It was decided that Rokuko could use her tip however she wanted… It wouldn’t be funny if I incurred Haku-san’s wrath by using Rokuko’s tip.
“By the way, how much did you get?”
“… Around 100,000 DP.”
… Wouldn’t it have been fine to have just been a little? My heart just skipped a beat there.
The number of gold coins given to the inn is sixty-five. Worth 650,000 DP when bought with DP, it would become 65,000 DP if I converted it into DP. We just got a massive amount, so I should just give up on Rokuko’s portion.
I wouldn’t hesitate if Rokuko used it for the dungeon’s sake though.
If push comes to shove I’ll have her loan me some, let’s go with that.
Well, that egg is a phoenix or something, but—
“—Come to think of it, can we try and see if the egg can really revive?”
Hopping aboard Rokuko’s proposal, we decided to break it then heat it up with a torch.
… Come to think of it, I wonder if anyone here knows the Vietnamese food called Trung vit Lon?
The boiled duck egg variety.
However, the contents of the egg contains a baby chick just before it hatches. It’s classified as a strange food.
Weeell, it’s somewhat of a curiosity to me since neither eggs nor chicken meat are considered strange food but a mix of the two is, haha.
Escapism aside, this phoenix egg had that kind of feeling.
Looks like I started thinking about something else for a moment there before this is unpleasant…
Well, burning its body needed a bit of a guro warning. After that, particles of light gathered up around it and it revived back as an egg in place.
Furthermore, its carcass remained. It was so small.
According to Haku-san, it revives by forcibly gathering ambient mana.
Let’s try a second time to make sure… Yep, it takes less than a second to revive after being burned, fast. And gross.
“Haku Ane-sama said this guy is delicious to eat right?”
“… Rokuko is considerably mentally strong. My respect.”
“Eh? Ah, un, thanks?”
Anyways, now to make some Trung vit Lon… not. Since a phoenix egg [Needs to be inside a fire to hatch], we decided to place it on one of the [Mysterious Torches that Somehow Don’t Burn Out] that lit the dungeon. This should be an easy way to care for it so it’s fine. It revived even when we dropped and smashed it.
Though a phoenix egg and even its carcass can be turned into medicine and some raw materials… it’s worth 0 DP if you try to exchange it as a treasure. It would’ve been worth so many points if we just kept breaking it though… I think I would’ve made a golem that automatically kept breaking the egg if it was worth anything.
Also, since she’d probably get fired up about it, I kept Ichika from seeing (= eating) it.
The egg would properly revive even if we trampled it. It wouldn’t get us any DP though.
Several days after forgetting about the flag.
Two avera~ge E-Rank adventurers who came to conquer the dungeon stayed at the hotel and managed to hunt goblins on the first floor. Since they were wary of the ton of traps, their progress was slow.
Meanwhile, while I was sleeping and using Meat as a hug pillow as usual, Rokuko jumped in.
“Bad news, Kehma! The tunnel made it through!”
“Fuoh? Finally… wait, hold up, it didn’t make it to the other side of the mountain.”
“T-that’s why this isn’t a time to sleep—!”
Rokuko’s never woken me up from my sleep. This is the first time. Honestly, she’s been diligent about me telling her to not wake me up unless it’s a state of emergency.
Looking at the dungeon map, we dug up a cave somewhere.
When I opened the monitor to see directly from the menu, it was a red cave that spread out.
“Hey, Rokuko… this is…”
“… … A dungeon that’s not ours. What should we do?”
It’s probably the [Flame Cavern]. A single red lizard is as big as a medium-sized dog, its red tongue is definitely something you don’t want to pick a fight with. Mm, not good, the golem met eyes with it.
“Withdraw! Seal the hole!”
“I’ll spend DP to make a wall!”
Ah, sorry for the intrusion~. As though to say that, we pulled the golem back and started making a wall.
Red lizards started rushing towards it instantly… the wall made it just in time.
Bang! Bang! The wall started being beaten.
“… Oh crap oh crap, it would’ve been a fight if we were even a little slower.”
“Kehma. No matter how I look at it, the fight already started.”
That’s right, we avoided it but the fight did start. It won’t be funny when the wall gets broken.
“We’ll prepare to intercept them while buying time. Deploy traps in the passage.”
“[Bottomless Swamps] and [Spear Ceilings] then.”
The red lizards broke through the wall, diving towards the interception retrofitted golems that were installing the traps. However, the red lizards fell into the [Bottomless Swamp]. But that monitor lizard, while emitting a lot of hissing steam, just forced its way out without paying it any attention.
While the golems held them back, the [Spear Ceiling] dropped from above, skewering the lizards and submerging them in the marsh. Good, they stopped moving this time.
“… Alright, let’s repair the wall now.”
To remake the wall, we destroyed about five meters of ceiling and released it from our dungeon rule.
It should be fine with this… wait, what’s that sound?
