Sevens: A Withering Labyrinth

A Withering Labyrinth

“Why… must humans fight one another…”

The eighth basement floor.

With the cave floor being submerged in water, the space had become like an underground waterway.

I was sitting on the bow of the boat Porter, as I absentmindedly stared out into space.

I spun the water wheels on its sides and advanced forward. Attached to its back by a rope, I was pulling along another vessel.

Within the shaking light of the boat’s lantern, I made a soul-less expression, and furthermore…

“… Why must humans repeat their mistakes again and again…”

When I said that, I heard a laughing voice from the Jewel.

It was the Fourth.

『No, this time was quite the bomb, mr. lyle. Oh, I mean Lyle!』

I hung my head, and took a stance with the normal bow in my hands.

After slowly standing up on the deck, I took an arrow from my quiver.

From the waterfront before me, a Sahuagin jumped out. When I set my aim, and fired my arrow, it pierced through its head, and sent the monster falling back into the water.

It was accompanied by a splash that rocked the boat.

I sat back down, and proceeded to propel the boat, as Miranda sitting behind me unwound threads from her five fingers, and pulled in the floating Sahuagin body from the water.

She was holding a dagger in her right hand, as she lifted up its body in her left, and retrieved only the Magic Stones from the pierced monster.

Without stripping off anything else, she tossed it aside.

Miranda’s Skill 【Wire】 was one that allowed her to send out strings made of Mana from the tips of her fingers. But you couldn’t just say that was the end of it.

Of all else, by regulating the strings’ fineness and strength, she was able to rip monsters to shreds.

When did she become able to use a Skill? The current me wasn’t in the mood to ask such a question at present.

I could only vaguely stare out at the water.

From the Jewel, the Sixth was observing my state.

『Lyle, you seem quite depressed this time, but… you’ll get no consoling from me.』

(You rarely ever do that to begin with. Especially after laughing so much at my Growth highs, you’d be the first to tease once I regained my sanity… just because I gave him a bit of trouble, he doesn’t have to put it like that.)

I only regained sanity, the morning after I had spent a full day in that state.

I opened my eyes, praying that it had all been a dream, only for Monica to greet me with a disappointed face. ‘So your fever time has come to an end. How many months to the next one, I wonder.’

Hearing that, I could infer I hadn’t been dreaming at all.

Alette-san was still fleeing from me with a face dyed bright red.

Touching her lips on occasion, Aria letting out a sigh with an expression unsuited to her usual disposition.

Clara’s face turning red to her ears whenever she saw me.

Eva telling me she was looking forward to my confession.

Shannon glaring at me.

May ate her fill at the food stalls as per usual. But she came and handed over a single skewer to me.

And Novem’s smile was more refreshing and beautiful than usual. I’ll keep it to myself, that her refreshing vibe felt just a little scary to me.

Lastly, Miranda behind me was grinning as she put her hand to her mouth.

“Lyle, I’ve resolved myself today, so it’s alright if I slip into your bed, isn’t it? You promised to teach me a thing or two, after all.”

My shoulders twitched, and I awkwardly turned towards her.

“T-today’s a bad time. More than that, um… well…”

Miranda should understand everything going on, yet she’s come to tease me.

“Even when you said you’d make me happy~?”

“Uguh!”

My ears felt hot from embarrassment, and I cut the conversation short by turning back to the front.

Seeing my behavior, Miranda seemed to be having fun.

From the Jewel, the Fifth.

『But this time went well. You got the benefits from a Growth, and the party’s looking better than before.』

Tying ropes to other boats and rafts, we had taken up the task of pulling things through the submerged eighth floor.

People, goods, carrying such things from point A to B was our current job. There was a large reason for that. Having experienced the fake real battle in the Jewel- starting with Clara- the ones who’d stayed behind for the Boss battle had started experiencing growths.

Clara, Shannon, Eva. May didn’t show the signs, but anyways, that was a majority of all our members having experienced Growths, we decided to get used to our elevated specs for a while.

After going through that battle royale, while some ill will still existed among party members, they gave off the feeling that the matter was settled for the time being.

I remember how everyone besides Shannon looked so refreshed afterwards.

