Reinhart-san won’t be able to join us in the afternoon training, so our group only consisted of me, the ojousama, the madam, and Reinbach-sama.
“Good grief, father always ends up like that when it concerns his work…” [Elialia]
“I can’t believe he actually neglected Ryouma-kun and his own daughter.” [Elize]
“I’m partly responsible for this too… But at least he’s really devoted to his work, right? I mean wouldn’t it be worse if it was the other way around?” [Ryouma]
“Maybe… We’re here.” [Elize]
As the 2 adults led us, before we knew it, we were right before the entrance.
“From here on, the two of you should be the ones to decide how to proceed. Me and grandpa will just quietly follow. We’ll help out when things look bad, but don’t expect us to provide any help other than that.” [Elize]
“We’re here to help Elia gather experience, after all. Ryouma-kun you already have plenty of experience, so I’ll have to ask you to let Elia make her own decisions.” [Reinbach]
All of the sudden, the ojousama has her work cut out for her.
“I’ll do my best.” [Elialia]
“I understand.” [Ryouma]
Seeing how the ojousama wasn’t perturbed in the slightest, it seems she’s used to these two suddenly giving her an assignment.
We continued into the tunnels without a word of complaint from the ojousama.
The tunnel this time was a lot bigger than before, and parts of the walls were covered in moss.
We could slip if we’re not careful, so we better watch our step.
“It’s dark, so I can’t see very far.” [Elialia]
I’ve realized this since this morning, but it seems unlike me who’s used to hunting in the night, the ojousama has a hard time seeing in dark places.
“Ryouma-san, you have experience hunting in the night, right? Do you use light magic then?” [Elialia]
“Only if I don’t mind others noticing me. Otherwise, I use the neutral spell, Search. There’s still a chance the target might notice me because of the flow of mana, but the odds are much lower.” [Ryouma]
“I can’t use Search very well. How do you do it? I know I’m supposed to spread my consciousness, but I don’t really get it.” [Elialia]
Search, huh. Well…
After thinking a little, I made a vessel out of stone using earth magic, and then filled it with water using water magic.
“Please look at this.” [Ryouma]
I threw a stone into into the vessel, and ripples rose on the surface of the water.
“Think of the center as you and the ripples as the flow of mana. Make yourself the center of the mana flow while you spread it around you, and when a monster shows up—”
I threw several more pebbles into the vessel, calmed down the ripples with magic, then threw another stone into the center. When I did, ripples appeared again, but the small stones interfered with some of the ripples.
“Mana will crash into the monsters just like these ripples. You should treat that as the reaction a monster or a human gives to Search.” [Ryouma]
“I see. That’s a lot easier to understand. Umm… ‘Search’!” [Elialia]
When the ojousama invoked the Search spell, a great amount of mana gathered around her. It was an amount I’ve never felt before from anyone else other than myself.
It’s amazing how I can feel the mana hitting against me even without focusing, but if there’s an enemy mage present, we’ll definitely be found out.
Sensing mana is the most basic of basics, so there’s no such thing as a mage that can’t sense mana.
“There’s a lot of something up ahead.” [Elialia]
“You succeeded. But you should rein in your mana a bit more. If an enemy mage were around, we’d definitely get found out like this.” [Ryouma]
“R-Really? It seems I really do need to practice some more.” [Elialia]
“For now, let me be in charge of the front and Search. You just focus on your spells just like you did this morning.” [Ryouma]
“Alright. I’ll be counting on you, Ryouma-san.” [Elialia]
I used Search to see what’s up ahead, and just like she said, there were indeed a lot of monsters. But it seemed to be a gathering of many small monsters.
“The road opens up up ahead, but there seems to be a lot of something filling up the ceiling there. I think they might be cave bats.” [Ryouma]
“Those are probably cave bats, yes.” [Reinbach]
“Could Elia take them all out?” [Elize]
“That would provide some shooting practice, but if it’s a huge cloud of bats, then it wouldn’t matter if she aimed or not, she’s bound to hit something.” [Reinbach]
Cave bats are only about as big an adult’s palms and mostly fed on insects. They don’t have a lot of options for attacking, but they do fly around, so they’re ranked F. Even children could beat them, but they can get troublesome when they’re all bunched up. The two adults didn’t look like they wanted to deal with a cloud of cave bats either.
“Then how about we try an experiment?” [Ryouma]
“An experiment?” [Reinbach, Elize, Elialia]
“Yes. If it goes well, then we might be able to take out all the bats in one go.” [Ryouma]
Tl Note: Sorry it’s so short. The rest of the chapter will be posted tomorrow.
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