The night of the same day after I fought with Shinji for the first time. With【REVE】 in my hand, I dive online for the second time.
Though I honestly don’t know how to avoid friendly fire, I decided to put my trust on Shinji-senpai.
After coming out of the unique darkness which giving peculiar feeling due to diving, I arrived in 【Naha】 city near the plain field in which I’m logged out before.
「Yo！ So」 ｜
When I’m turning around to the origin of the voice which call me, Shinji with his slightly wild-style-black-colored hair which is different from the real him is approaching me while raising his hand.
「Then, shall we do it right away」
…… N？ Doing what？
「Oyoy, it’s to ascertain the situation you know. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the current you is the weakest player in this game. You’ve no time to be that carefree」
……….. You’re not going easy.
「……….. Indeed. Well then, to be specific, what should I do？ 」
「I thought about it but. The point is in the case when you shoot your enemy」
「Yup. I can do that mercilessly」
「What a quick reply. Fine then. In that case, I’m thinking of making use of PvP」
「……….. Pee Vee Pee？」
「Yup, it’s a battle against fellow player. It’ll be PvP of me against you. In that case, it won’t become friendly fire and both of us can us that for training right？ 」
I see, so that’s the case. Well, though I more or less still have strong resistance for turning my gun toward the people who is not my father, it doesn’t mean that I can’t shoot them.
「If that’s the case, I think I can do that. Even so, is there no some kind of punishment in case we’re dying？ 」
「N, Is it about death penalty？ You san set a battle without death penalty in case the opponent is your registered friend you know」
In that case, I have no worry. Since I registering Shinji as my friend on my first day.
「Then, let’s do this quickly. Since this city have PvP facility, let’s go there」
We’re walking in the city as it is, after we’re arriving in the place which is our goal, we used 1 open room of PvP which is free of charge.
「Now let me to send the request」
While saying so, Shinji’s operating the terminal screen which made “piipii” sound with his fingers and then a “pilon” sound which can’t be heard by anyone but me is resounding.
【You got a request for PvP from Hive. Will you accepting it？ 】
Hou, letter before my eyes and it’s sound is appearing together. Here I should push either 【YES】 or 【NO】. Of course it’s 【YES】.
「Well then, prepare yourself, So. Yosh…………… Here I go！」
「……0 Win 37 Loss」
「Once again, So！ I’ve noticed that………………. You’re more skilled in using the arts than the first time. Let’s do that in the next battle！ 」
After 38 of continues special training with PvP against Shinji. My shoot completely can’t hit the moving Shinji, and then completely defended by the unmoving Shinji. Frankly speaking, my game talent is way too low.
「Let’s go, So, 【Defense Shield】！」
It’s possible to invoke arts without a need to shouting the arts name by setting a words as key invocation. By the way, the current Shinji can invoke his arts without saying it’s name.
I’m responding by simultanously firing my dual gun using 【Twin Shot】 Arts to Shinji who’s going straight ahead by setting his shield. But, half of the bullet shot by me struck Shinji shield, the other half is vanished to the other side of horizon. If it was the reality, my heart already broken long time ago.
Shinji’s switching his arts and then he came till 3 metre distance with me. The things called switching of this arts is empasizes as an extremely important matter by Shinji. Basically, you can’t using two arts at the same time, it’s always nothing but one art that you can use. In short, you can’t use evasion arts while you’re still using attacking arts. Analyzing what the arts can be used by your opponent, and then facing them with arts that will give you an edge over them. It seems this is the basic for PvP.
Well in the first place I have nothing but 1 arts, so there’s no need to think that far since I have nothing but this 1 arts to use.
I’m cancelling my arts seeing that Shinji is switching to offense―― No, to be exact I tried to cancelling it. But I can’t make it in time, I, who standing still is receiving Shinji who’s attacking with his shield right from the front.
Though it’s not that painful, as expected, the feeling when receiving attack isn’t something that I can come to like. It’s just a bit but, the slight tingling sensation is left in my nose. And then, when I’m looking at my stamina gauge which constantly moving on the lower left following my line of sight, it’s decreased by around 20% of my HP with the attack just now. Though I don’t know how much my HP compared to Shinji, maybe mine is on lower than him. If Shinji’s not attacking with shield which have low attack power, if it was expensive sword with killing ability, My HP might be shaved by more than 30%. Since that’s already happened sometimes ago.
