Chapter 8: The old man gets a doll.

We arrived at the town of Grannel, a town situated in close proximity to the capital of the Laluzulu kingdom. Grannel is a town that is larger than Greenwood as a whole, and was divided into two sections: the agricultural zone and the commercial zone. The agricultural zone covered a large amount of land with the most prominent crop being the rice paddy as it was currently in season.

 

  [Looks like we arrived at a good timing. We’ll be eating freshly harvested rice that is so sweet and delicious that you could eat it alone.] (Yuuya)

 

Since this world’s wasn’t especially globalized, their preservation and distribution technologies were lacking, causing the quality of food outside their seasons to drop. Although it was possible to eat rice during the other seasons elsewhere, it was difficult to eat freshly harvested rice making it a luxury.

 

  [Luna prefers bread but rice is good too.] (Luna)
  [I feel that way too. It’s hard and dry and has a weird smell. It’s delicious with soup though.] (Til)

  [You’ll understand once you’ve tasted how it’s supposed to be.] (Yuuya)

Once they’ve tasted rice at its best, I’m sure their opinions will change. I’ll have to choose the store carefully though as most stores would only replenish their stores with fresh grains once the older batch are sold. 

 

  [Although the first thing would be to head to the guild..] (Yuuya)

 

Normally I would head to the guild while the girls acted on their own however it was time to show Luna and the other girls to the guild as accomplished adventurers.

 

  [Everyone, let’s head to the guild together.] (Yuuya)

  [Uhn! Let’s go!] (Luna)

  [Yuuya-niisan has finally recognized us.] (Til)

 

The two girls had responded first as it seems to have been on their mind for awhile. Although Selene has been visually frustrated ever since we entered the town.

 

  [Relax a little. I doubt anyone will recognize you since your hair colour is different. Even if someone looked closely you would just look like a passer-by.] (Yuuya)

  [I understand but I just can’t help but get nervous being this close to the capital.] (Selene)

I could understand where she’s coming from. Although this wasn’t the capital city, there were still many people who knew about Princess Lutra of the capital. Since she was the child who was born with silver hair, people were singing about the second coming of Renoir. However since everyone was focused on her silver hair, her other features were not as well-known. She has always been thinking about the time her disguise would be blown, however there was no reason to worry to that extent.

 

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After arriving at the guild, we were being taken care of by a popular receptionist as we handed over a letter of introduction by Flaregard’s branch, placing us higher on the priority list. As usual, the popular receptionist was a beauty.

 

  [Nice to meet you. My name is Maria1. You’ve had a wonderful career, piling up this number of achievements in the past month alone. Let alone the number, each of them are impressive in itself. With the average level of only 35, defeating the Coronoa Dragon as well as defeating the Temple of the Primal Flame at level 36! It is my honour to be serving you. It is important to navigate past difficult quests however it is important to enjoy yourselves as well. I hope you enjoy yourself in Grannel and leave the matter about your lodging to us.] (Maria)

 

She seemed to be an extremely bright person as we proceeded to register our party. The registration process itself was short and simple and our lodging was already prepared. However, the receptionist’s eyes turned cloudy as we completed our registration.

 

  [Uhm. Yuuya-sama. This may sound rude but could you please decide on a party name? Even though it’s fine to continue being nameless, considering your achievements so far there might be people who would nominate you for a quest. It’ll be difficult for your potential client if you continue without a name.] (Maria)

  [Well.. That’s true.. ] (Yuuya)

 

Our party name is important. More so in something as private as a nominated quest since the information had to be conveyed to the client. Even the guild wouldn’t be able to introduce my party as *Yuuya’s Party* if they did not know of me in the first place. Eventually, even the towns we’ve been to would forget us without a name and we’ll lose the opportunity to complete difficult quests while making a name for us in the process.

 

  [Yuuya, we’ve been procrastinating on this for a long time. How about we decided on the name right now?] (Phil)

 

Phil came up to the desk as the receptionist widened her eyes in shock.

 

  [Could you be, that charismatic Phil Etherlance-sama!?2 I saw you at a parade I went to once! We’ve also met once at a guild gathering! Phil-sama was already perfect as a receptionist.. But as an adventurer you were in the same party as the hero Leonard…? Yuuya? Are you that Yuuya? The master of the hero, the strongest yet weakest knight, the undefeatable apex of all swordsmen, that Yuuya Grandwood?3 It’s a lie~~. Me of all people, meeting two of the members of the Roaring SIlver Dragon. Ahh I’m glad to be alive~] (Maria)

 

The receptionist continued to smile, staring at me and Phil while letting out a joyful voice. 

Well.. I expected someone to recognise us sooner or later. On the other hand, it would be weirder for someone to think I was just someone who resembled me at this point.

 

  [Firstly, could you please treat us differently. In fact, isn’t our guild registration number different?] (Yuuya)

 

Everybody receives a guild registration together with their status card. Since it is the most reliable identification method that can’t be hidden along with the person’s status although our information have been resetted along with our levels. In fact, this is likely the reason why we’ve been treated differently by every other person in the past. Thanks to this I couldn’t receive any messages sent to my previous number, however the advantages of travelling as a separate person was greater.

 

  [I see that you have your own circumstances. I understand. I won’t pry nor will I snitch. Leave it to this Maria! I’ll keep Yuuya-sama and Phil-sama in my heart!] (Maria)

 

Thankfully she looked like a good girl who’ll keep her word since it’ll be troublesome if someone asked me about my level. 

I could hear Luna and Til’s voices from behind.

 

  [Yuuya’s previous party, Roaring Silver Dragon… So cool.] (Luna)

  [Yuuya’s  titles are cool too. Master of the hero, the strongest weakest knight, the undefeatable apex of swordsmen. I want to have my own titles too.] (Til)

 

I clenched my fists to hide my emotions. Please stop it Til. I may have thought they were cool as other people called me by my titles but now I wished to have a simpler title…

It was a dark time..

 

  [Well let’s just leave it at that. We’ve talked about the name of our party before haven’t we? Did anyone come up with a name they want? Otherwise we’ll leave this matter as it is and decide on another day.] (Yuuya)

 

We still have plenty of things to do before the day ends. It’ll be much more beneficial to discuss tonight rather than spend time trying to think of a name.

 

    [Luna wants Yuuya and his happy friends!] (Luna)

    [Rejected. That sounds like the party revolves around me.] (Yuuya)

 

How did you even come up with that name?

 

  [How about True Dragon Knights? Dragons sound cool. Knights sounds cool too. Mixing the two is even cooler!] (Til)

  [Isn’t the only one even remotely resembling a dragon Erik? In fact, where did you even get the idea of knights from?] (Yuuya)

 

Please stop this, I can’t handle anymore than that.

