CH37: [side????] Report
A room in a building.
It’s all black in the Oval Office.
Two men were in that room, face to face.
On the one hand, a young man in his mid-20s sitting in a chair in his office.
He has lost his left arm and wears an eye patch over his right eye.
On the one hand, a man in his late forties whose original black hair is beginning to blend with gray.
His usual mild-manneredness is gone, and he is wearing his original atmosphere.
Judging from the appearance alone, the latter seems to be in a better position, but it seems that the former is in a better position.
“I apologize for the rudeness of my visit without an appointment, Grand Master.”
“It’s about you. That’s what this is about, isn’t it?”
“Yes. I’m sure the Grandmaster will hear about it soon because of the nature of the content, but by then there’s a very good chance that there will be a tail attached to it, which is why I’ve come up to report it.”
“Hmm. So, what’s the story?
“Three days ago, an irregularity occurred in the Southern Grand Labyrinth under my jurisdiction. A floor boss in the ninety-second level, known as the Black Dragon, was seen by an explorer performing activities outside of the boss area.”
“… I see. Is it a glitch caused by the loss of west, or is it intentional? We won’t know the answer until we continue our analysis.”
I’m sorry to be presumptuous, but I believe it’s the former.
“Oh. What makes you say that?”
“The floor boss should be a powerful defense mechanism. They’ve spent so much resources to bind powerful monsters in place. If the floor boss can move freely within the hierarchy, if the area is as large as the deeper levels, there’s a possibility that you can go to the next level without encountering the boss. Why take such a risk?”
“You have a point. This time we should consider it a temporary glitch caused by the disappearance of West. If so, it’s already been fixed. What’s next? East?
“We think. There are no depths to the west and east. I don’t know about the north, but the south won’t be moving up the hierarchy for a while.”
“I’ll make sure you call me as soon as East disappears. If there’s a glitch like this, report it to me immediately.”
Is that all? It’s true that it was information I wanted to know as soon as possible, but I don’t think it was something you were in a hurry to find out.”
“There is one more report. I think this is more useful information for the Grandmaster. As you said, the bug has already been fixed.
Useful, huh? What kind of information?
“In relation to the previous problem, the explorer who defeated the black dragon has appeared.
“That’s great. It was Oliver Cardiff who killed it, right? Well, he’s finally blossomed.”
No, it’s not him.
“… What the hell? Other than him, there’s no one who can defeat a deep level boss single-handedly… No way… Hey, that guy’s name isn’t Orn Dûrah, is it?
“Did you know… He was a member of a heroic party, but until now he’s been a nobody. He’s a wonder.
“No way… No way… No, it’s impossible. ・・・・・… If he’s capable of defeating the deep level boss single-handedly, there’s no way he’d choose to defeat it. ・・・・・・・.”
“… How can I help you?
You notice anything unusual about him lately?
No, no one in charge has reported anything like that.
So what’s his attitude towards the guild?
“I thought it was pretty normal. When I got the report about the Black Dragon the other day… it was no different than before.”
“Then, does that mean that he’s somehow managed to obtain enough power to defeat the Deep Level Boss? Ha-ha-ha-ha! How crazy can he be? ! This guy is a masterpiece! Then you can be my savior! Orn Durer! Then I’ll clean up everything you did to me! Ha-ha-ha-ha!”
“Oh, I’m sorry. I got a little carried away. It’s all right now. I’m sure it’ll come out in the end when I tell you that I defeated a deep boss single-handedly. Besides… this is useful information for me. I appreciate it.”
You’re too kind to say that.
No more reports? Then you can step back.
Yes. Now, if you’ll excuse me.
A man with gray hair bows and leaves the room.
Alone in his room, the young man they call the Grand Master mutters.
“Never wake from this dream and keep dancing. For the sake of my ambition! Ha-ha-ha-ha!”
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