"Come back when you're stronger."

The man said as he slammed the door shut in front of me. With a sigh, I gripped the strap of my backpack closer to me as I left the place. This is the twentieth time that an exploration Familia rejected me on the spot. Of course, for someone who wanted to become an Adventurer joining strong exploration Familias like Freya Familia, Loki Familia and several others were the first and preferable choices for a newcomer like me.

But it seems that they wanted members that they deemed worthy within a first glance and I sadly didn't fit the bill, stating that I don't look "particularly strong and handsome" or I look "dull, uninteresting, and plain" for them.

Those were their opinions about me and frankly, this didn't deter me from my goal of becoming an adventurer and explore the Dungeon that the city of Orario was famous for. A city where most gods and goddesses resided after having descended from Heaven and where the structure called Dungeon where monsters spawned and adventurers made a living off of hunting them and gathering magic stones...

I heard many things about this place from my grandfather back at home. He would also regale me with tales about this place when I was a child back then and it really got me intrigued ever since. I mean, for someone who had retained memories of his past lives after being reincarnated into this world it really piqued my interest.

So after helping managing the farm back at home for almost fifteen years, I decided to take my chances but...

It seems that luck wasn't on my side.

Having spent my entire day in the city without any progress, I sat on one of the benches placed around Armor Square while looking at the remaining money I have in my bean bag. I only have 10 valis remaining, an amount which can't afford any lodgings for tonight. Glancing at the reddish sky, the sun was almost retreating behind the horizon.

*RRRRGGGG*

I rubbed my tummy as it concocted an audible sound.

"I guess I have no choice then, huh?"

Standing up, I immediately purchased several small rye bread worth of 10 valis from a bakeshop. Picking up the paper bag, I started munching some into my mouth as I exited the square. If I remember it correctly, there was supposed to be an abandoned church somewhere around here. Maybe I could spend the night there.

After a quick trip, I arrived at the abandoned church. My brown eyes roamed around the entire structure of the building, noticing the chipped off parts of each segment and the discoloration of the layered paint. I slowly entered inside the building and I can see nothing but broken church chairs scattered all over the place as if it was hit by a storm inside.

Now glancing at the entire chamber, this place doesn't look bad. I could literally make this place my home for the time being despite it being somewhat rugged using my "magic". Yes, this can do.

"Ehem!"

Hearing a cough, I slowly turned towards the church's entrance. There stood a woman with a petite figure crossing her. Her hair which was dyed in black was tied into two twin tails which reach down to her mid thighs, adorned with blue and white petals along with bell shaped ornaments accessories. Her attire is consist of a white mini dress with a blue ribbon around her neck and one tied under her breasts around her arms, a pair of white gloves encased her hands and arms, and a pair of white flip-flops adorned her feet.

She was looking at me with her bluish eyes, both of her arms folded in front of her making her already busty assets to be more pronounced. If I have to be honest to myself, she's a very attractive woman with a killer body considering that her small frame really do compliment her buxom figure in a way that it looks appealing yet disturbing at the same time.

"What are you doing in my home?"

She asked as she slowly walked inside the room. So this place is already taken, huh? I could only scratch my cheek as I try to absorb what she said. Hmm... I guess I would need to find some other place to wait out the incoming night.

"Ah, I'm sorry if I intrude your abode without warning. I was thinking of resting here for the night but I didn't expect that someone already owned this abandoned church. I'm really sorry."

To emphasize my sincerity, I bowed my head.

"You don't have a place to stay?"

Hearing her words of inquisition, I raised my my head and began to spoke.

"Yes. I am Kishinami Hakuno, an aspiring Adventurer hailing from the Far East. I traveled all the way the here to become an Adventurer but I still haven't joined any Familia. Well, I mean, all the Familia I tried to enter didn't want me so- eh?"

An audible sound of bewilderment escaped from my lips as I find my hands immediately held by the woman who was now in front of me all of a sudden. Her blue eyes were glimmering as she portrayed an excited expression all over her face.

"You don't have a Familia?!"

While still confused on her actions, I nodded my head as a response to her question.

"And you want to be an Adventurer, right?!"

I nodded again once more.

"Fufufu, then you don't have to worry anymore because I will give you one!"

She cheerfully exclaimed to me as she spread her arms in the open air, acting very giddy like a child who had just found her lost toy or candy...

