It wasn x2019;t hard for Loren to crawl through the crack .
It wasn x2019;t that high, so he had to crawl flat on the ground and the great sword on his back was slightly in the way, but those weren x2019;t big problems to him .
Getting Lapis, who still couldn x2019;t move much, was the tricky part .
In a situation where the goblins might catch up to them if they took too much time, Loren was wondering what he should do . The next thing he knew, he saw Lapis start inching toward the crack, bending and wriggling her body like a worm .
As soon as she got close enough, Loren reached out, grabbed her body, and pulled her the rest of the way .
x201C;Well, we x2019;re on the lucky side . x201D;
They were able to make it to the other side without any of their pursuers catching up, so that x2019;s how Loren evaluated the situation .
He was also relieved that the place they ended up in wasn x2019;t within the goblin x2019;s nest .
And although they crawled on the floor to get through the crack, the only thing covering their clothes was dust and rubble .
Lapis x2019; clothes seemed to have it worse because of the color, but if this was still within the goblin x2019;s nest, her clothes would have been covered with stains and smells from things much worse than dirt .
x201C;Thank you, Loren . You helped me so much . x201D;
x201C;Don x2019;t worry about it . More importantly, what do you make of this place? I want your opinion . x201D;
Staying in a sitting position on the ground, Lapis looked at the scene in front of her .
It wasn x2019;t blinding, but there was enough light that they could make out their surroundings clearly, unlike inside the tunnel .
A large space with a high ceiling .
They could see everything because the walls and floor were emitting light, and it definitely did not look like the inside of a cave at all .
Lapis, who still couldn x2019;t walk, pulled herself across the floor to a wall and put her face up so close that she almost touched the wall . After observing it for a moment, she pulled away and said in an impressed voice .
x201C;I x2019;m surprised . This is mana material . x201D;
x201C;What x2019;s that? x201D;
x201C;It x2019;s a building material seen in places such as ruins of the ancient kingdom . The technique is unknown, but it x2019;s quite exceptional, because it takes mana from the atmosphere and converts it into light . x201D;
The Ancient Kingdom was something even Loren knew about .
It referred to a kingdom that thrived in the distant past .
It was an outstanding magic civilization and it was said that they had half of the world under their rule . Their citizens included humans, demi-humans, beast kin, as well as demon kind .
Since magic was so intertwined into their culture, there was no doubt that it was magicians that held great power and high status .
It meant that most of the ruins excavated in the present once belonged to magicians, and it was said that during the kingdom x2019;s peak of development, cities floated in the sky .
However, although it was said to have been very technologically advanced, it suddenly disappeared and scattered all the different races, eventually forming the lands that existed today .
x201C;Speaking of ruins of the Ancient Kingdom x2026;wouldn x2019;t finding one be worth a fortune? x201D;
Loren knew that it wasn x2019;t something that you can find every day .
x201C;Rather than that, Loren, can you scrape off a part of this wall? It x2019;s not that strong, but it x2019;s a reliable source of light, and it x2019;s also valuable research material . x201D;
Loren had already broke part of the wall of the cave of the goblins x2019; nest, so it wasn x2019;t difficult for him to break another one . He nodded at the crack they came through and said to Lapis, who was looking at him with eyes sparkling with expectation .
x201C;There x2019;s a lot of them over there . x201D;
x201C;Oh, that x2019;s true . x201D;
Loren picked up Lapis, who was trying to drag herself regardless of her clothes getting dirty, like how a cat would pick up her kit, and carried her to the crack in the wall .
Lapis thanked him for the act, as it kept her clothes from getting dirtier, and started to choose parts of the building material and stuffing them in her pockets .
x201C;You can keep doing what you x2019;re doing . But if this is ruins of the Ancient Kingdom, aren x2019;t we in a pretty bad situation? x201D;
Traps and guardians, as well as countless other methods of chasing away intruders, were part of the ruins most of the time .
It was more dangerous for the important ruins, and if what Loren had heard about them were true, they were in in an unimaginable amount of danger .
x201C;Maybe . Maybe not . x201D;
Lapis seemed to have finished stuffing her pockets and continued .
x201C;Although you say ruins of the Ancient Kingdom, it goes from the best to the worst . x201D;
x201C;What do you mean? x201D;
Loren asked Lapis as he reached under her arms and helped her onto her feet .
She managed to stand up, but as soon as Loren relaxed his arms, she started staggering and almost fell . Loren sighed as he saw that her limbs still remained unmoving .
x201C;The dangerous ruins that Loren is thinking about do have its dangers, but there are also ruins that no one really cares about . x201D;
Loren, thinking it was dangerous to stay in one place too long, put Lapis on his back again .
