TSKD 152

152. Solas

We quickly threw a heal at Solas, who was still collapsed on the ground and unable to rise to his feet. He lost both an arm and a leg; his injuries were far too serious for a single heal to fix, but we didn’t really care. All we needed was for him to stop bleeding so we could question him.

「…」

His expression remained constant throughout the process. That is, he simply continued to glare in Fran’s direction.

「First. Deactivate Appraisal Blocking.」

「What?」

「Playing dumb. Pointless.」

「…I see. You must have Appraisal then.」

「Nn.」

「And what if I say no?」

His expression was filled with a sort of strength, one that left me confused as to whether he was trying to negotiate or just flat out defy us for the sake of it. Either way, we didn’t care. We weren’t planning to really negotiate with him in the first place.

What we needed to do was figure out what the skill he was using on us was.

「Will keep hitting, but won’t kill. Can use healing magic, won’t allow suicide.」

「…」

Fran’s lack of an expression was pretty nice to have at times like this. It made her sound completely serious — not that we weren’t actually completely serious anyways.

Solas seemed to have sensed it, as his eyes had immediately began expressing his fear.

「…You’ll at least let me live, right?」

I felt something again the moment he spoke in that probe-like manner. The sensation I felt this time, however, was a bit different than usual. It was much more clear. I could immediately tell that Solas had done something to us.

The sensation was very much akin to having someone stroke my blade, it was one that was simply impossible for me to ignore.

I was pretty sure that Malice Perception, Crisis Detection, Magic Detection, and Presence Detection were all working in conjunction in order to allow me to sense that he’d used a skill on us.

『Fran, did you feel anything just now?』

「?」

『What about you, Urushi?』

(Woof?)

Neither of the two could sense anything at all. Why was I the only one capable of picking this up? My immediate guess was that it was probably because I had the Sorcery skill, and that it made me better at picking up on magical energy and the flow thereof. If that is indeed the case, then I guess that just means that I’m just better at picking up magic-related stuff, kinda like how Fran’s better at picking up stuff that involves using the five senses.

(Something done to us?)

『I think so.』

「Nn.」

Fran nodded and stabbed me straight through Solas’ back.

「Giiiiiiihhhh!」

It was a well aimed thrust; I went right through his lungs. If Solas were an ordinary person, he probably would’ve died just then. Him being an adventurer only prolonged his pain. The fact that he wasn’t weak disallowed him from even fainting. He was forced to endure an exorbitant amount of pain as blood spewed from his lips.

「Hiiigiiiigigiiiiiihh!」

「Middle Heal」

「Ugh….」

Being healed caused Solas to fall into despair. Only then did he realize just how far she was willing to take this.

「Will not allow any actions until Appraisal Blocking deactivated.」

「Growl.」

「Ha…Ha…」

I couldn’t tell whether it was because he started getting scared, or whether it was just because we’d stabbed him through the lung, but Solas’ breath gotten all ragged. He didn’t bother putting up a front any longer. He hadn’t removed his gaze from Fran, but tears had welled up in his eyes.

「I-I get it, I get it! I’ll deactivate the skill. It’s one of my equips, so you’ll have to let me take it off! Give me just a second!」

He brought his hand out in front of him and bit down on his ring in an attempt to take it off. Apparently that was what was stopping us from appraising him.

Oh right, we chopped off his other arm so he can’t really take it off normally, can he?

That said though, it refused to budge, which kinda did make sense. Rings were like that. They’d get stuck if you gained even the slightest bit of weight.

「Haa… mmmphhh….」

However, Fran wasn’t what you’d call the patient type. Seeing him fiddle around with it only served to annoy her.

「Enough.」

「Whagyaaa!!」

Solas lifted his head with a bit of a stupid look on his face in response to her words, only to immediately lose his finger. Fran finished everything up nice and quick by severing it before he had much of a chance to protest against her actions. The man had naturally let out a scream in pain, but I didn’t really mind it too much. I was more so focused on admiring Fran’s technique. She’d managed to separate him and his finger without causing even the slightest bit of damage elsewhere.

「Heal.」

「Hiii hiii」

The only comment I had was that it was a shame the ring had been broken — not that it was even the slightest bit Fran’s fault. It seemed like the ring was the disposable type of equip. It was made to break the moment it was removed. That said though, it was still pretty worthwhile an item seeing as how it prevented people from appraising you and all.

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General Information

Name: Solas
Age: 33
Race: Beastman/Red Cat Tribe
Job: Labyrinth Scout
State: Normal
Status Level: 34
“HP: 208
MP: 187
STR: 101
VIT: 98
AGI: 187
INT: 111
MGC: 84
DEX: 191

Skills
Assassination: Lv 3
Acting: Lv 6
Espionage: Lv 6
Deception: Lv 5
Presence Detection: Lv 3
Silenced Actions: Lv 4
Dagger Techniques: Lv 3
Dagger Arts: Lv 6
Throwing: Lv 4
Poison Resistance: Lv 3
Magic Detection: Lv 2
Trap Detection: Lv 6
Trap Disarming: Lv 6
Vitality Manipulation

Unique Skills
Coerced Camaraderie: Lv 6

Titles
Traitor
Murderer

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Huh, he seemed decently strong, and his skill levels weren’t too bad either. In fact, he looked like he could be a C ranker if he wanted.

