Sevens: Message

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Five days after the Labyrinth crawling commenced, the fifth floor had been safely cleared.

The parties that wouldn’t originally have been permitted to enter were now scrambling about to take out the monsters wandering about.

With the boss having been slain, Alette-san put some of her party members on the fifth floor as lookouts.

They stood on standby around the center, and made sure no irrelevant adventurers were to descend down any further.

All the members of our party had experienced the Labyrinth at least once.

That considered, we decided to take an all-inclusive day off.

If it was up to the fifth floor, we’d be able to go and return in a day. Because with the bosses gone, and the monster numbers lessened, we’d rarely end up in battle.

But if we had to go any further than that, we’d end up staying the night.

Our preparations for it were one thing, but before that, it was best we finalized the formation of our party.

The number of simple buildings around us had increased, and the base was full-blown on its way to become a splendid town.

And within that were adventurers still living in their tents.

Come morning, they’d confirm their equipment and challenge the labyrinth. Come night, they’re return, and throw their money to the bars and cards and women.

Rather than the adventurers risking their lives in the treacherous depths of the Labyrinth, it looked to me that the merchants and harlots dealing with them were the ones making much more money.

And in all actuality, those very merchants and harlots were getting rowdy over how it was their prime time for profits.

Now it was set that it only took a few days for goods to pass to Beim, and wagons filled to the brim with materials and magic stones could be seen leaving the base to return to the free city.

When the adventurers got the urge to go home, they’d take up a request as one of those caravan’s guards, and return alongside them.

And similarly, new adventurers also flowed in from Beim to the base.

I looked over the town.

“It’s fine and all that it’s becoming more splendid by the day, really, just how long is it going to go on like this?”

It was my first participation, and as of yet, I’ve failed to grasp the situation.

Perhaps she had got the info from a merchant, but Miranda nearby began explaining it to me.

“It seems this is just how Labyrinth Subjugations go. Even knights and soldiers need the right supplies, so they make such bases as well. Well, the reason it’s so lively is because they’re all adventurers, perhaps? Why not play around some more yourself, Lyle?”

I looked at her face tiredly.

“Gambling isn’t fun. We have enough food. To top it all off, women are… I’ll close my mouth on that one. I want to save up money, so I’m good with playing around.”

Hearing that, Miranda grinned as she locked her arms under her breasts to emphasize their size.

It doth seem she be provoking me.

“Well that’s a pity. A harlot even told me to introduce the cool-looking young man I was with. It seems she’ll be gentle.”

I do have some lust in me, but the problem is what’s to come after I bring my feet over.

If it can work out without my comrades finding out, then all’s well with the world, but in this situation, such a thing will become common knowledge instantly.

From the Jewel, the Fourth.

『It’s definitely a trap. If you go over to that side, Miranda-chan’s just admitted she has harlots to gather information from… isn’t this girl the scariest one?』

The one to oppose that opinion was the Sixth.

『Miranda is scary? What do you think you’re talking about? The level she’s out can be called cute to me. It’s not like she complains the moment you even send a glance at another woman, and she hasn’t laid a hand on him yet. And wait, Miranda’s my recommendation, so could you avoid saying it like that?』

He declared his support of Miranda.

There, the Third.

『Then I nominate Clara-chan! That one’s a good girl! She even has a convenient Skill.』

Using her convenient Skill as the driving force, the Third proposed Clara.

The Fourth.

『No, let’s support Novem-chan. She’s the Forxuz’s girl after all.』

The Fifth.

『… How isn’t May number one? 』

The Seventh even…

『A woman worthy of Lyle, who carries royal blood… they’d have to be at least Count Class to even be up for discussion, thank you very much.』

I thought.

(I’m not the Walt heir, or a Count’s son or anything at this point. You’re too held up on that, Seventh.)

To Miranda’s enticements, I scoffed.

“I won’t fall for such cheap provocations.”

Miranda happily.

