1 Chapter 1
Will and Determination
Translated by LyraDhani
Edited by LyraDhani
A social game for smartphones.
Commonly known as AbyCall.
The genre is probably RPG.
It is an orthodox game where you summon followers, train them, and clear various quests.
The game has a variety of useless quests and a training system that is so deep that even the game’s management could not fully grasp it.
The game, which was rumored to have been run with most of the profits earned, is unrivaled in terms of graphics, game system, and storyline, and above all, it is known to use magic stones like hot water – the ultimate pay-to-play game.
Nanashino muttered these words in shock.
Perhaps it was a word that was unfamiliar to her.
I quickly raised the stone and looked at the star-filled sky.
The seven pillars of the Ruins of the Beginning and the seven-colored moon in the sky signify the seven kinds of households that can be called up-the seven races.
The Ruins of Beginnings, as the name implies, is the starting point of the game, and it is here that players will summon their first follower after completing the tutorial.
Once the stone was raised to the heavens, I naturally understood how to summon them.
For some reason, the strange sensation that shook my brain caused tears to fall from my eyes.
Nanashino was perturbed by my expression.
“!? Eh, um, What’s wrong?”
It’s nostalgia that I feel inside me.
Abyss Calling is a game that had already been discontinued.
It’s a terrible game from a common-sense point of view.
What other game would have been shut down due to legal reasons?
Still, the game was certainly my reason for living.
I was a college student at the time, and I spent all of my time, except for sleeping and eating, playing the game.
There were happy memories.
There were painful memories.
There were memories of killing and feelings of emptiness.
And there were things left unfinished.
Even though the game itself is no longer playable, I couldn’t help but be impressed to find myself in a world that resembles it before I know it.
“D-did you get hurt somewhere?”
“Shut up and die.”
“I’m sorry, I’m just being so emotional that I’m letting my true feelings come out.”
Nanashino was overwhelmed at the sudden outburst.
She probably hadn’t quite grasped the current situation.
I thought about it.
Nanashino is a complete liability.
A person with no knowledge of games cannot play Abyss Calling satisfactorily.
She probably can’t even look at a strategy site and is generally stuck.
But at the same time, if this world has the same system as Abyss Calling, it is certainly better to have other players.
Abyss Calling has a huge amount of content, some of which cannot be tackled without the cooperation of other players.
No matter how familiar I am with AbyCall, what I can do alone is limited.
When it comes to that, liability is better than nothing.
As I stared at Nanashino, information popped into my head.
Her name, Nanashino Aoba.
And below that, I saw a green bar, not an HP bar, but a stamina bar.
Unlike in most RPGs, players don’t die in AbyCall.
If she is an NPC, there would be no stamina bar, and since there are only a few NPCs with Japanese names in AbyCall, she is most likely a player.
After thinking about it for a moment, I decided to go along with Nanashino.
It would not be a big burden for me anyway.
Maybe there are others in the same situation besides Nanashino, if there are better players, then let’s quickly cut her off.
“Maybe there are things were don’t understand, but let’s work together to overcome them.”
I smiled and held out my hand to shake hands, and Nanashino’s expression changed to one that looked as if she was staring at something fishy.
She stared at my face and looked at me reproachfully.
“…Isn’t your palm smell terrible?’
“I think I’ll do my best alone because it’s too much trouble.”
A lie, it was a lie! I’m sorry, I don’t know what’s going on at all…”
Nanashino smiled flirtatiously, whether she was aware of it or not.
That being said, I didn’t think I have explained any of this yet.
I looked at the summoning magic stones and then at Nanashino’s face.
Then I looked at Nanashino’s hand, which was holding the magic stone.
Nanashino, realizing that she was being watched, hid her hand behind her body as if in a panic.
I was taken aback by the exaggerated gesture.
“I won’t steal it.”
“I mean, the truth is it can’t be stolen.
At least, AbyCall didn’t have that feature.”
AbyCall is a ‘healthy’ game for all ages.
Credit cards can be used up to the limit, but there is no system that allows you to unilaterally take someone else’s magic stone, much less a system that allows you to take away the magic stone given at the beginning.
Nanashino blinked a few times in confusion and looked up at me.
“Um… I don’t understand… what you’ve been saying since a while ago.”
This is no good… I have to explain it completely from scratch.
What a pain in the ass.
Well, I’ll just tell her the important things…
I sighed deeply and explained the situation we were in with some guesses.
Nanashino muttered in dismay.
“The world of a game… I can’t believe it.”
“I can’t believe it either.
Maybe, it’s a dream.”
But it is too realistic.
The glow of the moon in the night sky.
The scent of the night that stimulates the sense of smell, and the feel of the wind on the skin.
All of them claim that this is the real world.
But to begin with…
“I’m not going to discuss its authenticity with you.”
I just think that this is the world of the game and move on.
I don’t think about things that can’t be helped now.
If this is not a dream, then there will be an opportunity to gather information.
I added one last thing.
“I’ll leave it to Nanashino to decide what to do.”
