LDM – Chapter 201

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The Interview

 

As I waited in the owner’s room, I heard a knock at the door.
It looks like the two part-timers arrived.

“Come in.”

When I gave permission for them to enter…

“Excuse me~!”
“Excuse me.”

The door swung open rather vigorously, and a dog entered with a… rabbit? I don’t know for sure, but an olive brown-eared, big boobed, animal-eared adventurer in a gym uniform entered alongside a blonde dog-eared girl with glasses who wore a white doctor’s robe. Both of their ears were tipped with white fur.
They’d changed out of the maid cosplay outfit that was the inn’s uniform, but what was with their current outfits? Their characters are deep from the start, oi.

“… Amazing looks you two have going there.”
“Nkyuu! These clothes are super easy to move in! Found them in the dungeon!” [1]
“Yeah, it’s the same for me. These feel considerably functional. They might have cost several gold coins if I bought them in the Imperial Capital.”

Ah, come to think of it, I put those as dungeon treasures huh. Gym clothes, doctor robes, glasses, that sort of stuff. I didn’t think that anyone would actually wear them though, but it is a fact that the Imperial Capital does sell stuff weird stuff like these… eh? Wait. Why did I suddenly feel a chill down my back?
Eh, well, alright. It’s our first meeting, so I’ll start with a self introduction.

“I’m Kehma, this village’s Village Chief and working as a secretary to the inn’s owner. Sorry for not being able to participate in the interview from a few days ago, but I had some business to take care of at the time. Umm, sorry, what are your names?”
“I’m Setsuna—a grappler. You look tired?” [2]
“I’m Nayuta, an alchemist. Pleased to meet you, Village Chief-san. Do you want medicine that would allow you to work for twenty-three hours a day?”

… What sort of demonic medicine is that? Heck no! Also, isn’t stuff like that addictive?

“It’s just some nutritious drinks, there aren’t any side effects. An energy drink for concentration and a stamina drink for endurance. Its effects are weaker than a potion’s though, so the amount it recovers isn’t quite as visible, but its cost performance is great. Anyone can make use of an alchemist with some skill to them.”

Sounds wicked. In various meanings.

“Let’s see, you two were adventurers right? Why are you here?”
“We walked here!”

Not that.
As I held back my retort to Setsuna’s immediate response, Nayuta answered.
It’ll probably be better to listen to her explanation.

“Umm, I’m in a party with my sister, but our original plan was to pass through here and head to Sia. Then when we got to the village, it was way bigger than the info we had about it said. The dungeon was unexpectedly great, so we decided to earn a bit from it. As you see, we got something good.”

Looks like suddenly changing your plans like that is common for adventurers. Not many of them plan things out too thoroughly. When it looks like they can earn money somewhere, they do. When it looks like they can’t, they pass on by.
A very undecided schedule, huh.

“… Hmm. So, you’re sisters? You look fairly different though?”
“My sister and I have different fathers. We’re half-sisters… I’d be happy if you didn’t ask about our family matters too much.”

Sisters with a different father huh… Looks like they have a complicated background, probably shouldn’t touch on that subject.
By the way, contrasting Nayuta’s golden retriever-like blonde hair, Setsuna has some seriously beast-like brown hair.

“By the way, although I’m a dog beastkin, my sister is half dog half rabbit. Most often, beastkin will become one of their parents’ kind, but although rarely, mixes can be born too.”
“Dograbbit. I’m a rare mixed breed!”

With that, Setsuna turned around and showed me her tail. It really did look like it was averaged out between a rabbit’s an a dog’s.
Beastkin mixed breeds. So those exist? Now that she mentions it, I can see Nayuta’s bushy dog tail even from her front, but I couldn’t see Setsuna’s tiny fluff until she turned around.
I wonder if a cat and dog would make a catdog, or a lion and tiger a liger…
Now I kind of want to know, would a horse and deer make an idiot? [3]

“Is it alright if I ask why you two became adventurers?”
“Nkyuu, Nayuta, you explain.”
“It’s not much of a story. Our village was extinguished by monsters. Common enough right? Ah, you should be careful about that black wolf.”
“A-ah, the black wolf? It came last winter. I don’t know if it’ll come again.”
“… Is that so.”

Nayuta furrowed her brows, fixing the position of her glasses as though to conceal it.
If Rin were here, it could help out with making a setting where they get their revenge in the dungeon.
I don’t know what would happen after that though.

“So, what do you think about working at our inn?”
“It’s great! There’s lots of tasty stuff and we even have time to go into the dungeon.”
“We’d be thankful if you decide to continue employing us for a while. There are various rare magic tools you can get from the dungeon that I’m super interested in as an alchemist. You even got the register and massage chair from it right?”
“Yeah. I’ll hire you to continue working, but if you want, would you like to be employed here permanently and settle down here? There aren’t many young female adventurers, the village would welcome you.”

Currently, the ratio between men and women in Golen Village is around seven-to-three. That’s including our inn.
Most adventurers are men to start with. There are people who migrated from Sia with their wives, but I should be making it possible for the villagers to be able to look for marriage partners as the Village Chief yeah?

