Published at 22nd of July 2021 05:15:36 AM

Chapter 39: The Cave King will live a Paradise Life -Becoming the strongest with the mining skill?- Chapter 39

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“Alright, let’s start then…”

I went deep into the caves and started to swing my pickaxe.

And like that, the sounds of metal against rock started to echo throughout the cave.

“…Hmm. This sound really does help me relax.”

to me, Shiel moved its body as if nodding in agreement.

Kamyu came to this island, and then the Leviathan came… There were so many things I had to deal with.

A lot of adjustments would have to be made. And there was still the Leviathan and the remains of all those ships…

That being said, I had only had to stop mining for three days.

And yet it had seemed like an eternity. It just showed that I needed to be mining in order to maintain my sanity.

But now, I should be able to concentrate on it… That’s what I thought

After all, now that the island residents had exceeded 100, I had decided to have leaders in every department.

First, there had to be someone who led the island in terms of governing… Someone like the prime minister in the palace I used to live in. And that role was given to Baris.

At first, Baris refused to accept it, but when he saw that the others supported this motion, he finally accepted it.

As for dealing with smaller problems and finding solutions, similar to a judge, that would also be Baris’s job.

However, more important matters would still be brought to me.

, we needed someone to be in charge of food and clothing. Rienna accepted this post.

In my old country, this would be something like the department of agriculture.

Aside from that, Rienna would act as a representative for me, when I wasn’t on the surface.

So if I was the king, she was a regent or governor-general.

Erevan was in charge of the island’s defense, which made him the minister of defense.

The Golems and guards would obey him and protect the island from outside attacks.

Ashton and Haines would support him. They would help maintain the peace and also be in charge of hunting the Killer Birds.

I suppose they were like peacemakers for disputes.

And then, there was Kamyu.

As she was very skilled with ships, she had a wide range of responsibilities that concerned the sea.

If a battle ever erupted at sea, it would be Kamyu, and not Erevan who would take command.

In a way, she was the chief of the navy.

Also, due to a strong personal request she made, she was also appointed the Minister of Sheorl Fashion.

Just as before, Mappa was in charge of the smithy.

And while he did not speak, he was able to instruct the other monsters through demonstrations.

And it seemed to be effective, as the others were slowly starting to be able to make high-quality tools.

…Now that I thought of it, everyone was pretty much doing what they always had been, except for Kamyu…

Without me having to say anything, Taran continued to make webs and Shiel continued to transport materials.

As for construction work, I told the others to discuss it and build whatever they wanted.

As for me… I called myself the Minister of the Cave.

As the name implied, it was a random and vague title that suggested I was in charge of matters related to the cave.

Well, such was the setup that now allowed me to dig to my heart’s content.

It wasn’t that the work related to the surface was too much trouble for me to bother with.

It was just about finding the right people for the job.

Besides, if something did happen, I wasn’t going to leave everything to the others.

This was just how things would run when everything was normal.

And so I cheerfully swung my pickaxe.

“It’s been so long since I was able to do this without having to worry about anything else…”

The Golems would detect any danger that befell the other miners, and they would protect them.

And Cave King meant I didn’t have to worry about the cave collapsing.

The only thing that bothered me a little, was the distance to the entrance.

It was getting longer every day. Currently, it took about 15 minutes to get back.

Going down was fine, as we could ride on Shiel and slide down. However, it was different when going back up.

And while the slimes and Cave Spiders still carried us, I felt bad about making them rush.

They were doing enough already, by making it easier for us to get back.

The first thing I thought of that could help, was a carriage.

If we used donkeys, then they wouldn’t have any trouble even with the slopes…

However, there were no donkeys on this island.

I would have to give this problem more thought.

Perhaps I could do something with the Crystals and other ore?

Maybe Mappa and the others would have some ideas.

Either that or I might find a new stone that could help…

Such were the thoughts in my head as I continued to swing my pickaxe.

Just then, I heard a voice calling from behind me.

“Ah, Lord Heal! There you are!”

When I turned around, I saw a pretty girl with short black hair waving her hand at me.