 

  [Speaking of dragons, Yuuya-niisan’s previous party Roaring Silver Dragon didn’t even have a dragon did you.] (Til)

  [Kyu!] 

 

For some reason Erik was even cheering Til. He might even be happy to hear that our party may represent him with our name.

 

  [That party is that party and this party is this party. Anyway, rejected.] (Yuuya)

 

In any case, there was indeed a dragonkin thief in our party. Speaking of him, I wonder if Lyle is doing well now. I kinda feel like having a drink with him after such a long time. 

There’s just the two adults left as I turned my gaze towards Phil and Selene. 

Phil was the first to voice her opinion.

 

  [Uh. The name I thought of was the Mixed Wine. With elves like me and Til, a fox-girl in Luna, a human in Yuuya and a noble in Selene all together in a single party. Different people from different backgrounds put our powers together, as if it was a perfect blend of wine.] (Phil)

  [As expected of Phil. It’s a nice name that suits us.] (Yuuya)

 

It could be a surprisingly nice name for us.

 

  [What about you Selene?] (Yuuya)

  [The name I thought of was the Twilight Home. I think of this party as a place that I want to return to.] (Selene)

  [Uhn. Luna understands how you feel. Luna will return to wherever Yuuya is.] (Luna)

 

Phil and Til both nodded as their eyes told me that they were convinced.

 

  [Looks like it’s settled. Our party name will be Twilight Home.] (yuuya)

  [Uhn. Perfect.] (Luna)

  [The True Dragon Knights will give up!] (Til)

  [I think that it’s nice too.] (Phil)

 

Selene looked a little embarrassed at our reactions.

 

  [Thank you. I’m happy that everyone decided to use my name. I’m starting to get embarrassed. Speaking of which, we’ve not heard the name that Yuuya-ojisan’s4 name yet. What name did you come up with?] (Selene)
  [I put all of our specialties together, Fox’s Bow, Sword and Shield5.] (Yuuya)

  [Yuuya, if this name is fine then I don’t understand why you are embarrassed by the Roaring Silver Dragons.] (Luna)

  [My thoughts exactly! Exactly!] (Til)

  [Kyu kyu!] 

 

As I thought, is it a feeling that’s absent in children? The two names are completely different.

 

  [Uhm. Sorry Yuuya but I don’t understand either.] (Phil)

  [I agree as well. I don’t see how they are different.] (Selene)

 

What?…. 

If the two of them are saying so…

 I should reflect on this a little, just a little.

 

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After registering our party name as the Twilight Home, we proceeded to check in at the inn arranged by the guild and kept our luggage before leaving the inn. Our raptor carriage was also left at a reliable store. 

Then, we arrived at a Doll store.

Although there were many stores that sold dolls in the city, I decided to head towards the store that was the most prominent during the game era. Since princess Renoir was a legend from hundreds of years ago, we are probably several centuries ahead of the game era although there wasn’t anything to prove that something special in the game would work now. 

Regardless, I’ll gladly keep any item that might have special effects since it is also likely for the abilities of the store to be passed down to future generations.

 

  [Looks like we’re lucky. There isn’t a long queue.] (Yuuya)

  [Lines are a little troublesome.] (Phil)

  [It looks even more popular than the last time we came.] (Yuuya)

  [I remember now. At the time we couldn’t even afford a single doll so we didn’t even consider getting one.] (Phil)

 

Phil began to laugh as she recalled what happened in the past. At the time the thought of enjoying myself didn’t come to mind as I was always thinking of charging forward.

  [But Yuuya-niisan. It’s already late and I’m hungry. By the time the queue ends our stomach will reach our backs.] (Til)

  [Luna too.] (Luna)

 

I am prepared for that as well.

 

  [Truth is I’ve bought onigiri from a restaurant recommended by the receptionist.] (Yuuya)

 

I began distributing the onigiri in my magic bag to the unimpressed girls as the onigiri looked fairly simple.

 

  [It doesn’t look delicious.] (Luna)

  [I’ll still eat it since I’m hungry.] (Til)

 

Luna and Til6 bit into the onigiri as their eyes became wide open.

 

  [Delicious, its fluffy and not hard and dry at all! This rice tastes like magic!] (Luna)

  [The filling is delicious too. It’s sweet and spicy meat and goes well with rice. Yuuya-niisan, one more please!] (Til)

  [That is how rice is supposed to be.] (Yuuya)

 

I handed over a second piece to the two of them as I began eating my own portion.I bit into the onigiri causing the unique fragrance and sweetness of the fresh rice spread throughout my mouth right  The filling consists of simmered pork cooked in honey causing the meat to be soft and allowing the fat to melt and mix with the rice although it was cold. This was my first time having such a delicious rice ball.

 

  [Yuuya-ojisama. It’s so delicious that I’m surprised such a thing existed this close to the castle. I’ve not seen anything like this.. I’m glad that I got to experience such a thing on my trip.] (Selene)
  [Let’s leave the solemn mood to the end shall we. Let’s enjoy today to the fullest.] (Yuuya)

  [Yes, let’s do that.] (Selene)

Selene smiled as we continued to enjoy our onigiris until it was our turn.

Without any discussion and any hesitation, we ordered four Yuuya dolls.

 

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After two hours, we finally left the store.

I’m exhausted..

After placing our order, I felt the gaze of all the customers and the craftsmen pierce through me as they all heard the order for four Yuuya dolls and one of each girl in our party. I felt like I could hear the atmosphere mumbling harem,harem,harem the entire time we were in the store. The four girls were all amazing in their right with Luna and Til being a little young, but I was still shot with envious and jealous gazes from the other customers. 

When asked by the craftsmen about our relationship, I made sure to mention that they were my disciples, with Phil being my girlfriend and Til being her sister.

 

  [Yuuya, let’s exchange dolls!] (Luna)

  [Me too, It’s my doll!] (Til)

  [I’ll take good care of Yuuya-ojisama’s doll.] (Selene)

  [I pray that this will make you think of me.] (Phil)

 

I received the doll from each of the girls as I gave back a doll of my own. Since each of the dolls were made after a beautiful girl, by an expert craftsmen, each of the dolls were beautiful too. They were all made well and I wanted them even if they were just plain dolls. 

As soon as the girls received my dolls however, the scene of each girl treating my doll so affectionately caused the atmosphere to become flowery.

 

  [Everyone, remember the legend involving the dolls. If your feelings towards the person are true, then if you were to be in danger, then the doll will take your place and take the danger away for you.] (Yuuya)

 

That was the doll’s ability in the game. There was a hidden status behind everyone’s status, which was shared between companions. By exchanging dolls between companions with this status above a certain value, you’ll be able to survive any misfortune7 or lethal damage by taking your place making it an extremely useful item. However unlike the game, I can’t confirm how intimate I am with my companions. Since I’m constantly thinking of my companions, I believe everyone is doing the same and that we’ll definitely be protected by the doll.

