Volume 1 Chapter 2

Extinction. Tiera said so.

That the High Human race was extinct.

“…Then, there won’t be any of the human race around?”

“No, humans are still around. You saw the knights a little while ago.”

“Really!?”

Shin had misunderstood about the Human extinction and involuntarily retorted.

“It’s the High Humans that went extinct, not the humans.”

“What’s the difference?”

“It is different. The High Human race consisted of 6 people who formerly ruled the Redmond continent. Even 10,000 humans couldn’t win against them. Their strength was in another dimension.”

“The continent was ruled by 6 people?”

Shin remembered there was place that was ruled by 6 people. He had a feeling that he heard such an episode before.

“Can you explain more in detail?”

“Even though most people know this, all right then. I’ll tell you. In the past, around 500 years ago, there were the High Humans who once ruled the continent. Though they were only 6 people, other races couldn’t do anything to them because of their overwhelming power.”

“…………”

“However, their domination was suddenly ended.”

“Ended?”

“Yes, ended. Not only the High Humans but many other races such as High Elves, High Lords, High Beasts, and High Dwarfs have disappeared. Many influential people like Kings, Elders, Heroes, and Generals disappeared as well. It’s said that it was a sudden disappearance. According to master, numerous influential and strong men disappeared. The day of disappearance happened was called the ‘Dusk of the Majesty’”

“The Dusk of the Majesty…”

“It is said that all High Humans disappeared at that time. And there were only 6 of them.”

Sudden disappearance. Shin had a theory about that.

The phenomenon which caused many people to disappear.

(It’s that day. The day when I defeated ‘Origin’, and everyone logged out. There is no conclusive evidence, but ‘Dusk of the Majesty’ might be the result from that day.)

Kings, Heroes, and Elders would probably be guild masters. Tens of thousands of people were expected to be released from the game. Shin didn’t know the exact number, but there were at least 10 thousand people stuck in the game. It probably looked like a sudden disappearance for the people in this world.

(To think that the 6 High Humans had ruled the continent before that…)

Shin finally understood. 6 of the High Human race. Without a doubt…

(It’s…us…)

When THE NEW GATE was still a good VRMMO and before it turned into a death game, there was a guild which was said to be the strongest in THE NEW GATE.

The guild was named ‘Rokuten’ as it was formed by the 6 High Humans. The small guild defeated major guilds one by one in THE NEW GATE, until its name was known to all players in just one month. They had a reputation of ‘PK’ing players who tried to oppose them. (T/N: I used the romaji name, Rokuten『六天』 not ‘Devas’ in the manga, Rokuten means six heavens/six skies)

Shin was a former member of Rokuten at the beginning. Back then, it was stupid to choose the human race when playing for the first time. Human were despised by other races and Shin had a dark history because of that.

Needless to say, all member were composed of High Humans and had almost maxed stats. Even the weakest member had HP and MP maxed, while the rest of the players averaged around 900 for their stats.

While in competition with every other major guild, the battles that took place looked unbelievable as it was 6 people against thousands of people. At that time, each field was burnt up by an expanding wide-range fire magic. The leader who was surprised got ambushed and it was settled.

Since then, no one dared to provoke the Rokuten guild. Even the ones to hold derision against human had decreased. Not only was the combat power of High Human shown, their unusual magic resistance was also demonstrated. Most magic didn’t have effect on them. Moreover, Poisons, Paralysis, Confusion, Enchanting, Burn, Frostbite, Confusion, Petrifaction, all of them were ineffective against a High Human. Besides, it only took a few second for them to completely cure their bodies.

It was rather fortunate (or unfortunate) that only Shin among the Rokuten got stuck in the death game. At least three months or more could be reduced if another person from Rokuten was there, thought Shin.

“…………”

“What’s wrong? Why are you suddenly silent?”

“No, it’s nothing. Do you mind if we change the topic to the currency?”

Shin felt he would be digging his own grave if he continued to talk about High Humans, so he deliberately changed the topic to the currency, which they talked about before.

“No, it’s alright. Is this the currency you have been using?”

“Yes.”

“Ah, to be able to bring out such valuable item, maybe you being a High Human isn’t a lie after all.”

Apparently Tiera didn’t believe that Shin was a High Human.

