𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟏𝟒: 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐧𝐨𝐰
After adding the middle-aged zombie to our group, I immediately handed out two sets of wooden swords (10DP) and wooden shields (10DP) and had the middle-aged zombie and the Living Armor-senpai equip them.
These are for special training.
With these, they should be able to spar with a bit more peace of mind.
Still, given the Living Armor-senpai’s status, even a wooden sword could inflict a fatal wound, so I ordered him to hold back during the special training.
And now, let the special training begin in earnest!
The Living Armor-senpai, holding back his power, attacks the middle-aged zombie, who easily deflects it.
. . .Somehow, hasn’t the middle-aged zombie become stronger than when he was alive?
Even though the Living Armor-senpai is holding back, he’s still easily deflecting the attacks.
Ah, maybe it’s a vision issue.
Becoming a zombie should have made it possible for him to see in the dark, so he might be stronger than when he was fighting with only the light of a torch.
“. . .I shouldn’t be leisurely watching.”
There’s no point in just watching, so I activate traps and join the special training.
I shoot arrows and such, making sure not to involve the Living Armor-senpai, but they don’t work on the middle-aged zombie.
He positions himself so close to the Living Armor-senpai that it’s hard to use traps effectively.
In that case, I change the Living Armor-senpai to defense mode.
I make him keep his distance from the middle-aged zombie and attack only with traps.
However, even this doesn’t catch the middle-aged zombie.
He dodges the traps with ease.
If he hadn’t been injured, would he have been this strong?
Turning into a zombie and doing this was a really good win.
We continue the special training in the same way, but it doesn’t go well.
Somehow, I feel like there’s a limit to this method.
It’s like, the traps and the Living Armor-senpai aren’t working together well.
It’s like they’re not bringing out each other’s potential.
It feels like a doubles match where they’re not in sync.
Realizing this won’t do, I pause the special training to think.
What can I do to make it go better?
Normally, it would be for me to perfectly support the Living Armor-senpai, but I can’t shake the feeling that it still won’t work.
That’s because the Living Armor-senpai’s combat skills are not high.
After all, without the support of traps, he can’t even win against an injured middle-aged zombie when he was alive.
Also, I noticed while watching just now, the Living Armor-senpai’s movements are simple.
It’s like a game AI.
That won’t work against a master gamer. . .I mean, a master warrior like the middle-aged zombie.
And since inanimate monsters can be strengthened but not grow, the Living Armor-senpai’s movements will never improve.
That’s not good.
Even master gamers can pattern the movements of boss monsters in games like Monster Hunter and perform feats like hunting them without taking damage.
In fact, I could do that much.
So, there’s no way the master warriors of this world can’t do the same.
If a veteran with higher status and skills than the middle-aged zombie appears, the Living Armor-senpai might be easily defeated.
That’s not acceptable.
I must come up with a countermeasure at all costs.
“Ugh. . .”
I rolled around on the futon while holding my head, drank up the milk tea (20DP) in search of sugar, took a nap for a change of pace, woke up, and finally came up with an idea.
A brilliant plan.
“That’s it. I should fight.”
You might think I’m saying something crazy.
However, of course, this doesn’t mean that I’ll wear the Living Armor-senpai and fight.
That’s strictly a last resort.
What I came up with is a discussion on how to move inanimate-type monsters.
When I first appraised it in detail, I remembered that there were two methods mentioned briefly.
The first one is the automatic operation I’ve been using so far.
The second one is manual operation, where the caster directly controls it.
I think this second one is probably for inanimate-type monsters created outside the dungeon.
In a fantasy world like this, it’s normal to have magic that creates golems and such.
I wouldn’t be surprised if someone with earth magic skills shouted “Create Golem!”
In short, what I want to say is that I should be able to move the Living Armor-senpai using this manual operation.
The Living Armor-senpai’s skills won’t grow, but my skills will.
Besides, if I can fully master the Living Armor-senpai’s movements, I think it might be possible to have perfect coordination with traps.
After all, I’m the one controlling both.
It might feel like coordinating with my right and left hands.
So, I tried it right away.
“Oh! It moves! It’s moving!”
The Living Armor-senpai moved according to my control.
The sensation is like controlling a game character.
However, there is no controller since it’s not a game.
I’m not tapping on a menu either.
If I think about it, it moves accordingly.
Isn’t this, in a sense, magic?
Well, traps are similar too.
Traps also move just by thinking about it.
Anyway, I switched the Living Armor-senpai to manual operation, set all the boss rooms to manual, and tried fighting the middle-aged zombie again.
However. . .
“Hey! Ah?! You! Don’t run away!”
As expected, it didn’t go well from the start.
Moving the Living Armor-senpai while also moving traps.
This was more difficult than I thought.
It’s like reading a book while playing a game.
Doing two or more things at the same time is really difficult.
Besides, even just controlling the Living Armor-senpai, I’m a novice in combat.
There’s no way I can suddenly control it at a level where I can fight the middle-aged zombie.
Honestly, at this stage, the automatic control is stronger.
Well, that’s obvious.
There’s no such thing as a good deal in the world.
This is something I can only train with time.
But if I train, I should definitely become stronger.
I’ll be patient and keep going.
So, I decided to watch and imitate the movements of the middle-aged zombie for now.
The middle-aged zombie has the same sword and shield style as the Living Armor-senpai, so it’s perfect for a model.
Should I call it a master?
. . .No, let’s not.
Even though it’s a corpse, it was originally an intruder who trampled on my sanctuary.
There’s no need to pay respect!
But, since its techniques are very useful, I’ll allow it to live in this dungeon.
🔹𝘼𝙬𝙚𝙗𝙨𝙩o𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙨.𝙘𝙤𝙢 ― 𝙄𝙣𝙙𝙪𝙡𝙜𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙘𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙨𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙣𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙡𝙨 𝙬i𝙩𝙝 “𝙙𝙖𝙞𝙡𝙮 𝙪𝙥𝙙𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙨” 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙚𝙭𝙘𝙡𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙖𝙘𝙘𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙖𝙙𝙫𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙙 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙥𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙨🔹
With that in mind, I continued my special training.