“I see. Well good for you. But if it’s to the extent of playing around, then I’ll permit it. As long as you don’t get serious about it, that is.”

To Miranda’s statement, the Sixth.

『… If only that girl was as tolerant.』

Perhaps recalling his own wife, the Sixth spilled some complaints in a tired tone.

To aim for the sixth floor, I put together three days’ worth of planning, and decided to challenge the Labyrinth.

Descend down to the sixth floor, fight the monsters there, and see how it would all work out.

Mini Porter’s tuning was finished, so when night came, I transmitted the composition of our members.

We finished our meal in our tent, and while we were leisurely sipping our tea afterwards, I went into announcing the plan, and personnel.

It was winter, and the inside of the tent was cold.

The contents of the cups were letting off steam.

Anyways, in the tent lit by the lantern’s light, I looked over everyone, and declared the members to go along.

“From tomorrow, we’ll be diving into the Labyrinth for an estimated three days. Our main purpose is to confirm the sixth floor. If it is deemed possible, I think we could also challenge the boss. The members will be Aria, May and Eva on the front line; Novem and Clara as rear guard.”

The remaining members were Miranda, Shannon, and Monica.

Monica acted quite displeased.

“Since we’ve come here, I’ve only ever set foot in the Labyrinth once, if you haven’t noticed?”

I smiled.

“Everyone’s about the same in that regard. Only me and Clara have done multiple runs.”

Miranda also looked displeased, but Shannon clenched her fist in victory under the table.

“May I ask why I’m to step out?”

Miranda was smiling, but her eyes weren’t too pleased.

“There’s no deeper meaning to it. Mainly to preserve our forces.”

There, Monica.

“As I thought, you’re preciously saving away your trump card, I, Monica. Good grief, you could’ve just told me, dammit.”

… The reason I didn’t take Monica alone was because whenever she fought, it was hell to recover monster materials and stones from the tattered bodies.

A single blow from the maid wielding a mace in each hand caused the bats to fly off and splat. The frogs were crushed into a gooey mess… it was just too pitiable for Clara to collect.

If we were fighting a boss, then perhaps it would be best to take her along. Other than that, to put it bluntly, she would be in the way.

Looking around, I saw Aria was making a bit of a troubled expression.

The morning of the next day.

Taking along the modified Mini Porter, we headed for the entrance to the Labyrinth.

It now had baggage hanging off of its side, but it looked much more reliable than last time.

It’s just, the atmosphere of the gathered party members was somewhat disconnected.

(… Aria feels disconnected, or how should I put it, unaccustomed.)

She should very well be a veteran, but she felt isolated among the members.

No, if I had to be more accurate…

“Hey, Novem! When we get back, let’s go to that stall. Now’s fine too.”

May was trying to solicit the food from a stall out of Novem.

From the Jewel, the Fifth.

『May! I told you, you can’t just go around eating everything!』

He raised a worried voice.

Eva spoke.

“Damn, I wanted to stay behind. And I’d finally received permission from my brethren to take the stage… Ah, when we get back, come have a listen won’t you, Novem?”

Wanting her to listen to her songs, she called out to Novem.

And to the two of them with a smile, Novem.

“May-san, let’s eat there once we get back. Eva-san, make sure you don’t trouble any other parties. We’ll all go listen when we return.”

The three of them got along too well, that Aria was left out.

I looked at Clara.

It seems she was putting some distance between herself and Eva.

(… Is she angry Eva stole the moral of the story? And wait, the energetic Eva and quiet Clara… if you asked if they didn’t go together, they don’t, do they.)

After coming here, the human relations were becoming more complicated.

I let out a sigh as I called over to Aria.

“What’s up? Did you not want to tag along?”

There, Aria averted her eyes from mine.

“… There’s no way I could act all buddy-buddy at this point in time. Up to now, I kept it at the minimum necessary amount of conversation.”

Aria’s eyes sent fleeting glances at Novem.

