Sevens: Porter

Porter

We met as planned, and challenged the labyrinth for the first time in a while.

Our members were me, Novem, Aria, Miranda, Clara, Poyopoyo, and Porter.

I stationed Porter at the center of our formation, and Aria at the front.

Having gone through several modifications, Porter now had a roof attached by thin pillars extending from the loading area.

Weather is irrelevant in the Labyrinth.

But it was attached in order to prevent the luggage from taking damage during battle.

“Should I have just made it a box?”

Rather than light weight, perhaps I should have focused on making it sturdy. As I said that, Poyopoyo put her hand to her chin.

“More than that, instead of deploying a Shield out front, something more offensive… how about sticking a spike to make Porter an attack type? Destroy enemies and traps in your way as you push forward!”

Hearing that, I thought that perhaps that would have been fine, for a moment, but I soon started shaking my head.

We can’t have the machine carrying our precious baggage going on the attack, and possibly being destroyed.

Clara put her hand to her forehead, and spoke.

“… What would you do if you dragged other adventurers into it? That’s definitely no good.”

But the large lantern attached to Porter felt like a good addition.

It kept down Clara’s Mana cost.

In exchange, it took money to light.

It lighted the passageways, but the fact that it couldn’t be extinguished and relit frequently was a problem.

Aria stopped ahead, and signaled that there were enemies around the turn ahead.

“Quiet down a little. I have to listen carefully here.”

Novem was to Porter’s side, and Miranda was across from her.

Clara was walking ahead.

Its rear was open, but when it came to it, that space was one to hide and take cover in.

In that case, building it sturdy would have been preferred.

Within the passageways made of metal sheets irresponsibly layered over one another, as Aria said, I definitely did hear footsteps.

I gave out orders.

But it was different than before.

“Novem, prepare your magic. Once you’ve fired off a round, me and Aria will finish off the rest. If they get through, Miranda, protect those two. Poyopoyo keep watch of the rear.”

In a tone indicating her reluctance to be assigned to the rear alone, Poypoyo…

“Even when I can clearly see them in darkness… even when I can take out those numbers immediately…”

Started complaining.

I know she could do it, but this time’s expedition was to see how far we could go with these members.

Throwing Poyopoyo into battle between the first and third floors would be contradictory to that objective. At the same time…

“It takes money to have you fight.”

A voice from the Jewel affirmed that. It was the money grubbing fourth.

『Yeah, that’s important. When the expedition itself costs money, having the automaton get damaged in the slightest will cut our income… hah, the efficiency would be better if you were still earning normally from carrying baggage.』

He was referring to when I used Porter to carry adventurers to their destinations, or recovering them when they were headed back.

That one gave out quite some good payout.

Adventurers headed further down were able to travel with ease.

Returning adventurers wouldn’t have to carry their heavy luggage in their tired states. Depending on the case, they were exceedingly happy at having found a ride.

Both cases didn’t take up too much time, and with the round trip I was able to earn sums equal to whole gold coins.

(… But I think the Fourth’s normal is a little bit off.)

He isn’t wrong, but it’s far removed from the type of adventurers I imagine.

It’s true that Porter brought in money, but that was merely the means, and not the goal.

The Fifth cautioned him.

『… It’s not your money, you know, damn miser.』

The Fourth responded.

『Earnings are important, right!? In order to live, it’s no good if you don’t bring in money!』

He wasn’t wrong.

But on that opinion, the Sixth…

『That’s only if you actually use the money. Needlessly stocking it up, it’s not like you’ll take it to the other world with you when you’re dead.』

Even if you had a treasure hoard, there was no meaning if you couldn’t use it skillfully.

In that sense, I think I want to become a person who can use money well.

The Fourth was just good at bringing it in.

He ascertained the limit the adventurers we met would willingly pay, and negotiated to lower prices. By stepping back here, we were able to take in money in the end.

As I was thinking that, monsters appeared from the passage.

Goblins armed with metallic weapons came out with the numbers Aria specified.

Finishing her preparations, Novem…

“Fire Bullet!”

Fired off multiple orbs of fire, causing the enemies to falter. Even if they blocked with their armaments, they would still receive burns.