 

  [Uhn. Luna likes Yuuya. Yuuya also likes Luna! Which is why the doll will protect us.] (Luna)

  [Me too, but I don’t want my Yuuya doll to be destroyed.] (Til)

 

The two girls raised their opinions as Selene and Phil merely smiled at the scene. It feels as if the dolls had caused our party’s relationship to deepen.

Now that we’ve done everything on our list, it’s about time for us to return to the inn.

Since Luna and TIl mentioned that they weren’t satisfied, it’ll be a good idea to return to the shop earlier and purchase a couple more onigiris.

 

  [Tomorrow, be sure to prepare yourselves. It’ll be time for the monsters to be re spawned.] (Yuuya)

 

I heard a bit of good news from the guild, that the monsters will be re spawning tomorrow.  Tomorrow will be the perfect time to raise our levels, so let’s hunt to our hearts content.

 

Note: 

  1. Maria in the raws was called メリア (Meria). I couldn’t tell what name it was so.. Maria it is
  2. I vaguely remember translating her name once but I couldn’t remember what it is, so.. Etherlance it is. 
  3. You’ve probably guessed that I’m bad with names. So.. Grandwood it is.
  4.  The author didn’t mention ojisan which is how Selene addresses Yuuya so I’m inserting it since it sounds like Selene.
  5. Oh gawdd please stop it with the names. I have absolutely no idea how to translate this so someone please enlighten me. This is probably the chapter I would never want to translate ever again. T.T. The kanji is (弓狐剣盾,きゅうこけんじゅん). 
  6. The author made an error and wrote Phil but I’m assuming it’s Til anyway (I guess I’m not the only one bad with names)
  7. The word used for the doll means misfortune or danger, but it can also mean death.

 

Sorry that this chapter took much longer than usual. I’m quite rusty as I’ve been busy so I apologize if the chapter feels somewhat awkward. The fact that there were a lot of names and the chapter being slightly longer didn’t help at all *sobs*. 

Chapter 7: The old man travels towards Grannel.

On the road leading away from Flaregard, a raptor carriage could be seen travelling as it left several merchant carriages in the dust, overtaking them with speeds several times higher than normal horses. Not only were Raptors much stronger than horses, they had an extremely light appetite as well which made them much more efficient in longer travels. Despite this, merchants often avoided raptors as they had a primitive mindset, following only beings that were stronger than itself. On the other hand, adventurers preferred Raptors to horses as they were much easier to handle as compared to a horse.

 

At the front of the carriage, the sound of a bell constantly rang due to the shaking of the carriage. Since monsters disliked the ring of the Amulet Bell, we were less likely of being attacked so long as we kept moving. Luna crawled onto the coachman seat as she placed herself comfortably onto my lap. I’ve been spoiling her too much recently.

 

  [Yuuya, the wind feels good~~~] (Luna)
  [I agree. You wouldn’t be able to feel this if you didn’t own a Raptor.] (Yuuya)

  [Hey Yuuya, why didn’t we use this back at the Temple of the Primal Flame?] (Luna)

  [The bell only works on monsters below level 30. It’s not really usable against monsters in the dungeon but it’s pretty useful for trips like this.] (Yuuya)

 

Most monsters that live outside of dungeons are usually lower levelled making the Amulet Bell much more useful here. Although we would be safe even against a surprise attack by lower levelled monsters, the same couldn’t be said for our carriage and our Raptors.

 

  [But aren’t Raptors monsters too? Why don’t they dislike it.] (Luna)

  [Domestic Raptors have been trained since birth to grow accustomed to items such as this. So we don’t have to worry unless you’ve tamed a wild Raptor who finds the sound disturbing.] (Yuuya)

  [Uhn. I’m glad.] (Luna)

 

Luna is a kind child. She may have been worried about Raptor this entire time and came to me to ask about it. While we were travelling on the road, Luna’s eyes began shining as she stared at the surrounding scenery, shaking her fox tail vigorously.

Her tail was extremely ticklish though.

 

  [Hey Yuuya, what kind of city is our next city?] (Yuuya)
  [Ah! I’m curious about that too Yuuya-niisan!] (Til)

 

After catching wind of Luna’s question, Til began moving towards the driver’s seat. She started hugging onto me from behind as if she was competing with Luna. Since Til still had much room for growth, I hope she’ll learn to be more mindful of her actions.

 

  [It’s tiring for me if you continue on like this. Can you sit next to me instead.] (Yuuya)

  [Uhn I understand. So what kind of city are we going to?] (Til)

 

Her tone this time around seemed much more serious than before.

 

  [Let’s see. Grannel became a prosperous city as its situated near the Laluzulu Kingdom’s capital. Their specialities are similar to Greenwood in that the surrounding nature is thriving, making their main attractions the scenery and their agriculture. Dungeon-wise, their difficulties are around the same levels as Flaregard and the environments are mainly greenery like Greenwood.] (Yuuya)

  [Hurray. Luna is weak against heat. No more heat.] (Luna)

  [Uhn. Forests are great. Us elves are unstoppable in the forest.] (Til)

 

It looks like the two of them are satisfied not having to deal with the heat anymore. Their feelings are understandable though since one was a fox-demihuman with a thick and fluffy tail while another grew up in the cooling forest.

 

  [Yuuya, is there any speciality like hot springs in Grannel?] (Luna)
  [Sure there is. Grannel is also known as the City of Dolls as there were many dolls being sold in the city. There are many stores in the city selling not just cool and cute dolls but even human-like dolls which can be ordered in the stores there. A Luna doll or a Till would be cute to have.] (Yuuya)

  [Dolls!] (Luna)

  [Ahh that may be good. It’s embarrassing to have a doll made after me though.] (Til)

 

It takes around thirty minutes for a skilled craftsman to make a human doll for a lucrative albeit reasonable price, however it could also easily become a lifelong memory. 

Having the doll in your possession though, could give a hidden effect to its holder. It’s unknown whether it would take effect in this world however it was still worth a buy. It was an item that was already worth its cost to purchase, even more if it was possibly a special item.

 

  [There is even a legend revolving around the doll, where having the doll in your possession will protect you even from the worst of situations. It has even become a popular trend for couples to keep the doll of their partner as a lucky charm.] (Yuuya)

 

It is a romantic albeit cheesy saying but it’s not bad either.

 

  [Luna wants a Yuuya-doll!] (Luna)

  [Me too! Me too! More than my own, I want Yuuya-niisan’s doll!] (Til)

  [Both of you aren’t my lovers though.] (Yuuya)

 

I let out a wry smile however the two girls were unconvinced.

