After that I went home and was summoned to the room of the duke’s family.
“Welcome home~.” [Elize]
“Good work out there, Ryouma-san.” [Elialia]
“Work ended early today, huh? How’s the abandoned mine?” [Reinbach]
“Huh? You haven’t been informed yet?” [Ryouma]
“We had some things to ask the government office… As expected, it seems they haven’t touched the mine in a while. Did something happen?” [Reinbach]
“We found a goblin village today and were able to destroy it, but it was pretty tough since even a goblin king came out.” [Ryouma]
As soon as I said that, the members of the duke’s family immediately panicked.
“A goblin king!?” [Reinbach]
“Are you alright!?” [Elialia]
“Fortunately, I only had to take care of the fleeing goblins, so I didn’t have a hard time. No one died too.” [Ryouma]
“I see. That’s good to hear…” [Reinhart]
“It was a big nest with a goblin king and some goblin knights, so there were still over 2,000 goblins that went our way. It was really a huge operation, so we were sent home right after disposing the corpses.” [Ryouma]
“It’s amazing no one died despite that.” [Reinbach]
“It’s because the high rankers dealt with the goblin king, and the low rankers used traps. Oh, there’s one more thing I’d like to talk about.” [Ryouma]
I told them what I heard from those 6 adventurers regarding their difficulties since the latrine pit jobs were stopped being an option.
When I did, the members of the duke’s family became a little dispirited.
“I see…” [Reinhart]
“What’s going on at the government office right now?” [Ryouma]
“They’re currently reorganizing. The people responsible for the original allegations have already been caught, and now, other crimes are currently being pursued.” [Reinhart]
“Today’s incident will probably be held against them too. Is the guild still posting those latrine pit jobs?” [Reinbach]
“Yes. I took one of those jobs just recently.” [Ryouma]
“Guilds don’t like leaving their customers waiting, after all.” [Reinbach]
“I’ve informed those 6 adventurers that they can do the latrine pit jobs again through the guild. They were dubious whether they would really be paid, but from the looks of things, they’re at least willing to do it.” [Ryouma]
“Sorry about that… We’ll get someone new to inform the slum residents.” [Reinbach]
After that we changed the topic.
“Now, now, let’s put the heavy topic to rest. I’m glad you’re safe, Ryouma.” [Elize]
“You must be hungry after working so hard. Is there anything you want to eat?” [Reinhart]
“The slimes also worked hard, didn’t they?” [Elialia]
“Yes, but don’t worry about them. They’ve already eaten their fill with the goblins. In fact, they can start splitting again later this evening.” [Ryouma]
“Really? Which slimes are going to multiply?” [Elialia]
“Acid, poison, cleaner, and the sticky slimes.” [Ryouma]
“You’re going to get more slimes again.” [Elialia]
“They ate a lot, after all. In any case, it’s not a bad thing since more slimes means I’m stronger, and the production of the waterproof cloths and threads will also increase, not to mention the slimes will also be useful in landscaping and construction. If there’s any downside it’s the mana cost of the familiar contract. It’s no joke with so many slimes.” [Ryouma]
“It can’t be helped, there’s just too many of them. Please don’t push yourself, though.” [Elize]
“Yes. If it’s impossible to finish all the contracts today, I’ll spread it over a couple of days.” [Ryouma]
“That’s a good idea.” [Elize]
After that they asked me my plans while eating, so I told them that I plan to live as an adventurer while also looking for other avenues to make a living.
Speaking of which, I don’t know how long they’ll be staying here… I should ask.
“By the way, how long will you be staying here? I never got to ask, so…” [Ryouma]
“We haven’t told you? We’ll be staying here until the grell frog outbreak and until Elia needs to enroll.” [Reinbach]
Grell frog? If I recall correctly that’s…
“Isn’t that the monster used in armor?” [Ryouma]
“Yes, its hide can be used to make armor, while its internal organs can be used to make medicine. There’s usually an outbreak of grell frogs around this time of the year. We plan to take Elia there.” [Reinbach]
“The area is somewhere in between the town and the mines in a forest with a red mud swamp.” [Reinhart]
“Are you going to hunt grell frogs?” [Ryouma]
I thought they’d be training again, but it seems that’s not the case. Although training is a part of it, Elialia will mostly be tagging along. Their real objective is apparently the flock of rimel birds that passes by at the same time as the grell frog outbreak.
“Rimel birds are beautiful blue-winged bird-type monsters. Moreover, they also have a beautiful voice. On top of that, they also fly quickly, making them popular among monster tamers.
Unfortunately, taming one isn’t easy and there’s not a lot of people that could tame one, so it’s not often that one gets to see a rimel bird. Yet those rare birds are going to come in droves during the grell outbreak. I suggest you come too, Ryouma-kun. Just the rimel birds alone are worth us staying here.” [Elize]
So monsters aren’t all scary, huh. But if they prey on grell frogs, then that means they’re carnivorous. When I think of carnivorous birds, crows that fish for garbage bags come to mind, but considering their color, peacocks might be closer. I don’t know. In any case, my curiosity has been piqued. I think I’ll go see them too.
“I’d like to see them too.” [Ryouma]
“You should come with us then.” [Elialia]
“That would be great. Please let me come.” [Ryouma]
“Sure! Let’s go together!” [Elialia]
I promised the ojousama I’d see the rimel birds with her, then when I was done eating, I went back to my room.
I had the slimes split and formed contracts with them before sleeping, but I ran out of mana halfway through, so I had to put off the rest until tomorrow. I still have some MP Recovery potions with me, but it seemed wasteful to use them for this.
Just some clarification on the short sword. The word is tanken (短剣), and literally, it’s short sword (短=short, 剣=sword), but the dictionary also listed dagger as a possible translation. Originally, I translated it as short sword, but after looking around, it seems dagger is a more popular translation, so I decided to change it into dagger.
PDFs/pubs still not updated. Tomorrow. And we only got three chapter parts this week. I’ll post another TMPG tomorrow. KmF the day after, and then GK.