TSKD 190

Gathering Intel

Fran and I stopped by the Adventurer’s Guild not too long after we finished staring down the brackets. Our goal was to figure out as much as we could with regards to all the other participants.

「Erza not here.」

『I’m honestly not all that sure he would’ve told us what we wanted to know anyways.』

「Nn?」

『I mean, he’s technically one of our competitors, you know? Though, I guess he does seem like he’d gladly comply so long as it’s you that’s asking…』

Relying on someone we might have to fight against for information just didn’t sit quite right with me.

『How ’bout asking Dias or some other adventurers instead?』

「Got it.」

Fran began moving towards a group of nearby adventurers so she could ask for a bit of information — only to be immediately denied the chance by the person she’d originally been looking for.

「Congratulations Fran! You did it! You made it to the main event!」

Erza dashed right over with a huge grin on his face, one so friendly it made me feel like an idiot for even considering him a rival of sorts.

「I watched your match! You did soooo well!」

「Nn.」

「That Blue Catkin was really rude… You should’ve beat him up some more, mhm!」

「But might’ve been disqualified.」

「Oh… right, I almost forgot you weren’t allowed to attack people that’ve already surrendered. Oh well, I guess he gets off easy then… More importantly, Fran, something about you seems a bit different.」

「Nn?」

「Let’s see… It’s kinda like you’ve gotten more reliable. You’ve really got this huge sense of presence.」

「Trained hard.」

「Is that really it? Mmm… I guess that does make sense. You seem like the type that’ll grow at an explosive rate the moment I take my eyes off of you. I’m sure the tournament will help you get way stronger.」

「Nn.」

「So what made you want to come to the guild today?」

「Wanted to research opponents.」

「Really? I always thought you were the type that wouldn’t really care who you were up against.」

「Intel very important.」

「Yup yup! Totally! As for the person you’ll be going up against first… Hmm… I don’t know anything about him.」

「Don’t know?」

「Mhm. I’ve never heard of any adventurers named Zefmate before.」

Erza not recognizing Zefmate meant two things: he wasn’t from Ulmutt and he wasn’t anyone really famous.

「Let’s try asking someone else.」

Erza approached the adventurers seated at the bar and asked them if they knew of Zefmate.

「Do any of you know an adventurer named Zefmate?」

「Zefmate? Never heard of him.」

「Me either.」

None of the ten adventurers present had any idea who he was, which in turn led me to suspect that Zefmate wasn’t actually an adventurer given that some of the participants were in fact not.

There were also mercenaries, Knights like Phillip, mages, and other decently strong non-adventurers present as well.

『Alright, looks like he isn’t someone anyone around here knows. Let’s try switching gears.』

「Nn. Would like information on Dimitris-Style Martial Arts instead.」

「Oh my. Whyever would you need that?」

「Might have to fight person with it.」

「I didn’t know any of the tournament’s entrants knew how to use Dimitris-Style Martial Arts.」

「Don’t know why, but won’t use.」

「Oh, I guess that must mean the person you’re talking about is going through his trial.」

「Trial?」

「You didn’t know about the Dimitris Trial? They’re really famous. Anyone that wants to be an official disciple has to go through one of them. The trial goer needs to become an A ranked adventurer with a part of their strength sealed by a really special magic item.」

The trial apparently really was famous, as all the other adventurers seemed to know about it and filled us in with a few additional details. They told us that the magic item sealed away both a portion of one’s skills and stats.

No one present knew the exact details, but it seemed that one’s stats would drop by a minimum of 20 percent upon equipping the sealing item. It prevented one from using many of the Dimitris-Styled Martial Arts and also pretty much lowered the level of every single skill one happened to have.

Learning that promptly allowed us to understand why Colbert had suddenly gotten stronger the moment Barbra fell into chaos. He must’ve undone his seal in order to help us kill Rynford.

Erza himself had partied with someone familiar with the Dimitris-Style Martial Art in the past, and had the opportunity to witness its techniques from up close.

