Reborn As A Cripple - Chapter 9
[JRO]’s fiery red cat, Laguna Pussycat, was a tsundere character if I had to describe her in one word. She doesn’t look bad and doesn’t underperform, as she often comes out on top of popularity polls, but the Laguna right now is much younger than the one in [JRO]. And now she seems to be in a bad mood.
I currently accepted a C-rank request [Eradicate the Orc Settlement], in order to obtain a [Adventurer Admission Recommendations] for the [Hero Academy] with Laguna.
Orcs are one rank stronger than goblins and kobolds and are small fry to a D-rank adventurer.
In [JRO] they basically come out in groups of three or more, and their stats are high in attack power, HP, and magic defense, but very low in everything else.
In short, they were an opponent that could be beaten by just hitting them physically.
In case you’re wondering, [JRO] tends to have a lot of enemies like orcs who couldn’t use magic but have durability which is skewed towards magic defense and are resistant to magic in the later stages, which adds to the disadvantage of wizards.
Fortunately, ‘Farmers’ are more of a physical type of profession, so they won’t have a hard time.
In fact, the most difficult part of this quest might be the fact that I was following behind Laguna, who was walking a little ahead of me in a grumpy manner.
“…Speaking of which, what’s your ‘Job’? I’m unwillingly forming a party, after all.”
As if to break the awkward silence, Laguna asked me a question.
To be honest, I don’t want to say too much because I had a painful experience yesterday with the [Rite of Employment].
“A ‘Farmer’, maybe?”
“What? A ‘Farmer’? Are you trying to get a recommendation with that?]
…Why is Laguna always so hostile to me? In the first place, Laguna’s ‘Job’ is ‘Crimson Wizard’, so I think she’s weaker than a ‘Farmer’ in terms of performance.
In fact, even in [JRO], the guys with Laguna in their party were quick to change jobs through paid content.
Laguna herself would learn the beast tribe-specific skill which was the [Beastification] in the second half of the game, which she couldn’t use for now making her somewhat useless.
Also, her adventure rank is E. I’m C by the way.
Even if you don’t, the act of walking for several hours to do a quest with Laguna, whose aura was emitting grumpiness which couldn’t be experienced in [JRO], was actually frustrating.
I was being a little immature and slightly pissed off right now.
“Hoh. Well, if that’s what you want to think, then I guess you could think that way. But Laguna is the type of person who just talks but doesn’t seem to have the ability to back it up.”
“Hmph. You’d better watch your mouth. Well, if you insist, why don’t we have a competition to see who could kill the most orcs? Though, I already know the outcome before we even try.”
“I guess so. My win is almost guaranteed at this point. I think I could afford to have it triple than yours.”
Laguna and I exchanged glances, to the point where sparks would almost be seen coming out of our eyes.
“Hmm. Then, when I win, you should say, “Thank you very much, Laguna-sama.”, while rubbing your head on the ground and apologizing!”
“What if Laguna loses?”
“Well, yes. I will give you my sincerest apology while showing you my crotch.”
“Showing your crotch to the opposite sex is the most humiliating thing a beast woman could do! In short, it’s not like I’m going to lose, not by any means!”
Crotch… I’m not sure what that means, but if she’s willing to apologize and change her attitude, then by all means.
“Are you sure that you want to underestimate me? If you want to apologize, I think now would be a good time ain’t it?”
“That’s what I was going to say!”
And as such, the quest to eradicate the orcs’ settlement. Or rather, settling the score with Laguna, has begun.
I’m going to win this orc subjugation deathmatch. It’s a condition that must be met because I don’t want to bow down to Laguna, and there’s no way I’m going to lose this matchup, especially since I’m a [JRO] cripple.
So, I decided to check the behavior of the ‘Farmer’s’ skills while trying to kill as many orcs as possible.
There are three ‘Farmer’ skills/magics that could be used at my current level.