“That sounds good too, the food here is amazing. What do you think, Nayuta?”
“Right, I’ll think about it. This place could be our base we settle down in.”

I didn’t expect much, but it looks like they’ll mostly willing.

“Other than that, do you have any requests or questions? Like a wage raise, things like that.”
“Free meals and inn fees are enough for wages… My sister eats a lot, so it’s really helpful.”
“Nkyuu, I’m ashamed. Sorry for being a no-good sisteeeeer…”
“Yeah yeah. I do have a question, though… who is Kuro-senpai? A brilliant assassin? Ahh, umm, you don’t have to answer if it’s something that would risk our lives if you did. I was just a little curious since we have the same ears. It’s really strange that she’s able to fight us head on at that age.”
“Kuro-chan’s super strong! She’s still growing, she’ll almost definitely be an A-Rank adventurer in the future!”
“Ahh, yep. Well, even I don’t really know.”

Kuro, that is, Meat Kuroinu’s origin is unknown even to me, her master. I just know that she’s a dog eared beastkin. Judging by her hair and eye color, I do think she has some hero blood in her though.
At any rate, she’s currently giving 160 DP a day right now. She’s even worth way more than the 85 DP Gozoh, who’s our village’s adventurer representative, is giving. I could get just how abnormal she is from that alone. How’d she get like this? Is she talent personified?

“Right, I haven’t asked about your ranks have I? What are they?”
“We’re both C-Rank. I think we’re as strong as B-Ranks though. We just haven’t taken the promotion exam.”
“Aristocrats are people with tons of troublesome things. You get a lot of taxes when you become B-Rank, so it’s easier to just stay at C-Rank and not be tied down by that stuff. Especially as a beastkin, there’s lots of countries that are annoying about it.”

So it’s like that huh. It feels like I’ve understood the reason why there are so many C-Rank adventurers.

After that, the interview turned into an idle chat for a while before we finished.
The idiotic—… the carefree Setsuna, and the firm Nayuta.
They’re irregular in various ways, but they appear to be balanced as sisters. I can’t help but say that they’re good sisters.
However, I strengthened my vigilance towards the two from this interview.

“That Setsuna… her elder sister dodged my question.”

When I asked why they came, she answered saying they walked. It’s a common enough misunderstanding in Japanese. But in English, ‘why’ is a very different word compared to ‘how’.
Is it like that in this world?
I asked Rokuko.

“—Come to think of it, that was a strange answer, wasn’t it?”

Now then, just who are these sisters?

 

Footnotes:
  • Nkyuu = rabbit sound. Return
  • Setsuna introduces herself as ‘Boku (masculine-ish I)’. She also ends most sentences in ‘nano’. Unlike how I see quite a few JP translators handle this, I won’t be tacking on a ‘-nano’ to the end of her sentences. Return
  • Horse + Deer (kanji) = Idiot (Baka) For an explanation on its etymology, check this outReturn

 

Author Note:
* [Japanese -> Translation into other world’s language by the skill -> Re-translate into Japanese with the skill] is SUPER accurate, so even in extreme cases, “Uooooh—!” wouldn’t turn into something like “Fish—!”.


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43 Responses to LDM – Chapter 201

  1. Wine says:

    I just want you to know that’s your works is very appreciated and thanks to you guys is the litterateur culture not limited by the language barrier anymore. That’s really meant a lot. But in short, thanks for the chapters XD

  2. gloom says:

    lol that interview meme right out of my experience.

  3. HapUgMata says:

    damn that meme hits spot on…i was just lucky to easily find this company i am hired…starting to work this monday…

  4. Name says:

    Isn’t there some scam related to the more years of experience than possible? Companies ask for impossible requirements and then when no one in the US can meet them then they are allowed to get a visa to an applicant from India that lies on their application and that accepts lower wages than anyone in the US would

    • Wanna sleep. says:

      I don’t know about if impossible requirement are really a scam.

      In the country I live, there are some company that asks for an experienced engineer, less than 30 years old with five years of experience and from an elite university.

      The catch is that in my country, the minimum years required to graduate are 6 years and an average student from an elite university graduates in 7-8 years.

      And that company is not a shady one. Maybe they only looks for the true elites.

      • Sydt says:

        Yeah. With the minimum wage though…

      • svnhddbst says:

        thing is, all of those careers are actually implying “you better work as an intern or apprentice to get experience before you graduate or you are screwed”. you will be qualified to work as an intern or apprentice for the last 2 or 3 years of your degree, and that’s how you get “graduate at 28 but have 5 years experience by 30”.

    • RoflCat says:

      I don’t know anything about it being a scam or not, but some companies put out that sort of super high standard to cull anyone who only see things at face value.

      The thing is that ‘requirement’ here isn’t actually enforced. A lot of companies actually are willing to give interviews to people who’s got less experience than the requirement, and in the interview they care less about what you do know and more of how willing you are to adapt/can adapt.

