The Man Picked up by the Gods – Volume 3 Chapter 227: Laying the Groundwork (4/4)

On the way back.

There were no jobs left to do, so I was originally planning on going home directly, but I decided to drop by the tamer guild. It was evening already, so there were barely any people left in the tamer guild. The reception desk was also empty. But despite it almost being closing time, the receptionist girl didn’t make an unhappy face and called out to me.

“Welcome. What may I do for you today?” [Receptionist]

“I’d like to procure some sprint rabbit meat. I’d like to get as much as I can, but how much would be convenient for you? I can use dimension magic, so please don’t worry about the transportation. Also, I caught some goblins this morning and tamed them, so I’d be much obliged if I could receive some pointers on what to watch out for when raising them.” [Ryouma]

“Understood. The sprint rabbit meat needs to be checked first, so please wait for a while.” [Receptionist]

As she said that, she turned to the man that passed by behind her, and asked him to checked the store room, then she turned back to me.

“As for the goblins, first, can you tell me what you intend to use them for?” [Receptionist]

“For some odd jobs. I’m managing the northern abandoned mines, so I was thinking of having them help with the farmlands and with carrying some luggage.” [Ryouma]

“Let’s start with their food then. Goblins are omnivores and can eat basically anything, so they’ll eat anything you give them. There’s nothing in particular that they’re not allowed to eat, so as long as you use some common sense, you can feed them basically anything, even slightly old food. If there’s one thing you need to be careful of, it would be ‘feeding them too much’.” [Receptionist]

“Feeding them too much?” [Ryouma]

“Yes. If you feed them too much, they’ll multiply quickly.” [Receptionist]

“The reproductive strength of goblins is said to be their strong point. It’s also the most dangerous part about them.” [Ryouma]

“Exactly. So long as there’s food and they’re able to copulate, they can breed three times in a month. If you’re not careful, a horde will be upon you before you know it. Also, this isn’t common knowledge, but overfeeding goblins can also make it more likely for hobgoblins and other higher variants to appear.” [Receptionist]

“I see… So that’s why large hordes of goblins are dangerous.” [Ryouma]

Of course, number in and of itself is a threat, but what makes a horde of goblin really dangerous is the fact that when there’s more of them, it’s easier to procure food, which in turn makes it easier for higher variant goblins to appear. I myself once participated in a large-scale goblin subjugation mission. At the time I was in charge of dealing with the goblins running away, but something like that was probably happening in the nests that the higher ranked adventurers invaded.

“Oh? You participated in that mission during spring?” [Receptionist]

“Yes, actually, I mainly work as an adventurer.” [Ryouma]

“Is that so? If you were there, then I’m sure you must understand already, but goblins are really terrifying monsters when it comes to their reproductive strength. It’s common for people to say things like ‘before I knew it, there was too many of them’ or ‘I couldn’t stop higher variants from appearing and an accident occurred’. Should your tamed monsters end up hurting others, you will be penalized along with your monsters, so please be careful. Of course, your safety is a matter of concern as well.” [Receptionist]

“Thank you. I’ll keep it in mind.” [Ryouma]

…The receptionist girl couldn’t hide her doubts from showing on her face, but apparently, hobgoblins are much bigger and stronger than normal goblins.

Because of that there are tamers who want to feed their goblins lots of food to tame a hobgoblin, thus causing there to be many many accidents involving them. It’s necessary to know one’s limits and cut down the goblins when needed, but… I can’t even see the limits of my contracts just yet, and as long as I figure out how to talk with the goblins effectively, they’ll probably be much easier to handle than the clever chickens.

I threatened them at first, but they’re simple-minded and honest, so dealing with them should be a lot easier on the mind than the clever chickens. Moreover, the clever chickens might look like they’re all bark and no bite, but they’re actually a lot stronger than the goblins. Besides, Kohaku is doing his best mediating, so there shouldn’t be any problems.

In fact, I’m sure he’s working even harder when I’m not looking, so I should really be thanking him for his efforts. Unfortunately, if I give him special treatment, the other clever chickens will get annoying, so any attempt to thank him might just end up causing him more trouble. If anything, not doing anything special for him might actually be the best thing I can do for him.

While I was thinking that to myself, the male employee from before came back and handed a small letter to the receptionist girl.

“Sorry to keep you waiting. We can provide as much as 50 sprint rabbits.” [Receptionist]

“I’ll take 50 then. There’s no need to butcher them.” [Ryouma]

“Understood. We’ll prepare them immediately.” [Receptionist]

At that, one hairless rabbit after another that looked like a naked mole rat was brought before me. These rabbits were also bulging with muscles like bodybuilders. They were so big that a child would only be able to carry one of them at a time.

