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Okami wa Nemuranai 20.9

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"So I heard Eda did great during the operation. I'm really proud to hear that."

This brawny big bald man, the Adventurer Association's chairman is in good mood today.

"The commander, Ritton made light of Eda at first, ya see. He was shocked when he found out she knew <Detection>, <Sleep> and <Recovery>. Especially when she put all those bandits to sleep from afar, guy's got struck dumb. Told me he had no idea the level of adventurers in town of Vouka had shot up so much."

"State your business."

Being told that, the chairman immediately fell silent with an unamused look on his face.

"Geez. Right right. I'll state my business. Once the bandit leader was defeated, and the whole gang captured, Zeki whispered to commander Ritton. That's <Thigh Torer Merda>."

"Who."

"Merda is a gold rank adventurer designated by Vantaroy's Adventurer Association."

"So what."

"Do you put that attitude toward just about everybody? Bah you must be. Ritton consulted me when he got here, and it was decided that he would advise the town lord to endorse yours and Eda's promotion to gold rank, as well as head to Vantaroy to deliver Merda's head."

"I don't see where this is going."

"Ah. Yeah, you came from afar eh. Gold Rank adventurers are heroes of a town, that town's faces. Adventurer Association may designate them but in reality it's the town lord who gets the pick. It's akin to a declaration to the town's populace and outside, hey look our town's got these powerful adventurers on our side."

"Hmm."

"An adventurer designated as a gold rank adventurer in Vantaroy was leading a bandit gang, that fact would make Vantaroy's town lord lose face. It's gonna be harder for him to exert his influence in and outside the town. Just all around bad."

"I see."
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"So if his death is kept confidential and that head gets delivered in secret, Vantaroy's town lord will owe a debt to Vouka's town lord."

"Got it. But how does that necessitate calling me and Eda."

"Commander Ritton is headed for Vantaroy for sure. He's probably gone off already even. Once he gets back and confirms that it's truly Merda's head, your gold rank promotion will get fast tracked. Publicly Eda's achievements would be for Silver Wolf extermination and bandit gang suppression, but in reality, it's mostly due to the stuff with Merda. I hope you understand."

"The bandit gang was suppressed by joint efforts of Zeki, Ritton and all members of the suppression force."

"It would have turned into a chaos if not for Eda's <Detection> and <Sleep>. Heck, it's a bandit gang led by that Merda. The operation might very well have failed. It's thanks to Eda that everyone was unharmed by the end. How her arrow shot through Merda's leg was splendid as well. Both Ritton and Zeki gave their highest praise to Eda."

Eda played a major role in the operation this time indeed, but using that as a pretext to promote her to gold rank seems a bit forceful, thought Lecan. However, since Eda getting gold rank is preferable to him, he's not going to talk back.

"Oh right. Almost forgot. Our branch got a notification and an inquiry from Ninae's Adventurer Association. A party that called themselves <Willard> conquered Dungeon Ninae on the 22th of month six, they're looking for information about that party."

"Hou."

"This branch replied back right away. This town has a party by the name <Willard>, members being Nike, Eda and Lecan."

They did introduce themselves as <Willard> in Ninae. They never asked this town's Adventurer Association to keep their party a secret, nor would the association listen even if they did anyway.

"Nike wasn't with us during the exploration of Dungeon Ninae."

"Yeah, you mentioned that before. A swordsman called Arios, and another local swordsman you got acquaintance there, right. They're not related to this town. What's important is how a party that registered and is active in this town has conquered Ninae."

Looks like Dungeon Ninae's conquest is the decisive factor for Eda's gold rank promotion. Moreover, Ninae's Adventurer Association even expressly named <Willard> as the conqueror. The town lord here must be eager to boast about having such a mighty party in his town.

"Every members of your party is a gold rank. I've never heard of such a thing before. You guys are the pride of this town."

"Get Eda to Gold Rank. I'll stay Silver."

"That won't do."

"Does it matter to you."

"Very much so."

Lecan was about to rebut further, but since the association's chairman himself affirmed that it does matter to him, it probably is personally, so Lecan refrained.

"The town lord wishes to meet you and Eda to talk about the promotion as well as for other matters."

"I'm not selling <Dagger of Harut>."

"Well that's sudden. I've passed on your stance on that. The town lord isn't going to be unreasonable. He won't want to worsen your mood."

"When do we have to go?"

"If possible today, or tomorrow at the latest. I'll come with you if you're going now."

"Lecan."

"Hm? What's wrong."

"We've got to take a bath and dress up if we're going to meet town lord-sama."

"Dress up? Ah, right. Gotta get our equipment in order. You don't know what's waiting for us there after all."

"Oy, Lecan! What the hell do you think you'll be doing at the town lord's mansion? War?"

"Depends on the other party."






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Okami wa Nemuranai 20.8

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"The morning after, we were going to look for the enemy's hideout, and Zeki-san asked if there's anyone good at scouting, so I told him I can use <Detection>."

"Yep good. That kind of stuff is better left announced."

"Zeki-san asked, how far could that cover, I said, around 60 steps. Then I went to scout out the area with Zeki-san and confirmed the hideout's location and the number of bandits there. There were 22."

"Then we went back, and Zeki-san and commander Ritton had a discussion to decide the plan. We would split into six groups and encircle the hideout, then once Zeki-san cast his magic to reduce their number, we would charge in. Then I told them I could cast <Sleep> remotely."

"That's quite a feat, Eda-chan."

"But commander Ritton wouldn't believe it. Who would believe something as absurd as casting <Spell> from a distance, he said."

"Is that commander something a mage?"

"I don't think so. He had no smell of mana on him."

Lecan was a bit surprised. There's no way to tell whether someone who doesn't emit mana at all is a mage or not even if you're a mage yourself. Yet it appears Eda is able to sense it through this smell of mana thing.

"Then Zeki-san said, it doesn't matter even if it doesn't go well, just let her give it a shot, so I got grouped with Zeki-san and commander Ritton."

"Did the <Sleep> work well?"

"Since there was someone on the lookout, I put him to sleep first. Zeki-san asked what about the preliminary casting, I told him I never learned how."

"I don't remember teaching you that for sure."

"Then as there were two people outside the huts, I put them to sleep too. There were three huts, with six, four and eight people inside each. Since I could tell their positions with <Detection> even though I couldn't see them, I put them all to sleep one by one. It turned into an uproar by the third guy, and they started peeking out of the huts from inside, but I didn't mind and just kept casting sleep."

That can be done by combining <Detection> and <Sleep> huh. But that's only possible because Eda can alternate between two spells successively, it's not something anyone can just mimic.

"Nicely done there."

"But then there was one guy that repelled my spell. Zeki-san told me to ignore that and just keep putting the other guys to sleep. So I did."
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"The bandits must be clueless as to what was going on."

"Then it happened after around the 18th guy I think. The guy who repelled my magic rushed out of his hut. It was a really big man."

"Hmmm. He was probably wearing an equipment that resisted your magic."

"Un. Zeki-san told me about it later. He had an armor that could repel magic on him."

"Hee? That's quite an amazing piece for a mere bandit."

"Just when Zeki-san started a preliminary casting for some spell, that big man began charging toward us. So I shot my arrow at his leg to stop him. Then Zeki-san's magic landed on him, commander Ritton ran out and cut down the man."

"Nice coordination."

"Then the remaining bandits tried to run away but other adventurers kept them in check, I put them to sleep one by one."

"That's one operation done."

"Un. Then everybody tied up the bandits. I was gonna wake the sleeping guys up but decided against it. Cause Baa-chan warned me not to use magic to rouse people in public."

"I did say that. Great job remembering that. Good girl, good girl."

"Hehe. Then since we had to wait for those guys to wake up, we ended up staying the night in the huts. And since we couldn't travel quickly with the captives, we camped along the way and just got here today."

"Well done. I'm proud of you. We've got someone with a twitching nose over there too."
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"My nose is not twitching."

"You just don't realize it yourself."

"Zeki-san sent his regards to you, Lecan."

By the end of month three to around the beginning of month four, Lecan, Nike and Eda escorted a wagon to Vantaroy. Along with Zeki and Vandam. They were attacked by <Crushing Hammer Bufuz> and <Evil Eye Jiba> along the way. Lecan took care of them both. Their equipment were sold once they arrived at Vouka and were split to everyone, nine gold coins and nine big silver coins each. Zeki got the same amount of money supposedly, thus it's only natural for him to see Lecan in high regards.

"Ah, and then, Lecan."

"Hm?"

"The head of Adventurer Association was waiting for us when we got back here, he talked about something with commander Ritton and then asked me to come there tomorrow with you Lecan."

"To Adventurer's Association?"

"Un."

"I've got no business there."

"I've gone and told them we'd go."

"It can't be helped then."

Eda left Shira's house saying she wanted to eat something and went home.

Lecan cast spells on his potpourris.

At first, Shira coached him on it, but by the time he was done with half, she would say nothing.

"You're doing good. You've mastered how to make potpourris now."

"Have I. I owe you one."

"And now you should let them dry out for about ten days. I'll teach you how to make stamina restoratives on the 26th."

"Got it. But I'd like to learn <Accelerate> so I'll be dropping by sometimes."

"I wanna sleep. You're barred from coming here unless for a very pressing matter."

Can one really sleeps for ten days straight. It's curious, but the entire being of this old woman is a lump of mystery in itself.

"Understood."

When he got home, dinner was already prepared.

He had his fill, enjoyed his liquor in peace and went to bed.

The next day, Lecan got up at his pace, had breakfast at his pace and then went out to Adventurer Association with Eda.





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Okami wa Nemuranai 20.5_6_7

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The next day, the first thing Lecan did was sorting out all the herbs he gathered.

Some need to be cut at the roots, some not, before you can dry them.

