The Tutorial is Too Hard - Chapter 203
“This is your first time?”
She spoke while leaning forward with her elbow was on the table.
Thanks to her revealing clothes, I could see her shoulders and cleavage.
And thanks to the poor size of her breast, I had no interest in it.
When I asked her how she knew about this, she laughed.
“I saw you reading a prayer. Do you know me? I got off the carriage just now.”
Of course I knew her.
However, I couldn’t imagine that this femme fatale girl sitting on the opposite side the table was the same magician who recited prayers with an elegant face outside the village.
She introduced herself as Sicia.
I said my name was Hao.
Everyone seemed to understand this was a fake name, but Sicia just glossed over it.
Maybe this Sicia name was also fake.
After introduction, we began discussing about the arrival ceremony.
Sicia and other summoned contractors had been quite familiar with the villagers’ reactions.
After arriving to the accommodation and separating from the crowd, if you were tired, you could curse or go to bed. But you had to act kind and normal when facing with the villagers.
She looked like she had experienced it more than once or twice.
I asked her if they kindly receive the welcome ceremony and pretend like this every time.
“You don’t have to do this every time, but it’s often like this. If you are going to stay here, you better abandon your struggle and get used to it. It’s our duty to present ourselves in front of people, not a choice. You’ll receive penalty points if you curse in front of people or spit on the floor. In case you don’t know this.”
Although she said that, sometimes it was amusing to receive praise from people like she was a God.
It seemed that she had already forgotten that she said she was exhausted after entering the accommodation.
As Sicia said, the attitude of people meeting summoned contractors were the same as a believer.
They acted like they were greeting the messenger of God.
“Are you an Apostle of God?”
“No, no, we’re different from them.”
I saw them acting like a saint, so I thought this was just like being an Apostle, so I just tried to sound her out. However, Sicia was a little annoyed
She seemed to know the Apostle.
I met someone who knew about Apostles, but I had never met people who understood them well.
I had never heard anything else besides the fact that Apostles existed somewhere. Therefore, I requested her to tell me more.
“Hum…. Simply put, An Apostle is directly affiliated with a specific church. They subcontract the tasks to us and we follow the contract.”
She did know a lot about Apostles.
KiriKiri didn’t reveal any information about Apostles to me, so I wanted to ask more.
“What do they do exactly.”
“Well, actually, that depends on what’s going on inside the church. If they have the leisure to, the job they do is similar to ours, but they usually deal with internal jobs. Not much of their jobs are known to the public.”
This was less than I expected.
Although the information was as poor as her size, I organised what I heard.
Basically, an Apostle could do the same thing as a summoned contractor, but they had to focus on internal problems, so they didn’t show up.
“This really is your first time.”
“Of course, I’ve told you already.”
However, it would be better to say that I acted as the “summoned contractor” for the first time.
“This will be tiring. Do I have to teach you the whole thing?”
Sicia explained that she, someone named Yata, and I would be a team from tomorrow.
“That’s why I keep talking to you. But for the newbie to be in my team else I would’ve gone into my room and take a rest like everyone else.”
It sounded like she was suffering because of me.
The wine in Sicia’s bottle decreased in quite a fast pace.
I wanted to get more information before she got drunk.
“Tell me if there is anything that a first-time summoned contractor should know.”
“What? Didn’t the church that contracted you explain anything to you?”
I explained that I didn’t know anything in advance due to some personal reasons.
While I was explaining, Sicia lowered her head deeply and muttered something.
Her words were untranslated, but the tone of it was absolutely abusive.
“Ugh… What should a first-time summoned contractor know? Ah, Gods will properly count and give you contribution points depending on your activities, don’t worry. Just do your job well.”
Here come a keyword.
We clear the party quest and then we are rewarded contribution points from the Gods.
The structure was easy to understand.
Summoned contractors had to gain trust from the Gods so that they could unlock the next task.
Summoned contractors may also cooperate with each other to accomplish the tasks together.
This is just like a game design.
“Gods will reward us? How?”
“… Well, for example, giving the a promised reward or giving you a job. The reward is also possible something basic. Mister, are you not the summoned contractor that contracted with the Sky Church?”
She heard me recite the prayer to God of Sky.
“Then which church you contracted with?”
Questioned the curious Sicia.
Which God should I say?
If I answered that I didn’t have a contract with any God, things would become a little complex.
Which name should I use?
As I thought, it would have been better to say that I had a contract with the God of Sky.
I held back my regret and began pondering.
I had been asked a similar question on the 16th floor.
Even so, it is dangerous to say the name of a God whose character is too widely known.
If the God was famous, it’s difficult to keep up that facade.
It was better to use an inconspicuous God.
I used the name of God of Slow on the 16th floor. Not only the knight but the others said that was their first time hearing this name.
I answered Sicia while recalling the memories.
“God of Slow.”
“God of Slow? I’ve never heard of it before. I guess he seldom appeared in public?”
“Maybe. I don’t know.”
“Fine, summoned contractors couldn’t know what’s going on inside the church.”
I was able to bypass this topic while saying these words.
It was fortunate I coped with it well.
[The God of Adventure is disappointed.]
[The God of Light is disappointed.]
I decided to ignore the people who were disappointed.
If I react to everyone, I’d be even more tired.
By the way, I expected the God of Adventure, but the God of light was unexpected.
At least the God of Adventure gave me a power as a gift, but the God of Light never gave me a gift, just wanted to get something from me.
[The God of Light is extremely unhappy.]
[The God of Light is extremely unhappy because you forgot about his present.]
Ah, well, I guess he was saying that he praised himself when I received the aura mastery as an additional reward.
However, that was the skill that I already had before, he didn’t give me some new power.
He just gave his approval vote.
[The God of Light is extremely unhappy.]