Now about Shannon. She was at the back-most point of the boar, glaring at me.

Miranda spoke, fed-up.

“That’s enough of that, Shannon. I’m sorry for letting you get dragged in, but I had my hands full fending for myself. And since you’ve overcome that, don’t you think it’s about time you start building up some abilities for yourself?”

Shannon would’ve been left alone on the surface, so we couldn’t help but pull her along. However, she persisted she’d participate in the transport service.

She looked at me.

“Lyle, you don’t know a thing about it! I’ve no words to describe it! This isn’t a matter as lukewarm as getting pulled into a little mess, you hear! That was hell! Chaos! Dropping a little girl into the flames of hell, then waking her up with a smile!?”

(That wasn’t me. While the one who did that was definitely me, that wasn’t me!)

I couldn’t understand what I was trying to get at myself.

But that state wasn’t normal.

Perhaps it was accurate to call it a stupor. A sensation that you could accomplish anything, that led one’s judgement and thoughts astray.

As a result, I ended up kissing everyone…

I got down on my knees.

“… I can only say I’m sorry.”

When I said that, Miranda.

“Ah~, Shannon made Lyle cry~.”

When Miranda joked around, her sister Shannon began flailing her arms about. Because of that, the boat began to rock.

“I’m the one who wants to cry here! After that, everyone seemed to be making a refreshed face, but… that’s definitely abnormal!”

Miranda stroked her hair, as she sat down with her legs crossed.

“You should try hitting someone sometime. It’ll blow away your daily complaints, you know? Do you have someone in mind you’d like to hit?”

There, Shannon spoke quite boldly.

“Once is enough. Onee-sama, I’d like to beat the hell out of you.”

And because she said such a thing, Miranda smiled, and extended her hand towards Shannon’s head. She placed her palm on it, and continued smiling.

“Ow! That hurts, Onee-sama!”

She began gripping hard enough to produce grating sounds.

The Seventh

『It’s because she says unnecessary things it always ends up like this. But to these girls, something of this extent is still affection, I’m sure.』

Hearing that, the Third.

『She seemed inadvertently happy when you kissed her. It’s that nice, Lyle? You’re getting more wives by the minute. More importantly, you’re properly planning how to carry out that confession on your own, right? I’m expecting great things of you, so think up something clever.』

There wasn’t a single person to comfort me.

Because of that blood storm they had to sit through, the ancestors were taking a cold attitude towards me.

As I gave a sigh, the destination point came into sight.

The eighth floor’s Boss room.

I brought the cargo over to the strip of land there. There were several lights prepared, and it was a space being used as a temporary base by those challenging the ninth floor.

Novem and the others were on standby there. Aria and Clara, Eva and May, and Monica were doing work around the temporary base.

We had brought Porter in, boxed up and labeled the Magic Stones and Materials collected by other parties, and loaded them on.

Next, we’d collect Materials and Stones for ourselves as wel returned, and ferry returning parties to the entrance of the eighth floor.

When we approached, Eva waved her hand.

… Basement floor ten.

In the boss room, the party headed by Alette was confronting the Boss.

Knights with metal protectors over their bodies were surrounding the giant snake as they used their weapons to cut at it.

Protected by its hard scales, the snake’s eyes let off a red light in the darkness. It contracted its body for a moment, and used the recoil to spring itself up high; floating a while and opening up its large mouth as it fell back from the sky.

Its aim was the one issuing orders: Alette.

Alette drew the long sword on her back, and muttered.

“Good grief… 【Airblade】.”

When she activated a Skill, wind began to break out from the large, two-handed sword. As wind blew over the room, her subordinates distanced themselves from the monster.

“Fall back! The captain is using a Skill!”

Her adjutant had everyone retreat, and watched over Alette as she was about to be swallowed up. Her expression under her helmet held not the slightest bit of impatience.

The monster closed up its mouth with the woman inside, but…

“It’s over.”

When the adjutant said that, blood gushed from the snake’s eyes.

And a vertical slice slowly began to run up its body, splitting the beast in half.

Monster blood flew around, but the knights soaked in it raised their fists to the sky, and raised cries of joy.

