Chapter 2 – Hunt the Unawakened Hunter
I lowered the visor of my helmet.
The combat suit status information interface comes to mind on the translucent display of the visor.
I heard the calm and intelligent female voice.
Suni is a voice-recognition artificial intelligence built into the combat suit.
In the upper right corner of the display, a small mini-map and a route connecting each gathering point were displayed.
At the same time, a small transparent arrow floated to the fore, indicating the direction to go.
I put the tablet in my backpack, took out the jungle sword and crossbow, and loaded the bolt so that I could shoot right away.
The crossbow was a compound bow type crossbow that was slow to load but guaranteed to have destructive power that could even break bones.
An F-class monster can be said to die in one hit if the bolt hits a vital part, such as the head or heart.
She slung her crossbow over her left shoulder and held a jungle sword in her right hand.
I took a deep breath and entered the jungle by following the arrow on the display in front of my eyes.
Regardless of whether you are an Awakener or not, you do not act alone in the Gate.
Needless to say, if it’s a long-term strategy, even for a day trip, have a party of at least two people.
At first, I also had a party and went farming.
Then I got hit.
It’s less common these days, but just a few years ago, betrayal and running around were commonplace and nothing surprising.
They would have succeeded if it wasn’t for me.
But even though I was half, I didn’t know that I was in an awakening state, and I was superior to those without even half.
Naturally, they became great nourishment for Gate Monsters.
Even after that, he was frequently beaten.
When I was living as a supporter who wiped the bottom of awakened hunters, the world of unawakened hunters I didn’t know was literally going crazy.
The government didn’t have enough hands just to deal with the gates everywhere, and it had no time to care about things inside the gate, not outside.
The atmosphere at the end of the century, where the world seems to be ruined due to the gate and the dimensional rift, also played a part.
There were no sane humans.
Normal humans were tightly packed with each other and did not accept outsiders.
Later, the Simmani Association was formed and it got better, but that was a long time ago.
It’s my first time, but after going through all sorts of tricks and kicks, I changed my mind.
If I were just an ordinary person, dying a few times wouldn’t be enough.
I thought it couldn’t go on like this.
I wanted to make a party, but I knew my bowl well and knew my personality well.
I didn’t have the confidence to manage people.
I robbed all of the money I had saved up until now and bought a combat suit.
For humans operating in the rear, a combat suit is an absurd luxury.
At the time, as the crystallization of magic engineering and modern science, it was quite expensive and was the exclusive property of awakened hunters.
The battle suit charged with magic stones was expensive to maintain.
However, in terms of stability, there was nothing to do except this.
If you ask if Simmani’s job is worth buying a battle suit, of course it’s not.
At the time, I thought it was worth it.
Because awakening was the goal rather than money.
There was also a way to go back to being a supporter, but the supporter, who was like a slave at the time, didn’t want to do it again.
Normally, if you have such a large amount of money, it is the norm to retire, but at that time, I did not even think about such a thing, it was a time when I was overflowing with passion.
The combat suit showed satisfactory performance.
The first thing I thought was that it was comfortable, let alone the anxiety of being alone.
In particular, mentally, I felt a sense of unparalleled stability.
Even the backlash of the other party disappeared with the very existence of the combat suit, and the thoughts about the party completely disappeared from my head.
That’s how I went through 5 years of life as a supporter and 9 years of life as a hunter without awareness, and became a rotten dead man who was unable to roam around the gate.
Of course, I also knew that it was nonsensical to say that it was okay because it was a deceased person, and that it was normal to give up things like awakening and leave in search of other jobs as you get older.
After coming to Inje, it was closer to a means of livelihood to earn living expenses rather than an awakening.
I had lived a long life as a blind hunter and had built my own house, but I hadn’t saved up enough money to live comfortably for the rest of my life.
And even if I did another job, it didn’t seem like it would be more comfortable than this one I’m used to.
Entering the jungle, I felt a slight tension.
It was a feeling of tension I hadn’t felt in a long time.
I don’t know if it’s been a month or not.
“Enable monster detection.”
[Activate monster detection.]
