The city of Yudaril is one of trade and commerce .
It lies just east of the country of Levatin and does not belong to any nation .
Positioned between almost every major country, it’s a bustling city where a large variety of merchants and travelers come to .
Naturally, that includes adventurers as well . In fact, back when this was a game, this was where new players began their adventure .
Despite that 200 years that have elapsed, Yudaril remained lively as ever .
I was relieved to see that even a small part of the world remained as I had known it .
Yeah, I feel kind of attached to this place .
“…Dina, it’s difficult to move . ”
“Please put up with it for now . You’d be recognized in an instant after all . You don’t want to attract any unwanted attention, do you?”
While wandering this charming city, I hid my entire body under my overcoat, looking as suspicious as you could get .
As according to Dina’s instruction, my wings were wrapped tightly around my body and an overcoat was forced over them .
Moreover, the crimson overcoat I wore had a convenient hood attached to the back .
Yup, this is definitely enough to hide my identity .
But I think it’s is making me stand out anyways .
And I can’t really move my arms in this outfit .
What is this? Some new kind of sex play?
“Now then, Ruphas-sama . First, acquiring funds for our travels is probably the highest hurdle to overcome . Anyone would recognize you at a glance, so it’s extremely hard to find a suitable job, you see? There aren’t many people that out there willing to hire a black-winged overlord after all . ”
“…but those are the events of 200 years ago . In an age without pictures, I doubt anyone would be able to recognize me . ”
“Naive . That’s naive, Ruphas-sama . This trading city is where people of every corner of the world gather, you know? And races with long life spans like elves aren’t an exception . They may still remember you clearly . ”
Hearing out Dina’s explanation, I nodded in understanding .
Come to think of it, those races exist in this alternate universe .
I myself am a member of one of those long-lived races .
To begin with, the Flugels are the rumored descendants of angels . And regardless of whether that’s true, they boast an average lifespan of a ridiculous 1,500 years .
That’s why I’m able to retain my young appearance even after 200 years .
By the way, Ruphas used to be 275 years old, so I guess she’s 475 years old now .
In human years, she would be 14 when she was sealed and around 24 as of now .
…my outward appearance is of a 15 to 17 year-old girl, though .
“Especially those black wings! Even if they didn’t recognize you, your wings stand out too much . For Flugels, those are the wings of taboo after all . ”
“They’re normally black, aren’t they? I bet you I’m just a different variety of flugel . ”
As I’ve mentioned before, flugels are the descendants of angels .
They themselves believe the same and take pride in their untainted, pure white wings .
They went as far as to insist that those wings were the proof of a flugel, and that their sexual appeal was neither decided by their faces nor their bodies, but rather their wings . Apparently, a male would flaunt his wings at a female to display his affection .
To put things bluntly, whether you’re unattractive, obese, pimpled, stink, or wear anime print T-shirts, as long as your wings remain pure white, you’re some pretty hot stuff .
On the contrary, no matter how refined your physical appearance is, if your wings are tainted, you’ll never be attractive .
In this aspect, my jet black wings are completely out of question .
They far surpass the jurisdiction of beauty and ugliness . At this rate, I’d only be recognized as a monster .
In human terms… let’s see . It’s like having green skin, no eyebrows, and hairs sprouting from the middle of my forehead instead of my scalp .
Forget about beauty—I wouldn’t even be acknowledged as another Flugel .
Of course, I was fully aware of the backstory . And I had chosen these black wings with this knowledge at hand .
The reason was extremely simple . “Wouldn’t wings of taboo just be the coolest?”
Needless to say, many other players thought the same, and jet black wings weren’t so uncommon .
Rather, more eccentric designs included golden wings, gradients, and even players that took the liberty to pick out a different color for every other feather .
Trying to accept that I stood out while knowing this is… beyond difficult .
If I stand out, then what about those crazy rainbow winged flugels?
“There’s nothing normal about it! Please! Be a bit more self-aware!”
“Okay, I got it, I got it . I understand, so stop shouting already . ”
Having made Dina mad, I shrugged my shoulders .
Good grief . So this world differs enough from the game that I can’t put my wings on display, huh .
This seems to be a bit inconvenient .
“Seriously… back to my point . Despite your reputation, there’s one line of work that pretty much anyone could take up . ”
“Ah, adventurers—in other words, people who put their lives on the line to earn a living . ”
“Exactly . Reputation and social status are unnecessary . Anyone with a mind and body can do it . ”
Those who put their lives on the line to earn a living—Adventurers .
