The Undetectable Strongest Job: Rule Breaker - Chapter 301
Translator: Kell | Editor: Weasalopes
People with Nothing to Do
The silver-haired man swung his practice sword hard . It took everything the knight had to catch the swift attack .
「You’re wide open!」
Once the knight’s posture was broken, the young man faked a thrust attack and instead delivered a low kick, sending the knight rolling to the ground .
「You seem to be confident in your sword skills, but what will you do once you face an enemy that you can’t beat with a sword? Learn other ways to fight . Winning with only a sword is indeed a wonderful thing, but we pride ourselves in fulfilling missions . Our top priority right now is protecting the priest . You will use any means necessary to carry out the task . 」
「All right . Next!」
Luke Landon borrowed an open space in Dream Maker for training . Half of the knights were present, while the other half were guarding the Healer, a Church priest .
Spectators gathered little by little around the square, watching curiously at their training—or rather, watching the men whose skin color was different from theirs . There seemed to be people with too much free time in their hands in every city .
After two hours, Luke, drenched in sweat, decided to take a break . He drank some water and wiped the back of his head and neck with a towel . Women stared at the handsome man, breathing in awe .
The spectators simply watched from afar, not talking to the knights since they couldn’t speak their language .
「Hey, working hard, are we?」
「Sir Gorja . 」
Gorja, however, was different . He could speak Luke’s language, although not quite perfectly, as evidenced by his rather blunt tone . He was part of the expedition to Vireocean and served as an envoy in the negotiations to retrieve their spy .
Glancing at the gasping knights sprawled on the ground, Gorja approached Luke .
「I apologize for the shameful display . 」Luke said .
「There’s nothing to be ashamed of . Everyone gets worn out when training . In fact, there’s no point in training if you don’t even get completely exhausted . Oh, I’m not saying you yourself are not training at all . 」
「No, you’re right . I’m a little unsatisfied . 」
「So what can I do for you? If you want to see the priest, I can arrange if for you . 」
「There’s no need . 」
Luke and his men came here to heal the king, but they were informed that the job was done . Apparently, the Healer that Silver Face brought with him did a great job . He didn’t know the details, however .
After that, a few people came to the priest for healing, and he answered their requests every time . He really didn’t need to do it, but he said helping people is a wonderful thing to do . Luke also deemed it wouldn’t affect diplomatic relations negatively .
Yet a few days later, the requests stopped coming . They didn’t know why exactly . For Luke, however, the mission was to keep the priest safe and simply wait for their ship to arrive . So they spent their days training instead .
「No need . I see . 」
The blunt statement made him curious as to what happened, but asking wasn’t part of the job . Luke held back from saying anything .
「Oh, sorry . I meant no disrespect to the Healer . I hope you understand . 」
Luke nodded . Gorja looked relieved .
「I’m glad . I actually came here for you . 」
「If you’re not satisfied with your training, how about training with us?」
Luke gulped . He recalled what he felt when he first saw Gorja . He knew he couldn’t beat the man in a one-on-one fight . If he could check that through training, he just might become stronger . It was a great opportunity .
「I want to talk to the priest first . 」
「Of course . You can come to me anytime . 」Gorja said cheerfully and left .
Excited at the possibility of becoming much stronger, Luke failed to notice that the smile faded away from Gorja’s face as he walked away .
Thanks to the hang glider, Hikaru arrived at the second Root by the end of the day . This time he examined the surroundings carefully before destroying the Root . The second dragon stone was located in something that closely resembled a birdcage .
A tower, a fort, and now a birdcage… What does this all mean?
The birdcage was gone as he already blew it up . Watching the pillar of smoke, Hikaru formed a few theories, but he had no proof to back them up .
The sun was setting . Hikaru set up a hammock between two trees and slept with his Stealth on . It was better than sleeping on the ground . He had the Gravity Balancer if he ever fell .
He got up early the next day . Ever since coming to this world, he’d gotten used to staying outdoors—or dangerous places, rather . Warm food was essential as it provided vitality, but Stealth couldn’t hide the smoke from cooking . To avoid drawing monsters to him, Hikaru had to make do with preserved food .
That’s why even with proper sleep, he still tired easily . His plan was to finish the mission of destroying Roots within ten days maximum . If possible, he wanted to return in just seven days .
「Hmm… I don’t see anything . 」
Hikaru returned to the vicinity of the birdcage he destroyed yesterday, but found no monsters with his Mana Detection . Because of the distance between trees, the fire didn’t spread that much . Furthermore, the trees had ample water content in them as well, making them difficult to burn .
White smoke still rose in the air and the smell of burning still lingered . There would’ve been a huge forest fire had he destroyed Roots during dry season .
「Is that a piece of the dragon stone?」
Hikaru put down his food wrapped in a huge leaf on a hot rock to reheat it . While doing so, his Mana Detection picked up something . He walked towards it to find a piece of the dragon stone, about the size of a pinky, on the ground .
「If only these things didn’t explode, I wouldn’t have to worry about starting a fire . I wonder if I can just burn the whole forest to the ground . 」
It was a radical idea . But if he were a politician in Dream Maker, he might suggest it to prevent the forest from expanding . Disrupting the ecosystem and killing animals would still be better than the complete destruction of the nation .
「I don’t really have to do that for now . 」
Burning down the forest would bring forth problems later . The forest provided materials needed for fuel, construction, and food . Woods made the ground fertile and gave sustenance to the ecosystems of the river and the sea .
He could wish for only half of the forest to be burned, but that sounded unlikely .
「What if I chop it with the wakizashi? It might create sparks though, causing an explosion . Cutting it to small fragments will take too much time . What about throwing it to the river or burying it into the ground? No, we don’t know how what kind of effect the dragon stones have on monsters exactly . What are dragon stone even made of?」
Hikaru crouched down and observed the fragment . It was emitting a blue light . He looked around to see burnt fragments of the stone . He wondered if that was how dragon stones looked like after losing its power . He pinched a piece between his fingers .
「Hmm… it’s just a stone . An ordinary stone . I wonder if it’ll return to being a dragon stone if I put mana into it… Hmm…」
He folded his arms and wracked his brains .
「Dragon stones come from dragons . After killing dragons, adventurers will, without exception, take the stone and sell it for a huge sum . These stones have the same use as Spirit magic rocks: fuel for sorcery . Then what makes dragon stones different from Spirit magic rocks?」
Then it hit him .
「I see . There is a difference . Spirit magic rocks contain mana related to Spirit magic, while dragon stones contain evil mana . 」
Hikaru searched his brain for any information, but found nothing noteworthy .
「No one knows how these stones are created exactly, but the stones here have a human touch to it . 」
The answer was getting clear .
「These dragon stones are products of sorcery . Unlike Spirit magic rocks which are found in the mountains, dragons stones are rocks containing evil mana created through sorcery . So if the mana’s gone, it returns to a regular stone? I don’t have to cause a huge explosion?」
Hikaru stood up and walked around the stone, thinking . He was back to square one .
「Something to remove mana… It can be anything . Maybe sprinkling salt over the stone would work, or using a magic item maybe? If only there’s a way for me to suck the mana out of it—Wait a minute . 」
「I’ve done that in the past . 」
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