[Currently, no monsters can be identified within a radius of 50 meters.]
Monster detection device.
It is a rare invention that has trained numerous blind hunters.
Mine was built into a battle suit, but non-awareness hunters usually carry a tablet-type sensor.
It was a must-have item for hunters because it was possible to determine the level of the monster to some extent.
F-rank monsters are not difficult to catch, even for an ordinary adult male, as long as they have a weapon.
That’s why there were not a few hunters who didn’t carry sensors unless it was a well-organized party at an expensive price.
However, a monster that suddenly jumps out of your nose is a disaster for an Awake Hunter, even if it is F-class.
In short, if you can only identify an approaching monster in advance, the chances of dying are significantly reduced.
As for monsters from the back where their cores have been attacked, most of them are a small number of F-class leaking from the front, and if you can just figure out where the monsters are in advance, you’re unlikely to die.
Of course, this can only be done in the back where there are almost no monsters, and it’s impossible to do in the front.
Looking at the navigation floating translucently on the visor, I moved to the first point.
Could it have been about thirty minutes?
Just when I was getting a little bored, I heard Suni’s voice.
[42 meters at 5 o’clock.]
[Class F monster biological reactions two.]
[Yes. Two biological reactions are detected.]
As soon as I entered the jungle, I thought it was unlucky to find two monsters that were difficult to meet even once.
“Enlarge the mini-map.”
The mini-map in the corner unfolds in front of your eyes translucently.
The two monsters were motionless at one point.
It was an area that was a bit off the route I was heading to, but it didn’t make sense to leave such a dangerous variable behind.
If you didn’t intend to withdraw from here, there was no stall, but you had to catch it.
It was an F-class monster, so there was no reason to be afraid.
I silenced the sound as much as possible and approached slowly.
The monster still did not move.
F-class monsters identified in advance are not a threat.
If a preemptive strike was possible, F-class monsters were nothing more than prey.
Concealed in the bush, I carefully examined the monster.
It was a goblin.
However, it is not the kind of goblin that only appears in fantasy movies.
Its official name was Erosion Body.
It was a monstrous monster that was so similar in appearance that it was only comfortably called that among hunters and could not be compared.
Shiny bald head and pointed ears.
A stooped waist and a small body like a child.
Wriggling dark red blood vessels protruding from the smooth black skin.
Four large, menacing, sharp and long nails that do not fit in size.
Being a humanoid, he also has his own intelligence that knows how to hide in the jungle and take a surprise attack, which was also one of the reasons hunters without awareness had to carry a monster detector.
Conversely, if it’s not a surprise attack, it’s not a very scary monster.
The two goblins opened their mouths that had been torn down to the bottom of their ears and ate something with their sharp teeth.
It looked like a human corpse.
Carefully lifted her crossbow.
The red dot on the scope aimed at the head of the goblin on the left.
The goblin was pierced through the temple by the bolts of her crossbow, and she fell.
It was an instant death.
The distance was close, and it was strange that we couldn’t match.
One of the remaining goblins looked bewildered when he saw the fallen goblin in front of him, then screamed.
Watching it, she quickly turned the crank on her crossbow and reloaded it.
The goblin that was looking around found me belatedly and charged at me, baring its sharp teeth like a saw blade stained red.
However, the scope of the crossbow, which had already been reloaded, was pointed at the goblin.
Rather than aiming at the goblin’s head, he aimed at her torso, which was easier to hit.
A fast-flying bolt lodged in her shoulder.
The goblin, unable to overcome the force of her bolt, rushed in and bounced behind her, rolling on the floor.
However, the goblin who had rolled her to the floor got up and rushed at her screaming, ignoring her wounds.
They were always insane.
There was no more time to reload the crossbow.
Even if you are ignorant, there is a hunter time.
It was a familiar situation.
She quickly drew the knife from her thigh, threw it, and prepared for close combat with a jungle sword.
The flying knife luckily lodged itself in the goblin’s forehead.
It was unexpected luck.
It seemed that there was no need to use a knife.
The goblin’s eyes, with the knife stuck in his forehead, lost their vitality, and soon stumbled and then collapsed.