TSKD 245

The Cabin

Everyone started introducing themselves after the C ranked party, the Iron God’s Breath, finished apologizing to Fran.

At first, I thought that they didn’t actually need to go as far as prostrating. However, the combination of the willingness with which they did it and the jock-like impression I got from them made me feel that to them, it wasn’t really anything out of the ordinary.

Their overbearing attitudes seemed to have entirely vanished. They instead had started to bow submissively over and over as if to make up for their mistakes. It seemed that Mordred’s statement, his proclamation that Fran was far stronger than he was, had left a pretty deep impression on them.

I was honestly surprised that one word from him had caused their attitudes to change so drastically. Most other adventurers would still doubt Fran’s strength because she looked the way she did. A bit of further consideration led me to realize their willingness to accept Fran’s strength came from their trust in Mordred. They seemed absolutely certain he’d never lie to them.

Although Mordred’s subordinates didn’t really question the authenticity of his words, I did. Fran was definitely stronger than him, but she was only really way stronger than him in her awakened state. The way I saw it, he was an accomplished Magic Warrior skilful enough to match even Colbert in single combat. He’d make for a dangerous opponent if we didn’t take him seriously.

「And these are my four party members.」

「「「We look forward to workin’ with you.」」」

「Nn. Same. Will also introduce again. C ranked adventurer. Fran. And Urushi.」

「Woof!」

「Woah, that wolf just came out of nowhere!」

「I-It rose from the shadows!」

「Well then. He looks quite strong.」

「Nn. Reliable.」

Unlike his subordinates, Mordred remained calm even though Urushi, a decently powerful magic beast, had appeared seemingly out of nowhere. In fact, he even ended up smiling after affirming the wolf’s strength, as if to express he was glad to see another fighter amongst our ranks. I really did have to take my hat off to him. All the other adventurers had backed off and just stared at the Darkness Wolf from afar.

「I guess I might as well introduce everyone else. First up’ll be these guys. They’re Red Earth, a D ranked party.」

「It’s good to be working with you.」

「’Sup.」

「Eyyyy.」

Though the party’s leader seemed to be the formal, uptight kind, the same couldn’t be said for its two other members. They both gave off a much more laid back impression. I couldn’t help but notice that everyone in the party had green scales growing on their arms and faces, a feature that apparently clearly denoted them as serpentkin. I couldn’t help but feel that they were a bit weird, not because they had scales, but because they all seemed to be a part of the exact same demographic. Their well built frames were all about the same size be it in height or width. Likewise, they all wore twin swords and had similar-looking faces.

「Identical.」

「Ahahahaha. That’s cause the three of us are brothers. We’ve been wandering the world and adventuring together for quite some time. It’s been a while since we last went home, so we decided to take this escort mission so we could head back for a bit.」

Their appearances weren’t all they shared. All three of the serpentkin had been taught by their father, so they’d ended up with the exact same skillset. The uncanny resemblance they bore to one another led me to suspect that they were probably triplets. The only real way for me to tell them apart was to look at their hairstyles. I didn’t really think that to be too reliable, so I decided to appraise them each time we spoke to them going forward in order to make sure we knew which was which. For the record, the uptight leader was actually the oldest of the bunch.

Though Red Earth came off as a bit intimidating, I found that they were actually pretty decent people. They didn’t seem to hold any prejudice against Fran’s tribe.

「These last three belong to the Crystalline Defenders, an E ranked party.」

「H-Hiya.」

「Fancy seeing you again.」

「Ahahaha…」

The last three adventurers were actually our acquaintances. In fact, they were still quite fresh in our minds because we’d only just sparred with them a few days ago. They were Miguel, the greatsword user, Liddick, the earnest spearman, and Naria, the female archer.

「Oh, you guys already knew each other?」

「Kind of. She crushed us in a spar just a few days ago.」

「Right, you guys were the guildmaster’s apprentices, huh? Man, I’m jealous. I would’ve loved me a chance to spar with the Black Lightning Princess. Well, I’m glad you know her. Makes things more convenient.」

Though the Crystalline Defenders barely counted as our acquaintances, I still preferred having them over someone we didn’t know for the sole reason that they’d already come to understand that Fran was strong.

「Here, why?」

「Well, the truth is, sparring with you taught us just how weak we really were.」

「Everyone talked a bit, and we realized that we were starting to get sloppy because of how big our party was. Having nine whole people just ended up making us feel too relaxed.」

「We decided to split into three smaller parties so we could start training ourselves again from the ground up.」

Apparently, they hadn’t actually wasted the lessons they’d learned from fighting Fran. They’d realized that something was wrong and immediately acted on it.

