After breakfast, Schnee and Tiera were in charge of cleaning up and Shin headed toward the blacksmith’s workshop in the inner part of Tsuki no Hokora. Yuzuha, who was probably curious about it, came along with Shin.
“What is in there?”
“It’s my warehouse and workshop, and the warehouse is a little special. It has considerable more capacity than it looks.”
The storehouse of Tsuki no Hokora was not as big as a guild house, but quite a lot of items were stored inside. Since it was Shin’s personal warehouse, its contents were inclined to be weapons and armor.
They were making a little detour in response to Yuzuha’s comment, “I want to see it”. The appearance of the warehouse was a normal door with a hanging lock. However, it was so tough that even Shin’s strongest attack in the game era couldn’t break it. It was said that nothing could break it physically.
“Just pour a little magic power, and done.”
When Shin poured magic power into the lock, a light “click” sound was made, and the lock came off. This type of lock was opened by using magic power recognition. The door wouldn’t open no matter how much someone fiddled with the fake keyhole.
He pushed open the door and they entered inside. There, it was overflowing with lines of armor and weapons side by side.
There were swords, katanas, spears, bows, daggers, large hammers, halberds, flails and all kinds of weapons displayed. In a different location, there were full body armors for warriors, gauntlets that were thought to be custom-made, and shields alongside it all. Naturally, everything was valuable, starting from 《Unique》 grade to 《Legend》 grade, 《Mythology》 grade and finally, 《Ancient》 grade.
A person would feel an enormous amount of pressure the moment they entered the room, even if the person was not sensitive to magic power. Although the quantity and the quality of each item was different, the overwhelming magic power given off was similar to the feeling of abnormal tepid water according to a dweller of this world.
If even one of them was put up for sale, many countries would have piles of their weapons lose their value when compared to its prestige. A warehouse that had a large quantity of these kinds of things for sale already felt like a ‘warehouse clearance sale’.
“Amazing! But, somehow I feel hot~”
“It is because this place is filled with magic power. You better not enter if you are not strong-minded.”
“Yuzuha is okay for this much!”
The Element Tail was indeed one of the strongest species even if it was young.
Rather than being overwhelmed by the magic power pressure emitted from the arms, Yuzuha was looking curiously around the warehouse. Even though its tail fur was fully bristled up, there are some things that are better left unsaid.
“It’s fine if you only look at it, but don’t touch without permission, okay? There are some cursed arms here.”
“Is it dangerous?”
“Ah, I just don’t want you to get hurt. There is a seal function attached to the containers, but there are several of them that you might able to break.”
“Muu, Yuzuha don’t do things like that.”
While apologizing to Yuzuha, who puffed its cheeks, they headed off to the blacksmith’s workshop. Even here, it was in a perfect state without change, waiting for its master to return.
“There’s no problem at all. It seems like I can use it right away.”
“To do what?”
“I’m making swords and armor here. But before doing it today, I have to ask you something, Yuzuha.”
“Want to ask me something?”
“There is a lot I want to ask. Well, lets return to the living room for now. After that, we will talk. As for forging a sword, that’s for later.”
“Then let’s go quickly. I want to see Shin forge a sword!”
They returned to the living room and Yuzuha had sparkling eyes with anticipation. Even though Shin didn’t know what Yuzuha was looking forward to so much, he lightly checked the tools and followed after Yuzuha. As for Schnee and Tiera, who were taking care of the cleaning after the breakfast, it should be done soon.
When he returned to the living room, the three of them already surrounded the table. He sat down on his seat while smiling wryly at Yuzuha, who urged him on with “quickly! quickly!”.
“What did Shin want to ask?”
“First of all, why were you in such a weakened state in that Shinto shrine. And, did a large amount of people disappear around 500 years ago? If you know something about it, then please tell me.”
When Shin’s question was heard, Yuzuha closed its eyes and folded its arms like it was thinking about something. After several seconds like that, Yuzuha began to talk.
“Well, err… When Yuzuha was there, I was having the most painful experience from the inside. It was very painful, so much that I collapsed.”(T/N: Yuzuha sometimes refer itself as “Yuzuha” when talking.)
“Is that so? Did you understand the drawing on that floor?”
“No~, I didn’t know it.”
Shin thought it was some sort of relief feature that delayed the condition, but Yuzuha didn’t seem to remember it.
“I understand. How about the people who had disappeared?”
“I don’t know. People didn’t come very much.”
“Now that I think about it, there was some kind of erected barrier that made people stay away from there.”
Shin remembered that a barrier, around the Shinto shrine, affecting one’s mind had been erected. A person might not come near it because of that.
