The Strange Adventure of a Broke Mercenary
Author :Mine
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Chapter 19

Chapter 19
x201C;In any case, let x2019;s move from this place . If we stay, the next wave will come . x201D;
At Lapis x2019; suggestion, Ritz looked at Jack x2019;s condition .
Jack had suffered a blow to the head from the mock-goblin, and though Nim had treated it, he wasn x2019;t in a good condition . He shook his head to clear his mind, but it seemed ineffective .
x201C;Should I use Divine Arts? x201D;
Lapis asked Jack, whose head was bandaged up and was chugging a potion, but he shook his head .
x201C;Don x2019;t need it . The potion is working . My head is still a bit dizzy though . x201D;
x201C;A blow to the head is quite dangerous, so I recommend seeing a doctor when we get back to the city . x201D;
x2018;Thanks for the warning . If we x2019;re able to get back safely, I x2019;ll do as you say . x201D;
x201C;Can you move? x201D;
Jack bit at Ritz, who seemed worried about him .
x201C;Don x2019;t be stupid . If you want me to move just give the order . x201D;
x201C;It x2019;s not good to push yourself . x201D;
When Nim, still looking discouraged, said that to Jack, who was trying to put up a bold front, he patted her on the shoulder, trying to reassure her .
x201C;I just took a good one and went unconscious . Don x2019;t worry about it . I can move properly . x201D;
x201C;I x2019;m the one with the bigger problem . I x2019;m out of magic spells . I can x2019;t fight anymore . x201D;
Quartz spoke up apologetically, but no one blamed him for it .
If Quartz hadn x2019;t used his magic to kill one of the mock-goblins, the situation would x2019;ve been way worse, and everyone thanked him for that, much less think of him as a burden .
x201C;It couldn x2019;t be helped . In any case, let x2019;s hurry and move from here . More goblins might come, and if those black ones come again, I don x2019;t think we could handle them . x201D;
As soon as Ritz spoke up, Nim lent Jack her shoulder and helped him up . Then the group started to walk away from that place .
Loren, who had instantly slain the two mock-goblins that even silver adventurers had a hard time dealing with, and Lapis, who announced that she found out something about the ruins, led the group .
x201C;What were they? Their skin and flesh were hard, but their bones were even harder . Were those a kind of high rank goblin? x201D;
Loren looked at his great sword x2019;s blade as he asked Lapis .
The blade was able to cut down the two mock-goblins, but Loren found some large nicks in the blade .
It wasn x2019;t as sharp as most swords and was used more like a blunt weapon, but the edges were close to crumbling .
x201C;They were similar to hobgoblins, but I x2019;m sure that those were probably goblins that got larger . x201D;
Lapis was walking forward with no hesitation at all .
It was as if she knew where she was going, and although cautious, she was leading the group confidently .
x201C;If that was a hobgoblin, there was no way they would x2019;ve survived such a blow from Loren and not die . That probably could x2019;ve made an ogre x2019;s head fly off, couldn x2019;t it? x201D;
x201C;Never fought one before, so I have no idea . What were those black goblins? x201D;
x201C;Loren, have you noticed anything else? x201D;
Since Lapis asked him a question instead of answering his question, Loren decided to tell her about what he noticed while he was fighting .