「Though, she wasn’t too high ranked, and couldn’t do anything too incredible at the time.」

Apparently, the thing that made the Dimitris-Style so amazing was its focus on Qi.

Qi was defined as the act of applying one’s energy either within or on the surface of one’s body in order to either use it as a weapon or simply reinforce oneself. It was similar to magic, which used the exact same energy source to create the phenomenon known as a spell. The distinction between the two basically lay in the manner in which the energy was directed. Like magic, Qi’s strengths and weaknesses were dependant on its user’s skills and natural disposition.

「Dimitris-Style Martial Arts take the concept of Qi to a whole new level. I don’t know too many details, but I think they’ve started to mix the concepts of Qi and Magic together. Mhm.」

「Qi and Magic at same time?」

「Yup yup. Dimitris-Style martial artists can send their Qi flying or deploy it as a shield. I think they can also send their Qi into their opponents’ bodies in order to destroy it from the inside out. I’ve heard that the style’s more experienced users can do even more than just that, but I haven’t really heard any details.」

Apparently Dimitris-Style martial artists were able to do a lot more than just fire off the Kameh*meha. Being able to totally wreck someone’s body from inside out sounded really troublesome to deal with.

「I don’t really think you need to worry about it though. At least not for the purposes of the tourney.」

「Why?」

「Trial goers aren’t supposed to be allowed to lift the seal unless it’s to help people or defeat someone thought to be evil. You aren’t supposed to release the seal out of self-interest.」

Doing well in the tourney pretty much fell into the self-interest category, which meant we probably wouldn’t have to worry about Colbert undoing his seal, which, to us, was fairly beneficial. It boosted the hell out of our chances of victory.

「Nn. Understood.」

「Is there anything else you wanted to ask?」

We asked for details about Royce, Goldalfa, Amanda, Forrund and last but not least, Radyer.

「Radyer?」

「Good old Radyer? He’s a strong one~ He doesn’t have too much stamina due to his age, but he’s really well experienced. You’ll need to be able to deal with all sorts of magic if you want to beat him.」

「What kinds?」

「As far as I know, he can use Greater Earth Magic, Greater Water Magic, and Storm Magic.」

Radyer sounded hella tough. He was the only mage we knew that was capable of using three different advanced magics. The closest to his level would be Royce, who was capable of using Greater Earth Magic, Moonlight Magic and Space/Time Magic.

We didn’t really know much about Greater Earth Magic or Greater Water Magic, so we were going to have to proceed with utmost care.

「Did you want to know anything else, or is that all?」

「Nn. All for now.」

「Mkay. Tell me if you ever want to know anything else. I’ll tell you everything I can!」

「Nn.」

「But that doesn’t mean I’ll go easy on you if we end up getting matched against each other, mkay? We’ll have to fight it out fair and square. That’d be rude.」

「Know already.」

「Oh my, you seem really pumped and willing to go already. Fufufu.」

Erza was a bit surprised by Fran’s happy looking smile, but soon began matching it with his own while also returning her aura of belligerence.

Oh god damn it! Erza was a battle junkie too!?

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34 thoughts on “TSKD 190

  1. “Trial goers aren’t supposed to be allowed to lift the seal unless it’s to help people or defeat someone thought to be evil.”

    Doesn’t Fran have Evil arts? And she levelled up torture too, right? I mean, sure, I can’t see Colber actually taking advantage of that, but still, if he wanted a technicality…

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    1. Pretty sure Master always avoided absorbing any mana stone that had Evil Arts as he was worried that it could “taint” and have any kind of negative effects that wouldn’t be worth it. They have fought and absorbed mana stones of evil beings, but not all of them have Evil Arts just cause they have the name in their race.

      As for torture, even if Master has the skill, he has never bothered to use it (would only be gathering dust in the unselected skills memory bank), much less “waste” points that could be better spent on better things (torture is generally used on those weaker than you, or who can’t fight back and thus isn’t too useful in a fight as other skills would be, which could also explain why most monster wouldn’t have it unless they were pretty high leveled/dangerous and intelligent enough to deprive pleasure or use from it).

