The Strange Adventure of a Broke Mercenary
Author :Mine
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Chapter 17

Chapter 17
x201C;Blast them in an area with Fire Ball . x201D;
x201C;Against that many? Same thing as pouring water on a hot stone . Don x2019;t recommend it . x201D;
x201C;Block them using Earth Wall . x201D;
x201C;Make a wall large enough to block this entire corridor? I can do it but x2026;against that many it x2019;ll only give us a moment to pull ahead . x201D;
After Loren told them to use their heads, Quartz and Lapis, under Loren x2019;s arms, were discussing ways to try to deal with the goblin horde .
Although it seemed like a discussion, all they were doing was Lapis giving suggestions and Quartz saying it won x2019;t work, and to Loren it didn x2019;t look like they were getting anywhere .
x201C;How about Fire Storm? x201D;
x201C;I can use it, but twice is my limit . Do you think that would do anything? x201D;
x201C;Most likely not . x201D;
Lapis glanced behind her and replied weakly .
There were so many goblins that Loren didn x2019;t even want to try and count them, and even he, who wasn x2019;t an expert in magic, could see that there were too many to get rid of using a spell once or twice .
x201C;Mister Quartz, you must be quite the magician, being able to use Fire Storm . x201D;
x201C;I x2019;m impressed at your deep knowledge in magic as well, Miss Lapis x201D;
Loren, irritated that the two started complementing each other and laughing, looked up at the ceiling .
x201C;I don x2019;t mind you guys being friendly and all . But if we don x2019;t think of something quick, we x2019;re all going to be goblin food . x201D;
x201C;No, I believe Nim and I would become seed beds . x201D;
Although Lapis gave an unexpected return to Loren x2019;s slight joke, Quartz returned an objection to it .
x201C;I wouldn x2019;t be so sure about that . A woman from the other party most likely was killed and eaten . x201D;
x201C;I don x2019;t like the thought of being the mother of goblins, but being food for them sounds quite annoying as well . x201D;
Loren was slightly confused at her words, which lacked a sense of danger .
It wasn x2019;t like she didn x2019;t care at all for the party, so Loren thought maybe there was a good reason for her not to feel any danger . He was about to interrogate her about it, but Nim x2019;s desperate voice caught his attention .
x201C;This isn x2019;t good . I x2019;m almost x2026; x201D;
Out of the people running on their own legs, Nim, who most likely had the least amount of stamina, started to slow down .
Despite Loren x2019;s stamina and strength, there was no way he could carry another person along with the two under his arms already .
Even though his back was open, anyone could see that if he carried Nim on his back it would just make him tire faster .
x201C;If I carry you on my back, it x2019;ll be less of a problem . x201D;
Unexpectedly, the one who said that was Jack .
Loren was surprised that it wasn x2019;t Ritz, who was stronger that Jack, who said it but instead it was Jack that did . Nim x2019;s reaction to it surprised him even more .
x201C;Sorry x2026;I might have to count on you . x201D;
x201C;Whoa, this is really bad! x201D;
Jack must have sensed something from Nim x2019;s modest response and panicked, but it didn x2019;t help the situation at all .
x201C;It x2019;s not much of a solution, but I do have an idea . x201D;

x201C;Then can we go back to the hatch where the goblins came down from? x201D;
x201C;Can x2019;t use the route we came, but we x2019;ve been going through the same corridors for a while now, so it x2019;s possible . x201D;
Loren felt gloomy at the fact that they x2019;ve been going in circles a few times .
It meant that they wasted time and stamina, but he knew it couldn x2019;t be helped because in their current situation, there wasn x2019;t time for them to make calm decisions or track where they were going .
x201C;Then take us back to the hatch . x201D;
x201C;What are you going to do there? x201D;
To Ritz and Jack, that hatch which rained down a lot of goblins was something they wanted to avoid, and couldn x2019;t see at all what Loren was trying to suggest .
x201C;There x2019;s that many goblins that rained down from the upper floor . I x2019;m sure there aren x2019;t any more of them coming down right now . x201D;
x201C;Why does that matter x2026; x201D;
x201C;They were able to come down at once, but they won x2019;t be able to do that climbing up, right? x201D;
Goblins couldn x2019;t fly .
That was something anyone knew, but since they couldn x2019;t, they would have to use the ladder to get back to the upper floor .
When they came down, they could ignore their casualties and come down many at a time, but if they were to climb the ladder that Lapis had put down, only one or two of them could climb it at once .
x201C;This way we wouldn x2019;t get crushed by their numbers . x201D;
x201C;B-but think about it . They aren x2019;t that dumb . They x2019;re not going to wait for us to climb the ladder, right? If they reach us before we x2019;re all out that x2019;s the end . x201D;
Ritz pointed out an obvious problem with the plan .
Loren knew that based on how Ritz wasn x2019;t that good at climbing ladders, they would be swarmed by the goblins before he even had a chance to climb .
x201C;We can buy time with magic . Use Fire Storm to burn the front and Earth Wall to block the ones in the back . x201D;
If they tried to block all of them with a wall, it would break instantly from the goblins x2019; momentum .
So, Loren thought that they could burn the front and kill their momentum, then stop them with the wall .
He didn x2019;t think that would be enough to stop them, but it would be enough to buy them some time .
x201C;I see . You can count on me to do that . x201D;
After hearing Loren x2019;s plan, Quartz bumped his fist on his chest, telling him that he could do it .
But that wasn x2019;t enough to take Ritz x2019;s anxiousness from his face .
x201C;But that x2019;s not a number that you could just stop at once . x201D;
x201C;We just have to climb up before the wall breaks . Even if we don x2019;t make it in time, it x2019;s my plan . I x2019;ll take the rear . x201D;
x201C;You serious? You know that that x2019;s not a number one person can handle, right? x201D;
x201C;I just have to deal with the ones that get past the fire and the wall . I don x2019;t think I x2019;d have to face too many at once . Just try to climb as fast as you can so that doesn x2019;t happen . x201D;