A loud bang came from the other side of the collapsed passage. Breathing fire, a large mass of red, larger than the red lizards from a moment ago, appeared. It was about half the size of the passage, which itself was around wide enough for two wagons to be able to just pass each other… A wagon-sized monitor lizard clad in flames burst through.
While I was thinking, it dried out the [Bottomless Swamp] and blew away the [Spear Ceiling] with fire, running over and crushing the golems.
[Uoooaaah! Where aaaare yooou!?]
… Wait, could that be the dungeon core?
He talks with a deep yakuza voice.
For now, let’s try making contact.
Since he was inside our dungeon’s passage, I could forward my voice to him. I called him using that function.
“Stop! Dungeon Core No. 112!”
[Ooouuu!? What, you know who I am you son of a biiiitch!? … Mm? What’s this, now that I take a better look this is a dungeon isn’t it! The f*ck are you!?]
When I called out his name, the salamander slammed on his brakes.
Yep, looks like we’ve met the dungeon core.
“Hiiii—!? N-No. 112—… w-why d-do—! You want to know!?”
[This meager voice, No. 695 huh!? That’s my line! The f*ck would you tunnel into my dungeon fooor!?]
“Allow me to explain. It was an unfortunate accident, sorry, I apologize.”
[O-ou? Meek aren’t you!? Bastard, who’re you, the dungeon master!? Show yourself!]
Since he knows we’re the dungeon core and master, even though he probably wouldn’t suddenly kill us, let’s send a golem just instead just in case.
[Aah!? So you’re the dungeon master huh!? Wait, you’re a golem!]
“Yeah, sorry, I didn’t intend to invade your dungeon even if that’s what it looks like.”
[Reveal your real body so I can kill you! No. 695 is a human type, how could a golem be her master… hmm? No, maybe it’s because even the golem is human type? No no, golems are too stupid to be masters!]
I thought I might be able to trick him for a bit, but looks like that didn’t work.
It looks like I could lead the conversation on… he didn’t suddenly destroy the golem either, so he probably won’t suddenly kill me without reason.
If it looks dangerous I’ll just have Rokuko collect me whenever she thinks she should.
So I resolved myself. On foot. It couldn’t be helped, I couldn’t teleport there since he was treated as an intruder.
Though it was just a long passage with nothing in it, it took a while to walk down it. I was able to exit one hundred meters from it because that’s where the goblin room is, so I was able to get there relatively easily.
“… So, how’re you going to settle this!?”
The salamander roared. Well, I really was in the wrong here.
More or less like how monsters can directly leave the dungeon core, a dungeon master can directly set up traps and facilities inside the dungeon. They’d die if they let down their guard since the range is just around five meters though.
“Right, I’ll apologize. To be specific… I’ll patch the hole. Also… right, do you know about [Dogeza]?”
“… O-ou? [Dogeza] huh, of course! It’s when you bow your head while in [Seiza]! Why did you ask?”
“Ah, our talk will go faster since you know it. There’s another level that exceeds it, have you heard of the [Dogene1] apology?”
“Hoou, this is my first time hearing that. So what kind of apology is it?”
Ah, I might be able to deceive him here.
I don’t particularly mind lowering my head, but just doing that might become a problem in the future, so let’s try and trick him.
Though it’s like I’m picking a fight here, we got information from Haku-san about the [Flame Cavern] in advance. It’s fine if I just stall for now.
“Although the [Dogeza] shows apology through bowing one’s head, the [Dogene] apologizes by lowering one’s whole body.”
I laid a bedroll out on the cave’s ground while giving a suitable explanation.
“Oi, what’re you doing there?”
“Hmm? The [Dogene] apology. It’s a polite apology that takes time to prepare. Meals are considered more courteous when they take a good amount of time to prepare, yeah?”
“Food? I don’t get what you’re saying!”
“… ‘Prepare lots of traps to bring down your prey,’ get what I’m saying by preparations now?”
“I see! I get it.”
I then got into the bedroll and spoke.
“This is the [Dogene]!”
“O-ooh! Certainly, apart from your head everything is covered…”
From what it looks like, this salamander seems to believe me.
This guy is… simple.
Let’s push it one step further.
“From here on, I will do the [Dogene] for seven days, five hours a day… no, I’ll do it for eight!”
“W-what!? Eight hours!?”
“Is that not enough!? Twelve hours then! Twelve hours, in other words, I will spend half of the day in this posture! With that, I hope that you can forgive me…”
“U-understood! Kuh—, it couldn’t be helped. There’s no way I couldn’t with you doing that, huh… heh, I wondered what kind of person No. 695’s master was, to think you’re so rational…! However, I’m the one saying it, but seven days, twelve hours every day… you’ll seriously do it!? Great!!”
“Yeah. I understand.”
Then, the salamander returned in satisfaction.
… I don’t know when he’ll come back, but until then why don’t I just continue this [Dogene]? In my room, that is.