Jingai Musume 114

Bolstering the Dungeon’s Defenses
Editors: Sebas Tian, Speedphoenix

“Master, Lefi! Come on guys, rise ‘n shine, it’s already mornin’!”

The first thing I heard as my consciousness slowly returned from the void was Lyuu’s voice. It was paired with a sense of motion. It felt like someone had grabbed me by the shoulders and tried to shake me awake.

“Nrghhh…” The first thing I saw once I opened my eyes was the dog-eared maid’s face. She had a huge, shit-eating grin plastered all over it.
“Oh… hey Lyuu. Morning.”
“Good mornin’, Master,” she chirped. “I gotta say, seein’ this first thing in the mornin’ is a real sweet sight for sore eyes ‘cause it’s adorable ‘n all, but everyone’s gonna be up soon, so I think you two should prolly save the flirtin’ for later.”
“Huh…?” I was still barely awake, so I didn’t manage to fully process her words. I did however realize that there was a bit of a weight on my chest, so I directed my eyes downwards only to be greeted by a faceful of pretty silver hair and a pair of elegant looking horns.

Following the silvery strands led me towards her neck. There, I saw both an exposed, well shaped collarbone and the smooth, unblemished skin that covered her nape. I felt the urge to stare, but managed to force my gaze just a bit further, where I witnessed a modest chest gently rise and fall as its owner breathed in and out.

The sight was captivating. I couldn’t help but stare as I finally realized that, for some odd reason, I had embraced Lefi in my sleep. Wait. Huh? The fuck? How? When? What?

I wasn’t the only one that Lyuu had awoken. The dragon girl in my arms began to stir because she too had been subject to a thorough shaking. She batted her long, pretty eyelashes a few times before finally opening her eyes and revealing the glimmer jewel-like pupils that lay within.

She slowly, groggily raised her gaze in time with me lowering mine.

And as our eyes met, we stopped.

There was a moment of silence.

We stared at each other, both too surprised to act or speak.

“G-Good morning.” After a while, I managed to voice an awkward greeting.
“I-Indeed. I bid you good morning.”

She reciprocated in an equally awkward manner. But neither of us knew exactly what we were supposed to say.

There was another awkward pause.

This time, Lefi was the one to break it.

“Ummm… I wish to be released.”
“S-sure, my bad.”

She rolled off of me as soon I lifted the arm that I had most likely wrapped around her in my sleep and slowly began to get up. Likewise, I shook off my sleepiness and raised my body now that I was no longer being weighed down. Alright. What the actual fuck happened last night?

I surveyed our surroundings and realized that there were a large number of empty bottles rolling around us. Empty wine bottles, of course. Ughhhh. I drank waaaaay too much last night. I can’t even remember what happened. When the hell did I even pass out? I guess I must’ve just grabbed Lefi because I was cold or something. Probably happened while I was asleep.

Lyuu had always been a morning person. And as such, she seemed to be the only other one of the dungeon’s residents that had already awoken. Leila was out of sight, which meant she was most likely still in her room. Illuna was sleeping nearby with an angelic look on her face. And Shii was still in her slime form. I had no way of knowing whether or not she was still asleep, but the fact that she wasn’t moving meant that she probably was.

“You two might wanna wash up.” The maid glanced at Lefi and I as she started cleaning up the mess we left. “‘Cause you both reek of booze right now.”
“Good point. And thanks,” I replied. I got up and started moving towards the small bath we had set up in the throne room. The one we had set up in the Japanese-style inn was much larger, but it was too far away.

“Oh right. You want to go first, Lefi?”
“I see no reason for us to take turns,” she said, confused. “Why should we not simply enter together?”

Though she still seemed half asleep, the look on her face was undoubtedly one of bafflement. Yeah, sounds about right.

Lefi had never really cared about being seen in the nude. She didn’t find it even the slightest bit embarrassing—which made sense. Dragons didn’t wear clothes. The only reason she was wearing them now was because she thought that it was kind of chilly without them. I was sure that she would strip right down to her birthday suit and stay in it if I ever decided to turn up the thermostat and transform the dungeon into a land of everlasting summer.

I knew that I wasn’t about to change her opinion regardless of what I said, so I ultimately ended up just accepting things as they were. I was just going to have to suck it up and fight the urge to stare. Lefi had a track record of flashing me triumphant, cocky grins and rubbing it in my face every time she caught onto the fact that she was turning me on, so I had to make sure I didn’t let it show.

“Sure, that works. Let’s go,” I said in as unflustered a tone as I could manage.
“I shall have you wash my hair.”
“As you wish, my lady,” I said with a sigh.

And so the two of us went off to bathe. Lyuu, who had bore witness to the whole interaction, continued to watch with a shit-eating grin as we left.

