Chapter 5: The wild last boss accepts a request

Author’s Note: What, JOJO? You’re saying this kind of MMO doesn’t exist? Think of it this way. It’s because it’s an imaginary setting that it doesn’t matter what I do with the plot.

Translator’s Note: I’ve noted some Japanese yen to Japanese yen conversions in parenthesis. Tell me whether it helps or is in the way of your reading experience.
100 yen = 100 yen


A golem’s fist swings through the air. I had steeled myself for any attack, but their sluggish movements are slowly putting me to sleep. So slow—too slow. What is this? Some kind of anime protagonist punch overflowing with hopes, dreams, and the power of friendship? I could run to the grocery, buy an apple, eat it, come back, and still make it back in time to parry the blow. What’s with these half-assed movements? Am I being underestimated?

“These are some stiff golems, yeah?”

Voicing my discontent, I jumped lightly over the golem. Then, with a tenth of my full power, I thrust my heel down at the head. The stone statue crumpled like paper, completely losing any resemblance to its original shape.

Fra—fragile. Too fragile. A cardboard box would have won in a competition of durability. The grounds a bit too brittle as well.

“Master. There’s no need to hold back, you know? Could you make their movements more natural?”

“……Huh? Uh, what…? Im-impossible… the-the golem was defeated? What just happened?”

“…perhaps, were you…not paying attention just now?”

Once again, I took the golem’s speed and strength into consideration. However, the owner’s bewildered face tells a different story.

Ah, I see. It’s just me. It wasn’t because the golems were too slow or too fragile, but because I was too fast and too strong. My concentration on the battlefield was so intense that it distorted my own perception of time.

“I see… that was the extent of their power.”

That golem was level 5. That means that the average novice adventurer is also level 5, and that in this world, it is a praiseworthy display of strength. On the contrary, I’m level 1000 and especially confident in terms of speed. As a result, their full speeds appear as sluggish movements from my perspective.

The in-game mechanics also worked similarly. If the difference in agility was too large, the lower level player would never land a blow even if the opponent stood in place. It’s also a good representation of my fight with the golem.

“Let’s get this over with.”

I proceeded to crush the three remaining golems, lightly smashing apart two more with my feet. They give almost no resistance—as if I was slicing butter. I then pulled off a leisurely kick at the final golem, which soon fell to the ground, lifeless.

“…Wha—what in the world are…”

The bar master trailed off in a shaky voice. His eyes were clouded with fear. This is bad. I would rather not draw too much attention as I am now… well, what’s done is done. I’ll try to bear this in mind next time.

“Ruphas-sama, you’re overdoing it! The very standards of fighting are far lower than what they were 200 years ago! You’ll give rise to fear if you don’t restrain yourself!”

Dina ran over and whispered heatedly.

So now I know that the fighting standards have fallen over time.
Shouldn’t you tell me that earlier?

“Ah, forgive me, Dina, It seems I might have lost my touch over the span of 200 years. I had misjudged my own capabilities.”

“Seriously, try to be a bit more careful next time, okay?”

It seems that even exerting a tenth of my power is excessive. Next time, a forehead flick should be enough to deal with this kind of opponent. Ah, but I can’t move my arms, so maybe a wiggle of my toes would suffice.

At any rate, how mysterious. The moment I engaged in combat, the world around me slowed to a crawl. With Ruphas’ instincts, I was able to smoothly transition between a normal field of perception into one more suited for battle.

“So, what do you think? I should think it was a flawless performance, though.”

“Ye—yeah… that’s right, you shouldn’t have trouble with any requests. The request board is inside the tavern, so feel free to choose one to your liking.”

Having received the owner’s approval, Dina and I returned to the bar to seek out the request board. However, after scanning over the available jobs, I found that all of them lacked a certain appeal. Frankly, I would prefer a task with a more generous reward over multiple smaller jobs. I want to get to Suvell as soon as I can. An escort request for a coach traveling from Yudaril to Suvell would be ideal. In that case, I would be able to earn some pocket money while heading over to Suvell. Although I alone could fly over in an instant, that would mean leaving Dina behind. With a carriage, I can easily bring Dina along with me… is what I initially thought, but—

“There’s nothing good here, huh?”

“There isn’t.”

Though there was an escorting request, the carriage was headed for Levatin instead. To say nothing of the fact that Levatin is in the opposite direction of Suvell. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any requests that fell under my expectations.

“Ah, Ruphas-sama. What do you think of this one?”

“Hm?”

I glanced at the thin sheet that Dina held up to me.

 

【Request・Cat Search】
Difficulty: ☆☆
Reward: 100 eru for every cat found
Our household’s 12 pet cats have run off somewhere.
Please look for them!

 

“1200 eru at best just for searching for 12 cats! What a bargain!”

“Ah, well, it certainly is.”

1200 eru if the search goes well… it certainly is a bargain.
Eru is the currency of this world and if I’m not mistaken, 1 eru is the equivalent to around 200 Japanese yen (2 USD). Basically, that means completing this job earns us a total of 240,000 yen (2,400 USD). Either the client is quite the cat lover, or they’re wealthy nobles. In any case, they live a lavish lifestyle.

