30 Days have passed since I ate Veldora .
What am I up to these days?
Aren’t you an idiot!
Just think for a moment!
I’ve become a slime!
What do you think would happen if I were attacked?
And hey, just try running like this!!!
So, I’ve been thinking about how to fight .
At the same time, I’m munching on some grass and strangely glowing rocks .
You know–the one’s found at the magic abundant place Veldora mentioned .
The grass I’ve collected there is mostly the Hipokte kind .
As expected .
With this, my stock of restorative medicine has increased .
And, the glowing rocks are apparently called “Demon Ore” .
Harder than steel, yet sufficiently flexible, they are a high grade material .
I had hoped it was some super rare metal… but, well, it’s not like I know whether Orichalcum, Hihiirokane, or other legendary ore even exists in this world .
(TL Note: these are names of ores of legend in our world, refer to google for more info)
Maybe it’s plenty rare . Maybe I’m just being too greedy .
That’s what I was thinking while munching on some delicious (or not?) weeds and stones .
Since I can spit out water, can’t I use it as a water cannon type of thing?
Yeah, you don’t have to say it .
You think I’m going to fail, don’t you?
Wasn’t I ridiculed enough?
I mean, at times of need I can do what needs to be done .
Even my report card read “If he tries he can do it . ”
And so–I can do this!
With that thought, I quickly hurried to the lake .
As I had imagined while enshrouded in darkness, the underground lake it pretty damn big .
But surpassing my imagination, the lake had a mysterious and tranquil atmosphere .
Lacking any presence of life, it was completely serene .
Although the magical energy permeates the water, I dare say that no living thing inhabits it .
An example of uncorrupted nature!
What a beautiful sight!
That being that…
‘Cause I didn’t practice last time, I still suck at shooting water with full strength .
When the “mouth” is this large, the jet propulsion strength is far too high .
This time, while imagining a water pistol, I tried releasing just a bit .
As if filling my mouth with water and spitting just little out .
But no water is coming out .
Is it too small, now?
After increasing it just a bit, it did come out . And with good force .
I tried soaking the nearby boulder .
Alright, good .
Next, let’s widen the opening for combat use .
With the boulder as my target, I gently began practicing while increasing output .
Okay . I kind of got the hang of this .
But, although if this hit someone it will hurt, I certainly can’t call this a finisher .
How should I…?
While worrying over this question, I entered the lake .
It’s, at most, like a bath to relax when tired .
No… I’m not just playing in the water!
I observed my body floating and sinking with [Magic Perception] .
Just like a jellyfish…
Hmm… if I were to make my “face” oscillate, could I create a water current?
After I reached out to the magic energy in my face, I tried making it oscillate .
With a *pyoon pyoon… pyooooooon*, I felt small ripples being formed . And, I began moving through the water . A great success!!!
Bemused, I played around in the water .
What a nice change of pace!
＜＜Skill [Water Current Control] has been acquired＞＞
For a second I thought it was [Great Sage], but seems to be the “Voice of the World”…
To have gained a skill while playing .
In the end I was able to control depth, direction, and speed .
And if I have to, I can just accelerate with [Hydraulic Propulsion] .
If you consider the fact that I don’t need to breathe, it might actually be pretty easy to fight in the water .
To say nothing of running away .
Is what I thought as I got out of the lake .
The break’s over .
The means of attacking is the problem .
And through having taken this break, I got a new idea I wanted to try .
I needed to increase the compression of water in the water gun .
This time, I imagined loading a bit of water into a cylinder and shooting it out .
By calibrating the aperture and the pressure, I could calibrate the power of the shot–the same principle as the [Water Current Control] .
Flying out sharply, the water hit the targeted boulder .
It left a small mark .
Success… . right?
As to not forget that feeling, I decided to continue practicing .
While regulating the aperture and pressure, of course .
Then, I tried to imagine imagine the water rotating .
And rather than the size of the opening, I tried to thin the shape of the water .
Yes! The idea was “Cutting water!”
The water blade cut the boulder!!!
Honestly, even I was surprised at its power .
A week’s worth of practice (lol), had finally bore fruit!
＜＜Skill [Water Blade] has been acquired＞＞
＜＜The skills [Hydraulic Propulsion], [Water Current Control], and [Water Blade] have evolved into Extra Skill [Water Manipulation]＞＞
What do you know!
It really bore fruit .
There’s a big difference in ability and strength between extra skills and normal ones .
Thus, I’ve found a way to fight .
And with this, I am ready to set out on a journey .
At last .
Since I found myself reincarnated by this underground lake, 120 days have passed .
Finally, the journey away from home begins .