“I doubt Novem minds it. And wait, isn’t it alright to make peace with her already?”

Aria glared at me.

“It’s not that easy! And wait, the greatest cause of all of this is, you, Lyle! You hear!?”

I heard the Fifth let out a sigh.

『Lyle, don’t dig in any deeper. Just stop it at calling out to her, and trying to follow through. Because I don’t think you have the necessary skillset to cut your way through this situation.』

Embarrassingly enough, I was of the same opinion.

“S-sorry. It’s just that we’ll be fighting alongside one another, so don’t let your mind wander. If something happens, you can talk to me.”

She stared right at me.

“Oh my, the words of our reliable leader bring tears to my eyes.”

The Fourth.

『Quite right.』

But the Third…

『Even so, I’m sure… mr. lyle could do something about it all. Right, if it were mr. lyle…』

I get the feeling he was sending some glances at me, as I got the urge to slam the Jewel into the ground.

(That man isn’t me!)

The ancestors had joyously dubbed my post-Growth high tension state as ‘mr. lyle’

I’m not sure what fun they found with it, but they even made a ‘Best Lyle’ album, gathering up and ordering the statements from my mouth.

(You all have too much free time!)

From my perspective, my predecessors were gathering up all my black history with earnest faces.

I’d appreciate they stopped.

We stepped foot into the Labyrinth’s interior.

My Skills Map and Search brought us to the fifth basement floor’s boss room using the shortest possible route. And when we arrived at the entrance to the sixth floor, I encountered Alette-san.

She seemed to be discussing something with her men, but when she saw us, she cut her conversation short, and approached.

It wasn’t the room a boss once resided for nothing; the room was quite vast.

But they had brought a desk and boxes to suh a room, as if this site had become the front line of the Labyrinth Clearing expedition.

“So you’re already here? That was quite fast. Wait a little longer, and we’ll defeat the sixth floor boss, and you’ll be able to press on further.”

So the sixth’s boss has yet to be slain.

I asked her.

“So you’ve been living down here the past few days?”

There, Alette-san smiled.

“No, I’ve work up there as well, so I’ve been coming and going. We had to bring luggage down here as well, and I had to hire other parties to transport them down here for me.”

When I was impressed, she pointed deeper into the room, towards the stairs.

“From here on, only the adventurers recognized by the guild may pass. Well, you guys are clear, so go on if you want, but… at present, only Albano and Marina are beyond this point, so you’d best watch yourself.”

It’s natural Albano’s party was beyond, but it seems the solo adventurer called Marina was somewhere in these parts as well.

“Wouldn’t it be rough for a soloer beyond this point?”

Alette-san shrugged her shoulders as she looked a bit amazed.

“Hey I said the same. But Marina’s a stubborn one. And she’s got enough power to desire to go alone, so I can’t stop her. If you see her, I recommend you don’t get too close.”

Waving her hand, she returned from us to her subordinates, seeing us off with back.

(… So the peculiar ones besides Creit-san are all beyond here.)

As I looked at the stairs, I was losing my motivation to press on.

A passage of the sixth floor.

The cave atmosphere from before had yet to change in the slightest.

I checked around with Map and Search, but I couldn’t feel any particular changes.

The only party moving around was avoiding battle, moving from room to room, and picking up all the treasure on the way.

When I looked for the solo response…

“The hell’s this?”

I was shocked. Red dots swarming around a yellow one.

But whenever they got too close, the red points would disappear one after the other.

Alone, the way she could take on enemies while surrounded like that was abnormal. But the fact she was overwhelming them was even more abnormal.

“What seems to be the matter, Lyle-sama?”

As I had stopped, Novem called back, and I shook my head.

“No, it’s nothing. Let’s go down that passage.”

We couldn’t go about approaching Albano-san or Marina-san, so I suggested an alternate route.

I had picked up a signal from an unclaimed chest, so claiming that wasn’t a bad idea.

