Chapter 2 – Town And Adventurer’s Guild
“It’s a road!”
After walking for two hours and winning five battles with horned rabbits, I managed to reach the road.
“This is a road, isn’t it? It’s not paved, but there are traces of wheels, monsters, skills, and magic. It looks like the kind of medieval Europe that is common in fantasy worlds. I’m curious to see what kind of world it is, but first, I have to decide which way to go.”
…Which way should I go on this road? Right or left…? I hope both are close to a human settlement, but there’s no point in worrying about it… I feel like most of the footprints of people and horses are heading right, so let’s go right.
I was thirsty, but the six horned rabbits I had killed were heavy. I couldn’t carry them, so I tied them up with long vines and carried them. It was getting dark and took me several hours of walking, suffering from thirst and impatience. Then, finally, I saw something that looked like a city wall.
It looked like a magnificent city surrounded by a large wall. With relief, I get in line, probably waiting to enter. On the way there, I thought about how to enter the city without being recognized as an otherworldly person. Looking at the gates, I see that most people show what looks like identification, and in rare cases, some people hand over what looks like coins.
I had neither ID nor coins, and all I had was a six-horned rabbit. Looking around, I saw that people were dressed very differently. No one is wearing a white T-shirt and jeans… It’s kind of hard because it’s so wrong in so many ways…
I thought that I could go with the bandit attack or the amnesia template, but I don’t know what to do. Amnesia in loose clothing… is too suspicious. Attacked by bandits and had luggage stolen… which might be unusual, but the fact that my jeans were not stolen is going to be suspicious…
I came out of the village and was attacked by monsters, threw out my luggage and ran away… this sounds the best.
Monsters, goblins, or wolves are the orthodox ones, but are there goblins?
To gather information, I asked a peddler in line in front of me.
“Excuse me; you are a merchant, aren’t you?”
“Yes, what can I do for you, young man?”
He responded in a surprisingly friendly manner. When I thought about it, it was my first conversation in another world… My first conversation was with an old man. That reminds me, there was no template of rescuing a carriage that was being attacked by monsters. There was no such a tempestuous situation at all. I don’t have the ability to help, though… Oops, it’s a conversation with a merchant; I must gather information.
“Actually, I was attacked by a monster on my way out of the village. I managed to escape while throwing away my luggage, but now I only have the six horned rabbits I had hunted earlier. Can I go inside with this?”
“That’s tough luck, were you attacked by goblins or something?”
Goblins… They are there, after all…
“Yes, that’s how I got to the city for the first time, all by myself. I don’t know how to get into the city, so I was hoping you could help me out.”
“If you don’t have an ID, you can go in for five coppers after you touch the crystal and prove you are not a criminal, with a temporary ID for three days. You can register with the Adventurers’ Guild while you’re there, and they’ll probably let you in if you give one of those horned rabbits to them.”
“Thank you very much.”
“You will have a hard time from now on, but good luck, young man.”
I think I can manage; about ten more people will be entering the gate. I’m glad I have the horned rabbits.
It’s my turn. I’m very nervous.
“Do you have your ID?”
“Um, I was attacked by a monster on the way here, and I lost all my belongings.”
“I see. I’m sorry to hear that. Here are the rules. Touch this appraisal crystal.”
When I touched the crystal, it glowed blue. Is that okay?
“…Alright, there’s no criminal record. Can you pay the five coppers?”
“I have no coins because I lost my luggage. I was told this horned rabbit would do fine. Can I enter with it?”
“Yes, the blood has been drained, the horns are broken, but there are few scratches, and it is probably worth five coppers. You may enter. Welcome to the Western City.”
“Thank you, sir; I would like to register with the Adventurers’ Guild. Can you tell me where I can find it?”
“Yes, continue straight down the main street, and you will see a large building on the left. It’s marked with a sword and shield.”
It’s called the Western City. I guess it’s a city on the western side of this country. What’s the name of this country anyway?
I guess I managed it. It was a hard mission for me, a coward… but I still have to register as an adventurer, don’t I?
Walking down the bustling main street. There are many different stores, many different races. Those are cat ears, aren’t they? It piqued my curiosity, but I didn’t have time to look around. I need to register as an adventurer and find a place to rest.
Is this the Adventurer’s Guild, or will they discover my skills when I register? With two unique skills, I’m afraid I’ll look notorious if they find out, but there’s nothing I can do about it, so I guess I’ll just have to take it as it comes.
When I enter, there are five beautiful guild staff Onee-sans and one tough-looking old man sitting at the counter. Naturally, there is no one in front of the old man, and there is a line at the counter for the Onee-sans.
