As I continued chatting with the gods, the topic of the conversation moved from the fields to the climate.
This year’s winter seems to be harsher and longer than usual, so I asked them about it.
“Abnormal weather?” [Fernoberia]
“It’s just the usual, really. Ryouma-kun, do you remember why you came to this world?” [Kufo]
“To bring Earth’s mana here, right?” [Ryouma]
“Yes. In order to supplement the lack of mana in this world, we brought you into this world along with a great amount of mana, and now the whole world is active. To make an analogy, it would be akin to a human suffering from malnutrition being able to eat normally and start recovering.” [Kufo]
“There are various factors to the environment and climate of the world, and they’re constantly changing while maintaining equilibrium. Just think of it as though the range of fluctuation for these factors has gotten slightly bigger.” [Fernoberia]
Thanks to Kufo and Fernoberia-sama’s explanations, I was able to understand.
So it turns out this year’s harsher winter is actually a good thing for the world.
The only problem is the so-called ‘slight’ climate change.
As that ‘slight’ is only slight from a god’s perspective.
We humans will have to prepare.
“It’s a little harsh for humans, I suppose.” [Kirillel]
“I don’t think there’ll be any problems as long as they prepare for winter, though.” [Rurutia]
Kirillel and Rurutia were sitting nearby, and when I heard their conversation, I thought to myself, ‘just as I thought’.
“I’ve always wanted to say this, but the information I got before coming to this world was a little off.” [Ryouma]
The three gods that brought me to this world wore an apologetic look.
“Ah, but I’m not mad or anything, though. After all, that gap in information is what led to me becoming involved with the duke’s family.” [Ryouma]
Besides, even among humans, there are differences in cultures between nations. And even those of the nation, when separated by as little as 10 years, can have a so-called generational gap. It’s only natural that there’d be a gap in the way humans and gods see things.
“It’s good that you understand that.” [Gayn]
“Living for so long changes one’s perception of time too.” [Rurutia]
“At this point, I don’t even feel the difference between decades and centuries.” [Kufo]
I don’t think I’ll ever be able to relate, but anyhow, it seems this year’s winter really will be stronger than usual. We’ll have to prepare. This will also open up a new job I have in mind.
As I thought that to myself, Sereriputa grinned broadly.
“Are you going to start something new again?” [Sereriputa]
“For the meantime, I’m thinking of coming up with a way to prevent snow from accumulating. Snowfall once isn’t a problem, but if it continues, the snow will eventually pile up and make it harder for people to move around. This will naturally also affect the flow of goods. I can make do with my magic and slimes if it’s just the snow around my store and my neighbors, but that won’t be enough if I want to help the whole town. Moreover, if the snow is going to be harsh every year from here on out, then it would be best to come up with a countermeasure as early as now.” [Ryouma]
“Exactly what do you have in mind?” [Sereriputa]
“I’m thinking of throwing people at the problem. There are still a lot of laborers, after all. To make things more efficient, I’m also thinking of trying out some snow shovels and ice breakers from Earth. There are some things I can use from my slime research too, but…” [Ryouma]
“Oh? That’s not like you. Normally, you’d be a lot more talkative when it comes to your slimes.” [Willieris]
I knew the humans saw me that way, but I didn’t know the gods did too.
“There are some research results that could prove useful in removing snow, but caution needs to be exercised when applying them.” [Ryouma]
“Caution? Did you make a bomb or something?” [Kufo]
Kufo said that in jest, but he’s actually close.
“Seriously? You really made one?” [Kufo]
“Well, I didn’t make a bomb. But I accidentally made something similar to gunpowder.” [Ryouma]
“I never heard anything about that.” [Kufo]
“Well, I haven’t talked about it yet.” [Ryouma]
I have too many things I want to talk about, so I’d ended up postponing it.
“If you want to hear about it, I’ll explain.” [Ryouma]
“Rather than wanting to hear about it…” [Kufo]
“Ryouma, your eyes are already sparkling.” [Tekun]
Apparently, the look on my face was so enthusiastic that Tekun just had to point it out.
“Okay, okay, I’ll restrain myself a little.” [Ryouma]
Anyway, as the story goes, the start of this whole thing was when I made the ‘acid detergent’ when I took on that job to clean the hot spring back at Fatma Territory.
The acid detergent is created by mixing the acid of the acid slime and the sticky liquid of the sticky slime.
That’s all it was, really, but coming up with the acid detergent made me realize that until then I haven’t really combined the liquids of different types of slimes. It’s always only been liquids from the same type of slime.
There’s just too many slime evolutions, and there’s just so many ways you could make use of a single slime variant, so the thought of mixing liquids from different slimes just completely slipped my mind.
Looking back on it, I can’t help but wonder why I couldn’t try out something so simple. I really should’ve tried mixing liquids from different slimes sooner, but I digress.
Anyway, as I was saying, the acid detergent I made was created by mixing the acid and the sticky liquid, and upon creating the solution, a trace of fine powder settled at the bottom of the solution’s container.
“This is that fine powder.” [Ryouma]