(Thank god it isn’t one rigged with a trap. I was sure there was barely anything left, but did they leave it behind for the rest?)

Having collected a majority of all the treasure, Albano-san’s party wasn’t too adored by the other adventurers.

Their competence just made it so those around couldn’t’ say that much against them, which only lead to a greater level of animosity.

And proceeding forward, I ended up stopping again.

This time, Aria raised a fed-up voice.

“Hey, quite stopping again and again. Did something happen?”

From the wall of the nearest room.

The room just on the other side the walls of the passage we were in, I confirmed a strange response.

“… A treasure chest manifested.”

Yes, looking closely, a treasure chest had suddenly appeared in the room closest to us. And my Skill had picked it up.

May looked at me.

“There definitely was some movement. But I’m surprised you could pick up such a detailed reading. Even I couldn’t tell the specifics.”

Eva was also impressed.

“And that clears our goal for the day. Now let’s all go home.”

When she said that, Novem denied it.

“That’s no good, Eva-san.”

“… Of course.”

Clara looked at me, and tilted her head.

“What’s wrong, Lyle-san. Could it be that it’s rigged? We don’t have Miranda-san with us, so should we ignore it?”

I shook my head.

“… No, it’s not booby trapped or anything. But something’s strange, or how should I say it… anyways, let’s go check it out.”

No response pertaining to traps. We started moving again to collect the treasure that’d suddenly appeared.

A little down the road was a tunnel to the entrance of the room.

There weren’t any monster responses inside, but Clara lit the room, and Aria took the lead as we entered inside.

Eva followed behind, and after the two of them looked around, they beckoned the rest of us to come in.

May guarded the rear, and after we all entered, we looked around.

Treasure chests weren’t always in the shape of boxes.

They took on various forms based on the Labyrinth, and sometimes, the loot was just embedded into the walls themselves.

Clara was lighting the room, but that wasn’t enough, so I, Novem, and Eva used our magic to make it brighter.

There…

“… It’s peridot. The same as before.”

A pea-green gemstone was shining, peeking out from its hole in the wall.

Novem looked at it.

“Consecutively finding the same thing? It’s a little unbelievable. I didn’t hear anything like that at the base.”

It’s not strange for a Labyrinth to produce the same sort of item one after the other.

But after we found that precious stone, we didn’t hear any talks at the base of another such gemstone being found.

(Did Albano-san recover them all, and keep them on his person? Or could it be this is just that sort of Labyrinth? But just like the previous one, this one’s also quite pretty.)

No matter how much I stared, it didn’t seem anything would happen.

(Does peridot have some sort of meaning?)

I tried mulling over it, but I didn’t have such an answer in me. It was at that moment.

Clara muttered.

“Peridot was the birthstone of the eighth month, I believe.”

Eva agreed.

“Right. But the same stone twice in a row… there must be some sort of meaning behind it!”

Aria was a little irritable.

“Why’s everyone getting so worked up over the same rock twice? More importantly, let’s claim it already… Novem?”

Looking at the peridot embedded in the wall, Novem seemed to be lost in thought.

About Yoraikun

A college student who really should be doing something more productive with his time. Also, he can read a bit of Japanese.
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60 Responses to Sevens: Message

  1. BadJoke says:

    Thanks for the chap :>

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  3. Oskariot says:

    thank you

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  4. yungjeeezy says:

    Thanks for the chapter😀

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  5. burningice53 says:

    “It doth seem she be provoking me.”

    LOOOOOOOOOOL

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  6. End it in a cliffffffff~

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  7. Aoitenshi says:

    Collect 7 and a dragon will appear?

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  8. B. Rad says:

    Peridot causes discord among parties, maybe? Or maybe it’s a necessary key for a deeper part of the labrynth? Or I could be reading into it too much.

    Either way, thanks for the chapter.

