“The South District …….it’s around the corner”
As I walked around the city, trying to hide my presence and avoid attracting attention, I stepped into the less crowded south district.
There are no stores in this area, so there’s hardly any traffic except for people heading to the fields on the south side of town.
The people who seemed to be paying attention to me were concentrated in the north, where the enemy was stronger, so I didn’t seem to stand out much here.
However, not everyone is going to be there, so I’m going to keep trying to get rid of their presence.
“Now, A Dojo, …… I wonder what a dojo would look like in this Western world.”
I don’t know about the other side of the world, but I don’t think I have heard much about the dojo style.
I don’t know if it’s a private school, or if it’s more of a closed teacher-student relationship – well, it’s not the real world, so there’s no point in worrying too much about that.
Anyway, since it was called a dojo, the building would have to be a little bigger than the average house.
With that in mind, I searched the surrounding area, focusing on the larger buildings—- and discovered two buildings.
“… What about the fact that it stands across the street?”
The location made it obvious that no matter how you looked at it, the two sides were aware of each other.
In addition, even the shape of the building is completely the same. Without getting used to it, you might not be able to tell which is which.
Well, I was planning to ask both, so it didn’t matter which one.
(If I get too deep into it, it’s going to get weird. There are turf wars everywhere.)
In the case of the Kuon family in the real world, there are no dojos built around them, probably because the Kuon family has been active in the area for a long time.
It is rare that a dojo-breaker comes to our house, but we just welcome them politely.
Well, most of them end up as students before they get out.
“I was wondering what this dojo was like in that respect.”
In a fantasy world, where swordsmanship is practiced on a daily basis, I wondered how skilled the swordsmen would be.
With a little bit of anticipation in my heart, I stepped into the dojo on the right side.
As I opened the door, which was unusual in this game, my mouth twisted at the sound of the floorboards scraping, and I shouted out with a strong, resonant voice.
At that moment, the footsteps that had been echoing stopped as if they had been hit by water.
As soon as I stepped inside without paying attention to it, the presence inside started to move around hurriedly.
With a smile on my face, I walked in the direction of the signs, thinking that things were going to turn out just as I had hoped.
I walked down the wooden corridor and opened the door to find myself in a large gymnasium-like space.
In this space, where there are many people, from boys with wooden swords to adults, there is one person who stands out from the rest.
The smile on my face is still there, and I narrow my gaze slightly.
He has an air of serenity about him. Short golden hair and a large, well-trained body.
Above all, his appearance, full of vitality, was unmistakable proof of the rigorous training he had undergone.
Now, I don’t feel as much of a threat as the old man, but that guy over there is undeniably talented.
It would be the perfect opponent to satisfy my desire for a fight.
“Damn, another dojo-breaker!”
“They never learn. You, foreigner! Stop, I’ll deal with him!”
As I was about to walk towards the man in the back, a young man stood in front of me.
He was holding a wooden sword as he walked towards me.
If a student can train this well, I can expect a lot from him.
Way of decapitation – Gentle, flowing water.
–I can say that they are not so different from my students.
While using the back of the gauntlet to fling the wooden sword that was swung towards me, I slid the blade through the armor and grabbed the opponent’s wrist.
Without letting go of his arm, I pulled him to my side–
“Out of the way. Oh, I’ll borrow this.”
Battle stance – Ryuten.
It’s a technique where you sweep off your foot, spin your opponent’s body in the air, and slam him back down to the floor.
Normally, the technique would be to knock him down to the ground headfirst, but as expected, I couldn’t kill him.
This was a match, after all. And that’s why I took the wooden sword from him.
Now that the weapon was in my hands, there was even more tension around me.
However, some of them seemed to be relieved that I did not pull out the sword at my waist.
But for me, whether it’s a wooden sword or a sword, it’s still a weapon that can kill an opponent with a single blow.
The safety is only slightly higher.
” Na?! Damn, stop!”
“Stop this guy, don’t let him get to Sensei Galeos!”
The students were coming at me from both sides.
But they were inexperienced compared to my students.
As I continued to walk, I used the wooden sword in my hand to knock away the attacks from both sides, slightly altering my trajectory to avoid them.
As soon as one of them exposed himself in front of me, I struck his back and knocked him to the ground, followed by a half-hearted evasion of the attack that came from behind.
I grabbed the thrusting wooden sword with my left hand and pulled it lightly, causing a momentary tug —–and then I let go.
Naturally, the man who had reflexively tried to draw his sword shifted his center of gravity backwards, and I kicked him in the stomach.
It wasn’t a hard kick, but it hit him where his body had originally collapsed, and he stumbled and fell down helplessly.
Without even looking at him, I called out to the man in front of me.
“Why don’t you at least teach him a little, teacher? Or is this part of your education?”
“I knew you had no intention of killing him. But this certainly isn’t going to be educational, is it?”
The man called Galeos let out a sigh and slowly lifted the wooden sword in his hand.