While sighing, Tiera took the gold coin and looked at it. She seemed to be confirming whether it was genuine.

And Shin doubted what Tiera’s meant by ‘valuable’.

“Is is valuable? It‘s only 1 G though.”

1 Geyl was equivalent to 1 Yen in the game. If converted, it’s value would be worth 1/1000 Yen in reality. It was the lowest currency in the game. Incidentally, Shin’s Item Box contained one hundred million Geyl. It was a mystery, as why it was displayed ‘G’ as ‘Geyl’ not ‘Gold’ with the gold coin.

“The Geyl gold coin is often abbreviated to G gold coin. However, now it’s hard to obtain. You might not know this, but the Geyl gold coin is a magic item that can amplify magic. It is occasionally found in ruins. When a Geyl gold coin gets exhibited in auctions, it can reach a billion Jul or even more. The Jul is the current commonly used currency on how many J gold coin or how many J silver coin…J means to be used as a method of counting. (T/N: 1 J gold coin = 1,000,000 J and 1 J silver coin = 10,000 J. E.g. If you have 2 J gold coins and 87 J silver coins, you’ll have a total 2,870,000 J)

“So this one is worth 1 billion…”

“A magician would kill to get even one as the price is enormous and most can’t afford it. Though master had shown me one, it is my first time to seeing any other than that. After all, 1 billion is the minimum amount you can get, the price can reach 10 times more than that.”

“For this one Geyl gold coin to be worth that much…by the way, how often it can be found?”

“Rarely, but I can’t say. Even when new ruins were discovered, the chances of finding it were still very low.”

“Is that so? Look like I have to be careful when buying goods.”

Shin thought about converting it to increase his funds, but he canceled it after realizing how valuable it was.

“That’s a wise decision, but you are doing it just now.”

“That’s an awful joke. However, I will be careful next time.”

“Are you going to sell something? I told you I’d buy if you have good materials or items.”

“Well, how about this?”

Shin took out item cards, which he got whilst traveling, from the Item Box. In the game, it was possible to change an item into a card. It was the same in this world, too. The materials turned into cards automatically and could even be stored in the Item Box. Once the item became a card, a picture of the item was drawn on the card. The card could be materialized anytime.

Shin put his item cards on the counter. The item cards varied from Tetra Grizzly, Twinhead Snake, Flame Boar, and their fangs, claws, furs, meats and so forth to raw materials such as sparkling jewels.

In the game, the materials can be sold and processed in various places. The jewel would especially fetch a high price, because it was able to give attributes or additional effects to equipment and weapons, and only if it was done by blacksmiths. Jewels could be found as monsters drop them after being killed, though the drops’ probability are low. The jewels which Shin showed were Grade 7, which was the lowest grade.

“Item cards…”

“Hmm? What is it? Is there something strange?”

“No, if you have an Item Box, this is natural, isn’t it? Though I don’t know if you already know this, so I’ll say it just in case. Because an item card is also expensive to a certain degree, it’s better not to take them out recklessly.”

“It’s troublesome. Should I purposely treat them as the materials?”

“That’s the normal way! You are really weird!”

“Ah, I see… I see. I understand, so please calm down.”

“Mou~, you made me mad again.”

While saying that, Tiera still focused on doing her job. She materialized the item cards and began to appraise them. Even though she was surprised, she still knew how to use the item cards.

“From Tetra Grizzly to Twinhead Snake and Flame Boar. Not only are these materials of ferocious monsters, none of these monsters can be found unless you go deep into the woods. Just what kind of person are you?”

“I just defeated them on my way here. The fight was not so ferocious as you described though.”

“But it takes several knights to kill one monster…well whatever, as long as you defeated them. I’m not that surprise after all that occurred before.”

It seemed that the monsters were unexpectedly dangerous. Shin had thought they were beginner monsters.

“Well, don’t worry about it. Leaving that aside, how are the items?”

“That’s right. The raw materials are still in a good state due to the materialization of the card. The material’s price would be 1 J gold coin and 27 J silver coins, so the total would be 1,270,000 J. The jewel is Grade 7 with a high purity, so the price is 25 J gold coins, so the price is 25,000,000 J. All together would be 26,270,000 J.

