The Dungeon Battle Meeting
Alright, now that we’d decided where to stay, time for the Dungeon Battle meeting.
It was a secret, so we were summoned over to the capital’s central adventurer guild.
We were using me being given a nominated commission after having become a B-Rank as the reason, so it wasn’t unnatural at all for me to go there.
I had a duty to keep commissions confidential, so that’d also be a reason to not tell anyone about it.
In other words, using me accepting the commission to disguise the Dungeon Battle preparation was optimal. Everyone in my party, [The Dancing Dolls Pavilion Group (Temp Name)], entered the adventurer guild’s doors. We headed straight into the meeting room.
“Yo, Kehma-san! It’s been a while!”
And since I was summoned by the adventurer guild, that effectively meant Misha had summoned me.
“Yo, Misha. No sleep today for you?”
“I just woke up, tahahahanya~”
“And that’s how it should be, Misha.”
I gave Misha a high five and shook her hand. She and I greeted each other like we were best friends. Kindred spirits~
“Oh, pretty sure she’s gonna be a bit~. The client’s already here though, so wanna start nyow?”
“… By the client, you mean the rabbit-type core?”
“Yeah, what about it?”
“Did they use humanization?”
“So what you’re saying is that they’re a rabbit?”
“So tasty looking nya…”
“No, you can’t eat my client… can it talk?”
“Oh, don’t worry. It’s a talking rabbit, after all~”
A talking rabbit, huh. Oh, but I’ve already talked with a snake, frog, and a slug, so I guess I shouldn’t sweat the details?
Still though, I can’t help but wonder how the rabbit was able to ask Haku-san for help.
“Alright, guess I’ll go get your client~”
Saying that, Misha left the room for a moment before returning. She was carrying an orange rabbit inside a birdcage… It was an ordinary-sized rabbit, yep.
As soon as the rabbit saw Rokuko, he oh-so-cutely raised his front leg to greet her.
“Nkyuu! If it isn’t you No. 695, Rokuko! It’s been nkuuite a while~”
“It has, No. 629. Why’d you come in that?”
“Nkyuu. Becaaause this pink cat beastkin kept coming and looking like she was gonna eat me but doesn’t when I’m in this nkyuu… oooh, the blood lust…”
When I glanced over to Misha, she was drooling.
I took the time to check out Meat and she was staring at the rabbit like she was going to hunt it.
As for Ichika, well… you can imagine. He was already cooked in her eyes.
“Come on you guys, that’s our client… don’t try to eat him.”
“I’m ashamed nya, but it’s instincts! I can’t suppress my appetite…!”
“This is the only time I’ll share an opinion with her…”
“I-I have to deny myself? But it’s so rare I bet it’d taste outa this world!”
Is this even going to be possible? We’ll have to frustrate the Demon King faction before eat him out of deliciousness.
“Kyuaaah… save me, Rokukooo! I don’t wanna get eaten!”
“Alright, everyone. Come back to your senses.”
Rokuko clapped her hands and everyone stopped.
“Phewww. Kyuu saved me, Rokuko. I thought my heart was gonna stop there nkyu.”
“Come to think of it, I heard rabbits could die out of loneliness. That was true?”
“Dying huh~, dunno about that nkyuu… So, kyuu are Rokuko’s master?”
The rabbit did a thing with his mouth inside the cage and turned toward me.
“No. 629, right? I’m Kehma. Nice to meet you.”
“Yeah, I heard kyuu would be coming to help from Haku… sama. I’m lookin forward to it!”
Looks like Core No. 629 still wasn’t used to adding -sama to Haku-san’s name.
Well, I guess that’s to be expected since he just fell under her umbrella. Unwillingly, at that.
“By the way, it’s hard to say 629 all the time, can I call you something else?”
“Nkyuu? I don’t mind. Give me a cool name!”
With that, I glanced over to Ichika.
“Ichika, got any good ideas?”
“Hm? Ya want me to decide? Right… then how ’bout Orange?”
This world’s oranges were also the color orange. His orange fur definitely made you think of them.
Giving a rabbit a food-based name feels a bit like thinking of him as emergency rations, but eh, guess it’ll be fine?
“So that’s why that’s what we’ll call you, you good with that?”
“Nkyuu. Good with me, so kyuu can call me Orange.”
“Nn? What’s wrong?”
“No, it’s nothing.”
It looks like Ichika didn’t become his master.
“Now that I think about it, Orange, do you have a master?”
And he doesn’t have one yet… I decided to give it a shot in the small chance it worked out, but I guess there’s some other requirement I don’t know about? Guess it’s not just all about the name.
Well, it’s not like this is really the time to talk and find out though.
“… Alright, guess it’s time we start talking about the Dungeon Battle. Orange, what sort of place is your dungeon at?”
“Ooh, yeah. My dungeon’s in a meadow.”
“Hoh, a meadow. Is there anything else?”
“There’s rabbits and nothin’ else really~”
So we have a rabbit-type Dungeon Core in a meadow with nothing but rabbits… uh-huh. No, no, I won’t have the full picture until I ask for more details.
“Where is your Dungeon Core?”
“Fu fu fu…! It’s a secret, but it’s in a spot underground… kyuu, I dug up a hole to hide it from hawks wanting to attack it!”
“What sort of non-rabbit monsters can you summon? Any traps?”
I decided to just exchange information about simple stuff like that until Haku-san arrives.
“… So you only have rabbits?”
“Nkyuu, I’m going with the strategy of surrounding people that trip and ganging up on them! Even if a single strike’s weak, we can beat ’em up till they die! With that, we can win!”
“I understand what you’re saying, but you can’t rely on that for Dungeon Battles.”
… I think I understand why Haku-san was saying [Frustrate Them] and not [Win].
At any rate, Orange’s [Rabbit Paradise] was a simple dungeon with an above-ground meadow and a single underground floor—simple enough to bring [Ordinary Cave] to mind.