According to Classmate A, Earth had undergone a tremendous upheaval as of late, caused by the large-scale raid of the ridiculously powerful combat androids called Valkyries lead by aliens.
It was from that point on that the role of the Heroes rose to prominence. Although Africa and Australia, who were utterly without any preparation, easily fell at the start, the rest of the continents succeeded in fending off the aliens by the power of love and friendship. They were apparently in the midst of dealing with the Valkyrie remnants…
“… I see.”
Perhaps the power of love and friendship, which the teaching staff so emphasized, was far stronger than I had expected? Or was that group of aliens a separate organization from the “First Hero”? Whatever the case, I lacked too much information at present.
I didn’t need to bother putting in effort to grow close with Classmate A, as the fellow rattled on of his own accord as we flew together on Baekgu’s back. Was this the so-called competitive spirit? I couldn’t see the end of Classmate A’s bragging along with giving other bits of information.
However, I listened to it all while adequately throwing in words of encouragement because he gave more information regarding Earth than I had thought I would get. Of course, it wasn’t like this from the start; half of Classmate A’s idle talk had been about his girlfriend, but ever since glimpsing the priestess and becoming humble, he completely avoided any topic related to women. Thanks to that, his talk was automatically filtered to output useful information.
“To describe how I beat the two Valkyries abandoned at my apartment…”
Classmate A’s combat prowess counted among the upper-middle rank on Earth. But as this was what he claimed himself, when slightly taking out his self-love and exaggeration, I guessed him to be around the middle rank.
I confirmed his Status for the second time.
▷Job: Hero(EXP 500%)
▷Skills: Interpretation(A) Stamina(A) Willpower(B) Charm(C) Swordsmanship(D) Energy(D) Preaching(D) Cooperation(D) Friendship(E) Mental Capacity(E) Footwork(E) Swimming(E) Endurance(E) Search(E) Elementalism(E) Fortitude(E) Recovery(E) Fortune(F) Observation(F) Flame(F) Magic Power(F) Tolerance(F) Magic(F) Sorcery(F) Intimacy(F) Cooking(F) Romance(F) Detect Foe(F) Foraging(F) Refinement(F) Resting(F) Summon(F) Storage(F) Politics(F) Blessing(F) Chill(F)
▷Condition: Motivated, Hungry, Holy Sword
While he wouldn’t end up getting his hide tanned whichever village or city inhabited by Fantasia’s barbarians he went to, it was fact that he was weak to the point of needing to stake his life in an encounter with even the most common middle-class demon. It was hard to say that his Status was good. Honestly put, he was lesser than even my useless former companions.
He shouldn’t be unaware of this fact, as he was an experienced individual with 3 years’ adventuring under his belt, yet nevertheless Classmate A was full of confidence. To explain the reason for that simply…
‘If you will, Miss Trainee Teacher!’
▶Job: Hero(EXP 500%)
▶Skills: Taming(SS) Hallucination(S) Curse(S) Religious Conversion(B) Charm(E) Energy(E) Brainwashing(F)
‘Oh! Miss Trainee Teacher’s doing work!’
▶Boo: I’ve always been working! Though I couldn’t be of help in the Cave of Training since I can’t enter!
At present, my Status as visible to others was odd and this was precisely the reason why Classmate A could hold out his chest before me in his own way despite his lacking Level. My displayed Skill set was truly all over the place—it was hard to expect any synergy or the like from it.
The reason for this was that only the Skills and number of Levels I had raised in this Playthrough was shown, but this was only considering when Black-Box wasn’t activated. As for the truth?
▷Race: Chaos Human
▷Job: Hero(EXP 500%)
▷Skills: Divinity(Z) Blessing(Z) Dark Energy(Z) Fabrication(SSS) Taming(SS) Summon(S) Hallucination(S) Curse(S) Fortune(A) Interpretation(A) Religious Conversion(B) Storage(C) ◼◼(C) Charm(D) Festival(E) Energy(E) Infinite(E) Brainwashing(F)
▷Condition: Holy Sword, Saintess
Even though Black-Box was activated, the number of Skills I had, formerly as numerous as the stars in the Milky Way, had become greatly reduced due to having done away with them all in order to limit breakthrough Dark Energy to Z-rank. Still, I had left all the important Skills, and as I had achieved Z-rank in Dark Energy, I didn’t feel much regret. Although there was still the Skill that had no relevance to the others, that was a trivial matter.
Classmate A and I rode Baekgu and returned to Snowy Mountain M again. I did think it a waste of time to come meet someone that didn’t exist, but I didn’t show it on the outside as Classmate A was beside me.
“Relax your expression, Kang Han Soo.”
“What about it?”
My expression was serene as ever.
“When I look at your face right now, I feel like even the Demon King almost seems like a good character in comparison.”
“Look into a mirror before you… Gasp! Why’s the mountaintop like that?!”
Classmate A was astonished upon seeing the fortress where the Ice Princess lived in and I could understand how he felt a little. After all, the entire place had been laid waste to during the battle between me and the cat giant, who had been hiding in the vicinity. Even the previously M-shaped peak of the mountain had been flattened. As for the fortress… it was a pile of stones buried in snow.
For starters, we landed atop the the fortress ruins. Feeling a prick at my conscience, I pretended to give a suggestion to Classmate A while surreptitiously changing the topic.
“How about searching for the Sage’s Staff first?”
As according to Classmate A’s method, that stick was effective on the Ice Princess and so I thought: how about starting from procuring the Sage’s Staff?
Classmate A, who had been looking about the collapsed fortress ruins, replied while shaking his forefinger from side to side.
“Tsk-tsk, you don’t know what you’re talking about. The effect drops if you hand over the staff right away. First, I’ll plant the seeds of hope by explaining there’s a way to control her power from going out of control. By doing that, she’ll become impatient like a child pestering for a toy.”
Such a brilliant taming method…?
While Classmate A was most definitely a lame Hero, as befitting a graduate, there was a bit to be learned from him.
“Seems like you’ve grasped it, too. That’s right. So, we have to start by finding the Ice Princess for now. I don’t know the cause, though—why did this place change like this? It wasn’t like this at all before my regression… is it a butterfly effect? Hansoo, is there anything that occurs to you?”
I saw nothing.
I discovered a person that was hiding in the Ice Princess’ exclusive toilet. Although I couldn’t properly see their face, as the person hid the moment our eyes met, that charming voice I heard through the snowstorm was familiar.
The damage occurred from the battle at the fortress hadn’t extended to the toilet, the toilet full of the princess’ you-know-what, thanks to it being far off in a covert location.
“Where are you going so suddenly, Hansoo?”
“I found something.”