Chapter 4:The old man heads to the city of beginnings (2/2)

Part 2

Before heading over to Rumberg, Luna and I travelled on Raptor to a neighboring town where we paid for a caravan that was heading towards our destination. The distance to Rumberg was too far for us to rely on Raptor for any battles that might occur, so I decided to travel there with a caravan instead. For caravans, although we were required to pay a fee, we had escorts that served as our bodyguards during the trip. So our safety during the trip was guaranteed. However the downside was that the caravan travels at a slow pace. Most likely, it would take us two days to arrive at Rumberg.

As I looked back from the carriage, the village could no longer be seen in the distance. When I left the village, one of the people who came to see me off was Nikita. She cried as I was preparing to leave, telling me that she wanted to follow me. She was willing to leave behind her family and the bar to accompany me on my journey. However, I could not allow such a child to abandon her family and their business just to follow me. After trying to convince her for half an hour, she finally gave in and accepted my departure.

After arriving at the town, Luna and I joined the caravan where I was offered a high price for Raptor. Although the amount was tempting, the bond I had with Raptor was priceless and rejected the offer.

I feel that I am starting to become sentimental. Is this because of my age?

[Yuuyaaa. I’mm boreddddd.] (Luna)

While I was lost in thought, Luna was fed up with the journey.

[The trip will only last two days. It won’t be long.] (Yuuya)

[But the trip is boring!!!] (Luna)

Well this caravan is unusually large, and there is a large number of escorts. So its expected that the journey will take quite a while. For a child like Luna, it would be quite a dull trip.

[Well then let me explain to you about what we will be doing when we arrive at Rumberg. We will have to do a bunch of administrative matters, attending classes and meeting other people as well as select our class.] (Yuuya)

[Tell me about the classes!] (Luna)

Luna whose tail looked like it was about to fall asleep became lively as it stood up in anticipation.

[Adventurers are capable of raising their levels by defeating monsters to earn experience points. However, they will be unable to gain experience points unless they have a class. Thus a class has to be chosen before an adventurer can start increasing their levels. Normally the class chosen will be set for life, meaning that the class will be the person’s specialization for the rest of their life. It cannot be changed so it should be chosen carefully.] (Yuuya)

[The status for each classes differ accordingly to their battle styles. There will be a class correction value added to a person’s status depending on their class, adding additional values into various stat parameters. These class correction values added on top of the person’s basic status determines their final status.] (Yuuya)

[Each classes serve a specific role in a party. Generally speaking, there is the vanguard, and the rear guard. Vanguard classes serve as the front line for the party, directly confronting monsters and serving as a wall for the back line whereas the rear guard classes directly attack the monsters as well as cover the front line.] (Yuuya)

[Easy to understand. Luna wants to be a vanguard! Youya gave me a dagger, I want to use it!] (Luna)

Truth be told, Luna is suited to be in the front lines.

Back when I was playing the game, Beastmen were characters that were only NPCs and unusable for players. It was possible to become friends with NPCs, and the characteristics for NPCs was discovered. Beastmen had increased physical capabilities whereas their magical abilities were decreased. These were stat corrections that are well suited for the vanguard.

[Since you want to be a part of the vanguard, I will explain the different classes for the vanguard. Generally, the vanguard have weak magical capabilities but high physical capabilities. The common classes are Warrior, Fighter and Thieves. Warriors specialize in attacking and defending, with high values in their Attack and Defensive parameters. However, as a result their Speed parameters are decreased. Fighters specialize in hand-to-hand combat, having higher Attack parameters and Speed but only to a limited extent. Thus, even if they equip powerful weapons or strong armor, their overall capabilities does not change that much. On the other hand, Thieves have high Speed parameters but their Defense and Attack parameters are decreased. In exchange, they are given special class skills called Exploration Skills.] (Yuuya)

[eehhhh.] (Luna)

Luna looked as if her brain was overloaded and unable to take in the information. She tilted her head as she tried to understand the information and failed.