Aria stepped out front alongside me.

She was carrying along a spear shorter than before, and held out a small shield upfront as she parried enemy attacks, and destroyed their footing.

Like that, she thrust out her spear wherever there wasn’t any metal.

It was different than her style up to now, and she stopped swinging in wide arcs.

(That makes things easier.)

With not the mace, but a sabre in hand, I turned half my body to dodge a goblin’s attacks, before cutting at its throat.

With blood rushing from its neck, the goblin fell to the ground with a dull metallic sound. The other goblin that tried to get away from the two of us was dealt with the other sabre I drew with my left hand.

“Ah…”

Letting out a careless voice, the goblin’s head fell to the ground as blood continued to spill from its neck.

The surroundings were died red.

Luckily, the only ones who were dirty were me and Aria.

Aria spoke.

“… Hey, if you get blood everywhere like that, I’m going to slip.”

She sure has gotten sturdy.

Before quite a brutal scene, she seemed quite used to it, and her only thoughts were that she would slip… I find it a little sad she’s nothing like a noble Lady anymore.

“Sorry about that. No, really…”

Seeing my questioning expression, Aria seemed confused.

“Why are you making a face like that?”

When the battle ended, Clara approached to pick off anything that could be turned to money. The tools to pick them off were also loaded on Porter, so she was only carrying a small portion of equipment herself.

The metal was also tossed onto its loading cart.

Aria kept watch of the front, and Miranda-san the back.

I assisted Clara, and confirmed with Novem.

“Novem, are you tired at all?”

If a magician expended physical strength, they would also lose mental power. Controlling Mana brought way to mental fatigue.

When magicians were acting as the offense of a party, it was correct to constantly confirm their statuses.

The conditions change by the day, so it’s essential for a leader to communicate with their party, apparently.

I doubted she would be tired after just one use, a she directed a smile at me.

“I’m alright, Lyle-sama.”

“I see… then once we’re done collecting, we’ll continue moving.”

I held Novem back from helping, and me and Clara alone finished, after which we resumed moving.

Just as before, I left battle to aria.

(She’s keeping a lookout without being told anything, so I can talk normally.)

In the past, I relied on Skills, and was able to somehow get an understanding of my comrades’ states.

Because of that, there was little to talk about between us.

(Conversation… I can’t remain poor at them.)

I called out to Clara.

“Clara, are you fine with controlling Porter?”

“Yes. As long as the movement speed is kept to a certain level… but stairs are enervating. I don’t have to keep up the light, so it is a good tradeoff, though.”

It seems that the individual herself was mildly discontent that she couldn’t regulate the lighting herself.

(I’ll leave that as next time’s challenge.)

As I also struck up conversation with Miranda-san.

“Your movements sure are getting better, Miranda-san.”

As I said that, she spoke with a smile.

“Thank you. If only you weren’t so sarcastic, I might have actually been happy here.”

I let out some dry laughter, and confirmed she was doing fine, before going to Poyopoyo last.

For some reason, she seemed annoyed.

The Second spoke.

『For an automaton, this one sure is a pain in the ass.』

She’s probably unsatisfied with how she’s not being of use.

Her facial expressions were more plentiful than a normal human.

“Hah… I’ll put you to work during our break, so endure it until then.”

She produced a frypan, and some other cookware as she spoke.

“Leave it to me. From cooking to rest, I’ll do it all to perfection!”

… I’m not actually expecting anything too extravagant within the labyrinth.

But Poyopoyo seemed overly motivated.

“No, we don’t need anything all too refined…”

And after finishing my conversations, I continued to pay mind to our surroundings.

The spot we chose for our break was of a moderate size to spend a night.

Without monsters around, we unloaded some supplies off of Porter, and began making food.

Motivated all by herself, Poyopoyo prepared soup.

She baked bread, and put something like ham atop it.

For food found in a labyrinth, it was of a higher-class variety. It was usually just some thick soup, and whatever bread one had brought on hand. In order to reduce unnecessary baggage, we wouldn’t bring the tools necessary to make anything too extravagant.