“I don’t know whether it’s expensive or cheap due to the conversion of currency…”

“It’s a little less than the original price, but the price of jewels can go up and down depending on the market. This grade and purity is usually worth about 20,000,000 ~ 23,000,000 J.

“Oh, I’m lucky. I gained more than 2,000,000 J.”

“How is it? If you are fine with the price, I’ll buy it.”

“It is my pleasure. I’ll sell it. Thank you. And I’ll give you this as well.”

While saying that, Shin pointed to the Geyl gold coin on the counter.

“…Is this a joke?”

“Why would it be!?”

“Didn’t you hear me speak a while ago!? A Geyl gold coin is worth billions, no one in their right mind would give it freely in this world.”

“Here.”

Shin pointed at himself.

“Are you sure?…I’m not going to return it even if you ask for it.”

“Yup.”

Tiera quickly grab the Geyl gold coin and held it to her chest. Her eyes were sparkling while looking at the Geyl gold coin. At this time, Shin’s eyes were glued at Tiera’s chest, he was like a sad man’s destiny.

“Ah, it’s like dream come true… a G gold coin…”

Tiera’s expression changed completely to a delighted face with enchanting eyes. Shin suddenly felt a strange seductiveness from her, which caused his cheek to turned slightly red. He was then shaking his head to remove the dirty thought.

“Well, I’m glad you like it. Elves should find it useful since you can use ma――”

“Wait a moment!”

“――gic.”

Tiera interrupted Shin’s speech and stood up abruptly. Her expression had a look of someone who saw something unbelievable.

“…What is it?”

“Just now…did you say elf?”

“Ah, I said it…oh? Wasn’t it elf?”

Shin remembered that the facial feature of elves and High Elves were pointed ears, so he wanted to confirm it…Shin was still puzzled, because it may be a race he never seen before.

“I should look like a cat girl with red hair and black eyes.”

“Cat girl with red hair and black eyes?”

Cat people was one of the popular Beast races among female players and a certain group of male players. There were various derivations in Beast races, as for cat people, there are Persian cat, Calico cat and so forth. In addition, players were divided from their animal model, some players had the same face, arms, tail, wings and many more, while some only a portion of their body.

But in Shin’s eyes, Tiera was a beautiful black-haired and golden-eyed elven girl. There was no cat person, red hair, and black eyes.

“I can only see a beautiful elf girl with black hair and golden eyes in front of me.”

“That…”

He tried to emphasize her beauty, but it seemed she didn’t hear it.

“How? Master already cast illusion magic on me.”

“Illusion magic?”

Speaking of illusion magic, it was usually used to confuse or show hallucinations to the other party. It was a magic that had left a strong impression on Shin, because one of the magic’s users was from Rokuten.

“Uuu…to be exposed like this…”

Tiera was looking down and her face looked like the world was coming to an end. Tiera’s sudden depression caused Shin to desperately try to resolve the situation, since he didn’t know much about her and what caused her to be dejected.

“Um…Tiera?”

“Wha…what is it?”

He intended to talk gently, but Tiera was nervous that it was exaggerated.

“I noticed Tiera is an elf only because it is one of my quality features.”

“Qua…quality?”

“Yes. Illusion magic is the magic that shows hallucinations to and confuses the other party. However, it might be not effective towards the guys who have a strong resistance against magic. Therefore, that’s why I see the true form of Tiera.”

“But…even with strong resistance, for the magic that master cast to be broken…”

Even with Shin’s explanation, Tiera still wore the face that showed disbelief. According to Shin’s memory, Schnee, who was the master of Tiera, was a Lv. 255 High Elf. Furthermore, the magic used was surely strong, because High Elves were a magic specialized type. Though the status couldn’t be compared to Shin’s. Even other High Humans virtually could not match Shin’s stats, so no illusion magic could affect him.

Shin sighed after a long pause.

“Saw it”

“Hmm?”

“You, you saw my true form, right?”

“I saw a beautiful elven girl with black hair and golden eyes, did I make a mistake?”

“…………”

No response. Shin became discouraged and demoralized.

“…Aren’t you scared?”

Shin, who was regretting that he said something strange, heard Tiera’s soft voice. Her voice was like a child who was frightened by something.

“Scared of what?”

