Chapter 50: Traps and Tricks

It’s the second day of the Dungeon Investigation.

「Alright, we’ve broken through 5 layers.」

Our group has already finished exploring four layers.

As for any problems: there haven’t been many. Clad, most likely due to the effect of yesterday’s defeat, has remained quiet. No, perhaps his silence is due to the shock of witnessing the spar between Fran and Amanda when he woke up? Well… It serves him right either way.

Still, Amanda’s approach for ‘training’ was quite terrifying… The spar was fierce, and I could only witness Fran being beaten half to death too. When her side was practically gauged out my guts went cold… Not that I have any guts, of course!

There’re many metaphorical expressions that use parts of the body, so it’s quite difficult to use them for me who is inorganic. Still, that doesn’t matter. The point is, I was a tad worried.

It was good that we were able to see the strength of an A Rank Adventurer firsthand, so while Fran was a bit vexed with the result, she doesn’t seem to have started disliking Amanda. Rather than seeing her as an opponent who she narrowly escaped death from, it’s more likely that Fran is viewing her as another wall to someday climb over. Testament to that is the sense of goodwill I can feel from her towards Amanda.

As for Amanda herself, it seemed that the spar from last night was satisfactory. She had lamented the fact that she could easily defeat common Adventurers simply by wielding a Whip, but with Fran’s high prowess in evasive maneuvers and attack even she would be in danger if she relaxed.

It was because of this that the morning was noisy with her request to spar again… Even to Cruz and Frion, the spar between Amanda and Fran was like something from a different dimension.

They didn’t particularly change their attitude towards Fran, but pieces of their actions and language indicated a slight feeling of awe towards Fran. With that, it seems that they’ve fully recognized her strength.

Surprisingly enough, something akin to kindness was even felt from Cruz. Perhaps he’s finally realized that the one he lost to was Rank D? Or perhaps he’s the type of person who would only accept another after measuring their strength firsthand. How manly, Cruz. However, Fran is off-limits!

Moving on, layers 1 to 4 didn’t have any strong opponents and the traps were few, so we simply proceeded without pause for the most part. The Demonic Beasts themselves were Insect-type, so while it’s a shame, I couldn’t obtain any new Skills from them.

「Now, just a reminder, Trap Spiders will be appearing from now on.」
「Nn.」
「If we’re surrounded it’ll get troublesome, so be careful.」

Becoming bound by thread is more than enough to lead to defeat — even if your opponent is weak.

「At the same time, the number of traps will increase. The Transition Traps are particularly dangerous, so prepare accordingly. Rather than focusing on the detection of enemies, I’d like to ask everyone with the Thief Job to focus on finding traps.」

And so, with Thieves as the lead, we plunge into the fifth layer. In case of combat, Warriors step forward, with the Magicians providing support from behind.

The materials capable of being gathered from the Spiders, being quite strong for their rank, have moderate value. Their utility is also a part of that. However, they’re weak to fire and burn up easily, so we’ll be refraining from fire-type Magic as much as possible. Instead, Fran wields me.

Like this, traversing the 5th Layer can be done without a problem. Well, that’s only to be expected with this much fighting power on our side.

However… We immediately encountered a problem after delving into the 6th Layer.

「Shit, e’en though they’re jus’ small fries!」
「They aren’t falling, even with Spirit Magic…? This can’t be!」

The Trap Spiders have suddenly become stronger. Not only their size, their increase in vitality is also plainly visible. Perhaps the deeper we delve, the stronger they will become?

After using Appraisal, I can only be surprised by their Name and Description.

『Fran, these aren’t Trap Spiders, they’re Trick Spiders, their evolution!』

At a glance, a Trick Spider only seems to be a large Trap Spider, but their contents are entirely different. They’re the products of Highbreeds that have evolved, after all. The Threat Level of a single Trick Spider is E.

As for their Status, their offensive power is more than double what we’ve been facing thus far. Furthermore, they make use of Confusion Poison, and even have the Deadly Poison Fang Skill. It seems that the number of Adventurers who mistook them for Trap Spiders and attacked them only to lose their lives in the process aren’t few.