[Youya~, are there any other classes?] (Luna)

[There is another class called Magic Knight. It is a class that has a high Attack parameter and is the only class capable of using magic.] (Youya)

[That’s the class! It looks like the strongest class to take!] (Luna)

[I am going to stop you right here. That class is out of the question for you. Although it is a class with high Attack parameters and capable of casting magic, that class has a lower Defense parameter as well as physical capabilities as compared to the other classes. It can’t use Wall either. And although magic can be used, the spells it can used are limited to Intermediate tier. Intermediate magic is far weaker than Advanced magic used by Magic Casters in the back lines. Magic Knights are capable of using offensive magic as well as supportive magic, but they can’t cast recovery magic, making their supportive magic far inferior to a normal healer. It is a class capable of doing everything, yet it is weaker than every other class. It is merely a half-baked profession that can’t be used in any role.] (Yuuya)

The job of the vanguard is to protect the rear guard, while the rear guard covers the vanguard. Magic knights are unable to act as a shield for the rear guard due to its low defensive capabilities as well as the inability to use Wall. However even if the magic knights was delegated to the rear guard, it is merely an inferior magician. In that case it would be better to choose a full-fledged Magician. Thus magic knights are looked down upon as a weak class and no parties will be willing to accept them into their party.

[I understand. Only choose from Thief, Warrior and Fighter. Hey Yuuya..] (Luna)

Luna dropped on all fours, and crawled towards me while looking me dead in the eyes.

[What class do you want Luna to pick? I want to serve Youya. I want to be useful to you.] (Luna)

What is this girl doing? Telling me that she wants to serve me with such a cute face.

Well if it’s a class I would like…

[If it’s a class I want in my party, it would be a Thief. Venturing into the dungeons become more convenient if our party has a person with exploration skills.] (Yuuya)

[I understand, then when we arrive at Rumberg, I will choose the Thief class. Then I can be useful to you!] (Luna)

 [Yeah, I would be happy if you did so. I very much would like you to be the Thief in my party.] (Youya)

*Bun**Bun* Luna’s ears fluttered up and down.

[Pleasing Yuuya is my number one joy!] (Luna)

She’s a good kid isn’t she.

Although what is with her choice of words? Is she sure that she doesn’t remember anything?

Anyway, I am glad that I gave this girl a dagger back in the village.

Thieves typically utilize daggers as their main weapons, thus their attacking capabilities are naturally lower as compared to a normal sword. Especially with her compatibility with daggers, I felt that Luna was well-suited to being a Thief. My thoughts were interrupted by the sight of a town appearing in the distance.

[Hey Luna, look outside the window.] (Yuuya)

[Hmm? What’s outside?] (Luna)

Luna opened the windows and tried to squeezed her head out of the window. Her fox ears fluttered in the wind as she stuck her head outside.

[Ah! I can see a large city. It is soooo much bigger than the village Yuuya was in! And the wall surrounding it is so large too!] (Luna)

[That’s our destination. It’s the beginning town of Rumberg.] (Yuuya)

Rumberg is not just the beginning town for adventurers. It is essentially the essence of the country. The country itself revolves around the nurturing of adventurers, and most adventurers start out here to get their classes before becoming actual adventurers.

Although there are other beginning towns for adventurers, there is an important reason why I chose this popular town. Based on my memories of the previous life, there is a hidden room in one of the dungeons here which fixes the level bonus for all stats to the maximum, 3 points per level. Finally, I can free myself from my cursed status.

As I was staring at Luna’s fox tail shaking back and forth rapidly, Luna pulled her head back into the carriage.

[Yuuya, what class are you choosing?] (Luna)

[Magic Knight.] (Yuuya)

[Eh? But didn’t you tell me that Magic Knights had the weakest class?] (Luna)

[Yes I did, and it’s the truth. Magic knights have the weakest class regardless of their role. They are too fragile for the front line, and too weak for the rear guard. It is the class that can do everything but can’t do anything. It is the weakest class. If the person wasn’t me.] (Yuuya)

Even when I was playing the game, the main player base had deemed Magic Knight to be the weakest class without a doubt. Although they were given recognition for the fact that they were able to cast supportive magic, it wasn’t anything too spectacular.

