closed after I pressed a button, and the light vanished with it.
“It’s like a game.”
Fujihira would’ve had a lot more to talk about if he’d stayed long enough to see it.
“Hear me out a second.”
I pull Tobino and the others aside again.
“It looks like this world has game-ish elements to it, like levels and stats.”
“Seems pretty easy to understand.
“Anyway, we could probably manage if we get to a high enough level.”
I won’t deny that.
It all seems pretty straightforward.
Maybe the reason why otherworlders are so powerful has something to do with it, like being given a bunch of skill spoints.
The ceremony the King talked about, maybe it allows you to see your status whenever you want.
“But, there’s thing called rate of erosion, and this weird thing in there too.”
“Huh? Like what?”
A classmate chimes in.
What’s No: 5-Charge supposed to mean?”
“Eh? Mine says No: L-Charge though…
Tobino’s says No: 5-Charge, and mine says No: L-Charge… What could the difference be between them?
“It must be something we each have individually.
What’s this rate of erosion thing mean anyway?”
I turned my attention back to the man in charge, but as I asked him he tilted his head inquisitively.
“What? If there’s something wrong with you, shouldn’t you go get it checked?”
A dead end.
Assuming the base state is a 0%, what happened to make it increase slightly?
Hmm… I’m not sure on the specifics, but I’ve got a bad feeling about this.
“Should we leave the topic for later?”
“Besides that, what should we do now?”
Each of us were lost in thought.
Kicking up a fuss like Fujihira and complaining about the system could merit some worth..
But, Adventurers have purchasing power, and it’d be a boon when considering buying and selling goods.
“Well, we’ve still got 2, 3 days to get a grasp of things here, so let’s trying looking around some more!”
“Ah, right, thank you for helping us.”
“It’s no problem.
You look as if need somewhere cheap to spend the night, would you care for a recommendation?”
I get the feeling the castle arranged for things pretty well.
We received a letter of introduction from the person who’d been in charge of the guild and found somewhere cheap to stay, passing the day.
In the end, all the money we received went to exploring the town and other areas.
It gave some pretty good insight as to how everyday life goes on in this world.
On the 3rd day after arriving, we all discussed what path we would take from there.
We met up in the main square to deliberate.
“I’m… going back to the castle.
I don’t see much a of a point in serving in the military just to become an adventurer, and becoming one of these ‘otherworldly warriors’ sounds like I’d be a better position anyway.”
“Well, even for those of us who don’t want to fight, I’d rather work with the country shielding me.”
“I’m gonna enlist for a while.
They said we could return whenever, so why not.”
“I’ve spent the last few days walking around and made friends with an adventurer, so I’m gonna take on an apprenticeship to earn some experience.”
So Tobino’s taking an apprenticeship under an adventurer, huh… Looks like everyone’s been off gathering their own intel.
I talked to the others back at the castle yesterday, regarding statuses.
They had the same thing.
So, this ‘rate of erosion’ means we haven’t acclimated to this world’s atmosphere yet, so it’s nothing to worry about.
If it’s really bothering you that much, I’ve heard that ceremony-thing resolves it.”
“Ohh, so it’s some kinda backlash from being summoned to this world?”
“They don’t have the rate of erosion in their statuses anymore.”
That’s how they explained it.
But, it feels different.
If it manages to get up to a number like 30% or whatever, maybe I’ll start feeling all sluggish.
I’d like to find a way to resolve the issue later, if possible.
The pit in my stomach is like the feeling you get before an injection at the hospital.
“Udzuka2, how about you?”
“I’m… a bit scared of whatever that ceremony is, so I’m thinking of enlisting with the military.
I’ve got some leeway to choose, and if it’s too hard for me I can always go back to the castle.”
Not because it’s a good idea or anything, but I’m interested in military service too.
Beyond the fact that I’m a military-nerd and am interested in things like hierarchies, the position of privilege I’ve been put in is a bit off-putting.
The cause of being the whole brought-here-against-our-will part.
Also, I don’t want to be around my, probably, still panicking classmates if I go back to the castle now.
Hysterical voices are annoying.
So, I don’t have that many other options, there’s nobody I get along with in particular, and I’m not that great of a speaker either.
If I have to chime up, I will.
And so, I made my way back to the Adventurer’s Guild and spoke with the man who had helped us three days ago.
“Excuse me, I’d like to enlist in the military…”
Leraria’s Adventurer’s Guild accepts people from all walks of life.
You’re expected to improve upon your skills and serve as a soldier for the sake of this country, yourself, and for the nation’s peace.”
I felt a twinge of reluctance at the mention of serving, then was scheduled to ship off and attend a boot camp for soldiers that very same day.
As a little side note, the classmates who enlisted alongside me… quit after the first three days and returned to the castle.
1&2: No Furigana is provided for either name.
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