The Saintess’ Serious Mode

 

After asking Rin for the favor, I returned to the master room. On foot.
Rokuko isn’t in the core room right now. She’s still monitoring the saintess in her room in the inn.
Without Rokuko to bring me into it, there’s no choice for me but to walk there. It’s a bit inconvenient… I kind of want a master room retrieval worker.

“Still, I wonder what she means by getting serious?”

It’d take no time at all getting back if I exited the inn’s dummy core via the master room after entering the dungeon core from the core room, but I took a moment to think in the master room.
Using this and that, this room is kept at a good temperature, its comfort isn’t bad at all. Thinking about it, it’s better than the futon in my room.

From the fighting I’ve seen so far, I can’t think that the saintess would ever win against Rin in close combat. She’s only able to avoid three or four attacks at the most. I don’t think it’d be any easier for her even if she used magic.
Rumble.
Just then, there was an earthquake.
… Nnn? Magnitude 2, maybe 3…?
Yep, isn’t that surprising… eh, wait a sec. Wasn’t the master room in a different dimension? Why is it shaking?
Around the time I tilted my head in thought, Rokuko stampeded into the master room.

“Kehma! Hey, it’s bad!”
“What’s wrong? An earthquake around that strong isn’t really worth getting worked up about.”
“Earthquake? What are you talking about!? The saintess’ attack, her attack!”

… Huh?
What’re you saying, there’s no way her attack on Rin would cause something like an earthquake, right? … is what I thought while checking the map, but it does look like Rin’s still fine. The saintess is still in front of the dungeon in the first place.
Her attendant was also with her, shouldering the simple altar that looked like a rucksack.
The attendant bowed to the saintess before heading back to the hotel. The saintess headed into the dungeon.

“What is it?”
“Look here.”

Rokuko opened the menu and showed me something. It looks to be of the saintess from a bit ago.
… It’s showing the saintess offering a prayer to the altar.
Muttering something, she was praying so intensely that she was sweating. I tried turning up the audio.

[Death to dungeons, death to dungeons, break the cores, break the cores. Light God’s enemies are here. Oh Light God’s divine protection, place the power of the seal here now. Death to dungeons, death to dungeons…]

What a scary child. And yet the saintess was shining white. The normally invisible magical power was actually illuminating the room, the density was just that high… rather, the heck is this?

“That’s the first time I’ve heard such a long incantation… do you know what kind of magic it is?”
“Ah, so that was an incantation…? What a horrible one, oi.”

Then, I heard the incantation’s key word spoken.

[Following the gods’ agreement, for three days, seal this dungeon—[Treaty].]

The magical power that had been gathering around the saintess blasted out towards the dungeon.
Looks like that’s what caused the earthquake. Still, the village didn’t shake at all. Rokuko and all of the dungeon monsters seem to have felt the quake though.
As humans, neither Meat nor Ichika appear to have felt it though… so I’m also a monster? Huh.
The recording ended there.

“Seal the dungeon? The heck kind of thing is that…”
“Seal…? —, look, Kehma! The DP catalog!”
“Eh?”

When I opened the menu to check out the DP catalog—
—with red seals across the board, they said [Use Disabled: 71 Hours Remaining].

Sealing DP functions… that’s a thing?
Installing rooms and traps, as well as summoning monsters. They’re all sealed. The only thing we can do is restore traps and damaged walls.
The gacha’s sealed too… can’t sell weapons and armor either. Ah, it looks like we can still get daily necessities, sweet bun kinds of items and treasure items like jewels.
I don’t really understand, but she said something about a [Gods’ Agreement] at the end of the incantation. So there was a thing like that?

“This… really is a dungeon seal, huh.”

Not being able to set up new traps and rooms meant that the dungeon’s growth and change would halt. It makes things like augmenting passages and similar stuff impossible. Moreover, thinking about the fighting strength side of things, you wouldn’t be able to summon monsters or reinforce them with arms. It means that you’d only be able to watch. That is, normally.

“O-oooh… really!?”
“Though we can still manage since we have [Create Golem], ordinary dungeons probably wouldn’t have any hands or legs to use.”
“R-right! Good job Kehma! Now, repel that saintess!”
“Yeah. Guess I’ll do my best making golems?”

Still, speaking of dungeon monsters… what about Rin, who’s just a free-loader at our dungeon?
Well, even if it was affected, it’d probably just have felt the quake, so it’s all good.

I headed to Nerune’s laboratory, which was researching magic gole—… err, gargoyles.

 

*

 

Nerune was working together with Gar-kun, her gargoyle assistant, engraving magical formations into golem-made clay boards. Taking a look, it seems to be a magic formation that emits fire like a lighter. It’s pretty small, about three centimeters in diameter. There were eight arranged in a circular pattern.

“Ah, master. What do you think? I got the idea from that cake the other day, I tried making it able to heat things efficiently by arranging the eight magic formations into a circle~”
“… Looks like a portable stove. By the way, how’s the magic formation research going?”
“Yeah~, right now I’m using a scale where I can make several magic formations with a single magic stone, so I’m practicing drawing tiny magic formations~. It’s a lot easier writing on these clay boards I got from Goshujin-sama, so I can make them really small~” [1]

It really is extremely detailed. I seriously want a magnifying glass… Nn?

“You can miniaturize it if you can draw those elaborate grooves… I mean, if you can engrave them?”
“Yes, it’ll be a completed magic formation once a magic stone is melted into the grooves. But my eyes and dexterity isn’t enough going any smaller…”

I took out the DP catalog… Yep, I can’t use any of it after all. Still though, magnifying glasses fall under the category of daily necessities so I was able to exchange for it without any problems.