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    • Rye says:

      The friendly and joyous energy of this stone helps to create and seal friendships; clearing the heart and releasing the ego, which in turns cleanses the mind and soul of jealousy and anger – thus bringing about the sense of peace and quiet amusement which leads to solid friendships.

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    • ArKain says:

      Think numbers.

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  9. boartank says:

    I wouldnt mind a girl like Miranda. In fact she seemed to be the best bet in my opinion… Also, Novem’s plot right there with the gems.

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  10. KozuKy says:

    “I see. Well good for you. But if it’s to the extent of playing around, then I’ll permit it. As long as you don’t get serious about it, that is.”

    Gotta love how Miranda acts like she’s already Lyle’s lover❤

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    • Takatathien says:

      Well, she is. And if he is smart, he better not contest it or even think about testing her limit because in a way, she is more yandere than Noviem (and she is the Yandere Queen in this series).

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      • KozuKy says:

        and Novem is kinda tame nowadays,which is disappointing because she had a chance to open up to Lyle after their encounter with Celes. but i guess she playing martyr with letting the group hating her. nevertheless Lyle genuinely loves her but i think she’s still scared that he might start treating her as a monster which is really sad. so she’s really falling out of the waifu ranking today,but i think these next chapters will be about her because that peridot seems like it means something to her (or them).

        though if Lyle is manly enough he can resolve the group problem,although his dedication to Novem hinders that. but i like how he’s aware of Miranda’s feelings not like some dense mc.

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  11. machinaforce says:

    Peridot, Eight month, Novemn… hmmm someone calling Novem out?

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  12. Raufgar says:

    Thanks for the chapter!

    Hmmm, are we seeing the imminent appearance of Augustus? Or the Eighth, Lyle’s dad?

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  13. necrosis says:

    maybe it’s the key to a boss battle like when you play the forest in dark cloud and just before you get to the boss you get a huge amount of sun dew

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  14. DarknessWolf says:

    Thanks for the chapter.
    Flags of female dungeon lord~?

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  15. Peridot’s Formula : (Mg, Fe)2SiO4
    Because, you know…. maybe there’s some sort of hint there…
    I’d bet that it’s something for Novem, especially seeing the chapter’s title.

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  16. magefire789 says:

    He should just have them make up already. Not having Miranda around (the only “Rogue”-ish character) is just annoying. You need someone to disable traps. Thats just common sense. Take her instead of Eva – she didnt even want to go.

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    • Ted says:

      Relationships aren’t that easy and until Lyle addresses the elephant in the room( Novem) nothing will get resolved.

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      • magefire789 says:

        Well yeah. IIm saying he should just man up and have the conversation already. If he doesn’t start asking questions and getting answers, he’ll lose everything. I know its hard and he doesnt want to push her, but even just having a sit down and talking is better than just ignoring it. Leaving it alone and ignoring it like hes doing is just kind of irresponsible IMO.

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        • Narf says:

          I completely agree with you here. The way Lyle handles this is horrible, it’s only plot armor that has kept the situation from blowing up in his face imho. The girls needn’t get along great, but at the very least a functional working environment where you’re not forced to leave important assets back at base would be in order. And for that, he needs to call Novem out on her BS already. Lay the cards on the table and then determine the situation. It’s already been a very close call with Celes, and if she didn’t have this nonsensical villain attitude of toying with her prey, Lyle’d be dead already, so Novem seriously needs to disclose any information about this. If she can’t do that, I’d instantly boot her from the party as she clearly can’t be trusted. I know Lyle is both in love with her and a friggin coward, but enough is enough.

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        • magefire789 says:

          I will say this – It is kind of refreshing for there to be some tension among the harem; In most harem novels, everyone gets along and is perfectly happy to share the main character (some early tension is there, but usually goes away very quickly). Realistically, I think few women would want to share their boyfriend with a bunch of other girls, so its kind of nice to see the tension among the group. Like you said, they don’t all have to get along – but he really needs to talk to Novem. I wouldnt go as far as to boot her (shes been with him through everything) but even just something to ease the groups feelings. I mean, they all pretty much felt betrayed by Novem (at least Miranda & Aria did) and that was never addressed. Lyle just brushed their feelings under the rug, and it was never addressed. And that just left the party divided and nonfunctional. Its a good story, and I keep coming back every week, but it just gets frustrating watching Lyle at times lol.