That is, until the Level Reset function was discovered. When it was discovered that a person’s level could be reset, another hidden feature was discovered.

That feature, was given the name “Magic Customization”.

As a result of that feature, the Magic Knight’s popularity rose tremendously. It was the class that had the potential to become the strongest in the hands of a skilled player.

However, because of this, more people avoided inviting magic knights into their party. The class popularity grew as more people wanted to try out the class. As a result, there were many Magic knights who were still weaker than an average player using a common class. It was basically a gamble, and Magic knights was an all-in.

[Well even if the class is weak, Yuuya is still strong!] (Luna)

I am glad that Luna was just being Luna. If it was anyone else, I would had been abandoned on the spot.

I am lucky for the presence called Luna.

We were about to arrive at the city.

Now, is truly the start of my second round.

 

Chapter 4: The old man heads to the city of beginnings (1/2)

Yesterday, I traveled into a wild cave dungeon in search of a hidden room that was capable of resetting a person’s level. In that same room, there was a girl around the age of 13 encased in a giant crystal. After releasing her from the crystal, I brought her home where we discovered that she suffered from amnesia. Unable to recall her name, she requested for me to name her. Now, that girl is called Luna.

She was satisfied with her name, saying that it was a cute name. I should probably avoid letting her know that I got the name from a meat pie.

Fast forward to the next morning, I am sleeping soundly in my own bed. Originally, the plan was to have Luna sleep on the bed while I slept on the sofa. However, Luna was so adamant about sleeping together that she even crawled onto the sofa while I was sleeping. In the end, I carried her to the bed and got into the bed together with her. After I got into the bed, I turned my back towards her and fell asleep. This girl is either really shameless or just outright bold, wanting to sleep with a man that she had just met the very same day.

Could it be that all girls her age are this bold?

Well, regardless of her behavior, she wasn’t an ordinary girl. She was a girl whom I found encased in a crystal and suffered from amnesia. If anything, she was far from ordinary. Not to mention the crystal she was trapped in was located in a hidden room within a random wild dungeon. Even if coincidentally the entrance to the room was discovered by an adventurer, the person would have to satisfy the requirement to unlock the room. Any adventurer who was level 50, would not have discovered the room as the dungeon level was estimated to be around level 30. Thus, for someone to locate the hidden room, they would require information about the room beforehand. Anyone who had access to such information is definitely not normal. If the person who located the room wasn’t normal, there is no doubt that the person trapped inside is not normal too.

At this point, I am fairly certain that Luna was a special existence. The very fact that she was a Fox Beastman is proof enough. Foxes didn’t exist in this world, and that confused me when I first discovered her. However, once I remembered the memories of my past life, I could determine that her ears and tail resembled a fox. Well that is still a superficial reason though. Truth was I wanted to be in the same party as Luna. My instincts were telling me that this girl must not left alone. As a veteran adventurer, the more experience you have, the harder it is to ignore your intuition.

For breakfast, we ate some preserved food that was stored at home for emergencies. After breakfast, we waited outside the front door as I was expecting a carriage to arrive. After waiting for several minutes, a carriage could be seen turning the corner before arriving at my doorstep.

Initially, I planned to leave this village and return to the countryside. However, I only intended to bring the essentials as well as my valuable magic items such as my Magic bag (Capacity:Large) and my Magic Sword. It was a routine for adventurers who were changing their base of operations or retiring to sell off their furniture and other items to merchants in the area. In my case, it was the latter. This was a well-accepted practice as it allowed the adventurer to earn a large sum of money while the merchant obtained excellent second-hand goods that were more likely to be beneficial to the merchant either for resale purposes or for quality of life purposes as items that are picked up from dungeons are generally classified as Magic items.