***

Everything after our nice refreshing morning bath went as per routine. We got out, had breakfast with everyone else, and then the dungeon’s residents each went off to do their own thing. Illuna and Shii went outside to play around in the grass while Leila and Lyuu started doing their usual chores. Talking to Lefi seemed to have paid off, as the dragon girl crawled over to her futon and started rolling around without a care in the world. She was probably going to head right back to sleep. Whew. Glad to see she’s back to doing whatever she wants. Normal Lefi is best Lefi.

As one of the dungeon’s residents, I too was off doing my own thing. Specifically, I was standing in front of the cave that used to mark the dungeon’s entrance and thinking up ways I could beef up the dungeon’s defenses.

Visiting the capital had led me to realize that humanity’s champions, those that stood at its apex, were in fact pretty strong. I managed to beat the guy I fought, but I probably would have been butchered rather easily had I been up against a group of two or more. Humans weren’t exactly what I would call the biggest threat either. I had no doubt that there were beastkin, demons, and demihumans out there that had stats that easily trumped humanity’s greatest. I figured that the races most likely had warriors capable of defeating me in combat and that I would ultimately have to face them should I ever make enemies out of anything beyond just a group of humans or two.

And even a single defeat meant death.

I couldn’t allow myself to ever lose if I wanted to live.

I had initially thought that making myself stronger was the best choice I could make. But because I didn’t know any way of growing stronger besides hunting monsters, I ended up setting the option aside for the time being. Because I knew that bolstering the dungeon’s defenses was much more likely to produce immediate results.

As they were now, my traps weren’t powerful enough to defeat anyone as powerful as the man I had fought in the capital. The most they could do would be to slow stronger invaders down. Flat out killing anyone or anything that powerful simply wasn’t going to happen.

But that was fine.

The dungeon’s defenses didn’t need to prove fatal. They just needed to function as a means of harassment. I wanted them to drain my foes of their potions and then get them down to half health or less. In the ideal case, I wanted the intruders to arrive before me battered and covered in wounds.

And the best way to do that would be to get more monsters. I didn’t have enough under my control. There was Shii, Rir, and then the three wraith girls. That was it. Of the five creatures I had under my control, only one was capable of truly engaging powerful foes in combat. Of course, I knew that creatures like Rir were few and far between. I probably wasn’t going to be able to get my hands on anything on his level, especially since I wanted to summon a group of four.

The reason I specifically wanted four was because quality trumped quantity. Weak monsters weren’t worth all that much in a fight. I could easily jump into a crowd of a few hundred and tear through them in a manner reminiscent of a dynasty warrior. There was no reason why anyone with stats somewhat similar to mine wouldn’t be able to do the same.

One would have to amass a mob the size of that one army of ants I’d fought back in the day to truly have quantity even begin to shine. Oh man, that was awful. There were so many of them that I felt like I couldn’t see anything but ants for miles. Unlike a certain socialist state, I wasn’t able to use political witchcraft to turn farmers into soldiers overnight. I couldn’t just throw bodies at my foes until they ran out of ammo. That type of strategy took way more DP than I had.

Most importantly, the creatures I summoned needed to be powerful enough to thrive in the Wicked Forest—a domain that couldn’t exactly be labeled hospitable. Any creature that lived within it needed to possess a certain degree of strength to continue to survive.

Given the circumstances, I could definitely state that quality trumped quantity. Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Rir’s got a bunch of underlings, doesn’t he? Eh, I’ll just leave him to his own devices. I’m sure he’ll use ‘em well even if I don’t bother butting in.

As I contemplated the monsters I could summon, I suddenly had an epiphany: the dungeon didn’t need to be fair. Heh. I should make it the kind of bullshit that makes you QQ about game balance by throwing a miniboss at any intruders right off the bat. Heh. That’d be so awful it’d be great. And whaddya get when you beat the miniboss? More minibosses. Heheheh. Wait. What the hell am I thinking? Why would you have to fight the minibosses one on one? Screw that, I’mma just make it so they all get deployed at the same time. Fuck yes. That’d be hella fun. It’d totally make people throw down their controllers and scream in rage.

And I know how I can make it even worse. I’ll throw in lots of traps and stage hazards. The intruders will have to stop watching their feet because they get all distracted by the minibosses. And the moment they do? Boom! They get trapped and die! Heh. Heheheheheh. Oh man, this is going to be so unfair it’ll be nothing but fun. Not for the intruders, of course.

With that in mind, I had my end goal. I was going to create a dungeon that my enemies would dare not approach, a dungeon where champions ventured only to be never seen again. Over the top complete bullshit difficulty level, here we come! Gotta keep my home safe, after all.

The only concern I had was that I would have to ensure that my traps only activated on my foes. I didn’t want any of the dungeon’s residents getting hurt, and Nell had to be able to stop by whenever she felt like hanging out.

I opened the menu and started scrolling through it as I continued to think about my plans.

