I hated myself.
I hated how I made everyone hate me.
I was so big and had so much strength, but I couldn’t protect anything. No matter what I did, I would hurt someone. I would destroy everything around me.
I hated all of that.
And I thought about quitting.
No matter how hard I tried, I could never reach any kind of results.
But I found something even I could do.
I finally ran across it.
So I won’t lose. No matter who I’m up against.
I simply can’t lose.
Let us review the basic information.
The red armored Holy Swordswoman had long hair that started out silver at the base and grew red toward the end. Boo Boo was the Iberian Orc she knew. He was nearly 4 meters tall and fought with a beloved club-shaped Shining Weapon that resembled a thick steel beam.
And that Shining Weapon apparently contained the digitized souls of more Iberian Orcs.
It had all begun when the humans had attacked the Iberian Orc village, but one of the humans had apparently not approved of their orders. Her obligations had prevented her from fully rejecting those orders, but she had left behind a slight hope of rescue by sealing the killed Iberian Orcs’ souls in the Shining Weapon and leaving it with young Boo Boo, the sole survivor.
It was still unknown how to free those souls.
But some Magic that made it possible might exist at the far end of the Magic tree diagram.
As a Nonhuman, Boo Boo could not use Magic even with the Shining Weapon.
The human girls could learn Magic, but there was a limit to the Experience Points they could earn while exploring the Labyrinth.
But what if they joined forces?
What if they could choose to wash away that past resentment?
Only then could they possibly reach the world that someone had hoped for when leaving that thin, thin thread of possibility with Boo Boo. Only then could they possibly reach an age in which humans and Iberian Orcs could freely smile and live together.
In a Grandnir forest, the 4 meter pig-faced Iberian Orc named Boo Boo sat on a giant mushroom called a Table Shroom. He had only just returned from the surface after 2 days exploring the Labyrinth.
The silver and red haired Holy Swordswoman named Beatrice who had been on his Party smiled bitterly as she rubbed his back.
She displayed a map using fire illusion Magic.
“Look, Boo Boo. If you’re going to rest, why not get back home first?”
“But I’m so tired…”
If he wanted to, he could defeat a 1000-meter Dragon by swinging around his Shining Weapon which looked like a log or steel beam, but the Labyrinth was different.
The fluffy blond-haired White Witch named Filinion (who wore glasses and had endlessly large breasts) and the short green-haired Fighter Priest named Armelina (who was known for being tall with a flat chest) came to a stop to see what was up.
“Well, there aren’t any living creatures in the Labyrinth. Only the Gimmick contraptions and the Traps. When he can’t hunt, Boo Boo’s ravenous appetite can be a bit of a problem.”
“That’s a real problem we need to address in the future. 80% of what he carried was food, but it didn’t even last halfway.”
In addition to the Treasure, the Labyrinth (completely inexplicably) had areas with herbs growing from the floor or wall and the occasional pizza or dried meat lying around. (Had some other human dropped it?) However, that was not enough to fill a 4 meter orc’s stomach.
“We were reliant on your Mixing toward the end there, Filinion. Boo Boo might really have passed out without your Magic Meat.”
“Heh. Heh heh. I used up all my Painful Alraune, Universal Water, Transformation Branches, and even the ultra rare Protective Mistletoe, but it only made one hunk of meat… That felt like it completely ignored the principle of equivalent exchange… Eh heh heh.”
The White Witch laughed softly and fell into melancholy.
It had apparently cost enough for her shoulders to tilt diagonally and her glasses to slip down
Beatrice used her fire illusion Magic to draw a few square frames and lines in the air. Boo Boo was undeniably powerful in battle, but no matter how many times she calculated it out, his rate of food consumption was abnormally high. Getting the cost effectiveness right would be a task for a later date.
Boo Boo sat on the dirt ground and swung his thick arms.
“And those passageways are too narrow. I don’t even remember how many times my stomach got caught.”
“But you also broke right through the walls to travel straight across the floor, so I think that one cancels out.”
“Yes, yes. There is a lot we still need to get used to, but if you add it all up, I think Boo Boo ends up being a major benefit.”
“Ah, wait!!” frantically shouted Beatrice.
After all, White Witch Filinion had recovered from her desperation and started rubbing up against seated Boo Boo’s chest.
His bestial scent had to be powerful, but the glasses girl did not seem to mind.
“Ahh, it’s a relief to have such a strong shield or tank or whatever. Beatrice and Armelina are supposed to be the vanguard, but they’re so obsessed with fighting that they never listen when I tell them to protect their rear guard healer. I’ve always been left alone as I try to Mix things. But now we finally have a solid wall who is enough of a gentleman to worry about the rear guard!!”
“Yeah, yeah. I’ll protect you next time, so get away from Boo Boo!”
“Beatrice, if you get anywhere near me when you’re going all out, you’ll probably accidentally blow me to smithereens, so no thank you. Boo Boo is so much more reliable because he only uses physical attacks without any Magic at all.”
“You’re the type that latches onto anyone useful and gets as much out of them as you can, aren’t you? What a pain. You’re like a slot machine bonus round that can’t actually be won.”