When I was an adventurer, I had obtained many valuable items from venturing into the dungeons. Although there weren’t any intentions to use most of the items, it was the norm to hoard as much items as possible as there was a chance for the items to be useful in the future. This does not mean that I did not sell any Magic items as there were still items that were useless for adventurers. I sold many items on the marketplace in my time, however the stockpile that I possessed had never diminished as they were always replenished whenever I entered into a dungeon.

I kept valuable items such as my Magic Sword and Magic Bag as they were rare items that almost never appear on the marketplace. These types of items are worth a fortune, however they were not items that could easily be obtained by having money.

Normally, I would deliver the goods to the merchant using my Magic Bag as it was capable of storing up to 100 kilograms of items, however as I was also selling heavier items such as furniture, my Magic Bag wasn’t able to store all the items, thus I had to ask the merchant to collect the items personally using a carriage.

[Good morning, Yuuya-san. As we agreed, I am here to pick up the goods.] (Merchant)

[Oyassan, I leave the collection to you, the items are all in the living room.] (Yuuya)

The merchant proceeded to collect all the items that I had prepared in the living room and loaded them onto his carriage.

[Yosh, that’s the last of them. As far as I can tell, all the items that we agreed on are present. Here’s the payment.] (Merchant)

The merchant handed over a small pouch as well as the parchment detailing the transaction. As I was about to sign the parchment, I spotted an item in the corner of my eye.

[Oyassan, sorry but could I keep that dagger?] (Yuuya)

[Well it’s just one dagger. The goods that you sold me were mostly first-class items. That one dagger doesn’t matter that much. Go ahead. I’ll let it slide as a sign of our friendship.] (Merchant)

[Thank you.] (Yuuya)

The merchant returned the dagger that I asked for and I took the dagger graciously. After being an adventurer for decades, this was the second best dagger I have ever come across.

Its name was Bazerato.

It’s a lightweight dagger that was crafted from the Fang of a monster. It inherited its offensive properties and durability from the monster it belonged to, possessing offensive capabilities and a durability that was on par to a normal long sword despite being a dagger.

For your information, I kept the best dagger in a compartment on my breastplate for emergencies such as my Magic Sword breaking in the middle of combat. I kept it there instead of my Magic Bag as the few seconds required to find the dagger in my bag is a matter of life or death in the midst of combat. It wa also useful for other situations outside of combat.

[Here Luna, take this dagger.] (Yuuya)

I passed Bazerato to Luna.

[This dagger looks expensive.. Yuuya I can’t take this dagger, I don’t have any money on me.] (Luna)

Sigh this girl. She couldn’t just receive the dagger without any worries can she.

[The money doesn’t matter. If you want to be an adventurer, you will pay me with your body.] (Youya)

So long as you work hard as my party member, that much is fine.

[Huh? Okay.. If that is fine with you. I don’t remember anything so it’s my first time. I don’t have any experience so I’ll try my best!] (Luna)

Luna’s face started to turn red as she started fidgeting around. The tip of her tail was sweeping the ground as it moved back and forth.

[Eh? You? To such a small child?] (Merchant)

[Sigh. Please don’t cause any misunderstandings. And you of all people should know that I will never lay a hand on a child. Luna, I meant that you will be working as an adventurer to pay back the money.] (Yuuya)

[Phew. Then I will do my best! Together with Bazerato!] (Luna)

Luna seems to be excited about using Bazerato. It’s a good thing that she has taken a liking to it. Based on her body structure, it would had been difficult for her to handle a normal sword. So it was best for her to utilize a short dagger which is easier to use. Bazerato is a powerful dagger because it does not have any level requirement, meaning that even a level 1 adventurer could equip it. Although the dagger itself is powerful, I need to remember to teach her how to properly handle the dagger as well as sword techniques.

[Anyway, it appears that you have picked up another brat again. You never change even as time passes by huh.] (Merchant)

[Well that is how I am, I can’t help it.] (Yuuya)

My relationship with the merchant goes back to my adventuring days. Back in those days, I was a relatively well-known adventurer. Once, I had participated in a quest to rescue an Elven village from pillagers. We were both in the same group and in the end, the quest was successful with us managing to save a bunch of elven girls from being kidnapped. Among those elven girls, was Phil.