 

  [The person who protects Luna is Yuuya.] (Luna)

  [What she said. No one is more reliable than Yuuya-niisan. Besides, if we want to keep it as a lucky charm then it can’t be anyone but Yuuya-niisan.] (Til)

  [If you put it that way, then I guess I’m fine with it.] (Yuuya)

 

If the people themselves want it then I guess it’s fine.

 

  [Uhn. Good thing Luna saved her money. It’s okay even if its expensive.] (Luna)

  [I’m lost at how to spend my money too. It’s a waste to spend it just because.] (Til)

 

By the way, our party functioned with a pocket money system with me managing 80% of the money we earned as the party’s funds. These funds were used for our operational expenses such as travelling, equipment, consumables and food. The remaining 20% was distributed to everyone for our own use so even though we divided the 20% among us, it was still a large sum of money for the two of them. Luna had always spent her money on buying delicious food while Til mainly bought accessories. Since they still had some money left, I felt that a doll would be a good buy.

Luna and Til began chanting “Hu-man dolls, Hu-man dolls” while dancing around on an unstable platform. Their variations of the mysterious dance is increasing day by day. It isn’t even on the level of acrobatics anymore, it’s already in a league not possible by anyone else at this point.

After catching wind of this ruckus, Selene and Phil both came to the front.

 

  [It’s unfair for the three of you to keep this a secret. I want to have a doll of Yuuya-ojisama too.] (Selene)
  [Of course as a lover, I’ll be getting one as well.] (Phil)

 

I hadn’t considered the two adults to jump on the bandwagon as well.

 

  […. wait a minute. Isn’t it weird to have everybody just have my doll? We’ll be making four dolls of me you know.] (Yuuya)
  [That’s not it. It’s the act of equivalent exchange. We’ll be exchanging our dolls with you so you’ll be getting our dolls too.] (Phil)

  [Uhn. Of course. I’ll protect Luna and Yuuya’s dolls.] (Luna)

  [Be sure to treasure it Yuuya-niisan.] (Til)

  [Now that we’re doing this, it’s somewhat embarrassing.] (Selene)

 

Everyone supported Phil’s idea. These four beautiful girls having my dolls… 

I can’t help but worry about what kind of experience I will have walking around the town.

 

  [I understand. Let’s do it. It’ll be cute to have everyone’s doll around. It’ll be a good thing to keep them on us regardless.] (Yuuya)

 

If it makes them happy then I’ll endure the looks from the people there. Although I have to admit, I’m looking forward to this too.

 

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Thanks to the Raptor carriage, the trip which would have taken more than a week with the caravan was reached in three days. On the third day, after our breakfast I stopped the raptor as I took out a Drop of the World Tree from the magic bag. I recalled the events in the guild back when Til joined our party as I looked at the clear liquid in the bottle. As soon as the liquid enters my mouth, I tasted a subtle sweetness in the water as strength filled my entire body. It was as if all the cells in my body was welcoming the liquid. 

This special liquid is known as a tonic for longevity and is only effective for men as a drop will rejuvenate the body, preventing the body from aging for one day as well as making the body younger by a day.. Since I was in my mid thirties, my body was on the decline however with this I’m able to halt the process and even make my body younger. Since it’s been three months, my strength hasn’t waned but it’s even stronger than before.

After judging the amount I have, I have about two years before my entire stock runs out. It still feels surreal that in four years even though I’ll be thirty-eight years old, my body would actually be thirty-four years old. It was this very drug that caused the elves to be targeted by other races.

 

  [Ahh Yuuya-niisan, I see that you are drinking my fluids.] (Til)

 

Til came over to the driver’s seat of the carriage in her pyjamas as it was still early in the morning.

 

  [… again with the weird wordings. Could you stop saying it like that. I’ve already asked before but just what are the ingredients for this medicine?] (Yuuya)
  [Uhm.. Elf juice?] (Til)

 

I have a feeling I wouldn’t want to know the details.

 

  [Yuuya-niisan is lucky you know. Since it takes about five years to make just one bottle, if you were to drink from both me and oneechan then you’ll never grow old.] (Til)

 

That is true. Since a bottle lasts for two years and it effectively slows down the aging process by four years, with two bottles my body will eventually become younger than older since I’ll have two bottles every five years.

 

  [The bottle I have now is my reward for letting you into the party. There isn’t a reason for me to receive a second bottle from you.] (Yuuya)

 

On the other hand, Phil isn’t a maiden anymore since she’s together with me.

 

  [Ohh didn’t oneechan tell you? An elven maiden is meaningless if their neither a virgin nor have a person they love. This ability was given as a blessing by the ancient elves in the past to relieve the burden of loving someone outside of their race, closing the gap in lifespan between the two races. This was why it only worked on races with short lifespans and once you’ve given it to more than two people, that elf will forever lose her ability to produce the medicine.] (Til)

 

So it’s that sort of power. It’s something that allowed the maidens to live with their loved ones longer than they actually could. And since it wasn’t a power but a blessing, does it become ineffective if it wasn’t made with pure love?

 

  [Til, that is a saying passed down as an elven secret. If any other beings from other races catch wind of this, it’ll be taken advantage of.] (Phil)

 

It seems that Phil had noticed our conversation as she came over to the driver seat.

 

  [Ah oneechan. Sorry but wouldn’t it be better for Yuuya-niisan to know about it?] (Til)

  [Fuu, such an irresponsible child.Yuuya, that’s how it is. Truth is I’ve already begun making the Drop of the World Tree. Since I’ve been making it even without a partner I’ve three bottles with me, and the fourth should be done soon. Someday it’ll all be given to you.] (Phil)

  [I never knew that such a thing was ingrained so deeply into the elven culture. So if you were to fall in love with another guy, then it wouldn’t matter what you did. Your body would naturally react otherwise and the age-halting process would forcibly halt.] (Yuuya)

 

Even now, I’m still awestruck at Phil’s conviction about me.

 

  [I don’t have any guy besides Yuuya that I care about in this world so please don’t think like that. Also, you wouldn’t have to worry about Til since I have a large amount of Drops with me and Til will have to save hers for her future lover.] (Phil)

 

Just as Phil said. Although it’s extremely tempting to have both Til and Phil make more Drops for me, it’s just doing more harm to Til than good. She’ll someday find someone well-suited for her.

 

  [Awawa, I know that too. Uhn. How about if I find someone cooler than Yuuya-niisan then I’ll consider it. Now then, I’ll be heading back to the carriage.

 

Til quickly returned to the carriage as Phil had a difficult face.