      Fran has tortured, but that is brute force stuff using various skills and magic, not the torture skill itself. After all, torture requires use of various implements to maximize pain, while higher levels of it would probably grant an intuitive understanding gained from experience of how to make others feel pain even without tools. Tainting her status with such a distasteful skill
      is unneeded, especially since her brute force approaches have worked enough so far. That may be because the greater majority of torturers don’t have such high level skills to use as tools and thus they rely and use specialized implements of torture.
      Finally, Fran has more than proven herself against Raymond that she is a force for good.

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    2. Havign the skill and how you use it are 2 different things. Fran might have evil arts (whatever that means) but that doesn’t mean she uses them or, if she does, uses them for evil purposes.

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  2. I have sinned i hope master, urushi wouldnt hunt me for it i was making a fan art of fran base on one scene on the manga

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  3. The information on the Dimitris style martial arts was actually really interesting. Maybe Fran needs to learn to use Ki in order to evolve.

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  4. Bunch of corrections for the last few chapters.

    Chapter 188

    Its construction consisted of two parts, a round platform and the larger cylindrical wall that enclosed it, a large cylindrical wall.

    * Feels like a duplicate description was added?

    Our entrance was welcomed by a set cheers from the audience, cheers so deafeningly loud that they caused my blade to tremble in response.

    by a set cheers ⇒ by a set of cheers

    There was basically no way for her to win given how the fact that Fran was way stronger than she was..

    given how the fact ⇒ given the fact
    * Double period at end of sentence.

    Her ranks even higher than ours are.

    Her ranks ⇒ Her rank’s

    The first round of the preliminaries seemed to have filtered out most of the weaker adventurers, as the only one of the contestants present understood that Fran was no weakling.

    * Contradictory sentence.

    I’ll tear your jaw off so you can’t surrender, strip you nude and embarrassed the hell out of you before finally slowly beating you death.

    embarrassed ⇒ embarrass

    You tried to visit aurel by lying and claiming you were famous, but you were turned away at the gates because your lie seen through right away.

    aurel ⇒ Aurel
    your lie seen through ⇒ your lie was seen through (depending on how completely Fran was speaking)

    The unexpected four versus one situation put Fran in what could be thought of a numerical disadvantage, but she didn’t mind.

    thought of a numerical disadvantage ⇒ thought of as a numerical disadvantage

    What did was the fact that she’d done onto him exactly what he claimed he’d wanted to do to her.

    done onto him ⇒ done unto him

    Chapter 189

    In fact, the clerk’s tone made it seemed like we were or more or less discouraged from doing so, which honestly only made sense.

    made it seemed ⇒ made it seem
    we were or more or less ⇒ we were more or less

    They pushed the idea even further by stating that copies of the brackets would be delivered straight to the inn we were staying at so we wouldn’t even have head out in order to check them.

    even have head out ⇒ even have to head out

    I’ll still be betting on you anyway

    * Missing ending period.

    As were were in Block A, the first top seed we’d end up encountering, if any, would have to be Goldalfa, one of the Beast Lord’s escorts.

    As were were ⇒ As we were

    There were so just many people we needed to look up and do research on — a fact that worried me to the point where I’d started doing mental laps.

    were so just many ⇒ were just so many

    He, as an A ranked adventurer, was someone strong enough to single handedly upset the balance of of a country’s military power so it went without saying that he was a likely contender for the championship title.

    balance of of a country’s military power ⇒ balance of a country’s military power

    After all, victory was something that necessitated the right mindset; there was no way for us win unless we fought with that precise purpose in mind.

    for us win ⇒ for us to win

    Chapter 190

    It’s kinda like you’ve gotten a more reliable.

    gotten a more reliable ⇒ gotten more reliable | gotten a bit more reliable

    Like magic, Qi’s strengths and weaknesses were dependant on its users skills and natural disposition.

    its users skills ⇒ its user’s skills

    He was the only mages we heard of capable of using three different advanced magics.

    the only mages ⇒ the only mage

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