And some whose leaves fall off shortly after drying need to be separated.

This time he's not making ointment.

He also only needs a small quantity of remedy and cold medicine.

As for potpourris, he's gathered enough herbs for 100 pouches.

It's not that he wanted 100 pouches of potpourri, he was using it to practice and better polish his medicine making skill.

There are two types of Shira's potpourris, one that uses eight ingredients, and another that uses 21. All the potpourris Lecan is making this time are the 21-type ones.

Once all 21 ingredients have been put in a pouch, it needs to be poured with mana. The way you put this mana decides the potpourri's efficacy, but it's quite a complex process. Thus he's using this chance while he's still under Shira's tutelage to practice on 100 pouches.

He was done sorting out the herbs in the first half of the day.

The later half and tomorrow would be for drying out the herbs and bundling them together.

"Now now, you. What's with that mountain of stamina restorative ingredients, how many did you gather anyway. Which country are you planning to go to war with?"

Lecan picked up a lot since it was for a year worth of medicine, but he may have picked a bit too many. The main ingredient may be Kyumis grass, but in term of quantity, the other sub ingredients trumped. The processing later would be an ordeal.

He started potpourri-making on the third day.

First, he puts 21 kind of herbs into a pouch to create the potpourri then he casts a spell on it.

Lecan wondered how Eda is doing right now while working.

Since the trip to the site takes one day, she might even come back by the end of today if they were quick with the suppression. Wonder if she's on her way back right now. Or perhaps something happened and she's still on the site right now.

"Quit it with your irritation."

Said Shira as she read what seemed to be a letter while having tea.

"I'm not irritated."

"Then stop clack clacking your feet on the floor."

"I'm not clack-clacking my feet on the floor."

"Oh really."

For now he should forget about Eda and focus on his work.

Clack, clack, clack, clack.

He noticed his right leg stepping repeatedly on the floor and stopped it.

She's together with 20 people, the operation surely won't fail.

Zeki is someone who can issue commands with sound judgments.

The enemy's leader is supposedly quite strong, but how strong are we talking here.

Clack, clack, clack, clack.

He had started stomping on the floor again before he realized, and stopped.

"I'm tired. Heading back."

"Oh really."

In the end, he didn't finish making potpourris that day.



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The day after, Lecan caught sight of Jericho while he was making potpourris.

He's tilting his head, making a face like asking, "What's the matter?"

Lecan looked at the potpourri in his hand.

"Shira."

"What is it."

"You must have cast <Morph> on Jericho this time as well, haven't you."

He had started making magic beast warding potpourris in front of Jericho, a magic beast, without thinking.

"Eh?"

Shira took her eyes off a document she was reading and replied back with a perplexed sounding voice.

"Aah, yes that's right. Of course, I did."

Lecan finished bundling up the potpourri in the morning.

After having their lunch, Shira spoke to him.

"Lecan. There's something I need to consult you about Eda-chan."

Lecan jolted.

This wise elderly woman has something to consult about Eda-chan.

Surely, it must be something that will greatly affect Eda's life.

"Eda-chan's changed her speech recently, hasn't she?"

Oh right, Lecan never talked to her about the reason for that. Just when he was about to say that her previous way of talking was a product of her forcing herself, Shira continued on.

"Well. I've got a rough idea as to why she came up with that speech."

Looks like she got it without Lecan's explanation. Then what is she consulting about.

"That ssu-ssu speech, you see."

"Ssu-ssu speech?"

"Like, <Really ssu>, <Oh no ssu>, <Thanks for the trouble ssu>, those ssus."

"Yeah."

"I thought it sounded annoying at first, but now that she's stopped doing that, I can't help but missing it. Is there no way to get her talk like that again?"

"Hell if I care."

It was an exceedingly worthless consultation.

Just when he was about to put a spell in the potpourris.

"Mwu."

A red dot shown on <Life Detection> is drawing closer.

This is probably Eda.

(She's coming.)

(She's coming.)

(Soon.)

(Soon she'll get here.)

<3D Perception> caught Eda landing down the garden.

Her energetic voice could be heard a moment later.

"I'm back~!"





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"Shira-baachan's tea is the best in the world."

"Oh really, really now. So, how was it, the suppression."

"Un. We all gathered in front of the west gate as scheduled. And then, Gyom was there."

"What."

Gyom was an adventurer Eda saved when he was suffering from a grievous wound. Even though he promised he would keep the matter about <Recovery> a secret, he went straight to the temple and sold Eda off to the priests for a loose change. Thanks to him, Eda got summoned to the temple and went through a trial. As a result, Lecan ended up having to go visit the orphanage for nine days.

Hence no one can blame Lecan when his right eye glared out when he heard the name.

"But that stuff was my fault for failing to see through Gyom's real character. That's why I said nothing to him."

"Hmm hmm, then?"

"The Guard Corps commander Ritton said this when he saw me. They can't bring a little girl with them."

"Hou."

"Lecan. Quit putting up that scary face."

"I'm not."

"But thanks to Zeki-san giving an assurance, saying that <Thousand Shoot Eda> is a dependable adventurer, I was allowed to go with them."

"I see."

"The suppression force was split into six groups as we went on our way to the site and gathered back at a campsite once we got there. I dunno why but that Gyom guy was being overly familiar to me, but I coldly told him off. Then Zeki-san came by and helped shooing him away."

"Zeki is a good guy alright."

"Huh? Shira-baachan, you know Zeki-san?"

"Oh, yes I do."

"Then Zeki-san asked me what happened, so I told him the whole story about Gyom. I was summoned by the temple and had a tough time because Gyom sold me off, I said."

"Were Gyom and other guys nearby when you told your story?"

"Un. Gyom was saying something about <Recovery> being a wonderful ability and that he's obliged to report it to the temple or something. Zeki-san said, you trampled upon the moral code of adventurers, and even sold off your life savior for money."

"And then."

"Zeki-san spoke to commander Ritton. Should we send a decoy to scout out the enemy, we've got just the right person for it here, he said."

"Oh my my."

Must have been quite an undertaking for the taciturn Zeki.

"Gyom was gone the night that day."

"My my, well well."

The guy accepted a quest from the town lord then fled in the presence of the enemy without permission. Lecan is ignorant of Adventurer Association's rules but the guy probably won't ever be able to take on jobs in this town anymore. He might even get his adventurer's qualification revoked.






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Once Lecan got back at town of Vouka, he went straight to the weapon store and collected the <Sword of Agost>.

He's going to be busy processing the herbs from tomorrow on.

Kyumis herb, the main ingredient for stamina restoratives will lose its medicinal efficacy if it isn't processed while still damp.

Thus, they're going to deal with Kyumis herb first before all other herbs.

At first, Shira taught Lecan how, afterward he continued to work on it himself.

Shira was done with hers very shortly and proceeded to sort other herbs.

As for Lecan, he still hadn't finished with Kyumis herb even after two days.

After all, you could only gather Kyumis herb in month five to seven. In other word, he's got to make a year worth of stamina restoratives. He ended up gathering quite a lot due to that.

Eda also helped at first, but she apparently quickly got tired of it and made a mess as she went on, so Lecan made her clean up Shira's house instead.

Right now she's standing in the garden's entrance, tirelessly practicing <Sleep>.

That's a method Nike taught her during their herb gathering trip.

Trees growing in a forest are the best target for practice.

They won't sleep since they have no consciousness, but the magic still gets a feedback when it hits.

The thicker and bigger a tree is, the stronger the feedback.

She would practice on various trees, ones growing on the side of the road, ones growing far deep, or casting the spell on trees while running.

Eda was ecstatic when she managed to cast <Sleep> on two trees at once, but Shira scolded her instead.

"Your casting will get sloppy if you do that. Focus on casting the spell on one target proper for the time being. Casting a spell to multiple targets is still too early for you."

She's practicing <Sleep> on herbs growing in the garden right now, but since that can be done with only little mana, she can do it endlessly.

It seems she would also occasionally cast <Detect> to probe the neighborhood.

By the way, they told her that Nike had once again gone to some distant place to attend some business.

Noon on the second day, Shira spoke.
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"Oh? Someone's dropped by."

"My hand's full right now. Eda can deal with whoever it is above."

In the evening, when Lecan was finally done processing Kyumis herb and climbed up, Eda had a troubled look on her face.

"Did something happen."

"Ah, Aira-san came by earlier."

Aira is a staff member of this town of Vouka's Adventurer Association.

As far as Lecan knew, Aira had never come to Shira's house before.

"They're dispatching a suppression force to deal with a bandit gang tomorrow morning. She wanted you to come along too, Lecan."

Asking for more detail, apparently there have been cases of bandits attacking travelers in the vicinity since two years ago, they constantly shift their areas of operation, but the gang has grown exponentially larger recently and started to even raid small caravan groups.

This town has also suffered quite a bit from them, and the town lord has been posting quests to gather info and search for that gang, which has succeeded narrowing down the gang's present location, so they're forming a suppression force to deal with those bandits.

The suppression force consist of adventurers mainly. Five rank silver, 12 rank copper, as well as six members of Vouka's guard corps under the town lord's order. The one in command of the suppression force is one of the corps' captains, a man called Ritton who's in charge of the town patrol, but the one commanding on site will be the silver rank adventurer, mage Zeki.

Zeki is a personal bodyguard of Chaney Company, but apparently the town lord has requested for Chaney Company's help in this matter. The town lord was originally asking for Vandam and Zeki's presence through Adventurer Association, but unfortunately Vandam has already departed to Vantaroy for an escort duty, and won't come back for a while.

As they don't want to miss this chance, the suppression force will still be formed regardless, but the enemies apparently number more than 20, and the leader is very strong.

Silver rank adventurers aren't necessarily all proficient in combat.