「Okay. Good luck.」

「Thank you.」

「We’ll do our best!」

「Thank you very much for both the instruction and words of encouragement!」

The captain’s first mate pulled Fran and Mordred aside for a quick discussion after everyone introduced themselves because he’d recognized them as the two most influential members of the group. The other adventurers didn’t seem to mind, as they’d left after stating that they’d go along with whatever the pair decided.

「We should probably figure out how we’re going to handle the chain of command. Any ideas on your end? As for me, I don’t mind either way. Feel free to take over if you want.」

Mordred was the type of guy that valued ability, or more specifically, strength in combat, over all else. He was more than willing to yield his position to Fran, but honestly, both Fran and I lacked the skill set necessary to fill it. The lava mage was much better suited to the job. Hence, we ended up rejecting his proposal.

「Bad at giving orders.」

「Alright, go on.」

「You take command. Want to be treated as autonomous unit.」

Fran had basically said that she wanted to just be able to do whatever she wanted in response to the situation at hand. In other words, her proposition was a selfish one that allowed her to retain her freedom while also casting away all the troublesome responsibilities that came with taking charge.

「That’s fine with me, but can you make sure you check with me when you’re going to start acting on your own?」

「Nn. Will be prudent.」

「You’re stronger than me, so I’ll try not to give you orders if I can, but I still will if we get into the kind of emergency that calls for it.」

「Of course.」

「…Alright.」

Mordred heaved a heavy sigh, but ended up agreeing to go along with our idea nonetheless. It seemed that we were going to be fortunate enough to do as we wished for the most part.

「It looks like the two of you have wrapped up your meeting, so, Fran, why don’t I show you to your room?」

「Nn.」

「I’m sorry in advance, but, it’s going to have to be just a bit on the smaller side.」

「No problem. Just need bed.」

「I don’t think you’ll need to worry about that. There’s no way we could possible treat you that poorly.」

One of the sailors led Fran to her quarters. The room she was assigned to was a private room meant for the ship’s stronger fighters; its close proximity to the deck made it easy for her to get to wherever she needed as quickly as possible in the case of an emergency.

「This’ll be your room.」

「Nn. Looks good.」

「Good to hear. I’m glad you like it.」

The sailor seemed to think Fran was complimenting the room just for the sake of it, as he seemed a bit ashamed of it throughout the conversation, but she and I honestly both really liked it.

It was a bit on the smaller side, but that was literally my only complaint. It was a private room with a clean bed, some drawers, a closet, and a decent looking desk. There was even a magic lamp suspended from the ceiling. It was way better than the cheap inns we usually stayed in.

Though with all that said and out of the way, the one thing that really iced the cake was the round window decorating the room’s outside wall. It was exactly the kind of window you’d expect to see on a seafaring vessel. A single ray of light streamed in from it and illuminated the room’s otherwise dim interior. That was all it did, but, that alone was enough to really emphasize that we were in a ship’s cabin.

Fran seemed to like the room’s ambient atmosphere, as she sat herself down on the bed and started swinging her legs back and forth. The expression that decorated her face was clearly one of excitement.

「I like this room.」

『Yeah, me too.』

She laid down and started rolling back and forth on the bed until she eventually tired herself out.

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52 thoughts on “TSKD 245

    1. Lightning Bruiser is the solo class.

      Fran the Cute Bruiser and Lightning Bruiser.

      Three Jack of all Trades is not very useful.

      Mighty Glacier, Stone Wall, Fragile Speedster, Glass Cannon….
      A mixture party is stronger than a Jack Party.

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      1. That depends on how well trained the jack party is, and how good they are at making the most out of their skills

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      2. Fran looks like she goes solo, but in actuality she’s in a party of 3. It’s just that one of the members is a mount she can ride on and the other is a mage shaped like a sword she can swing around.

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      3. Summons don’t count. Poor Urushi. Urushi: Wolf in an aggressive tone.

        Summons do count. Urushi: Wolf Wolf in a happy tone.

        Intelligent Weapons don’t count. ShiShou: We’ll see about that.

        Intelligent Weapons do count. Every S rank and Top A rank has an Intelligent Weapon.

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      4. Lets say your jack of all trade party is an Inquisitor, a Bard, and a Rogue. All 3 can handle silver words and a myriad of other skills, you have tracking, intimidation bluff and diplomacy on all 3, all of them with different main knowledge’s and the bard filling the rest, 2 casters, both with access to divine healing spells, a trap monkey and subterfuge character that benefits from the Inquisitor and Bard hogging the limelight via intimidation and performances, plenty of party buffs from the bard, Inquisitor can be main aggro puller thanks to its godly intimidation. Jack Party’s can be dope. If we are talking d&d 3.x and Pathfinder at least.

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    2. On the other hand, they can have really good teamwork like this.
      And it seems that in this world, not every party can have a magic-user. Maybe they should establish more magic academies or something.