Wait a minute, what did she just say?

"Welcome to my abode, Kishinami Hakuno of the Far East. I am the Goddess Hestia and you will be the first member of Hestia Familia!"

For the lack of better word, I could only blink at the woman who identify herself as the goddess of the hearth owlishly with a mixture of confusion and surprise.

XXX

I look around the new chamber that Hestia-sama brought me.

Apparently, the room was the basement of the abandoned church. There were cracks, large and small, all over the area's walls evident that the entire place and the building had already suffered gradual deterioration due to old age and being deserted for a long time.

Inside the said room were a queen-size bed and a sofa. There was a wooden locker placed on the left portion of the room, and a single small, round, wooden table placed in front of the long upholstered seat.

"Okay Hakuno-kun, please take off your top clothes and lie down on the bed in a prone position."

Hestia-sama said as she takes off both of her gloves and flip-flops.

"Take off my clothes?"

I asked, somewhat a slight confuse at her request but remove my clothes as she instructed.

"I am about to bestow you a Falna and in order for me to do that is for my blood to have a direct contact with your skin. So now, lie down will you?"

As she said this, the Goddess gently shoved me to the bed which made me to slowly slump on the soft cradle with my bare naked chest. And this Falna that Hestia-sama is talking about... it was an unfamiliar term for me to be honest. Although if my memory serves me right, there is a Hindi word falna which means thrive in the English language.

As I was thinking whether the context of the term is similar to the one back in my previous world, Hestia-sama then straddled on top me.

"A Falna is the only magic a deity can use in the lower world you see…"

She started as I can feel her fingers touching the bare skin of my back.

"When we Gods and Goddesses came down to the lower world about a thousand years ago, we are forbidden to use our powers, known as Arcanum. A Falna, as I said a while ago, is a grace that a deity, as the head of a Familia, given to her or his Familia members."

Ah, I see. So Falna is just basically a term that generally means blessing of a deity, huh?

"I'm gonna start the ritual by dripping a single bead of my blood on your back, this will create the Falna. This Falna will give you a set of various parameters like strength, speed, intelligence, magic potential and list of skills you may have known as Status. Just be sure not to show it to anyone except members of your own Familia, okay? This is a secret information about yourself so you don't want people knowing that kinda stuff, okay?"

So a Falna works like that too? I'm a bit surprised about this information but would that particular warning about it being a secret information rendered moot if one can see the Status of an individual by using a magic that appropriately reveals one's Status?

Thinking about it, I think I am somewhat a cheat in this entire field...

A single drop of warm liquid landed on my back and I immediately could sense the essence of her power permeating my back as I felt a small change in me. A sudden gasp escaped her lips and I exactly knew the reason why.

"Goddess-sama...is something wrong?"

"No, nothing's wrong but how should I say this... This is quite unexpected."

She says this as her fingers once again began tracing my epidermis.

"I had just given you Falna yet it says here that you had already possessed Magic called Code Cast. You must be truly blessed to have unlocked such potential this early!"

Though there was a slight bewilderment on Hestia-sama's voice, still there was a huge hint of happiness in her chirp. It would seem that my Code Cast would be qualified as Magic in this new world.

"But these on the other hand..."

I could literally feel her entire weight as she sat on my lower back, just above my buttocks. Her fingers were impressing against my skin as she outlined something over it.

"This should be impossible."

"What's impossible?"

I asked Goddess-sama who just folded her arms as I tilted my head towards her in slight confusion.

"You see since you just joined a Familia, you are Level 1. Most people on Level 1 don't have any Skills until they upgraded their Status… So you having a few Skills is kinda...unheard of."

"Is that so?"

At my inquiry, Hestia-sama just nods her head as a response.

"And that's not all. You also have a few Development Abilities despite being Level 1 which is absurd, to begin with!"

"Eh? So you mean something like this shouldn't suppose to happen? Ack!"

The moment I state my query, I immediately let out a painful grunt as Goddess-sama slapped my back hard. Glancing at her, my eyes could discern the worry expression all over Goddess-sama's face.

"Of course it shouldn't! Development Abilities are special abilities that can be achieved once an Adventurer reached Level 2, something which is the norm but you on the other hand "broken" that standard. And these Skills of yours... the description of each and every one of them are pretty rare yet their effects are something of an eye catcher and that's bad! Very, very bad!"