「Gennell! What’s wrong?!」
「I… I don’t know… I’ve tried using an Anti-Venom, but it’s not working…」

So someone got hit, huh… The Poison from Trap Spiders is very weak, so if one swallowed a 5th Grade Anti-Venom it wouldn’t be a problem. And so, mistaking the Trick Spiders for Trap Spiders, they must have continued fighting while swallowing low-class Anti-Venoms, thus falling prey to the deadly poison.

『Fran. These guys are dangerous.』
「Nn.」

When Fran takes even the smallest scratch, I immediately apply Antidote[1] — a technique that can even nullify Sovereign Poison completely.

「I-I’m saved!」
「Thank you very much.」
「Nn. Trick Spiders. Strong Poison.」
「Wha-! Trick Spiders?! Impossible! Did evolution occur?!」

In truth, Trick Spiders aren’t supposed to be created in this cave. The strongest of this Dungeon’s Demonic Beasts were supposed to be Trap Spiders.

However, if several factors overlapped then evolution, an occurrence surpassing one’s expectations, can happen.

Those factors start with the birth of an individual too strong for its species. Although it is brought forth by the power of the Dungeon, there are individual differences between each Dungeon Monster. Demonic Beasts with more power than other individuals — sometimes labeled as Unique or Rare individuals — are more than capable of appearing.

And when a powerful individual is born, what do you think happens? It takes a monopoly of the food, forcing the weaker individuals to either cannibalism or starvation. There is the possibility of the strong individual to evolve after eating enough food… But there is also the possibility for a weaker specimen evolving through its survival and cannibalism.

There have been cases where both sides evolve only to eradicate one another, but there have also been cases where the evolved individuals live symbiotically, changing the entire Dungeon ecosystem.

Furthermore, there’re cases where the accidental ingestion of experience-rich food, or external factors leading to evolution.

Well, in the case of a captured Dungeon, the latter two cases are pretty improbable.

「Damn, we were careless! Ms. Amanda!」
「I understand. Fran, will you be coming as well?」
「Nn.」

That marked the beginning of a one-sided slaughter. In an instant, we began reducing the number of Trick Spiders that the Rank E Adventurers were having trouble with. In only minutes, the cluster of ~20 spiders transformed into nothing more than a pile of silent corpses.

「Fighting against small fries really is boring. Right, Fran?」
Nh-nn. Fun.」
「Oh, is that so? Well, so long as Fran had fun it’s fine.」

While Fran has an enjoyable expression, the rest of the Adventurers have looks of fatigue. Even Clad seems to be nearing his limit.

「Let’s pull back to the 5th Layer! Those guys shouldn’t follow us there!」

Unless they’ve overpopulated or received instructions from a Dungeon Master, Dungeon Monsters are restricted to their own Layer. And so, the Trick Spiders shouldn’t be able to give chase after we reach the 5th Layer.

「If they’re already breeding, this is pretty dangerous.」
「We know already!」
「Fran, act as the rearguard.」
「Nn.」
「E Rank Parties, withdraw!」
「G-Got i– Gyaa!」
「C-Calm down! ‘S just a scratch!」
「There’re more ‘hind us!」
「’S only one! Jus’ don’t make any noise!」
「H-Here they come again!」

Falling into a panic were some of Clad’s party members from Roar of the Dragon. Not only do they not seem to be accustomed to being surrounded by Demonic Beasts, they’ve taken on the Status Abnormality: Confusion.

「Just wait a sec!」
「S-Shut it!」

Clad is just barely retaining his fighting spirit as two of his subordinates, ones who took a surprise attack from the rear, blindly ran towards the swarm of spiders ahead.

「Wait! There might be traps over there!」

And so, sure enough, by running into the area that the Thieves hadn’t scanned yet they triggered traps.

*KYUIIIIIIN*

「That… Was that a Transition Trap?」
「Not good–」

With that, Fran disappeared.

I, who should have been in her hand, was left behind.

