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“Venerable Saint, it’s this way.”
The Saintess, constantly maintaining a faint smile on her face, erotically swayed her celestial peach-shaped buttocks left and right as she took the lead. It seemed that she was made to match the tastes of Earthlings: a nun’s garb that combined the immoral and pure which all men would favor, a hairstyle that would have taken at least 3 hours at a beauty salon, clean makeup, fine skin… It was the perfect harmony of clothing and wearer.
Her Status was also insane.
▷Race: Grand Human
▷Skills: Immortal(SSS) Faith(SS) Divinity(SS) Glamor(S) Virtue(S)…
Hahah! Immortal at SSS-rank?
She appeared to be a delicate woman on the outside, but the Saintess’ Level and Skill set made her no different from a living fortress. To what extent? Even if this Saintess was thrown nude into the very heart of a fierce battlefield, she would be just fine without a single scratch.
Of course, while the men on that battlefield, who would no doubt be stirred up into fiery passions, wouldn’t leave her buttocks be, there would absolutely be no physical harm. What would be a good way to call her? Ah!
I observed the surroundings as I followed behind Saintess H, as if the situation called for the need to escape, then I needed to input the environment, defenses and such into my mind.
But perhaps she had noticed my line of sight?
“Venerable Saint, a truly beautiful garden, isn’t it? It helps in settling down the weariness and confusion of the mind and body. I wish to open it to the public, but I only feel regret as entry is strictly prohibited.”
Saintess H slowed her pace as she talked.
I played along to her tune.
“Yes, a wonderful farm as you say.”
Nothing needed be said further from the moment I saw the mermaids lounging in the pond here. There would be no garden more tempting than this one in all of Fantasia and Earth; however, I couldn’t afford to do nothing but laugh to myself, and that was because of the stone statues placed in various spots of the garden.
▷Job: Watchman(Defense→Five Senses↑)
▷Skills: Detect Foe(SSS) Five Senses(SS) Pursuit(SS) Close Quarters Combat(SS) Cooperation(S)…
Nude statues of men with bulging muscles like that of bodybuilders were placed throughout the garden like boulders. They followed my movements with only their eyes rolling about in their sockets.
Golems, soulless masses of magical earth. The way to subjugate them depended on the way they were created, but in general, destroying their core which was the equivalent of a living creature’s heart would stop their movements. Put differently, this meant they would revive over and over so long as their core remained intact. Each golem possessed infinitely varied levels of intelligence and performance.
These entities could be easily encountered as watchmen in the temples, sanctuaries, ruins and such that were scattered across Fantasia’s continents. The use of a golem wasn’t limited to combat, however; construction, cleaning, labor, experiments, escort… they were used in myriad ways depending on their size and form.
▶Perplexed: No graduates can re-enter the great temple once they leave, to begin with. And yet Student Kang Han Soo succeeded amazingly enough…
‘Miss Trainee Teacher, listen well. Common sense exists to be broken. (Grin).’
At any rate… I would have really ended up dead had I snuck in while only believing in my luck as a Thief. It was the golems’ Skill, Detect Foe(SSS)—the ability to search out enemies. No matter how outrageous the effects of Fortune was, amplified by the Job Thief and Holy Sword 2, it was only A-rank; it was only inevitable to end up noticed if the opponent had an SSS-rank Skill. That being the case, would I be able to win against them in a fight?
“Venerable Saint, are the golems to your liking?”
Saintess H, who possessed an unusual sensitivity, asked me this as she approached my side in a friendly manner.
“It’s my first time seeing such powerful golems.”
“Huhu! No doubt about that. These golems are dolls made by the very god who built this great temple, after all. A total of 3,141 golems are keeping up perfect defenses of the great temple’s interiors.”
Mhm. Nope. Definitely nope.
I wouldn’t be able to even cross the threshold of the great temple’s treasure storehouse’s doors at this rate. I had to find another way through that didn’t involve force, and for that the most urgent business was to find out the reason for my being invited to this great temple, as well as to determine the limits of my capability.