They continued their lunchtime restroom talk while walking down the forest path. They were headed to Boo Boo’s house in the mountain instead of the inn town which had been built for short lodging or the exchange of information and materials.
Boo Boo’s house was not particularly close to the Labyrinth’s entrance, but they had a simple reason to go out of their way to visit.
“Under Lake 31 had a largescale exploration plan, so…yeah, they’ll definitely be there.”
“There’s an underground profession known as loot robbers who attack people who are exhausted after returning. They’ll be waiting at the entrance to the inn town or in front of the medical, lodging, or Mixing shops. Having you with us has honestly been a lot of help, Boo Boo.”
Boo Boo’s house acted as a second home for them and it had an ideal location near a river but far enough away to not get caught in any flooding. It was really more of a tent with a triangular silhouette made from large tropical leaves, but it was quite large since it had to contain all of 4m Boo Boo’s tossing and turning at night.
And before entering that tent-like house, Beatrice noticed something and came to a stop.
“Huh? There are a lot less vegetables in the garden.”
An area of ground was separated out with a simple fence alongside the house. It should have contained all sorts of colorful fruits only seen in Grandnir, but it was clearly missing something. About half of it was gone.
White Witch Filinion, the guidebook obsessed Mixing expert, looked shocked.
“Oh, wow… You have everything from the all-purpose Molasses Grass and Nyandetta Fruit to the Joyful Belladonna, the Angry Digitalis, and the Sorrowful Sage!! None of this can be grown at the inn town, so you shouldn’t be able to get it without delving into the Flask Flower Garden which overlaps a Break News territory!!”
Hm? Is this stuff really that amazing? wondered Beatrice. She only knew that it included Flat Chest Eggplant, the nemesis of all teenage girls.
Boo Boo did not seem to understand either.
“I don’t really like vegetables much, so I don’t remember what kinds I have or how many.”
“Why do you even have a garden?”
Fighter Priest Armelina looked exasperated.
“It would be such a shame to eat these~ [omission] ~bla bla bla~ [omission] ~All of these herbs start with what we call the All-Purpose Seed and the environmental factors like the soil and water determine which of countless flowers those identical seeds grow into. But when people try to grow them, they end up no better than weeds~ [omission] ~bla bla bla~ [omission] ~So what I’m trying to say is, do you mind if I take these!? Pant, pant!!”
They decided to ignore Filinion as she got all worked up and her glasses fogged over.
“But, Boo Boo, you don’t want people stealing the vegetables you worked to grow, do you?”
“That is how nature works, so it can’t be helped. And the animals that eat the vegetables here will grow and eventually fill my stomach, so it all works out in the end.”
“Hmm, I’m not sure the circle is quite that perfect,” said Armelina.
That was when a new face appeared.
It looked like a girl of about 10 with long silver hair, but she was actually the girl-type Break News named Sutriona. Her only clothing was the black ribbons wrapped around her body, a miniskirt, and the large flower decorations on either side of her head and on her back, so the outfit could be called a ribbon dress. The ribbon dress had been sewn by palm-sized Fairies from the silk of the Ground Spider, so the skirt bloomed like a living flower and the cloth mysteriously moved just enough to keep anyone from seeing up her skirt no matter how vigorously she moved around.
“Oh, so you’re back, Boo Boo! Since you’re home, hurry up and make me some food. I’m so sick of the food my caretaker shrine maidens make. I’m in the mood for one of your super wild roasts!!”
The humans’ all gave her suspicious looks and Boo Boo alone remained puzzled, so the paradox with a soul flinched back.
“Wh-what? Why are you all looking at me like I’m a thief?”
“I can’t think of a better suspect for the one arrogantly swiping Boo Boo’s food while he was gone.”
It was kind Boo Boo who helped her out.
“Stop it, everyone. If she was hungry, then it can’t be helped. I don’t care about the vegetables in the garden. Even if Sutriona ate them, it was only a part of nature, so we can’t blame her for it.”
That was the finishing blow.
Sutriona was viewed as something like a god in how she was revered and longed after as the fairy queen, but she finally caught on when she saw the sad state of the garden.
“Wait! Wait just a second!! It wasn’t me. The only plants I’ll pick and eat are Crimson Heaven Flowers. I rarely eat vegetables, so I would have no reason to steal them!”
“I don’t really like vegetables either.”
“You two, let’s find time later for some intense training to overcome that dislike.”
Boo Boo and Sutriona trembled at Beatrice’s frightening announcement, but they had not forgotten the main point at hand.
“Look! There are footprints in the garden dirt. Do you see that kind of paw pads on my feet!? See, it wasn’t me!”
“Hmm, they look like cat prints.”
Filinion was relaxed and Armelina cut in from the side.
“No, wait. The vegetable stalks here were clearly cut with some kind of blade. Would a cat or dog use that kind of tool? And do pure cats even exist in Grandnir???”
“Sutriona says she likes to go around the inn town pretending to be human, so she probably heard someone talking about cats and faked it.”
Everyone but Boo Boo gave the fairy queen suspicious looks.
Generally, the circumstances were not taken into account when it came to clever intellectual crimes.