, but I understood that my recovery speed had increased.

「Sukuna, if you’re fine with it, can we both travel together? I want to hear about your story.」

「Yeah, it’s fine.
I’m also interested in Kohaku.」

Being given that suggestion while I was waiting for my HP to recover, I nodded yes.

Since I had just gotten a connection to a kijin NPC, I felt like it would be a waste to just ignore this opportunity.

Like that technique「Fujutsu」, there were a lot of things I’d like to hear about.

「That’s great! For the time being, I think we should get out of this forest first.」

「I was also planning that, so that would be just as planned.」

「Okay, let’s go.」

For the first time in this game.

I could finally have a connection with an NPC.

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「I see, so the one that defeated that Red Wolf was you.」

It was a really strong opponent.」

「 I was surprised when I heard that an aspect(現身utsushimi) of the Wolf King was defeated but…….I’m mysteriously convinced.」

While advancing through the Forest of Magic, we were having a relaxing conversation.

While the stream was still going, I didn’t say anything to the viewers and prioritized interacting with Kohaku.

Since she was a pretty person, the watcher’s reactions were good.

「An aspect of the Wolf King?」

「Aah, Aria the Red Wolf of Isolation, you see, is actually a projection in the form of a certain monster.」

Asking her to explain a term that I didn’t recognize, Kohaku raised her finger as she explained.

「《Wolf King of the Sky Pivot -Requiem-》.
One of the almighty ones that are said to be the ones closest to the gods of this world.」

What was reflected in the eyes of Kohaku as she said those words was awe and admiration.

The emotion of fear toward the one who has absolute power, and admiration of someone with such power.

「Red Wolf of Isolation, Black Wolf of Congregation, White Wolf of Illusion.
These three named monsters are told in the legends to be aspects of the Wolf King.
According to the legend, 『When the aspects of the Wolf King have been subjugated, the path to the Wolf King shall open』.
That’s what it says.」

「So that means that these three named monsters are the key to finding it?」

「They say that it is so.
It’s just that, no one has ever defeated all of them until now, so no one knows whether it’s true or not.」

So the Black Wolf of Congregation and the White Wolf of Illusions.

It shouldn’t have been a coincidence that Aria was near the Town of Beginning.

Listening to Kohaku’s story, even if I couldn’t judge it as common knowledge, at least it was info that had spread quite far amongst the NPCs.

The reason that one of the tickets to challenging a monster likely of the strongest class, Requiem, was left near the Town of Beginning…I tried thinking about it, but I didn’t get what the point was.

「In the first place, it’s also my first time seeing that Proof.」

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「The Proof of the Named Solo Subjugator?」

「That’s right, that is a present from the gods.
There are only a few Named subjugators, and solo subjugators are rare enough to be counted with just the fingers of a single hand.
The only one living was《Melty of the Heavenly Eye》, the hero of the vampires, I guess.」

Touching the Proof on my chest, it reflected a blue light.

In the world of NPC’s, I wonder how many characters there were that could defeat a Named?

An NPC’s life was only one.
Even Kohaku, who was right in front of me now had only one life.
Unlike players, if an NPC died, they would disappear.

For a being that couldn’t die and respawn, unable to learn through trial and error…and moreover, being a solo subjugator despite that, they should be quite the ridiculous monster and without a doubt a hero.

「Do you know that there are different variety of Named monsters?」

「Like how many people are allowed to fight them?」

「Yes, that’s right.
Including the Red Wolf of Isolation, which is a solo-limited Named, they have this special characteristic of『Changing their strength depending on who they fight.』 And also, they would never attack the weak.
That’s why, in this world, they are also called the 《Messengers of Trials》.」

I see.
Even though there were those hardcore players who had already passed level 60.
So the reason that no one was unable to defeat Aria was because of that.

So they changed their strength depending on the player’s parameters, that was quite nasty to think about.

However, I kind of felt that there was something wrong with what she said.
And that was the part where solo Named wouldn’t attack the weak.

「Eh, but when I was still level 14, a level 28 Aria attacked me though……」

「I haven’t heard of being challenged at that low of a level, but….it is said that they can see through how strong a person is.
Let’s see, for example, defeating hundreds of wolves unharmed, do you know anything about that?」


I know something…about that….

「I guessed it when I saw you fight earlier.
As expected, as the one blessed by Kishin-sama, you have a rare talent for battle.
The red wolf saw through that, isn’t that why he challenged you?」

Earnestly, Kohaku said that while looking extremely happy.

I was feeling something for some reason.
The eyes that Kohaku was looking at me with, they had a deep passion inside that you wouldn’t see from just a first encounter.

Was it because I was a Douji, gaining power that was derived from Shuten?

Or was it because I was a solo Named subjugator? I couldn’t really tell.

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