Shatei Kyokufuri Yumi-Ojisan - Chapter 4
Data.4 Old bowman, birth
I selected ‘Archer’ in the window and switched jobs.
Since this was still the beginning of the game, you could switch as much as you wanted.
After seeing my status, I understood why it wasn’t very popular.
The stat distribution just seemed very middling.
Especially compared to Mages.
Magic Attack: 22
Magic Defense: 16
It was like a magic version of the Warrior.
You were skilled with magic attacks but had low HP. However, high magic defense meant you could deal with magic attacks.
It was easy to understand.
As for the special skill, ‘Miracle,’ when activated, it raised the force and effectiveness of magic.
Furthermore, there was also a chance of it cutting down your MP depletion to 0.
And while I didn’t have much trust in skills that only triggered if you were lucky, its effect was still powerful.
And then you had the Archer stats.
Magic Attack: 10
Magic Defense: 6
Inferior to the Warrior in physical.
Inferior to the Mage in magic.
The only thing it had was speed, but it wasn’t much ahead either.
In the first place, this was an action game. There was no turn-based battle system.
So the effects of raised speed were ‘being faster on your feet’ and ‘feeling lighter.’
While it meant you could move faster and it would be easier to dodge attacks, it was really up to the player’s skill, to be honest.
In other words…it wasn’t as meaningful to someone like me.
My final hope then…was the unique status, ‘Range.’
And so it was with a feeling of desperation that I read out the description.
“Your range is extended by 1 meter per point… That’s it?”
Well, it was pretty easy to understand.
The other statuses tended to blur just how things were calculated.
Hmm. Nevermind that.
So, how was it?
Was this good? Bad?
In this game, you received ‘upgrade points’ when leveling up. And you could use these points to raise your status.
You received 5 points for every level up.
In other words, if I put all of them into Range, the number would go up by 5.
Which would extend my shooting range by 5 meters.
10 levels would extend it by 50 meters…
However, this was just a number that was added to the abilities that your weapon already had.
So if I was using a weapon that already had incredible range, I might be able to attack things that are hundreds of meters away.
But if such a thing was possible, wouldn’t it mean that I could kill monsters without them ever being able to target me?
I wouldn’t have to lose my breath running.
I just needed to stand in one place and focus on attacking.
The field maps in VRMMOs were huge.
And yet I might be able to defeat someone before they even see the attack coming.
Furthermore, drop items were automatically sent to the player, so others couldn’t take them.
Killing an enemy from far away didn’t mean you wouldn’t be able to gather the items.
“Have I…found it? The strongest strategy…!”
If I did put all my points into Range, then I would have to wholly rely on my weapon and skills.
That meant my damage output would be significantly lower than other players.
However, that wasn’t important.
The thing was that I could attack others without getting attacked in return.
All I had to do was spam my attacks from far away.
Yes, there would be enemies with such high defense that my attacks would do nothing. I didn’t care.
I worked as a game developer.
I knew that such things always existed in role-playing games.
Skills that ignored defense ability!
Well, maybe it didn’t exist in this game. But MMO’s were constantly updated.
Eventually, they would have to implement something of that sort.
I decided to be optimistic about it.
But more than anything now, I wanted to confirm that this sudden inspiration was the right thing to do.
I wasn’t sure when it had started, but for a while now, whenever I had a question about a game, I would just run to the website with guides and look it up.
Perhaps I had just forgotten what it was like to explore and discover.
Right now, I was excited like a child.
“I…am going to pursue this!”
Yes, it was decided. My job would be ‘Archer.’
And so I had to change my equipment to fit it.
Right Hand: Beginner Bow
Left Hand: (Beginner Bow)
Torso: Beginner Shirt
Legs: Beginner Pants
Feet: Beginner Shoes.
Accessories: -, -, –
There were other weapons including guns, shurikens, and boomerangs, but the bow had the longest range.
And so I chose the bow.
That being said, I had never held a bow in my life.
It would probably be best to practice in the park for a while.
They had targets set up so you could practice.
And so I copied other people and nocked my first arrow and drew.
Oh? It landed right in the center!
Was it being affected by something else?
Or was it fate? Was it because my name had the character for arrow in it?
Let me try again.
Once again, it landed straight in the center of the target.
This felt like it would be effective in real combat.
Thunk! Thunk! Thunk!
The sound was so pleasing as well.
If I had the bow equipped, my quiver would be filled with an unlimited supply of arrows.
So I wouldn’t have to worry about running out of them during a fight.
Thunk! Thunk! Thunk!
Yes, it felt so natural to me.
Maybe it really was fate.
I think it was time for a real fight.
I considered joining a party again, but since there was no penalty for dyign, I thought that I might as well try going out solo.
In the end, I just wanted to be free to play as I wanted.
Now, it was time for my first battle with my bow.
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