Lapis, who quietly let Loren do his thing, continued while clinging onto his back .
x201C;Out of all the ruins that have been found, the dullest one that I know of is an ancient restroom . x201D;
x201C;Huh x2026;? x201D;
x201C;Perfect air conditioning and lighting system with private stalls . Complete with a sewer system and great ventilation . Of course, there are no traps or guardians . It would be weird if they did . x201D;
Loren thought that only someone who was crazy would place traps or guardians in a restroom .
He also thought that there wouldn x2019;t even be much to protect, but a thought that crossed his mind unknowingly made it to his lips .
x2018;Well, there could be at least one to protect whoever x2019;s using it . x201D;
x201C;That x2019;s an idea that I x2019;ve never thought of before x2026; x201D;
x201C;Men are most distracted when they are using the toilet or sleeping with women you know? x201D;
x201C;That x2019;s quite a mercenary x2019;s way of thinking, but I don x2019;t think that the magicians of the Ancient Kingdom lived so close to danger . x201D;
He thought that if he followed it, they would be bound to end up somewhere .
It meant walking around carelessly in a ruin with possible dangers, but Loren thought it would be better than going back into a cave full of goblins .
x201C;I x2019;ll put my guard up . Can I count on you to keep watch as well? x201D;
x201C;I x2019;ll try my best to detect traps or anything with magic, so I x2019;ll be counting on you if enemies pop up . x201D;
She gave the grasp of the great sword on Loren x2019;s back a light tap .
In the hands of Loren, it was a weapon of great force because of its ridiculous weight, but at the same time it was a sword made of ordinary iron .
It was effective for cutting and smashing things, but was useless against spiritual or magical things .
It was more than enough in battle, but in a ruin of the Ancient Kingdom, it seemed quite lackluster .
x201C;If it comes down to the worst, we may have to think about going through the goblins x2019; nest . x201D;
x201C;That x2019;s something I x2019;d like to avoid . x201D;
Although Loren had slain the goblin mage, there was no way to know if that was the only one .
Plus, Lapis had seen a few goblins with larger bodies among the ones that flanked them .
She guessed that they were hobgoblins, another type of high ranked goblin . If one asked her if Loren could fight through them on his own, lapis would have to tilt her head .
Also with herself not being able to move at all, she understood that she was completely dead weight to Loren .
x201C;The best thing would be getting out of here without running into anything . x201D;
x201C;Based on my daily deeds, I don x2019;t think things will go too smooth for me . x201D;
x201C;Same here . I don x2019;t really believe in gods, so it wouldn x2019;t be right to pray to one either . x201D;
Loren let out a troubled laugh as he thought that it was probably way worse for him than Lapis when it came to daily deeds .
He suddenly stopped and reached over his right shoulder to his great sword .
It was a movement that signaled he was about to draw his weapon, so Lapis tensed, bracing for when Loren would shake her off .
Loren didn x2019;t go as far to draw his sword yet, and instead lowered his waist, readying himself to be able to move anytime .
x201C;Quiet . Something x2019;s coming . x201D;
The corridor in front of them turned into a corner .
Although Lapis was clueless about it, Loren sensed something coming towards them and stopped .
If it were a street corner in a city it wouldn x2019;t be dangerous at all, but in an ancient ruin there was very low chance of it not being dangerous .
x201C;Shouldn x2019;t we run x2026;? x201D;
x201C;We x2019;ll be lucky if it lets us . x201D;
There was the choice of running back the way they came immediately .
But Loren wanted to gather as much information as he could about the ruins .
If he could see what was coming, he was bound to get some sort of information, so he decided he would choose to stay or run after he saw what was coming .
Lapis, who was on his back, understood what he was trying to do .
x201C;I can still use enough magic to keep it busy for a bit . Just tell me when . x201D;
As Lapis whispered into Loren x2019;s ear and he nodded back to her, whatever that was coming towards them was right around the corner .
What came around the corner saw Loren, who had tensed his legs and was ready to make a move, and spoke up .
x201C;There x2019;s a scary looking brother here with a sister on his back . x201D; *
x201C;What!? Why the heck is something like that in these ruins? Is it an illusion or something? x201D;
x201C;It x2019;s not my fault they x2019;re there! If it was an illusion wouldn x2019;t it be showing us something better? x201D;
x201C;They x2019;re humans, I think . They have heat, at least . x201D;
x201C;Kinds of a harsh place to be lost in . x201D;
What came from across the corner was a group of armed individuals, most likely a group of adventurers .
On their chests were silver identification tags .
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