Maken no Daydreamer Chapter 17
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I went to check the path we came from and…
As expected, a landslide happened due to yesterday’s rain
A rather troublesome report
came from Elk who went to check our surroundings
The trees were struck down and the ground also cracked
In that case, it doesn’t seem like we’ll be able to go through there
Isn’t there another route we could take to reach the city ?
I can’t say there aren’t but…
From this mountain, there are 3 routes to reach the bottom
Within those routes, one collapsed due to a landslide
For the remaining 2 routes, one goes through the forest but…
The slope is steep, also the land is muddy so
I think it’s a high risk route
I’m probably fine but, I guess that would be tough for Elk
In the forest there are a lot of obstacles so even if I carry you on my back it would be hard
The last route is a bit of a detour but the slope is gentle
Even if the land is muddy
Chances we would trip up are low
It’s just that… on the way
We will need to go through a dangerous area called the [Crimson Forest]
I heard that name comes from the trees having red leaves all year round
Compared to the Mountain Ritorasu, the frequency and the average level of the monsters are higher so
It seems that, depending on the area, the danger increases
Although, as long as we don’t go too deep
The danger level isn’t different from the [Naga’s Labyrinth] or so I heard
Still, those leaves have such a splendid color…
So we decided to take this route to gain experience as well
For every hour on the mountain Ritorasu, we’d encounter 2 or 3 monsters
A red lizard is coming !!
In this [Crimson Forest], in ten minutes we encountered a few of them
Did I aim a bit wide…?
Even you can blunder, huh
I was so enchanted by the landscape that my reaction got delayed
Even so, looks like I’ll have to focus
Elk, could that be……?
Yes, red lizards are monsters which hold magic power
Wait a second
I’m going to cut it, to make it easier to eat
Eat it properly, ok…
How is it ?
…Hah, you ate everything already !?
Even though you had so much !?
I wonder where, in that body, is all that going…?
Monsters are mysterious…
There are still a lot of things I don’t know in this world
A rank D danger zone [Crimson Forest]
Somehow, this forest has a lot of monsters we end up hesitating to kill
Ah, it’s so cute
It’s a horned rabbit
and that, and that ?
A tree furtel
We usually don’t kill these monsters
We threaten them to drive them away
The truth is I want to catch and cuddle it though
What are you saying…?
I may not look like it but I love cute stuff
Yes, yes, Alpa is cute too
On the other hand, there are monsters that hold surprisingly good materials to sell
We also actively hunted monsters
Ones that have a demand for their meat
This [Ignite boar] is especially…
Ah, so tasty !
We can sell this meat for a lot you know
This time we ate it for breakfast but
sell it or eat it, both choices are fine
Otherwise, we also hunt monsters that could be used for Alpa’s food
Again, another cute thing, to my taste, has…
They are small but they hold a lot of magic power
Well then, it can’t be helped
Eat it slowly, ok…
What an amazing appetite
A few minutes later
You ate, already !?
It was clearly bigger than his body though…
and yet, he ate everything besides the bones……
I wonder if he’s digesting it with magic
Did eating a lot make him sleepy ?
Be it beasts or monsters when they’re a baby, after eating they go to sleep and by repeating those actions
They get bigger, huh
If that’s the case…
Maybe something could come out again ?
Something, you say? What ?
Well, something that would threaten the habitat of the monsters of this forest
Like a powerful monster ?
Something like the Naga of the labyrinth
I feel like the entire bodies of monsters of this forest are on edge
Even smaller monsters, frantically attack humans to secure food and…
Hey, give me a break…!
I don’t want to come across those kind of monsters time and time again
No, I mean the monsters here
It’s not like they are thin or anything
So it should be fine I think
But if there’s another reason
I would understand even less…
Alpa you noticed it too !?
What’s wrong you two… ?
It’s an arrow
Minato, something’s there !?
……If I have to say, I’d say there is but……
We aren’t targeted
What do you mean ?
I think Elk can’t hear them so
Do you want to go in the direction where the arrow flew from ?
Wait a second
If we’re not concerned, I guess we don’t need to go out of our way to get involved but…
Unfortunately, it’s the direction of our route
A detour would be annoying, so we have to go
Got it !
Another one came flying !
Ok, over there…
Keep them off the carriage !!
Now, fire… !!
Be careful of the ones hiding !!
Don’t let them attack the horses… !!
Hey, the lad over there !
