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Zlimes once lived alongside humans

They were extremely gentle creatures that lived in herds

They were said to be as calm as the Buddha

 

But, for whatever reason, there were some that separated from their herds

Leading to a completely different story

Those Zlimes, ending up all alone

Lacked the stability of a herd, and lost the support for their hearts

Resulting in an increase in ferocity

 

These Zlimes would even attack humans

Causing them to be treated as monsters

There were some that were ejected from the herd due to their looks

They slanted towards being quite aggressive

These were called Ugly Zlimes

 

However, even being more aggressive, they were still Zlimes

So they were quickly dispatched by adventurers

But there were some Zlimes that patiently bided their time

Turning a blind eye to the deaths of their fellow brethren and continued living on

These became known by a different name

 

The wildest of the wild

The loneliest of the loners

They were the Wild Zlimes

 

It wasn’t just that they were living in the wild, they strayed from even that

As natural loners, the Wild Zlimes were strong

Having survived by stepping over the carcasses of their brethren

They possess a vast amount of magic energy, and their potential has far surpassed that of Zlimes

And with their hearts forged from long years of loneliness

They were even able to use magic, something that was impossible for Zlimes

For adventurers, they were not simple opponents to deal with

 

Then, when those Wild Zlimes continued living

The prolonged lives as loners slowly petrified their hearts

Resulting in the metallic body of the Silver Wild Zlime

 

Silver Wild Zlimes trust in nobody and have no desires

Their closed-off hearts harden even their bodies into a cold silver color

Having survived without caring about anything else, they are very fast at escaping

Even experienced adventurers would have problems catching up

 

Unlike Wild Zlimes, they immediately run away when they see an adventurer

Since they run away, have high defense and high agility, it is difficult to defeat them

In that case, defeating them should yield a lot of experience

You might anticipate that, but in the end it’s just a secluded loner

So there’s no way it has a lot of life experience

 

Perhaps that is part of their self-preservation tactics

From the difficulty of defeating them to the small amount of experience and Elements

They stopped being the target of adventurers

The Silvers have become true solitary loners

 

On the other hand, there are some Wild Zlimes that proactively fight with adventurers

Constantly improving themselves until they start giving off a golden glow

These are the Golden Wild Zlimes

 

Their tough bodies and speed at escaping are the same as the Silvers

But their reasons for escaping and the amount of experience and magic energy they hold are completely different

While they are very powerful, they do not desire to fight

However, the experience that they had continued to accumulate until their bodies turned golden

As well as their large amount of Elements were especially alluring for adventurers

And since they don’t want to fight, they will not attack

Thus, all the adventurers yearn for them

They are completely different from the unpopular and lonely Silvers.

 

So that’s why I’m a Golden Wild Zlime

And you’re a Silver Wild Zlime!

QED!

 

Above was a lengthy post that had appeared in Nekomimineko’s forums.

It was basically just a lengthy attack at the end of a flame war, but in the end, the poster was chased out of the thread by a full-combo of “tl;dr”, “disgusting”, and “you’re still a loner in the end, though”. But, since the contents were quite interesting, the post made its way into a corner of the Nekomimineko wiki. Of course, everything about the Zlimes was completely made up, but at the same time it made one feel like it might not be complete gibberish.

Silver Wild Zlimes were completely worthless monsters since they hardly gave any experience or money, probably due to a mistake from the staff when setting the values, but Golden Wild Zlimes had a vast amount of experience and money, and they didn’t even attack at all. They could theoretically be defeated as a level 1; they were literally the perfect example of being sitting ducks.

If there was going to be a mass spawning of Golden Wild Zlimes, that was something that couldn’t be passed up.

To put it simply, a mass spawning involved a single type of monster taking over a specific field or dungeon. There was a distinctive sign for this: a few hours before the mass spawning occurred, monsters in that location would stop respawning.

The monster chosen for mass spawnings was randomly selected out of all of the monsters that could spawn in that location, but this was the first time that I’d ever seen it be the Golden Wild Zlime.

The time of the mass spawning was predicted to be around two hours later, from 2pm to 4pm this afternoon.

If we did this right, we could easily make up enough for tonight’s inn. Not only that, it might even be possible to make enough that we wouldn’t need to worry about money for a while.

I moved my gaze to the commotion around, and saw that the adventurers who had seen the sheet of paper were all rushing towards the counter, shouting out their intent on joining the Extermination Fest. We couldn’t afford to miss this chance.

“Ringo, we’re joining too.”

From what I could see, there were less than 20 people in the guild right now. With just this number, securing a spot should be possible, but if we waited too long that might not be the case.

Pulling Ringo by her hand, we moved towards the counter.

 

I applied at the counter, entering Ringo and myself as a team for the Golden Wild Zlime Extermination Fest.

