§036 Another Examination 11/19 (Mon)


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And then, on the next day, we once again head to Naruse’s Secret Research Institute.

“Who has a secret research institute!? Mad researchers are──”

“Oh, you’re here already.”

A man, (I think his name is Nakajima right?), pulls some papers out of a printer and comes to greet us.

“I couldn’t sleep, the thought that we might get closer to the secret behind the aura was just too exciting!”

“──not to be found here, probably.” Chief Naruse says while arching her eyebrows. “So, are today’s measurements going to be the same as last time?”

“Yes, please do the measures using all available sensors.”

“Which reminds me, the previous report was written very well. Thanks. However, this time it’s going to be 43 times, right? You guys are truly eccentric, you know?”

“It’ll be around 100 million Yen for the examinations.” Mr. Nakajima says, while shaking his head. He sounds deeply moved though.

“We could use such an abundant budget as well.”

“C-Come on, let’s start at once. Time is precious!”

Once I stop speaking with Mr. Nakajima, while avoiding meeting Chief Naruse’s gaze, I’m crammed into the previous measuring device.
I immediately invoke Making.

——–

Name Yoshimura Keigo

Rank 1 / SP 1118.856

HP 61.00

MP 52.00

STR 24 (+)

VIT 25 (+)

INT 28 (+)

AGI 20 (+)

DEX 26 (+)

LUC 24 (+)

——–

For starters, I’m going to round up my stats.
The number of slimes I’ve defeated in Yoyogi has exceeded two thousand, but since I defeated them without a break, I obtained a mere five points in a month.
At this rate, it’d be around sixty points in a year, huh? And 180 points in three years.
Assuming that the stats of the high-end explorers are allotted uniformly, each of their stats would be around thirty points. Even if the points are assigned unevenly, their highest stat should be at most around sixty points. I have no proof to verify this, though.
Given that the experience points obtainable from monsters might increase the deeper in a dungeon you go, it’d be sixty points on average, and around 120 points at maximum, even if the experience points doubled.
As a result of consulting with Miyoshi, we have decided to measure while raising all my stats equally, rather than focusing on one stat.
I think it’s probably because people generally wouldn’t raise only one stat every time. Well, the plan is to go up to a hundred points, but even if I raise all stats equally to such a level, it won’t be any problem.

——–

Name Yoshimura Keigo

Rank 1 / SP 1085.856

HP 75.00

MP 57.00

STR 30 (+)

VIT 30 (+)

INT 30 (+)

AGI 30 (+)

DEX 30 (+)

LUC 30 (+)

——–

“Please start.”

“Okay, we’re measuring for the first time.”

I feel a stinging pain in my right arm, and just like last time, there’s a sound similar to a CT scan moving around.
A few minutes later, I’m informed that the measurement has finished.
Despite the fact that one measurement only takes five minutes, it’ll still be a long stretch lasting four hours. I dispassionately proceed with the mechanical work of raising my stats in order.
And then, when I increase my STR to 100, it happens.

——–

Name Yoshimura Keigo

Rank 1 / SP 715.856

HP 235.00

MP 171.00

STR (-) 100 (+)

VIT 90 (+)

INT 90 (+)

AGI 90 (+)

DEX 90 (+)

LUC 90 (+)

——–

“Wut?”

A (-) symbol has been added to STR after it exceeded hundred points.

“Is something wrong?”

Chief Naruse reacts to my voice, which unintentionally escaped my lips.

“Ah, it’s nothing. Please wait a moment.”

However, this means…I can possibly get my points back? If that’s the case, it’d mean that I can play around by putting a lot of points into one stat, but…
Most games have a penalty system in place where you can get back one point by using two points, don’t they?
I timidly press (-).

——–

Name Yoshimura Keigo

Rank 1 / SP 715.856

HP 234.00

MP 171.00

STR (-) 99 (+) [1]

VIT 90 (+)

INT 90 (+)

AGI 90 (+)

DEX 90 (+)

LUC 90 (+)

——–

Starting with the conclusion, I didn’t get my SP back.
It looks like a function allowing me to decide how many points will be used from within the pool of a given stat.
At the moment I don’t really get the purpose behind this, but it might be a feature that allows you to go easy on someone, even after your stats have grown so much that you have inhuman powers.
Or maybe it could be used for disguising your stats or something? Since such a function would have no use if there’s no one who can see your stats, that probably means that there are skills that allow you to take a peek. If altering your stats like this sets you to the same state as before you assigned the points, it’d be very convenient for Miyoshi’s tests, but…well, I think it’s better to not do anything unnecessary right now.
I add the point back, and ask for the next examination.