      Basically it’s like a teacher putting a question where none of the answers are correct and is just waiting to see how long until a student point that out.

  5. sodemas says:

    Thx in advance for the chapter o/
    and that meme hit spot on T.T

  6. human says:

    Thank you for the chpater.

  7. human says:

    *chapter

  8. Anonymous says:

    Great pic!

  9. Sinner says:

    i went ahead to read LDM by using google TL since our beloved ziru-sama is missing for a few days and damn, my thought was spot on and plus something i didn’t expect to found in novel

    • Dark says:

      Google TL? That’s a slog through murky waters. I get where you’re coming from though. It’s like being Raoul Duke on an adrenochrome trip waiting for the story to continue.

      • sinner says:

        Yeah, my brain hurt when i read it but i got the rough story so i’ll keep waiting for ziru (better story)

    • RoflCat says:

      Yeah, the whole history of Setsuna (including the reveal even later than that) is…interesting to say the least.

      • Darkrai69 says:

        Personally, I’m willing to wait for Ziru to translate it however long it takes. I find that unless you know the language somewhat, it’s not worth trying. Especially if it’s something like Japanese to English with Google Translate. The languages are just too different.

        • Ziru says:

          Even more so for LDM, given that a commonly recurring theme of mistranslations and the subtleties of translation in general. Translation Function-san and the common wordplay makes this series sporadically difficult to translate, haha.

  10. Zeth says:

    Thank you!!!!

  11. Drakuro says:

    well, it seems to be a pretty common trope for a big breasted dog girl to end their sentences with ‘nano’ in every isekai novel

  12. B-Dom says:

    …. Wasn’t it said that Meat was considered an item, thus didn’t give DP? Wonder when that changed.

    • Ziru says:

      … Mmm, I don’t know. I’m pretty sure I didn’t get the translation wrong here, so maybe it was an oversight on the Author’s side? There was a mention a while back that Keima has stopped viewing her as an item and is simply continuing to let Rokuko believe that she is so that she can come into the Master Room.

      クロ、こと、ニク・クロイヌの正体は、俺の奴隷で犬耳の獣人という事以外は不明だ。目と髪の毛の色からして、勇者の血が入ってるんじゃないかとは思うけど。
       なにせ、現在の1日当たりのDPが160DPである。ウチの村の冒険者代表であるゴゾーが1日あたり85DPであることからして、この値の異常さが分かるだろう。どうしてこうなった。才能の塊か。

      While the first sentence of the second line only states “anyhow, current state is 160 DP each day” without a subject, I believe it is continuing the previous line’s subject (Meat). This is then compared to Gozoh, who he states only gives 85 DP per day, winding up at the conclusion that she is rather abnormal.

      Hmm.

      • Dark says:

        I was under the impression that she only earns 0 DP when actively inside Rokuko’s core. Like it doesn’t count as the dungeon’s territory for the purposes of absorbing DP. It’s probably related to how you can’t completely seal a core off from a dungeon or traps and such stop functioning.

    • RoflCat says:

      Kehma ‘convinced’ Rokuko to consider Meat as ‘hug pillow’ previously in order to allow Rokuko to recover her as if she’s an item.

      But once Ichika came into the scene, I think it’s more of slave = property mindset.

      While Rokuko recognizes them as property of Kehma and thus could retrieve them to master room, they are still living being that isn’t officially registered as the dungeon’s roster (not a unique monster, unlike Rei/Nerune/Kinue/Siesta, etc) so they still generate DP.

      It’s if/when they’re officially recognized as a dungeon monster that they stop doing so.

    • CreamBeast says:

      click on “next chapter” and there you get the answer.

      *sorry for the spoiler

      • B-Dom says:

        Odd, I remember reading her still being at 0 when he got Ichika, and she already had combat abilities then…. though I guess that was due to the golem assist?

      • Sean says:

        The next chapter? Oh, so basically after the author wrote this chapter, the people in the comments noticed the error causing the author to remedy it in the next one. Seems to happen a lot in web novels since there aren’t any professional proofreaders to go through it before it’s released.

  13. Oak says:

    Thanks for the chapter

  14. Magnetic magnet says:

    That’s an impressive amount of DP Meat’s giving out.

    Thanks for the chapter.

  15. Tinchen says:

    ty for the chap

  16. A random passerby says:

    thank u for the chapter. i feel some conspiracy aura coming from the 2 sisters

  17. Uni says:

    Kehma making the two settle down as bachelorettes for the males in town… or more like there are too males any female would do just please settle down.
    well there’s the option of summoning humanoids and removing their traits and stats to save on dp like a certain someone who deals 0 critical hit damage.

  18. justreadingnovels says:

    Thanks for the Hard-work!!

  19. MrTrixer says:

    Does meat give DP now? i thought that it wasnt possible cause Rokuro sees her as an item (body pillow), she is counted as a fighting force in the dungeon and.. Well, there were something else i believe but im fairly certain that it was mentioned in the earlier chapters that she doesnt give DP to the dungeon.
    Was i mistaken?

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