BTOG 271 – The abandoned city at the bottom of the lake, S≠Trillia.

April 3, 2023


Yes, this is a city swallowed by the abyss and abandoned.
A place of repose for the souls of the dead.

Sleeping quietly in the depths of the city is one of the Seven Star Kings, Tengen Tenki, the water dragon king, the guardian of the hidden treasures of Iris.

After the Kishin once destroyed the world, people once again built a civilization on the shattered world.

S≠Trillia once soared and then fell to the ground.

One day 700 years ago.

Too suddenly, the earth fell.

An extreme earth collapse phenomenon.

And what was born from it was an enormous void, with a length of hundreds to thousands of meters wide.

All the people who lived in the abandoned city at the bottom of the lake were killed by the impact of the fall, and all that remained was a luxurious town that was half destroyed by the impact.

The grudge and curse against the unreasonableness of sudden death created a different space that rejects everything, and an abandoned city at the bottom of a lake was born.

 Protected by the vast amount of water, the truth is hidden.

 One shall not forget the tragedy of the abandoned city.

 Just as there is one who rules the heavens.

 Just as there is one who rules the earth.

 Just as there is one who slumbering in the great sea.

 Also as one who swallows the earth of the bottom of a lake.

There is something that crawls into the unseen depths of the earth, which still continues to chip away at the world to this very moment.

I arrived at the abandoned city at the lake’s bottom safely, and I was reading the texts inscribed on the stone monument that will be used as a warp point in the future.

“Hmm, I see… so basically, a big mole-like creature dug a bunch of holes, which caused the ground to sink and created the lake known as Water Dragon Abyss, right?”

“It’s tattered, though.”

The city is a beautiful lake-bottom city where a spell is placed to prevent the invasion of water.
If this place were to sink to the bottom of the lake without damage, this could be mistaken for a dragon’s palace.

So this is the former Trillia.
The abandoned city at the bottom of the lake, S≠Trillia.

This is an abandoned city made of sparkling crystals.
The majority of the city’s buildings were crystal-decorated and shaped, and it remained beautiful even after all of its functions as a city had been over.

However, a closer inspection of the city reveals that it has been defended with siege-class armaments.
The main part of the city as a fortress city may have been prepared more in the city’s heart, and the visible part could have become a living area.

“It’s really beautiful, though.
I wonder how many NPCs died here.”

<[insert prayer here].>

“ahaha, Indeed.”

The number of NPCs killed by the Shuten who physically destroyed at least three races and 50 percent of the world is immeasurable.

So yeah, if you compare it to one city, destruction is not even funny.

Looking at this, I cannot help but wonder if the entity that devoured the earth and created the Water Dragon abyss is still alive somewhere in the world.

If that is so, then the same catastrophe will happen somewhere else, right?

“That’s for sure not a scary thought… well, whatever, because now that we’re done with the death penalty, it’s time to go exploring!”

The reason I didn’t go exploring and stayed in the safe zone was simply that I hadn’t gotten rid of the death penalty for diving and dying earlier.
While you’re in the penalty time, you become weak.

“I hope I don’t end up in combat or something as soon as I get out of the safe zone.”

< That’s a flag>

< She’s done it.>

{jinx it in english}

“No, no, it’s impossible that the situation will turn out like in manga.
And by they way, this safe zone is very wide.
No wonder there were no monsters sighted in town.”

The safe zone was shaped like a circle around the fountain square at the back of the main gate, about a 100-meter walk away.

I thought it was only near the main gate of the city, so it was strange that I couldn’t see any monsters around the main gate.

“Let’s turn right for now…”

Right in the middle of the fountain square.
I’m not sure if it was tilted when the city fell, but we were heading downhill, and from this vantage point, I could see the monsters circling the safety zone.

The safe zone functions as a ward; while inside, the monster cannot attack you, but you cannot attack them either.

When I approached it with enough time, I discovered it to be a faceless human-like monster.
It was most likely the remnants of people who used to live in this town, based on the clothes it was wearing.

Its appearance, which is too much like an ordinary NPC to be called a monster, might make some people a little hesitant to attack it.
I’m fine with it, though.

[Lost City Ghost Lv 105]

“It’s strong!”

This is the first level 100+ monster I’ve seen aside from Nocturne.

Moreover, they are not single monsters.
Just from a quick glance, there are so many of them that if you start a battle here now, you will have to deal with four of them at the same time.

So this is the lowest level of difficulty in this dungeon.
The recommended level of 100 is not a joke.

“Okay, Ghost Buster Sukuna, on duty!”

< She’s jumping in happily, isn’t she?>

“That’s may be right, but it does happen!”

There were four level 105 monsters that we had never seen before.
There is no room for carelessness.

At a quick glance, they don’t move that fast.
If I concentrate, I should be able to handle them.