It’s dangerous over here ! Run, fast !!
Captain ! 10 o’clock, new enemies are coming!!
The smell of blood stimulated them, I guess…
I’m sorry to have scared you !
As you can see we are quite busy !
Hey, you fool
Behind you !!
Huh… Did I interfere ?
No, you saved him, thank you
From what I can see, you are adventurers
Can I ask you to interfere a bit more ?
I did tell you to run but
To be honest, we have no strength to spare right now
Ah… Sure, in that case
Elk, it’s fine right ?
Yes, it’s fine
But get rid of them as soon as possible ok ?
Alpa it’s dangerous so go with Elk
Sorry but, while we are attracting the monsters
I want you to help the carriage withdraw from here
10 o’clock, new enemies…right
Oh, there really are a lot
It will be a nice exercise
Well then, Let’s go !
I’ll do something about the incoming monsters, move the carriage !
Ok, we’re withdrawing
Get on the carriage !
Get on it, I’ll come after cleaning up this guy !
Everyone, get out !
Get out !!
Is everyone ok !?
Let me thank you
It’s thanks to you two, you saved us
No, We just accidentally happened to pass by, so don’t worry about it
I still haven’t introduced myself
I am Suula Cowen
I’m a platoon leader from the nearby town garrisons guard corps.
The town guard corps…
Aah when Elk had her issue with the moneylender, those guys that looked like policemen
By the way, what did adventurers like you come into this forest for?
Ah… No, it’s not that we have anything to do in this forest but
Due to a landslide, our way back to town became unusable so we had no choice
Unfortunately, this carriage isn’t going to Wolka
The place we are heading to, our destination, is deeper in the forest
Is that so ?
Yes… Well it’s not exactly our destination
but [We have to go the depths of the forest]
Hmm… I thought that after helping them, I’d have them take us outside the forest but
It was too good to be true
If that’s the case then, we’ll take our leave around here
I see, I understand
I’d like to thank you but we are in the midst of work
It pains me but we have nothing to give you
ah no, it’s fine
We appreciate the thought
I see, then…
Oh, before that
Are you going to pass through this route from here ?
That’s right, is there a problem ?
The landslides, that occurred due to yesterday’s heavy rain, changed the entire topography around that area
Because of that, the road to the west from here is mostly unusable
…We can’t pass through it then
We left Wolka early this morning and arrived here after quite a detour but
Due to the heavy rain, the territory changed and triggered a state of mayhem among the monsters from the west side of the forest
On the way, we were forced into great difficulties
So the reason I sensed the monsters of this forest were on edge, was because of that
What do we do, Elk ?
There’s nothing we can do right, we have to go
Since that path is the only option we have
I have one proposition
If it’s ok with you
Would it be possible for you two to keep accompanying us ?
What do you mean by that ?
We are currently heading in the depth of the forest for our mission
Although, from now on, the monsters will be even stronger, so I’m anxious about our progress
It’s rather pathetic but
That’s what I want you to realize from the fight earlier
Ah… I see
Moreover, the [Crimson Forest]
if you progress fairly deep, the strength of the monsters peculiarity of suddenly rising up
In our current situation, it’s probably impossible that all of us can go back safely
In that case, why not go back
and then coming back when you’ll have increased your military power ?
Usually that’s what we would do but
The reason this time is a rescue mission so
We can’t take any more time
We heard that a merchant ‘s caravan left yesterday
With important merchandise, it seems he left for Wolka
He was supposed to arrive in the middle of the night at the neighboring town but I heard he hasn’t yet
There’s a high probability that he had an accident
Because of the heavy rain in the [Crimson Forest]
Due to my position, I’m confident in my ability to judge character
Of course, there’s your battle prowess but
You also helped people and were about to promptly depart with a disinterest for the reward
You two are quite trustworthy, even without me that is something that anyone would understand
If you want a reward, we can offer a good amount
Can I ask you to come with us ?
Ah… What should we do ?
I don’t quite understand the balance between danger and reward
We were about to finish a quest
Is it possible to preserve the proofs of the subjugation ?
In that case, we have an antiseptic
Food and accommodation ?
We will prepare it
The job’s content ? Only helping during battles ?
Basically that’s it but, depending on the situation I’d like to consult you
For the reward, I will add 50 silver coins every time you help us, is it ok?
Understood, we will accept this job Minato
With those conditions, the cost-efficiency is in balance and we will be able to acquire experience…!