That was when Adventurer's Association had the idea of dispatching Nike or maybe Lecan. Hence why they sent Aira to Shira's house.

Aira who heard from Eda that Nike had gone somewhere far and wouldn't come back for a while asked her to ask Lecan if he could take part instead before returning. Lecan had told Eda to keep the underground workshop a secret. Therefore, Eda must have told Aira that Lecan wasn't here.

"How many days will this suppression last?"

"You can apparently get to the location in one day, but with the time to scout them added, it would take four days in total."

"I can't go tomorrow. Gotta sort the herbs."

"Yeah, I figured. So, Lecan."

"What."

"Can't I go instead?"

Lecan couldn't give her an answer right away.

Suppressing bandits means fighting humans. Even if the goal is to arrest them, there's no way the combat will end with no one dying.

Eda is still too young, thought Lecan.

She's still 14. She doesn't have to comprehend what it means to deprive someone of their live yet.

However, Eda is an adventurer. She might find her calling in another occupation in the future, but she is and will be an adventurer for the foreseeable future. Which means she can't avoid fighting humans.

In fact, this might be a good chance considering she will have company.

Moreover, the one in charge is that Zeki.

Both Lecan and Eda are familiar with Zeki during their escort duty and such. That man won't recklessly rush headlong into battle, nor will he treat Eda badly.

"Very well. Go."

"Un!"

"However, you must not use <Purification>. <Recovery> is fine."







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During their trip, the first thing Lecan did was asking Nike to help him inspect <Necklace of Intuador>.

The results were astonishing.

First of all, the necklace is capable of storing a slightly higher amount of mana than Lecan's present mana pool. Since there's no real need to fill it full in one go, he would simply pour an amount of mana he would recover in his sleep before going to bed, doing so will fully fill the necklace in a few days.

That much mana is usable at a moment's notice. It's tremendously functional.

Next up, the one filling the mana doesn't have to be the user as well. The mana Nike supplied was usable by Lecan without any issue. As did Lecan's mana to Nike.

Eda could also use it. Even mages who don't know <Drain> will have their mana replenished by <Necklace of Intuador>. In such a case, the wearer's mana will be automatically replenished once it falls below a certain threshold. But having <Drain> is better if you want to refill a lot of your mana in one go whenever you want.

The necklace nullified every magic attacks of all kinds Nike tried to shoot. Lecan had no idea the majority of Nike used since she didn't even recite the spellname, but the necklace was effective regardless of magic types.

It couldn't stop <Dehydrate>. Lecan thought he was going to die when he took this magic. The damage was simply that severe on his body. He was saved because Eda immediately cast <Purification> on him. According to Nike, she merely cast a mere speck of <Dehydrate>, but against living beings, this magic is capable of inflicting an outrageous amount of damage.

However, it blocked <Sleep>. It even nullified a <Sleep> Nike seriously cast. That one cast ate up the majority of the necklace's stored mana though. Even Nike was surprised by this.

"This necklace is amazing. Never thought it could even stop my serious <Sleep>."

Even more surprising was the fact that it didn't nullify <Recovery> and <Purification>.

"Uun. I wonder how this thing even works. It repels <Sleep>, but not <Dehydrate>, I get why. Since <Sleep> is activated by sending out your mana at the target, you can repel it if you block that mana. And since you have to touch your target for <Dehydrate> to work, it goes past the necklace's effective range. But <Recovery> and <Purification> are both spells that send out mana. Why aren't they nullified then?"

Nike came up with two hypotheses.

First, the necklace puts up a barrier around the wearer which distinguish mana that get past it, if the necklace deem the mana dangerous to its wearer, it will nullify the magic.

The other one is that <Recovery> and <Purification> possess some kind of distinctive traits that are unlike other magic, and the necklace has been preset to let only these two specific mana to pass through its barrier.

After carefully inspecting the necklace during its activation, Nike concluded that it's not the former.

However, you can't conclusively say that it's the latter either.

"This is pretty much an unsolvable problem until we find out the special characteristics of <Recovery> and <Purification> mana. Think about it."
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Lecan had no interest in complicated theories.

By wearing this necklace, <Recovery> works, offensive magic don't. It even nullifies mind magic. And since it even stops Nike's serious <Sleep>, Lecan is now virtually impervious against all kinds of single-hit magic except for special types like <Dehydrate>. Knowing that much is enough.

"Nike. Are there other magic like <Dehydrate> where mana don't get sent out."

"With Perception type, all of them besides <Appraisal> and <Analysis>. Spatial type would be <Exchange>. As for Special type, there are other spells than <Dehydrate> with similar characteristics, but <Dehydrate> is probably the only one used by human mages. <Exchange> and <Dehydrate> are especially dangerous among these, but you simply need to move out of the way the moment you heard the spell name casted. Then you won't get hit."

"What if they're far enough you can't hear the spell name?"

"Then the spells won't reach you."

In other word, Lecan is nigh impervious against magic attack with the necklace on.

"This necklace isn't actually that handy to ordinary mages. First of all, a mage can't fill it with mana unless they know <Grant>. Thus every time its mana storage is used up, you need to go back to a <Grant> user and have them refill it."

It's not rare for mages who delve in dungeon depths to know <Drain> but not so with <Grant>.

"It's got quite a powerful magic defense for sure, but the necklace will lose its stored mana if you keep getting hit by magic. So the mage wearing this probably gets protection from their comrades so no magic attack get to them, they would only use the necklace as a mana pot when push comes to shove."

By doing so you can afford shooting magic capable of finishing off mighty foes several times. And if you make use of blue potions along with it, you can use many more spells than before.

"Of course that doesn't negate its usefulness in protecting the wearer from ambushes by magic."

But the situation sees a complete reversal with Lecan in picture.

"You can drain mana off magic stones without casting even while getting bombarded by magic, continually refilling the necklace's mana. You're pretty much invincible to magic attacks as long as you have magic stones with you."

Lecan had shown Nike that he could drain off magic stones without casting, as well as filling mana into magic stones and jewel without casting during the testing. He believed there was no point in hiding them anymore. Nike didn't look surprised by it either.

"But don't let your guard down now. Even that necklace will get emptied by one shot of ritual magic. If you get assaulted by several powerful mages in that moment, not even you could get out of it unharmed."

That can also be interpreted as Lecan being able to stave off a shot of ritual magic if he's got the necklace on.

However, this necklace unfortunately is inactive unless one wears it on their neck. Its Graces won't work when put inside a pocket. Hanging necklace is a hindrance in battle. But this is solved by wearing it under a shirt.

The expedition to Dungeon Ninae bore so many juicy fruit in unexpected ways.

This is the reason why Lecan can't stop exploring dungeons.

Lecan practiced harder on <Lighting> after the inspection and managed to learn how to hit multiple foes within a specified area. Thus concludes his acquisition of <Lightning>. And if he manages to refine his control of it even further, he can snipe only at the enemy during a chaotic battle.

He gave up trying to learn mind magic knowing he had no aptitude for it, so he decided to learn Special type <Acceleration> instead.

At first Lecan thought the magic was for raising battle speed, but that wasn't the case, it's a spell that speed up specific movement after every specific period of time. By having this magic cast on you, you will gradually accelerate after every specific period of time, and maintain that speed without using up physical strength much. In other word, it's a spell that makes you run very fast without burdening your muscles much. An extremely useful spell for traveling.

Thus 20 days elapsed, spent on gathering herbs and magic training, the three returned to town of Vouka on the 10th of month seven.







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On 31st of month six, Lecan and Eda went to Shira's house after breakfast, they were greeted by Nike there.

Eda was overjoyed with their reunion.

Then the three departed.

They're gathering in five spots this time.

Four of which the same spots Lecan went in month two.

Surprisingly, Lecan didn't really have a tough time trailing Nike's speed.

This is partly because he's learned <Recovery>, but also because his inherent stamina have risen.

And more surprisingly, Eda is keeping up with them.

Her stamina must have gotten a boost too.

However, the ways their stamina increase seem to differ.

In Lecan's case, basic parameters that governs his offensive power such as physical strength saw a noticeable increase.

On the other hand, Eda's got parameters related to mobility and evasion such as her endurance and agility raised.

Arriving at the first gathering spot, Nike swiftly gathered the herbs she needed and then took her time to teach Eda magic. Lecan gathered a lot of herbs for future use. And then he chatted with Nike before studying under her.

The journey was a leisurely one.


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Eda has learned <Lamplight>, <Ignition>, <Recovery>, <Purification> and <Sleep> so far. She's been given the verdict of having no aptitude for spatial magic.

She also tried to cast <Flame Arrows> when they first set out, but there was no sign of it getting casted, thus Nike told her that she doesn't seem to have an aptitude for light and heat magic.

Nike taught Eda <Detection>. It's a magic that detects living beings nearby, unhindered by obstacles. Once you get better at it, its range will increase and you can then distinguish between humans and magic beasts. And if you progress even further, it will be possible to immediately find the location of a marked target.

Eda showed an aptitude for this magic right away.

"Uun. I'm sure of it now, Eda-chan, you'll learn <Detection> soon. It might be a good idea to expand on <Sleep> and learn <Invisible>, then expand on <Detection> and learn <Stealth> now."

"What happens if I do?"

"Your enemies won't be able to find you even in an open space. If you're going solo, you can get close or run away without getting noticed. In a party, you can cast <Recovery> on your allies without worries of magic beasts attacking you."

"Oh right, forgot to report that Eda is able to cast <Recovery> from a distance now."

"Oh my, that's quite fast. I knew she would get to it eventually."

"Is it an age-old technique."

"It existed in the past yes, but it's been forgotten now. Because once someone is known to have an aptitude for <Recovery>, they would always have a wand in hand whenever they're practicing nowadays. You end up only being able to produce <Recovery> on a wand's tip if you get better at it by borrowing a wand's power, see."