I am uneasy . Though that isn’t something I’ll mention .
Since I have no vocal cords, I tried to see if I could reproduce them with my body . But, I have been so far unsuccessful .
I’ve thought about staying here to practice, but I just can’t imagine it right .
Guess I’ll just have to depend on transmitting my thoughts via “telepathy” .
Worst case scenario I’ll be at the mercy of my opponents, so until I learn to talk life will be pretty inconvenient… not that I can do anything about it .
No matter how many hours I spent here, nothing will change .
But right now, I really want to see the outside world, and see if I can find any fellow “World Travelers” .
And learning magic will be fun .
With that thought, I really should set out on this journey .
Like they say, no time like the present .
No reaction from Veldora either .
He seems to have vanished, but I know that much is not true .
We made a promise, after all .
That when we next meet, I would have prepared a lot of funny and strange things to tell him about .
And thus, from a familiar wide room, I walked the one road to the surface .
A yet unseen world, a world of possibilities, I longed to join it all…
Name: Rimuru Tempest
Divine Protection: the Storm Crest
Techniques: Unique Skill [Great Sage], Unique Skill Predator, Slime-Specific Skills [Dissolve], [Absorb], [Regenerate], Extra Skill [Water Manipulation], Extra Skill [Magic Perception]
Resistances: Thermal Fluctuation Resistance EX, Physical Attack Resistance, Pain Resistance, Electricity Resistance, Paralysis Resistance .
At the bottom of a deep, deep heart of darkness…
Where no one could visit, amidst dispair .
Veldora spends another day reminiscing in solitude .
Calamity Class Storm Dragon Veldora
Special S Class Monster .
Both monsters and adventurers are ranked A~F–all in those 6 categories .
Those especially strong have a “+” attached, those weak have a “-“ .
This was a guidance from the World Traveler, Free Guild head, Grand Master Kagurasaka Yuuki . He established this ranking system>
Up until then, it was Novice –> Beginner –> Intermediate –>Advanced; a four step system that was easy to understand .
And by the way, Advanced is C rank and above, Intermediate is D rank, Beginner is E rank, and Novice is F rank .
Thus, the number of deaths due to fighting stronger than expected monsters greatly decreased .
Those of the same rank would be a match in a one on one .
Thus, fighting in a party became safer .
Surpassing A rank is the specially designated Demon king level S rank, and above even this stands the monster with the strength of a natural disaster–Special S rank .
Deviating from the standard ranking system, an abnormal existence .
At the present, an A class monster is capable of jeopardizing the existence of a country .
A strength capable of inducing despair .
And in the first place, what surrounds Veldora is of no concern to him .
Yet again today he thinks .
That life is tedious .
It had been 300 years since he lost to the Hero .
He remembered that fight many times .
He was bitter, but strangely held no grudge .
Fighting at a whim . Living at a whim
Those who would cross his path were few in numer .
For him, it was not the first defeat .
But, to have lost one on one with the same handicaps… that was a first .
Pale skin .
Small, crimson lips .
Long, jet black hair .
Not too tall, a petite and thin physique .
Though her face was covered in a mask, her counters revealed her femininity . A beautiful girl .
Since his eyes did not see, he could not peek at her emotions .
Is that why? Without fear or hatred, she merely dispassionately swung the sword… how regretful .
If he had broken out of this prison?
He sometimes thinks about that .
Would he complete his revenge against her? Although he did not hate her?
If he had the chance, he would want to fight again .
Those were his honest feelings .
But that should not be a fight against a machine, but one where they wage their identities!
To make that girl, the Hero, recognize him and go all out .
That had become Veldora’s one wish .
Human lifespan is short .
That his wish will never come true Veldora knew all too well .
But still… . he thoughts keep looping around the same ideas…
How many years had passed?
A light blue body had rammed into his .
Around here, due to the magical energy he released, no normal life could be sustained .
Moreover, touching a lump of magical energy that Veldora was, would be difficult even for a high class monster .
Amused, Veldora observed that being .
And that let to their encounter .
Before he knew it, to he who had abandoned his will to live, that bizarre existence became his only hope .
That meeting had to have had some purpose .
Veldora had that premonition .
One that he had not had until now .
(Can you hear me, Little One?)
Holding on to that belief, Veldora called out .
Author’s Notes: For now, Veldora’s story ends here . Little by little the “name” might come out…
Translator’s Corner (Cast: an English Clown and a French Pierrot)
Clown: Well, that was an alright chapter .
Pierrot: The dragon is a tsundere .
Clown: I just want to give him a hug .
Pierrot: A big, bald tsundere…