It’s an occupation that requires little more than a bit of determination to take on .
Money and social status are irrelevant . Anyone can accept requests regardless of whether they’re a slave or a criminal .
In exchange, your safety isn’t guaranteed .
Neither the agency nor the client is held accountable if you were to lose an arm or your life while completing a request .
In addition, you sink to the bottom of the social hierarchy .
The vagrants and the jobless with no place to stay .
Individuals constantly troubled over where they’ll find their next meals .
They’re the kind of people who, in their last moments, dream of drowning in gold —then die along the roadside .
That’s what it means to be an adventurer .
Whereas in the game, you could revive limitlessly and this reality remained a dark backstory .
Rather, the majority of players farmed money and experience as adventurers and then proceeded through the rest of the game . So the number of adventurers averaged from a couple thousand to hundreds of thousands of players at a time .
So what about the social hierarchy? …all it really amounted to is some verbal abuse from NPC’s, so it wasn’t that big of a deal .
However, this is reality . Death really is the end of the line, and I’m sure harsh acts of discrimination omitted from the game make their appearance here .
…am I going to be alright?
This is Ruphas Mafahl’s body, so death is highly improbable .
But will I be able to stand the sight of blood?
Can I, who can barely stand the sight of a cat or pigeon run over by a car, really do this dirty work?
To be honest, I’m anxious .
“We have arrived . This way please . ”
In response Dina’s invitation, I entered the building after her .
It was a slightly grimy tavern made out of wood .
The first floor was lined with several tables like a cafeteria, and many thug-like figures could be seen sitting throughout .
The moment we step foot into the building, several hungry gazes fixed upon Dina . However, with a suspicious individual (me) standing beside her, none of them had the nerve to approach .
“Yeah, this is it . This shitty atmosphere sure is nostalgic . ”
“Now that you mention it, you were also an adventurer before establishing your own nation, weren’t you?”
—hm? Didn’t I just say something a bit out of place?
Nostalgic… no, this really does take me back .
As I said, It’s common knowledge for the majority of novice players to work their way up as adventurers .
I was also one such player and had completed a great number of requests during my time as one .
However… “I” have never taken single a step into a tavern such as this one .
And yet, I feel nostalgic .
Shoot, it seems that “I” might be merging with “Ruphas” after all…
“Welcome . Is there something you would like to order? Or would you like to stay for the night?”
“We would like to accept a request . ”
“…miss, are you alright?”
The brusque, bald bar-owner shot a dubious look at Dina .
At a glance, Dina seemed unsuited for battle with her slender body and delicate atmosphere .
Indeed, if I was told such a girl was an adventurer, I would also question her sanity .
Dina put on a charming smile in response to the addled shopkeeper .
“Oh, I won’t be the one accepting the request . ”
“Oho, so the red guy over there, huh… Alright, I’d like you to step into the back of the shop for a second . I’d like to take a look at your abilities . ”
An adventurer is someone who could drop dead at any moment .
However, having one die before they could fulfill the request would put a hole in an agency’s reputation .
If rumor went around that “no decent adventurers pick up their requests at that agency”, their business would plunge after all .
That’s why the agency must confirm the extents of their employees’ abilities .
…is what I’ve grasped from what Dina whispered into my ear .
I stepped behind the shop as instructed, where the bar-owner stood beside several identical stone statues .
Each had a scruffy beard and a friendly smile .
If I’m not mistaken, these are stone golems produced by an alchemist .
Alchemists consume tools to create a wide variety of devices, and golems are just one example . As combat-oriented NPC’s, golems are reassuring companions for many solo players .
Their strength varies upon the raw materials and the skill level of the creator, but they rarely differ in level or status .
Also, golems can only be revived by their creator, so their remains hold no value .
In addition, once a golem decides on a target, it continues to fight regardless of whether you like it or not .
Sure, they’re convenient, but there aren’t many opportunities for low-level players to use them .
I, too, remember preparing a fair number of golems to strengthen my defenses before the decisive battle against the heroes . However, they were nothing more than minor hindrances to high-level players .
“I’m going to have you fight these golems in a moment . The number of golems defeated and how efficiently you work will be taken into account of your evaluation . ”
“Understood . ”
To express my willingness, I took a step forward .
The overcoat was confining, making my movements slightly awkward .
To be honest, this is quite the handicap, but… well, I should be fine .
