Here’s the chapter today and a new arc for this series.
The second arc (Algria Arc) is starting!
Chapter 15 – Algria
“Uooooohhhhh! Finally, I’m baaaaack!”
“Why are you shouting all of a sudden?”
“Oh, nothing, I just got excited when I thought about finally reaching a town where people live!”
I haven’t seen the town yet, but I’ve been antsy ever since I found a road. I think we’ll reach the town soon, since there’s a fence on the roadside, and a trail of hoofprints was left recently.
I subconsciously started increasing my walking pace the more I thought about it. I walked for a while, and then I heard some hustle and bustle from up ahead. I didn’t know what it was, so I just made a short jog to confirm the source of the noise.
“Is there a fight?”
“There’s no question, it’s definitely coming from a fight.”
The scene I came upon was a group of eight people in armor, with a gorgeous carriage in the center, and about thirty shabby-looking people surrounding them.
“What should we do?”
“No matter how you look at it, the folks protecting the carriage are being attacked.”
“The ones protecting the carriage aren’t always the good guys, right? What if we help them and it turns out to be a corrupt noble who likes to exploit commoners or committed crimes?”
“Quite an extreme way of thinking, but that’s a possibility too.”
I decided to watch for a while, so I used [Camouflage] to disguise myself as the air, and combined that with [Mask Presence]. In this state, I figured they wouldn’t notice me even if I walked right in front of them.
As I approached the carriage, one of the guys in armor got killed.
“Brad! Ugh, how dare you do that to Brad!”
I couldn’t see his face since he was wearing a helmet, but I could hear a young voice enraged that his fellow knight had been killed.
“Calm down! Don’t break the formation!”
A young man wielding a pair of swords was giving commands to the other knights. On the other hand, the voices of the shabby large groups were, well, they were making the stereotypical bandit remarks, saying things like if you leave your money and women, we’ll spare your lives, and many other disgusting remarks. I’d heard enough not to trust them.
“I think it’s obvious now that the shabby ones are evil and the knights are righteous.”
“What, so you were gonna help them after all, huh?”
“Maybe I’ll think about it a little more. It’s possible that all of them are bad people.”
“You really want to doubt those people, huh?”
“It’s more like I don’t trust anyone at all.”
I was talking with Black Mist, so no one should have heard us. However, a voice called out from the carriage.
“Whoever’s there, please help us!”
A voice gently echoed in my ear, in a way that seemed almost familiar. Did someone notice me? Even though my level is above 300 and I’m using [Mask Presence] and [Camouflage], even with all that?
“Young lady, what did you do so suddenly? Is there someone else outside?”
“I heard another person’s voice outside the carriage.”
“There shouldn’t be…”
Apparently, a young lady in the carriage has good ears. Or maybe it’s a skill of hers. At any rate, since the inside of the carriage got noisy, I checked on it at the same time as one of the knights.
However, several bandits pushed to the side of the carriage, and one of them broke through the encirclement, got on the coach, and got the horses to start running. He cackled wildly, “I got the carriage!”
A scream came from inside. “Young lady!”
No matter how I looked at it, the cackling guy was clearly being villainous. With a sigh, I created a little ball of magic on my index finger and triggered it with my thumb, in a gesture like shooting a gun. I aimed it at the villain, and in the blink of an eye, his head was splattering onto the ground as liquid blood and brain, like a crushed watermelon.
However, the horses had already started running and didn’t stop. I couldn’t help that, so I jumped on the coach and stopped them. I could have just run along with it, but that would make me the same as those bandits.
I have to say, [Fighting God] sure is convenient. Not only is it compatible with [Swordsmanship] and [Martial Arts], somehow it’s also giving me the skills to understand the art of using vehicles or controlling horses, through something called [Combat Riding Techniques]. [TLN: let us know if there’s a better translation for 戦車戦闘術 ]
“B-bastard, who are you!”
“Who are you!?”
Both sides were asking, so I answered while awkwardly scratching my cheek. “Well, the young lady inside asked me for help, so I helped.”
The reaction to my explanation was divided. The knights felt indebted to me and quickly started to thank me, but the bandits (certified) pointed their swords at me without any words. I crushed several more of their heads with magic bullets; I didn’t need Black Mist for this kind of enemy. The magic bullet isn’t a skill anyway, but the fruit of my own efforts. It’s not that hard to use because I only need to converge a small amount of magic power on my finger and shoot it.
“This is bullshit!”
“I’m a kind person, you know, so I won’t chase you if you run away.”
I crushed bandit heads right and left with magic bullets, since they were still trying to attack me from both directions. I didn’t want to chase them if they ran away, but if they came at me, I’d crush them with overwhelming force!