The clothes that Luna is wearing now were the exact same clothes I gave to Phil that day. Phil grew up as an adventurer, in the same party as me, alongside Leonard who is revered as hero in the current era. The same party that I had abandoned.

[Well then I wish you guys good luck in your future endeavors. Oh before I leave, remember to sign the parchment.] (Merchant)

After quickly revising the contents of the parchment and the pouch, I signed the parchment and returned the parchment to the merchant.

[Now then, I hope to see you again, Yuuya.] (Merchant) 

[You too. Oyassan. I wish your business runs smoothly. Isn’t it time for you to leave the business to your son?] (Yuuya)

[Don’t be crazy. I am still up and active you know. Different from a certain someone.] (Merchant)

I smiled bitterly at the merchant’s retort. I forgot that I told him I was retiring today. However, my retirement plans ended yesterday. Now I will be restarting my adventures.

 

Chapter 3: The old man who picked up a girl (3/3)

In the end, the girl ate about 70% of the meat pie and was drinking her milk deliciously.

 

[So did you remember anything about yourself?] (Yuuya)

 

The girl shook her head.

 

[Sorry, none at all.] (Girl)

[Sigh I figured as much.] (Yuuya)

 

I expected this to happen. If it was this easy to remember lost memories, amnesia would not be a serious condition.

That’s why I am going to give the girl three options.

 

[From now on, you have three options. First, you can leave this house and survive on your own] (Yuuya)

 

The girl started to cry as I gave her the first option. She was a cute girl who had no memories and nobody to rely on. If she were to be left alone in the world, she will be in danger. The world is not so gentle that a little girl like her would be able to survive by herself. In addition, there will be many men who will be looking to chase after her, especially slave traders who would earn quite a price showcasing a new species of demihuman.

 

[Could you please tell me the other 2 options?] (Girl)

 

The girl is surprising perceptive, instead of crying about the first option she was able to positively ask about the other two options.

 

[Second, with my recommendation, I can get you a job at a local bar.] (Yuuya)

 

The owner of the bar was always complaining about the lack of personnel. If I introduced her to him, I am sure he would be pleased so long as she was a competent worker. This could also increase the sales of the bar by having two showgirls instead of one.

 

  [Bar..?] (Girl)

  [Do you know what’s a bar?] (Yuuya)

  [Yes. It is a place where people go to drink and eat.] (Girl)

 

It appears that even though she lost her memory, she still retains the basic knowledge and common sense of this world.

Come to think of it, the reason why I managed to remember my memories was because she kissed me back in that room. It is pretty unfortunate that the person who helped me remembered ended up forgetting.

 

[Don’t worry. The father who owns the bar is a good person. He has a daughter about your age called Nikita. They will definitely welcome you with open arms so long as you try your best and don’t cause any trouble there.] (Yuuya)

 

Although I was introducing her to the bar, the introduction would be useless if she wasn’t a competent worker and caused more harm than good.

 

[I see.. It is definitely much better than the first option. May I know the last option?] (Girl)

 

[The last option is to be an adventurer together with me. Earn a living by getting items from dungeons or searching for treasure chests. Well since we are both level one, it would be as if we were a novice party starting from scratch.] (Yuuya)

 

It sounded less ridiculous in my head. Normally I would never invite a person to my party without accessing their abilities first. I also know firsthand how dangerous it is to allow incompetent members into my party. However, I felt that I needed to be in a party with this girl for some reason. In addition, there is a chance that she is an event character outside of my previous life’s knowledge. If that was the case I would definitely like to keep her close to me. However.