▷Race: Chaos Human
▷Skills: Battle Spirit(SSS) Dark Energy(SSS) Massacre(SS) Chaos(SS) Destruction(SS) Tolerance(SS) Deadly Venom(SS) Physical Strength(SS) Endurance(SS) Agility(SS) Fighting Skill(SS) Five Senses(SS) Swordsmanship(SS) Majesty(SS) Oblivion(SS) Governance(SS) Swimming(SS) Boxing(SS) Sword Ki(SS) Slaughter(SS) Immortal(S) Close Quarters Combat(S) Body Technique(S) Fortitude(S) Breakthrough(S) Stamina(S) Detect Foe(S) Judgement(S) Breath(S) Recovery(S) Perseverance(S) Vitality(S) Tenacity(S) Incitement(S) Resistance(S) Fabrication(S) Regeneration(S) Immunity(S) Composure(S) Iron Wall(S) Indestructible Body(S) Spear Throwing(S) Roar(S) Taunt(S) Berserk(S) Pursuit(S) Vigor(S)…
▷Condition: Holy Sword, Divine
A beautiful set of Skills specialized for combat!
And that was the problem, because when confronted with a situation that couldn’t be solved with force like now, the number of things I could do would drastically be reduced. The utility of my non-combat Skills was extremely low. A non-violent way of doing things like that of supreme leader, Gandhi, wasn’t suitable for me. Then what was I to do?
“I have something I must urgently tell you, Venerable Saint.”
The event content was finally going to be revealed.
Truthfully, this was the biggest question. Saintess H’s Status was very much on the excellent side, amazing to the point of being able to heal all the patients of a city by herself. I didn’t think that an individual such as Saintess H would have something to request of a greenhorn who’d just opened his eyes to ‘healing magic’.
But of course…
“I’m all ears, Venerable Saintess.”
It was possible in a role-playing game. Some Knight Captain Q who had four intact limbs, and ability to boot, might entrust an important secret to or ask help of a fledgling player. Well, it wasn’t like I couldn’t understand at all; if there had to be a rather acceptable reason for every mission, then game developers would find themselves collapsing with a cramp in their heads.
Here was reality, however. While it was excessively fantastical to be called reality, at least the people of this world wouldn’t deliberately entrust contrived missions like in a game. This being the case, what was it that Saintess H wasn’t capable of doing?
I decided to hear about it from now.
Saintess H began to speak her part in a lamenting manner.
“We have imprisoned a large number of demon worshipers within the great temple; however, we are placed in a helpless situation as those individuals are heroes, the loss of whom would be too great to simply execute. Great Venerable Saint, I ask that you persuade those heroes to once again take the side of humanity. Please.”
A very interesting mission was offered my way.
Demon worshipers—weren’t they right up my alley? Like eating a dragon lying down.
▶Chill: Student Kang Han Soo? I’ve been continuing to feel nothing but ill omens for a while now, but that must just be my imagination, right?
‘Of course it is, Miss Trainee Teacher. I’m extremely confident, you see! Just trust in me!’
▶Correction: I was worrying for the great temple’s safety…
I was greatly satisfied with the Hero Festival system. As the festival was focused around the graduates who lacked for nothing, the concept of free service didn’t work like it did in Fantasia’s continents.
Give and take—an absolute reward would be given upon completing the event. And so…
Having passed by the garden and entered the inner area of the great temple, we entered earnest negotiations. From here on it would business talks of a labor relations through and through.
“The demon worshipers number 514 in total.”
Saintess H spoke while pointing to the single cells lined up like a maze on the other side.
“Over 500? There’s more than I thought.”
“Indeed. It’s because a Saint has never appeared even a single time over a long time, while only the demon worshipers continued to increase. That’s why, Venerable Saint, please reform as many of the demon worshipers as you can.”
As Saintess H earnestly requested this of me, she also mentioned ‘points’.
1 point per demon worshiper. It was a reward system of diligently gathering points and exchanging them for a desired treasure. I thought that it was highly reasonable.