Investigation Commission: Hell

(Adventurer’s Point of View)

 

We reluctantly left the inn behind.
… Ahh, I wanted to stay another night at least.
The bath was good, the food was good, even the bedding. Everything was high quality.
One silver and fifty copper including meal fees, beyond cheap!
Ahh, I’ll stay another night before turning in the commission, then come back for another afterwards.

When we entered the dungeon, the first room was filled with pitfall traps.
If it weren’t for Muzoh’s skill, [Sense Danger], we would’ve fell into the pitfalls just like that.

“Grah, dammit, I at least wanted to hear her name… I’ll get her to tell me when we get back for another night.”

Muzoh was being very devoted to that receptionist girl. Well, she was a beauty after all.
I feel like this happened before… ah.

“Ah… Muzoh, it’s a bit late for this, but…. I know her name.”
“What!? What the, when did you get on such good terms with her!?”
“It’s Sorin.”

I recalled my bitter memories concerning Sorin.
… Aah, she really was stripped of all she had by that hand of cards…
She was awfully strong with her sake, her stomach was a bottomless pit. Just how many adventurers did she trick into emptying their wallets as they treated her?
In addition, though she didn’t have many skills to speak of her strength was above a C-Rank’s.

“Sorin? … Wait, Sorin the [Demonic Gourmand]!? T-that’s her!?”
“I heard a rumor that she’d fallen into slavery, but why’s she at a place like this…”
“Eh—, she’s a slave? I didn’t notice at all…”

She had a collar on, oi… It was pretty hard to notice with her outfit though.
Hmm, other than his attention darting towards women, it really is safe with him as the scout.
… Particularly today’s dungeon investigation, he’s excellent if it isn’t related to women… probably.

“Still, there’s just goblins appearing, eh Uzoh?”
“I wonder if that’s since it was a dungeon where just goblins came out to start with… That aside, there’s a ton of traps huh. They’re even all deadly.”
“Almost became a pincushion to those pitfalls huh. Close call.”
“Seriously, pay attention!”

While collecting the right ears of goblins we killed, we advanced quickly.
Oh, a box.

“Muzoh, there’s a box here. Check it out.”
“There’s… no traps. Alright alright, treasure-cha~n—oooh, it’s a mana potion!”
“Nice! That’s a silver coin.”

We continued on in a good mood. Muzoh had to use his [Little Heal] a few times, so he probably had a bit of a heavier responsibility than most adventurers.
And then we came to some stairs.

“That magic sword we were told about was probably gotten after this yeah, Uzoh?”
“Yeah, I’m looking forward to it, Muzoh… Brace yourself.”

Golems appeared on the second floor.
But they weren’t a match for us either.

“—[Slash]!”

My iron sword sliced right through the clay golems’ bodies.
If they’re just on this level, I can defeat them even if I don’t purposely aim to break the magic stone. As for how to defeat golems, there were three main ways.
The first is to break its magic stone.
Magic stones are the heart of a golem. It’s somewhere inside its body, sometimes inside of it. If you destroy it, the golem will stop moving.
The second way is to attack it with with offensive magic skills. Golems are basically dolls that move by way of magical power, so it’s weak to its magical power being disturbed by offensive magic. Well, I don’t have any way to attack with magic though.
The third way was to just give it large amounts of damage, that’s it.
The magical power that dwelled in the golem would disperse, it’s that kind of this… well, it’s probably the same thing more or less. When you attack the golem a few times with something that exceeds its defenses, it’ll abruptly weaken and give you an opening, if you attack it right then—

“Another one down.”

When I cut the golem in half, it returned to being dirt.
Muzoh then collected the unharmed magic stone.

“Nice job, Uzoh. We can get magic stones because of that, pretty good.”

We could collect magic stones from golems that had them on their surface, but we ignored them for golems that had them on the inside since it would take too long.
We didn’t have enough extra room to do that with just us two anyway.

Then we found a small room while searching through the labyrinth.

“Hmm? The heck’s this. This path looks different from the others… ah, a [Safety Zone]!”
“Oh, I see. Let’s take a bit of a break. —Oi, there’s a sword, hey! Muzoh!”
“It’s stuck in the pedestal huh. Doesn’t look like there’s any traps, let’s try approaching.”

While Muzoh watched our surroundings, we walked into the room.
[Safety Zones] didn’t have traps to begin with though. Monsters wouldn’t even go into it.
… Then, we got close to the pedestal.

“Hm? Just now, did you hear anything from that passage? Muzoh.”
“Eh, not really. Want me to take a look?”
“Might be dangerous if you just head back unprepared. Let’s check out this sword first… Oi, there’s a magic stone in it! It’s a magic sword!”