 

[Obviously this option is much more dangerous than the second. It is also a fact that it would be difficult for a young girl like you to be in the same starting party as an old man. So I do not plan to force you onto any decision. You have to make the choice yourself. Choose any of the options you deem fit.] (Yuuya)

 

The girl started to consider her options. With the lack of knowledge about the outside world, this decision could be considered harsh to force onto her. Irregardless, 9 out of 10 people would choose the bar. It is the safest route without any risks to the person’s life.

 

[I choose to be an adventurer. I will try my best to be a good adventurer!] (Girl)

[May I ask the reason why?] (Youya)

[Uhh.. I am afraid of being alone.. I don’t know anything about the man at the bar but I know that you are a good person!] (Girl)

 

Because I am a good person… huh. Her trust in me is feels overwhelming to be honest.

 

[It also looks like the most fun option!] (Girl)

[Hahaha so that’s it.] (Yuuya)

 

Her response was so unexpected that I couldn’t help but laugh. An adventurer actively seeking adventure for the sake of enjoyment. That is the number one quality that all adventurers should have. Or rather, it is the best quality an adventurer can have. An adventurer who seeks enjoyment in adventuring the unknown is an adventurer who can truly call themselves as one.

 

[Then it is decided. We will leave the village at dawn tomorrow and travel to a dungeon that is better suited for our levels.] (Yuuya)

 

The dungeon in this village was too difficult for a level one party to attempt. Even though my level was reset, it doesn’t qualify me as the strongest yet. I still require time to train and increase my levels before I can truly become the strongest.

 

[Our destination will be Rumberg. It is a town for adventurers who are just starting out and there is also a facility that allows us to choose our class.] (Yuuya)

 

Rumberg is a town considered sacred by all adventurers as that is everyone’s starting point. The town contains a facility that allows a person to choose a class such as Warrior and Magician. Such a facility would never be present in a small village like this. In addition, there is a secret room in one of the dungeons there that fixes a person’s stat increments to three points every levels. It is a room that I definitely want to go before I grind out my levels.

 

[Okay I understand. Sounds fun.] (Girl)

[Let’s rest until our departure tomorrow. I am tired now. You sleep on the bed and I sleep on the sofa] (Yuuya)

[Hmm? Not together on the bed?] (girl)

[Only lovers sleep together on the same bed, we should not sleep on the same bed.] (Youya)

[Really? I don’t mind if it is you though!] (Girl)

[I am an old man you know. I will not and never plan to lay a hand on a girl as young as you. Do I look like a paedophile to you?] (Yuuya)

[Nope! I just thought that all men were like that] (Girl)

[You… are you sure you don’t remember anything?] (Yuuya)

 

For a cute girl to say such outrageous things, I am starting to doubt she hasn’t recalled anything at this point. Sigh. Whatever, I am tired. I couldn’t even think of laying a hand on a child.

I lie on the sofa and turn my back towards her.

 

[Hey Yuuya~] (Girl)

[What. I am tired] (Yuuya)

[I want a name. I don’t want you to call me You You You everyday from now on. It would be more convenient to give me a name.] (Girl)

[A name huh. I didn’t think of that… What about Luna?] (Yuuya)

 

I could not think of any names to give her. The only thing of was the meat pie that she ate earlier. It was a specialty of a bar and it had the same name as the shop.

 

[It’s a cute name! I like it! From now on, my name is Luna!] (Luna)

 

Well looks like shes satisfied with the name. I am glad she likes it

 

[Well then, now that you got your name, its time to sleep] (Yuuya)

 

We have to wake up early tomorrow, and as adventurers we should rest up as much as we can.

 

 

Chapter 3: The old man who picked up a girl (2/3)

Turning my head around the room, I saw a blue vortex hidden behind the statue.

The magical vortex was a teleportation device which only appeared in the deepest area of the dungeon and anything that enters it will be teleported back to the entrance of the dungeon.  This was convenient as adventurers who enter dungeons for hunting items can escape the cave with lesser baggage than they had when entering the dungeon. It is especially dangerous to retrace one’s steps after travelling this deep into a dungeon considering the fact that all consumables would likely be depleted at this point.

In my case.

The situation was worse, as my level was reset to one.