It was true that from the cave all the way to the ruins, the only monsters he had seen were goblins, but that didn x2019;t mean that the next thing that came out would be goblins as well .
As Loren warned himself that biased thoughts will cloud his judgment and affect his reaction when the next problem occurred, Lapis seemed to have read his mind and told him .
x201C;The only monsters in these ruins are goblins . Probably . x201D;
x201C;What? x201D;
Loren was confused that the monsters that appear in an Ancient Kingdom ruin would be limited to goblins .
It wasn x2019;t that he wanted there to be a guardian of sorts like he had heard from stories, but the probability of it happening being completely zero wasn x2019;t too satisfying, either .
x201C;Loren, have you heard of pharmaceutics and alchemy? x201D;
The question seemed unrelated to what they were talking about until now .
But if it was from Lapis, who was demon kind, Loren decided that she must have a reason for it and answered her question .
x201C;I x2019;ve heard of it . But I don x2019;t know anyone who practices them . x201D;
x201C;Knowing about it is enough . Then do you know about the test subjects people who practice them use? x201D;
For a second Loren was at a loss for words as he couldn x2019;t understand what Lapis was talking about, but immediately realized what kind of answer Lapis was looking for .
x201C;You mean mice? The ones they use to test new medicine and stuff x201D;
x201C;That x2019;s correct . Then do you know why they use mice? x201D;
Loren didn x2019;t know the answer to this one .
He didn x2019;t know anything about this kind of topic at all .
x201C;Do you think a mercenary would know something like that? x201D;
x201C;It x2019;s a useless piece of information, anyway . They use mice as test subjects because they have short sexual cycles, grow quickly, and produce many offspring at once . Do you know anything else that fits this description? x201D;
x201C;Yeah, I x2019;ve got a clue . x201D;
A creature that could mate with anything, grow up in no time, and increase in numbers rapidly .
Loren said the name of the creatures that he had encountered enough for a lifetime during this quest with disbelief .
x201C;Goblins? x201D;
x201C;That x2019;s exactly right . They x2019;re easy to breed, economically stable, won x2019;t hurt one x2019;s conscience, and humanoid . Are there any other creatures that are more fit to use as test subjects? I don x2019;t think so . x201D;
Lapis explained with quite a bit of emphasis, but Loren wasn x2019;t sure what she was trying to emphasize, and just asked her about a word that caught his ears .
x201C;Economically sound? x201D;
x201C;They x2019;ll eat anything they x2019;re given . Whether it be leftovers or corpses . Records from the Ancient Kingdom says that when they gave them trash from the city, the amount of trash decreased by 80% . x201D;

Though it looked like she didn x2019;t put any strength in her arms, the goblins x2019; heads turned 180 degrees with their bodies still facing forward .
At the same time as Loren heard bones being broken, Lapis reached into her pocket, pulled out a handkerchief and a bottle filled with perfume, and sprayed the contents of the bottle onto the handkerchief .
She wiped her hands, which touched the goblins x2019; heads, and casually kicked in front of her two times .
Lapis then walked past the dead goblin corpses, which flew back a few meters, not even bothering to take notice of them .
Her movements seemed way too natural, and since it occurred past the corner, Loren, who was walking next to her, was the only one who saw it .
x201C;You x2026;You x2019;re pretty strong, aren x2019;t you? x201D;
If she could pull something like that off, Loren wished she could x2019;ve done it earlier .
But if the others saw that Lapis, who didn x2019;t look like she was trained at all being skilled in close quarter combat, there was the danger of her losing their trust and losing her credibility .
Usually, priests couldn x2019;t snap a goblin x2019;s neck with their bare hands .
x201C;Well, it x2019;s me we x2019;re talking about, so . Back to the subject . This isn x2019;t an ordinary farm . It x2019;s definitely a farm, but it seems that they were conducting experiments of physical modification and improvement, and evolution at the same time . x201D;
x201C;What x2019;s that supposed to mean? x201D;
x201C;To put it simply, they were enhancing the strength of goblins as regular goblins . The goblins that chased us . Don x2019;t you think it x2019;s strange that there were no high rank individuals in that horde? x201D;
High ranked monsters were indeed rare, but it wouldn x2019;t have been strange if there were at least one or two of them within that many number of goblins .
Lapis was saying that it was strange that they didn x2019;t see any sort of high rank goblin at all .
x201C;It x2019;s probably because the goblins produced here are adjusted so they won x2019;t evolve into high rank individuals . They were trying to improve only goblins, so it wouldn x2019;t have any meaning if they became hobgoblins or goblin mages . x201D;

It was because he decided that knowing that these ruins were built to produce goblins was currently up and running, and that some of them had the intelligence of a human, was enough, and everything else was unnecessary information .
x201C;The reason I said that it was going to be a big problem, is because this facility physically enhances and improves goblins, and the fact that the goblins produced in this facility are obtaining human intelligence and learning abilities . x201D;
x2018;That x2019;s x2026; x201D;
x201C;It x2019;ll produce an even stronger goblin from the experiences of the mock-goblins . After repeating that many times over x2026;What do you think would happen if goblins became tougher than dragons, accumulated knowledge and experience, and gained abilities according to its strength? That x2019;s why I said we need to make these ruins dormant again . x201D;
Lapis spoke of a future that Loren didn x2019;t want to think of, but she said it in such a relaxed manner, it seemed like she thought it was someone else x2019;s problem .
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