 

  […Looks like Yuuya noticed it too.] (Phil)

  [Girls at that age tend to admire the adults around them.] (Yuuya)

 

Although I consider myself dense in that regard, looking at TIl’s attitude it’s easy to tell. Plus I’ve nurtured numerous adventurers including female adventurers so I’ve been on the receiving end quite often. It’s fine being admired but I also know the dangers involved for female adventurers. Those girls just hadn’t had the chance to widen their view to the entire world. It’ll be outrageous of me to just enable their ignorance towards the world.

 

  [I’m glad to hear that. Everything I say now is just my own feelings. Truth is the elven race is highly depended on polygamy. Since it’s so difficult for a child to be born, there aren’t enough men for the women if we were to stick to monogamy. When a elven maiden rejects the idea of polygamy or is unable to fall in love, they would eventually get married to a male of a different race. Matter of fact is that Til and I have the same father, but different mothers.] (Phil)
  [What are you trying to imply?] (Yuuya)

  [That.. I’m not willing to say out loud.] (Phil)

 

I let out a wry laugh.

 

  [Anyway, I would never stoop so low as to toy with a child’s heart. Besides, the person I love now is Phil.] (Yuuya)

  [Hearing that is reassuring as your girlfriend.] (Phil)

 

Phil sat closely next to me as I started the carriage, leaning her weight onto me.

 

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Finally, the city of Grannel can be seen in the distance.

I took out the evidence of my silver-rank and hung it around my neck. Although I didn’t really like to show off this sort of thing, without this I would have to queue up and prepare the money required for admission. Since I’ve went through huge troubles to obtain this thanks to the Temple of the Primal Flame, I’ll be sure to enjoy this privilege.

 

  [Everyone. We’ve finally arrived at Grannel. We’ll hurry towards an inn, register ourselves at the guild and head to the shops to prepare our dolls!] (Yuuya)

 

Dusk is rapidly arriving soon. We’ll do our best in the dungeons tomorrow so it’s time for us to enjoy ourselves today. Voices filled with happiness filled up the carriage.

Even in a new city, as adventurers we should enjoy ourselves to the fullest.

<End of Chapter>

Hope you guys enjoyed this chapter.  Personally this has been my favourite so far since this contains a lot of development and potential flag raisings ^^.  Especially the nuances in the dialogue this chapter. (No spoilers here since I have not read the raws ahead so please don’t spoil in the comments)

Also, no ETA on the next chapter since I have not started it yet.

Chapter 6: The old man leaves Flaregard

We managed to get our hands on the Primal Flame from a dungeon that was equivalent to an expert dungeon for the best adventurers. Not only is the True Clay valuable, but more importantly the experience we got from successfully clearing a dungeon of this magnitude. With this item, we will be able to increase the quality of Luna’s equipment by another level. Although I wasn’t quite fond of the progress we made in that dungeon level-wise as only Phil managed to gain a level despite the fact that this special intermediate dungeon had earnt us a least a month-worth of experience if we remained in Flaregard.

Entering the blue vortex, we were returned to the entrance of the dungeon. In other words, back in the guild. The guild staff who were present at our arrival instructed us to wait as they rushed back to the offices, coming out not with the usual receptionist but an executive of the guild.

[How far did you make it? Please tell me that you’ve at least made it to the fourth floor. It’ll be a huge relief on us if you did since it’ll make the rest of the dungeon much easier once you return.] (Executive)

I knew that he wasn’t being disrespectful, I couldn’t help but feel offended by his words. Although it seems that we’re the only party be tasked to complete the request. The number of monsters in the dungeon was much higher than a usual dungeon which meant that a party’s resources would be used up much quicker. Even with Me and Phil leading the way, finishing each battle as efficiently as possible while relying on Luna’s Presence Detection to avoid any unnecessary battles, we still used up all our resources before reaching the end of the dungeon by being frugal. Such was the level of a dungeon similar to advanced dungeons.

[I’ll answer that question.] (Yuuya)

In response, I took out the Primal Flame from my magic bag.

Note: The flame itself is actually a lantern but I felt that it would be easier to just omit the lantern.

[I never thought that you would clear it in two days..] (Executive)
[It’s the opposite. I cleared it because I only had two days.] (Yuuya)

Since I didn’t have that much time to remain in Flaregard, we only had two days to finish the request to catch up with the caravan. Additionally life in an advanced dungeon was a stressful one. The only proof one needed was to witness how sluggish the girls aside from Phil were behaving right now at the end of the second day as they barely managed to clear the dungeon. Hence this was an irreplaceable experience for us to have right before breaking through the intermediate to advanced rank.
After listening to my response, the guild members found themselves tongue tied as they began to smile.

[Hahaha. I’m sorry. It seems that I’ve been misjudging you from the beginning. From the bottom of my heart, I’m sorry and thank you. Now then, let’s talk about the rewards for this request. FIrstly, you can keep the return stones. Truly thank you. As expected of the hero Leonard, only someone like him could introduce someone to become the new saviour of our city.] (Executive)
[Sorry..? Could you tell me the details?] (Yuuya)

Did I just hear something outrageous? The person who recommended us was Leonard?

[Didn’t you hear about this? Initially we had requested for the Hero’s party, Leonard to fulfill the request. However he gave me a counter proposal, stating that there was a party in the city that was capable enough of completing the request. And that if they were to fail, they could send another message and they would travel here to finish the request themselves. The rest happened as you’ve seen. Now that you’ve cleared the dungeon, there isn’t any reason for the hero’s party to step up. I hadn’t had any faith up until now but your party actually managed to clear the dungeon at your levels.] (Executive)

How much about us does Leonard actually know? I can’t figure out what’s his objective either. However this does answer some lingering questions I had towards the guild. Why wasn’t the guild surprised at the fact that we had five members in our party, why they hadn’t advised us on the riddle in the dungeon and most importantly, why did they delegate such an important request to a party that had relatively low levels to the dungeon itself.

[That was the situation. Even if you had failed to complete the mission, we would be able to rely on hero Leonard to complete the dungeon which was why I ordered the receptionist to hand you a Return Stone. Let’s head over there to settle your reward as well as the matter about your raptor carriage.] (Executive)

Frankly speaking, this situation doesn’t appear as appealing to be as before, but I won’t be complaining either. It was still a quest with an attractive reward, and I am about to receive that reward.
.. And I’ll be sure to send Leonard a letter myself. One of the services provided by the guild is to contact other adventurers after all. It’ll be difficult for adventurers themselves to locate other adventurers throughout the year since we had an extremely mobile lifestyle. However parties had to register themselves at a guild to complete or accept a request, and that information is being shared throughout the guild making it much easier for the organisation to contact a specific adventurer.