While I understood that I accidentally broke the standard that was established and set for Adventurers, I still don't quite get it why Hestia-sama is worried about such thing. As if reading my thoughts on my face, Goddess-sama pulled out a blank sheet of brown paper somewhere and slammed it gently on my back.

After a few seconds, she took the paper and handed it to me which I then give a look. As my eyes read the contents of the paper that were written in this world's writing system, my orbs couldn't help but widen in stupefaction and surprise.

"This is..."

Those are the words that I could mutter under my breath as my eyes ran through each information written on the sheet. After all, the Skills and Development Abilities listed on there were very familiar to me since I've used each and one of them in my past life.

Under the Skills tab, the Skills listed there are Bravery, Marshall, and Dead Face. There are others that were blurred but I think I have an inkling what are those and I believe that Hestia-sama knows about these as well.

Then under the Development Abilities tab are Mystery, Mage, Spirit Healing, Magic Resistance, Swordsman, and Fist Fighter. If I have to be honest with myself, I could only recognize three or four of them judging from their names but I'm not entirely sure about the others.

Though I have a feeling that these Development Abilities are somewhat being influenced by my past deeds in my previous life. Like the Fist Fighter for example, if I would make an assumption, I think I have gained this one during the time when I was using the Chinese Martial Arts Skill while donning Shuwen's silhouette in one of my battles in the past.

"As you can see, those Skills and Development Abilities of yours are something that would garner the attention of other deities especially of your Status as a Level 1 Adventurer. If the other Gods and Goddesses ever found out about those they would never leave you alone and just treat you like their own plaything!"

Now it made sense to me why Goddess-sama is worried. Her explanation of how other Deities would see fit to use me as a plaything sounded a lot like what the Age of Gods was like back in my previous world. So it would not hurt to keep my abilities to a minimum as possible especially the Skill Dead Face.

I'm pretty sure that I would garner a Death God's attention towards me.

"Um, Goddess-sama...if I may. Can you give me some explanations about these Development Abilities listed in here? I'm not familiar with these..."

"Okay but listen carefully, Hakuno-kun. Knowing the specifics of your Development Abilities is a must especially for an Adventurer for they speak of your growth as an Adventurer and as an individual. And like your Skills, you shouldn't disclose to anyone outside your Familia, understand?"

At her words, I nodded my head as a response. Hestia-sama then placed her finger on the first word inscribed on the parchment.

"First is Mystery. It is an ability that allows the user to activate a miracle and create magic items. Mage improves one's power, widens effect range, and makes mind usage efficient. It also creates magic circles under the user that support the magic. Spirit Healing allows automatic mind regeneration, regeneratinb mind at a small rate after magic use. Magic Resistance improves one's resistance against magic while Swordsman and Fist Fighter improves your combat proficiency in the art of swordsmanship and martial arts."

I nod my head once Goddess-sama finished her explanations. From the likes of it, it seems that these Development Abilities are indeed being influenced by experiences that I have accumulated from my previous life. Looking back at Hestia-sama, I could see it in her eyes that she wanted to ask something but was restraining herself from doing so. Maybe it was due to out of respect towards me and my personal matters...

Well, since we are now technically a "family" I'm okay with sharing my past with her but if she doesn't want to talk about it then I won't.

"Hakuno, please promise me to never activate Dead Face and other Skills unless your life's in danger."

"I promise I won't use it unless absolutely necessary, Hestia-sama."

Goddess-sama just smiled, with her blue eyes still gazing at me. She was a bit ditzy and kind, which was very odd for a Goddess. As far as I'm concerned, female deities back home are haughty...or maybe that sentiment is only applicable to my previous world?

The Goddess then clapped her hands.

"Okay. Now with all that done, once again, welcome to Hestia Familia Hakuno-kun!"

With that all being said, I am now officially a part of the Hestia Familia and thus, tomorrow would be the start of my job as a dungeon crawler.


A/N: I really want to write this due to my curiosity on how will the denizens of Danmachi would react to someone who holds something far more older than the gods. This is something that I wrote and published first in Royalroadl 2 months ago under the name BisdakNaManunulat before posting the story here in Fanfiction.

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