What can I say. I feel like I’ve been talked into it. ……
What was placed in my room, which until now had been a bleak landscape, was a large PC that looked out of place.
And a reclining chair-type VR machine.
A high end PC and the most powerful VR machine I could afford.
It cost a lot of money to get all these things, but since I had saved all the money from my work as a teacher and a teacher’s assistant, I had no problem buying them.
Well, there’s no point in just saving up, it’s good to occasionally spend money.
For some reason, Asuka had two copies of the game. She seemed to have been planning to bring me in from the beginning.
“Well, I’ve already spent my money, so I guess I shouldn’t back down now. Anyway, let’s get started.”
The PC was already up and running, the VR software was installed, and the VR equipment was connected.
The room was locked and ready to go.
I sat down on the VR unit and activated it with the switch on the armrest.
At the same time, a headgear-type display came down from above my head and was attached to my head, and a PC screen appeared.
“Now, …… [Magica Technica] startup.”
[“Activation in progress. Please wait a moment.”]
The voice recognition launches the VR software, and the VR equipment starts to work at the same time.
Soon the activation process was complete, and my vision blacked out with a sensation similar to fainting, as all my senses went away.
[“—-Welcome to Magica Technica. Initial settings will be made.”
–But it was only for a moment.
What I saw when I came back to the present was a ring of light floating around me and a mass of light floating in front of me.
The floating sphere of light seemed to be giving me an explanation.
Well, I guess I’ll just have to listen to what it has to say.
Asuka’s explanation was a bit confusing to be honest, so it’s probably best to listen to it as needed here.
“Please register your character name.”
“Character name? Ah, did Asuka say, “You can’t use your real name’?”
I don’t need to be told what to do, I think I have that much common sense.
Well, I guess it’s okay to be appropriate here. As long as it is not a name that is difficult to be called or a strange name, there is no problem.
In that case, I’m going to use a name that is a play on the family name, just like the head of the family.
“My character name is [Quon].”
[The character name is [Quon]. Is that okay?]
I typed on the translucent keyboard that was floating in the air and decided on my name.
I also accepted the confirmation message by entering, and my avatar’s name was decided as [Quon].
Then, the light that had been floating in front of me suddenly began to move in a circular motion, and an avatar wrapped in light appeared in the center of it.
As I stared at it, with only the outline of the light still visible, the announcement sounded again.
“Register your avatar’s appearance. Would you like to use your real body data?”
“Sure, that’s fine.”
Rather, it would be meaningless otherwise.
If there was a discrepancy with the real body, there would be no point in using it to fight.
In response to my words, the rotation of the light becomes even faster.
In the next moment, I saw the real me in front of me, clad in a black body suit.
It seemed that the results of the scan had been properly reflected.
“Hoo, that’s accurate. …… It was worth the effort to do a detailed scan.”
[“After determining your race, you will be able to set your avatar’s details. Please select your race.”]
An image of each race and a brief description of the race appeared in front of me.
There are six types of races: the human, the beast the elf, The dwarf, the demon and a halfling.
In addition to that, for the beast race, apparently there are multiple types of beasts.
As for this, there’s nothing to say that you can’t fight any of them, but–
“…… First, I reject any race that adds height, weight, and extra parts from reality. At this point, I’d say human or demon.”
There are two kinds of people in the world: humans, who are good at everything and, at worst, poor at dexterity, and demons, who have high status but come with some penalties.
If you want to manipulate it as your own body, it is better to choose human.
That way, you’ll be able to use your body more comfortably.
If I select human, my avatar that was displayed earlier will appear in front of me without any change.
But it’s also a little unpleasant to see no change at all.
–Just as I was thinking this, I heard the announcement from the light again.
“Please set your avatar’s appearance.”
“It’s not necessary to change the body, but at least the hair and eyes should be changed. Asuka also said she wanted to change her appearance.”
I thought about it for a while, and then I went to the avatar controls section, and changed the hair and eyes.
In real life, my hair is cut short, but I’ve grown it out and made it into a ponytail.
My eyes were changed to a deep blue. This alone would probably change the impression to the extent that it would be difficult to recognize me.
That’s it for appearances. Now, the next step…
“Please select a skill. You can choose from weapon skills, magic skills, and five other skills.”
Yes, this is the problem.
In this game called Magica Technica, every player first chooses a weapon and magic.
This applies even if you choose a melee weapon.
The Magica Technica is a combination of the main weapon and magic.
With this power, the player will fight in this world.
However, for me, the concept of magic, which is impossible in real life, was incomprehensible.
“Does it emit fire or wind? From a sword? That’s not swordsmanship……”
In addition, the moment you activate the Magica Technique, your body will start to move on its own.
The only thing I can say is that I don’t understand what it means. I’d rather be wielding my personal sword than using something like that.
“Well, for now, I’ll choose a sword as my weapon of choice. ……”
Under Weapon Skills, I selected “Sword: Lv.1” from the pull-down menu.
The skill has a level, and the more you use it, the higher the level will be, and the more powerful it will be.
Well, I guess there’s no problem with the weapon. What I need to think about is magic.
“Magic. …… It would be strange if I don’t use it. …… Which Magic is not offensive?”
However, healing and support are included in attribute magic, and it is not in my nature to use such magic in the first place.
I’m not going to use it as a magic battle technique, but it has its uses.
