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LDM – Chapter 200

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New Employees

 

Sleepsword Siesta wound up being added to the dungeon’s named monster list.
I was careless. Looks like the magic sword was a monster.

Because of that, I headed back to the dungeon, [Cave of Desires].
I was just going through it all day-by-day, but that really did take a while. Let’s check over the situation again. After sleeping for a day, I called for Rei.

“Let me check over what’s going on, yeah?”
“Yes, master.”

First of all was the dungeon.
Even though there were D-Rank adventurers and below training in the upper floors as ever, there were adventurers at the C-Rank level diving into the dungeon to target the Iron Golems. At the moment, it was a bit unreasonable for them to hope for magic sword blade golems.
Even if the riddle area’s gone, making it down the spiral staircase just beyond that is a spectacular way to risk your life… Nn? There are more traps there now. Why are there places that have spears popping out from the walls?

“Ah, there were quite a few adventurers making it to the warehouse area, so I added them.”
“Hmm. Good decision. It’d be troublesome if too many of them got blade golems from the warehouse.”

So Rei’s the one that added them? She did a great job with that.

“How many people have made it to the warehouse area?”
“Eight parties. One party was annihilated at the spiral staircase, four parties just examined the Irregular Golems, and for the magic swords that the final three parties took away, three swords were stone, with the other three being iron, six swords in total. No parties made it beyond the warehouse.”

So one party was annihilated? My condolences, and thanks for the treat. [1]
So six blade golems shipped in a month… that might be a good pace? Let’s replenish them later.

“The inn?”
“We now have five people after gaining two new people, but there nothing is particularly different. There wouldn’t be much fluctuation in customers within a month, after all.”

Well, that’s how it’d be even with getting new staff. Two new people are working at the inn now. It looks like they’re staying at the inn, but maybe I should expand the employee dormitory? The Dungeon Battle’s over, so it should be peaceful for a little while.

“Come to think of it, what sort of monsters are those newcomers? They both had cat ears, so are they a were beast-type like Misha?”
“Umm, they aren’t monsters. They’re beastkin.”

… Beastkin? Could those be summoned with DP?
Exceptions like me could be summoned through the gacha, but there shouldn’t be any things that are non-monster people (What Rokuko calls ‘humans’) or beastkin. [2]
At the very least, it’s not in my catalog. I don’t think that Rei would be able to summon something that I, the Dungeon Master, can’t though…

“How did you summon them with DP?”
“Ah, I did not use DP. I fed and employed the passing beastkin adventurers. I went with master’s beloved policy of getting the maximum result at the lowest cost.”

Rei spoke with a smile filling her face.

“Umm. In other words, they’re not under the dungeon’s control?”
“They aren’t, but is that a problem?”

… How could it not be a problem!?

“No, wait, wait. I haven’t heard anything though?”
“Eh, but I received permission from Rokuko-sama?”
“Seriously? … I’ll talk to her later… well, umm. Isn’t them not being under the dungeon’s control a problem?”
“They are only doing the things in the inn, so they are temporarily employed through the Adventurer Guild acting as an intermediary. There haven’t been any problems in the last two weeks.”

It’s alright then… I guess?

“We can simply report to the guild if they cause any sort of problem, so we only need to deal with them if our secret is exposed. There are no problems.”
“Oh, so clear-cut…”

Able to think about things so unexpectedly severe, Rei is a precious existence for our dungeon. I’ve usually been making those kinds of decisions, but I’ve gotten a bit more easy-going.
I sat up and started over.

“What did you do with the 50,000 DP I gave you?”
“Eh? That… other than the additional traps, everything went into my enhancements.”
“… Huh? Rei’s enhancements?”
“Yes. My enhancements. It was to increase the dungeon’s fighting capability.”

Hold up. That was meant to be used to summon newcomers…
… But we have newcomers—though they’re working here as a job—so I guess Rei using the rest how she wanted isn’t a problem?
Hmm, I’m a bit bothered that she used it to strengthen herself, but it’s Rei. Let’s just go with it being alright.

“That so? How are Kinue-san and Nerune doing?”
“Kinue has been working on increasing her cooking repertoire. Nerune has been absorbed in studying magic formations. She is still excited over the magic tools you gave her.”

Kinue-san’s buying cooking recipes with her salary, while Nerune’s been excitedly talking to Kantra about magic formations. Looks like they’re both living their lives to the fullest.
As for Rei, it looks like she was happy that I had left my work to her. It’s great that she’s so loyal.

I heard enough, so I decided to go see Rokuko.
Naturally, it was to talk about the newcomers.

“Oi Rokuko! Let’s talk for a bit.”
“What is it? You want to use the Godly Comforter?”
“That’s that and this is this. It’s about the new people we hired.”
“Eh, even though it’s been so long?”