On a side note, although that was the in-game conversion rate, the opposite might hold true in reality. It’s obvious that between game currency and real money, the latter holds more value. In fact, you could obtain 10,000 eru worth of in-game equipment with 500 yen (5 USD). That would make real money more valuable by a long shot.

“Let’s not. I’m not the best at searching. That is a job for a beastman.”

“The—then what about this one?”

 

【request・orc subjugation】

Difficulty: ☆☆☆☆
Reward: 1500 eru
Orcs have built a nest near the village and have been doing as they please.
Please help.

 

“Oh? That’s a fairly profitable request there. How strange for no one to accept it.”

I say in approval of the job request held up by Dina. I would have exterminated the orcs even if there was no cash reward. These creatures have a 3 percent drop rate for [orc meat], an HP status-enhancing item, after all.

Orcs—otherwise known as “pork chops”. When this was still a game, they existed solely so players could farm easy experience. Truly an existence worthy of their nickname.
Especially for level capped players who hoped to get ahold of HP-up’s, orc extermination was a daily routine. There were also players who camped at orc spawning locations. For these reasons, they became rare monsters. The average orc’s lifespan was reduced to a measly couple of seconds.

That’s why it was impossible for them to lead a raid on a human village. They were butchered and looted the second they were born, let alone gathering to form a group. Orcs were mobs so pitiful that you start to sympathize with lines of code. For those orcs to move, gather, and attack people… this is a deeply moving moment for me.

“It’s because there’s no profit.”

“What? Orc hunting is the embodiment of profit.”

“That might hold true for Ruphas-sama, but the times have changed. Nowadays, a single orc can match the strength of an experienced warrior. The extermination of a nest would be a job for the knight order. And even then, there are plenty of casualties. No one is willing to put their life on the line for a meager 1500 eru.”

“So the times change… back then, adventurers would line up to accept such a request. Not to mention quest rewards would never sink so low. I remember a similar request that paid 15,000 eru.”

The differences between game and reality drew a sigh from my lips. Orc hunting is nothing but a worthless burden to the denizens of this world. However, players from the game would be living the dream to receive a reward for killing orcs. It’s like being paid to play games. You can’t help but think it’s too good to be true.

“So… it’s fine if I raze the nest to the ground, right?”

“Of course.”

“Alright. Then let’s accept this request. This will be our ticket to secure food and money before we embark on our journey.”

“Yaaaay, this time the orcs are going extinct for sure. Though it was my idea, I think I’m feeling a bit sorry for them now,”

This is a chance to earn money, obtain meat, and raise my HP simultaneously. If I let such an opportunity slip from my grasp, then I’m unqualified as a competitive player. With the written request in hand, I told the bar owner of my plans and left the tavern behind.

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“By the way, Dina.”

“Yes?”

The village specified in the request is located half a day away on foot. While heading our way towards the destination, I decided to pass time by asking Dina some questions. There are all kinds of differences between this world and my knowledge of the game. 200 years is by no means a short period of time after all.

“You told me that the standards of combat have dropped from 200 years ago. I’d like to hear about that in a bit more detail.”

200 years ago—when this was a game, I was undoubtedly the strongest player. Listed at the top of all player rankings, I’m confident that there wasn’t a single opponent that could overpower me. However, in no way did that mean I was unrivaled in strength. Believe it or not, there was no lack of players that could challenge my authority.

The game had 8 million active players in total… and around 20 percent of them achieved level capped characters, which is the bottom line for being a competitive player. Naturally, it’ll take a bit of effort to reach, but it’s definitely not something a little perseverance can’t accomplish. Then again, that alone isn’t enough to be recognized as a top-ranking player. The real challenge comes after: efficiently collecting status-enhancing items after becoming unable to level. Then, only a small portion of the retards who ruin their health playing the game are listed as top-ranking players.

Now that I think of it… the usage of status-enhancing items doesn’t seem to be a common practice in this world. That would mean your growth would come to a halt at the level cap. But even then, that’s no reason for standards to drop this far.

The next few words that came out of Dina’s mouth blew my mind.

“Uuum, let’s see… the country you mentioned earlier, Levatin, is also widely known as the “Nation of Swords” and… there’s a sword saint famed as the greatest swordsman on the planet… he should be somewhere around level 120.”

“……120?”

“Yes, 120.”

I doubted my own ears. Level 120? The greatest swordsman on the planet is level 120!? What’s with this absurdly low number? I’m surprised he can call himself a sword saint. He sounds like a cocky beginner who decided to honor himself with a “second name” because he happened to reach level 100. At least reach level 1000 before making a fool out of yourself.

“You must be joking. There’s a limit to how low it can be, you know?”

