Shatei Kyokufuri Yumi-Ojisan - Chapter 7
Data.7 – Old bowman, training
This time, I planned to go even deeper into the woods.
The enemies that were closer to the edge were too easy, and there was a higher chance that I’d be seen by other players.
This was a hunting ground designed for full parties, and while I wasn’t even at the recommended level, there was no penalty for being here.
Besides, I just thought of it as a way to easily enjoy a thrilling fight. There didn’t seem to be any downsides.
“Now, let’s do this.”
That being said, my strategy would remain the same.
Climb up into a tree, wait for the enemy, and ambush them from above.
Hey, this wasn’t cowardice.
There was a huge difference in level, and the enemies could one-shot me!
Still, it was rare for enemies to get very close to me with this style.
And my arrows were strong enough to take them down.
At most, they would die in 3 to 5 shots.
What was scary, was that there were some enemies whose weak spots were very small.
The worst were the thin, long and fast snake-type monsters.
They had small heads and slithered, making them difficult targets.
If that wasn’t bad enough, they would also climb up the trees and spit poison.
Thankfully, I had stocked up on healing items with the money from my last adventure.
I had considered picking up some weapons and armor, but figured that anything that I could afford now was likely to be of questionable quality.
Perhaps it was best to rely on item drops from monsters.
“Level 7, huh? Put the points into Range and…that’s 35 now. And with the Beginner’s Bow, that’s a max reach of 50 meters. Things are looking good!”
I was getting more skills. It was good progress.
It wouldn’t be very fun if you became too strong as soon as you started. Heh.
I preferred to take things slow.
I could hear something.
It was definitely a new monster.
But I didn’t see anything on the ground…
It was just what I had been afraid of!
A spider monster had been living at the top of this tree!
And it was already quite close to me!
Damn it, I hate bugs!
You could turn down the gore in this game, but there was nothing you could do when it came to arachnophobia.
They weren’t going to swap the character models for you or anything.
Tsk…and this one was incredibly detailed!
The hairs and the eyes were so realistic!
“Don’t come any closer…! Ah, ah…!”
I lost my balance and fell from the tree branch!
But then again, it allowed me to create some distance between us!
“In Flight Arrow!”
The arrow pierced the spider just as I hit the ground.
The one saving grace seemed to be that bugs didn’t have the highest endurance.
While I had hit my hip, I also took some damage. But as long as I was alive, it was nothing that some items couldn’t fix.
—Beep! You have acquired the skill, ‘Archery I.’
◆ Reason for acquiring
‘The first step in the way of the bow’
Have a moderate amount of experience with the bow.
+10 for attacks and range when using a bow.
Apparently, I had been rewarded for going against something I hated.
This one was a passive skill.
It was simple, but also useful.
Not the flashiest skill, but I was glad to have it.
It felt like I was finally being recognized in the game as an archer.
“Well, I might as well continue training.”
This last fight had presented me with a new problem.
I wanted to be able to attack enemies from far away. And I was sacrificing attack power and endurance for range.
Of course, this meant that enemies would want to get up close and attack.
And so I would have to be sensitive to approaching enemies in order to deal with them.
Concentrate and detect every presence outside of my own…
You know, just close your eyes and the enemy will appear in your mind and…
Even though our avatars had physical abilities that exceeded our own, I doubted something so inhuman was possible.
Not without a special skill.
In this case, being sensitive to approaching enemies meant listening carefully to sounds and movement around you.
The spider earlier. It had made rustling noises as it moved… The sounds of leaves brushing against it.
Had I been listening carefully, I wouldn’t have panicked and fallen from the tree.
Well, part of it was due to my hatred of spiders…still.
It would be better to practice on the ground instead of in a tree.
A lone, weak-looking player like me was an attractive target for enemies.
And so I would detect them quickly and kill them before I was within range of their attacks.
The first thing that appeared, were wolf monsters… A whole pack.
Damn it. This was kind of bad?
They clearly saw that they had the advantage in numbers, and they didn’t even try to hide as they came.
This wasn’t so much practice, but a complete disaster.
But then again, if I managed to kill all of them here, wouldn’t that mean tremendous growth as a player?
Both in terms of level and experience.
“Come and get me. I’m ready.”
This game emphasized action.
Levels and skills were important as well, but calm and calculated play…was what would get you out of dangerous situations. It was how you moved.
This old man would make it out while looking cool and rugged.
My first shot sent a confidently howling wolf to the ground.
It went through its head, destroying it in one hit.
Alright. If I could one-shot them, I had a chance!
Now they were enraged, and the pack charged towards me.
Don’t be afraid. Just shoot.
One, two, three… Chip away at their numbers.
Then the pack split into two.
Damn it. I was going to be attacked from both sides.
What to do?
Attack from one side? Alternate between the two…?
It might be best to try to take out one side as quickly as possible.
My accuracy will suffer if I keep having to change direction.
Still, it wasn’t easy targeting a wolf that was running from right to the left, but I somehow managed to take down the three that were on that side.
The remaining wolves on the other side were getting close!
My arms were starting to shake…
Calm down. This was just a game. Enjoy it.
There was no penalty for dying at this stage. The only thing that will hurt is my pride.
“Still, what man wouldn’t fight until the end.”
Right before its fangs reached me, I managed to shoot down the last one.
I let out a deep sigh. My knees were shaking.
Even though I told myself I was just enjoying a game, clearly the rest of me didn’t think so.
The wolves felt so real. I was afraid that if I didn’t stop them, I would be torn apart and eaten.
And yet, I had won.
I had survived.
I was so happy that I shivered.
So, this was virtual reality… This was why it was so popular all over the world!
—Beep! You have acquired a new skill, ‘Immobile Sniping Stance.’
◆ Reason for acquiring
Killed many enemies from afar without moving.
[Immobile Sniping Stance]
If you do not move for over 30 seconds, your range will be tripled.
However, if you attack while this is activated, you will not be able to move from your position for the next 30 seconds.
“Thi-this is kind of amazing?”
The description was longer and more detailed than usual.
However, my eye was immediately drawn to ‘tripled range.’
I had to put this to the test immediately!
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