The health trainer was visibly embarrassed to see me perform his planned course so easily.
“I feel more muscular than I did yesterday.”
I tried to respond nonchalantly to the trainer’s question.
“Didn’t yesterday’s exercise work?”
“No, no, no. It’s hard to see such dramatic effects in just one day.”
“Then maybe I just got used to the sports equipment. I definitely feel more comfortable today.”
“Is that so?”
I only gained one strength, but I felt like I had found something wrong because of the trainer’s suspicious expression.
In the future, my skills will continue to rise, and my strength will increase accordingly, but it will be hard to deceive the eyes of an expert.
I was just wondering if weight training in real life would affect my ability level in my dreams, but the test seemed meaningless due to my ability level rising every day.
Eventually, I canceled my membership and got a refund according to the regulations after finishing my workout earlier than I expected.
And just in case the trainer got hurt, I made it clear that it’s not his problem, it’s my personal business.
“I would rather learn how to fight back. Even if it doesn’t use a weapon, it will help me in a fight.”
So I headed to the Muay Thai gym near my house.
“For practical use?”
“Are you a gangster?”
The gym was smaller than I thought, the director was a champion and produced many professional players.
I had to grin at the director’s unexpected question.
He squinted at me, then asked me for permission, then touched my shoulders and thighs.
“It’s well balanced. Did you work them out separately?”
“Yes, well… As much as others do.”
“Okay, if you want to be so strong, I’ll give you a special lesson. But we don’t have anything separate for practical use. Instead, I’ll give you a hard workout with the athlete’s course. Would that be enough?”
I nodded with no discontent at the words of the trainer.
“Oh, you get the hang of it. It’s loaded properly.”
It is said that I should only practice basic steps and punch for a week, but maybe because I learned it quickly, the director even taught me straight and one-two punch.
The trainer’s eyes, which showed a satisfactory response with the mitt, were filled with interest.
Thanks to this, I was able to learn how to apply one-two-punch and one-two-three-punch.
Originally, I was not particularly athletic, but he was able to show interest in me because of my increased ability.
“Power is power, but your reflex and body reaction speed are very good. I can only say that you are a natural.”
This was natural because strength from my ability directly affects my muscle strength.
It seems that reflex and reaction speed is influenced by the continuous hunt.
I quit the gym in the middle, but I had a good time at Muay Thai gym instead, so I headed to Jujitsu with a refreshing look.
And maybe it was because of its increased capability within Jujitsu sparring, I was able to receive more attention than yesterday.
The fifth trip.
It’s only been five days in real life, but it’s been 20 days that I’m here today.
So many people have recognized me back and forth on the streets, and everyone has been very fond of me for helping the wizard Gordon.
“Who is this? The young man of the Village of Karas who saved Gordon’s life.”
The Master said as soon as I entered the blacksmith’s shop.
I sighed quietly with my mouth twitching at the sight of the owner giving me a grand greeting.
“I must have received a lot of respect. How many people greeted me until I got here?”
The 20-minute encouragement of the chief reminded me of the poor principal’s admonition during my school days.
“Of course, Gordon is a symbol of our town. Not even a few could have saved him have like you, and above all, he is humble. He’s a man of great character.”
There was no sense of authority in his appearance when he took care of my baggage in return.
My impression of Gordon is that he knows how to express gratitude at face value.
Of course, that is an impression when I lack the caution to do things without any countermeasures.
“Oh, a lot of mercenaries have been looking for you since early in the morning. Do you know that?”
Why is that?
“You said you had slaughter skills?”
I nodded cautiously at the owner’s question.
Already caught by the wizard Gordon.
In an emergency situation, I was not in a position to cover up my skills, so I overused slaughter skills during the battle.
But he was quiet with no curiosity, Gordon had never questioned me even with such extraordinary powers.
“That’s why. What’s common about slaughter skills? It’s a skill that can only be gained by making a large donation to the temple that serves the hunting god, Diana. No wonder the mercenaries have their eyes on you.”
So it was because of slaughter skills.
Well, it’s a world of magic and a lot of wisdom, and I guess common sense is different from Earth.