[The God of Light……]
What is he unhappy about?
I’m telling the truth, not making up.
I cleared all the messages that plastered were in front of me.
Given his personality, the messages would come in constantly for a while.
“You know your task, right?”
“To investigate the lake where the anomalies occurred.”
Raising her glass again, Sicia said she was glad that I knew this.
“So, is there anything I need to know about the research task?”
I asked Sicia to tell me something important.
Sicia shook her head with a red face caused by the wine that went to her head.
She was less tolerant of alcohol than I thought.
“Nope, nope. We’re not actually a research team. We could just wait in the base and Yata will take care of everything, don’t worry about that. And……”
“I should have asked about your ability, I’ll do it tomorrow. Anyways, you have more alcohol tolerance than me. Ugh, I’m drunk now.”
After saying that, Sicia stood up from her seat and staggered to her room.
According to what she said, Sicia had formed a fixed team with the person called Yata.
I followed Sicia who kept walking to ask her more questions.
I asked whether she had teamed up with Yata before.
“No, never. Another person had been with us before he left. Mister, you are new here, so it’s natural that they will arrange for you to be our team.”
I nodded my head and asked her about the people that had quit.
“Could you tell me something about the person who had left, kid?”
Sicia screamed instead of answering me.
“Why I am a kid?!”
I was just joking.
“Then how old are you?”
She was totally a child.
I had been talking and drinking with a 15-year-old child?
It was shocking.
I thought she was at least 20 years old.
“Fifteen, you are indeed a kid.”
“I said I’m not a child.”
Sicia protested for herself by raising up the wine bottle in her hand.
Did she really think that the people who wore little and could drink were adults?
“Okay, Okay, kid.”
“I said I am not.”
“Okay, you’re a kid.”
Sicia sputtered and argued that she was an adult, and then, she returned to her room panting.
[Why did you squabble with a child, Warrior?]
That’s what I wanted to ask, why did I do this?
It was a useless exchange.
Of course, I was also a little sad when she called me ‘Mister’, but it didn’t matter, I just forget it.
[I think both of you are kids……]
In order to shut the holy sword up, I opened the inventory and pretended to throw the holy sword into it. Then I entered my room.
I sat on the bed wrapped in my thoughts.
I was surprised that Sicia was only 15.
She looked young, but I didn’t think she was only 15.
None of the summoned contractors I saw as I entered the accommodation after exiting the carriage appeared to be Sicia’s peer.
On the contrary, there were some people who looked even older than me.
Maybe she is always regarded as a child and that’s why she reacted sensitively when I called her ‘kid’.
I was also surprised that she contracted with the church and became a summoned contractor who had to perform tasks at her age. Regardless of her identity of a summoned contractor, I knew she was extraordinary since I sensed her mana.
The next thing that I pondered about was summoned contractors in general.
To be honest, I’m worried about the mission.
KiriKiri said there would be no big problem and I thought the solo stage couldn’t be too hard as well.
By contrast, I wanted to know more about the summoned contractor and the apostles that are related to them.
Perhaps God hoped the challengers who cleared the tutorial to become summoned contractors.
After killing the monster on the earth, the summoned contractor can help to deal with the problems of another world if they had spare time.
This was plausible.
I accosted Ahbooboo who was a little angry because I threatened to throw him into the inventory.
Ahbooboo is a gift that the God of Light granted to the people.
Although his character is somewhat flawed, he knew the Gods and the church very well.
I asked Ahbooboo if he had any information regarding summoned contractors.
[The summoned contractor? You’re not a summoned contractor?]
Ahbooboo said that with surprise.
“… Obviously, I’m not.”
[You were summoned in order to kill the demon king when I first met you, so I naturally thought you were the summoned contractor. Although your tasks were somewhat strange……]
So… Ahbooboo always regarded me as a summoned contractor till now.
But it made some sense to think so.
Even I had lots of questions about the tutorial system, stage, waiting room, and messages, but he never doubted those and never felt incongruous.
Based on partially interpreted information, he understood and accepted all these situations.
[Summoned contractors are not special. They are just those who have signed contracts with the church, then summoned by the help of God and performed tasks. They’re the same with people from other worlds. You can call them summoned contractors, warriors or dimensional mercenaries, etc., but they are all essentially the same.]
After listening to Ahbooboo’s explanation, I lie on the bed and took the time to sort the information.
He didn’t tell me this before when I asked him.
Hearing about the summoned contractor and the fact that they signed a contract with the church, the information was unlocked and therefore the holy sword could finally reveal that information.
I organized the information heard from Sicia and Ahbooboo today.
I decided to gather more information tomorrow and concluded my thoughts.
I knew I couldn’t fall asleep till morning, but I still closed my eyes and decided to take a break.
I was able to recognize the problem when I closed my eyes.
Without any warning, a message appeared in front of my mind.
However, ordinary people could easily fail to realize things that appear on the side of their view in an emergency.
Because of that, there is always a signal before a message appears.
It doesn’t need to have a gorgeous effect or a sound.
It just needs to make people aware of it.
No matter how many people want to ignore it, but once the new message appears, people must focus on it.
It is as if the message reading is mandatory.
Therefore, when I close my eyes and prepare to have a rest, my vision became dark, and the message appeared constantly is very annoying.
[The God of Light is extremely unhappy.]
[The God of Light is extremely unhappy.]
* * *
[The God of Light is particularly satisfied.]
[The God of Light wishes you a bright future surrounded by beautiful and glowing lights.]
After I was forced to make a promise with the God of Light, the message bombing stopped.
I decided to tell Sicia that I signed a contract with the God of Light as soon as I meet her tomorrow morning.
Then I felt that the world was quiet and I pulled the quilt over it.
[The God of Adventure silently became sulky.]
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