I probably killed about twenty people like that. It was my first time killing people, but I didn’t think anything of it, considering I’d been through much more gruesome battles in the Great Borf Forest. Since I plan to take revenge in the future, it’s only natural that I’d end up killing people. Is it strange that I’m a little glad I won’t hesitate when the time comes for me to get revenge?
The knights started hunting down the reduced number of bandits. I moved to the top of carriage to keep an eye out, so the bandits couldn’t even get close. Several of the more quick-witted bandits managed to escape with their own methods. Eventually, the surrounding situation settled down and the knights gathered around the carriage. I also jumped down, myself.
Since a woman being referred to as “young lady” is riding in this carriage, I had a feeling this matter involved a noble, so I started running along down the road. I don’t feel good about running away, but I don’t want to get into trouble. I know it’s going to be awkward if I’m involved. Well, I’m already involved, unfortunately, but I’m sorry about that.
Why would I have to wait even if you ask me to? I can run much faster than a horse even without my skills, so if I don’t stop, they won’t be able to come after me.
Sometime after the carriage and knights were out of my sight, I finally saw it.
“Th-that’s a town!”
“It’s good we’ve finally come to a town, but was it okay to leave the carriage behind like that?”
“I’m sorry, I just don’t want to get into trouble. Leaving that aside, come on, that’s a town!”
“Mhm, so it is. It seems much bigger than I remember, though.”
It’s no wonder it’s different from Black Mist’s memories, since it’s the first time she’s seen it in hundreds of years. Honestly, it’s more surprising it’s still here after so long. It was protected by a large wall, and I needed to pass through the gate to get inside. However, there was a long line waiting for inspection in front of the gate. I approached at a small jog, and was gradually able to see the line in more detail.
Those people in line… their appearance was quite different from mine. Right, it wasn’t the same at all. There were ears on top of their heads, and a tail coming out near the butt. Yes, those are beastmen!
I don’t know how beastman are referred to in this world, but they’re beastmen! Animal ears! More than half the people in line were beastmen, and the rest were humans like me.
“Ooohh, those are beastmen.”
“What, have you never seen a beastman before?”
“Yeah, there were no beastmen in my world. This is the first time I’ve seen them.”
There were those who cosplayed beastmen, but it’s the first time I’ve seen a real one. My heart skipped a beat.
“Is that so? There are plenty of beastmen in this town, I think they’re about 30% of the population. Well, it might be a little different now.”
So it’s a town where beastmen and humans coexist, huh? I approached the line with excitement! Some were women and some were men. Well, that’s only natural. But to think I could meet a beastman for the first time, it seems my luck really wasn’t abandoning me, huh!
As expected from lord [LUK (EX)]!
After waiting in line for an hour, my turn was coming up soon.
“Hey, they’re taking an entrance fee, huh?”
At inspection time, the gatekeeper would collect some money.
“Hmm, there was no entrance fee in my day, though.”
There’s no way the system wouldn’t change even a little after a few hundred years, but if the payment is gold… If I remember right, I still have what that shitty old man gave me… Ah, here it is.
I put the small leather pouch of gold in my coat pocket. Come to think of it, I don’t know the type or value of this money, do I? And is it the same currency that’s used in the Rade Crude Empire where that shitty old man was?
When I checked the coins in the bag with [Detailed Appraisal], there were ten large silver coins (10,000 gold) and 10 gold coins (100,000 gold) respectively. [TLN: 10,000 gold is written with katakana gorudo and 10 gold coins was written with kanji kinka]
The gatekeepers were a dog-eared middle-aged guy and a hulking man with bear ears; they inspected ID cards and collected the town’s entrance fee. “Please show your guild card or status plates.”
I pretended to fish around in my pocket for a bit, eventually taking the status plate out of [Material Storage] and giving it to the dog-eared ojisan.
“Tsukuru Sumeragi, huh. What’s your purpose of coming to this town?”
“I’m on a journey.”
“If you have a guild card, you can enter the town for free, but if you only have a status plate, the entrance fee is 1,000 gold.”
[Detailed Appraisal] described my coin as gold, so I could probably use that. What a relief. I took out one large silver coin since its value was 10,000 gold. It was the lowest denomination I had at the moment.
“A big silver coin? Don’t you have anything smaller?”
“I’m sorry, this is all I have right now.”
“Alright, please wait a minute.”
The dog-eared guy went to the building next to the gate for a while before coming back. “Here’s your change, nine silver coins.”
I took the change and then tried to go on into town.
“Wait a minute!”
I stopped. Did I do something wrong?
“Welcome to the town of Algria!”
When the dog-eared guy welcomed me, the bear-eared guy, who’d been quiet until now, also spoke up.
“Ah, thank you.”
I entered the town! And I’d learned that the money I had could be used here as well. Here in the town of Algria, my life as a human being would now begin!