The first skill is [Cultivation].
In short, this is a skill that simply plows the soil to make it suitable for growing crops.
“[Cultivation – Lotus Field]”
Lotuses are meant to grow in a rice paddy-like soil, and the suitable soil forms a swamp that is knee-deep slowing the orcs down.
This was a well-known way of using the technique in [JRO].
It consumes almost no [MP] and is a great skill that is very versatile.
The second skill is [Mowing].
This is purely a grass-cutting skill, but if you examine this skill closely, it is a horizontal cleave with a wide area of effect.
In fact, attacking with a sickle makes it more powerful, but since I only have a sword now, I’ll compromise with it. In case you’re wondering, in Japan, there’s even a [Kusanagi no Tsurugi/Grass-Mowing Sword], which is a sword that could be used to cut down grass.
And with that, I cut the orc’s head off.
Three orcs fell down.
As expected of an orc, and besides, this is a part of the map of the Hermenean Kingdom, where monsters encountered in the field were weak to begin with.
I’ve already maxed out my [Growth Rate] and being at level 10 I could beat the shit out of small fries like an orc.
And the third skill… or rather magic is [Seeding].
This is a magic skill that infuses magic power into the planted seeds to make them grow. I threw a plant seed that I picked up around the corner at an orc that I could see from the distance.
The seeds attached to the orc’s body sucked in the orc’s nutrients and began to grow. However, the orc easily pulled out the plant that had started to grow and rushed towards me as if it was angry.
I killed the orc with a flash of mowing in return.
Hmm. [Seeding]… without an item it would be totally useless.
Until I get an item, I’d basically be incapable of using skills other than [Mowing].
[Cultivation]? …I don’t think it’s necessary to use it, because if you’re just an orc, you don’t need to move your legs to attack, and it’s a waste of time and [MP].
And so, I went about my business, wandering around the orc settlements at random, cutting down orcs with regular attacks and mowing them down as soon as I found them.
“Ho, how come a ‘Farmer’ like you could kill so many?”
“If you’re asking me why I just slashed them normally. Laguna could see it from time to time, right?”
“Th, that’s true but…”
Laguna was looking at the pile of orc corpses she had defeated and at my piled-up corpses, while looking frustrated and unconvinced.
The score was 6 for Laguna and 32 for me. That’s about five times the difference.
Well, to be honest, for a wizard, I think she did pretty well against an orc with high magic defense.
Nevertheless, a match is a match. And a promise is a promise.
“Well then, what’s the loser supposed to do?”
Laguna grits her teeth in frustration as she glares at me. But no matter what Laguna says now, it’s just the ramblings of a loser.
I grinned at her.
“Lookie here, aren’t you going to apologize? Do it sincerely.”
Was what I said. At my words, Laguna was grinding her teeth hard and slowly reached into her skirt and started to take it off her panties.
Huh? Why? …While I was confused by the sudden and unexpected behavior of Laguna, she showed me the part of her panties that had been in contact with her crotch earlier, in a playful way.
“Th, this is bad. I was supposed to say something stupid about you.”
With her face dyed red and her eyes moistened with tears, Laguna muttered quietly, “I’ve never been humiliated like this before…”
Then I remembered what Laguna said earlier.
If she lost, she would sincerely apologize while showing her crotch or something. That means…
“I didn’t know that crotch meant panties. Hmm.”
Now, didn’t Laguna just have a weird reaction? I nodded my head, my questions answered, and Laguna’s face turned red as if she was boiling over.
“…D, die! And forget it!”
She punched me as hard as she could. I don’t know if it’s because Laguna’s a wizard or due to the level difference, but it didn’t hurt at all.
But I felt sorry for Laguna, so I pretended to be blown away and rolled my back on the ground.
…I’ve embarrassed Laguna to the fullest, I’m sure she hates me now.
Well, it was a lucky day for me because I got to see a beautiful girl’s panties. Oh well.