I ran intently through the Goblin Meadow in the night air . Each time I cleaved through the bushes and found a sleeping goblin, I swung Greed right at its neck .
I wonder how many times I had already heard this robotic voice . Yet, it was still not enough . More . This did nothing to satisfy my hunger .
However, I had been running without a pause ever since I left the capital . I stopped to catch my breath . A full moon had risen high into the cloudless sky and illuminated the dead goblin’s corpse . If I was hunting normally, I would have cut off both ears as evidence to claim my prize, although I could not afford to waste time right now . Once my breathing had stabilised, I stepped over the corpse and headed for my next prey .
Hm? I could hear footsteps chasing me from the meadow . No, not just from behind . From the front and two sides, footsteps on the grass were approaching from all directions . There was quite a number of them . It seemed like while I had been focused on running around and hunting in this area, the goblins began to view me as a threat . The goblin being hunting woken up and called on its comrades for assistance in an effort to defeat me, eliminating harm to their kind .
Sensing their advance, I chose a place with relatively low bushes and halted . Then, the sounds of those closely following footsteps died down one after another . Looking around, I saw that the goblins had surrounded me .
There were roughly 50 of them, perhaps even more . Now that my eyes had adjusted to the night vision, I could clearly see the goblins .
The opponents were familiar monsters, Goblin Fighters and Goblin Guards . With Greed, I could slice through all their swords and shields . Besides, no matter how many more of these goblins appeared, the strategy would remain the same, and they were no match for my current state of starvation .
With these red pupils, any goblin with a lower status was simply immobilised when they met my gaze . Glancing around constantly at the goblins who froze in their tracks, I steadily killed them off one by one . Some of the goblins noticed something strange and tried to escape, however, it was too late for all of them .
Although they had intended to form an enclosure to quickly defeat me, it had actually made it easier for me to hunt them as they had all assembled together . With that, I killed the last one . The goblin fell down on top of the other corpses .
Whew . I had calmed down just a little . Using Greed who had been polished to a mirror-like shine, I looked at my reflection . My eyes were still red .
“I’ve eaten quite a lot, but my hunger still hasn’t subsided…”
I had killed over 100 goblins, however, this state of starvation continued . Upset, I asked Greed about it .
“How long until this state is released?”
“Hm . In your condition, it seems that the goblin level will not be satisfactory . You should hunt the higher-ranked Hobgoblins . ”
Taking Greed’s suggestion, I left the Goblin Meadow and headed towards the western forest . Here was the place called Hobgob Forest . Goblins from the meadow who had gained enough power moved to live in this forest as they evolved into Hobgoblins .
There were three types of Hobgoblins; Hobgoblin Fighter, Hobgoblin Guard, and Hobgoblin Archer . The fighters and guards should be similar to their goblin counterparts . The problem was the archer . Although their numbers were few, they concealed themselves well in bushes and their arrows flew far . The most problematic thing was that they covered their arrowheads with faecal waste, and if hit by them, they could cause a dangerous infection . Warriors of the Royal Capital referred to these Hobgoblin archers as faecal archers .
I had heard of this information from some of the Heart Family servants who used to be warriors in their youthful days, and had taught me a lot during our mealtimes . A majority of the heroic stories ─ he bragged a lot, but they were quite interesting so I listened to them all . Feeling grateful to him, I proceeded with caution .
Since Hobgoblins were not nocturnal creatures, they should be fast asleep at the moment unless I made a commotion . The point was that I should attack them while they slept as I did with the other goblins .
Look, there was one of them . Leaning asleep against a large tree was a Hobgoblin whose height matched mine . Its physique was much more muscular and firm . The skin colour was hard to tell… Although as expected of a higher-ranked goblin species, it was greenish .
skill has been activated .
Hobgoblin Fighter Lv12
Skill: Two-handed Sword Technique
Hobgoblin Fighter huh? There was a large sword lying at its feet, one that it probably used to attack with . It had a Two-handed Sword Technique skill too . The status was not a concern .
As I approached quietly, I noticed another demon behind the large tree . From the shield next to it, I could guess which type this Hobgoblin was, however, I still used
Hobgoblin Guard Lv12
Skill: HP Enhancement (medium)
Oh, it possessed a HP Enhancement (medium) skill? As I had expected last time, there seemed to be several stages in the status enhancement system . Since there was (small) and (medium), then from this flow, (large) certainly existed .
After I finished confirming, I first sliced the neck of the sleeping Hobgoblin Guard . It died within a deep sleep, passed away without suffering .
Now then, one monster remained… Ah, it seemed to have woken up . The sound of my sword slicing through the neck of the guard disturbed the Hobgoblin Fighter, who sensed something was amiss and tried to call out . It was probably intending to alert its friends . I could not let that happen . I thrust Greed into its mouth lined with yellow teeth .
The Hobgoblin soul filled me up more than the Goblin did . If I had known it would be like this, I would have headed straight here to the Hobgoblins without wasting time with the Goblins .
As my pangs of hunger had yet to subside, I used
on my own status .
Fate Graphite Lv1
Skill: Gluttony, Appraisal, Concealment, One-handed Sword Technique, Two-handed Sword Technique, Strength Enhancement (small), HP Enhancement (small), HP Enhancement (medium)
Still, the night was long . I searched for my next prey as I continued further into the forest .