect on you.] (Celeste)
[Though it doesn’t change the fact that even if my drop rate didn’t change, the volume of monsters isn’t gonna increase.] (Ryouta)
[It’s useless if there’s no monsters to defeat.] (Celeste)
[I wished it wouldn’t decrease the amount, but instead increased the volume of monsters.] (Ryouta)
[That is a thing though. It’s called [The Lunar Increase]. The magicians in the east said that during the [sun increase], the effect of the sun is so strong that it suppresses the monsters, thus decreasing the overall population. Then during the [lunar increase], the shadow would grow strong which results in more monsters as well as a rise in drops.] (Celeste) (TLN: ??)
[Even the moon would increase….] (Ryouta)
As I tried imagining it I sneezed, and at the same time I felt like I’m having a bit of a runny nose.
Even though I wanted to do my best to earn more savings for today, but my timing was horrible.
Since it turned out like this I guess I’ll wait till the [Sun Increase] phenomenon to disappear, so should I do something else for today?
Since today everyone would use up a lot of products, I’m sure the trash would pile up and it might be a good time to gather more Homing Bullets.
[You’re thinking of something again.] (Celeste)
[Yeah, I’ve thought up of another objective to do. I’ll do what I can.] (Ryouta)
[Good luck Ryouta~] (Celeste)
Having Celeste cheered for me, I walked around the dungeon as I decided on what to do next.
[Damn it! You can dodge fast!] (Ryouta)
Since 20 minutes ago I started hunting, I realized one—-no two different things.
First the monsters were weaker. The Slimes that were already weak to begin with at Teruru’s first floor, it’s speed and attack power had been further dropped by half.
I think even a kid would be able to defeat them at this rate.
Another thing I realized was, the monsters run away easily.
I guess since they’re weaker, the moment you noticed one of them they would immediately try to run away.
The day where the sun increases, it’s not double but triple the hard work and suffering.
Monsters were scarce, drops decreases, and when you meet with one of them they have a high chance of running away.
[I give up!]
[It’s like playing hide and seek.]
[Even if I catch one of them they don’t drop much, what a pain.]
Being played around by this triple suffering, the adventurers that came into the dungeon, one by one voiced out their frustrations as they immediately turned around and leave.
I kept walking around.
Due to having the existence of the passbook from Elza, the 12 Piro digit kept me from giving up.
I kept my guns, and continued circling around the dungeon.
As I was used to the route of Teruru’s first floor, I circled around places where monsters were highly likely to appear.
Whenever I round for three times and there were no monsters at all, I swung my fist at the air.
In addition, whenever I encountered one who immediately tried to run away, I went quickly defeated it.
With my Infinite Lightning Bullet I decimated the monster.
Fortunately my drop rate wasn’t affected, similar to the time when The defiler of purity • Bicorn that did not decrease my drop rate at all.
If others have thrice the pain, I guess I just have twice the hard work to hunt.
[……..There really are a few monsters.] (Ryouta)
Though rarely but normally when I hunt, even if I went around the dungeon, there were times when the next monster did not show up.
For bean sprouts it was 32109 Piro…..I couldn’t quite hit my usual 40k, though without being discouraged I went to the second floor.
The adventurers were getting lesser, so were the monsters.
Walking around the second floor, I obtained the drops from the Drowsy Slimes, and received just a little over 20k PIro.
The efficiency was really bad, even worse than usual.
Still I continued forward.
After finishing up one floor I went down another floor, and once finishing that floor, I recovered for a moment before returning to the upper floor.
The efficiency was still low when I returned, it was half of what I had just now……only having 10k worth of bean sprouts.
Still, I kept on going.
[Welcome back Ryouta-san.] (Elza)
It was dusk.
The first floor of the three-story building, the Swallow’s Repayment’s branch.
After going around the dungeon for almost an entire day, Elza greeted me who just came back.
[Thanks for your hard work.] (Elza)
[Farming during this hour is the worst, I do not want to visit the dungeon again when such day occurs.] (Ryouta)
[Well during the [Lunar increase] there are some difficulties too, because during that day everyone is on war, even those who were familiar with the dungeon would sometimes end up dying.] (Elza)
[Still it’s better than today…..] (Ryouta)
I’m exhausted….and was extremely tired.
Moreover, I felt like I’ve done nothing at all.
It felt like back in the day when I had no Magic Cart and I had to come back to town every time once my baggage was full.
No wait, if I were to deduct the walking time it would’ve still been more efficient compared to now.
[Yes, so this is how much you’ve deposited.] (Elza)
Elza smiled as she handed my back the passbook.
The passbook, with only 12 Piro’s remaining.
How much would it be now, I wondered as I took a deep breath and opened the book.
1.2 Million Piros.
The passbook had digits and number that I had never seen before in my entire time.
The hard labour that I felt was immediately converted into a sense of achievement.
- Apparently the word ????? is a word used by a jap comedian named Masaru Hamaguchi, I’m not sure whether the word was derived from him, but he explained that the word is used when someone doesn’t have enough money to live could just go to a mountain or the sea to hunt for their food instead. The link I found was him talking during a comedy show. ↩
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