Shin immediately relaxed his thoughts and talked in a calm manner.

Still, is he frightening her?

When Tiera said in a trembling voice, Shin remembered one of the Rokuten member’s face.

Shin was proud of the login time he wasted for gamer class as he was having fun. But that member was hospitalized because of his excessive playing time.

The story was confessed during the offline meeting among members. Shin had a feeling that it was the same atmosphere at that time, as now with Tiera.

He was scared that the his true self was known.

But there was no one in Rokuten that cared about such things. Shin remembered that the member was very relieved.

Because there was such a situation, Shin was able to listen to Tiera without feeling shaken and changing expression.

“…You don’t know this either, do you?…Black-haired Elves are the symbol of bad luck.”

Tiera spoke while looking down.

“The symbol of bad luck?”

“Yes, Every elf is born with white hair. As they grow up, it turns gold, silver, green or blue-green colored. Can you believe it? My own hair was originally silver-colored.”

Tiera’s face looked like she was punishing herself.

“But now my hair is black. There is never a time when an elf’s hair turns black.”

“Never turns black?”

“Yes, elves with black hair bring misfortune. It happened to me all the time. Strong monsters suddenly attacked my village many times, and I was expelled from my village because of that.”

“…………”

“I was picked up by master after wandering aimlessly. And this store has a strong barrier to prevent the monsters from attacking. So I have not left this store for more than 100 years.”

“100 years?…That’s a long time.”

“Yes, but since I can live without inconveniencing someone, this is good for me.”

It’s impossible to be good, Shin wanted to shout. To be confined in the store for 100 years could never be good. However, he refrained from saying that, because nothing could be changed even if it was said. He clenched his fists in anger.

Although not even a day had yet passed since their meeting, Shin personally could properly comprehend why he was angry at himself.

“…Tiera, I want to confirm something.”

“…Confirm what?”

“Ah, though Tiera’s hair was originally silver-colored, why is it black-colored now?”

Shin had a feeling that it would give him a hint.

“It suddenly became black-colored on a certain day.”

“Suddenly?”

“Yes, suddenly. I woke up in the morning as usual, and it had become black-colored. I was really scared at that time, as I didn’t understand what had happened.”

As Tiera recalled that time, her body was trembling while hugging herself tight. From Tiera’s explanation, Shin was thinking at full steam for relevant information or knowledge.

“Suddenly, hair color changed…Attacked by monsters…The color of the hair…Changing color characteristic…Monsters…Attacked multiple times…Encountered many times…Possibly strong…The characteristic of color change…Vulnerable to monsters…Such a thing!?”

While Shin murmured something, a moment flashed in Shin’s mind. If his memory was correct, a possible condition was met.

“There…there is a way if the conditions are met!!”

“Eh? What is it?”

Shin was shouting while staring at Tiera. Tiera was shaken by Shin’s sudden shout.

Despite that, Shin’s eyes remained fixed on Tiera.

“I wonder why I had forgotten. However with this…hmm? This is strange, why is the status not displayed? It should be automatic.”

The reason Shin keep staring at Tiera was because he wanted to see her status. If Shin’s prediction was correct, then the status should appear.

“Uhm… ‘Skill Window Open’…Analyze…Analyze…ah, here it is. Display player and monster except when turned off. If I turn this on…”

Shin looked at Tiera again after applying the setting. Tiera felt a little uncertain as Shin was glaring into empty space while moving his finger.

“Okay, now I can see the status. Name, level, race…good…and…Ahhhhhh!!”

Shin, who found what he looked for, unintentionally posed a victory pose. Tiera, who was watching Shin’s eccentricity, stayed on guard.

“Be delighted, Tiera! I just found out what causes your bad luck.”

“Eh?”

“Believe me. I’m sure because the display status appeared. The color of hair changes, the multiple attacks by monsters, they are all caused by 【Cursed Gift】.”

“【Cursed Gift】?”

Tiera was dumbfounded because she didn’t understand its meaning.

【Cursed Gift】 was a curse that suddenly occurred in THE NEW GATE. It was literally bad luck.

Originally, players could obtain 【Title】 or 【Gift】 from regularly clearing the quests. On occasion, support abilities and items could be gained from it. Depending on the 【Title】, stats could be slightly strengthened as more new skills became available.