Eda learned <Detection>.

By the end of the journey, the range increased from 50 to 60 steps, and she could distinguish humans from beasts. However, she can't tell beasts and magic beasts apart, nor can she tell if a human possesses mana like Lecan can.

Apparently, using <Detection> make the surroundings feels noisy to Eda.

It was the same with Lecan when he first started learning <Life Detection>. Since you end up detecting small animals, birds and bugs in a forest, it feels noisy until you grasp the knack.

And Eda also consulted Nike about the usage of <Sleep>.

Since it didn't work all that well on floors near the last one at Dungeon Ninae.

"That you see, is probably not an issue with your <Sleep> proficiency, but more because there was a vast gap in life forces."

"Gap in life forces?"

"Mind magic don't work against beings that are far higher rank than the caster, you see."

"Eh. Really."

"However, the Eda-chan right now possess an unbelievable amount of life force. It must be the results from defeating a dungeon boss, and most importantly, the 10,000 magic beasts. So you'd probably succeed if you give it a try now."

"Oh, I guess beating 10,000 magic beasts is just that amazing."

"Listen now. Defeating an opponent you can easily defeat won't raise your life force much. But defeating ten opponents you can't easily beat is tough, isn't it?"

"It is, yeah."

"When you're up against 100 enemy you can't easily beat, normally you work your way on them one by one, and then by the 100th enemy, it won't be an opponent you can't easily defeat anymore. Defeating 10,000 enemies you can't easily defeat in one fell swoop is simply impossible."

"Hmmm. You can say we've made a killing then."

"Well yes, that's about it."

"Then I don't have to practice <Sleep> anymore?"

"Nuh uh. You should practice even harder. I've said it before, but you'd better off mastering one spell of mind magic than learning many kinds of spells of the same type. If you do that, you'll eventually learn <Invisible> and maybe even <Control>."

"<Invisible> sounds kinda cool. <Control>, the name's eerie."

"It is a frightening spell. I've never taught this to anyone before. But I believe Eda-chan won't use it for something indecent."

"Thank you. But Nike-san, you really know your magic even though you're just a tad older than me."

"Well I'm not Shira-baachan's grandkid for nothing."

"I see!"

As Lecan listened to the two's conversation, he thought of leaving Eda at Shira's place and departing Vouka by new year.

(Then I'll just check back at Vouka once after some years.)

(Because Vouka is a comfortable town.)






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"I sold those to you. How you're gonna use them is up to you."

"That's the part I need to consult Lecan-sama about."

"Where."

"Purchasing them would mean we have to agree to a price, then I have to pay the agreed price in exchange for the goods."

"Yeah well, that's how it is."

"It's not like our company cannot afford the amount of money needed to buy up all those materials. However, it won't be the most optimum prices for those goods, and it won't be a deal that could extend business arms of Chaney Company."

"And."

"I would like to penetrate Vantaroy market using those goods."

"Haven't you formed business connections at Vantaroy already."

"Yes. And it's thanks to Lecan-sama. With the items you acquired in Dungeon Golbul, Chaney Company managed to find new trade partners, and garnered considerable trust. We opened a branch office at Vantaroy just the other day, with Orst assuming branch manager position."

Orst is a clerk of Chaney Company. Lecan's group escorted him once.

"Those materials are not beyond the skill of the artisans here at Vouka. However, the expert craftsmen at Vantaroy are capable of producing items one or two ranks higher out of them."

"Hou."

"I plan to join forces with a certain merchant at Vantaroy and get skilled craftsmen to craft the best products, mainly light armor, there are, and for that, I plan to present it to Vantaroy's town lord."

"Is the lord here fine with that."

"We will gift some to the lord here as well. Naturally. And if the town lord there permits, I'd like to put up new goods on the market and sell materials to new trade partners."

"Then do so. I've got no reason to refuse."

"We cannot put a price on the goods right away if we proceed with this plan. And the payment will have to be deferred for quite a long time."

"I don't mind. I'm staying in this town for the remainder of the year. No need to hurry."

"Thank you very much! I shall take up the challenge now that Lecan-sama has given his consent. This will help forming connections with new business partners and craftsmen, opening a path for goods one, two rank higher. Please accept this."

Chaney put a luxurious small bag on a tray and presented it to Lecan.

"This small deposit is the least we could muster right now."

Lecan took up the bag.

He guessed there were two white gold coins inside from the feels.

Lecan put the bag back on the tray and pushed it to Chaney.

"You're gonna need some liquidity. Save the money for when it's all done."

Chaney bowed his head almost down to the ground.

"Thank you, so very much."

"Well then, can we talk about our light armor orders now."

"Yes. We've called a workman for the measurement. Please consult to the person himself for any requests you have in mind. As it will be made at Vantaroy, we're truly sorry but it will take a month to finish."

"Ah, Chaney-san."

"Yes. How may I help you, Arios-sama."

"I'd like to sell this."

"And this <Box> is?"

"There's a venom sac of Dungeon Ninae boss, Octocular Great Spider Queen inside. "

"Eh?"

Chaney was frozen solid on the spot like he got hit by the Queen's freezing attack.

Lecan spoke to Chaney.

"I want you to use the highest quality parts from the materials we gave you for our armor."

"Y-yes. Naturally."

"Also, use this for the armored parts."

Lecan stood up and took a huge mass out of his chest <Storage>.

With a diameter of around a step and a half, a beautiful blue shell-like something.

There's a lone hole on a section.

If you look closer, you'd notice scratches on the lower part.

With a single glance, Chaney realized that it was a mat from a mighty magic beast he never witnessed before in his life.

"That's... That's... It can't be."

"Shell part of the Queen's abdomen."

Dungeon Ninae boss is structurally unique, boasting an extremely tough abdomen.

To the point that a full power blow of Lecan's Perforation skill was unable to open a hole in one hit.

"Eda. You haven't got your share in the Queen's extermination, have you."

"Eh?"

"The best part of this shell is yours."

"Eh!"

"Chaney."

"Y-yes."

"Make Eda's light armor out of this shell's best part. Use the rest for me and Arios's armor."

"W-we shall have it done."

"You can buy the leftover scraps."

"T-thank you very much!"

Lecan commissioned Chaney to repair his vest as well.

His plain black vest has been with him since way back at his former world. It's made of Thousand Rock Spider's thread, boasting powerful magic defense. However, it's all tattered now, a huge hole has opened on it from the raid at Dungeon Ninae. Although he probably can't find the same material here, some of the mats this time carry similar properties. That said, wearing it under the light armor would make it too thick, so he's probably not gonna wear it when he has the light armor equipped.

He also asked to get his trousers' mended. It's made from a mix of rare materials by a master craftsman. It's all worn out already, but Lecan has grown attached to it. Chaney suggested making fitting underwear, shirts and trousers along with the light armor using the mats this time, and Lecan complied.

Eda and Arios also ordered shirt, trousers and underwear during the occasion, but Eda declared that she might not wear the underwear depending on how comfortable it is.



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The workman taking their measurements was very elaborate, he asked fine details such as the way they fight and their standard equipment.

As Lecan also ordered shirt on top of light armor and boots, he specifically asked for a sturdy inner pocket on the armor to put the <Guardian Jewel of Zana> in, and other pockets if he ever obtains more jewels in the future. He also ordered a holster to hold <Dagger of Harut>, and a belt with a small bag attached to it for putting magic stones that can be readily taken any time. He made other requests as well afterward.

Arios was even more particular than Lecan, asking for specific shapes and functions.

Eda was unconcerned about functions and stuff, she asked for specific colors, shapes and that they looked cute, thus Lecan said to the workman to decide at his own discretions.

Once the measuring was over, it was evening already.

Dans came by and led the three to the usual high class restaurant. Chaney is treating them again tonight. Lecan has never paid a dime to this restaurant.

"Master deeply apologizes for his absent."

Chaney is probably busy going around to create new business opportunities, it's only natural he can't come.

Dans also went back, so the dinner was only with the three.

"Eda. Drink a third of wine glass."

"Sure, but why."

"Here's to Eda's promotion to silver rank adventurer. Cheers (Jo Jood)!"

"Ah, you're right. Cheers!"

"Congratulations. Cheers!"

"Eda."

"Un?"

"We're going out to gather herbs on the 31st. It'll be me, you and Nike."

"Nike-san is back then!"

"She should be here now already. Last time it took around 14-15 days. Get yourself ready with that in mind."

"I shall depart this town tomorrow. I will come back after one and half a month at the earliest, two months at the latest."

"Arios-kun. Be careful out there."

"Yes. You too, Eda-san."

The food was good.

The drink was good.

The three relished on the food to their heart's content that night.

"Oh right. Arios. This is for you. And also Eda."

Lecan handed over two white gold coins to each of them.

He got 6 white gold coins from <Jaira> as an apology for assaulting them. Eda is the victim that almost got kidnapped, and Arios is a comrade who fought together against them then, they both have the right for the money.

Arios thanked Lecan and casually put the coins away.

Eda went stiff for a while.





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Lecan jumped out of bed in the middle of the night.

He recalled something important.

"<Light (Teraparm)>"

With the light on, he took a necklace out of <Storage>.

The necklace Jade gave him, an apology from <Jaira>.

It's an equipment worn by mage Veta, a dungeon depths explorer.

He hasn't found out what kind of functions it's got.

"<Appraisal (Abel)>"





<Name: Necklace of Intuador>

<Type: Necklace>

<Graces: Mana Storage, Null Magic Attack>

※ This necklace can store mana

※ Stored mana can be utilized by the wearer

※ Nullifies magic attacks suffered by the wearer by consuming the stored mana





"This is. This function."

How much mana can it hold, and how much mana it consumes to nullify magic attacks need to be checked first.

