death marches after all?

Getting 1 or 2 stones a daily is all I’m asking for…..something along the lines of a login reward.

[Well, there is a way to get it to work.]

[No shit!? As expected of Estel! So, how do we go about doing it?]

[Estel’s always so reliableー]

While I was getting pessimistic, Estel said that there is a way.

[First, it’s important for us to know how far your “party recognition” draws its line.]

As Estel begins her explanation, Noru and I listen to her quietly.

How far does it draws its line…..? Is there some hidden mechanic with the party system?

[No matter how hard us girls try we can’t leave the party, I’m guessing that’s because we are unconsciously recognizing each other as companions.
So what we need, are adventurers who recognize us as buddies, that way they’ll be seen as a part of our party by the system regardless of how far away they are.]

[Hーmm…? If that’s the case, I’m already registered with the Adventurer’s Guild, would that mean there’s lots of other adventurers that can be recognized as part of our party?]

Listening to what she said, I think it makes sense too.

No matter how hard Noru tries, she can’t leave the party because she sees us as companions.

As I’m a member of the Adventurers Guild, I understand the point of other adventurers being recognized as part of our party.
But if that’s the case, there are some points that don’t make sense too.

[That’s just you being part of the Guild, random strangers aren’t considered your buddies Onii-san.
A stronger connection with Onii-san is required.]

Well sure, I wouldn’t know most of them…..
It’d be strange for them to be seen as part of our party.

So for them to be seen as part of our party, they’d need to be close enough to me to think of me as a buddy.

Dhius and Grin-san should count, we have gone hunting together with them, so they should have been recognized as part of our party at some point yea?

So If I want the recognition part to work indefinitely, I’d need to get them to recognize me as a close friend…..
Isn’t that impossible?

[As for the part regarding hunting rare variant monsters… I can think of 2 possible solutions.
1 would be to become friends with adventurers of B rank and above.
The other…would be to strengthen up low-ranked adventurers enough for them to be able to hunt rare variants.

While raising her index finger, Estel’s explanation continued.

I understand the point of making friends with adventurers that are B rank or higher.
If they are as strong as Dhius, they won’t have problems hunting rare variants.

I should also have more opportunities to socialize with them, compared to the low rankers.

But what does the 2nd one mean? Is it that easy to strengthen them up…..
Uh yea it is.

[You don’t mean… That I “lend” Gacha equipment to them to make them stronger?]

[Yes, that kind of thing.]

Estel nodded with satisfaction, as my answer matched hers.

[If it’s just Black Orcs, you giving out some SR weapons and accessories should solve that issue, no? That would also solve the “they need gacha equipment” requirement.]

That’s 2 birds one stone, efficient.

However, I feel that there still is some risk involved regarding the handing over of Gacha equipment.
The most I’d want to give would be R weapons that are at roughly the average standard in this world, or defensive ring type equipment.

I don’t want to cause issues with equipment stores like Gantz-san’s, overall I want to avoid handing over weapons or armor if possible.

If I give them something too good, they wouldn’t buy weapons or armor for a while.

On that train of thought, was it bad that I gave those weapons to the newbies today? ……Those weren’t strengthened at all so it should be fine.

I have to be very careful about the equipment I hand over, I don’t want to break the balance.

[It’s a given that we can’t give stuff to people we don’t trust, but this now means the party issue will become easier to solve.]

[…..Eh? What do you mean?]

This might be possible passive manastone income, but I have no intention of giving out stuff indiscriminately.
Well, it’s more a matter of choosing people who we can deal with if I really have to.

The SSR items and some SR are out of the question.
Especially the stuff that can pierce defenses.

Rather… What does she mean by the party issue becoming easier to solve?

[We just need to form a Group for adventurers, and that we will give a “present” which is Gacha equipment to those who join as proof of affiliation.
That proof will dramatically increase their awareness of them being part of our Group.]

[Grin-san was surprised by the Magic Gear too… So, we’ll be using the “present” as bait?]

[It sounds bad when you say that way, it’s still a more reliable way to form our Group than just verbal promises, no?]

I see…..
So we’ll be forming a Group on a larger scale than a typical party, then using it to foster better relations.

It certainly feels closer than just being “a fellow member of the Adventurer’s Guild”.

Using the gift as a means to increase member awareness sounds good too.
“As proof of affiliation I’ll be giving you this Guardian Ring.” sounds a little cringey but it might be effective.

Magic Gear seems to be rare in this part of the world, the recipients will be very conscious of it.

[The plan to become friends with B rank or higher adventurers… Appears difficult to achieve for the time being.]

[Dhius and his buddies would be happy to join us, no?]

There may not be that many adventurers at B rank or higher, but we already know some, in the form of Dhius’ party.

I can already imagine him joining in a heartbeat, if I told him “I’ll give you a ring made by Estel.”…..

[Dhius’ party is already famous to some degree, so it might be difficult for them to become directly affiliated with us.
It’s probably better to increase our rank if we want to get strong adventurers to join our group.]

It would certainly appear weird for Dhius’ party who are rank B, to join our Group who are rank C.
We have to consider how things appear in the eyes of other adventurers.

If we are going to form this Group of ours, we can’t just hand over the item and call it a day.
I’ll need to come up with some activity plan, that way we can go about doing things with our Group openly, rather than sneaking around.

And that means… We need to start planning to get to rank B soon.
The chance of other adventurers responding positively to our invitations should increase greatly, with us at rank B.

I should also ask the guild, if it’s okay for us to form such a Group amongst fellow adventurers.
It’d be a pain if we get called out later for not checking.

[Whーew, Estel really thought through lots of things.
Imagining all that almost overheated my head.]

[Not to be rude Noru, you could try thinking a little harder yea?]

[I’m more of the intuitive type, so I’ll leave the thinking part to Estel!]

[That’s not something you should be proud of.]

Having reached a conclusion to our discussion, Noru fluttered about and said something fluffy.
To be honest my head hurts too…..
I’m not much better than her.

But with this, we can now see the light at the end of our tunnel.
I guess our current goal would be a promotion to rank B, and then the formation of our Group.

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