But we could just load cookware onto Porter, so as long as we kept our numbers low, then luxuries like these were possible.

Currently, Miranda-san was keeping watch.

Having finished eating, Novem and Clara went to sleep.

Poyopoyo divided out Miranda’s portion, and stayed by it, as if she was waiting to serve it fresh.

As Aria ate alongside me, I spoke.

“… One…”

“What is it?”

“After coming this far, you’ve only made a single mistake”

She hurriedly started to make an excuse.

“I-I made sure to reunite with the group after that! And wait, you remembered? You sure are an incessant man.”

Seeing her fly into a rage, I responded.

“No, I’m saying that’s the only time you’ve made any sort of error. If you think back to how we were a few months ago, your movements are completely different… Even when we’re moving together, it’s become much easier to fight.”

Hearing that…

“… I see. I’m sorry about that.”

Resuming her meal, Aria seemed a little happier. After that, we continued talking together now and again, before I let Aria go to sleep first.

The one who had to use her senses most when we were on the move was Aria. During breaks, I wanted to take her off lookout duty to prepare for tomorrow.

After she had fallen asleep, I muttered.

“It’s worlds away from how it was before. Though our numbers are higher now, I guess.”

Hearing that, Poyopoyo…

“Are you talking to yourself? You sure are a lonesome master. I’ll hear you out. Please unload any worry you have onto me. I’ll be sure to turn it into a joke to tease you later.”

“That doesn’t make me happy at all, you know?”

I sat atop one of our wooden crates, and talked with her. Rather than consultation, it was closer to affirmation.

Affirming my own thoughts.

“The last time we challenged this place together was the worst. Aria was always close to tears, and we could only bring trouble to Clara. Even when Novem would be better off making her own decisions, I tried ordering everything down to the finer details… but it didn’t get us anywhere.”

Poyopoyo spoke.

“You’ve grown, chicken dickwad. From today onwards, I’ll promote you to a useless chick.”

“Oy, that isn’t growing at all. The hells with the chick part?”

I turned my eyes towards the sleeping three, and Miranda-san.

“After coming this far… good grief, this is why gentlemen are…”

“Don’t misunderstand or anything. Also, why are you trying to remove your clothing? If you want to sleep, then go ahead and do so, I’ll slap you awake later.”

“Tsk, so you’re still just a chicken dickhead, are you? From my light exhibitionism, that weak attitude and manner… I’ll definitely have you wrapped around me one day.”

“Oh, so wanted to be strangled? Go to sleep already.”

As I said that, Poyopoyo let her twin tails sway, as she said something like, ‘No, no, I want to hear the rest.’

… I wonder what it is. While her outer appearance held some charm, her insides didn’t match at all.

“Today went quite well. While there were some problematic points, we were all generally proficient. It’s just as Clara said.”

Poyopoyo seemed satisfied with that.

“When you were marketing out Porter, I did take a look at the other adventurers… truly, everyone’s movements were good when looked at individually. However, party, was it? When assigned to a platoon, your movements suddenly become worse.”

It’s because for now, everyone’s only focusing on their own roles.

A party’s coordination isn’t something that polishes itself immediately. Individual movements and decisions are different.

We have to confirm our coordination time and again, and match our movements to complete our party.

“Right. I’ve talked to many a leader, but rather than stressing on abilities, they all valued whether people could work together.”

Through talking to people atop Porter, my relations to the adventurers of Arumsaas increased in an instant.

We talked on the way, and it’s nice that I was able to see other parties’ movements.

Methods varied widely by the party, but those that honored the basics felt more successful.

I did it to learn Porter’s applications, and controls, but I was surprisingly able to acquaint myself with quite a few people of Arumsaas.

A majority of them called me something like 『Lyle, the Burden』, and I gave them a bitter smile, but that was also the envy of an adventurer.

Usually, for one to get a decent moniker, means that you’re the admiration and fear of others.

I’m much too young, so it isn’t something too great.

But it turned into a topic of conversation, so it was actually a help to me to stick it into idle banter. I’m not the best at talking to others, but with just one topic like that, communication became much easier.