『He’s got a unique skill, it looks like. Coerced Camaraderie, apparently.』

「Coerced Camaraderie? Effects?」

「Err… that, right, yeah, that! I’ll answer you, so lower your sword and have your wolf back off a bit already!」

「Growl.」

Okay, he seriously needs to just get to the point. We don’t have time to listen to him rabble on and on forever.

「It’s just a boring little skill that’ll make people think of me as a friend or comrade. It lowers the target’s guard and makes them less doubtful of what I do. It’s nothing special. I can’t use it to make people treat me like their best friends or lovers.」

Ah, so that’s it. That’s why we didn’t suspect him, or rather, that’s why we thought we were just imagining the fact that he was acting suspiciously.

「It’s a skill that’ll undo its effects the moment you happen to have any strong doubts.」

「Used skill to infiltrate adventurer parties and attack companions?」

「Pretty much.」

I figured that was the case. My guess was that he’s been popping traps and whatnot on people here for quite some time already.

「Any other companions?」

「None. Just the people you killed.」

『That’s a lie right there.』

「Lies. How many total?」

Fran pointed me right at Solas’ face.

「Do you… happen to have a skill that detects lies too?」

「Nn.」

「Man, I was being extra cautious of that too…」

Ah, I see, I see. He had Appraisal Blocking and Coerced Camaraderie. He’d be able to basically come off clean so long as he stayed vigilant of any lie detecting skills.

Now that I think about it, he was always speaking kinda ambiguously. His answers, for the most part, could’ve been taken both ways. They’d technically be right regardless of how we interpreted them. Moreover, Coerced Camaraderie would do to most people what it did to us, and make it so that said ambiguous answers were regarded as ones that affirmed his innocence.

The Principle of Falsehood was honestly a pretty useful skill, but we couldn’t really be relying on it all the time. We needed to be more careful about the manner in which we asked questions, else risk having this, or something like this, happen again. Learning that here and now was honestly one huge gain on our part.

「Two choices. Answer honestly now. Answer honestly after torture.」

「I have four other subordinates!」

「Nn.」

I’m glad he was all honest and what not, but… seriously? He was the guy leading all the thieves this whole time?

「Where?」

「…They should be at the guild.」

Solas’ role was to find targets for the rest of his teams. He’d usually go after parties on the rise, people who were earning a fair amount of cash and acting all gung ho about it. Very few would be suspicious of parties like that suddenly going missing seeing as how they usually had the tendency to act rather recklessly.

He’d reach out about once a month, and even then, his lackies wouldn’t actually act every single time. They were cautious and did their best to ensure that there wouldn’t be any rumours about how the parties Solas joined would vanish.

Alright, I guess we’ll have Solas take us to the rest of his companions. Gotta take out the trash and whatnot, you know?

『Hmmm, you see, we’ve got a bit of a problem. He knows a lot about our skills and stuff. I’m not sure letting him go free is that good of an idea. He might go around telling other people about us. What do you think we should do?』

(Kill.)

『Hmm… I mean, I guess that works, but….』

We would be able to get a good amount of info out of his lackies, but there’s probably some stuff that only he, as their boss, knows as well. You know, like where he stores his loot and stuff.

『Actually, hold up. Don’t kill him just yet. There’s something I want to try.』

We should be fine so long as we stop him from leaking anything about us.

「Won’t inflict any more pain if taken to their location.」

「Alright, I got it…」

「But only on one condition. Will form contract.」

「Contract? You can use contract magic?」

「Can’t say anything about us. Leaking information means death. Must agree to contract terms.」

「I’ll take it!」

Yeah, I figured he’d say that. He’d die if he didn’t, soooo, yeah.

「Then will create contract.」

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On a side note, as I’m sure some of you have noticed, it’s now referring to Solas as a 33 year old as opposed to a young man as it did earlier. I’m assuming he probably just looks young, or the author changed his mind.

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40 thoughts on “TSKD 152

      1. Considering the blue cat tribe has been nothing but terrible and now we have a red cat tribesman who’s terrible, it’s no wonder Fran is so ruthless. It’s a pretty bad lot.

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      2. Is every catman tribe besides the blackcat tribe just garbage? We’ve yet to see a decent cat demihuman besides Fran after 152 chapters unless I’m forgetting someone.

