e hunting can proceed as planned.
I may be afraid of what the girls have in store for me, but I have given up on thinking about that.

I’m forcing the girls into doing something unreasonable for me, it’s only normal that I give them a worthy compensation.

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Day 1.

The next morning, at the time the sun begins to rise, we too begin moving out for the grind.

My Beacons are now usable from the comfort of our own home, so I started by sending Estel’s team to the Northern Cave.
It’s great to have a home.

I had a look at the remaining duration for the gacha first thing in the morning, the display read “5 days remaining”.

Apparently the Gacha duration started counting down on the day it appeared.
How stingy.

[Alright then, let’s give it our best for this grind!]

[Okura-dono… So you really equipped that eh…]

[Yeah, it looks cool don’t it?]

[You say it looks cool… I can almost see you going “HYAHAHー!” already.]

The Gacha gave us new equipment, I’m just making use of the stuff.

Numerous almost 20cm long spikes are attached onto the black colored pauldrons.

They looked mighty cool to me, but Noru’s reaction seemed to imply otherwise… I wonder why.

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Spiked Shoulder Pads

Attack+100
Defense+100

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It increases attack too, I’d say it’s decent gear at least.
I can probably do some damage if I tackled an enemy with this.

[Uuuu… It’s really happening again…]


After sending Estel and Shisuha to the Northern Cave, I went to the Orc Forest with Noru.

Noru started groaning the moment we arrived at the forest, likely from remembering past events.

I could have come here with Shisuha instead, though Noru and Shisuha have already decided to take turns swapping the roles of being the lure at the Cave and hunting at the Orc Forest.

Shisuha is borrowing my Sacred Fabric and Defense Bracelet too, so she’s decked out for her role as the lure.

[Noru, you have become even stronger than before, won’t you be able to go even faster this time around?]

[I was already instagibbing the Black Orcs back then, I don’t think there’ll be much of a difference.]

Hmmー, Noru’s stats have grown significantly, so I thought that her hunting speed would be faster than before… But I guess things don’t work that way?

[Alright then…Noru will do the rounds here, here, and here.
I will be hunting at other spots.]

[Eh? Are we not hunting together?]

[Don’t be daft.
My levels and gear are way better now compared to back then.
So of course we are splitting up.]

I needed several attacks to kill a single Black Orc by myself back then, pretty sure I can kill them in 1 or 2 hits now.

That’s why the plan this time is to split up, and sweep across a multitude of different spawn points.
Shisuha will be doing the same too when it’s her turn to hunt here.

With this our efficiency will… not double, but it certainly will increase.

[….Oh Okura-dono, your wobbly legs have grown strong.
Being able to watch over your growth like this, it almost brings a tear to my eye.]

[You ain’t my Mom! Don’t get all woozy on me just yet!]

Noru looked at me while nodding her head, with her arms crossed.

I’m happy that you are praising me, but couldn’t you word it more normally.

After that exchange our hunting began as per usual.

Me and Noru cycle around 3 spawn points, cleaning up every Goblin and Black Orc that pops out along the way.

I am able to kill the Black Orcs in a single blow too now, perhaps due to Noru’s passive buff.

However, compared to when the 2 of us were making the rounds together, we are taking more time to kill all the spawned Goblins and Orcs, so I can’t really call this “double” the efficiency.

Even then, it’s still better than the 2 of us sticking together.

As for the item drops, we aren’t bothering to pick them up this time.

Rather than wasting time doing that, our efforts are focused on getting that 1 more manastone.

[Okura-dono, it’s getting dark.
Let’s call it a day…]

[Kuh, we are nowhere near done.
We have only gotten 114 stones so far!]

[That’s more than enough for a day… The work does feel easier than before, but this machine-like way of hunting doesn’t mix well with me…..]

About 10 hours have passed since we started hunting.
When I looked up at the sky, the color of sunset was setting in.

It has been a day of eviscerating Goblins and Orcs with Excali-bar, with the occasional shoulder tackle to crush heads too.

Noru approaches me to notify me that daylight was almost over.
A look at the manastone counter, shows the number had increased to 128.

We have managed to grind 114 manastones in one day… Not counting the Labyrinth, this is the highest number of manastones we have gained in a day.

However, this trifling amount was nowhere near enough for my quest to conquer the CompGacha.
More, we need to grind even more manastones.

As I was thinking about that, my smartphone vibrated.
A look at the screen, showed an incoming call from Estel via transceiver.

『Onii-san, let’s call it a day for today.
I’m exhausted.』

『Haa…..haa…..
I, too, have been doing nothing but running, the whole day….』


[Muu… alright.
Let’s finish up for today.]

Apparently the other team was reaching their limits.

I did think it was a bad idea to overdo it yesterday… We’ll call it a day as suggested.

[Now then, let’s do some Gacha rolls with what we got today!]

[Please, let our suffering end with this.]

[sigh, we went at it(hunt) for more than twice the amount of time than we usually do, I’m beat.]

[Somehow, it still feels like Scorpions are chasing me from behind…]

After picking up Estel’s team, we headed back home.
When we got home, we sat in our chairs around the usual table, to start today’s gacha rolling session.

Noru puts her hands together as if praying, the tired Estel slumped on her chair covering her eyes with one of her arms, while Shisuha was rubbing her own arms with her own hands to stave off the shivers.

This was the first time we have hunted for such a long period of time, Estel appears to be particularly tired.
I should avoid overworking her.

[Alright, we’re gonna roll with the manastones we earned today.
Noru will roll today.]

[Roger that! Come on, gimme the good stuff!]

It’s rolling time for today.
We have 2 rolls.
If we get the Dimension Room here, then the grind ends today.
We’ll be freed from the agony.

Noru’s motivation appears to revolve around this logic, hence her high tension.

Noru dynamically taps the 11 consec button, while doing an energetic “Uooooohhh!”.

A treasure chest is displayed.
The treasure chest turns silver, gold.
Then stops at gold.

【R Food, SR Beacon, R Potion × 10, R Greatsword, SR Excali-bar, SR Explosive Tag, R Thin Book, SR Corona Ring, R Hot Ring, R Flash Bomb,『SR Spiked Shoulder Pads』】

[Uuuー, that’s not it! Why does this one keep appearing!]

[It’s one of the targets… but we’re really getting a lot of dupes of this one.]

Noru flailed her arms, clearly upset.

It’s the Spiked Shoulder Pads again… It’s popping out almost as often as Excali-bar.
Ah, we got another Excali-bar too.

It might be another piece of gear that’s cursed to appear often… I’ll at least get stronger with it so there’s that.

The upset Noru quickly calmed down, and tapped the 11 consec Gacha button once more.

A treasure chest is displayed.
The treasure chest turns silver, gold.
Then stops at gold.

【R Snack, SR Gem of Life, R Plushsie, R Junk Ring, SR Escape Device, R Panacea, SR Waist Pouch, R Smoke Bomb, R Camping Set, SR Pot Lid】

[Auu!? It’s a gold chest again…]

[Noru’s on an unlucky streak…]

Kuh, the desire sensor must have detected Noru’s aim…

At this rate, maybe I should get Mofutto to roll tomorrow? Mofutto shouldn’t be affected by the desire sensor among the party members.

[This means we’ll have to do this again tomorrow…]

[It’s my turn to go to the Orc Forest tomorrow, right?]

Estel frowned with a dark expression, at the situation which couldn’t be ended today.

Shisuha didn’t look as affected in comparison, and almost seemed to be looking forward to tomorrow.
Her positivity might really be number 1 among us…

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