Then suddenly the 【Cursed Gift】 had fallen to all players. The curse had negative effect such as random status degradation, gained all kind of abnormalities, random encounters with strong, unique monsters and so on. It could only be cured with the magic skill 【Purification】or by using the item 【Holy Water】.

Although the negative effect was random, the players with 【Cursed Gift】had some part of their body turn black. Their status screens also showed an image of a laughing reaper.

Subsequently, Shin had confirmed that there was a laughing reaper shown at Tiera’s status screen.

“Alright, to make this quick, Tiera, I want you to step out from behind the counter and stand at the center of the store.”

“Eh…okay…”

As Shin said that, Tiera stood at the center of the store without much resistance as she was confused at the situation.

“Here I go. Activate 【Purification】!!”

In order to eliminate the curse, Shin extended his right hand toward Tiera and activated his magic skill 【Purification】. Shin acquired the skill that mainly used by a priest due to a certain circumstance.

Golden light began to gather on Shin’s right hand. At the same time, Tiera’s whole body was wrapped in golden light.

“It’s…it’s warm…”

Although Tiera was surprised when she got wrapped in the light, she didn’t feel any danger from the light emitted. Tiera felt comfort and warmth instead, while the purification process took place.

After about 5 minutes, the light gradually dimmed and disappeared.

Even after the light disappeared, the absentminded Tiera took a while to come back to her senses.

“…Was it successful?…”

Muttered Shin as he felt baffled. The laughing reaper’s icon slowly faded on Tiera’s status screen as Shin looked at it. However, the hair that should have returned to its original color, was still mostly black. A silver highlight was seen among the black hair.

The atmosphere between those two became silent for a while, because it was hard to determine whether the curse had disappeared.

“So, how is it?” Tiera asked.

“The curse is gone…it’s…it’s…but…the hair wasn’t completely restored…”

He had a hard time saying it.

“Hair?”

“Ah…I’m sorry, only part of your hair returned to its original color. But just in case, please confirm it.”

Shin said while feeling discouraged. A mirror was taken out from Item Box and passed to Tiera. Tiera snatched the mirror from Shin after she heard the word hair, and held it in front of her.

Tiera’s face was reflected in the mirror. There was a face that never changed. But one portion of her hair changed into a shining silver-color.

It was obviously the color Tiera once had.

“…Sob…sob…”

Tears started to flow down from Tiera’s eyes.

After that, tears started to burst out like a broken dam.

“Uu…sob…uu…”

While wiping her tears with her sleeve, Tiera cried quietly.

And in front of Tiera, there was a man who was totally confused.

Needless to say, it’s Shin, after all.

The girl who cried in front of him was not a little child, but an adult woman, yet due to Shin’s limited reasoning ability, he just remained still in that situation.

“Sob…just a moment…hick…need to…catch my breath…”

“Ah, I understand. Just take it slow.”

Shin passed a towel as he returned to his senses and dragged the chair from by the counter to let Tiera sit while she wept.

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About 5 minutes later, Tiera raised her face from the towel. No tears remained, but her eyes were still red.

“I’m sorry, I’m alright now.”

“Is that so?”

“Why are you using honorifics?”

“No, well. Even though I removed the curse, your hair is mostly unchanged so I felt apologetic for that…”

While Tiera was crying, Shin was afraid that she might get angry again because of the hair.

However, judging from Tiera’s expression, she hadn’t shown any signs of being angry. At this time, Shin became timid. And just a while ago, the position was the exact opposite.

“I’m good about the hair…Please don’t use honorifics towards me. After more than 100 years of having black-colored hair, even if it’s only a little that has returned, I’m glad.”

Tiera smiled and looked very happy as she said that. And all the frightening feelings that Shin had, dissipated after seeing Tiera’s smile.

“Really? I am glad too.”

But, Shin thought. His mother and his younger sister always said that the hair was very important to women. That’s why Shin felt unsatisfactory for her.

“Yes, I’m really good, so don’t worry about it. But is the curse gone for real?”

“Ah, it should be, no doubt about it. I think it will be clear if you go out from the store.”

Since Tiera said it’s good, Shin convinced himself not to fuss about it.