Holding up her sword in one hand, Alette swung it once before her before returning it to its scabbard on her back.

Walking back to her adjutant, she was surrounded by her men.

And the support in wait nearby swarmed in to disassemble the corpse.

Removing her helmet, Alette offered a line.

“I wanted to have my men defeat it, but perhaps I was too prudent.”

The adjutant.

“It’s still too soon. I believe taking that one on would still be a harsh task on new recruits. In a few months, a number of them shall return to the country, so I wanted to have them beat it and build confidence as well, but there’s no point if they die in the process.”

Alette planned to leave the matter to her subordinates, but as it was a more troublesome one than expected, she was forced to raise her hand.

The innermost chamber.

With the defeat of the Boss, the atmosphere in the Labyrinth changed.

As it lost its characteristic suffocating air, Alette looked around.

“It seems it’s begun to wither. I don’t think it’ll collapse before we can get out, but there are no absolutes. Let us hurry and collect the Magic Stones and materials, get our hands on the treasure, and leave.”

When she gave those orders, her adjutant ran off to give the finer details.

Her subordinate that’d confirmed the treasured rushed up to her.

“Captain! The treasure is…”

“What happened? Was it gold? Then bringing it back to the country will alleviate the financial problems a bit…”

From her face to joke around with the man, Alette’s face turned serious.

“… What did you find?”

Perhaps searching for the right words, the knight’s mouth opened and closed. And after getting his breathing in order, he reported the treasure that had come out.

“It’s mithril! What’s more, amount wise, it isn’t something appropriate for this Labyrinth!”

(At a time like this, why did it have to by mithril of all things!?)

As Alette listened to her subordinate’s report, her head began to hurt…

Around the entrance to the eighth floor, I could instantly tell the atmosphere had changed.

Sudden changes began to spring up in the Fifth’s 【Map】 Skill.

The movements of enemy monsters faded out from the Sixth’s 【Search】.

I stood from my seated posture, and it seems Miranda had noticed as well.

“The air has changed. It’s become somewhat quieter.”

Monica looked at our actions.

“There are some peculiar tremors. And some rooms have collapsed. It’s as if the space is contracting… so this is a Labyrinth.”

Clara lifted up her glasses with her index finger, and corrected their positioning, as she picked up her staff.

“I’ve entered a Labyrinth a number of times, but this is the first I’m experiencing one wither.”

Wither… when an adventurer cleared a Labyrinth, and the monsters and treasures disappeared, it was referred to as withering.

It varied greatly by the Labyrinth itself, but there were times the rooms devoid of people would begin to collapse. And on the way back, no matter how many tens of floors you’d gone down, it’s been reported that people can suddenly find themselves back at the entrance.

Shannon looked at the water’s surface, and cried out.

“Ah! The water level is falli… and it’s gone.”

The water drained away, and the boat fell flat on the ground.

The surrounding ships were pretty much the same story.

I spoke to Novem.

“… We’re retreating earlier than I thought. Start loading luggage into Porter.”

There, novem.

“We already finished those preparations when Alette-san’s party went off to fight the Boss. Should we start moving at once?”

I nodded. Waiting for her party here held no meaning.

It would be more productive to make preparations to greet them on the outside.

“Yes, we’ll set out at once. The road back is safe. No monsters at all. Let’s get outside, and make preparations to return.”

The world above was now a full-blown town.

There was no need to return it to the state we found it in, so all we had to do was make the trip back to Beim.

(So now we’ve taken part in Labyrinth subjugation, but the earnings were much better than expected. We’ll use this funds to gather information and equipment, I guess.)

I also piled up some memories I didn’t want to recall, but for now, let’s just say I accomplished my goal, and call it a day. Once we return to Beim, I’ll need some time alone.

I need some time.

Time to heal the wounds of my heart…

Novem looked at me with a wry smile.

“Um, I don’t believe you need to corner yourself so. It’s something everyone experiences, and more or less, everyone experiences failures in them.”

From the Jewel, the Third let out his voice.

『Novem-chan sure is kind. But Lyle’s failures, or perhaps mr. lyle’s actions were right in a sense. Lyle, you should strive to have that level of decisiveness on a regular basis.』

Definitely not.