(If you think of it like that, it doesn’t sound too bad… being called a burden.)

Apparently, seeing me surrounded by beauties, and having them treat me dearly caused some discontentment among male adventurers.

There were even some that thought the fact we were able to breach the fortieth floor was solely due to Damien’s dolls.

But I can’t say that’s wrong.

We did stand firm in the boss battles, but in places apart from that, Damien’s dolls standing as moving shields was really a help.

I looked at Porter.

“… Porter sure is a good comrade.”

I whispered that, and Poyopoyo…

“Of course. He’s the fruit of mine and your love. But in the near future, my name… not a temporary one, please decide on a true name for me. I’m seriously frustrated at losing to Porter. Those mass produced scraps are mocking me to high heavens!”

I looked at her with my head tilted.

“Did they really say that much? Why not just talk back? That you’re different from them, on a higher level?”

“This is why men who are fooled by docile exteriors are… those ones truly have terrible mouths, you know. I don’t even come close! I, the chicken dickwad’s angel have been brought to tears! Please do a better job of protecting me!”

I spoke.

“Crying and all… don’t you just complain?”

With a sorrowful expression on her face, she bend her knees, and sat down on the spot.

She started quietly singing a mournful song, but I was shocked at her vocal skill level.

(This one really can do a lot of things… is there any reason she’s so obsessed on being a maid?)

For what purpose did those ancients make Poyopoyo… I simply couldn’t comprehend.

About Yoraikun

A college student who really should be doing something more productive with his time. Also, he can read a bit of Japanese.
This entry was posted in Sevens and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

94 Responses to Sevens: Porter

  1. F5 for the win~ I’ve been waiting for this a whole day!

    Liked by 7 people

  2. rynersama says:

    Thanks for the Great work

    Like

  3. Crackle says:

    huh i really wonder what the author will say the automaton were made for

    Like

  4. MELANCHOLY says:

    Because maids are romance

    Like

  5. javan says:

    First three volumes compiled into pdfs for the interested.
    https://goo.gl/XQLf6l

    Liked by 5 people

    • SamS347 says:

      Thank you from the bottom of my heart, I like to have Web Novel in folder in my laptop. Until their release in my country should there ever be one.

      Anyway thank you for the Pdfs, much grateful.

      Like

  6. schyte22 says:

    whew, thanks for the chapter..
    just when I want to sleep, I found it got updated
    good night

    Like

  7. starltyz says:

    “She started quietly singing a mournful song, but I was shocked at her vocal skill level”
    I read this right when I’m listening to “time to say goodbye”

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Archit Goel says:

    Thanks a lot, this made my day. Really appreciate the way you have kept up the amazing tempo of releases. Also, this series Rocks!

    Like

  9. moridain says:

    Poyopoyo really grows on you. Her words and actions have a complete disconnect.🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Chronos5884 says:

    Thanks for the chapter!

    Like

  11. RKain says:

    But can any name ever come close the epicness of “Poyopoyo”? I don’t think so.

    My thanks to you, Yoraikun.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. kirindas says:

    Thanks for the new chapter!

    Like

  13. EzCo says:

    Thanks for the chapter, and I happen to think Poyopoyo is a fine name, stand strong Poyopoyo!

    Like

  14. diablo says:

    Thanks for the chapter!

    Like

  15. Aqua Heartia says:

    I’m seriously starting to think that the ancients who created Poyopoyo are a post modern Japan…

    Like

  16. chiapet says:

    Thanks for the chapter!

    Like

  17. goblinrou says:

    Vocaloid acquired

    Liked by 5 people

  18. Reaper Phoenix says:

    Thanks 4 the chapter!

    Mass produce a lighter version of Porter and soon a labyrinth taxi service will appear.

    Like

  19. BakaGrappler says:

    I wonder when Lyle and Damian realize they can make and sell motorcycles that normal people will be able to use.

    Iyo.

    Like

  20. ZaX says:

    Have to say Poyopoyo is done really well. Kudos to the ancients for such creativity. Thanks for the chapter

    Like

  21. SamS347 says:

    Twin tails, good voice… Masaka…?!!
    A blonde foul-mouthed version of Miku ?!