Tiera’s curse, which was random encounters with unique monsters, couldn’t be proven to have disappeared unless she went outside the barrier. Because high level unique monsters couldn’t creep inside the barrier.

THE NEW GATE pursued reality in the game, so unbreakable objects were almost nonexistent. And the player’s stores, like Shin’s, were often aimed at by thieves player.

Therefore, many skills barrier system existed to prevent intrusion to the store. Which were applicable to monsters, too.

“Honestly, it is a little scary. What if the curse wasn’t dispelled?”

“It’s okay. Since I was cured from the curse too.”

“Eh? Eh!! You got cursed too!?”

“Ah, yes, my curse type was random encounters with high level unique monsters too, but I cured it with 【Purification】skill.

When Shin was cursed, the unique monsters thoroughly tried to attack Shin repeatedly, until Shin was tired of it. And there was a time when Shin used them to raise his level.

“Is that so. Then, what was the highest level of monster that has attacked you?”

“Horn Dragon was probably the strongest. I think it was around level 200.”

“Is that the higher rank species of Lesser Dragon?”

“You know?”

“Ah, only a little.”

Horn Dragon was a higher rank species of Lesser Dragon, their size was twice as large and they had horns on their heads. Lesser Dragons were only around Lv. 100, but Horn Dragons were around Lv. 200. Tiera’s level was 57 from what Shin saw in the status screen, so there’s no chance of winning against the dragon.

In THE NEW GATE, the maximum level of a player was 255, and the maximum level of monsters was 1000. It was about four times more than the players. This was solved by reincarnation like Shin or other high level players. Especially Shin, or Rokuten similarly, could easily beat boss monsters and never get tired from it. But even Shin couldn’t let his guard down, as a boss monster was usually Lv. 1000. So Shin didn’t even feel any danger from Lv. 200 unique monsters.

“However, it is said that several elite forces of knights are needed to take on a Horn Dragon.”

“Elite forces? Why do they need the elite group for something like that?”

“Shh..They are the real elite, you know. Did you see a huge rampart next to the store before you came here?”

“Ah, I think I saw it.”

“That’s the reinforced rampart that surrounds the Kingdom of Bayreuth. Well, the captain of the elite force of the knights group in this country is only level 158. And the Horn Dragons are about level 200, so the captain needs 40 more levels to fight it head on. And only those with a screw loose in their head will take on that monster alone, so no one can brag about it.”

“158…that’s…?”

“Yes, it is absurd to even challenges the Kingdom’s no. 2 strongest alone.”

It seems that Tiera thought Shin was surprised by the captain’s high level. But actually, the level was too low. Shin thought it was absurd to have that level. And the level had barely reached the intermediate class in the player’s standards. Particularly, player’s standards like Shin’s.

If a monster that had a higher level than Horn Dragon appeared, it might annihilate two or three countries. Shin thought.

“Well then, let’s leave the store so that we can see whether the curse is gone.”

“Wait, didn’t you hear my story?”

“I heard it. It’s better to find out now if there are any more problems.”

“Not gonna happen. What if a Horn Dragon attacked us?”

“Oh.”

“…….Hey, just to make sure, what is your level?”

“I’m level 255?”

“…………”

Both of them went silent. Shin said it honestly, but it seems that Tiera doubted him.

“Tiera?”

“255…? Same as master?”

“Ah yes, my level is 255, same as Schnee.”

“Really?”

“Yes.”

“Is it really true?”

“It is true.”

“Really hone――”

“Yes! yes! I’ve said it many times!”

“――st…”

The conversation stopped before it became a truth battle.

“Are you able to use 【Analyze】? If you can, then you can see my stats too.”

“I can’t. Only the skill successor can use it.”

“What’s a skill successor?”

“…I begin to doubt your common sense.”

If he was a resident of this world, he would know that too. But Shin, who arrived in this world just a while ago, didn’t know anything about common sense. Rather, he just assumed it was the same as in the game and went with the flow.

“Even if it’s said to be common sense, I do not understand it well because I lived far from human villages for a long time.”

Since he couldn’t say that he was in a game before coming here, he decided to say that he lived as a hermit. It was the most likely excuse for his ignorance of this world, thought Shin.