It might’ve been ‘so long’ to Rokuko, but I just heard about it for the first time.

“They were just hired through the Adventurer Guild. Rei suggested it and I thought about it.”
“But it’d be bad if our inn’s secret was exposed though?”
“It’s not like we’d tell the part-time employees something like that. It’s also not like our inn’s shady. Right?”
“What about the golems?”
“They’re just ordinary Clay Golems that Kehma summoned. We’re going with the pretense that you’re resupplying their magical power, it’s not weird at all.”
“What about the cooking?”
“Kinue’s doing the cooking. We barely use DP to get food nowadays, and although we use DP for the ingredients, it just looks like we’re getting it from the storehouse and [Storage].”
“The onsen…”
“The part-timers are entrusted with the inn’s reception and serving customers in the dining area. Cleaning is taken care of through [Cleanup] and Kinue’s hobbies, while the hot water is just seen as [Some sort of magic tool]. Ah, the reception’s register is like that too.”

Huh? Somehow… did Rokuko just defeat me in logic? I can’t argue at all.
It looks like the part-timers aren’t a problem at all. Rather, isn’t it a good idea to hire part-timers and concentrate wholly on the dungeon?

“By the way, we’re offering meals and rooms to the part-timers for free for their payment. We’re paying a bit to the guild for the handling charges, but considering the inn’s profits, it’s tiny.”

… Rokuko’s seriously grown up recently.

“By the way, were they interviewed?”
“Un, by me, Rei, and Ichika. Rather, I called for you too, but you were asleep.”

Come to think of it, there was a time when Rokuko came back here during the stuff with the Dungeon Battle huh.
It also feels like I was told about something…
Hmm, maybe I should have a talk with them too?

“Could you call them over now?”
“Eh? Hmm, well, it should be alright if it’s right now. It’s about time they got off work.”
“In that case, please call them in for an interview.”
“Got it. I’ll tell Rei. Don’t fall asleep waiting alright?”

Rokuko got in touch with Rei.
All things considered, those part-timers… what kind of people are they? I’m basically on their employer’s side, so I have to be stern… Aah, I’m getting nervous.

 

Footnotes:
  • This is sort of a joke. He said “Goshuushousama (My condolences), soshite (and) gochisousama (thanks for the treat).” Just one difference in the phonetics. ^^ Return
  • Note that Rokuko only ever refers to humans with ‘ningen (human)’ in katakana, rather than in kanji. It hasn’t been important to the story so far, so I haven’t mentioned it, though… Return

 

Author Note:
We’re finally at 200… thinking back, it’s already been one and a half years since I started this series hasn’t it? As always, thank you so much.


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56 Responses to LDM – Chapter 200

  1. Ystel says:

    thanks for the chapter and congratulations for getting to 200 😀

  2. Darkrai69 says:

    Did Rokuko suddenly become smart? when did that happen?

    • Barnaby says:

      It’s been happening now for a while. though I think Khema only noticed it during the preparation for the dungeon battle. To be more specific, the part where Haku was calling the under sea dungeon a bad place to keep after the war but Rokuko (who had been sleeping a lot recently) woke up and refuted Haku.

      • OllerusNight says:

        Isn’t it like Rokuko becomes smart just by sleeping a lot?

        • Shylight says:

          Sleep is obviously a path to improving your intelligence in this novel. Just look at Kehma. It’s a good thing Rokuko learned from the best!

      • Kain says:

        I think that the more DP that a Dungeon Core earns, the more it grows up as a person, as well. Since Rokuko was keeping her DP as low as could be, she never grew, just remaining the childlike imouto to Haku that she desired. This is also supported by the use of DP to maintain their regular, ‘grown-up’ forms, versus the DP-conserving maintenance forms that Rokuko is typically in, and that Haku demonstrated when they went to the capital with her.

        • Anonymous says:

          You do have a point there, but what about the No. 5(I think?) teacher of the Team Dragon King? That guy is just a plain musclehead despite his superior DP income.

          • Kettern says:

            Well, if you look at it like an RPG, then No.5 just didn’t Put any points into intelligence, unlike other dungeon cores

    • Space Panda says:

      My guess is the purple core.

    • Ouki's Lips says:

      I don’t think she’s become smart; all she did was propose that the new dungeon could be drained of water after the fact, and to hire part time employees. She’s just naive. Even though she’s showing some intelligence now, she’s still being led around by the nose by Haku. Like if I had to guess, without reading the next chapter, the one who suggested for her to hire new employees through the adventurer’s guild was probably Haku (so she could spy I guess, as she had yet to have a “pawn” working at the inn).