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      1. There is only one element people really need to learn. It’s healing.
        But having an array of standard elements at your disposal is good enough too.

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      2. Basic Magic are Fire, Water, Soil, Wind.

        Currently Known Magic:
        Fire -> Flame
        Water -> Ocean
        Soil -> Ground
        Wind -> Storm
        Lightning = Wind + Fire
        Ice = Water + Wind
        Nature (Wood) = Water + Soil
        Lava = Soil + Fire
        Sandstorm = Wind + Soil
        Life (Healing, Recovery) = Water + Fire
        Spatial-Temporary (Space-Time)
        Moonlight
        Blacksmith -> Magic Blacksmith -> God-Tier Blacksmith
        Dark -> Darkness
        Light -(Splits Into)-> Purification and Illusion
        Dark -(Splits Into)-> Poison and Ghost
        Purification -> Cleansing
        Poison -> Decay
        Ghost -> Necromancy
        Summoning
        Contract
        Spirit
        Support (Auxiliary)

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      1. Luckily, I’m an Eternal Shounen.
        Puts on a Kuro Nekomkmi Headband.
        Stays in the same room as Fran, calling her imouto-chan.

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    1. We Eternal Shonen wants Eternal Shojo Imouto.
      Provide us the luxury of Eternal Shojo Imouto.
      Tsun Kuu Dere. NekoHime.

      Too many people deal with real life.
      Simple things are a luxury.
      Fran gets her own room on a ship. What a luxury.
      Fran could roll on her bed and enjoy mofumofu with Urushi. What a luxury.

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  1. the last part remind me about cat who likes rolling on its back.

    imagine fran rolling on its back makes me want to touch and brush her stomach

    thank you for the chapter

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    1. A private deck is more of a luxury.
      Usually a top deck of marines.
      Usually a deck or two of rowers.
      Several deck of goods.

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      1. Haha, it is multilingual, but nothing that ostentatious. “Rooi” and “Slang” is Afrikaans for red and snake respectively, “wtf” is English and it was what I said the first time I tried to register on a site as rooislang only to find it was taken.

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      1. Getting a wrong prediction after hitting the next key and seeing the title of the preview chapter. This is called not reading spoilers.

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    1. Don’t worry ship is sailing soon (well that sound bad (-_-)/) and shit is going to hit the fan soon 😀 Fran and boat trips have bad compatibility

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  2. Does a Male Kraken have one or two Supreme Tentacles?

    How successful are they at discarding their Supreme Tentacles to prevent Sexual Cannibalism from Female Kraken?

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  3. Thanks!

    cant wait for the encounter. Maybe the Sea Wyrm had a big brother and is looking for the one who popped his little guys hearts. Or the Sea Wyrm remembers Fran’s scent and has been looking for beef from the kitty.

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    1. Random Encounter and Lost Sense of Direction are used when characters move in giant tiles called overworld.
      You see, players don’t way to spent 15 minutes moving the game forward 6 seconds, but thats called playing d&d round by round all the time.
      Instead, they want to travel faster. There’s the wilderness/exploration where one round is a minute and one turn is 10 minutes.
      Then there is the fast travel, where one round is 10 minutes and one turn is 1 hour.
      Then there is the overland rate, where one round is an hour and one turn is 8 hours/1 day of travel. Characters are restricted to 8 hours of travel and combat, 8 hours of profession/crafting, and 8 hours of sleeping.

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      1. BD&D is easier.
        1 combat segment = 1 second.
        1 combat round = 10 seconds.
        1 combat turn = 1 minute = 100 seconds. Metric Time by John Eric Holmes!

        1 wilderness/exploration round = 1 minute.
        1 wilderness/exploration turn = 10 minutes.
        1 overland round = 1 hour = 100 minutes.
        1 overland turn = 10 hours.

        Old school D&D. Characters are within a 10’×10’×10′ cube./voxel.
        Play with food = 1 inch cube gelatin becomes 10 foot cube gelatin monster. Gelatin = bone marrow unalive/undead?

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      2. In short Fran the world is vast and chances are slim, so sad was hoping the wyrm would get done in by the cute kitty this time around. (Bubble Popped)

        Thank you for the explaination, learned something to ponder on hmmm

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      1. If im not mistaken when she used the Magic Sword she got from the High Level Demon who was summoned by a low key dungeon master, the sword had a chance to Instakill opponents but the Sea Wyrm had several hearts
        I think it is the same sword that was badly damaged when she tried to fight the beast king.

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  4. Re-reading “Bamboo Blade” Manga.
    There was a girl who is called “Black Cat”, real name Yamada Umeko.

    Manga:
    Volume 13 is Chapter 101.
    Volume 14 is Chapter 102.
    What? A whole Volume for a chapter?

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