I shouted out instinctively. My dream is to have a magic sword, but why’s there one on such a shallow floor?

“Heeh, it’s nice. Could I use it too?”
“We found this one pretty quick, so if we find another one it’ll be Muzoh’s.”
“I didn’t find any traps. It’ll be fine even if you pull it out… hmm? Crap wait! Don’t pull it out!”
“Eh?”

Looks like Muzoh’s [Sense Danger] sensed a trap. However, he was too slow. In my excitement, I already pulled out the sword.

Crash! The sound of something hard grinding against something else resounded from the passage.
… When I took a look, the passage had been entirely blocked with needles that were thicker than a sword.
It was like being inside a beast’s mouth.

“Oi, you said…”
“… Sorry, the reaction was delayed since there weren’t any traps targeting us directly…”

We got shut in….!?

 

*

 

How much time’s passed?

Muzoh said that this trap isn’t dangerous itself and should withdraw in time, and I agree with him. We decided to take a rest in this room we called a safety zone in the meantime.
Seriously though, this magic sword feels amazing.
Despite us taking a break, I found myself passing the time by using it before I realized it.
… Fufufu, this is the start of the Magic Sword Samurai Uzoh’s big break!

“Really, you were beyond careless even though I didn’t find any traps in the safety zone, Uzoh.”
“But it’s a magic sword, a magic sword! The iron sword I’ve been using up to now wasn’t that bad, but come on, I tried it out on that wooden doll over there and it’s incredibly sharp!”
“Aaah~, yeah yeah… Hey, let me try it out for a bit. I really want to see how good it is.”
“Sure, there’s another doll left.”

I passed Muzoh the magic sword.

“Heeh, it’s amazing. It gets super sharp when I put magical power into it. As expected of a magic sword.”
“Right!? For us to find a magic sword this good at such a shallow floor, we were lucky.”
“We’re blocked in now though.”
“… Don’t say that…”

We laughed together, cracking jokes at each other.
With feelings like that, we were able to pass our time comfortably. Until the second day.

 

*

 

We were still confined by the third day. Though I can make water with [Water], we’re slowly running out of food.

“… Why the heck hasn’t it opened yet?”
“Hmm, yeah. I thought that we might be able to break out ourselves, but it’s no use with these needles. We can’t get out.”
“Perhaps it’s from pulling out the magic sword, is there a switch there?”
“I tried putting my sword in it, but it didn’t work…”
“… Then should we destroy it?”
“Doubtful. You, can we cut the needles? They’re iron.”
“… How about using [Slash] with the magic sword?”
“I don’t know if it’d break.”

I don’t want to, but I’ll give it a shot when the time comes.
For now, Muzoh and I continued to look around the room.

 

*

 

The fifth day of being confined.

“It’s no use… I can’t find any way to get out, we’re almost out of food too.”
“Hey Muzoh, I wonder if anyone’d come to rescue us…”
“… I don’t feel like dying. I wonder if that’s why they sent us? Huh…”
“Yeah, maybe…”

For instance, they sent C-Rank adventurers in to the dungeon. If they didn’t return, they would guess it’s hard and set the place’s ranking to at least that.
In other words, the investigation included the possibility of us dying. Of course, we understood that when we accepted the commission.

“… Dammit, if I knew this’d be how it ended I would’ve got that C-Rank meal too…”
“Oi cut it out, stupid Uzoh, I’m hungry! Aah come on, shit, now I’m remembering that meal… Shiiit, if I make it through this I’m going to get that A-Rank meal even if I have to sell everything I have!”
“… Well, guess it’s time to try it huh. Time to use [Slash] on the needles with the magic sword… This magic sword is valuable, but not compared to my life.”
“You sure? The magic sword might break ya know?”
“Want to shut up and die then? This isn’t something to joke about…”

I brandished the magic sword, filling it with magical power.
When there was plenty in it, I attacked with all I had.

“… Haaaaaah, [Slash]!”

Giriri! With an echoing metallic sound, it shaved off a bit of the needle… if it’s like this, I can do it!

“Uzoh! Again!”
“Yeaaah! … [Slash]!!”

Giririririri! There was an even louder metallic ringing, the sound of metal striking metal. Some more of the needle was scraped off. Again!

“Now, I’m coming… [Slash]—!!”

Giriririririririri! Like death throes, the needle rang out as it broke… I did it, it broke!

“Uzoh! Booyah!”
“Yeah—! …—!”

