Chapter 1 – Fastest Promotion
After the deadly battle with the magical weapon Fenrir, we had to stay in Est City for a week or so to let Ingrid rest.
Today is the day for the weekly ranking update.
I went to the guild branch in the city to check my rank.
Name: Lian Tiarade
Gender : Male
Old Rank : C-Class, 21st
New Rank: A-Class, 9th
“…… It’s gone up a lot.”
I skipped the B-Class and went straight to A-Class. Also……
“Oh, so you’re the Lian Tiarade I’ve been hearing so much about.”
Three figures approached from ahead.
A warrior, a mage, and a priest – an adventuring party with an orthodox combination.
It was the giant, muscular warrior at the front who called out to me.
He has two spears in an X-shape on his back.
“I hear you’ve risen to A-Class with the fastest record.”
The warrior smiles fiercely.
“I’m Galeo Barrack. The two behind me are Argyle and Els. They are all A-Class adventurers like you. Nice to meet you.”
Galeo’s eyes were sharp.
Don’t tell me……these guys are going to try to pin on me, too, like Malik did the last time he got involved?
But as I was about to get a bad feeling,
“I heard that there’s an adventurer who quickly rose through the ranks, so I kinda wanted to meet him. Haha.” If you are able to read this message, you are reading from an unauthorized aggregate site. Read at my WordPress to support me and my translations.
For some reason, he only let out a friendly smile, causing my suspicions to disappear.
He seemed like a nice guy. At least for now.
“Thank you very much.”
I thanked him first.
“Ooh, so the courteous type, eh? Anyway, Congratulations on being the fastest. I feel like A-class is the limit for us, but maybe guys like you will make it to S-Class soon.”
“I hear you’ve been getting a lot of press for your success.”
“We’re looking forward to it. Keep up the good work.”
The mage and priest behind Galeo also smiled and gave a shout.
“I hope we can go on a quest together someday. See you then.”
Galeo and the others laughed, waved, and left, but just as before they went away, they came back.
“Oh yeah, I heard that there are some disturbing ‘adventurer hunters’ these days. Be careful.”
“An unidentified killer that targets adventurers.”
Galeo looked back at me with a pained expression on his face.
“I’ve heard that they are targeting the top rankers, A-Class and above. It’s also possible that some of them have been killed. Now that you’ve risen to A-Class, you may be a target as well. Be careful.”
“……Thanks for the advice.”
This time, I truly thanked Galeo as they left.
Still, I’m getting a lot of recognition among adventurers.
The other day, Malik and now, Galeo.
“Oh my! it’s the [Three Stars], Sir Lian!”
I suddenly heard a voice behind me and turned around. It was Mina.
“Are they famous?”
“Yes, all of them are A-Class. The three of them work together seamlessly, and their skills when they coordinated are comparable to those of the S-Class.”
Mina told me.
“The top adventurers recognize your power,” she added, “But since you’ve completed a Transcendent Difficulty quest, I think they should have pulled you up to S-Class.”
She puffs out her cheeks in frustration.
“I wish the people in charge of the rankings would give Sir Lian more credit for his work……mumble mumble.”
Mina’s eyes suddenly lost their focus, and she looked strangely scary.
“Y-you don’t have to be bothered much. This is good enough for me.”
I interceded with her in a sweaty stupor.
I just remembered. Malik, who had gotten involved with me, had said he was 17th in A-Class.
The rank is the adventurer’s medal. Adventurers with higher ratings are more sought after, and of course, there is the issue of pride. The higher your rank, the more you put your heart and soul into improving your rank, and the more you fear that your rank will be overtaken…
Malik said this, and for this reason, he challenged me to beat the stakes.
In the end, I overtook his rank in no time at all.
It is possible that Malik’s rank may have changed somewhat since then.
No, it’s not just Malik.
Even Mina and the others, I have also overtaken them in the ranks.
“Sir Lian, what’s wrong?”
Meena looked at me questioningly.
“No, it’s just……”
I wonder what the updated rank of Mina and her team is.
“Ah. We’ve also improved our rank steadily. The three of us are now all in the single-digit rank of B class. From now on, we’ll strive to chase after Sir Lian’s rank!”
There was no trace of jealousy or regret on her smiling face.
What was there was pure joy.
She was congratulating me from the bottom of her heart – or so it seemed. This chapter translation is made possible by stabbing with a syringe translations. check up-to-date translations on my WordPress site.
I was relieved.
“Sir Lian, you’ve been acting strange since a while ago.”
“No, it’s nothing…”
But you don’t look like you’ve got nothing on your face.”
Mina moved her face closer to mine.
Ugh, let’s face it and tell her everything.
“Oh, I see, so that Sir Malik told you that.”
Mina made a sigh.
“Rumor has it that he’s a nice guy, but I guess appearances can be deceiving.”
“It’s true though that he looked like a nice, fresh-looking guy at first.”
It’s just the way he is at first, too.
“But maybe it was jealousy that brought out that side of him, that he didn’t know yet.”
“Of course, one cannot be free from jealousy. But don’t think that all of us have a heart like Malik’s.”
Mina smiled gently.
“Above all, we’re not in a ranking competition and don’t think ourselves in such a thing. At the very least, my primary goal as an adventurer is to make as many people as possible smile. I want to be a force for that. Rankings are just an indicator. It’s a confirmation of my current strength.”
I feel somewhat ashamed of myself.
You’re a great adventurer, Mina.
It doesn’t matter if your rank goes up or down.
There is still a lot I should learn from her, as well as from Mary and Ingrid.
“Thank you, Mina.”
“So you made it to A-Class. Congratulations, Lian.”
Mary and Ingrid arrived, both genuinely congratulating me, as did Mina.
“I have to work even harder. It’s a shame to be left behind like this.”
“You’re very competitive, Mary.”
“Thankfully, Lian can now receive higher ranking quests, and if we accompany him, we can also challenge higher missions than before. Putting your muscle head aside, the higher the quest, the bigger chance of new discoveries. It’s best if we use your ranking to the fullest. Of course, cooperation is important too.”
“Hey, stop calling me a muscle head! Still, you’re right about higher quests! The stronger the foe, the stronger I get! You’ll take us, Lian, right, right?”
So ranks are just a ticket for higher ranking quests, huh, both of you.
Still, Ingrid has……changed. Earlier, we talked about the past and even had sex, and I think we got closer than before, but the same old parts were still there.
Eventually, I also came to think that that part is cute of her.
“By the way…… we still need to perform another ritual to lift Ingrid’s crest.”
It was Mina who broke the peace.
Yes, the unsealing method that Goddess Elciata gave me required several sexual intercourses as the accompanying ritual.
If it’s a normal seal, you can break it in just one deed, but Ingrid’s seal was much more powerful that we need to do it several times.
“Fufufu. I’m always up for it. Shall we do it again, the four of us?”
“W-we’re going to do that embarrassing thing again?”
“What are you talking about now? You’re the one who was so obsessed when making love to Lian.”
“I-I don’t remember any of it! I-I just did it because I had to.”
Muttering in a muffled voice, Ingrid turned away.
“Ah, r-right, I just remembered something urgent, so I’m going. See you later.”
And then she left as if she was running away.
Could it be that she is embarrassed?
What an unexpected aspect of her.
Still, it’s also cute in a way.