      • Ziru says:

        Can confirm that she’s stopped talking so much like a child. Doesn’t end anywhere near as many sentences with ‘wa yo’ (a very childish ending). The rest of her sentences structures have improved as well.

        She’s definitely getting smarter.

  3. Zarvi says:

    I bet they have beautiful legs

  4. hecate says:

    rokuko has matured T-T

    whats with this tear … i miss stupid rokuko (a bit)

  5. RandomDude says:

    But…but…Rei with attack power isn’t Rei

  6. sodemas says:

    Thx o/

  7. Barnaby says:

    Ah, Rei found the enhancement tab. let’s just hope she didn’t need to spawn monsters and realise that she was given 0 STR by Khema’s design.

    • Dark says:

      Kehma was just going for cheap so it wouldn’t be a huge loss if he wound up with something defective. Rei’s got her own vision of herself and what she wants to be, and she’s working her way up from zero to be that person. She’s a bad-ass. All of the ‘muses’ are, really.

  8. Zeth says:

    Thank you and congratulations for the 200 chapter milestone!

  9. whisper says:

    congratulations of 200 chapter. i can see how much love and attention for this series 🙂

  10. Mac_Tgh says:

    Thanks for the chap!

  11. k says:

    thank for the update

  12. Kojiro_S says:

    Thanks a lot and congratulations on reaching the 200-chapters-translated mark.

  13. KuRuuRuu says:

    Thank you and congrats on the 200th chapter!!!
    After 200th chapters, things are starting to change..
    Rokuko’s getting smarter and Rei doesn’t deal 0 damage anymore..
    A bit lonely but still this story is one to look forward to!

  14. Magnetic magnet says:

    Rokuko’s growing up *wipes a tear off the corner of the eye*
    Thanks for the chapters.

  15. OllerusNight says:

    Cat ears? Beastkin?
    I have a feeling there will be an increase of ‘body pillow’ for Kehma

  16. leon says:

    hahahaha I commented she used DP for herself n its come true hahaha

  17. sinner says:

    I hope it’s just me being paranoid but what if they’re spies

    • Brutu says:

      I don’t know whether a spy can bypass dungeon’s sensor, but if they’re a spy, and enemy, they should be marked as a red dot in kehma’s dungeon map?

      • Sinner says:

        Rokuko said “It’s also not like our inn’s shady. Right?”
        that’s what she thought but isn’t an inn close to dungeon is suspicious? especially from Holy Kingdom point of view and they’re dog and bunny beastkin, their nose and ears are pretty sharp
        and about red dot mark, i think it’s only if they’re coming inside dungeon not the inn

        • Kain says:

          It’s within the dungeon’s area, which the inn has long since been within; the entire village and a good distance out is, in fact.

          As for the inn being suspicious, not at all. In fact it was noted that villages spring up around dungeons that are generally safe all the time, because they’re resource troves that can be mined indefinitely.

  18. Random Internet User (tm) says:

    Yay 200!

    Thank you kindly for the double update.

  19. Tinchen says:

    ty for the chap
    and lol a littel bit late for introduction xD

  20. Yomi El says:

    Congratulations on 200th chapter nanodesu~ Thanks for the chapters~

  21. FTxNexus says:

    Am I the only one bothered about how they glossed over deaths so casually?

    • Uni says:

      Meat has a good reason not to mind it.
      Ichika did get her own share of sausages and she cares more about food than people.
      Well kehma not pulling a I’m a pacifist japanese from peaceful japan does seem like he is lacking empathy though.

    • CreamBeast says:

      they are treat (DP) for the dungeon so.. just think you have some fish pet and then they died by another fish or other reason and you decide to cook them after. it’s how they treat the people around them.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the chapter! 🙂

  23. Darkness23 says:

    Who is that!? Is that really rokuko!? T_T she learned very well and mature thanks to keima *sniff*
    Thanks for the chap ~
    And 200th chap milestone is complete let’s celebrate people!!!

  24. Uni says:

    Is kehma turning into an idiot for sleeping less than 24 hours a day or is it just Rokuko getting smarter?
    A 9ball rokuko is good but a smart one is fine too.

  25. A random passerby says:

    wondering what rei increased with 50000 dp….her attack should still be technically 0. xD

  26. Philippe Spalla says:

    thanks for the chapter XD

  27. BlitzRazor says:

    Thanks for the entertainment

  28. LDM Addict says:

    *sniff* *sniff* me want new LDM chapter 🙁
    Been over a week since this chapter… my LDM energy supply is running low… shutting down…

    Help me LDM translator! You are my only hope!

  29. Percutio says:

    Rokuko’s growing up 😀

  30. justreadingnovels says:

    Thanks for the Hard-work!!

  31. Andy says:

    Rei has more than 0 attack now! Yay!

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