“Huh? Did you gain skills without knowing that?”
“I didn’t get it because I just happened to get it, so I never thought I’d do anything with it.”
“Oh, lucky case.”
The blacksmith grinned and said.
“I think you’re thinking of going down the mercenary path, but that’s good. They would go crazy having Slaughter skills.”
For mercenaries specializing in hunting, I was told that collecting monsters’ by-products was quite difficult.
There is a considerable amount of time spent skinning monsters and separating bones from hunting grounds.
Nothing is more dangerous than staying in one place for a long time while smelling of blood.
So most of the time, they only take important parts that are easy to pick up and afford or use the means of transporting the body to the butcher.
In any case, it is obvious that this was very inefficient.
On the other hand, it is very natural for mercenaries to prefer slaughter skills, as they can save more time and money if they have slaughtered.
The difficulty of the quest will be drastically lowered if I have colleagues join me in the monster hunt.
“If you are interested. I can introduce you to some nice guys if you want.”
“Do I have to register as a mercenary?”
“It’s not legal, but it’s better to do it. That way, the guild will mediate between the distribution of compensation or trouble with other mercenaries. It’s not hard to register a mercenary. We have a small branch in our town.”
“I’m definitely interested, but I don’t intend to hang out with other mercenaries right now.”
First of all, I have to get used to the equipment I’m going to match with the skills I’ve gained.
“As expected. Well, a style like yours lasts long in the mercenary industry. I respect your opinion.”
The blacksmith patted me on the back with his thick hands and asked me to follow him.
There was in the studio behind the store as I followed him.
“You’re standard in size, so there’s a lot you can wear right away. If you don’t like anything, I’ll customize it for you. But in that case, it’s about 30% more expensive than standard equipment.”
I nodded and looked mainly at the lightweight armor that was highly athletic.
Originally, I was planning to buy armor with a breastplate added to leather in with his gold coins, but thanks to Gordon, the budget has increased considerably, eliminating the need to stick to the previous plan.
“Is your budget about two gold coins?”
When I looked at the equipment classified as high-end, the owner asked wondering.
Maybe the owner thought he knew my money.
But I had a bonus from the unexpected quest.
“I got support from Gordon yesterday. It’s about seven gold coins now.”
“Oh, that’s good news.”
All expenses except living expenses will be used to prepare equipment.
Because of yesterday’s incident, I realized that if there is an opportunity to strengthen myself, it would be better to strengthen myself unconditionally.
The owner of the blacksmith’s shop, who glistened his eyes, took out a heavy wooden box, saying that he would recommend his best equipment in his store.
And what he pulled out was a dark blue leather armor plus a non-glossy breastplate.
The design was the same as the Orc leather armor I was trying to buy, but it looked extraordinary in many ways.
“I made a Brest plate out of black iron, four times more expensive than normal iron, it is made of a mixture of trolls and lizardman leather. It’s probably hard to see anything better than this.”
In addition, the armor consisted of a black iron plate and gauntlets.
“How much is it?”
“The original price is eight gold coins. But you’re also a town hero, so I’ll give it to you for seven gold coins. It’s a price where I didn’t even get paid properly.”
Considering that the regular iron full plate armor was a five-gold coin, this was an extremely expensive price for the leather armor.
But fascinated by the armor recommended by the owner, I decided to buy it without much hesitation.
“That’s a good choice. He’s finally meeting an owner.”
Leather armor is armor worn by mercenaries who value activity.
However, most of the mercenaries visiting this village were not high-ranking, and the eight-gold armor was a luxury for them.
The owner of the blacksmith’s shop said he would give it to me cheaply because I was a benefactor of the village, but I suspected that he might have handed it over at a reduced price because no one bought it.
“It perfectly fits you without any other needed adjustment. If there is anything uncomfortable you can ask me for any adjustment.”
Now that I’m wearing proper armor, I look like a hunter.
Content: Hunt 30 Werehyena
Rewards: 2 lower reward cards, automatic recovery skills
‘So, shall I go on an adventure today?’