x201C;Sorry x2026;I x2019;m counting on you . x201D;
Ritz bowed his head slightly, and Loren nodded, telling him not to worry about it . Then Jack let out a nervous shout .
x201C;We x2019;re about to reach the hatch! You x2019;d better pray that it ran out of goblins to pour down! x201D;
If there were still goblins coming down from the hatch, they would be pincered in by them and the ones chasing them and there would be no chance of survival .
But Loren thought that it wouldn x2019;t be realistic because it would mean that the ruins contained an unimaginable number of goblins in it .
That thought led Loren to think that this was the best chance they had to get out, and Jack saw the hole in the ceiling and shouted .
x201C;They x2019;re not dropping down anymore! x201D;
x201C;Nice! Looks like luck hasn x2019;t left us yet! Start climbing! x201D;
Jack, who was in front, jumped onto the ladder and started climbing without even breaking momentum .
Ritz, who reached it a moment later, readied his sword and shield and Nim ducked past him and followed Jack up the ladder .
x201C;Old man, the spells! x201D;
x201C;Swirl before my eyes, o scarlet flames, rage before me . x201D;
At Loren x2019;s signal, Quartz started chanting his spell .
A swirling pillar of flame erupted from the ground and reached all the way up to the ceiling, burning all the goblins in the front .
The flames covered up the whole corridor and killed quite a bit of goblins in its wake, and screams and shrieks erupted from the goblin ranks .
x201C;Stand fast, wall of dirt . x201D;
The heat coming from the flames and the shrieks and burning smell coming from the goblins .
The wall burst up and completely separated them from it .
x201C;Now x2019;s our chance! Climb! x201D;
Lapis, who Loren freed from under his arm, ran to the ladder and started climbing at a speed which matched Jack and Nim .
Meanwhile Quartz, who had used two spells in a row, looked dizzy and was climbing at a slower pace than he had before .
x201C;Come on, climb a bit faster will you x2026; x201D;

x201C;Don x2019;t rush him . We don x2019;t want him to fall . x201D;
Loren stopped Ritz, who impatiently tried to rush Quarz .
If he slipped and fell again, he would have to catch him again, and in case he couldn x2019;t, Quartz might receive injuries that could immobilize him .
Putting that into consideration, it was easier if they made sure every one of them reached the top safely, even if it took some time .
x201C;But the wall isn x2019;t going to last much longer . x201D;
They succeeded in killing the goblins x2019; momentum with the fire and the wall, but they were already onto breaking the wall that Quartz had set up .
x201C;What x2019;s going on? I know the magic only lasted for a bit, but with the amount of flames, it should be burning hot in there . x201D;
In Loren x2019;s calculations, the fire would make the walls and the floor burning hot, making it difficult for the goblins to approach the wall .
Since the goblins were barefooted, their feet would burn if the approached the burnt floor .
But the goblins had already rushed up to the wall and started banging on it .
x201C;There x2019;s definitely something wrong with them . Goblins shouldn x2019;t have the pride or guts to be so persistent in chasing their prey . x201D;
Ritz had his sword and shield raised, but he looked pale .
The fact that these goblins were like nothing he had faced before made even a silver adventurer like him anxious .
x201C;Think about that later . Right now, just think about escaping . Here, your turn to climb . x201D;
Quartz, who was climbing for his life, just got pulled up by Nim and Jack .
When Ritz saw that, he hesitated for a second, but immediately sheathed his sword and started climbing the ladder .
But his climbing speed was far from being fast .
Loren hoped that he would reach the top before the wall crumbled, but fate seemed to sneer at his wish, as a large crack appeared in the wall while Ritz hadn x2019;t even made it to the middle .
x201C;Looks like I x2019;m going to have to fight one . x201D;
Luckily, the corridor was large enough for him to use his great sword with no problem at all .
Watching the crack widen and listening to the pounding behind it, Loren reached behind him with his right hand . He grabbed the handle of his sword, removed the cloth wrapped around it, and pulled it out .
He gripped the sword with both hands, his left hand above his right, and prepared himself .
The wall crumbled, as it were waiting for that stance, and as soon as the burnt up goblins saw him, they roared and rushed toward Loren .
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