If I came back the way I entered, I would die one hundred percent of the time.

I jumped into the vortex while carrying the girl, and felt the sensation of being teleported to another location.

Leaving the dungeon is easy, but the hard part has yet to come. The path to the village is filled with demons about level 20. I have to remember to avoid them at all cost.

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Well I made it home safely.

I placed Raptor in a stable and pampered him for awhile. I pet him and fed him a lot of water as thanks for his hard work. Thanks to his hard work, we barely managed to make it back to the village.

We encountered multiple demons on the way back as expected. I thought that Raptor would be able to outrun the demons easily. However, I forgot to account for the girl as his movements became much slower and we were nearly caught multiple times. I had even considered throwing the girl as bait for us to escape, but luckily it never came to that.

 

[Well now what do I do with this sleeping beauty.] (Yuuya)

 

It would be simple for me if i could just pushed her into an orphanage in the village, but judging by her looks, she seems to be about 13 or 14 years old. It would be impossible as the orphanage only takes children up to the age of 12. I myself was raised in the orphanage and kicked out when I was 12. As long as her age is unknown, it is impossible to give her to the orphanage.

Sigh, if only the girl was capable of surviving on her own. It is likely that she wouldn’t survive on her own since she had been encased in the crystal until I found her.

Well no point thinking too hard about it, I’ll just ask her about it afterwards. While waiting for her to wake up, I left the house in search of dinner.

You know what they say. Days where you don’t have time to drink, are days you enjoy a special meat pie.

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Night came and the girl was still sleeping soundly.

I was planning on waiting until the girl woke up, but my hunger started to take over as I lit a fire in the furnace and began heating up the meat pie in the oven. A delicious smell resonated throughout the house as the meat pie started to heat up.

*grrgrrgrr*

Suddenly I heard the sound of a stomach rumble. However it wasn’t mine, but the girl’s stomach.

 

[You finally woke up?] (Yuuya)

 

The girl finally woke up. She had one hand grabbing the towel I used to cover her body and her ears twitched back and forth. It was a gesture just like a pet, and it was extremely cute.

 

[Uncle.. Who?] (Girl)

[Uncle is an adventurer. My name is Yuuya. I picked you up in a dungeon that I visited. What about you? Whats your name?] (Yuuya)

[Me..? I’m….uhhh…who?] (Girl)

 

The girl started to scratch her head and wobbled back and forth. It looked as if she was a bubblehead. I expected this could happen as she appears to have amnesia. It was the worst case possible for her as she would not be able to survive alone in this harsh world.

 

[Well this uncle doesn’t know either. For the time being, let’s have dinner. You are hungry aren’t you?] (Yuuya)

 

I took out the hot meat pie from the oven and cut it. Afterwards I took out two wooden mugs and prepared cheap ale for myself to drink while preparing milk for the girl.

I placed the mugs and the meat pie on the table.

The girl noticed the food and walked over to the table sloppily, although she seems to be wary of me. Her eyes seem to be inspecting me as well as the food on the table

 

[Uncle, can this be eaten?] (Girl)

[Yes it is. It was too big for me to finish by myself so I cut it for us to share.] (Yuuya)

 

The girl inspected the meat pie carefully before sniffing it. After seemingly confirming it was safe to eat, the girl picked up the meat pie and bit into its contents. Her eyes started to quiver and shone brightly. Her whole body was shaking and her tail moved back and forth furiously.

It was extremely cute.

 

[Is it delicious?] (Yuuya)

[Yes! It is extremely delicious!!] (Girl)

[Hahaha that’s good. Eat up then. There is plenty more for us to eat in the kitchen.] (Yuuya)

 

Watching the girl eat the meat pie so wholeheartedly made me hungry as I picked up a slice.

This scene made me realize, how soft-hearted I have become.

Back in the days, I was only trying to survive. I was so desperate that I had never looked out for others. Most likely, I would had abandoned even this cute little girl for my own life.