    Guzen daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa !

    Like

  22. rockleethal says:

    Goddamn it. Why so many best girls in this? Novem was best girl from the start, but then Miranda appears and becomes official dark/yandere, Poyopoyo is the dere tourettes girl, and even Aria is becoming a canditate. And soon enough even Clara, or even Shannon will get their time. This authour is killing me. In the best of ways.

    Liked by 1 person

  23. gm_rusaku says:

    Thanks!
    Nepu!

    Like

  24. Izanau says:

    Still waiting 4 lyle experience growth
    Laat time ita very hilarius ;v

    Like

    • Nukoko says:

      and now that we have Poyopoyo and Clara to be there when he does it, the hilarity will increase exponentially

      Thanks for the chapter yo-sama!

      Like

    • Yoraikun says:

      He doesn’t experience growth too often, you know.

      Like

    • Should be after the major fight of this arc…

      If then~

      Like

      • NZPIEFACE says:

        I think 2 growths is overkill, I mean, he has the defect of not having growths too often. Don’t get too hyped, good stuff is sparse.

        Like

        • Problem is, ONE, the thirtieth floor Boss is high level. Too high level for their party’s (which is low). They won the first time through sheer Skills. TWO, they also have experience with this boss, so the rematch will go smoothly even without Lyle’s skills (I hope). So that boss will still be enough to level up them all. THREE, their party is low in number, as the last party, years ago, number in the tens, so the exp gain should be shared out higher. And FOUR, Lyle’s EXPERIENCE skill is still active.

          So yeah, I still think the rematch will or should push them up at least once more.

          Like

        • Murali says:

          They didn’t level up from the 30th level boss the last time. Only the 40th level boss. This means that the exp gain is not large enough to level. This is especially true since they are now one level higher and require even more experience to level up

          Like

  25. k says:

    Thank for the update

    If she was a vocaloid, who is the closest she can be?

    Like

  26. GonZ555 says:

    Thank you for the chapter🙂

    Like

  27. This is really freaking good

    Like

  28. wizard172 says:

    thx for the chap yorai-aniki😄

    Like

  29. Rnfunk¥$! says:

    because them are M

    Like

  30. crossedunion says:

    is yoraikun on vacation/hiatus?

    or was his midterms ongoing?

    Like

  31. helljudge says:

    My prediction!!
    -Lyle has the ability to create personality entity, ability to give life
    -Novem and all ancestor is Lyle skill’s creation. That’s why Miranda/Shanon doesnt think of Novem as human!!
    -Lyle skill is created when he is driven by his need of companion when Celes isolated him when he was just 10 years old. At that time, his skill has created Novem. and such continue ti drain his mana!!
    -Novem knows that she is created by skills that’s why she want to create harem/many companions for Lyle when she was gone. Ancestor was created to teach skill and disappear when finish teaching. Novem will disappear when Lyle can already make friends with many people/stand on his own.

    Through i come up with this theory, it is kind of heart breaking to think that my Novem will be gone at the end of serie. So I kinda want my theory to be wrong….(T.T)

    Like

  32. sliding touch says:

    helljudge why did you think like that im kind of curious now.

    Like

    • helljudge says:

      Well because
      1) Both Miranda and shanon think that she is not human.
      -Shannon even be afraid of Novem. And Novem mana is too sturdy and not even fluster
      -Miranda questioned novem entity, she certain that novem is not an automata but not sure who novem is.

      2) Isnt it weird that Novem would approve of Harem? and when she is confessed and proposed, she is kinda postpone for time being. so I think that she actually can not.

      3) If I think about how aria got skill when she is cornered by duel with lyre, Lyre might also get one skill when is cornered by Celes too. He might create Novem long time before when he started being alone. The gem is used for recording skill and just that. how come MC can even talk with skill? It should be the same as Aria’s red stone. So I think that both Novem and ancestors are created by MC unknown skill. So his skill might be something like create/give personality to something. He might not even know of it himself.

      Someone(cant remember) also said that novem is kind of Mc’s puppet. I think this is a hint or i might read too much in it.

