Examining the skill
Once I had returned home, I wet a ragged cloth with some water I had drawn from the well to wipe myself down . Tomorrow, I will be going to where Roxy lives . Would I be a little more presentable and cleaner like this? I lit up the candle and looked into the broken mirror . As if that would have changed anything . Wearing clothes that had been mended and patched up all over, it was fruitless to worry about appearances now .
Giving up, I laid down on the straw bed . I looked up at the leaky ceiling stained from the rain, thinking back on the events that had happened today . During the day, I had been assaulted by Rafal and his siblings, however, by defeating thieves late at night with Roxy, I may end up working for the Heart Family . This alone sounded like a fairytale story .
Suddenly, I remembered the robotic voice that appeared after I killed the bandit . I definitely heard it mention that a status had been updated . Skills called Appraisal and Mind-reading… and what were the others? I could not remember . Even so, Appraisal was an unusual skill that allowed the user to look up information on things that existed in this world . In having this skill, my life would probably be changed for the better .
I casually tried to think of
. And then,
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Skills: Gluttony, Appraisal, Mind-reading, Concealment, One-handed Sword Technique
My status and skills appeared in my mind .
“Eeeh! What is this?!”
Calm down, me .
Firstly, status . Mine should be a clean and neat column of 1’s for all the attributes . Yet, they all became three digits . With these, I would be able to fight the lowest grade demons .
Next, skills . I should only possess Gluttony . However, now it had increased into multiple skills, with Appraisal, Mind-reading, Concealment, and One-handed Sword Technique . Unbelievable…
At least, seeing this status and those skills, I proved that I truly did have Appraisal . Wait a minute, I could quit being a gatekeeper and become an appraiser if I had this skill . Appraising was not a career that anyone could easily obtain, so the pay was decent . Geez, what exactly is going on?
Calm down, me .
I decided to examine the other skills by using Appraisal .
Mind-reading: Reading the mind of the target you touched .
Concealment: Conceal your possessed skills from appraisals .
One-handed Sword Technique: Increasing the attack power of the one-handed sword . Arts
can be used .
I was already aware of my Mind-reading skill . When Roxy held my hand, I heard her inner voice since this skill had been activated .
After thinking over things, I reached a conclusion . Or more precisely, the robotic voice gave me the answer when I killed the bandit . The answer of what happens when the Gluttony skill was activated .
The cause of this phenomenon was the Gluttony skill that I had always considered to be useless . With the Appraisal skill, I investigated the Gluttony skill afresh .
Gluttony: Be hungry
Yeah, I understand now . Back then in my home village, this was what the visiting appraiser saw . In other words, this skill had hidden powers that could not be seen in appraisals . Namely, it hid the ability to eat the soul of the defeated opponents and steal their status and skills . As a secondary effect, it filled and expanded the empty stomach .
This was a skill that strengthened the more it was used . Nevertheless, I could not simply become a murderer . Then, what should I do? It was simple . There were many demons residing outside of Seyfert Capital . I would kill them and take their power . And then someday, I would be stronger than even the Holy Knights . When that time came, I could seek revenge on Rafal and the Breric Family .
As this thought, my spirits rose and I felt like going to hunt monsters immediately . However, it was dangerous to hunt in the dark so it was better to hunt in the morning after a good sleep . I actually had a gatekeeping shift in the morning as Rafal’s substitute, but now I could ignore them . I no longer had to obey their orders given that Roxy was my new employer . Since my interview with her father was at noon tomorrow, it should be fine if I returned to the capital before then .
Well then, good night! Closing my eyes, my consciousness faded away in a blink of an eye .
I awoke to the sound of birdsong and turning to the broken mirror, I neatened my messy hair, brushed my teeth with twigs from a tree, and tidied my outfit .
Afterwards, I took out a small leather bag from a crack in the wall . This was all the wealth I had managed to save over the past five years; two silver coins . One silver coin was worth a hundred copper coins . By the way, a hundred silver coins could be exchanged for a gold coin, something that I had never possessed .
Even though I only had two silver coins and a variety of other laughable objects, I had sweated blood and tears to save this up . This money was originally an emergency escape fund for the time when I would be killed by Rafal .
Now, that worry no longer existed, so this could be used to buy equipment for fighting monsters .
Time to go . I grabbed the two silver coins and dashed out of my run down house .
The Seyfert Capital was divided into four districts . With the castle placed at the center, the areas lay to the east, west, north, and south .
Holy Knight District (East): This was the area of the upper class in the country, where the Holy Knights lived .
Residential District (West): Commoners like me lived here .
Commercial District (South): Shops operated here, with stores like armories, general merchandise, restaurants, and many others .
Military District (North): The training grounds for the Holy Knights, and the place where special armor was developed .
From such a division, it was obvious how much preferential treatment was given to the Holy Knights .
The district that I was headed towards was the most lively place in the whole kingdom, the commercial area . Passing through the crowds of people in the Residential District, I entered the commercial zone where red brick buildings bordered the road .
Now, to the back alleys . Here, street vendors packed their stalls tightly along the pathway, their vigorous voices calling out to passerbys .
Even in the Commercial District, places like this were uncommon . The reason as to why I came here was that my war fund was a mere two silver coins . With this, I could only afford an old, battered weapon . Besides, there was no way I could even enter a luxury weapon store with my current appearance . Hence, I came to the flea market where worthless things were on sale .
As I looked for a second hand weapon, a friendly middle-aged man called out . He had a warm, amicable smile .
“Dear customer, are you perhaps looking for a weapon?”
“You seem to know . ”
“I’ve been running this business for many years . I saw you come from far away looking only at weapons without even a glance at other things . ”
He was a sharp man . Was he a merchant? I was a little surprised by his welcoming attitude .
“How about it? Would you like to take a look?”
On display was an arrangement of weapons, the best that I had seen so far . Perhaps there would be a suitable weapon . I nodded silently in response .
“Then, what’s your budget?”
After hearing how much I had on hand, his attitude changed completely . His expression was no longer kind . Instead, his eyes were patronizing, just like Rafal’s .
“Tsk, so you’re poor . What a waste of being nice . Look, the only weapons you can buy with two silver coins are those trashy ones in the corner there . They’ll probably suit you well . ”
Of course, I would not be able to buy a decent weapon with such little money . Even if I were to become angry here, the other stalls would just look at me in the same way . Besides, there were still plenty of choices despite being trashy .
skill, I looked at each of the weapons . It seemed that in any case, most of them had just about reached their endurance limit and would break after a few uses . And then, as I picked up an old, black sword, a voice sounded in my head .
(Buy me . I will never let you lose . ) (TLN: The sword refers to himself as “ore-sama” aka “my esteemed self” which has an arrogant connotation that was lost in translation)
What I heard through the
skill was a quiet male voice .