“Eventually, what was Yuzuha doing in such place?”
“Uhm, I was basking under the sun, when suddenly the ground went ‘bam’, the wind blew ‘byu byu’ and the mountain went ‘clang’. Yuzuha was surprised and jumped. After that, I tried my best so that the ground would not be wrecked apart.”
“…In other words, the natural disaster occurred, and you tried to suppress it?”
“It is likely so, I have no doubt if it is Yuzuha.”
“Eh, is that true?”
When Schnee chimed in with an agreeable response, Tiera was amazed and had wide eyes.
Though Shin didn’t know what kind of technique Yuzuha used, the Element Tail was a monster that corresponded to all attributes. The possibilities of interfering with the natural disaster by some special method was high.
“A lot of power was used while I kept at it, then I took a rest in the Shinto shrine. Because my power could not be held in my body then, I thought I was gonna die soon when Shin came.”
“It was just at the last minute when I came, huh?”
“When the unpleasant wind blew, I was scared.”
When he heard about unpleasant wind, Shin was reminded of the miasma. Perhaps both of the 【Curse • Ⅹ】 and the 【Poison • Ⅹ】 at that time, were caused by the miasma. A number of monsters and levels were increased in an area with a lot of miasma during the game. Moreover, to a player, it was a troublesome way to be given an abnormality state responding to status at a regular intervals. Apart from the monsters, they had to drink potions regularly because of the abnormality state, although it didn’t affect high-ranked players too much.
“It was thanks to Millie that Yuzuha was saved. I wouldn’t have gone there if not for Millie’s advice.”
“I will give thanks when I meet Mi-chan again.”
“That’s right, let’s take some souvenirs.”
Because of the forecast ability, Shin couldn’t say it clearly. Whether Yuzuha understood it or not, it matched with Shin’s way of talking.
“Hey, who is Millie?”
Tiera looked puzzled.
“She’s a child who lives in the orphanage of the kingdom. I happened to meet her by chance. If you know Wilhelm, think of the orphanage he is protecting and you will understand.”
“Ah! that guy.”
“You know Wilhelm?”
“He comes over once a while to meet master. But I rarely meet him. However, I thought it was strange that he bought sweets while he was here on occasion. I wonder if he was going to the orphanage, if so, it is understandable.”
Wilhelm seemed to buy the cakes which Tiera made.
“It is because the cakes that Tiera makes are delicious, right?”
“No, it is because it’s cheap. Master’s cake are more delicious. Even the king’s messenger has come to purchase it. Because I learned mine in an elf’s village, it is only fine.”
They praised each other, although both of them seemed delicious.
“When you said learned it in an elf’s village, which one was it?”
“Uhm, it’s a baked confectionery called Cayfal, have you heard of it?”
“No, I have never heard of it.”
In the first place, he didn’t remember any kind of setting called skillful bakery in any elf’s village. Because cooking was not his specialty, there were many dishes which he couldn’t cook or make, even if he had the recipe.
“That Cayfal is like a financier*, huh? It will be nice to distribute it to children because the cake is as big as a mouthful.” (T/N: Financier is a small French cake)
“Though I displayed it on a whim, one or two sale items have to compete at the present time. Because I originally lived in the forest, my strong point is making cake using honey.”
“Is that so? But wait, since Tsuki no Hokora is not a store that mainly sells foodstuff, are there any other sales?”
Shin looked at Schnee while asking that.
“Because Shin was absent, there are a few items for sale. I am an amateur with smithery, and for replenishing the goods, only Shin can open the storehouse where the arms were kept.”
Therefore, Schnee had to replenish unskilled stock from somewhere, and it seemed difficult to replenish goods because of competition over that right. It was only natural that if the maker went missing, there would be a shortage of inventory.
“How should I say it…I’m sorry. Schnee is doing a good job to keep the store open.”
“Even if it is open, there aren’t many things that are able to be put up for sale.”
“…That’s true. Even if it’s open, it won’t solve anything.”
During the game era, the store was barely continuing in business. It was no wonder.
“When I have time, I will replenish the stock with the ones I have saved.”
“Roger that. By the way, the talks have derailed from the subject. Yuzuha, can we continue?”
“Yup. But, because I was in the Shinto shrine the whole time, I don’t know more than you already know.”
The interference to the natural disaster, it seemed to be an impossible task, even to an Element Tail. Although it said that it didn’t know about the world’s situation, because it made a great effort to decrease the damage of the natural phenomenon since the Dusk of the Majesty, there’s no reason to blame it.