      4) Novem is too powerful, she has no gem record skill, and no magic item. But she just pull the same fire storm magic like celes and finish the library dungeon boss. She can also evade Miranda sleeping drug.

      5) I read/watch too much tragic serie.. So my thought gears to that way.

      Well she might just be a monster like Borg’s above comment or she might just be a perfect harem godmother and obediently slave of MC. wink wink!!

      Like

      • sliding touch says:

        helljudge you forget that this otherworld is based on medieval setting, having a wife and concubines was pretty common provided you could support them.

        Like

  33. Weiss says:

    Just theory, but i think ancestor system is just like skill compress into the last person who record in jewel, then all seven record will be delete after Lyle learn all skills to open slot for the next owner. when it reach another 8 record cycle, Lyle will have to teach all 8 skill to the last person along with others 6 new owner and cycle go on.

    Like

    • Jackal says:

      Please stick to the “official” theory by the ancestors.
      So far, there has been no limit established for the amount of skills that can be stored in a gem.

      The ancestor’s theory is:
      They’ll return, with a copy-Lyle-personality representing his skill, that is: once the gem fully records his skill and is given to the next generation.

      Remember the ancestors aren’t real spirits but a copy of their personalities created by the jewel to teach their respective skills.

      Like

      • Weiss says:

        I just think about it when Shannon mention about the six light in jewel and one light in Lyle. It mean that right now, Lyle don’t need jewel around him to use founder’s skill and if jewel limit only 8 record slots in it then it all make sense.

        Like

        • Murali says:

          No, the two are different. Completely learning a skill makes it absorb into Lyle’s. That explains the 6 lights in the jewel and 1 in Lyle. But it doesn’t follow from there that the limit is 8. If Lyle didn’t completely learn the 1st’s skill it could be that Lyle’s skill would also be recorded. And so on and so forth. So it is possible for the jewel to store many more skills. We don’t know what the limit is yet and we have no reason to think it is 8 or any number that is close to how many skills it is currently holding.

          Like

  34. thunderpace says:

    Since something’s wrong with Lyle’s memories, could it be possible that Lyle doesn’t actually know Novem at all? It said something like that they’re childhood friends, but since his memories can’t be trusted, that can’t be trusted since it’s something said from Lyle’s POV.

    Like

  35. emptyworld999 says:

    Thanks for the chapter!

    Like

  36. wizard172 says:

    speaking of theories i been thinking that maybe celes and noven are working together.
    think of this scenario, child celes and noven speaking, about how everything its so easy that there no motivation to do anything, the conversation get heated, celes life its so easy that if i want it i can be queen, noven say its so easy that i can make your brother defeat you when you became the queen. in that moment the bet was made between 2 powerful beings.
    and that why she dint kill him when she had he chance, that why celes do not sent someone to kill him, that why she kill his friends,
    i been asking this to my self how noven knew were he will be when he leave the family state, its not that he told anybody, and his family dint care about his well-being. unless celes make the gardener to take care of this injuries and someone follow him when he leave the state. then celes pass the info to noven and the bet is on.
    but people remember this is only a theory, a fan theory!!!
    imagination is running wild again 😄.

    Liked by 1 person

    • carbonbangle says:

      I feel that Novem is the real enemy there that is manipulating Ceres, or how do u explain that she was ready to go with the Mc, selling all her suff and even getting approval from her parents in all that short period of time, looks really suspicious to me, that or Novem is the doll that Ceres is using to keep an eye on the MC….
      And about the gardener he was living outside the mansion so he wasn’t in the range of the manipulation.

      Pls translate more chapters Yoraikun I have sacrificed many F5 keys an my keyboard is also at his limits

      Like

  37. anonymus says:

    Need next chapter… going into withdrawal.. .please, need to leech more…

    Like

  38. Dragon_ANGL says:

    When Clara’s swinging the mace around and splattering blood all over, I believe it’s supposed to be “dyed red” not “died red”.

    Aside from that, thanks for the translation!

    Like

  39. Seinvolf says:

    Thank u always for ur great work…
    ^^…

    Like

So, what's on your mind?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s