However, I became an exclusive adventurer and learnt to nurture the new generation. When I realize that I could use my own power to save the lives of others, I felt a new sense of joy that I had never felt before.

Ah wait a minute

At this rate she’s going to finish the meat pie

Hey the meat pie is for me too.

Don’t finish everything by yourself!!

Sigh do all girls her age eat like this??

Chapter 3: The old man who picked up a girl (1/3)

Level reset.

The Phenomenon that allows a person to reset their level back to one, with additional benefits. Their status will be reset to the values it had when the person was level one, with a boost of 10 points to all stats. An average person gains about 2 points to all stats per level, equating to a total of 98 points when they hit the level cap at 50. In comparison to the values lost to gained these 10 points, it may be insignificant. However, what made these points significant was the fact that they were bonuses, and whenever that person who manages to hit level 50, they will have an additional 10 points above everyone else.

In addition, the person will be granted an additional 20 skill points. One skill point is granted every level, leading to an additional 20 levels in terms of skill points above everyone else. Both these factors give an overwhelming advantage for someone who is aiming for the top.

[Although, it isn’t a laughing matter for a 36 years old man to be level 1. Normally, an adventurer who is level 1 enters a dungeon for the first time at an age of 11. If that is the case, they would achieve level 50 by the age of 27. Following this rate, I would already be 52 years old by the time I achieve level 50..] (Yuuya)

Although I know that won’t happen. When I started adventuring, I was just a mere adventurer who was trying to earn a living. I was desperate to stay alive back then. I couldn’t just throw my life away seeking adventures, there were many things I had to do besides becoming stronger. However, more than anything, I was completely clueless back then and had to learn everything from scratch.

The adventuring life is not a kind one. Adventurers are competing for resources, hunting the same monsters in the same dungeons for the same items. Even completing quests that are the same just to earn a living. So newcomers are often left in the dark as veterans wouldn’t teach the art of adventuring to beginners in order to secure as much resources for themselves as possible.

Back when I was an exclusive adventurer, I was one of the minority who were willing to show the ropes to beginners. I wasn’t too concerned about sharing the limited resources and took on the responsibility of mentoring new adventurers. Another reason why veterans avoided teaching beginners was the fact that it was just outright annoying. Newcomers had to be helped with everything and because even simple mistakes could had dire consequences. Strict supervision and multiple checks were required.

However, that is not the case for me right now.

I am not new to the adventuring lifestyle nor will I make simple mistakes. I have a large amount of savings as well as the equipment necessary to keep myself safe. In other words, I have the experience accumulated in this world from my first round, as well as the memories of my past life. With these, it wouldn’t even take me three years to achieve level 50. After that, I will challenge the Tower of Trials.

However.. Before any of that..

[What am I supposed to do with this girl..?] (Yuuya)

Whether it was my experience living in this world or my past life’s memories, I have never seen nor heard about a girl who was trapped in a giant crystal. She looks just like an event character, but I don’t recall an event where a girl was trapped in a gigantic crystal back in the game. Such an event didn’t exist in the game. Now that I have the memories of my past life, I can tell that the girl has the tail and ears of a fox as foxes didn’t exist in this world.

There were many demihumans that existed in this world. Dog-kin , Cat-kin, Elves, Dwarves and dragonoids. However, fox-kins were not one of them.

Well regardless, I should take her away from this room. If I were to leave a defenseless girl in the middle of a dungeon like this, I would feel guilty for the rest of my life. She probably didn’t need to eat any meals when she was trapped in the crystal, but now that she isn’t, what’s there to say that she didn’t need nutrition to survive? If she were to leave the room in search for food, and got attacked by a demon, there would be no one to help her.

I took the mantle that was used to cover her body and wrapped her instead, and started carrying her.

Heavy.

The weight wasn’t from her body, evidently by her small stature but rather the level reset has reduced my strength significantly. It has become much more difficult to perform intensive activities just due to my decrease in stats.

I smiled to myself.

I am glad to have this heavy body.

It is proof that I will be able to become stronger from now on.