But it's still an astonishing function.

Does it mean Lecan needs not fear of ambushes by magic attacks if he has this necklace equipped.

Will it completely protect him from magic attacks like the kind that penetrated through his <Overking Bear> overcoat and stomach in Dungeon Ninae. So long as Lecan has enough mana.

If so, this is the ultimate equipment for Lecan.

The herb gathering is a good chance to inspect this equipment's performance.




[Episode 19 Silver Wolf Extermination] End/ Next [Episode 20 Gold Rank Promotion]




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Okami wa Nemuranai 19.18_19_20

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"By the way, Jinga."

"Yes. How can I help you."

"A <Shield of Wolkan> got dropped on floor 43 of Dungeon Ninae."

"Eh."

Lecan grinned when he saw the usually calm and collected Jinga's surprised look.

"Is that true. To tell you the truth, my shield was a drop item in Dungeon Ninae as well."

Lecan knew that already from his <Appraisal>, but Jinga didn't seem aware of that.

"Did you get it yourself."

"No. The previous marquis-sama bought and bestowed it to me."

Heles said that <Shield of Wolkan> is the dream of every knights. The marquis who went to get that shield and gave it to Jinga must still hold him in high regards even now.

Lecan absolutely refuses to serve under someone.

He's also never laid his life on the line for the sake of a mission. He will try to do everything he can to accomplish a job he took on, but if the situation changes and doing that job means putting him in disadvantages, he will immediately get away. You can't be an adventurer unless you've got that much brashness at least.

However, perhaps that's precisely why Lecan holds a unusual sense of respect to those who swear loyalty to their master and those who throw their life away for the sake of completing a mission.

I don't want to fight against this guy anymore, thought Lecan as he gazed at Jinga's deeply wrinkled face.

"The tea Jinga made is so good."

"I'm honored to hear that."

"It's true, it's nice."

Lecan likes this time of enjoying tea while gazing at the garden along with Norma and Jinga.

When he's here, he doesn't have to think about dungeons or fights to death, he simply gazes at the growing herbs, spending times in relaxation.

It's been two months since he came to this clinic.

The garden was full of red and white flowers at the time.

Right now it's filled with vividly green trees and grass. With small white flowers popping up here and there.

The lustrous charm of spring is nice, but the summer's serene yet vigorous atmosphere is also good.

Lecan never had an opportunity to admire grass and trees like this before.

Dungeons are a colorless world.

It's dull with nary red, blue, green or white, there's only a meager amount of soot-like tints.

Even when he tried to retrace his memories of dungeons, he couldn't recall a single vivid scene.

Lecan's entire recollections are dyed in gloomy gray.

No.

Only red is the odd one out.

Only the color of blood red is painfully vivid.

And his mouth and eye involuntarily laughed when he recalled that color of blood.

That's the world Lecan lives in.

Days of being covered in yesterday's blood.

Tomorrow will likely be another blood-covered day.

But just for today.

Just for this one day.

Next to a woman who devotes her life to treating others' wounds and illnesses.

I want to be soaked in the scent of tea.

Thought Lecan.



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As they ended up getting back late, they bought spit-roast on the way home, but it turned out Arios had prepared lunch for them. Both the spit-roast and Arios's cooking in everyone's stomach.

"Lecan-dono. I'm thinking of selling the Venom Sac you gave me to Chaney Company, do you mind?"

"Do as you like."

They had that conversation.





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Chaney Company's HQ was a plain single-story building.

The buildings on both wings seem to have been another stores the company bought later and then made connected, they're made of different materials and of different ages, heights and roofs.

Chaney in person ran out of the building to greet Lecan and Arios.

It's a surprisingly spacious store, with an abundant of warehouses.

They were led to a small secluded building in the back.

It's a cosily-made building sporting an elegant garden.

Beautiful female employees brought nicely fragrant tea in luxurious-looking cups.

They enjoyed the tea while gazing at the garden for a while before Chaney started reminiscing.

"I, you see, was born in this town. When my father passed away, I sold our general store, paid all our debts and went out traveling to peddle my ware. Thanks to a chance, I managed to start up a small store here in my hometown. I really worked myself to the bone there."

Lecan kept silent.

"This was a poor town, but the young town lord took many measures like reducing merchant taxes, and other policies to tempt more merchants here. I have no idea why he was especially fond of me. This store has faced numerous crises in the past, as does this town."

Chaney's face as he gazes at the garden looks shockingly aged.

"But the town is now bustling. I have ceased finding people on the side of the road dying due to starvation during winter. My store has grown quite big as well."

(This man is trying to make a resolve on something.)

(He's looking back on the past to steel this resolve.)

"Then some odd bunch came butting in, I got driven out of town lord's chief merchant position I had kept for many years, and fell into a crisis that might very well ruin my store, if not for Lecan-sama's help."

Before he realized, Lecan is now getting called with <Sama> honorific by Chaney.

"That was a coincidence."

"Yes. It was a coincidence. Coincidences are something sent to you by gods. I believe my encounter with Lecan-sama was god Boa-sama's guidance."

God Boa is supposedly a god of trade.

"Our company is secure now. I have been thinking of retiring and handing over the company to my grandchildren."

"Eh? Chaney-san. Aren't you still young. I'm sure you can keep going even further."

"Hahahahahaha. I guess I really shouldn't give up yet if someone as young as Eda-san could say that to me. However, even though I apparently look young in other's eyes, I'm actually from the same generation as the town lord-sama's father."

This fact surprised Lecan.

He recalled the town lord's aged face.

Lecan isn't good at guessing this world human's age, but that town lord is surely not less than 40.

Chaney being the same age as that guy's father is a real shocking revelation.

"That was when Lecan-sama brought something truly tremendous to me."

Mysteriously enough, Chaney's face has lost its agedness. It's a youthful face full of ambitions.

"Materials of magic beasts found in Dungeon Ninae's depths. Legs, heads, abdomens and venom sacs of 24 greater Octocular Great Spiders, and the web threads of Spotted Spiders found on floor 20s. I'm confident to say that not even big merchants at the royal capital have ever got hold of all these materials at once."

Chaney turned around.

Looking straight at Lecan's right eye.

"Human, take up the challenge. Thus god Boa-sama whispered to me."







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At the clinic, a <Non-consultation Day> sign was put up.

Jinga greeted them like usual, and guided the two to the break room that overlooks the garden. Norma was enjoying her tea there. Since there was another cup, Jinga must have been with her.

"Ah hey. Welcome, come on in. Did you just get back from the dungeon?"

"Yea. From Ninae."

"I'm just glad you're back in one piece. Is it just my imagination or has Eda grown bigger."

"She must be."

"How far did you go?"

"Got to floor 45."

"Oho. Wait, what, doesn't that mean you conquered the dungeon?"

"We did."

"Conquering Dungeon Ninae. And in so few days. I bet Eda was with you until the end too."

"This girl is a reliable member of our party. Especially once she learned how to remotely cast <Recovery>, our party potency doubled."

"Hold it right there. Remotely cast, <Recovery>, did I get that right?"

"By the end, she could even cast <Purification> remotely. From around 40 steps away."

Norma drank down her tea while shaking her head left and right to calm herself.

"I do not comprehend. My head can't catch up to the words coming out of your mouth. Say that again. You mean you can put <Recovery> on someone a few steps away from the caster right."

"Eda. Show her."

"Un."

Eda opened the door and got into the hallway outside.

"<Recovery>."

A soft green light wrapped Norma's whole body.

Norma closed her eyes pleasantly, entrusting herself to the light of healing soaking her body.

"Forget preliminary casting, she cast <Recovery> with zero lag time, and it reached me from so far away. No really, I feel like all the research I've done so far is disappearing before my eyes associating with you two."

"I've brought the tea. Please have a sit, Eda-san."

"Ah, thanks."

Eda and Jinga sat on the sofa, the four sipped warm tea.

"Eda. You've always been fast at casting <Recovery> but the speed you just showed me was abnormal. How are you able to cast so fast?"

"I mean, I couldn't make it in time if I didn't do it quick in the dungeon."

"What kind of training you have done that enables you casting <Recovery> remotely?"

"Eh? I mean, I learned how with <Sleep>, so like, I thought I could do that too with <Recovery>. And I did when I gave it a try."

"My head hurts. I wonder if I'm the only one thinking the conversation isn't established."

"Eda herself is answering you in earnest."

"I see, of course. Of course she is. Aaaaah. This is supposed to be a historic moment though! But too bad no one would believe it. They'd either ignore me with cold eyes or tell me to demonstrate it. But I can't expose Eda. Truly unfortunate."

"Here's your souvenir."
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"Eh? What's with the bag. Ah. Aren't these small red potions. So many of them. This is-"

"Souvenir."

"Yet you didn't have any for Jericho."

"Don't mention that."

"No! No! I can't accept such expensive stuff. Let me pay for them. Thankfully we've got spare cash right now thanks to you. We can only afford two or three at most though."

"Hm? Since the standard price of one small red potion is one big silver coin, it should go for half of that when adventurers sell one to a store right?"

"No no. That's only at a dungeon city, and only at stores or Adventurer Association right? Its price tag is double, multiple times that in non-dungeon cities."

"That's weird. You put up a quest sending a copper rank adventurer to go buy a small red potion at Dungeon Golbul alone. The quest fee was three 3 silver coins, so 10 silver coins should easily afford you one. How'd it double that."

"That's not how it works, Lecan. The demand for potions is never ending at any dungeon cities. And every dungeon cities prioritize the safety of adventurers. They'd spot an adventurer who doesn't dive in the dungeon and sanction the town that dispatches that adventurer."

Even if that's the case, nothing will stop dungeon-exploring adventurers from selling potions in other dungeonless towns, thought Lecan, but he immediately negated that thought.