 

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And then, five hours later, my stats have become like this:

 

——–

Name Yoshimura Keigo

Rank 1 / SP 665.856

HP 250.00

MP 190.00

STR (-) 100 (+)

VIT (-) 100 (+)

INT (-) 100 (+)

AGI (-) 100 (+)

DEX (-) 100 (+)

LUC (-) 100 (+)

——–

“Senpai, good work.”

“As I thought, 43 times was really tough.” I say, after exiting the capsule and stretching myself.

“Good job. Since it’s going to take a bit of time for the results to be put together, please have a drink while waiting.” With those words, Chief Naruse hands me a coffee in a somewhat oversized mug.

“Thank you.” I receive the mug, but the instant I grip the handle tightly, it’s pulverized.

“Huh?”

It’s not that it broke, but rather, it was crushed into tiny pieces.
Naturally, the contents of the mug spill out, dropping onto the floor.

“Ugh, s-sorry!”

“Whoa, you okay? You didn’t get burned or something? If it looks like some of it spilled on you, the bathroom is over there.”

“T-Thank you.”

I leave the cleaning to Miyoshi, and rush towards the bathroom. Of course I grasp the doorknob very carefully.
While cleaning myself with water in the bathroom, I timidly take out a 10 Yen coin from my pocket, hold it between my thumb and index finger, and slowly apply some pressure to it. In response, the coin easily folds in the middle, without any kind of resistance, as if it was made of rubber

“You gotta be kidding…I don’t know how to control it at all.”

If the effect of STR becomes apparent with just this much, trying to go for a light jog would look like teleportation, and what was meant to be a light caress could blow a dog’s head off.
Since the top explorers raise their physical abilities gradually over a long period of time, their bodies get used to it, and they become able to control it.

“I finally got the idea behind (-).” Muttering that, I lower the parameters to a level just slightly above where it was before.

——–

Name Yoshimura Keigo

Rank 1 / SP 665.856

HP 75.00

MP 57.00

STR (-) 30 (+) [70]

VIT (-) 30 (+) [70]

INT (-) 30 (+) [70]

AGI (-) 30 (+) [70]

DEX (-) 30 (+) [70]

LUC (-) 100 (+)

——–

I would imagine that LUC and INT would have no noticeable influence, but since INT looks like it would affect <Water Magic>, I lower it as precaution as well. LUC should be fine as it is, though.
Just when I’m pondering about these things, my cell phone starts to vibrate. When I take it out in a hurry, it’s Ms. Mitsurugi who’s calling me.

“Ms. Mitsurugi?”

For the time being I press the button, taking the call, “Yes, Yoshimura here.”

“Ah, Mr. Yoshimura? It’s Mitsurugi.”

“Thanks for last night. What’s up?”

“U-Umm, you know, that is…”

According to her, she truly just wanted to thank me for yesterday, but because of what happened at the end, she became somewhat embarrassed, and found it apparently difficult to get in touch with me.
However, it looks like she now felt an urge to make the call no matter what, despite not really knowing why.
Is that possibly an effect of LUC?

“So, I think it’s my special training in the dungeon showing an effect, but just now I was told by my coach, who has been teaching me technique, that I’m like a top model who lost her memories.”

Ah, since her body, which hadn’t ever learned the techniques, is moving perfectly as instructed, it makes sense that they would say something like that.

“And because my lessons are proceeding much faster than expected, the planned schedule of five times a week until the end of the year, has turned into three times a week.”

“Then you can start on your job?”

“No, the actual job will start next year. Since plenty of time has opened up for me, I was wondering whether you’d like to go into the dungeon together with me as we had agreed upon before…”

Eh? Is this an invitation for a date?
Well, as it’s inside a dungeon, it’ll totally lack any romantic atmosphere, though.

“Sure, why not? I’ll be absent for a few days starting on the 22nd, but except for those days, I don’t have anything planned for December yet. If you tell me the days you’re free, I will adjust my schedule and contact you.”

“Thanks! I will send you an email about my free days later then, okay? I’m sorry for interrupting you while you’re busy.”

“No problem. Talk to you later.”

I hang up with those parting words, but the man reflected in the bathroom’s mirror has a face like a child who just got a surprise present.
Of course, it earned me a barrage of quips from Miyosh though.

 

◇◇◇

 

Speaking of Miyoshi, she has apparently talked with Ms. Midori about the something-or-other device development.
You might say that the merits and demerits of quantifying human abilities are two sides of the same coin. I don’t know how society will take this. In any case, researchers simply do what they can do. The rest should be judged by those who’re going to use it.

 

 


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