First Outer World Story Series: The Black Mist that Devours - Chapter 24
Translator: MadHatter Editor: MadHatter
This chapter is a bit farcical this time.
“Phew. I’m exhausted, but somehow I managed to pull things off.”
After defeating the “Ogre King of Dominating Herculean Strength,” I had returned to “White Mist and Black Swamp Forest” since the summoning had been lifted.
After a while, Ryo will also accompany Ichiko back to the Nasu family basement. Therefore, I was also heading there for the briefing session.
Ryo and Ichiko were already there when I arrived. Ichiko’s wounds, on the other hand, had not healed, and Ryo was tending to her.
“Yo. I’m glad both of you made it back safe and sound.”
“Yeah, so it seems. I’m truly relieved.”
“Thanks… by the way. Thank you.”
They both accept my words with open arms. This means that they are in a “dere[i]” phase…
“But now that I reflect on it, it was you who originally sent Ichiko to the ‘Ogre’s Fortress’. Then, any further thanks would be excessive.”
“Now that you put it that way, yes. A crappy Kurokiri is still a crappy Kurokiri.”
How dere they are…
“Ah, that reminds me, while you were gone, Ichiko, I received a full-body massage once from Kurokiri.”
“What! You trashy Kurokiri! How dare you do such a thing while I was gone! Unforgivable!”
“Although it was called a massage, he really had a nasty way with his hands…”
There was never a de… re… phase! There was never a dere phase! I’ll say it twice since it’s a major issue!
In all honesty, I was distraught and curled up in a corner of the room right now.
Well, since I cannot stay depressed indefinitely, I will return to the matter at hand.
“Hah, in any case, Ryo and Ichiko, please disclose your statuses. Let me take a look to see how far you’ve progressed.”
“I understand. I’m curious to learn how much Ichiko has grown too.”
“I don’t like it when a scrappy Kurokiri orders me to do something, but being instructed by Lady Ryo sure has a nice sensation. Oh, this is my status. Stupid Kurokiri.”
Name: Kurokiri (King of the Devouring Black Mist)
Class: Demon King
Race: King of the Devouring Black Mist
≪Dungeon Create≫, ≪Monster Create≫, ≪Devouring Black Mist≫, ≪Circulation≫, ≪Mist Plosion≫
≪King of the Devouring Black Mist≫, ≪White Mist of Ambush≫, ≪Lord of the Kirijin≫ New! ≪The Demon King Who Has Looked Outside≫, New! ≪Demon Slayer≫, New! ≪The One Who Vanquished the Demon King≫
Name: Nasu Ryo
≪Heal≫, ≪Mist Cloak≫, ≪Heal Proficiency Ⅰ≫, ≪Detoxification≫, ≪Anti-paralysis≫, ≪Mist Slap≫
≪The King of the Black Mist’s Kin≫, ≪Healer of the White Mist≫
Name: Hisano Ichiko
≪Short-range Teleportation≫, ≪Mist Cloak≫, ≪Dagger Proficiency Ⅰ≫, ≪Decapitation≫, ≪Keen Edge≫, ≪Long Edge≫
≪The King of the Black Mist’s Kin≫, ≪Assassin of the White Mist≫, New! ≪Demon Slayer≫
“As for the three new titles that have presented on my side, there are… ≪The Demon King Who Has Looked Outside≫, ≪Demon Slayer≫, and ≪The One Who Vanquished the Demon King≫.”
“≪The Demon King Who Has Looked Outside≫ is presumably due to me summoning you outside.”
“The ≪Demon Slayer≫ is also mentioned on my part, so I suppose it has something to do with the number of goblin-based demons that I have defeated.”
“≪The One Who Vanquished the Demon King≫ is… exactly as it sounds.”
“Exactly as it is.”
“It is exactly so.”
Concerning this title, I suppose it makes sense. So, the next topic, or rather… this should be the main subject of our discussion.
“So, why is there a difference in level between me and Lady Ryo?”
“That intrigues me as well.”
“Oh, yeah. I was wondering about that too. However, I’m positive that I handed the two of you the same amount of experience, you know? Hence, perhaps this is a difference in occupational compensation.”
Therefore, on the subject of occupational compensation:
Though that being said, there was not much to be discussed. Occupational compensation was a compensation that was applied to each occupation, like the 5x status or the begging for life correction that I carried for the Demon King’s part. When there were wonderful things, awful things also will accompany them.
“So, for students (occupation), there’s probably a +compensation for the experience they gain.”
“I see. So assassins would be compensated for surprise attacks?”
“I believe you are most likely right, Lady Ryo. While I was inside the ‘Ogre’s Fortress,’ I was able to defeat my opponents without fail if I could execute a sneak attack.”
As far as occupational compensation was concerned, that was about it.
Aside from the Demon King, nobody can ask Help-kun, so I can only comprehend it intuitively.
“While we are on the subject, I can tell what ≪Detoxification≫ and ≪Anti-paralysis≫ are, but what is ≪Mist Slap≫?”
“It is a water-based physical attack that concentrates mist and magic power in the hand and strikes the opponent. You know, it is effective against Kurokiri too.”
“How wonderful, Lady Ryo.”
Well, you’ve learned a tricky technique… But, with your strength, it won’t be a threat to me. Even so, your high intellect does pose a bit of a concern.
“Incidentally, did you encounter any problems in the dungeon this time when I summoned you, Kurokiri?”
“Oh, about that. I didn’t experience any problems in the dungeon. Although if there is an intruder in the dungeon while the Demon King is away, that would be a different story.”
Although the two of them were firing disdainful stares at me, since I personally had no grasp of the matter, it escaped my knowledge. Well, though even I can foresee what will happen. For the most part, the orders that I issued in advance to the demons and traps will be canceled, right? Or maybe it’s even more stringent than that.
“Anyway, I’m pleased to see that both of you are progressing well.”
“I suppose so.”
“So what are the plans for the future?”
I was a little lost in contemplation at this moment, picturing what I needed to accomplish.
“Hmm… for the time being, you two are free to work on whatever you want as long as your connection to me isn’t discovered. And if there’s an individual you’d like me to convert them into a kin, contact me and bring them here.”
“What about you, Kurokiri?”
“In the meantime, I will be establishing the third level of my labyrinth since my level has been elevated.”
“Okay then, the briefing session is over.”
Afterwards, we split up and I moved back to the first level.
[i] I don’t think I need to explain what this means since I think everyone can get it. But just on the safe side, it’s a short form of tsundere. The subsequent chapters will be better (It’s only this chapter that is bland and ridiculous. Even the author themselves wrote that this chapter is farcical lol)
Check out other Outer World Story series in order: Outer World Story: The Black Mist that Devours (First series), Outer World Story: Pumpkin Sorcerer (Third series), Outer World Story: Basilisk of Ice Sculpture (Fourth series)
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