As the initial shock of his unexpected arrival in Althea subsided, Erias took a deep breath and regained his composure. He knew that dwelling on the past would only hinder his progress in this new world. The fatigue that had consumed him in his former life on Earth suddenly made sense—he had likely pushed himself beyond his limits, leading to his untimely demise.
Accepting this revelation, Erias resolved to move forward. He reasoned that if he had been granted a reincarnation in this world, there must be some sort of advantage bestowed upon him. After all, countless stories and games he had experienced revolved around the concept of cheat-like abilities for the main characters.
With a determined glint in his eyes, Erias decided to put this theory to the test. He began experimenting with various actions and thoughts, trying to trigger any latent abilities he might possess. And that's when it happened—a flicker of recognition sparked within him as he stared intently at a passerby.
As he focused on learning more about the person before him, a translucent status card materialized before Erias, visible only to his eyes. It displayed basic attributes, such as the person's name, likes, dislikes, and even a job in which they possessed the highest potential. The potential was ranked from F, the lowest, to S, the highest, indicating the person's innate talents.
Erias's mind raced with excitement. He had discovered a cheat-like ability of his own—the power to uncover the hidden attributes of individuals. It was as if a window into their essence had opened before him, providing valuable insights that others were oblivious to.
With newfound curiosity, Erias began experimenting further, observing people with the intent to learn about their strengths, weaknesses, and potential. The status cards revealed a fascinating array of information, enabling him to gauge the capabilities of those around him. Some were skilled warriors with S-ranked potential as swordsmen, while others possessed the shrewdness and cunning of a top-tier merchant.
This newfound ability opened up a wealth of opportunities for Erias. He could strategically assemble a team of individuals with complementary skills, maximizing their potential for success. It also allowed him to discern potential threats and allies, providing him with an advantage in this unfamiliar world.
However, it was the final realization that sent a thrill through Erias's core—his knowledge of future events from the game. His experiences as a player had granted him insights into the quests, challenges, and mysteries that lay ahead. He possessed the power to manipulate the course of events, leveraging his knowledge to his advantage.
A mischievous smile tugged at the corners of Erias's lips as he embraced his chaotic neutral nature. The possibilities were limitless, and he relished the thought of exploiting his foresight to the fullest. He would use this advantage to navigate the treacherous paths of Althea, outsmarting adversaries and outmaneuvering obstacles.
But as exhilarating as the prospect of wielding his knowledge might be, a flicker of hesitation crept into Erias's mind. He had been given a chance to start anew, to forge his own destiny in this world. Should he allow himself to become enslaved by the predetermined events he knew would transpire?
The chaos within Erias waged a silent battle. On one hand, he craved the power and control that his foresight could provide. On the other hand, he yearned for genuine surprises and the thrill of uncertainty.
In the end, Erias made a decision—a decision that reflected his chaotic neutral alignment. He would utilize his knowledge as a guiding compass, but he would also leave room for improvisation and the unexpected. He would embrace the unknown, savor the unanticipated twists and turns that lay ahead, and relish in the joy of unscripted adventure.
With newfound resolve, Erias stepped forward, the status card fading away as he set his sights on the horizon. The world of Althea beckoned, filled with wonders and challenges waiting to be conquered. Armed with his cheat-like ability and the knowledge of future events, he embarked on a journey that would test his cunning, bravery, and adaptability.
Little did Erias know that his presence in this realm would not only shape his own fate but also influence the lives of countless others. The path he chose would ripple through the tapestry of Althea, leaving an indelible mark on its history.
And so, with a mixture of excitement, anticipation, and a touch of mischief, Erias ventured forth, ready to seize every opportunity that came his way. In this world of magic and mystery, his actions would echo far beyond the confines of the game he once played, forever altering the destiny of Althea and all who resided within it.