I couldn’t help but smile at how little opportunity there was in his stance.
It’s been a while since I’ve had a bone-headed opponent. This is–
“—-Let’s have some fun!”
I readied my wooden sword and ran towards Galeos.
At that moment, Galeos’ eyes widened slightly.
It seemed that my move was more than he had expected – although he had no intention of letting up just because of that.
I’ve been training with an old man for years, and there is no such thing as going easy on a new opponent.
I swung with a single flash of my sword. However, Galeos quickly raised his sword to block my blow.
Well, I’ll be disappointed if you took it head on.
The other side’s physical strength was higher than mine, judging from the feel of my sword striking it. This is probably the difference in power due to the difference in levels.
This is why, instead of engaging in a fierce battle with him, I immediately flipped my sword and unleashed a flash that seemed to scoop him up from below.
However, that flash was also blocked by the intervening sword. As I expected, his reaction time was quite fast.
(Is this what you call a difference in status?)
This time, the other side was not bothered by the flash and flicked my sword in time with the attack.
This did not cause it to fly out of his hand, but the difference in power was still strong enough to send a strong shock to his hand.
As long as the opponent is able to react to my attacks, it would be a bit of a disadvantage to challenge him head-on.
I took a few steps back as my attack was repelled, but it seemed that he was not going to allow me to continue my attack.
As if to say it was his turn, Galeos threw himself at me.
The sword swung down. The speed of the sword is close to that of an old man.
It is impossible for the current me to catch it. I would be crushed from the top of my defenses.
Way of decapitation- Gentle, flowing water.
Therefore, I entwine our swords and let them flow down.
There are a number of derivations of flowing water, but with this guy’s physical strength, I can only use the basic form of this technique.
If my physical strength was a little more competitive, I could have countered with the same move I just used to catch him.
The wooden sword struck the ground as it was swept away, and then, as if it were reversing, it shifted into a flash of a swing.
But of course, I had no intention of taking it directly, so I took a half step back to avoid the attack.
” —I don’t get it”
I thought he was going to go after me, but Galeos kept his sword at the ready and stepped back to get some more distance.
Apparently, he was taking some kind of precaution. Well, I have a few tricks up my sleeve, so I guess that choice was not a mistake.
“Why don’t you use your skills? Are you taking it easy on me?”
“I don’t know why you’re asking me that. I have no intention of taking it easy on you.”
It’s simply that my status is so poor that I don’t have many options, and I don’t have many skills that I can use.
In the first place, the only things that can be used consciously are the “Enhancement Magic” and the “Sword of Deprivation.”
Well, in the case of “enhancement magic”, it simply increases the power of the weapon, not my muscle strength.
In a wooden sword fight, this skill is almost useless.
“It’s only this much that I can do.”
With a wry smile, I activate the “Sword of Deprivation”.
It’s not like I lost my HP, so there’s no reason to use this skill.
–But the moment he saw the wooden sword covered in black mist, Galeos showed an unexpected reaction.
” That’s ……!”
Way of decapitation —- Gentle, flowing water.
I parried the flash that suddenly struck me, and then countered with a strike at Galeos.
Galeos instantly ducked halfway, but my blow slightly hit him in the shoulder, and the effect of the “Sword of Deprivation” ended there.
But for some reason, Galeos’ excitement rose even higher.
“As I thought, the Sword of Deprivation! You learned it from where and from whom!?”
“Aah? What the hell are you talking about, you—-“
I duck and dodge the flash of a horizontal strike, and lunge a thrust from below, aiming for the lungs.
At this time, I keep my left hand on the hilt, ready to use my projectile, but unfortunately, Galeos deflected my thrust by striking the blade with his outstretched elbow.
It was his left arm that deflected my blow, so the sword in his right hand must be swinging toward me right now.
Without even a glance, I caught it with my gauntlet on my left arm and unleashed a flurry of blows with my wooden sword.
As a result of the counter attack, Galeos was unable to dodge and the wooden sword cleaved his abdomen – but it was too shallow.
This man had backstepped backwards in the current instant.
” No, ……, you body glowed for a moment. It’s an evasion skill.”
“…… You don’t want to answer?”
“You …… no, what are you going to do about it?”
He seemed to have misunderstood something, but it would be more interesting to go along with it.
When I asked him this as he readied his sword, Galeos had a determined look on his face and declared emphatically.
“Then I’ll have to use force! [Sword of Life] !”
With that declaration of skill, the wooden sword in Galeos’ hand wore a powerful golden glow on its blade.
That thing is not good. That blow cannot be defended. It’s probably impossible to block it.
That flash of light is probably comparable to the rigid style released same by the old man–!
–In that case
“If you had used it immediately, you would have won– you have wasted your breath.”
Way of walking –esoteric, ■■・■■。[TL: esoteric = intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest. I guess we don’t have that specialized knowledge]
–My wooden sword was at Galeos’ throat before he even had a chance to strike.