(Those who delve in dungeons probably won't sell their red potions unless in dire straits.)

It's another thing if they could cast <Recovery> like Lecan, but red potions are literally those adventurers' life lines.

"Of course, you could sometimes get some on the cheap by chance. But most would immediately use it up, or resale it for profit. And most people know that they can sell one for big gold coins to people who need one, very rarely anyone would let it go for silver coins. When nobles or the rich is looking for one, red potions could fetch some truly exorbitant price."

"Really. At any rate, those potions are souvenirs for you. The stuff we learned from you can't compare to those. Please take it."

In reality, these ten red potions were bought at the guild. They didn't obtain even one small red potion during the expedition this time. Either way, since they didn't have enough potions in stock, they had gone to buy large red potions at the association along with the small ones for souvenirs. Though, Lecan actually asked for 30 red potions but the association could only afford to sell him ten.

"Are you sure then. Thank you Lecan. These potions will definitely see use."






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Morning the next day, Lecan went to Adventurer Association with Eda.

"Ah, Lecan-san, Eda-san. Good morning."

"Good morning, Aira-san."

"Huh? Eda-san, did your speech change?"

"A bit, ehehe."

"Congratulations."

"Eh?"

"Eda-san, for your participation in Silver Wolf extermination and all of your past achievements, you have been promoted to rank silver."

"Really?! Yay."

"Here's your adventurer badge."

"This is, my, silver rank Adventurer Badge."

Eda wrapped the badge in both her hands and pressed it on her chest.

"Lecan-san. Your eye is really gentle when you look at Eda."

"What about our reward."

"Yes. It's three gold coins. Please take it."

"Yea. Go ahead, Eda."

"Eh?"

"You took care of the thing. These three gold coins are yours."

"But, if Lecan wasn't there-"

"All I did was watching. You have the right to take the reward."

"...I got it. I'll take them. Thank you (narou) Lecan."

"Lecan-san."

"What."

"Won't you look at me with that gentle eye too? ...No, nevermind. More importantly, the association head wishes to personally express his gratitudes for your service with the extermination quest."

"I've got things to do after this. Save it for later."

"Please don't say that, it'll only take a bit."

"Make it quick."

"Please come this way."



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The association head is a brawny robust man with a cleanly shaved head. He's not quite an elderly yet, but he's way past the age of an active adventurer.

"Hey, so you're Lecan. That's some look on your mug. You have my thanks for investigating and eliminating the Silver Wolf."

"No worries."

"We didn't believe the testimony at first, who could have thought a Silver Wolf would show up at that place. It would have been a huge disaster if that was left alone. Thank you."

"We got the reward. Give your thank to Aira who stopped Telnis taking the quest and brought it up to me instead. Is that all you need?"

"No, I need you for something else. Just checking, you're <Overlord in Black Lecan>, aren't you."

"I'm Lecan. I don't remember ever calling myself with that weird name."

"Oh excuse me. You're adventurer Lecan who conquered Dungeon Golbul twice, aren't you."

"Yea."

"How many people did it? There's apparently a record that states the dungeon boss there won't show up if three people go in."

"Solo."

"Twice?"

"Yea."

"Hmph. You're some real hotshot. And, is it true you told Aira you conquered Ninae too?"

"Yea."

"Don't tell me you did that solo as well."

"There were four of us."

"Can you tell me those four?"

"Me, Eda, a swordsman by the name Arios, and another swordsman we picked up on-site."

"Arios? Never heard of him, is he in this town?"

"For now. He's leaving soon. He'll probably come back once before going off somewhere again. He travels all over to begin with."

"You aside, I thought it was a joke when I heard <Thousand Shoot Eda> conquered Dungeon Ninae, but seeing her in person like this was quite a surprise. She's like a wholly different person than the one I saw before. I can believe she's really conquered Ninae now."

"Really now. So what's your business."

"The town lord has issued a recommendation for your promotion to gold rank adventurer."

"Hou."

That was when Lecan recalled something. The thing Shira told him. As prerequisites for Eda to live independently, first thing first she needs to aim for gold rank adventurer.

"Eda too?"

"No, it's just for you."

"Nike got the gold rank after eliminating an Octocular Great Spider. Eda took care of a Silver Wolf and also conquered Ninae, yet I who conquered Dungeon Golbul, a dungeon completely unrelated to this town, is getting gold rank?"

"We haven't heard any rumor about Ninae yet. Besides, that Octocular Great Spider had dealt a serious blow to this town's economy and traffics, while the Silver Wolf had done nothing."

"I see. Magic beasts should only be eliminated once they've caused a huge damage. We'll keep that in mind next time."

"Come on now. The town lord has his own standpoints to consider."

"I'm not blaming the town lord. I'm merely asking for your opinion."

The association head went silent for a while.

"We shall report the matter about Silver Wolf to the town lord. As for Ninae, do you have any proof of your conquest?"

"None. The dungeon boss there is a Material Type after all, and I only brought its magic stone back."

"Magic stone of a dungeon boss! Could ya let me have a look."

"Gave it to Shira. As a souvenir."

"O-oh really."

"I'm sure you heard that I'm in a hurry."

Lecan stood up.

"Ah, hold it. The town lord wishes to buy <Dagger of Harut> off you. Calm down and listen now. He'll pay you one whole white gold coin for it. You'll be presenting it to him publicly however."

As Lecan walked to the door, he shook his head.

"That dagger is for my personal use. It's not for sale."

"I'd like to listen to more of your stories next time."

"My schedule is packed today and tomorrow. Then I'm off to gather herbs on the 31st."

"That's it. I want to ask about that too. How'd you manage to get accepted as Shira-shi's apprentice, oy!"

Lecan opened the door and walked away.

Eda bowed and politely closed the door.

After leaving the association building, Lecan headed to Norma's house. He told Eda she could go back, but she said she wanted to see Norma too, so they went together.







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Okami wa Nemuranai 19.13_14

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"Ah, Lecan, you're back."

"Lecan-dono. Welcome back."

"Yea. Eda. This is for you."

"Eh. Ah, it's a short sword. Can I draw it out?"

"Of course."

"This scabbard has such a lovely color. The tip is rounded off. It must be made from a nice wood. Up you go. Uwaa, the blade looks so awesome."

"Where in the world did you get that Lecan-dono?"

"Bought it at a weapon shop."

"I believe that is a sword used by my swordfighting school in the past."

"Hou."

"Eh, really. Then, Arios-kun, do you want this sword?"

"No, that is yours Eda-san. But I'd be happy if you could let me take a look for a moment."

Arios busily looked at the sword from all angles and stared at the scabbard for a while.

"Thank you very much for allowing me see this fine article."

"I wonder why was it at a weapon shop."

"It might have been sold off due to financial trouble. How much was this?"

"Two gold coins and one big silver coin."

"That is so cheap. Luck was on your side Lecan-dono. With this, the defensive form I taught Eda-san would go up one rank."

"Eda, return the short sword I lent you."

"Err. Can I not?"

"You don't need two swords."

"Umm, you see. It's a spare for when this one breaks."

"Take it then."

"Thank you, Lecan."

"But your spare should be a single-edged short sword too, we'll go order another later."

"I got it."

Even though she's got her left arm covered, Lecan is still worried she'll hurt herself with a double-edged sword. But a spare should be fine.

"I'm heading to Shira's house now. What about you guys?"

"I'm thinking of cleaning up the house."

"I shall help with the cleaning. I have other business to attend to as well."

You can live without cleaning anyway, what a weird bunch, thought Lecan.



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"We're off to gather herbs on the 31st. What do you think about bringing Eda-chan along too?"

"Right. Let's. How many days will it take?"

"Should be around 20 days. Herb gathering should have been carried out once every two months though."

Last time, the herb gathering with Lecan started on the second month. She didn't say anything about gathering since then, and as today is on the last weeks of month six, there's a five month long blank period.

"Well, you went and gathered herbs way more precisely and quicker than I expected. We brought an outrageous amount back. Ended up gathering too much, see. Thanks to that, I spent so much time preparing them. Then once that was done, there was nothing left to do, which threw my schedule off. You've really got to follow the routine for these things, turns out."

So you say, but Lecan only followed Shira's instructions, though he didn't speak back.

"I'll gather my own shares this time around. You too should gather yours."

"Mine?"

"That's right. You can pick up Kyumis grass, the main material for stamina restoratives in this season. Since you've learned <Recovery>, I suppose you won't be as eager as before at getting your hand on stamina restoratives. However, <Recovery> is only effective the moment it's cast, whereas stamina restoratives are effective continually. They're good stuff."

"I do want stamina restoratives as well."

"Really now. Then make sure to learn how to make them proper this time."

"You can only gather Kyumis grass on month six?"

"They grow from month five to seven in this region."

"I see."

"This time we're making remedy, cold medicine, stamina restoratives and magic beast wards, oh and also antidote."

"Hm? No wound salve this time?"

"Well, about that. The main material for that is either Shura grass, Churusim grass or Purica grass. Among those, Shura grass grow in month one to month two. I got you to gather them last time."

"Umu."

"Churusim grass grow virtually all year round, but it's only effective right before the flowers bloom. In other word, month four to month five. I completely forgot to gather them this year, you see. Well regardless if we're using Shura grass, Churusim grass or Pourica grass as the main material, other sub materials are all the same, and they're all just as effective so it doesn't really matter either way."

"I see."

"I won't share you medicines I make anymore. Learn how to make the medicines you need and make them yourself. I'm telling you to go get the materials."

"I see, I got it. I want to carry a sufficient amount of remedy, cold medicine, and magic beast ward with me. I don't think I'd have a use for antidote, but I'd carry some nonetheless. As for stamina restoratives, I want all I can have."