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After obtaining the rewards, we proceeded towards the shopping district. I went around replenishing our supplies such as recovery potions while Til bought an accessory which originated from the dungeon, providing its user an increased resistance against stuns and improved concentration. Selene had went to the armorsmith to purchase a new set of armour rather than repair her old broken set. Her new set of armour was rather spectacular in performance as well. It was a set made of leather from a monster which was rather flexible and resistant against flames that covered the whole body. Not only is the leather strong against sharp weapons and attacks, even her vital spots were protected by another layer of magic metal which were rather lightweight and durable as well.
It was a seriously impressive set of armour, allowing its wearer to move around easily and fight much longer due to its lightweight. I’m sure you wouldn’t find anywhere else but Flaregard.
Thus, shortly after obtaining our rewards, we had already spent all of it. In fact, I even had to take a chunk out of my savings in order to supplement our shopping spree although it was fine since it was unusual for a single request to cover the cost of a full-body armour and a magic accessory.
Now that we were done with our shopping, we carried our exhausted bodies towards the hot springs where we ate a delicious meal.

[This is happiness~ Delicious food and hot springs. Luna wants to stay here forever~.] (Luna)
[Me too~. It’s like heaven here.] (Til)

The two girls seem to enjoy Flaregard as I smiled wryly.

[It’s true that their hot springs are the best. But if we travel around the world, we’ll be able to find other hot springs and even delicious food that you would never be able to find here. So long as we keep moving, we’ll be able to discover more blissful things in other towns.] (Yuuya)
[Luna looks forward to it! Luna, wants to find even more wonderful things!] (Luna)
[As expected, it was a great idea to escape from the village! Although they had plenty of amazing things there, there are even more amazing things outside of the forest! Speaking of which, if we ever come across my home village, I’ll be sure to introduce everyone to all the best food you’ll ever eat!] (Til)
[Til, there are delicious food there too? Luna is interested!] (Luna)
[Fufufu. They are many things that you’ll never find outside of an elf’s village. If we ever travel to an elven village, we’ll bring you plenty of delicious food! Well oneechan will!] (Til)

Til looked towards Phil with a smug look as she pushed the responsibility towards her sister.
Luna began sticking her body out towards Phil as she looks directly at her with drool flowing down her mouth.

[Looks like I don’t have a choice. If we come across our village, then I’ll be sure to prepare all sorts of elven dishes. Please look forward to it.] (Phil)
[That’s great! Since I specialise in eating.] (Til)
[Sigh, I wonder what will happen once I get a brother-in-law.] (Phil)
[No way, that will never happen. Our journey isn’t over yet! Until our adventures are over I’ll be by yours and nii-san’s side!] (Til)
[Luna too!] (Luna)

Are they freeloaders!? They seem so excited and frankly enjoying themselves like this. Although looking at this spectacle, Selene seemed to have a glint of loneliness around her.

[Selene, its too early for you to worry about the future.] (Yuuya)
[That’s true. But I can’t help but think that it’ll be great if this could go on and on without ending. Is that weird of me to think so?] (Selene)
[No. That isn’t weird in the slightest. At the very least I don’t think so.] (Yuuya)

Our current party was the most enjoyable party I have ever had. However even this would come to an end soon. At that moment, we’ll have to choose the option that will leave behind the least regrets..

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On our way back towards the guild, it seems that there were several people following us from a distance. I’m surprised the children hadn’t noticed them, especially Luna who not only had the ability to detect nearby presences, but was also the sharpest naturally. However, it seems that they were still unable to fool Phil as Phil sent a glance towards me.

[Yuuya, once we return please brush Luna’s tail! Everytime you brush Luna’s tail, it becomes so light and fluffy!] (Luna)
[In that case I want a lap pillow!] (Til)

The two girls continued their rowdy requests ignorant of our guests as Phil sent subtle signs while continuing the conversation. According to her, it seems that the targets were Luna and Til. At this rate, it’ll be rather tiring to continue towards the guild while being mindful of their movements.
Perhaps displaying an opening here might be for the best.

[This way, I know a shortcut.] (Yuuya)

I deliberately led the girls towards a less crowded area as I wondered whether they would follow us. The answer to my question came quickly after as I felt their presence quickly approaching us. This person’s presence feels familiar.. Oh. It seems that my warning wasn’t sufficient then. The years must have been mellowing me out as I grabbed across Luna’s shoulder with my arm, rotating a full 180 degrees as I threw the dagger holstered under my armpit.
A scream came out as I turned around, the boss of the Crimson Hounds was standing there with a dagger imbedded into his hand, and another on the ground. The instant I turned around, he had already began rushing towards me, however, it was already too late.
I took a step forward as I pulled my sword out of its sheath and raised it. Before anybody realised what happened, a right hand could be seen flying through the air. Meanwhile his two lackeys who were behind him had began their escape.

[I thought I had already warned you. That the next time you try to lay a hand on any of my girls, I’ll kill you. It wasn’t an empty threat.] (Yuuya)
[HIIEEE. Stop it please, I ju- just want to talk.]

The boss began pleading as he held where his right arm should be.

[Let me understand your intentions then. Rushing towards someone’s back with a knife in their hand is your way of starting a conversation? In that case, let me give you my greetings.] (Yuuya)
[No.. please. I don’t want to die.. Someone save me.]
[I’m a naive person. However I’m not stupid. Once I get bitten, I’m twice as shy.] (Yuuya)

It seemed that he reached his limit as he tried to escape..
But he couldn’t even take a step as his waist was separated from his torso.

[Is everyone okay?] (Yuuya)
[Luna is okay.] (luna)
[I’m alright too, Yuuya-niisan.] (Til)

Although their words said one thing, their faces showed another as I hugged both of them tightly and began stroking their heads. The shock of having someone cut down in front of them must have been difficult.

[Yuuya-ojisama. Shouldn’t he be arrested right now? Why did he even consider attacking you despite the gap he should have experienced in the dungeon. He knew that he couldn’t win.] (Selene)
[By paying a large sum of money, you could be released on parole. And I’m sure you know what was on his mind.] (Yuuya)

I let out a huge sigh.
As a veteran who has led numerous adventurers, I believed that everyone made mistakes. That was what made them human, which was why I believed that they could learn from their mistakes as well. However, people like him were the reason I decided that one chance was all they would get. Rather than learn from his mistake and changing his ways, he fell even further, becoming hellbent on revenge. Hence paying what he could afford to be placed on bail and tried to retaliate against me who had humiliated him. He understood the difference between us from the previous battle and decided to aim for a hostage instead, aiming for Luna. Ideally he was waiting for the moment when Luna was alone in order to defeat her with numbers, however he realised that it was never going to happen and decided to attack.