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    • Yoraikun says:

      This was just a trial run, and his Skills let him avoid traps. He’s admitted multiple times this one was just to check the floor out, and Albano’s party are pros at it anyways. He’d probably take Miranda on a real run.

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  17. Reaper Phoenix says:

    Thanks 4 the chapter!

    Dungeon calling Novem! Come in Novem!

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  18. evil says:

    Thanks for the chapter.

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  19. thank for the update

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  20. alu says:

    For a dungeon, it has really goog cliffs.

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  21. Nordisk says:

    Didn’t Celes say Novem was Octo something something??

    Maybe there are 12 Goddesses? For the whole year. And they have fragments all over and Octo or whatever has her fragments all around Lyle’s harem?

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    • manthin says:

      The thing is they mentioned that this gem is related to the 8th month (August) and october is the 10th month. On the other hand if we do meet someone called Augus…something we might get some juicy info on Celes (Septem) since August is the predecessor of September.

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  22. diablo says:

    Thanks for the chapter!

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  23. naleastie says:

    Maaan, Novem just spit it out! Aria’s finally having a few lines though haha

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    • Narf says:

      I guess it’s not easy for Aria being the only guy in the party, where there’s only girls and an asexual wimp.

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      • naleastie says:

        Damn right hahaha not that I really blame Lyle… one misstep and the group bursts.

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        • Narf says:

          Well, I’m not trying to say that he should hump everything that doesn’t flee fast enough. But he’s being completely ignorant of the others’ feelings even though he knows exactly that they’re all in love with him (except Shannon and Eva, probably). But because he’s too scared of offending anyone when making a misstep, he cowardly sits around and does nothing at all, offending all of them in the process. And on top of that, he’s closing both eyes to the walking time bomb that is novem, which is stressing the bonds in the party even more. It’s bad enough that they’re all in a rivalry for the same guy, on top of that they even have someone in their middle who has unknown ulterior motives, keeps probably vital information from them and, according to Shannon, probably isn’t even (completely) human.

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        • naleastie says:

          They shouldn’t be rival.. although I guess they can’t help it xD but I know OMG, Novem… I can’t forgive Lyle for letting her go like that… she MIGHT just have IMPORTANT info but he totally ignores that.

          While I understand his lack of confidence, Novem is another story. Lyle is going to feel pain. And it’ll be fully his fault.

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      • But… Mr Lyle…

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  24. tjkun says:

    Novem, septem… august. Lol.

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  25. Mr Lyle>>>>>>>>Lyle

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    • Narf says:

      So true. I had high hopes for Lyle to show some development after he left his enemies deep in the dungeon with poisoned water, but since then he’s only ever acted like a clueless, spineless child again. It’s like that part never happened.

      At least Mr. Lyle is neither stereotypical nor boring.

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      • Yoraikun says:

        Well what exactly are you expecting of him? He’s grown quite accustomed to his situation, and carries himself well as an adventurer. He’s overcome trial after trial without a need to be so dark or edgy, and the only thing he’s really afraid of is how his actions towards the harem would cause him to lose them all.

        Besides pertaining to romance, what’s so clueless or spineless about him? (Not doing anything is mostly the Fifth’s fault)

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        • Narf says:

          Imho he’s overrelying on both skills and ancestors, leading to him hardly ever using his brain. Where those don’t help, because skills don’t apply to the situation and the ancestor’s advice doesn’t work, you get helpless little Lyle just sitting around being too scared to move a finger. Just by and off himself, no action seems to ever originate from him. It’s always just “skill shows other’s attitude is X” or “ancestor Y says he should do Z”. He’s a good adventurer not because he’s got good wits or good management skills or good tactics or whatever. His personal skill is pretty good, sure, but there’s more needed from the leader of a party.