I shook my head, and spoke to Novem.

“… If I could forget it, how happy I would be.”

Saying that, I went into the preparations to retreat.

About Yoraikun

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54 Responses to Sevens: A Withering Labyrinth

  1. NZPIEFACE says:

    First?!

    And thanks for the brilliant chapter

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  2. Jaypay says:

    Lol yea. so glad

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  3. HapUgMata says:

    thanks for the chapter…

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  4. Aoitenshi says:

    Kinda disappointed that the mortal kombat seems to be just a momentary remedy kind of thing.

    But that means I can hope for it to be repeated, go mr. lyle!

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  6. Reaper Phoenix says:

    Thanks 4 the chapter!

    Wow! They can also experienced growth from that harem battle royale.

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  7. Mutsu says:

    Aw man
    And i thought mr.lyle and Lyle got their personality combined just a little bot….
    Thanks tho youraikun :v

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  8. goblinrou says:

    “Once is enough. Onee-sama, I’d like to beat the hell out of you.”

    And it was at that moment, Shannon knew, she fucked up.

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  9. thank for the update

    Will we see Mr.Lyle deciciveness again?

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  10. evil says:

    Lol Mr. Lyle saved the day!

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  11. Harukaze says:

    Thanks for the chapter~

    Ooh I hope that Alette’s party stops them before they leave and Lyle & Co can transport the Mithril for a cut of it. Just think of the armor and gear that could be made from it! *^*

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  12. alu says:

    Maybe Lyle and Alette can swap the treasures obtained?
    Does Lyle’s party need mithril?

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  13. Ted says:

    The author is going to milk and convolute this situation for everything it’s got before we get any type of real resolution, that’s just f💢cking awesome. 🙅

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    • Yoraikun says:

      He remedied the important problem. Just not the one you wanted to hear about. Given Novem’s personality, and lack of concern towards the other girls, her giving her intent would likely just ruin relations more. And as mr. lyle noted, no matter what they’d say to one another, they’d still be irritated with one another at the end of the conversation because of all the frustration they’ve been building up. So he first had to let off that frustration. With that out of the way, the girls would get to see one anothers’ competence, and finally get on good relations with one another.

      Now the problem with all this, is that Novem is still going to be secretive, and as Lyle has stated, he doesn’t really care.

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      • Ted says:

        Yes, yes the plot armor for this story is well established to facilitate the actions and decisions that each character makes. Everything is suppose to mesh together to produce a reasonable argument to justify why certain elements of the story work and why there shouldn’t be any issues. The author has gone to great lengths to portray his MC as some poor individual thrust into an unfavorable situation to make us sympathize and overlook certain shortcomings and aspects as “acceptable”.( not a very hard thing to do, as this story caters to a very’s specific demographic who doesn’t need any convincing to begin with) . When it comes to supporting cast i.e. the harem, the author would like/lead you to believe that it consists of a diverse and unique group of mixed individuals with their own views and beliefs separate from each other that for one reason or another have fond themselves involved/in love with same person. And through a series of events(always skewed in one way) they come to a consensus that even though they are different, can’t stand one another for various reasons, and if given the chance would rather be in a monogamous relationship instead of a harem, would instead band together to put their needs, wants, and concerns second to the MC(shocker) to placate the story as if it was some unforeseen outcome that was unavoidable with no other routes.( it wasn’t unforeseen by the way or unavoidable, but hey sharing is caring)
        Before you white knight this story and author by saying he’s doing exactly the same thing as everyone else, I agree.
        The issue is with me. I can’t stand reading stories like this anymore. In the beginning, before this genre or type of story became mainstream I used to love reading this crap and couldn’t get enough of it, but now years later I just can’t ignore the blatant disregard these stories have to take in order for them to even work.( The double standard is getting to be to much)
        This is my last comment for this story. Yoraikun your an amazing translator and you’ve picked some great stories , so thank you and I hope the best for you.
        Bye.🙋😘

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        • Yoraikun says:

          Yep, good bye. Nice life. Fare thee well.