They’re rabbits, but they’re not soft at all. On the contrary, they’re really hard, and they don’t look cute. Although, depending on the person, I suppose they could still be cute, but I don’t know. Regardless, that’s what a sprint rabbit looks like.

“49, 50. And that’s all of them. That will be 1,500 suits.” [Receptionist]

I paid the amount she asked for. It was quite affordable, really. After all, 1,500 suits for 50 rabbits comes down to 30 suits per rabbit. That’s about a third of a normal adult’s daily living expense.

“Sprint Rabbits reproduce even faster than goblins, you see. They’re beast tamers’ most reliable ally when it comes to raising carnivorous monster beasts.” [Receptionist]

“At this size and at this prize, the costs of raising beasts can also be minimized… By the way, can humans eat these? I’ve never seen a butcher sell them.” [Ryouma]

“They’re not poisonous, but you’d better not. Some financially burdened people have tried them before, but everyone always says that they’re ‘difficult to chew’ and ‘can’t be eaten’. As you can see, they’re full of muscles, so their meat will also be quite hard. I’ve heard that there are even some people who’ve broken their jaws trying to eat them.” [Receptionist]

Figures. At this price some people would have naturally also thought about eating them. Still, I can’t help my curiosity. Anyway, I threw those mountain of sprint rabbit corpses into my Item Box, and went on my way after thanking the receptionist girl.

The goblins have just joined the ranks of my monsters, and I want to show to them that I intend to keep my promise this morning, so tonight, I’ll let them feast as much meat and potatoes as they want.

As for the higher goblin variants, I’ll talk to them about it.






22 responses to “The Man Picked up by the Gods – Volume 3 Chapter 227: Laying the Groundwork (4/4)”

  1. Belkar Avatar

    Thank you!

  2. St.George Avatar

    Thanks for the chapter!

  3. Re-chan Avatar

    Thank you for translating this! I LOVE this story!

  4. Talon Sengir Avatar
    Talon Sengir

    is it just me or does every chapter kinda leave you wanting for more?

    1. Sibushang Avatar

      That’s the sign of a good author and a great translator.

    2. Philip Avatar

      That’s how stories should be, at least from time to time, else readers might drop it or even forget about it. Since this novel doesn’t use cliffhangers too much yet still is interesting, then it should be considered high quality stuff 😀

  5. Philip Avatar

    Tough meat should need marinating and/or stewing for a long time. Well, this is a fantasy story, maybe Ryouma just needs to tenderize the meat, by force.
    Thanks for the chapter! Awesome translation! God bless you!

    1. Marethyu Avatar

      No need by force, just marinate it in honey for around an hour is enough. That should break down the protein and give you a tender meat.

  6. ashton Avatar

    she just told him not to overfeed them…

    Is he planning to become a mou raising monster armies ?

  7. pokeperson1000 Avatar

    He’s gonna cook the sprint rabbits to the point that their meat turns soft, isn’t he?

  8. SFcipher Avatar

    Thanks for the treat.

  9. MIVV Avatar

    thanks for the chapter

  10. Mio Avatar

    Thanks for the chapter desu~

    How does Ryouma expect to feed his goblins if they can’t even chew through the meat? It also sounds like he’s looking to raise some hobs.

    [Of course, number in and of itself is a threat, but what makes a horde of goblin really dangerous is the fact that when there’s more of them, it’s easier to procure food, which in turn makes it easier for higher variant goblins to appear.]
    * horde of goblin —> horde of goblins

  11. Vino Avatar

    Thank you for the chapter. Finally caught up now 😀

  12. Dhairy Avatar

    Thanks a lot will be eagerly waiting for nxt chapter

  13. Mychael Dark Avatar
    Mychael Dark

    Thank you for the update.

  14. Sam Vimes Avatar
    Sam Vimes

    If the meat is too tough then clearly it needs to be served as a stew.

  15. daisy Avatar

    Thank you. ❤

  16. Em Avatar

    Thank you! I am excited for the next chapter to come 🙂

  17. leonardo Avatar

    dammit, only 13 days and i’m ready on the releasing chapters

  18. darkloki2 Avatar

    Thanks for the chapter, this novel has a feeling of slime tensei shtara and is going for re monster feeling

  19. John Fritz Avatar
    John Fritz

    Did you learn that from a certain anime called Shokugeki no Soma? I loved that anime since it just gives you cooking knowledge. But honey is a luxury in that world so maybe Onions or Pineapple? He could also use a pressure cooker to tenderize the meat

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