Well, if I could afford it, I would like to wait in line to be accepted by the beautiful Onee-sans, but today, I’m almost at my limit.
It seems like there might be a scenario in which a tough-looking old man is actually a guild master, but to be honest, I don’t really care. I want to get this over with and take a rest, so I go to the old man’s counter.
“Excuse me, can I register as an adventurer here?”
“Yes, you can.”
“Thank you very much.”
“Touch the appraisal crystal. The registration fee is one silver coin.”
Can I manage one silver coin with five horned rabbits? The gatekeeper said that one horned rabbit is worth more than five copper coins. So if it was worth at least 25 copper coins or 1 silver coin for 10 copper coins, I could manage… can I get it?
“Well, I lost all my luggage before I reached the city, and I only have five horned rabbits. Can I get by with this?”
“Not enough, but we can lend you the one silver coin for the registration fee. You have one month to pay it back, and if you fail to do so, you will be forced to clean the sewers and do other jobs that people don’t like to do until the repayment is completed.”
How many copper coins are in one silver coin? Since 10 copper coins did not equal 1 silver coin, perhaps 100 copper coins equal 1 silver coin. But what if it was 1,000 copper coins or something like that…? Can I ask that without sounding suspicious?
“How many horned rabbits does it take to earn one silver coin?”
“Unless they are torn to pieces, each rabbit costs at least five coppers, so if you bring twenty rabbits, you should be able to make one silver coin.”
“By the way, are there any good places to hunt horned rabbits?”
“The breeding grounds are in the meadow in front of the forest in the southwestern direction from the south gate of this Western city. But don’t go too close to the forest because goblins will come out.”
100 copper coins for 1 silver coin or… 20 horned rabbits in 1 month. That sounds fine to me. Even if it costs money to live, it seems to be manageable.
“Please lend me a silver coin, and I’ll sign up.”
“Okay, touch the crystal.”
…When I touched the crystal, it glowed, and a card came out from the table below.
“Here you go… this is the F-rank adventurer’s card. If there are parts of the card that you want to hide, such as skills or magic, you can do so by tracing them while thinking of concealment. There are many adventurers who hide their cards. Some only show their skills to trusted friends, while others display the skills they want to show off.”
“I understand. Thank you very much.”
I’ll hide it before I forget.
Name: Wataru Toyomi
Occupation: Ship’s captain
Physical Strength: 120
Magic Power: 10
Language Comprehension (Unique)
Ship Summoning Level 1 (Unique)
Whoa, my level is up. I didn’t get any message. Did I miss it? My stats are up 20 in physical strength, and everything else is up 2 except for luck. I wonder if they go up on average. Too bad luck doesn’t go up.
I wonder if I should hide it for now… What about my last name or something? I’ll hide it just in case, or if I hide the rest of my skills, it won’t be a problem.
Occupation: Ship’s Captain
Physical Strength: 120
Magic Power: 10
I feel much better now. I’ve got my ID, and it’s kind of a relief.
“Can you read? If so, read this booklet carefully. It contains the basic rules of being an adventurer. That’s all.”
“Yes, and I would like to sell my horned rabbit for cash. Can I do it here?”
“Take it to the purchase counter in the back.”
That was the end of the registration process, right? It was convenient because he didn’t ask me about my skills or anything, but is it normal to just be handed a booklet and told to read it?
I feel like I’ve been cut out of the process… Well, if there’s something I don’t understand, I can just come back and ask again.
“I’m sorry, can you buy these?”
“Aiyo, five horned rabbits, the blood was drained properly. The wounds on the necks are a little rough…1 rabbit is worth 7 coppers, so I’ll give you 35 coppers for all of them.”
“That will be fine.”
“Oh, could you tell me where I can find a cheap place to stay?”
“Hmm? If you don’t fancy a private room, I recommend the guild-owned inn next door. The rooms are big, and people sleep in the same room, but it costs only 10 coppers per night.”
“Thank you very much. I’ll have a look.”
Sleeping in a large room… can’t be helped while I have 1 silver coin debt… I’ll work hard to earn money and at least be able to stay in a private room.
Is this it?
“Excuse me. I’d like to stay here, is that okay?”
“It’s 10 coppers per night, plus 5 coppers for food.”
“I’d like to stay overnight only today. Here are 10 coppers.”
“You can sleep in any of the available spaces in the big room on the second floor. The well is in the back of the building, so you can use it as you like.”
“Yes, I’ll use the well first.”
I could use the well. I was thirsty, but I didn’t really know what to do. I washed my face, drank plenty of water, and went to bed for the night. I have a lot to think about, but I can’t take it anymore… Good night.
Debt: 1 silver coin.
Balance: 25 copper coins.