I’m firing my 【Twin Shot】 again by using the momentum when I’m knocked back. but, none of it hit the moving Shinji, and this time I received couble strike by his sword. Thus, my HP gauge is cut till only 30% left, my HP gauge which still blue till just a moment ago is instantly tuning red in one go.
This is something that I discovered while doing PvP, it seems that from maximum till 51% is blue color, from 50%-26% is yellow color, below 25% is changed to red color. Yup, that’s why I say that I can feel it but.
「Uhm, it’s about using arts but, the way you’re using switching arts is also faster. Just a while ago, I’m barely avoided when you’re cancelling 【Twin Shot】 arts right when I’m invoking 【Offense Shield】, I even avoided the nasty direct hit to the face. Since distance is important for shooting occupation, only the attack toward face is which you can’t defend against」
There’s several patterns to determine the attack in this virtual space. In case that the opponent is a human, there’s bonus damage when your attack hit your opponent head which is can be said as vital point. Though the bonus percentage is varying due to the skill and abilities of you and your opponent, it seems that the detail isn’t verified. Well, though attacking to that extent is difficult, aiming for that place have plenty of value.
Beside, the judgement of attack coming toward head is dividing even further into three which is head, chin and, eyes. Despite there’s no change in damage, the point is ones will completely lost their vision for several seconds when receiving attack to the eyes. Movement will be dulled for few seconds when receiving attack on the chin. Head is nothing but damage.
In short, it’s means that ones willbe inferior for a moment when receiving attack on their head during PvP. Practically, my HP is turning on the verge of being defeated by becoming red color when receiving the shield attack from Shinji, his point is made a sound argument.
And, Shinji’s equipping a helmet which like the one wore by knight of middle age, it won’t be judged as an attack toward head even if I’m attacking from above that helmet. On the contrary, his thick armor itself is covering the place which you call as vital points of human body, it have quite high defense power. It’s surely killing me.
「That’s right. But, thanks to that, the state of my body is unable to move as smoothly as before」
This is my biggest problem since the first day of playing this game. The programmed movement in this action is definitely a drag to me. Rather, I want to moving my body without using that.
「Rather, I’m okay if it’s possible to gaming without using arts but tha-……………….. Uhn？」
I noticed it when I said it myself.
「That’s right, rather you don’t have to use a-……….. Uhn？」
Even Shinji who responded to me is arriving at the same conclusion as me. We’re speaking the same things with the same timing.
「「ISN’T FINE IF YOU/I’M NOT USING ARTS！？ 」」
This matter is just like thunder struck in the clear sky. No, I should be amazed to the degree of my stupidity for failing to notice that. That was so simple. If i’m not using it, I can do it if I’m not using it. But, there was one worry remained.
「Tell me, can I fight without using arts？」
「It should be possible. It should be possible but, I never see anyone who’s fighting without using arts. I heard that a story that the people like that in the manufacture occupation of the character is rare」
Manufacture Occupation？ Somehow, it seems that there’s still many things which I don’t understand. Well I’ll learn about that area later. Now is above anything else, I want to know whether I can fight without relying on arts. I’m demanding to Shinji to continue our PvP in order to have a better grasp of the feeling quickly.
「Yosh, let’s continue this, Hive. Since my gauge is still red, the battle isn’t decided yet！ 」
「OKE, then shall we restarting again after taking a bit distance again. But, since it’ll end right away if you eat another attack with that amount of HP. You must be careful you know？ 」
After I’m showing that I understand what he means by nodding in silence, having confirmed that, Shinji also taking some distance and then set his sword and shield again.
「Though I’ve saying this so many times before, knight which is my occupation have high defense power and, the trait is that it can wear thick defensive gears. Your gun which is the initial equipment done almost no damage even if attacking from the top of armor. So you have no choice but to attacking my arms or legs which is not being protected by armor or the gap between my armor to delivering some damage」
「Roger. Moreover, when you’re using defense arts, your shield can predicting the trajectory of the attack from your opponent and even defending against bullet right？ 」
「If you already understand that far, I’ve nothing more to say. Try to hit my armor as much as possible」
On the field without anyone inside, our gun and sword crossed again for the second time.