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      3. It’s only one red cat beast man. I’m not sure about the whole tribe being bad.
        A decent blue cat beast man may appear some day later…

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      1. satou are true pacifist, his power are so enermous it actually give him so much leeway, even a liitle intimidation and show of force are enough to keep his enemy at bay, and he really consistent in his way and standing from the start of the story

        what sucks are hetare half assed MC like Touya from smartphone, the one that think he is big shot but pathetic, he react like he won’t forgive his enemy even if the world burn, but in the end, it end up as only harassment like locking up in a stinky slime cage or infinite falling, or other lame non-violent harassment

        i don’t mind whether an MC are ruthless or pacifist, as long he has conviction in his way, there nothing more annoying than weak mc that keep going with the flow

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  1. Would be tempting to take skill, but honestly not that useful considering MC and Fran wouldn’t have much use for it. In addition to the fact that the cooldown may prevent taking better skills and just having it makes others suspicious of their feelings if they find out you have it (did I really like this person for them or the skill kinda thing?). Better to just leave it as it will serve as evidence of his modus operandi and stuff.

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    1. Yeah, it seems like the type of skill that’s much more useful for a bad person and of significantly less use to someone who’s good. At best it might help them form legitimate relationships with other adventurers, but considering they generally prefer to be solo (considering the secrets regarding Master and his abilities), aside from friendships it wouldn’t help a ton. And they seem to be able to make friends easily enough anyway.

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    2. Yeah. At best they could use it together with the falsehood skill to make it REALLY easy to get people to believe lies but all it would take is one person with enough detection to notice the skill’s effect and it would be meaningless.

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    1. She’s still a little more merciful than me. I’d slowly cut off everything a little bit at a time. Like one joint on a finger first, then the second, then the rest of that finger, then repeat for all of them, then cut off the hand…

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    1. Only in certain situations.

      For example skill taker could only take low level skills until it was leveled up and it’s cooldown increased with it’s level up.

      Principal of falsehood isn’t absolute as you can still be tricked and people won’t instantly believe you.

      This skill makes people trust you but only until they have a good reason to doubt you.

      It seems that the author is putting a fair bit of effort into making sure unique skills are powerful but require specialized use to make useful or have massive limitations.

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  2. The sensation was very much akin to having someone stroke the my blade, it was one that was simply impossible for me to ignore.

    stroke the my blade ⇒ stroke my blade

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  3. Thanks for the chapter

    To bad it was an equipment skill (one time only at that), appraisal blocking will be very useful for shishou, to avoid other people with appraisal skill (like galus the smith) but with bad intention

    Fran is strong but most of her strength come from shishou (2/3 from sharing through contract), if other start to notice this they will start gunning for the sword (shishou) with he a rare magic sword choke full of useful skill and sentient one at that

    I wonder how fran fare in the up coming tournament if she can’t use any of her usual sword (weapon provided by event organizer) with definitely lower quality?

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    1. i don’t really get it but it should be standard appraisal blocking, and both of them already had it since the start, the one gallus and jean use aren’t appraisal blocking but unique magic eye skill like shishou Empyrea eye

      and it’s doesnt matter what sword fran use, as long she still in contract as shishou wielder, skill sharing still retain it’s effect and share the skill no matter what weapon fran use, back in the wyrm fight, shishou fight by flying solo while fran wielding the lich’s deathgaze no problem

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  4. 「Can’t say anything about us. Leaking information means death. Must agree to contract terms.」

    There is a loop hole in there, it only need for him not said anything, so he can still Code, Body Movement like head, Eye, brows, hand and so on, maybe he can even still send a massage with letters ? well, i hope something interesting in the next chapter ahahahaha 😀

    Thx for the chapter ^^

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      1. Plus it depends on how litterally contracts work. It’s possible that “don’t tell anyone about us” means any form of communication. Because she didn’t say “don’t speak” she said “Don’t tell” which can include more than just talking.

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  5. Thx for the chapter o/
    I was sure it would be a good idea to take his skill, but now that we know what it does, it’s not so useful, it was just him using it really well

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  6. 33 is fairly young for east asians. There was a 22yr old mother that looks like a gradeschooler, several 50yr-old ppl that looks like teenagers, and grannies that looks like around 30. So for the author, 33yr old people are still young.

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      1. Indeed. Most people’s ages can be discerned through their appearences, especially if you have lived in that ceartain ethnic group. But if you are not used to seeing that ethnic group, then it may lead to mislead assumptions, like the ones bergz mentioned where a person looks like a teen but is a 50- year old person.

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    1. I know right? But this is actually her 3 or 4 time torturing people (I think), so even if she is creative in torturing, she still needs more profeciency in it to gain the skill.

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  7. Thanks for the chapter ~~
    This novel is the only one I’m currently reading after so many I’ve read and not continued reading because of inconsistent releases and very long waits of over 2 months. Thanks to the author for writing this cool novle and to CardboardTranslations for translating it and posting it regularly, you mister make my day when you upload. Keep up the good work!!

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