However, I couldn’t move anymore.
… The needle wall was destroyed. But at the other end, there was another. It was the same kind of needle wall…

“I-it’s all right, you just need to break through it, one more time.”
“… Hey, oi, it’s no good.”
“What’re you saying, Muzoh? Don’t you want to get out?”
“I want to… But… the magic sword’s at its limit. It can’t be used anymore…”

Eh? I looked at the magic sword.
In exchange for forcibly cutting through the iron needles, the blade was cracked.
The heck, this… is a magic sword right? It shouldn’t break from something like this…

“Moreover, look. The needles are just restoring themselves… if we go any farther, we’ll just get skewered.”
“Dammit…”

I went back unwillingly.
A dungeon’s walls and traps restore themselves over time.
That was the part that wasn’t really like being confined in the mouth of a beast. Even though this rare magic sword was sacrificed…

In the end, today just resulted in cracking the magic sword.

 

*

 

It’s the eighth day… I think. In this enclosed space with no sun, it’s hard to tell time.
And we were out of food.
We planned to be gone two or three days at the most to start with. Maybe I should say we were lucky to bring this much?
… Well, we’re still blocked in by the needle wall.

We’re helpless.
Our interactions with each other were getting more and more violent.

“This all happened because Uzoh just had to pull out the magic sword on his own… even though I said don’t.”
“Muzoh said it was fine to pull out the sword, so I took it. Changing your mind so soon after, what you did was worse.”

Things like that. It wasn’t just things that had to do with the sword. Our complaints right now were things like being stinky, wanting to strangle each other to stop the snoring, or talking just to insult and blame each other.
Even so, we wouldn’t actually kill each other. We’re still brothers connected by strong bonds. Perhaps if we were partied with someone else, we might kill them or fight for food or something.

“… Enough already, let’s leave it at that. Sorry for insulting you, Muzoh.”
“Huh? … Well it’s fine, but what’s gotten into you Uzoh?”
“If we don’t do anything and just stay locked in here, aren’t we just waiting to fight each other?”
“… If it’s come to that, there’s no point blaming each other. It was my bad too, well, as usual.”
“Aaah, the dungeon this time is pretty hard, so that’s why. Yeah? Uzoh.”

… I wonder if we could eat the goblin ears. No, they’ve probably already rotted…

I closed my eyes to rest in order to suppress my energy use.

 

 

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78 thoughts on “Lazy Dungeon Master — Chapter 54

    1. “Perhaps it’s from pulling out the magic sword, is there a switch there?”
      “I tried putting the sword back in, but it didn’t work…”

      I’m wondering if Keima forgot to set up the “undo” part of the trap…

        1. Yeah I don’t get it, checked both relevant raws and they’re pretty straightforward…

          部屋を出るには魔剣を台座に戻さねばならない。

          Heck, it’d even be clear as day with Google-sensei. So confused.

          1. Ah. I skim here and there unconsciously when I read quickly, especially at work when I’m short on time and want to read as much as possible. So it’s just my bad that I either didn’t see or just didn’t take in those lines.

          2. Hello, it’s my first comment here.
            I bet your japanese is 100 times better than mine, so could you explain to me?

            I tried read it as “as for leaving the room, if you don’t returm sword to the pedestal you wouldn’t get it”.
            Google sensei says “Must be returned the magic sword to the pedestal is to leave the room”.
            Ah, but (m)uzoh later says than sword is incomparable to their life. Your translation makes more sense.

            So why do it mean returning sword didn’t work?

            (English is my second language too, it may be little rough)

            1. I’m assuming Keima messed up with making it work properly, so even though it should have worked… Well, it didn’t.

              1. Mechanism was probably cut/destroyed when they pulled the sword out too quickly, but I wouldn’t put it past him to forget XD, was too lazy to test it out complete or something.

                1. Its because they put the regular iron sword in instead of the magic sword. They thought that just a sword is needed to activate the switch and don’t want to give up the magic sword.

          3. Is it possible it’s “a” sword rather than “the” (magic) sword?
            As in, he stuck his old sword in to press the switch, but Keima had set it to react to the golem sword, so it didn’t trigger?

          4. 部屋を出るには魔剣を台座に戻さねばならない。
            To leave the room, the maken must be returned to the dias or else.

            I also think it’s a bug XD Since it never says that Kehma tested the mechanism. My guess is that they took too long to replace the sword or maybe testing it on the wooden dummy messed up the blade or even injecting their mana made the golem unable to recognize the sword as the original. We’ll have to wait for the next episode to find out! :p

      1. Actually, I think he tried placing HIS iron sword, not the magic sword, and that’s why it didn’t work

    2. >“I tried putting the sword back in, but it didn’t work…”

      They tried it.