Remedy is in pill form, it works on all kinds of entrails-related illness. Apparently it can retain its efficacy for nearly ten years.

Cold medicine is in the form of solid powder, it lasts for long.

Magic beast ward expires in about a year for the strongly effective one, but the less stronger ones can hold for five to six years.

Antidote never loses its efficacy.

Mana restoratives can last for decades depending on how well you make them, but Lecan is probably gonna use them up quick. He'll run out of magic stones if he keeps draining mana from magic stones after all, and mana restoratives recovers your mana continuously even while you're using magic, it's handy. There were many occasions where Lecan thought if only he had mana restoratives with him during Dungeon Ninae explorations.

Mana management becomes key when you're fighting many enemies at once or engaging in a series of battles. Having as many mana restoratives as possible will open up so many possibilities in those fights.

(I shouldn't have forgotten to gather Shiarigi grass.)

(Shira said she's gathered hers.)

(But I dunno how much she's willing to share.)

Mana restoratives has Zahad moss as the main material, and Nichia grass, Shiarigi sprouts and Tago grass as the sub materials.

Shira told him that they had to gather Shiarigi sprouts during their herb gathering spree for Nichia grass in month two. And yet Lecan forgot about it. Then on the last day of month four, Shira spoke to him, <I've gone and gathered Shiarigi sprouts myself since you seemed busy.>

He was the one who asked her to accept him as her apprentice in order to learn how to make mana restoratives, and yet he went and forgot to gather the materials he was told to. This blunder is completely on Lecan. He should have remembered to ask her about gathering Shiarigi back then.

(Shira might have said nothing to me about it on purpose.)

If so, she's quite a strict teacher.






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Okami wa Nemuranai 19.11_12

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The next day, both Lecan and Eda slept until just before noon.

His body felt very sluggish when he got up.

He thought of drinking a red potion, but stopped short when he recalled Shira's words.

According to Shira, people grow by fighting wounds and fatigue their body suffers, but drinking potions would erase those fights altogether.

Lecan ate the lunch Eda prepared and took out the spider materials.

He stacked them up in the house's cramped garden, which wasn't enough and so he put the rest in two vacant rooms full, as well as six <Boxes> he got from Heles before he got them all out.

There were 24 Octocular Great Spiders worth of mats, but looking again, lots were damaged, and only around half were in perfect state. Some spiders had their abdomen leather taken away, some not, but due to its inherent volume, there's quite a lot. Most of the heads have one eye crushed, on top of it, the middle parts are squashed flat, so these probably won't fetch much. As some of the venom sacs were smashed, there were only 18. They still got quite a lot of spider thread from floor 20 and below as well. They forgot to sell this one when they sold mats at Town of Ninae.

Two horse-drawn wagons arrived just when he was done taking out all the mats.

"Lecan-sama. We're truly grateful for your patronage."

It's Dans.

He's a head clerk of Chaney Company, quite a high ranking one on the employee ladder.

He had two bodyguards, two coachmen and also four employees to help loading and unloading the luggage. The two coachmen and four employees were unfamiliar faces, but Lecan knew the two bodyguards.

Swordsman Vandam and mage Zeki.

"Hey, Lecan. It's been a while."

"Yea."

"So I heard you went to Dungeon Ninae depths."

"Yea."

"That's mighty impressive. Hey there, Eda."

"Good afternoon, Vandam-san. I was there too you know."

"Oh did your speech change? Eh? What? You were there? You can't be tellin' me Eda went exploring to Dungeon Ninae depths too!"

"Un. Ah, good afternoon, Zeki-san."

Zeki was as taciturn as ever, he only bowed lightly at Lecan and Eda.

"Ah, and we didn't just explore the depths, we went and conquered the last floor too."

"What."

"Eh."

Vandam and Zeki were shocked.

"No, but. Don't take me wrong, Lecan's one thing, but Eda's... Hold it. Come to think of it, been hearing rumors about <Thousand Shooter Eda> being a mid-level <Recovery> user."

"Eda is a high level <Recovery> user."

"What?"

"She's also an expert archer. Someone who's conquered all 45 floors of Dungeon Ninae, Eda is quite an adept combatant now."

"Well damn. That's nuts."

"Once that fact is widely known, there should be less people attempting to mess with Eda."

"I see where yer' going. Got it. I'll go spread the rumor."

"Sorry about this."

Dans went inside and opened his eyes wide in surprise when he saw the amount of materials.

"My goodness, this is. There's so. So much of them."

Lecan did tell them about him bringing 24 Octocular Great Spiders back, but it seemed they didn't think it would be spiders whole.

Thinking again, they should be able to estimate the amount of materials Lecan's party brought from Ninae, so these two wagons and two bodyguards are their way to show the utmost respect to Lecan.

Dans instructed the employees to stuff the mats into the large <Boxes> they brought and loaded them on the wagons.

When empty, a <Box> is flat and foldable, but it swells up as you put more things inside, and once it's reached it limit, it won't swell up anymore.

Multiple <Boxes> quickly got filled to capacity, and getting loaded onto the wagon.

After a while, the first wagon has been fully loaded.

"Chiko. Deliver this wagon to the store. Once you get there, get as many large <Boxes> as you can and bring them back here with the wagon."

"Yes."

"Vandam-san, could you escort the wagon."

"Got it."

"Dans. There's mats inside these six <Boxes> too. Two of those are 10x capacity, and four are 50x."

"Eh. Yes. Thank you very much. Oy, Chiko. Bring two wagons. Get two wagons here."

"Yes."

"Lecan-sama. As for your order of light armor, am I right to believe you want them made from these materials."

"That's right."

"In that case, my master Chaney would like to consult with you after he's seen the materials, would tomorrow noon be a good time for you."

"Yea."

"As we will need to measure your sizes, it would be great if we could perform that at the store."

"That's fine."

"Thank you very much. And your orders are for three, which are."

"Yeah. It's for me, Eda, and the man over there."

Lecan pointed at Arios who was watching the loading work.

"A light armor for Arios. And also boots."



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Lecan left it to Eda and Arios to watch over the loading and went to the weapon store he bought <Sword of Rusk> at.

"Oh, that you sir. Was gonna ask how d'ya think of <Sword of Rusk>, but what's up with that giant sword."

"<Sword of Rusk> feels nice to wield. Fits well in my hand."

"Good to hear. Thought it would be about time for maintenance."

"I got it sharpened at a certain weapon store recently. Also bought this sword there."

The storekeeper took <Sword of Agost> Lecan handed him and then slightly drew the sword out of its scabbard on top of the counter.

"Ain't this, is this, <Sword of Agost>?"

"It is."

"Eeh! So this is the sword eh. I see this one's."

"Might be a bit chipped since I used it to fight in Dungeon Depths."

"That, it is. Hm. I see lots of fine scratches. They'd turn into bigger chips if you leave these alone, weakening the sword, it might even snap eventually."

"Can you resharpen it."

"Got it. Lemme at it."

"How many days would it take?"

"Gimme seven days. Can't do the usual way with something this heavy."

"Got it. And also."

"Hm?"

"Does this store accept custom orders for short swords?"

"Hmm. We got some blacksmiths here in this town yeah, and they accept custom orders. But none's got the zing to smith a short sword that can measure up to you sir."

"Guess you don't have a single-edged short sword for sale."

"Actually I do have one. Hold on a bit."

The storekeeper brought back a short sword sheathed in a hard vermilion-lacquered wood scabbard.

Drawing it out, only one edge is sharp, and it's even slightly curved.

Lecan pushed the blade against his finger to have a feel.

Too sharp a blade chips easily, but this one doesn't have such a dainty air to it.

In fact, this sword looks like it can be awfully sharp depending on the way you wield it.

It's shorter than the short sword Lecan is lending to Eda, but heavier. A nice heavy feeling to it.

To Lecan's eye, this red sheathed short sword looked exceedingly sturdy. No doubt it must be excellent at rotating around in your hand.

He thought of asking the storekeeper to let him <Appraise> it, but he decided against it.

The meaning of sturdy varies, Lecan's present state of <Appraisal> can only unfold one part of many. Which would become an extraneous information instead.

Not to mention, how good it is at rotating in hand is not something that can be <Appraisal>-ed.

"I'm taking this one. How much."

"It's two gold coins and one big silver coin."





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Okami wa Nemuranai 19.8_9_10

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Lecan stopped himself just when he was about to reflexively shoot a <Flame Spear>.

Because Eda had swiftly dodged to the right, missing the magic beast's fangs.

The magic beast couldn't change its course in the middle of its leap.

Instead, it used its left leg to attack Eda.

Eda parried that left leg with her short sword held in an overhand grip. She's supporting the short sword with the part of her left arm that's covered.

Even though she managed to skillfully kill the majority of the momentum, she still took a direct hit from an attack with the magic beast's weight behind it yet she didn't lose her balance. Her physical strength has improved so much, incomparable to her former self.

The Silver Wolf landed and quickly turned around.

Eda had already gone around it from the right.

(Nice!)

Eda went around in the same direction the magic beast turned around.

Thus it lost Eda for an instance.

Eda presses ahead as she goes around.

(Don't get reckless!)

The magic beast sensed what Eda was doing and turned its body even further with its fangs going toward Eda for the kill.

Eda slashed at its snout. She swung her short sword to the right from the left.

The short sword Lecan lent to Eda is only as sturdy as average store-bought swords, it's not that sharp either.

However, that one hit cut quite deeply even though she didn't put that much weight behind it.

'Gyan', shrieked the petrified Silver Wolf.

Eda's short sword has been thrust into its neck from right above.

Eda quickly jumped away.

Silver Wolf furiously writhed.

Both sides stopped moving.

The Silver Wolf fell down.

Eda has prevailed.


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Lecan was fretting so much and yet the battle was quite one-sided.