[I’m sorry, Luna and Til. For not settling matters properly, and having to show you something like this.] (Yuuya)
[Yuuya doesn’t need to apologise. Yuuya protected Luna.] (Luna)
[We’re adventurers too. We should be used to this sort of things. We don’t mind.] (Til)

Although their words made me happy, this was an incident that shouldn’t have happened in front of them.

[.. Thank you. In any case, let’s head back to our room in the guild. I’ll report to the guild about what happened today. Although something unexpected happened today, let’s rest well tonight and prepare for our departure tomorrow.] (Yuuya)

Being conscious of my tone, I lightened up my tone as everyone continued walking to the guild.
Even now, I hoped that my policy of second chances was right.. I don’t want to change it as it was what I believed in. However, if I have to go against that policy to keep these girls safe, then I’ll do it to avoid any unnecessary risk. I would never be able to forgive myself otherwise.

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The next day, I received news from the guild regarding the incident with the Crimson Hound’s boss and it seems that my actions were deemed as self-defense as he didn’t actually pay the bail, but escaped from the authorities. The Crimson Hounds had attacked his envoy as he was being transferred somewhere. The envoy was critically wounded and thus a bounty was placed. Through a surprising chain of events, we unexpectedly earned ourselves an extra reward. For this reward, I intend to use it solely for Luna and Til considering what they witnessed yesterday. Regarding his lackeys, it seems that they had turned themselves in and confessed to everything. After I made my last report to the guild about our departure, they told me that arrangements had been made in our next stop as a consolation about this entire incident. Free of charge of course.
Thus, we entered our carriage and finally left Flaregard.

[Yuuya, the carriage is so much faster than the caravan!] (Luna)
[Yuuya-niisan, the wind feels incredibly good yo~.] (Til)

Luna and Til stuck their heads out the window of the carriage and narrowed their eyes.

[We should make it to the next city quite quickly with the carriage. So I’ll take this time to explain to everyone what we’ll be doing at the next city.] (Yuuya)

The two girls energetically returned their heads to the carriage as I began my briefing. Our next destination was a city in the southern area of the Laluzulu Kingdom. However, with our carriage the distance between that city and the capital is quite short. In this town, I won’t be raising our levels but rather focus on teaching everything I know to Selene and whatever time remaining will be spent making our journey an enjoyable one. Our journey together will be one remembered with laughter even as we part.

<End of Chapter>

I’m quite rusty on this so do let me know if there is anything that could be improved on.

Just to clarify Luna’s speech patterns, she typically speaks in third person, “Luna looks forward to it” however there are instances where she speaks in first person, “I look forward to it”. This is because in Japanese they often omit the noun and just mention their actions/ thoughts. Eg: 頑張る! (I will do my best). I thought that adding the first person noun here would be more accurate as compared to “Do my best!”. Luna does this often but the times where she does refer to herself, she does it with her name.

There are probably other things that I should clarify (if you read the raws) but I did this as direct translating certain aspects of the novel is awkward in english (such as above). So if there is anything you find unsatisfying. Do let me know!

Chapter 5: The old man finds a piece of the strongest weapon

I opened the door to the Temple of the Primal Flame located at the bottom of the dungeon.
Unlike the display at the entrance of the dungeon, there weren’t any monsters waiting to ambush its door but rather, a mysterious organ began to play as a candlestick in the center of the temple decorated with jewels emitting an ominous red light.

[It’s beautiful.] (Selene)

Selene let out her voice in astonishment at the Primal Flame. That was the item that would allow Flaregard’s forge to continue running, however, we couldn’t immediately retrieve the candlestick early. Reason being, that the last test hasn’t begun yet.

[Everyone. This is the last test. Don’t forget that you won’t be able to receive any help for this test.] (Yuuya)
[Uhn. We understand. Luna has plenty of training from Yuuya so she’ll be fine alone.] (Luna)
[Uhn uhn. Based on what we heard from Yuuya-niisan there’s no way we can’t clear the exam.] (TIl)
[That’s right. It’ll definitely be cleared easily.] (Selene)
[Yuuya, It’ll be embarrassing if they were the ones to clear before we did.] (Phil)

I let out a wry smile as it seems I was too worried. It was time to put my faith in these children.

[How reliable. In that case, let’s go!] (Yuuya)

As we approached the candlestick, the music of the organ became louder and louder as the Primal Flame became stronger and stronger, forming the figure of a goddess as she appeared to smile.

[Welcome. Adventurers who have cleared the six trials. The seventh trial shall be the final trial to see if you are worthy of possessing the flames of god.]

Just as expected, the previous floors were trials which led up to this moment.

[The seventh trial tests your inner will. Now display your strength to your heart’s content.]

As soon as the goddess’s monologue ended, the earth began to rumble as I felt the strange sensation of floating in the air as if we were being transferred.
In the next moment, I found myself not within the temple but in a black room as I was all alone. This was a test of the individual will, and whoever that passed would be granted the right to bring the Primal Flame home whereas those that fail would lose their lives.

[I can’t afford to be the last one to clear the trial. It’s about time for me to get ready to clear this.] (Yuuya)

I sharpened my senses as I tightened my grip on my blade, staring at the person standing in front of me.
He had equipment much similar to mine and even had the same face. He was also holding a sword however he had a complete difference stance from me despite possessing the same status as me.
Just as the goddess said, this wasn’t a test of the person’s strength or status, but rather the experience, tactics and discipline, the person’s inner strength. Fighting someone who had the exact same skills and abilities you did. As if you were fighting a perfect AI-controlled character in a game, weeding out any adventurers who relied on their powerful equipment and superior abilities to overwhelm their enemies but doing the same back to them.
That wasn’t the way I had raised the girls which were why they, as well as I, had faith in their ability to clear the trial. There wasn’t any way they would lose to themselves who relied on their skills instead of their own innate abilities.
Without any hesitation, tricks up our sleeves or secrets between us, we rushed to each other head-on. As we brought our swords up towards each other, the copy activated a skill which was I was extremely familiar with Bash. However efficient it was, it was an extremely predictable skill as it’s attack trajectory and timing was telegraphed during its activation. At the end of the day, it was still a beginner’s skill and wasn’t a skill used frequently by the top adventurers aside from situations where it would be guaranteed to land. It was all about reading and countering the attack.
Rushing into close-quarter combat, I dodged the attack by taking a step diagonally letting the attack pass right past me, raising my blade up to the copy’s neckline causing blood to sprout out of his neck like a fountain. The copy immediately rose its blade to attempt a second attack as I stuck my blade to the ground, placing my palm onto its chest.

[Napalm Strike.] (Yuuya)

Heat erupted in an explosion from my palm as the entire copy’s entire body blew off into smithereens.