“I understand. I will tell you everything you need to know, just ask if you have something you don’t understand.”

“Thank you.”

Shin bowed his head to express his gratitude while Tiera said “Somehow…”.

“First of all, the skill successor. Because the people who can read the symbols are lost along with the skills. Skills can only be inherited nowadays. A lot of skills were lost during the ‘Dusk of the Majesty’ and currently, less than 100 skills still remain.”

“Less than 100, huh?…”

Shin unable to hide his surprise for that number. THE NEW GATE was known for its numerous skills, and the number coming out of Tiera’s mouth was not even 1/10 of the total amount of skills.

“Nowadays, skills are used to gain personal benefit. The people who make a living by fighting, such as adventurers and knights, are using weakened skills which are called Arts. Though it has the same name with as the original skill, its power and effect only amounts to 1/3 of the original. The magic my master showed to me was ‘Magic Skills’, but I can only use ‘Magic Arts’. And naturally the power gap is huge.”

“I see, the skills that turned weak are called arts. Is there a separate level in arts?”

Some level in skills have their own setting. Shin activated 【Analyze • Ⅹ】. He immediately understood the skill right away, because the letter of Ⅰ~Ⅹ was attached after the skill name. The lowest was Ⅰ, and the highest was Ⅹ. This setting system was almost nonexistent in combat skills, and most support skills were using this setting system.

“As far as I know, arts do not have levels like skills.”

“It will be hard to fight using arts…”

Shin couldn’t help to think that it’s difficult to fight using arts, as skills were more favorable than arts.

“You can use skills, right? What skills are you able to use? Just now you used one, didn’t you? How many skills can you use? 2? 3? No way!! Is it 4!?”

“Indeed, one digit is too few. I’m certain that I can use at least 1000 or more. Although I don’t know the exact number, because I never counted them.”

“What? 1000? Did I hear it wrong?”

Tiera tilted her head and thought whether Shin was making a joke or not. It felt like a joke, because it strayed too much from this world’s common sense, even though the joke was the truth.

“Do you have the【Analyze】skill by chance? I can lend it to you, although the skill is only level Ⅰ, so it can’t see my limit break level, but it wouldn’t hurt to have it either. Well, I’ll use the skill 【Secret Books Creation】.”

“?”

Tiera looked puzzled as Shin once again moved his hand in the air.

“Creation successful.”

“…”

“Wha, what is this?”

Shin handed a scroll to Tiera. Various potential derivation of skills mastery could be learned and benefited if the skill proficiency was raised to a certain level. One of the benefits of 【Secret Books Creation】 was that it was possible to creates items. 【Secret Books Creation】 was able to make scrolls. When 【Secret Books Creation】 was used, it was possible for other player to learn the skill from the book.

Although it’s reasonable, various restrictions were imposed to the skill, such as the number of skills that could be made was fixed, players couldn’t learn the skill if the acquisition condition were not met, and so forth.

To begin with, 【Secret Books Creation】 also had some skills that were impossible to make. As there were only few strong skills that could be created by 【Secret Books Creation】. High class skills from 【Secret Books Creation】 were limited to low-level, and there was a level restriction too.

【Analyze】wasn’t technically seen a skill. Even the restrictions from 【Secret Books Creation】 were kept at a minimum. So Shin could share the skill with other players unlimited because of this. It was one of the reasons why he made that scroll.

“The secret book of 【Analyze】. If you read this, you will be able to use this skill.”

Because 【Secret Books Creation】was usable for a support character, Shin thought of making good use of it. However, he intended to apologize if it didn’t work. These kind of things wouldn’t be understood if he didn’t try it.

“Can the skill be used after this? But I don’t have anything of equivalent value to this.” “Equivalent value?”

Shin was going to give it for free, but Tiera seems didn’t get it. Apparently, skills were a substantially valuable thing in this world.

“I told you, didn’t I? Skills are valuable too. Anyhow, one would need a large sum of money for an apprentice like me to get a skill from a master. And you will give this to me for free?”

“Eh, It is, even though I was going to say it. Did I do something wrong?”

“For the time being, please refrain from raising this matter to anyone. Because it could become a serious matter. Depending on the situation, one life might be targeted.”

“To that extent!?”