In the worst case, I’ll deal with them with [coercion], and if that doesn’t work, I can always kick the shit out of them .
“I’m ready when you are . ”
“Great . Then let’s get this started . ”
With this, the golems’ eyes lit up with life .
Without a moment’s delay, I invocated a ranger skill—[observing eye] .
It’s a convenient ability that displays the level, remaining HP, and even the stats of an opponent if the user is skilled enough .
Thus, the target’s abilities were displayed as shown below .
Race: artificial life-form
STR (strength): 73
DEX (dexterity): 36
VIT (vitality): 80
INT (intelligence): 5
AGI (agility): 27
MND (willpower): 5
LUK (fortune): 40
Hm . As you can see, they’re small fry .
These are opponents that can be challenged within thirty minutes of playing the game . Now if you tagged along with a more experienced party, a single fight with a higher level opponent could supply you with enough experience .
All things considered, it seems that these golems were made with the sole purpose of measuring your capabilities in mind .
Rather, it would be for the best if you gave up on becoming an adventurer if you were to lose to these guys .
…ah, I should probably also check my own stats while I’m at it .
Honestly though, the gap in power is so large that I’m not sure how much I should hold back .
Monster Tamer: 100
STR (strength): 9200
DEX (dexterity): 8750
VIT (vitality): 10300
INT (intelligence): 8300
AGI (agility): 10778
MND (willpower): 9550
LUK (fortune): 9280
Right Hand: —
Left Hand: —
Torso: Dress of Heaven’s Empress
– Abnormal Status Nullity
– Automatic HP recovery
Shoes: Boots of Swiftness
– Increased Movement Speed
Other: Overcoat of the Seven Luminaries
– 50% Damage Reduction of all Attributes
Yeah . This is just bullying the weak at this point .
On that note, it’s not a figure of your imagination if my statistics seem a bit abnormal .
Although the level cap was 1000, there are no upper limits for character stats .
This means you can continue raising your stats even after hitting the level cap .
Despite status enhancing items being notably rare, they weren’t impossible to obtain . In fact, because HP enhancements were especially simple to acquire, my health stats skyrocketed as a result .
On a side note, the average flugel has around 70,000 HP once they reach the level cap of 1000 . That might give you a glimpse of what I had to go through to raise my HP to this degree .
As one would expect, I was unable to achieve statistics comparable to those of the final boss characters of the game, but I’m confident my stats outstripped plenty of other boss monsters .
My alias as the “wild last boss” was by no means a groundless assumption .
While we’re on the subject, I’ll go a bit further into detail about “Levels” and “Class Levels” . Levels are just the ordinary levels . In RPG’s, it’s an obvious expression of the strength and combat experience that accumulates over time .
This number caps at 1000 and there’s not much you can do to overturn that rule .
Even if you were locked in combat with several boss characters, it remains the one unbendable rule of X-gate .
Next, the “class level” .
These indicate the level of each character class you possess and caps at 100 .
This number increases in sync with normal character levels and influences how your abilities develop, so they play a large role in character growth .
For instance, if you wanted to be a vanguard but have been acting as a support for too long, you might find that your character stats are unsuited for swapping positions .
This is where the game leans toward to being a TRPG .
Once a class level is maxed out, the game will ask you to perform a class change . Then, unless a new class is chosen, no experience will be gained no matter what kind of monsters you face off .
There are two methods of resolving this issue . The first is to act accordingly and alternate classes . Then, upon reaching level 1000, you will have accomplished a character that holds mastery over 10 different classes . However, this doesn’t mean you can’t switch classes before mastering the previous one . For example, I only raised the priest and esper classes to level 50, allowing me to squeeze in 11 classes instead .
The second method makes use of the cash shop .
If you pay the money, the level cap is lifted, and you can continue to raise the class level to up to 200 . However, barely any additional skills are can be acquired along the line . For example, Swordmaster and Grappler classes would exceed the offensive ability and HP of a vanguard, which is one advantage of the cash shop .
In addition, there are also players who aim to optimize the effectiveness of certain skills that depend on class levels .
I who, let’s see… didn’t bring any class level past 100, wasn’t able to discover any of the possible hidden classes or skills .
It was the general opinion that class leveling to 200 wasn’t a very intelligent choice .
Well, I guess it doesn’t really matter now .
Now then, it’s finally time for my first taste of battle .
Although there will be no resistance, it’s an opportunity sharpen my new pair of fangs .