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43 thoughts on “Jingai Musume 114

  1. there’s a trump card on your side… a sloth Supreme Dragon, but yeah, its unsettling to have your house got invaded frequently even though you have Godlike being on your house..

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    1. He’s mentioned in an earlier chapter that that’s Plan Z when every other letter of the alphabet is blown up. He doesn’t want to rely on someone he considers family (her, Iluna, Shii, and probably the maids) as any sort of attack force. He lets Rir because he seems to enjoy a good hunt (and it keeps him out of the dungeon where his number 1, and only, cultist is).

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  2. I’d first set up a large arena like cave at the entrance for Rir’s henchmen including many comfortable mini caves all around the big cave and at the end would be a gint double door made of heavy durable material that is a fake with the real one being in one of the small caves that change once in a while

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    1. No no no, have the immediate area around the entry be the first stage, with multiple caves for Rir’s henchmen, then they when they go into the cave, make it look _exactly_ like the outside so that they think that they were tricked into going outside, and to make sure the illusion holds, make sure the caves outside of the dungeon are all linked to another as a series of tunnels with dens. The next level of the dungeon should have the same set up, only with spawning caves that populate the surrounding forest level and Rir being the Lord of the level that the adventurers have to find in the midst of the Woods. Also, in this level, the cave to the next level looks like Rir’s Den far away from their entry point somewhere in the midst of the forest. The next level immediately throws them into a midboss fight in a trapped arena with four midbosses, the crowd are spawned monsters that jump in randomly to fight the adventurers as they are fighting the midbosses, and they need to kill the midbosses get their keys to the next level in a certain order or the moment they use the gate, they are thrown out of the dungeon and everything resets…along with Rir’s Den being moved to another location in the Forest Level.

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    1. No no no superboss with 2nd form surrounded by minibosses with ranged mobs in a room filling with deadly neurotoxin that you can’t leave without defeating every enemy (with and “hidden” door that leads to a massive room (that only loops back to the previous room) that you can’t see the opposite side with nothing but a floor of lava to drop too) which activates the teleport to leave. Leading to the final superboss with 5 forms each with different environments
      first form underwater
      second form raining lightning
      third form blizzard
      fourth form steady erupting volcano
      fifth form meteor shower in space
      and then …… Yuki shows up with Lefi watching in dragon form in the background

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      1. first, second and third forms happen in the same room fourth and fifth happen on something like moon (just enough gravity to rain the lava down but disappears with fifth) guests just rush to the door which gets switched to the plains. It’s “possible” to complete you just need supreme breath holding and GUTS! shoryah

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  3. welcome to my dungeon~~ which difficulty would you choose ?
    Easy modo
    Normal modo
    Hard modo
    Very Hard modo
    WTF IS THIS SHIT MODO
    sorry its bugged~~ you can only choose WTF IS THIS SHIT MODO~~ Enjoy your FUN time~

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  4. And it would be good if the monster can self destruct and bring the enemy down with him + it can slowly regenerate from a single cell to revive himself ahahaha 😀

    The MC want to summon 4 monster? he must be thinking to make the monster act like a Party, they will have a Healer, Tank, Melee Attacker and Magician 😀

    Thx for the chapter ^^

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  5. Thanks for the chapter, aww I don’t care about defense, get back to the fluffy cute flirting! But back to the defense, I can’t help but wonder how any of the visitors like Nell will respond when they see the miniboss.

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  6. Ive never understood why dungeons and labyrinths have been so easy to traverse. They were always so plain and boring. For my labyrinth would encompass as much area as I could in all three dimensions. The labyrinth would consist of corkscrewing hallways that would traverse in a different direction ever ten or so meters, never on the same plain and always rotating to the left or right. The texture of the walls would some times be rough, sometimes smooth as glass and yet other times razor sharp or even spiked. Every few turns you would have off shoots that would go off in random directions leading to dead ends with honeycombed walls or other entrances. The pinky sided holes are there to spread the mana pressure throughout the dungeon so there is no clear pathway to follow. The truth of the labyrinth is that there is no human sized pathway to it’s core. To reach the core one must be able to traverse the pinky sized holes, and even there it wouldn’t be a straight shot as they would be filled with void spaces, shafts that led into pools or underground rivers of lava, toxins, or all manner of noxious and hazardous liquids and materials. If there absolutely had to be a pathway leading to my core, it would be alone a pathway that wound need follow the length, breadth, depth and heights of my labyrinth only to find yourself in front of a sealed door that only opened to a time sensitive pattern of triggers in the deadend rooms. Once that was completed, you would find a boss room, and a set of stairs leading to the next floor.

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    1. Because they’re literally designed to be beat by even the below average player. If you had a difficult (realistic) labyrinth in a game, people wouldn’t have much fun in the average case.

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  7. Yuki and his evil planning. Where there is unbalanced dungeons, there will also be OP characters. Everything balances out

    Thanks

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