“You see, Ruphas-sama. The strange ones were the people from that generation. Please think about it. You only have one life. The kind of monsters able to reach level 1000 without losing their lives usually don’t exist. Not to mention that the only way to get there is by fighting day after day like a madman. To train without rest—it’s barely enough to call it an act of madness… It was the heroes of that age who were actually crazy.”

I feel disoriented. But I get it.
Indeed, level 1000 was only achievable because it was a game.
You could simply resurrect after death. There were no consequences.
It was possible because it was a game… but can we really say the same for reality?

To be hunting monsters all day, every day, and live through that nightmare for over a year. How many people on the planet can achieve such a feat? And how many of those individuals still retain their sanity?

With that in mind, even level 120 is an incredible accomplishment. The level of a lunatic on the verge of obsession.

I was the one who was irregular.

“I see… Indeed, it is considerably different from the world I knew.”

I am a lunatic and a monster in this world.
Staring straight into the eyes of reality, an empty feeling enveloped my chest.


【Unnecessary Explanation】

  • Changing Your Occupation in X-gate Online

Status in X-gate online relies heavily on “levels” and “class levels”, How stats develop depends on the equipped class at the time of leveling.
The class level caps at 100, but class changes before cost experience, What a heartbreaking way to say goodbye to your former class.

※However, these limitations can be lifted through the cash shop. This way, it’s possible to extend the maximum class level to 200. This is where the developers bare their hungry jaws for the sweet taste of your hard earned money.

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36 responses to Chapter 5: The wild last boss accepts a request

  1. Lurker

    Next is Orcs massacre! I wonder if the orcs have nightmares and horrible tales about 200 years ago.

    Thanks for the chapter.

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  2. “So slow—too slow. What is that supposed to be? Some kind of anime protagonist punch overflowing with hopes, dreams, and the power of friendship(nakama power)?”

    this was a good one! nice job shurim!

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  3. Authn

    I’ve seen few spoilers of it and now I can’t just get enough of it! Thanks for the translation!

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  4. barbaricbob

    ah the ”this is reality after all” line. i wonder if the demon king is also that powerful

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    • The one who was known as Demon King(lol), who is really feared in a world full of low level people… I’d say level capped with loads of hp and mp like most final bosses?

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      • If I remember right I owned a final boss kinda char in a game, multi hit magic that can’t be defended as it has no element affinity (almighty), ability to drain mana and hp immune to status aliments and strong against all elements and phys two minions with similar magic and skill that blocks all damage but almighty, halved mana consumption maxed int and speed with near maxed con…

        I highly doubt it is as strong as that because you know… games need to have balance

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      • No no, even seemingly inbalanced bosses are made in a way that they can be beaten, so they are balanced, even more in mmos, he should be fairly strong tho, but so long he aint a raid type, a solo player can do it, a wild last boss can too

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      • qsurf

        It’s never the actual final bosses that put you through hell though, it’s those @!#$%*!#$ Optional Side Bosses that have you screaming to the uncaring developers if they had ever heard of in-game balance.

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      • Reminds me of god eater burst, how the main story (god eater) final boss felt weak af, and then I had to face the one who was added in the story that comes after that… a beautiful fight (then I found some who own that boss with ease and felt like crying)

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  5. Daemon of Tentacles

    something is missing… but i can’t tell what also why is all the good stuff can only be found in the land of the rising sun? i mean won’t japan profit more if they export there novels, like Harry Potter, those Glitter Vampires, Lord of the Ring: Dwarf Edition and etc.

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  6. PerpetualRed

    Thanks for the chapter. In that degraded age, Ruphas is probably the strongest in the world.

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  7. Gin Wolfstein

    Then the demon king only managed to conquer the world because the lunatics became extinct after the Ruphas was sealed… This world has never been protected by heroes but by lunatics Ku,kufufufu!
    Thanks for the chapter

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    • well, that’s to be expected, in games, you die, resurrect, grind and grind.

      as the world now is a reality, doing something like that is a madness in itself, even it it takes a year or more, you will definitely hit the cap level in a game if you play long enough, reality is not that kind to you. you don’t have a resurrect choice, you die and there you die.

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      • calyzto

        if you chose to become a paladin, you might even get the resurrection spell like in WoW.

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      • The death-resurrection cycle is indeed a massive safety cushion but there is a problem. In a game if you are power hungry you can usually max an acc in a few months. Not to mention you only get a few hours everyday or not even everyday because life. When it turns reality you would have years to do so because if you chose monster extermination to be your profession you would have to do it everyday basically because that’s how you make a living. My point is while the efficency would drop it would be compensated with sheer time put into it. Not saying a drop shouldn’t exist but to be 900 levels is waaaay to much. I would put it at around 700-600 levels.

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      • Lurker

        Kaelpie, you are forgetting something. The monster don’t respawn infinitely anymore. Not to mention the current situation, humans are no longer free to hunt monsters.

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  8. Thanks for the chapter ^_^
    Perhaps in 2-3 months, the translation will catch up to the manga. Can’t complain tho, the wn has sooo many more details which just enrich your experience while reading 🙂 only if the manga artist would include everything as well :/

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