We received the special crystal that kept track of the number of monsters destroyed from the seedy old man at the counter.

Normally, the magic energy from defeated monsters was automatically absorbed by the crystal one carried as a wallet, becoming Elements (money), but the Bounty Hunters’ Guild used that principle to create a special crystal for destroy requests.

This special crystal only absorbed the magic energy of the specified monster, and filled up completely after the specified number of monsters had been defeated, notifying that the request had been completed. Bringing this back to the counter acted as proof that the request was fulfilled, but, in order to borrow this, half of the reward in Elements had to be put down as security.

But during Extermination Fests, in order to prevent the mass spawned monsters from attacking the towns, or at least with that pretext, the first 50 registrants could rent the special crystal for free.

Obtaining one of those special crystals was the first requirement for participating in an Extermination Fest.

Extermination Fests were a mix of both destroy and collect requests for the mass spawned monster (in this case, the Golden Wild Zlime).

During Extermination Fests, participants were treated like they constantly had a destroy and collect request active. What this meant was that if you defeated 10 of the target monsters during an Extermination Fest, then you would receive a reward equivalent to if you had accepted a destroy request for 10 of those monsters, and if you collected 5 of the monster’s drop items, then you would receive a reward equivalent to if you had accepted a collect request for 5 of those drop items, paid out at the end of the Fest.

This was already extremely enticing. Just that was already extremely enticing, but in addition, for the participant that received the highest reward during the Extermination Fest, their reward jumped to 10x as a bonus! Second place would get 3x, and third place would get 2x. Due to the incomparable increase in reward, it was extremely important to aim for the top 3.

Especially important were teams. During registration, up to three players could form a team, and the total reward would be summed up among those players.

Like I mentioned, I had registered with Ringo as a team. While it would be advantageous to have a third person, I didn’t want to deal with fighting over the reward at the end. We’d do our best to aim for first place with just the two of us.

Mass spawning and the associated Extermination Fest were rare events that one would be lucky to run into even two or three times before clearing the game. But it was one of the biggest bonus events in Nekomimineko, and yet another reason why the Bounty Hunters’ Guild was called the saving grace of Nekomimineko.

That said, if the target monster was too strong then it would be impossible to participate, and if the target location was too far away then, in the worst case, it might even be impossible to reach the location before the end of the mass spawning.

Also, since monsters spawned in large numbers, it frequently led to much tougher combat situations than normal.

While mass spawnings and Extermination Fests were definitely big chances, they were certainly not freebie events.

Except this time.

Occurring in the nearby Deus Plains, with the target monster being the high reward, low risk Golden Wild Zlime, this was something that I had never seen even in the game, and something that I couldn’t ask any more of.

Against Goldens, there was no risk of death, and becoming a millionaire might not be a dream if first place were secured. Even without that, just killing a few of them would ensure that we wouldn’t have to worry about lodging costs anymore.

Goodbye, stables! We’re heading to better places!

I’d had quite the time since coming to this world, but it seemed that somewhere some god had been looking over me.

Finally, it was my lucky day.

“Alright, let’s go practice our strategy right away!”

For now, there were still two hours until the mass spawning. During that time, we needed to come up with a plan for defeating the Golden Wild Zlimes.

–Just then.

As I was about to waltz out of the guild, I heard a voice that, while just as agitated as the adventurers squealing about their sudden stroke of luck, was of a slightly different tone.

“Why, why Goldens of all things! Ah, ahhhh, the guild reserves we built up bit by bit over 300 years…! It’s the end of the guilddd!!”

…Ah, yeah. Sorry, my sincerest condolences.

 

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10 thoughts on “Part 1

  1. “But in the end it’s just a secluded loner. So there’s no way it has a lot of life experience”
    ROTFL

    and yeah… one guild is about to go bankrupt over those golden zlimes…
    …so blame the shitty devs, guild leader! or perhaps you can just deploy your own adventurer team aiming for the first place
    (so you can split the prize money into halves portion, half for the “hired” adventurer team and the remaining half portion is for the guild itself, thus reducing your bankruptcy imminent risk)

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  2. I was awed already when I reached 6th line of this chapter. I really thought that that was official in-game text from Nekomimineko and I thought that it’s developers really are insane and it perfectly fits it’s bugs – so much that those bugs in a light of this revelation appear to be reasonable and consistent extension of their lore and world.

    In the end it turned to be a flame post but lol, it was hilarious in it’s own way. I sometimes really like author’s humor.

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  3. Maan I sometimes thought and had some sense of familiarity with author-san for pouring his/her frustration on this work of how sometimes poor devs. who are stressed by their boss throw their maddening wrath to the unbecoming players lol..Still this buggy game became strangely famous due to its bugs huh wonder if when we have a future VR we will have this also lol~

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