Eda's class as a warrior already far exceeds common Silver Wolves.

If you think about it, she's someone who's survived through many battles against dungeon depths' magic beasts.

In a one-on-one fight against a magic beast above ground, it wouldn't even be a match unless the opponent was a high-ranking magic beast and an especially strong individual.

Eda is gasping for breaths while looking down at the foe she just beat.

Rather than physical fatigue, it's more like a reverberation from a fresh experience of fighting a powerful magic beast.

Eventually, Eda turned around toward Lecan.

"Lecan."

She ran up to him and hugged him.

Lecan gently caught her.

After a while.

"Put away your short sword."

"Un."

Afterward, Lecan drained the blood out of Silver Wolf and put it in a <Box>.

Heles gave several <Boxes> to him saying that those <Boxes> she bought for exploring the dungeon were unnecessary now.

Lecan and Eda silently bowed at the site of battle before leaving back to the town.

It was evening, but Adventurer Association was still open for business.





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"My, Lecan-san. And hello there, Eda-san. Did you need something?"

Lecan showed a <Box> on his hand.

"Got it done."

"Wha?"

"We finished the quest."

"...Haaa?"

"Turned out it was a Silver Wolf. Thus we exterminated it."

"You're, lying right?"

"We've brought its carcass with us. Should we take it out here?"

"No, please don't do that here. Over here please."

Led by Aira, Lecan went to a dismantling and mats purchase spot behind the association and took the Silver Wolf's carcass out of the <Box>.

An elderly man wearing dirty work clothes spoke in amazement.

"Well dang, ain't that a Silver Wolf. And quite a big one at that. Don't seem like it's old either. Musta been strong. And this thing was right outside the town eh. Aira. Your intuition was spot on."

"I can't believe you defeated it so quickly. How did you find it?"

"That's a secret. By the way Aira."

"Yes?"

"It was Eda who defeated this magic beast. I only helped draining the blood."

"Yessss? No, that can't be, no way. You're, lying, right?"

"What's in it for me to lie."

"...No. Lecan-san doesn't speak lies. Then, Eda-san truly did it, against this powerful magic beast?"

"The wounds are all from a short sword. I only use big swords."

"Hard to believe, but it's true. When did she get so strong."

"Eda and I conquered Dungeon Ninae."

"...Wha?"

"There's more reward if we defeat the Silver Wolf, right. We'll come back and get it later. Well then."

Passing through the dumbfounded Aira, Lecan and Eda went back home.

Arios was preparing dinner inside. Portions for three even.

"Whaaa, Arios-kun! You made dinner for us! Thank you!"

"Welcome home. Please bear with it as I can't cook as well as Eda-san. Lecan-dono, a messenger from Chaney Company came by."

"I see."

"They will come here by noon with two carts. With large <Boxes> stuffed on them. However, they will send a messenger in the morning that could reschedule it for another date if tomorrow noon is a bad time for you."

"Got it. Tomorrow noon is fine. Let's get to eating now. No. Should take some bath first."

Fetching a large quantity of materials from Lecan's house is a huge undertaking.

Would have been much easier if Lecan brought those mats there himself.

However, doing that means making Lecan's <Storage> capacity known.

Using <Storage> in dungeons in front of members in the same party was unavoidable, but Lecan has no intention of disclosing this ability to anyone else.






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Okami wa Nemuranai 19.5_6_7

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"See ya now."

"P-please wait a bit!"

"What."

"We have an extermination quest, it's posted on the quest board as well."

"Aren't there always?"

"We have received a report about a sighting of a Silver Wolf (Saraje) in the vicinity of Rumoi village."

"Silver Wolf? First rank of Wolf Ogre, it's a powerful magic beast. Do these kinds of magic beasts often wander around here?"

"As far as I know, no. However, it's said that Silver Wolves did occasionally appear around this area before this town was built. By the way, what do you mean by first rank?"

"Hm? That's what written in Dungeon Golbul's handbook."

"Ah. Is that right. That's the standard at Dungeon Golbul. I believe other dungeons have their own ranking systems as well, which also get their own criteria to determine the ranks."

"Hou."

"Adventurer Association do not adopt such ranking system. Magic beasts can vary depending on the regions they appear after all, and there's so many types of them, categorizing them is an endless work. A magic beast that's called something in a region sometimes get called another in another region. Just when you thought a certain magic beast is the strongest among its kind, an even stronger one emerged, that kind of cases pop up occasionally."

"I see, then that means a party of Silver-ranked adventurers with proper equipment can defeat this Silver Wolf."

Chaney Company's personal bodyguards, Vandam and Zeki were Silver ranked adventurers. Supposedly they're capable of defeating a Silver Wolf with their skills and equipment. The Silver Wolves Lecan fought were on lower stratum of Dungeon Golbul, he has no idea how strong the ones that emerge above ground.

"However, this quest is designated as rank Copper."

"What?"

"The quest isn't exactly for an extermination, you're asked to confirm the sighting authenticity and report back, and if possible defeat it."

"I see. But won't you get forced to fight it if you encounter one."

"The Assocation's top brass has judged that the possibility of a Silver Wolf actually being around to be low. Fortunately, no one has taken on this quest in the past two days."

"But you believe there is a Silver Wolf."

"Yes."

"Your basis."

"My intuition."

"I see."

"Telnis had been saying that he wanted to take it on. I persuaded him not to because it would be dangerous if a Silver Wolf was truly there. But, it looked like he would anyway. He might take on the quest if the quest tag is still on the board tomorrow."

"The reward?"

"Two silver coins for confirming the magic beast's identity. You will get more if it's really a Silver Wolf and if you defeat it. How much will be decided in the aftermath."

Lecan has had Chaney send a messenger.

If he's not present, that messenger would come for nothing.

"Got it. Bring me the quest tag. <Willard> will take on it."

"Thank you very much. This is the spot where it was witnessed."

Aira pointed at a spot on the map.

"That's close. We'll go right away, but the investigation might start tomorrow."

"Thank you and good luck."

Rumoi village is located to the south of Vouka. There's a forest further south of Rumoi, but the sighting spot was to the northwest. Not far from Vouka's west gate.

"By the way, Lecan-san, did you buy a house?"

"Just borrowing."

"Please tell me the address."

Lecan almost reflexively gave it to her, but it would be annoying if she comes visit and presses some quests onto him. Would be quite a bother if he got called when he was relaxing.

"I refuse."



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Eda hadn't returned yet when Lecan arrived at their home.

Focusing on <Life Detection>, he managed to find red dots which appeared to be Eda and Arios.

(Fumu.)

(I've gotten better at distinguishing Eda's red dot.)

However, she was with Arios this time, the condition was more favorable than trying to find her when she's alone. In addition, there was only a few people who possessed mana around Eda this time, thus pinpointing her was easier. He's got to practice more if he wants to distinguish Eda for certain.

"We're back. Oh Lecan, you're back ahead of us."

"Pardon me."

"Eda. Extermination quest."

"Eh."

"Got a sighting of Silver Wolf near Rumoi. Would be bad to leave it alone."

"Silver Wolf! But that's way out of my league."

"You'll be with me. No problem."

"Would it be fine if I accompany you two."

"No. Arios, you stay in this house. A messenger from Chaney Company should be coming soon. Wait here and listen to what they have to say."

"I understand."

"Lecan. What about dinner?"

"We've still got enough food for another night of camping."

"Eeh. Camping again? We just got back home though."

"That's just how it is with adventurers. Let's go."











After leaving Vouka through the west gate, Lecan moved his <Life Detection> range forward, probing for Silver Wolf's location.

There were only low level monsters around this vicinity, the presence of a Silver Wolf would be obvious.

There it is.

It's really there.

A strong blue dot.

A magic beast that emanates such a strong light so close to Rumoi village, it's a miracle no one has fallen victim yet.

"Eda. Halt."

"What's wrong?"

"A thousand steps forward, there's what seems to be a Silver Wolf."

"Eh."

"You go ahead of me from here. I'll give you directions from behind."

"U-un."

"Fight with your short sword once you come in contact."

"Eh."

"Arios taught you defensive forms, didn't he."

"U-un. But he never teaches me offensive forms, you know?"

"Show me how good you are at defending. Try attacking if you think you can."

"I-I got it."

From there, Eda proceeded ahead of Lecan.

"Alright, halt. What seems to be a Silver Wolf is 200 steps ahead. I'll give you a hand if it looks bad, but fight as if I'm not here."

"Got it."

"Then, go."

Lecan felt anxious as he followed behind Eda.

He jolted when <3D Perception> caught the enemy's shape.

Excluding the tail, it's as tall as Eda.

Even though it's still smaller than the Silver Wolves Lecan beat in Dungeon Golbul, his anxiety flared up when he saw its actual form.

(This thing's jaws can bite Eda's head off.)

A few wounds could be healed with <Recovery>.

However, lost limbs cannot be cured.

There's no turning back if she dies from one hit.

(Perhaps it's too early to let her go against a Silver Wolf.)

However, on the other hand, this fight is Eda's test. If she managed to fend it off for a while without suffering serious injuries, she could seriously work as an adventurer.

As he slowly walk behind Eda, Lecan raised his right hand, its palm facing forward. Ready to shoot a <Flame Spear> anytime.

(<Flame Arrow (Veyart) is faster, but I can't blow away a Silver Wolf with anything less than a <Flame Spear>.)

Wonder if Eda notices a magic beast is lurking inside the bush ahead of her. Lecan is fretting as he watches over Eda's advance.

Magic beasts of Wolf Ogre kind are good at hiding themselves. Perhaps Eda hasn't noticed.

Right in that moment, the magic beast jumped out of the bush and ran toward Eda at blistering speed.

Then it leaped.

With its huge mouth wide open.







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