      Keima probably made some mistake in the mechanism, or there’s longer delay than they thought before the needles retracted (like if the closing/opening starts from the furthest, so when they put it back in the further ‘gate’ was opening but they didn’t know so they pulled it back out again)

    3. funny that nobody come to the Idea ” kehma made a time limit, so the adventurers have to stay the maximum amount of time before dying, to get the maximum DP out of it” xD
      I mean, it´s simple, the longer he keeps them there, the more DP he gets with the least possible risk, while the dungeon itself is still not as dangerous as C rank as long as the people aren´t too stupid or take enough rations if they want to test the sword.

      1. Yeah, I was thinking something similar. A weeks worth of adventurer DP, and then have them “rescued” in exchange for the sword.

      2. That’s rather devious…. but I don’t think that’s what’s going on here since Keima wanted the diving-dungeon to be pretty easy. As it is it might get ranked as extremely difficult, which would attract more attention than he wants.

      3. You get alot of DP when adventurers die in the dungeon too. About 10 days worth iirc. Though yeah it’ll reduce his potential customers since his inn seems addictive…

  1. Thx!

    If you we see this from the Keima’s POV. I think we can safely say that he is a sadistic guy >_> On another thought, no pain no gain. Nothing is free in this world!

  2. What a way to end the chapter, pretty sure this is the trap he set up where you just had to put the sword back but it said they tried that (“I tried putting the sword back in, but it didn’t work…”), so what the heck.

        1. Probably. Because even if he did forget about it, these two are the only ones in the dungeon, and they’ve already come into contact with Meat and Kirby (I forgot her name…), and as the dungeon master he knows the locations of anyone in his dungeon. So no matter what, he should know where they are, and have reminders about them being there. At worst, he can’t unlock it manually until they put the sword back while he’s awake, although whether they’ll put it back before they die is up in the air.

  3. They said they tried to put the sword back and it didn’t fix it so maybe the trap mechanism broke in some way?

        1. Has the problem been corrected, because I never read that the ‘magic sword’ was placed in the pedestal, I read that the adventurer placed his own sword(likely the normal iron one he entered with) in.

  4. “It’s somewhere inside its body, sometimes inside of it” tripped on this line.
    Is it only sometimes inside the body of a golem?

  5. Thanks 4 the chapter!

    Knowing Keima, he might have forgotten or not yet gotten to make the release mechanism.

    1. Then the trap would’ve been much more expensive, though, as making “hard to break” objects to block the way aren’t exactly cheap.

  6. Meatbun Delivery~
    Thank you for the chapter 😁

    Rip muzoh & uzoh

    Maybe they’re supposed to put the sword after destroying all of the target practice?

  7. *Kehma comes into the room after sleeping all this while*
    *finds corpses*
    “shit, the opening mechanism… i knew i’d forgotten something”

    thanks for the chapter

  8. They don’t die. I BET A FAIRY OR SOME BULLSHIT GOES “Do you want to be rescued? Give me your money and I’ll teleport you out.”

    Thanks for the chapter!

  9. Lol, I didn’t imagne the trap would work out so well… I wonder if they will make it. Doesn’t seem like it.

  10. Thanks for the chapter !
    On a different note where does the drawing for the header151 come from ?
    I would to see the complete picture, it’s a pretty good one (and I might use it in one of my Roleplaying tabletop game ;o).

  11. Iyo.
    I know adventurers lose their lives to the dungeons… but it’s kinda sad to be seeing it. If I was a dungeon master, I’d probably make mine an amusement part, with slide pitfalls and ball pits instead of acid pits. You know, a training dungeon that appeals to trainee adventurers and children.

  12. Thanks for the chapter.

    It’s always interesting to experience Keima’s dungeon from an “invader’s” perspective (like back during the dungeon battle).

    I’m hoping those guys manage to survive and we get to see their take on other parts of the dungeon. Especially that puzzle.

    Also, how about using Minor Heal instead of Little Heal?

    1. Its possible that Minor Heal is a higher rank version.

      I could see it being: Little, Minor, Lesser, Normal, etc

  13. Thanks for the chapter, hope they get out. Wonder what the DM is doing, he should have checked one his first guests to make sure everything works right for them.

  14. “Well, even though it’s an actual blade golem, it’s real shape? It’ll turn into a golem if it’s used. It’s really just a normal blunt weapon.”
    I wonder if this means that once it’s used it can no longer be returned to the alter to reset the trap, as it’s “object ID” had changed upon use and is no longer recognised?

    Either that or Kehma had two copies of the sword when making the trap and then when returning the sword to undo the trap he left the room with his second sword which the room misidentified as the sword escaping and so to avoid it happening again made it so that the trap doesn’t undo.

    Damn this cliff hanger xD I want to know what’s going on lol.

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