Deliberately, Kirito closed his Skills list. And forced a smile. “I think I found a bug.”
Even the best beta-tester hadn’t gotten past the eighth level. <<Stheno’s Cave>> was well beyond that. And <<The Lonely Gorgon>> was a complicated quest. You had to be able to sneak. You had to be able to fight. You had to be able to recognize and slip past the <<Magical Wards>> on the <<Scarlet Wizard’s Library,>> and then you had to be able to read enough <<Common>> and <<Draconic>> to puzzle out which of the ancient tomes was his <<Bestiary.>> And then you had to put together tales, rumors, and Stheno’s own words to figure out something that might work, and search the wilderness for <<Obsidian Shards>> a mage-crafter could polish into protective lenses. Which required the Survival Skill, at a level most people just didn’t have yet. He wouldn’t have leveled it nearly this high so early, if the first Martial Arts Skill quest hadn’t somehow led to a continuing quest line. Every few levels, he’d run into his old teacher again, and Vincent Valentine was a ghost in the wilderness.
You needed all of that. And all the while you had to be devious, so the locals wouldn’t realize you were trying to be friendly with the man-eating medusa outside town….
Except the Bestiary said medusas didn’t eat people. Stheno was a killer, yes. Cannibal monster, no. The Scarlet Wizard had to know that.
So why does everyone think she is?
Something to worry about later. The key problem here was, he’d completed a quest meant for an entire adventuring party. And somehow, the developers had missed the possibility that a solo might do it.
The Sorcery Skill should have been dumped on a magic-user, Kirito thought ruefully. But I was the only one here. So….
What a mess.