“I see, tell me when you recall something, just in case.”
“Yes, I understand~ Umm, Tiera-onee-chan, that Cayfal just now, is it done yet?”
When the conversation settled down, Yuzuha asked about the pastry matter to Tiera. Was it interested in it that much? Even the things about the smithy was forgotten. As Yuzuha approached Tiera, its tail shook with flutters.
Such an appearance also suited its age.
“Excuse me, but there is one more thing. I have to talk to Shin.”
Though Schnee was in a serious mood; it was different from a while ago, as she put a stop to the air trying to clear.
She appeared to have been looking for the right time to begin the talk.
“Actually, there is a person I would like you to meet. I understand that you may have various things to investigate, but please make this the first priority this time.”
“Then, who is this person you want me to meet?”
Shin felt like it was a rush from Schnee’s tone. It was like something was running out of time, such a feeling of impatience.
He corrected his sitting posture, and waited for Schnee’s words.
“I didn’t think it was a good idea to meet again immediately so I didn’t talk about it yesterday, but the person I want you to meet is Girard.”
“Girard huh?…No, wait, is it really Girard?”
Girard was the no. 3 support character of Shin. A High Beast. But, it was more than 500 years since the Dusk of the Majesty, it should be impossible to meet Girard.
“…Is he still alive?”
Although he was called a High Beast, he didn’t have a long lifespan. Humans, Beasts, Dwarfs were said to live a long life if they lived for 100 years.
In contrast to these 3 races that have short lives, such races like Elves, Pixies, Dragnils and Lords were said to be a long-lived species.
Even though High Beasts and High Dwarfs were a superior race, still, it should be 150 years at most.
Although a beast’s length of life depends on the animal which became the model, Girard’s model was a relatively orthodox wolf among the choices. It wasn’t a model for long living especially.
Certainly, he heard the thing about Girard becoming a king. However, because that was a fairly old story, Shin never thought that Girard was still alive.
“Yes. But…I think he has a few days left and it will not be that much longer anymore.”
Schnee personally didn’t know why Girard was still alive until today.
But she was certain about one thing.
“He too, was waiting for Shin.”
As Schnee was, Girard also was waiting for Shin.
“He himself doesn’t know how he could live this long. There is likely some meaning, since he is alive.”
He didn’t seem to feel too much fear from the approaching death either since his body should already be dead.
“Actually, even if there’s no Girard, the alliance can continue functioning. The current beast king is the eighth generation, that not only has military power, but he also has the ability as a ruler.”
Falnido Beast Alliance was formed by bundling up every beastman tribe. It was built by Girard during the confusion that struck the world.
And then, as for the first beast king, it was Shin’s support character, a no. 3 of High Beast origin.
The appearance that Shin remembered, when he was in a normal human form, was a man of about 40, characterized with an unkempt beard and brown hair that was trimmed short. Handsome men and beautiful women would be wretched, because this appearance of a wild middle-aged man was good. When Girard was fully armed, the charisma that was felt around him could be called a veteran warrior, Shin took pride at that time for not making a wrong choice.
When in combat, Girard went into werewolf mode, a figure that swooped down upon his prey, exactly like a hunter.
He specialized in close ranged combat and paired up with the no. 4 support character, Shibaid, a High Dragnil, to serve as an advance guard party. Although his offensive power from magic skills was low, it was compensated with agile movement, and perfected with hand-based martial arts skills. He could fight on par with Schnee, and would win under certain conditions.
The figure that used to strike his fist against enemies with a roar, was reproduced instantly in Shin’s mind, as he remembered it properly.
“After hearing that, we can’t afford not to go. Where is Girard’s place?”
“When we exited from the Wraith Plains the other day, just go further north ahead instead. The alliance extends over the plains and forest area, it is next to a capital city that is said to be ruled by a human king. There are 4 big villages like the capital city, and the Girard is in the village of the dog clan where the current beast king is.”
‘I see. Although I heard it roughly, there is no danger before arriving there, right?”
“Yes, I think it will be safe for at least another several more years. Because the person in question has not weakened that much too.”
“Then, should I go normally?”
Shin was going to use his trump card for long-range transfer if he was really driven into a corner, but it somehow seemed to be all right.
“Then, because there are several things I want to check, let’s leave after I am finished. I have to be ready too, will both of you be alright for tomorrow?”
“I’m all right anytime~”
“I wonder if I’m good since I’ve always been the sort of ‘stay at home caretaker’.”
Shin asked Yuzuha and Tiera, who had taken the role of listener. Basically, Tiera was entrusted for house-watching because of Schnee always being away from home, and she thought she would do the same this time too.