Shin decided to instruct only the fellows he trusted with the skills from 【Secret Books Creation】, as he never thought that his life could be targeted by someone.

“Well, don’t get too scared. I think Tiera will be safe, so have you read it yet?”

“No, after I use it, will there be any compensation claims?”

“No!!”

Am I an evil swindler!? Shin wanted to retort. However, because there was the possibility of one life getting targeted, it was normal to be cautions.

“Giving away a skill for free is your modus operandi, isn’t it?”

“If that’s the case, then I should have made a high-class skill to deceive you.”

“To me, even this skill is very valuable. It must be a great feeling to have several skills.”

“But I cannot use arts. And I thought this is natural, so I have no feelings about it, because I think I possessed all the skills.”

“What a ‘luxurious agony’…well, whatever. I’ll receive it without reservation then.”

“Ah, don’t worry about it. It would be rather embarrassing if you didn’t take it.”

Tiera took the scroll and seemed convinced for the time being. Shin urged her to read it, so she opened it and took a look at the scroll.

When she began to read it, a light wrapped Tiera’s body and faded after 10 seconds. This was the effect when a skill was acquired. And apparently the skill learning process had been completed.

“How is it?”

Shin was anxious because he didn’t know if 【Secret Books Creation】 would work in this world. That’s why he needed to test it.

“Somehow it is a mysterious feeling. 【Analyze】 showed up in my head after I opened the scroll, and something like flows special effect coming out. However, there is no unpleasantness.”

“Eh, is that so?”

Shin was relieved as the skill was successfully learned. From here on, he would keep that in mind in case he used it again.

“I can see your name, but the other stats have a weird symbol on them.”

“As expected, the name is visible. Well, the weird symbol is called question mark. It will only show when the level difference is huge. So it’s common not seeing the stats.”

“Eh, originally the name is not visible. But now that I gained a skill, I can see it, although your stats are hidden because of the level difference. This skill more or less shows that you are indeed strong.”

“Will you believe me now? I will keep you safe from monsters when you go out of the store.”

“I have no choice but to consider what we have done till now, so I’ll believe in you.”

Tiera seemed more willing to believe in Shin thanks to the skill 【Analyze】 that she had learned. There might be some uneasiness of course, since Tiera had constantly been attacked by monsters up till now.

“I’ll go out first to check the surrounding area just in case. After that, please come out.”

“Okay, sure.”

Shin went out of Tsuki no Hokora and looked at the surrounding area to make sure there were no monsters around. 【Search】 also confirmed that there were no monsters in the vicinity.

“All clear, you can come out now!”

Tiera peeked outside the door as she looked at the surroundings.

At Tsuki no Hokora, there were skill barriers – 【Barrier • Ⅹ】 and 【Wall • Ⅹ】 set by Schnee. The 【Barrier • Ⅹ】 could prevent monsters from Lv. 900 to 1000 (Depends on the user’s levels) from attacking the store, and even if they attacked, the invisible wall could counterattack.

And 【Wall • Ⅹ】could prevent player intrusion (Also depends on the user’s level) from level 230-255. Because both of them were of the highest level, the invasion was impossible even with 【Cut Through】.

By the way, for 【Wall • Ⅹ】, it’s necessary to set the setting permission so that general guests weren’t mistaken for invaders. Players were prohibited using weapons and combat skills in Tsuki no Hokora. When Shin was the store owner before, he went into details, such as preventing players from equipping weapons.

At present, the radius of the barrier skills were around 20 mels. (T/N: In case you forgot, 1 mel = 1 meter)

“Come, over here.”

“Ehh, okay…”

When Shin beckoned her, Tiera approached slowly. That was because Shin was standing about 1 mel from outside of the barrier.

“…………”

“…………”

Shin watched the surrounding area while Tiera was silent because of the nervousness.

For about 5 minutes, there was no change in the surroundings, except warm winds that stroked their hair.

“Nothing is happening.”

“Yup, nothing happens.”

Furthermore, after 5 minutes, Shin judged that there was no problem. It was because the curse would make monsters to attack once in every 10 minutes.

“There is no monster coming.”

“Indeed.”

In the first 5 minutes, Tiera was nervous and couldn’t stop checking the surroundings.

“The curse is finally gone, right?”