Eh? Fran?』
「Fran!」


[1] Note that the ‘Anti-Venom’ used previously is actually ‘毒消し’, which can be ‘Antidote’ as well. The reason I opted out of translating it that way is due to the fact that this Antidote is a Technique/Spell (アンチ・ドート) and is written in Katakana (i.e. it’s literally pronounced as it would be in English: Anti・Dote).
In English, Antidote doesn’t have a space, pause, or seperater between Anti and Dote, so I can’t make use of the ‘・’ that I’ve been using to distinguish them. And so, instead of translating アンチ・ドート and 毒消し the same, I’ve made slight adjustments.
As for why I’m not making the Technique ‘Anti・Venom’ instead, once again, it’s Katakana. I’d rather keep it as-is from the Raws than take creative privileges here.
If anyone has a better suggestion, feel free to mention it in the comments.

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45 thoughts on “Chapter 50: Traps and Tricks”

      1. I really do love the effort you put into translating, especially the attention to detail in the footnotes. And of course you chose a great story to translate. I’m glad I stayed up late and happened to catch when you posted it.

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  1. there can be two ways this can go. A. fran dies and everyone hate the author, or B. they rescue her.

    then there is the wildcard. somehow she befriends the creatures in the dungeon, and by extension, the dungeon master.

    judging by the gwnre, a will never happen, and amanda will prob go rescue fran and sword shisho will get exposed

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  2. Oh… crap.
    I hope Fran is okay.

    Thanks for the chapter.
    If the next chapter comes out by the time I get to work I will have a very unproductive start to my morning.

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  3. are transition trap will teleport you randomly, or just make you fall to the deep hole ?

    then, why and how Fran lose her sword ? that was so weird😀 maybe the trap also strip the victim weapon ?

    thx for the chapter ^^

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  4. Ensig, you know what will happen if you don’t finish the next two chaptera by the end of within 7 days, right?

    Seriously though, Fran is fine she’s still got her Pugilist Arts and magic.

    Also, PLEASE I BEG OF YOU, HURRY AND TRANSLATE OR THE WORLD WILL END!!!

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    1. Problem is, most of Fran’s skills are granted by Shishou’s Skill Sharing. She’s developed a feel for the movements and the pair have been sensible enough to have her train skills independently, but there’s no doubt that her abilities will drop significantly without him around. And fighting against poison/confusion debuffs & traps without a sword-cleric is pretty dangerous to begin with!

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    2. Does Fran retain those skills after being separated from Teacher, who shared them with her? Or, as his owner, does she still have them?

      Well, if Sword-shisho does go on a rampage, I can understand it. I also miss Fran terribly already.

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      1. Yeah, 5th Grade seems to be the lowest (or at least one of the lowest) grade curatives. I think it was mentioned after Amanda & Fran’s fight that she used a 1st Grade Potion, meaning that the lower the number, the higher the effects.

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  5. I think there should exist magic that destroys anything and anyone that tries to forcefully teleport, disarm, blind or silence you. Like trap spider places a trap and you step on it, instead of you being teleported away, THEIR entire population turn to ashes.

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  6. This is why it is so stupid to me that Fran isn’t absorbing skills from Teacher. He has tons of skills he does not need, but they would be very useful to Fran. Fran should be stronger than teacher by now, but that idiot sword is keeping her weak. She should be training with a regular sword and only use teacher in emergencies.

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  7. About skill names, how about you surround them with dots instead of putting a dot in the middle?

    You see, those dots are syntactic sugar, which is a bit of syntax that is strictly unnecessary, but improves readability. In Japanese, which has a different relationship to punctuation than English, a dot in the middle serves that purpose well, but in English it seems most like a full stop, effectively breaking the flow of the story. By surrounding the skill name with dots instead, we will parse it as a form of wrapping (like parentheses our brackets), effectively preserving the effect of syntactic sugar as well as providing the versatility to define any bit of text as a skill name without impacting the flow of the story too much.

    This would also enable you to differentiate between when a word is being used as a skill name and when it isn’t, but since it might get confusing to use a word that is a skill name in a different manner, I’d avoid to do it if I could.

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    1. Hmm. I sort of considered ‘・’ as a hyphen (because the two would be interchangeable), but it’s true that in some cases Techniques get a bit awkward (like Antidote, which is Anti・dote in the Raws).

      I’ll consider your suggestion.

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