For a second, I was about to ask if I knew her, but then I realized that it was Fule, a former goblin.

Like Rienna, she had used an Ascending Stone and now looked human and could use magic.

She had long bangs that covered one of her eyes, but had well-defined features that I couldn’t help but be surprised when looking at her.

That being said, I answered like I always had.

“Fule. What’s the matter?”

“Yes. It’s about Ril…uh…”

Fule said. Then the small, white kobold baby appeared on her shoulder.

While Ril was small, she was already standing on two legs now.

And in her hands, was a cute, small pickaxe.

To me, it was about the size of a pen.


The Cave King will live a Paradise Life -Becoming the strongest with the mining skill?-


However, it was likely made of Mithril and a branch of the World Tree. Which meant that it was hardly a toy.


“Ril. You can already stand up, huh? Did Mappa make that for you?”


Ril didn’t nod at this, but Fule did.


“Mister Mappa made it. And she’s been hitting the ground with it ever since. And so Miss Rienna suggested that I take her down here.”

“I see… Ril. Do you want to dig with that?”


Though, I didn’t think she would understand what I was saying.


However, she seemed to have guessed, judging by the situation, and so she nodded.


“…Alright then. Though I do think it’s a little early, I’ll give you the benefit of ‘Cave King’ as well.”


And then the Advisor’s voice rang in my head.


<<There is a tamable monster. Will you tame it?>>


…Do it.


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<<Naming complete. You have tamed Ril.>>


Once it was done, Ril looked surprised as she started to look around the cave.


Apparently, the surprise was due to suddenly being able to see white lights all over the walls.


However, Fule was also surprised.


“Huh? It’s suddenly become so much brighter?”


As I looked at her with puzzlement, the Advisor continued.


<<As your proficiency in each level has been raised, the ‘Cave King’ crest has gone up to Rank 3.>>


I had heard similar words when I tamed Taran the Cave Spider.

Does that mean I have more abilities now?


<<As you are now Rank 3, the effects of Cave King have been raised and expanded.>>


Oh. And so what can I do now?


<<The mining assistance feature has improved. You can now use mining optimization outside of the cave.>>


In other words, these glowing white lights should appear outside of the cave as well.

That really was quite useful.


<<Furthermore, monsters that you’ve tamed will be able to use the Nightvision feature.>>


I see. So that was the reason that Ril and Fule were surprised. Everything looked brighter to them.

Up until now, they had relied on the torches made of the Shining Stones. But it was now just as bright in here as it was outside. So it was no wonder they were surprised.


“It looks like everyone can use these abilities now.”

“So this is the ‘Nightvision’ that you were talking about…it’s amazing.”

“Right? It’s like being outside… In any case, now we won’t have to use the Shining Stones anymore.”


Though, having them made the area even brighter.

And since there was no shortage, I decided to keep them in place, for Mappa’s sake.


Well, he would come down here, even if it was completely dark…


Fule turned to me.


“…Now it will be even easier to dig! In fact, I came down here to do just that.”

“I see. Want to dig together? Ril too.”


Fule nodded eagerly.


“I want to find something even better than what I did last time!”

“Oh? Have you become addicted to mining too?”

“Yes! So many interesting things come out when you dig here. Besides, father says I should come down here in order to gain favor!”

“Huh? Favor? What does he mean by that?”

“Isn’t it obvious? I look like this now. And since you’re the king of the island, who wouldn’t want to gain favor?”


In other words…he wanted me to consider her as a candidate for marriage…?

No, no. It was impossible to believe someone as tough and strong as Fule would have eyes for someone like me.

However, there was not a lot of room for interpretation, considering what was said.

But more importantly, there was someone else I was fond of…


And so I stood there, looking a little embarrassed.


On the other hand, Fule looked completely unconcerned as she shouted, ‘I’m going to do my best!’ and started swinging her pickaxe.

As if to try and match her energy, Ril began to hit the wall with her tiny pickaxe as well.


And so I shook the thoughts out of my head and started to instruct Ril on how to mine.

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