3 days later.
Aside for that one landslide, our trip went smoothly. And because there was always someone with me around the clock, I gradually learned to talk normally. I’m still a bit stiff when talking, but people can at least understand me now.
Today, we finally reached our destination: Gimuru Town.
“We’re here, the Town of Gimuru.” [Elize]
“So this is Gimuru…” [Ryouma]
A quiet town surrounded by high walls and greeneries, that was my first impression of it. It was smaller compared to Kereban, the town we stopped by last, but because of that it appeared more stable.
I’ve heard it specializes in iron and steel because of a nearby mine, so I was expecting it to be a bit rowdier, but this is good too.
Along the way, however, Reinhart-san mentioned that the production of iron has been declining, and this year it has finally reached the point where they might have to close the mine down due to lack of profit. Seeing the state of the mine is actually one of the reasons the Jamil Household came here.
That being said, it seems they’ve already made their mind to abandon it. “There’s more than one mine, so it shouldn’t pose too big of a problem if we close one down,” Reinhart-san said. So they’re definitely expecting to close it down. It’s not really a topic to discuss with a kid though, so he might have left out some details.
The acquisition rate from that one mine has been mostly zero these past 3 years, so unless they find a new vein, they’re closing it for good. On top of that, the miners have already stopped working there since last year. Not that it’s surprising or anything, after all, I’m sure anyone would prefer to do work that actually gets results. When it affects your income, all the more.
“We’ll leave our luggage at the inn, and then we’ll drop by the tamer guild to register.”
The tamer guild is the guild in charge of monster tamers and conjurers. Its main function is to introduce jobs and gather information. It also introduces its members to lodging that they can stay at with their familiars, as well as provide feed for cheap. In other words, it acts as a support to affiliated members.
Other guilds also exist, such as the adventurer guild, the mage guild, and the merchant guild, but the tamer guild has the least members. Due to many people finding familiars scary, monster tamer as a profession is relatively unpopular. As such, the scope of the tamer guild is a lot smaller than others, and it also has fewer branches. Gimuru Town happens to have a mine nearby, so there’s a branch here due to the abundance of cargo work.
…I heard most of that from the madam, though.
The madam is in high spirits today, so much so that she pulled me and the ojousama along as she hummed…
But there was something bothering me, so I asked her a question.
“How much information should I give to the guild?” [Ryouma]
“Sharing information is up to the discretion of the discoverer, so it’s up to you to decide how much would be fine.” [Elize]
I see, then…
“In that case, I’ll register the information regarding the slime evolution conditions and the method to tame a big slime. I’ll also register the 2 new slime variants.” [Ryouma]
“You’re keeping the sticky slime’s sticky liquid’s usage a secret?” [Elize]
“Yes since doing so would raise the odds for counterfeit products appearing once waterproof cloths are introduced into the market.” [Ryouma]
“Well, that’s true.” [Elize]
We were originally planning to go straight to the tamer guild, but then Reinbach-sama said this.
“Ryouma-kun, you’ve never gone to the church before, right? In that case, I think it would be better if we go there first to get your status examined.” [Reinbach]
When he said that, Reinhart-san and the madam both made an ‘Oh, right!’ face.
Apparently, one will receive a status board after getting his status checked at the church, a magic tool that allows one to show his status. Having one would make registering in the guild easier, so it was advisable to get one first.
For example, if there was a requirement to know Monster Taming or Conjuration to register, so long as one has a status board, all he would have to do to prove he’s met said conditions is to show the column where his skills are located and he’ll immediately be able to register. Without one, one would have to wait for a while, as the clerk in charge would have to prepare a slime, so that the applicant may attempt a contract to prove that he’s met said conditions.
As such, we decided to change our plans and go to the Church of World Creation first. Also, we left the slimes to watch our lodging while we’re gone. We could have brought them if we were just going to the tamer guild, but it can’t be helped.
When we got to the church, the person who greeted us was an elderly woman dressed in religious garment.
“Welcome, are you here to attend the chapel?” [Nun]
“We’re here to get this child’s status board. Due to some circumstances, he hasn’t gotten his status board yet.” [Reinhart]
“I see, follow me then. I will lead you to the baptism hall.” [Nun]
I had to follow the woman dressed in religious garment alone, as only people receiving the baptism could enter.
“Please enter.” [Nun]
“Excuse me.” [Ryouma]
The room she led me to had a crystal ball and pedestal just like the one I saw back at Kereban at the guard house. Everything looked exactly the same except for the vertical rectangular depression about as big as one’s hand on the pedestal.
“This plate will become your status board. We’ll place this here in the depressed spot, and as soon as you touch the crystal ball, the baptism will end. The crystal ball will emit a powerful light upon touching it, but please don’t be alarmed.” [Nun]
The woman said as she showed me a transparent plate. After setting it inside the depressed spot, she urged me to touch the crystal.
“Please touch the crystal.” [Nun]
While feeling a little excited, I slowly approached the crystal and touched it. In that instant, a blinding light illuminated from the crystal. It was just like when I came to this world for the first time.
The light was so strong that I was forced to close my eyes. In fact it was so strong that it was not eigengrau that greeted me upon closing my eyes but a red color that gradually grew weaker as the light became fainter.
Tl Note: I’ll post another part tomorrow, but no guarantees if I’ll finish this chapter or not, as I need to post KmF too.
As for the schedule, we’ll slowly inch our way back to our normal spot of Friday release. GK is only posted four times a week and coupled with one TMPG + one KMF, that totals to 6 releases a week, allowing us to inch back one day every week until we’re back to our rightful place at Friday.