[There was zero chance of me losing to my own status.] (Yuuya)

Even if they had my own status, I wouldn’t lose to my own mirror image as they would have died a hundred times over back in the day. In order to survive, I had to possess skills far greater than my status. The face of my copy distorted as a monster-like lump appeared, turning into blue particles. It was a special monster which could only be found in the Temple of the Primal Flame, Mirror Clayman who was capable of replicating its opponent down to their equipment.
It was impossible to use the weapons replicated by them though I did hope that I would get their item drop. However, it didn’t drop it as I hoped that one of the other girls would be able to obtain it. Just as I was thinking that my thoughts were disrupted by the strange sensation of teleportation as I was transferred back to the temple.
Now then, I wonder if everyone made it safely.

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Feeling the sensation of teleportation on my skin, it seems that I was the first to appear back into the temple. I sighed a sigh of relief as I managed to maintain my dignity as the teacher of essentially the entire party. Shortly after, I saw a second silhouette as Phil returned to the temple. Although she only took slightly longer than I did to return, her condition was so tattered that I wouldn’t call it a clean victory.

[Are you okay? I thought that if it was you, then you would clear the trial relatively easily.] (Yuuya)
[If I was even half a step slower, I’m sure that I would have been dead.. Speaking of which I was surprised. I didn’t think that it would start the battle with that technique.] (Phil)
[Is that technique something I should know of?] (Yuuya)
[Druids aren’t just capable of granting attributes and supportive magics. There are also lethal techniques that could be used against others and the image tried to use it at the beginning. In hindsight I’m glad I got to see it although I myself didn’t get to experiment with it.] (Phil)

In regards to Druids, I am completely clueless. I have never seen a druid even back in the game era.

[If it’s that strong, then it’ll be a waste if you don’t experiment with it. There’s no meaning in learning a skill you won’t use.] (Yuuya)
[That’s the point. I may not be able to use it but it’s just an insurance in the event that it is necessary. What it is though, is still a secret~.] (Phil)

The fact that the ability nearly took down a first-class combatant like Phil meant that it had quite a significant impact on the battle. I look forward to the moment when she unveils her ability. While I was pondering about Phil’s ability, my thoughts were interrupted as it was Selene’s turn this time to appear.

[As expected of Yuuya-ojisama and Phil-san. You finished your battles even quicker than I did.] (Selene)
[I’m just glad that you ended up completing the trial safely.] (Yuuya)
[Most likely, my battle ended up to be the easiest among our party since Renoir’s shield was a special equipment, its functions couldn’t be replicated.] (Selene)

I was worried that her battle would be the tightest battle among the four of them but it seems that hers was the easiest unexpectedly.

[As expected of the shield of the battle princess Renoir. I’ll have to become a knight worthy of the shield as soon as possible.] (Selene)

Selene strokes her shield as she let out a slight smile.

[By the way, did the Mirror Clayman drop any item for both of you?] (Yuuya)
[There was none for me.] (Selene)
[None for me too.] (Phil)
[As I thought. The drop rate is horrible after all.] (Yuuya)

Based on probability, there’s no helping it but there’s still a chance as I waited expectedly for the two girls’ returns.
And finally, the two girls returned almost simultaneously as Luna was slightly quicker, causing Til to be upset.

[Yuuya, Luna got a souvenir! Look look!] (Luna)

Luna ran up to me holding a lump of clay in her hand. The lump of clay was an item called Physical Clay which retains the same properties of the Mirror Clayman, allowing it to change into anything. That is the reason why it was a special item. By making use of its unique property, you could produce a material allowing you to forge a powerful weapon. However, in order to produce the property that I desire, it has to be processed in a specific location and once we arrive at that city, I’ll be sure to do it myself.

[Well done Luna. As expected of your Increased Drop Rate, it’s an amazing ability. Thanks to this I’ll be able to forge a powerful dagger especially for you to wield.
[I look forward to it! Although I still want to use Bazerato even then, can Luna be a dual wielder?] (Luna)

I let out a wry smile as she has taken good care of that dagger, however she’s far too obsessed with it.

[Dual-wielding has its benefits and disadvantages. One critical con is that it is incompatible with the Assassinate style of attacking that uses a person’s full body strength. Besides, the new dagger could be created using Bazerato as it’s base. Since the dagger will be made using bazerato, it’ll be the same as bazerato being recreated.] (Yuuya)
[That is fine! Bazerato is Luna’s treasured item from Yuuya to Luna and Luna wants to use it forever!] (Luna)

Luna’s tail shakes back and forth as she hugged her own fluffy tail. As usual, Luna’s gestures are always adorable. Behind her was Til who was rushing towards us.

[Ugg, I can’t believe I’m last place.] (Til)
[It’s more important that you won the battle. It’s proof that you’ve become a first-rate adventurer.] (Yuuya)
[But I still feel bitter! Next time I’ll be the first! Let’s leave the temple and restart the trial!] (Til)
[Unfortunately, this trial can only be taken once in your entire life.] (Yuuya)

Hence why the Mirror Clayman’s item drop is precious. With a drop rate of 20% there was a chance we would never get it.

[Speaking of which, I got an item drop too.] (TIl)
[That’s great news. It’s possible for the item to turn into a material for something other than a dagger. Since you got the item, is there any specific equipment you want to use it for?] (Yuuya)
[In that case, something that improves my attacks!] (TIl)
[I’ll have to find something that works then.] (Yuuya)

Luna and Til began their strange dance as their expectations to their future equipment skyrocketed.
Now then, since everyone is back it’s about time for the main event to start.
Just as I thought, the goddess of flame appeared in front of us once again.

[Brilliant work. Congratulations on succeeding against all of the trials placed for you. The primal flame shines bright onto your future.]

The goddess begins to fade as the candlestick shines brighter and brighter. After picking it up, the candlestick disappears as a blue vortex appears to take its place.

[Now then, let’s go back. After completing the quest, shall we head to the hot spring one last time? Since we’re departing tomorrow, it feels fitting for us to enter the hot springs one last time.] (Yuuya)
[Let’s go! ] (Luna)
[That sounds great! I want to soak in the hot springs and drink a refreshing cool glass of juice!] (Til)
[On the other hand, I want to perform some maintenance on my armour since this time I had received a large number of attacks. My armour is about to be unusable if it isn’t repaired.] (Selene)
[In that case, it’s probably better for you to get a whole new set of armour. Since there’s a large variety of rewards possible for us, we could probably get a bunch of first-class armours for ourselves.] (Phil)

It has been a difficult battle but it’s great that everyone was managed to get through safely. Although I’m sure that the guild would be surprised that we managed to clear the dungeon in two days, we may even be able to meet the next party of adventurers who were waiting for us to return with the Return Stone.