“This is…!? What is it, eh, everything’s so big~!?”
“There aren’t lens or glasses in this world?”
“Lens? Glasses~? There are~, they come with god’s vanguard when they’re summoned, equipped items that correct vision right~?”

Ah, so that’s how they got here? So there wouldn’t be any convex lens if there was never a farsighted hero, huh.

“Come to think of it, I heard that things below crystal balls look large when you use them~”
“Yeah, that’s also a convex lens. Well, it’d be hard to engrave formations using a ball-shape though.”

Now then, this solves her sight problem. Next is dexterity huh… let’s think about that later.

“That aside, this should work… Nerune, how many magic formations can you make by yourself per day?”
“U-ummm… in one day, ten is my limit, I think…. I’m not confident in accurately engraving any more than that~”
“… The only problem is that you can’t engrave the magic formations?”
“Only problem? That’s the most important part you know~. After that is occasionally dissolving magic stones~. If not for engraving, one or two hundred in a day’s no different, as long as there’s magic stones it’s alright you know~?”

That’s the most important part. Magic stones are treasure-type items, so I can buy them with DP.

“Well then, wanna do it? Two hundred a day.”

When I said that, Nerune just looked at me with wide eyes.
I just came up with a way to mass produce magic formations.
It’d be embarrassing if it failed after going this far though.
… I have to answer the saintess’ seriousness with my own.

 

Footnotes:
  • She calls him Goshujin-sama here. Author mistake? Or perhaps a verbal slip? She normally says “Masuta-” Return

 

 

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34 thoughts on “Lazy Dungeon Master — Chapter 132

    1. — [Death to dungeons, death to dungeons, break the cores, break the cores. Light God’s enemies are here. Oh Light God’s divine protection, place the power of the seal here now. Death to dungeons, death to dungeons…] —
      It’s more like a curse rather than a prayer…
      XD…

      — … I have to answer the saintess’ seriousness with my own. —
      Is it an impostor? U’r an impostor right?!
      O.O…

      A little typo?
      !? What is is, eh,
      !? What is it, eh, ???

  1. Meatbun Delivery~
    Thank you for the chapter ( ●w●)

    [Death to dungeons, death to dungeons, break the cores, break the cores. Light God’s enemies are here. Oh Light God’s divine protection, place the power of the seal here now. Death to dungeons, death to dungeons…]
    Saintess… i feel she’s more of a witch than a saint..

      1. It’s also quite likely that she doesn’t know what she is saying, since it’s probably an incantation. Keima can understand what the chant is actually saying, since he has the All Language Cheat. . . .

  2. thank you Ziru

    I hope, that doing these 3 days they got plenty of dinners stacked away.

    if not they might prepare for a negative food review for few days ….well they will properly make a feast to make up for it.

    1. Food related seems to be not locked. Most of the food is now made by the silky anyways. As long as she has ingredients she can make anything she knows the recipie to and she was studying the foods the supplied. The [Cooking] skill even makes it taste better and reduces the time required to zero, relative.

  3. You know, all he has to do is tell the Inn’s residents that the Saintess’s interference has stopped all Gatcha, Iron Golem harvesting, and dungeon functions, without the permission of the village head or the guild – effectively choking the village, all for her own selfish reasons, and the villagers will riot against her~ Also, she is going against the decision of her country, and her actions can spark war between the two.

    1. I don’t see why they can’t just use the simple method of CASTING imprints.
      Make the witch do a single concave impression print, pour metal over it, break the original print…BAM, you have your magical-formation imprint to mass produce by simply pressing it on malleable materials.

  4. Thanks for the chapter.

    If she just needs to generate the same set of grooves into a soft material like clay then something like an engraving stamp will work. Make a reverse of the formation on a metal stamp, place it on the clay, hit it with a hammer. Done.

    1. it must be very precise so hammering might leave some fissures here or there, a golem that can engrave while checking an already made one will probably be better, and thus is born a “photocopier” golem

  5. Thanks 4 the chapter!

    She may he able to seal the normal dungeon functions and that would really weakened a normal dungeon, but this is an abnormal dungeon.

  6. Whoa, that sealing dungeon thing seems some heavy rebound-effect chant.
    Is it possible that after 3 days something would happen to the Saintess or maybe the dungeon will lv up, I mean theres gotta be a price for that.

  7. Let’s hope that the Saintess doesn’t have a ‘locate dungeon core’ or ‘make this dummy core real’ spell.

    Well, worst case scenario has her being ambushed by Meat and Ichika after the other three sabatoge the altar, and she rezes somewhere back in her home country, at which point Haku-san has a headache covering it up…

    Unless the higher-ups of the Holy Kingdom are actually in the know about dungeons.

    1. or … confiscate the altar the next time she revives ……… however i am sure Kehma’s will do something fun and almost lazy

  8. “Come to think of it, I head that things below crystal balls when you use them look large~”
    Shouldn’t it be
    Come to think of it, I _heard_ that things below crystal balls look large when you use them~
    Or is it just a weird language thing on the author’s side? Also head > heard

  9. I feel like ranting a bit, so here’s my favorite pet peeve:
    “[Following the gods’ agreement, for three days, seal this dungeon—[Treaty].]”

    There’s something about Japs and their adoration with ending incantations with what it seems like a skill-name. Even though this story is game-like, this is still a pet-peeve. It makes very little to no sense. If you happen to summon a demon with a lengthy incantation, how much sense would it make to finish it with: “…Come from the shadows, !!” ? You wouldn’t, right? That sounds incredibly idiotic. Yet, this is an incredibly popular theme for quite a lot of fantasy stories.

    1. I forgot that brackets are a no-no with HTML-enabled functions in the comments.
      What I wrote: “…Come from the shadows, [Demon Sealing]!!” ? You wouldn’t, right? That sounds incredibly idiotic. “

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