“First one who moves will secure the victory!”

I hit the girl ghost on the leftmost side with a full swing to the head since this one is slightly separated from the other three monsters.

Its HP has been reduced only by 30%, considering that my status has increased by 1.4 due to the race-specific equipment.
My hit is equivalent to a player of level 140, so this implies that this monster’s HP is quite big.

However, the sensation conveyed by my hit was ‘wetter’ than I expected, and the sensation of having struck a human being remained clearly on my hand.

“This feeling is more of that zombie than ghost, isn’t it? what a bad after taste.”

Well, normal people don’t know what it feels like to hit a human being, so they probably don’t know or care much about it.

But even while I’m thinking, I’m not stopping.
I use my hands to ward off the scratching of the adult male ghost, which attacks more quickly than any of the other four and kicks it in the stomach.


I had already guessed it when I punched the one earlier, but these guys are so heavy.

If we talk about how much they weigh as humans, they probably weigh about 300 kilograms.

Unlike in the real world, mass does not always translate into damage, but it certainly makes them harder to parry or blow away.

“Yes… this is great.”

Despite their high level, the ghost only charged and attacked, so I deflected its hand and closed in for a full-power strike.
I grabbed the momentarily suspended ghost’s arm and slammed it down with a back suplex.

The impact of a fall increases with the mass of the object, so throwing techniques are very effective if you have enough power.
As expected, the male adult ghost was stunned.

While the ghost was unable to move, I hit it in the face with kanabou and followed up with an attack that had the added power of the Ouma attack, which made it stronger.

“Take thi–…!!!”

While I was wondering whether I should keep my distance and hit and away or pack it in all at once, something flew from a different direction from the three in front of me.

It was magic that sent purple liquid flying.
I wonder if it’s a poison type of thing because it’s left a sizzling sound where it landed.

When I looked at the second floor of the building, I saw a ghost who looked like an adventurer, different from the four in front of me who looked like ordinary citizens.

Its name is [Lost City Seeker].
He must have been an adventurer who died with the civilian when this city was destroyed.

“And what is that?”

Furthermore, from the opposite side, there’s the ghost that was launching an attack with a bow.
I thought about grabbing it but saw that it was coated with something, so I chose to evade it.

That’s six of them.
They were tougher than the normal ghost, and I hadn’t even killed one normal ghost yet, and the number of enemies only increased quickly.

I had a bad feeling and involuntarily released my all-senses limiter.

“No… wa-wait, this is ……!”

There, there, also there.

They are everywhere, and finally, the sound reaches my ears.

The number of people who lived there when the city fell.
Or the tourists who visited there, and even the workmen like adventurers.

I knew this was bound to happen, but still, it was far more than I had expected.

“This city is full of monsters!?”

Just within earshot, I could tell there were thousands of them.

Even if I narrowed it down to just the area where the sound of our battle would reach, there were 23 monsters.

I finally understand why Melty said I was a bad match for this dungeon.

It would be difficult to conquer this place without at least one wide-range annihilation-type attacker.
This is a hellish dungeon with more than 100,000 ghosts.

They kept increasing, it was four, then five, then six, and it kept continuing.

I killed two, but four came filling the fallen spot.
Then eight, ten, thirteen, seventeen, twenty-three, they just keep increasing!

My speed to defeat them cannot catch up with the rate they appear, and they keep increasing their number without any apparent limit.

This is the brutal power of numbers that have already passed a point of unreasonableness.

This is the hospitality of S≠Trillia, an abandoned city at the bottom of a lake.

“Fufufu, FUAHAHA~.”

I am horrified by the number of gazes directed at me.

Using the ghost’s body as a scaffold, I take advantage of the building’s edges and protruding crystal shards.

Sometimes using their attack as a springboard, I soar through the skies of the abandoned city.

This is not a battle to fill the hopeless gap in strength like when I fought Melty.

I am the strongest here.

This is a battle to subdue the grudges of the countless ghosts who are stirring to drag me down.

“Ahaha~ahahaaha!” I can’t contain the laughter that’s pouring out of me.

A chill runs down my spine.

My concentration is heightened.
My sight and hearing are fully released.

My ecstatic mind coexisted with a soberingly focused head.

“Let’s see which one is first, it’s either my concentration will break or there won’t be enough of you.”

A battle against the brutality of numbers in which even a millimeter of carelessness is not tolerated.

At that time, the Seeker Ghost shot the arrow that it had been preparing, and that was the signal of my battle.

“Bring it on! Let me see you try!!” {that’s a standard villain dialog…}

This was the longest battle since the beginning of WLO.

A fierce endurance battle with a total duration of 257 minutes will begin.


By the way, the appointment to meet up with Rinne is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

Tl note: she’s totally late, isn’t she?

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