“Tiera, you will also go this time.”
“Eh! Me too?”
Tiera was surprised to hear from Schnee that she was also going.
“Because Shin has returned, there’s no need to stick to this place anymore.”
“Yeah, it’s the strong point of owning a personal store.”
“Um, is it okay to leave this store alone?”
Schnee smiled wrily at Tiera’s question.
“No problem. Because he will carry it away.”
What did she say, Tiera had an expression of not understanding. Surely, there were few people who could understand immediately when Schnee said, “Carry the store.”
“I can take it. This store.”
“…Eto, what do you mean by that?”
It was understandable that Tiera couldn’t comprehend what Shin was trying to say. No matter how one looked at it, he couldn’t easily carry the store, was what she was probably thinking.
“Is it unusual now? To carry a store or a house?”
“It’s not nonexistent, but without an expert in that field, it would not be known. As far as I know, it needs quite a large sum of money to be attached even to a small hut.”
Although it was common technology during the game era, as usual, Shin didn’t know what happened under the present situation. When he heard about it from Schnee, he understood that it was treated like a special technique.
From seeing Tiera’s reaction, the production skills seemed to have suffered a steep decline.
“Indeed. Then, it’s only natural that Tiera doesn’t know about it, huh? Then, are arts more mainstream than skills now? Is the production system too?”
“Yes. The production system is also divided by arts and skills. After the Dusk of the Majesty, people tried to restore the skills, and from trial and error, arts were born. It’s the same as the combat system, where the effects are lower than a skill.”
“I knew it.”
If it was said in a game style, they were trying to reproduce the skill without the system assistance. Normally nothing would happen, but here was a different world. Perhaps, an effect, such as a portion of the skill was produced, and it was called arts. As for a blacksmith, because there were techniques that could never be reproduced by simple physical work, it must not be an ‘off the mark’ guess.
“Since the new generation, like me, thought arts were the standard, it’s deviated from Shin and Master by all means. Were people with the same class as Master common before the Dusk of the Majesty? I can’t imagine what kind of world that was.”
“Well it had its own way, but there were not many people who had the same class as Schnee, right?”
“Still, it can’t be counted with the number of fingers on both hands, don’t you agree? It was so beyond scary that I’m amazed from that time. Those kind of people fighting were heard everywhere, and how such a society was able to maintain itself in such situation.”
“In that situation, it was managed properly, and when a guy went too far they would get expelled.”
Malignant players were reported to GM’s and had their account deleted, but because he couldn’t say that, he got by with similar words. If there really was such a world, it ought to have perished a long time ago.
“How was it able to be managed?”
“That was because there were various people cooperating in that situation. Leaving that aside, what do you mean by a “new generation” that you said a while ago, Tiera?”
“Ah that matter? It’s simple. It is a ‘new generation’ for people who were born after the Dusk of the Majesty, a person who was born before the Dusk of the Majesty and is still alive is called the ‘old generation’. It was first said by someone when the country was founded after the Dusk of the Majesty, and lasted until now. Though I think as a new generation, I obviously feel inferior when I see Master and other older generations.”
As Tiera said, an old generation was certainly superior when looking at the ability.
Shin and Schnee were good examples. However, if the skill was excluded, it didn’t mean that the old generation was high in ability.
“There are gaps in ability between the different generations, but I’m not too conscious of differences between the old and new. However, I clearly feel the generation differences from Shin and Master.”
“Not generation differences!”
To tell the truth, a piece of the generation differences didn’t make sense to Shin.
“Such recognition is all right I guess.”
Since it was already established, there didn’t seem to be any harm or anything. Although it appears to have some exceptions.
“Let’s return to the talk that had derailed away for the time being. I said it a while ago here, but Tsuki no Hokora is a store that can be moved. Because of that, I intend for the two of you to act together. In addition, Tiera is able to go out without much trouble now and I thought it would be good to take a trip. Ah, of course there is a choice, do you want to stay?”
He wouldn’t force her, against her will, to come along with him. And there was no reason he must take Tsuki no Hokora with him.
“If that’s the case, I will follow you. Though I did go out from here several times, it was still a little scary for me to enter the kingdom yet. But I think it’s all right if it were with Shin and Master together.”
“It’s decided then.”
“Everyone will be together~!”
All of them nodded at Yuzuha’s remark.
“Let’s move for preparation immediately!”
In addition to Tiera and Schnee, they aimed to meet an old friend at Falnido Beast Alliance.
The anticipated reunion and parting, Shin has decided the destination.
What was waiting for them thereupon, no one knows.