I’m not sure how to say this, but I feel like I’m fighting the game system head on. …… I’m going to try to find a magic like that.
–I’ve been looking for a magic like that for a while now.
“Fumu, “enhancement magic” ……, magic that enhances weapons and armor.”
Unlike “granting magic,” which grants special effects to the items produced, this magic only enhances the performance of weapons and armor on the spot.
With this, there will be no extra motions to interfere with my movements when attacking.
There is no problem if the blade only becomes sharper.
“So, the magic is “Enhancement Magic: Lv.1” and ……, then the rest are other skills?
Then I raise my eyebrows in disgust again.
There are too many of these skills again.
There are over a hundred skills that can be learned at this stage. And the number of skills that can be acquired during the game is several times more.
Well, I can worry about the latter while I’m playing, but I have no idea what I should acquire right now.
“Ah, right, …….”
First, I think about how I would play the game.
Well, I don’t have to tell you, I’m just going to slay enemies with my sword for now. It is also with my own skills and body.
So I don’t need to have the skills to evade or step on my own. I can handle it on my own.
So, what I want is a skill that temporarily increases my attack power or a skill that allows me to heal on my own.
The former is not so urgent because of the “strengthening magic”, but the latter is still needed.
There are five skill slots ……, one for attack and two for healing. There’s no need to add too many cards to the hand if you’re not used to it.
However, the initial means of recovery are almost non-existent.
Basically, the only magic that is available for recovery magic is using “holy attribute magic.”
Of course, there’s no way I can get it, since I’ve chosen “enhancement magic”.
I looked at the list of skills for a while, and chose two: “Automatic HP Recovery” and “Automatic MP Recovery”.
■ HP Auto Recovery: Recovery Passive Skill
If HP is lower than the maximum value, it will gradually recover HP.
The recovery occurs every ten seconds, and the amount of recovery depends on the skill level.
■ Automatic MP Recovery: Recovery Passive Skill
When MP is lower than the maximum value, MP is gradually recovered.
The amount of recovery depends on the skill level.
Activating the skill one by one may be difficult to get used to.
I’m very grateful for skills like this that activate on their own without me having to do anything.
I guess I’ll have to choose one of these offensive types. …… I’m pretty sure she said not to choose status-enhancing systems, she said.
She said that the increase is not very large, so it is difficult to save it from the beginning because it will overwhelm the skill slot.
It’s only been a week since it was released, so I don’t think she has made much progress in the early stages of the game. …… Well, I’ll go along with that.
But then, there are very few passive skills that are always active.
I found a skill called “Death center”.
■ Death center: This is a passive skill.
It increases the damage dealt to the enemy’s weak points.
The damage increase depends on the skill level.
To put it simply, this skill increases the damage to the enemy’s weak points.
In this game, all enemies have biological weaknesses.
In other words, if you punch them in the head or heart, they will die.
Well, there are some exceptions, such as undead and non-living things, but at any rate, it’s easy to understand that if you drop their heads, they die.
Even if you can’t get the head off, you can still do a lot of damage to the weak points of the creature if you hit it – this skill seems to increase that damage even more.
“Well… all I have to do is aim for the weak point and slash.”
There were also skills such as “Parry” and “Block”, but I could pass them off on my own, so there was no need.
As I scrolled through the skills pane, I noticed a “Random” option at the bottom.
Does “random” mean that the skill will be chosen randomly from among these?
“I hadn’t heard about this. …… Oh, will this be answered if I ask a question, hey”
[“Yes, we’re always open to questions.”]
“Whoa! What, it’s just a canned system message huh”
[“I’m a simple AI for character creation assistance. Do you have a question about a skill?”]
Apparently, they’re accepting questions right here.
Then, thinking that I should have asked some questions from the beginning, I asked a few questions about the “randomness” that I had just discovered.
“What is this ‘random’ at the bottom of the column?”
[“One skill will be selected at random from the list of skills. But as a bonus, some rare skills that are not on this list will be included in the random box.”]
“Oh, you mean there’s a chance I can get a skill from outside of this list? …… I can get skills from here later, right?
[“Yes. It is possible to acquire skills by spending skill points.”]
So, it seems that there is no way to get it back.
If that’s the case, there’s nothing wrong with taking a little gamble.
With that in mind, I set the other two to “Random”.
With this, I should have five skills to fill my slots.
[“Are you sure this is the right choice of skills?”]
“Yes. No problem.”
[“Now, please give me your final confirmation.”]
With that voice, my status screen was displayed in the window in front of me.
It’s a screen that definitely shows all of the information I just gave him.
Avatar name: Quon
Magic Skill：《Enhancement Magic：Lv.1》
Set Skill: 《Dead point shot: Lv.1》
《HP Auto Recovery: Lv.1》
《MP Auto Recovery: Lv.1》
Apparently, sub-skills are skills that you don’t have equipped.
At the beginning, you can only equip five skills, and the number of slots will increase as you quest and level up.
The skills that you can’t equip due to overflowing from these skill slots will all be sent to the sub-skill slots.
Well, it doesn’t matter, because I only have five of them now.
“Confirmed, status is good to go.”
[“Confirmed. Would you like to start logging in to Magica Technica?”]
[“Confirmed. Good luck on your journey, —–and be alright.”]
I couldn’t help but chuckle at the sound of his voice, which sounded as if he was caring for a child.
The next moment, my surroundings white-out, and I closed my eyes against the glare.