There are limits to being a liability.
Even if it is unavoidable to have no information, a person who escapes from reality is hardly useful.
Nanashino closed her eyes and chewed my words.
I waited a few seconds.
When she opened his eyes again, there was light in them.
She was still confused but apparently, she had made up her mind.
She said in a muffled voice.
“Under…stood…I’m going to work on that premise, too.”
Nanashino smiled tiredly at my words.
“I’m confident…in my comprehension!”
I don’t want you to have confidence in that.
Nanashino gently held out her hand to me.
Is it proof that we have decided to cooperate with each other once again?
“Um… I don’t know anything… and thank you, I’m looking forward to working with you.
I took her hand and shook it firmly.
A meaningless ritual.
If anything happened, I would abandon Nanashino right away.
Nanashino responded to the handshake with a black-and-white look in her eyes.
“Blogger…san…is that your real name?”
“Of course not.
I am pure Japanese.
Blogger is the username I use when playing the game.”
Black hair and eyes.
My height is 170 on average, and my weight is a little lighter than average, no matter how you look at it, you can’t see me as anything other than Japanese.
At my words, Nanashino asked me fearfully.
“…Um…What’s your real name?”
“You can’t tell your real name to someone you don’t know.
Think about your manners.”
“…I’m, my real name…”
“…I don’t know anything about that.
You said it on your own.”
So it is your real name… Well, it doesn’t matter.
Nanashino looked hurt for a moment but quickly turned her gaze to the Ruins as if giving up.
Although the [Ruins of the Beginning] were called ruins, they didn’t appear to be in disrepair.
There was nothing in the Ruins except for the seven pillars, and the surrounding area was an endless expanse of grassland, but there was a wide road, so it should be possible to reach the town.
She looked at the scene around for a while, but then seemed to regain her composure and looked up at me to ask.
“Um… What do we have to do first?”‘
In the original AbyCall, the first thing a player would do is a tutorial.
Use the follower tutorial given to capture the dungeon, and then get the first magic stone as a reward.
But since I already have the magic stone in my hand, I guess the tutorial is now complete.
I looked up at the seven moons once more and said as if in prayer.
“I guess it’s [Abyss Call].”
In Abyss Calling, players, without exception, have a special job called caller.
A caller is, simply put, a summoning mage.
The reason it is not called a summoner is probably because the management wanted to create strange originality.
A special kind of mage who uses magic stones to summon, train, and use their follower.
Naturally, nothing can be done without the followers.
The [Ruins of the Beginning] is also the place where players attempt to summon their followers after the tutorial.
It’s no coincidence that I found myself in this place before I knew it.
Nanashino stared at the magic stone in her hand.
The first five golden magic stones are special magic stones.
It is no exaggeration to say that the five magic stones will determine the fate of a caller.
Five golden magic stones.
The official name of the five golden stones is [Rarity 7 or higher] and they are the stone that determines the status of the followers.
It is like the SR fixed gacha ticket in social games.
Each follower is ranked by their rarity.
The original magic stone randomly summons a list of followers with a rarity level of 3 or higher, but only the first summon guarantees a follower with a rarity level of 7 or higher.
The higher the rarity, the more powerful they are, and the lower the summoning probability, so this is the first and last big chance.
…By the way, there are up to 21 rarity levels.
The moment I stood in the center of the Ruins, I had an idea in my head of what I needed to do.
Perhaps Nanashino was the same.
With a mysterious look, but without hesitation, she raised the stone to the heavens.
I stepped back and watched the situation.
At first, I was going to summon it quickly, but it wouldn’t be too late after watching Nanashino.
Then, Nanashino took a deep breath once and chanted the words.
Looking up to the heavens, she saw the seven-colored moons with her eyes like saucers.
One of them shone brightly.
White Moon-the white moon shone as a sign that the summoned follower was classified as the Heavenly species.
They are also commonly referred to as Angel species.
It is a species that has many individual units with the attribute of light.
And then Nanashino raised a voice that sounded as if she was floating.
“Whoa… What’s this.
I looked down.
A small humanoid appeared at Nanashino’s feet.
Can it really be summoned? Before I could experience surprise, I first observed its appearance.
He was about fifty centimeters tall.
A small knight only in its form, wearing a white full-face carapace protecting his head and well-polished white half-plate armor.
On his back, he carried a sword as large as a kitchen knife.
At the sound of Nanashino’s voice, the figure looked up widely to the heavens to see Nanashino, and with a graceful motion, drew his sword and made a gesture as if offering it at her side.
The gesture caused Nanashino to let out a yellow scream and twist her body.
It was the exact opposite of the expression that had been on her face just a moment before.
“Wh-what is this? So cute! Hey, hey, Blogger-san.
What is this? Is this my follower?”
I told Nanashino, who was still excited, what it was called.
I’ve been an experienced player for a while, so I know most of the followers’ names.
“It’s Iris’s Single Cavalry.”
“Iris? Cavalry? It doesn’t seem to be a name.”
Well, it’s not a proper name.
I sighed an
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