Chapter 1 First Job as a Guardian Deity
I was wondering if Rione was moved so much, tears were starting to pile up at the corners of her eyes. And soon those tears fell from her eyes.
「Thank you! This is the happiest day of my life! To be able to see God! 」
「Is that so. To tell you the truth, I didn’t think I could materialize myself. I didn’t even think that the current amount of faith is as abundant as two thousand years ago…..」
People seriously believed in god back then. Because of that, it wasn’t uncommon for God to talk with people directly.
As it weakened, I could only give oracles or revelations to the clergymen and shrine maidens who were serious in their faith. Furthermore, as I weakened, my powers did so as well and I was only able to provide makeshift solutions to small scale famine and floods.
The cycle continued and the people who diligently believed in God disappeared. Nowadays there isn’t enough faith spreading around and the number of gods is steadily diminishing.
Nevertheless, due to Rione’s pure heart and is filled with sincerity, that I was able to clearly show my form for the first time in a thousand and five hundred years.
「What I’m trying to imply is that, your heart shines brighter than any jewel in this country. Please make sure not to sully it in any way. If people’s faith weakens, so do Gods existence and that will greatly weaken their power. 」
「Hai! I understand Goddess Faltear! 」
Rione energetically smiled. However, her face suddenly became gloomy.
「Umm……I’m truly sorry, there is neither a splendid shrine nor a temple for the goddess to be enshrine in…… Please forgive this idiot and spare us from punishment…」
「What? So you were thinking about that? If that’s the case then, there’s no problem. God only wants faith. Of course, if you made a fine temple out of faith it would matter, but if the only purpose was to show off wealth or raise influence then it truly makes no difference」
Or rather, I am simply thankful that you picked up this abandoned body and washed it.
「You are still growing child. Go to sleep, it’s already night. I shall lend you my power tomorrow」
「Thank you very much Goddess!」
「Oh, While we’re at it you can call me Faltear. By spreading my name, you may have an effect on the surroundings as well」
「I understand, Faltear-sama!」
In this way, Rione entered her bed and slept.
As Rione sleeping, I decided to go out and investigate the village. It’s times like these where being a deity is useful. In addition to being invisible to anyone other than Rione, and I could also read the memory of suitable people by standing on their bedside.
There are Beastmen living about 150 eltana away from here. By the way 150 eltanas are about 400 steps away from here. Over there, the small independent states of Beastmen were spread out, but were crushed one after another by the Garm Empire, a Human governed major power. Looking for a place to stay, they escaped to this barren frontier.
As there were few people living here originally, this was the only feasible land for a settlement.
However, the nearby mountain’s blessings were not that abundant, and adding to that is the barren soil that’s almost similar to sand where normal crops are unable to grow. Neither did they have to technology to produce fabrics or metalwork to sell. As a result, the description of a poor and almost deserted village fit their condition and this condition continued on.
As nutrition is already scarce, as soon as an epidemic ever strikes, a majority of the inhabitants will die.
I won’t let such things happen, and at the very least I must protect believers like Rione.
This time I moved around the area. Even without walking I can fly in the air at high speeds. However, the range of my movement is determined by the amount of accumulated faith.
Thinking about the water that Rione used before, it seems that water is scarce. While there may be a water source deep underground, they did not seem to possess technology to dig such a well.
I reached a terrace with a distance of 30 minutes by walking, and which looked like a rugged stone wall. For now, this is the limit of my movement range.
Alright, let’s get started from around here.
In Next Morning
Rione who woke up around 4:30 in the morning immediately faced my statue and clasped her hands in a prayer.
「Please, please protect us……」
「Yeah, that’s my plan」
I instantly appeared in front of her yet again.
「Uwaaa! Faltear-sama! 」
「Anyhow, you wake up early don’t you. The sky is still dark」
「I must draw the water around this time…… There isn’t any good water around this area you see……」
「I got it. I’ll fix that」
「Huh? Are you going to create a miracle!?」
Rione’s ears stood up. It seems that the cat people had quite long ears in comparison to other beast men.
「It’s not enough to be called a miracle. If anything, it would probably be considered god’s wisdom? For now, bring a plow and a hoe. 」
I brought Rione to the terrace’s rocky surface.
「And what will be here……?」
「Remove the rocks and try digging around here」
I could lend a hand, but as faith will rapidly decrease if I helped too much, it’s important to lend help in moderation. For instance, people born in aristocracy and given a life of luxury won’t think themselves as extremely lucky. It’s because humans will never be content of anything.
「Ei! Ei! 」
Rione tried her best removing dirt and rocks with her thin arms.
「While difficult, it will probably be done before the sun is too high. Do your best」
It will probably take about one and a half hour. And then—
Clear, clean spring water would vigorously flowed out.
「Amazing! There was such clean water right here! 」
Rione raised her voice in a cheer.
Then she scooped the water with her hands.
「It’s delicious! There’s also no trace of dirt! 」
「The spring water gathers under this terrace. Once you find a water vein, it’s relatively easy to obtain water. Furthermore, I dare say that naturally filtered water is delicious. 」
With this, the water problem is solved.