          So what I am expecting of him is to finally start acting like the leader of a party and take care of all the conflict he’s been ignoring all the time. Confront Novem, have her spill the beans. If that doesn’t already solve the problem with Miranda, turn towards that issue, too. Talk to Aria about why she’s isolating herself so much. Clara also just seems to “be there” somehow, ever since she’s joined the Harem she’s been like that, although at least she seems to not intentionally distance herself. Eva is just there for getting song material, Shannon is being dragged around by Miranda, Monica is conditioned to stick to Lyle. May is just lacking common sense and doesn’t make much sense in general.
          The entire party feels hollow. There’s nothing holding it together for a long time now other than the girls somehow having a crush on Lyle. There’s no feeling of bonds between the members other than that and if not for plot armour, it would long have imploded. No common goal besides for Novem and Lyle. So what I want from Lyle is to fill that huge void, or at least try. Create a sense of unity, interact with the members. Asides from getting teased, rejecting little advances and talking about food there’s not much going on on that side. It feels like the author just took some empty shells, fleshed them out with basics looks and base character traits to kinda cover most bases so that readers can find their “best waifu” and then forgot to give them life.

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        • Yoraikun says:

          The ancestors don’t even tell him what to do at this point. All their dialogue is just (pointless) conversation on his situation, and he only occasionally checks over the map Skills. I think you’d be more irritated, shouting the man has a bloody map, so why the bloody ‘ell isn’t he checking it, if he didn’t use them. He’s trying to learn how to be a good adventurer, and none of the ancestors have such experience to start with. It’s at the extent of having a friend to talk to. He even fights on his own, and if you call training with the ancestors relying on them, then yes, every disciple in the world is a useless wreck without their masters. Take away your weapons from any main character, and see how they’ll fare. The boy’s base specs are, admittedly, higher than most his ancestors, but they trump him in technique, and the use of their own Skills. You can see his character developing in both internal monologue, dialogue, and action, but many refuse to believe that one unless it’s shoved in their faces.

          Now then, onto Lyle as a leader. He decides the course of the party, manages finances, confirms party member conditions, upgrades facilities, handles all the guild work, maintains favorable relations with everyone, and holds the party itself together through what you refer to as Deus ex Machina. Could he be doing a better job? Of course. He isn’t perfect.

          When he makes plans, the ancestors may laugh them off, but they don’t actually say anything against them, so everything that’s going on is by his own plans and ideals. He judges peoples’ character of his own accord, and acts accordingly. While it may be a big one, the only issue he’s putting aside is Novem. He does interact with the other members of his party normally, take them on dates, and do other things (off-screen, as implied), and he just declared his goal of defeating Celes none too long ago. It’s from here on for them to develop their motivations to do so, and nothing besides Novem’s prompted them to do otherwise. From a non-omniscient perspective, i.e. Lyle’s, of course you’ll only ever get to see the outside of the shells. Seriously, name a character from a novel narrated in first person where you can see everyone’s inner workings? Living out your life, do you see everyone’s inner workings? There isn’t any real fanservice or such developments to warrant anyone being a waifu, and no matter how human a character may be, you won’t know until you talk with them enough. You can make most of your arguments about any LN you’d pick off of the shelves.

          And this story is more plot-driven than character-driven anyways.

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  26. Thanks for the chapter. Considering what’s going on with the peridot, does it hold some practical application that only Novem is aware of?

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  27. SamS347 says:

    Septem, Octo, Novem, Decem…

    Thanks for the chapter Yor… Sir Inlitify.

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  28. Chronos5884 says:

    Thanks for the chapter!

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  29. Syda says:

    Novem, my dear Novem, speak up!

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