Toaru Ossan no VRMMO Katsudouki
Author: Shiina Howahowa
Dance of the Fairies, the Opening Act PT3
It’s been several days now.
The players who can smoothly cooperate with their Fairies have certainly increased.
In particular some verifiers have found the benefits of chain reactions to be huge.
The way Arts worked up until now, you’d find the best timing in the action to make your one shot and that’s it.
But now, with the Fairies’ attacks mixed in, the monster’s defenses are dropped in a very short time.
For that reason, interspersing Fairy attacks between Arts will increase the offensive power by 1.2 times.
Since people are always looking for more ways to deal damage, even if just by a little, the effects of having an active Fairy are huge whether you play solo or with a party.
And then, just for those cooperation purposes you’ll need the [Fairy Language] skill.
If you don’t have [Fairy Language], they can still assist you and attack, and they will roughly understand the orders you give them.
However, with [Fairy Language] things like making requests of Fairies or knowing your own Fairy’s status and the Arts it can use will be transmitted with magic.
Also, even in the middle of combat you could give the Fairy detailed instructions, such as telling the Fairy to use its Arts after your own attack, like attack with magic, and then that you’ll follow it up with another attack.
[Fairy Language] requires 0 EXP to take, so there’s no reason to hesitate taking it; if you think about a Fairy like an extra troop the skill is definitely necessary.
Even if you’re playing solo, it’s great being able to tell your Fairy to launch a large, one-shot Art; in a party, telling a Fairy to attack after the vanguards players have gone in, and to attack over the players’ attacks, will make defeating opponents more efficient.
The initial tendency to think of Fairies as mascots is slowly disappearing and they are now viewed as useful partners; since they are useful existences that can’t refuse orders, they are also slowly but surely beginning to be viewed as tools.
As a result, those who think of Fairies as not just another npc, that is the players who view Fairies as partners, and those who Conversely think of Fairies as just game data to be used, that is the players who view Fairies as slaves, started getting into fights often.
For the players on the “Partner” side, since the Fairies properly respond when talked to, it’s fun to share food and eat together and enjoy their company.
I don’t know if it’s the AI, but honestly there’s some under the impression that the Fairies are alive, and that treating them with violence won’t be good.
On the other hand, there’s the “no matter how you look at them, they’re game data.”
They don’t tire no matter how much you make them fight, and you should fully take advantage of the Fairies with buffs and heals
Even if you don’t feed them they won’t starve to death, and their abilities won’t falter either.
So there’s no problem even if you treat them like slaves.
There’s also been an increase in people who hit their Fairy to make it behave if it showed any rebellious signs.
Again and again countless PVP fights broke out repeatedly, and no one would say, “Respect each other’s ways of thinking.”
The arguments that popped up again and again were detestable.
Since it’s gotten like that, they made a simple deal; after it was circulated on some influential info sites, that deal became an unspoken agreement.
Even though it’s a “Dance”, a foul current has flowed through and tainted the atmosphere.
I was in the middle of that current, though only to the point of understanding the situation, and was continuing to steadily raise [Whip] and [Thief].
When [Whip] reached LV10, an Art with the name <Restrain> appeared and I practiced it repeatedly.
As it is, this Art is an attack that uses the whip to entwine around an opponent and seal its movements, but it won’t work if you can’t swing the whip well; it’s an Art with some difficult requirements.
However, the result is undeniably outstanding; right now I’ve only wrapped the front legs of the Dread Wolf together, but just disabling the front legs has made it impossible for him to rush at me.
Once he’s in this state, even if I let go of the whip it remains entangling him and he’s unable to run away.
After that I only need to loose an arrow or let fly a kick to end the struggling Dread Wolf.
<Thief Step> and <Stealth> suppress my sound and presence, allowing me to get within range to use the whip, and <Restrain> constricts their legs, allowing me to pierce them while they’re unable to move.
If I’m able to move like this, pretty soon I’ll be able to enter a dungeon.
Once [Thief] reached LV10, I am finally able to use the ability <Danger Perception> for the first time so I’m thinking it might be a good time to start thinking about heading into a dungeon to try it out.
My goal is to be able to quietly sneak about through dungeon-like conditions; in order to do so with just my own abilities, I absolutely have to raise the [Thief] skill to learn <Night Vision>.
I’m not looking to hoard Items or money, and I won’t be able to rake it in like the parties who team up with that in mind and take actions to defeat monsters in the shortest amount of time possible.
Right now that’s not what I’m going for. The earnings from walking a dungeon is raising my skills a little more; it’s never too late to do that.
While I’m thinking about all of that, around me, like always, the fairies are *float float* softly floating about.
And like always they’re playing around with my Broken Fairy Contract Crystal.
It can’t be helped; let’s go find a Tailor crafter and request a cord that I can use as a necklace to hang it around my neck.
Even when I put it back in the Item Box they still come swarming to my breast pocket and *poke poke* nudge it; it feels like they’re saying [Displeased!] somehow.
The time when I went to the forge to do maintenance on the Blade Shoes, the time when I was cooking, and even the time when I was repairing my arrows, several creatures(?) I don’t know if it’s ok to call them that, but the bubble-like Fairies are constantly hovering about the crystal.
I’m used to it by now.
Weell, it’s not like they’re coming to get in the way while I’m crafting, or when I’m in combat or doing repairs…
Since they’re innocently coming just to play, I’ll let them without worrying too much about it.
Why I’m letting this happen is probably an issue I should be concerned about, but there’ no one I can discuss it with.
The people who Fail are probably a pretty small portion; even now I haven’t heard of another case.
There’s no point listening to the opinions of people who have safely contracted with Fairies.
What I do know is, if you look closely at the inside of the bubbles, it’s just a little bit but there’s some color.
The colors are red, blue, yellow, and green; it’s unmistakably 4 of the elements.
I haven’t seen white or black yet within these bubble-like Fairies.
I thought about taking a video and uploading it to see what people thought …
But it will probably only get looked at without leading to getting any info.
While watching the Fairies continue to play, having a strange feeling while thinking that it’s bad to have so much I don’t understand, I logged out.
[Hunting Bow]Lv18 [Kick]Lv47 [Farsight]Lv31 [Wind Magic]Lv32
[Cooking]Lv40 [Stealth]Lv27 [Physical Ability Boost]Lv50
[Blacksmithing]Lv20 [Woodworking]Lv19 [Alchemy]Lv32
Just wait a little bit more for the second half.