Chapter 78.1 : New Power, And Transformation
(Fumu… It’s been a while since I last visited this labyrinth.）
Tama went to the labyrinth while being rocked within Stella’s cleavage. He slipped out after they had entered the labyrinth, landing skillfully on the ground.
「Muuh… Only this far, huh? What a pity…」
Stella seemed extremely disappointed with the end of her hugging time.
Tama ignored Stella and then used his 《Status》 skill on himself. The entries in his field of vision were like below.
Inherent Skills：《Elemental Howl》《Skill Predation》《Elemental Tail Blade》《Divine Protection of Lion King》《Elemental Bullet》
Predated Skills：《Storage》《Poison Fang》《Flight》《Fireball》《Icicle Lance》《Iron Body》《Summon Tentacles》《Unlimited Mucus Bullet》《Crossbred》《Dragon Fang》《Dragon Claw》
Potential Evolution ：▷ Behemoth 3rd Form
(I got 《Elemental Bullet》 as my new inherent skill, and… The new evolution entry.）
There was a new skill called 《Elemental Bullet》 in Tama’s inherent skill column, and 〝Behemoth 3rd Form〟 in the evolution entry which had vanished until then.
The new abilities had probably appeared because Tama raised his proficiency level after the battle against the Undead Dragon in Gladdstone.
(Evolution… 3rd form means that it’ll be different from the 2nd form. Well, I get the point, but… Like hell I’m gonna try this when I don’t even know whether I can turn back to my infant form or not. Let’s keep this as my last trump card. Moreover――）
He wanted to try his newly gained inherent skill, 《Elemental Bullet》.
Going by its name, it might be something along ‘shooting energy bullets imbued with the elements’.
Tama’s consciousness focused on the《Elemental Bullet》 entry.
A new status display appeared in his field of vision.
《Elemental Bullet》：《Flame Missile》《Aether Missile》《Water Missile》《Rock Missile》
(Missile… The heck is that? Oh, well… I guess I’ll know once I try to use it.）
Tama, who wasn’t familiar with the word “Missile”, entered the labyrinth to test his new skill.
「What’s the matter, Tama? Why are you so quiet?」
While he was deep in thought, Stella was shouting some nonsense.
「MY TIME IS COMING!」
Tama sighed, exasperated.
――Whatever, I’ll understand once I use it. Hey, small fries appeared.
… But he still reminded Stella via telepathy.
The monster that appeared and screeched an indescribable cry had a grotesque appearance. A Goblin.
――Stella, get back. I’m gonna try my new skill.
「New skill! Since when did you get a new skill?!」
Stella’s complexion brightened. Her eyes were brimming with light as she received that telepathic message from Tama.
Even under normal circumstances, Stella had been madly in love with Tama’s power.
It was natural for her to become extremely excited about it.
「THEN HURRY UP! LET ME SEE IT!」
Stella, who couldn’t wait for it any longer, urged Tama to invoke his new skill.
Tama was preparing to use it while smiling wryly at Stella’s childlike reaction.
(I guess there should be no problem even if I use a bit more power for the new skill. There’s still quite a long distance between us and that Goblin.）
After he had decided, Tama invoked his new skill without even confirming first.
A long and thin flame appeared in front of him along with his adorable cry. Its diameter was around as big as a human fist.
That thing wasn’t something that existed in this world. It resembled a〝Ballistic Weapon[Missile] 〟from another world called Earth.
The moment it appeared, the 《Flame Missile》 headed toward the Goblin while making a thunderous noise.
The Goblin couldn’t react in time to dodge and the incoming 《Flame Missile》 hit it right on its solar plexus.
Everything was fine… Until they saw what happened next.
The 《Flame Missile》 exploded after it struck the Goblin. The body exploded into pieces, scattering in every direction.
Every single bit of the Goblin’s body was carbonized, maybe due to the effects of the flame element.
「W-WOOOW! JUST WHEN I THOUGHT A STRANGE THING APPEARED, THAT GOBLIN’S BODY SUDDENLY GOT BLOWN TO BITS!」
Stella exclaimed as soon as she saw what remained of the Goblin.
(This is… I see. This might be an extremely useful skill.）
Tama looked at the excited Stella from over his shoulder and then nodded at her.
Different from the wide range skill 《Elemental Howl》, The 《Elemental Bullet》 he fired just now induced an explosion and impact damage.
《Elemental Howl》 was a nice choice of skill when Tama had to face many enemies at once, but it became less effective if he fought alongside Aria and co. They could get caught in his attack range.
That was why these new skills, which packed a lot more punch and narrowed the range, were more suited for party battles.
Especially when they had to face a case similar to Gladdstone, where he had to protect the citizens while cooperating with Aria and co.
At that time, Tama was forced to use close combat skills to minimize the damage to his surroundings.
The new skill’s appearance might be related to that situation.
―― Stella, let’s get going. There’s still another skill that I want to try.
「… EH! There’s another new skill?! As expected of Tama!」
Tama went even deeper into the labyrinth while leading Stella. By the time they reached the second floor, Tama’s disappointment was evident on his face.
(… The monsters seem to be taking a vacation today.）
In fact, Tama wanted to test his new skills on the small fry monsters, like the Goblins on the 1st floor. But they had yet to encounter any monsters until they arrived on the 2nd floor.
He thought that the guild might do a sweep while they weren’t here.
The labyrinth had the ability to give birth to monsters, but there was quite a big gap in time between each monster being born.
It would take quite a while for the labyrinth to be filled again with monsters after a large scale sweeping by the guild. One would rarely encounter any monster during those periods.
(Well, I guess I’ll find a slightly more challenging monster on the 2nd floo-… Oh, there you are! A suitable opponent to test my new skill.）
After walking through the 2nd floor for a while, Tama and Stella saw an Orc.
And it seemed that it saw them too because the Orc’s eyes opened wide as it rushed toward them with a war cry.
(Great! A perfect target for the next skill!）
Tama sent a piercing cold look toward the Orc as he raised another adorable cry. The skill he chose was one of the《Elemental Bullet》, 《Ether Missile》.
Unlike the previous one, this missile color was pale green and it made a rumbling noise.