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        • Nikolay Babkin says:

          He is right though. I am reading this without expecting a great literary work, so I can be entertained by it, but even so I still feel like flipping tables every now and then.

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        • Owl says:

          You do know putting 2 people into a ring to trash it out is an acceptable way to resolve differences in the army? It’s hardly a unique nor fantasy solution.

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  14. lenyekpenyek says:

    This dungeon exlporation ends quite abruptly.

    Never thought it would end just like that. After all, Marina only had a very short screen-time. I guess that’s left for the next volume.

    Starting the next volume by encountering Marina in her post-growth phase would be great too lol.

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  15. bye Mr Lyle. please come again.

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  16. iamviruz says:

    Thanks for the chapters~~~

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  17. nckeo says:

    From Alette comment the country of knights is in dire financial circumstance, yet discovery of Mithril which worth way more than gold does not bring joy to her, why?

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    • jheno13 says:

      They were expecting something of great value but as always too much of something just bring lots of trouble…….

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    • Owl says:

      Could be a few reasons

      1) They now got a target painted on their back
      2) It’s too heavy to move easily
      or
      3) She’s not looking forward to the arguments on how to split the loot.

      And I thought the Labyrinth was supposed to be a managed one (farm), they killed it?

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    • diablo8x says:

      Most likely, because in a nation focused on Knights you cant really sell of Mithril, but use it for weapons armour for the knights.

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  18. necrosis says:

    Lyle got ripped off now allette gets all that metal to herself man I would never be able to live in this world I just power through bosses without group consideration

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  19. SamS347 says:

    Thanks for the chapter.

    I find the ending of the carnage a bit unslettling, I was expecting the girls to have some resentment toward Ly..mr.lyle for throwing them into the jewel to catfight.
    Maybe they’re all understanding that Lyle was in a really crazy state and they’re probably used to that now (Shanon excluded ofc ahah).
    Apparently, it also solved the immediate tension too.

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  20. dbm says:

    Thanks for the chapter.
    Does anybody else hear Shannon as Shirai Kuroko(Satomi Arai), with a slightly hoarse voice and grumpy, supercilious attitude? Ow! That hurts, Onee-sama! totally could be Kuroko.

    Having experienced the fake real battle in the Jewel- starting with Clara- the ones who’d stayed behind for the Boss battle had started experiencing growths.

    Does that mean the party could level up indefinitely by having nightly battle royales inside the jewel?

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    • Nikolay Babkin says:

      But that would be too reasonable! Why would they do something so clearly sane and sensible like training when they can travel the land, dicking about adventures so the author has something to write about?

      Basically, it makes sense, but it won’t happen since then the author won’t be able to write Lyle as inferior to Celes without introducing more power creep.

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  21. pawmiester says:

    “Now about Shannon. She was at the back-most point of the boar, glaring at me.”
    so they were riding a boar that would be interesting but its just a misspelling its probably boat not boar

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  22. Raufgar says:

    Thanks for the chapter!

    I tot Lyle would be taking on the last boss, but I guess Mr. Lyle bled off too much motivation…

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  23. yungjeeezy says:

    Thanks for the chapter😀

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  24. KozuKy says:

    Thanks for the chapter🙂

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  25. Viableduckling3 says:

    Yoraikun will you be translating The Evil Organization after you finish the epilogue for this volume of Sevens and just continuously switch between them by volume?

    I need to prepare myself for the probability of a break between volumes.

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  26. Red says:

    I just learned about this but there is a squeal of the sevens and a prouloge and the first chapter has been trandlated by zmunjali.wordpress.com if anyone wants to read it. its calledsevens gaiden but it has some spoilers

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  27. hope that battle royale gona be a regular thing with the group. Most ingenious way iv seen a harem keep theprace as of yet lol

    Welcome to mr lyle fight club.

    First rule of mr lyle fight club: gota join the harem kiss mr lyle

    Second rule: there are no rules. FIGHT!

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  28. Chronos5884 says:

    Thanks for the chapter!

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  29. diablo says:

    Thanks for the chapter!

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  30. Nitpick typo:
    Waiting for her party here held no meeting.<===
    Waiting for her party here held no meaning.

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